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Budweiser Lets You Make Facebook Friends With a Clink of Your Pint

AdAge 4.29.2013

Making friends the "old fashioned way" is so passé -- at least according to Budweiser Brazil, who's changing up the way we connect with each other with "Buddy Cup," created out of Brazilian agency Africa. The cups are embedded with a chip -- when clinked with each other, the two people would become friends on Facebook. The cups will be used during Budweiser events.

The Weather Channel is Pulling A Live Tornado Simulation Stunt With Interns

The Blaze 4.29.2013

As many regions are entering tornado season, the Weather Channel is reminding everyone to prepare. But it's how the Weather Channel is promoting their awareness campaign for Tornado Week that is gaining viral traction. It stationed fans to blow directly onto their busy interns' office — and made a fascinating live feed out of it.

New Reality Show to Skip TV, Play Entirely on Social Media

Variety 4.25.2013

The Chernin Group is producing an audacious new unscripted series that will be distributed entirely on social-media platforms instead of having a home on TV, according to sources familiar with the production. The series, entitled "@SummerBreak," will play out largely on four platforms: Twitter, where Peter Chernin sits on the board of directors, and Tumblr, where he is among the investors, as well as YouTube and Instagram.

How the NFL Is Running a Social Media Empire

Mashable 4.26.2013

As prospect draftees arrived at the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night, they were ushered to an iPad station set up to look like a goal post. Players smiled into the tablet's front-facing camera and posed for pictures which were almost simultaneously tweeted out to its Twitter followers. This, along with a series of other digital initiatives surrounding the NFL Draft is a part of the football organization's greater vision to connect fans at home to what's happening behind the scenes and in real-time at the league.

Clorox's Green Works Finds New Voice and Attitude to Combat Greenwashing

Brand Channel 5.2.2013

As Kermit the Frog taught an entire generation, "It's not easy being green." Clorox's Green Works is a case study in the steep learning curve of green branding. The line of environmentally friendly housecleaning products launched in 2008 with an endorsement from the Sierra Club, which helped boost its market penetration and credibility.

Taco Bell Just Snapchatted A Bunch Of Customers

Business Insider 5.2.2013

Taco Bell has become the first major brand to venture into the latest social media darling: Snapchat. The fast food chain tweeted that fans should follow it on the app, which allows people to send pictures that self-destruct in 10 seconds, for a fun surprise.

20 Data-Backed Ways to Upgrade Your Social Media Marketing

Hubspot 5.2.2013

1) Tell Us Why We Should Follow You. Twitter accounts that used words like "founder," "speaker," "expert," "guru," and "author" in their bios had more followers than the average account.

Don't Be a Social Media Sheep: Diversity Your Brand's Messages on Social Accounts

Sociable Blog 5.2.2013

You've probably experienced this sort of situation before. You log on to your Twitter. You see a tweet from a brand you follow. "Cool," you think. Maybe it encourages you to click, maybe not. You then check your Facebook. You see a Facebook post with the EXACT SAME copy as the tweet. It annoys you, but you can deal with it...

Instagram's New Feature Lets Brands 'Tag' Consumers in Photo Stream

AdAge 5.2.2013

There's still no advertising on Instagram, but a new photo-tagging feature offers marketers new tricks to vie for users' attention. Dubbed "Photos of You," the feature lets you tag other Instagram users, whether they're people or brands, directly in photos.

Why Ben & Jerry's Might Become As Cool As Oreo On Social Media

Business Insider 5.1.2013

Ben & Jerry's just partnered up with Oreo's digital shop 360i, which probably means you should start following the ice cream company on Twitter right now. If there is one brand that has truly shined on social media this year, it's Oreo.

70% of Brand Engagement on Pinterest Is User-Generated

Mashable 5.2.2013

Approximately 70% of brand engagement on Pinterest is generated by users, according to a recent study by Digitas and Curalate. However, companies in the fashion retail and automotive industries aren't capitalizing on Pinterest's engagement. According to Digitas, the lack of brands using Pinterest leaves a gap in overall marketing strategies.

Excellent Content Plus Genuine Engagement Equals Social Business Success

Social Media Today 5.2.2013

Content marketing is no longer optional. Any company with a website can benefit from content marketing. With the current importance of social business practices, high-quality content is rewarded with a social media spotlight, amplified exposure and increased lead generation and conversion.

Domino's New Site Lets You Watch Live Stream of Pizza Being Made Somewhere in Utah

Adweek 5.1.2013

Life just got more stressful for the workers at a Domino's Pizza restaurant in Salt Lake City. That's because that particular location is the guinea pig for the chain's new Domino's Live experiment, dreamed up by Crispin Porter + Bogusky.

Samsung first brand to sign up to AOL's branded content business

Marketing 5.1.2013

Be On has been created from the combination of AOL's existing video distribution service Go Viral, production company AOL Studios, and the creation of new insight tools. The Samsung campaign running on Be On has been planned by Starcom MediaVest and communicates a "spread the beat" message to showcase the Galaxy S4's group-play feature, which allows people to share music with friends nearby.

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