Category Archives: Marketing

Professional networking on Facebook

To connect with people, you have to meet them on their own grounds. This is what Monster must have thought when developing Beknown. Beknown is a professional networking application, which allows people to network at the place where they spend most of their time online: on Facebook.

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Infographic: Quickstart Guide to Social Media for Business

A couple of days ago, @Princess Misia’s shared a great Infographic “A Quickstart Guide to Social Media for Business” with the world(I ❤ Social Media)! It is so great I couldn’t resist reposting it…

More and more businesses are expressing interest in social media and slowly but surely companies are diving into the SoMe pool. However, many companies are diving with their eyes shut, hitting rock bottom, hurting their business head and pulling back asap. They often don’t understand that it takes more than just their presence to succeed. It is crucial Social & Digital Media professionals educate clients that wish to dive in the social media pool! And what better way than a simple – but oh so efficient – infographic…

This magnificent Infographic distinguishes 14 logical steps a company needs to go through to start off their Social Media adventure. As Sasha Gaya once stated, if a picture says a thousand words, an infographic says a million…

Originally developed by @B2Bento, a B2B Marketing Agency in Singapore.

Tipp-Ex erases Federer’s video: THE interactive viral video of the moment & its keys to success!

In my last post, I wrote about Gilette’s magnificent viral video starring Federer. Well, forget about it! Tipp-ex recently released the most appealing interactive viral video I’ve ever seen! Check it out!

Pretty impressive, hu?! The video was released 26 August and has been viewed over 3 million times. According to the French ad agency Buzzman, producers of the video, there are already more than 40 alternative ends. Have you tried typing ‘moonwalking’ ;-)?

But what exactly are the key factors to success?

1. Interactivity: at the end of the first video the viewer must decide about the bear’s faith by clicking one or the other button. In the second video the viewer can make up an alternative end by changing the video’s title. This is exactly what viral marketing is about: involving people! You use people to spread your message. People want to be involved and engaged! Don’t forget that the people’s voice is one of the most powerful marketing tools ever! Use this wisdom wisely and you shall be rewarded! 

2. Link with core business: in a truly fascinating way, Tipp-Ex has succeeded in connecting the channel to the message and the company’s core business, ‘correcting’. In this case, Tipp-ex allows you to write (first video) and rewrite (second video) the story. Noticed the link with the brand’s slogan ‘Write and rewrite’?

3. Product visibility: It is not until the second video that the PocketMouse makes its entrance. In fact, the first video shows no sign of a product of any kind (the contrary would have a baleful influence on the viral video). Although the Tipp-Ex Pocketmouse is visible from the start of the second video, the viewer at first sight doesn’t pay attention to it – let alone he is bothered by it. It is not until the hunter steps out of the video to grab the Pocketmouse to rewrite the story that the viewer focuses on the product. Wooow!!! So subtle, yet so effective!

4. Endorsement effect of Social Media: with viral marketing the key is the ‘buzz potential’.  Successful campaigns create that amount of buzz because the content is uniquely engaging and causes the urge of individuals to share it. Admit it, after having rewritten the story, you immediately shared the video on one or more of your social media accounts, didn’t you? 🙂

The viral marketing campaign has already been a great success! Hopefully their sales follow the same path of success! They sure as hell deserve it! 🙂

If you are interested in finding out more about viral marketing, do read Kevin Allen’s ‘Viral Marketing 100 Success Secrets’.

Btw, I wonder if the developers got their inspiration from the successful serie ‘Mad Men’? 

Gilette viral ad: Federer’s Robin Hood stunt: Fake or Real?

These days, viral videos  shoot out like mushrooms. Companies find them easy to execute, they don’t weigh on the communications/marketing budget, they almost certainly reach their target audience and generally evoke quite some buzz. However, brands often forget that the buzz is only about the ad – as a channel – not about the brand, adding little to no value to the brand’s awareness or reputation.

One of the most discussed viral ads of the moment is a short behind-the-scenes video shot during the making off a Gilette campaign, starring Roger Federer and a not-so-eager cameraman in a ‘Robin Hood vs the Apple’ scenario. Need I say more? Just watch and enjoy!

I believe the power of this viral video lies in the fact that it has initiated a discussion on whether or not Federer’s service is real. On the one hand, people want to believe it’s for real because they see Roger Federer as THE most talented tennis player of the world, on the other hand, people are well-aware of theendless possibilities of video editing, possibly fooling the mob.

I convinced myself to believe it because I think Roger Federer is one the most gifted modern gladiators alive!
So, what do you reckon? Share your toughts!