Attending the Social Fresh Conference? You Should Be. It Will Make You Super Socially Smart!


Social Fresh Conference is coming up next week and there's an awesome bonus when you register by tomorrow (June 8th).

I've attended past events and they've been great.

Get access to the Bonus Training Package -- 6 Crisis Comms Sessions including:

- JetBlue's Social Response Strategy During The Crisis: Integrity
- Three Ways to Build Brand Trust When The Future Is Uncertain
- How To Be A Leader During A Crisis
- Patron's Approach To The Future of Social Media Marketing
- Content Calendar Planning In A Crisis
- Mental Health & Creativity Rituals for Social Media Managers

Grab your ticket here to access to the bonus before it expires.

by Steve Hall    Jun- 7-21    
Topic: Events

MediaCom Wins Adweek Media Plan of the Year for Pennzoil SXSW Activation


A well-deserved win. Adweek has named MediaCom USA winner of the Media Plan of the Year for its Pennzoil "Mario Kart Reimagined" activation at the 2014 SXSW festival.

On a live custom-made quarter-mile race track in Austin, Texas, Pennzoil created Mario Kart Reimagined, turning the Nintendo video game into a real-life go-karting experience showcasing Shell's new Pennzoil Platinum synthetic oil.

Go-karts were outfitted with GoPros and RFID technology enabling classic game icons like the banana peel and red turtle shell to throw racers off their guard, while Pennzoil Power Ups served to increase the karts' speed and performance. It's said that SXSW attendees waited up to four hours to do their best Bowser or Princess Peach impressions behind the wheel.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-10-14    
Topic: Events

Apple Unveils 'Largest Album Release of All Time' With U2 At Live Event


At the end of the unveiling of the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, Apple CEO Tim Cook invited U2 onstage to play a song from their new album. After the band finished performing, Cook, in an awkward back and forth with Bono, announce the band's new album would be available for free (until mid-October) to the over 500 million people using iTunes.

Here's the ad Cook ran after the announcement. Sorry, no embed yet.

by Steve Hall    Sep- 9-14    
Topic: Events

Watch This Swordsman Play A Real-Life Game of Fruit Ninja


So PillsburyToaster Strudel teamed up with Guinness Book of World Records-holding swordsman Isao Machii for a crazy stunt in Los Angeles. The brand gathered a crowd and let them toss all kinds of fruit -- and Toaster Strudel -- at him and he deftly sliced each one in half in mid-air.

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by Steve Hall    Aug-21-14    
Topic: Events

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World's Longest Handshake Repairs Relations Between Turkey And Armenia


In an efforts to repair decades of feuding between Turkey and Armenia, Moscow-based TWIGA Communications Group worked with Tango Network on a stunt that had two men, one Armenian and one Turkish, shake hands for 43 hours, setting a new world record.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-28-14    
Topic: Events

How to Organize An Event That Doesn't Suck


Are you planning an event? Are you a marketing event planner? Did your boss just ask you to organize a one day conference and the closest thing you've ever planned was a trip to the grocery store? Fear not. Formstack, a company that does just what it sounds like it does, is out with an infographic (hey, they're easy to digest) entitled The Anatomy of A Perfect Event that will give you a few basic pointers.

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by Steve Hall    Apr-21-14    
Topic: Events

Samsung Fails at CES With Michael Bay Meltdown


Why brands feel they have to do scripted interviews rather than, you know, actual interviews where people actually think about the question in a mystery. But if you've ever been to CES or any other big marketing event, you are familiar with this cringe-worthy experience.

Speaking of cringe-worthy, how does a marketer make a cringe-worthy event even more cringe-worthy? Well if you're Samsung and you invite Michael Bay to a keynote Q&A and he screws up his TelePrompTer lines, that's how.

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by Steve Hall    Jan- 7-14    
Topic: Events

This Cliff Diving Stunt Proves Red Bull Has A Woody For Heights


OK so it's not the same as jumping out of a capsule in space 120,000 feet above the ground but it's cool all the same. And, perhaps, even more exciting because these jumpers don't have a parachute to slow their fall.

Red Bull, again displaying its apparent fixation with heights, has released a stop motion film made from 21,489 photos taken by three Instagrammers over the course of three hours. What did these Instagrammers shoot? Proferssional divers leaping off a 27 meter high platform into the Blue Lagoon in Wales.

@danrubin, @jeera and @chaiwalla were the photographers for the day and it was all done to promote...wait, what? Nothing? You mean a brand sees value is producing interesting content for the enjoyment of consumers? Who knew? Stop the presses! This is radical stuff!

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by Steve Hall    Oct- 7-13    
Topic: Events

Lexus IS Stars in First Real-Time Video Game


To promote the new, high-performance Lexus IS Hybrid, Lexus Italy, Saatchi & Saatchi Italy, Movie Magic International, LOGAN (LA&NY) and Fake Love collaborated to create "Trace Your Road," an experiential event featuring Formula 1 driver, Jarno Trulli.

Held on July 26, "Trace Your Road" pit Trulli against a series of improvised racetracks, each one designed on a touch tablet in real-time by one of ten contest winners. Fake Love conceptualized and produced the generative visuals, projections and interactivity for the campaign. LOGAN directed the live action portion, and handled post VFX and finishing. Movie Magic International provided on-site pre-production and production for the spots and produced a behind-the-scenes documentary.

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by Steve Hall    Sep-10-13    
Topic: Events

Not All Banners Are Dead


Now that everything's online and it's like the offline world doesn't exist any longer, marketers spend an enormous amount of time thinking about how to promote their goods and services online. Websites are designed and created, blogs are authored, Facebook pages are crafted and tweets are sent. However, marketers can't site behind a screen forever (well, maybe they can but we hope it doesn't come to that) and there comes a time when they need to meet their potential customers and investors face-to-face.

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by Steve Hall    Sep- 5-13    
Topic: Events