Makemove is a creative & digital peoples "dating app" , if you will, where you can find people with ideas or skillsets, near you. Like Tinder meets Linkedin. Like 4square meets portfolio sites! Like Grindr and ... Oh no it's not like Grindr at all.Adland:
A digital experience created as a tribute to Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Mr Christian Louboutin (the shoe dude). Find the hidden Hitchcock and unlock secret Louboutin shoes. It’s pretty heavy loading so allow some time See the site here
Mobile game company Supercell brings this wonderfully looney spot for game Hay Day to life. Fun times. Starring actor/comedian Craig Robinson.Country:
Ashley Madison is a dating service, aiming to "spice up" peoples married life with discreet affairs. Using Hillary Clinton, whose husband famously had affairs (and was accused of raping nearly half a dozen women) as their poster child may be tasteless, but it's getting attention. "Harder Choices... Lead to Ashley Madison.com." reads the headline, giving a nod to Hillary Clinton's book "Hard Choices". The sketch of Hillary is meant to attract women, who may not come around so easily to the idea of having an affair (via a dating site) than men would.Adland:
On twitter KLM celebrated the Netherlands win against Mexico in the world cup with a snarky "Adios Amigos!". Since the simple icon depicting a Mexican on the Airline Departure sign has a moustache, scarf & sombrero symbol on it, I quickly predicted that was going to bit them in the ass, all the while Digiday, Buzzfeed and I'm sure countless advertising and marketing professionals ran off to post on Linkedin about how bad this idea was.Adland:
This ad for road safety/anti-speeding is only aired after 9pm, because of its shocking conclusion. It starts out as an innocent fly on the wall in a classroom full of lovely little kids, and then follows them out on a class trip.Country:
In this chest-thumping, pep-talking Domino's ad, various employees such as product innovation managers and EVP of operations talk about trying things, and failing, which brings them to better.Country:
Evolve (together), is a kitchen table birthed group dedicated to changing the behaviour among millions of people... gun owners.Country:
In this paper, facebook scientists reveal some of what they've learned while experimenting with "emotion contagion", a well known phenomena where positive or negative emotions are transferred to people that come in contact with the positive, or negative, person. At Facebook they tested this in the realm of social media, by messing with peoples feeds.Adland:
An engaging deep-dive into the seven digital deadly sins. With rich layers of information, including live action video, articles from The Guardian and user-generated statistics. In the end we are all sinners. View the site here
At first I was surprised by what seemed like a low-tech choice of radio/podcasts by Contagious Magazine to deliver their Cannes roundup. However, after listening to all 5 episodes I think it’s a great choice.
In fact, it’s perfect for those who want to get the Cannes lowdown without leaving the comfort of their beach chair, no sun glare issues on iPhones. The content is good, interesting to get the inside track to how the press reacted to the different grand prix announcements at the press conferences. It also gives a nice top line thoughts on some of the themes coming out of the seminars.
I hope they do it again next year. You can listen to all 5 episodes here on soundcloud.
Updated: This is haunting and fun. Polar explorer Ben Saunders 1800 mile Antarctic expedition is faithfully recreated using GPS, topographic and weather data combined whilst out on the ice. A digital legacy to Scott. Enjoy It’s pretty heavy loading but go with it… turn the sound up too. Site link is here
A previous career – circa 1993.
Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action.
For me at least, Memorial Day is about much more than just cookouts: Without the courage of young American men who came to Europe to fight the Nazis, I would have been born in a German-speaking France. Or perhaps not at all.
Though I was born in 1971, I grew up in the shadow of WWII: My grandfather was a Cavalry Officer in both WWI and WWII. A hefty chunk of my family on my Mother’s side was killed by the Nazis. I grew up in France, surrounded by memorials, military cemeteries and the pockmarked landscapes of Normandie, Ypres and the Ardennes. Think old bunkers, craters and fields of white crosses like the photo below. My mother, who was 11 when Allied troops finally landed and remembers the war all too well, still – to this day – keeps an emergency supply of sugar and butter… just in case the Germans decide to give it another go, I suppose.
I grew up with the paratroopers’ prayer framed over my bed, and the annual ritual of having my father let me hold my grandfather’s medals (above). I grew up with countless stories of sacrifice and courage and bravery, and about a year ago, I discovered a stack of perfectly preserved family letters from 1917 and 1918 that gave me even more insight into what it was like to live in the midst of a world war, from both the side of the soldier and the side of the family who waited for him. I understand both the pride that comes from your family having a military tradition and the scars that such a tradition can leave behind. There are no heroes without sacrifice and no sacrifice without pain, and more often than not, the balance between those two things is just not that simple to manage.
If I grew up with a profound love for all things American, it must have begun with this: long ago, decades before I was born, thousands of American soldiers crossed the Atlantic to come save us. Between 1917 and 1918, and again in 1944, they came, and thousands died in our fields and on our beaches. Their graves are still there. I used to go visit them when I was little. Fields of white gravestones. It’s no accident that I ended up moving to the US. The seeds of that move were planted decades before I was born. How could I not want to live in a country of heroes? How could I not raise my children here?
What does this have to do with brand management, marketing or social business? Not one thing… but it’s Memorial Day and I never let it go by without thinking about the daily sacrifices made by men and women in uniform. To those who can’t be with their loved ones today, and to the families of the fallen, I say thank you.
And Thank You to all who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces – not just on this day, but every day.
Je me souviens.
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Olivier Blanchard is the author of Social Media R.O.I.: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization. (You can sample a free chapter at smroi.net.) If English isn’t your first language, #smROI is also available in Spanish, Japanese, German, Korean and Italian now, with more international editions on the way.
Why I stopped blogging:
My last post here is dated February 25th. I wish I could say that was the last time I was genuinely interested enough to write and share something pertinent with you guys about brand management or marketing strategy or social business, but that isn’t true. If you scroll back through my posts for 2013 and the second half of 2012, you will probably notice that I was already kind of losing interest in blogging for the sake of blogging. Truth is, sometimes, even someone as outspoken as me just doesn’t have anything really all that pertinent to write about on a blog like this one, and though the discipline to carry on writing “content” day after day anyway is admirable in many ways, I found the exercise pretty much mired in futility.
A friend of mine in the industry told me about a year ago that I needed to publish something on this blog at least 3-5 times per week. He was pretty adamant about it, and I suppose he should know. He has 10x the readership and the twitter followers. He has published 10x more books than I have (I only have the one), he gets paid a shit-ton more than I do to spend half as much time on stage. He’s big time. Career-wise, he is in every way my better. I should listen to him. The thing is, I don’t think that post quantity or post frequency or even an editorial calendar’s consistency really matters. Traffic to this blog remains strong even if I don’t post a single thing for months. I have so many posts here that I could probably never publish anything again and my traffic would stay consistent for the next 3+ years. More importantly, I don’t really care about pulling traffic to my blog anymore. I used to. For ego, mostly. A 12,000 visitor day was like Christmas morning to me once. I felt important and validated. I look back on that now and ask myself what the fuck I was thinking.
Oh yeah… that’s another thing. I probably shouldn’t curse here. This is a business blog. Well, so much for that rule too. I live in the real world, and in that world, people say fuck. In fact, they get pretty creative about it. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but at least it’s honest, and there’s a lot to be said for people who aren’t afraid to speak their minds.
I have always prided myself on publishing quality content. As much as I hate the term “content,” I will use it here to describe what you are reading right now, if only to make a point: I stopped doing that months ago. I did. I was just going through the motions. Writing a blog post just because I am supposed to fill space robs a blog like this one of its value. Even though I never intended to shift from publishing quality blog posts to publishing “content,” it’s where I was headed. I woke up one morning and sat at my desk and realized that I was turning into just another social media asshole who publishes shit just to have something to publish. Just to get traffic to a stupid website. Just to see his name mentioned a couple hundred times in a Twitter stream and feel important and validated. That’s not who I want to be and it sure as shit isn’t why I got into blogging. I didn’t like where things were going, and since I didn’t know what else to do, I backed off and worked on other things.
Why some of my “peers” might want to back off for a few months as well:
Top 10 Ways to Create Successful Content
Why Net Promoter Score Is The New ROI
5 Strategies to Better Engage With A social Media Audience
8 Ways Klout Is Revolutionizing Business
11 Reasons Why Google Glass is the Most Important Technology in Human History
Stop. Just stop. Shut the fuck up. Really.
You want to feel important, go do something important, something that actually matters:
Help a company solve a real problem. (Selling them a product doesn’t exactly qualify.)
Help curb domestic violence in your state by even 1/10 of a percent.
Help create a digital bipartisan policy innovation exchange. (Holy shit! Using social media to depolarize discussions about real issues and even crowdsource real solutions to real problems? Shut. Up!)
Develop social business systems and protocols aimed at boosting customer retention (loyalty is a process, not just a marketing buzzword).
Do something. But for fuck’s sake, stop filling empty space with “content.” It’s gotten so bad, even I was getting sucked into it just to keep up with this shit:
The CMO is dead.
Digital is Dead.
Marketing is Dead.
Advertising is Dead.
Print is Dead.
Stop. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all just writing the same shit over and over again, and most of it is utter nonsense. There’s no value to it. Most of it isn’t even accurate, let alone helpful to anyone. Hell, it isn’t even entertaining. If any of you wrote even one of those blog posts as an email and sent it to your boss, you would probably be fired shortly thereafter for being an incompetent dumbass. So what makes a digital editor or a social media “expert” think it belongs on a blog (or worse, on major pubs’ blogs like Forbes.com or HBR.com or Money.com)?
Please, if you’re that kind of blogger/writer, back away from your computer and give some thought to what you’re about to write. Better yet, go find something relevant to write about. You’re making my brain hurt with this shit. Why are you even here? What are you doing? What value are you bringing to your industry? Stop. Go for a walk or a run or whatever, and think about what you should really be doing instead of throwing your very own personal turds at the same giant pile of turds everyone is already busy throwing their turds at. It’s big enough as it is. It’ll do just fine without your latest “contribution.”
Even if my blog posts aren’t quite as awful as some, truth is that it’s been a while since I have contributed anything particularly intelligent or new or even special to our overall conversation. I woke up one morning and I realized I was just creating content, and it really turned me off from the whole thing. That break I just suggested, I took one. I’m not sure I’m really back yet, but I’m back today anyway, and I suppose that’s a start.
I don’t think I need to apologize for my physical absence since my last post on February 25. That was actually a good thing. What I do need to apologize for though, is my substantive absence since whenever the hell it was that I started posting “content” on this blog just to keep the wheels spinning. I let you guys down and I’m sorry. I didn’t mean for that to happen. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I got sidetracked. Burnout maybe? Caught in the momentum of a flawed trajectory… Maybe it was a bunch of little things. I’ll give it some thought and let you know if I ever figure it out.
What comes next for this blog:
Moving forward, The BrandBuilder Blog will have no set editorial calendar. Maybe I publish something every day for a week, and maybe I don’t publish anything at all for a month. It will all depend on whether I have something relevant to share or even the time to share it. If I have nothing intelligent or pertinent to say, I won’t waste your time pretending that I do. Believe it or not, I don’t have awesome advice to give every damn day of the week. Most days, I’m just like everyone else: busy, confused, and filled with far more questions than answers. I don’t need to pretend that I am an expert or a guru… and though I hope to become an expert at something someday, I sure as shit don’t ever want to be a guru. Robes aren’t a good look for me.
So anyway, stay tuned. I’ll be back with more. Thanks for your patience.
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