14 best Instagram Campaigns 2014

This year social-savvy companies and brands really stepped up their marketing initiatives on Instagram. Our favorite photo sharing app can be harnessed for so much more than posting pictures of your cat or lunch.

Brands that are strategically engaged on Instagram have an instantly accessible platform to share personality and creativity and are in turn immersed in their fans daily lives. This brought many well thought out and innovative brand campaigns specifically on Instagram. Continue reading

14 best Selfie Campaigns 2014

By now, we’re all well acquainted with the selfie. That ubiquitous, unique Internet phenomenon of taking a picture of yourself to share with everyone else. A trend so prevalent, it was named word of the year in 2013. So important, that cell phone manufacturers had to add a second lens to their camera phones for proper framing.

Selfies aren’t just limited to the average avid Instagram user, either. Beyonce Knowles has taken selfies with fans, mid-performance, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has snagged a quick selfie with President Barack Obama, and we’ve even seen selfies from the International Space station. We’ve come a long way from the humble roots of Myspace and clunky digital cameras. So long, in fact, that now brands must get in on the act, and show love to their fans by allowing those fans to love themselves. Continue reading

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User-generated content (UGC) comes in many forms including, but not limited to blog posts, tweets, blog comments, forum posts, Instagram photos, podcasts, product reviews, social media updates, Vine videos, and YouTube videos. UGC has the power to market your brand without your brand having to toot its own horn.

Here are 10 tweetable takeaways about user-generated content from the 2014 Social Influence whitepaper by Ipsos Media CT. Continue reading

Apple Social-Hub

Anytime Apple launches anything it makes waves. And the launch of the iPhone 6, 6+, and the Apple Watch this September was no different, except for Apple’s digital strategy. For the first time ever Apple created an online social hub where they livestreamed the announcement as well as aggregated user-generated content around the hashtag #Applelive. This was a big step for a company that historically has stayed away from social media. Continue reading

Make Social Shoppable

One of the most prevalent questions asked to marketers is the return on investment of social. Brands and individuals alike are constantly striving for more followers or likes, but how does having a certain number of Facebook friends actually create a profit? With competing metrics on the value of a retweet or a follower, many question the actual ability to–or value in–calculating the ROI of social.

User generated content provides the perfect opportunity to connect the dots between fans and brands. A new feature on the scene is shoppable links. By directly adding product attribution to social posts in a social hub, marketers can create an easy path to e-commerce or information pages and make social shoppable. Here are some of our favorite ways to utilize this new feature in any given industry. Continue reading

5 Creative UGC Campaigns

Brands are getting more and more creative with their social media campaigns and the best ones are using user generated content (UGC) to further their reach. UGC has enormous potential to take a normal activation and give it fresh life with content that a brand or agency would never even think of. UGC campaigns are also more authentic and personable making them more likely to be shared with family and friends.

Take a look at 5 recent activation that put a creative spin on UGC:  Continue reading

user generated content campaigns

There is nothing hotter in the world of marketing right now than user generated content (UGC) campaigns. Advertising agencies and brands worldwide are trying to tap into the immense power of their fan/customer base and use their authentic and original content to power their marketing campaigns.

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We’ll be recapping the major themes we saw at SXSW this year in three installments, view Part I here and come back tomorrow for Part III.

 

Justin Garrity, SVP of Postano, and Kendra Bracken-Ferguson, Co-founder and COO of Digital Brand Architects, presented yesterday as part of the SXSW Interactive conference to a packed room on how brands are using user-generated content to fuel their marketing campaigns. Together they highlighted brands that are finding unique ways to leverage consumer conversations into marketing strategies and integrating user-generated content into brand building. Continue reading

Large social media display boards have become a mainstay at conferences in the past few years and for good reason. They are great for highlighting tweets and photos from conference attendees and promoting social content around shared discussions.

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But without careful moderation, they are ripe for abuse.

Such was the case at the Agile2013 Conference in Nashville Tennessee this past August. The conference organizers had 5 large screens that showed tweets with #Agile2013.

A conference attendee posted to the infamous 4chan /b/ board asking fellow readers to cure his boredom by hijacking the twitter boards and tweeting ridiculous/offensive/pornographic tweets and photos using the #Agile2013 hashtag. The twitter boards were immediately filled with extremely inappropriate content for the entire conference to see.

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