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The “Really Really Like” Button

I am not one of those Facebook users that Likes every page they come across.  I really really need to Like it.  I thought I would share two Really Really Like Fan pages of organizations doing a great job of engaging their customers with their product, and consequently in their brand.  OK, maybe that isn’t true.  Lets just say they are doing a great job of engaging me in their brand.


I love Oreos.  I am a fan of the Oreo Facebook page along with 8.9 million  other people.   The level of engagement on the Oreo fan page is impressive.  The Oreo brand managers are swimming in a wealth of authentic insights from their customers unlike any kind of market research they could have previously conducted.

A recent post asks, “Sometimes it’s not who you share an Oreo with, but where.  What’s your favorite place to have an Oreo?”  As of this writing, 2,847 fans left comments on their favorite place.  Imagine this information being used to help design sets or locations used in advertising, or messaging in the advertising that enhances the experience of that location.  And for me, its standing around the kitchen island using a green juice glass from my childhood whose rim is just wide enough to fit an Oreo.

Dunking an Oreo in my favorite glass.

There are other fun and provocative threads.  “If milk could talk, what would it say to an Oreo?”   Over 6500 people left funny, sexual, and silly responses to that question.  Then they reversed it and asked, “What would the Oreo say to the milk?”  Need an off-color laugh?  Its worth reading a few of these comments.

Personally, I’ve only contributed to the dialogue on Oreo dunking techniques, which I have some very strong opinions.  Oreos have an entire page dedicated to “Dunk vs. Don’t Dunk”.   Obviously, this is an extremely pressing issue for our society and one which I have strong feelings given that I’ve been perfecting my dunking techniques over the last fifty-two years.

Market research?  The folks behind Oreos seem to be executing it quite well.


Spelling is a big deal to people from Ohio, especially as football season approaches.   Script Ohio is a tradition of  The Ohio State University marching band started in 1936 that still sends chills up my spine.  Another more interactive ritual is shared throughout the world.  When strolling down the sidewalk sporting any garb from The Ohio State University and you spot someone oncoming also sporting Ohio State garb of any form,  it is customary, actually expected, that one of you will blurt out “O-H” and the other knows to answer “I-O”.  It is universal.

But recently OSU has done a great job of cultivating all this spelling into an extremely engaging “Share Your Pride” program.  Over 5800 people have shared their pride thinking of clever ways to spell O-H-I-O.  Its easy to post.  And through Facebook, it is easy to follow a featured photo everyday, which I really look forward to seeing.  Here are three of my favorites chosen especially for my Canadian friends: CN Tower, Stanley Cup, and Innocent Canadian Bystanders.  Everyone of these people feels strong enough about the brand of Ohio State to plan a clever photo, submit to the university, and be thrilled seeing their work prominently displayed publicly.  And the cost to implement?  Nearly zero (as is evidenced by their weak user interface to navigate the photos).  The value returned?  Priceless.

What About You?

I’m curious.  What brands do you love and have done a great job of engaging you?  And wearing their t-shirt doesn’t count as that isn’t nearly engaging.

Internet Television


My Ustream Broadcasting Experiences

I had the opportunity to learn more about UStream as a business earlier this year.  What Youtube is to recorded video, UStream wants to be to live streaming video.  It is internet television.  As part of my learning, I obviously needed to become a user of the service.

It takes about 2 minutes to set up your own broadcasting channel in UStream.  I’ve completed two broadcasts this past year.  First was to broadcast an Operation Feed benefit party we hosted at our house.  The invitees were all former colleagues, so I thought out-of-towners would enjoy attending virtually (they didn’t attend by the way).  The second broadcast was providing roving reporter highlights of a recent Soap Box Derby rally here in Columbus.  No one watched this live either. The production for the derby was quite minimalist, as I accomplished everything using the Ustream app on my new Motorola Droid phone (not the X). 

These were both amazingly simple to set up.  But they obviously aren’t amazingly simple to attract viewers, or to produce quality content.  That takes lots of old-fashioned creativity, thought and promotion.   But the point is, the barrier to entry in television broadcasting is approaching $0, as you are already in possession of all the equipment required to get started.   And the next time, I will work harder to promote the broadcast and create better content.

You can go to Ustream’s site and see all the broadcasts that are currently live.  You should try it.  At the time of this writing, over 4000 people are watching Molly the Barn Owl and 2000 people are watching a cricket match between India and Sri Lanka.   You will also find some incredibly poor quality broadcasts (content-wise) just like my first two attempts. 

But clever people will figure out promotion, quality content, and the other requirements to create successful new businesses or marketing programs around this capability.  So just as cable ate into the market of network television, internet television will soon eat into cable’s market share.  The internet created the channel for everyone to become a newspaper publisher.  FlickR provided the channel for amateur photographers to license and distribute stock photography.  And now  Ustream is creating the channel for you and me to be in the television broadcasting business.