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Social Media Fresh Meat

As much it is the hype and norm around the world, Australian companies and brands are still flirting with social media like an awkward 14 year old prepubescent boy. This behaviour has got us labelled 'fresh meat'. International ‘social media and viral’ agencies are flocking in from UK and US selling ‘seeding’ capabilities dressed up with ‘relationship with bloggers, twitterers, youtubers and internet influencers’ and 'guaranteed eyeballs' in a bid to get more business.

I know for a fact, the real influencers would never sell their credibility like what these guys are saying unless they are Kim Kardashian or truly believe a brand and have a connection with them. Online cred is EVERYTHING. We have an opportunity to do something fresh but I'm afraid time is running out as as agencies buy into these 'viral specialist' services. Sometimes, these appear to be value-adding the possible reality is that a brand just looks like a wannabe when their content is disseminated this way (bought placement). There are many contributing factors to why they might employ these services - crap content, actually, that's it, crap content.

True 'viral'has no other formula than AWESOME! (content). Brands that invest heavily into 'seeding' services should just invest heavily into creating emotional, creative and fun ideas. Aim to do something no one has ever seen before rather than making mediocre crap and paying loads of cash to make sure it is spammed out like herpes. I'm certinly not saying disregard these services completely, rather just use them when you need to such as when launching it in the first 2 weeks but not rely on it or make it the centre piece for your strategy.

P.S. I saw this video, and it just reminds me how my profession is currently being perceived... It makes me sad because I just love everything digital and will do anything to protect user experience (that's probably why we get rejected all the time). I'm not blaming anyone because at the end of the day everyone has to somehow make a living, but it just reflects what careless 'eyeball' driven social media tactics or 'apparent' strategy can do to both brands and socail media strategists.

When A Brand Grows Balls

I guess this has set standard for commercial projections for brands in the future.

Everyone knows that creative agencies didn't come up with the idea of 'building projections'... it's the guerilla street artists. It always kind of bothers me that a medium such as this is used commercially. Knowing that in the first place it's all about making a statement and sticking the finger up in the air. I hope brands that use this medium will take on a bit of that rebellious DNA - edgey, brave, design to raise eyebrows and entertain.

This projection has certainly carry some of that spirit through. No judgement, I'm just a bit impressed

On a separate note, a brand that is usually associated with prestige, too out of reach and somewhat a bit of a wank… has just repositioned itself to appeal and ‘fun’. It’s a 180 for a bulky brand with an engraved image. This is the thing, kudos to BMW for having the balls to try something different to ‘traditional’ (let’s go nuts with slapping our logo and photos on every printable surface possible). And look at this video I just embedded, somewhat this great idea has disseminated with little effort… damn! Love it.