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Nike, Disney Rule Brand Engagement on Instagram, Tumblr

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 1, 2013 11:37 AM

Social media has increasingly become a more relevant and necessary tool for brands to actively engage with consumers, but just being on social isn't enough. While some have a long way to go in mastering ideal social technique, some of the world's best social users are big brands—and they've got engagement across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms down pat. 

Of Fortune 500 companies, 123 have Instagram accounts—a relatively low number compared to those that have Facebook and Twitter accounts, according to data collected by TrackMaven. Of the over 19,000 images and 243 videos posted, Nike and Starbucks are two of the most popular brands on the platform, with a snowy scene from Nike the most liked and commented among brand postings.  

Additionally, another study from Unruly found that 40 percent of the top Instagram videos are brand-created, with MTV leading that pack. What's more, entertainment and clothing brands seem to be the most popular brands on the platform.Continue reading...

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Facebook Makes Investors Ad-Happy, but Is It Bleeding 'Cool' Factor?

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 31, 2013 12:43 PM

Facebook’s Q3 results brought mixed reviews for the world’s No. 1 social network. Its ad business is delivering above expectation with mobile revenues up 14 percent from last year, however, teen users continue to jump ship for competitors like Twitter, Snapchat and other messaging apps.  

Facebook shares soared 15 percent yesterday after news of its positive ad outlook spread, but dropped significantly after executives were upfront about a turn-down in teen usage. "We did see a decrease in [teenage] daily users [during the quarter], especially younger teens," said Facebook CFO David Ebersman on a call with analysts, but added that usage among overall US teens remained "stable." 

Overall revenue rose to $2.02 billion, up 60 percent from last year's $1.26 billion, with advertising delivering more than 89 percent of the total. Integrating news feed ads combined with better metrics from partnerships with Nielsen and Datalogix are “certainly peaking marketers' interest and making them more willing to spend," Sarah Hofstetter, CEO of 360i, told Ad Age

Facebook is also bound to benefit from the monetization of Instagram, with ads debuting on US user's feeds soon.Continue reading...


Honda Bests Itself as It Evolves Socially-Driven Campaigns

Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 05:44 PM

Honda has long been known for conservative vehicle styling and a steady-as-she-goes approach to building sales and market share, which has worked remarkably well over the decades. 

But increasingly, Honda is the auto brand that is pushing the envelope with its marketing and advertising efforts in the US and elsewhere, taking flyers on damaged and strange platforms, producing some of the most notable new social media campaigns, and putting a lot of money and muscle behind a minivan segment that many automakers have written off. Year-to-date sales are up 9 percent, so something is working.

The latest examples include a new addition to its "Start Something Special" ad campaign that has been underscoring the relationships that people have with their Hondas. The brand has created a #StartSomething hashtag to invite stories by Honda fans that will be archived digitally and then evolve into efforts under the "Honda Loves You Back" program—what Honda marketing executive Michael Accavitti called "feel-good surprises we've orchestrated over the past few yeas to show gratitude to those who have expressed love for the brand."Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Dell, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook program that bundles print books with discounted e-books. 

Dell is officially private.

Twitter rolls out richer feed with videos, images. 

AT&T puts Halloween twist on "It's not complicated" campaign with cute kids.

Barnes & Noble turns out new, lighter Nook Simple Touch GlowLight. 

BlackBerry met with Facebook on potential bid.

British American Tobacco apoligizes for advertising e-cigarette brand in kids' app. 

CBS said to be developing streaming news channel.

Chevrolet faces "B Strong" backlash.

Chrysler profits are boosted by pickups and SUVs.

Comcast's rebranded Xfinity TV Go app will stream like TV from anywhere.  

Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to buy Snapchat.Continue reading...

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Instagram, Careful to Keep Community Feel, Previews Potential Ads

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 25, 2013 02:56 PM

Popular photo-sharing app Instagram is easing its way into monetization with the introduction of its first ads, slated to begin running next week. And the Facebook-owned company couldn't be any more careful in its efforts to protect and preserve the Instagram community.

After announcing that ads would become a reality on the platform about three weeks ago, it posted a blog post with a sampling of potential ads from brands such as W Hotels, Michael Kors, Macy's, Lexus, PayPal, Ben & Jerry’s and Levis—the latter of which is using the app to track its novel station-to-station campaign. 

The ads will function much like those seen on Twitter and Facebook; clearly marked with a "sponsored" tag in the upper right corner that users can tap to find out more about advertising. Users can also tap the "..." to enable ad settings and feedback.Continue reading...


Johnson & Johnson Tackles Big Problems in the Smallest Room

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 21, 2013 11:07 AM

With 9 billion people in the world by 2050, and natural resources already depleted almost beyond restoration, Johnson & Johnson is launching a campaign on Tumblr to encourage people to recycle bathroom products.

Care To Recycle, the first recycling awareness campaign of its kind to be hosted exclusively on Tumblr, focuses on the “Smallest Room” in the house—the bathroom.

Market research conducted by the Shelton Group found that 40 percent of Americans report recycling no bathroom items at all, as it either never occurred to them, or, as 20 percent reported, they didn't even know that products in the bathroom are recyclable.

"After reviewing the results of the research, we saw a very real opportunity to help reduce waste by educating people about recyclable bathroom items,” said Paulette Frank, VP, Sustainability for Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies, in a press release. “With its active community of highly engaged content seekers, Tumblr seemed like the ideal platform to help spread the word about recycling in the smallest room of the house and how it can make a big difference to our planet."Continue reading...

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Facebook's Latest Bid to Stay Cool Puts Teens in a Vulnerable Position

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 17, 2013 04:53 PM

Facebook's recent privacy updates haven't exactly pleased people, and have even caught the attention of the FTC. And now, the company is seemingly taking a nose dive into a sensitive debate: the social media site is now allowing posts by teens (ages 13-17) to be made public, a thing once restricted to friends and friends of friends.  

Facebook positions it as giving teenage users more choice, but the bigger motivator is money as the social network is now feeding data-filled content to advertisers jumping at the chance to market their products and services to key younger demographics.  

“It’s all about monetization and being where the public dialogue is,” Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, told the New York Times. “To the extent that Facebook encourages people to put everything out there, it’s incredibly attractive to Facebook’s advertisers.”Continue reading...

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That Escalated Quickly: Dodge Deploys 'Anchorman' Will Ferrell for Dual Promo

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 8, 2013 11:02 AM

There may be no automotive brand that's doing a better job of marrying entertainment and marketing than Dodge.

And if there is a Hollywood A-lister who's doing a better job endorsing products while avoiding the stigma of being a walking billboard than Will Ferrell, we don't know who it is. So it almost seems inevitable that they would end up together.

Coming off an extraordinary coup that saw the Dodge Charger (aka the "Bravado Buffalo") play a major role in the blockbuster new video game Grand Theft Auto 5, Dodge has released a cross-platform campaign featuring Will Ferrell that ties into the upcoming release of Anchorman 2.Continue reading...

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