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Oct31

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 31st October – Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween and welcome to this Friday’s spooky edition of Likes and Fails! I can’t promise it will really be spooky. But I’ll try my best.

dancing halloween man

Likes

Honda

Today’s Like is a great new campaign from Honda on YouTube, their video is an interactive treat with impressive production value.  The specially made page on YouTube shows a video of a man driving a new Honda to pick up his kids from school and seemingly take them home to some sort of surprise party. The clever part is that another video runs simultaneously to this one, but it only appears if you press the ‘r’ key on your keyboard and you see the ‘darker’ version of the story with a guy picking up his criminal friends who have just burglarized a building. It’s really interesting to flick between these two timelines and see the matching shot in the other version.

Honda are well known for their clever and inspiring adverts and videos, from their very famous ‘Impossible Dream’ advert to the one where a choir creates the noises of a running car, it’s always interesting to see what their creative team comes up with next.

It’s also a great day for this to be released as it definitely feels like a ‘Trick and Treat’ style video. So there we have today’s “scary” Like!

See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/user/HondaVideo

Fails

So as always on a Friday I don’t want to be a downer and I end up posting two Likes rather than a fail and it looks like that may happen here again. To brighten up your Halloween I’m going scouring for some of the funniest Halloween tweets and sharing them with you for your Friday enjoyment!

 

 

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by Helen Stirling

Jun19

A Social Media Agency’s Likes and Fails – 19th June – Twitter gets GIFs & Facebook goes down

It’s today’s Likes and Fails, and we’re super excited that Twitter has finally added functionality for GIFs! Maybe the excitement of this announcement is what caused Facebook to go down this morning. Uh-oh.

Likes

Twitter has started supporting GIFs! Praise the lord! You probably already know that here at ASMA we love GIFs, and this is very exciting news which puts Twitter in everyone’s good books. The addition of GIFs to the site means that there will be a great new way to be able to express yourself in your Tweets.

The GIFs will appear in your timelines similarly to other video content and they’ll feature a play button, which is good for those who don’t really want the GIFs to auto-play (whoever those mavericks are). The GIFs currently only work if you upload them directly to Twitter, and will not work if for example you just use a GIF’s URL. They do however work on the desktop version as well as on Android and iPhone versions. The GIFs don’t seem to currently be working in timeline on platforms like Tweetdeck, but you can easily click the link and view in a browser.

You simply have to upload a GIF in the same way that you would add a photograph to a Tweet. I did try a large file size which didn’t seem to work, so if you’re having problems file-size may be your issue.

Fails

Facebook went down this morning and sent the world into a panic. At about 10 to 9 users began reporting (on Twitter) that they were getting an error message when they tried to refresh their Facebook tab, or trying to view Facebook, including the app versions too. This was the longest outage of Facebook since 2010, as it was down for a total of half an hour! Thought it was down for 2 and a half hours in 2010! The site is now fully functional again, though tensions were high on Twitter, with many joking that it signalled the end of the world as we know it.

A lot of people turned to other Social Networks in Facebook’s absence, with users taking over Twitter and many others saying they were off to Google+!

There has been no announcement as to what caused the outage earlier this morning but Facebook did release this statement: “Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused,”.

The outage was long enough for brands to start latching on to the error with one notable example below.


We’d be interested to know what initially caused this outage and to know that it won’t happen again in future. We’ll have to wait and see if Facebook will release another statement.

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by Helen Stirling

May28

How to make your brand stand out amongst the competition.

Social Media is a big deal for a brand, we all know it, but unfortunately we ALL know it, so competition is stiff. Therefore it’s important as a brand to have all aspects of your business up to scratch to make sure that you’re the company grabbing the attention. A branding mistake can be detrimental to your company, so it’s important to have Social Media Guidelines that the whole company can comply to, to make sure that the company is always seen in a positive light. It’s also a good idea to ensure that everyone within the team knows the vision that the company has and that they stick to it.

1. The Name

The name is the first thing that people will learn about your business so it has to be good. Not only does it have to be easy to remember but it should also evoke a feeling that links well to your company, your customers need to know what your company is about. The most important thing is to be memorable so if you’ve said the name in a presentation, you want a person who’s heard it to be able pop it into a search engine without any issue forgetting it. These so called creative names that keep popping up, with two ‘iis’ on the end, that often sound like a word from a CeBeebies programme are just not memorable enough. The best thing to do is to find a name which is easy to pronounce and spell as well as checking that it has a domain that’s available and fairly cheap.

2. The Vision

Personality, business values and ethics are all things which should be covered in a company policy, as well as made clear in a Social Media policy. It will ensure that all employees are upholding the company values in their own social media accounts as well as in real life. Making sure that all employees are clear on the vision for the company means that there are less likely to be any Social Media blunders, or any incidents involving a company dispute. Obviously it’s completely up to you what your company’s vision should be, though I can’t say I suggest/encourage NSFW language or content, but make sure you have a personal feel to your brand image.

3. The Logo

A logo can be a hard task; once you’ve got a name you need to create the perfect logo that will truly represent you as a company and a brand. You’ve thought about the company’s vision and now you should be ready to create something that will speak to your customers as well as be recognisable. The main thing to think about is whether the logo fits your company, for example if you’re a small solicitor firm and your logo is a cartoon rabbit; why? Keep it relevant and if you’re not sure how your design’s come across perhaps test them out with people who don’t know your company and see what they first think of when they see the logos, that should give you more than an inkling if the logo fits. If you’re really struggling then going for something simple, neutral and clean is defintely a better idea than making it overcomplicated.

4. Social Media

 On your Social Media accounts make sure you pay close attention to your company’s vision and ethics and make sure that every update posted complies with them. Responding to clients and questions to people via social media should also be kept within company guidelines, adopt an online tone of voice and stick to it, this doesn’t have to be stern, you can be joke-y or sarcastic, as long as you know you have the right audience for it, you don’t want to offend anyone. Think through any hashtags you might want to promote; think of ALL of the possibilities, we don’t want another #Susanalbumparty. It’s simple really, keep to one tone of voice, engage with users in a polite way and keep savvy with your account passwords, changing them regularly and making sure each account has a different login.

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by Helen Stirling

Apr01

It’s April fools day so here are some of our favourite ever prank GIFs

Some of these pranks are classics, some are downright bizzare (we’re looking at you Japan) and some are small but hilarious! We hope you’ve all had a fantastic April fools day and that this makes it even better.

Japanese prank shows 

What an ‘inventive’ idea, step into an elevator, go down a slide full of gunge…

What? It’s just a dinosaur…

Seriously though, how do they even come up with these ideas.

Smaller pranks

This is from a YouTube channel where the couple plays pranks on each other.

This is a classic use of cling film.

Hahahah is the only thing needed to be said here.

Walked right into it.

The classic ‘pretend you’re eating salt’.

Prank TV/YouTube shows

I remember seeing this one on TV. Hilarious.

I love her look of confusion, ‘am I a vampire?’

Bizarre, but so well executed.

Viral pranks

This was a viral promo for the new Carrie film at a small coffee joint.

LG set this one up in another elevator prank; they sure are popular.

Even more recently Pepsi created this Bus Stop prank which was very similar to another LG prank.

Animal pranks

Who knew ants could be pranked?

That poor dog looks like he’s seen a ghost.

And finally, this guy just ain’t bothered.

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by Helen Stirling

Mar26

Some of our favourite British adverts ever in GIF form.

As you may have noticed this week we’ve been looking at adverts and advertising and ads. Today we’re going to combine this with one of our favourite thing in the world. GIFs. Yes that’s right ladies and gents, we’ll be bringing you some fantastic advert-y goodness in fantastical GIF form, buckle in.

BEER

Guinness

Possibly the most famous advert of ALL time, in Britain anyway, I don’t know if it aired anywhere else, this Guinness ad still stands the test of time. The incredible white horses wave effect and the motivational narration makes this one fantastic spectacle to watch.

Ah, the famous Melanie Sykes advert from Boddingtons. A man is making a sweltering run across a desert to… well chase an ice cream van, and get served a beer from Mel. Of course.

CHOCOLATE

Cadbury have some truly epic adverts in their history, these two are just some examples, extremely visual and bizarre they caught a lot of attention at the time and live on as very popular adverts.

HOLIDAYS

Booking.com’s latest advert is truly wonderful, the ‘Booking Epic’ advert is hilarious and overdramatic, just how we like an advert.

SMASH

Yes Smash gets it’s own category because the adverts were so gosh darn iconic. They were originally aired in the 70s!

OTHER

Can you tell I ran out of category names? No? Good. This is another iconic British advert from Yellow pages which was shown at christmas, the boy featured in the ad has been rumoured to Robbie williams, but is quite obviously not due to the dates of his birth and the fact he’d have been 18 when the ad was filmed. Pointless fact of the day for you.

I can still remember this advery being on TV in 2003, the idea is so simple but really stuck in my mind. It simply shows a woman walking along a street singing and handing out bottles of Coca-Cola. Superb.

In the theme of Coca-Cola, here is the advert us Brits go MAD about at Christmas, the Coca-Cola Christmas trucks. As soon as we’ve seen it on TV and heard the classic ‘Holidays are coming’ tune, it’s definitely 100% Christmas time. No matter what anyone else says.

And finally, one for the ladies, the classic Levi’s 501 jeans advert was extremely popular with the women of the time and no doubt helped Levi’s to ship a couple of extra pairs of Jeans.

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by Helen Stirling

Mar25

Which celebs would we actually buy things from.

So on the subject of advertising this week we’ll today look at the celebrities that we’d actually buy products from. All to often you see celebrities releasing or endorsing products that you think, uuuuhh why? For example One Direction’s perfume for women or Katie Price’s range of horse riding paraphernalia or even Ichiban lipstick for men from Joey Tribiani, oh wait that one isn’t real. So anyway we thought we’d give a list of celebs we’d actually buy things from and what they’d be selling us.

1. JENNIFER LAWRENCE

What we’d buy from Jennifer: Literally anything. Or if we were forced to pick, probably an ebook titled ‘how to be witty at red carpet events’.

2. RYAN GOSLING 

What we’d buy from Ryan: Cereal, or spoons.

3. EMMA STONE

What we’d buy from Emma: A potion of cute?! Ok no, I guess that doesn’t exist, so I’m going to say Spice Girls memorabilia.

4. BRANGELINA

What we’d buy from Brad and Ange: Nappies, Because they have lots of kids I guess.

5. JASON MOMOA

What we’d buy from Jason: Mmmmmm drool.. oh sorry, I don’t know maybe protein powder. Drool……..

5. TOM HANKS 

What we’d buy from Tom: A guide to being the nicest person on the planet.

6. EMMA WATSON

What we’d buy from Emma: Looking at this GIF, toothpaste.

7. JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT

What we’d buy from Joseph: Charm. Actual Charm.

8. TINA FEY & AMY POELHER (They count as one)

What we’d buy from them: A joke book. Possibly Alcohol.

9. Steve Carrell

What we’d buy from Steve: Dunder Mifflin paper.

10. KIM KARDASHIAN

What we’d buy from Kim: Nothing. Soz.

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by Helen Stirling

Mar12

Cheltenham Festival – If social networks were in a horse race.

This is what the Race Card would look like if Social Networks were involved in a horse race.

Overview: The race is a tough one to call, but if I had to take a guess I’d definitely take a punt on Twitter who has showed increasing promise and uptake. Though I’m not one to discount Instagram, who is also in with a chance, and has been going from strength to strenght recently, especially one to watch now it’s wearing filters for the first time. However this is a wide-open race and it could really be anyone’s for the taking. E/W shout: Facebook.

1. Twitter

EVENS

The likely winner! Twitter may be slowing in growth but this 8 year old network has shown itself one of the most popular out there. It may find itself up against some tough competition here, but it shows consistency in it’s trends and hashtags and will definitely be a front-runner. It has recently seen some falls, but looks sure to pick itself back up and race stronger than ever.

2. Instagram

4/1

This relative youngster to the field has shown impressive form, and it has taken to the going well. The field definitely has space for this runner and with new addition of filters for the first time, it’s sure to attract some backers. The previous photo finish was a close call for this entry, but no other competitors came close. In a new stable with stable mate Facebook, it looks sure to give a good performance from here-on and push the text-filled front-runner to it’s limits.

3. Vine

6/1

The youngest in the field and the most spirited, this guy is a fan favourite who always pleases. Though initially an unsure bet it has improved ten-fold through the previous season, with some strong runs in its favour. Has been known to run in short 6 second bursts, but usually can repeat that technique frequently. Shows willing and is eager to please.

4. Pinterest

8/1

This a popular runner for ladies day, many favouring this across the boards. Has previously been pinned as an outsider, but now shows increasing promise as a frontrunner. This is one not to be discounted, it’s one runner that can keep the pace and stay the distance.

5. Google Plus

10/1

This runner has not been sure what to do for a while now, integration with the YouTube stables was it’s recent venture, but YouTube commented this just isn’t working for him. When first joining the game it showed substantial promise with many singing it’s praises before it had even taken on a whole season. However it has mostly failed to live up to the initial hype. However it is a solid bet with very few problems ever noted, and could be soon living up to it’s pledge.

6.  Facebook

12/1

Though I really do Like this entry, it is running a little past it’s prime now. At 10 years old it has struggled with recent changes, and taken a few falls. Perhaps worth a punt E/W because of a prolific following; but losing favour and definitely needs to show more to prove it’s one to stay the course.

N/R: Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr

These runners didn’t make it to the race because one was too young, one turned out to not even be a social network and the other was too crazy, respectively.

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by Helen Stirling

Mar10

Our hot tips for the Cheltenham Races – Day one – based on the coolest names. Of course.

So the festival is dawning with the first race kicking off at 1.30pm tomorrow, and like all avid Cheltenham dwelling race fans we’ve been looking at the upcoming race-card and have been carefully selecting our winners. Based on their splendid names of course! So here we go we’ll give the day the race and why you should be picking this particular horse.

And they’re off…!

Tuesday 1.30pm Supreme novices hurdle

TO WIN: No.6 Josses Hill -

Quite obvious as to why we’ve chosen number 6 here… because it’s name closely resembles that of a famous movie star.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

No. 17 Wicklow Brave – gets a mention because it sounds like it should be a character from Lord of the Rings.

No. 7 Sgt Reckless – I’m not really sure you even need a reason here. Bad-ass.

 

Tuesday 2.05pm Arkle Chase

TO WIN: No. 2 Champagne fever -

Because I’m secretly a functioning alcoholic. Not really, but I do like Champagne. (Bonus: This one actually might be a good shout because it’s currently favourite)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

No. 7 Trifolium – Just for being a posh way of going ‘I’M IRISH’ (Trifolium, I discovered is the posh name for clover)

 

Tuesday 2.40pm Handicap Chase

TO WIN: No. 14 Shakalakaboomboom -

This is a simply fantastic name for a racehorse, if only just because the commentator is going to have to say it really excitedly if it comes close to the win.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

No. 15 Relax – Yep, that’s exactly what it’s called and let’s hope it does just that, but not so relaxed it goes at a leisurely trot pace.

No. 20 Wrong Turn – Let’s hope this one doesn’t do that.

 

Tuesday 3.20pm Champion hurdle

TO WIN: No.6 My Tent Or Yours -

Again this one speaks for itsself we like the subtle suggestion the name implies.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: 

No. 8 Ptit Zig – I have no idea either, might as well have been call Pig Titz.

 

Tuesday 4.00pm OLBG Mares’ Hurdle

TO WIN: 13. Hidden Identity -

In all honesty, this was a tough one to pick, I went with the above because I liked the idea that a horse had to go into the witness protection programme and now runs at Cheltenham to cover it’s identity.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: 

No. 16 Top Totti – Oi Oi!

No. 8 Lunique – Because unique wasn’t unique enough.

 

Tuesday 4.40pm National Hunt Chase

TO WIN: No.14 Shutthefrontdoor

This is simple incredible, because if this horse win, and it’s likely it will, you can literally exclaim, SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

HONORABLE MENTIONS: 

No. 4 Beeves – Like Jeeves the butler but now with added BEES. (Arrested development fans take note).

No. 1 According to Trev – I wonder what was according to Trev, and how he feels about whatever the thing he said, being used to name a horse.

 

Tuesday 5.15pm Novices’ handicap chase

TO WIN: No. 3 Grandads horse -

I hope this as obviously named as it seems, it was literally someone’s Grandad’s horse. Just to warn you he is the biggest outsider so may not win.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

No. 4 Baby Mix – Sounds like the next big British Girl-band.

No 16. Tony Star – I love animals with human names. There’s something hilarious about it.

 

So there we have it go forth and make lots of money!*

*Disclaimer: Don’t come crying to me of you lose all your money. I claim no responsibility.

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by Helen Stirling

Mar04

Who knew there were so many fantastic Pancake related GIFs?

Yes really, there are an impressive amount of Pancake GIFs on the internet. Prepare yourselves for a very highbrow article here.

 

First off we have the Food Porn style GIFs :

And next up we have the cartoon-art style Pancakes.

Then the downright bizzare pancake GIFs:

Those famous pancake scenes from all your favourite movies have taken GIF form.

The weirdly extensive selection of 90′s cartoon pancake GIFs:

And of course, Salem from Sabrina the teenage witch with his pancakes:

Have a great Pancake Day everyone, enjoy your last day of unhealthy food until Easter, if you’re into the whole Lent thing. If not, just enjoy the sugary pancake-y goodness this evening!

 

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by Helen Stirling

Feb28

Things you’ll definitely see on social media during the 2014 Oscars

Here we go then, it’s The Oscars on Sunday. Here are all things you’ll see being Tweeted and Facebook-ed during the big show.

“That thing Jennifer Lawrence did was amazing.”

Whether she falls over, says something hilarious about shots in a post Oscar win conference, you can guarantee she’ll do something GIF worthy and that the whole of the internet will be talking about it.

“Brangelina look amazing.”

Enough said really. They always look flawless and cute together. Everyone always says so. Sorry Jen.

(PS. Who can forget that leg pose. Not me I tell you.)

Can’t believe they cut *insert person here* off on their speech. 

You probably remember the countless times people have been cut off by music when delivering their acceptance speech, and you probably remember the countless times that people were outraged that they were cut off by the Academy.

Most notable in recent memory is Ben Affleck getting cut off whilst thanking his kids.

Anything referencing Meryl. 

MERYL

Everyone everywhere will mention Meryl, acceptance speeches, tweets about how amazing she is, GIFs of her flawlessness. Meryl is the queen of The Oscars it would be a travesty for her not to be mentioned.

Idina Menzel performing Let it Go is my dreeeeam. 

The internet has literally gone crazy over Disney’s latest offering. Let it go is the break out song and is nominated for Best Original Song and is being performed at the awards show. People will tweet about how they’re crying at the performance and how much they love it. I guarantee it.

If Gravity doesn’t win visual effects I’ll eat Pharrell’s hat. 

This GIF appropriately sums up how every film buff will feel if Gravity loses out on the Visual Effects award, especially if it loses to The Lone Ranger. (Hah. As if.)

People will be writing tweets about knowing that Gravity will win this award as if the rest of us didn’t know that already.

Check out our list of the best and worst dressed at the Oscars which is in no way the same as the other 1000 articles of the same name.

Every celeb gossip twitter account will have this tweet. Like every single one. It’ll be hard to avoid.

Something about McConaghey’s McConaissance. 

Will tell you about the amazing resurgence in his career as if a 100 articles haven’t been written about it before. Gee thanks. Please tell me more about your theories.

Leonardo Di Caprio didn’t win again sad face. 

Everyone thinks he can do it this year, but all of us in our heart of hearts know that there are some pretty solid contenders out there in Chiwitel Ejiofor and McConaughey, so it’s likely he’ll be going home empty handed and we’ll vent our sadness at his loss online or you know make jokes about it.

Winner of best sound mixing is… yeah yeah move on we don’t care. 

Everyone always gets bored at this point, and tells the internet that they don’t care in the hopes that it’ll hurry this section up  where we know none of the nominees.

Omg I’m so tired.


Britain’s everywhere will be saying this. Thank God I took Monday off. 

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by Helen Stirling