Mar 26, 2012

Show 378 - Content Marketing with Cartoons This weeks The Engaging Brand podcast is ready! - The free audio podcast for business covering social media, business ideas and brand marketing tips. A favourite genius of mine from the brand marketing world is Tom Fishburne - the marketoonist - and I am delighted he joins me to discuss Social media marketing using cartoon drawings What is content marketing and how cartoons are a mix of fun and insight. The balance of the signature of the cartoonmaker and the brand. Can drawing cartoons be used for serious messages? Why cartoonmakers put the punchline on the right How to draw cartoons in brand marketing that tell a story in one visual image. Are cartoonmakers trying to tell a story or provide a catalyst for me to tell the my own story. Is the cartoon a social object or a vehicle for a social object per Hugh Macleod? If brand marketers don't know their social object could the cartoon replace it? Thoughts on why pinterest is succeeding If you have feedback for me on the show or topics that you would like me to cover then e-mail me at or join me on twitter, leave a message at The Engaging Brand Fan Page or join me on to discuss it on Google+ How you can listen to The Engaging Brand 1) You can listen on your PC now without downloading any software just click hear to listen to the latest marketing podcast 2) You can subscribe to the show via iTunes or 3) If you use a different podcatcher then you can subscribe using the following RSS Feed
Google isn't making us stupid, we are Much is written on how the internet is changing the way we live and think. One of the best articles, in my opinion is, "Is Google Making Us Stupid? What the Internet is doing to our brains" written by Nicholas G. Carr back in 2008 -a must read for anyone interested in social media, social marketing or the internet. But this is how I feel....the internet can't change us.....only we can change us! We should use Google to get smarter as humans, Google is my favourite company...truly love what they do...but let's not hide behind the increase in available artificial intelligence - as a way of reducing our emotional intelligence. Maybe we are more stupid because we Google everything, maybe Larry Page asserting that he wants to build the "ultimate search engine...something as smart as people - or smarter" means we are doomed to a life, controlled by the internet! But I don't think so.... Why? Because we are human and we humans need people with emotional intelligence as well as artificial intelligence. Basically we will survive because we need to be needed! Because we are the food that feeds Google. Google lives and thrives on links, social marketing thrives on links, social advertising relies on links....and who links, us humans. Why do we link, because of that human need to be valued....a link helps us show to others what we know, who we know...or how we can find the funniest cat video's! After saying that....we need to be careful. The internet is a creation of links......networking of people, data and companies. The world is a creation of community links. Our societies are struggling in many cases because we forgot the strength of human bonds, the strength one human gets from belonging and being supported by their "neighbour". Let's learn from that.... If we forget the human side of the internet, if we forget what makes humans link, if we forget what humans need from the social networking and social media sites...then we will dilute the internet. Google may gain strength because it knows more about us.....but we should grow even faster by using Google to know more about each other.

Anna Farmery

Social Marketing Architect, Speaker, Author and in spare time completing PhD on the future of the social business model

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