Andrew Burnett http://www.andrewburnett.com Social Media Scotland Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:29:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 A Tale of Two Fannies http://www.andrewburnett.com/tale-fannies/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/tale-fannies/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 12:01:06 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=794 ]]> What a week it has been for fannies in social media, myself included*.

The thing is there’s funny fanny, and then there’s silly fanny.

Fanny number 1:

A lighthearted advert from Irn-Bru which started off on youTube only, has graced our tellyboxes for the past few weeks. No doubt it does offend some people, Irn-Bru adverts generally speaking do get a certain amount of complaints. There would be something sorely lacking from an Irn-Bru advert that got no complaints.

In case you don’t get it, it’s funny because: There’s a play on words (“Fanny” vs. “Fanny”). Despite being a slang term for “vagina” in the UK (I know, dear US friends, you getting it wrong is a source of endless amusement for us too) the context it is put in within the clip is one that most people with a pulse will find difficult not to giggle at. It is the classic “Richard” and “Dick” joke, only more localised.

What’s Special About this Fanny in Social Media?

Well, the ad has been exceptionally well received, even for an Irn Bru ad. It has been viewed a mammoth amount of times, at time of writing over 1.3 million views. Many of these views resulted in a tweetstorm in mid May.

Still, what’s so special about the ad in social media terms?

Well, not content with having a massive viral success with a commercial advert, in itself no mean feat, Irn Bru went a step further. To keep the momentum of the video’s success, and to give a further giggle, Irn Bru brilliantly took the “Fanny” theme a step further and produced 50 fridge magnets… “Fanny magnets”

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To get one of these 50 fridge magnets all you had to do was to tweet anything with the hashtag #IMAFANNY. Needless to say, it was tweeted to the point where it trended.

Fanny number 2:

“Fanny” was about the only infantile euphemism which Femfresh did not use for “vagina” in their “whatever you call it, make sure you love it” campaign.

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There are many many many many comments on the idiocy of this and the (justified) outrage it has caused.

As is so often the case with poorly thought out campaigns, when the inevitable happened, Femfresh’s reaction was not well thought out either:

Just a short note to tell all recent posters that we have seen your comments and we will be getting back to you.
Whilst we welcome debate, please can we ask that you don’t post anything abusive or use bad language as this contravenes our policies and we will have to delete the posts. Thank you.

Naturally, obviously, inevitably, this led to a backlash that it was indeed Femfresh whose language was bad.

A little planning would have gone a long way, planning for a campaign that doesn’t offend its intended audience, planning for how to react if there is a negative reaction (which in this case was practically guaranteed to happen).

In summary: If you’re going to fanny about on social media, don’t be a dick about it.

*I am a fanny, because I luckily won one of the Irn-Bru fanny magnets

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Money for Hate http://www.andrewburnett.com/money-hate/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/money-hate/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:17:57 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=783 ]]> Something, or rather someone, has reared their, frankly, blandly mediocre head above the parapet of castle hate.

Samantha Brick, I’m sure you’ll know by now, wrote an article in the DailyMail about how tough her life is as a beautiful woman. The DailyMail, in an inspired moment, realised the potential of this hatebait article and hit the publish button.

Note, I call this hatebait and not linkbait. It will no doubt also attract a massive number of links, but that isn’t the main objective. With linkbait, as the name suggests, the objective is to attract links. With haitbait, well, the objective is just as clear.

Why Publish Hatebait?

Well, to say the article has caught the public attention would be an understatement, there is hardly a positive comment being made about the hapless Ms Brick.

This is primal, people get sucked into having an opinion, not on the marketing lessons, but on whether she actually is pretty or not. What’s also interesting is how seemingly intelligent, famous people lost objectivity and got stuck in.

The outpouring of hatred on Twitter knows no bounds, from the creative and witty to the profane and degrading, practically every tweet about her is scathing:

So, why publish something that will have this effect? Well, it brings people to your website, lots and lots and lots of people.

And what do people on your website make?

Money, Lots and Lots of Money

How much money did this generate for the Mail?

More Money Questions…

How much money would you need to be given to make everyone hate you for a day on Twitter?

How much more money would you then need to be given to write a further article which perpetuates that hate for a further day?

How much money did Ms Block receive for setting herself up, I wonder?

Hatebait is Rare, Right?

The extreme of this one is, thankfully, relatively rare, yes. It is a near daily phenomenon though.

It’s crude and obvious, blunt and blatant. It is obtuse viral.

It is to linkbait what sledgehammers are to Allen keys.

So, How is Hatebait Different to Linkbait?

Well, the purpose of linkbait is to get links to a specific URL, that’s it.

Haitbait inspires the mob mentality, and may, or may not result in links to a specific URL.

Cleverly crafted and executed linkbait will, most often, not attract such attention. It will always give its target good reason to link to it, that’s its purpose. It will often “fly under the radar”, avoid controversy and, most importantly of all, work. It will attract links.

In writing this I spoke with Lyndon Antcliff, King of the Linkbaiters, who gave great insight into, and had this to say about the Samantha Brick hatebait:

Picking though the bones of this, we can learn a lot of how to re-create a linbkaiting beast.

Carlsberg decided not to make linkbaiters when they realised that there’s already a Lyndon*. But, he does run Linkbait Coaching

*allegedly

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ThinkVisibility 7: Think Harder. http://www.andrewburnett.com/thinkvisibility-7-harder/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/thinkvisibility-7-harder/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=749 ]]> The 2 events I look forward to each year more than any other are ThinkVisibility March and ThinkVisibility September. They simply are the greatest conferences. This time was no exception.
Both in terms of the presentations and the attendees, it is a friendly, informative, face-hurtingly funny, utter belter of a weekend.

This being the sixth “ThinkVis” I have attended there are a lot of faces I am familiar with and it is always great to catch up with old friends. There are always a good number of new people too, mind and making new connections is just as satisfying. ThinkVis feels like a family gathering in many ways.

Friday Night

As always, the conference starts in style on Friday night. Wiebke and I were lucky enough to be included in a reprobate’s dinner party, which may or may not have been organised by Nichola, with some of the great and the good in attendance, and us, and Jackie, and Geoff, and Shaun Hobo, and Pete, and Alex, and Anna, and Kev, and Chelsea, and Tracey, and Paul, and Gareth, and Dan.

Seriously though, it was a great start to a great night, a night which will not in any way, shape or form, be documented here. Other than this very respectable photograph (courtesy of Jackie) of some of the people there, all of us sober too, honest.

fridayDinnerThinkVis7 ThinkVisibility 7: Think Harder.

The Conference Itself, Saturday

I have said this before, and I will say it again, if you want to get all the gen from all the talks, buy a ticket and support the greatest conference. That said, if you are really desperate, I will link to posts where talks are detailed, but seriously, buy a ticket and come along, if for nothing else then to buy me a beer.

There is something that most people will learn from most of the sessions, there’s plenty for everyone to learn in between the sessions. The people who come to Thinkvis make it what it is, both speakers and attendees.

With all that said, the sessions I enjoyed the most were:

James Carson‘s Saying Stuff is Dead is Dead!
Jon Quinton‘s Link Building Lessons from Swiss Toni
Barry AdamsSEO for eCommerce

The other sessions I attended were great too, and I heard good things about those I didn’t attend too (in particular Dan McGuire‘s Outsourcing for Cheap Bastards, which, by all accounts, had many people crossing their legs whilst laughing)

The were other great sessions, of course, the above were merely my favourites!

Malcolm Slade‘s The Rise of Brands in Search [haven't found Malcolm's slides anywhere, yet]
Anna LewisWebsite Statistics: 60% of the time it works everytime
Kean Richmond‘s So I’m #1 in Google, but now what?
Dan Harrison‘s 25 Useful things you can do with WordPress
Carla Marshall‘s VSEO Strategies: Why YouTube is so Much More Than Kittens & Car Crashes
Pierre Far‘s Understanding Google Crawling & Indexing

Saturday Night, Bouncy Bouncy

Dinner on Saturday can be summed up by four words:

  • Dirty.
  • Space.
  • Burrito.
  • Dock.

Well you had to be there.
My face still hurts, thank you one and all.

If you’re not already convinced that Thinkvisibility is worth attending every March AND September, then, honestly, where else would you get to play on a bouncy castle, inside a casino?

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image credit @sk8geek, who has a whole thinkvis album worth viewing on Flickr.

Plenty More ThinkVis Love

Finally, here’re a load of other write-ups of ThinkVis 7, if I have missed any, let me know in the comments:

Thinkvisibility 7 Highlights from @ismepete
60 Eureka Moments From Think Visibility 7 (#thinkvis)
Think Visibility 7 Round-Up #thinkvis
17 Actionable Takeaways From ThinkVis

Almost forgot, again

Many many thanks to Dom for a sterling time. See you in September for ThinkVis8.

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The Unreality Of Interlinked Social Media http://www.andrewburnett.com/unreality-interlinked-social-media/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/unreality-interlinked-social-media/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:12:33 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=736 ]]> An alternative title might be: “Would messrs Tumblr and Google+ et al kindly digitus extractus and embrace social sharing”.

Tumblr

As great as it is, Tumblr allows cross posting to Twitter and Facebook, which is great, right? The obvious arguments over whether cross posting should be done automatically or not aside, it is very helpful to be able to cross post, as long as it adds value to the stream you are cross posting into, right?

When cross posting to Twitter, Tumblr lets you change the default “Photo: [URL]” format to make it more clickable on Twitter, clever, huh? If you cross post to Facebook, however, you get no opportunity to change anything. Really, Tumblr, really?

A fellow Edinburgh social media type, and more frequent tumbler than me, Jen Rankine, tested it out more thoroughly than I had. She discovered there is indeed no way to edit the title of the link Tumblr posts to Facebook, it is always the title of your Tumblr blog.

 The Unreality Of Interlinked Social Media

Google+

Also last week, Tac Anderson, brought up the point that ifft [ifThisThenThat] don’t have support for Google+:
TacAnderson The Unreality Of Interlinked Social Media
Turns out, according to ifttt, Google have yet to release a full read/write API for Google+. Of course, this could be a vain attempt to curb gaming of social signals, but perhaps it is indicative of Google’s failure to launch a social success.

Perhaps it is less a case of having to exercise control, as Google are more used to, and more one of trying to find a way to filter gamed sentiment over genuine. Given that Google+ is largely used by the SEO community… just saying.

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Rant: “Live Tweeting” http://www.andrewburnett.com/rant-live-tweeting/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/rant-live-tweeting/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 09:36:57 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=710 ]]> rant live tweeting Rant: Live Tweeting

With the exception of the seemingly endangered FailWhale making an appearance Tweeting is ‘LIVE’ by definition.

You are NOT doing anything other than NOT paying attention to whichever poor sod it is that is speaking / presenting / dying / shaving their pubis.

Essentially you are implying that you are somehow tweeting in even more realtime than anyone else, you egotistical introverted spudnut.

I’ve had it with this terminolowankery.

IT IS TWEETING. THAT’S IT. STOP IT YOU SPUDNUTS.

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Unicorns, Less ‘Meme’ More ‘Me Me’…? http://www.andrewburnett.com/unicorns-me-me-meme/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/unicorns-me-me-meme/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:12:09 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=697 ]]> unicorns Unicorns, Less Meme More Me Me…?

Yesterday a London based international digital marketing agency had a unicorn in their offices! Imagine that! A real live unicorn!

Not like an Oatmeal unicorn, no a real live unicorn, you know, like a white horse with a plastic horn sellotaped to its coupon.

An actual unicorn would make a tsunami of a splash on the internet, right? The internet loves unicorns, in fact the only thing the internet loves more than unicorns is bacon and kittehs! You can’t fail to go viral with unicorns!

Except you can. You absolutely can. You can even fail to rile PETA. It is possible to entirely miss critical mass despite spending astronomical amounts.

Believe it or not, it is even possible to get less views on your twitpic than you have global staff. Less views on your twitpic than half
of your global staff. For a unicorn!

Perhaps next time an agency tries a stunt like that they’ll have a bacon-scarf-wearing Nyan LOLcat riding a hoverboard. And do you know what? It won’t ‘go viral’ either.

No, for something to ‘go viral’ it needs a little more magic and a little less production.

Photo credit

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Love Da Pop, Bugger Da Brand (maybe?) http://www.andrewburnett.com/lovedapop-buggerdabrand/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/lovedapop-buggerdabrand/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 14:22:45 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=683 ]]> LoveDaPop, recent Dragon’s Den candidates, recipients of £70,000 of investment from Peter Jones and Saatchi & Saatchi London employees have shown just how utterly shit they are at social media.

They cynically attempted to promote their product on the back of the London riots:

Lovedapop Love Da Pop, Bugger Da Brand (maybe?)

They’re not the first to try such a stunt, which makes it all the more idiotic. Didn’t they read AdAge’s post about Kenneth Cole pissing off all of Twitter with his tweet about the Egyptian riots? Did they think that Econsultancy’s piece on Habitat riling Twitter when they spammed the hashtags #Iran and #Mousavi?

They then went on to:

  • Delete the “ill-advised” tweet (seriously, LoveDaPop, ill-advised? That’s as strongly as your prepared to word your mea culpa?)
  • Post another tweet, which still marketed their popcorn, albeit offered it for free to #riotwombles & #riotcleanup. Even setting up a new email address for it.
  • Post a tweet apologising for the “ill-advised” tweet and stating that they want to “help in any way we can”

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The Effects of Being an Arse in the Social Space

At the time of writing this, my Twitpic has had around 1250 views in the space of about an hour. That’s one person every 3 seconds getting exposed to the message, you could say it has gone a bit viral, not a lot, but a bit. Those views come from, believe it or not, only 44 tweets as the screengrab below shows (screengrab from the frankly wonderful Trak.ly):

trakly Love Da Pop, Bugger Da Brand (maybe?)

Whereas, LoveDaPop’s special email address they set up to offer got exactly ZERO retweets:

riotpop Love Da Pop, Bugger Da Brand (maybe?)

What LoveDaPop Could / Should Do to Redeem Themselves

It’s not about deleting tweets, it’s not about apologising, it’s not about saving face. They said they want to “help in any way we can” yet it would appear they don’t have a clue about what they can actually do. Well, here are some pointers, for free:

  • Since you’re in London, get off your arses and go help people on the ground.
  • If you can’t be arsed to get involved in realtime, get involved on Twitter, don’t leave it at that one tweet.
  • Get someone who has a clue to educate you a bit in social media manners

Only, don’t come to me looking for help. You’re on my banned list. As is anyone else who could possibly entertain the thought that trying to market popcorn on the back of rioting, looting and human suffering is in anyway even remotely acceptable no matter the medium you use to do it.

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The UK’s Best (and dampest) SEO Conference http://www.andrewburnett.com/uks-dampest-seo-conference/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/uks-dampest-seo-conference/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2011 11:52:56 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=639 ]]> Thinkvisibility 5, the first thinkvis I’ve been to without Wiebke who stayed at home looking after Alexa, but I had a great crowd to look after me on my travels!

Before Leaving Edinburgh

The sensible thing to do when heading to a conference with a group of thirsty Scots, obviously, is to drop in past Illegal Jack’s for a BurritoBeerSponge™. Jack’s opened half an hour early, just for us! We even got a nice new booth reserved for us especially:

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And so it was that at 1130 we lined our stomachs for the day ahead. Chris Clarkson, Clarke Duncan, David McClelland & George Currie all came through from Glasgow, while myself Ian Daniels & Mark Boyd made up the Edinburgher contingent. Fraser Edwards also joined us, though sadly wasn’t coming to Thinkvis with us.

Leaving Edinburgh

A perhaps little known fact about international travel from Scotland, is that a case of beer is compulsory – even if it is Spanish beer and is empty before half of the journey is completed. An even less known fact is that us Scots are incredibly generous, though there is now a Norwegian bloke who knows that, hopefully he’ll do his part to dispel the vicious stereotypes about us.

Arriving in Leeds

After all that travelling a couple of beers in the hotel bar were just the ticket and was good to see some familiar, and some new, faces there: Paul Madden, Branko Rihtman and Justin Parks

Being a lightweight, and nothing to do with WeeBurnett having been a bit grumpy the night before, I had to go for a wee lie down before the pre-conference party…

Pre-Conference Party

Apres snooze it was time for me and my hat to head to the pre-conference party, as usual I got some snaps of people wearing my hat. I didn’t get round everyone, but (as always) everyone who is pictured wearing my hat has my full personal endorsement.

Chris Clarkson from sunshine.co.uk:
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Justin Parks, social media consultant extraordinaire and much friendlier than he looks here:
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Ingo Bousa, who I seem to have known for years from StumbleUpon but never actually met, so it was brilliant to make his acquaintance in real time!
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The first person that Wiebke and I met on the morning of the first ever Thinkvis was Steven Lilley who is now an official photographer of the conference – I do hope this snap is acceptable to you Steven ;)
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Also be sure to check out Steven’s Thinkvisibility photo stream on Flickr!

Rishi Lakhani I also seem to have known for years, but only actually met at the first thinkvis – top bloke, truly top bloke.
rishilakani The UKs Best (and dampest) SEO Conference

Beers flowed relentlessly throughout and (once the bar was closed) Shaun Anderson, Richard Shove and myself were going to raid Shaun’s minibar… only to find that Shaun’s room was locked and most of the corridor was in the drink. There are a number of adjectives that I considered linking to Shaun with, but I think that UK SEO pretty much covers it best – besides just thinking the word “damp” still hurts from laughing.

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Of course Richard also got a shot of my hat…
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Thinkvisibility 5 – The Conference Proper

Without exception I thoroughly enjoyed all of the sessions I attended:

  • Self Promotion for Over-thinkers: How The Right Audience Could Change Your Life by Peter Cooper
  • Mind Games: Using Brainwashing, Psychology and Cults to Boost Your Conversion Rate by Stephen Pavlovich
  • Adventures in Oursourcing by Paul Madden
  • Twitchhiker – Sharing, Not Selling by Paul Smith
  • Dave’s Den by Dave Naylor
  • Alas I missed Annabel Hodges’ talk on KPIs, Data, Reporting and Communication. Stop Pandering to Others, Start Maximising your Relationships, I got sidetracked in a discussion about social media experts versus consultants.

If you’re looking for the details of the talks, well you should have been there yourself, shouldn’t you? You’ll know better for next time though won’t you?

After Party

By this point you could be excused for thinking that the entire point of the conference is to party, not true though. Granted there is a hell of a lot of partying before and after the presentations, but there should be a nugget or two for most people in most of the talks. Granted there is a lot of chatter and banter which is off-topic, but that’s what cements relationships.

During the after party for example, I confirmed my suspicion that I am useless at poker – I lasted all of 3 hands in the Jaamit fund game. I learnt that fish fingers can be used as incendiary devices, that dog’s beds are too small for people of 6 foot and over and that curtains have many uses. I discovered that great whisky is appreciated by people who sleep under manky carpets and that sometimes, just sometimes a support girdle should be worn in case your sides actually split.

Aftermath

Messrs Clarkson, Parks and Burnett raided the wee shop closest to the hotel for “medicine”. 6 bottles was all that the shop had and we bought the lot, after all travelling is thirsty work.

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Can’t wait til next time!

Further Reading, Serious & Less So

  • Chris Clarkson’s Wet Weekend in Leeds
  • Why Becky Naylor loves Think Visibility
  • Annabel Hodges’ One with the Panda & the Pick ‘n’ Mix
  • Peter Handley’s Meeting Old Friends for the First Time
  • Shaun Anderson’s Thanks For The Rubber Ducks
  • And last, but funniest, Dave Naylor’s What a Weekend @ThinkVis
  • If I’ve missed anyone out, please just let me know :)

    Sometimes I am an Asshat

    Get it? Hat? No, nevermind…
    None of the above would ever have happened had it not been for His Hodgetasticness, Dom Hodgson
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    Forgive me Dom, and you’ll get another pic in the hat next time!

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    24 hours a day, 7 days a week people are tweeting, blogging, facebooking their delight, disappointment and endorsements (as well as a load of nonsense). The point is, just because you’re not listening doesn’t mean people aren’t talking – they are.

    247 Social Media: Always On

    Even on Christmas Day, social media is always on. In fact that makes quite a good analogy:

    Always on, even on Christmas Day

    On Christmas, Aunt Mabel always tells her funny stories, Grandma Palmer complains about the price of Preparation H, your cousins giggle inanely at nothing and everyone else comments on their behaviour. Social Media is no different. Even on Christmas Day (or on Eid, Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati or the Zarathustrian equivalent) social media continues its relentless idiosynchracies. Imagine Mabel, Grandma and the cousins all had an iPhone and were at it under the table… that’s what IS happening online.

    Some questions you might have may include:
    Whether you want to listen to what they’re saying or not?
    Whether you want to engage in the discussion or whether you want to sit it out?
    Whether you should participate or shut it?
    Whether Grandma is a charlatan on her chosen topic?

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    The Social Media Alphabet http://www.andrewburnett.com/social-media-alphabet/ http://www.andrewburnett.com/social-media-alphabet/#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:46:15 +0000 http://www.andrewburnett.com/?p=545 ]]> A

    Always on

    APIs

    Agencies

    B

    Brand

    Blogging

    C

    Content

    Curation

    Community

    D

    Dialogue

    E

    Endorsement

    Entertainment

    Exceptional

    F

    Facilitation

    Fake

    Filter

    G

    Genuine

    Graph [Social Graph]

    H

    Honesty

    Hype

    I

    Influence

    Intelligence

    Instant

    J

    Join

    Judgement

    K

    Karma

    L

    Links

    M

    Marketing

    Monetisation

    N

    Natural

    Network

    O

    Opinion

    On & Offline

    P

    Personal

    Q

    Quality / Quantity

    R

    Reputation

    Reciprocation

    Research

    S

    Social

    Spam

    T

    Targeted

    U

    Unique

    Universal

    V

    Vast

    Value

    Viral

    W

    Wealth

    X
    Y

    Yatter

    Yourself

    Z

    Zappy

    Zeitgeist

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