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Twitter Cards: New Polling Ad Format

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Well pursuing my morning scroll through Twitter in the morning, I came across this Twitter survey by Samsung. I’ve been advertising on Twitter the last few years and I don’t remember doing a poll as an option. This poll was about vacuums and if Samsung was a brand that came to mind. It was short at 4 questions and super fast loading.

This is a great way to test news ideas for product, services or even ad copy/brand ideas to your community. Check out my other two screens below.

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Walkers Launches Twitter Vending Machine for ‘Do us a Flavour’ Campaign

Walkers (Lay’s for North American readers) transforms London Bus Shelters into tweet-activated vending machines for their ‘Do us a Flavour’ campaign last week.

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The six ‘finalist’ flavours include:
Sizzling Steak Fajita- Hopefully I can try this one.
Chip Shop Chicken Curry
Pulled Pork in a Sticky BBQ Sauce – Hopefully I can try this one.
Ranch Raccoon
Cheesy Beans on Toast – Not a fan; has an odd taste as a foreigner
Hot Dog with Tomato Ketchup – ketchup chips crisps has always been one of my favourites. This was a winner for me.

The contest is on until 11th September 2014. You can find two bus stops on Oxford Circus and one in Clapham Junction. Passers-by are then encouraged to tweet @Walkers_busstop with a special code you’ll find on the bus stop, which triggers the vending machine to dole out free packets of chips crisps. Really easy, did it myself a couple times.

The machines will also tell you when they are sold out. I find the Clapham Junction an odd choice as it’s not somewhere you’d think they could put this type of contest. It’s a less tourist and business location and more a place you’d find locals. Londers are always in a hurry and they rarely take the time to stop and read a bus ad. Also this bus spot is SUPER busy, even by London standard and the ads gets blocked by people waiting for the bus I found when I stopped by.

Besides chocolate; always fun to see what they’ll put in vending machines: Jello and havaianas.


Ofcom’s 2014 Uk Report: Device Usage, Mobile Advertising and Digital Downloads

Ofcom published its The Communications Market Report 2014 in the UK today, 7th August 2014.

The report looks are digital usage across devices and communication, purchasing power and spend as well advertising within the consumer market and how the wireless telecoms fit into that.

Physical Music vs Digital/Subscription Music
As a 30 something, seeing the graph below with my age group being the shifting point between those who prefer physical music vs digital and subscription services like Spotify is not shocking but still a good look at the market. It’s never easy to get someone to pay for a product.

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24 Hours with Foursquare 8.0

Foursquare Home Screen24 hours ago Foursquare launched its latest redesign that has been a few years in the making. I’ve a been a huge fan of the app & service since its initial launch.

The value from the service has always been the recommendation engine... sure I loved check-ins and getting a badge in the early days. However, when that wore off, it was its ability to help me find great places to eat when I’m traveling. I often travel solo and go to places I don’t know anyone. The relaunch last night brings this service into focus and in the crosshairs of Yelp and other similar services and apps.

The last 24 hours have been a joy using the new app. It feels faster than normal, I have gotten recommendation around an upcoming trip to Asia (my first). This has always been one area I’ve found service better over Yelp. Looking at your past trips and what you usually enjoy eating, it has a great idea of what you’d like in the future. Rarely has Foursquare been wrong about a venue being a good or bad place.

Hint: don’t touch any food place with less than a 7 score on the platform in large major cities. This isn’t a hard and fast rule for smaller markets but it does hold true in those markets, many times, too.

The new layout and colour scheme I’d say I’m the biggest fan of… thought it’s a change I’ll need to get use to over time. Change is never easy. If you’re going to travel to a new city and want to know where to eat, what’s hot or if that place you walked by is worth the walk in; Foursquare can help you. From Melbourne to Oslo, Bristol to Chicago, Tallinn to Cairns I’ve used this app across 3 (soon to be 5) continents now and it hasn’t let me down.


Merging Offline and Online Data in Google Analytics to Drive Remarketing

An area of focus for me this year has been merging disparate data sources and looking to link offline and online data into Google Analytics and MixPanel. Not an easy task or one that you learn about overnight. Many Canadian, British and 57% of US marketers are looking to do the same thing to create a unified view of their customers.


I came across this great post about merging offline and online in GA to help build out your remarketing list. It’s a great read if you’re just diving into this topic like I’m or looking to implement it into your organization ASAP. Taking data from kiosks, street team’s iPads or other non-traditional digital sources is a great idea and one that requires different teams to work together in a company.