Tagged 'media'

The Right Way to Have a Social Media Contest

Posted by Benjamin Taylor on December 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am

We’re right in the middle of the holiday season and it’s the perfect time to give something away to your devoted customers! Everyone loves getting something for free after all. Having a giveaway or raffle on your social media platform is a great way to both draw in new followers as well as reinvigorate your current ones.  However, there is a right and wrong to go about doing this. A successful giveaway will not only make your customers happy, but it can also help boost your ranking in terms of social media optimization and increase traffic and links to your website, which is great for search engine optimization purposes. On the other hand a failed giveaway will have the exact opposite effect. It may even end up with your business getting penalized by Google or, in drastic cases, the Better Business Bureau. Let’s take a look at some steps to take in order to have a killer social media giveaway.
1. Give away something relevant to your product
This has become a problem recently. I’m sure that you’ve seen some raffles where companies will be giving away an item that does not pertain to what they are selling, for example, this could... Read more

Benjamin Moore Scares The Paints Off Contractors (Prank Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on October 17th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

This new adverprank from Benjamin Moore Paints is part of a new "Scary Good Job" campaign aimed at any pro who's faced a nightmare painting job.
Personally, I just want to know how they got contractors to come work after hours.
Read more about the video, here. And let us know if/how your brand is using stunts like this!

Bad Lip Reading: Game of Thrones (Hilarious Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on October 16th, 2013 at 5:32 pm

It's often said that consumers own the brand in the digital age.
And indeed, in my book THE ON-DEMAND BRAND, I talk about the importance of emphasizing what I call the P.O.S.itive - making experiences Personalizable, Ownable, and Shareable.
The effort here was not a sanctioned initiative. It is just a particularly side-splitting example of how superfans working their magic - a notion that brands find both horrifying and promotional gold.
After all, you aren't anybody until you're getting spoofed in viral videos - or a SNL skit.
Is your brand ready for this kind of mischief?
Read more about the video, here.

The Future of the Futures Market for Online Inventory

Posted by Bill Guild on October 14th, 2013 at 8:05 am

Futures trading is common for all kinds of commodities like Home Heating Oil, but it won’t catch on in the current ad ecosystem.  When a fuel supply company or a homeowner believes that an especially cold winter or unrest in the Middle East will probably drive up prices, they can buy heating oil futures.  That is, they can enter into a contract to buy heating oil in the future at a price that is set now.  We all know that there is an entire industry of speculative futures traders who buy up commodities hoping to sell at a higher price before those commodities are delivered.  It seems that advertisers would also be interested in buying online ad space this way.  When an advertiser believes that the economy will heat up or interest in a topic may increase, that advertiser may want to lock in a price for future advertising.  Then at some point the speculators should arrive to heat up the market.
Prices of commodities fluctuate as supply varies with respect to demand.  More supply than demand causes prices to drop while more demand than supply pushes prices up.  Of course, very high futures prices can be an incentive to increase... Read more

The Inside Scoop on 'Poo Pourri's' Outrageous New Viral Video: Q&A with CEO Suzy Batiz

Posted by Rick Mathieson on September 12th, 2013 at 8:46 am

In the event you're one of the four people who haven't yet experienced the offensively funny new viral video from Poo Pourri - watch above (just since we first posted about this video's official launch yesterday, views are already closing in on 1 million - with Buzzfeed finding some especially choice words for the effort).
Then get ready to hear directly from the woman behind the project: Poo Pourri Founder & CEO Suzy Batiz - a figure who seems like the picture perfect American Success Story, and perhaps a national treasure, for helping stop one of the most powerful forms of embarrassment around.

> Q&A: SUZY BATIZ: FLUSH WITH SUCCESS (CLICK TO HEAR AUDIO INTERVIEW)<

In 2007, Suzy formulated her unique "spray before you go" bathroom spray. Poo Pourri was born - and racked up $1 million in sales its first year. It is now generating over $15 million in sales per year.
In this exclusive audio interview, I talk to Batiz just before this project was launched. She had come to me to look for ways to launch a viral sensation and help take the already successful brand to the next level... Read more