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Google Taps Wallace and Gromit to Promote Google+ in a Holiday Hangout

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 18, 2012 03:45 PM

British animator Nick Park brought his Academy Award-winning Wallace and Gromit to Bristol studio Aardman Animation, and forever changed the world of animation and commercial production. Now Google+ is tapping the stop motion animated duo for a holiday campaign to promote the social network’s Hangouts social video interactive platform.

“We are thrilled to see Wallace and Gromit use a Google+ Hangout to join the rest of the Aardman family for the very first time,” commented Cristian Cussen, Head of Marketing, Google+, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “We would love for families and friends everywhere to easily connect over the holidays. For those who can’t make it home this year, they can still spend the holidays together through Google+ Hangouts.”Continue reading...

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Hey Kids! Verizon is Putting Santa on Video Chat (And Motorola, Too)

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 4, 2012 11:37 AM

Forget emailing your list to Santa this season. Verizon's FiOS broadband service is sponsoring a free video chat service with the jolly old guy himself, along with the chance to win a $200 gift card. See the trailer below, along with an important bulletin from the North Pole (and Motorola).Continue reading...

auto motive

Ford Looking to Sustain Social Buzz, But No More Prelaunch in Primetime

Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2012 04:02 PM

Ford has taken some arrows as the auto industry's social-media-marketing leader, most notably around a staged press conference in Sept. 2011 that was pushed out on social media. But for the most part, the automaker's social aggressiveness has helped it conquer new territory. Becoming an acknowledged trailblazer in the arena also has helped Ford sidestep potential problems that can attend companies if they get too far out on social-media limbs.

"Ford being well-respected ... in the social space, has given us an added level of credibility and it has given us a legion of fans who actually act as our eyes and ears and who can flag stuff for us," Scott Monty, Ford's director of social media, told Business Insider. People are "looking out for our best interests and will say, you know, 'You guys might want to take a look at this.'" Including, evidently, the company's CEO.Continue reading...

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"Why VW"? Volkswagen Promotes Fan Stories, Brand Values in New US Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on September 17, 2012 06:18 PM

Volkswagen has taken another step in mainstreaming its brand in the U.S. market, where new models and high hopes have made American consumers more important than ever. The brand has launched a new marketing campaign, "Why VW," and a social microsite featuring all ages and ethnicities in a bid "to capture and share the stories of Volkswagen owners and fans in a whole new way as well as draw new consumers into the Volkswagen experience," as Volkswagen of America put it in a press release today.

The ad campaign and the social hub, designed to encourage storytelling and spark conversations on Facebook, Twitter, PinterestGoogle+ and YouTube, represent two new facets of a broadening effort that the brand has been undertaking for about three years now after VW Group honchos in Germany decided that the U.S. market — which had suffered on a side burner for decades — would indeed prove important for their dreams of leading the globe in auto sales.

"We have a lot of new products right now; we're not just a Jetta and Beetle company," Justin Osborne, general manager of marketing communications for Volkswagen of America, told brandchannel. "We're resonating with a much broader and larger base, and we have products that are aligned with consumer tastes."Continue reading...

fashion week

Heart of Glass: Diane Von Furstenberg x Google Puts Augmented Reality on Runway

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 10, 2012 10:04 AM

Call it Projector Runway. Diane von Furstenberg made a splash with her collection that debuted Sunday during the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013 shows — and not just for her chic prints and flowing palazzo pants.

The New York-based designer also put Google Glass augmented reality glasses on the catwalk, with her models wearing the high-tech specs and capturing the action on the runway (more on that below).

Also wearing the web-enabled specs at the show: Google co-founder Sergey Brin and von Furstenberg (who addressed Googlers on her vision back in 2006) herself.Continue reading...

London 2012

London 2012: Twitter Wins the Socialympics With 150M Tweets

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 13, 2012 05:07 PM

It’s a wrap for the London 2012 Olympics, and in addition to the new athletic records that were set, fans, brands and athletes interacting together collectively took the gold as the undisputed winner of the first Social Olympics.

From the opening ceremony on July 27th, which generated 9.66 million tweets (and in the next 24 hours more than all those during the entire 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing), a total of more than 150 million tweets were shared during and about the Olympics.

World's Fastest Man Usain Bolt was the most talked about athlete, inspiring a blinding fast 80,000 tweets per minute (TPM) during his gold medal-winning 200m sprint and 74,000 TPM during his 100m run, while the Spice Girls reunion at the closing ceremony inspired 116,000 TPM.

Twitter's recap highlights other social highlights of these games including: Michael Phelps and Tom Daley trailing Bolt as the most discussed athletes, and Andy Murray, third-highest at 57,000 TPM after winning the gold medal in men’s tennis singles.Continue reading...

traveling brands

Google Buys Frommer's to Expand Local Travel Content

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 13, 2012 01:33 PM

Almost a year ago, former Google executive Marissa Mayer struck a deal to purchase the user review-based Zagat brand.

Today, Google confirmed it's expanding its travel content library by acquiring the Frommer's brand of travel guidebooks and related assets from US publisher John Wiley & Sons, while Mayer, of course, has struck a different big deal for herself.

The Frommer's deal will beef up the Google+ Local platform, which now incorporates Zagat restaurant reviews, with Frommers-curated lists such as "Best National Parks of the Pacific Northwest" and other travel resources.

Why buy rather than partner? Zagat, for starters, can't do it all alone — while Google has big plans in the travel space.Continue reading...

tech innovation

Watch Google Discuss 'Agile Creativity' Pitch With Agency Heads [VIDEO]

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 9, 2012 01:03 PM

As Ad Age notes this week, Google is pitching ad agencies on its new Silicon Valley x Madison Avenue positioning, "Agile Creativity." As the trailer above shows, it's Google's hope that it will spark conversations with advertisers and marketers about tapping into and collaborating with its technology — such as Project Glass (aka the augmented reality Google Googles), self-driving car, and other innovations.

Below, watch the August 8th Google Hangout discussing the digital tech pitch with, from Google, Torrence Boone, Managing Director, Agency Business Development (a former agency exec); Chee Chew, Director of Engineering, Google+; a rare sneak behind the curtain by Rich DeVaul, Rapid Evaluator at the stealth skunkworks that is the Google[x] Lab; and on the agency side, Greg Andersen, CEO of BBH NY; and John Boiler, CEO & Founder, 72andSunny — both of whom share their insights on Google's new Agile Creativity home page.Continue reading...

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