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BizReport : Social Marketing : August 26, 2008

Interpublic backs SocialVibe to link social nets with brand

Think the social realm is too large to harness for your brand? Consider a new offering from SocialVibe which allows social network users to endorse different brands. SocialVibe has partnered with Interpublic's Emerging Media Lab for the platform.

by Kristina Knight

The SocialVibe platform allows marketers to offer incentives to consumers on social networks to promote their brands. Now, this isn't payola; the incentives are most often donations to users' favorite causes or charities.. This agreement allows brands to build relationships with consumers in a new way; rather than a consumer just being a fan of a product, consumers are now part of that brand because the brand is now also involved with their favorite causes. In some cases consumers are paid or given swag in exchange for their brand support.

"Charitable donations seem to be the most effective because it allows people to tap into marketing budgets to benefit the causes and charities they want to support," said Joe Marchese, SocialVibe Founder and CEO (via MediaPost).

The possibilities for this kind of marketing are endless, it would seem. Consumers on social networks are there for one reason: to connect with friends to share ideas and concerns. This platform combines all of that into a simple ad because consumers can share their favorite brands while at the same time promoting causes that are near and dear to their hearts.

Tags: brand advertising, social marketing

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  • You really hit the nail on the head with the challenge for brands being the vastness of social media and social networks. SocialVibe is about activating the community to choose to pull your brand in.

    SocialVibe actually automatically donates the money you earn to the charity of your choice, it's just that in some cases there is an "extra" swag giveaway directly from the brand. It never changes the charitable component. We don’t actually pay members for supporting brands through SocialVibe.

    Drop me a line any time.



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