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Week In Marketing: Conversion Tracking, iPhone Backlash, Airbnb Discrimination, Video Marketing, NFL Cans, Most Interesting Man

LinkedIn Introduces Conversion Tracking for Sponsored Content and Ads
LinkedIn announced a conversion tracking method for marketing users to measure their ads and sponsored content. This feature was a “most-requested” tool by brand managers in order to have the convenience of measuring content downloads, number of signups, and purchases from their campaigns. The conversion tracking will allow brand managers the convenience of assessing their target audiences. PR and marketing executives also benefit from this feature by yielding specific ad campaign results.


Apple Receives Twitter Backlash Over New iPhone
Immediately following Apple’s big iPhone 7 introduction, Twitter users expressed their dislike and disappointment over the new wireless ear pieces. The new iPhone 7 does not include a headphone jack; instead, Apple wants users to buy wireless ear pieces, called “AirPods,” for $159 a pair. Concerning the headphone jack controversy over Twitter, Amobee Brand Intelligence stated that 29 percent showed negative responses, 60 percent stayed neutral, and only 10 percent showed positive approval. Although the initial reviews may be negative, Apple has provided an impressive history of making radical changes on their devices which, in the long run, always produces an increased positive product performance.

Airbnb Addresses Discrimination Problem
Airbnb has been hit with many discrimination cases, and as a result, they released a 32-page outlined report stating a new policy on how they plan to address the discrimination problem. Airbnb has had multiple incidents in which users say hosts have canceled or rejected their reservations due to race or characteristics. Airbnb expressed their extreme disapproval of discrimination and bias and is working on eliminating this problem as well as “setting an example that other companies can follow.” Airbnb has taken steps to change this situation by hiring a whole product team to fight against bias and discrimination.

Starbucks Dives Into Video Marketing and Announces New Menu Items
Starbucks decided it was time to jump into the video marketing platform in the “purest form” with their new series called “Upstanders.” Upstanders follows inspiring stories of ordinary people producing positive changes in their communities. This new video series has already gained 20 million downloads on mobile devices, and Chief of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, stated that their goal with this platform was to, “be authentic and the stories needed to be about the people and not about our company and marketing Starbucks.” On the other hand, Starbucks recently released a new brunch menu that should appear in at all Starbucks locations in the near future.

Bud Light Provides Football Fans With NFL Team Cans
Bud Light has taken their NFL can ad, “This Is Your Can’s Year” to the next level. Bud light released their 75 second ad displaying their limited time cans celebrating each individual NFL fan by providing beer cans with their team on it. Senior marketing director Mark Goldman expressed his excitement stating, “Just like wearing your favorite player’s jersey or team colors is a badge of honor, so is drinking from your Bud Light team can.”

Dos Equis Announces New ‘Most Interesting Man’
Dos Equis shifts to a more modern approach with their famous ‘Most Interesting Man in the World’ ad campaign as former Most Interesting Man, Jonathan Goldsmith, retired. Dos Equis decided a contemporary change would be refreshing by hiring the new face of the campaign, Augustin Legrand. Dos Equis incorporated new twists on the old classic ad, by making the new Most Interesting Man more adventure and action driven instead of reminiscing on the past as the previous MIM did, while keeping the same voiceover beginning. Dos Equis is looking forward to the new spin on their ad, hoping fans will enjoy this new character as the ad debu’s.

Week in Marketing: Marketing with Technology, Millennials, KFC Sunscreen, Google Storage

Marketing with Technology
Technology is always evolving and changing the way rules of which things were done previous. See how these two marketers are hoping technology will improve their marketing:

Dominos is a complete believer of out with the old and in with the new, as they continue to push the envelope. The pizza provider has been stirring things up as they attempt to incorporate more technology into their marketing strategies. Is Dominos the next tech giant? Check out what they are up to…with videos


Virtual reality has become a major craze for consumers and Best Buy is ready to cash in. Their Chief Executive Officer loves the concept of virtual reality and is ready for Best Buy to be the hub for the first mainstream testing sites for virtual reality products. If things go well and these products start to fly off the shelves, this could stand as a great indicator of their lifespan.

Marketing to Millennials
Millennials are beginning to make much more of America’s population and marketers we need to adjust their strategies if they want to catch up. The older model of doing things are fading out and new marketing approach must proceed to follow if companies want to reach this younger market. The best way for them to grab their attention is to learn how to adapt and relate to this newer audience.

KFC Sunscreen?
Kentucky Fried Chicken has recently attempted to leave a mark on this warm weather, by offering its very own KFC sunscreen. Their new marketing campaign allows their customers to truly live the lifestyle of the Colonel and enjoy tan skin that’s associated to the chicken that’s consumed. Besides mirroring the look of their signature fried chicken, the sunscreen will also offer the same aroma as well. For now, this product is offered on a limited basis and can only be purchased online.

Google’s New Storage
As people we all want to feel that we are being relatable and that others can relate to us. Google’s new storage struggle ad has captured the attention of many iPhone users, and they can relate. The ad displays a video of users living their lives and attempting to capture a moment until they are interrupted by the unforgivable notification about the lack of storage space.

Peyton’s Plug, Twitter Feed, Super Bowl Ads, Facebook Videos and Local Marketing

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1. So Budweiser Didn’t Ask Peyton Manning To Promote Its Brand?
At the end of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Peyton Manning claimed that to celebrate his win he would “kiss his wife, hug his family and drink a lot of Budweiser.” Viewers disliked what seemed like an obvious sponsorship plug, saying it was a poor way to end his football career. However, Budweiser tweeted they were unaware the company’s shoutout would be occurring. As it turns out, Peyton owns shares in Anheuser-Busch distributorships, so when the company is successful, he profits.

2. Twitter Is Changing The Way It Does News Feeds
Twitter will be offering users an algorithm-based ‘catch-up’ news feed that picks the top tweets a user missed since the last time logging in. The algorithm will be based off of only organic social interactions, meaning that promoted tweets will not have an advantage in whether or not they are picked for this new and condensed feed. What this means is that companies with naturally larger reaches are likely to see more organic growth, as some of their non-promoted tweets get extra views through the new news feed. This ‘catch-up’ feed will be in addition to Twitter’s original reverse-chronological news feed, and users will have to manually turn on the function.

3. And The Super Bowl Commercial Winners Are…
AdWeek ranked its top five favorite Super Bowl commercials. Coming in fifth place is the Doritos commercial, “Ultrasound”; in fourth place is the Heinz Ketchup “Wiener Stampede”; third place is the Audi “Commander”; second place is T-Mobile’s “Restricted Bling”; and first place is Jeep “Portraits”. Jeep’s commercial aired at the half time, and showed a series of photos that told the story of Jeep’s history.

4. Facebook Enhances Videos For Sound-Off Environments
Facebook will automatically be putting captions on videos to increase views from people browsing in a sound-off environment. Facebook found that 80% of people react negatively when video ads begin playing loudly, and it wanted to find a way to improve responses without eliminating the meaning of the video. By putting captions on videos, Facebook has found through initial testing that view time increases by an average of 12%. Facebook hopes to bring more videos to its news feed that are visually enticing and less reliant on sound through its new tactics.

5. Taco Bell Uses Local Angles To Reveal New Menu Item
Taco Bell switched up marketing tactics for its Super Bowl reveal of its new menu item. In addition to its national commercial, it hired local celebrities from cities around the nation to promote the new quesalupa. The chosen local celebrities are known for being so quirky, they’re memorable. Deutsch L.A. Executive Creative Director Brett Craig said they chose the local celebrities to make it seem like everyone in the community was talking about it.

Weekly Wrap-Up #146

From perfect bodies to server crashes to finally being able to edit captions, here’s what been going on this week.

1. Obama weighs in on the net neutrality debate
Obama posted a statement and video on Monday weighing in on the ongoing net neutrality debate. He stated that the Internet was founded on the principles of “openness, fairness, and freedom”, and he shared his intentions to protect the Internet. He calls for the Federal Communication Commission to recognize that the Internet is essential for communication and life. Obama’s statement has created an awkward relationship with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s statements. Obama appointed Wheeler in mid-2013, however the two are now advocating for different stances in the net neutrality debate.

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H/M Wall Logo

You think it’s easy painting a big, green circle on the corner of a wall. Luckily we had the awesome guys at Artcraft Sign Co to help us out.

Marketing That Grabs You


Remember when computers were something that stayed on a desk, weighed too much to carry, and tied up the phone line to access the Internet? Well as we know all too well, the days of reliance on stationary desk computers are long gone, and we are a mobile society with the Internet at our fingertips. While this carries a lot of benefits, there are undoubtedly some downfalls.

Take, for example, the world of advertising. The increased reliance on the internet provides a vast array of new advertising options and allows us the capability to reach people we could have never dreamed of years ago…. and this is great! However, it also means that every other ad agency now has that same capability. So, consumers have gone from seeing maybe ten to twenty advertisements per day, are now bombarded with hundreds on every Google search, Facebook browse, YouTube clip, and more. Therefore, now more than ever it is important for advertisers to catch peoples’ attention in a way that makes them stop, think, remember, and pursue.

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Orange Crush

We’ve had the opportunity to produce some great videos and TV spots for KIOTI. Here’s the latest, for their August sales meeting.

Isolating the KIOTI orange in the footage and pairing with a gritty, blues rock track gave just the right amount of energy and attitude to get dealers excited about the 15 new models.


Warning: Watching this video may lead to feet-tapping and head-nodding. You’ve been warned.





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Weekly Wrap Up #34

The weekend is just around the corner and the weatherman is predicting a balmy few days full of sunshine. However, if you need a break in between enjoying the gorgeous weather and soaking up some sun I highly recommend you take a minute to look over these little gems from inside the industry.

1.The 10 commandments of Pinterest for business

Pinterest is like the New York City of the Internet, a melting pot of everything wonderful ready to be pulled together for easy reference. For any company with a product to sell being the latest and greatest ingredient added to this pot can be a huge asset, but it’s also easy to get lost in the mix. For some tips on how to take the Pinterest world by storm try checking out the 10 Commandments of Pinterest for business.

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2.The 20 Most-Viral Ads of 2012 (So Far)

What do a dancing baby, an adorable animal, and an unsuspecting victim have in common? Easy, they’re all little nuggets of marketing gold. Nothing screams 21st century like a viral sensation, and nothing screams viral sensation quite like  dancing babies. This year has already racked up plenty of hits and the 20 most-viral ads of the year have already been conveniently combined. These ads are universal and truly genius. Don’t believe me? Check out #17. It turns out flash mob practical jokes are funny in every language.

3. 33 homophones that ensnare writers and speakers

All right don’t lie, we’ve all had those moments where we have to sneak over to Google and ask the inevitable is it sea or see…okay maybe not so much on that one, but nonetheless there are always those tricky homophones that seem to catch everyone now and then. Conveniently, did a lovely thing and combined 33 homophones that could trip up anyone.

4. 12 Keys to Success on Twitter

Tackling any social giant is a daunting task, but when they’re raking in millions of visitors a day it becomes a necessary evil to any good marketing campaign.  Twitter is one such beast that has to be utilized effectively to have any chance at reaching a desired audience.  Luckily there are resources, like this article, detailing some of the keys to success on Twitter.

5. 5 updates in the 2012 AP Stylebook

The Bible by any religious interpretation may have been written thousands of years ago, but for anyone in the Advertising/PR/Marketing fields there’s another bible, the AP Stylebook. Like almost every other aspect of the marketing world the Stylebook is struggling to stay “hip,” “with it,” “down,” or whatever it is they’re saying these days, and this year is no different. So if you’re trying to stay down-hip-and-with-it check out the five major updates in the 2012 Stylebook.



Weekly Wrap Up #26

We’ve had another exciting week here at HM&P. Like many of you, we spend some time looking at what’s going on these days. Here are 5 articles this week that caught our attention.

1. Instagram Purchased by Facebook for $1B

Yes, you read that correctly. ONE. BILLION. DOLLARS. Just last week we touted Instagram’s 1-million download mark, and one week later, the handful of employees from Instagram are sitting happily on a pile of cash! Instagram, which started in 2010 has grown incredibly and is easily one of the most used photo sharing applications for the iPhone, and now Android.

2. How do we do mobile?

AdWeek shows an infographic on how we use our mobile devices, including tablets. I’ll let the infographic speak for itself:

3. What makes a video go viral?

Mashable sat down with the partners of Seedwell who specialize in the production of viral videos and hit some key notes for a viral production. So what does make a video hit the top ranks on the web? The partners highlight three key points:

  1. Parody
  2. “cute as hell”
  3. Did that just happen?!

And of course… kitties!

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4. Drinking Boosts Creativity

No, I don’t mean you can get sloshed before you create a pitch or concept a full-on marketing plan. A couple drinks, however, can help your problem solving skills. Why? Alcohol removes the natural inhibitions that we have reserved and don’t express because of years of “education.” See: How Schools Kill Creativity So enjoy a beer or two, and watch the creative juices flow!

5. Dads are on the rise in Social

With more and more men becoming stay at home fathers, the rise of dads flocking to social media sites and blogs is on its way! Brands are seeing more dads using Pinterest, creating blogs for their day-to-day life at home, and becoming a more vocal part of the social sphere. So how will you leverage these guys?