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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 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 Mobile Marketing Initiatives 2012 (Video)

Posted by Rick Mathieson on November 27th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Mobile marketing is so much more than advertising.
As readers of my books THE ON-DEMAND BRAND and BRANDING UNBOUND know, I don’t consider mobile advertising very compelling. So it
won’t come as a shock that there isn't much in the way of pure-play mobile ads in this year’s list of top 10 mobile marketing initiatives.
For me, mobile isn’t about taking an ad model from the old-school Internet – namely a "ad banner" – and plopping it onto a business-card size screen, or even the larger screen of an iPad.
It’s about creating unique and differentiating branded experiences that drive home your value proposition in amazing new ways.
To that end, here are 10 of my favorite mobile promotional initiatives for 2012.
Agree with my list? Disagree? What initiatives would you ad to the list?
Let us know!

TOP 10 IN MOBILE MARKETING 2012

10. Heineken Personalized QR
Code Stickers Become Ice Breakers at Music Festival
Talk about a conversation starter.
9. ‘Dance Cam’ Mobile App
Lets you Create Music Videos on Your Phone
Because there are few things more entertaining (and, often, disturbing)
than watching folks dance on the Xbox Kinect system on games like Dance
Central. So why not mobilize it?
8. Starbucks Brings Mobile
AR to Valentine’s Day
It’s the AR, Cupid.
7. Red... Read more