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Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Science of Timing

The slides from the Science of Timing Webinar by Dan Zarrella, hosted on Hubspot:


LivingSocial Steps It Up For Japan

Livingsocial + Japan > Groupon

In the never-ending battle for “Best Daily Deal website,” a category that Groupon basically dominates, LivingSocial just pulled a move that pushed them right up there next to Groupon for me. LivingSocial’s daily deal for today is a deal that doesn’t benefit anyone more than Japan. In the wake of the devastating earthquake that happened last week, relief efforts have been in full swing. What better way to raise a TON of money than make your daily deal $5 for a $10 donation to the relief efforts through the American Red Cross? LivingSocial will make a 100% match to all donations made through the deal.

As of 11:45am it has already raised $1.7 million and that is rising very very quickly (think 20k every few minutes); that equals 170,000 deals purchased so far, and climbing.

I love this idea from LivingSocial because it supports an international cause for a tremendously serious crisis, it taps into one of the fastest growing markets (daily deals), and it shows that LivingSocial can promote HELP for a cause rather than promote themselves…unlike Groupon in this infamous Super Bowl Commercial:

This was a fantastic play by LivingSocial and I can only imagine that it will help them compete with Groupon. What do you think of the campaign? Have you purchased the deal yet? If not, please do!

How To Pour the Perfect Guinness Pint

119.5 seconds of patience gets you this: The Perfect Pint

First of all, happy St. Paddy’s Day everyone!

Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had a Guinness draught that’s been poured correctly. If you haven’t, you should really try it because if you really pay attention to your beer you can really notice the difference. I am not trying to sound like a beer snob, because I’m not one, but it is the truth. I received my bartending license one summer a couple years ago and pouring Guinness was one of the lessons. Keep in mind that Guinness pouring is a fairly exact science. It takes 119.5 seconds to pour the perfect Guinness pint. Whether this is precisely true, or a great marketing scheme, remains to be seen. However, if you want to learn how to pour the perfect Guinness, watch below:

I, for one, will be having at least (by “at least” I mean “way more than”) one Guinness tonight because it really is a fantastic beer that I have neglected for way too long.

As always, remember to drink safely and to NEVER drink and drive! Enjoy the celebration tonight!

Honest Tea Is The Best Policy


One of my favorite drinks, by far, is Honest Tea’s green tea with honey. It’s delicious, and I also have found out that it is one of the best green tea drinks too. That’s just icing on the cake.

Now, Honest Tea has gone and performed a great publicity stunt that I wish I would have seen…and not just because I could have scored a free bottle or two of such a delicious beverage, but because it reportedly earned them $3.5 million in advertising value using an extremely low cost campaign. A quick summary of the campaign:

  • Honest Tea set up an Honest Tea “store” on the streets of the seven largest US cities that were filled to the brim with bottles of their product.
  • Each store was run on the honor system. People passing by were asked to pay one dollar for a bottle, and to put the dollar in a clear, glass case before taking their bottle.
  • The percentage of “honest” people was measured in each city by seeing how many dollars were in the cases compared to the number of bottles taken.
  • Surprisingly no city had a lower score than 75% (Chicago), and Boston had an unbelievable honesty score of 93%.

Why do I like this campaign? Because it 1) plays perfectly into their product image, 2) It’s a highly successful buzz creator for little cost, 3) It’s a promotion for something healthy, which is so rare these days it just makes my eyes feel better reading about it, 4) It makes people think about more than just the product they are buying/stealing, and 5) having the entire experience video taped seemed to contradict the “honor system” theme, but certainly provides some good footage of a split-second moral decision.

Here’s a video detailing the campaign further:

HONEST TEA from SS+K on Vimeo.

So how would you have approached the situation? Paid one dollar for a bottle, or just taken one and run? Do you think campaigns like this are good ideas?

Lebron’s Emotions Triggered By More Than Just Late-Game Non-Heroics

The lovely (see: devilishly hilarious) people at Tauntr excel at the art of schadenfreude (that’s my SAT word of the day) with a focus on recent sports events. This week they have succeeded in once again producing a hilarious video about the recent troubles of the “Big Three” down in Miami, specificically Lebron James’ trouble at closing the deal at the end of games. If you’d like a less comical summary of Lebron’s issues just click any of the following results from this search on DuckDuckGo.

And without further introduction, the hilarity:

Jennifer Aniston’s Sex Tape

Made you look didn’t I?

That’s exactly what Smart Water is going for in their newest video, a two minute and forty-six second long sarcastic take on the “viral video” phenomenon that continues to grow almost daily. Looking through the comments for the video a lot of people think Smart Water is trying too hard with this, but I disagree. Why? Read below:

1) Viral Video isn’t going away – this video takes jabs at the concept of videos going viral because of a few “essential” types of humor or sex appeal (if you haven’t watched the video yet, you’ll see what I mean).

2) Talking about viral video IN a viral video¬†will MAKE it go viral – If you disagree, then look at your Twitter feed or the trending tweets of the day and it’s obvious that Twitter itself is one of the most popular topics ON Twitter. The same goes for Facebook. It has been shown (will attempt to find the source, it’s from a webinar that I have to find) ¬†that posts that mention Facebook in some way will actual reach more users and will be more successful if the post is on Facebook. The same people that post comments that disapprove of the video are the same ones showing their friends how “bad” the video is…but they are helping it go viral at the same time they are complaining about it.

3) Jennifer Aniston is still incredibly attractive – if I need to explain more here…well, I’m not going to explain why that makes the video better.

4) So few companies have the cojones to attempt a video like this – a video like this is rare. Yes, similar things have been done before to help a company gain “free” advertising by producing a viral video…but for every success there are hundreds, if not thousands, of videos that fail. Smart Water succeeded because it made a video longer than the usual viral video advertisement, chose to be direct yet cynical in their humor and attitude within the video, and risked a total failure but instead succeeded.

5) The line “I can’t just do that” symbolizes the complete evolution of advertising in the modern world – Not being able to “just say” why a product is great is exactly where we have ended up. Social media and viral video has made it impossible to advertise a product just by saying why the product is good. In order to succeed you need to have more content. No, you don’t have to have physical pain, adorable dogs, or lip-syncing child YouTube celebrities in order to succeed…but you need some sort of intangible that will get people TALKING about your advertisement. Think of it this way, the Super Bowl has always had commercials that people talk about for the next couple weeks. Well, now advertisers need to make Super Bowl calibur advertisements an every day thing…like Smart Water has done.

I just don’t see where Smart Water has done anything wrong here, or done something that can be seen as “trying too hard.” They didn’t try to create a video that ripped off a successful campaign, or even tried to produce their own original viral content. They simply called out everything that is true about the modern state of advertising and the internet. I see nothing wrong with that, and I personally believe that this is a job well done.

What do you think? Is this video a reach or a hit? Post thoughts in the comments. Would you have tried anything different?