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Mark Zuckerberg | 30 Second MBA [VIDEO]

I really like this. Innovation is a process, not a lightning bolt. Great perspective from one of the true visionaries in business today.

Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

Given I’m in new media, I follow about anything that gets 2 out of these three: Money, Hype, or Users. Color has the first two in abundance. But I think the potential to become a social network is a little off. While I think it could be a big hit among the photogs, the photography category isn’t anything close to the sms category, Twitter’s launch pad. It also seems to be too event-related to really consume our waking hours the way Twitter does with so many people. That said, looking forward to trying it.

Nifty App Converts Email Into A Game, Helping You Blast Through Your Inbox | Co.Design

Maybe it’s just because I saw Seth Priebatsch’s SXSW preso on SCVNGR, but the concept of gamification seems to be gaining buzz. I admittedly think some of it’s over-hype, but this email tech shows how it can be as much about correcting or improving behavior than any long term rewards program. And maybe that’s where it’s most effective.

Missiles Into Models | Fast Company

These are seriously sick 3D maps. Just what I need, another reason to stay inside with my iPad. Be sure to watch the bottom video.

A New Gauge For Brand Strength: The Tangible Brand Test | Co.Design

An interesting stress test for brands. How far does your brand extend?

Add Location-Based Q&A With the Localmind API

I like this Foursquare API’s spin on the Foursquare platform. Use Foursquare to ask questions of people who’ve already checked into a place. Perhaps limited to a small number of questions, but it certainly adds depth to the Foursquare experience.

Children’s Hospital Boston

As top social media goals for companies often center around Facebook ‘Likes’, don’t be surprised to see more brands taking intrusive steps like this.

DIGIDAY:DAILY – 5Qs: Federated Media’s John Battelle

John Battelle answers 5 questions every ad person should be curious about.

PlaceIQ’s Location-Aware Advertising Can Target You Block By Block

The real potential behind mobile advertising is targeting based on information about the user. This gives a long list of reasons why mobile is so information rich to marketers. Now they just have to sort through all this data to create an easy-to-use way to apply and purchase this targeting.

Curation Tool Storify Opens To The Public

If you’re practicing content marketing, then you’re likely using aggregation as a form of content. And while that usually consists of Sharing or ReTweeting links individually, Storify helps you collect related links and create a storyline within that content. It’s probably best applied to audiences that are looking for a more complete point of view on a given subject.

Mind controlled apps hit the market | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Perhaps the most interesting area of mobile app technology will be when we start plugging those apps into heart and brainwave monitors. The couple of apps profiled here give a snapshot of the direction that’s going.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Most Marketers Plan to Increase Social Media Spend This Year [STUDY]

Another survey indicated increasing interest in social media by brands. 70% are planning to increase their social media budget this year. Most interesting is that their primary social media goal is to increase Facebook ‘Likes’, and that 87% report that social media is “important” or “very important” to achieving their biggest marketing goal this year. If anyone is doubted that social media has made it to the major leagues, this is pretty strong proof.

Why People Do & Don’t Use Location Apps (Survey)

The findings are interesting regarding mobile trends. I’m surprised at the number who don’t use location-based apps is as low as it is. That seems to be changing. That said, the numbers on this survey feel a little low for complete reliability.

Moat Banner Ad Search

It’s not often I care to search for banner ads, but it does play the full animation, and present details like where it was discovered and when it last ran.

MediaPost Publications Tell The IAB What You’re Spending In Mobile

I’ve stated a few times how the mobile industry is paralleling the early days of the ad industry. There’s currently a growing gap between the use of mobile and the number of advertising dollars being spent there. It’s the same opportunity early buyers of banners and Adwords enjoyed.

Death Stalks the Twittersphere, Offering a Lesson in Consumer Exposure | Bob Garfield – Advertising Age

it’s important for brands to be aware about privacy issues like this to make sure community engagement campaigns aren’t stepping over the creep factor line. I’m sure the awareness factor of this campaign is off the charts. I’d be more curious what the conversion rate is.

How mobile phones are turning into phantom limbs – Telegraph Blogs

I have to say I’ve experienced the same thing. Really demonstrates why this is such a powerful medium. Especially for the early adopters who are before all the noise erupts.

Driving Change: Eight Learnings. | Reinventing

A must read from someone who’s done a lot to drive change within a pretty traditional agency.

Apple to Sell Square Device in Retail Stores – MarketingVOX

If you’re not familiar, Square is a credit card swiper that simply inserts into the headphone jack of an iPhone. And presto, instant credit card acceptance. That combined with it being from the founder of Twitter, it’s definitely one to watch in this space.

Design a Winning Ad Age Cover to Snag a Trip to Cannes | Global News – Advertising Age

Great idea for young creatives.

 

 

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Mega-mashup Memolane Helps You Remember Everything

Definitely the mother of all mashups. It takes all your social media sites and makes everything you’ve posted to any of them searchable. That restaurant you visited in NYC last summer and checked in on Foursquare? Found! This really makes a lot of sense, and while I’m not sure there’s a big enough market for this as an independent business model, but there’s definitely a strong appeal to this.

Color’s Implicit Social Graph and How Facebook Could Respond

Color’s been getting A LOT of hype. Seems a little premature to me, given that ratings on the app store are mostly negative complaints about a terrible user interface. That said, this article gives us a good look at various data points companies like Facebook are out to gather. And as marketers, we’re the ones they’re gathering them for.

HOW TO: Play Recorded Twitter Conversations In Sync With Your Favorite Shows

Fantastic new feature for anyone who wants the ‘social viewing’ experience for recorded tv content.

The 6 Verbs For The Next 20 Years Of The Connected World

If you read Creativing often, you know I’m a fan of Kevin Kelly’s writing. I like the way he breaks down the major communication trends he sees shaping up, into 6 verbs. Obviously relevant for an interactive medium.

The 3 Types of Self-Destructive Corporate Tweets

Another opportunity to learn from other’s mistakes. Hopefully, instead of your own

Who Curates the Real-Time Web?

I like the POV of this article in terms of what’s the right blend between machine and human involvement in the curation process. Both sides of that equation are key components for brands wanting to include curated content in their content marketing mix. Which I believe they should be doing.

If You Like Flipboard, Check Out Zite – It’s Easier to Use

In content marketing there’s a lot of talk about curation vs. creation. Curation’s great, as long as it’s relevant. Tools like this one referenced, and it’s music equivalent, Pandora, are great because they’re simple. That’s what aggregation offers potential content marketers. A simple way to collect and present relevant information. It’s all down to how you screen and select your content.

Among Media, TV Is Still on Top | Advertising Age

TV spending is still at the top for it’s awareness and reach. The online component, becoming more and more intertwined with TV, offers a place to take the viewer to the interactive level. This will certainly be one way marketers will be ‘integrating’ the two going forward.

Seth’s Blog: Small screens and big decisions

With the mobile craze in full swing, Seth Godin provides a good reality check.

10 Web Design Elements that You Shouldn’t Overlook | Webdesigner Depot

Some foundational but great to brush up on design considerations for any Web page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Xbox Kinect Technology Will Be the Next Frontier for Marketers

I’ve posted a lot of Kinect lately, and here’s another article directly addressing the marketing opportunities for brands. What’s likely most appealing about Kinect for brands is the ability to create highly personal interactive experiences on a mass scale. Unlike SecondLife, which felt geeky, Kinect is far more organic.

“yeah thats not what I was looking for at all.”

Hysterical account of a design who just doesn’t want to give the “client” what they’re looking for.

You are unsubscribed

This has to be the most creative unsubscribe process ever. Even though I still unsubscribed, it certainly impacted my impression of the brand.

Why Curation Is Just as Important as Creation [OPINION]

Excellent perspective on what I think is the key opportunity for many brands interested in the content marketing space. Sure, creating content will help you exercise your brand voice and define your differentiation. But aggregation can also display a point of view and a sense of knowing what’s going on. It’s also puts the brand at the center of a conversation topic.

Terry Heaton’s PoMo Blog » Blog Archive » To what end? The question that kills media reinvention

A theme I touch on a lot is the cross-fire currently happening between the publishing industry and the marketing industry. With publishers acting more like advertising agencies (Meridith is a great example) and advertisers needing to create more long-term resonance and less push-messaging, you could go through this article and pretty much substitute ‘marketers’ for ‘publishers’ and have a very relevant piece on content marketing.

Bloomberg: Personalizing the News for 20 Million People: Tech News and Analysis «

As a counter to the content farms, this is the way quality content is supposed to be generated with the use of technology. They currently track over 100 data points on every page, and use that to present the best information to each reader. There’s still a need for quality stories, but for most large publishers, there’s still a gap that needs to be closed regarding which of all their articles a given reader may be most interested in.

Hybrid Media: How Social is Enabling Event TV | MobileBehavior

An excellent slide show on how mobile and TV are merging to create new types of social viewing experiences.

Mobile By The Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pardon yet another infographic, but there’s some great data in here. My favorite: 1/2 of all local searches are from a mobile device, and 86% of mobile Internet users are using their devices while watching TV.

Rebecca Black Means The (Internet) Fame Game Has Changed

A good take on this whole Internet Fame thing.

Report: Google Still Web’s Dominant Traffic Driver, But Some Niches See Facebook Gaining

Perhaps the most interesting search related stat is the referring traffic stat at some of the largest publishers. Most are still getting the bulk of their traffic from Google, although Facebook is growing more quickly. Still, Facebook has along way to go before they pass them.

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At SXSW, Advertising Was This Year’s Twitter, iPad 2 Was This Year’s Foursquare

If you happened to make SXSW this year, you’ll certainly relate to this post. And if you didn’t but missed being there, this will make you feel a little less so.

Google Geo Developers Blog: A new angle on the world with 45° imagery

If you’re displaying a map, this is a good way to make it pop off the page. And they can always go back to ‘map’ view.

YouTube Acquires Service That Makes Your Videos Better

YouTube, surely feeling the distant heat of Hulu, is pushing the technology side of the service more and more lately. With the explosive popularity of numerous photo apps to make our snaps look better, the idea of making people’s videos look better is an obviously smart thing to be focusing on.

Internet is world’s ‘greatest spying machine’: Assange – Yahoo! News

He’s right. But it’s not spying. It’s called ‘conversation analysis’.

Microsoft Office 15 Aims For Facebook Integration

Easily posting of MS Office docs to Facebook. Sounds like “FacebookLeaks” to me.

To what end? The question that kills media reinvention

A theme I touch on a lot is the cross-fire currently happening between the publishing industry and the marketing industry. With publishers acting more like advertising agencies (Meridith is a great example) and advertisers needing to create more long-term resonance and less push-messaging, you could go through this article and pretty much substitute ‘marketers’ for ‘publishers’ and have a very relevant piece on content marketing.

SMS On Steroids – eBuddy Debuts Realtime, Cross-Platform Messaging App

With mobile redefining the online UX, I could see an easy-to-use, socially-enabled SMS app to pick up serious traction in the social networking space. There’s currently a big gap between mobile social experiences like Facebook and Twitter, and SMS messaging, which is still one of the largest areas of activity for mobile users. Perhaps instead of companies focusing on all the features they can do with the current crop of social apps, the approach with the broadest appeal could be to start with SMS, and see what networking features you can build out from there.

Facebook Launching Prepaid Local Deals Subscription Service

With the mobile industry already well into it’s long predicted explosion of growth, Facebook is out to stake it’s claim to anything mobile or location-based. As Places took on Foursquare, their new Deals service is a direct shot at Groupon. Only Facebook can promote it’s deals in the Facebook newsfeed however prominently it wants. Which sounds like what they’re doing.

Study: Mobile Ad-Tracking Systems Are “Blind” To 80 Percent Of Apple iOS Devices

Very good to know the next time you’re reviewing your mobile campaign metrics (or someone else is reviewing them for you). This can be worked around through focusing on site metrics, like landing page visits, which is really what we should be looking at anyway.

Ads API Profile: AdParlor’s Full-Service Solution for Game Developers

Firstly, per the headline, I wouldn’t say this is only applicable to game developers. Facebook’s advanced targeting is a true revolution in paid media, and this in-depth overview will give anyone a good sense for how it can be applied.

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Chrysler’s Twitter Account Accidentally Drops the F-Bomb

This is a simple but great example of how social media is flipping everything upside down. Not only does a Fortune 500 firm drop the F bomb in a Tweet, but the ensuing mini-crisis (though I’m sure it didn’t seem ‘mini’ to Chrysler) resulted in Chrysler gaining Twitter followers. Situations like this are proving that sometimes a simple mistake can give companies a more human dimension than millions of dollars of paid advertising.

Kinect’s Superfast Adoption Preps Consumers for Other Interactive Experiences – MarketingVOX

I’ve recently reported on some unusual ways people are using Kinect. What I didn’t realize was how fast Kinect was selling. It’s now topped the iPhone and iPad as fastest selling consumer electronics device ever, according to Guinness World Records. Combining both the mass appeal and the remarkable new uses, this technology is looking to create a big impact on digital communications and content development.

Does Your Digg or Facebook Connect Widget Cost Hundreds of Site Visitors and Thousands in Revenue?

Given that Google is starting to factor page loads into their ranking algorithms, this issue has even more weight. Note that there’s a great tool listed in this article for gauging how fast any page loads.

Kraft Treats for Tweets About Mac & Cheese | News – Advertising Age

This is a really smart campaign idea that comes directly out of knowing what people are saying about your brand online.

At Discovery, Pushing Back Against the ‘Content Farm’ | Advertising Age

With all the buzz recently about Google’s “Farmer” update to squash content farms, Discovery shows that the underlying principle of creating demand-related content makes sense for anyone interested in pulling viewers.

Skype To Start Running Ads This Week

Ads in your IM window aren’t anything new. Yahoo’s been doing that for years. But if they pick up the practice Google uses, of targeting ads based on your email conversation, then you could see something very interesting happening where ads are contextual to your IM or even voice conversations. Could you imagine having a conversation with someone about, say a good graphic designer, and while you’re talking, ads for graphic designers start popping up? Could be annoying, but could also be highly relevant.

5 Innovative Mobile Marketing Campaigns

Looking at the numbers on these campaigns, if you’re looking for immediate results, the ideas that work best seem to be those that tap into existing communities or user bases. Check the stats on the PowerMat promo on MyTown.

The Farmer Panda Impact Nobody Is Talking About

Great perspective on the value of good content marketing practices, versus black hat seo practices.

Here’s What Google, Salesforce & Sequoia Are Investing In

Follow the money. In this case, it’s going towards a mix of social media, search, and mobile.

Magazines’ iPad Editions Struggle to Keep Your Attention, New Study Finds | Advertising Age

A study that illustrates a point that Howard Gossage said years ago. “People don’t read ads per se, they read what interests them. Sometimes it’s an ad.” Apparently the thin line between content and advertising also exists for consumers. It will be interesting to see if publishers start creating their own ad units to corral likely behavior related to the content their publishing. Thus, if readers see a snowboard image in the magazine, the publisher could find ways to bring relevant snowboarding content into the magazine. This is an obviously new problem, as they never dealt with readers jumping off to search Amazon in printed editions.

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BMW Teams Up With, Invests $5 Million In MyCityWay

This looks like a great way to steer the development of technologies relevant to your industry. It gives the tech developers the independence that the top players will demand, while giving them a waiting channel to apply their developments to. The video of BMW execs explaining this potential is bland and predictable. Further reason why they need to partner with companies in which they have a vested interest in, but minimal control over.

Yobongo: Building the Next Location-Based Social Network: Tech News and Analysis «

While there have been a flood of location-based apps, none have really captured anything close to the community sense of a social network. And they’ve come from all angles. Geo-tracking like Loopt. Social checkins like Foursquare and Gowalla. Photos like Instagram. This is an attempt to slide the field across a broader scope of interests than venues, location or pics. It seems like the right angle, but I think the challenge will be whether or not the information they present is relevant to a location-based connection.

Google Tightens the Screws on Content Farmers: Tech News and Analysis «

This will likely be the content marketing story of the year. Not so much this move per se, but the general trend of Google and other search engines looking for ways to ensure that only the most authentic content makes it to the top of SERPs. This is great for brands that look to create and distribute genuinely valuable content experiences to their customers, community members, and prospects.

Where, Why, When & How To Benefit From Google’s Farmer Update

This is why content marketing is going to be a big emphasis for many companies going forward. As long as they do it right.

It’s unofficial: dedicated gaming devices may be losing out to phones

As if there were any more support needed for mobile, consider these anecdotes around the gaming industry. If a culture as critical of their mobile experience as this is fine with playing most of their mobile gaming experiences on a phone, then what technology and user base won’t fall to the convenience of mobile’s irresistible ‘always-there’ feature?

The Facebook “Like” Starts to Replace the Share Button’s Functionality

Good news for content publishers. If your content does get ‘Liked’ by a Facebook user, that person’s friends are going to see a much more compelling presentation of your content. And that should increase the rate people click on it, which of course is your viral impact.

And the Winner of the Academy Award Goes to… Real-Time Social Streams?

The interesting aspect of social viewing is that even if the show is bad, the commentary on it can be fantastic. Thus there’s still a reason to tune in. Add in that there was a lot of Tweeting from celebrities, and it’s like getting a chance to watch a show with that person. Some, like Rosanne Cash, did a great job interacting with what must have been a crush of @replies directed at them.

Four Talent Categories You Need to Win in a Connected World | CMO Strategy – Advertising Age

I’ve posted a lot on the changing agency model, but clients are changing, too. This is an interesting architecture for the type of team CMOs need to be attracting. As expected, there’s a lot of overlap here with the services agencies provide.

Bing Search Results Now More Socially Integrated With Facebook

If you want to see what all the fuss is around the power of Facebook Likes appearing in search results, look at the two graphics in this article, and imagine you’ve just searched and see several of your friend’s having ‘Liked’ one of the links on the page. Pretty powerful.

Brands that have mastered content marketing – iMediaConnection.com

Excellent recent examples of content marketing. The principles laid out around the value of content quality over content quantity are playing out more and more everyday.

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Lil Wayne Crushes Oreo’s Attempt at Facebook Record

Kind of an Ashton Kutcher/CNN Twitter race redux. Not really shocking that the celebrities are taking the victories, either. No matter how much brands work it, they can’t out humanize a human.

Search Optimization and Its Dirty Little Secrets – NYTimes.com

If you didn’t catch this article, which exploded on the search blogs this week, read it. It doesn’t matter what aspect of the marketing industry you’re in.

Mobile Phones Will Serve as Central Hub to “Internet of Things”

I’ve posted before on the futuristic ‘Internet of Things’. I like this depiction of the mobile phone as the remote control to, not just your iTunes or TV, but to pretty much everything around you.

A Better Mobile Experience | Facebook

In these images of various phones employing a deeper Facebook connection. In viewing, these feel more like cosmetic issues, but taking individual Facebook components and distributing them across the phone UX does a couple of things. It makes Facebook more omnipresent, promoting use of it’s technology. Secondly, having these integrated into the phone’s database will improve the convenience, and ultimately the reliance people have on Facebook.

Facebook Promises Deep Integration on Many Devices

The big takeaway here is that Facebook wants to be everywhere, and they’re also accumulating the most accurate database of information about your likes and dislikes. Powerful combination.

Make a ClickTurn Ad — ClickTurn

While the value of content marketing is growing, there are still questions about the relationship between content and paid media. Content runs a broad gamut, so it’s not like all content is headline, article copy, and of course, the ensuing community discussion. But when your content can be condensed to an RSS feed, with a headline and copy (or video or podcast), then this is a great option for taking that content message out to paid media units. It’s much like the new Facebook ad units pulling in your Newsfeed posts as the messaging. Only these creatives can go in the places Facebook ad units can’t.

In the Future, Robots Will Surf Their Own Internet | Fast Company

First machines beat us at Jeopardy. Now they’re getting their own social network.

Facebook Page Redesign 2011: All You Need to Know

Given I’m still seeing a lot of Facebook Pages that haven’t updated to the new format, I’ll post this. It’s an inevitability — all Pages will convert March 1st — so no reason not to jump in and figure it out.

LinkedIn Channels 80s Corporate Instruction Videos

I like the concept behind these videos — using the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in short comedic videos demonstrating their service. My issue with the campaign is that it defines ‘content’ the same way so many newspaper publishers do. Thinking that the content experience is not greater than what they publish, disregarding the community as part of the experience. There’s no commenting, but plenty of options to share. Feels very one-sided. I also find it odd that they’re running ads in front of their content, which really feels more like an infomercial than episodic entertainment.

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comScore: Facebook Keeps Gobbling People’s Time

Where are people getting the time? From the looks of it, from their MySpace account. YouTube also continues a very strong upward arc (as much as Compete.com data is to be believed).

Social Media: The Final Piece of the Super Bowl Advertising Puzzle

This was way overdue. If you look at the value the Super Bowl brings, it’s mass audience. One of the few times a year when that happens on a national and even international scale. Communities often run into a common problem — they don’t have value until they have people — and the first one in is like the first person to buy a fax machine. Thus an event like the Super Bowl gives brands an opportunity to reach and connect a large group of people at once. Giving fledgling social community efforts the jump start they just might need to get over the hump.

The Future of Mobile Tagging in Marketing, Branding & Communications

If you’re working on a mobile project or looking for interesting mobile ideas, this is an exhaustive list of mobile tactics that have been used. Well worth flipping through.

Got marketing technologists? 1,000-fold growth – Chief Marketing Technologist

Interesting, and not really surprising, tracking of the growing interest in the job title “chief marketing technologist”.

Facebook Ads Can Now Specify Any Page Landing Tab as a Destination

This should drive up both conversion rates for Facebook ads, as well as increase ad sales and testing, as advertisers can now advertise numerous destinations on their Facebook Page. In addition, the article speaks to the ever-opening Facebook Ads API. While this company isn’t shy about thier dislike for Google, this gives you the sense it’s more love-hate.

Sponsored Stories Now Available in the Facebook Self-Serve Ad Tool

Facebook is really moving into interesting territory in terms of bridging paid media advertising with content development. When you consider how well Facebook has integrated itself with the outside content world, they’re in an area with a lot of headroom.

ComScore: Hulu Is Watched Twice As Much As The 5 Major TV Networks Online Combined

This speaks to the importance of good user interface and convenient access. Compared to the TV remote, surfing to different websites for content feels almost archaic.

The Rise of LinkedIn as Login of Choice [Infographic]

One of the big questions in social networks is, How many is enough. For some that meant one: Facebook. But new data is indicating that people using third-party login for business-related sites are increasingly using Facebook. An early indication that people could be looking for different ways to present themselves across the Web. No surprise there.

A Sneak Peek at 2015′s Smartphone: Sophisticated Reviews on the Go, Courtesy MIT | Fast Company

Most looks into the future aren’t as tangible as this. And if there’s one industry in who’s future I’m highly interested in, it’s mobile. At the core of this process is text analysis — mining text and mapping their meanings to give them new value and insight.

Smells Like Team Spirit | Slideshows

Another good content example that’s not expensive to pull off — I’m sure they have no problem getting various CEOs to give 30 seconds of advice — and hits their target audience right between the eyes. The addiction of short-form video snacking is in full grip here. Numerous brands trying to reach the business market could do this.

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“Angry Birds” To Star in Super Bowl Ad

Not sure which is more remarkable. That a 99 cent social game for mobile phones is running a Super Bowl spot, or that said game is being turned into a movie. Seeing them embedding game play components into the commercial is cool — brings alternative tactics like that to the forefront given the global impact of the spot — even though that trick has been done before.

Facebook Introduces a Credibility Score With New Social Commenting Plugin

This is great news for brands hoping to attract quality engagement on their site and Facebook Pages. Anyone involved in monitoring Facebook Pages comments for brands has dealt with trolls. This tool is helping identify them, exposing their behavior to members of the community. This should also be functional on a brand’s site pages, and overall should lift the caliber of discussions on their Facebook-networked properties.

The Rise And Fall Of Content Farms

This article is a great read on why brands looking to create distinction should avoid the mass-generated content-farm approach. The bottom line is, Google has an entire building packed with PhDs presently trying to prevent this model from succeeding, because it’s not adding value to the search results driving their business . That may change, but it will likely mean changes to the current content farming business. The article’s comments are full of contrarian views, and I’m curious if it’s from some of those 380,000 writers at content farm Associated Content?

Apple, Campbell’s Say iAds Twice as Effective as TV – Advertising Age – Digital

Is anyone even remotely surprised by this? A new ad unit with unprecedented intrusiveness on a media device users are enamored with. Sounds a lot like the Internet and banner ads in, say, 1995. What this really supports is that companies should approach new media more aggressively overall.

Sequoia-Backed Hearsay Launches Social Media Platform For Corporations With Local Branches

A way for brands to manage social media across franchises makes a lot of sense. I’d guess this service takes off big.

Artist Heat Map Makes Music Discovery Visual

I’m a fan of Rhapsody, and one of my favorite features of the site is the module on an artists page where they show related artists who came before, during or after the artist your viewing. It gives a nice sense of relationship and lineage to the world of music. Hitlantic has essentially taken that and made it visual. It’s a little rough right now, but they’re still pre-VC funding (another example of how small creative groups are developing big ideas).

Coca-Cola Reveals 15 Finalists in Branded Mobile App Contest

This is an interesting idea, and I applaud Coca-Cola for taking the forward steps they have in the area of UGC. Now that UGC is moving past ads and into apps, though, I feel it’s taking on much bigger territory, and in addition to hiring an agency to develop your creative or running a contest, there’s a third option. Monitor what’s going on, and buy or coop it. Commercials are very limited in scope, and there certainly aren’t nearly as many people creating them as apps. Much of that is because there’s limited monetary up side to creating a commercial, unless you’re pursuing a career directing or producing them. But apps live in a much larger arena. Instead of throwing a UGC contest, which most people will tell you takes a lot of admin, why not monitor what’s going on and then work a deal with the developer, possibly even taking over the app for a reasonable buyout? With over 300,000 apps in the Apple store, there’s no shortage of talent to pull from.

CHART OF THE DAY: The Most Successful Facebook Ads

While data by industry leaves a lot of room for variance among creative executions, it’s interesting to note the general response rates. And while I’ll always have an issue with the Click-thru Rate metric, Facebook currently doesn’t feature view-thru data for their paid media ads.

DealExtreme: $93.60 M001 7″ Touch Screen Google Android 1.6 Tablet PC

Android tablets for under $100. This may be an extreme example right now, but it does indicate the direction things are going, and the growing commoditization of technology devices. No wonder Apple’s putting so much effort behind selling apps and not just the devices that display them.

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