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The 10 "Best" Social Media Campaigns? Marty Says Maybe [eye candy]

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Since social media has become an integral part of our lives, marketers have used their creative talents to develop social media campaigns with various degrees of success which can be measured in a variety of ways.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Best Social Media or TV Ads
The problem with this list is it elevates the visual aspects of social media. I think the most converting social media is some customer service innovation by Zappos or someone similar that we will never know about. 

The elevation of the visual, while cool and fun, reinforces the wrong side of social media. Yes SMM has a fun side, but it is very serious business and that is where the money is being made. 

Treating social media like a one sided visual "campaign" reinforces dangerous stereotypes that have CFOs and CEOs doubtful about the real ROI of social media marketing.

As much as eye candy is fun and sells blog views the real benefits of social media are boring old LINE management benefits. I realize "Boring Old Line Management Benefits" isn't a headline that gets many views, but let's be careful about what we hype as "best" least we reinforce stereotypes we are working hard to throw off.  


Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 13, 2013 11:55 PM

Thank you to Marty Smith for this great find. Top 10 social media marketing campaigns in history.  I agree with the author that #1 and #10 are controversial, but they both got me to join.


1. The Blair Witch Project

2. Blendtec: Will It Blend

3.  Old Spice: “Smell Like a Man, Man”

4. Burger King: “Subservient Chicken”

5. Pepsi Refresh

6.  VW: Fun Theory

7. Office Max: “Elf Yourself”

8.  Evian: “Roller Babies”

9. Ikea: “Facebook Showroom”

10. Hotmail

Ken's Key Takeaway 

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What are some of the core elements that were in these campaigns that made them such a success? For me it includes these elements



Ken Morrison's comment, January 14, 2013 9:01 AM
Hi Marty. I agree with your insight. Along the lines of your thinking,.I enjoyed the "Elf Yourself" campaign but I did not remember that Office Max created it. I am sure that people got promotions out of that campaign, but I am not certain that it was a good long-term management benefits.
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Marketing the Art of Shoes - Curagami

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The Power of SHOES
Isabel Flowers wrote a fascinating post in Artforum about "sneakerheads" and the 1.2 billion dollar aftermarket for sneakers. Flowers' post got us thinking about flocking behavior, how weather-like the Internet is and what sneakers, baseball cards and art can teach us about marketing. 

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Blondie's New York - Curagami

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Blondie's New York
Blondie's New York on the Smithsonian channel stinks but in a good way. If you can't smell, feel and remember NYC in the seventies while watching Blondie's band members stitch their 20-million selling Parallel Lines album together you weren't there. I was and I remember. 

I remember the crime, grime and sense of hopelessness that seemed to have a choke hold on NYC. But the ART was amazing. In a tiny rat-hole of a bar named CBGB the Talking Heads, Ramones and Blondie was born, nurtured, taught and honed. The Smithsonian's documentary tells several stories simultaneously. 

One story is the city's rotting corpse infecting the air and spirits with the thick fetid smell of death and dying. Yet despite or maybe because of the retching, queasy  feel great art was made. Art that defined the city, the bands and us. 

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