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Social-Local Optimization: A Strategic Imperative in 2013

Posted by Rob Reed on December 27th, 2012 at 8:33 am

In 2012 we have seen several brands starting to take local optimization of their social channels seriously. Why? Because brands are realizing they need to set up their locations for maximum search, engagement, and discovery. It must be done for Facebook and Foursquare, which also optimizes a number of third-party apps powered by their venue data, such as Instagram, Path, Uber, Viddy, and hundreds more.

A brand’s local Facebook pages and Foursquare venues are brand assets that ought to be managed accordingly. Locations need to be properly claimed and optimized with consistent branding and accurate metadata (specifically their lat/longs) to maximize the value of these assets.
Two recent developments will significantly increase this value:
First, Facebook just announced a major update to its mobile apps that puts local “search, engagement, and discovery” at the center of the mobile experience – at the center of the most popular mobile app on the planet.
According to Facebook, its updated Nearby tab "helps people discover places near them based on their friends’ recommendations. People can explore by category (ex: restaurants or hotels); connect to businesses directly from their phone (by liking, checking in, calling, or getting directions); rate the places they visit via a five-star system; and share their recommendations... Read more

Q&A: Enter: Social + Mobile + Local + Commerce

Posted by Rick Mathieson on August 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Move over SoLoMo - SoLoMoCo is here.
In part five of our August Mobile Marketing Roundtable, we move beyond mere Social + Local + Mobile to Social + Local + Mobile + Commerce, the ability to not just connect with consumers via the mobile channel based on where they are, but also to enable transactions based on that context.
This time out, you'll get some outstanding insights from Jonathan Becher, CMO for softare giant SAP, and Dorrian Porter, CEO of longtime GEN WOW sponsor Mozes.
At the heart of the conversation: A new report from ABI Research that by 2017, one quarter of all online sales will come through mobile. Retailers can choose to do what they can to stem this tide, or capitalize on it in powerful ways through the power of SoLoMoCo.
>> CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: Social + Mobile + Local + Commerce & The Future of Retailing <<
(Approx 5:27)
Also, don't miss:
PART 1: SAP CMO: 'Digital is Dead' - And So Is Mobile
PART 2: Mobile 'Happiness': Coca-Cola's Secrets of Mobile Marketing Success
PART 3: Social + Mobile + Local & The Facebook Free-Fall
PART 4: Foursquare's New 'Promoted Updates' & The... Read more

Q&A: Foursquare's New 'Promoted Updates' & The Race to Make Location Click (Roundtable Pt 4)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on August 20th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Is Foursquare upping its game?
Foursquare has always been at the forefront of location-based mobile marketing, and it is always at the vanguard of what's next in this nascent arena. (Listen to my Q&A with Foursquare Co-Founder Dennis Crowley on the eve of the launch of Foursquare to get a sense of his early vision for the service.)
But as innovative as it is, even Foursquare is still finding its footing in what's possible and what's compelling for both marketers and consumers when it comes to SoLoMo.
In recent weeks, Foursquare has launched Promoted Updates, an advertising product that gives merchants a way to reach people who are near their stores, based on location and interest as indicated in past check-ins and other data.
In part four of our August Mobile Marketing Roundtable, GEN WOW sponsor and Mozes CEO Dorrian Porter, SAP CMO Jonathan Becher and Ignited LA VP/CD Jordan Atlas weigh in on this new feature and some of the current challenges in making location a vital part of the SoLoMo equation.
>> CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO: Foursquare & The Race to Make Location Click <<
(Approx 5:40)
Also, don't miss:
PART... Read more

Successful Social Marketing for the Mobile Paradigm

Posted by Rob Reed on June 21st, 2012 at 11:43 am

Social media was born in the PC era, when consumers were sitting by their computers at home, engaging with their friends and eventually also with brands.
So what’s happened since the emergence of social? Well, let’s see…

Smartphones now make up more than half of all U.S. cell phones
Americans now spend more time on Facebook mobile than its website
One in five smartphone owners use geosocial or “check-in” services, up 50%

It’s a mobile world – and brands are just living in it?
Yes, the mobile paradigm is here for brands to embrace. And when it comes to social marketing, the game is now changing. Mobile is already on its way towards becoming the dominant channel, and this trend will not be reversing.
The biggest challenge marketers face in this new era is customer fragmentation across social-mobile platforms. Just a couple of years ago things were quite different. In August 2010, for instance, Facebook was supposedly killing Foursquare with the launch of Places. And a year later, almost the opposite was suggested when Facebook killed Places. But what really happened was that Facebook doubled down on location by making it platform-wide. And with Foursquare’s continued growth, it’s certainly no longer a question of which of the... Read more

Mobile Roundtable (Concl): Brand Marketing & The Future of Social TV

Posted by Rick Mathieson on May 29th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Will consumers and brands really tune into social TV over the long term?
The whole field is getting a lot of buzz these days, from startups like Miso and GetGlue, to high-profile initiatives at this year's Super Bowl that included a branded app from Chevy and Coca-Cola's interactive Polar Bear experience on Facebook.
I have not seen solid figures on viewer engagement with the Chevy app, but the fact that GM announced this week it will sit out Super Bowl 2013, it stands to reason the initiative wasn't a touchdown.
Coca-Cola's experience, however, was another thing entirely. At last week's Social TV conference, Coca-Cola revealed some astonishing engagement figures for its Polar Bowl. Turns out that while Coke thought they'd engage a couple million people for an average of 2.5 minutes, the Bears - which reacted in real time to the game and even Super Bowl spots from other advertisers - attracted 9 million viewers who spent an average of 28 minutes with the brand.
In the conclusion of our May 2012 Mobile Roundtable, Dorrian Porter, CEO of longtime sponsor Mozes; Julie Fajgenbaum, vice president of brand and social media for American Express; and Rachel Pasqua, executive director of mobile marketing for Organic weigh... Read more