Archive for SXSW SmartBlogs

There’s an industry gathering for everything these days: Cannes, CES, Social Media Week, and my new personal favorite, South by Southwest.

Although all tend to appeal to marketers, CES historically has been the most technology-driven, whereas SXSW has owned the culture and entertainment space (due to its three-pronged nature of Interactive, Film and Music). However, this year’s festival seemed particularly focused on technology — virtual reality, mobile shopping apps, and beacons dominated sessions and conversations.[…] Continue Reading »

It’s no secret that viral content is a hot topic — and ongoing debate — in the marketing world. What content catches on and what doesn’t? Can a campaign go viral without major ad dollars supporting it? Is there a “formula” to increase reach?

While there’s no five-step process for creating a marketing campaign that catches like wildfire, there are a few things that brands of any size can do to increase the chances of their campaign achieving massive success:

Leverage “trend jacking”

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A packed house at SXSW Interactive 2014 came for tips on how to survive a #smfiasco – coping with the dreaded social media meltdown, with experts Neal Mann,multimedia innovations director at The Wall Street Journal, Wendy Harman, director of management & situational awareness at the American Red Cross, and Chapin Clark, managing director at R/GA, all moderated by Kristen Joy Watts, associate creative director at R/GA.[…] Continue Reading »

The South by Southwest Interactive Festival drew people from a variety of perspectives together to listen to App.net Founder and CEO Dalton Caldwell discuss an alternative to ad-supported social networking. As a heavy Facebook and Twitter user, ad-supported social networking is the only model I know, but by the end of the session, I was able to see a feemium model as a real possibility.[…] Continue Reading »

A packed house at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival came together for tips on how to use social media to further business-to-business marketing, with experts Jamie Grenney, vice president social media and online video at Salesforce; Jason Bartlett, vice president of global social marketing for Xerox; and Jeanette Gibson, senior director social and digital marketing at Cisco Systems, all moderated by Melissa Chanslor, director at Text100.[…] Continue Reading »