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Monday Musings: Social Media IS Going Away

Welcome to your monday, here are some musings for the week of February 22nd.

Kicking off the week with a cracker from a good friend of mine, Mr Jeff Pulver.

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In this video, (origin) filmed during the Real Time discussion at DLD10 which was held on January 25, 2010 in Munich, Germany, Jeff discusses the way that social media IS going away.

Other cracking reads this week include:

Read about how Facebook Mobile Is Now Bigger Than Twitter from Mr Brian Solis

Find out how 30 publishers are charging for online content from the gentleman Neville Hobson

A thoroughly insightful read from my friend and Ex-Boss John Bell on The Psychology of Influence and Sharing

And to round-up your Monday, get further accustomed with TheWayoftheWeb, and look into whether PR should pay bloggers to post?

That little lot should keep you occupied till Tuesday! Enjoy – J.

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Google’s Social Circle & The Trust Network

Social search… interesting development. Or is it.  Google have been including social web results in search results for a number of months now. Google’s next development seems (as explained in the above slightly creepy and uber conservative video – count the amount of mentions of security related words) is to use the content from the social sites that you have added to your Google profile into your main web search results.

This creates some level of helpfulness in cross referencing friends, comments and answers to questions across social platforms.  Meaning that if I look up details about where to go on honeymoon I will get trip advisor, expedia and the gang, but also results from my friend Tim’s blog about where he went on holiday last week – a result that would never usually hit page 1 of a search result list. All of this is nice enough and interesting in a slightly geeky, if you’re into that stuff, kind of way.

However what is interesting is the greater trend that has prompted this technology from Google – personal networks of trust. We have known for a long time now that word-of-mouth from friends and contacts is the most trusted source of information to us. The entire public relations industry thrives on this single fact, we trust those who we know more than those who we don’t. Therefore it is logical that when I want honeymoon ideas, or where to rent a Tux for my wedding (which is in June by the way – presents welcome, gift list link to come!) I can use Social Search to check what my contacts and friends across my social circles (the Google terminology for our networks of trust) think about the topics I am searching for.

Of course this has significant ramifications for brands who interact in the social web. The default of most web users when looking for information is to jump into the lap of Google, whether looking for a good deal on a TV or life insurance, and according to HitWise “The proportion of traffic that online retailers receive from social networking websites – such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube – increased from 5.2% in March 2008 to 7.1% in March 2009.”

Brands who don’t currently interact in the social web, or have poor SEO of the content that they currently produce are going to come a-cropper if Social Search moves towards a default. Clearly, if we begin to see the opinions of our contacts displayed right alongside carefully SEO’d content and Paid Search, competition for our attention heightens, and our default will be to go with what we trust – our contacts.

Mom .v. Mum

Mommy Blogger PR Blackout Week - 10th - 17th August 09

Mommy Blogger PR Blackout Week - 10th - 17th August 09

Across the US each week Moms tap out their lives for all to read on their work PC’s, their home laptops and their iPhones in the line at Starbucks. Whether it be their latest stroller purchase, to the problems with breastfeeding. However a a growing trend has been the way that big brands, REALLY big brands have spotted the potential impact of these mommy bloggers, and as such have begun to use them in some really interesting ways. Walmart’s Eleven Mom’s has been a particularly interesting example of mom’s being put on the digital pedestal to become brand advocates, these 11, chosen by outreaching to the mom blogging community and on twitter and Facebook, the 12 elevenmom’s (there’s yankee logic for you) sit at the centre of the Walmart money saving proposition. The project has been highly successful, capitulating these mom’s to at least local celebrity level, so much so that Walmart has launched a sister (no pun intended) project on it’s Hispanic community site, both projects being backed up by an SMS holiday savings campaign.

Projects like the elevenmom’s amongst many others from both corporate and consumers brands have taken the mommy blogger community to among the top of the social capital ladder, and no one is more acutely aware of this than the mom’s themselves. So much so that PR’s targeting these bloggers has generated some reticence among the community –  with many mommy blogger setting up seperate blogs just to deal with the amount of product review requests they recieve, this is hardly surprising that the purist among the community are looking to get back to basics.

Aggregating mommy community site MomDot posted on July 13th declaring the inception of PR Blackout, which took place this week, as a mechanism to combat the PR community and appealing to the mom bloggers to return to roots:

MomDot is challenging bloggers to participate for one week in August in a PR BLACKOUT challenge where you do not blog ANY giveaways, ANY reviews, and Zero press releases. In fact, we dont want you to talk to PR at ALL that whole week.  We want to see your blog naked, raw, and back to basics. Talk about your kids, your marriage, your college, your hopes, your dreams, your house and whatever you can come up with for one week.

I am not writing here to oppose nor endorse this week – if you are a mom blogger, blog on I say, do what you feel is best, however the reason for this post is far more about the interesting comparison between the Mommy blogger movement in the US and the Mum bloggers here in the UK. With massive conferences such as BlogHer to the communities like MomDot, the mommy blogger culture is being festered and encouraged to the heights where a PR blackout week is actually needed, but here in the UK the landscape is so much quieter that it seems to need more investigation. Community sites like mumsnet.com and mychild.co.uk are beginning to show that we are following down the US model, but at no where near the speed, and you have to wonder why?

Maybe we are being to British, maybe Mum’s have less time on their hands, or maybe the privacy of the English population is being help closer to the preverbial bousoum, for now. Time and again we have seen many trends that developed in the US ever make that long tail leap across the pond, and this may well be the case with the mommy bloggers. We may never see the day that the mummy community rises up to drum on the doors of Tesco over the price of nappies, but if we do, the PR 2.0 world better watch out.

A quest for a more integrated approach…

For those of you who came along to the @lonpr event last week at the Ogilvy PR offices – here is the deck that myself and Rachel Clarke presented on social media monitoring and measurement as well as a little about ourselves.

I will be posting up some more detail on these measurement slides in coming weeks so stay tuned for that!

My Media Diet: Inhalation…

Maybe I Inhale More Media Than I Realise...

"Maybe I Inhale More Media Than I Realise..."

It has come to my attention that I am literally inhaling media. I know I work in PR, and am a “Generation X”er and all that Jazz. But doing this little log over the past 24 hours is quite startling when you look at it all laid out like this. The little subconscious checks of twitter, the musing of blog posts yet to be written, it wouldn’t suprise me if I start unwillingly speaking in 140 character sentences!

So much of this media has just become 2nd nature, a part of the stream of our consiousness, and so little of it we actually question. Monday Morning. Office. Sit Down. Boot Up. Log On. Tweet. Eat. Tweet Again. Blog. Read. Digest (Digitally & Physically). Google. Email. Tweet Yet Again. Tag It. Digg It. Cast it. Download. Power Down. Go Home.

You get the picture…

So back to where we started – I decided to conduct little survey of my media diet. Consumption. Call it what you will. Let me take you back via the medium of blog (and some wavy scoobie doo effects) to Monday morning…

6:50 AM –  *Beep Beep Beep… THWACK!* Alarm clock knocked lazy from bedside table, rolling over, pushing girlfriend aside reaching for iPhone. Missing iPhone. Rolling back over. Snooze Button. 20 Minutes of Chris Moyles drowning out my dreams and bringing me (not so gently) into the new working week.

7:00 AM – I take a second attempt at reaching for iPhone. More successful this time. Read/Delete Spam.

7:50 AM – On tube now, dive head long into the wonderous hub of investigative journalism that is The Metro… lose interest around page 13…

7:59 AM – Once again distracted by Twitter on iPhone… *silent wish that people would not keep writing “Good morning everyone!” tweets… the old adage rings true, if you haven’t got something nice to say…

8:00 AM – 8:35 AM … Listen to Podcast.

Monday: Friday Night Comedy – Radio 4 (Listen)

Tuesday: Relevant Magazine (Listen)

Wednesday: This American Life (Listen)

Thursday: NPR – Poetry Magazine (Listen)

Friday: Genius Playlist on iPhone… (Info Here)

8:37AM – 9:02Am – As i’m plunged into the darkness of the Jubilee line* (See More…)  and am severed from my 3G connection to the world I revert to a analogue approach in the form of Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller’s fantastic mini essay series on non religious spirituality… (He blogs here). Until I succomb to the inevitable release of a Amazon Kindle 2 UK Version, paper reigns supreme for sub-terrainian entertainment.

9:10AM – 9:45AM – Arrive at work, bum on seat, Latte in hand, croissant in front of keyboard and all is well. Boot up, Log In, wait for work Email server to get it’s act together, then begin to breathe in 1’s and 0’s in the form of Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail, Google Reader, Delicious Tags, Radian6 (our social media monitoring tool here at Ogilvy) and news source of choice (for usability not politics) Guardian Online…

11:00 AM 11AM jumps out from behind a bush at me, startling me somewhat about it’s urgency in getting through the day. It’s about this time (usually musing over a latte) that the latest round robin email from the London Ogilvy Interactive group catches my attention – usually in the form of a YouTube distraction or some other digital delight. Sip. Click. Sit. Click. Back to work. Wait. This is work.

11:10 AM Check back into the twittersphere… Not much happening. Does FollowFriday do anyone else’s nut in or is it just me! (As an aside it is important to bring to light the troublesome issue that the MacBook – wonderful that it is – doesn’t feature a hash key on the keyboard! Grrrr…)

12:50 PM As hunger strikes (cue the Shreddies soundtrack) heading for lunch deleteding more (and more) spam from personal email on iPhone – ooo. My next LoveFilm is on it’s way… Michael Macintyre! 

13:45 PM – Stomach full, email inbox equally bloated. Quick twitter update before some serious digital digestion takes place, predominantly in the form of some Radian6 fishing and the odd blog inspiration from Google Reader.

2:00-5:45PM –As the sound of the neuvo-classical Flight of The Concordes hit thuds in my head, this point in the afternoon is officially “business time” – (for those of you unaquainted a little help from YouTube can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGOohBytKTU)  The result of which means, that aside from the spiradic twittering and lingering tap of the iPhone, very little goes on here other that – as would be expected – work.

6:00 – 7:00PM – Pretty much a repeat of 7:45 AM – 9:15AM but in reverse order. After a fairly media heavy day I tend to tail off by the time I get home. Suprisingly I still remember how to speak to people face to face! (Those who know me well will know this has never truely been a problem however…)

So there we have it, that pretty much wraps up the day. And sadly (possibly not the case for you routine junkies out there) – most days it’s the same story. Living a truely digitally native life, as one of the first generations to have never known what it is to not have a PC in the house is quite a priveledge I suppose. However this does provoke an almost subconscious dialogue within me, that is constantly thinking of the angle, the wall post, the tweet, a constant desire to replicate my offline life digitally. So how do you describe that? Inhalation. Breathe In.

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