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With two thirds of adults now connected to at least one Social Media platform, its rise over the past few years has been staggering.
It’s hardly surprising therefore, that companies have followed consumers on to these social platforms in an attempt to engage with them and get noticed.
What is surprising however, is that some brands don’t seem to have put much thought into their social engagement strategy; they’re more about being social for social’s sake, rather than being social by design and really understanding what it is they want to achieve by connecting with existing and prospective customers via Social Media.
Facebook’s Marketing Conference stopped off in London yesterday afternoon following similar events in New York and Tokyo.
The focus at fMC was very much on how brands should be using the social network to create an identity and tell stories through engaging content, with global brands such as Unilever and L’Oreal giving insights into how social fits into their marketing strategies.
Facebook VP of business and marketing partnership David Fischer introduced three new products to European marketers during an opening keynote: reach generator, offers and premium ads, but this was more of a recap of what had already been announced at fMC New York.
When Apple launched its iAd mobile advertising offering, there was reason to be excited. After all, Steve Jobs was promising something revolutionary, and betting against him was not for the faint of heart.
Unsurprisingly, major brands lined up to try out iAds. Yes, the minimums were high, and Apple exerted far more control over the creative process than was typical, but if the ads were as cool as its devices, all would work out. Or so the thinking went.
As a general trend, brands have been allocating more and more money to digital advertising. Every year, budgets generally grow as brands become more and more comfortable with the internet and what it can offer.
But one brand, Unilever, isn't afraid to grow more quickly than most. According to AdAge, the company is doubling its investment in digital this year and isn't concerned about "getting ahead of consumers." In fact, that's precisely what it wants to do. As the company's CMO, Keith Weed, sees it, the consumer goods company's investment in digital is necessary for long-term growth.
As reported yesterday on this blog, Unilever has decided to crowdsource the next Peperami TV ads via Idea Bounty, with a prize of $10,000 up for grabs.
I've been talking to Noam Buchalter, Marketing Manager for Unilever's Marmite, Bovril, Pot Noodle, and Peperami brands. about the reasons behind the decision to crowdsource the new Peperami ads, and the effect this will have on agencies.
Unilever has waved goodbye to longstanding creative agency Lowe and decided to ask the public to help create a new TV ad for its Peperami brand.
Campaign reports that the firm is using crowdsourcing site Idea Bounty to attract ideas for a new Peperami ad, offering $10,000 to the winner of the contest. The brief will be published on Friday, and the contest runs until late-October.
It was all about data at the Digiday conference in New York today. Marketers had converged to discuss the future of advertising agencies, behavioral targeting, and ad networks, and were probably relieved to hear reiterations that their collective demise had been overstated.
All three topics are constantly on the precipice of being verbally written off. There's talk of Google and ad networks killing off ad agencies, privacy concerns killing the practice of behavioral targeting, and ad networks cutting off air to one other.
Twitter's all the rage right now. In social media and digital marketing circles, Twitter seems to be taking over the world.
I have a different perspective: it's not. For all of Twitter's growth, I believe it has yet to achieve what it needs to achieve to become a viable marketing platform for businesses.