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MMC’s Holiday Cause Programs Featured in PRWeek

 MMC for a Cause and its holiday initiatives were featured by PRWeek as part of its “12+ Ways of Giving Back” feature series. This year, MMC is supporting Covenant House, Toys for Tots and New York Cares through toy and coat drives. Since 2007, MMC has been giving back through a variety of programs including creating journal kits for hospitalized children and revitalizing a local elementary school. Read more about MMC for a Cause here.

MMC Coordinates The Ellen Show Segment on Behind-the-Scenes Footage of New COVERGIRL Commercial

Watch The Ellen Show today to get a look at the behind-the-scenes action captured at the recent COVERGIRL commercial shoot starring COVERGIRLs Ellen DeGeneres and Sofia Vergara. MMC worked with the show to coordinate the segment, previewing the commercial, which launches in January, along with a new product.

 

If you can’t wait until the show airs, click here to see the two funny ladies in action on set.

Dye-ing to Know Your Hair Color Alter Ego? Clairol Has the Answer!

MMC is supporting Clairol’s new Facebook “Alter-Ego” tab, which is now live through the end of December, by sharing the news with leading online influencers around the country. The program centers on unleashing the hair color you were meant to have and showing consumers how to achieve that shade with the Clairol Try It On Studio, an interactive digital makeover tool. Online influencers had the opportunity to interview Clairol Color Director Marie Robinson  and preview their hair color alter-ego with the help of the Try It On Studio. Marie also discussed the proper way to make that shade change at home with Clairol products. Online influencers including Mom Generations and Beautiful Makeup Search have tried the tool and shared their experience with readers.

Five for Friday

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In this week’s edition of Five for Friday, we’re switching things up and focusing on the biggest news of the week – the changes to Facebook’s platform known as f8.  What follows is MMC’s five key takeaways for marketers on how these changes will affect social media marketing strategy for our clients on Facebook moving forward.

The Open What?: The introduction of Open Graph, an app development platform that aims to give users frictionless experiences, real-time serendipity and pattern identification, brings the notion of being seamlessly social to a completely different level. These apps no longer interrupt the user flow with pop ups asking permission to share every time you used them. Rather, a one-time permission acceptance allows these apps to publish all content on your timeline each time you take an action. This means that once you allow Spotify, Hulu or YahooNews, for example, access to your profile they will seamlessly update your activities every time you read, watch or listen to content. These new apps come with the action verbs “read,” “listen” and “watch” adding a new dimension to social activity.

This gives users more ways to connect through the platform by finding common music, movie, TV, cooking, running et c. interests. Third party app development also allows for additions of new action verbs, with endless possibilities, from “ate,” to “bought” to “reviewed,” etc. Questions you should be asking yourself right now as you adjust your strategy — how are my consumers using my products or services and how can I leverage brand fans to market to their peers for me? While many observers have raised privacy concerns in the past 24 hours, these apps will deliver a huge value to marketers by allowing Facebook to gather incredibly rich data on consumers. This will allow brands to target ads to consumers with almost unimaginable specificity. Imagine your target down to where she shops, what shows she watches on TV, what music she listens to and you can serve ads to EXACTLY that person.

A New Newsfeed: There is no longer the choice to toggle back and forth between “Top News” and “Most Recent” views in the newsfeed. Instead users see a single feed which displays a combination of “most recent” and “top news”. The ratio of “top news” to “most recent” is determined by how often a person logs onto their feed. The intent is to update users on potentially important posts they may have missed while away and conversely to allow those who come back often to see the latest. While Facebook has privately confirmed to us that posts will still be elevated into Top Stories based largely on engagement, it is still unclear whether Top Stories will play the same critical factor that it did when it was the newsfeed default setting.  We’ll be doing some deep analysis this week to see whether the new format results in more or less engagement with users and a greater or fewer number of impressions…so stay tuned!

  • Success Looks Different: With Facebook slated to roll out new insights and metrics in the coming weeks that will provide new specificity around how many people’s newsfeeds your brand appears in, evaluating success will continue to move away from fan quantity metrics and move towards the quality of engagement and the actual number of users reached. Adoption of this form of measurement by brands should cause a migration away from engagement ads meant to aid fan acquisition and put a greater focus on ad units like “sponsored stories” which are designed to allow individual posts to reach more people.

Additionally, a HUGE added plus to these changes are that Open Graph apps come with a custom set of insights which will tell brand admins who the true story tellers are for their brands. The extensive amount of activity captured in the Open Graph will lead to the ability to hyper target brand advocates and isolate them to take action to an extent a brand once only dreamed of.

  • Maximizing Advertising Funds: Increased analytics, as noted above, will naturally lead into new capabilities for buying advertising and implementing an integrated paid model.  Psychographic information and category preferences will be easier to pinpoint.  Facebook will be able to capture such a stunning amount of detail about people through their activity that marketers will be able to target their ACTUAL consumers across multiple criteria. Along with a new emphasis on  “sponsored stories”, Facebook ads will excel in spreading a brand’s individual message to an increasing specific target.
  • The Only Constant is Change: One thing’s for sure, brands need to exercise the art of being nimble enough to course correct for whatever changes Facebook makes and figure out what elements of engagement provide the most value. As always a combination of research, software aided analysis, and observation of large numbers of users actual experience on the platform will inform our ever evolving best practices.  This is not the first time Facebook has unveiled changes and it surely is not the last. So stay tuned for more on how brands can win with the new format!

MMC for a Cause Shows Support at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

MMCer’s had a very early wakeup call yesterday to volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Central Park. Six MMCer’s volunteered to help guide race participants and supporters through the registration process. They were also able to cheer on fellow MMCers from the Caltrate team who walked with Pfizer Consumer Heath and its agency partners as part of the recently launched Women Move the World initiative.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure attracted tens of thousands of survivors and loved ones to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

LAVIV® Named One of Allure Magazine’s “Best of Beauty” Breakthroughs

Each year, the Allure “Best of Beauty” Awards highlight the “best” products of the year in a variety of different areas, including skin care, eyes and breakthroughs. Today, Allure Magazine’s October 2011 issue hit newsstands with some exciting news: Fibrocell Science’s LAVIV® – the first and only personalized cell therapy approved by the FDA for aesthetic use, was named one of Allure’s 2011 “Best of Beauty” Breakthroughs!

LAVIV was approved by the FDA on June 22, 2011 for the improvement of the appearance of moderate to severe nasolabial fold wrinkles (smile lines) in adults. The patented technology behind LAVIV is an advanced process that extracts and multiplies a specific kind of a person’s skin cells (fibroblasts) to create LAVIV, which is then injected into the patient to improve the appearance of smile lines.  Each person’s formulation of LAVIV is unique because it is made from their own cells. LAVIV’s innovative process provides gradual and natural-looking results.

Other MMC “Best of Beauty” winners included CoverGirl’s Intense ShadowBlast Primer + Rich Shadow in Brown Bling in the make-up category and Aussie Heat’s 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deeeep Conditioner in the hair category.

Check out all of Allure’s “Best of Beauty” winners, including LAVIV, here.

American Express Launches Mercedes-Benz Co-Branded Cards

This week MMC worked with American Express to announce its partnership with Mercedes-Benz to launch co-branded credit cards that deliver unparalleled value and customer service to existing and prospective drivers. The Mercedes-Benz Credit Card from American Express and the Platinum Card® from American Express Exclusively for Mercedes-Benz combine the best of both brands: the Membership Rewards program from American Express and exclusive annual benefits from Mercedes-Benz.  Last week MMC hosted a press event at New York City’s  new Mercedes-Benz flagship dealership for luxury, finance and automobile press, giving influential journalists an (embargoed) sneak preview of the exceptional benefits these cards offer.

Visit Luxury Daily Online to see live interviews from last week’s media preview and learn more about the partnership.  For more information, check out Forbes, WSJ Driver’s Seat or USA Today’s Boarding Area.

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