Archive for the ‘Interactive’ Category

Time Is Not on Our Side, But Social Media Is

Monday, Jun 1 2009

Read Ernie Mosteller’s full post at Adotas.com:  http://bit.ly/cfmL0

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As social media continues grow as the go-to function for web users, as brands continue to integrate social elements into brand sites and brand elements into social sites, the metaphor of marketing as a conversation ceases to be a metaphor. It’s real now. The conversation is happening. It’s live, and it’s in real time.

Full post at Adotas.com:  http://bit.ly/cfmL0

digiday social: A Microcosm of Itself

Wednesday, Mar 18 2009

I attended digiday last week in New York (great stuff, more to come) but the thing that struck me the most was that a real, live social network played itself out in front of me. The dictionary defines network as: an association of individuals having a common interest, formed to provide mutual assistance, helpful information, or the like:- I think everyone gets that - but here’s the thing - digiday was a social network about social networking. Now before the universe implodes or you say ’so what?’ - what really struck me was the diversity of the people who shared this passion. I guess I sort of new it - but it was eye-opening to watch it in person. We had three-pieces suits sitting next to jeans and t-shirts. People sitting on panels having great, involved discussions who were from major motor companies and large agencies to start up developer shops and those only thinking about how to track social media. Large “traditional” publishers (though not many) next to one-man publishing machines. It crystallized for me how the Internet has allowed the introverts to be extroverted and the extroverted to go crazy. People brought together by a passion (in this case it was the “idea” of social media) but could not be from more diverse backgrounds. That’s why you find a 20-post thread about coldsores on catlovers.com and why the guy in front of me at the lunch buffet who looked liked my college roommate in sweats and Chuck Taylor’s was hugging the young woman who looked like she just stepped out of Project Runway and were extolling the virtues of Twitter and who they were following. The thing about social media (and this conference brought it to life) is that it’s the passions and interest of people that bring them together - bond them. Not everyone looked the same at digiday - and not everyone looks the same on catlovers.com - I think we sometimes forget that.

Brunner Creative Team Live Blogging from South By SouthWest

Thursday, Mar 12 2009

Brunner is sending seven of its top creatives to the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin next week and will be live-blogging throughout the conference.The team—which represents a range of creative disciplines–will be tweeting, posting photos, uploading videos and discussing how the digital revolution is impacts creativity in all forms of media.

“This is the most important New Media event of 2009,” said Creative Director, Emerging Media, Ernie Mosteller. “We hope you’ll find the conversations interesting and informative — but more than that, we hope you’ll join in.”

You can follow the conversation at http://www.smarterfaster.com/ beginning March 13th and for the entire conference which runs through March 17th.

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Social Media Ubiquity: First How, Then What

Monday, Mar 9 2009

We stumbled across this site today – it’s a fantastic resource, but aside from that, we would recommend that you take a quick look (use the purple tab at the bottom to quickly scroll). It illustrates the vast social media world, the rapid pace that it’s evolving, and the sheer enormity of it all.

Every day, we continue to hear these questions from the market:

“We need to be on YouTube!”

“Where’s our Facebook icon?”

Why aren’t we on Twitter?”

We agree that smart digital design should have share-ability baked into its fabric. But we continue to advise: it’s not what tool to use, it’s how you use the tool.

First How. Then What.

Interactive Creative Skills Every Agency Needs

Tuesday, Feb 10 2009

Our DC-based creative director Ernie Mosteller caught up with the Capitol Communicator, a site dedicated to communications professionals in the Mid-Atlantic. Check out Ernie’s thinking on how marketing and creative talent need to evolve for the digital age.

Head-To-Head: Pittsburgh’s Brunner Vs. Arizona’s E.B. Lane

Thursday, Feb 5 2009

What do you do when the Super Bowl title is not enough? When you want more competition, more reasons to watch the game and even more reasons to talk about it the next day … and the day after …Well, if you’re an advertising agency in Pittsburgh like Brunner, you go head-to-head with an agency in Phoenix (E. B. Lane) to see who’s got the chops to survive the game and land on top. As die-hard football fans, Brunner and E.B. Lane took Super Sunday festivities to the next level by hosting a joint post-Super Bowl ad survey.

You can view my complete take on the interesting results on MediaPost and please feel free to join in with your perspective by commenting below — we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Common Sense Steps To Protect Yourself From Customer Attrition

Wednesday, Dec 10 2008

Brunner and a lot of other savvy Direct Marketers have always known it’s all about building and maintaining a strong customer base. And during this particularly challenging economy, it’s even more important to protect core customer relationships.

A healthy customer database sustains core revenue streams; can provide organic growth through up sell and cross sell opportunities; existing customers can easily become a new acquisition source through referrals and very importantly - intelligence gleaned from your customer segments can help you be much smarter in targeting, attracting and keeping new customers.

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The 31st Second

Saturday, Nov 29 2008

So you’ve developed a great TV spot for your brand. It’s entertaining, attention-getting, and delivers the message that you want people to remember about your company or product. Or maybe you’ve created a campaign of print ads, beautifully crafted to summarize your primary point of differentiation. But now what? Is that all there is?

There is an old rule of marketing that says people need to be aware before they consider, and consider before they buy. Television and print are great tools for generating awareness. But for many consumers to really consider a product today, they need the richness of information that can’t be delivered in30 seconds or in a few printed lines. Such encounters with a brand are fleeting. To really engage and begin to form a relationship with consumers – to give them the tools that they needs to consider your brand – a greater depth of information and interaction is required.

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Election 2008 vs. 1808

Sunday, Nov 2 2008

How vastly different is the election of 1808 vs. that of 2008 when it comes to communication strategy? You decide. With so much being made about how “new” tactics for getting out the vote and distributing messages for one party or another is being used today and how these “innovative strategies” for speaking to potential voters has evolved, I decided to take a very unscientific and admittedly very shallow look at how different things are.

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The end of the integrated marketing era?

Friday, Oct 10 2008

I’ve been surprised recently to hear so many people in our industry claim the era of integrated marketing is coming to an end. They say it’s an overused term, and its meaning has become diluted. If that’s the case, then why did my Google search of “integrated marketing” just turn up 6.6 million hits? A Blog Pulse snapshot indicates the topic is hotter than ever. Clearly, integrated marketing is more than an industry buzz word. It’s actually a concept that isn’t going away any time soon, but the focus has definitely shifted. As digital media becomes ever more prevalent in our society, marketers—clients and agencies alike—are struggling more
than ever to get their arms around how to effectively integrate digital into their marketing programs. MORE