Here, during winter vacation, with hours to go before I head off with the kids for a few days, I find myself in the midst of what, I guess, is the obvious hangover to Social Media Week: Social Media Silly Season.
"People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy... As a man, I'm flesh and blood. I can be ignored. I can be destroyed. But as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting." - Bruce Wayne, "Batman Begins" Bruce Wayne understands brands better than anyone. A brand is different from the sum of the people working for a company. A brand, as Wayne noted, can be everlasting.
This is an open letter to my 72 followers on Pinterest, including my friend, Sue, who stood next to me in line on the high school cheerleading squad; my sorority Big Sister; Mobile Marketing Association CEO Greg Stuart, fellow Social Media Insider David Berkowitz, and that guy I worked with way, way long ago at Ogilvy & Mather. Here's what I want to tell you: I'm sorry that my pinning is so sporadic, and so, well, lame. Three weeks in, I have no earthly idea what I should do with this thing, so I'm throwing it out to all of …
A lot has changed since last year, when I wrote about why Social Media Week should be every week. That feels so quaint. By now, Social Media Week really is every week. In case you're not convinced, here are 52 reasons why:
If you look back on the past week, which was the more important social media story? 1) The filing of Facebook's IPO. 2) The social media firestorm resulting from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's decision to defund Planned Parenthood's breast-cancer screening initiatives. (You must know by now that this decision was later rescinded.) OK. You probably know where I'm going with this, but to me, the answer is no. 2.
Super Bowl XLVI may be over, but as long as there are still drunk fans screaming at the bar Tonic in Manhattan's Murray Hill, the analysis will go on. It's not just the Patriots that should be hitting their heads over all the dropped balls. I'm wondering why so many marketers dropped the ball with social media this year.
It's been a while since I've spent so much quality time with an S1. But after cozying up to Facebook's yesterday at the Starbucks deep within the Stop ' n' Shop on the border of New Rochelle and Larchmont, I came to two conclusions: 1. Our family unit is critically low on bananas. (This was subsequently remedied.) 2. The biggest caveat in Facebook's S1 is that it needs to ripen its mobile revenue plans. (This is a little more complicated than going to the produce section of the supermarket.)
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