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GALWAY PARADE IS HAPPY | Féile Pádraig 2014 #IrelandInspires Magical #happy Video Content @Failte_Ireland @discoverireland @utvireland

A little more Content Creation & Collaboration please

Over 400 extras appear alongside Pharrell Williams in the 24hoursofhappy.com video, including several celebrities. What makes you listen to and watch it over and over again? ( … I’ve watched it for about an hour so far)

… thats the exploratory nature of this content –  Magic Johnson, Steve Carrell, Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Kimmel and many fantastic dancers. All of them hand off to one another as the song continues in a loop. Williams  appears in the video 24 times, at the top of every hour, and then followed by 14 additional performances in the same hour. Now think for a second … what if this format could tell the story of your town instead of L.A ? Galway stepped up.

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#IrelandInspires & The Wild Atlantic Way:  Féile Pádraig 2014

Thousands of people have been featured in Kamil Krolaks video series and they have all been from Galway, yet inspired by the Content delivered by Pharrell Williams in the 24hoursofhappy.com video. A part of the success in this video content is that Kamil Films is supported by all the social media channels, engaging the local audiences, especially Galway Media & council. This ensures that those featured in the Videos are interactive and social media facing which is vital for audience engagement & extending networks.

Is this the Future of Video Content?

I think so.

Over the past number of years, I have worked with multinational Media companies, brands & startups on Content Strategy & Content creation.  There is one thing that has always stayed true and that is that you need to be a great storyteller. Being a board member of Fahy productions in Ireland has showed me that great stories involve the audience, generate discussion and enable everybody to tell their stories. I plan to support the digitisation of these legacy stories that inspire the 70 million at home and abroad to come and explore Ireland.

I look forward to the next few years in this currently molten digital landscape. I aim to support local creators and artists in digitising their stories & working with thought leaders for the discovery points  to encourage debate & discussion  across each piece of content created.

We will offer hope, visibility and inspiration to everyone who has a story to tell. It could be about where they have come from and what the Wild Atlantic Way will mean for Sport, Home life, Arts, Education, Traditions, Business, Music, Food, Theatre & Technology. This series will be delivered as part of a multichannel (Facebook, Direct Mail, YouTube, GooglePlus, Vine, Twitter, LinkedIn) approach and will span the discovery points of the Wild Atlantic Way.

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What would Don Draper do? #intuition #MadMen #insights #mathmen #dualprocess /∞

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When presented with a problem, there is an intuitive solution that comes to mind for Don Draper, its normally the most immediate and easiest resolve to this problem. But for better engagement and group buy in, what normally happens is that he taps into the observations, perceptions & memories of Richard (Dick) Whitman and reveals them. We actually see two different characters that you really get to know while watching the series MadMen.

Don Draper and Richard Whitman are clearly identifiable, they have their own beliefs, they make choices. As shown in this clip, both a #system1 and a #system2 thought process is revealed during this Hersey pitch. You can see in just under 4 minutes the audience experiences an unexpected joy or inspiration, followed closely with the painful experiences and very similar automatic association of painful tales of Richard Whitmans childhood.

The biggest lesson that can be learned from the Hershey’s pitch is that “Everyone has their own story to tell”. That is what makes us human and this is what connects us. Look into the statistics, look at the sources where the most engagement comes from, look at what types of conversations and what types of content is being shared right now. What is the context of this human message or affection? If your delivering high quality content, then this lowers the barrier to entry. Actually being able to identify the context in which decisions, conversations and observations are made by your audiences/users, will drive systematic improvements.

Like Pardot have shown in this infographic, there are ‘innovations’ in Marketing Automation. These technologies are in the marketplace to support the large corporations traditional Models. Which is fine, because the budgets that are being spent doing the same thing that has always been done, are normally greenlit by Fat Hippos that are disconnected customers. But imagination and creativity cannot be plotted on any graph.

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Why will the Age of #Context decide what we do everyday? #kaizen /∞

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The Internet of Things

Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device or a Table in a local Bar –  The Internet of Things is an exciting contextual stream of Data, but at what cost? Imagine you walk into a bar, and place your mobile on the table and enjoy while a Personal Contextual Assistant (PCA) greets you. By the magical powers of The Internet of Things: mobile payments, NFC, WiFi & Context, you can order, eat,enjoy, pay, tip & review, whilst getting the best service YOU could ask for.

“Hello [First Name], Welcome to [Bar Name, followed by Slogan] What can we get you today? Shall I order you a [Your preferred Beverage] while you look at our menu?”

I imagine the above said in Scarlett Johanssons voice from the Movie ‘Her’.

We want all the things that we have now, and plus more stuff … GIMME STUFF! Yes, all that extra relevant content is where the awesome sauce is at. BUT, heres where things get a little bit tricky. I also want you to make it more relevant to me, suggest things that people in my Network like, provide me with options based on people I trust, communicate with and follow.

Oh, and also give me the answers, to everything, everywhere, at anytime on a Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device or a Table in a Bar that I’m at … but also please respect my privacy. “You’ve almost finished [Your preferred Beverage], would you like another? *finger swipe* Thank you, Just one moment and I’ll add that … [Bar Name, followed by Slogan] [Your preferred Beverage] is on its way – if you need anything, just ask” –  said the PCA to everyone. #creepy ?

Look for the signals

Is that what the future holds? Are public interactions being contextualised via personal devices and PCA technologies, as we build Individual networks? Scobleizer seems to think so with his book the Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.

“Turn on a TV, it does not know what you watched on it yesterday, or what you like” #sillytv #context

Now indulge me for 20 seconds and think about how you found this article. A clicked hastag, an email or maybe you just noticed the candid author photo by Susanne Skretteberg Andersen in Norway. Does that matter? Whos analysing that? As a content creator, this journey is more important to me than it is to you, right? So what about our entertainment and our ever increasing Internet Video consumption.
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Think about your favorite Netflix season or your favorite Youtube channel … yes that one that you secretly enjoy (as do millions of others, so its ok) and then place yourself in a different location while consuming this content on a Fridge, mobile, tablet, laptop, Wearable Device, at a bustop or on a Table in a local Bar.

I like to think theres an algorithm working while I am watching this content. Hopefully there is a scaled attribution model that is sending out signals/code, so that in the future relevant content will present itself to me when I request it. So this makes me think, is this the future of interactive content & advertising? If at the end of the above short video, you realised there is a series or season linked to the video, would you commit your time to it? Now think about a thoughtleader, celebrity, character or brand that you follow. Take Michael Jackson for example, *pours out drink*, if he delivered this service to you, would you be more inclined to engage with it?

I love that movie #wheresmyhoverboard … ahhh so yes, the exciting thing is that the landscape hasn’t fully formed and is still molten. As with all of these shifts in Technology, Social & Media they still require abit of legwork.

Which reminds me I’m off to another fun project! Wish me Luck … or Context!

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Connect #price, #cost & #market share, to what you do everyday! Be More @Vice , Less Fat Hippo #Vice #kaizen

Ephemeral Media is Magic! Sand Castles, Bubbles  ….  &Unicorns?

I want you to imagine this wonderful thing. Just flash dream of the last time you got together with your family to relax in the garden or go to the beach. Ever taken a polaroid to capture thesemoments and keep them with you? Custom thumbnails in YouTube are abit like that, right? Maybe not: Have you ever seen on YouTube Short-form? Branded Web Series? or Long-Form season like House of Cards. Is it for casual entertainment, special interest, docs or investigative / reports. Are the topics mainly music videos, fashion, magic, comedy, drama or Cats? #allthecats

Do you want to know the reasons why you love a particular piece of Media, like Walt Disneys Fantasia, as featured above … Or the great work that Vice Media deliver? Do you even care if you never know? Is part of the fun for the audience in searching/finding these storytellers, Tales of Unicorns and strange places? Is it even something that anyone really even worries about it? That depends, Are you buying or selling? Its a Nexus point of Commerce & Art.

The exciting thing, is that we all can explore this new form of distribution.

“We demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn — give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it. “

Audience wants the control –  let them decide!  Give Users Control, What They Want, When They Want It

The Internet has SPOKEN! Tweets, Vine, Fan Pages … YES, The Internet, in fact does exactly, what ever it wants. Just give your audiences control.

“I Would’nt Worry About it! –  said a Jjyrating  Hippo

Dont fake it, like those fat incompetent Jjyrating Hippos. Also, and most importantly, dont feed the Hippos. They are just plain fat. This is now a nexus of commerce & Art. Learn from your journey. Push your boundaries. All of Us are Responsible for Ensuring We Live our Values. You question actions inconsistent with our values. That is part of the Courage value. Akin to the honor code pledge: “I will not lie, nor cheat, nor steal,nor tolerate those who do” 

 All the points go to you, if you have read this far and resisted that urge to click off & YouTube or Netflix: Fantasia, Vice Media or hippos. Because you are awesome, please share, tweet, like & favorite. Heres a Magic Cat Vine for your troubles. 🙂

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#24hoursofhappy Clap along if you feel like happyness is the truth #Content #Marketing

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#Engage & #Involve the audience in Storytelling

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say … A slow roll StediCam tracking shot in L.A with a song overlaid. That is the HOW in the story. Now for the WHAT? The Video will show dancers/singers being happy.  OK, that’s it, easy right? Yes … kind of … here is my take on how the Internet was won.

If you do the Math: 24 hours x 60 mins = 1440 mins of Branded Content. Now lets put this in context – The song lasts about 4 mins for each song clip, which means over 450 people are involved in this “World First 24 Hour Music Video” In addition, layer in the futuristic time travelling digital dial player for anyone to select different times of the day and suddenly travel in time and this musical portal will link seamlessly to the song. The internet was won. #allthepoints

Is this the begining of realtime video entertainment and content delivery? Growth Hacking of this kind can be argued as Better or Worse than whats currently on offer. Imagine 24 hour News was accessible from Google Glass – it could be equally a 24 hour broadcast of the Individual and their life.

Whether you are walking, running, skiing , driving or other, imagine letting the world see how you are feeling at any given time. Is this just hype or is this a monumental change in the relationship between Intertainers and their already established audience?

The future of Intertainment

Take Google Glass for example – They continually improve and invite interactions with users/audiences to report mistakes when they find them [Not too dissimilar to ‘Sharing a moment’ from this video]. Now imagine a world where we are invited to contribute and collaborate to tell a continual story.

A little more Content Creation & Collaboration please

Over 400 extras appear alongside Pharrell Williams in the 24hoursofhappy.com video, including several celebrities. What makes you listen to and watch it over and over again? ( … I’ve watched it for about an hour so far)

… thats the exploratory nature of this content –  Magic Johnson, Steve Carrell, Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Kimmel and many fantastic dancers. All of them hand off to one another as the song continues in a loop. Williams  appears in the video 24 times, at the top of every hour, and then followed by 14 additional performances in the same hour.

A Content Distribution Network that Celebrates the IndividuaL TASTES? – You DECIDE

Each person WILL want to browse and compare different moments in the song. Everyone can pause, rewind, fast forward and share these moments to your social network –  just choose from the 24 hours of content. But  what is clear here is that Pharrell has broken new ground and you will most likely become a Pharrell Williams advocate, enjoy the search through time, whether or not you find something worth sharing)

These are experiences, feelings and moments that really capture Happyness very well 🙂 *Goes to find the Jimmy Kimmel version* HAPPY! … Clap along if you FEEL that happyness is the truth.

#CMO Advice: #StartAChange in #2014 with #agile #marketing #thoughtleader

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 Stop! Look Up. Get rid of that Spreadsheet!

Here are some New Year Reflections looking forward to 2014: I was in the library, late one night or early one morning, whilst building spreadsheet pivot tables for Aerospace Manufacturing Processes, I was twitching on my 4th litre of Tesco Kick and decided to watch a @Scobleizer Video in order to zone out. He was upset that Nick D’Aloisio of Summly, didn’t turn up to his interview – So instead he published an Video Insight into a company called MindJet.

MindJet – Realtime Mobile Collaboration

So the video details projects, lists, tasks and cloud integration of processes, cross team collaboration, frictionless working, visibility on comments. The company was called Mindjet and the CEO, Scott Raskin, talked mobile, collaboration and mindmapping. After spending my time in the library focusing on how APQP & PPAP in the Automotive/Aerospace industries, really understanding the importance and how it has been implemented at companies like Toyota & Airbus – it suddenly clicked!

Agile Supply Chain

FMEA, SPC, DFSS, SCRUM, QMS, Kaizen, Lean Techniques, Process Improvement were becoming more important as manufacturing technology, businesses and marketing converged. I like disruption especially in a real-time, cloud based digital business environment. The course I was studying at the time was BSc in Aerospace Technology with Management and these supply chain skills would become vital for APQP & developing efficiencies in any business.

Since I had also been trying to collaborate on a startup project with a friend (living on the coast at the time) we completed HUGE spreadsheets on Zoho Docs. I was looking for realtime software / platform that enabled users to collaborate on agile dashboards across any/all industries. It seemed that I could integrate the techniques/studies that I was learning with the start up business that I was building, as well as apply these techniques to ensure the growth of the fledgling startup. I’m hopeful that this convergence of technology, business and marketing will mean huge growth and disruption in 2014.

“As agile grew to prominence in engineering and product, it made sense to call it what it actually was: Agile Marketing”.

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff  @kaykas

Topical RealTime Marketing | @mcwilliamph #realtimemarketing

RTM can bring lots of value to brands that grasp the moment. You can get to the heart of a conversation with the right hashtag. Here are some tips The McWilliam Park Hotel have found to be successful.

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Join the Discussion on LinkedIn #IrishContent #Marketing
Hard selling through many digital mediums is quickly becoming an activity of the past. In the connected age we now live in we find the world changing at a relentless rate on a daily basis where story telling, genuinely useful content and engaged social media followings are now crucial online.

Content Marketing seeks to build consumer affinity regardless of industry and draw a customer in closer to a company brand with genuinely useful and engaging information.

With so much info available on the web to the consumer today it is becoming imperative for Irish businesses to distinguish themselves with unique content relevant to their industry in order to stand out from the considerable online crowd.
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There are many effective techniques to market your brand using content like:

• An Engaging Website • Blogging • Infographics • Quality and Relevant Landing Pages • Social Media Competitions • Microsites • Quizzes • FAQ’s • Native Advertising • Videos • Photos • White Papers • E-Books • Cartoons • Memes • SlideShare Presentations • Webinars • Podcasts

Thanks to the digital age we now live in sales/conversions acquired from web traffic as a result of content marketing campaigns can now be tracked, credited and measured effectively using different online attribution models now available.

This provides a more accurate way then ever before to quantify the value of investing in different digital advertising mediums. Ultimately this brings commercial justification to content marketing allowing for informed decisions on budget allocation allowing you to maximise your ROI from your digital spend.

Effective content marketing can help with improved SEO and social engagement resulting increased brand awareness with a more loyal type of consumer resulting in more targeted online traffic – generating more leads – ultimately increasing sales. #ContentIsKing

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Wearables: Is this the Next Generation or just a packet release? @scobleizer

There is a buzz of excitement in the wearables landscape at the moment as Google announce their next round for the Explorer Program.

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Glass & the program is designed for people who want to get involved early and help shape the future of Glass. There are currently a number devices helping make up and control the Internet of Things; from fitness bands and anklet baby monitors, to smartwatches and other devices using Android Were 

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Expanding little by little. Too little too late?

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Google Glass reviews were good, but is it hard to explain, unless you part with $1,500 for a prototype product? And the earliest advocates, like Robert Scoble, have turned away from it dues to lack of updates / transparency about its roadmap.

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Initial concerns of it not being a fashion item are understandable. Have they done it this time? They are experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program. You can sign up here and they will let you know if a spot opens up. 

Ok, so in conclusion, have a look at the website, sign up & ignore Robert Scobles descension. Then go ahead and shell out your $1,500 for this second stab at the computer on your face. I’m gonna stay here and Watch for the next big thing. Is it the right time to buy into wearables!?

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The Greatest #Game on Earth | Is it #Content #Marketing #Gold ?

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FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 has just had its trailer released. EA sports, its in the Game. I’m transported to back to the Hyatt Regency Newport Harbour, Rhode Island. This is were I woke up my bro Peter to watch the 7:30am World Cup 2002 final. I had my Brazil top on and was amazed to experience the team win.

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I’m very excited about the upcoming summer events. I will be wearing the yellow shirt in support of Brazil to win again.

Make It Happen

I have grown so much in the past 12 years (sometimes it does just feel like I only grew a beard and that’s it!) Since that trip I realised that if you want something inn life, you need to get up and go make it happen. More than that you need to continual improve, reassess goals and change.

Change to Improve, Change often to Perfect

I’m going to be tracking how technology is integrated into the global fan experience. I’m very hopeful that there will be a brand new global World Cup community experience. I hope.

I will create a video series on some of the innovations & apps that are being used by various developers during the games. I hope action replays, slow motion, 3D analysis will all be available via my Nexus 5. I hope that the commentary/broadcast model will evolve to quick audience engagements during the game.

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Nostalgia has a big part to play in my gut reaction to buy a new PlayStation, TV & grab this new game in anticipation of the same buzz.

World Cup Fever will hit, how fast and how saturated will depend on the Content Strategy of their News updates, Mini-games, push notifications and realtime multi angle live feeds.

The Internet & entertainment  or Intertainment have changed so much in 4 years! I now expected three or four apps and a YouTube channel…. What else?

Being a utility, providing players, teams, stadiums and events with ways to connect with fans! I will be writing blog insights & recording my thoughts I along the journey until Sunday July 13th 2014 🙂

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[Insight] Slack: Bringing All Your Communication Together

Slack: Bringing All Your Communication Together:

In 2014, Communication is key to ensure that everyone on your team stays on the same page. Combining real-time messaging and integrating services that teams are already using like Google Drive, Twitter, GitHub, Heroku, Stripe, etc…, you can now get all your notifications in once place.

Two Factor Auth

By putting all your communication and resources in one place, you can now archive and search across all your data easily.

Stewart Butterfield, Co-Founder and CEO of Slack, explains how easy it is for you and your team to start using Slack and start gathering all your data in one place. Hundreds of thousands of users are signing up on Slack and come see and hear why.