Category Archives: YouTube

Top Social Media-Inspired Halloween Costumes for 2010

It’s beginning to look at lot like. . . Halloween! In 2009, we looked at the top costumes inspired by YouTube videos. This year, we are expanding our scope and recommending the top five social media-inspired costumes. Let us know if you dare to dress up like any of these digital characters – or if you have others to add to the list.

Old Spice Guy: One of the most talked about social media campaigns this year was certainly the Old Spice Guy who created unique videos in response to Twitter @-replies. To achieve this look, fellas, grab a towel and, well, that’s it. Now you are the best smelling man in the world for Halloween.

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“He Went to Twitter”

If the one day every girls dreams about most is her wedding day, then I think it’s safe to say that the proposal is the second most important experience we wait for (and after spending this past weekend at a bachelorette party watching the Martha Stewart Weddings DVD and reading 100+ bridal magazines, I can say this with complete confidence). However, I don’t think any girl would ever dream of having the Old Spice man pop the question on behalf of their future betrothed.

According to this Mashable article, the groom-to-be approached the Old Spice Twitter account and asked if they would help him propose to his girlfriend. Shortly after the request came through, Old Spice threw together this quick video and retweeted the guy. His response: “SHE SAID YES!”

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Scoring Big with World Cup Digital Marketing

During Monday’s World Cup match between the Netherlands and Denmark, 36 spectators were removed from the stadium. They weren’t cursing at the referees. They weren’t causing fights. Their crime was wearing orange dresses. The group huddled in the front row of the stadium and the sea of orange grabbed the attention of several cameras during the game. But these weren’t just ordinary dresses. They were supplied by the Dutch brewery, Bavaria, which means they were in direct offense of Fifa’s marketing regulations.

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YouTube Video of the Week

In honor of the fact that I received my Lady Gaga concert tickets in the mail this week, I’d like to share the following YouTube video of the week. Happy Friday!

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Twitter Account Spawns CBS Sitcom

I’m guess that most of us are frantically looking for a new show to tune into once LOST concludes this Sunday night. Well, for us social-media-loving folks can rest easy: ‘Bleep My Dad Says,’ a sitcom based off of Justin Halpern’s Twitter account, has just been picked up by CBS.

Launched just last fall, the Twitter account @ShitMyDadSays has garnered more than 1 million followers. The account is simple; Justin posts the blunt, curse-filled and hilarious things his father says to him. Here are a few examples:

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YouTube Video of the Week

To help get you through your Wednesday, I thought I would share this video of 12-year-old Grayson Chance singing and playing Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” perhaps even better than the original. Since his first television appearance on Ellen last week, his YouTube videos have jumped to more than 30 million views in total. Once you watch, you’ll see why.

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Do Product Placements Make You (Ga)Gag?

Some have said that if content is king, then content distribution is the crown prince. While it remains paramount that brands continue to product relevant and provocative content, the means by which that brand image is shared needs to be just as, if not more, innovative these days.

Product placement is nothing new. Since 1919 when Red Crown Gasoline appeared in the short comedy film The Garage, to the far more recent outpouring of marketing in today’s entertainment, a la Absolute Vodka in Sex and the City, brands have made their mark in non-advertising for a price. Some are subtle (think Volvo in the Twilight series) and some are not so subtle (think the host of consumer brands highlighted in Talladega Nights). But none have found their way into as provocative a spectacle as the recent mini-movie/music video, Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Continue reading

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What do the Dalai Lama, Seth MacFarlane and Jesse Sullivan Have in Common?

So I haven’t officially attending a college reunion yet, but I’d imagine that very few people would be able to say that they have changed the world since the days of dollar shots at Humphrey’s. However, Jesse Sullivan, a fellow Saint Louis University alum, will certainly have bragging rights when the class of 2008 reunites back in The Lou.

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This Is Our Moment

The election of Barack Obama showed us all that it is possibly to rally a younger politically-interested crowd. All you have to do is show that you can create a substantial social media presence and tack on a few celebrity endorsements.

Recently, the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund took the same formula and created the “This Is Our Moment” campaign. The program took the best tactics used by the Obama campaign and has successfully driven a strong following through grassroots mobilization to help encourage senators to pass the Clean Energy Jobs & American Power Act.

With the help of everyone’s favorite earth-friendly celebrity, Leonardo DiCaprio, and other well-known actors like Jason Long (the Mac), Jason Bateman (I miss Arrested Development), Emmy Rossum (the Phantom’s love interest), the NRDC rolled out an information-packed microsite, a series of web videos and an interactive blog. The site even has a customizable form letter that anyone can send to their senator, encouraging them to pass this bill.

To support these core platforms, the campaign has maintained a Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel and Flickr page, among others, to ensure news, information and its call to action was easily accessible. As for any grassroots campaign, an must-have function is the “SHARE” option. Through virtually any social media platform, users can pass along the information to their network with the click of a button.

While may other politically-driven campaigns appear to be very one-sided and authoritative, this campaign boasts a communal database of user-generated content. Viewers can upload videos expressing their thoughts on the bill and relevant environmental issues. All of this content is then aggregated and shared on the homepage.

Whether or not you support the cause (but come on, love mother earth!), this campaign is a great case study for grassroots social media that has resonated with the (seemingly) politically apathetic youth.

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Top Takeaways from Social Integration: Harmonizing Social Channels into the Marketing, Communications & Service Platform

This morning I had the pleasure of attending the Business Development Institute’s social media seminar on social integration in New York City. I had the chance to meet many interesting and intelligent PR/marketing practitioners and listen to several top-notch speakers. I left with a wealth of knowledge and I’d like to share with you a few of the top takeaways that were discussed.

  • Digital Content doubles every 18 months. The amount of data available online in constantly swelling and it is up to marketers to 1) cut through the clutter and determine the areas where their clients already have a voice; 2) identify the white space their clients can “own”; 3) execute innovative social media campaigns that maximize opportunity and reach targeted audiences.
  • There is a paradigm shift already taking place within integrated communications; we need to focus on facilitating meaning Engagement online, rather than garnering the highest number of impressions possible.
  • The Digital Newsroom is no longer just for media. To appease a broader audience, we need to aggregate company and industry news (not just press releases), incorporate multimedia features (podcasts, video, etc.), and repurpose existing content (white pages, bylined articles, etc.) to tell the story that we want to be told.
  • You can’t ignore Negative Commentary online. Consider this: If a consumer walked into a retail store with a complaint, would the customer service representative send them to the back of the line?
  • Social media is much like the lesson we teach children about crossing the street: Stop, Look and Listen before you make a move.
  • Social media tools have enabled a constant Mobility which means that we must be “on call” 24/7. Consumers are constantly looking for more information, more connectivity and more usable content. Before you engage, be sure you are prepared to nurture and maintain the process.

You can check out the event’s hashtag on Twitter for additional insights and takeaways from today’s attendees by searching #BDI.

Do you have any other tips or best practices you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you.

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