Incredulous: Advertising you’re not likely to see again

Have you ever noticed how people above a certian age tend to continue doing that thing that the rest of us gave up long ago: forarding jokes and curiorisities via email to their entire address book? The rest of us tend to take to ‘opt-in’ social networks for that sort of thing.

I mention it because the pictures that follow were forwarded to me by just such a gentleman. They’re old adverts that, let’s just say, you’re not likely to see again. How apt that the chap who sent them to me is old enough to remember some of them when they first appeared.

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Informed: The value of listening

Gideon Spanier had an interesting piece in the Evening Standard yesterday about the growing importance of social media for marketers and the brands that employ them. I recommend you head on over to read the full article.

For me, the key takeaways were:

Invested: How is the FinTech 100 doing in social media?

American Banker released the list of top 100 FinTech companies last week and it makes for an interesting read. Head on over to AB’s site to view the full list.

As I perused the list, I couldn’t help wondering how different it would look if the companies were ranked by Twitter followers instead of revenue. I’m not suggesting that your number of followers is a direct indication of how well you are executing your social media strategy – far from it – but it is a nice simple way to gauge a firm’s reach. Is there a corrolation between size and following?

Incisive: The FT on embracing trends in social networks

As a quick follow-up to my post about how to convince your executive team to reconsider social media, there’s a good piece in today’s FT about the trends emerging in social media as it relates to financial services – and particularly the fund managament world.

Emma Boyde concludes her piece by saying that:

even if asset managers are doubtful over the use of social media as a trading tool, its value in the public relations space cannot be ignored.

Influential: How to convince your executive team to reconsider social media

I was asked recently by a client to “explain why social media is critical to marketing and PR – and indeed to the organization as a whole.” The person in question worked for an organisation in which YouTube, Twitter and Facebook were all banned and they were looking for a compelling argument to persuade their senior management team to reconsider.

Instructive: What do chairmen and chief executives expect of their communications directors?

Headhunters Ellwood and Atfield recently published the results of a survey they undertook with chairmen and chief executives designed to see how the role of communications director is evolving. The report is interesting reading as much for the people who responded – they include Sir Win Bischoff of Lloyds, Sir Christopher Gent of GSK, Dennis Holt of the Bank of Ireland and Hector Sants of the FSA – as what they said.

In summary, chief executives and chairmen clearly recognise the value the communication function provides, whether through managing investor, media, government, employee or other stakeholder relations. However, when it comes to rating the relative importance of the individual disciplines within the function, views vary considerably depending on the organisation’s particular circumstances.

Informed: Luxury Daily's Luxury Marketing Outlook 2011

If you’re interested in marketing in the luxury industry then Luxury Daily is a must-read. They’ve just released their Luxury Marketing Outlook 2011 report and it’s full of interesting insights. What’s clear is that the future of luxury is digital. As editor Mickey Alam Khan says as he introduces the report: “savvy understanding of how the Internet and mobile influence all channels will make the difference between a successful luxury brand and one that sticks to an old formula for a different era.” I agree.

You can click here to download the report in its entirety but here are some highlights