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Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees – NYTimes.com

This really demonstrates how quickly any brand-related message could peel through the Internet, eventually hitting a large percent of the FB user group, while also likely generating multiple impressions for many people.

How to Turn Your Instagram Photos Into Wall Art

This is a nice partnership deal between the fast-growing Instagram and a photo printing service. Both should benefit from this ‘clicks-and-mortar’ combo. Companies without a natural online-offline relationship should consider such partnerships to expand their touchpoints.

Facebook Tests More Variations On Sponsored Stories

If there’s one ad format I’m most curious about, it’s sponsored stories. This is the leading edge of content marketing, and while the creatives are less than dynamic, they’re bringing together interesting elements: The story, the people related to it, and even what they’re saying about it.

Steve Jobs Was Right: Google IS Turning Into Microsoft

If you follow the tech battle among the 800 lb gorillas, this is a good read.

Here’s How People Look at Your Facebook Profile — Literally

This really replicates much of what’s been known about website page viewing (e.g., content at the top gets viewed the most), but it’s a quick read and is certainly worth the separate social media analysis.

Can Gamifying a Restaurant Get You Better Service?

Gamification has garnered a lot of buzz, and many of the projected use cases proposed have been pretty obvious. What I like about this is, it’s employee focused instead of customer. That may sound backwards, but employees are far more likely to use it when they’re the ones getting the potential bonus.

Is Content Marketing an Asset or an Expense?

A very simple premise — is content an expense or an asset. I really like the way this post frames content as an asset. While I’m not a CPA, it continues providing value long after it’s posted, which seems to be the trait of an asset.

A Note to Our Readers About Comments – NYTimes.com

Henry Ford said something to the effect of “If we’d have listened to our customers, we’d have designed faster horses”. Steve Jobs was known for paying very little attention to what his customers said. A quick read of the comments shows how resistant people are to change. Comment threading has been widely practiced on numerous leading online publications, and from experience, I’d say to good effect.

Daily Wrap: Path is Awesome and More

Path is an app with a very fluid timeline presentation. I think the UX definitely needs some attention (but then what startup’s UX doesn’t).

‘We Are the 99 Percent’ Joins the Cultural and Political Lexicon – NYTimes.com

A fresh look at the 99% meme, which is as close as the OWS movement came to a clear position.

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Facebook Sponsored Stories Triples App Installs: Study

Given that so many CMOs have interest in content marketing, it only makes sense that there’s going to be a lot of interest around the merger of content and paid media. One way is to drive your paid media to content. More interesting is dynamically placing your content into paid media. This also provides an opportunity for online advertising to greatly differentiate itself from offline media.

Picking Brand Names in China Is a Business Itself – NYTimes.com

The Latin American launch of the Nova car is legendary, and we’re seeing a similar issue taking place in China. Some amusing examples.

Whisperings of the Future Surround Us | John Battelle’s Search Blog

There’s certainly no shortage of data these days. But most of it looks at what’s happened, and stops there. This tool is an attempt to project those trend lines into the future. Something a lot of trendcasters could find useful.

Facebook Is Taking Business From LinkedIn: Jobvite

Facebook is again showing it’s 800lb gorilla nature, as it shows progress in areas seemingly owned by other social networks. As books like ‘Outliers’ have pointed out, though, the network with the most value business-wise may lie outside our traditional business boundaries.

Facebook Adds Maps To Event Pages

I still think Events are vastly underused on Facebook. They have a semi-permanent placement within a Facebook users page, they enable a pre and post event approach to distributing promotional messages and then collecting event assets like photos and videos, and lastly, they’re a great way to encourage networking among the attendees of an event.

45 Carriers Endorse NFC as Mobile Payment Standard

One of the more interesting battles in the mobile space is going to be around mobile payment platforms. Looks like a lot of manufacturers are joining forces to take on Apple. Of course, collaboration among manufacturers has never been their strength. Perhaps Google’s interest in NFC can be the connective tissue.

Why Second Life Failed

While focusing on what problem does a new idea solve isn’t really ground-breaking, the writer’s post examples, both good and bad, of companies that tried to predict the future. Also note the Second Life enthusiasts (employees?) posting in support of SL in the comments.

26 Promising Social Media Stats for Small Businesses | Social Media Examiner

Some fantastic stats in this. One in great support of building Facebook communities and posting regularly is the comScore stat that brands who post daily will reach 22% of their fan base in a given week. And for brands who can generate higher than average engagement, those numbers will be even better.

Facebook Likes Infographic: Facebook Brand Pages Lag Behind In ‘Likes’ | Crowd Science Blog

What’s most interesting here is that about a year ago, surveys were stating that the reason people “Like” a brand’s Facebook page was to get information on special products and pricing. What this is indicating is that the reasons are moving towards more emotionally-focused issues, including simply support for the brand. If this tracks, it certainly indicates not only an opportunity, but a requirement for brands to truly engage and inspire their Facebook communities.

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Daily Wrap: Scott Berken’s Mindfire Free Until November 3 and more

You can’t beat the price, but act fast. You have about 2 more hours as of this send.

Is It Old?: The easy way to check if that cool web link has already done the rounds

This is fun. Kind of like a Snopes.com for viral content connoisseurs.

Could Google Plus Lose The Battle Against Facebook?

I think the challenge for Google+ has been that it’s very difficult to catch a competitor in a social network by instantly adding complex features when people aren’t already familiar with a simpler version of your tool. Google needs to focus on taking all the info they have on us, giving us good content recommendations, and then making that easier to share — not giving us more complicated ways of segmenting our fans and then sharing our info.

Google+ is not a social network, but it’s not a graveyard, either | VentureBeat

A longish article (by blog standards), but an interesting view of how Google sees the data game differently from Facebook. It makes sense, but I think they still have a big concern around Facebook stealing so much computing time from other sites.

5 Reasons Google+ Could Win the Social Enterprise Battle

An insightful POV on the potential behind Google+. What I like about these advantages is that they’re consumer-centric in that they could go a long way to make my social life both easier and better. Better through making it easier to generate quality content. Early adopters will likely lead the charge on this, and if they find Google+ to give them faster access to better data, then Facebook will have a formidable challenger.

Want to see the connected future? Check out this video. — Broadband News and Analysis

A kind of mini-doc on the future of the Internet of Things, from Ericsson. Part informative, part inspiring, and part reassuring that technology isn’t spiraling out of control.

The Competition Between Google, Amazon, Facebook And Apple : NPR

These four have been popping up a lot in conference discussions. Probably the most spectacular battle going on in corporate America.

You, the Brand. | The Drift from Upstream

A good reminder that while social media has given us the ability to scale our personal branding, the underlying fundamentals haven’t changed.

Deutsche Post Reinvents Services in a Digital World – NYTimes.com

Imagine the post office as a progressive organization able to adapt and, yes, pivot as technology throws it’s business model curveballs. This should be motivation for any brand concerned about changing business models.

How Old Spice Revived a Campaign That No One Wanted to Touch

There’s little more difficult in advertising having to create the follow-up campaign to a runaway hit. This is how Weiden took on that challenge.

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Ad of the Day: Cycle Safety | Adweek

While i don’t usually post broadcast ads, I am a cyclist, and the visual effects on this are striking.

TRUE STORY: Facebook Is Keeping My Brother Alive

I’ve seen posts talking about the problem of leaving a deceased person’s Facebook page active. This is a compelling argument for the opposite approach. Keeping their page alive, even if they’re not.

Why iPads are a retail game-changer – USATODAY.com

Some good data in this story about a recent Forrester study. Bottom line is while tablets are often lumped into mobile, we’re seeing more and more evidence that tablets are a more distinct screen experience.

DIGIDAY: 5 Niche Social Nets That Work

While the big social networks pull all the buzz, if your target audience is niche enough, you might find social networks like these to reach them through.

Don’t Be a Content Marketing Grinch – Convince & Convert

I couldn’t agree more with these fundamental ideas behind distributing content wherever you can find relevant readers.

How YouTube Wins in the Great Unbundling of Cable TV | Advertising Age

A good read on where the future of television and video content is headed.

AppGrooves: App Recommendation Engine Combines Social With “Hot Or Not” Feature | TechCrunch

It’s no secret that one of the biggest challenges in app production is getting noticed in the app store. This is an interesting app idea — to help you discover the most relevant apps — but there’s still a chicken and the egg situation. How will people discover this app?

Video Marketer’s Guide to YouTube Annotations & Why You Should Use Them

Video is still proving to be some of the most effective content you can produce, and these tips will help you make your videos on YouTube even more effective.

Disney Marketing: The Happiest Social Media Strategy on Earth

This article is a great example of how content is different from advertising. If you want to drive engagement, you might still need to be selling, but you’re selling in a less-direct way.

Is Social Media Taking Over Search: SlideShare Presentation

While this gets into some higher levels than non-search people may be able track, the upshot is, if you want to improve your seo standings today and even moreso in the future, get people to share your content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building the Agency of Now « Threeminds

Love this voice-of-reason POV on the industry.

The Top 10 Marketing Sites For Social Media Marketing Trends | Fast Company

According to a recent survey by Effie and Mashable, 87% of marketers said social media was “important” or “very important” to achieving their biggest marketing goal this year. So we know social is a key marketing activity for many leading brands. So where are marketers getting their social media information? From this survey, it’s not primarily the traditional advertising publishers, although a few of them did make the list.

Report: Amazon To Use Two-Finger Touchscreen To Keep Table Competitive With The iPad | TechCrunch

The battle to grab market share from Apple, be it from the iPad or iPhone, is going to be an interesting story over the next couple of years, and should offer interesting insights into the power of a brand versus a low price competitor.

Milk Campaign Withdrawn Amid Charges of Sexism – NYTimes.com

Perhaps the most interesting comment is the last line. A seasoned ad exec surprised but the uproar speaks to how much has changed since 2005. That rate of change doesn’t happen in other media platforms.

Judge dismisses Winklevoss case against Facebook – latimes.com

Read the comments on this article. Another example of how the public can be a brand’s best spokesperson.

Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies | Wired.com

Even brands as powerful as Apple can only push their will on developers and partners so far. Eventually, they’ll just go somewhere else.

Microsoft Apologizes for Amy Winehouse Tweet

While I can see the protesters points, this is a pretty blurry line. Magazines have always written cover story articles about dead celebrities, and obviously they’re trying to sell magazines. Of all these examples of companies who combined tribute with commerce, the Amazon example is probably the most sincere, and seems to have ruffled the fewest feathers.

15 Creative QR Codes [PICS]

I’m still not convinced QR codes are ready for prime time just yet, but if you’re going to do them, these examples of creative looking QR code designs would be a great start. At least these make me want to use them.

Social Media Platform For Hotels Offers Web Site Visitors Incentives

There’s been a lot of talk of loyalty programs of recent, and the merger between that and social media is obvious. Hospitality businesses are well-suited candidates for this type of program, and this is one of the offerings in the hotel business.

How Blogging Can Get You More Social Fundraisers | Inspiring Generosity

I think this goes way deeper than just non-profits. Blogging can create perceived value and expertise for a brand, even if it’s primarily for search and inbound traffic.

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100 YouTube Videos Come Together To Cover Led Zeppelin [VIDEO]

More than anything, I think this shows how something as seemingly simple as video sharing has impacted so many people in so many situations and environments, and draws a common thread across all of them.

This iPhone Survived a 13,500-Foot Fall

A great brand story, irregardless of what a freak event this may have been.

Track that bias: New app visualizes cable news topics live — Online Video News

The first 2 paragraphs of this are all you need to read to get a nice sense of how text analysis can be used to add depth and perspective to a batch of data difficult to otherwise get a good grasp of.

How Bing’s Editors Choose Sexy Images To Seduce You Away From Google | Fast Company

A battle of the page design strategies between Microsoft (Bing) and Google. While Bing has supported their page launch with a significant paid media effort, I can see how this more emotional greeting is a great shot at Google’s supposed strength; simplicity. It’s like the political debate strategy of attacking, not your opponents weaknesses, but their strengths.

AmEx Links Up Facebook With Coupon-less Deals, And Lets Merchants Go Social | TechCrunch

I really like how AmEx understands their value in this corner of the market — creating a coupon experience with less friction for the end consumer. The less behavior changing you have to do, the better.

Why are web workers happier? — Online Collaboration

Agencies often struggle with the idea of an out-of-sight workforce. This is an interesting counter to that.

Game Insight Shuns iOS for Android, Prepares to Tell Facebook Crime Story

If you were a Mac user in the 90s, you have to remember how slowly, developers started investing less and less effort in their Mac apps, relative to the PC versions. Android is looking more and more like the new Windows. Better? No. But cheaper, more widely available, and thus gaining a larger customer base? Yes.

Facebook Asks Users to Help It Get Local Business Owners to Claim Their Places

Using their community to build their database of businesses. Smart move.

REPORT: How Google Plus Stacks Up Against Facebook

Given Google’s lofty brand status and massive reach in the technology world, I’m not surprised to see them come out of the blocks this strong. I don’t think 10% of Facebook’s US traffic is really the traction point for them. But the next few months could be very interesting.

New Filing Shows Zynga-Facebook Exclusivity Goes Far Beyond Credits – Liz Gannes – News – AllThingsD

A revealing, if not interesting, exploration of the relationship between these two. Facebook clearly has little to lose in this deal, and it shows Zynga’s heavy reliance on Facebook for the success of it’s platform. Like all the brand pages themselves, Facebook has put themselves in a position where they’re the only game in town, and if it weren’t for Facebook, the reality is, companies like Zynga would likely be a shell of their current selves.

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Cannes Cyber Lions: The Winning Case Studies | Digital Buzz Blog

The headline says it all. Good stuff.

Three senior executives on the future of marketing – McKinsey Quarterly

I like the bookend effect of the first and last projections. Firstly, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic reminds us that big, mass media still packs a lot of power. And then a Yahoo! Research scientists tells us the future of marketing will be more and more scientific. Of course, both are correct, and like the influx of technology into marketing, the ones who can blend the analytical with the emotional will have the most consistently good ideas.

Note: To read this you need to register, but it’s free.

The Compelling (or Creepy) M2M World of Verizon Wireless

If you’d like a quick glimpse of the future of the internet, this is your article. I’ve posted on the “Internet of Things” before, and this is a good outline of what parts of our lives that will touch. It’s also good to see a more buzz-friendly term, “M2M” emerge. Stands for “Machine-to-machine”.

First look at HTC Status, the Facebook phone – CNET

I’m not digging the design, but have to say the FB button is nice functionality. The messaging is well integrated to the FB experience, as well. It also looks more rugged than most of the large screen smartphones. All that, combined with the $50 pricing, should make this a good product for you mobile users who primarily use texting for their communications.

Microsoft Licenses GeoVector Patents For AR Navigation, Digital Watermarks | TechCrunch

Where MSFT spends their money is where they think the future is. I really like how the explanation of this technology sounds so simple. Simplicity is undoubtedly an even bigger factor for mobile than it is with desktop computing.

Shapeways | Passionate about creating

3D printing has been making big strides, but this site has a lot of potential for it’s speed, cost and tools enabling the creation of products. This space should get very interesting fast.

REPORT: Facebook Click Ad Rates Rose 22% In Quarter

Firstly, keep in mind that stats on Facebook ad CTRs are very new, and there’s an obviously broad range to the data. But it’s not surprising to see money going into Facebook’s paid ads to support the money going into brand pages. Additionally, Facebook has made recent hires to improve the performance of their display ads, so this could be the start of a longer trend.

The Most Engaged Population In Europe Is Dutch But The Future Is Russian

This is an interesting projection of future Internet influence by European country. If true, it will take a few years to play out, but definitely something to read and keep in the back of your mind.

Are There Already Half As Many Users On Two-Week Old Google+ As There Are On Twitter? – AllTwitter

The data is a little thin, and Twitter is not Facebook — Google’s ultimate target — but nonetheless, this is an impressive start. If this is even close to accurate, it indicates Google has done a good job leveraging their size and influence to generate both buzz and desire (or in social stats terms, Mentions and Positive Sentiment  ;) for Google+.

Smartphone Adoption and Usage | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

A good update of figures around smartphone penetration in the US. Most interesting is that while accessing the Internet daily is common among smartphone users (68%), that could be in part because about 1/3 of them report not having high-speed broadband at home.

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Thousands RSVP for Global Group Run on Meetup

Yet another example of a seemingly very effective campaign idea that was done with a small budget and that just about any sports or healthcare brand could have done.

Carolyn Davidson, who designed Nike’s swoosh in 1971 | THEINSPIRATION.COM

A touching clip from 1983. Great to see a company that at the time seemed like a big success already, and this was just before they really exploded.

Experian Hitwise – 1 Facebook fan = 20 additional visits to your website

It’s good to see evidence of Facebook brand activity generating corresponding site visits.

What Drove Expedia’s Facebook Fans Past 1M?

A very effective campaign for gathering fans. Now they need to figure out how to engage them.

The Future According to Eric Schmidt at Cannes Lions | Adweek

Google’s ex-CEO lays out a clear roadmap for how mobile is going to change everything. And within in a short period of time.

Big data leads to a big revival for display ads — Tech News and Analysis

There’s no question the more you know about someone the more effectively you can target them. This lift they report in performance is nothing short of remarkable: 7.5% click-thru rates, and a 4.5% conversion rate. What I’m curious about is if targeting technologies will diminishing returns as the volume increases, the way most new media marketing tactics do. After all, people only have so much to spend.

$41 Million Startup Color Is Forced Into An Early, Buzzword-Laden Pivot

When Color launched I doubted it’s odds and mentioned I’d be curiously following the story. Here’s how it’s evolved. This is the same issue big businesses are running into every day. The question is, Why would a startup ever saddle itself with the baggage of a big business?

5 Ways To Crowdsource Your Brand Using Facebook

I completely agree with the stated value of insights that can be pulled from a brand’s Facebook Page. However, I’d emphasize less about specifically requesting input, and more on simply observing what your fans and your competitors are responding to over a period of several months. Both can be insightful, but the latter will be more objective.

Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Could Haunt You For Seven Years – Forbes

I doubt this will stop anyone from using Facebook, Twitter, etc, but it should have them reconsidering what they post.

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Rising Stars Ad Units

New ad units being supported for standardization by the Interactive Advertising Bureau. I think the big issue around rich media is that it becomes too expensive to produce, when clients could put that money into more long-term site assets.

Mobile Display Advertising Up 128 Percent in Last 2 Years | Adweek

More stats on the growing mobile ad market. Money is pouring into these media units because they’re working. And right now, I think they’re working because they’re unique. Of course, banners once ‘worked’ and were quite unique. The obvious challenge is, How does mobile advertising scale as users see more and more ads?

Television Executives Predict Bulk of TV Content Will Be Available Online and Via Mobile Within 2 Years | Adweek

Bravo. I have to say I’m often baffled by major TV shows that don’t have their content available online, especially on their own site.

For Hipmunk, it’s all about the users– and the UI — Tech News and Analysis

I wouldn’t normally post about a new travel search site, but this is a great example of how a killer user interface can make all the difference. Definitely check out the site’s flight search technology.

DIGIDAY:DAILY – Web Video’s Dangerous Role Model – Display

Even if you don’t plan or buy media, trends like this do a lot to shape creative budgets, which of course determines what you can do production-wise. If web video goes the same route as banners, look for production budgets to go through the floor.

Chief Almir | Most Creative People 2011 | Fast Company

Many of the most striking examples of how mobile and social are changing the world come from the least likely users. That’s probably the single biggest indicator of the potential power that I can think of.

Infographic: Where Is Inbound Marketing Headed?

Whether you call it content marketing, inbound marketing, brand experiences, or word of mouth, these charts show rapid acceleration for this type of marketing.

Record Makers | Adweek

Good examples of buzz-generating campaigns. They shift what the idea of content is about, to much more of an experiential role.

TN3 Gallery – jQuery Image Gallery

Making a website as visually impacting as possible without using Flash has been a real issue now that iPads are the dominant tablet. That could change, but the need for more universal solutions will likely continue to be an issue. This is a series of good examples of how an image-based gallery can be presented that will work across all platforms.

Digital Archaeology: 12 Forgotten Designs That Changed The Web [Slideshow] | Co.Design

With recent developments like mobile web and social media transitioning from early adopter to mainstream, I often see direct parallels between these new technologies and the early days of the Web. What this exhibit does, more than anything, is remind us that whatever the coolest gadget is right now, in no-time, it’s going to feel like an 80s brick cellphone.

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Facebook Gets Roasted By Google, Twitter & Foursquare [VIDEO]

Funny stuff with good VO’s by Penn Jillette and Gilbert Gottried

Seven Things Human Editors Do that Algorithms Don’t (Yet) – Eli Pariser – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

With aggregation-slash-curation coming on strong, there are options as to how that’s accomplished. Algorithms are tempting, but they definitely fall short in a few areas, as outlined here.

One-Quarter of Tablet Users Report the Bathroom as a Popular Place to Log On | Adweek

I like the shifting of tablets away from mobile. While I get the mobility, I think the “lean back” and “immediate access” features are more compelling.

Man Ordered To Tweet 100 Times For Defamation – Slashdot

Truth? Fiction? You tell me which is stranger.

New Mobile Marketing Study: What it Means for Content Marketers

A lot of useful stats, as well as some good general directions for ways different business models can apply mobile to their marketing mix. Right now, mobile solutions are highly contextual to different business models, but there are a lot of options for companies to get involve

Intel® The Museum of Me

This has been going around a lot, but it’s definitely worth another post. A nice shift from the usual stunts linking people to various gag headlines.

Groupon Counts on Writers and Editors to Build Its Audience – NYTimes.com

If you’re in the creative field, this is a must read. It’s in line with the broader trend of crowdsourcing in that creative is more and more viewed as something that can come from a much broader set of people than previously thought.

Best quote of the article: “My dream,” says Mr. Weiner, 26, “was to get a job writing comedy and make more than minimum wage watching dogs die.”

IDC: Google Overtakes Yahoo In Display Ads For First Quarter Ever

This is key because Google’s entire approach to advertising is the elimination of media buyer/seller friction. Paid media is going to be around for a while, but Google’s self-service approach has enabled it to move into the nooks and crannies that small and medium size businesses can take advantage of. Perhaps even more interesting for the future is that Google’s responsive, on-the-fly approach to advertising is well-suited for connecting paid media budgets to social media and content marketing efforts.

MTV Launches Tumblr As Part of Digital Expansion

Tumblr’s been showing strong user base growth, so it’s interesting to see large brands adopting it. Tumblr still appeals to the early-adopter set, but if that’s a large portion of your target audience, then it makes sense to take your content there.

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