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Forrester report: How Social Media Is Changing Brand Building

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Social media is now an essential part of brand building. Get detailed explanations and real-life examples of the top 3 social branding strategies.

Marty Note
We know branding, the act of creating transferable stories about companies, products and individuals, is being changed by social media marketing. Forrester, interestingly the same people who came out with a study saying social media wasn't impacting sales, just issued a report on how social is changing branding.

Forrester warns social by itself is insufficient to create a brand, an idea I agree with. Here is how this new report outlines changes sweeping branding:

* Redefines the relationship between consumers and brands.

* Forces marketing strategies to adapt.

* Amplifies brand building strategies (MS).

* Create emotional connection.

* Nurture fans.

* Helps create User Generated Content (UGC).
* Creates conversations that can inform brand strategies (MS).

Interestingly few marketers are integrating social into their branding see the chart on page 5.

There is a BIG section about the dangers of attempting to brand with social alone. Some of Forrester's points have merit. Social, by itself, doesn't scale, it is a poor campign medium (me) and it is only as good as the guiding brand strategy.

Put these two ideas together - that social will be critical to shaping brands and few are doing so and competitive advantage will go to those who embrace social media marketing as part of their brand building strategy.

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Social Media After Death of Vine - Curagami

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Social Media - Embrace The Suck
Turns out marketing and war have a lot in common as this Curagami post shares. Twitter is reeling in pain and social media marketing is entering the BIG SHAKEOUT period. 

Don't question, judge or cry too much. Grab you Vines, put them on YouTube and (or the best of 'em anyway) and move on. Remember nobody knows nothing and watch your ego and hubris enough to keep betting without the false belief you've found any lasting truth or repeatable pattern. 

Life after Vine's death and the Big Shakeout is going to, as the Marines say, embrace the suck. Find out why on Curagami: 

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Content Marketing - Five Lessons From HBO's Westworld - Curagami

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5 Content Marketing Tips from Westworld

HBO's Westworld is sure to be another Game of Thrones runaway success. The show is amazing and full of tips for web developers and marketing teams including:

  • Tease don't Bore
  • Create Another Loop
  • Beauty is half the Battle
  • Keep moving and believe
  • Show don't TELL

We've included examples of each tip too such as REI for show don't tell and for tease don't bore. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Love HBO's Westworld and it got us thinking about online content in new ways.