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YouTube to Run TV Ads Promoting Video Creators in 2014 Push
Next week, Google will introduce a campaign to promote three YouTube creators with ads appearing across Google-owned properties as well as TV, print and out-of-home.  YouTube’s ad campaign will highlight creators from beauty/fashion and cooking verticals – and later this year will showcase creators from other Google preferred verticals.  The three creators Google has chosen include: make-up star Michelle Phan (also a Dr. Pepper spokesperson and has a cosmetics line with L’Oreal), beauty-and-fashion vlogger Bethany Mota (also has a clothing line with Aeropostale) and baker Rosanna Pansino. Each of them have more than one million subscribers to their respective channels.

Twitter Acquires SecondSync & Mesagraph
Two social-TV companies announced they had been acquired by Twitter for undisclosed sums – France–based Mesagraph and UK based SecondSynch. The second had announced an international partnership with Facebook in January to analyze conversations about TV that take place on the social network. Facebook was looking to SecondSync to make the case that Twitter wasn’t the only medium that mattered for real-time conversations about TV happening at scale. They even published a white-paper with results learned from SecondSync’s efforts.  Now Twitter owns them. SecondSync is not commenting on their previous partnership with Facebook.

Amazon Announces Fire TV
Amazon has just announced Fire TV, an compact, streaming video set-top box that can also play games. Titles from Ubisoft, Double Fine, TellTale Games, EA, Disney, Sega, and Gameloft will be coming to the Fire TV.  The unit itself will be $99, the controller $39.99 and the average price of games will be $1.85 with free titles also available.  Video streaming services will include: Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and WatchESPN. Music services will include: Pandora, iHeartRadio, and your Amazon library.

Vine Releases Private Messaging Feature
Vine released a new private messaging feature this week. Users can now send video and text messages to one another through the app. They can record a video message, add text, and send to those in their Vine network, as well as those in their phone’s address book.

Monthly Cost of an Instagram Ad Campaign Can Approach $1MM
Much like Pinterest, Instagram is out pitching advertisers on a premium ad offering. Following the conclusion of a test late last year with ten advertisers, the photo and video sharing platform is out pitching Instagram ads at CPMs that would put a month-long buy deep into six figures and verging on seven depending on the reach and frequency sought. Quotes ranging from $500,000 to $1 million for a month have been leaked by advertisers. No rates have officially been set in stone.

Global Social Media

China Surpasses U.S. In Mobile Commerce
China leaves the U.S in the dust when it comes to embracing m-commerce. Seven out of 10 smartphone users in China have used their devices to make a purchase in the last three months, compared to only 22% in the U.S. and 13% in France.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Pepsi Ad Changes the Plot With a Click
With the World Cup just two months away, Pepsi has released a new ad that celebrates Rio and the game of soccer with a few interactive detours that gives the viewer control over the narrative. There are 11 instances in the video where a viewer’s cursor turns into a symbol. Click on it and the video launches into a vignette that you wouldn’t see otherwise. For example, at one point there is a cameo from soccer superstar Lionel Messi, who is shown reading a newspaper. If you click, the scene changes to show the crowd discovering Messi and mobbing him. If you don’t click, the scene moves on quickly and Messi picks up the paper and just continues to read it.  Watch the ad here.

Headlines & Stuff

Written by: Christy Wise
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Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $16 Billion
Facebook just spent $16 billion to acquire WhatsApp, spending $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in Facebook stock. WhatsApp is a text-messaging replacement app that lets you send messages to any of your contacts as long as you know their phone number. It is similar to BlackBerry Messenger and iMessage in that it lets users bypass their carriers SMS to avoid texting fees. WhatsApp is one of many similar services, but it’s the most popular with 450 million active users. Chinese competitor WeChat has 270 million active users and Japan’s Line recently surpassed 300 million users.

Facebook Expands Ad Targeting Options
Facebook unveiled deeper ad targeting options this week.  The updates are specifically to the four main targeting categories, which include: Location (marketers can now build campaigns around any combination of geography allowing retailers to show ads to people who live near a brick and mortar location); Demographics (new choices include updates to relationship status, people who have gotten engaged, job title, etc.); Interests (now simplified to allow marketers to just select from one segment rather than multiple); and Behaviors (target by people’s offline and online activities and purchases).

LinkedIn Expands Publishing Platform
LinkedIn members will have the ability to post and distribute long-form content as the professional networking site extends its publishing platform to all users. Members will now be able to publish longer posts to their pages and share those posts with their connections and followers. Others outside a member’s network can start following them from their posts as well. The capability launched this week with 25,000 English-speaking users. It will eventually be rolled out to all users.

YouTube Rolls Out Desktop Redesign
YouTube is starting to roll out the latest redesign to its web interface, while also adding new features to enhance the video-streaming experience. The design is now a center-aligned look, which helps it fit more neatly on screens of all sizes. The desktop version is moving towards looking similar to YouTube’s mobile apps. Updates also include enhancing playlist elements, and allowing users to quickly flip between what’s recommended and popular in ‘what to watch’.

Global Social Media

Ustream Launches Non-Profit Program to Support Citizen Journalism in Ukraine
As demonstrations in Kiev turned into chaos this week, some of the most striking photos came from citizen journalists. Part of this is because Ukraine has cracked down on traditional media. The country’s opposition friendly Channel 5 has reportedly been shut down, making the Internet the only source for many Ukrainians. Because Ustream is frequently used by Citizen Journalists in both Kiev and elsewhere, the company decided to launch its own non-profit program dubbed “Ustream for Change.” With it, Ustream plans to provide free access to its ad-free enterprise streaming services to citizen journalists around the world. The company will also promote the live streams and provide technical support.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Pepsi Integrates Vines into Outdoor Ads
PepsiCo is including user-generated Vine videos in outdoor ads in what it claims to be a “media first.” Pepsi Max is encouraging fans to submit something “unbelievable” they’ve done on Vine using the hashtag #LiveForNow. Select fans will be featured on outdoor screens across the UK starting this month.

Burberry Creates a Custom Fashion Show For Fans Via Instant Messages
British luxury brand Burberry teamed up with WeChat, one of China’s most popular messaging platforms, for a series of branded creative collaborations throughout the year tied to their runway shows. The partnership lets fans customize their runway show experience by allowing them to unlock special WeChat only-audio content, access exclusive details about the inspiration behind the collections, and follow VIP guests during their experience at the show.  The first output of the collaboration was the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 womenswear show on WeChat. Burberry followers were able to create personalized AW14  Runway Made to Order plaques through a single text. Fans were also able to follow guests at the show and received exclusive messages, videos and audio from show VIPs.

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LinkedIn Redesigns Group pages
LinkedIn’s group pages are getting an overhaul, bringing them into line with its redesigned profile and company pages. That means a more streamlined look, with an oversized image at the top above the group’s stream of updates. The right column features “top influencers” in a given group. It also shows a snapshot of the latest activity. LinkedIn says there are 2 million groups, with 8,000 new ones added each week.

LinkedIn Launches University Pages
LinkedIn recently launched University Pages, which allow students to tap into the network at the school they are considering, ask current students and alumni questions and explore the career path of graduates from the University for an idea of what to expect after they get their degree. LinkedIn has also opened the platform for students 14 and up, allowing them to interact with these new pages to get a head start on networking.

Google Reportedly in Talks with the NFL to Show Games on YouTube
Top execs from Google and YouTube met with the NFL this week to discuss the possibility of picking up the Sunday Ticket package, which broadcasts games not being show in the local market.

Spotify in Talks with Brands to Create Twitter-Like Follow Feature
Spotify is in talks with brands to beta-test a “follow” feature so that marketers can push content like branded playlists to the music-streaming service’s users. The feature would be the Spotify equivalent of a Facebook Page or Twitter account.

iTunes Radio to Debut in September With McDonald’s, Nissan, P&G and Pepsi
iTunes Radio, Apple’s answer to Pandora, is set to debut next month with a handful of high-profile brand partners including McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi, and P&G. The deals range from the high single-digit millions of dollars to tens of millions of dollars and include a 12-month advertising campaign to run with the streaming music service for each of the participating brands. In addition to being a part of the publicity that comes with the highly-anticipated Apple product launch, the partners also get exclusivity within their respective industries through the end of 2013. Come January 2014, however, ads on iTunes Radio will become widely available, for the $1 million minimum buy.

Global Social Media

Internet Population in India Hits 74 Million – 3rd Largest in the World
India with 73.9 million internet users is the world’s third largest Internet population, overtaking Japan but behind China and the U.S. Rising numbers of mobile audiences, devices and consumption habits reveal that consumers are being more platform agnostic in their digital media consumption and switch devices to stay up to date on email, news, and social media.

Noteworthy Campaigns

J.Crew Debuts Catalogue on Pinterest
J.Crew’s at-home catalogue subscribers won’t be the first to get a glimpse at the brand’s September issue: That honor will fall for the first time to J.Crew’s Pinterest followers. J.Crew claims it is the first to debut its catalogue on the platform. In addition to the Pinterest promotion, J.Crew has a number of other digital initiatives planned including a short online film series on monogramming, an Instagram feature on the company’s in-store Style Sessions, and a Tumblr Fashion Week diary.

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Facebook Debuts Reusable Gift Card
This week, Facebook introduced a reusable gift card that people can give to friends through the Gifts program for use at four partner companies: Target, Jamba Juice, Olive Garden and Sephora. After receiving a Facebook Card in the mail, subsequent card gifts will be automatically added to the balance for one or more of the participating stores. People can see gift balances in their account settings on Facebook in mobile or on the desktop.

Twitter Rolls Out Updates for Viewing Photos and Videos
Twitter announced several enhancements to the platform to make it easier to view photos and videos. Users can now click a photo from a profile page or in search results to see a larger photo without leaving the page. Media galleries now include videos from Vine, YouTube, Vimeo and other Twitter partners. Also, Tweet pages now let you see more of the conversation related to a Tweet.

Pinterest Introduces ‘News’ Feature to Improve Content Discovery

In place of Pinterest’s activity feed, the company has installed a new tool called “News.” The feed displays boards where you recent pins have been repined, creating a feed of potentially relevant content that users can peruse from their own profiles or those of others. Pinterest is also testing out a new look, aiming to make navigation more intuitive. More on this here.

Foursquare Launches Dedicated iPhone App for Businesses

Foursquare has just launched Foursquare for Business, an app specifically designed for business managers. The new app allows managers to post local updates, view recent visitors and their tips, deactivate/activate specials and track analytics.

YouTube Set To Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring
YouTube is prepping to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in its latest attempt to lure content producers, eyeballs and advertiser dollars away from TV. YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access. The first paid channels will cost between $1 and $5 per month. YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows.

Global Social Media

French Twitter Users are Saying “Au Revoir” to the Word ‘Hashtag’
In an effort to protect the French language from Anglicism’s, the word ‘hashtag’ will be replaced with ‘mot-diese,’ meaning “sharp word,” in English. The change comes from a French government agency  responsible for promoting the French language.

Twitter is Now the Fastest-Growing Social Platform on the Planet
New research suggests that Twitter is now the fastest growing platform on the planet, beating Facebook and Google+ for the top spot. The number of active users on the microblog grew 40% from the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2012 – equal to 288 million monthly active users. Overall, 21% of the worldwide Internet population now actively uses Twitter on a monthly basis.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Super Bowl Ads That Enlist Viewer Help
Advertisers are finding new ways to get viewers into the game during Super Bowl XLVII, which airs on CBS on Sunday. Some campaigns that enlist viewer help include: Coca-Cola’s ‘The Chase’ (highlighted in last week’s Headlines)  asks viewers to vote on the commercial outcome;  Pepsi’s Halftime Show (also highlighted in a previous Headlines) asks viewers to upload photos to be featured in a video announcing Beyonce; Toyota  asked users to submit photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #wishgranted to win a spot on their upcoming Super Bowl ad;  Lincoln  enlisted the help of Jimmy Fallon to crowdsource road trip stores from Twitter for the commercial storyline; and Audi let users choose one of three possible endings for its Game Day spot through an online vote.

Ronald Reagan Invented Foursquare…

Written by: Larry Weintraub
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…and other things I learned at SXSW.

How is that for a headline? It is a quote from mega new media/tech publisher and conference guru, Tim O’Reilly during a one-on-one interview he did with Jason Calacanis on Friday at this year’s SXSW conference.  O’Reilly told the story of how the government/military GPS program was made public during Reagan’s presidency paving the way for today’s location-based maps and corresponding applications.

I’m a longtime veteran of SXSW Music, but only a sophomore at SXSW Interactive.  This year’s SXSWi was incredible with attendance surging between 15,000 – 20,000 attendees.  A collection of techies, brands, nerds, hipsters, and foodies came together to learn, meet, eat, and drink.

This year’s standout technology was group messaging with GroupMe and Beluga leading the charge. The idea here is that you invite a small group of friends to follow and interact with you, thus avoiding all the clutter and keeping tabs on just the specific people you are most interested in hearing from.  That said, plenty of people were using last year’s darlings Foursquare and year before favorite Twitter to communicate where they were and what they were doing.

Celebrities were abound with sightings of Ashton Kutcher, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Pee Wee Herman stopping by parties, panels, and the IFC Crossroads House for interviews.

Also standing out were some significant brand activations.  Chevy was cutting into the local cab business by providing attendees with free rides in their Volts and other new cars, AT&T supplied much-needed phone recharge centers, and Pepsi had the largest party zone featuring Foursquare-sponsored four square tournaments and plenty of free PepsiMax.

Panels were spread out amongst numerous venues and standouts were AT&T’s head of social media Chris Baccus explaining the complexities of handling customer complaints via Facebook and Twitter, R/GA’s top brass advising on how to avoid your brand becoming obsolete and Wieden+Kennedy presenting the Old Spice case study to a packed room that left hundreds turned away at the door.

While the dense crowds at the Driskill and Four Season hotels made business meetings a challenge, there was still a lot of networking getting done.  Despite the occasional feeling of claustrophobia and exhaustion, SXSW continues to be the most informative and fun conference of the year.

Social Media and Big Sporting Events

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The Super Bowl has long been considered the preeminent avenue of exposure for television advertisers due to its ability to attract an enormous and diverse audience (95.4 million in 2009).  Although this year’s game is expected to draw an equal number of eyeballs, several prominent brands and sponsors are shifting their advertising dollars from traditional television tactics to consumer-oriented online engagement strategies.

Pepsi, FedEx and GM have all pulled out from Super Bowl commercials this year, while brands like Doritos hope to repeat the success of their Crash the Super Bowl campaign.  At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Visa, one of the event’s largest sponsors for more than twenty years, is expanding their advertising to a multi-platform strategy with a heavy digital focus.  Sony Ericsson, the official mobile sponsor of the 2010 World Cup, has forgone all traditional advertising in favor of a fan-centric approach that reaches out through online channels.  If 2009 was the year that big companies began embracing social media, then 2010 looks like the year that they will be getting engaged in social matrimony.

CTSB Screen

As the official soft drink of the NFL, Pepsi made a drastic and progressive decision to forgo all Super Bowl television commercials in favor of their $20 million Pepsi Refresh Project digital advertising campaign.  After voting on the site goes live on February 1, the project will give grant money to the winners with the best ideas to “refresh” their community.  This marks the first time a major NFL sponsor will not be airing commercials during the Super Bowl.  Even in a deflated market, 30-second Super Bowl spots are selling for $2.5 million to $2.7 million, making the reach and measurability of digital word-of-mouth strategies that much more appealing.

Pepsi SM Idea

Just days after the Super Bowl winner is crowned, the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games will commence.  This year, major sponsors like Visa have developed campaigns that encompass a variety of digital channels.  They will be utilizing microsites to showcase interviews and personal stories of athletes, along with downloadable athlete widgets and posts on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

From a news media perspective, Web 2.0 and social tools have allowed nearly anyone to become a “reporter.”  For that reason, the IOC has created a rule that only accredited media members may act as journalists with rights to publish audio and moving pictures from the games.  There will apparently be a few exceptions to this rule though as the Vancouver Organizing Committee launched a competition for area students to become a reporter during the games.  Using social media tools like videos, web invites, blog posts and photo journals, the winning students will be filing stories, conducting interviews and hosting an interactive website with other participants from around the globe.  The project, called Students Live, can be followed on Twitter @studentslive.

StudentsLive screen

Sony Ericsson, the official mobile sponsor of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has followed the suit of Pepsi, Visa and others by going completely with an online approach to customer engagement.  As a truly global event, the audience of the World Cup is hard to target by geographic region and television broadcasts don’t draw the same amount of viewers as the Super Bowl and Olympics.  This is where social media and online channels step in, providing Sony Ericsson with the ability to engage customers and generate conversations that penetrate national and social borders.  Sony Ericsson has already launched a Twitter-based competition between fans of each participating country, a ticket giveaway promotion and a World Cup branded search engine termed the Worldcupopedia.

World Cup Screen

Adoption of new marketing strategies will always lag years behind the technology itself, but the recent moves by Pepsi, Visa, Sony Ericsson and others indicate that companies are adapting to the changing landscape in full force.  These shifts in advertising budget are merely the precursors to an entire paradigm shift that will continue to see more large companies incorporating word of mouth strategies and social media as a genuine part of their marketing mix.

Generation Now

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I’ve been really impressed by the marketing efforts behind the rebranding of Pepsi. The recently released ads for Pepsi’s “Wordplay” campaign really caught my attention; the campaign uses the new Pepsi logo to spell out positive and cheerful words, most notable among them “HOPE” playing to generation Obama and “CAN” — a more clever attempt at the same.

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