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Virtual Events on Facebook [Case Study]

November 29, 2010 at 9:11 am PST

Inspired by the launch of the 2011 Ford Explorer.

On the 26th of July, 2010, Ford ended a decades old tradition of unveiling new models at flashy expensive auto shows, and took a leap of faith with Facebook. If you didn’t see this event as it happened, take a look on Mashable. In a nutshell, Ford used a dedicated fan page to build hype before, during and after the unveiling of the 2011 Explorer.

This event was extremely successful, surpassing its pre-launch fan target of 30,000, and I wanted to experiment with this concept. One of the Facebook pages that I moderated was about to surpass 100,000 fans and we were about to launch a new app exclusively for this community. I initially wanted to have live videos via USTREAM, but with limited time and resources, we narrowed the scope to text Updates, and Photo shares.

Tip: Always narrow scope before pushing dates, otherwise dates will continue to slip and nothing ever gets done. Check out this great post by Matt Mullenweg, 1.0 Is the Loneliest Number. Read More »

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Let’s Get Virtual

September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm PST

It seems like everything can and is going virtual…including concerts, elections, contests, and more.  In this blog post I am going to ruminate on examples that are trying out virtual for the first time or pushing the virtual envelope further than before.

Concerts
uStream seems to be the winner in the live virtual concert race. Cisco and AT&T just yesterday hosted the Doobie Brothers live as a pre-cursor to their new album release.

My prediction (via my virtual crystal ball) is more of these mega concerts will take place, REO Speedwagon preformed later on the same day as the Doobie Brothers, but the game changer here will be the focus on exposure for smaller/indie bands. This is much like the way MySpace changed the music publishing industry forever by enabling a viable marketing engagement to a large and highly engaged audience of music fans around the globe, difference being this time it will be live ! For example, check out “Stripped Down Live with Curt Smith”. This weekly show, hosted by Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, features a different musician who comes on and shows off their acoustical talent. You can and will see these types of experiences happening on the web as well as immersive virtual worlds such as Second Life, which has launched many an indie musicians career. Take Keiko Takamura who recently debuted her 1st album which she co-financed with Linden Dollars from her Second Life Fans. Check her out below.

I’ll save mobile for a later date as that is a blog post in and of itself :)

Elections

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