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Mashable, Pitbull, and a Walmart in Alaska

By Michael Berberich, manager, marketing knowledge center
Posted: Nov 13, 2014 10:00am ET

Mashable is a media blog that specializes in viral social content, featuring the stories, videos and images that are being shared across social media. In order to stay hyper-relevant, the brand developed a system called Velocity that is based on machine learning algorithms and can find stories that are about to go viral. Velocity scans millions of digital data points, analyzes and categorizes them, and predicts their viral potential based on social interactions.

When Mashable first tested Velocity, the system reported that the next URL to go viral would be the Facebook page for a Walmart located in Kodiak, Alaska. Initially the brand thought that there was a system malfunction due to the improbable nature of the results, but when it began to trace Velocity’s crawl path, the story began to present itself. Walmart had recently announced a contest where musical entertainer Pitbull would hold a concert in-store at the Walmart that had the Facebook page with the most likes. While the artist was popular in the mainstream, groups on sites like Reddit and 4chan were not fans, and organized an effort to make the Kodiak, Alaska Walmart — the brand’s most remote location in the U.S. — the winner. The prank worked, Pitbull performed in Alaska, and Mashable learned that the next “big thing” in social could truly come from anywhere, and that systemized social listening was the only way to stay “ahead of the curve.”  

2014 Effie Winners: Nimble, Focused, Unafraid

By Michael Berberich, manager, marketing knowledge center
Posted: Nov 11, 2014 10:00am ET

Millward Brown Vermeer, ANA’s partner in the Marketing 2020 initiative, reviewed the winners of the 2014 Effie awards to find the newest trends and latest best practices in the ever-changing world of advertising. It found that leading marketers were bucking conventions in terms of the channels used, the audience targeted, and the willingness to take risks. The advertising landscape no longer allows for yearlong marketing plans or one-size-fits-all messaging, and brands that act quickly and flexibly can beat out larger or more established competition.

When adidas spokesperson and All-Star point guard Derek Rose tore his ACL, keeping him off the court for at least a year, the brand had to re-think its entire campaign. The brand acted quickly and developed an online video-led campaign called “The Return,” which chronicled Rose’s recovery and allowed fans the chance to voice their support. The campaign generated a substantial amount of social buzz, brand affinity, and traffic to the adidas website, and gave Rose a platform to connect with his fans on a personal level.   

The most well-known example of this new, nimbler advertising is the now-historic Oreo’s “Dunk in the Dark” tweet. Every marketer is familiar with the tweet, but not all realize that in order for it to happen as quickly as it did, Oreo created a “war room” consisting of copywriters, visual designers, social media professionals, legal advisors, and corporate representatives. When the lights went out in the Superdome, everyone involved with the creation and dissemination of an Oreo ad was in the same room, and the process (which can take months) only needed seconds.

For more Effie insights, visit the full list of 2014 Award Winners here.

The Rise of Instagram – New ANA Survey Research

By Bill Duggan, Group EVP, ANA
Posted: Nov 5, 2014 10:00am ET

According to the new ANA report, How Social Are You?,” 51 percent of ANA members are on Instagram. Those Instagram users average 116 followers, and 50 percent post updates at least weekly. That 51 percent penetration for Instagram follows Facebook (92 percent), LinkedIn (92 percent), Twitter (71 percent), and Pinterest (55 percent).

The most important finding in this research regarding Instagram is that it is the favorite personal social media channel of Millennials (meanwhile, Facebook is identified as the favorite by Gen X and Boomers). Seventy percent of Millennial ANA members are on Instagram, versus 52 percent for Gen X, and just 27 percent for Boomers. Instagram is to Millennials what Facebook is to Gen X and Boomers. Instagram is less time-intensive and relies more on visual imagery than text. 

According to the ANA research, 43 percent of brands have a social media presence on Instagram. That’s ahead of Pinterest and only behind the giants of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Just last week, a MediaPost article reported that Instagram is more popular than ever among brand marketers.

Marketers – particularly Gen X and Boomers – are encouraged to get into the action on Instagram.

Snapchat: Not What You Think It Is

By Michael Berberich, manager, marketing knowledge center
Posted: Nov 3, 2014 1:00pm ET

If you’re older than 30, you could be excused for thinking Snapchat had one scandalous purpose: sending “intimate” pictures that disappeared after 10 seconds, leaving no incriminating evidence. In reality, Snapchat is one of the fastest growing social networks in existence, and a new space for young consumers to connect for a matter of seconds — perfect for today’s attention spans. According to Snapchat in May, 2014, the app’s users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day. Marketers that are willing to enter the space early and “learn the language” of the platform have the opportunity to engage a young audience on their “turf.” 

Audi Takes Snapchat by Storm on Super Bowl Sunday
While every other brand on Earth (it seemed) was trying to be the next “Dunk in the Dark” on Twitter, Audi launched its Super Bowl campaign on Snapchat, sending its followers pictures with humorous captions providing commentary on the game and halftime show. The brand drove consumers to its Snapchat profile via other social channels, and in the two days leading up to the Super Bowl, it had a following of5,000. When users began to share screenshots of the snaps Audi sent on Twitter and Facebook, the number of Audi’s Snapchat followers more than doubled in a matter of hours. By leveraging a new platform and providing contextually relevant content, Audi drove the most online mention of any automaker during the 2014 Super Bowl, a third of which came from the Snapchat campaign.

How do you engage a new generation of conservationists? Meet them on their own terms. The World Wildlife Foundation saw that teenagers and young adults were joining Snapchat in droves, and that “selfies,” or self-portrait snapshots, were the “lingo” of the platform. The #LastSelfie campaign leveraged both of these facts, as the WWF sent “selfies” of endangered animals to its followers, noting that it might be the last photo they ever take and calling the recipients to action, whether it be donation, petition signing, or simply social sharing on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The campaign was picked up by Fast Company, Adweek, Creativity Online, Reuters, NBC and many others around the world as “one of the most clever uses of Snapchat and the selfie trend”, with headlines in more than six languages. The campaign was re-tweeted more than 40,000 times, reaching 120 million twitter timelines.

Is your brand ready to enter a new space? Check out the 2014 MMA Smarties Award Winners to see how innovation and creativity can drive business.

How Social Are You? -- New ANA Benchmark on Social Media Usage

By Bill Duggan, Group EVP, ANA
Posted: Nov 3, 2014 10:30am ET

The new ANA white paper, “How Social Are You?” provides a benchmark on the personal social media activity of ANA members. Some highlights:

For personal use:

21 percent blog personally or professionally

51 percent post news or content about their company/brand on their personal social media sites 

All members are encouraged to benchmark their personal social media against their peers. How do you stack up? If there are gaps, members are encouraged to get out of their personal comfort zones and do more.

Starwood Sets the Bar High for Mobile-first Hospitality

By Meghan Medlock, director of committees and conferences, ANA
Posted: Oct 31, 2014 3:00pm ET

Starwood Hotels & Resorts owns popular hotels like the W and Sheraton and has been extremely successful in acquiring new members and retaining loyal ones over the last several years. Two keys to their success have been to constantly stay ahead of technology innovation in hotels and to make the mobile experience a priority. Mobile is omnipresent with their prospects and customers and will continue to grow. As such, their mobile bookings are growing five times faster than web bookings did ten years ago, and mobile accounts for 42% of Starwood’s site visits, up from 16% just two years ago. Connectivity, especially via mobile channels, is a great chance to engage with travelers. Global travelers.

Starwood is the first in the hotel industry to leverage state-aware technology that can connect with guests in real-time with relevant offers. The company also communicates with customers via SMS and Starwood’s customer contact centers stay on top of and respond to social media in real-time. In fact, just last year, the company engaged in almost 3 million social media interactions with its guests – that’s over 8,200 per day on average across all of their hotel properties.

Starwood has also innovated globally with mobile. For example, they launched a South American iPad app that offers consumers a description of the hotel and the location to provide a “lay of the land” of sights, the neighborhood, shops, etc., that consumers can explore on their mobile devices before booking a trip. They have also released an Android app for Chinese consumers that allows guests to better organize their travel experience and is modified to reflect Chinese culture. All of their apps are available in eight different languages.

This is just the beginning of what they have accomplished in the last few years and how they will continue to evolve and innovate with the “mobile first, mobile everywhere” consumer. They are piloting smart check-in which offers keyless check-in via smartphones, as a “natural progression” in the hotel customer experience. They are also experimenting with how to use “beacons” to enhance the experience. Smart check-in, though, is just the beginning of their digital and mobile innovation process as they integrate these platforms with revenue management systems, big data engines, and a cohesive set of reservations and loyalty systems. 

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will be sharing more of their mobile innovation success story at our ANA Mobile First, Mobile Everywhere Pre- Conference presented by MediaVest, December 1 in New York City! The Mobile First, Mobile Everywhere Conference will take place the following day, December 2, in New York City.  At this premiere industry event, you will learn how top marketers are staying ahead of the curve in a mobile first, mobile everywhere world. Walmart, Heineken, Timex, Lowe’s and more will be speaking! Click here to see the outstanding line up. Register now because space is limited! 

Reaching the LGBT Consumer

By Janine Martella, director of committees and conferences at ANA
Posted: Oct 30, 2014 10:00am ET

Best in class. Organic. Well done. Higher-level of sophistication. Those are just a few of the comments we heard from the judges of the Multicultural Excellence Awards for the LGBT category this year. All are wonderful observations of advertisements from a variety of categories such as sports, broadcast, packaged goods, telecommunications, and banking. Great news all around that brands recognize the LGBT community with effective and respectful campaigns that garner positive reactions from consumers. It was evident in this year’s submissions that love and resilience generated some of the most emotionally charged ads I’ve seen in a long time!

The finalists of the 2014 Multicultural Excellence Awards for the LGBT category are:

The 2014 grand prize winner will be announced during the 16th ANA Multicultural Marketing & Diversity Conference, taking place November 9-11 at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach.

While the positive momentum continues in LGBT advertising, and a record number of Americans live in states that recognize relationships between same-sex couples -- 32 states as of this writing -- I can’t wait to see what next year brings! Until then, I am proud to work amongst such progressive members such as Allstate, Mondelez, and Visa and look forward to seeing more activity focused on LGBT consumers. 

The Right of Publicity: A Strange (But Important) Law to Understand

By Michael Berberich, manager, marketing knowledge center
Posted: Oct 29, 2014 1:00pm ET

The right of publicity is the right of an individual (celebrity or not) to control the commercial use of his or her name, image, and likeness. Advertisers are well aware that they cannot use a living person’s likeness without permission, but they are generally unclear about the laws surrounding individuals who are deceased. There’s a good reason for the uncertainty: rights of publicity are (oddly) determined by which state the individual in question was in when they passed away.   

If an individual passes away in Indiana, for instance, their name and likeness are protected from commercial use for 100 years post-mortem. In California, a special law was introduced that passed the right of publicity to an individual’s family for 70 years, an important addition to the celebrity-filled state’s statute. Delaware, on the other hand, has no such right of publicity, and the names and likenesses of the deceased are “fair game.”

While the subject is somewhat morbid, it highlights the fact that marketers can’t take anything for granted when using someone’s likeness in marketing. For more legal issues you might not know even exist, check out Reed Smith’s Don’t be the Next #SocialMediaFail and the latest Marketing Law Insight Brief.


Misuse of Emergency Alert System in Advertising

By Bill Duggan, Group EVP, ANA
Posted: Oct 24, 2014 10:00am ET

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires TV and radio broadcasters, cable television systems, satellite service providers, and more to offer to the President the communications capability to address the American public during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information such as AMBER (missing children) alerts and emergency weather information targeted to a specific area.  More at http://www.fcc.gov/guides/emergency-alert-system-eas.

A recent letter from the Federal Communication Commission to advertising industry trade associations says: “Although the existing prohibition has been in effect for several decades, we have recently received an increasing number of complaints concerning the misuse of actual or simulated EAS tones. Such misuse poses a serious threat to the integrity and utility of the entire Emergency Alert System, and thus endangers public safety.” This letter went to the ANA as well as the 4A’s so your agency partners (assuming they are 4A’s agencies) should be aware.

The law is clear: If advertisements, promotional announcements, or other programming includes the EAS codes or Attention Signal (or simulations thereof) not in connection with an actual emergency or authorized EAS test, they are illegal.

Attached is the FCC Enforcement Advisory on the Emergency Alert System with more information.


Spotlight on Timex: ANA Mobile First, Mobile Everywhere Conference Speaker

By Shannon Scanlin, associate manager, committees, ANA
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 12:30pm ET

Wearables are one of the hottest topics around mobile today. In April 2014, International Data Corporation predicted that wearable device shipments worldwide would rise more than 488.9% between 2014 and 2018, from 19.0 million to 111.9 million. With the recent announcement of the Apple Watch and success of fitness trackers, it’s primetime for companies to start experimenting.

One such company is Timex which recently released the Ironman One GPS+. This is the only smartwatch that features standalone connectivity without a phone, intended to help athletes and adventurers be safer, smarter, and just a little bit more connected. Other than health features, the watch also has a built-in messaging app and, in case of an emergency, an SOS button.

To promote the new product, Timex is holding the Timex One Relay. This is an 800-mile, 22-day relay run with more than 100 runners. It will connect the Chicago and New York City marathons, linking each runner’s contribution to their favorite charities.

Learn more about Timex’s work from Shawn Cummings, head of innovation and market strategy, at the inaugural 2014 ANA Mobile First, Mobile Everywhere Conference. Other speakers include Walmart, Heineken, Lowe’s, Forrester, CEA, and more. Register now because space is limited! Click here for more information.

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