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Budweiser Popularity Plummeting




An ad from Budweiser's glory days as truly the "King of Beers", at least in sales.

Budweiser, the self-proclaimed King of Beers, is giving away free samples Sept 29th to drive brand familiarity and brand awareness in a fruitless attempt at slowing their rapidly shrinking market share.* Budweiser’s market share fell 9% in 2009 and has already fallen 9% so far this year. This contrasts strongly with craft beer (aka micro-brew) sales which are up 9% by volume and 12% by retail dollars in 2010 after growing 7.2% in volume and 10.3% dollars in 2009.**

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Social Media Missteps




Embracing Social Media

Embracing Social Media is about more than just using the tools.

As everyone and their grandmothers rush to embrace Social Media, it’s fun watching companies really begin to leverage the power of the platforms. But it’s also very painful to see the missteps and mistakes that people and companies make – most of which could be avoided with a little forethought and planning. Here are some of the most common social media mistakes: Spew, Relevance, Inattention and Boredom. Each is detailed below.

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Brett Favre, Social Media and Soap Operas




Madden NFL Football has long since sent these Mattel Football games into retirement.

Madden NFL games have long since sent these Mattel Football games into retirement.

So what do Brett Favre, Social Media and Soap Operas have in common? Not much unless you count Favre’s on again/off again retirement soap opera and it’s coverage in Social Media. Seriously the only real connection is that I’ve written previously about all three and here are some updates on those three topics. 

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Familiarity vs Knowledge




Acquiring knowledge takes effort.

Too many people and companies mistake familiarity for knowledge. A while back I was working with a CIO, whom I’ll call Ray, and realized that while he was familiar with several technologies, he had no actual knowledge about them or how they could help transform the business.

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Who Buys Shoes From a Barefoot Cobbler?




Would you buy shoes from a barefoot cobbler? Or order meat from a vegetarian butcher? Or get fitness advice from an over-weight trainer? Or pay for social media consulting from a company whose blog is three months out-of-date? Me neither, but apparently those minor details don’t bother everyone.

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