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12 sales tips from Grand Theft Auto’s hilarious fake adverts

I’ve possibly never had so much fun writing an Econsultancy blog post. For an hour or so yesterday, I was listening to ‘old’ in-game radio adverts from the Grand Theft Auto computer games, handily available here.

Whilst they are hilarious, in aping existing companies they also use many of the ad man’s techniques to sell a product.

I’ve tried to succinctly describe these techniques in this post. I hope you enjoy the fake product names and slogans as much as I did, and aren't put off by the some of the products' slightly poor taste. Thanks to GTA Wiki, where I grabbed the crazy product images.

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How small businesses can make the most of Pinterest

As a small business owner you're in a great position to start exploiting social media for all its worth, adding much sought after personalisation and relevance at an integral stage of your development.

Although social media can be a fairly time consuming practice depending on how many platforms you choose to use, it's also the key way for a small business to develop awareness, raise its profile, gauge its market and interact with existing and future customers. 

As the UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday on 7th December 2013, here is the second in a series of posts that takes a look at each individual social media platform in turn (last week we looked at Twitter for small businesses) and highlights how you can achieve the best from each one. 

This week: Pinterest.

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Why brands and digital media owners must collaborate on creative

There’s huge creative potential when brand advertisers and media owners choose to collaborate. It’s astonishing how scarcely it seems to happen, especially given just how memorable such collaborations have typically been.

Take the first episode of zombie thriller The Returned on Channel 4 earlier this year. The programme was aired in its original French, with English subtitles, a first for mainstream drama on television.

With a brilliant touch, the first commercial break was also in French with English subtitles, and included spots by French brands such as Renault, Boursin and L’Oreal.

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The best of the Econsultancy blog from October

To bring Econsultancy readers and subscribers the best blog content from the month gone, I've been writing simple posts like this one (with the best of August and September also available).

There's plenty of good stuff I've had to leave out, but the posts I've included below will bring you some new best practice, insightful opinion, and some coverage of October's biggest events in marketing, ecommerce, big brand land and GAFA World (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple).

I hope you'll enjoy the best from our myriad of authors.

Begin!

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10 brand infographics worth their salt and your time

Disclaimer: I hate infographics!

If not the medium, the execution is so often poor, as is the chosen subject. But I feel differently when it comes to brands. I’m interested in learning about brands and their activity.

So, I’ve collected 10 stellar infographics here for your viewing pleasure. They’re not all by brands themselves, but all include brands and their footprints.

They range from the mind-blowingly expansive (see the brands that own the brands) to the fruity and fun (see the Die Hard promotion).

Just click on each stub to enjoy the full infographic. Happy stat attack!

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How to not be a condescending corporate Facebook brand page

There is one Facebook page that all marketers fear (or should fear). Being featured on it can plunge a sometimes unsuspecting brand into a serious industry reputation problem.

Welcome to the Condescending Corporate Brand Page: loved, hated and completely unapologetic.

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The complete guide to creating compelling marketing tweets

I like to think I've seen a lot of tweets, enough to know a good one when I see it.

So often, I am completely exasperated looking at the dadaist sludge that dribbles out of corporate and brand Twitter accounts. So I've decided to do something about it and write this complete guide to writing interesting tweets.

It's somewhat subjective, but I've given at least 60 tweets here to illustrate my various points. I'll define interesting as something funny/persuasive/compelling/thought-provoking/informative etc - pretty much any tweet that can draw the user's attention.

There is a lot of 'don't' as well as a lot of 'do', and of course, knowing your brand and your audience is key to interesting your followers.

Hopefully there'll be some scenarios you recognise in here, and some reminders.

Please leave your pet hates and great loves in the comments below.

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Four examples of brands rocking Instagram video

Instagram, the Facebook-owned photo sharing site, announced the ability to upload video in June.

Now with recently announced version 4.1 anyone can upload video right from their iPhone/Android's local storage,  and the branded mobile video wars have officially launched.

Here are some of the better examples of brands doing smart marketing with Instagram video.

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If you measure social success by 'likes', you’re going to get click farms

Let’s be honest. Click farms aren’t exactly a big secret. Buying ‘likes’ and Twitter followers is a well-known shady practice.

What the Channel 4 Dispatches investigation on #fakefans has shown us is the process behind the (fake) stats.

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Five tips for brands acting like publishers

A lot has been written about brands as publishers. Let's face it, to get it right requires planning, investment and the operational agility to react in real-time to breaking news as it happens.

However, the returns can be more than worth it, as a growing list of examples shows.

Becoming a ‘brand newsroom’ isn’t just a trend amongst the big companies either. Whilst there are plenty of big consumer brand examples, smaller brands, B2B companies, non-profits, and public sector organisations are also aligning their marketing and communications plans around content creation and social media.

If you are wondering if you should take the plunge, or have already jumped, the five tips below will help you get the most out of your strategy.

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Four great examples of brands using Instagram to break free of the browser

The expectations of brands on social media are getting higher. This is leading to businesses having to turn away from traditional approaches and create more engaging and interactive experiences, with crowd-sourcing of content becoming a favourite method.

With 40% of people responding better to visual information than text alone, it is not a surprise to see brands diving in to experience the hype of the photo-sharing app, Instagram.

And there are brands who not only aim to discover the joys of Instagram through traditional engagement and networking, but by creating immersive and innovative campaigns.

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The value of Vine to the disinterested

I confess, there are plenty of things that make Twitter's six second video service, Vine seem to be utterly dismissible.

But that just may be its paradoxical strength, after all...

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