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Facebook vs. LinkedIn

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Over the past year, a couple of my clients have begun making moves onto LinkedIn. Although they’ve been on board the Facebook train for sometime, they’ve decided to make the shift onto LinkedIn for a few reasons:

1. The Target Demo: The belief that this is where the older, affluent target demo lives online
2. The “Respectable” Platform: LinkedIn is associated with success and accomplishments; an opportunity for the brand to also associate with these things
3. The “Newness”: LinkedIn is still seen as relatively new and the audience is still growing

These are all perfect reasons why creating a brand presence on LinkedIn makes sense; however, does this mean that more effort should be put into LinkedIn rather than Facebook? In my opinion, no.

LinkedIn being still relatively new lacks a LOT of what Facebook has already spent years perfecting. I believe that Facebook still excels in three main areas: Audience insights (interests and usage), advertising (self-serve ads and better targeting), and finally media type publishing options. The back end of LinkedIn just does not compete – it’s incredibly basic, in the sense that knowing your audience and advertising to them is very limited. And next, on the front end, it is just no where near as aesthetic: photos are very hard to optimize for both desktop and mobile, and there are still no native video option.

Also… what’s sup with their news feed algorithm? It feels busy, and cluttered and just doesn’t makes sense seeing things from weeks ago beside recent updates. Just odd (and I know I’m not the only one who thinks their news feed could use some work).

For another perspective for the comparison, check out [this great infographic] specifically focusing on the advertising on both platforms.

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Mini Getaway: Mobile Reality Gaming

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Back in 2010, Stockholm, Sweden was transformed into a living game board for seven days and nights as games were brought to life with the MINI Getaway Campaign. This large scale, capture-the-flag game, challenged players to hunt and catch a virtual car while staying 50 meters away from all other participants. The prize: a brand new MINI Countryman. The campaign was created by the advertising agency Jung von Matt and mobile agency Monterosa to introduce the new car. The video below describes the game in detail.


MINI hit the bulls-eye with this innovative campaign, engaging over 11,000 players, making countless impressions and reaching over 100,000 blogs worldwide. After seeing such large success the first time around, would it be a smart idea for MINI to reuse the game in another location, or should they quit while they were ahead?

In late 2011, the Getaway Game moved over to Japan, this time giving away one of their already popular cars, the MINI Cooper Coupe. The initial concept was exactly the same as the Stockholm version, with a few changes, including an expansion of the game playing area, the addition of two more days, and Android phone app functionality, allowing more people to get involved.

How well do you think this would do a second time around; Would it be just as popular in another city? And is this still “press worthy”?┬áSee the Japanese Game results and why or why not repeating an idea can benefit your brand [here].

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