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As companies try to figure out how to make Twitter into an effective marketing tool they might want to take a look at th the Kardashians –
they’ve certainly made it work for them.

“Kim now charges as much as $25,000 to simply mention and link to a brand or company in a tweet. It’s so effective a tool that businesses have begun including Twitter clauses in their contracts with the family, committing the girls to a set number of tweets about their product.

‘I see a Twitter clause in almost every contract,” says APA’s Brian Dow, who works with the family on the majority of their commercial interests (WME represents the Kardashians as their talent agents). “It’s like having a photo run in a magazine. It’s another impression for a brand and another medium.’” (Hollywood Reporter)

The question becomes – once  people realize tweets are paid for – essentially ads – will that matter? Maybe. Maybe not.

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While Groupon has been getting crucified  for its Super Bowl commercial (justifiably), its heart is in the right place, as a good deal  of the proceeds go to the cause it support.

The problem was the execution of the commercial. Both the copy and the direction.  After a serious intro about the problem in Tibet, suddenly Timothy Hutton brightens up (bad direction), and says, “But they can still whip  a mean curry,” or something like that. “Whip up a mean curry!” The tone of those words just defeats and trivialized what they had just set up.

A smoother, more in tune  transition  was called for. Something about how the culture and tradition of  Tibet is seen in wonderful Tibetan restaurants like this one….then something about Groupon making it easy and affordable  to enjoy and support these restaurants.

Their intention was commendable. But the execution pretty much negated it and sullied their reputation.

Mozilla Labs Messaging Group (Firefox) has released a   new firefox extension that makes it simpler to share content from around the web on Facebook and Twitter. Users can now post content to Facebook or Twitter, or email content via Gmail, without opening new windows or using third-party tools.  http://bit.ly/bZlm3J

Facebook released some studies on the value of a “liker.” There are a number of benefits, but to me this appears to be the key one:

” They are also more interested in exploring content they discover on Facebook — they click on 5.3x more links to external sites than the typical Facebook user.”

In other words, they are more likely to go to your website – which means more chances to have them join your list.

See Facebook’s suggestions: http://on.fb.me/9axsRw

Privately, Facebook executives have said that their biggest worry about  Google  is that it will prioritize its Google Profiles over Facebook Profiles and Pages in search results.

I don’t know why Google wouldn’t do that considering that search is its strength – and Google Profiles right now are nowhere. Yet it would be the biggest challenge to facebook pages or profiles if people knew their Google Profile would have priority in search.

Source: New York Times

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