Commercials, viral videos, and all other forms of advertising have been criticized for their "exaggerations" "scams", and even "lies". When someone bring up this option with me personally one specific image comes to mind, Fast Food Commercials.Ahhh Yes! the lovely and deceiving McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King etc. commercials that reveal images of deliciously glorious looking burgers. Well its one thing on TV and something completely different, even incomparable in real life. Recently McDonald's had realized the innumerable objections to what customers were seeing on TV and the product they were actually getting.
Additionally, McDonald's ran numerous social media efforts that had been meant to illustrate personal experiences with McDonald's. This effort backfired and consumers Tweeted about their horror stories and unhappiness with the food and its' appearance. In response the corporation created it's own viral campaign revealing the type of photo editing that went into creating a commercial.
The end result is the video "Our Food. Your Questions," which debuted at No. 2 on the Viral Video Chart, with 5 million views.In detail, the video spends extra time illustrating how a food stylist painstakingly browns the burger's edges and places each piece of cheese, pickle and onion before strategically injecting the sandwich with ketchup and mustard. Compared with the Big Mac you are served in minutes at your local store, this process takes hours and seems to explain why the burger looks so much better in advertisements. In all, the video, seems like an effort by McDonald's to take control of its brand image online, to expose the inner workings of the company instead of letting someone else do it which has gotten a positive response from their audience. See the video for yourself.(source.)
Recently I had come across a rather interesting marketing initiative run in Australia. It is relatively old but, I had just stumbled upon it and found it ingenious.
Stealing artwork is the theme. And for the reckless rebel in all of us this campaign is a god sent one (I once heard that it is every guys dream to be part of a heist). So, with that in mind, everyone is also familiar with famous graffiti artist Banksy. His work appears all over the world and is desired and admired my many. Well hotel chain, Art Series Hotel decided to capitalize on his success. They hid Banksy pieces in one of their hotels for patrons to steal! The master piece was worth $15,000.
The hotel turned the heist over to their patrons, wanting to see if they can steal the Banksy. They stated the guidelines for the competition:Find the art and try and steal it. If you don't get caught it's yours to keep. If you do get caught then back up on the wall it goes. No Ball Games will hang from 15 December. Book to stay at Art Series Hotels between 15 Dec and 15 Jan, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for hints on its whereabouts, and let the games begin.
You know what happens next; influx of hotel reservations, flights and tourists to Australia. Purely innovative success.
HEY, I know that lately I've been hating on social media sites but, they aren't all bad. All in all, many people use it to get their businesses, work, and or music out there for people to see. It is cost effective and the reach is enormous.
But, besides all that advertising/marketing krap, I wanted to feature a rather noteworthy NJ band that is just getting started. They had just release their first song and music video on 4/20, and I have to say I am impressed. I listen to a good amount of hardcore music and yesterday as I paused my All Shall Perish Pandora playlist (yes, I listen to All Shall Perish at work....) to listen to this, I really felt like the voice and instrumentals were up to par if not BETTER then the bands that I had been listening too who are already big.
Now this band really comes as a breath of fresh air. To elaborate I've lived in NJ my whole life and throughout high school many if not all of my friends were in bands, trying to make it big. But, they had always been a huge let down and I doubted they would go anywhere. Of course to their faces I would always be like "OH that song is amazing" or "that breakdown was epic" but nah, in the end I always went back to my playlists and thought they'll never sound like these guys, who've made it big.
But, I think Julius Seizure has some real potential here, they are different. THE SOUND IS ACTUALLY GREAT. And everything they do is professionally done. Really worth checking out AND their fully using Facebook, Youtube, and the Web to get their name out there. Which is fine by me.
There first show is coming up! and I'd encourage everyone to check it out:
Recently marketing is being overwhelmingly concentrated in social media. Admittedly, social media is today’s communication giant but I feel marketing and advertising could use a breath of fresh air. Some marketers are attempting to change their focus away from social media towards the ‘next big thing,’ that isn’t necessarily going to be web-based.
While I had been looking into the topics of social media and marketing trends, I had encountered some interesting results. For instance, we all know that SEO is much more popular than PPC when considering social media, but did you know that Emailing still hold the top spot at as top marketing channel used other than social media. Search engine optimization lagged behind significantly at number two. Furthermore, “68 percent of respondents said they’re planning to increase their SEO efforts — a number that’s down slightly from 71 percent in 2011.” Could this be due to some crowding out in the social media / web field?
Crowding out could be a viable reason for marketers and corporations to be looking elsewhere to get their creative genius out. In its’ initial start social media had been an outlet for ‘the average person’ to get their word out; today, the platforms are OVERRUN by corporations bombarding viewers with ads and gaining so much recognition that ‘the average person’ struggles to find a place where they can have a significant
Nonetheless new venues in social media are being adopted. Google+ being the most prominent. But, Facebook remains as the top social media site used by marketers and business owners, followed by Twitter and Linkedin. Google+ falls behind YouTube and Blogs in 6th place. Yet this venue is projected to increase in popularity in the coming years and really give Facebook a run for it’s’ money. But, as Google+ had recently revamped its page to allot users more creativity, Facebook buys one of the most popular phone apps (Instagram) to expand their operations into the mobile market (a market where Facebook doesn’t get money from their advertisements, a significant aspect of their business model.)
This social media war is truly becoming old. I find that there is little to be surprised about anymore with advertisements on this platform. Let’s face it, you can do ANYTHING online, so what is there to be surprised about. So where the true challenge and ability to really impress lies, is in other non-web-based venues. In detail, I would prompt everyone to check out Sid Lee Architecture. This firm is different from regular architecture companies in that it merges with the commercial creative world. They use art and buildings to portray a brand image. Truly innovative! Most impressive is that they are against the digital. The owner has been quoted as saying; “We won’t hire a digital-media artist, but we’ll hire an architect who can program and we won’t hire an illustrator but bring someone who like to draw.”
Up above is a diseign by Sid Lee for the Red Bull headquarters. Can we say corporate culture?
Change is key in this sector!!!
Social Media has truly created an altered universe where one can, in an instant, connect with long lost friends from grade school or relatives across the globe. It has redefined much of what was considered seamless five years ago and left companies scrabbling to develop new policies and methods of attack. In detail, the press, geo-political revolutions and the advertising industry are left fighting to stay ahead of the curve and adapt to the rapidly changing internet world.It is no wonder that along with it's utility is has also reaped many difficulties. One main contribution has been "the range of content that we produce has been vastly expanded, and so has the definition of what constitutes marketing."Alongside this it has created a new skill set that is heavily in demand, that of the social media manager. But, one has to wonder has the true purpose of social media eluded us. In our capitalizing on the variety of opportunities that sites like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have offered, have we created a monster?In its most basic form these sites were based in communication and providing a venue for people to communicate with one another. Yet, thinking about it now seems like the corporate has taken over.
Social Media gave those without the power of major brands to get their words, advice, opinions, and products out there with little to no cost. In all, "the early influence of social media also meant that politicians, public figures and corporations could no longer stage-manage their images and reputations through exclusive channels that they controlled." Today, the sites are flooded and over-populated with individuals trying to self-promote. It is getting harder and harder for any one person to standout while the BIG BRANDS are getting the spotlight. In all, "Somewhere along the way, the established media channels reclaimed their power at the top of the pyramid." They have control of social media. These sites have gotten increasingly more commercial.(source.)
With Pinterest gathering more footing in the social media realm, it was only a matter of time before companies would start to leverage it. Personally, I had been thinking about how to adequately leverage Pinterest from a marketing/advertising standpoint. Smoyz, an advertising agency, and French car manufacturer Peugeo developed a unique utilization for the site.
The agency put together a video detailing an initiative they engaged in for Kotex, which serves much like a case study for using the platform. In detail, they ran a campaign for Kotex called "Women's Inspiration Day" that involved targeting 50 active users of pinterest
and seeking to understand their pins. By doing this, Smoyz felt they had been able to target the users key interests (it is pINTERST). Using this they created a customized gift box based on the pins. In all, it isn't much or the most ground-breaking approach but it is the first I've seen to really attempt to harness the power of the Pinterest platform.
Yet, in the end Smoyz was able to get 100% response rate, leading to 2,284 interaction and 694,853 total impressions. In a similar respect, Peugeot is running a rather clever campaign on the site. They have create a series of boards that reads like an advertisement to showcase its newest models. Yet, some of the boards are missing images and once the five pictures are found, pinned, and pieced together, they reveal a car model. The way the puzzle can be completed is by trying to
find, match, and pin images from the company's Facebook page or website. In the end, the first five to complete the puzzle boards and share it with Peugeot, will win certain prizes.
Leave it to the French to develop an innovative use for the platform. I love this because it encourages a user to go beyond pinterest to interact with the brand. The user is encouraged to delve into the company website and beyond to obtain the images in hopes of winning the prize.
Pinterst is a site based in self-expression, which can exclude a number of professional services firms. Yet, there is hope for the accountants and lawyers seeking to leverage social media. Pinterests specific page for advertising print campaigns is here (even HSBC has a spot). On the other hand, its is a vital and great tool for design, clothing, art, architecture, and music companies. It also provides yet another free advertising venue for companies to use to extend their online presence and reach.
In 2007, South by Southwest was primarily known as a film and music festival. But in the same time SXSW Interactive was attracting greater attendance and media coverage. It was there that innovators such as Twitter, laid the groundwork for what the festival would turn into. Today, the innovators of tomorrow scramble together the next ground-breaking technologies, apps, and sites that would consume our media driven lives. All in all, thanks to Twitter, these digital media heads spend all year making predictions about what technology will break through at the following SXSW.
AdAge Digital has released an article outlining 7 Social Startups, which are debuting at this year's SXSW that marketers are paying attention to. Although each are well-hyped, reading through the list is startling at most. I found myself wondering how some of these applications are even legal. With social media running rampant throughout our lives, drawing the line between personal and private appears to be becoming increasingly more blurred. Here is a run-down of four of the start-ups that I found most interesting. Are they crossing the line? or well within the boundaries of a useful daily phone app or tool. SONAR.
A recent beta for Android, Sonar is similar to the appraised Foursquare with a 'facebook-like' twist. Checking into locations gives you the ability to filter those around you who have also been checking in. In detail, you can analyze common interests, mutual friends, and other factors through syncing with other networks. Then you can list your friends and rank the rest according to who's most relevant or who you should probably meet.
So, let me get this straight: in the future our phones are going to tell us who we are suppose to be friends with? Talk about living media consumed lives. When I read this I thought it insane and a bit frightening. WTF!? What this just means is that our generation and those after us are going to end up totally antisocial zombies staring at their phones for contact to the outside world.
On the other hand, this will prove rather useful for marketers and advertisers in gaining insights as well as seeking out target customers. In that sense, Sonar is an useful yet still invasive tool in my opinion. The article also highlights it's benefits towards networking, perhaps at a conference, in which yes this is a great tool. Still creepy.
Ban.jo will be updating their app for SXSW in a similar fashion. The upgrade will allow location data from other networks to be presented to users with a map of people nearby. Yet, unlike Sonar, these people will be ranked by proximity, not relevance. Thus, emphasizing the other side of social discovery.
-_____________- So basically the use of Sonar and Ban.jo together will enhance the efficiency and specialization of Rapists and Serial Killers everywhere. WIN for social media. Thanks.
An IPhone specific app that has garnered the most interest for those at SXSW. Highlight tracks your location and notifies you when people are nearby. "Techcrunch believed it's moving toward becoming 'a personal, social CRM system that helps you remember people's names and when you met them." (thank fucking you for taking away all my responsibilities as a human being)
Now now, this can prove to be a useful networking tool for the corporate or business professional. A social CRM system also proves helpful for many businesses and marketers.
Here is the reverse of Foursquare. It knows where you are, and curates content from social web, and suggests events, shindigs and general places nearby that are aligned with your personal interests. Roamz analyzes content from all of the major silos that contain location data (FB, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter), but the duration process shows users interesting and relevant nearby posts from all users rather than only friends or those in your social graph.
Thank you. I love it. This sounds like a great tool to filter out everything around you and provide you with what you want. WE are bombarded with TONS of information everyday and it would be nice to have a filter or a direction of where to go, for instance in a new city or on vacation. If integrated in the right way with the locations that surrounds you this app will be likely to provide you with great finds that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. HIPSTER PARADISE.
All in all, Social and digital media is really taking over our personal lives. Yes, these apps prove to facilitate business operations and marketing but what about your day-to-day living experience. These few apps really show how social discovery is turning from a humanly, person-to-person experience to a mobilize digitized application process much like crunching numbers into a calculator. Are we looking at the onset of a Matrix type world where our technological innovations take control, EEKK? What will our phones be able to do for us next?
With all the hype of Kony 2012 you have to wonder what affect this 30minute video truly has on usurping the Uganda warlord. Simply stated "The Kony2012 campaign will primarily succeed in making Invisible Children, not Joseph Kony, more famous."
It's true! I know I know we all say how POWERFUL social media has gotten, but seriously....
IT IS NOT POWERFUL ENOUGH TO OVERTHROW A WARLORD.
and Invisible Children knows that. Ever think it was just a ploy to get more funding? It all comes down to the money...always. Also, this cause is not new it has been around for ages, and just now people decide to step up due to a YouTube video, have some dignity and don't let SOCIAL MEDIA CONTROL YOUR LIFE.
Now I'm not saying we shouldn't be made aware or that at least some of Invisible Children's intentions were in the right place. But all the hype is annoying. People have to remember that everything is a business and YES for all of those people that get super annoyed at watching commercials and people trying to sell you stuff..... YOU FELL FOR THIS ONE...
Your are not above marketing.... It will get you...and this is a perfect example of how.
Seriously how many of us are now gong to get up and go to Africa to help, or even donate money. No were just gunna walk away knowing "oh yeah that crazy video Invisible Children posted was so intense."HERE
is more publication on the matter, revealing that historic and at times irrelevant information provided within the video. PLEASE read.
I'm not one for PSAs but this hit the spot.
This UK PSA shows British Boys What Rape Looks Like. This spot was based on the shocking research that revealed that a majority of British teenagers have no idea what constitutes rape and more generally don't understand the limits of aggressive sexual behavior. On the other hand, women need the self-confidence to say no to unwanted sexual pressure. According to the Telegraph
, research suggests that "33 per cent of teenage girls and 16 per cent of boys … have experienced some form of sexual violence from a boyfriend or girlfriend," so the concern is more than warranted.
I believe this ad. to be effective. It is short and too the point and doesn't bog the viewer down with too much information. Just the plain fact here. On a different note, it has been known that advertisements are less restricted within the EU. This poses a concern, when considering how this spot would be altered for the U.S. audience? and if so would be be more or less effective.
I would believe a similar number of sex and relationship violence occurs in the states, if not more. But, is this ad. transferable? (there's just too many sissy uptight parents here in my opinion.)
Blogger Copyranter states "Place it in the 'commercials that would probably never air in the USA' folder." It really is a shame. Because instead we get ads like these
The Newsweek shows our Republican candidates in a battle royal, Spartacus style!
"Mitt to prove he is the TRUE conservative".......
Not sure if i like this as much as the series tho.