A huge thanks to the team at Conferenz for asking me to speak on Social Media and VR/AR. I had a great time and was impressed with the wide variety of speakers. I particularly found it interesting the different views on brand personas verse brand stories.
I had the honor of speaking on the Drone panel at GOVIS, was a great way to end an excellent event!
“Conference Finale” – Game of Drones We are promising a great wrap up to the conference! Our wonderful panel of external speakers will take us on a journey to strange new worlds, exploring the appropriate and other uses of Drones. Where could this go? We won’t know but we do know it will fly!
I was having a chat with a UK based VC firm about the rise of influencers and their impact on the world of advertising. And it inspired this post on influencer marketing and what it actually means. It’s essentially a return to the core values of organic social marketing, the days of old when algorithms weren’t in control of who got to see what. But what really is influencer marketing and how is it successfully implemented into brand marketing?
With this ever changing and evolving space of technology, how far is too far to be immersed in an experience?
I was asked this very question the other night at Smackle.com and it really got me thinking. My initial response is that this technology isn’t something that’s designed to replace reality, it’s virtual. We action the experience. Do we need to have the wind blowing in our faces as we “fly” through the air? Do we need to completely recreate this world, only to escape into one that is almost completely fictional?
I had a great time presenting with some of the best in the industry on VR and AR.
“OMG! WOW! are normal reactions when one first experiences Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality. Some call it an optical illusion, while others call it the Fourth Revolution. A whole new way to consume content, VR/AR is tipped to be a $162 billion industry by 2020.”
Content production for social media channels is made up of a variety of different inputs in its attempts to be engaging and relevant. What’s interesting about trying to keep content sustainable is the balance of strategic content vs original content, and whether this content is generated in-house or by an agency.
In a world where User Generated Content (UGC) is becoming more and more prevalent, we’ve seen that brands need to produce content that is authentic and original, and often this is strongest when it comes directly from the company themselves.
I’m often asked where the internet will be in 5 years.
Ultimately, I believe the internet will become more integrated with our daily lives. Phones are already a natural extension of our hands, or at least never too far from them.
But really, where do I see the internet? Here, I look to the giants of the industry: Google and Facebook. It seems they, like most, are going nuts over Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality so it makes sense to assume that whatever the internet turns into, it will be an immersive environment.
Product placement on TV shows isn’t a new concept, but combining it with social opens up new opportunities.Brand or product placement on TV can easily be supported by digital content that is disseminated through social at the very same time the audience is watching the TV show. After all, people are no longer watching the commercials but reaching for their smart devices during the ad break. In most cases, they are using both whilst watching the large screen in the living room (yes, by this I’m including people watching Netflix and other streaming options on the old TV).
Recently I attended a conference where I was a keynote speaker on modern advertising. I was asked the question, “If you were a lecturer at a University, what would you be teaching to the future minds of advertising?”. I pondered this for a second, and replied with “Innovation. I’d teach the importance of innovation.”
If you fear your CEO is erring on the side of the dark ages, and you’re trying to introduce them to the benefits of social media, read on.
They may sit up and take notice when they realise that some of the most successful and dynamic CEOs from a variety of some of the globe’s most innovative organisations are avid and savvy users of social media.