Buick’s “Quest for the Keys”

Buick is using social media in their coming promotion of their new car lineup, called “Quest For The Keys”. They will push Regal, Enclave, LaCrosse and Verano in a scavenger hunt that offers clues on Facebook and Twitter for the first three weeks on the hunt then concludes with a day of offline scavenger hunting.

What makes this promotion unusual is that Buick will incorporate the use of multiple location based services for the campaign. People will be able to use Facebook Places, Forsquare, or Gowalla in their hunt.

The program will begin in the next few months in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and Austin, Texas.

GM’s Social Media Marketing

General Motors has recently hired “Big Fuel” to do it’s social media marketing. “Big Fuel” is a New York based marketing agency. That means they are about to make a major push in social media promotion. Keep and eye out for it and let us know when you come in contact with it.

Huck HuckabeeI have had two customers approach me in the last couple of months and talk about making major changes to their marketing strategies. In both cases these customers have been to trade shows and have attended seminars that are showing them the importance of Internet marketing and Social Media. One of my customers is reducing Yellow Page advertising to a bare minimal and moving those resources to a blog, Facebook and Twitter. The other, Starnes Jewelers, his already seeing the benefits.

Mashable, an online Social Media magazine, posted an article by Erica Swallow that really shows what is happening with small businesses and Social Media. Adoption rates have doubled from 12% to 24% in the last year.

Erica’s article reviews five neat examples of small businesses using Social Media. Click here and take a look.

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