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Advertising Fireworks, Social Bonfires

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An analogy on the worlds of 'Advertising' and 'Social Media', and why the two are distinctly different things...

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Advertising Fireworks, Social Bonfires

  1. If advertising is a firework, then social media is a bonfire.<br />John V Willshire<br />Head of Innovation<br />PHD<br />
  2. Just a way to help think about the difference between social media and advertisingOr explain it to someone<br />
  3. Advertising is like fireworks<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/stage88/3228637838/sizes/o/<br />
  4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/71502646@N00/1309409634/sizes/l/ <br />Fireworks are attention grabbing beacons on steroids<br />
  5. Good ones make you go ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’<br />ooooh<br />aaaaah<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisjones/60562951/sizes/l/<br />
  6. They draw people in from miles around<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/752319396/sizes/l/<br />
  7. They’re prepackaged; just light a firework and stand back<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicfireworks/2829363989/<br />
  8. Or get in the professionals<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/alkiol/732074235/sizes/o/<br />
  9. It’s so easy… EVERYONE is doing it<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnar/340888701/sizes/o/<br />
  10. Just like advertising<br />
  11. It’s the standard solution<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicfireworks/3135589362/sizes/l/<br />
  12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/srivera/2799747313/<br />
  13. Fireworks burn very brightly, but die very quickly.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbarasworld/1308507724/<br />
  14. You need to keep lighting fireworks to keep folk interested<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicfireworks/2848241812/sizes/o/<br />
  15. Which is expensive<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicfireworks/2928416111/sizes/l/<br />
  16. It’s an arms race<br />Bigger,<br />brighter,<br />louder,<br />MORE<br />
  17. Bonfire night is not just about the fireworks<br />(the clue is in the name)<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/51035774131@N01/283224088/sizes/l/<br />
  18. If advertising is a firework, then social media is a bonfire.<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/2755425049/sizes/l/<br />
  19. Two very different things<br />
  20. Very different disciplines<br />
  21. Building bonfires takes time…<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarcasmette/3805363440/sizes/l/<br />
  22. …and it takes time to get good at building them<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jbhalper/3013369399/<br />
  23. It might go out…<br />Keep trying<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/numuseum/533515920/sizes/l/<br />
  24. Use whatever you have to hand<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/88933162@N00/3021553543/sizes/o/<br />
  25. It might be a bit lonely at first<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/inajeep/265544195/sizes/l/<br />
  26. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kumo_no_ue/3197957095/sizes/o/<br />Then a few friends gather round<br />
  27. Then a few more<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluearc21/2359336236/sizes/l/<br />
  28. It’s where people like to hang out and share<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/78428166@N00/3679575777/sizes/l/<br />
  29. Then, wonderfully……your friends start helping out<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/israluv/147458000/sizes/o/<br />
  30. Because people like helping with bonfires<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/78428166@N00/3759200168/sizes/l/<br />
  31. more friends, more wood, bigger fire, more friends...<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/mstreb/617462120/sizes/l/<br />
  32. From a small start, you can end up with something pretty amazing<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/powi/2455460100/sizes/o/<br />
  33. Just like social media<br />
  34. So have advertising fireworks had their day?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicfireworks/3134756007/sizes/l/<br />
  35. In the long term… …we don’t know<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/epicfireworks/3135572078/sizes/l/<br />
  36. Right this moment… it’s not either / or<br />It’s both<br />
  37. If you have an amazing bonfire already, use a few fireworks to bring folk to it<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/3724362640/sizes/l/<br />
  38. If your fireworks are great, stop people disappearing by getting a good ol&apos; bonfire going<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/reginayiqing/2724868889/sizes/l/<br />
  39. Just remember,remember…<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/daverexwood/1874498701/<br />
  40. Putting fireworks in bonfires isn’t a great idea<br />
  41. John V Willshire, PHD<br />@willsh<br />http://feedingthepuppy.typepad.com<br />Simon Kemp<br />David Wilding<br />Beth Williams<br />Chris Stephenson<br />Daniel Goodall<br />Mat Riches<br />Vijay Sankaran<br />Thank you to…<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/gin_soak/1878526591/sizes/l/<br />

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