September 26, 2010

Week of tweets #18

It’s been a busy few weeks what with quitting my job and getting things prepared for my move to China. The biggest worry was that Twitter is blocked there but I heard that through a VPN I can still keep tweeting. So expect my regular summary of my favourite tweets to continue…

Money for nothing? NYTimes: Marketing Fanciful Items in the Lands of Make Believe http://nyti.ms/9IoCCY

  • Amazing how easily people will part with their money. In this article we see how big brands are jumping onboard the money train too. For example, “Volvo Cars of North America, the clothing retailer H&M and MTV Networks are among the diverse brands entering the market for virtual goods — the make-believe items offered on social-networking games, smartphone apps or fantasy Internet sites”.

Thoughts on branded utility… RT @loopdiloop: RT @IATV: “The Digital Evolution of Branding” http://bit.ly/dqBn3m

  • Fascinating article by Nicole Armstrong showing how brands are bringing value to consumers by extending their experience and providing a “meaningful utility that is there for the customer when they need it most”.

Cool. RT @thinktank_int: Nike’s Destroyer Burrito – good example of integrating digital & experiential to create buzzhttp://bit.ly/ccJraN

Cheers! iPad menus sell more wine… NYTimes: Choosing Wines at the Touch of a Screen http://nyti.ms/ajHAXQ

  • It could be just a short term gimmick or lead to a whole new line of low cost tablets. Right now it is certainly helping business.

Looking good… RT @adenhepburn: New Digital Buzz Post: Video: Meet The New Twitter.com http://bit.ly/aOEiUd

  • This could spell bad news for the likes of Tweetdeck but shows how Twitter has big plans to make their service more useful and intuitive for everyone.

Shame on us all 🙂 RT @nakedstudios: The Digital Agencies of the Future! http://bit.ly/btzbx0

  • This made me laugh so much. Even digital agencies have yet to wake up to the fact that people might be viewing their sites on devices not supporting Flash. See the whole wall of shame here.

Nice… RT @BBHLabs: Liked: Google Creative Lab’s Ji Lee on ‘The Transformative Power of Personal Projects’http://j.mp/cQ4P43

  • OK, so most of us would say that we’re too busy with work to develop personal projects like this one. But it’s amazing where they might take you…

Wow! RT @BBHLabs: Old Record Player + Stop Motion + Lights + Tron Legacy Soundtrack = Awesome –http://j.mp/9NTEiT

Kim Pimmel uses old-school techniques to create something futuristic and surreal. See it in HD here.

RT @LarryTolpin: The Future of Ad Agencies – Incredible for New Hybrid Agencies – Not So Good for for Old Agencies –http://bit.ly/93NiZg

  • There is so much being written right now about which breed of agency is going to survive when all others fade to black. Edward Boches always has a well-balanced view.

Finally, something to make you smile as autumn bites (if you’re in the same hemisphere as me). I’ve tweeted about both of these in the past couple of weeks and each could actually be a new ad for Ikea. One features dogs and the other cats. I know which one I’d prefer to be for IKEA. Enjoy…



September 6, 2010

Week of tweets #17 (summer is over edition)

I seem to be very bad at doing this on a weekly basis. I could say it doesn’t matter as nobody reads my blog but I had my highest ever visitor count in August. So no excuses… this better be good!

Great! RT @Schwartzie14: 1 of the smartest creatives in advertising gives u some excellent tips on expanding yr brain – http://bit.ly/9m5Y6S

  • I love a good list and in this one from Edward Boches he shares a selection of books and blogs designed to help anyone in their digital evolution.

How do you top the Nike Chalkbot? Meet Precious – the bike with a brain… on DigitalBuzz Blog http://bit.ly/bntxiB

Good read… RT @BBHLabs: Interview w/ MDC & Partners Chief Innovation Officer @faris, check it out http://j.mp/agaeXb

  • Faris Yakob from MDC & Partners is one of the many smart people driving our industry forward. So when he speaks you have to listen – especially when you see his hair.

Real world social – RT @adenhepburn: Facebook Integration At The Coca Cola Village http://bit.ly/9RsK63

  • Digital and physical are becoming more and more intertwined. This beach party looks like hell on earth to me but presents some really interesting possibilities for making social networks more real world.

Do We Need a New Definition of Creativity? In Today’s Digital World, the Answer Is Yes – AdAge article…http://bit.ly/d7UETa

  • In this article by Ana Andjelic she gives some tips about being creative in in the ad world today. She says that “the best creative is the creation of relationships, connections and interactions. It connects tools with behaviors, locations, and objects. It creates networks or systems. To be creative there, you need to be strategic: you need to figure out who connects to whom, when and why and to what result. Simply, you need to plan for a chain reaction. These networks then give way to a collective creativity that becomes visible to all to use it, build upon it, change it, and add to it”. Keep reading here.

Like… RT @adenhepburn: Sony: Media Monster Wars Facebook App http://bit.ly/aH68Eu (great example of branded social gaming!)

Great article… RT @Clickaholic: RT @LarryTolpin: 50 Ways to Foster a Culture of Innovation – http://j.mp/ciUJZa

  • Some great tips here such as having no fixed rules or templates, getting rid of fear, having fun, making mistakes and more…

Revenge of the Nerd: Great review by Scott Foundas of upcoming movie The Social Network. Must see it…http://tinyurl.com/2e9jqu2

  • Will Mark Zuckerberg be queuing up to see this one? I doubt it.

Looking good… RT @chrisgrayson: VIDEO: Augmented Reality cosmetic virtual mirror kiosk by @IBM, demo for Clinique –http://is.gd/eRXdK

  • We will definitely be seeing a lot more of this instore digital displays and interactive kiosks as the technology become cheaper. IBM seem to be investing a lot of money into it. The voice over on the demo is not very exciting but the possibilities are…

and to end on a lighter note as usual….

Apple take note – great sponsorship opportunity 🙂 RT @robbiew: Sez my 4 yr old daughter: “I want to go to Paris and see the iPhone Tower”