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February 18, 2013
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  • How Coke ran out of tweets during the Super Bowl
    Coca-Cola's Twitter-based Super Bowl campaign hit a snag when the drinks giant was barred from posting messages for two hours during prime time. Coke posted tweets thanking individual users for voting in an online game linked to its TV spot, but quickly exceeded Twitter's maximum-post threshold -- it had petitioned for a higher limit and even exceeded that -- and was frozen out of the service. The episode highlighted the difficulties brands can face when running major social campaigns, writes Cotton Delo. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Even for direct mail, NFC is the interactive choice
    Near-field communications can revolutionize direct mail, writes Fusion92 Vice President of Innovation Jacob Beckley. In spite of the current popularity of QR codes, many analysts believe that NFC technology is poised to replace QR codes as the marketing tool of choice. "Depending on the scanning application, QR codes can take seven or more steps to direct users to the digital marketing content. NFC codes don't require any action on the part of the user other than bringing the device into close proximity to the tag," writes Beckley. VentureBeat (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Ad networks clamp down on piracy sites
    Google and OpenX have "significantly reduced" the number of ads they place on piracy-related sites, according to a USC Annenberg Innovation Lab study. Still, the study found 31 global brands -- including top automakers and phone companies were still advertising on pirate sites. The controversy has created openings for smaller players in the ad network market, this article notes. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Opinion L.A. blog (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Report: Anemic growth means marketers will seek higher returns
    Digital technology has "stripped value out of economies," according to a report by WPP's The Futures Company. Despite having contributed between 60% and 80% to productivity gains since 1995, the "broader effect of digital networks has been to expose national economies to much more competition than previously," affecting middle-class jobs most. The report says that the expected lower growth rates will likely mean companies seek greater return on investment from marketing budgets. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Ad agencies pile on to the "Harlem Shake" meme
    The "Harlem Shake" dance meme has "has gone international" in the ad world, writes Shareen Pathak, and despite one ad-industry columnist inveighing against the inevitable trend, it has also been adopted by Chili's, A&W and Pepsi, among other brands. Videos by TBWA Paris, Grey Moscow, DDB Barcelona and M&C Saatchi Johannesburg add to a roster of Harlem-shaking agencies that now exceeds 60. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)/Adages blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • YouTube Ad Blitz winners show the triumph of quieter spots
    Ram's stirring tribute to farmers won YouTube's Ad Blitz Super Bowl contest, with the Budweiser baby Clydesdale spot and Samsung's "Next Big Thing" two-minute spot collecting silver and bronze, respectively. The Richards Group created the Ram spot, Anomaly crafted the second-place spot about the Clydesdale reunited with the rancher who raised it, and 72andSunny made the Samsung comedy with Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Bob Odenkirk. "Three of the five, including the top two, are heartwarming productions, rather than the broad comedy for which Super Bowl ads have generally become known," writes Tim Nudd. Adweek (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Panera Bread bakes its values into a social media campaign
    Panera Bread is running a "Food Chain Reaction" campaign on Facebook in which it promises to donate a bowl of soup to someone in need for every group of five friends that registers with the campaign. The aim is to highlight Panera's views on its place in society, said creative director Lisa Lorenz. "Instead of talking about what we do, the campaign talks about the how and why behind our practices," she said. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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