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In an effort to explore new marketing territory, AT&T is launching a mini-drama titled Daybreak to showcase its products and technology.
Throughout the course of five, 10-minute clips, viewers will follow protagonist Ben Wilkins as he becomes entangled in a global conspiracy against an underground crime group known as the “Jack Boxers,” all while wielding AT&T gadgets. Aside from the 10-minute shorts, fans can play an interactive role with the Daybreak storyline at www.daybreak2012.com or www.jackboxers.com. Daybreak applications for AT&T smartphones and tablets will be introduced shortly.
AT&T deserves kudos for trying to engage customers through new channels. Hopefully the clips will have a good balance between advertising AT&T products and actual storyline. The last thing anyone wants to sit through is a cheesy 10-minute commercial.
The first Daybreak clip will be available Thursday, May 31 at www.daybreak.com
Click here to watch the Daybreak trailer.
Pulitzer-prize winning author Jennifer Egan isn’t waiting for the ink to dry on the pages to publish her new short story “Black Box.” Last night, Egan began publishing her short story via Twitter. Over the course of an hour, Egan tweeted a single line from her latest work every minute. The trend will continue over the course of nine days with the story concluding June 9.
Writing in 140 character segments sounds brutal, but Egan actually wrote “Black Box” with Twitter in mind. Using Twitter’s character counting tool, the short story was crafted over the course of year.
Though Egan’s idea may sound innovative, she’s not the first to publish fiction in digital snippets. In 2008, Penguin Books launched the “We Tell Stories” where six authors used interactive media, including Twitter, to publish their stories.
If you don’t have the patience to read 60 tweets over the course of an hour, you can get daily updates of “Black Box” here.
Readers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel can take the news with them while they’re on the go with the Journal Sentinel’s new iPad app.
Released Tuesday, the iPad ranked No. 7on iTunes’ free news apps Wednesday morning. iPad users can download the app for free and have access to stories, photo galleries and videos from now until July 31. After that, users must buy a digital subscription.
With news junkies ditching their morning paper for online sources that are continuously updated throughout the day, Wisconsin media outlets are making the necessary changes to remain relevant and current news sources for residents.
Do you see other newspapers in the state expanding into the app world? At what point will printed newspapers be obsolete?
Wisconsin residents who have previously signed up for Wisconsin’s ‘do not call’ to keep telemarketers from dialing their mobile or landline phone may need to update their information by June 1.
Names on Wisconsin’s ‘do-not’ are safe from pesky sales calls for two years. Therefore, if two years have passed since you first signed up for the list, you may be vulnerable to unwanted sales calls.
The state legislature recently made a move to include unwanted text messages under the ‘do-not call’ provisions. So if you haven’t added your cell phone to the list yet, now is a good time to do it.
By renewing your information on the ‘do-not call’ list by June 1, you should be free of telemarketers by July 1.
Unfortunately for Wisconsin residents growing tired of political robo-calls, there’s no relief for you. Political causes, non profits and market research firms still have access to your phone number.
To add your number do the ‘do not call’ list, click here or call 1 866 9NO CALL
Comprised mostly of small towns on hilly terrain, southwest Wisconsin can be a tricky place to survive for gadget lovers. As summer approaches, most tourist destinations in the state will be promoting the high-speed wireless connections just as much as the beaches and lakefronts. However, as the “less connected” part of the state, southwest Wisconsin will be taking a different approach by challenging tourists to go “unplugged” during their vacations.
I’m up always for a challenge, and even a gadget enthusiast like myself understands the importance of turning off my gadgets once in awhile. During a time where most attractions boast their tech friendliness, I think it’s a great hook for southwest Wisconsin to draw visitors with its ‘off the grid’ challenge.
If you’re a vacationer that just can’t turn off your mobile for the weekend, there’s no need to worry as southwest Wisconsin isn’t a complete dead zone. It just might require mobile and gadget users to take a drive into the nearest town for better reception or stop at the local library.
With summer just around the corner, will your weekend getaways or vacations require you to go ‘off the grid’?
The popular fundraising site Kickstarter because the latest victim to an online bug, leaving 70,000 soon-to-be launched projects vulnerable. Though it may be a relief for some users to know that their financial information remained secure, the bug exposed project ideas, description, goals and other creative information.
Creative marketing and project ideas are essential for Kickstarter users looking for funding from the masses. The risk of exposing your project before its 30-day spot on Kickstarter could result in users falling short of their fundraising goals or someone stealing project idea elements.
With so many trying to find a way for their projects to go viral, the Kickstarter incident showcases the potential consequences in exposing creative social media ideas.
In case we need more validation on the increasing use of social networking on mobile devices, a new report from Mobile Metrix 2.0 reveals that Facebook users spend more time on their accounts via mobile devices than on their computers.
Reflecting about my own Facebook use, there’s no doubt that I spend more time accessing the site from my Blackberry than on my laptop. If I have a few minutes to kill during the day, you can usually find me on my Blackberry checking my Facebook, Twitter and email.
However, I was surprised with the amount of time the average mobile user spends on Facebook. According to the report, Facebook mobile users spend about seven hours a month accessing the site from their phone or tablet. After an initial panic set in wondering what productive things I could have been doing during those seven hours instead of looking at vacation pictures from a friend- of- a-friend from college, I realized those seven hours a month break down to about 14 minutes of mobile Facebook use a day (which made me feel much better).
Aside from showing how much time users are spending on Facebook from their mobile devices, the report is telling in where social networking sites need to invest. The Facebook application for most smartphones is pretty stripped down in comparison to the website. It also brings in little revenue from its free mobile application. There are no ads and few sponsored posts, so far.
With this new report from Mobile Metrix 2.0 combined with Facebook’s IPO, Zuckerberg and Company should focus their efforts to keep Facebook’s momentum going.