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Everything you should know about Internet Defamation

Contributor: David Brim August 17, 2014

The tech-infused world we live in makes it easy to connect with others, share and speak your mind. Blogs, video sharing websites such as YouTube, and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram give everyone who has something to say a voice and a platform for others to receive their message.

These tools and networks can be used in positive and constructive ways, or in negative and destructive ways. Furthermore, what is said can be true, false or an opinion. It is true that due to our first constitutional amendment we have the ability to express our opinion whether online or offline. However, what happens when someone is stating things online that damage you or your business that are simply not true?

What people find online through search engines or social networks can influence their perception on a person, business, product or event. In many situations the perception becomes reality – especially when that statement is shared across the internet like wildfire and influences the perception of so many. These false statements can be very damaging and hard to reverse. This is called internet defamation.

I’ve added a great infographic below explaining internet defamation by Kelly Warner, a law firm specializing in defamation, business and internet law. I hope that you found this infographic to be as informative as I did.

Internet Defamation

“This post is sponsored by Kelly Warner. I was invited to this opportunity by Quality Blue Community and I received compensation for my time. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.”

Source: www.businessdefamation.com

Super Bowl Commercials – The battle of the brands

Contributor: David Brim January 31, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! Two teams are going to battle it out this Sunday to earn the right to be NFL Super Bowl champions. My team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, had a disappointing season and fell just short of making the playoffs. Truth be told…I don’t really care about the Seattle SeaHawks or the Denver Broncos, but I’ll still be watching the game.

Why do you ask?

Well, in addition to the fact that it is arguably the most popular sporting event of the year, which for many is reason enough, I will also be watching because of the Ads!

Super Bowl Sunday is the time for brands to strut their stuff just like the players on the field…and they spend a lot of money doing it! About $4 million per 30 second slot to be exact. These brands are advertising to battle for positioning in your mind and wallet…and it is always super entertaining!

The great thing about advertising on the Super Bowl for brands is that they not only get massive exposure during the game, but this exposure leads to a substantial amount of commercials being shared online as well.

Budweiser released their commercial “Puppy Love” two days ago and it already has nearly 25M views. I’ve added a video of Puppy Love later in this post.

Puppy Love - 2014 - Superbowl Viral Video


Now that is impressive! A great infographic on Super Bowl commercial sharing online was created by the team over at Unruly Media. I’ve added a copy below.

Super Bowl 2014 infographic FINAL

Last year I published some of my favorite super bowl commercials ever and some cool super bowl facts in case you wanted to check it out.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to have some new favorites to add after the Super Bowl airs on Sunday!

Whether or not you’re rooting for Seattle or Denver….let’s all hope for some kick ass Super Bowl commercials! If they are anything like Puppy Love they won’t disappoint!

If you’d like to see other examples 2014 Super Bowl commercials that have been released you can do so on a post recently published by AdAge. You can also head over to Huffington post where they published their list of the top 50 Super Bowl commercials of all time.

Super Bowl Viral Videos – Facts & Favorites

Contributor: David Brim February 3, 2013

It’s that time of the year again…the Super Bowl is upon us!  Regardless of if your team made the Super Bowl, or you even like football in general, one thing that everybody loves about the Super Bowl is the commercials.

My wife’s favorite Super Bowl commercials are always the Budweiser Clydesdale commercials. Here is one of the most recent ones prepared for the 2013 Super Bowl.

One of my favorite all time Super Bowl Commmercials was Terry Tate – Office Linebacker.

For another Terry Tate video – on sensitivity training visit this link.

I also always found this Bud Light commercial to be Hilarious…

And…Who can forget the Doritos Commercials. Here’s a really funny one that aired last year:

Super Bowl commercials like these have the ability to entertain us, but they don’t come cheap.

Super Bowl Ad spending per year

Kantar Media, a provider of strategic advertising intelligence, reports that Super Bowl spending reached $1.85 Billion over the past ten years. I’ve added a chart below that displays the spending per year from 2003 to 2012.

Super Bowl Ad spending

So what is the cost of a being in a 30 second Super Bowl commercial in 2013? Well, according to the New York Times the average 30 second spot is going for $3.7 to $3.8 million with a some of the spots priced over $4 million.

Why Spend this much?

According to Tony Pace, Subway’s Chief Marketing Officer…

You can’t get 110 million people” anywhere else. “That’s an audience we can’t ignore.

If a brand can afford to spend $4M on a Super Bowl commercial…chances are they don’t really need that exposure and are already a well known and successful brand. So why do it?

Let me explain…

There are two main reasons why people advertise, or market in the first place.

1) Direct Response:  A business want to obtain an immediate result typically a phone call, contact form submission on a website, internet purchase, etc.  You reach X number of people and expect X % to convert.  It costs $X to produce and distribute / broadcast the ad.  Direct Response advertisers should also have a grip on how much their average price per sale is and what the life time value of a customer is.  This way they can understand the ROI (return on investment) of their advertising or marketing initiative.  Types of Direct Response marketing tactics could include – SEO, PPC, Infomercials, Direct Mail, On-site sales promotions, etc.

2) Branding:  A business that wants to utilize advertising for a branding purpose wants to “break through the clutter” of marketing messages thrown at a person everyday and carve out a specific positioning in a prospect’s mind.  They also seek to gain “top of mind” awareness so that when you do have a need you think of their brand and the products / services they offer.

The companies that invest in Super Bowl Ads are typically very large companies that are already well-known brands.  They simply want to reinforce their brand positioning, educate key prospects / customers about new offerings, or remain “top of mind” by keeping people entertained and talking about their brand.


Continued Exposure Outside of the Super Bowl Ad Slots

Though $4M may seem like a very large amount of money for a 30 second Super Bowl slot when you consider the amount of people that can be reached during the Super Bowl (110 million+) and the amount of people talking about and sharing the commercials on social networking websites – Advertising through this medium is an amazing way to accomplish the branding goals of big  companies.

Let’s dive in deeper and examine the exposure of Super Bowl ads outside of their Ad slot on the Super Bowl.

The website Viral Video Charts, owned and operated by Unruly Media tracks the hottest “viral videos” on the internet.

Once you visit Viral Video Charts you’re able to see:

  • When a video was discovered
  • How many times it has been shared overall
  • Breakdown of shares per network, or medium
  • Number of shares graphed over time
  • and more!

The Budweiser Clydesdale commercial was just released 3 days ago and already has over 3 million views online and 1 million+ shares.

Budweiser Clydesdale commercial stats

This is quite astonishing when you think about it. Before the commercial was even viewed online it went viral in just 3 short days.

Statistics on Super Bowl Viral Videos

Unruly Media took the time to prepare an infographic, which I added below, that reveals some great social stats on Super Bowl commercials.

Super Bowl  Viral Videos

These stats are quite impressive and reinforce the notion that the value of advertising on the Super Bowl continues overtime, long after the commercial is ran in it’s respective multi-million dollar 30 second ad slot. A perfect example is the Terry Tate commercial I shared above that Reebok originally aired on the Super Bowl in 2003.

I hope that you enjoyed this post on Super Bowl commercials. My team – the Pittsburgh Steelers are not in the Super Bowl this year…they didn’t even make the play offs actually. To make matters worse…the Ravens, one of our biggest rivals, are in the Super Bowl. Blah. Nevertheless, I will be attending a Super Bowl party with good friends and good food. Even if the game isn’t entertaining…I’m sure the commercials will be!

What are some of your favorite super bowl commercials?

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The Quick Guide to Building a High Powered Brand

Contributor: David Brim January 31, 2013

When you build a “high powered brand”, your business will obtain an immensely valuable asset to help it strengthen and grow.  This brand has the ability to break through the clutter in your prospect’s minds and carve out a positioning that is there to stay. A “high powered brand” can also energize your customers and employees thereby equipping your business with even more fuel to expand to new heights. This fuel can also give you the boost you need to endure through the tough times and bring you even more prosperity and success during the good times.
building a brand

But how does one build a high powered brand?

8 Steps to building a high powered brand

  1. Ensure that your company aligns with the core values of the brand
  2.  Use clear, engaging, and relevant language aimed at your target audience
  3. Create an emotional attachment with your consumers and key prospects that resonates with them
  4. Every aspect of the brand statement should be reflected within your company, from top to bottom
  5. Make sure your message is clear and consistent through all of your marketing strategies
  6. Make sure ALL employees deliver the same message every time
  7. Choose highly targeted locations where your key prospects congregate to focus your marketing & advertising
  8. Develop assets that illustrate and reveal your brand
I hope that you have found these 8 tips to building a high powered brand to be helpful, but the truth is…that is not enough.  This “high powered brand” must be introduced to the World, and more importantly – to your key prospects.  To assist you with this endeavor I’ve added 15 ways that your high powered brand can be revealed.

15 Ways your high powered brand can be revealed

  1. Your brand’s logo
  2. Tagline/slogans
  3. Sales collateral like brochures, leave-behinds, etc
  4. The message communicated in your advertising and marketing
  5. Employees you hire and their actions
  6. Your website’s look, feel and content
  7. What your customers say about you
  8. Business cards
  9. How you interact with your customers and prospects
  10. Your social media profiles
  11. The blog posts/photos/videos and other content you create
  12. Social shares and referrals from others
  13. Quality and consistency of products or services
  14. Press mentions
  15. The story your brand tells

Building a brand is not an easy task, but is well worth it. I hope that you found these suggestions to be helpful.

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I originally published this post on Brand Advance’s blog.


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