New Social Network Pays You to Chime.In

For all of you who got up this morning thinking, “I wish there was a new social network I could join,” I’ve got good news for you. As of this very morning, you can sign up and start contributing to Chime.in, a complete new and different kind of social media site.

Okay, I could hardly write that last sentence without laughing, but I do give owners UberMedia props for trying.

Chime.in is a cross between Twitter and Google+. Users can post a photo, video, link or up to a 2,000 character “chime.” Then others can comment on the chime and voila – you’re communicating with the outside world.

What makes Chime.in unusual is that you can follow interests in addition to people. There’s a long list of interests to choose from including TV, movies, technology, fitness, specific sports, politics, and even chemistry.

No Love for Luvs: The Worst Ads in America

The people have spoken and Consumerist has tallied the votes. The Worst Ad in America 2011 is Luv’s Diapers “Poop, There it is.” And they couldn’t have made a better choice.

It can be hard to advertise diapers without going into the realm of bodily functions, but this nasty commercial takes the. . . dare I say. . . cake? It’s even worse than last year’s offensive ad by Huggies where they implied that babies were sexy when they wore their new line of jeans diapers. Yikes.

Other best of the worst ads includes the new AT&T commercial where the wife (whom I thought was the man’s mother) goes off on her geeky husband when he tells her he signed up for a new texting plan and the AT&T spider spot. Yuck.

Got Milk? Online Grocery Shopping Soars in Asia, Fails in US

No one in the US thinks twice about buying a book or DVD online, but when it comes to groceries, that’s a whole different mind set.

According to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Survey, only 20% of Americans said they were likely to try online grocery shopping. Compare that to Asia where 77% of the respondents said they were happy to have their dinner ingredients delivered. The numbers were also pretty high for the Middle East/Africa (48%) and Latin America (51%) all saying they were likely to shop for groceries online for home delivery.

Sears Embraces Online for Offline with in Store WiFi and iPad Access

A few weeks ago, I went to Best Buy to purchase a new printer. We got it down to two options and wanted to compare the specs but a lot of the information was missing from the shelf tag.

Next best thing, ask the salesman, who politely suggested we could find that information online. Good idea, except that my favorite electronics retailer doesn’t offer free in-store WiFi and 3G connection within their walls is spotty and highly reliant on standing in exactly the right spot.

How sad is it when technology retailer can’t get the tech right?

Enter Sears, America’s die-hard, age-old, retail institution. This holiday season, they’ll not only be offering free WiFi at many of their locations, they’ll be encouraging shoppers to go online while shopping in their stores.

Is a Controversial Campaign Worth the Risk?

Visit Dr. Pepper’s Facebook Fan Page right now and you’ll see this message:

“Because of the new ad campaign, I finally have a reason to give up my Dr. Pepper love affair for water. Thank you! “

The woman is upset because Dr. Pepper’s new social media marketing campaign is aimed at men and only men. The “Ten for Men” program pushes the “Dr. Pepper Ten Man’ments” which includes such notations as “THOU SHALT NOT POST FURRY ANIMAL VIDEOS. Exceptions made for beasts fighting to the death and bears destroying idyllic picnic scenes” and “THOU SHALT NOT OMG. If it’s not exploding, it’s not exciting.”

Dr. Pepper is hoping to make their new diet soda look manly and it’s a brilliant move. I’m one of those women who doesn’t understand why other women are getting mad.

Google Says Good-Bye to Buzz

Sit down. I’m about to tell you some extremely upsetting news. Google is shutting down Google Buzz.

Take a moment. I know it’s a lot to absorb.

It’s a story we’ve seen unfold time and again. The romance that goes south when he finds someone new and more exciting. I’m not saying Google+ is necessarily to blame, but face it, how could Buzz have ever hoped to compete with Plus?

Google says that it’s nothing personal, they simply want to surround themselves only with the best and the brightest. They want to focus all their attention and pour all their money and lavish gifts on to those that make them feel important and that’s why Buzz isn’t the only one being tossed out on the street.

Global Ad Spend Expected to Hit $500 Billion

Though the economy still has us all singing the blues here in the US, eMarketer says that global digital ad spending will continue to shine on through. The rough estimate is $500 billion spent by the end of the year thanks in part to the rise in mobile marketing.

As you can see from this chart (over there –>) North America is responsible for the largest chunk of the spend and that trend is expected to continue. However, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are all making their move.

Asia, in particular, is being influenced by mobile marketing. It’s one of the areas where mobile devices are the primary means of accessing the internet and though they only sit at about 55.4% penetration right now, that number should rise to 73% by 2015. Says eMarketer, that’s “an eye-popping 2.9 billion mobile phone users.”