I have just come back from an evening with the bloggers of Handpicked Media, a blog network specialising in quality beauty, fashion, food and mums blogs amongst other topics. I was supporting a colleague who had been asked to talk about what media agencies look for in blogs and answer their questions.
Arriving at the venue (a cool cocktail bar in Broadick St, The Player) I was quite glad to find that the venue was quite dimly lit, misfortune having chosen the day I was due to meet influential fashion bloggers to jostle the lid from my pen whilst in my jeans on the way to work and spill ink all over my jeans. If I was trying to be positive I would say it gave me a ‘Just William’ naughty schoolboy quality but it probably just made me look like I had lost control of my bodily functions.
As an aspiring (although infrequent) blogger it was great to witness the camaraderie (sp.) amongst the crowd, from the first and second time attendees swapping tips on blog design, SEO for blogs, to the ‘pro’s’ bemoaning the attentions of ‘insensitive advertisers’ (not us!) offering ‘content’ and the trials of migrating to wordpress.org. Despite the obviously appealing free cocktails, it was clear that events like this are useful for both bloggers and their ‘networks’, as they are really working collaboratively, helping them increase their numbers and in turn improving their attractiveness to advertisers and profits. The night also represented the diversity of the blogosphere, with a good breadth of opinion, topic and character out there.
Working for a media agency its often easy to forget how personal this type of media can be, the polar opposite to the big publishing houses that are a much more established side of the media business. They offer us a great tool to really engage with communities and tap into expertise that can often go under the traditional media radar. For me opportunities on networks like this are what makes social media such an interesting area for advertisers and something that can be tapped in to to great effect.
The night had the added bonus of delicious wraps from Mooli on Frith Street, I will definitely be heading there soon!
The stadiums are ready, the five star hotels are booked and the goallies are alredy complaining about the unpredictable ball! Yes, its time for the World Cup, and in the advertising world that means time for ‘big’ budget creative and sweat on the temples of many a TV buyer as they negotiate the best placements.
It would take a bold person to argue that Nike’s record breaking ‘Write the Future’ is anything short of incredible. Ronaldinho’s inclusion aside (he won’t be taking part), it is slick, fast paced, watchable (again and again), and most importantly shareable.
Nike – Write the Future
The visible measures viral chart has the ad at number 1 with a reach of over 8 million, and that’s the 3 minute version, impressive, but that figure seems a little undercooked to me.
I think the competition has been overshadowed by Nike’s big noise but there is some nice work out there, especially in the shape of Puma’s Journey of Football. It taps into the real spirit of the World Cup, using the passion and culture of the African venue and aspirations of the ‘local’ teams. It also helps that Gnarls Barkeley provides a great whistle along tune giving a pacey upbeat feel.
Puma – Journey of Football
The other other efforts that have caught my eye are Pringles and Mars. They have both gone for a banter/comedy angle. Mars, eager to build on their repackaging as ‘Believe’ last time round, have recreated and updated the famous John Barnes rap from 1990’s World in Motion The moment has achieved mythical status having featured on a host of “100 greatest” shows and nostalgic talking head programmes. Barnes evokes a spirit of ‘daisy age’ in his non-commital verse and looks like he’s desperately trying to remember the words while also trying to avoid the urge to hit the ‘Keith Allen-a-like’ behind him. Rap may have moved on a lot since 1990 but this has definitely tapped into a rich vein of nostalgia and given the product a mention in a lot of casual pub or football field conversations.
Mars – John Barnes Rap
Pringles, the most overtly pan-European advertiser, have employed major territory stars, Fabregas, Kuyt, Anelka and England’s bean-pole joker Peter Crouch. Crouch has long enjoyed the reputation of banter boy for the squad, and this ad, with the lads frolicking about, and ‘doing the robot’ it looks like his reputation will be pushed across Europe.
Pringles – Do the Robot