Posts Tagged ‘social media’

The Social Stories: Issue 137

4482693_flawkFlawk to Me

Introducing Flawk – a real-time platform for fan engagement. Here, Twitter users can communicate with their favourite bands, authors, celebs or businesses through an integrated chat service. Working on a one-to-many type broadcast, this feature is different to the usual Twitter Q&A chat. Users enter the platform via Twitter and choose themselves an avatar, before beginning to chat and ask questions. The instant chat mechanic also allows users to share music and videos, providing a more personal experience. Ideal for those who want to share new content and get an instant reaction, this could be a solution to enable businesses to sustain a large Twitter following.


w179_4482699_skySky’s First Episode

Sky has joined forces with YouTube creating a new Sky TV channel – ‘Sky First Episodes’. This partnership allows you to ‘try before you buy’, with first episodes of popular Sky shows usually only available to Sky Subscribers. Partnering with YouTube allows Sky to open up their platform to a host of new users who may be more familiar with digesting content via other on demand services. This is a great way to increase the reach of Sky’s exclusive content through their owned channels and also tapping into the YouTube audience.

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Adidas have launched a new desktop and mobile game starring footballer Lionel Messi. In order to promote their latest football boots, players take the role of the famous footballer and ‘play the Messi way’ to get him to Rio. Powered by social media, this real-time game relies on the use of #FastOrFail and mentions of Messi, with the player running faster with the more social conversation there is. This gaming platform is a unique way to utilise Twitter for a whole new experience. It also creates a buzz about their products, as well as generating excitement for the upcoming Fifa World Cup that Adidas are partners and sponsors of.

The Social Stories: Issue 136

4446217_screenshot20140306at17.25.51Greggs Gets Loyal

Introducing the first entirely digital loyalty scheme, the Greggs Rewards app means that customers can eat, pay and be rewarded all in real time. With the app, loyal customers are provided with offers and incentives, including free breakfasts and birthday treats. They have even partnered with PayPal for the scheme who are offering the first 10,000 customers a free £5 bonus credit. With loyalty schemes popping up with more and more retailers, it’s only a matter of time before food retailers all catch on and develop the dated stamp systems.




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For their newest ski holiday resort in Val Thorens, the holiday organisers Club Med have taken a unique approach. For the first time ever, they are inviting their social community to help them create a new flagship ski destination. Ideas and opinions are being sourced through a Facebook app, contributing to the resort design, facilities and branding. With so much competition between holiday agents, it’s a great idea for Club Med to up their engagement and give their audience what they want.



4446219_screenshot20140306at17.19.12The Instagram Life Of…

To mark the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin‘s first appearance in silent film, the Toronto Silent Film Festival turned their Instagram feed into a timeline of the actor’s life. The creative use of the app is viewed properly when the screen is turned sideways, and includes a combination of text, images and videos, all dedicated to the actor in a chronological order. One of the most unique uses of Instagram, this is a concept that can be adopted by others and even utilised at its best with a engaging mechanic for users.

The Social Stories: Issue 134

klmThe Social Airline

KLM is making travelling social with their latest activity: commerce through Facebook and Twitter. KLM customers can now book and pay for flights using the social networks, in a move that KLM believes ‘will lead to better, more convenient service, all in one place’. It’s also a move that shows KLM is listening to its customers – over 35,000 queries are received by the social media team each week, and this will go some way to simplifying the often complicated process of booking flights. Business customers are especially likely to benefit – often making changes and needing flights at short notice. KLM previously introduced the idea of ‘meet and seat’ using social, so it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

vaThe Other Social Airline

Appealing to tech-savvy travellers, and aiming to connect people with Linkedin contacts an their flight – Virgin America is launching an in-flight social network, powered by the Here On Biz app. All customers have to do is download the app before take-off and allow the in-flight Gogo wifi and API connect you to others during the flight. This innovation also joins part of an overarching Twitter campaign where users share flying experiences with #PlanePitch. As part of their overall plan to reinvent the flying experience, this new concept joins the previous social meeting app that romantically connect travellers with other available travellers on the same flight. Looks like there’s a battle of the social airlines this week…

linkedA Pro Publisher 

Broadening their potential, Linkedin has opened up their publishing platform to all 277 million users on their network. Previously only available to a small group of influential people, such as Bill Gates, Richard Branson etc…this expansion shows Linkedin’s real passion to become the definitive publishing platform. This strategic move potentially has the power to bring people back to their Linkedin account on a daily basis, rather than just when they’re looking for a new job. Giving users the opportunity to become publishers also adds a new dimension to their profile, giving companies deeper insight to who they really are. We have a hunch that this is just the beginning for Linkedin becoming more personalised and engaged.

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The Social Stories: Issue 133

daisyMarc Jacobs Pop Up

Hoping to replicate the success of the Special K Tweet Shop in Soho last year, Marc Jacobs has put together ‘Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Store’. As their way to embrace social currency, visitors are asked to snap photos of products and post to Twitter or Instagram with #MJDaisyChain. They are rewarded with MJ branded gifts on their way out ranging from perfumes to a handbag! This is a great way of generating earned media, using Instagram and Twitter to support the pop-up with an overall much greater reach.



Heineken has launched a ‘#DateinaBox’ for Valentine’s 2014. Literally, this is a glittery red box with a date inside. The box can only be opened if your man is willing to broadcast his feelings to the world on Twitter and Instagram @Heineken_US. If he does, he’ll be sent a code which will allow him to open the box revealing a very special date. With two days left, men all over will be contemplating whether damaging their social media cred is worse than having nothing planned for Valentine’s Day. Heineken has given all you last minute-ers a lifeline here. Just be careful your other half doesn’t see.


Utilising our obsessive nature of constantly checking our phones, Twitch is an app that polls users when they unlock their phone. Rather than asking users to take the initiative, Twitch simplifies the process and presents a simple question after each unlocking. Getting people to engage with a poll is usually quite difficult, as many questions can put users off, so presenting only one questions at a time is hopefully one way to eliminate a high drop off. Used in the right way and with the right poll, this could potentially be a great way for brands to ask their audience questions.

The Social Stories: Issue 132


Audi have proved themselves to be at the forefront of social media with their latest campaign which ran during the day of the Superbowl, whereby they teamed up with current affairs satire

website The Onion  to produce humorous snaps using the social network Snapchat. This tied in with their quirky above the

line advert, premiered during the Superbowl, which focused on the “Doberhuahua” to reiterate their message – designed with compromise.



Strike presents real-time opportunity

If you’re a Londoner, you’ll know it’s been difficult to avoid the tube strike this week. It’s affected every commuter in one way or another, be it getting to work, getting home, or just beating the crowds. Brands haven’t been slow to jump on board this marketing opportunity, with Zipcar and Hailo taking advantage of an unfortunate situation to publicise their services. Paid social activity has manifested itself as cleverly timed tweets about alternative methods of transport, with much initial success. Other brands to have jumped on the bandwagon include Innocent Smoothies and Waterstone’s – both known for their irreverent tone.



Smile, it’s Thursday

In what marks a continuation of Coca-Cola’s recent friendly marketing, they have released a video showcasing how easy it is to ‘share a smile’. Featuring various members of the Coca-Cola team, they have sent  t-shirts around the world, asking recipients to upload a picture of themselves wearing a ‘smile’, which they then amalgamated into a flipbook style animation. This in turn was then sent to participants, who could share on their own social network. Watch the full video here.

The Social Stories: Issue 91

Girls Can, Can you?

Plan Finland, use “social peer pressure” to gain donations to help improve the lives of girls in developing countries. A website and app, allows virtual cans to be created and passed between Facebook friends. The process is trackable with the site showing a timeline of the contributions and a map of where each can has travelled. It’s just launched but has already raised €29,977 and adds a social angle to the standard “Donate Now” message. It’s Facebook tie-in encourages a younger audience to help the cause, knowing that it’s easier to ignore fundraisers on the street, rather than your friends.

Are you Social Media Self Aware?

If not, you should be. Recently we’ve seen two high profile cases of people parting ways with their company due to inappropriate tweets. Plonking ‘opinions are my own’ in your profile and expressing yourself freely to the world is no longer acceptable. The public launch of Paris Brown as Youth Crime Commissioner matched her equally public demise after inappropriate tweets. Soon after, showing how even the high and mighty can fall, Microsoft’s Creative Director Adam Orth suffered the consequences when he tweeted his thoughts on “always on” gaming – a very sensitive subject within the gaming community. So how have you prepared for the social media magnifying glass?

Google+: The New TV?

New UK programme, The Fox Problem, is streamed through Google+ Hangouts rather than TV and encourages deep social interaction. The show’s social footprint also includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr, and the audience is encouraged to use these platforms to influence the script. For example, each week viewers can tweet to save their favourite presenter from completing a humiliating dare. Overall the show seems more about raising the profile of Google+. Having promoted the show on their own Google+ account it seems evident that some form of Google production is in play, and may be their way to endorse the Hangouts feature.

The Social Stories #65

Social Service

A study by Gartner found 55% of consumers expect a response the same day to an online complaint – only 29% receive one. So by the end of 2012, 80% of companies plan to use social media for customer service. To use social media affectively, integrate it into your existing customer service, create humanised response models to help build relationships, and also, monitor social interaction to spot issues and solve problems before they become a crisis. Social media gives you the power to keep current customers happy and show potential customers how well you do business. So what are you waiting for?


Get Promoted!

Getting married? Had a baby? Sponsored posts have been available to brands for some months now, but how about personal posts? Facebook has announced that you can now pay a small fee (approx. $7) to promote posts to make sure friends don’t miss your big news by bumping it up higher in their newsfeed. But where is the etiquette of promoting our lives to our friends? And how will it conflict with brand promotion posts? This is certainly one we’ll be keeping our eye on.



Tweets Make History!

As if Thursday nights live political debate was not big enough, millions of people took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the event, accumulating to 10.3 million tweets in 90 minutes – making it the most tweeted about event in American political history. The number of tweets 24 hour prior this debate was double the mentions from the 2008 election in total – my hasn’t politics gone social! After our most social Olympics to date this summer, could this be the most social election? With so many voices in the public sphere, if you ever doubted the power of social media before, you won’t question it any more!

The Social Stories #64

The One Stop Tweet Shop

This week Kellogg’s has opened the first ever shop where you can buy its new crisps in exchange for a mention on Twitter. It shows how retailers are using social media to launch new products and promote their brands. This intuitive campaign has already created a fair bit of noise on social channels. Is this one giant leap or little tweetsteps for social media?



Volvo Starts its Pinterest Engine

We’re Pin happy this issue, as is Volvo, jumping on the Pinterest wagon with a #VolvoJoyRide Campaign. In comparison with other social platforms, users who engage with and pin brand content, have a greater intention to purchase those items. Also, the high quality referrals that brands are seeing from Pinterest are indicative of the mindset of their user base – brands want to be where the high quality engagement is. Partnering this activity with blogger outreach to scale the project, it’s a campaign we’ve got our eyes on.


Crack the Case

Beer and Bond have joined forces for Heineken’s launch of their TV ad and digital campaign. Their Facebook app will allow users’ to go through a series of challenges, crack the case and save the world. This campaign will also have some countries seeing offline activity where several markets will host unique Heineken experiences in iconic locations, inviting members of the public to test their nerve. Could you hack the pressure? A great example of an integrated online and offline social campaign.

The Social Stories #30

Spread Your Wings with Social
Air China recently produced a a brilliant campaign using social media to spread the word that their service was available in Sweden and throughout the rest of Asia. Partnering up with some of the best Asian restaurant in Sweden they encouraged customers to check-in on Facebook as they sat down to eat. A leader board on Air Chinas’ Facebook page produced one winner each week, with two free tickets to Asia. A sparkling example of simple social integration.


Recipe for Success

We’ve caught wind this week of a great new social initiative Halfsies. Their idea is to reduce food waste, feed the hungry and improve people’s diet, all in one go. How, we hear you ask? They plan to pair up with restaurants and offer customers the option of “going halfsies.” The customer gets a half portion, improving their diet. The other half goes to feed the hungry and, in the process, food waste is greatly reduced. An inspired three-pronged approach.



A New Way To Consume Media?

Since last week’s launch of Open Graph Timeline integrations on Facebook there has been a fabulous array of applications launched. Recently InsideFacebook has given us a nice little break down of what’s out there and we’re impressed. SoundCloud joined the likes of Spotify on the music front and Huffington Post already has 1 million active users sharing stories. The question raised here is if regular media consumption will be replaced with Facebook’s social recommendations. We’ll let you decide.

The Social Stories #29

Let’s click together

Lego fans rejoice, you’re not quite as alone as you once thought. Introducing ReBrick, Lego’s community platform where you can embrace your inner Lego-love by sharing, bookmarking and tagging great Lego content around the web. You’ll also be able to download a little widget to make it even easier to share your finds, as well as adding your own tags and following other Lego lovers. It’s rather refreshing – there are no flashy ads or marketing messages, just the coolest and newest Lego content, chosen by its fans at your fingertips.


Google introduce “Me on the web”

FourSquare have been busy this week rolling out a new feature, FourSquare Explore – making search more personal. Using Check-in data from your friends, it finds places you’ll enjoy ‘exploring’. It’s intelligent too; learning which friends you share interests with and pushing their recommendations further up your list. Because Explore works in this way it means searches can be specific: instead of typing ‘pub’ into the search and being overwhelmed with places you’d never go, you can search for a brand of beer, or a genre of music. This is also available on desktop too!


Exploring the New Age

RBC Capital research to crack Amazon’s profit model has shown a Kindle Fire customer is spending an average of $136 (£90) on content. Since Amazon released the new Kindle, there’s been a stir over it’s profitability on the Tablet market – the hardware itself generates virtually no revenue. The study shows 80% of Kindle owners have purchased an e-book and 58% had purchased more than three e-books within 15-60 days. The Fire acts as a shop window, with regular deals and bundles driving renewable subscriptions and removing the temptation for customers to shop around. Amazon seems to be chasing content revenues rather than hardware profits.