Facebook Fumbles and Yahoo! Recovers

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Mark Zuckerberg knows how to strike a nerve. Which is odd, because striking a chord is how most men and women make a lot of money. Naturally, he stepped over the privacy line again. This time his prize purchase of 2012 — Instagram for just shy of one billion dollars — is at risk of […]

Paid Post: “Crash the Super Bowl” Contest To Award $5 Mil. In Prize Money

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Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post, bought and paid for by the Doritos brand. Baseball, for many fans, has faded from view. The NHL has contract issues, and many foresee another cancellation of an entire hockey season. Basketball, meh. This time of year means one thing, football. As we quickly approach midseason, the ad […]

Facebook Doesn’t Want You To Be Lonely In The Vast, Dark Universe

This is a cardinal rule: DO NOT DEVELOP AN AGENCY STYLE. This is a cardinal rule because look and feel, a.k.a. style, belongs to the brand, not to the agency. Somewhere along the way, Wieden + Kennedy, one of the world’s few great big agencies, forgot about the cardinal rule. How do I know this? […]

Provided He Could Advertise On Facebook, What Would Wanamaker Do?

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Just last week, we looked at Google’s elaborate courtship of advertisers. Now, it’s Facebook’s turn to woo. According to The Wall Street Journal, New York-based Carolyn Everson, 40, is Facebook’s “liaison” with Madison Avenue, and she’s busy providing big brands the kind of data they need to justify their ad buys on the social platform […]

Content Is Not Inherently Interactive, But The Platform Is (See The Problem?)

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Tim Nudd of Adweek is in Cannes, soaking up what spills from the stage. This morning Nudd looked on as Facebook’s global head of brand design, Paul Adams, “froze with panic and could not continue.” According to Nudd, he walked off stage, composed himself and retured to deliver these four tips for approaching Facebook marketing: […]

I Like Your Jacket. And I “Like” Your Jacket.

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Here’s an interesting use of Facebook in the retail space. A Brazilian retailer lets you see exactly how many people “like” a particular item of clothing. According to Springwise, C&A’s new “Fashion Like” initiative uses special hooks on the racks in its bricks-and-mortar store to display Facebook “likes” in real time, giving in-store shoppers a […]

Is Facebook A Good Medium For Advertising?

Just as a test, last month I did a targeted ad campaign on Facebook for my 99 cent book. The results were practically zero–very few clickthroughs and no sales. Nor did I hear from anyone who saw the ads themselves. Of course, one small test doesn’t mean anything in a grand scale. But now, Ad […]

Your Friends Are Your Friends, Not Personal Shoppers Or Recommendation Engines

Paul Adams, Global Brand Experience Manager at Facebook, wrote one of those traditional advertising is dead posts that I avoid or ridicule. But I didn’t avoid Adams’ take on things, and I will not ridicule his points, many of which I agree with. I will challenge some of his conclusions, however. His main premise: “To […]

Brands Beg of Thee

How does brands get people to “Like” them on Facebook? You can read all about it on best practices lists by social media marketing experts, or you can see what NOT to do, care of North Social. Brands fumbling all over themselves in pursuit of follower counts are easy targets, of course, but that’s okay. […]

Beers And A Breach

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Heineken, the world’s third-largest brewer, is busy striking deals directly with Google, and now according to Ad Age, with Facebook. Asked how the Facebook deal would affect the Google pact, Heineken told Ad Age: “These are two different platforms [that] … complement Heineken’s strategy to be ‘part of the conversation.’ Facebook is a social media […]