“Social” Interactive Web Banners from Digg & Facebook

by Gio Gutierrez

Facebook has a new feature that lets advertisers create special ads for their Pages and Events. The ads will appear just like other Facebook ads, but the users will be able to “Become a Fan” (if the ad is for a Page) or “RSVP” (if the ad is for an Event) directly from the ad. Furthermore, these ads also contain friend actions, which means that users will be able to see which friends are fans of the Page or attending the Event in question.

Digg also announced plans to roll out — Digg Ads. The sponsored content will look and feel similar to regular Digg content, but will be clearly marked as sponsored. It may link to stories, video trailers, independent product reviews – many of the same types of content you see on Digg every day. Digg Ads will give you more control over which advertisements are displayed on Digg. The more an ad is Dugg, the less the advertiser will have to pay. Conversely the more an ad is buried, the more the advertiser is charged, pricing it out of the system. The goal here is to give advertisers a way to present content related to their brands and get immediate input on whether it’s relevant or not.

From a user perspective, I like the direction these companies are taking advertising. Digg and Facebook are making innovating ads like content on the site which makes it more meaningful to users. Here’s to digging and rsvp’ing in a web banner.

THE VANDENBERG IS SUNK!

By Dorn Martell

A red flare, a few puffs of smoke and a low rumble. Two minutes later the Hoyt S. Vandenberg slipped below the waves, seven miles off Key West. I was fortunate to be among a group of journalists from all over the world who were covering this historical event on Wednesday. The sinking went off without a hitch, with only one small delay – an endangered sea turtle was spotted in the area and the demolition crew had to wait until she was safely out of the way. It was in this spirit that the Vandenberg began her new career as an artificial reef in The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Her history included tracking spacecraft for NASA and monitoring missile launches during the Cold War. She even starred in the movie “Virus”. And though she went down in less than two minutes, it was really the result of 14 years of work that got her where she is today.
“Now it’s time to charter a dive boat and go see her” said Joe Weatherby, who was beaming as he jumped on to the Fury and met with reporters. This is a great addition to The Florida Keys Wreck Treck and will soon be home to everything from Goliath Grouper on the bottom to Sailfish and Marlin on top. Look out for new ads by Tinsley and The Monroe County Tourist Development Council (The Florida Keys & Key West) promoting diving on the second largest ship in the world that was intentionally sunk to become a living reef. To read more about the Vandenberg go to http://www.fla-keys.com/news/news.cfm?sid=7410

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The 360° of Advertising Panel Discussion

By Gio Gutierrez

Yesterday (May 26th) was Ad Fed’s/Ad2 Miami’s panel discussion titled “The 360° of Advertising”. The venue was hosted over at Ai Miami International University of Art & Design and I was on the panel representing the Interactive field along with other advertising professionals such as Milan DeVito from Zimmerman and Elizabeth Calienes from Saatchi & Saatchi. It was a great event discussing different angles of the industry from PR to Mobile Marketing.

The talk of the night was definitely centered around social media. Some of the discussion was on what side of the fence do services like Twitter / Facebook fall (PR? Marketing? Advertiser?) or what to even call this personal. Social Ambassadors? Reputation Manager? Whatever is ends up being… it’s something we all agreed was important to the brand.

Note: Did a quick survey of the 50-60 students listening to the panel on “Who watches TV shows live?” 5 people raised their hand.

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Don’t Feed Wild Dolphin PSA is Launched

“I know I can kick this if people would just stop feeding me.” These are the words of a people food addicted dolphin that we created to educate people about the dangers of feeding wild dolphins. The PSA took about 3 years from initial contact to launch but, it was well worth the wait. We were initially contacted by the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon, FL to solve a problem: People don’t know that it is harmful and illegal to feed wild dolphins. You see it all the time, a well-intentioned fisherman throws some stale bait to a friendly dolphin who wolfs it down. The dolphin seems happy and after all, what could be wrong with feeding him? A lot, actually. Dolphins become addicted to handouts and loose their ability to fend for themselves. This is the premise for “Don’t feed wild dolphins”. It is an animated PSA featuring a dolphin in rehab. We worked with WIT Animation in Venice CA and had a blast doing it. You can see our documentary on the “Making of Don’t Feed Wild Dolphins“. We also created the website. http://www.dontfeedwilddolphins.org/ Our goal is to educate both kids and adults about the problem and to start a dialogue. Check out the links and get involved and remember. Dolphins don’t eat hot dogs!

Twitter is more popular than Britney

Twitter keeps growing faster each day… Comscore just released its March metrics and estimates that Twitter grew 131% since February to 9.3 million viewers. To give a sense of the type of growth, here is the month-to-month growth in U.S. unique visitors so far this year:

March, 2009: 131%
February, 2009: 55%
January, 2009: 33%

It’s so popular that “Twitter” surpassed “Britney” a few months ago and is even slightly ahead of “Obama” according to Google Trends.

Twitter for Search Engine Placement

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Twitter just changed their title tags on their site to know not only show you your twitter handle but also your real name (or company name).
Minor tweak right? Wrong…. this makes now a huge impact on search engine placement. Did a search for my name and like Emeril *Bam*. My twitter is top third on Google Results.
Tried it with other names like “jimmy fallon”, “obama”, “karen denisse” and they are ALL on Google’s first page results….

Scaring Slatko

It was a late Friday, work was done and there was a big empty box from our new LCD TV just sitting in this dark corner.

“I know what to do!”

Muahahahaha

Sony’s latest ad for Sony Bravia

The spot features the enormous Bravia-drome, the world’s biggest ever zoetrope, a rotating series of static images viewed through small slits, which was officially verified by the Guinness Book of Records. The filming of the zoetrope took place last November in the town of Venaria, near Turin, Italy.

Road To Recovery Launch

The Florida Keys and Key West are doing their part in response to the economic crisis. Today a new commercial entitled “The Road To Recovery” will begin airing on national cable TV. The spot was created by Tinsley Advertising in Miami and shows spectacular aerial shots of the Overseas Highway, one of the most scenic drives in the world with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way we experience kayaking, fishing, diving and nature. The voice over says “Officially it’s the Overseas Highway, but these days it’s the road to recovery.” The viewer is then directed to fla-keys.com for special savings throughout the Keys. “We wanted to create a message that lets people know that there is no time like now to live your life and focus on what’s really important, spending time with the people you love in a beautiful place like the Florida Keys” said Dorn Martell, Creative Director at Tinsley. “Today people need permission to travel” said John Underwood, Account Supervisor. “Everyone is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Our spot shows them that paradise is on the last stretch of US-1, known as the Overseas Highway.” The new spot will run as part of the Florida Keys “Come as You Are” campaign created by Tinsley who has held the Florida Keys account for 22 years.