'Emerging Platforms' Category

Infographic: The Next Generation of Consumer Engagement: Search, Social Discovery, Mobile, Aggregration?

Posted by Courtney Wiley on July 7th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

The numbers are staggering: By 2017, the global social network audience will total 2.55 billion.  And of the 42 percent of users that have multiple social accounts today, nearly three in five (58 percent) wish there was a solution to help them better use and monitor all of their social networking profiles at once.
So how do firms stay ahead of social marketing and optimize their present-day strategies? The above chart outlines where the majority of marketers are today and where intelligent customer engagement is going. Consider it a sneak peek into a digital marketing crystal ball . . .
Disclaimer: I currently serve as Advisor to Sparksfly Technologies, Inc., and assisted the team with the aforementioned research.

Social Media Helping Level the Playing Field for Craft Breweries

Posted by Neal Leavitt on June 29th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Craft breweries have produced scores of award-winning beers over the years and according to the Houston Chronicle, will garner sales of over $7 billion nationwide in 2014. But just having a tasty ale or lager is no guarantee these days for long-term business success as the gigantic ad/marketing budgets of the major breweries can drown out craft breweries attempts to snare market share.
“The number of new craft breweries has exploded in the past few years and the market is getting crowded,” said Melani Gordon, who co-founded San Diego-based TapHunter. The company provides on- and off-premise accounts with time- and money-saving tools that automatically update beverage inventory on social media channels, websites, and print, digital display, and tablet menus. This exposure empowers their customers by helping transform beer, spirits, and cocktail menus into valuable revenue producers.
Gordon said those craft breweries that don’t put some serious thought behind their brand and voice will struggle.
“There’s no magic formula for craft breweries to find consumers so the new breweries need to build a brand and web presence because it’s challenging today to stand out,” added Gordon. “In addition, there are a lot of inefficiencies in the retail distribution model, making it... Read more

What Does “Real-Time” Really Mean?

Posted by Bill Guild on June 24th, 2014 at 8:31 am

Within the realm of programmatic media-buying, real-time bidding is one of the most popular and well-known types. Many people associate this form of advertising with instantaneous action, and it is true that a media-buying decision is made within the span of 200 milliseconds, but split-second timing does not define “real-time.”
Real-time is a relative term. While it is commonly made analogous to actual elapsed time, it is actually based on events as well as timing. The computer industry coined the term as a way to describe a constraint in which an event creates an operational deadline for a system response to occur. In other words, real-time depends on the process at hand. Within a window of opportunity, an action needs to take place while it is still relevant.
Let’s pretend that you are driving home from a party. As you drive, you are bothered by a comment that was said to you at the party. It was put forth jokingly, but it left you offended, you suddenly think of a witty return to the statement made to you. You say it out loud, mockingly, to your car windshield, as though the person at the party can still hear you. With this, you... Read more

Physical + Digital = Evernote

Posted by Tom Edwards on June 4th, 2014 at 6:30 am

One item from SXSW 2014 that has remained relevant for me is a simple package of Post-it notes. These are not just any Post-it's, they are digitally enabled Post-it's that integrate seamlessly with Evernote. The simple utility of the integration that allows users to convert physical post-it notes into digital, searchable records inspired me to contact the Evernote team for a briefing to bettter understand how they partner with brands.

During the course of the briefing we touched on many topics such as their current user base of 100M+ as well as their approach to partnerships and how they are working with various device carriers at the OEM level to ensure Evernote is ever present on the latest devices. We also discussed their focus on physical accessories and partnerships with Moleskin & 3M.

Evernote's approach to creating value is to seamlessly become a part of a users daily routine. An interesting perspective about their user base was tied to the fact that out of 1000 people 999 will use Evernote in a different way. Users leverage Evernote as a way to capture anything important to their life, reuse it or stem off of it. From a brand partnership perspective, the goal is... Read more

Google Data Protection Opinion May Ruffle Feathers of Businesses Worldwide

Posted by Neal Leavitt on May 30th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

A non-binding opinion handed down earlier this month by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the European Union’s highest legal authority, is roiling the business community. While the opinion needs the approval of all 28 EU governments before it can become legally binding, there’s already a lot of online chatter about the potential blowback to businesses operating in the EU.
The case followed complaints in March 2010 from Mario Costeja Gonzalez, a Spanish lawyer, who said that when Google’s search results revealed details on an auction of his repossessed home in a local newspaper (La Vanguardia), it infringed on his privacy rights.
CJEU ruled that people have the “right to be forgotten” and can ask Google to remove some sensitive information from Internet search results. Tech companies, noted the Financial Times, fear it may be “the beginning of a broader assault in which Google would be regulated like a utility.” Or to use an oft-used English idiom, it could be “the thin end of the wedge.”
No surprise then that organizations and associations from all walks of life are now weighing in with their two bits/bytes.
“Individuals may now have the ability to essentially go in with a... Read more