Making a story social isn't all about marketing. It's also about helping to build a better narrative – extending and enriching the story, whether your story is driven by a fictional character or a brand. We'll examine current examples of advertising, transmedia, brand fiction and branded content to determine what makes stories work for today's social audiences--and what makes them fail.
Brand journalism is often defined by what it isn’t. It’s not just blogging, it’s not PR, but it isn’t traditional reporting either. This session will focus not only on defining brand journalism, but also will go in-depth on what brand journalism looks like in action, how organizations can incorporate editorial practices and how traditional journalists can make the shift. MarketingProfs Chief Content Officer Ann Handley will sit down with Twitter’s Editorial Director Karen Wickre, Eloqua’s in-house reporter Jesse Noyes and Erica Swallow of Southern Swallow Productions to discuss what adaptations need to be made in corporate environments, how to mitigate bias, and what policies you should institute to ensure the emerging practice’s integrity. It’s brand journalism, with a real world emphasis. This session is sponsored by Eloqua.
For every brand turning on a new listening program or focusing on engaging their users online there is a lot of attention on the topic of social media strategy. Brands that don't have one are desperately chasing one - yet the problem is no longer a lack of strategy. That's so 2011. The problem now is that more and more brands are becoming strategically unlikeable. Being social isn't the same thing as being likeable. In some cases, they are actually opposite. In this panel, we will talk about the one principle that every successful person already knows, yet the one that has eluded so many brands ... why likeability is actually the golden trump card, and why brands are historically so bad at it. From examining the lessons from completely unlikeable leaders like Steve Jobs or Rupert Murdoch to sharing the theories of building likeable brands and the new culture of "likeonomics," Rohit Bhargava and Dave Kerpen, two bestselling authors will take audience members inside what it means to be unlikeable and offer real tips on how to avoid falling into that trap ... as a business and as a person.
Years ago, it was porn sites always pushing the envelope on graphics, interactivity, engagement, commerce, and stickiness (ewww). Now, it’s social media that’s getting lucky and monetizing eyeballs. In just the past two years, social technology has changed radically: Sure, previous advances in web, commerce and web content were largely driven by the adult market. But the current focus on collaboration and content sharing is being driven by individuals sharing their actual (as opposed to fantasy) experiences with brands, products and services. Social technology is redefining—and being redefined by—the interplay among organizations, customers and communities in what’s coming to be known as social business. Our speakers are social technology hotties. They have Klout scores ranging from the high 60s to the high 80s—so these are leaders of the social media pack. They’re here to lay out the future of social business so you can jump on it and profit from it. We promise a memorable, thrill-a-minute session that’ll leave you begging for more. We promise this will be the most fun you can have at the conference with your clothes on. This session is sponsored by NetBase.
Procter & Gamble recently commissioned Flow Nonfiction to create a documentary film capturing one of its signature cause programs: Pantene Beautiful Lengths. PBL has donated over 272,000 ponytails for real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society, and also generated significant ROI for the brand itself. How and why has the program succeeded in making good on doing good? Through communication innovation, like branded documentary film. Marketers and filmmakers, your union is at hand. Film-driven campaigns are setting a new standard of authenticity and ROI. PR and digital agencies are leveraging branded film assets through interactive, integrated campaigns -- building brand platforms and driving user-generated content. But how do marketers sell in films to clients? How do filmmakers and brand managers execute the process? How is branded content best leveraged? And does it actually deliver? This panel’s case study provides a 360 view - and best practices - from the campaign’s key partners.
The lines between the digital world and the music world have blurred. Every minute a band signs up for Twitter, posts something on Facebook or updates their website reaching millions of adoring fans around the world (aka possible consumers). It’s no secret that music is a great way to reach and connect with new consumers but today’s landscape offers more than just connections. Hear from Dan Vinh (Renaissance Hotels), Courtney Blacker (JanSport), Umut Ozaydinli (Deviant Ventures), Brad Josling (HIP Digital) and Panos Panay (Sonicbids) on how they’re using Social Music Marketing to tap into emerging bands and these bands’ marketing prowess to create new brand loyalists.
by Niki Weber
Brands have been diving head first into Facebook over the past few years but their social reality has failed to live up to their lofty expectations. Guided by a sea of experts who can say "social" but can't do social, brand pages often resemble online ghost towns with engagement that consists of mere small talk and fake smiles. To make matters worse, Facebook went from a friendly handhold to a ruthless chokehold of world-wide-web domination. This Future 15 session will help you put Facebook back in its rightful place.
Lomography, a film camera community and company, has faced annihilation from not only digital photography, but now from mobile photo-sharing applications. We will talk about why, as a brand, they still grow and succeed; as well as tactics to refocus dying brands and most importantly, why it's a good idea to not please everyone.
by Neil Perry
Perhaps no segment of interactive marketing is as provocative as crowdsourcing, a rapidly emerging approach to media creation that can cut traditional production costs by as much as 90% and is having profound effects on in-house and agency marketers alike. Hear pros and cons and see real-life examples, case studies, and lessons from the perspectives of leading global brands, agencies and crowdsourcing production companies on how the crowd is going mainstream and what it could all mean to you. Joining Neil will be Robb Miller, Director of Marketing for Site Content, Dell.com.
If the advent of social media platforms causes brands to become publishers then what do publishers become? Whether the ultimate role reversal or just a momentary identity crisis, brands and publishers know that they don’t want to be the last to the party, struggling to keep up with the current conversation and void of “Likes.” Brands and publishers alike are now storytellers -- curators -- and seek the expertise of those who understand that social media platforms are an extension of their branding and serve the same purpose -- retaining consumers, attracting new ones and encouraging a deeper relationship. Both groups seek to create and optimize content, and better yet, deliver a seamless consumer experience with consistent, integrated advertising.
While the conversation about ROI and future of social media is just beginning, most brands and publishers are looking to experts that offer a holistic and tailored solution for capitalizing on the social marketing opportunity with Facebook and Twitter. Both groups know that quality publishing and the right dialogue are important and translate into word of mouth support that scales.
Come spend an hour listening to a small and engaging group of international social media and digital marketing experts, a leading publisher and a renowned brand, all who have seen the light of social media and know it shines brightly when executed well.
by Craig Benzine and Alejandra Carvallo
Brands want a piece of the social media pie. Content creators want to make money without compromising their voice and audience. The Rolling Stones once said you can’t always get what you want. But they were wrong. Big brands and content creators can get what they want while working together. Many brands and content creators collaborate in ways that bring value to their shared audiences. It just takes a little care, and a lot of trust. Panelists Alejandra Carvallo from Intel and one of the all time most subscribed personalities on YouTube, Craig Benzine (aka Wheezy Waiter), show what’s worked for them and earned hundreds of thousands of views of their content.
by Glenn Engler
Social media presents countless opportunities to engage target audiences. But many marketers in regulated industries are missing out because they constantly hear “we’re not allowed to” when it comes to social marketing. Previous bad experiences with regulatory agencies paralyze companies once known for their marketing prowess. In the meantime, customers continue to actively search for information online, share their brand experiences and sometimes get scooped up by competitors that have figured out how to engage while still remaining compliant. This session will discuss how brands in regulated industries like pharma, healthcare, food/beverage and financial services can successfully use social marketing to connect with and activate key constituents. Learn how organizations can effectively work with their legal and regulatory teams, create value-added content to engage current and prospective customers, build brand equity, drive sales and loyalty, and gain competitive advantage.
by Tim Washer
Research shows that nearly 73% of people who read corporate blogs are in fact people. And one of the strongest connections we can make with another human is to make them laugh. We'll share a few comedy lessons learned from freelancing on The Onion and Conan and show how those rules can be used to create corporate social media content to breaks through the clutter. We’ll share case studies on how humorous corporate videos earned headlines in the New York Times and inclusion on ComedyCentral.com and helped expand the online community. We'll discuss simple, fun, low-budget approaches to transmedia storytelling, including web documentary series, for both consumer and B2B companies.
by Kurt Abrahamson and Kate Sirkin
Like the proverbial tree falling in the forest, content might as well not exist if there's no one to acknowledge it. Every time you "Like" that cute cat video, tweet the latest controversial current event, or share an awesome deal with a friend, you validate the existence of that content. If it's shared, it matters, has value and is impactful. Luckily for content publishers – be it a media conglomerate or just that kid who wants you to share a YouTube video of him reenacting Britney's "Oops!…I Did It Again" – you're also engaging in a behavior that's hard-wired as a basic human impulse. We love to share, but we're a selective bunch.
So how do web publishers compel us to share and what makes certain content irresistible? And how do brands tap into the immense power of sharing? We'll dive into examples of hyper-shareable content and examine how sharing provides insight into broader human behavioral patterns. Finally, we'll discuss how sharing is radically democratizing the way we think about spheres of influence. With sharing, everyone is important in the sharing economy. So instead of one person sharing with 1,000 friends, it’s more important that 1,000 people share just once. Virality doesn’t matter because everyone is an influencer.
by Noel Franus
We work so hard to get people to like us. Buy this! Click here! Love me! So why is it that so many people—and most brands—suck at keeping things lively once they have us on the hook?
Customer service generally stinks. Products rarely evolve with our needs. And loyalty programs are usually no more than a carrot on a string.
A marriage isn’t supposed to be this dull.
We’ll take a look at the nitty-gritty psychology and behaviors associated with keeping things exciting long after buy-in, explore left-of-center approaches to bringing customers back and serve up inspiration for designers who want to to create experiences that build customers for life.
Loyalty used to be simple, drink a soda and get rewarded for it. As brands expand their “social currencies” into a virtual Federal Reserve, based around larger partnerships, what will the future look like? Consumer loyalty is being targeted in exchange for virtual cash. From the utopic to the dystopic, we’ll take a look at alternate futures: The idealist agency perspective that each brand should have its own economy. What could go wrong? We’ll explore visions of consumers making transactions with 50+ currency options. “I’ll pay with ‘widget’ points ma’am, they’re trading well today.” Then let’s shift into brand-based personal economies, with each consumer having their own “virtual exchange.” What happens when brands go to war over your “loyalty economy?” Lastly, what if everyone cashes out, flooding our economy with virtual cash? Complete devaluation of our current economy? I’m sure we’ll be fine, I’ll just drink a bitcoin and shut the %@! up.
After months of discussion and debate, ICANN, the governing body that oversees the use of domain names, has finally approved the creation of suffixes based on brands, hobbies, political causes, and just about anything else. This means that major brands like Apple can create addresses ending in ".ipad," Citi and Chase could compete over ".bank" and cities like New York can—and are— leveraging “.nyc”. However, starting a new registry to manage a new gTLD (generic top level domain) will be expensive ($185,000 for the application alone), and many people still have questions about if, or how, these new extensions will ultimately benefit their brand. This session will discuss the most important things entrepreneurs, business owners, and marketers need to understand in regards to the new gTLDs, the impact they will have on search and SEO, and the unique ways companies and organizations can use them not only to increase brand awareness but also to improve customer loyalty.
How do Chanel, Louis Vuitton, BMW and Rolex stack up across digital platforms. NYU Stern Professor of Marketing Scott Galloway, has developed the L2 Digital IQ Index® to evaluate the digital competence of brands across more than 350 datapoints. The flagship Luxury Index ranks 100 iconic luxury brands across four dimensions: Site & E-commerce, Digital Marketing, Social Media and Mobile, and assigns them a Digital IQ.
This no mercy, no malice review helps brands allocate capital more efficiently and serves as a proxy for which firms are most innovative. L2 has established a statistically significant relationship between Digital IQ and shareholder value and revenue growth.
What's your brand's Digital IQ?
9th–13th March 2012