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In Honor of the Grammys: The Music Industry and Social Media

With discussion of this Sunday’s Grammy Awards blowing up on social media, it’s time to reflect on how the web and social have affected the music industry. Obviously, music moguls and the internet haven’t been the best of friends in the past.  Napster lawsuits and piracy issues have made record labels, musicians, and producers wary…

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Viral Super Bowl Ads: Car Companies Take Center Stage

Who’s excited for the Super Bowl this weekend?!  Even better, who’s excited for the ads?!  Since the Vikings’ embarrassing season, I have to admit that I’m primarily looking forward to the Super Bowl because of the creative spots.   While throughout most of the year, people claim they hate advertising, this is when the industry shines. …

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McDonald’s Failing on Twitter

In terms of social media, we tend to think that larger, well-known companies have it all figured out.  You know- they construct the perfect viral Facebook campaign, invent insanely clever hashtags, and are using an array of different social sites perfectly.  Even if they do encounter a complaint, they know how to resolve it perfectly. …

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The Web Tells Congress, “Stop Piracy, Not Liberty.”

For all the students out there, you might find that researching a paper is a little more difficult today.  Wikipedia has blacked out its entire site to protest two bills making their way through the U.S. legislature. Both bills will ultimately censor the internet.  Wikipedia has been a leader in the movement against SOPA, contributing…

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Golden Globes Vs. People’s Choice: A Social Media Throwdown

            For movie, TV, and music freaks out there, this is an exciting time.  It’s awards season!!  These types of shows have plenty of ways they can promote themselves on social media.  Not only can they spark debates over who will win in each category, they can also focus on…

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What Marketers Have Learned in 2011

2011 has seen numerous changes in the social media world.  Google+ was hyped, launched, and seemingly forgotton.  Twitter redid its brand pages.  Facebook debuted its new insights and Timeline options.  LinkedIn went public.  Other smaller sites like StumbleUpon and Pinterest proved that alternatives to Facebook are welcomed in the market.  In addition to these big…

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All About Facebook’s Timeline Profile

Anyone interested in social media has undoubtedly heard or seen the Facebook Timeline profile.  The Timeline was announced to the public in September 2011, but it was only released to people with “Developer” profiles, leaving the rest of us itching with excitement.  Well, the wait is over, with Timeline’s unveiling last week. So what exactly…

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A Social Media Holiday Classic: “Elf Yourself”

In the spirit of the holidays, let’s revisit a social media “classic”: Office Max’s Elf Yourself campaign.  The campaign was launched in 2007 and is still extremely popular on social media. When social media trends typically enjoy an hour of popularity, this longevity is impressive. For less than the cost of a commercial, the “Elf…

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Pinterest: The Next Big Social Network?

Some of you may have read posts on Facebook over the past few weeks talking about Pinterest, the latest social media craze.  The site was created on Thanksgiving day 2009, and despite a slow start, it has since gone viral.  Its recent growth is rivaling Facebook’s early days.  After trying it out for a week,…

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Social TV’s Tweets, Apps, & Fangs

It’s Sunday night.  You’re curled up on your couch, beer in hand, eagerly anticipating the start of your favorite HBO show, be it Boardwalk Empire or True Blood.  Sound familiar?  Many of us know the appeal of following television shows.  We can get to know characters, experience twists and turns in the plot, and share…

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