A few weeks ago, the Motrin Moms kerfuffle blew up and I tracked it by the numbers just a few days after the explosion. Nearly three weeks later, it’s time to revisit the incident to see what’s happened. [Brands that get punk’d by social media have an opportunity to quickly respond and enable the groundswell to pirouette the energy towards a positive direction] Running the numbers you can see interest has piqued for Motrin: People are curious: Google insights indicates a spike in searches for the term “Motrin”. There’s more interest in Motrin than other competitors: comparing terms “Motrin” to “Tylenol” and “Ibprofen” other brands in the space, there’s a peak that outperforms the market. Alexa, a third party traffic … Continue readingHow Motrin Should Respond To The Groundswell
If you weren’t following what was happening online this weekend (yes, yes, ok you’ve got a life) there was a Groundswell against Motrin’s latest viral advertisement that was rejected by mothers in Twitter, spread to blogs, and YouTube. I’m not a mom, so at first glance I didn’t understand the offense, but apparently, it was condescending to moms who perceived wearing babies in a sling as ‘fashionable’ accessory, and who didn’t wanted to be labeled as an ‘official mom’. The original video, which was trying to lean on the light side, took to many generalizations with mothers and resulted in a revolt capped by this backlash video. To learn more about the story, read Laura Fitton’s summary, Dave Knox of … Continue readingThe Motrin Moms Backlash by the Numbers
I’m pleased to let you know that this year’s Groundswell awards were presented yesterday by Josh Bernoff at our conference in Dallas. I was one of the final judges, although Josh and Zach Hofer-Shall were instrumental in sorting through over 150 submissions. Congrats to: Winners by the POST Methdology 5 objectives: — Listening: Mattel’s “The Playground” Community by Communispace — Talking: Young & Free Alberta by Common Wealth Credit Union — Energizing: Hershey’s Bliss House Party by House Party — Supporting: Nerd Network by National Instruments — Embracing: MyStarbucksIdea.com by Starbucks Other key categories include: — Managing: Borderless Workplace by Accenture — Social Impact: Artshare, Click Exposition, and Posse by Brooklyn Museum Some of the winners told me although there … Continue readingGroundswell Awards Now Announced
Despite’s Wired’s opinion piece that blogging is waning (they cite no data), perhaps some of the most important data for this year is this recently released Social Technographic Data from colleague Josh Bernoff showing an increase in adoption in United States of Social Technographics from 2007-2008. He points out that inactives (people that cannot be reached through social technologies) has reduced from 44% to 25%. This means that three fourths of the US online users is touched by social technologies. Also note that more people who consume this content has increased from 48% to 69%. Do note that to be accurate in your marketing, like you have specific personas for your marketing efforts, you’ll need the same technographic profiles for … Continue reading2007 to 2008 Social Technographic Data Indicates Increase In Adoption
Celebrating the hard work that companies invest in social media efforts is not only a way to feel good about our accomplishments, but also a way to learn from the successes of others. The following list of social media awards gives agencies, brands, vendors, and consultants their chance to strut their stuff. Please leave a comment if you know of other awards. I realize there are many awards for startups (like Demo or Techcrunch 50), but this is awards for successes that brands have done using social media List of Social Media Marketing Awards Forrester’s Groundswell Awards (I’m a judge) Society for New Communications Symposium and Awards Womma Awards If you like this list, then you should check out my … Continue readingList of Social Media Marketing Awards
When Josh and Charlene (I affectionately call them ‘Jarlene’) asked me to donate some of my schwag, I had no idea my Flip Camera given to me from MySpace was going to be ground into a pile of dust (he now owes me a new one). Watch this campy video or read the behind the scenes info of colleague Josh Bernoff (sporting the latest in traffic safety ties), as he gets his grind on.