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Social Media Marketing: Tumblr Touts Its Value to Its Users and Brands

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 14, 2013 02:09 PM

In the heated battle for digital and social loyalty, Facebook is squaring off against Tumblr, which is growing in size and as a platform for brands to have a different kind of voice, one that relates better to millennials in particular: more tongue in cheek, a little more freewheeling and more visual.

With more than 80 million blogs across its network, Tumblr is inspiring online (recently passing "blog" as a search term on Google) and offline buzz, as witnessed in a flurry of Tumblr to book publishing deals, such as Suri's Burn Book.

The microblogging site has hired a full-time literary community manager, Rachel Fershleiser, to help connect Tumblr bloggers to agents that could lead to a book, TV, radio or web deal — or some combination of those platforms. "I'll give them advice or I'll take a look at their book proposal," Fershleiser commented to the PBS MediaShift blog. "Sometimes I'll pass something along to an agent. Tumblr gives them a place to put their work and if it's great, we will get it discovered."

While clearly embraced by the younger creative community, Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp faces the task of monetizing its success by working with brands and marketers while not turning off its user base. Karp isn't a big fan of advertising, so he's looking for subtle ways to engage brands and his community.Continue reading...

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CES 2013 Watch: Samsung Crowdsources #WeAllShare Short Film

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 8, 2013 04:04 PM

Samsung's marketing team is inviting the public to contribute to "We All Share," a crowdsourced film that it plans to unveil in a live premiere at CES on January 9th at 2pm EST:

"Embark on a global film experience and discover what common bond brings us all together. Tell us 'what does sharing mean to you?' by tagging Twitter or Instagram pics with #weallshare and learn more at weallshare.samsung.com."

Watch the trailer below, and Samsung's other 2013 CES videos on its YouTube channel.Continue reading...

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Buick is Pinning and Winning (with a Dash of Tumbling, Too)

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 13, 2012 04:58 PM

The 2013 Buick Encore is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine, has an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway fuel economy, and standard six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. It also features personalized technologies well-suited to the desired demo such as Intellilink and QuietTuning with Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation. 

That's all well and good, but it's not very exciting to non-car buffs. So how to excite the social web with those features? Excite bloggers to become inspired by the brand and become social ambassadors, for a start. With 71% of Pinterest’s nearly 25 million users under the age of 45, (50% age 25-44), the “Pinboard to Dashboard” program has generated 17 million plus unique visitors, followers or users across Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blogs.

“Knowing the Encore’s target audience spends a great deal of time online, and on Pinterest, we created a social strategy to reach them where they ‘live’,” said Lloyd Biermann, Buick Crossovers marketing manager. So In October, Buick selected 10 influential design, fashion and food bloggers to create pinboards on Pinterest showcasing how the all-new Encore speaks to their personal style and life passions.Continue reading...

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From Perfume to Hot Dog Pizza, Pizza Hut Canada is Winning Facebook

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 5, 2012 04:19 PM

Pizza Hut Canada thrilled its Facebook fans by whipping up a batch of limited-edition perfume and sending it to the first 100 to raise their wrists — with a new batch on its way — while sending one lucky follower an original cartoon on the inside lid of a pizza box (check 'em both out, below).

Now the brand's Canadian marketers are rolling out (no joke) a hotdog-stuffed pizza crust, previously tested in the UK, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 7. Only in Canada, eh? Pity.Continue reading...

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#My2K Hashtag Campaign Spurs Twitter Townhall Fiscal Cliff Debate

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 28, 2012 12:06 PM

In July 2011, President Obama warned House Majority Leader Eric Cantor that he would pressure Republicans to compromise and make a deal by "going to the American people" in order to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, and he's doing just that.

The White House (with more than 3 million Twitter followers) and Obama (with 23.9 million followers) created a trending topic on Twitter today by promoting the #My2K hashtag to rally support for the president's call for legislation before the year-end fiscal cliff deadline for former president George W. Bush's tax cuts package.

Obama is stepping up his effort to get Americans to lobby their elected representatives to pass the middle class tax cuts, personalizing the message with "My 2K" as a reference to the $2,000 (well, $2,200) that may be coming out of their pockets: "If Congress fails to act before the end of the year, every American family’s taxes will automatically go up. A typical middle-class family of four would see its taxes rise by $2,200 starting in 2013."Continue reading...

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Social Marketing for Brands: Tweet Smarter, Not Harder [Infographic]

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 28, 2012 10:57 AM

Kudos to Untypical Marketing (aka Joe Schaefer, a one-man web/mobile marketing band based in Albany, NY) for his "Tweet Smarter" tips for brands, which we share below but encourage you to click here and share his short, sweet and helpful infographic — which is pretty much the secret to making Twitter work for you.Continue reading...

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Salesforce Social Marketing Cloud Bursts as Radian6, Buddy Media Hit Storm

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 26, 2012 05:42 PM

A storm is gathering in the clouds, not just with #Sandy moving towards the northeast US, but with rumbling within the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. This week, it emerged that Salesforce.com's biggest acquisition, social media campaign manager Buddy Media, is losing more than $40 million a year, while Salesforce's social media markeing firm, Radian6, is reorganizing and shedding jobs.

Salesforce spokesperson Jane Hynes’ statement in part: “With the integration of Radian6 and Buddy Media, the Salesforce Marketing Cloud is rebalancing its resources to support its growth, including moving from a hub to a distributed model for certain customer-facing roles, consolidating marketing, and dramatically increasing investments in R&D. Fewer than 100 people globally have been impacted.”

Salesforce acquired Buddy Media in August for $745 million, a time it was churning through more than $42 million a year, while Radian6, Salesforce’s previous marquee acquisition was cash-flow positive at the time of its $325 million acquisition in March of 2010.Continue reading...

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Old Navy Says Thanks to Facebook Fans With Human Coupon

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 10, 2012 10:37 AM

Old Navy hit five million "likes" on Facebook on Tuesday, and as promised, they're saying thanks with its biggest promotion ever: a "human coupon" that offers 30 percent off an entire purchase from Oct. 12-14. Download it at OldNavy.com/5million, and check out the making of video below.Continue reading...

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