It has been at least a couple years since all brands and marketers realized they needed to have a Twitter presence, if they did not have one already.  But simply being on Twitter is not enough.  Engaging customers, and continually finding new ways to engage them is a must to stay competitive.  Accordingly, many are turning to “Twitter parties.”

According to a 2011 post from Outspoken Media, a Twitter party is “an online event sponsored by your brand that you can use to meet your customers, announce a service, launch a product, or simply get people talking. You pick the time, the hashtag, and people [to] bring into the conversation. Brands love them because they’re cheap, easy to put together and they have the potential to generate hundreds (if not thousands) of tweets about your brand in just a couple of hours.”

Whitney Gibson

About the author

Whitney Gibson is an attorney in the Cincinnati office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, where he leads the Vorys Internet defamation group.  You can contact Whitney Gibson at 855.542.9192 or wcgibson@vorys.com. Read more about the practice at www.defamationremovalattorneys.com and www.defamationremovalattorneysblog.com. Follow Whitney on Twitter at @WhitneyCGibson.

Focusing to level up

by · September 18, 2014

Fall for me is more of a new year. I have always been mentally on a school calendar. Fall means taking a look at things anew. I don’t make many New Year’s Resolutions because I do most of my assessments in the fall at back-to-school time. And in the spirit of leaves turning, let’s take a look at where we are to start thinking about where we can go next.

How can we graduate from where we are to get closer to where we want to be?

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Magic and Marketing; Are You Amazing Your Audience?

by · September 17, 2014

Think of a card, any card…

I am a huge fan of magic. And after dabbling a bit on my own, I have realized that there are three types of audiences for magic: the Uninformed, the Unimpressed, and the Amazed. I wouldn’t call many brands – nor their marketing efforts – magical, but there are interesting similarities when it comes to the growth and evolution of our audiences. And I believe there is something to learn here.

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Why the Photo Explosion Isn’t a Technology Story

by · September 16, 2014

Nearly one trillion photos will be taken in 2014 alone, equal to a quarter of all the photos snapped in the first 170 years of photography’s existence. From retina-resolution selfies to lo-fi cityscapes, this body of content is not just more abundant, but also more diverse in subject matter, style, and authorship than ever before.

But how can brands put this powerful content to work for them? The first step is to get to know the people behind the photos.

Our new ebook The Rise of The Visual Creators focuses on the rise of a new creative class, and the incredible numbers it leaves in its wake.

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Is Fun Content Over-rated?

by · September 11, 2014

So your friend would be Bender if he were in the Breakfast Club according to BuzzFeed. How about that? And people are clicking all over that stuff and sharing liberally. Someone somewhere is getting your feed’s attention and it wasn’t you. You know why? Apparently that stuff is fun. Not for me, per se, but for the gaggle of people I know on Facebook it must be the most fun thing in the world. And guess what, people like fun. At first, I thought this was all about the fun, but then I realized, it is exactly the type of fun people like. They like fun that is all about them.

So, if you can make your content fun and totally focused on the id and ego of the reader…#win. But what if your brand isn’t inherently fun? There are a ton of products and services in the world that are not at all fun, no matter what. What if you’re a bank or a cable company or other utility? No offense banks and cable companies, but it is the rare individual who views your products and services as “fun”. Yes, cable companies provide entertainment, and banks can help you buy something fun like a motorcycle, but they are merely the conduits to fun. They aren’t the backbone of fun.

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Be More Awesome? Challenge Accepted!

by · September 10, 2014

It’s going to be LEGEN…wait for it… I’ve been binge watching “How I Met Your Mother” lately (I’m only up to season 7, so no spoilers), and the more I spend quality time with Barney Stinson, love him or hate him, the more I feel he personifies the current state of Social Marketing, at least in part. That might sound like a stretch, but stay with me and see if you see your brand in his suave, yet sometimes flawed character. If so, maybe there is something for us all to learn here.

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How to make the perfect social media quiz

by · September 9, 2014

Quizzes are the fastest growing form of content. On Interact alone, more than 3000 quizzes have been created in the last few months. Perhaps not surprisingly, the top 10% of those quizzes receive 90% of the traffic.

In an attempt to figure out what distinguishes a good quiz from a “bad” quiz (that gets very few views), we put together a huge excel file of quizzes made using Interact and ran some statistics to discover what sets the high traffic quizzes apart from the rest.

Here’s what we found:

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If The Metric Isn’t Money, You Cannot Measure ROI

by · September 8, 2014

The single biggest challenge both communications professionals and the business leaders they answer to have to overcome is understanding business metrics. There are generally two kinds: Those related to revenue and those related to intangibles. When you’re measuring revenue, you can calculate return on investment (ROI). When you’re not measuring revenue, you can’t.

Yet both communications professionals and their managers somehow still think it’s okay to hold us to ROI standards for any and all business objectives.

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