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March Marketing / Social Media Madness: Final Four

In Ideas on March 30, 2009 at 9:36 am
Will it be Evans, Brier, Davies or Schoemaker?

Will it be Evans, Brier, Davies or Schoemaker?

An epic weekend in the tournament has left us with the Final Four:

In a giant-killing #6 Sarah Evans defeated #1 seed Malcolm Gladwell

#10 Mitch Joel was finally ousted by #8 Jeremy Schoemaker

Peter Shankman’s dream tourney came to an end at the hands of Russell Davies.

And Dooce, Heather Armstrong, ran in to the buzzsaw that is Noah Brier.

Evans will take on Schoemaker in one semi-final, with Brier and Davies going head to head in the other.

March Marketing / Social Media Madness Sweet Sixteen Results

In Ideas on March 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

After huge upsets in Rounds One and Two, the favorites took over when we got to the Sweet 16. The marquee match-up was #1 seed Malcolm Gladwell against #5 Guy Kawasaki. The tournament’s Cinderella, #15 seed Steve Woodruff had a tough opponent in Heather “Dooce” Armstrong. Who would move on? Let’s take a look at the results:

#9 Peter Shankman defeats #13 Bud Caddell
#10 Russell Davies defeats #11 Rick Liebling
#5 Noah Brier defeats #9 Mike Arauz
#3 Heather Armstrong defeats #15 Steve Woodruff
#8 Shoemoney defeats #13 Hugh MacLeod
#10 Mitch Joel defeats #3 Aloha Arleen
#1 Malcolm Gladwell defeats #5 Guy Kawasaki
#6 Sarah Evans defeats #7 Amanda Chapel

This weekend we’ll get it down to the Final Four. Stay tuned.

March Marketing / Social Media Madness Preview #2

In Ideas on March 18, 2009 at 8:54 am

Let’s take a look at the other eight Thursday games, and eight of the Friday match-ups:

Thursday

#1 Chris Brogan v. #16 Jesse Newhart: Unfair draw for Newhart who could have gone far under different circumstances.

#2 Ann Handley v. #15 Doug Haslam: Clash of the Tewksbury, MA natives! I give this one to the Professor.

#2 Jeremiah Owyang v. #15 Steve Woodruff: Even getting up at Five in the Morning won’t be enough for Woodruff.

#4 Scott Monty v. #13 Chip & Dan Heath: Monty will certainly drive to the hoop, but will the Heath double team be Made to Stick?

#5 Noah Brier v. #12 Jane Quigley: Quigley will need the 64 pack of Crayons to pull of the upset here.

#7 Josh Spear v. #10 Rob Walker: Can Walker avoid the Undercurrent? I’m Buying In to the upset.

#7 Grant McCracken v. #10 Mitch Joel: Battle of the Canadians!

#8 Connie Reece v. #9 Mike Arauz: Another win for Team Undercurrent?

And now, bonus previews of half of the Friday games:

#1 Seth Godin v. #16 Lisa Hoffman: Rooting for Godin is like rooting for Duke. Take that however you like.

#2 Tom Peters v. #15 Amanda Gravel: Peters doesn’t rebuild, he just reloads.

#3 Gary Vaynerchuck v. #14 Steve Rubel: If Gary Vee wins it all, will we douse him with wine instead of champagne?

#4 Laura Fitton v. #13 Bud Caddell: If Bud wins this, he really will be living the dream.

#5 Greg Verdino v. #12 Johnny Vulkan: A Vulkan upset here would be an Anomaly.

#6 John Moore v. #11 Rick Liebling: I’m guessing Moore will be doing an Autopsy on me.

#7 Amber Naslund v. #10 Russell Davies: If it were football (the proper English kind) or cricket maybe. But I’m going with Naslund.

#8 Adam Broitman v. #9 Peter Shankman: I think some reporters may have to help Peter out.

March Marketing / Social Media Madness Preview #1

In Ideas on March 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

The field has been set, now it’s time for the previews. Today, we’ll do eight first round Thursday match ups. On Wednesday we’ll look at the other eight Thursday games, plus eight of the Friday games. Then on Thursday, we’ll preview the final eight Friday games.  Ready? Here we go:

#1 Malcolm Gladwell v. #16 David Mullen: Heck of a season for young Mullen, but his run to the tournament was, as Gladwell might say, an Outlier. Too much Gladwell in this one.

#2 Brian Solis v. #15 Jeff Pulver: Good matchup between two guys hanging out at SXSW right now. Pulver ‘owns’ VoIP, but I think this one is going to go to Solis.

#3 Aloha Arleen v. #14 Julia Roy: Julia, Mahalo for playing.

#4 Brian Clark v. #13 C.C. Chapman: I’d like to think Chapman has a chance here, but I think the title of his blog explains his like outcome.

#5 Guy Kawasaki v. #12 Shannon Paul: Two hockey lovers in this one – I think Guy comes out Alltop.

#6 Peter Kim v. #11 Rohit Bhargava: Will just Being Peter Kim be enough? Look out for an upset here, even if Rohit’s personality’s not included.

#7 Amanda Chapel v. #10 Faris Yakob: You never want to underestimate the Strumpettte, but Talent Imitates & Genius Steals this one in an upset.

#8 Pete Cashmore v. #9 David ArmanoWe predict Armano reaches Critical Mass and renders Cashmore Mashable.

So, we are predicting three upsets in these first eight games.  As a reminder, here’s how the games will be decided:

How will winners be chosen? Again, let me stress that this isn’t a scientifically accurate endeavor, it’s just a little fun. We all take what we do very seriously, but sometimes you just have to have a little fun. Losing a game here doesn’t mean you aren’t a pro, it means that in a completely meaningless little bit of Internet fun random selection didn’t go in your favor. Match results will be determined by a roll of the (10-sided) dice [Dungeons & Dragons flashback!] with a percentage weighting in favor of the higher ranked team. Here’s the breakdown in the first round (32 games total):

Number in parantheses is the percentage chance of winning:

  • 1 (73%) v 16 (27%)
  • 2 (70%) v 15 (30%)
  • 3 (67%) v 14 (33%)
  • 4 (64%) v 13 (36%)
  • 5 (61%) v 12 (39%)
  • 6 (58%) v 11 (42%)
  • 7 (55%) v 10 (45%)
  • 8 (52%) v 9 (48%)

Good luck to all the competitors.

March Marketing / Social Media Madness

In Ideas, Innovation on March 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

For sports fans March means one thing: College basketball. Ok, two things: college basketball and college basketball NCAA tournament brackets.  So, with college hoops all the news, I got to thinking, “Hey, what if the big guns of Social Media and Marketing competed in a 64 ‘team’ tournament?”

Indeed, the mind reels at the possibilities. But first, let’s set some ground rules.

As I learned with my Periodic Table of Social Media Elements, it’s important to state right up front that this is not done with any sort of scientific rigor. It is, as they say in the sports books in Las Vegas, for entertainment purposes only.  How did one person get seeded #1 and another #16? Well, I didn’t have a supercomputer to tabulate strength of schedule or power rankings or any of the things the NCAA selection committee uses. I just sort of eyeballed the top seeds and the rest was pretty much random selection.  Also keep in mind, that the NCAA tournament includes teams that have absolutely no chance of winning it all (seeds 13-16). Not so in this Marketing  /Social Media tournament. I’ve tried to include nothing but quality people. Sure, some of them might be from the equivalent of mid-Major conferences, but the 13-16 seeds are no push-overs in this tournament. Did some worthy people get left out? Sure, but that happens in the NCAA basketball tournament every year too (hello San Diego State). The “bubble teams” for this tournament include powerhouse marketers that just missed the cut, but in any other year could have been in the “big dance”:

  • Dan Schawbel
  • Matt Bacak

Who were the last four to get in:

A late-season strong showing by these four earned them their berths in the tournment.

So, without further ado, here’s the bracket in easy downloadable form:

 

Sleepers, Cinderellas and Prime Time Players!

Sleepers, Cinderellas and Prime Time Players!

 

How is this going to work? The real NCAA tournament starts on Thursday, so too the matches in the Social Media/ Marketing Tournament. On Thursday and Friday I’ll try to update the brackets in time with the basketball tournaments results. The weekend will be a little trickier, but by next Monday morning I’ll have the bracket updated.

Check the site throughout the week for details on the games,  matchup breakdowns and predictions (hoepfully we can line up some expert guest analysis.)

How will winners be chosen? Again, let me stress that this isn’t a scientifically accurate endeavor, it’s just a little fun. We all take what we do very seriously, but sometimes you just have to have a little fun. Losing a game here doesn’t mean you aren’t a pro, it means that in a completely meaningless little bit of Internet fun random selection didn’t go in your favor. Match results will be determined by a roll of the (10-sided) dice [Dungeons & Dragons flashback!] with a percentage weighting in favor of the higher ranked team. Here’s the breakdown in the first round (32 games total):

Number in parantheses is the percentage chance of winning:

  • 1 (73%) v 16 (27%)
  • 2 (70%) v 15 (30%)
  • 3 (67%) v 14 (33%)
  • 4 (64%) v 13 (36%)
  • 5 (61%) v 12 (39%)
  • 6 (58%) v 11 (42%)
  • 7 (55%) v 10 (45%)
  • 8 (52%) v 9 (48%)

I’ll use a similar percentage formula as we enter the later rounds with the higher seed’s chance of winning based on what seed the opponent has.

Ok, now for the audience participation part.  I want you to send me an email with your prediction for the final four and the overall champion. The person who correctly identifies the final four and the eventual champion will win a cool prize (to be determined). In the event of a tie, etc., etc., the decision of the commissioner (me) will be final.  Send in your predicitons to me at: sportspr[at]yahoo.com

Again, please take this for what it is – a bit of timely levity for an industry that can take itself a bit too seriously sometimes.  Enjoy, and be sure to come back tomorrow for analysis of some of the Thursday games.

UPDATE: It was just brought to my attention that John Moore of Brand Autopsy did a similar Marketer bracket a couple of years ago. I was unaware, and in reading his, it looks like he presented his with all but the Final Four already determined. So, a little different.

UPDATE #2: Great minds (John Moore and Joseph Jaffe) think alike, and apparantly I steal from them both. Again, I didn’t know that Jaffe had done something similar previously.

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