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The beginning of a long travel begins with a small decision – a call to arms for Transmedia Research

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The beginning of a long travel begins with a small decision – a call to arms for Transmedia Research

For the past six-months I have asked myself, ‘Is Transmedia storytelling a popular phenomenon or does it have a lasting effect for people using social media?’ We, at Newman Partnership, Ltd. realize that the best way to confirm if this true is to do some research.
One of my favorite ways to pass an already busy afternoon.

The New GenerationOur research will attempt to discover if: 1) Are people actually retelling stories that they see in new ways or expanding on previous stories – either from entertainment or popular advertising – or engaging when commercials ask you to send in your stories or ask for your insights? And 2) are these heavy and/or light users of social media. We are attempting to discover if people are becoming more involved in the transmedia process? And if light users of social media are growing in their usage of storytelling.

What is Transmedia?

“Transmedia storytelling is a technique of telling stories across multiple platforms and formats.” – Wikipedia Definition

Transmedia marketing is an emerging marketing technique developed to interact with audiences across multiple forms of marketing to develop brand and product awareness.

Transmedia campaigns encourage audiences to engage in the marketing process by mixing social media with classical marketing techniques.  It is a conversation between the marketing department and the target audience.  This conversation is created when the company provides opportunities for the audience to develop or recreate the original story under new narratives. And it is not simply a top-down corporate advertising or marketing campaign but a combination of top-down and grass-roots bottom-up.

Who are we looking for?

The Important InformationI am looking to interview men between 16-35 years of age. Who are using social media in some form on a bi-weekly rate.

If you are interested, or think that you have information that would be interesting to this research then please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at sloan@newmanpartnership.com.

What will it cost you?

If you just drop me an email to asking to participate in this research, then I will add you to our contact book and contact you in the next few weeks about completing questionnaire online. The questionnaire will only take about 10 to 15 minutes, and your answers will prove invaluable in the future.

In the coming weeks, I will also be approaching several Transmedia agencies to see if they might be interested in becoming involved in this research. If you are an agency, then please contact me to find out more.

Where will the interviews be?

Interviews will be conducted using an online research technique, and face-to-face interviews will also be conducted when possible.

What will your time mean?

By contributing to this research you will be helping to discover and better understand how people are using the social media to influence stories and advertising. It is my hope that this initial research will help to draw enough conclusive lines to encourage a quantitative research in the future.

We have a singing Tweet, thanks to Orange.co.uk

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Last week the Newman Partnership, Ltd. turned a tweet into a song using Orange’s singing tweetagrams project. This is fun little service that Orange has provided to the entire twitter community.

Social media + Brand Demonization

Image by Intersection Consulting via Flickr

While this latest endeavor from Orange may not generate much in the way of brand loyalty of even brand awareness, it is a fun little tool. It is an indirect way to enrich the customer experience while expecting nothing in return, a gift (as Seth Godin describes it).

However, companies like Orange and other international brands must start looking at how to use Social Media more effectively.

With the ever evolving ability of globalization destroying barriers to market entry. Globalization does cause a larger amount of cannibalization in the already scarce mobile phone environment. Social media can be a way to win back and convert new mobile users to your side.

For instance, this morning we read an article stating that Orange has no Twitter presence, which is obviously not entirely accurate. But in the world of blogs and social media, it no longer matters if it’s true or not.

If enough people read a blog and believe that the author knows what he or she is talking about then they will happily jump on the band wagon and find problems with a company.

As companies to try to compete in an ever growing social network, it will become more difficult to get their messages across to their audiences. It could be in the near future that each country has it’s own successful social networks and companies will be able to target audiences using these methods.