Mar 15 2011

Build Geolocation Strategy from Social Initiatives

Published by under mobile,social media

This is  cross-posted from the White Horse blog.

If you’re trying to develop your geolocation marketing strategy, but don’t know where to begin, look no further than your social media strategy. These two components go hand in hand, and spending energy on geolocation without tight social integration will lead to a marketing program that’s dead on arrival.

White Horse recently conducted a survey of smartphone users to determine how geolocation apps like Foursquare and Gowalla were being used by consumers, and how marketers should integrate check-in functionality and location information to their marketing plan.

The results were clear: Facebook Places was, far and away, the most utilized geolocation check-in service. And that has big implications for every brand with a digital presence.

Facebook Places is deployed on far, far more phones than any other geolocation service. Foursquare has about 7.5 million mobile usersFacebook Places has well over 150 million mobile users (this number is from July, so it’s a bit outdated). You are 20 times more likely to find your prospects on Facebook Places than on Foursquare.

For marketers, then, the choice is clear. When looking to build out a location-based marketing strategy with a strong digital component, Facebook Places will yield the greatest success right now.

By leveraging your existing investment in social media, to promote your location-based touchpoints, you will also ensure that there is strong brand affinity and purchase intent with your geolocation initiatives.

When a marketing geolocation strategy starts with your existing Facebook Fans, it’s easy to build successful engagements with an incremental, test-and-learn approach. It also provides valuable insight into your social media community and drives additional value for your most connected and most important customers.

This is just one of the insights from our new webinar on mobile marketing strategies. We’ll review original, proprietary research on how consumers are using location-based applications, and how to show quick results in mobile marketing initiatives. Sign up for the March 30 5 Breakaway Mobile Marketing Insights webinar now.

 

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Feb 18 2011

Downy Blows A Huge Social Media Opportunity

Published by under marketing

This is cross-posted on the White Horse blog – go there for all types of digital marketing goodness.

Recently, Downy fabric softener and Macy’s bedding department sponsored an event where comedian Mike Birbiglia slept in a Macy’s store window display for a week. People all over the world could watch “Mike in the Window” on Downy’s Facebook page, and see videos of him trying to sleep.

If you’re asking “why?” right about now, you are not alone. Continue Reading »

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Jul 07 2010

Awareness Shifts From Campaign to Engagement Model

Published by under marketing,social media

Awareness Inc is one of the vendors that I reported on in my report on ten social media management platforms (download here).

In a sign of how fast the industry is moving, even before the final report was released, Awareness had made a major move to shift their platform and allow for a much broader range of marketing and engagement activities on their platform. This brings a lot of relevance to a strong platform for corporate marketers.

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Apr 26 2010

The Four Best Social Media Management Platforms for Corporate Marketers

Published by under marketing,social media

UPDATE: For a more comprehensive overview of 10 SMMPs, please check out this new post for a downloadable report.

Total read time: 4 minutes (italicized highlights and chart); 15 minutes (full post)

It seems that every new marketing campaign comes with an accompanying Twitter account. In addition, the customer service department needs a couple (or many) distinct accounts. And certain key individuals, like your CMO, need their individual accounts. The slow creep of campaigns, positioning, and different department needs continue to expand, and suddenly, you realize that your company has a couple dozen Twitter accounts, several Facebook pages, and hundreds of personal accounts across multiple social networks.

The reality is that all of these accounts are needed – your product manager has a different focus than your customer support team, and you don’t want to mix together messages directed toward journalists with that campaign you did targeting stay-at-home-moms. But, you can’t even remember all of the handles, much less the passwords.

It’s time for a social media management platform.

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Apr 24 2010

Enterprise 2.0: More Important Than Facebook

Published by under economics,social media

Amongst those that talk social media, the most popular conversation is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg is the prom king, and the entire high school commons of the blogosphere knows what’s going on with him at all times. That’s part of the reason why WebMediaBrands acquired Social Times, publisher of allfacebook.com. Check out these uniques for All Facebook – growth has tripled in Q1 in part because of increased interest in the platform:

But, there is a much more important conversation that deserves more attention: how collaboration tools are changing internal operations within organizations. These cultural changes have little to do with Facebook, but the impact will be much greater than Facebook’s impact by itself.

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Mar 29 2010

Google Will Lose the Social Wars…And That’s OK

Published by under social media,technology

Google was built on search. It was not built on social. And, to thrive in the space, you have to have social running through your veins.

But, in their fight for social relevance, they will force the other players to play fair. So, thanks, Google! Continue Reading »

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Mar 27 2010

You Might Even Thank Facebook for Automatically Sharing Your Data with Other Sites

Facebook recently announced that they will give up personally identifiable information to certain “approved” sites that use Facebook Connect. Within the tech industry, this is seen as a scary invasion of privacy, but I am not sure if it is really a very big deal. This isn’t a very big step forward from a marketing perspective, and in the end, most users will be better off.

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Jan 20 2010

How More Content Leads to Better Content

Published by under televison

NBC’s Jeffrey Zucker is being attacked for his now-obvious misstep in moving Jay Leno to the 10 PM slot.  Leno has not done well in the slot, and NBC affiliates are screaming bloody murder that their lead-in to their 11 PM news slot (the most profitable broadcast of the day for most affiliates) has been decimated.

So, Zucker is pulling the plug, and the whole grand experiment of a chat show in primetime will come to an end.

But, while this experiment may have gone awry, it doesn’t mean that the long-term trends have changed.

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Nov 26 2009

The Facebook Era: Useless for Intended Audience

Published by under book review,marketing

Clara Shih gives a good overview of what Facebook is good for in The Facebook Era (affiliate link). Of course, this book suffers from what all books, increasingly, suffer from: the fact that they’re books.  By the time they are edited and published, 25% of the information is outdated. Continue Reading »

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