Let me explain my day.

Let me explain my day.

I wake up. For a moment I think I am in my parents’ home. I look around and everything seems easy. I turn around and I doze.

Just a little while later, I wake up again. A little confused. I was sure I was at home, my parents’ home that is. But something is different. The walls, I recognise them. So I must be at home. But they are not the walls from my parents’ home. Gradually I wake up; I look around and everything seems familiar but different.

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How I Made Social Media Marketing Work And Earned $1.5M In 4 Weeks

In 2016, I finally had some good success with using social media to achieve direct sales in an ecommerce setting. Here’s how I went about it.

Some background first. I’ve been working with digital strategy and communication for more than 10 years. Among other things, I was the person behind Maersk’s success story on social media back in 2011-13.

I have always believed – and have been quoted saying – that you should not use social to sell, but to communicate. You can sell your products elsewhere, via platforms where it’s what people actually want from you. Via your newsletter, for example.

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Girls With Guns: This Is Probably The Best Opera-Ballet-Theatre Mash-up TV Ad You Will Ever See

The Royal Danish Theatre’s new campaign is a beautiful musical and visual mash-up of artistic creation, rehearsal and getting ready for the show. It was developed by agency Wichmann/Schmidt.

 

The programme for season 2016/2017 is out. Now, it’s all about getting the tickets sold for all the the many dramas, operas, ballets, concerts etc. that are to come.

To do this, the Royal Danish Theatre – home to both the renowned Royal Danish Ballet and the spectacular Royal Opera House in Copenhagen – engaged Wichmann/Schmidt, or “the world’s smallest full-service agency” as we like to call it.

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My father is retiring as a priest. This is what he will do next.

For my father, it could become that it’s almost as if retirement never happened…

Today, my father turned 70. It’s really something to celebrate. But it also means that he will now retire, and that my parents have just had to move out of their house.

The question begs: “What now? What should he do now that he’s becoming a former priest?”

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Ebook: “10 Reasons B2B Companies Need Social Media”

New study from Orca Social shows an enormous untapped both economic and cultural potential for B2B companies of implementing social technologies.

In case you haven’t noticed: Social media has changed the way the world communicates.

B2C companies have eagerly embraced the opportunities which social media has brought about, but B2Bs are still – by and large – lost in the past, struggling to see why it’s relevant for them.

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The collaborative economy in Europe & why non-profits and big brands will win

The collaborative economy is growing in size, in usage, and in complexity. But how is it fairing in Europe? Who’s winning? And what does it take to win?

The collaborative economy is growing. In size, in usage, and in complexity too. It’s set to be a key economic component in the years to come as people use digital technologies to get what they need from each other.

The collaborative economy is global. But its characteristics and conditions vary a great deal from region to region.

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Climate change & why we need the collaborative economy (badly)

The collaborative economy might not reduce consumption, but it offers us an exponential, highly scalable solution.

Last week I gave a presentation at Jeremiah Owyang’s Crowd Companies’ inaugural event in Europe, hosted at Swisscom’s HQ in Berne, Switzerland.

As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been following and researching the collaborative economy the past couple of years. In particular, I’ve been keeping track – via this list – of the logistics space and how it’s being affected.

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New venture: Launching Wichmann/Schmidt, a creative agency that connects the dots

Introducing the world’s smallest full-service agency.

This week I officially launched a new company together with Jesper Schmidt, former creative director at DDB and Wibroe, Duckert & Partners.

The name of the company? It’s very simple: Wichmann/Schmidt (website here). We figured that in this industry it’s all about relationships, and over time the platforms and strategies are bound to change anyway. So why not stick to what will not change? Continue reading “New venture: Launching Wichmann/Schmidt, a creative agency that connects the dots”

The collaborative economy is growing – now includes healthcare, logistics, corporate, utilities, municipal and learning.

What role do companies play, if people get what they need from each other?

The collaborative economy is on the rise. It’s the third phase of social: First came social media where the media landscape was democratised as people started sharing and creating media; then came social business where businesses started using social technologies across the enterprise; and thirdly came the collaborative economy which is about sharing and creating physical goods and services.

You know it from the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Kickstarter.

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Why brands need to stop talking about themselves. And other content marketing lessons from Guitar Center.

In September, Guitar Center took home three top awards for their YouTube channel at CMI’s Content Marketing Awards 2014. I talked to them to learn how they did it.

“I was pretty much afraid of everything. Afraid of the world, afraid of speaking – a really, really shy kid. And music was a way to speak. As simple as that.”

These words belong to Metallica’s James Hetfield, from the opening lines of Guitar Center’s most popular video on their YouTube channel.

The video does what many other corporate videos fail to do: It opens on an emotion soon followed by a promise to the viewer. Also, there’s a main character who’s got something at stake and is not trying to hide it.

Whoever edited this sure knows the key elements of storytelling. Continue reading “Why brands need to stop talking about themselves. And other content marketing lessons from Guitar Center.”