Social media transformed classic PR and is offering startups and growing brands endless new possibilities to drive traffic to their digital and physical storefronts. It sounds like the best of all worlds; blending new media with old media, right? Any startup has the ability to set up a Twitter account or Facebook page, yet you still must follow traditional public relations rules on these channels.
Issues may come up as businesses rely too heavily on social media at the expense of proven public relations strategies. All too often, we have seen first-hand during the dawn of social media the horrific (and hilarious) errors which were made as clients jumped in too fast.
Channeling 42 Below Vodka, Hendricks's Gin (which, by the way, is awesome) is out with its first animated spot touting the brand's unique combination of rose and cucumber. The ad will air on the brand's YouTube channel, Facebook page and other social properties.
The brand worked with animation house WeWereMonkeys after having seen the work the company did for Little Talks.
Employees are talking about your brand on social media - in fact, 50% of employees share about their company without any prompting. According to Statista, there are nearly 120 million full-time employees in the U.S. alone, meaning 60 million employees choose to talk about their employer online.
The good news is that their message is overwhelmingly positive; the bad news is that all this employee advocacy is happening beyond your awareness. Employees share about your company on social media without training or any guidance on brand safe content.
According Proskauer Rose LLP's Social Media in the Workplace: Around the World 3.0 survey, 90% of companies now use social media for business purposes - up from 60% a year ago. However, many business leaders are uneasy about asking employees to help attract new employees and new customers on social media. Businesses are stuck in this contradiction because they fear what employees will tell the world.
In another time and era, one could argue that this bus side ad from Florida-based Estrella Insurance was, you know, tongue and cheek funny. In some ways, it is. In others, it's just another step back to the Stone Age.
So in Rhode Island there's a department store chain called Ocean State Job Lot. It's like Walmart but not. To hype themselves for the holiday shopping season, the store hooked up with Kindling Digital which created the elaborate prank which took shoppers on an adventure which involved Owen Van Winter, an elf, Santa and a guy claiming to be Santa who turns out to be an imposter.
If you recall, last month AdWeak teamed with stock footage company Dissolve to launch Advertising Insider. The combination is the best of both world's.
On the one hand, AdWeak gets yet another platform through which to share his epically jaded advertising headlines. On the other hand, Dissolve gets to share its vast collection of stock footage. But best of all, the rest of us get to revel in the amusement of the two combined!
Marketing is one of the most important parts of a successful business. In fact, a strong marketing strategy can lead to higher profits, a larger consumer base, and help build overall brand awareness.
Typically, the job of developing a great marketing plan is left to the CMO. However, some startup companies simply do not have the overhead available to hire a high-level marketing executive, especially considering the cost of a salary and benefits.
While the lowly ad banner has been getting a bum rap for years, every once in a while, much in the way outdoor boards occasionally get creative, an ad agency spices up the boring online rectangle.
To tout the new Mercedes E-Class Estate station wagon, BBDO Belgium created what they call a "transportable" banner. When we first saw that in the press release, we thought, "Oh no! Not another Amazon-style, re-targeting banner that won't stop showing you ads for something you just bought!"
We suppose an apology is in order for what we are about to say. Why? Well, because despite the fact we have gleefully skewered bad advertising since 2001, we also realize that there are actual, caring human being involved in the creation of good and bad advertising.
So let's be clear, this -- as it always has been -- is critique of the work, not the people behind it. OK?