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Crowdfunding has fast become a popular way for entrepreneurs and cash-strapped startups to raise money, but increasingly crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are being used by big brands as marketing platforms.
This is an investigation to see how the adverts in a commercial break try to get people online. Here’s an early spoiler: they don’t try very hard at all.
Ericsson ConsumerLab discovered that, out of 15,000 people surveyed, 75% use mobile devices at the same time as they watch TV. Nielsen discovered that eight out of 10 global mobile users similarly multitask when they should be paying attention to Eastenders.
These statistics basically just tell us what we already know. People second-screen. In fact they (I say ‘they’, really I should be saying ‘I’. I am after all people) second-screen relentlessly, without prejudice all the time.
It’s not out of boredom either; it’s mainly to supplement the enjoyment of what I’m watching with extra information. “So the character of Deathlok in ‘Agents of Shield’ had three different alter-egos in the comic books. INTERESTING.”
Although when adverts do appear, that’s when I start looking at my mobile or laptop out of boredom.
For the last few years Sony has been working harder to improve the way it engages with its audience using storytelling techniques.
Tim Lion is the European head of social media at Sony and during his talk at last week’s Festival of Marketing he admitted that it would be “a fallacy to suggest that what they were doing was a roaring success”.
However finding the right tone and content to connect with an audience is a lengthy process that takes a great deal of trial and error, especially if you’re a brand that’s just used to broadcasting technical specs for the last 70 years to an incumbent audience.
Things are improving though, and Lion’s social team seems to be learning from its mistakes.
Last week, thousands of marketers attended our Festival of Marketing at the Tobacco Dock in London.
It was a two-day celebration of the modern marketing industry, featuring speakers from brands including LEGO, Marks and Spencer, Coca-Cola, Buzzfeed, KLM and many more industry experts sparking discussions in a unique mix of Q&As, debates, case studies and workshops.
Although it would be impossible to condense one session into a single quote, or even cover every single session in each strand (there were 10 stages featuring approximately 120 sessions plus five keynote speeches), here’s a quick round-up some of the key takeaways from our event.
Let’s all pretend we’re not halfway into August already and instead rewind back to the last few days of July with its less inclement weather, rabid excitement for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and the promise of an ‘on-time’ round-up of the best branded Vines of the month.
Here’s our genuine excuse for its tardiness. I was on honeymoon and David Moth forgot to do it in my absence.
Hmmm... sometimes you can be transparent merely by omission. Anyway, on with the compact cavalcade of content!
It’s the end of June and therefore we can finally reveal the very best of mini-movie-masterpieces from the preceding four and a bit weeks.
We have everything here from 'sweded' Ghostbusters, yogurt cruelty and donuts, so many donuts. (and yes I will be spelling donuts like that throughout the article).
So buckle up for exactly 162 seconds of entertainment. Longer if you stop to linger over my semi-insightful blathering.
The World Cup kicks off on June 12 and is a festival of football that Asia’s passionate fans will doubtless enjoy.
Unfortunately every game kicks off at times between midnight and 6am here in Singapore which is going to mean some very sleepy Singaporean and Asian residents.
Many brands are desperately trying to capture the attention of these passionate fans, both official sponsors and unofficial brands eager to capitalise on the world's greatest event.
But which is doing the best job?
What about us little guys, huh?
One of the surprising results of brands adopting social media as a marketing channel is the creation of an unpredictable little corner of Twitter known as ‘that weird thing that happens when brands talk to each other’.
As a child of the 80s and therefore a survivor of the Cola Wars, it feels inexplicable that two corporations would even acknowledge each other’s existence, let alone engage in friendly banter with each other in a public setting.
Bitter rivals, divided by capitalism, hurling rocks at each other from behind the safety of multi-million dollar television ad campaigns is what we’re used to.
Sony has recently began sending out dedicated emails highlighting Pinterest; integrating its own boards & pins into the email and driving traffic to its Pinterest page.
The visual heavy email achieved an open rate 67% higher than Sony's goal, and a 16% higher click-through rate (CTR) than expected.
Previously Sony had trialled including a Pin it button next to its products in a VAIO summer launch email, so users could pin and share directly from the email.
Users pinned from that email 3,000 times.
Let's take a closer look at Sony's Pinterest email strategy..
As of September 2013, three year-old social site Pinterest has over 70m users, and according to a study by Shareaholic, Pinterest is driving more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit and Google+ combined.
There are also many instances where Pinterest has driven more sales than Facebook, which currently sits atop the social media mountain, so it’s clear to that Pinterest is an integral social media channel for retail brands.
It’s very easy for a brand to simply set up a few boards, pin some pretty pictures of their own products, achieve a few hundred thousand followers, dust their hands and walk away.
So which brands are doing something more than that and creating a deeper engagement via Pinterest?
‘Social strategy’; how many times have you heard that cliché?
In many situations it is a confusing buzzword to help agencies generate new business. However, there are instances where a wider strategy for social media is needed.
I would like to share with you a few examples of brands that clearly lack it, to help you avoid similar pitfalls...
For the latest in our posts looking at how major consumer brands make use of social media I’ve decided to take a look at Sony.
The company’s official blurb states that it “participates in social media to listen, learn and share stories of the passionate people who help bring Sony to life.”
The aim is then to learn from the conversations to create better products and services.
But does the company achieve this lofty goal? To find out, here’s a look at how Sony uses Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.