Little Boxes With Text In Them Need A New Name, Because They’re Not “Ads” In A Classic Sense

Today LinkedIn’s self-service pay-per-click text advertising offering, LinkedIn Ads, emerges from beta with a new set of targeting options that will increase the return on investment of ad campaigns by providing advertisers access to a high-quality and relevant audience of professionals. In addition to text and display ads, LinkedIn offers a number of customized marketing […]

Tell Proust Your Story For Posterity

Named for Marcel Proust and his famous questionnaire, Proust.com is a new online site that allows family and friends to capture life stories, thoughts and aspirations with compelling and engaging questions. The company cast a wide net for its launch execution, meeting with ad agencies and other companies to find the right match, among them […]

Revisionist Social Media History

MOMA in Sao Paulo is having some fun by placing today’s must have social technologies in retro advertising settings. Visit Bit Rebels for the Twitter and Facebook versions, or visit Beautiful Life for a better idea of how these ads were used to promote agency seminars.

Look At This Shiny New Thing! (And Please Ignore All The Stuff That No Longer Works)

Speaking at Apple’s annual press conference in California yesterday, chief new product promoter Steve Jobs announced the launch of Ping, a music-centered social network that lets iTunes customers share information about music and concerts, as well as allowing them to see what friends and their favorite artists are listening to and downloading. Ping is built […]

One Startup’s Journey From Free To Fee

Scott Heiferman of Meetup speaks to Henry Blodget of Business Insider about his company and Meetup made the transition to a pay model. “We have a product that’s good enough for people to pay for,” says Heiferman. I like the simplicity in that.

Labels See The Need To Push Product, Use The Band’s Website, YouTube, Facebook and MySpace To Do It

I love how bands are increasingly coming out with commercials to promote their new work. Here’s another promo from The Black Keys, who released “Brothers” on Nonesuch Records last Tuesday. “Brothers” is the Akron, Ohio band’s eighth full length in as many years, and the album sold over 73,000 copies in its first week giving […]

Based On The Book By Erik Qualman

Erik Qualman is back with a second edition of his Social Media Revolution, a state of the media report. One of the salient points that grabs me here is the idea that Generation Y and Z consider email passé, and that some universities have stopped distributing email accounts to incoming students. In fact, Boston College […]

Geo-Based Promotional Targeting Gets Nets Fans In The Game

When Gowalla users check in to a location they receive virtual currency. Thanks to an innovative use of the geolocation service by Vayner Media, virtual currency became actual currency in the form of free tickets to a New Jersey Nets game at the IZOD Center. Prior to the game, Gowalla users who checked in to […]