By Carlo Ople* A lot of people used social media to condemn Hayden Kho for his actions, which eventually led to a full-blown Senate hearing (not that I'm agreeing that we shoul d have a Senate hearing for a sex scandal). Now his supporters are relying on S ocial Media to support and defend him. I was given a link by a good friend thro ugh Yahoo Messenger. Apparently, someone made a blog called "Give Hayde n a Chance". The first post entitled "Let's give Hayden a chance", already has 1 6 comments as of this writing. The site counter on the sidebar also shows that around 400+ people have already dropped by the site. I'm guessing that it's onl y a matter of time before the hundreds become thousands then maybe even million s. It's a bit annoying and amazing that this issue has been completely blown out o f proportion. I fully support the women... but a Senate hearing for a sex scand al? Shouldn't we be paying more attention to Swine Flu and the fact that there are 14 confirmed cases already in the Philippines? I can understand social medi a going "gaga" over the Hayden scandals because it's a human interest story but for institutions to go as far as they have... man! Carlo Ople is the main author of New Media Philippines, a blog that aims to help Filipinos maxim ize and realize the potential of New Media. Apart from being a blogger, Carlo a lso serves as a Marketing Manager for one of the leading online gaming companie s in the Philippines. He is also a freelance digital marketing consultant and h as worked with various politicians and business owners expand their reach and i nfluence through the use of social media.
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Editor's note: With the author's permission, we've updated this entry to cl arify some terms. By Carlo S. Ople* Over the past few weeks, there have been talks going around on what advertising agencies and marketers should expect from bloggers. Iâve been thinking about t his for a long time now, and I think I have enough examples and put enough thou ght into this to publish it on this blog. Companies who want to tap bloggers should be aware of the different kinds of bl oggers. Not all bloggers can influence your target market, and not all of them can have the same level of interaction with their readers. Iâve generally defined the types of bloggers into these 4 categories: Value, Ho bby, Journal and Google. Thereâs a fifth type which Iâll share at the end of th e post. Note that these categories can overlap, and in fact some of the best bl oggers have stricken a balance on how to be all 4. However, these are rare blog gers. Most of the bloggers right now just fall to either 1 or 2 of these catego ries. 1. HOBBY BLOGGERS. They generate content from the t hings or activities that interest them the most. The best example here would be Food Blogs. There are so many already in the Philippines. Whatâs amazing is th at only a few restaurants are tapping the potential of driving more traffic to their stores by partnering with the top food bloggers in the Philippines. Other topics that Hobby bloggers talk about can be: anime, movie reviews, fashion, g eneral merchandise, photography, etc. Hobby Bloggers have good potential to grow communities and with that comes auth ority and influence. This happens more if the blogger is actually good at what heâs doing. If a Hobby Blogger is also a Value Blogger, then you have one of th e most influential types of online personalities (more on Value Bloggers below) . 2. JOURNAL BLOGGERS. They usually post about life experiences. Their topics can be really random and can be anything under the sun. A lot of Journal Bloggers can be found on social networks especially on Multiply. Favori te topics include current events especially topics that are being discussed by media outfits and online communities. Journal Bloggers' readership is usually c onfined to their circle of friends. This is so because people interested in fol lowing Juan Cruz for example, will be people who know and are close to him. The reach is not there. However, since Journal Bloggers are very credible (because they know each other personally) to their readers, you can expect that they ca n easily convince readers 3. GOOGLE BLOGGERS. They focus on Search Engine Optimization w ith no or little regard to relevant content, personal branding and influence. B loggers like them are in it for advertising and money. They prioritize building keywords so that search engines like Google and Yahoo will point towards them, thus giving them substantial amount of traffic. The problem with Google Blogge rs is that they may have really high readership, but you donât know where itâs coming from and the level of influence and interaction is very low. Google Blog gers will have a hard time building communities and a loyal following. 4. VALUE BLOGGERS. They are writers who put content, personal branding, and service as top priorities. Value Bloggers focus on delivering pos ts that add value to their readers by giving them insights, tips, tactic and ad vice on how to improve oneâs craft, hobby, or whatever. In other words, people go to Value Bloggers because what they write is relevant, sensible and useful o r something that can actually learn from. Value Bloggers will rarely sell out c ontent and advertising because they care about their personal brand and believe their audience deserve more than paid PR releases. Value Bloggers are the most influential types, because they have the strongest potential of building commu nities around their blog. They can easily get a following because what they off er is practical sound advice and insights on their particular niche. In fact, a gencies and marketers may encounter problems closing deals with Value Bloggers because they will not compromise their integrity in exchange for a few thousand bucks. OVERLAPPING TYPES Personally, I find Value Bloggers crossed with anything (especially Go ogle) will be the most effective Blogger in terms of reach, interaction and inf luence. Whatâs important here is that to build trust, they should focus on a ni che and deliver quality content useful to readers. They shouldnât settle for co py-paste methods or getting content from existing bloggers or online sources. B loggers are not just grapevines for information--they can generate good content . FOR MARKETERS: LET YOUR ONLINE MARKETING AGENCY DO THEIR JOB. If you hired a consultant or an agency to handle your blogger events, make sure they screen the invites well. The worst mistake you can do as a Product Manage r is to just say "Get me as much bloggers as possible." What if 90% of the blog gers that attended are not legit but posers? Then youâre just wasting your mone y, effort and time. Make sure that your consultant or agency does the following : 1. Donât do open invites. Tell them to show you the list of bloggers they plan to invite. 2. List of bloggers should show URL, niche, blogger type 3. Ask for their stats as well- Unique Visitors is an indicator of traffic (rea ch), while Bounce Rate and a high ratio between Unique Visitors and Page Hits c an be good tools to measure influence. Donât do blogger events just because itâs the âinâ thing. Do it because you kno w that it is really a cost-effective way to get your communication across to yo ur target market. However, make sure that what your offering is really good les t your PR event turns into a nightmare when your product disappoints the blogge rs. To Bloggers: What kind of blogger are you? Are you really giving value to your readers? Are you building an online community with your content? Are you bloggi ng just for the heck of it or do you want it to become a tool for you to advanc e your career, profession and business? Carlo Ople is the main author of New Media Philippines, a blog that aims to help Filipinos maxim ize and realize the potential of New Media. Apart from being a blogger, Carlo a lso serves as a Marketing Manager for one of the leading online gaming companie s in the Philippines. He is also a freelance digital marketing consultant and h as worked with various politicians and business owners expand their reach and i nfluence through the use of social media.
By NiÃ±a Terol (Editor's note: Originally posted on author's blog) 1. For writers and other creative souls, blogging is practice. Participants of my Freelance Writing for Dummies class know this: I cannot stress enough the im portance of blogging, especially for an aspiring freelance writer. Blogging off ers a free platform for writers and other creatives to test out their ideas, ho ne their writing style, explore various subject matters, and begin developing a relationship with an audience. Writing is very serious work, and anyone who wants to become a writerâwhether f ull-time or part-timeâmust treat it with utmost respect. It is a demanding art- craft that requires the readerâs full attention once the page is opened, so the writer must ensure that the written material is worth the ink, the space, and the readerâs time. Blogging, then, is like the rehearsal before the actual performance. It allows the writer to flex those critical writing muscles and get into character so tha t once âreal writingâ is needed, the audience wonât be disappointed. 2. For public personalities, it is an avenue to connect with their a udience using more than their on-cam persona. Ours is such a media-inundated cu lture that itâs sometimes difficult to tell which is real and which is reel. Ne ws is often biased, sensationalized, and âtelenovela-dâ; reality shows are some times âgamedâ and are often part of the celebrity-manufacturing machinery of ou r ratings-hungry networks; and there is hardly any time or space for public per sonalities to just let themselves be. While blogging by celebrities is one more way of extending their media reach and, therefore, of expanding their populari ty, it can also be a good venue for them to show the public what theyâre really made of. 3. For politicians and other public servants, blogging is one way to connect to their constituencies and have an alternative forum for feedback-gathering. My principal knows this, which is why he tries to update his blog, Facebook, and o ther social networks as often as he can. Blogging is a great way to test out id eas, solicit instant feedback, and continue a two-way dialogue with constituent s that is just made impossible by mainstream media. US President Barack Obama h arnessed the power of blogging and social media to the max; other politicians f rom around the world have learned from his example and are trying to follow sui t. A note for politicians though: donât use blogging and social media merely for g randstanding or to win an election. Use it, too, to improve on current projects , update your constituencies about your projects, ensure transparency in all yo ur operations, and provide a forum for the public to air their grievances. Like reading on a page, reading a blog requires the audienceâs full attention, so p lease make sure that your words are worth our time. 4. For organizations, blogging is an Ã¼ber-cheap alternative for reporting to s takeholders and constituencies, rallying support for a cause, expanding oneâs c onstituency base, or announcing events. If your organization doesnât have the b udget to maintain a website or produce newsletters or annual reports, put up a professional-looking blogsite that can store your updates, photos, advocacy mat erials, and event announcements. In this age of free blogging platforms (I like WordPress and Blogger), free widgets, and even practically-free documentation courtesy of camera phones and low-priced digital cameras, you now have no more excuses to not have your org information and updates online. Oh, and if you want to fund raise online too, blogging will NOT give you the pl atforms for online fund-collection, but it CAN give you avenues to begin a conv ersation with your constituency, build relationships, and âraise friends.â Then the money can start flowing in. 5. For artists, musicians, and other creatives (again), blogging is a free plat form to promote your work and nurture a fan base. For years before he finally p ut up his Multiply site, Iâd been bugging my fiancÃ© Paul to have a venue for c onnecting to potential clients and audiences online. Now that he has a Multiply site and is also on Facebook, heâs enjoying the process of putting some though ts down, choosing photos and videos to upload, making contacts, and meeting âon line buddiesâ from different parts of the world. For creative souls in search of inspiration, blogging is also a great way to ca ll out to the Muse. So is reading othersâ blogs. Who knows what images, words, rhythms, and ideas can arise while reading someone elseâs words, commiserating with someoneâs pain, or sharing someone elseâs joy? 6. For companies, blogging is a great way to reach out to a certain segment of your target market. One brand-built blog that caught my attention is Doveâs Cam paign for Real Beauty, which featured real blogs by real women. It made real Do veâs brand proposition that beauty is not only the domain of models and celebri ties, but of everyday women living everyday (but not necessarily ordinary) live s. According to Technoratiâs State of the Blogosphere 2008: âBrands make up a majo r part of bloggersâ online conversations. More than four in five bloggers post product or brand reviews, and blog about brands they love or hateâ¦ Companies a re already reaching out to bloggers: one-third of bloggers have been approached to be brand advocatesâ¦ Bloggers are most open to receiving marketing messages from other blogs. Even non-blog web content is more influential among this gro up than traditional media sources for brand information.â If you see that blogging would complement your overall brand strategy, then the re shouldnât be any reason not to try it. 7. For families, blogging is a great way to document and share precious family moments that can never be replicated. More than just sharing photos and videos on your social networks, itâs also great to capture the feelings and the conver sations that were all part of the experience. Whether itâs a momentous occasion such as a birth, a wedding, an anniversary, a graduation or a ânon-eventâ such as making pancakes with the kids, taking the pet out for a walk, having an âad ult-likeâ conversation with a toddler, or practically anything else under the s un, blogging is a way to make sure memories donât just fade away. Iâd also recommend good olâ scrap booking, but for busy parents who donât have the time or the patience to artfully lay out photos and other mementos, bloggin g is the way to go. (Blogs can also be set as private so the whole world wonât have to see whatâs meant only for your family and friends.) 8. For individuals, you actually donât need a reason to blog. Some people blog to share recipes, others to share lyrics and quotable quotes. Some use their bl ogs as online journals and share their thoughts and feelings with the world; ot hers use their blogs to comment on social events and be engaged spectators in a world thatâs constantly shifting. Some write lengthy prose that seem like maga zine articles; others write catchy one-liners. Some have an audience of million s; others have an audience of 10. But it doesnât (and shouldnât) matter. As lon g as youâve got something (non-violent and non-offensive) to say, then you shou ld be able to say it. What is personal is universal If you think about it, never before in the worldâs history have we been given a chance to document the worldâs collective consciousness. Now, thanks to blogs and other social media, the Web has become just thatâa repository of the state of peopleâs consciousness at any given time. What were people feeling when the United States elected its first African-Ameri can president? The blogosphere gives us a clear snapshot of that through people âs blog and micro-blog (e.g., Twitter) entries. How are people coping with job loss and financial instability? We can find out at any time, too. What went thr ough your head the moment your crush told you that, yes, he wanted to be with y ou too? If you blogged about it, then you can revisit that time, too. More than self-promotion or self- flagellation, blogs and blogging allow us to understand ourselves and our world better. Brands and politicians alike tune in to the blogosphere because, here, they are able to capture real, instantaneous thoughts and feelings that donât have the normal editing or censure processes of traditional media. Through micro-blogs like Twitter or Plurk, weâre able to capture âThe State of My NationâRight Here, Right Nowâ. The world is constantly changing, the Web is constantly changing, WE are consta ntly changing. But thanks to the introduction of blogging and other forms of so cial media engagement, one thing that will never change is our desire and our a bility to connect to other human beingsâeven if itâs just through flickers of w ords or images on a computer screen. __ NiÃ±a Terol is a self-proclaimed Communicator, Enabler, and Organization-Bu ilder, using the power of vision, words, and connections to inspire, empower, a nd motivate others around her. She is a political communicator by day, a freela nce writer and poet by night, and an advocate for reform in Philippine governan ce 24/7. To subscribe to Long Live Blogging, click here: http://longlivebloggin g.wordpress.com/subscribe/
By Izah Morales INQUIRER.net During the victory party of their m ovie, âWhen I Met U,â commercial model and actress KC Concepcion disclosed that she would be having her own website soon. "Iâm making my own website now. That would be my official website. I love blogg ing. Lahat ng nasa utak ko, makikita ng tao dun. [People will see whatâs on my mind through that ]," the young actress says. Concepcion says she began blogging when she was still a student. She joined multiply.com in April 12, 2005 and collected 188 contacts cum friend s. In her multiply site, she wrote, "hi... :) i have no myspace. no active face book. no friendster. no blogspot. just this. a little island in cyberspace. hop e you enjoy the ride.â Her first blog entry was about a subservient chicken. Most of her entries containe d pictures and stories of her travels, student life and showbiz engagements. Concepcion says her blog eventually became a venue for her fans and supporters. ââYung nabuong fans ngayon, âyung mga sumasama sa mga events, sa mga guestings, âyung mga supporters, actually, nag-meet sila sa blog ko nung hindi pa ako pum apasok ng showbiz. Kaya sobrang special sa akin âyung blog ko kasi nakilala nil a ako bilang tao, bilang estudyante, hindi lang bilang kung sino ako ngayon. [M y fans and supporters met through my blog and this happened even when I was not in showbiz yet. That's why my blog is special. It is a venue for them to know me as a person, as a student and not just the person that I am now.],â she says .
THANKS to HappySlip, the US -based Filipino-American video blogger, the Philippine Department of the Touris m (DOT) has recently been awarded the Grand Bronze Anvil Award and the Anvil Aw ard of Excellence. The DOT launched its online public relations marketing program to reach out to Americans to visit the Philippines, according to Tourism Secretary Joseph Duran o in a statement. The Grand Bronze Anvil Award is given to the most outstanding public relations tool designed and implemented during a year, in this case, in 2008. âI am very pleased that our venture into Internet marketing and PR to reach and invite thousands of North Americans to visit the Philippines is once again rec ognized by the countryâs PR industry,â Durano said. The DOT brought Filipino-American Cristine Gambito to popular sights in the country, to promote the Philippines and to meet fans who lined up to se e her. She eventually created several video blog episodes about her trip here. According to the DOT, the campaign generated about 50,000 visits to the agency âs website called âExperience Philippinesâ in just four months. The campaign targeted second and third generation Americans and Canadians. Gambito is known for her character named âHappyslipâ on YouTube and other onlin e video sharing sites. Happyslip is a pun on the âHalf slipâ her mom used to fo rce her to wear when she was a girl. The DOT partnered with digital agency Euro RSCG/Agatep in the âHappySlip Blogs â campaign. âOur experience in this project dramatizes the potential of video blogs in enga ging Internet users and shaping their opinions. YouTube videos are no longer fo r sheer entertainment. They can help sell a country,â Euro RSCG/Agatep managing director and chief creative officer Norman Agatep said. Here's episode one of her videos she posted on YouTube:
Filipino bloggers are now p icking up Filipino songwriter Gary Granada's recorded complai nt against GMA Kapuso Foundation, which he accuses of allegedly using his s tudy without his permission. A blog called "Ang Kape Ni LaTt ex," says Granada's recorded complaint has been making the rounds via blogs, Plurk, Twitter and e-mail. The blog says:
In a nutshell, Mr. Granada, a noted Filipino singer-composer, voice d his sentiments against GMA Kapuso Foundation, regarding a jingle that he comp osed music for. According to Mr. Granada, GMA rejected his study for the jingle , but allegedly used his revisions for the lyrics (which was provided to him by GMA), and based the final tune on the musical structure of his study, all with out attribution or pay. It would be best that you listen to the audio cast and hear it in detail and come up with your own opinions regarding the issue. What makes this audiocast special, however, is the extent of Mr. Granadaâs use of New Media â or, âWeb two point ohâ â to detail his complaint, in a totally u nprecedented manner, and against Mainstream Media to boot!Filipinovoices blog has also picked up on the issue.
Rarely do we ever write about the music industry here at FV, but th is specific case will be an exception, only because this is a case of an entire media company denying a wrong that it has done, especially to a very talented composer like Gary Granada. Songwriter and Composer, Gary Granada, was given lyrics which he was supposed t o translate into music. This music would ultimately be used by GMA for a Kapuso foundation media campaign. But, GMA ended up not using Gary Granada, but it se ems that they used his musical creation in the end, and basically ditched Gary and gave him nothing at all, not even a claim on the work itself, because as GM A says, Garyâs work was a âcollectiveâ work.Ang Kape ni LatTex notes that Granada's complaint is "totally unprecedented" be cause of the use of the Internet to air his sentiments.
What makes this audiocast special, however, is the extent of Mr. Gr anadaâs use of New Media â or, âWeb two point ohâ â to detail his complaint, in a totally unprecedented manner, and against Mainstream Media to boot! In the audiocast, he included a clip of his original study, the final product, and a detailed explanation on the musical structure of both, including the musi cal theory behind his gripes and a re-rendered tune comprising of his accompani ment and the tune used in the final cut of the jingle. To say that Mr. Granada maximized new media to explain his side is an understatement â he clearly under stood that this is the best possible way to make people understand the situatio n in its fullest extent.
By Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON--TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington announced Wednesday he is taking a break from writin g for his influential technology blog after being spat on at a conference and g etting death threats. Writing on techcrunch.com, Arrington, 38, said an unidentified man "walked up t o me and quite deliberately spat in my face" on Tuesday at the Digital, Life, D esign conference he was attending in Munich, Germany. "In the past Iâve been grabbed, pulled, shoved and otherwise abused at events, but never spat on," Arrington said. "I think this is where Iâm going to draw a line. "Iâve decided the right thing to do is take some time off and get a better perspective on what Iâm spending my life doing," he said. "Iâll be takin g most of February off from writing, and decide what the best future for me is while sitting on a beach somewhere far away from my iPhone and laptop." "I canât say my job is much fun any more," Arrington said. "Startups that donât get the coverage they want and competing journalists and bloggers tend to accu se us of the most ridiculous things." Arrington, a former lawyer who has been cited as one of the most influential vo ices in Silicon Valley by several leading US publications, also said that last year, "an off balance individual threatened to kill me and my family." "The threats were, in the opinion of security experts we consulted, serious," h e said, "We hired a personal security team to protect me, my family and TechCru nch employees." "I write about technology startups and news," Arrington said. "In any sane worl d, that shouldnât make me someone who has to deal with death threats and being spat on." Arrington said he will attend the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos and be gin his break next week.