MipTV 2010 Social experience

16 04 2010

TV and the social experience

How real time engagement is changing content.

Twitter is going in some new directions, and are offering media partners to work with them to engage people more in content, creating higher ratings and also the long tail effect. Twittering about programs stimulates people to go and view the television, and start a twitter conversation on the subject. Nothing new here of course. But now Twitter provides tools and tips to better integrate the tweets that are send. Twitter also announced it will work with advertising, to get twitter more profitable.

Keynote by Jonathan Miller – Chairman and CEO, digital mediagroup, for News corporation tells us that content nowadays are 0 and 1’s with brands.  And we are going more and more to an agency model like ITunes for example. Where ITunes is distributing several content to the consumer, such as music, tv series and probably movies in the near future.

We will get different communication loads and download speeds, content will cost X euros depending on different parameters. And you will get more and more premium or freemium models. Pay walls will be activated.

Even though mySpace and Bebo are in a decline, social networks are here to stay, Bebo is losing it a bt under the umbrella of AOL, since Bebo was more a UK based social network, and if they want to get it up again, they have to focus on the UK, was the message of Jonathan Miller. Social networks created a big change in behavior and they start monetizing them, also a reason why they will stay.

There will be global distribution with local content.

There are 3 big shifts if you want:

  1. Yahoo and Google are front doors to content and other services
  2. The rise of social networks
  3. The apps mania on mobile.

It should not come as a surprise that most broadband access is on mobile.

Comparing Facebook and mySpace, their different DNA. mySpace is about discovery and be discovered, while Facebook is about sharing among friends. Since these networks house a lot of people, and when things go bad or the momentum is gone, they move in flocks (people move in masses when losing momentum in social network.)

In the future we will also see more and more vertical networks, like shelfari, flixter and so on. Specific networks related to specific topics.

Location based applications and integration is more and more happening as well. Looking at gowalla and fourth square.

Good advertising needs good content

Content is king and the customer too, in this perspective we can have good advertising as well. Product placement and branded entertainment is not new, a d gets integrated in almost everything we do, now we can communicate realtime together while watching TV, advertising gets also new opportunities.

But with the broadband speed we have today, we can also make some beautiful online experiences.

To name a few:

Louis Vutton, works together with Wong Kar Wai. Together they launch a competition, ‘Where will a journey take you’, several online videos came in, you can watch them here


Social causes

Open a bottle of Coca cola, and you open hapiness


365 days, 206 countries. Coca cola makes people happy…

Starting January 2010, three happiness ambassadors will begin an unprecedented journey to all 206 countries where Coca-Cola is sold. That’s 14 more countries than are represented in the United Nations! Their mission is to seek out “what makes people happy” around the world.

These “happiness ambassadors” will search for and share the optimism and happiness of Coca-Cola from Aruba to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between. Their route will include some pretty amazing venues including- the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the World Cup in South Africa and the World Expo in Shanghai.

Throughout the year-long journey, these Happiness Ambassadors will be sharing their blog posts, tweets, videos, interviews and pictures so you can follow their adventures in every country along the way.

Summit on the summit

A social cause for clean water.

Fremantel media Enterprises and @ Radical media, launching Summit on the Summit.

Celebrety climers get together to go on a climbing expedition on the Kilimanjaro in the Himalayas. A webexperience and physical experience to create awareness of the global clean-water crisis, as 1 billion people still don’t have access to clear water.


This was sponsored by consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble, the film was produced and co-sponsered by MTVnetworks.

‘We took the DNA of the brands and integrated them into the show. That, we think, represents the future.

Brands more and more sponsor social cuases and create awareness, another form advertising, by supporting social causes, brands hope to get a more likability factor with customers. See earlier post on this.

Social media and building an entertainment brand online.

Gerd Leonhard, gave a very good session on future behavior in online and mobile environments.
This session was one of the better ones, with some interesting quotes.

Become a connector not a director
Power of the web is trust
Facebook broadcast to us and to each other
Social networks are the broadcasters
We need followers and viewers
Reduce control to get more share
Protection is no gain
Piracy is consequence of unmet demand
There has to be something after free
Gender change, men do monologues, women listen. Women are conversational, let’s hope we get more women in.

Webdocumentaries, worthwhile viewing




The mobile space and Ipad of the future

Not so much hype as 2 years ago, but still there and more integrated in TV shows, location based applications, and mobile apps, augmented reality and so forth.

Ipad for now, mainly to consume games, entertainment, news

Social TV platform

Starling led by Kevin Slavin, Social TV platform, that enables viewers to chat, play and interact with others. Research shows that viewers are watching tv, and are online. And in the UK viewers are on the phone while watching tv, they are not phoning, but use their smart phone to interact mainly.

Starling is build for the next generation audience that is much more engaged by phone, tablet or pc.


Lean back-lean forward-jump in

15 12 2009

Last week on the design for conversion conference, we had a whole debate on conversion to mobile devices in specific. But then also other things came across like the whole social networking and media. Finished with the lazy times where you just hang out in your couch in the evening watching the tube.

This conference has a specific concept, it is a mix of speakers and creative labs, which focus on new applications on mobile in this edition.

The speakers I really liked were Jerome Nadel and Eric Siegel.

Jerome giving an overview how social media and networking goes into the mainstream, and Eric about predictive analysis.

Jerome talked about the the 6 C’s


From Post and grab
From Filmrolls to flickr and picasa
From CD to Itunes
From Free + Premium = freemium
From Ecommerce to Mcommerce
Digital empowerment
Digital tribes
Performance+persuasion = conversion
From collective experience to forecasting

People are thinking with reason and emotion, but most of the time we react on impulse and therefor emotion. If we succeed to trigger the emotion effect, we are likely gone persuade the audience to let them things do, that they would not do before. This was also the topic on our conference ‘Design for persuasion’.

We are talking about the broccoli and donut effect.

In order to persuade a specific audience, you have to figure out who you want to persuade, as all people are unique and belonging to a digital tribe.

2 billion people are online and 2/3 is on mobile. A complete society change is going on, and there is a first generation that is experiencing the social aspect of the digital age. Clearly in a year or 5 things might be different, people will behave differently, as it is always is a cycle we go trough when new things pop up. Think about the usage of the first mobile phones in the 90’s. Predictions in the 70’s, there is no reason for individuals to have a computer in their home (Ken Olson 1977)

Since we can keep track of all the profiles online (details are up in the cloud), we can also start to predict a certain behavior. And there the predictive analysis comes in. If you are going to the same site over and over again (e.g. immoweb), it is very likely that you are interested in houses for rent or to buy. We can filter the profiles (collaborative filtering) and do focused marketing efforts.

One can start worrying about our privacy, the term big brother is now getting very real, as we are being tracked everywhere. On the streets, shopping malls, internet (and here we participate in sharing a lot of private information), mobile (gps) in the cars. I’m wondering how we will look at this in like 10 years from now.

Jerome closed his presentation with the following quote

When people lead -leaders will follow, the digital empowerment.

Free – Chris Anderson

19 07 2009

Yesterday I was posting a status update on Facebook:

‘Economy of atoms and economy of bits, digital immigrants and digital natives’. Could we make a love story of this….

immediate reactions from ‘friends’, they guided me to the video and audio book of Chris Anderson latest book Free. I just read the release announcement for Belgian market with my hairdresser that morning, yes….

So, here is the video and the link to the audio book.

It was in San Francisco when I first heard this term ‘Economy of bits’, or people are thinking in bits now, and before in atoms, while having a discussion with Gordon Knox from the humanities lab Stanford. I’m sure we will hear a lot more about this, and while the masses uses the internet more and more in a functional way, the digital divide will get more narrow as we get along. Hopefully internet access will get free, bandwidth will be available everywhere and accessible every where.

Mobile Ad News

15 04 2008

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Mobile sessions at Milia

10 04 2008

It is all still a bit fuzzy. Business models are still not at place, but things start to happen. As a spokeswoman from Yahoo mobile services said, the train left the station, it is time to hop on it!

That same speaker also told us, that developing content for mobile devices is a nightmare, and I can believe her! All the differnt screen sizes, 6 different operating systems, it is even worse then developping for the internet with all the browsers out there, and the different platforms. But let’s stay possitive about it!

The whole panel is convinced, that in the long run, a lot of money can be made, and different associations are working on standards. A premtature market with a lot of potential.

Worldwide text and camera functionalities are the most utilized functions on the mobile, besides calling of course;-). Text is about 92 % en Camera about 72 %.
Internet usage in the UK, 30 %, in the US is 50 %.

Sorry guys and girls, Belgian statistics where not even mentioned. They are talking about the asian countries, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and UK.

Another impressive stat is that 3.3 billion people are subscribed to mobile service! This half of the world population!!!

In Japan and Korea, is the Mobile the first screen, while in other continents it is the 4 th Screen.

We see big players going into the market, like Turner a division Time Warner, who brings CNN mobile on the mobile device, and also looking at other media content to put on the devices. Telecom france/orange has signed a contract with Warner Bros to deliver content to the different platforms.

At the momen the business plan for adds and content is based on revenue sharing. So risks are taking by all the parties together.

Branded Entertainment

9 04 2008

Branded Entertainment was an interesting session on Milia. It illustrates ways of creating quality content, funded by companies in the private sector.
Other ways of branded entertainment is of course, product placement, this has to be done in very subttle way and seamless integration within the production itself!

6 billionothers is a project of Yann Arthus Bertrand funded by BNP-Parisbas. What is it all about, about all the people in the world, to get to know them, their culture, their language, to get to know eachother, to create a better world. Asking questions about universal values. What is happiness? What lessons can we learn from life’s diffilculties. Who pays it, BNP Paribas!


Another example is the one from starter wife, a production of Ogilvy Entertainment.

The Starter Wife is “presented by Pond’s,” as all the promos note. This arrangement is a good fit because the series’ plot—a fortysomething woman gets dumped by her husband—aligns nicely with Pond’s new marketing strategy: to make “age defying” skin-care remedies, aimed at women 40 and older. As an exclusive sponsor, Pond’s has done all the usual leveraging. During commercial breaks, the company will run vignettes about real-life women who are “starting over,” and there’s also a Pond’s/The Starter Wife contest giving viewers the chance to win a diamond “right-hand ring.” (Ah yes, that age-old symbol of female independence—which is in no way a fiendish invention of the diamond industry.)

The starter wife is tv serie in the US!