Friday Wrap #121: Protesters and social media, Microsoft’s Sway content service, selfies as ads

Friday Wrap 121
Flickr photo by Michael Coghlan
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Social media front and center in Hong Kong protests—China’s leaders weren’t worried about much of the 2003 Hong Kong protests spilling into international media coverage, but social media has changed the game during the current demonstrations. The rate of government-imposed censorship on Weibo is reportedly double that of… Read More »

Overcome content shock by marketing to an audience of one

Note: On October 28-29, I am teaching a two-day workshop in London on how to reset your social media efforts to employ approaches that work. This post addresses one of the approaches I’ll cover. The two-day workshop, from the International School of Communication, is open to registration here.

Audience of OneAs pundits lament the volume of content online and the challenge marketers face of getting noticed amid all the noise, one tactic is demonstrating a lot of power but not getting all that much attention. Organizations that communicate to an audience of one using novel and creative approaches are getting attention from bigger audiences than the… Read More »

Brands set up shop on Ello

Brands on ElloAs the founders of upstart social network Ello make their case for an ad-free experience as the rationale for switching from Facebook, brands are already staking their claims.

Some are advising restraint; Contently advises “it’s not a friendly place for brands to play right now; doing so would be the digital marketing equivalent of the Ferguson police chief trying to march in a protest calling for his own resignation.”

But there is no barrier to brands establishing profiles—in fact, there’s not even a real-name policy—and dozens of brands have succumbed to the allure of another place to hang a shingle.

As a caveat, it’s important… Read More »

Friday Wrap #120: Vine for audio, hashtags gone bad, Ello goes viral, employees like badges, & more

Friday Wrap #120
Flickr photo courtesy of Peter Gordon
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Sobo is Vine for audio—Audio has been proliferating across the web in all kinds of interesting ways lately, even if it hasn’t attracted a lot of attention. Yammer co-founder Alan Braverman thinks there’s something going on, though, which is why he launched Sobo, a “social soundboard” (currently only for iOS), enabling… Read More »

Friday Wrap #119: PR Wikipedia guide, bloggers as journalists, TwitPic lives, interactive packaging


Flickr image—“Wrapped Up Dinosaurs”—courtesy of Matt Brown
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers…and this week ranks up there among the most interesting collections of stories since I started the wrap. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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IPR releases Professional’s Ultimate Guide to Wikipedia—William Beutler has been one of the key thought leaders when it comes to ethical PR engagement with Wikipedia. His company, Buetler Ink,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #118: More 9/11 abuse, corporate blogging declines, customer service as experience


Flickr image courtesy of Sean MacEntee
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

It was 9/11, and marketers were idiots again—When will marketers finally figure out that brands aren’t people and 9/11 tributes won’t be received well? People will see marketing undercurrents in the most respectful messages, which is what happened when White Castle produced a non-salesy image that earned the reply in one… Read More »

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