Weekend Essentials – May 2, 2014

Essential marketing, media and PR stories from the week

Here’s what we learned this week.

The rent is due on social media marketing
Paired together, the social networks’ need to drive revenue and advertisers’ need to compete with thousands upon thousands of Buzz Feed posts and baby pictures are turning paid media into a necessity on social. That’s increasingly true for all of the major social networks, though the tactics may vary. On YouTube, for example, the most successful campaigns have a 50 /50 split between paid and earned views, according to Google’s president of American operations, Margo Georgiadis.
Read more in The New Cost of Social Media Marketing

Fear the backlash against content marketing
Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich, author of the blog and book Spin Sucks: Communication and Reputation Management in the Digital Age, advocates for the “marathon” approach to content marketing. Quick, poorly thought-out hits may get a lot of views in the short term, but a lack of quality will, in time, hurt both your brand and the field in general. “There’s so much information coming at us all the time. We have to be really careful about where we spend our time and the types of things that we read and consume because we’re busy. The top 10 lists or ‘the things Kim Kardashian taught me about running a business’ – that kind of crap isn’t going to fly anymore.”
Read more in Gini Dietrich: Critics, crises and content marketing ‘crap’

Worst. Service. Ever. Ka-ching!
Maybe we’re all a bit masochistic, but research suggests that those too-good-to-notice-you clerks at the store you can’t really afford have no bearing on what we think of the brand. “For the study, participants imagined or had interactions with sales representatives—rude or not. They then rated their feelings about associated brands and their desire to own them. Participants who expressed an aspiration to be associated with high-end brands also reported an increased desire to own the luxury products after being treated poorly.”
Read more in Rude sales staff boost luxury brands’ cachet: study

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Brands Articles

CMOs want the “brand” back in branded content

At IAB Engage, marketers for Molson, Kraft, Cara Foods talk branded content strategy

Airbnb signs deal to sponsor 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Online community is the Games' first alternative accommodations sponsor

Grey Canada gets a shot at Tequila Herradura

Brown-Forman brand awards digital CRM and below-the-line duties to WPP shop

Metro pairs fashion with food

Grocer partners with fashion magazine Flare on food-focused marketing campaign

Activia kicks off campaign with world record attempt

Yogurt brand positions itself as a "lifestyle partner" through Rogers Media partnership

HBO Canada gives fans a chance to sit on the Iron Throne

Selection of Game of Thrones products available at Toronto pop-up shop

Frank & Oak push pop-up competition in the U.S.

Montreal-based retailer is giving consumers the power to pick temporary locations

How to create an engaging flyer

Expert Patrick Rodmell shares five best practices that apply to all retail sectors

What the Heinz-Kraft merger could mean for Canada

Experts say deal will likely lead to layoffs as the two companies find ways to share costs