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Nov 13th 2012

Goviral Reveals Best 100 Brands in Branded Content

With the overflow of viral videos and branded digital stunts, it is becoming more and more difficult for anyone to make a splash in the social market. The goviral team have released the top 100 brands in branded content for 2012, highlighting the companies and brands that are leading the way with their social content.

The first goviral Social Video Equity Report evaluated these brands based on their volume, total views and engagement for content uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. Goviral then weighed the quality, purpose, innovation and audience relevance, before calculating the final social video equity score. From the report:

"The results of goviral's Social Video Equity Report prove that when it comes to branded content, fortune favors the brave", said Mads Holmen, Planning Director, goviral. "Brands like Red Bull, Old Spice and Nike are risk-takers, constantly disrupting what's expected to spark agenda-setting conversation. An effective social video strategy can elevate a brand beyond the product, creating an experience consumers really want to part of."

Click here for additional details on goviral's research and findings. For the full list of the top 100 brands in branded content, visit goviral.com

Sep 10th 2012

AOL David Shing Featured in Canada's 'Marketing' Magazine

AOL Digital Prophet David Shing delivers the keynote speech at Marketing magazine's inaugural Branded Content Conference this Wednesday in Toronto. In advance of the event, the magazine sat down with David for a Q&A, during which he stressed the importance of "movements" over "moments" in marketing. Here are a few highlights from the interview:

"How can content connect in context and not contribute to clutter?
The key to success starts with a great idea. This foundation allows for the idea to travel across multiple properties with strong storytelling. The key to context is to ensure you are telling the right type of story at the right place at the right time. Too many brands tell the same story across different media and forget that people are using digital properties for different needs.

You've long said that generic advertising needs to evolve to "influence marketing," adding that it's not about size, but influence. What do you mean?
If we can move people beyond liking to actually share-or take other real actions-we can engage the crowd to create movements and not be limited to moments. For example, the concept of "like" is conceptually flawed because there is very little commitment to the action. I believe we can harness the power of "friends of a friend" to make the social experience-especially social-commerce-authentic."

Read the full article click here.

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