Super Bowl Ads and Extending Your 30 Seconds of Fame

Creating a clever Super Bowl commercial takes time, talent and a lot of money. So in order to make the very most of their investment, Super Bowl advertisers are trying something new this year – using social media to pre-advertise their advertisement.

Bud Light, Audi and HomeAway (?) have all launched Super Bowl ad related campaigns on Twitter and / or Facebook but the one that’s really sparking interest is the Mercedes-Benz push.

The luxury car company is running a “Tweet Race.” On Wednesday, four teams will set out from four major cities on their way to Dallas, Texas, each driving a “specially-outfitted” Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The cars will be “Tweet Powered,” meaning that they’ll gain ground based on the number of Tweets their team receives. Sounds complicated but it also sounds like something people will really get behind.

Will the PC Go the Way of the 8-Track and Does it Matter?

Deloitte Predictions says that by theĀ  end of 2011, more than 50 percent of computing devices sold globally will NOT be PCs. Smartphones, tablets and non-PC netbooks are taking over the market at a rapid pace and it’s their growth, rather than the PC’s decline that Deloitte claims will make the difference.

Deloitte says the old PC will continue to be the workhorse that powers the dataflow for a good portion of the world, but we’re a mobile society and if we can grab our email and go, we’re going do it. We are doing it.

Now, Who Do We Trust?

It’s time for the 2011 Edelman Trust Barometer! Trust me when I say, you’re going to want to hear this.

According to the survey, there’s been a pretty big shift in whom we trust to give us credible information. In both 2009 and in the current report, academics and experts got the biggest vote of confidence with 62% and 70% respectively. But in 2009, “Person like yourself” got 47% of the vote, but in 2011 that number dropped to 43%.

Steve Rubel of Edelman Digital wrote an excellent article about the Trust Barometer survey and I like his take on this particular drop.

What’s Your Social Profile Worth? About $4.00

If you went to the store and bought $4.00 worth of goods, that’s not going to keep the place open for business. But when 1 billion people each spend $4.00, now you’re on to something.

Deloitte has just released the 10th edition of their “Predictions for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications” report and one of the questions is “Social Network Advertising: How Big Can it Get?”

The answer, they say is about 4 billion in 2011. That’s a combination of advertising, virtual goods and social network ecommerce. When you pull out only the advertising dollar, the ARPU (average revenue per user) drops to $3.50 which is still an expected rise over the $3.00 ARPU for 2010.

Yahoo Reports Surprising Rise in Display Dollars

They thought it wouldn’t happen, but the folks at Yahoo! (and many others) got a happy surprise when they totaled up the balance sheets for Q4 2010. Turns out they saw a 16% increase in display ad revenue, popping them up from $465 to $567 million dollars.

Unfortunately, the spike did nothing to help the 600 people that got pink slips in December. It’s also too little, too late for the additional 1% which are expected to be let go in the coming months.

The trouble lies in the fact that even though display rose, search ad revenues dropped 18%. Overall, the company was down 4% in total revenue over last year and that’s enough to hurt.

Yahoo! is blaming the drop on outside forces. Says ClickZ,

Facebook Encourages You to Buy with Friends

It can be hard keeping up with the virtual Jonses. First your old roommate gets a new tractor for his farm, then your mom gets a missile launcher and your best friend just got a baby whale. Don’t stress it. Facebook’s new Buy with Friends program is going to help you keep up by offering you a chance to purchase everything your friends bought and you might even get a discount.

Deb Liu of Facebook Commerce Product Marketing announced the roll out of the new program at the Inside Social Apps InFocus 2011 Conference.

Buy with Friends is an attempt to make social commerce more social and it could be both a boon and a bust, depending on which side of the dollar you’re on.

Latinos and Teens: Cracking the Social Media Codes

If I say “Pudding!” to my closest friends, they’ll crack up laughing because they know exactly what I mean. It’s an in-joke, a kind of secret language that defines us as a group. Widen that circle to my fandom friends and we truly have a language all our own. A language we use so commonly that we often forget that outsiders can’t figure out what we’re talking about. Then again, maybe that’s part of why we developed the language in the first place, so we can talk in front of the whole world but only those clued-in will know the truth.