Nielsen TOPTEN – vía @GooglePlay

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Nielsen TOPTEN gives you direct access to what’s hot in TV, movies, apps, products and more. Want to check out what people like YOU are watching and buying? It’s all in this top ten app based on actual ratings and sales data. In short, this is your one-stop destination to the latest trends and what’s hot in entertainment.
This is a pretty big deal. Why? In Nielsen’s 90-year history, this is the FIRST time the public has insight into what’s trending today. After all, Nielsen provides ratings and sales data directly to TV networks, online companies, movie houses, music labels, and the world’s largest manufacturers and retailers. So in short, you are gaining access to some pretty awesome stuff.

TOPTEN Highlights: Seguir leyendo “Nielsen TOPTEN – vía @GooglePlay”

Introducing Video Slides – thnxz @labnol

With Video Slides, you can quickly create a beautiful slideshow from one or more videos pulled from Youtube and Vimeo. Just past the raw video URLs in any format and the tool will bundle them into a presentation.

There’s a pretty interesting thread on Hacker News where people have shared links to their favorite technical talks. The thread includes dozens of links pointing to YouTube, Vimeo and other video websites.
With Video Slides, you can quickly create a beautiful slideshow from one or more videos pulled from Youtube and Vimeo. Just past the raw video URLs in any format and the tool will bundle them into a presentation.


It’s a treasure trove and I want to click on every single video that’s mentioned on that page but the problem is that I will then end up having at least two dozen new tabs in the browser. And this isn’t just about Hacker News, you can open any popular thread on sites like Quora or Reddit and you’ll be overwhelmed with links pointing to interesting stuff.

How do you deal with such a large collection of raw links? I have written an app called Video Slides that some may find handy here. The app will scan the text for video URLs and put them all in a single slideshow without cluttering your browser.

Here’s a quick video demo.

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“I’m Feeling Lucky” button launched last year | Improving video awesomeness with one click

Whether you’re perfecting your double backflip at the park, capturing a flash mob on your phone, or enjoying singing in a subway, it’s not easy to get your video quality perfect. Sometimes videos suffer from symptoms like “shaky-camera-itis” or “augmented-darkness-levels” that keep viewers from seeing just how awesome your video really is. We made a big step last year with the YouTube Video Editor, and now we’re adding a feature that does the work of curing these symptoms for you.

If you uploada video that’s shaky or dark, we’ll automatically offer to fix it for you, creating an updated version of your video on YouTube.When you upload a video that could use a fixup, you’ll see a notification bar on the Upload page and in your Video Manager. Click the button to fix it, and you’ll see a side by side preview to decide if you want to accept the edits.

Select “Okay” if you’d like us to update your video to the preview version (you can always undo this later). Even if you’re uploading a video from your mobile device, the Video Manager on the desktop will give you a notice if this video can be cured as well. Here’s an overview: Seguir leyendo ““I’m Feeling Lucky” button launched last year | Improving video awesomeness with one click”

“Top 20 Most Powerful Celebrities in the World 2010″ | By Jeremy Waite

Posted on October 7, 2010

  • By Jeremy Waite

    Welcome to my mash-up of marketing stories and celebrity gossip. If you love marketing or want to be inspired at work, everything here is written for you. Enjoy!

Is Lady Gaga the World’s Most Powerful Celebrity? 

In advance of my book “Sex, Brands & Rock’n’Roll” coming out next month, I’ve put together a cheeky little eBook which will hopefully inform and inspire you.  It lists the top 20 most powerful celebrities in the world this year, how much $ they’ve made and inspirational quotes that show ‘why they are, who they are’.  But who’s number 1? Enjoy!

Click here for my FREE eBook to find out who are the “Top 20 Most Powerful Celebrities in the World”

Funny Movie Posters

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We’ve featured a few movie poster roundups before and today I thought of showcasing posters from movies that made us laugh and accidentally spit out the soda we’re drinking. Let us know which of these funny movie posters you think is as hilarious as the movies they represent.

Superbad (2007)

Funny Movie Posters - Superbad

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Funny Movie Posters - Hot Fuzz

The Hangover (2009)

Funny Movie Posters - The Hangover

DodgeBall (2004)

Funny Movie Posters - DodgeBall

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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How a solid brand strategy helped Vivid conquer the porn world

By T.L. Stanley

VividYou might’ve thought that porn DVD peddlers had gone the way of Times Square peep shows, what with the worldwide interwebs bringing in as much free smut as anyone with a DSL connection can handle. But in the case of Vivid Entertainment, you’d be wrong—to the tune of nearly $100 million a year in revenue.

Obviously smarter than its counterparts in the music industry, Vivid is thriving because it’s learned how to brand its product, according to our sister pub, The Hollywood Reporter, and trade heavily on two cash cows: celebrity sexcapades and superhero parodies. (The former, via Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson‘s honeymoon romp, helped put Vivid on the map. Seguir leyendo “How a solid brand strategy helped Vivid conquer the porn world”

Por qué centrarse en los virales es malo para la industria

Los vídeos reales han cautivado a los profesionales de la industria y también a los hastiados consumidores, pero no han conseguido aportar el valor necesario.

“Los videos virales son, en su esencia, nada mejores que un simple sándwich de pura miga de pan, que poco y nada de valor tiene para cualquiera que lo coma”, dijo el columnista de AdAge Jim LouderBack. “Los videos online no han sido semillero de éxitos hasta ahora, y poner todo el tiempo el foco en los éxitos virales es, creo yo, lo que realmente nos tiene mal”.

En este sentido, el experto predica en contra del estancamiento que crean los sistemas de hábitos y las formas de producción, que impiden elaborar un trabajo realmente creativo. Seguir leyendo “Por qué centrarse en los virales es malo para la industria”

Sawed-in-half assistant is doing her part to promote magic show

By T.L. Stanley


Hey, that handsome magic guy Lance Burton is playing the Monte Carlo in Vegas right now. How do I know? It says so right there on a trunk sitting on the airport baggage carousel—the trunk with half of his assistant sticking out the bottom! A lot of people are doing double takes at this stunt, a clever little piece of out-of-home media that riffs on the old illusionist-sawing-his-helper-in-half trick. (That bit never seems to work out well, does it?) Seguir leyendo “Sawed-in-half assistant is doing her part to promote magic show”

“King Richard” Stursberg leaves CBC

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by jillatkinson

Richard Stursberg, head of CBC’s English services, is leaving after six years in the position.
CBC president Hubert T. Lacroix announced his departure Friday in a statement to employees.

Lacroix gave no reason for Stursberg’s departure, which is effective Friday.

“When Richard was appointed executive vice-president of CBC Television six years ago, he brought with him a revolution that shook the foundation of the organization and eventually of the whole of our English services,” Lacroix said in his statement.

“He challenged every premise, attacked conventional wisdom, and uprooted whole parts of the internal culture. Six years later, the institution is better off than it was. I want to acknowledge his success in turning CBC Television around and thank him for his contribution.” Seguir leyendo ““King Richard” Stursberg leaves CBC”

With ‘Inception,’ did Warner Bros. sell more by giving away less?

By T.L. Stanley


You know those trailers that give away every detail, plot twist, emotional hook and big joke in the movie? You hate that, right? Then you were probably among the throngs of people who helped Inception deliver an amazing $60 million opening this weekend. A study from online ticket service Fandango, done before the movie’s release, found that 93 percent of planned Inception ticket buyers were “more intrigued” to see the sci-fi action flick because the plot had been kept under wraps. (The Warner Bros. marketing has been purposefully vague, and entertainment coverage hasn’t spilled any beans either.) Seguir leyendo “With ‘Inception,’ did Warner Bros. sell more by giving away less?”

Which Will Be Bigger? Social TV or 3DTV?

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We North Americans witnessed the birth of Social Television via Big Network Events such as the Oscars and MTV Music Video Awards Shows last year. Social TV’s birth happened in the form of live Twitter and Facebook feeds that crawled across the bottom of our TV screens, allowing viewers to chat, comment and react to what they were watching live.

The BBC has confirmed they are working on a new beta version of their popular on-demand television service, the iPlayer. As a public broadcaster, the BBC relies on tax dollars to an extent, to stay in business. They seem to be taking Social TV quite seriously – investing and setting new trends with social viewing. The Beeb has partnered with Microsoft to develop an iPlayer that allows users to communicate with each other using Windows Live Messenger while watching on-demand programmes. With over 450 million worldwide Windows Live Messenger users, it seems to make sll kinds of sense for the broadcaster to use the Messenger network. This partnership is interesting in that the BBC has chosen to not leverage social sites Facebook or Twitter – meaning BBC doesn’t want to “create” their own social network … rather they have left the door open to harness third party social sites in the future. I don’t know how well the Windows Live Messenger can be shared on all social sites, but one would think that down the road this avenue will pay off big time for the BBC. iPlayer is not just available on the web, but across all desktop operating systems, dozens of mobile phones and in download and streaming form – even across some 3G networks – and BBC’s on-demand service received 123 MILLION requests in April 2010. Those are massive numbers for an on-demand service in the broadcast industry. Seguir leyendo “Which Will Be Bigger? Social TV or 3DTV?”

8 Lessons on Branding from 8 Musical Legends

by jeremywaite

1. “Don’t think that the brand is just the logo, stationery or corporate colours”.

The Ramones lead the way in the punk music revolution of the 1980’s.  What’s interesting about the Ramones though is that their logo is more famous than their music ever was.

Ramones t-shirts are everywhere, yet their few people can ever name any of their songs.  It’s great that marketers are capitalising on their cool status, but once the next cool icons comes around the Ramones may be forgotten.  If they were remembered for their music and their logo – things would be quite different.

The Ramones are one of the only bands who’s merchandise sales have far eclipsed anything they ever made on album sales.

Great bands (like great brands) encompass everything from their fans perception and experience to the quality of their product, their presence on-line and their ‘tone of voice’. You love a band because of how it makes you feel and what their music reminds you of.  Brands are no different, that’s why the most successful brands have learnt to connect with their customers on an emotional level and not just a rational level.  The logo is just the packaging.  What is important is what you think and feel about that product or company – that’s the brand.

2. “When rebranding, don’t forget about your brand’s equity and your customer goodwill”.

Dismissing brand equity when you are rebranding anything alienates established customers, while unnecessary overhauls can irreparably damage a brands perception.  When Take That re-launched their careers in 2006, they were careful to remain faithful to their existing original brand and the reason that their fans loved them so much in the first place – but it was also obvious that they weren’t a boy band anymore.

They had an image overhaul led by some very well-chosen stylists, but they wrote great songs to capture the public’s imagination again.  They reminded us why we loved them so much in the first place and within 2 years they broke records for CD sales, DVD sales and concert tickets. All because they kept the things that made them special and only revamped the things that needed bringing up to date.

Like Take That, many companies try too hard to rebrand themselves when sometimes just a new coat of paint or a small evolution may be all that is required.  Just look at the Post Office when it changed its name to Consignia in 2001.  They soon realised that customers didn’t understand why a much-loved name had been ditched and they were forced to change their identity back to the original one.  A costly mistake, but one that some decent market research and customer insights could have helped to avoid. Seguir leyendo “8 Lessons on Branding from 8 Musical Legends”

99% x Ghostly: Spring Music Mix :: Articles :: The 99 Percent

In a recent 99% survey, the No. 1 way to deal with stress was to put on some music. (Headphone jams even finished in front of old standbys like drinking, exercising, or talking to a friend.) So we thought it high time to assemble a little productivity-minded music mix to usher in spring.For this inaugural 99% music mix, we teamed up with our friends at Ghostly International, an electronica and indie music label known for its always-on-point beats and keen design sensibility. The resulting mix is compact 40 minutes of ambient electronica inspired by the work of experimental pioneer Brian Eno.

The best work playlists give you a little energy infusion while not distracting, which is why you’ll find no lyrics here. Filled with burbling beats and melodic textures, the “Music for Creatives” mix takes a subtle, downtempo approach to awakening your inner focus.

Full tracklisting:

Electro-acoustic textures from Aeroc’s 2004 debut “Viscous Solid.”

A slice of downbeat gloom from The Sight Below‘s 2008 debut “Glider.”

A gauzy treat, first appearing on Kiln’s 2004 “Sunbox EP.

From the Danish electro-shoegaze duo’s 2009 debut “Ylajali.”

A selection from the guitarist/producer’s ambient cycle, 2004’s “Breathe (In Seven Sections).” Taken from 2004’s “SMM, Vol. 2” compilation.

Cool, foggy atmospherics from 2006’s “Idol Tryouts Two” compilation.

7. TYCHO – COASTAL BRAKE (Hatchback’s Cosmic Caviar Dub)
A surf-inspired dance track from the producer / designer’s 2009 “Coastal Brake” single.

Beat-heavy ambient from the Seattle producer’s 2004 classic “Serial Hodgepodge.

–> Download the Ghostly “Music for Creatives” mix

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25 Beautiful Examples of “Coming Soon” Pages

“Coming soon” pages are a great way to tide over your visitors until you finish your new website. They can be used as a teaser for your future website, or places to simply put your information where people can get to it while you are under digital construction. We are going to look at a collection of how websites are successfully using “coming soon” pages.

1. SquidChef


SquidChef has a cute under-the-sea theme and an illustrated squid character to go with their name “SquidChef”. Having a character illustration like this almost ensures that the site is going to have a friendly feel. (Check out some more illustrated character designs). I also like the idea of putting all the information into the talk bubble.

2. Accentuate


I like the color scheme of this “coming soon site”. It’s a simple theme that uses pink to highlight the important areas. The colors go well with the simple layout of the website and the image of the chairs makes the website more interesting than just having text.

3. Flowdock


Having an illustrated look to a website usually gives it more of a fun and laidback feel. It has a bright and welcoming color palette, and I like how the headings in the three sections in the footer are different colors. It makes the color flow throughout. Seguir leyendo “25 Beautiful Examples of “Coming Soon” Pages”