September 23, 2012

Famous authors’ writing dens

I’m often sitting in my house seeking inspiration for my blog content, which got me wondering : where did famous authors get their creative juices flowing ?

And so here are several authors and the places where they penned their incredible ideas

Roald Dahl

Author of some of the best children’s books ever written including Charlie and Chocolate Factory and the Big Friendly Giant

Mark Twain

 Author of numerous books including his most famous: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which was written here

JK Rowling

Author of the Harry Potter Series that have sold approx 450 million copies. She penned the first Harry Potter book in this Edinburgh café.

Charles Darwin

English Naturalist who gave compelling evidence of evolution in his book The origin of species

Rob Booth

Founder and contributor of Robservations! Hehe.

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September 21, 2012

Things you can’t look cool doing: Graph #3

So following the relative popularity of Uncool graphs number 1 and number 2, here is number 3. I hope you can relate to some or all of these , particularly Unicyclists. Can’t stand them!

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September 18, 2012

Why people bought the latest iphone

But it’s true !!

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September 18, 2012

Stormtroopers doing stuff

In my opinion, Stormtroopers from Star Wars are without doubt, the coolest baddies in the history of motion pictures  – I don’t know if it is due to the emotionless stare or the permanent scowl. But whatever it is, these guys are bad.

But I noticed that once you take them out of their Death Star environment or storming an Imperial Cruiser with lasers blazing, their new situations make them somewhat amusing !

Here are my top 5 photos of Stormtroopers simply doing stuff:

#5 Littlest Hobo Stormtrooper

#4 Wedding

#3 Taking in a game

#2 Shopping

#1 And this is my fave image which is just a really awkward situation – the police are just not sure whether to intervene or not. The Stormtrooper’s look back at them suggests otherwise!!





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September 17, 2012

Ultimat Social Media Campaign

Myth #1 – ‘The great thing about social media is that it’s free.’ WRONG

Myth #2 – ‘Can you make us a viral video please.’ WRONG

Myth 3 – ‘It doesn’t matter that we have nothing to say – everyone will come to our Facebook page anyway.’ WRONG

Nothing dispels these commonly recurring myths more than the latest excellent, online efforts by Ultimat Vodka, whose objective was to capture the attention of a difficult to reach target group, predominantly tied to their offices by their work.

Ultimat created a video of a guy lowering himself down the side of an office tower in a window cleaning cradle, showing the workers written signs through the windows and encouraging them to stop working, get drinking.

Here is the video:

Why were their online efforts successful?

1. Insight about the people they wanted to reach

”White collar professionals spend a lot of time behind their desks, so leveraging something like video content that they can access through our Facebook page, made a lot of sense to us,” explained Jennifer Long, brand director, Patrón Spirits.

A typical approach for brands in this situation would be to produce a TV spot purchased in prime time along with other traditional media, some limited digital media to reach this elusive crowd.

Ultimat’s insight made them want to take the brand to the consumer where they worked,in an impactful and entertaining way

2. ‘Share-worthy’ Killer Content

I just mentioned that they brought their message to the consumer in an ‘entertaining’ way – all marketing/advertising content in 2012 needs to either entertain or provide utility to its actual and potential consumers. Ultimat did this.

The tone of the content is also vital to any project’s success – if consumers perceive it as ‘a corporation trying to be cool,’ it is doomed. Ultimat got the tone of their video just about right, in my humble opinion, as the reaction of office workers to seeing this strange man, seemed very natural.

3. Use of Paid media to help generate earned media

The best social initiatives online will not simply happen ‘virally’ on their own, as many people seem to think. Of course, there are numerous exceptions to the rule like :

but these are the creme de la creme of viral content that are not the norm, and the degree of success of these could not possibly have been predicted. Even Old Spice has used massive amounts of paid media to promote their great content.

If these 3 examples above of viral success were pop songs, they would be Bohemian Rhapsody.

If they were movies, they would be The Godfather.

But 99% of content that brands hope will go viral, are not even close to being a Godfather or a Bohemian Rhapsody in terms of their quality.

So they need help to amplify their brand message.

Ultimat used the following paid digital touchpoints to amplify their video content:

  • Targeted Facebook buys leveraging their YouTube player
  • They created a Facebook App called Social Life Audit that crawls users Facebook content and gives them a social life score based on how often they check into fun locations and whether they smile in photos. (Great use of technology.)
  • Used Facebook Sponsored Stories to promote the App
  • Ran pre roll ads on Hulu and other digital platforms

So next time someone expects you to produce the next Bohemian Rhapsody or Godfather content for your ‘viral’ campaign, just make sure you mention the ‘Ultimat Social Media campaign’ to them, which wasn’t free and which did have something very interesting to say.

And if they ignore your recommendation, they just might reply to you:

Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters…….. to me !!






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September 16, 2012

The real NHL Salary Cap

So now that the NHL lockout has unfortunately arrived, are the players going to be relying on their ‘Salary Caps’ to make their money? Just asking? hehe.

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