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5 Top Trends in Social Media 2013

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 28th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Now that our "Top 10" lists for 2012 are out, we're turning our attention to top trends to watch in 2013.
First up: Five big trends to look for in the world of social media marketing.
5. Social Gets More Physical
In the year ahead, look for an increasing number of social initiatives to move away from pure-play digital to the physical world. Coca-Cola has been a leader in this, with efforts like the Happiness Truck and Happiness Vending Machines, which engaged consumers in the physical world, and helped those consumers propagate the experience via digital.
You also saw Microsoft use branded mobile game apps like "Dance Cam" to engage in the physical world by enabling folks to create dance videos on their mobile phones and then share them.
And ad hoc physical world social networks will become commonplace. Look at efforts like Heineken's personalized QR codes for music festivals, where users can create their own customized QR code stickers that other attendees can scan to spark up conversation.
Factor in augmented reality, and "liking" things in the physical world will take on all-new forms.
In a world gone mobile, having a desktop presence or experience becomes increasingly irrelevant.
4. 'Presence' Takes A Backseat to Campaigns
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Top 10 Branded Promotional Games 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 20th, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Brands got serious about fun and games this year - on a number of different platforms.
Among the trends we liked this year - promotional games that bridged the digital and the physical, without requiring consumer devices to play. Not that we wouldn't be amped to try Google's Ingress augmented reality game if we get the chance. And Ingress aside, Google made our list this year, along with several major brands.
One interesting note: Many of our top pics this year mixed so many elements - social, mobile, location and so on - so well, that they made some of our other lists, too.
So without further delate, our list of favorite branded games for 2012. We'd love to know which made your list, too.
10. Google Wants to Rock, Tilt & Roll Your World in New Branded Game
Google wants you to go ga-ga over its new game.
9. Kit Kat Launches GPS-Based ‘Golden Ticket’-style Promo in UK
Kit Kat wants to do a heck of a lot more than just give you a break.
8. Mercedes ‘You Drive’ – A TV Campaign You Drive, Via Twitter
Call it a crowdsourced cliffhanger.
7. Magazine Cover Becomes Interactive Video Game
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Top 10 Brand Viral Videos 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on December 5th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Which brands scored big in branded viral videos this year?
On the heels of our Top 10s in Augmented Reality, 3D Projection, Mobile Marketing, Digital Outdoor and Social Media, we've put together our list for this catagory - and once again flirt with controversy for leaving out a certain elephant in the room.
That elephant: Kony 2012. With 96.4 million views, it is by far the most viral video of the year, if not ever. But we aren't covering cause related virals here. This list is strictly brand territory. And on that front, while many of our picks were indeed viral sensations, we're not choosing them based on views. Rather, it's a list of our favorites here at GEN WOW.
Hey, it's a personal thing. Let us know if you agree, or if not, what virals would make your list.
10. Procter & Gamble: Thank You Momma - The Best Job in the World
Being a mom is an Olympian task, after all. Gets you right there.
9. Red Bull: Fearless Felix Baumgartner - 'Stratos'
The pre-roll to the stunt of the year - and the second only to Kony for fastest video to reach 50 million views.
8. DC Shoes: Gymkhana - San Francisco
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Top 10 Social Media Initiatives 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on November 30th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

This list may spark a Twitterstorm all its own.
We know some people are going to disagree with our list.  Indeed, in some quarters, the fact that we didn’t include Kony 2012 is going to be enough to send some in the socialsphere over the edge.
It is, after all, arguably the most astonishingly successful social media effort ever. And everyone (everyone) is reverse engineering the campaign to see if they can replicate it.
It’s just that ultimately (again, don’t hate), we found certain aspects of the effort unsettling for
reasons we haven’t quite taken the time to fully puzzle together in our own minds.
But the other, far more important reason: This particular list is for brand-oriented social initiatives
versus cause-oriented efforts (or political, for that matter - which would have resulted in the Obama campaign's inclusion on our list this year).
And in that regard, like a few of our Top 10 lists so far this year, it is one that is dominated by Coca-Cola. It's no wonder the brand has been named the 'Creative Marketer of the Year' for the 2013 Cannes Festival.
So: Here’s our list. If you disagree, make your own list and share.
10. Social Media Street Fight: Duke It Out for Your... Read more

Top 10 in Digital Outdoor 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on November 29th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Is outdoor the new TV?
Thanks to digital, outdoor is quickly becoming that certain "had-to-see-it" element that, if done well, cuts through the clutter in a way most other channels today (digital or otherwise) simply can't.
One remarkable feature of this year's list is how many slots go to Coca-Cola, which simply owns experiential marketing these days. Another is the innovation in vending machines.
Here are our favorite initiatives of the year so far. Let us know if you agree.
10. Nokia Lumia Live Augmented Reality 'Angry Birds' Game
Flip the bird or just get your boogie on. It's all good.
9. Invisible Mercedes Benz
Not so much cutting through the clutter as phasing through it.
8. TNT's Dynamite Street Promo
Technically, the only thing digital here is the activation device. But the results are priceless.
7. Tic Tac's 'Bad Breath'
Kind of like a flash faint than a flash mob. But it's for a good cause.
6. Ford Pinball Park
Pinball wizardry meets the pitfalls of parking on a busy street.
5. 'Axe Anarchy': Outdoor Ads Visible Only If You're Wearing Sunglasses
Attention voyeurs of the world: Has Axe Anarchy have an ad for you.
4. Shafted: Elevator Riders Get Big Surprise from LG
Call it Schadenfreude in the elevator shaft.
3. Coke Zero '007' Vending Machine... Read more