5 Marketing Tips That We Could Learn from Celebrities

Guest Post by: Ravali Ravulapati

I have to admit, I usually don’t have too much time to watch TV. But when I do, I usually watch shows that don’t require much focus and after a long day of work I often resort to reality shows or random celebrity news. However, I think I can justify this by saying that I have taken away a few “marketing” lessons from these shows or celebrities. Whether its reality TV, Food Network or watching E!, there are valuable lessons these “celebrities” can teach us marketing professionals.

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Lady Gaga vs Rihanna. Who Rocks the Most at Social Media?

Guest Post by: Alex Truby

They’re arguably the two biggest stars on the planet and both Lady Gaga and Rihanna have famously made incredibly innovative use of social media to get real commercial advantage. But which is using social media with the greatest effect, and which is most successful at actually engaging her fans?

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Bright Lights Project: Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher, long a pioneer in "celebrity tweeting" and the amasser of 8 million+ Twitter followers, has announced he will no longer type his own messages but rather rely on his PR team to come up with fodder to fill his stream. Social media evangelists are bemoaning the possible end of authentic tweeting because other celebs and brands follow suit.

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Coming Together

America's collective grief over the death of Steve Jobs is entering the next phase of what has become a somewhat common experience of fantasy community that I'm calling a Diana Moment, which goes something like this:


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Oprah: The Last Analog Celebrity

After 25 years, Oprah Winfrey's history-making TV show has come to an end - and so has The Era of the Analog Celebrity. In many ways, Oprah defined what it meant to be a celebrity in the analog age - the age before Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and the constant need to optimize your Google search results.

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Publicity and the Culture of Celebritization

In this month’s “Rolling Stone,” the magazine published an article called “Kiki Kannibal: The Girl Who Played With Fire”. The article tells the story of a 14-year-old teen in Florida who used MySpace to create a digital persona that attracted a lot of attention. An insecure and awkward teenager, Kirsten used MySpace to perform a confident, sexy persona named Kiki, sharing artistic photos that reveal a lot of skin.
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Brand Extension Insights from Bieber and Trump

What do Justin Bieber and Donald Trump have in common? Besides mops of hair! Both guys (we can’t really call 17 year-old Bieber a man yet) are driving major brand extensions – they’re own.

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How Charlie Sheen Is "Winning" The Web

On a Saturday evening, through my Facebook feed—I heard about Charlie Sheen's next move on the internet. I clicked on the link and waited for about 10 minutes as the crew of "Sheen's Korner" grappled with technical difficulties and then a few minutes after it's "advertised" air time, the show came on. Welcome to the new prime time. Sort of.

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How 50 Cent Made 8 Million Cents on Twitter

Never say you can’t make money from social networking. This is what the social media gurus at StrawberryFrog keep telling me. Don’t believe them. Just ask rapper 50 Cent.

He’s allegedly used Twitter to make more than $8m in just two days, by using the micro-blogging site to promote a company he has shares in.

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Tiger, We Hardly Knew Ya

The list of Tiger Woods' sexual conquests had barely reached the double digits when Accenture fired him as its celebrity spokesathlete because, as experts explained, it needed to go in a completely different direction. Detaching him from the company's brand would be painful and take time, but it was necessary.

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