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The weekly recap - March 31, 2014.

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Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

A Growing Number of E-Commerce Sites Are Moving Into Print
While countless publishers are struggling to drive dollars via online shopping, there are a growing number of e-commerce companies moving in the opposite direction.

As Companies Evolve, Women Will Lead the Way
Women are creating a more open, empathetic and driven workplace.

Build Your Own iAd: Apple Throws Open Door to Platform
Starting today, anyone with an Apple ID will be able to open an account with iAd Workbench, the company's mobile-ad management tool.

Supreme Court Decision Could Mean More Ad Lawsuits
Marketers beware: A Supreme Court ruling this week could lead to more false-advertising lawsuits.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Marketing Automation
How B-to-B marketers can avoid the common pitfalls and reach full potential.

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Taco Bell enters the breakfast ring by calling on influencers.

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Look out McDonald’s and Burger King, pioneers of “fourth meal” are moving in on the first one. Taco Bell rolled out their breakfast menu on March 27, and it’s causing quite a buzz.

According to market researcher Technomic, McDonald’s has about a quarter of the fast food industry’s breakfast sales. Knowing it wouldn’t be easy to compete with those numbers, Taco Bell used none other than Ronald McDonald to get the public’s attention. Well, not THE Ronald McDonald, but they did find 400 men and women with the name Ronald McDonald—or some variation—who claimed to love the new breakfast meals in their most recent television spot and viral videos. In an effort to beat their newest competitor, McDonald’s announced they will offer a free small coffee to customers for two weeks starting March 31, according to the LA Times.  

So how else did Taco Bell get the word out about their first meal options? With the idea of getting up close and personal with fans of the food chain, they came up with feature phones. According to Mashable, Taco Bell mailed out 1,000 Samsung phones to super fans and social influencers. Recipients of these phones were unaware of the task until it came in the mail, and to the delight of Taco Bell, hopped onto their social media pages and started the conversation. The recipients were then given random challenges to complete at any time of day with the hopes of winning Taco Bell prizes (some of the prizes included a button-down waffle taco shirt or Crunchwrap Supreme bed sheets).

So did it work? Well take a look at Twitter and Instagram. The buzz is still rolling even after the feature phone clues ended Wednesday night. Popular hashtags #WakeUpLiveMas, and #BreakfastPhone are still going strong, even after the breakfast debut. Taco Bell has over 1.1 million followers on Twitter, and the recent television spot with the Ronald McDonald testimonials has almost 700,000 views on the YouTube channel. 

 So is Taco Bell’s breakfast menu here to stay? Is it as delicious as the Ronald McDonalds say it is? Well you’re just going to have to wait in line at one of the 6,000 stores in America—now open at 7 a.m.—to find out.

 

 

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The weekly recap - March 24, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

Most Marketers Have Yet to Embrace Twitter Advertising
More than 90% of Twitter's revenue comes from advertising and promoted accounts, especially via mobile, but studies show that the social network is struggling to attract marketers.

Second-Party Data Can Help Brands Get Unique Information at Scale
Second-party data is someone else’s first-party data, so it’s a gold mine of unique information. It takes the most essential benefits of first- and third-party data to create an asset that is unique and that competitors don’t have.

10 Big Brand Facebook Tactics Any Business Can Use
Learn how some of the top brands keep their fans coming back, and how you can follow their lead to build an engaging page of your own.

Brands Must Turn to the Dark Data Side
People today interact with hundreds of brands in infinitely different ways, and each touchpoint is not just a data point, it’s part of an interconnected story that is the total brand experience.

Reinventing the Banner Ad
In order to get that much-desired attention, companies are turning banner ads into a participatory activity.

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The weekly recap - March 17, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

With Facebook's New Tech, You'll Never Need to Know Friends' Faces Again
Sure, Facebook has a suggested prompt that predicts who you're trying to tag, but now the company is working on a technology that promises "near-human accuracy" so you won't have to do it yourself in the future.

When Good Logos Go Bad
Take a look at some brand revamps that haven’t gone over well.

New Social Media Research That Could Change Your Strategy
Here are four surprising social media research findings you should leverage for your social media strategy.

5 Tips for Developing Better Blogger Outreach
Read more to learn five ways to promote your brand through blogger outreach.

How to Use Facebook Website Custom Audiences
Facebook now offers a website custom audiences (WCA) option that lets you create Facebook ads that target users who have visited your website.

Stop Marketing, Start Engaging: How to Get Social Media to Really Work
Learn how to fix common mistakes social media marketers make.

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The weekly recap - March 10, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

5 Ways to Use Pictures to Tell Visual Stories With Social Media
Are you sharing your stories with your fans?

Google Tests Desktop-to-Mobile Retargeting With Brand Data
Google is pitching advertisers on a new kind of ad targeting that aims to improve on the ubiquitous tracking cookie.

Facebook Reveals 'Premium' Autoplay Video Ads
Those Facebook autoplay video ads—well, call them Premium Video Ads.

Seeking TV Ad Budgets, Facebook Goes Wide With Video Ads
After launching a test of its long awaited video ads in December, Facebook is now formally rolling them out to a larger group of advertisers.

10 Social Media Tips to Enhance Your Marketing, From the Pros
Twitter chats are a great way to boost your marketing results.

9 Facebook Changes Social Media Marketers Need to Know
Facebook has been around for 10 years this month.

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Marketing to Women Insight #2 - Health plans need to make it less confusing.

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Our second Brogan talks to women survey went out last month and we asked our female respondents about the health insurance marketplace.  With the deadline to sign up for health insurance being March 31st 2014, there is a sense of urgency to make sure that everyone is covered by some form of health insurance. However, one of the most common barriers to choosing a plan happens to be the confusion surrounding the process of selecting a plan. Our survey found on a scale of 1-5 (1 being least knowledgeable and 5 being the most knowledgeable) that 47.1% of our respondents rated themselves as a 2 on being knowledgeable about how to select and navigate health insurance options.

Survey Population Data

Now, this issue does not just exist in our survey population. Rather, this is an incredibly common theme and a true barrier to getting individuals to sign up for health care.

Interestingly enough, consumers have reason to be confused.  According to the Washington Post, since the inception of the law in April 2010 there have been roughly two dozen changes to the Affordable Care Act. Some of these changes are minor, while others extended deadlines for employer groups and private individuals. All of these changes have just complicated the issue more.

Bottomline, what can be done to help consumers?

Well, there have been attempts to simplify the process by streamlining the healthcare.gov website, but that may not be enough. Consumers need to have an advocate and a resource to understand the cost/benefit to each plan. Perhaps health insurance companies can offer free assistance without the pressure to buy their plan or independent agents should step up to provide 3rd party consulting.

The insurance landscape is a complex one to say the least. But, when it comes to health, consumers do need help. And without that help, they will remain in a certain limbo of balancing costs and benefits to each plan without knowing if they are getting the best bang for their buck.

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Velveeta's skillet mom gets women in a way the Enjoli Woman never could.

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Remember the Enjoli Woman?

She was the every-woman of the 80s. She could bring home the bacon, fry it up a pan, and never let you forget you’re a man. She could work ‘til 5 o’clock, come home and read the kids tickity-tock.

 

Career woman. Hot wife. Caring mom. She cooked too, all while wearing a smart business suit and heels. That is, except for those times when she was slinking around in a silky dress giving her man the shivering fits.

The Enjoli Woman was a response to a new breed of wives and moms: Women who worked outside the home, but were still expected to manage the home and family as well.  Enjoli was the magic elixir that held her together. 1. Spray liberally. 2. Conquer the world.

Marketing to women? Hardly.

My career mom of five harrumphed indignantly, shaking an imaginary skillet at the TV (and my dad) every time the commercial dared interrupt her 60 minutes of relaxation.

It was a rough time for brands that marketed to women. The female consumer was gaining economic strength, and becoming all the more elusive. In fact, Brogan & Partners was founded around this time and worked with dealerships to connect with the new female breed of car buyers.

Marketing to women remains as challenging as it is lucrative today.Market estimates about their total purchasing prowess varies, ranging anywhere from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually.Fortunately more brands have discovered how to connect more effectively with her.

Have you seen the new Velveeta skillets campaign?

Now, here’s an every-woman we can relate to.  She doesn’t waste time dancing around the kitchen with a cast iron skillet, a la Enjoli Woman. She puts it to use until she finds its true utility, making her life easier. Not prettier. Not sexier. Not more glamorous. But more manageable.

Marketing to women? Velveeta’s campaign is liquid gold.

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The week in review - March 3, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

Facebook News Feed Update Gives Brands More Reach
A new change to Facebook's News Feed algorithm means brands will have greater reach than ever.

Your Next Job Application Could Be Via Smartphone
Serious job seekers should be ready to apply for a job at any moment’s notice — even if that means resorting to unconventional methods such as applying via mobile devices.

Your Twitter Search, Now Served With a Side of Ads
Twitter is getting into the search advertising business — sort of.

You Won't Believe How Big TV Still Is
As the upfronts approach and the NewFronts try again to imitate them, expect to hear a lot about the twilight of traditional television with the rise of digital video.

How to Create Visual Social Media Content
Creating compelling visuals for your social media marketing can be challenging.

6 Ways Twitter Chats Can Help You Connect With Your Audience
Twitter chats are a great way to boost your marketing results.

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The weekly recap - February 24, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

This Cheat Sheet for Content Marketing Will Make Your Day
Today's marketers think a lot about producing great content for their audiences.


18 Social Media SEO Resources to Improve Your Search Ranking
Do you know how social media impacts SEO?

Why Digital Is Grabbing a Bigger Share of Consumer Product Budgets
If there were any doubts that the age of digital marketing has fully arrived for packaged-goods companies, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference in Boca Raton, Fla., last week should put them to rest.

Twitter's Movie Play Could Show Whether All Screens Are Social
Twitter and National CineMedia (NCM) are looking for a brand to buy into a one-year exclusive deal that will entail social-media-anchored advertising on the big screen.

Teens Press Play on YouTube
For teens and millennials, Facebook is the top platform for communicating with brands.

 

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The weekly recap - February 17, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

6 Ways to Make People Love Your Brand
In order to gain customers — and keep them for life — you've got to do more than introduce them to your brand, business, or product. You've got to make them fall in love with it.

5 Social Media Trends for 2014: New Research
Based on new research, here are five areas you should start paying attention to right away in social media marketing.

5 Ways to Offer Social Customer Service With Facebook
Discover five tips that will make you a customer-service superhero on Facebook.

How to Increase your Social Media Following by Over 700%
Are you looking for creative ways to grow your social media following

This Report Shows Why Brands Should Embrace Instagram (If They Haven't Already)
A newly released report considers the photo app the best media acquisition of the last five years.

Facebook to Marketers: Get Smarter With Your Creative
The days of brands expecting high user engagement on Facebook from posting a blurry event photo or a stock image in a wall post are quickly coming to an end.

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How P&G won gold in Sochi by connecting with mothers.

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It's never easy to stand out at a major sporting event, let alone the Olympics. This year in Sochi with 98 events in 15 different sports the Winter Games are bigger than they’ve ever been.

A recent report from Kantar Media estimates the cost for one 30-second ad unit during the 2014 Winter games to run at about $100,000. NBC has over 5,500 planned ad minutes for the games that run over the course of 17 days, effectively earning the network over $1 billion, that's just in ad revenue. So the big question agencies and advertisers are asking across the globe is “How can we break through the clutter?”

Even after spending millions of dollars, for an advertiser at the games there’s no real guarantee that your message will be received or that goals will be met. Similar to the athletes at Sochi, the lead up for advertisers is all about preparation and planning. While every 4 years the Winter games bring in new athletes and new sponsors, there is one thing always stays constant: emotions will be high.

Following up from the “Thank You, Mom” campaign at the 2012 London Summer Olympics (and with help from creative powerhouse Wieden + Kennedy) the consumer goods conglomerate Proctor & Gamble is continuing its creative strategy which surrounds athletes and mothers in 2014 at Sochi.

The brand’s 2014 campaign under the same name, “Thank You, Mom” kicked off in early January when P&G released a 2-minute short on YouTube entitled “Pick Them Back Up”. The company created 3 variations of the emotionally driven spot to run in traditional and digital spaces over the course of the Winter Olympics. If you haven't seen the spot yet, you can watch below (you might want to grab some tissues).

 

   

 

  Since January, the brand video has earned over 18 million views and 39.5K likes on YouTube. Its hashtag #BecauseOfMom has been mentioned in more than 5,800 tweets with 96% positive sentiment (second highest among brands at Sochi, next to Coca-Cola) . The campaign also boosted P&G’s “Brand Affiliation Index” (BAI) which the Global Language Monitor uses to measure brand association with the Olympics Games. P&G was found second amongst all brands.

Additionally, TV and video analytics firm AceMetrix crowned P&G the title of “Most Effective Winter Olympics Sponsor”.

P&G wins Gold at Sochi by connecting with Mothers

   

 “P&G was able to effectively take action based on what they learned in 2012 and build upon its engaging, well-executed ‘Thank You Mom’ campaign as well as extend those lessons into the creative for its individual brands.” - AceMetrix CEO, Peter Daboli 

To put things simply, P&G won gold for finding a way to into the hearts and minds of consumers by creating an emotional connection around their most valuable customer: Moms. Not surprisingly the ad campaign has also made its way on to its own dedicated Facebook page which has garned over 833K likes. For those counting at home that’s over 5 times the number of fans on P&G’s own corporate brand page.

P&G which is the world’s largest advertiser now spends roughly 30-35% of its total marketing budget in digital spaces according to the Wall Street Journal. If the success of this campaign is any indication of what’s to come in the future, we’ll likely see deeper digital mixes from global brands, many I presume will surpass 50% by the time the Summer Games come to Rio, Brazil in 2016.

What big trends in media do you see coming for the next Olympic games?

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The weekly recap - February 10, 2014.

Ellyn Davidson's picture

Social media is constantly evolving, with vigilant bloggers following every new app, rule and Facebook flicker. We sift through hundreds of blogs weekly to keep on top of developments and seek out new client opportunities. It’s our job. And we like to share. So, don’t fret about what you might be missing. We’ve got your Cliffs Notes.

Getty Images, Sheryl Sandberg Team Up to Make Stock Photos of Women More Empowering
Stock photography is easily accessible and way cheaper than hiring a photographer to produce images for a brochure or an ad or a website, but it is rife with stereotypes.

LinkedIn: 81% of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Use Social Media
New research from LinkedIn found that the majority of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are turning to social media for growth.

5 Ways to Increase Fan Page Engagement With Facebook Games
Have you considered adding games to your Facebook page?

How to Speed Up Your Content Curation Process
Do you want to share helpful content, but don’t know where to find it?

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