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The Repeat: Aol. & Millennial Media

Posted by Jordan Greene on September 3rd, 2015 at 11:24 am

In AOL’s acquisition of Millennial Media, what looks to be a bold move to finally getting into mobile advertising effectively, may be nothing more than a repeat of history.  With the explosive growth in mobile phones and tablets, and the never-ending amount of time that consumers spend sucked into their portable screens, it would seem inevitable that mobile advertising would move on a similar growth trajectory.  AOL thought so too. Eight years ago.  So, we can’t have that short a memory as we have seen this play before.
Back in 2007, AOL purchased the first of the real mobile display ad networks, Third Screen Media, for $110 million.  The idea of that acquisition made the company look ahead of the curve to the outside world.  AOL saw mobile as coming, and acted upon it.  However, the valuation at the time made the company look like it overpaid, and internally the pursuit of the deal was met with great disagreement.
In reality, Third Screen Media was an early house of cards in mobile advertising, with more bluster than substance.  In perfect AOL fashion, instead of augmenting the new acquisition and leading the mobile way, AOL virtually disintegrated the company in the 24 months... Read more

Emerging Technologies Showcased at SIGGRAPH 2015 Could Be Tomorrow’s Products

Posted by Neal Leavitt on August 20th, 2015 at 6:23 pm

SIGGRAPH has always served as a unique forum for an array of cool and innovative technologies and computer graphics approaches. Last week’s SIGGRAPH 2015 conference continued the trend.
This marked the 42nd conference and exhibition; SIGGRAPH reported that almost 15,000 attendees, partners and media from 70+ nations descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Kristy Pron, SIGGRAPH’s Emerging Technologies Program Chair said at this year’s conference, “we wanted to find technologies that can be applied to daily life, whether it will be tomorrow or in a few years. We also wanted to uncover practical emerging technology apps from various industries such as automotive.”
So here are a few examples that are still in the nascent stage but could have real-world applications soon:
SemanticPaint – A collaborative effort by Microsoft, the University of Oxford and Stanford University. The SIGGRAPH demo unveiled what the research team says is a “new and interactive and online approach to 3D scene understanding.” The system lets users simultaneously scan their environment and interactively segments a scene by “reaching out and touching any desired object or surface.” Users have continuous live feedback online. The researchers further stated that errors can be immediately corrected in the segmentation and/or learning, which... Read more

A New PR Plan For Games Apps Startups and Product Launches

Posted by David Murdico on August 19th, 2015 at 1:25 am

PR has evolved. The ubiquity of social media and 24-hour access to journalists, bloggers, publications and blogs by practically anyone, combined with an increase in mobile games, apps, startups and new products launching every day, the PR game has changed significantly, resulting in a lot more competition.
PR is even being used for KickStarter and other crowdfunding campaigns to draw attention to products and services that don’t even exist yet! That was territory previously reserved for big brands, to build pre-order excitement.
Journalists and bloggers are being bombarded daily from all angles with phone calls, emails, Twitter pitches and other social media tactics.
Unless you're launching something that has brand recognition - like Star Trek - is amazingly disruptive or have a hilarious video or social media campaign at the ready, hold off on your PR pitches and press releases until you’ve built a newsworthy story, because very often, simply the fact that you launched is not newsworthy enough.
The old way of PR was to write a pitch and a press release, distribute the press release the morning of the launch, or maybe a week early to give the media a heads up, and pitch the media. The problem was, what if simply the... Read more

Analysis of Diesel’s #dieselprefall15 fashion social media campaign

Posted by Doug Schumacher on August 12th, 2015 at 9:05 am

Diesel is one of the more innovative fashion brands when it comes to marketing, online or offline. So let’s take a look at their big summer campaign, #dieselprefall15. It’s a clever way to introduce new clothes early in the summer without stealing thunder from your fall lineup.
Reference the Subject Analyzer for #dieselprefall15, below. It’s for activity from June 1 to August 11 of this year. Once summer arrived, this campaign got right to work, launching on June 7th with posts across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the three networks we’re analyzing here. Posting hits a peak early, and then subsides slightly, with Facebook getting most of the posting early on. However, the campaign has continued on strong with posts every day but one all summer long. That’s how you rack up 285 posts in less than 3 months.
Note the posting distribution is almost equal across Instagram and Twitter. Of course, where the engagements come from is another story, with Instagram generating the overwhelming majority of engagements, and Facebook picking up most of the rest.
As Instagram seems to be coming a high-volume network more and more, like Twitter, it makes sense that Diesel would utilize its Facebook posts early, and then pair back while... Read more

Pet Food Social Media Campaign #becausebacon Analyzed

Posted by Doug Schumacher on August 11th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

The Beggin’ pet food brand has recently launched a new social media campaign around the hashtag #becausebacon. The Subject Analyzer report, below, includes a number of key metrics showing the calendar, network distribution, and related topics for this campaign.

The Posts chart shows that 71% of the campaigns posts are happening on Instagram. Looking at the next chart over, Engagements, you can see why. The brand’s Instagram content is generating an engagements-to-fans ratio significantly higher on that network than either Facebook or Twitter.
Looking at the Posting By Day chart, we see that Twitter and Facebook have only been used for the launch day, and the most recent day of posting, with the rest of the posts going to Instagram. Given the brand’s large community size on Facebook (see the Global Fan Leaderboard below), my assumption is that the brand is using dark, or targeted, posts to reach their Facebook community. Their fan base on that network is too large to not be leveraging for a campaign like this.

Taking a look at the brand’s content distribution for all public posts during this time period (July 1 – August 11, 2015), the Subject Analyzer report below shows the brand even more focused on Instagram.... Read more