By Bonnie Sashin on March 11th, 2013 | 392131 comment on this postLive+from+%23SXSW%3A+3+keys+to+winning+over+the+Web2013-03-11+20%3A41%3A46Guest+Bloggerhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D39213
Among multimedia journalists, social media gurus and leaders of mission-based nongovernmental organizations, it’s a common refrain: All our readers or viewers want are images of kittens and puppies. Such junk food for our eyes and hearts is making it virtually impossible to capture the world’s attention on pressing humanitarian matters such as slavery in Mauritania, use of conflict minerals in electronics products we all love, gender discrimination in the production of kids’ toys and the fact that the poaching of elephants might one day make it impossible for our grandchildren to see these animals — which are nearly as cute as kittens and puppies.
At the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, CNN convened a panel of experts: Jonathan Hutson, director of communications for the Center for American Progress’ Enough Project; Amanda Kloer, director of organizing at Change.org; Ben Montgomery, an enterprise writer at the Tampa Bay Times; and John Sutter, an opinion columnist at CNN. (read more…)
At this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival, everyone is talking about how audiences are more involved than ever with brands, shaping and crafting the experience they want to have with all kinds of products. Challenges vary, but mobile platforms are redefining real-time marketing and changing how people connect with brands.
A SXSW panel with Jen Saenz, senior director of brand marketing at Frito-Lay; Shiv Singh, global head of digital at PepsiCo; and Kevin Knight, Facebook creative strategist, discussed how fans are demanding a new way of marketing.
Marketers must tailor their approach to fit different media to increase engagement with people and to create a deeper connection, said Saenz. Also, she spoke about how turning fan-made material into marketing assets can increase the effectiveness of a campaign.
Here are a few more key points from the panel:
•Traditional marketing still works, even if it’s no longer as effective on its own. (read more…)
By Stephen Yusko on March 10th, 2013 | 39079Comment on this postLive+at+%23SXSW%3A+How+the+WWE+became+the+social+champion+of+the+sports+world2013-03-10+18%3A24%3A08Stephen+Yuskohttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D39079
World Wrestling Entertainment brought some of its trademark swagger to a South by Southwest Interactive panel on Saturday, as the brand looked to crown itself the social media king of the sports and television worlds.
The WWE’s John Cena — who made a WWE-style entrance, complete with his theme music — was joined on the panel by WWE digital chief Perkins Miller and Stephanie McMahon, executive vice president of creative and daughter of Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
In a conversation moderated by Khris Loux, CEO of Echo, the panel discussed how the WWE is finding success by looking to involve fans as much as possible across several social media platforms. Loux’s Echo provides the platform that corrals the various networks into a real-time interactive experience.
Making entertainment interactive
It was clear from the panel who the WWE sees as its competition — the NFL, the NBA and other major sports. (read more…)
By Jesse Stanchak on January 8th, 2013 | 36114Comment on this postLive+from+%23NMX%3A+6+ways+to+make+2013+when+your+social+media+presence+hits+the+big+time2013-01-08+14%3A17%3A50Jesse+Stanchakhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D36114
It can be tempting to look at the major bloggers in your space and despair, thinking to yourself that you’ve missed your window of opportunity, that the big guys have it all sewn up and it’s too late for you to make your mark.
But at a New Media Expo panel in Las Vegas, Robert Scoble and Mitch Joel told attendees just the opposite: With a little persistence, solid planning and creativity, you too can amass a social media following that takes your brand to the next level.
A few of their tips:
Take a “pile of pennies” approach to growth. Scoble says that building a following is like stacking pennies. Imagine if you started a month by placing a penny on a table, came back the next day and increased the stack to two pennies, and then four and then eight. None of those tasks is particularly difficult, but if you managed to keep at it, by the end of a 31-day month you could have nearly $11 million in pennies. (read more…)
By Brooke Howell on October 11th, 2012 | 316443 comments on this postLive+from+%23NAWBOWBC%3A+Be+yourself%3B+it%27s+good+for+business2012-10-11+11%3A55%3A52Brooke+Howellhttp%3A%2F%2Fsmartblogs.com%2F%3Fp%3D31644
If you’re working harder than ever to build your business and still not making money, it may be because you’re trying to be someone you aren’t, Michelle Villalobos told a standing-room only session of women at National Association of Women Business Owners Women’s Business Conference last week in Louisville, Ky.
When she struck out on her own, Villalobos said she “tried to step into the box of being an MBA and a consultant and it didn’t work.” She was a slave to her business and wasn’t even making money.
Things turned around when she decided to be — and brand — herself.
Premium brands, such as Christian Louboutin with his signature red-lacquered-sole shoes, can charge so much more for their products because of branding, Villalobos explained — and the same is true for people. “You want to be a celebrity in your field so that people are asking for you by name. (read more…)