Refresh Everything, Including Your Browser

Pepsi’s decision to avoid running Gatorade, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Mountain Dew spots during the Super Bowl and to instead concentrate on a social media campaign with charitable giving at its center, seems to be working wonders. Atlanta Constitution Journal reports: According to Nielsen Co., PepsiCo is getting more attention on the Web than any […]

Monday Meditation: Beyond Social Media, There Is Social Production

John Willshire, Head of Innovation at PHD Media in London asks, “How do you socialize production?” He says the answers to this question add up to a new “blueprint for the communications industry.” His point is we need to stop searching for the one big idea that can be communicated in a mass channel. In […]

Social Space Fermentation

Social media marketing and analytics provider, Lift9, sees some needle movement in the wine industry. For instance: * 700,000 people watch wine related videos each month. * Over 7000 wine tweets/ day * Over 1300 wine bloggers * The wine experience has become portable with over 300 iPhone apps. Wine is a topic with many […]

Social Media Strategy Fits The Kitzhaber Brand

Provide Oregonians a free undergraduate education. Create a state-run micro-loan program for Oregon startups. And help strengthen the creative economy. These are some of the ideas Oregonians are providing to John Kitzhaber, who is running for Governor in 2010. Ben Jacklet at Oregon Business writes: The Kitzhaber campaign’s website for ideas has received dozens of […]

Social Sites, The New Watering Holes

If we’re to believe two European marketing execs, branded microsites may soon be a thing of the past. Here’s the news from New Media Age: Prinz Pinakatt, the Coca-Cola Company’s interactive marketing manager for Europe, said, “In some cases some of our campaigns won’t need a coke.com-hosted site. In most cases these will still exist […]

Keep Your Tweetstream Clean

Nat Ives of Ad Age reports that large media companies are looking at ways to make money from the work they’ve done building an audience on social sites like Twitter. Companies are considering the paid Tweet route, but are on the fence about the idea. In the meantime… The New York Times Online has started […]

Screens Down

Renny Gleeson is Wieden + Kennedy’s global director of digital strategy. As such, he’s jacked in to the machine big time. Yet, he remains just distant enough to see himself. There is something beautiful, terrifying and powerful about the rise of ambient intimacy, and our willing adoption of the latest and greatest tools to feed […]

Wolk, Brier, Schafer & Morrissey

Ian Schafer of Deep Focus, Noah Brier of Barbarian Group, Brian Morrissey of Adweek, and Alan Wolk got together at Morgan’s Hotel in Manhattan last fall to discuss current issues in marketing communications. Thanks to the presence of video cameras in the room, we can now drop in on the conversation. The Social Media Bubble […]

For Commodities To Compete, Real Value Has To Be Found In The Brand And the Experiences It Creates

Consumer packaged goods brands are losing share to less-expensive store brands, a fact that marketing execs working at CPG companies and their partners in agencies around the globe are trying to reckon with. According to eMarketer, and its new report there’s hope for brands in online loyalty programs. In addition to regular e-mail communication, CPG […]

Mission-Driven Communications In The Social Space

Chad Norman helps organizations supercharge their Web experiences at Charleston, SC-based Blackbaud, a software developer focused on the non-profit sector. Turns out his advice on how to use social tools is applicable way beyond the non-profit sector. Take a look: 50 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits View more presentations from Chad Norman.