Social TV: Solving for Synchronicity in an On-Demand Future

Source: TheVerge.com

Real-time content synchronization between offline and online media has become the darling of social TV, frequently serving as its very definition for companies looking to marry traditional and digital marketing experiences. Take Target, for example. Prior to the 2013 release of Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience,” Target promoted the album synchronously on social, mobile, and TV. Its Facebook video post offered an exclusive pre-order of the album, and appeared simultaneously in fans’ news … [Read more...]

New Research: “Defining and Mapping the Native Advertising Landscape”

Not since the legislative debate over spam back in the early part of the millennium has a digital marketing term been so riddled by obfuscation and misunderstanding as native advertising. A quick search of the term on Google returns an impressive 219 million results, yet to date there’s been no real definition of what marketers, publishers, agencies, social media platforms, or any other players in the digital ecosystem mean when they bandy it about. With so much discussion centered around … [Read more...]

The Phone Doesn’t Matter In #FacebookPhone

  This post was also cross-posted at my blog makemobilework.com. We all gathered amidst the rain and clouds at Facebook HQ, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA to see what would be unveiled. A new flagship Android phone, tailored toward Facebook users? A new branch of the Android OS? A groundbreaking partnership? Turns out it’s an application – a launcher to bring Facebook to the top of the Android OS on the devices it will run on and, in addition, some purpose-built hardware that will … [Read more...]

Beyond the IPO: Ten Implications of a Public Facebook

By Susan Etlinger, Charlene Li and Rebecca Lieb The run-up to Facebook's IPO reminds me a bit of a wedding: everyone's attention is on the big day (expected to be Friday May 18), without much regard for the weeks, months and years afterward. Charlene Li, Rebecca Lieb, and I sat down to discuss some of the implications of a newly public Facebook: on shareholders, business and Facebook itself. -- SE Whether or not Facebook's IPO ends up being one of the world's largest (this Washington Post … [Read more...]

Content Marketing. Content Strategy. What’s the Difference?

Content Strategy

So content is the new black (and some 270,000 exact-match results for that phrase on Google suggest it's at least a deep, deep indigo). Inevitably, that's meant an escalated level of chatter, talk, and pontificating about content's role in the digital mix. As more and more marketers consider how content can work for them in the digital mix, a certain degree of confusion is beginning to obfuscate discussions and debates. Two very distinct disciplines, content strategy and content marketing, … [Read more...]

What’s Facebook Going to Do with All That Money?

Facebook Money

Many of us grew up with Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. For the past few years the refrain has been Google, Google, Google. But this past week, it’s been all Facebook, all the time. As we wait for the biggest IPO in tech history to shake out, the question I’m being asked most by clients and particularly the mainstream media is, by far, “what’s Facebook going to do with all that money?” Clearly, no one's in possession of a crystal ball, but some reasonable conjectures can be drawn. 1). Mobile … [Read more...]

Facebook S-1 Paints A Murky Picture For Mobile

Amidst the scramble for numbers in EDGAR lookups in the wake of Facebook's S-1 filing, I think we're learning something fundamental about Facebook's strategy from its submitted documentation; mobile is a potential Achilles heel. Reviewing the S-1, while chock-full of interesting facts and figures, it was this statement that raised questions for me: "Growth in use of Facebook through our mobile products, where we do not currently display ads, as a substitute for use on personal computers may … [Read more...]

Facebook Files S-1 for $5 Billion IPO

by Brian Solis, principal analyst Just a few moments ago, Facebook officially filed an S-1  for an initial public offering seeking to raise $5 billion. Here are a few key findings… - 845 million monthly active users, year over year growth of 39% - 483 million daily active users as of December, year over year growth of 48% - 425 million monthly mobile users - 100 billion friend connections as of December 31, 2011 - 2.7 billion Likes and comments per day during the last quarter … [Read more...]

Google’s New Privacy Policy Critical to Competition with Facebook

Google has a new, 360-degree privacy policy. Take that, Facebook. The consolidation of data that creates a unified customer profile across very nearly all of Google's products and services creates a view of the customer that's very, very Facebook in nature. Funny that with all the attention directed to the Facebook IPO lately, so few commentators have made this observation. It's a good idea that has, understandably, creeped users out. The reality and the perception of privacy are miles … [Read more...]

Facebook’s IPO: What Does It Mean For…?

Jaimy Szymanski, Zak Kirchner

Over 800 million active users - more than half of whom log in on any given day and interact with over 900 million "objects" (pages, groups, communities, etc.). Over 250 million photos uploaded every day, over 70 languages on the site. The stats go on and on, and anyway you look at them, the numbers are huge. How can Facebook grow bigger still? That's what we're waiting so see as the tech world - heck, the world at large - holds it breath for the biggest IPO since Google went public in … [Read more...]