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Humanizing and Entertaining Ads

28 Sep

HubSpot recently identified 12 enjoyable video marketing campaigns: “What better medium to propel the new wave of humanized marketing than video? It’s one of the most effective media for marketers. Seventy-three percent of respondents in a 2015 Web Video Marketing Council study indicated that video had a positive impact on their marketing results.

Click here to see all of the campaigns cited by HubSpot (and to read why HubSpot selected these campaigns).
 
Below are videos from HubSpot’s 5 top-rated campaigns.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Checklists: Part 2

14 Sep

In this second of two posts on social media checklists [click here to access the first post], the focus is on social media platforms. This comprehensive checklist from Whole Brain Group starts with general tips about using social media. It then gives specific tips relating to several social media platforms.

NOTE: Click on the image for a large version of the checklist.

 

2016 Sensible Social Media Checklist for Businesses
 

How Do YOU Feel About Chatbots?

20 Jun

Now that chatbots have been gaining in popularity, what exactly is a chatbot and what does it do? According to Scott Carey, writing for Techworld:

“Before chatbots, there were just bots — based on software designed to automate a specific task. A chatbot is built on the same premise; however, it delivers this task around a single function, namely chat, or simulated conversation. A chatbot uses machine learning to pick up on conversational cadences, allowing it to effectively mimic human conversation and react to spoken or written prompts to deliver a service.”

“The chatbot is essentially a user interface which can be plugged into a number of data sources via APIs [application program interfaces] so it can deliver information or services on demand, such as weather forecasts or breaking news.”

As further discussed by Knowledge@Wharton:

“While chatbots have been around in various rudimentary forms for years — think of Clippy, Microsoft’s paper clip virtual assistant — they have been taking off lately as advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence make them more versatile than ever. Among the most well-known chatbots: Apple’s Siri.”

“In rapid succession over the past few months, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google have each unveiled their chatbot strategies, touting the potential for this evolving technology to aid users and corporate America with its customer-service capabilities as well as business utility features like organizing a meeting. Yahoo joined the bandwagon recently, launching its first chatbots on a chat app called Kik Messenger.”

 
Click the image to read more from Knowledge@Wharton.


 

Bud Light Tackling a Big Social Issue

2 Jun

In the past (and even today), most companies have typically tried to stay out of any communications involving difficult social issues — or to even stake out a position.

So, cheers to Bud Light and Ellen DeGeneres for their joint efforts on behalf of gay marriage. As E.J. Schultz reports for Advertising Age:

“‘Gay weddings, they are just like any wedding,” Seth Rogen says in the commercial spot, which shows a wedding between two males. The ad also features Amy Schumer. The two comedians have been starring in the politically themed ‘Bud Light Party’ campaign. The first commercial [below] ran on broadcast TV on June 1 in California and New York, where it will also get paid digital support.”

“A big boost will come from Ms. DeGeneres, who tweeted to her 60+ million followers as part of a paid integration. Her Facebook page has more than 24.7 million likes. The ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ posted the spot on its YouTube channel. Bud Light has also erected rainbow-lit billboards in New York and California.”

“June 1 is the start of LGBT Pride month. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on June 26 that legalized gay marriage nationally.  Bud Light previewed the spot with gay rights group GLAAD, with which it has a longtime partnership.”

 

 

eMarketer: Most and Least Likely Trends for 2016

22 Dec

eMarketer recently posted two different predictions about 2016: the trends most likely to occur and the trends least likely to occur. They are a pretty interesting combination!

Most Likely to Occur in 2016

  1. The Voice Of the Consumer Will Be Heard
  2. Marketers Will Join the Conversation (in Messaging Apps)
  3. Mobile Payments Will Take Off
  4. Mobile Commerce Will Move Down the Funnel
  5. Millennials and Centennials Will Be OK With Releasing Even More Data
  6. Facebook Will Become Nearly Entirely Mobile

Click the image to read a lot more and to access additional charts.

 

Least Likely to Occur in 2016

  1. Ad Blocking Getting Solved
  2. Viewability Get Solved
  3. Facebook Killing YouTube
  4. Young People Abandoning Facebook in Droves
  5. Digital Spend to Surpass TV

Click the image to read a lot more and to access additional charts

 

Do We Really Want “Buy” Buttons at Social Media Sites?

15 Dec

Social media sites are rapidly ramping up their use of “buy” buttons for visitors. With buy buttons, social media users can instantly be linked to a shopping site for an item. But, do people really want buy buttons?

According to eMarketer, the answer for many people may be no:

“Social networks have been experimenting with — and even fully implementing — buy buttons into their platforms for a while. And though social media users are turning to platforms like Instagram and Pinterest to research brands and products, they are not that interested in actually using the buy buttons there.”

GlobalWebIndex polled social media users worldwide ages 16 to 64 in November 2015. When it came to their interest in using buy buttons via select social media networks, few were interested: Only 17% of respondents who used Tumblr said they were interest in using Tumblr’s buy buttons, and those were the most popular. Even fewer said they were interested in Instagram’s (14%), Pinterest’s (13%), or Twitter’s (12%) buy buttons. Interest was lowest for Facebook’s buy buttons; just 9% of Facebook users said it appealed to them.”

Click the chart to read more.

 

Facebook Cracking Down on Access to Data

28 Sep

There have been a lot of calls by government agencies, consumer groups, and individual users for Facebook to better control the information it provides to third parties. Now, it is taking another step.

As reported by  Deepa Seetharaman and Elizabeth Dwoskin for the  Wall Street Journal:

“Facebook’s restrictions on its user data, which were announced last year and put into effect in May, are rippling through academia, business, and presidential politics. Dozens of startups that had been using Facebook data have shut down, been acquired, or overhauled their businesses. Political consultants are racing to find new ways to tap voters’ social connections ahead of the 2016 presidential election.”

“’Facebook giveth and Facebook taketh away,’ said Nick Soman, who collected the locations of Facebook users’ friends to enhance his anonymous-chat app, Reveal. He later sold the app to music service Rhapsody International Inc. Mr. Soman said he admires Facebook, but learned a lesson about relying on third parties for a key component of his app.”

 
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