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Is your brand communication strategy back asswards?

When we think about brand and communications messaging often the tactical “feature” message wins out over the motivation a consumer might have when making a decision about where to align their loyalties. In reality, the most effective brands in the world start from the motivation and move into the tactical “features” the deeper you dig. Some brands that do it right? Apple & Tesla. Food for thought.

Communications and brand marketing communication direction.

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Nick Bilton: I don’t feel sorry for business paying to promote.

This weekend a colleague of mine and I began discussing the topic covered by Nick Bilton in his: Disruptions: As User Interaction on Facebook Drops, Sharing Comes at a Cost article at the New York Times.

Nick Bilton and Facebook pay per postThis is not a new topic, Facebook charging for post promotion, it has been going on for well over a year. Similar to Mark Cuban bitching about having to pay $3000 to reach 1 million fans in a post, and yet he profited by selling last minute Mavericks tickets.

Facebooks pricing model feels out of whack, paying to promote a post in certain circumstances (i.e. I am selling something) makes sense and feels fair but not for the amounts being asked.

Individuals with feeds? I have not seen the ability for an individual to promote a post but that could possibly kick in when you have enough subscribers.

In one way – it’s a new distribution model that began life for “free” but in order to sustain it’s business, Facebook has added a pay model for elements like “fans” and “subscriptions” – Facebook (as far as I know) does not apply the same costing to personal Facebook accounts.

Is $50 – $3000 to promote a post to “fans” who explicitly subscribe to a feed unreasonable? Nick Bilton (indirectly) and the New York Times are directly profiting from that traffic as well, so crying foul over paying to visit Canadian Pharmacy site: https://www.topcanadianpharmacy.org/.

I’m not 100% sure what the answer is, but I would say if you make money on it, then you should pay to use the service, simply calculate your ROI and stop your bitching. That’s fair. The cost structure doesn’t feel baked right now though, feels arbitrary and fairly pricey given I may post 6-7 times per day. Professional post promotion subscriptions or something?

Maybe, but I still don’t feel much compassion for the professional journalist at the New York Times complaining that he cannot tout his article at no cost. Unless of course I can get my online and print New York Times subscriptions for free.

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Social Media and Common Sense

I used to live in Vancouver. I lived in Toronto for a bit. I even lived in Europe for a few years. I always find it strikingly interesting when I look at smaller population centres and how business owners, media outlets and others embrace social media marketing channels.

Wednesday January 26 Update: Interestingly enough, whoever is curating the KW Record Facebook page deleted a comment I placed in response to Wayne Gretzky’s birthday. All I said was that I wished him a happy birthday and congratulations on  having almost all of his NHL records still standing (only one of 61 has been broken). Hardly a reason to delete a comment on a social network. Clearly common sense isn’t a part of this strategic plan.

It’s not only fascinating it’s almost a sociological case study in real time. Please don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to insult anyone who puts hard work into any project, I just wanted to point out what I recently observed from my local newspaper, The Waterloo Region Record.

They’re a great publication which I in fact subscribe to locally. I get my paper each and every morning, in fine old pulp format, sip my coffee and browse through the local daily events. Low tech and enjoyable.

Even though I am a subscriber (and often read The Record online) they never made a case to follow their Twitter feed or Facebook page. Gripped with a new found curiosity, I went on a minor hunt and *gasp* I found my friends at The Record both on Twitter and Facebook.

Their Twitter feed wasn’t bad. Although alot more could be done with this, they were using it as a news feed. For a newspaper this does makes sense. I wouldn’t begrudge them that at all (engagement with readers, authors and peers is always good though).

Feeling a sense of satisfaction and local pride I moved on to the Facebook page and was horrified to find:

KW Record

Oh No. Please Do Not Do This. Ever.

In a state of shock. I tweeted:

Ok. Not the worst "ever". But Still.

To which I received a very nice and measured reply from a representative of The Record, looking for input and suggestions. I found a bit of time to reply to them and I thought it was appropriate and maybe helpful to post my reply here as well.

Hi There,

I made a comment about your facebook presence on Twitter and I have a few suggestions for you:

  1. The attached screenshot illustrates a key problem with the call to action. It is extremely overwhelming – users are saavy enough to understand the “Like” option on facebook at this point. An extremely large, visual call to action is akin to banner ads which would in fact drive users away from engaging with The Record.
  2. I would suggest you remove the banner call to action and make your Wall your default tab when visiting the page. This will make news and communication the primary focal point.
  3. As you are a news organization it might be an idea to incite discussion and engagement through the facebook page. A social network like Facebook is founded on open communication and discussion so reinforcing that is a natural step. News items can always be layered on top with opinion and insight, this is the perfectly natural venue for such communication.
  4. Focusing on engagement as the primary goal through your facebook page I would invite Facebook only editorial content from your readers, reader facebook discussions on hot topics such as the LRT, Municipal spending and similar content. These extremely important local discussions would benefit greatly from an interactive venue such as facebook.
  5. As it seems you’re already using Twitter as a 21st century new feed which is fantastic (and extremely appropriate) I would integrate Twiiter as the feed into facebook and augment that feed with user opinion. That would now layer the up to date news (via Twitter) with the quorum you will create on a highly engaged social network like Facebook.

As a subscriber of you newspaper I think the above additions would greatly enhance the local news experience and strongly reinforce the idea of a “local” and engaging newspaper in a growing community.

I’m going to leave this post alone at this point but your comments and input are welcome and in fact encouraged. Am I off base here? Do we all know what we both like and “Like”?

I don’t *think* I’m far off base here but then again I’ve been wrong many times before.

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Ontario Legalizes Online Gambling – Kinda

ontario-government-stupidSo yesterday was an interesting day for me as a resident of Ontario and having been involved in the internet marketing side of online gambling for the past 10 years via clients who operate in the offshore space.

The Province of Ontario and specifically “Premier Dad” or Dalton McGuinty announced that online wagering on Casino, Poker and Sports (via ProLine) will be offered in 2012. Now beyond the fact that I’m 100% sure that the OLG (Ontario Lottery and Gaming – the overseer of all things gambling in Ontario) will royally screw up the implementation of any online gaming site there is the higher level issues I have with Dalton McGuinty.

Specifically in Ontario:

  1. We’re not allowed to host Mixed Martial Arts events – meaning they can’t be held in the province. Ed. Note: Yeah I know. *sigh*.
  2. If you’re under 22 you can’t have a drop of alcohol in your system if you’re driving a vehicle. Ed Note: I’m all for this actually let’s just make this simple and make it zero tolerance for everyone.
  3. Cigarettes cannot be on display in any convenience store. They have to be covered in these massive grey cabinets, see teenagers are dumb, they even even cover their eyes and when they do they think they disappear.

In Ontario under the McGuinty government we’re coddled and treated like morons. I say this as a pretty consistent supporter of the Liberal party – although I would say I’m a fiscal conservative (ie don’t waste massive amounts of money) and social liberal (ie universal education for all, public support for the most vulnerable in the community).

Also keep in mind this Ontario Liberal government is scandal plagued. Here are few notable examples:

eHealth Scandal – the Ontario government hired a completely under-qualified Sara Kraemer to digitize all public health records in the province. It’s a daunting task and as I predicated when the project was started they screwed it up royally. Not only has nothing been accomplished but there was also a nice contractor scandal to go alongside with it.
OLG Expense Scandal – In Late August 2009 the entire OLG board resigned over inappropriate expenses. Now we’re not talking about a cup of coffee, these were ongoing an high ticket price expenses from corporate douche bags that made 6 and 7 figure incomes. Some examples include:

  • gym memberships worth $250
  • Weight Watchers memberships
  • club link golf fees
  • a $1,500 bar tab at a $3,700 dinner for 38 people
  • a $500 nanny fee so that a vice-president member could attend meetings, an amount since repaid

OLG Insider Lottery Wins – yeah you heard me right. If you’re from Ontario you know about this scandal but if not then you might need a bit of background. It comes down to people who were selling tickets were claiming their own winning tickets to the tune of $198 Million over a 13 year period. Scandals will hapen, I can imagine that retailers get greedy as they only get a small percentage of sales. But 13 years!?

This basically tells me the OLG is either incompetent and filled with highly paid, bureaucratic, do nothing greedy corporate douche bags or their just as greedy and corrupt as the insiders performing the fraud. Maybe a little from column A and a little from column B.

Learn more about the OLG Insider Lottery Scandal (via CBC News).

Ok, so you might be wondering what my point is here. I’m not simply ranting about the incompetence of my Provincial government or the scandal plagued OLG (or my personal opinion of the agency which as you can tell isn’t very high).

I’m saying that:

  1. Legalized and regulated online gaming makes sense – simply put prohibition doesn’t work. It’s been proven over and over again.
  2. Government run gaming agencies should not be the sole provider of gaming services. It should be a regulated and licensing process to let actual competent organizations run profitable and fair e-gaming websites.
  3. A government monopoly on the egaming space is going to be rife with:
    • Really really bad sports betting lines. This is in the house’s favor (obviously) but the lines on ProLine are simply so far out of whack with any other competing lines it’s ridiculous. Wanna lose parlays and be offered bad lines? Play ProLine.
    • Poor customer service and not a clue from an operational side what makes an online casino thrive. Frankly they can contract it to a private sector company here in Ontario and they will not know what they’re doing either. They simply haven’t operated in the space.
    • Online Poker will suffer from a lack of volume (always a problem in the poker space for upstart sites) unless they plug into another network like Cake but they won’t and they can’t since these operators are currently violating UIEGA and I don’t think that is politically correct.
    • Poor security – yeah yeah you’re gonna secure it. So was the BCLC with their PlayNow online gaming site.
  4. Create a licensing system and let third parties operate legally in Ontario. Let’s not make this yet another LCBO scenario, but who am I kidding I’ve lived here all my life and I’m predicting it’ll never change. This will ensure a legitimate group of operators who will then provide tax revenue to each of the provinces offering their services in that locale.

So for these reasons I wouldn’t say that this is a huge revelation or earth shattering event plus any additional revenue garnered by the Ontario government will blown in absolutely ridiculous and ludicrous scandals and programs (all day Kindergarten anyone?)

Stay tuned. I’ll definitely be updating this post with any new (and stupid) revelations in the Whacky Wild Dalton McGuinty Gambling Extravaganza!

Update August 12,2010: Looks like the Alberta Government is also seriously considering online gambling offerings. (via The Edmonton Journal)

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Promoting Your Facebook Presence

I’ll bet you have some great Facebook Strategies you’ve implemented like the ideas below. Add a comment below and the best suggestions will be added to this list with a link back to your site.

I know social media marketing is a hot topic these days and there are a lot of companies attempting to get their foot in the door with social networks. The appeal of these networks is incredible, mainly for the viral and exponential nature of the system.

My network is a connected graph with exponential growth possibilities. My 400+ friends all have approximately 350 friends (on average and informally) if any company can get their foot into the door and illicit a response from my friends and their friends then the brand spread and effectiveness of that “sharing” can be astounding.

Does your Social Media Strategy Make Sense?

Social Media Strategies

In addition to that it’s much more than the one way conversation that Television, Radio and even a Landing Page can provide. I get feedback, I gain key influencers, brand advocates and it’s the consumers doing the marketing for me. This dynamic is much more than a shift, it’s a paradigm shift in the way we consumer, promote and self market to each other.

So what does this mean for the average company and internet marketer?

Well to be quite honest it means that you’re not likely doing anything with your social media presence. The fact is that the vast majority of companies out there are not effectively utilizing their Facebook presence.

Having said that I have informally seen a great deal of excellent brand identities on Facebook. I’m also going to ignore some of the more popular examples here like Ford, Starbucks and Heinz.

I’m looking at smaller operations that have actionable changes you can make that will help you make more of your page, presence and ROI. Some of my personal favorites are:

Northern Edge Algonquin Park
Echo Valley Ranch and Spa

Looking at these three, and yes all of them come from my casual usage of Facebook rather than any in depth digging. These are quite simply excellent pages that keep me interested, returning, visiting and interacting. This is isn’t a massive empirical case study, this is me looking at things that just “work”.

Let’s break it down what do these people do that most people do not do on Facebook?

  1. Mention users by name. They thank new members and reference them directly. This is a great way to start a 2 way conversation.
  2. Utilize events. I’m always surprised at how few brands actually maintain the events on their page through the events application. It’s not only a great way to determine participation, it helps to organize the event as well.
  3. Allow user submitted photographs. This is a key for the travel and tourism sector since it’s so applicable but it’s something that many brands can leverage. Think about it, lots of room here for innovative ideas.
  4. Respond to comment threads without sounding impersonal. By actually naming the commentor and responding like a real live human being rather than a 2 dimensional drone then there is a ton of opportunity to interact directly with your users and build strong relationships.
  5. Asking questions. This doesn’t have to be exactly polling per say. Just update the status and ask a question, you might be surprised at what comes out of it, like lots of comments and even more visitors and people interacting with your page which is the goal here.
  6. Exclusive Facebook only Offers. I get alot of grief for ever bringing this up but it’s a key way to get new users. I know you have users on your main domain already, maybe they are members of your facebook presence, maybe not. But do not offer the same thing to both, welcome them to join you on Facebook to become eligible – exclusivity is important, plus joining you doesn’t cost a thing.
  7. Nifty, groovy, neato Facebook applications. Now obviously if you have the budget creating an extremely useful custom Facebook application is preferable here since it makes you stand out from the crowd in a big way but for those on a shoestring budget consider adding even the most simple applications like Social RSS which will automatically post your content from your blog or news site onto your facebook page without human intervention. It’s simpe, it’s free and it keep your content flowing on Facebook. There is nothing worse than a stale page.
  8. Add notes to your Facebook Page. This means unique Facebook only content. Yeah that’s right, only on Facebook. This increases the exclusivity of being a member, if you clone your current efforts then you will severely reduce the attraction and interaction on your page. What is the point after all of having members who do not interact? Nada, zip, zero.
  9. Use videos. Not high production quality videos. I mean grass roots real live videos, simple, fun and engaging. Think about a walk through of your office, handheld videos from events. This is Facebook and Social Media Marketing is not the same as traditional marketing. You don’t need a fancy intro, a bit of camera jiggle is fine and non scripted videos make people like you more, you’re real. You are after all real, aren’t you?
  10. Incite conversation. This means being controversial but not rude. We don’t want to get people angry (unless your goal is to rile people up into action) but you do want to get them talking on a controversial debate. Why not? Play the referee, being on either side of a debate will alienate people to you and we definitely do not want that.

That a pretty basic actionable breakdown of things you can work into your social media marketing strategy without breaking the bank or hiring a team of 10 people to manage. This stuff is easy, so get on out there and start optimizing your own Facebook presence, these actions have a huge ROI and lead to many many good things.

Anything else that I’m certain I’ve missed? I’ll bet you have some great Facebook Strategies you’ve implemented like the above – comment below and the best suggestions will be added to this list with a link back to your site.

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2010 Printable NFL Schedule

NFL Schedule 2010

Ok so here we are – the 2010 NFL Schedule is due to be released any time now has been released and I’m really only concerned with my New Orleans Saints 2010 schedule.

Well ok that’s a lie as well, I’m concerned with the entire schedule but particularly the Southwest Division which we owned in the 2009-2010 football season.

NFL Schedule Update: Getting a complete NFL 2010 schedule is no small task. I’ve been looking high and low for one for a while that covers every week of the season for each team in a good printable format (call me old fashioned). Seriously, I found schedules for Google Calendar (clunky and tough to manage) and I found a few in Microsoft Excel but the formats were never very good. So I put my own together:

Get the Complete 2010 NFL Schedule right here or go grab the printable 2010 NFL Schedule. The printable version was one I made up and tested on my own printer. It should work just fine.

If you find the printable version useful then do me a favour and donate to The Dusan Nedelko Foundation. I’d REALLY appreciate it.

Note!

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Keep an eye on this article and bookmark it. I’m priming for the regular season kick off and it means that my fantasy leagues are kicking off, I’m in a few handicapping contests and I’m all over this football season. I’ll be updating the Saints entire schedule with my notes and my calls on each game. It won’t happen overnight but I’m slowly plugging away at it whenever I get time. Stay tuned and bookmark it!

There really isn’t much to write about just at this moment You can check out this super nifty NFL interactive schedule for the Saints 2010 Schedule – you know we’re going to win it all again this coming season. *gulp*

How is the NFL Schedule Determined?

For those of you who don’t know how a schedule is determined:

Divisional Games: 6 games (one each home and away) versus a team’s three divisional opponents.
Inter-Conference Rotation: 4 games (2 home, 2 away) versus teams from another division, by rotation, from the opposite conference.
Intra-Conference Rotation: 4 games (2 home, 2 away) versus teams from another division, by rotation, within a team’s conference.
Standings Based Matchups: 2 games (1 home, 1 away) versus teams with the same standing from the 2 remaining division within a team’s conference.

Here are some NFL Schedule rumors with the current status of the rumor (confirmed or unconfirmed) – obviously I’ll be updating the rumors over the next hour but in the meantime this is pretty interesting:

– Confirmed: The Saints will kick off the season on Thursday, September 9, at home in an NFC Championship rematch against the Vikings.

– Confirmed: The Buffalo Bills will host the Chicago Bears on November 7 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

– Unconfirmed: The Minnesota Vikings will visit the New York Jets in the evening matchup on Thanksgiving Day.

– Unconfirmed: The Lions will host the Patriots on Thanksgiving Day.

– Unconfirmed: The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night football on November 8

Think that was confusing? You must be glad I’m not nearly as into NCAA Football and the BCS Standings calculations.

Alrighty then – the NFL 2010 Schedule is going to be released on April 22nd (that’s today) at 7pm Eastern (1 hour 44 minutes away) an it’s probably best to watch it on the NFL Network or online at the NFL’s Official website

Updated: April 21, 2010

Official New Orleans Saints 2010 Schedule

So here is the Saints Official 2010 Regular Season Schedule:

Wk Date Game Stadium Time (ET) Tickets Network
1 Sep 09 MIN @ NO Superdome 8:30 PM Tickets NBC
2 Sep 20 NO @ SF Candlestick Park 8:30 PM Tickets ESPN
3 Sep 26 ATL @ NO Superdome 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
4 Oct 03 CAR @ NO Superdome 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
5 Oct 10 NO @ ARI University of Phoenix Stadium 4:05 PM Tickets FOX
6 Oct 17 NO @ TB Raymond James Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
7 Oct 24 CLE @ NO Superdome 1:00 PM Tickets CBS
8 Oct 31 PIT @ NO Superdome 8:20 PM Tickets NBC
9 Nov 07 NO @ CAR Bank of America Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
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11 Nov 21 SEA @ NO Superdome 4:05 PM Tickets FOX
12 Nov 25 NO @ DAL Cowboys Stadium 4:15 PM Tickets FOX
13 Dec 05 NO @ CIN Paul Brown Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
14 Dec 12 STL @ NO Superdome 4:05 PM Tickets FOX
15 Dec 19 NO @ BAL M&T Bank Stadium 1:00 PM Tickets FOX
16 Dec 27 NO @ ATL Georgia Dome 8:30 PM Tickets ESPN
17 Jan 02 TB @ NO Superdome 1:00 PM Tickets FOX

This schedule is solid and not too bad at all.

Saints Prediction: I’m going to say we have a solid chance of being 7-0 going into Week 8.

Week 1 @home vs. Minnesota: Some of it hinges on the Brett Favre – I’m picturing him holding out right up until the season starts, and then a scene unfolding like the end of Dodgeball where Lance Armstrong talks to Vince Vaughn and gets him back in the game – remember “quitting is a permenant solution to a temporary probem”.

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If Brett Favre is back then we have a rematch of the NFC Championship game and Brett Favre’s epically stupid play handling. Although it would be awesome to see Favre playing so I can witness another epic choke. Don’t forget you can always count on Brett Favre to make an epic toss at the worst possible time for an interception. Consistency is everything.

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The other toughie might be Week 4 at Carolina, classically The Saints have had trouble with Carolina and that could also be a difficult game.

Update: So Brett Favre is back again which was pretty much what I was thinking he would do. Waffle until the last minute forcing three of his team mates to skip a practice then have to fly out an try to convince him to return. Way to go for leadership there Brett.

Event though he’s a game changer I don’t think he’s going to make it through the entire season unscathed. He’s just getting older plus in the NFC Championship game last season it become very apparent that the Vikings O-line has been figured out by NFL defensive lines.

I’m not the only one thinking along these lines – even NFL oddsmakers and handicappers are predicting that Favre won’t play the entire season.

Week 1 NFL Pick: New Orleans Saints 31 – Minnesota Vikings 24

Week 2 – New Orleans at San Francisco

Mike Singletary is doing a good job with the 49ers – and they look good this preseason so far. Their main weakness really is Alex Smith.

I’m still going to call a comfortable Saints victory here.

P.S. More analysis to come.

Week 2 NFL Pick: New Orleans Saints 21 – San Francisco 49ers 10

Week 8 at Pittsburgh – well this one depends on the trade rumors. I’m not sure that Pittsburgh is going to trade away Big Ben even though he’s always getting himself into trouble with girls who claim sexual assault. I mean Ben I know you’re in the public eye but seriously I don’t know what is up with all these crazies constantly making baseless allegations against ya! I mean really look at these baseless allegations:

“Significant questions about what occurred persist,” Bright said. The woman was eventually driven to the hospital by friends, and an emergency room doctor and two nurses examined her. Bright said they noted a superficial laceration, bruising and slight bleeding in her genital area, but that everything else was normal and that the doctor could not say definitively that the bruising was from any kind of trauma or sexual assault. The doctor and nurses collected a standard rape evidence kit. Initial testing found human male DNA present, although the emergency room doctor found no evidence of semen. Further testing was done, but Bright said that because the sample was so small, a DNA profile could not be obtained.

What a fantastic guy. Ben you deserve to be not only beaten up up to lose every football game you ever play – ever.

I’m going to keep updating my 2010 Saints predictions and prognostications.

Stay Tuned.

Week: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | Post-Season

Week 1
Thu, Sep 09 Time (ET) Network
Minnesota at New Orleans 8:30 PM NBC
Sun, Sep 12 Time (ET) Network
Miami at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
Indianapolis at Houston 1:00 PM CBS
Detroit at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM CBS
Cincinnati at New England 1:00 PM CBS
Denver at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
Oakland at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Carolina at New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX
San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM FOX
Arizona at St. Louis 4:15 PM FOX
Green Bay at Philadelphia 4:15 PM FOX
Dallas at Washington 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Sep 13 Time (ET) Network
Baltimore at New York Jets 7:00 PM ESPN
San Diego at Kansas City 10:15 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 2
Sun, Sep 19 Time (ET) Network
Baltimore at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
Buffalo at Green Bay 1:00 PM CBS
Miami at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS
Chicago at Dallas 1:00 PM FOX
Philadelphia at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
Arizona at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX
Kansas City at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
Pittsburgh at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Seattle at Denver 4:05 PM FOX
St. Louis at Oakland 4:05 PM FOX
New England at New York Jets 4:15 PM CBS
Houston at Washington 4:15 PM CBS
Jacksonville at San Diego 4:15 PM CBS
New York Giants at Indianapolis 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Sep 20 Time (ET) Network
New Orleans at San Francisco 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 3
Sun, Sep 26 Time (ET) Network
Buffalo at New England 1:00 PM CBS
Atlanta at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
Dallas at Houston 1:00 PM FOX
San Francisco at Kansas City 1:00 PM FOX
Tennessee at New York Giants 1:00 PM CBS
Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM CBS
Cincinnati at Carolina 1:00 PM CBS
Philadelphia at Jacksonville 4:05 PM FOX
Washington at St. Louis 4:05 PM FOX
Oakland at Arizona 4:15 PM CBS
San Diego at Seattle 4:15 PM CBS
Indianapolis at Denver 4:15 PM CBS
New York Jets at Miami 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Sep 27 Time (ET) Network
Green Bay at Chicago 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 4
Sun, Oct 03 Time (ET) Network
New York Jets at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
Seattle at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX
Carolina at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit at Green Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Cincinnati at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
Denver at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
San Francisco at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 4:05 PM CBS
Houston at Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
Washington at Philadelphia 4:15 PM FOX
Arizona at San Diego 4:15 PM FOX
Chicago at New York Giants 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Oct 04 Time (ET) Network
New England at Miami 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Cowboys, Chiefs, Vikings, Buccaneers

Week 5
Sun, Oct 10 Time (ET) Network
Tampa Bay at Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX
New York Giants at Houston 1:00 PM FOX
Kansas City at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Green Bay at Washington 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
Denver at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
Chicago at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
St. Louis at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
New Orleans at Arizona 4:05 PM FOX
San Diego at Oakland 4:15 PM CBS
Tennessee at Dallas 4:15 PM CBS
Philadelphia at San Francisco 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Oct 11 Time (ET) Network
Minnesota at New York Jets 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Dolphins, Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks

Week 6
Sun, Oct 17 Time (ET) Network
Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
New Orleans at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Miami at Green Bay 1:00 PM CBS
San Diego at St. Louis 1:00 PM CBS
Baltimore at New England 1:00 PM CBS
Kansas City at Houston 1:00 PM CBS
Detroit at New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX
Seattle at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
Oakland at San Francisco 4:05 PM CBS
New York Jets at Denver 4:05 PM CBS
Dallas at Minnesota 4:15 PM FOX
Indianapolis at Washington 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Oct 18 Time (ET) Network
Tennessee at Jacksonville 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Cardinals, Bills, Panthers, Bengals

Week 7
Sun, Oct 24 Time (ET) Network
Philadelphia at Tennessee 1:00 PM FOX
Cincinnati at Atlanta 1:00 PM CBS
Cleveland at New Orleans 1:00 PM CBS
Pittsburgh at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
St. Louis at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
San Francisco at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
Washington at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Buffalo at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
Arizona at Seattle 4:05 PM FOX
Oakland at Denver 4:15 PM CBS
New England at San Diego 4:15 PM CBS
Minnesota at Green Bay 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Oct 25 Time (ET) Network
New York Giants at Dallas 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Lions, Texans, Colts, Jets

Week 8
Sun, Oct 31 Time (ET) Network
Green Bay at New York Jets 1:00 PM FOX
Denver at San Francisco 1:00 PM CBS
Jacksonville at Dallas 1:00 PM CBS
Miami at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS
Carolina at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX
Washington at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
Buffalo at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Tennessee at San Diego 4:05 PM CBS
Minnesota at New England 4:15 PM FOX
Seattle at Oakland 4:15 PM FOX
Tampa Bay at Arizona 4:15 PM FOX
Pittsburgh at New Orleans 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Nov 01 Time (ET) Network
Houston at Indianapolis 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Browns, Giants, Eagles

Week 9
Sun, Nov 07 Time (ET) Network
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX
New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
Chicago at Buffalo 1:00 PM FOX
New York Jets at Detroit 1:00 PM CBS
Miami at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
New England at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
San Diego at Houston 1:00 PM CBS
Arizona at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
New York Giants at Seattle 4:05 PM FOX
Kansas City at Oakland 4:15 PM CBS
Indianapolis at Philadelphia 4:15 PM CBS
Dallas at Green Bay 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Nov 08 Time (ET) Network
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Broncos, Jaguars, 49ers, Rams, Titans, Redskins

Week 10
Thu, Nov 11 Time (ET) Network
Baltimore at Atlanta 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Nov 14 Time (ET) Network
Houston at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
Minnesota at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
Carolina at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit at Buffalo 1:00 PM FOX
New York Jets at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
Tennessee at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
Cincinnati at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Kansas City at Denver 4:05 PM CBS
Dallas at New York Giants 4:15 PM FOX
Seattle at Arizona 4:15 PM FOX
St. Louis at San Francisco 4:15 PM FOX
New England at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Nov 15 Time (ET) Network
Philadelphia at Washington 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: Packers, Saints, Raiders, Chargers

Week 11
Thu, Nov 18 Time (ET) Network
Chicago at Miami 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Nov 21 Time (ET) Network
Green Bay at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
Washington at Tennessee 1:00 PM FOX
Arizona at Kansas City 1:00 PM FOX
Baltimore at Carolina 1:00 PM CBS
Buffalo at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS
Detroit at Dallas 1:00 PM FOX
Houston at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
Oakland at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
Cleveland at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
Seattle at New Orleans 4:05 PM FOX
Atlanta at St. Louis 4:05 PM FOX
Tampa Bay at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX
Indianapolis at New England 4:15 PM CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Nov 22 Time (ET) Network
Denver at San Diego 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 12
Thu, Nov 25 Time (ET) Network
New England at Detroit 12:30 PM CBS
New Orleans at Dallas 4:15 PM FOX
Cincinnati at New York Jets 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Nov 28 Time (ET) Network
Tennessee at Houston 1:00 PM CBS
Tampa Bay at Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX
Jacksonville at New York Giants 1:00 PM CBS
Carolina at Cleveland 1:00 PM FOX
Pittsburgh at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
Philadelphia at Chicago 1:00 PM FOX
Minnesota at Washington 1:00 PM FOX
Green Bay at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX
Kansas City at Seattle 4:05 PM CBS
Miami at Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
St. Louis at Denver 4:15 PM FOX
San Diego at Indianapolis 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Nov 29 Time (ET) Network
San Francisco at Arizona 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 13
Thu, Dec 02 Time (ET) Network
Houston at Philadelphia 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Dec 05 Time (ET) Network
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Denver at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Washington at New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX
Chicago at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
New Orleans at Cincinnati 1:00 PM FOX
Buffalo at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS
Cleveland at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
San Francisco at Green Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Oakland at San Diego 4:05 PM CBS
St. Louis at Arizona 4:15 PM FOX
Dallas at Indianapolis 4:15 PM FOX
Carolina at Seattle 4:15 PM FOX
Pittsburgh at Baltimore 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Dec 06 Time (ET) Network
New York Jets at New England 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 14
Thu, Dec 09 Time (ET) Network
Indianapolis at Tennessee 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Dec 12 Time (ET) Network
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
Green Bay at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
New England at Chicago 1:00 PM CBS
Cleveland at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
New York Giants at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX
Oakland at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
Tampa Bay at Washington 1:00 PM FOX
Seattle at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX
St. Louis at New Orleans 4:05 PM FOX
Miami at New York Jets 4:15 PM CBS
Kansas City at San Diego 4:15 PM CBS
Denver at Arizona 4:15 PM CBS
Philadelphia at Dallas 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Dec 13 Time (ET) Network
Baltimore at Houston 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 15
Thu, Dec 16 Time (ET) Network
San Francisco at San Diego 8:20 PM NFLN
Sun, Dec 19 Time (ET) Network
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
Philadelphia at New York Giants 1:00 PM FOX
Washington at Dallas 1:00 PM FOX
Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Houston at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
New Orleans at Baltimore 1:00 PM FOX
Kansas City at St. Louis 1:00 PM CBS
Arizona at Carolina 1:00 PM FOX
Detroit at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Atlanta at Seattle 4:05 PM FOX
Denver at Oakland 4:15 PM CBS
New York Jets at Pittsburgh 4:15 PM CBS
Green Bay at New England 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Dec 20 Time (ET) Network
Chicago at Minnesota 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 16
Thu, Dec 23 Time (ET) Network
Carolina at Pittsburgh 8:20 PM NFLN
Sat, Dec 25 Time (ET) Network
Dallas at Arizona 7:30 PM NFLN
Sun, Dec 26 Time (ET) Network
New England at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
San Francisco at St. Louis 1:00 PM FOX
Baltimore at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
Detroit at Miami 1:00 PM FOX
New York Jets at Chicago 1:00 PM CBS
Washington at Jacksonville 1:00 PM FOX
Tennessee at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Seattle at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Minnesota at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX
Houston at Denver 4:05 PM CBS
Indianapolis at Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
New York Giants at Green Bay 4:15 PM FOX
San Diego at Cincinnati 8:20 PM NBC
Mon, Dec 27 Time (ET) Network
New Orleans at Atlanta 8:30 PM ESPN
Byes: None

Week 17
Sun, Jan 02 Time (ET) Network
Miami at New England 1:00 PM CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX
Carolina at Atlanta 1:00 PM FOX
Dallas at Philadelphia 1:00 PM FOX
Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 PM CBS
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 PM CBS
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS
Chicago at Green Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Minnesota at Detroit 1:00 PM FOX
New York Giants at Washington 1:00 PM FOX
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
Buffalo at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS
San Diego at Denver 4:15 PM CBS
St. Louis at Seattle 4:15 PM FOX
Arizona at San Francisco 4:15 PM FOX
Byes: None

POSTSEASON
Wild Card Weekend — Jan. 8-9
Saturday, Jan. 8 — AFC and NFC game
Sunday, Jan. 9 — AFC and NFC game
Divisional Playoffs — Jan. 15-16
Saturday, Jan. 15 — AFC and NFC game
Sunday, Jan. 16 — AFC and NFC game
Conference Championships — Jan. 23
Sunday, Jan. 23 — AFC and NFC championship games
Super Bowl XLIV — Feb. 6 — Cowboys Stadium (Dallas, Texas)

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Pepsi Cheer – Social Media Done Wrong

The Pepsi Cheer?

The Pepsi Cheer?

Update April 21, 2010: Looks like I was quoted over at Media.asia in Five things you need to know about: Social media and brands by Andrew Knott. Nice to be referenced however briefly.

You’re probably doing Social Media in your Internet Marketing mix, most companies and marketers have jumped on that bandwagon faster than people become Dallas Cowboys fans when they go on a winning streak.

To be honest, chances are if you’re doing Social Media you are most likely completely wasting your time and resources because you’re doing social media badly.

No offense. But the large majority of marketers simple do not use Social Media the same way they might use other forms of media and advertising.

No ROI (Return On Investment). This can also be measured in Brand terms rather than dollar amounts.
No clear and definitive goals.
No strategy.

If you took a few hours, set up a Facebook group, Facebook fan page and Twitter feed then simply post to those profiles then you’re completely wasting your time.

Stop.
Stop Now.

Doing Social Media badly is much worse than not doing Social Media at all.

As with everything in Marketing you need to attach a value, strategy and execution plan to each and every program you put in place. If you don’t then frankly you’re Marketing badly.

Case in point.

Let's pretend this didn't happen, OK?

Let's pretend this didn't happen, OK?

The Pepsi Cheer was an abysmal failure from a Social Media standpoint and from a Marketing standpoint. Here is a good overview from Marketing Mag:

Pepsi Seeking One Million Members for Pepsi Cheer

This campaign was the brain child of the Toronto Agency Capital C (Yeah that’s right their corporate website is hosted on Typepad – very edgy).

Before we look at Pepsi’s Social Media Strategy results, let’s have a quick look at what they implemented:

On Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/PepsiCanada
http://www.facebook.com/PepsiCanada#/PepsiCanada?v=app_193041964437

Twitter
http://twitter.com/PEPSICANADA

and

http://www.pepsi.ca/jointhecheer/default.aspx?bhcp=1

Here’s what Pepsi wanted to do:

  1. Create a contest to create a Cheer for Hockey Canada and the 2010 IIHF Mens’s Hockey Championship in Germany.
  2. Have the winning cheer promoted via Social Media, on television and radio.
  3. Have fans at the events use the cheer during the games to be started by Pepsi employees in the crowd (really bad idea).

The winning cheer was an annoying (in my opinion) “Eh! Oh-Canada! Go!” which was a customer submitted cheer and was then heavily promoted through advertising mediums (all listed above).

Now on a fundamental level this idea should have died in a brainstorming session. You never ever mess with the patriotism of Canadian Hockey fans. Here in Canada, Hockey is a big part of people’s sports watching mix and particularly since Canada dominates International Hockey (even though we lost in the finals to the US this past year).

The cheers Canadians have been using for years are pretty popular and there was never a need to add a new one to the mix when it was clearly a very shallow corporate marketing initiative.

Their brutal social media implementation also caused them more brand damage than had they done absolutely nothing. Pepsi and their agency failed to remember one key component of Social Media.

It’s a conversation with people. People can (and should talk back).

The Pepsi Cheer Gone Wrong

The Pepsi Cheer Gone Wrong

This is exactly what people did and it wasn’t pretty.

Let’s look at some very basic stats:

Pepsi’s Facebook Fan Page: 134,926 Fans
Pepsi Canada’s Twitter Profile: 1034 Followers

Basic Negative Results

Pepsi – I Don’t need yer damn cheer
231 members
http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=259956356825

The” Eh! Oh! Canada Go!” chant is a national embarrassment
64,762 Members
http://www.facebook.com/groups.php?ref=sb#/group.php?gid=217528662837

Twitter Search for Pepsi Cheer
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=pepsi+cheer

I’ll actually run a reputation report for this later in the week and add this to an overall case study, since this is such a blatantly bad idea.

Let’s have a quick look at why I’m saying this was not only a bad Marketing idea but it was a failure from a Social media perspective:

  1. Pepsi struck a chord with a national sport and national pride. Basically saying “You’re doing it wrong Canada”. Bad idea.
  2. Pepsi blatantly promoted themselves over simply promoting cheering for the team.
  3. Replacing the cheer was unnecessary. There are a number of cheer Pepsi could have latched onto and promoted. This likely would have gone over well.
  4. Their social media profiles simply ignored any backlash except for a few references to cheering “any cheer you want”. Too little too late.
  5. The Pepsi Canada Twitter stream did little to engage anyone talking on Twitter except for positive feedback and inane Re-Tweets about their promotion.
  6. The Pepsi Canada Twitter stream was hardly used but it was still there. Hey Pepsi Marketing Team – here’s a tip. Don’t use it if you’re going to use it badly.
  7. http://search.twitter.com/search?q=pepsi+cheer has far more negative sentiments than neutral or positive ones. Clearly Pepsi made a mistake here since they’re ignoring the fans they tried to approach. Oops that only serves to piss people off.
  8. The negative groups on Facebook almost outnumber the Fans of the Pepsi Cheer Fan Page. As a side note there is a decent set of sign up forms and calls to action on internal tabs of the fan page but there appears to be little focus to the fan page. They would have been better off to have participated in other Fan Pages (example: Hockey Canada) than to try to become the hub of Hockey Fans.
The Pepsi Cheer clearly annoying.

The Pepsi Cheer clearly annoying.

This is just the beginning of this fiasco for Pepsi in my humble opinion. They’ll be dealing with the backlash for quite sometime. Particularly since they appear to be staying the course on the same bad Social Media Strategy.

Another dumb move.

The key take aways here:

If you are going to do Social Media properly then do it properly and think about what you are doing, devote resources, a strategy and team to it.

If you think you need to have a presence on Social Networks just for the sake of being there, then you’re dead wrong.

If you are going to do a half assed job of Social Media Marketing then do yourself a favour and don’t do it at all.

Additional References

Junior Hockey Chant Falls Flat – Vancouver Sun

Traditional Cheers Given Vocal Support – Star Phoenix

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StorkCraft – Recall, Parts and Bad Handling

StorkCraft Recall - Be Careful

StorkCraft Recall - Be Careful

Looking for StorkCraft Contact Information and News Updates? Click Here.

If you know me then you know I’m the father of 7 month old Jaxson Daniel Nedelko. Since I’ve been a Dad I’m pretty mindful (of alot of things) but I’m pretty watchful for his safety.

He is a little mover, awake and asleep and I want him to always be as safe as possible. That’s why it pisses me off when a company life StorkCraft does a crappy job of handling a safety and recall issue. First they deny there is a problem, then they do issue a recall but don’t put anything in place to properly handle the recall.

Their phone lines are jammed, their website is down and they are only issuing official Press Releases. Well I’m here to officially say screw you StorkCraft. You can be sure I’ll never purchase another one of your products ever again and I definitely hope no one else purchases any of your products.

It’s less about the fact there is a recall. It’s how you handled it, or how you didn’t handle it.

That’s what is really at issue here. You’re a backwards company and don’t deserve the right to be producing products for our children, not with your brutal attitude. Check this piece of lame spin out:

“In the majority of incidents, the cribs were being used with broken parts, parts with pieces missing, parts that were damaged or with modified or homemade parts,” the firm said in a statement.

“In some incidents, the crib was in a state of significant disrepair. In other cases, the consumer had installed the drop-side rail upside down — contrary to the instructions that are glued to the mattress base of each crib. This causes extraordinary stress on the plastic parts that could result in breakage.”

Which is basically saying “no no it’s YOUR fault, not ours” – which is complete and utter bullshit. Your products are clearly not well designed, harm children and your spin is not going to change that. Here some more information on the StorkCraft Crib Recall from Mama Knows

StorkCraft Contact Information and News Updates

I’m compiling a list of useful resources for Storkcraft News, Storkcraft Parts, company contact information and any additional press releases I run into here. Please comment below if you have additional news and information about the Storkcraft Recall

November 24, 2009 – Storkcraft CEO “Blindsided” by Recall (Toronto Star)

January 13, 2009 – The first Storkcraft Recall Press Release

CBC News – Storkcraft Recalls “Jams” Website

November 23, 2009 – The second Storkcraft Recall Press Release

Canadian Trade Index Listing for StorkCraft Manufacturing

StorkCraft on Twitter – they seem to be communicating, finally.

Update Nov 30, 2009 – StorkCraft Facing Wave of Lawsuits

Stork Craft Manufacturing Contact Information

Address: 7433 Nelson Road
Richmond, BC,
V6W 1G3
Phone: 604-274-5121
Fax: 604-274-9727
Website: www.storkcraft.com

StorkCraft Recall on YouTube

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtrcHrmx5v4[/youtube]

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Absolute Casino – Social Media and Gaming

Absolute Gaming - Social Media and Casino

I’ve been in the eGaming industry on a number of levels and in a number of capacities for 7.5 years now, a lifetime in that sector. Over the past couple of years specifically it has become increasingly clear that the industry is completely stagnant from a product perspective. I were to specifically look at the following major channels: Sports, Casino, and Poker you can see some innovation there.

Sports: the introduction of live betting and interacting with customers through social media (not spamming them) has grown the industry somewhat. Personally I enjoy “In Game” Betting.

Poker: arguably this is the most social and progressive of the channels. Since poker is community based there a a number of interesting innovations that have taken place but as for pur “innovation” it’s still Texas Holdem without a ton of innovative build outs to that strategy and product development.

Casino: this is the stagnant sector. The traditional “money sucking machine” of the industry the competitive landscape is filled with less than reputable (trust me) offshore operators who hold their concepts of slow payouts, shady tactics and questionable marketing very near and dear to their hearts.

There are a number of reasons that this sector has not innovated from lack of regulations (promoting owners with criminal histories to maintain a fairly decent operation) to software providers who do not innovate their products or services which will always impact the marketing (if you haven’t got anything but another Casino Bonus to promote then what are you *really* selling?)

Well I ran into Absolute Casino today and was very impressed. The actual site on registration is clearly in a testing phase but the concept is fantastic (it’s actually exciting – which is new for me especially in the past couple of years). A social network aware multiplayer casino with Facebook integration.

This is brilliance and something I personally have pitched to previous consulting clients. The problem they have is paralysis, everything is so comfortable for them at the moment that innovation has gone out the window. There is also a level of arrogance, simply put – many operators are completely unwilling to invest the money and the resources into innovative products.

But if you look at Facebook, have a peek at the Poker, Casino and Gaming apps. There are hundreds of thousands of people playing on a regular basis. Mainly because Facebook makes it social, I’m not downloading some software client and clicking on a video slot machine. The interaction is the thing that makes this extremely unique.

I look forward to checking out the final product in a month or two. It should be very cool and could potential be a disruptive force in the world of eGaming. I hope so. The industry simply is no longer interesting and it is clearly being left behind, with it’s head stuck in the sand.

But it’s nice to know I am not alone in this point of view. Hussein Chahine who is the founder of Advanced Gaming Labs (and Absolute Casino) has it dead to rights:

“I have been a technology provider to the gaming and betting industry for the past five years and it became clear to me that the industry has stopped innovating. The technology suppliers are too removed from the consumer, while the operators are falling short of understanding and building a business that embraces today’s social-networked internet world. This has presented a unique opportunity for us to enter the market as a new gaming company, where millions of concurrent players are empowered to connect [and] compete.”

This should be of particular interest to any affiliates out there who are making money from the traditional model. The days for these sites are numbered unless there is innovation, have a look at the next generation of gaming providers and set yourself up for shifts in the industry. Being left behind is the worst danger.

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Marketing Minute – Twitter Strategies and Making Money on Twitter

The Internet Marketing Minute

The Internet Marketing Minute

In today’s marketing minute I’m going to talk about Twitter. Here are a few highlights:

  1. Download my Twitter Strategies for Converting Customers Whitepaper from Honeypot Marketing. Tons of great tips in there (and I wrote that myself, no copy paste).
  2. Go to Sponsored Tweets and Sign Up – monetizing your Twitter is s-m-a-r-t.
  3. Go to http://ad.ly and sign up – same concept but slightly different. You get sponsored by the week, not the tweet.
  4. Check out these videos by Scott Monty in charge of Social Media for Ford (interview in 3 parts: http://bit.ly/3v0NrRhttp://bit.ly/3Wumqf and http://bit.ly/2VXCUo
  5. Listen to the podcast. I talk about Twitter and how not become a spammer (or have other people on Twitter hating everything about you).

*Whew* Busy Tuesday. Is it Friday yet?

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