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What/ who is Bluebird and how do I stop it/ him/ her?

As I was rushing to work (running late) on Friday morning, I nearly got knocked over by a bunch of protesters blowing whistles and wearing white chemical protection suits as I entered Central Station. Putting aside my wave of commuter-rage (how dare people get in my way, I am trying to get to work, ferchrissakes!), I checked out one of their placards, and saw “Stop Bluebird”, then realised they had it on their T-shirts, and were shouting it too.

Always one to be a part of a “Stop …” anything kind of campaign, I did a Google web search at my earliest opportunity, and was directed to a site called “Dreams of Anthropocene” at http://www.lulurich.com.au/ (everything I saw pointed towards stopbluebird.com, a URL that doesn’t seem to exist, instead re-directing to this one).

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Online Metrics: Trends for 2010 from Mediapost

Great post here from the Mediapost Online Metrics Insider blog. Written by Josh Chasin, who is the chief research officer at comScore, Inc. in the U.S. it looks forward to what might happen in 2010 around online measurement and how that might expand to include wider media channels.

Online Metrics: Trends for 2010

The articles touches on 3 subjects of great interest to me, as follows.

The symbiotic relationship between panel-based audience measurement and web analytics and how these two aspects will continue to overlap and benefit the overall objective of obtaining  accurate data.

Secondly, the benefits of using online as a brand-building tool. Whilst I am surprised that there is still skepticism around using online for the purposes of effective brand-building, I see this as an engaging challenge and one that will surely develop rapidly in 2010.

Thirdly, the importance of cross-platform measurements. How do we equate digital measurements to other metrics such as TARPs? Should digital be looking to move closer to these models in order to offer advertisers more value, or should other media be moving closer to digital? This side of things will only become more important as mobile take up continues to grow at such a huge rate.

A fascinating find in this article is the exercise conducted by the Washington Post in 2007 (Violinist Joshua Bell played incognito in a Washington Subway), which was “an experiment in context, perception and priorities”, according to writer Gene Weingarten. How important is contextual relevance? Do we only see something of worth if it is in the right setting?

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My favourite campaign of 2009 – Choose a Different Ending

There has been loads of innovative work out there this year, but the campaign that impressed me most was ‘Choose a Different Ending‘. This was created for the Metropolitan Police (in conjunction with http://www.droptheweapons.org/) by AMV BBDO UK, and was directed by Nottingham-based short film-maker Simon Ellis. The objective was to raise awareness of knife-related crime in London.

The set-up is a series of short interactive YouTube videos where the viewer gets to choose what happens next by clicking on one of the options. So, in the first video, when the protagonist (the film is shot in the first-person) is about to head out with his mates, the first choice, as a hand hovers over a knife rack, is ‘Take the Knife’ or ‘Don’t Take the Knife’. As you choose your options you will very quickly be moved in to situations of varying severity, such as getting arrested for possession, or ending up looking at a life sentence for stabbing someone in the chest.

This is of course unless you reject repeated calls to grab a weapon, in which case you end up at a party dancing with the girl of your dreams. What I noticed is that each time I have gone through the options, this is the last path I took!

Alongside the YouTube channel there was also a TV component with the same different endings.

It was really the user interaction aspect that made this campaign stand out for me, rather than anything based around results. It builds on the well-established Public Service Announcement and brings it in to the modern age using social media in an original fashion.

Regarding results, the YouTube channel has had over 460,000 views which sounds a little underwhelming for something that was clearly designed to be a viral hit and beyond that it is quite hard to get any idea of how the campaign performed against expectations, etc. It would be interesting to find out as this is an excellent idea, executed to perfection and I would like to see this sort of work encouraged in the future.

Seth Godin’s top 10 list of things to do to catch up

I really liked this post on Seth Godin’s blog, Is it too late to catch up?

It appears that it is aimed at companies and decision-makers that have missed the boat in the last few years and overlooked the importance of having a digital presence. Not only that, but also the opportunity to engage, empower and communicate with staff and customers alike and other behaviours that some may take for granted (I mean we all have email addresses, right?).

But points such as setting up a company blog, or using Squidoo to build a company information page, or setting up an online media book group really hit home. I am sure that every organisation out there could benefit from looking at this list and making sure each item can be checked off.

There is nothing hard to implement on this list, and the benefits are clear on many levels, so why does it become so hard to continually observe best practice ?