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Did Oreo Win Twitter Again? (Yes, They Did)

We missed this social media branding win last week, but when the words “Oreo” and “social media” showed up together on our Twitter feed this morning we knew we had to check it out. Seems like the team at 360i (see below)** won again in a friendly exchange between the cookie guys, sort-of rival Kit Kat and a fan who can’t get enough of either. It all started with this:

Kit Kat saw an opportunity and grabbed it two days later:

That evening, Oreo came back and killed it:

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Yes, The White House Is Full of Sci-Fi Nerds

The press, which happens to consist of a bunch of nerds, gave President Obama a bit of flack today for supposedly confusing the Star Wars “Jedi Mind Trick” with the Star Trek “Vulcan Mind Meld”, thereby creating the “Jedi Mind Meld” meme during a speech on some extremely important topic that we’d rather not think about right now. But the White House communications team was more than ready:

Hey Oreo, looks like the folks in government know a thing or two about “real-time marketing”. And yes, the “mind meld” URL does link to a page detailing the President’s deficit reduction plan. The team may not have been as quick on the draw as Han Solo or the cookie guys, but they did paint their sci-fi critics as “a bunch of stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herders.”

Most ‘Social’ Brands Missed Their Chance to Shine on Oscar Night

The media has rendered its verdict: Despite receiving the message that it’s all about Oreo-style “real time marketing“, brands promoting themselves during last night’s Academy Awards (or “The Super Bowl for women” if you’re a sexist) did not measure up to their Game Day peers, despite paying premium prices for 30-second ad spots. They didn’t quite rock social media either.

The problem? On Twitter, at least, the content felt more than a little forced. We get it: spontaneous humor and topical commentary is hard; you really can’t fake it. Some examples:

Samsung tried hard to be on top of things but mostly came up empty-handed.

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PR Fail: MTV/BET Twitter ‘Hack’ Was a Promo Stunt

Twitter hacking is the big thing this week! After hackers turned Burger King into McDonald’s yesterday (and did their best to promote rappers T-Shyne and Chief Keef), the same team hijacked Jeep this morning and turned it into another joke-fest with tweets like this one, which we can only present to you in RT form:

This afternoon, reports and tweets named MTV and BET as the latest victims of the hacker wave. One problem, though: they were faking it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Great Apps for PR Professionals

Today we bring you a guest post from Kelsey Libert reviewing ten top smartphone apps that can help PR pros.

Kelsey is a speaker, entrepreneur, and Internet enthusiast. She’s a chief development officer for a diverse website portfolio, where she runs the content development strategy and execution for several websites.

Thinking on your feet is essential for any PR pro. For example, consider the NFL Super Bowl XLVII ads. When Oreo leveraged a current event the second it happened, it resulted in a free to low cost campaign that earned nearly 15,000 re-tweets and more than 20,000 Facebook likes.

The catch is, in order to be on top of these current events, sometimes you need to be plugged in. This quick line of communication and organization depends largely on people moving quickly with technology. Below you’ll find ten mobile apps that will help you become a PR champion on the go.

1. LogMeIn (iPhone) LogMeIn Ignition (Android)
Mainstream media stories don’t usually coincide with your 9-5 job–some big events will end up happening while you’re off the clock. This is why it’s important to be able to plug into your office computer even when you’re not behind your desk.

The LogMeIn app offers free remote access to your desktop so you can open files, check your email, run programs and stay productive from your mobile device or any computer over the Internet. The LogMeIn app has the same encryption used by online banks, so you don’t even have to worry about security issues.

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Poland Spring Finally Jumps on Rubio ‘Water Bottle-Gate’ Promo Opp

Poland Spring

Don’t say we didn’t see this coming

We have a very strong feeling that someone called the heads of Poland Spring‘s PR and marketing teams around 11 last night asking “Are you guys gonna Oreo this one or what?!?!”

While this Facebook post isn’t quite as quick or funny as the cookie company’s Super Bowl blackout messaging win, it’s still pretty good. More importantly, it adds fuel to the ongoing debate: How important will “real-time marketing” strategies be in the future–and what role will public relations play in their design and application?

Marco Rubio, Poland Spring and the Importance of Interview Prep

No matter who’s in the Oval Office, State of the Union speeches always amount to a mishmash of bland platitudes and vague proposals for legislation that will never come to pass.

But they do address very serious matters, so we’re a little disappointed to report that the most buzzed-about moment of last night’s State of the Union events among pundits and legitimate journalists alike was the awkward water grab/sip in the middle of Sen. Marco Rubio‘s SOTU response speech. Still, this meme gives us a great excuse to bring up the importance of prepping clients for interviews and other live, unedited media appearances where they can’t ask for a re-take.

Of course your research must be thorough and the client’s speech must be flawless. He or she must be prepared to respond to any potential question, no matter how tough it might be (even if the response is a confident “no comment”). Finally, your client must be comfortable! A great, camera-friendly outfit won’t mean much if he or she is visibly nervous or jittery–or if a trusty water bottle is not comfortably within reach.

Seriously, who put the bottle so far away from the senator? Details matter! Now how did everyone deal with this little hiccup?

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Oreo Does It Again with Timely Justin Timberlake Grammy Tweet

At this point, you may be a little tired of hearing about Oreo‘s game-winning Super Bowl blackout “You can still dunk in the dark” tweet. But that little bit of in-the-moment messaging brilliance was no fluke. While the Oreo social media team’s visual tweet celebrating Justin Timberlake‘s return to pop music at last night’s Grammy Awards won’t start as many conversations about the future of “real time” PR and marketing, it was just as timely and almost as clever.

Did the Oreo team create this little nugget “on the fly” as well? How could they have known that JT would perform in a bow tie? (OK, maybe they watched the red carpet event or checked out the “Suit and Tie” single’s cover. Still very sharp.)

What do we think? Did Oreo just win social media again?

BuzzFeed Shines an ‘Unflattering’ Spotlight on Beyoncé’s PR Team

Beyonce Super Bowl The Baltimore Ravens may have won the game, but the team really came in second on Super Bowl Sunday: first was a tie between Oreo and current Queen of the World Beyoncé.

Yet, despite all this immeasurably positive publicity, Bey’s PR team didn’t feel like the next-day coverage was quite as “flattering” as it could/should have been. You’d think anyone would love a post like BuzzFeed‘s “33 Fiercest Moments from Beyoncé’s Halftime Show“–the page has 33 thousand likes, for God’s sake. But the singer’s rep wasn’t happy, and she quickly responded by calling and emailing the site to “respectfully” request that its editors remove or replace seven of the post’s 30 still shots.

BuzzFeed’s editors, clearly annoyed at this nitpickery, decided to highlight the anal retentive PR request by re-posting the email along with the very pictures singled out as “unflattering”. While the site “redacted” the publicist’s specific email address, the post includes her full name and company–so any haters with time on their hands can easily email her.

Our question for readers: Who’s in the wrong here?

Did BuzzFeed overreact by brazenly “shooting the messenger”, or should the PR team have expected this kind of response to a completely unreasonable request?

Whatever your opinion, we think it’s safe to say the move backfired.

Top 10 Social Media Moments of Super Bowl XLVII

You’ve heard the news: Super Bowl 47 was all about social. While the TV ratings for last night’s game were higher than the year before, the audience’s social activity/engagement numbers more than doubled. The “Brand Bowl” confirmed something we already knew: social now plays a bigger role in the marketing/advertising/PR equation than ever before–and its influence will surely continue to grow.

Need evidence? Here are our 10 favorite social media moments from last night’s big game.

1. Oreo’s on-the-fly branding spot: Is it obvious? Yes. But there’s a reason people are still flipping out over Oreo and 360i‘s incredible acts of branding.

2. Budweiser‘s “Name that Clydesdale” campaign: This one was a slow burn strategy win. Bud was very wise to start the hype early by leaking videos and encouraging fans to get involved.

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