Branded virtual goods and what good they can do

Simon Mainwaring / Advertising / 4 years ago

As the New York Times reported last week, brands such as Volvo, H&M and MTV Networks are entering the virtual goods market. Virtual goods are non-physical products that people buy for use in online communities or games. They usually cost a dollar or two and might be a gift like a bouquet of flowers or an item that people can purchase in games like Farmville that give players an edge over their competitors.

Brands hope to use virtual goods to keep in touch with their consumers and also use the goods to soak up any discretionary spending especially among the web-savvy under-40 crowd. The reason for their interest is not surprising. Analysts agree that the virtual goods market will be worth over $2 billion this year.

This is just one way that brands are responding to a very real challenge – how to make themselves relevant, sharable and likable within the social ecosystem.

Yet launching virtual goods is only half a solution. The currency that people trade across social networks in not money but emotion. As such, merely selling virtual goods will do little to achieve the emotional connection that brands need over the long term.

For that to happen, brands must ask themselves what is their priority? Are they merely after another slice of the consumer pocketbook? Or are they genuinely interested in the community and want to build it over the long term?

The most powerful way for brands to do the latter is through shared values. That is why virtual goods connected to a cause or initiative that reinforces the core values of a brand is great marketing and an effective way to forge an emotional connection with a community. A good example is how game maker Zynga recently used virtual goods to aid victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Brands would be wise to consider the rules of social media engagement before treating social games as a gold rush. If they are only interested in profit, brands will quickly learn that gamers don’t play by their rules. But if their motives are transparent and their ad agencies help them to connect emotionally, this new trend could be incredibly beneficial for themselves, their community and the well being of others.

Do you think brands should start selling virtual goods? Or do you think that will ruin their experience within social games?

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  1. Tim Letscher says:

    Simon, good points above. What also needs to be called out is how companies need to re-think how they fund projects like this. The silos are being forcibly ripped apart so budgets for PR, marketing and even philanthropy should be equally sharing the costs of what is now mainly considered another way to spend ad dollars. Politically, this will be played out for years as departments (wrongly) struggle to retain their budgets and responsibilities.

    1. Thanks Tim and I agree. The internal barriers are often the hardest to
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      But time will change everything. And faster than we expect. thanks for the
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      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      We First is here!

      Well, today is the day! After almost four years of work, my first book ‘We
      First’ is now available. I am so excited to share this with you and invite
      you to order a copy for yourself and your colleagues of friends. The book
      offers you enormous value in the following areas:

      How does a business use social media to build its profits and brand
      community.

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      impact on our world.

      How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
      social change that can build a better world.

      My hope is that We First will enrich your business and personal life. Our
      world desperately needs new ideas that can improve the lives of others and
      ourselves. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing the message.

      Watch the brand new We First Launch Film: ‘We-defining Me’
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      A free podcast on ‘The Future of Ad Agencies.’

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      Plus 10% of the book price will be donated to ‘Girl Up, a campaign of the
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      your community, profits and positive impact.

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      What is We First?

      We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
      intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
      that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      Recent Articles in Mashable and AdAge

      The 7-Stage Evolution of a Socially Responsible Consumer
      http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/csr-company-stages/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      How Digital Tech Can Help You Become a More Socially Responsible Consumer
      http://mashable.com/2011/05/20/socially-responsible-consumer/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      From ‘Me First’ to ‘We First': Five Tips for Social-Media Marketing
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      /

      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      We First is here!

      Well, today is the day! After almost four years of work, my first book ‘We
      First’ is now available. I am so excited to share this with you and invite
      you to order a copy for yourself and your colleagues of friends. The book
      offers you enormous value in the following areas:

      How does a business use social media to build its profits and brand
      community.

      How do regular people use what they buy and social media to have a positive
      impact on our world.

      How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
      social change that can build a better world.

      My hope is that We First will enrich your business and personal life. Our
      world desperately needs new ideas that can improve the lives of others and
      ourselves. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing the message.

      Watch the brand new We First Launch Film: ‘We-defining Me’
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      receive:

      A free We First white paper on the ‘7 Keys to Brand Positioning in the
      Future.’

      A free podcast on ‘The Future of Ad Agencies.’

      A free podcast on ‘The 7 Stages to Becoming a Tech-savvy & Socially
      Responsible Consumer.’

      Plus 10% of the book price will be donated to ‘Girl Up, a campaign of the
      United Nations Foundation.’

      Also, when you enter your email address at http://wefirstbook.com, you’ll
      get instant access to ten free videos about how to use social media to build
      your community, profits and positive impact.

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      What is We First?

      We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
      intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
      that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      Recent Articles in Mashable and AdAge

      The 7-Stage Evolution of a Socially Responsible Consumer
      http://mashable.com/2011/04/22/csr-company-stages/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      How Digital Tech Can Help You Become a More Socially Responsible Consumer
      http://mashable.com/2011/05/20/socially-responsible-consumer/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      From ‘Me First’ to ‘We First': Five Tips for Social-Media Marketing
      http://adage.com/article/cmo-strategy/tips-social-media-marketing/227857?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email
      /

      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      It’s the last day of the launch week for We First, and we really need your support today, because with a little help, we’re hoping to reach the bestseller lists next week. So, if you haven’t already, please order your copy of We First today by clicking this Amazon link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.

      If you have ordered a copy, THANKS! We’d love for you to please share this link with your friends and communities.

      There are many benefits to buying this book today:
      1. If you’re part of a company, you will learn how to use social technology to drive profits.
      2. If you’re a concerned consumer, you will learn how to use social media to have a positive impact.
      3. And, everyone will learn how to use social media to build a world we want to live in.

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      I can’t believe this is the last day of the launch week for We First. I started working on the book 4 years ago, and I’ve been really encouraged by the response of companies about the greater role they can now play in scaling positive change. I wanted to ask your help one last time on this last day of the launch week of the book. 

      My hope is to make this conversation one of the most important issues for business today. That’s why I would so appreciate if you order a copy or even better yet copies of We First today. This way, the sales can contribute to the best seller lists that will then keep this conversation top of mind with an even broader audience. 

      So, thanks for your support this week, thanks for your patience on all of our emails and thanks for helping us over this final hurdle by ordering your copy today. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.  And remember, 10% of all proceeds from the purchases of We First will be donated to ‘Girl up,’ a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

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      We First Hits the Bestseller Lists

      I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We
      are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to
      the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector.
      Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

      #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

      #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

      #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

      #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
      …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business
      Books of 2011 so far.

      This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
      here at We First, a huge thank you.

      _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
      non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
      important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
      that non-profits face.

      Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
      critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
      effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
      earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
      non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
      contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
      one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
      to their advantage.

      The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
      community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
      before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
      normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
      effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

      _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
      be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
      cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
      on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
      others working in the same cause category.

      _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
      need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
      thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
      on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
      the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
      and engaged online community.

      _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
      for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
      make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
      Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
      are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
      framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
      for-profit brand.

      _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
      any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
      Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
      to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
      in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
      through a series of natural disasters.

      _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
      the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
      difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
      world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
      donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
      to help them reach their goals.

      The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
      they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
      easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
      results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
      and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
      First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
      action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
      drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

      _Featured reviews of We First:_
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      We First Hits the Bestseller Lists

      I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector. Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

      #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

      #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

      #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

      #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
      …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business Books of 2011 so far.

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      _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
      non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
      important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
      that non-profits face.

      Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
      critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
      effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
      earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
      non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
      contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
      one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
      to their advantage.

      The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
      community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
      before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
      normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
      effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

      _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
      be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
      cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
      on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
      others working in the same cause category.

      _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
      need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
      thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
      on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
      the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
      and engaged online community.

      _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
      for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
      make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
      Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
      are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
      framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
      for-profit brand.

      _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
      any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
      Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
      to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
      in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
      through a series of natural disasters.

      _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
      the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
      difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
      world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
      donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
      to help them reach their goals.

      The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
      they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
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      results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
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  2. Thanks Tom. I totally understand. Rather than gild the lily let’s get first
    things first right. I totally agree but also see a lot of potential down the
    track from brands to put virtual goods to good use. Hopefully brands will
    work on both sides of the equation. Thanks, Simon

  3. Ryan Ruud says:

    What are some of the agencies or companies behind the strategy for branded VG? I’ve heard of Appssavvy but there’s gotta be more.

    1. Hi Ryan, some of the companies are Volvo, H&M, MTV and McDonalds. All have
      virtual goods within games now. Here’s a NYT’s piece on them. Hope it helps.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/business/media/07adco.html

      Simon

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      becoming in our political, business, social and personal lives.

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      We First book launch

      Hello!
      Simon here. I hope all is well. I’m really excited this month because, after
      three years of work, the launch of the We First book is only four weeks
      away. So I wanted to explain a little about why I wrote We First and its
      purpose.

      We First is not an idea anyone can own. It exists in the collective and is
      merely there to serve as a platform on which to celebrate all those people
      who are making an effort to serve the interests of others as well as
      themselves. These include brands doing CSR initiatives or cause marketing,
      non-profits and foundations, social entrepreneurs, government and NGO
      efforts, and every regular person that is consciously thinking about the
      social impact of what they buy or sell every day.

      My hope with the book is that we can all work together to shift the
      conversation in the private sector about the responsibility that we all have
      to contribute to building a better world. Obviously, launching a book is a
      community effort and I’ll be looking for your help in the next month to
      amplify the We First message so we can convert this conversation into
      substantive change.

      It’s my firm belief that if we make enough noise we’ll look back in five
      years time and see a dramatic change in the way companies and customers work
      together to scale positive social change.

      I invite you to preorder your copy of [2]We First now at wefirstbook.com.
      Here are a few things that you will get out of it.
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      • How to shift our thinking and behavior to better serve the interests of
      others and ourselves.
      • How brands and customers work together to have a positive impact through
      the things we buy every day.
      • How companies can make money from social media by building communities
      that drive profits.
      • How customers can think and act in ways that is both good for them and the
      planet.
      • How companies and customers integrate purpose into profit to create change
      that is sustainable.
      • How we reengineer the way we do business to leave a better world for our
      kids.

      As you can see, We First is perfect for you, your boss or colleague,
      marketing specialists, a graduating student, a mom and anyone who
      contributes or works with causes and non-profits. I so appreciate your help
      in sharing the message. Together we can improve the lives of millions of
      others and our own.

      We First book tour and Broadcastr

      Over the next few weeks I’ll be traveling a lot talking about the We First
      message. One of the ways I’ll stay in touch is by using Broadcastr, a great
      new app that lets you geo-tag audio about what you’re up to and then share
      it across social networks. The app also lets you take a walk around while
      stories about your surroundings stream into your headphones automatically
      based on your GPS location. So it makes social media hyper local. Look out
      for these tweets and check out Broadcastr for yourself as it’s a great tool
      for brands and regular people to enjoy. Here’s where you can download the
      app for free and a link to listen to my book tour updates:

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      Using social media to build your brand

      Social media allows you and your community to work together to help build
      your brand, increase your profits, and have a positive impact in the world.
      But this can only be done if you build a genuine relationship with your
      community through authentic and consistent engagement. With that in mind,
      let’s look at a few insider tips specific to two popular platforms, Facebook
      and Twitter.

      _Top five Don’ts for Facebook:_
      1. Don’t participate if you do not intend to invest time and energy into
      long-term relationships with your fans.
      2. Don’t participate if you are not willing or capable of moderating the
      conversations you start on a daily basis.
      3. Don’t measure success by the number of fans or followers you have, but
      rather, how deeply they are engaged.
      4. Don’t treat social media like direct mail where you simply talk about
      yourself tirelessly in shorter sound bites.
      5. When you make a mistake, don’t get defensive or self-righteous, but
      rather, accept responsibility, apologize and do what you can to make up for
      it.

      _Top 5 Dos for Facebook_
      1. Do bring consistent creativity to your Facebook ‘Like’ page to inspire
      engagement.
      2. Do respond to negative comments in order to turn a brand critic into a
      brand advocate.
      3. Do recognize your brand loyalists and reach out to them to build them
      into brand ambassadors.
      4. Do keep up to date with the latest applications and plug-ins that add new
      dimension to your ‘Like’ page.
      5. Do recognize that your are effectively bidding for people’s attention in
      an overcrowded marketplace and that their time deserves to be rewarded.

      _Top 5 Don’ts for Twitter_
      1. Don’t buy followers. It’s a waste of time and money.
      2. Don’t spam your audience with constant messages about yourself.
      3. Don’t forget to bring some humor and wit to your communications so that
      people want to read what you share.
      4. Don’t forget to retweet what your followers share.
      5. Don’t forget to be interesting. You must demonstrate your passion for
      your topic.

      _Top 5 Do’s for Twitter_
      1. Do engage with a follower when they reach out to you with a question or
      information.
      2. Do post between eight and ten times a day and spend the rest of your time
      on engagement.
      3. Do share photos, video links and text messages to inspire interest.
      4. Do stay consistently engaged to avoid community attrition.
      5. Do monitor your tone carefully, because it only takes 140 characters to
      undo all your good work.

      Overarching all these pointers is a necessity for your brand to be clearly
      defined, to know its core values, and to demonstrate those consistently.
      Social media tools are not an end in themselves, but rather another way to
      connect with people emotionally to generate word of mouth advertising. If
      your brand is clearly defined and your core values consistently on display,
      your community will reward your engagement by promoting your brand for you.

      Thanks for being a part of the We First community and I hope you enjoyed the
      newsletter. Look out for a big announcement in next month’s issue!

      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for _Fast Company_.

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      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

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      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

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      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
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      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

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      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
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      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
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      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      you to order a copy for yourself and your colleagues of friends. The book
      offers you enormous value in the following areas:

      How does a business use social media to build its profits and brand
      community.

      How do regular people use what they buy and social media to have a positive
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      How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
      social change that can build a better world.

      My hope is that We First will enrich your business and personal life. Our
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      ourselves. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing the message.

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      What is We First?

      We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
      intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
      that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

      Recent Articles in Mashable and AdAge

      The 7-Stage Evolution of a Socially Responsible Consumer
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      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      We First is here!

      Well, today is the day! After almost four years of work, my first book ‘We
      First’ is now available. I am so excited to share this with you and invite
      you to order a copy for yourself and your colleagues of friends. The book
      offers you enormous value in the following areas:

      How does a business use social media to build its profits and brand
      community.

      How do regular people use what they buy and social media to have a positive
      impact on our world.

      How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
      social change that can build a better world.

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      What is We First?

      We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
      intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
      that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
      millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
      digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
      personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
      brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
      purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
      personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
      and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

      Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
      1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
      self-interest.
      2. The future of profit is purpose.
      3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
      4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
      5. Brands must become architects of community.
      6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
      7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
      8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
      9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
      10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

      TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

      In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
      change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
      businesses and a better world.
      http://tedxsf.org/2011/04/events-page-simon-mainwaring/?utm_source=We+First+Newsletter&utm_campaign=952bfa7746-We_First_Newsletter_June_08_20116_8_2011&utm_medium=email

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      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
      brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
      could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
      media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
      of a We First world.
      Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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      It’s the last day of the launch week for We First, and we really need your support today, because with a little help, we’re hoping to reach the bestseller lists next week. So, if you haven’t already, please order your copy of We First today by clicking this Amazon link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.

      If you have ordered a copy, THANKS! We’d love for you to please share this link with your friends and communities.

      There are many benefits to buying this book today:
      1. If you’re part of a company, you will learn how to use social technology to drive profits.
      2. If you’re a concerned consumer, you will learn how to use social media to have a positive impact.
      3. And, everyone will learn how to use social media to build a world we want to live in.

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      I can’t believe this is the last day of the launch week for We First. I started working on the book 4 years ago, and I’ve been really encouraged by the response of companies about the greater role they can now play in scaling positive change. I wanted to ask your help one last time on this last day of the launch week of the book. 

      My hope is to make this conversation one of the most important issues for business today. That’s why I would so appreciate if you order a copy or even better yet copies of We First today. This way, the sales can contribute to the best seller lists that will then keep this conversation top of mind with an even broader audience. 

      So, thanks for your support this week, thanks for your patience on all of our emails and thanks for helping us over this final hurdle by ordering your copy today. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.  And remember, 10% of all proceeds from the purchases of We First will be donated to ‘Girl up,’ a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

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      We First Hits the Bestseller Lists

      I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We
      are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to
      the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector.
      Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

      #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

      #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

      #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

      #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
      …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business
      Books of 2011 so far.

      This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
      here at We First, a huge thank you.

      _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
      non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
      important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
      that non-profits face.

      Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
      critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
      effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
      earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
      non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
      contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
      one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
      to their advantage.

      The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
      community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
      before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
      normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
      effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

      _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
      be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
      cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
      on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
      others working in the same cause category.

      _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
      need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
      thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
      on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
      the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
      and engaged online community.

      _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
      for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
      make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
      Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
      are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
      framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
      for-profit brand.

      _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
      any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
      Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
      to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
      in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
      through a series of natural disasters.

      _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
      the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
      difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
      world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
      donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
      to help them reach their goals.

      The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
      they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
      easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
      results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
      and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
      First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
      action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
      drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

      _Featured reviews of We First:_
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      A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
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      of a We First world.
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      First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
      Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
      he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
      Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
      an Expert Blogger for _Fast Company_.
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      We First Hits the Bestseller Lists

      I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector. Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

      #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

      #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

      #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

      #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
      …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

      Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business Books of 2011 so far.

      This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
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      _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
      non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
      important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
      that non-profits face.

      Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
      critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
      effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
      earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
      non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
      contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
      one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
      to their advantage.

      The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
      community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
      before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
      normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
      effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

      _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
      be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
      cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
      on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
      others working in the same cause category.

      _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
      need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
      thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
      on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
      the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
      and engaged online community.

      _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
      for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
      make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
      Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
      are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
      framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
      for-profit brand.

      _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
      any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
      Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
      to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
      in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
      through a series of natural disasters.

      _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
      the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
      difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
      world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
      donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
      to help them reach their goals.

      The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
      they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
      easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
      results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
      and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
      First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
      action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
      drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

      _Featured reviews of We First:_
      [2]Social Media Drives Social Change and the We First Community
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      [3]Book: We First: How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media To Build A Better
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    Pepsi Refresh Project, and the online outcry against the BP oil spill in the
    Gulf of Mexico, it’s easy to see how influential social technology is
    becoming in our political, business, social and personal lives.

    The We First site will feature:
    • The latest social technologies across mobile, social, and gaming
    platforms.
    • Creative uses of social media by business, non-profits and government.
    • Fresh strategies for how companies use social media to build brand
    communities, profits and positive impact.
    • Step-by-step plans for how to use emerging technologies to maximize your
    return on investment.

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    of a We First world.

    Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
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    he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
    Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
    an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

    What people are saying about We First “In the most important business book
    since Freakonomics, Simon Mainwaring’s transformational opus illustrates
    that doing good and doing well go hand-in-hand for 21st century
    corporations. A groundbreaking approach to marketing, We First teaches
    brands how to tap into a world of 600 million friends and billions of daily
    personal news feeds by making an impact one person at a time.” _Jay Samit_
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    “Few understand the power of brands and consumers better than Simon
    Mainwaring. In We First he presents a truly compelling vision of how to
    transform that power to the benefit of society and the good of
    capitalism.” Jeff Jarvis
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    consumers, individually and collectively, to recognize their inherent
    strength. It is an invaluable blueprint for building this new societal
    structure we so urgently need.” Philip Seib Professor & Director, Center
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    We First book launch

    Hello!
    Simon here. I hope all is well. I’m really excited this month because, after
    three years of work, the launch of the We First book is only four weeks
    away. So I wanted to explain a little about why I wrote We First and its
    purpose.

    We First is not an idea anyone can own. It exists in the collective and is
    merely there to serve as a platform on which to celebrate all those people
    who are making an effort to serve the interests of others as well as
    themselves. These include brands doing CSR initiatives or cause marketing,
    non-profits and foundations, social entrepreneurs, government and NGO
    efforts, and every regular person that is consciously thinking about the
    social impact of what they buy or sell every day.

    My hope with the book is that we can all work together to shift the
    conversation in the private sector about the responsibility that we all have
    to contribute to building a better world. Obviously, launching a book is a
    community effort and I’ll be looking for your help in the next month to
    amplify the We First message so we can convert this conversation into
    substantive change.

    It’s my firm belief that if we make enough noise we’ll look back in five
    years time and see a dramatic change in the way companies and customers work
    together to scale positive social change.

    I invite you to preorder your copy of [2]We First now at wefirstbook.com.
    Here are a few things that you will get out of it.
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    • How to shift our thinking and behavior to better serve the interests of
    others and ourselves.
    • How brands and customers work together to have a positive impact through
    the things we buy every day.
    • How companies can make money from social media by building communities
    that drive profits.
    • How customers can think and act in ways that is both good for them and the
    planet.
    • How companies and customers integrate purpose into profit to create change
    that is sustainable.
    • How we reengineer the way we do business to leave a better world for our
    kids.

    As you can see, We First is perfect for you, your boss or colleague,
    marketing specialists, a graduating student, a mom and anyone who
    contributes or works with causes and non-profits. I so appreciate your help
    in sharing the message. Together we can improve the lives of millions of
    others and our own.

    We First book tour and Broadcastr

    Over the next few weeks I’ll be traveling a lot talking about the We First
    message. One of the ways I’ll stay in touch is by using Broadcastr, a great
    new app that lets you geo-tag audio about what you’re up to and then share
    it across social networks. The app also lets you take a walk around while
    stories about your surroundings stream into your headphones automatically
    based on your GPS location. So it makes social media hyper local. Look out
    for these tweets and check out Broadcastr for yourself as it’s a great tool
    for brands and regular people to enjoy. Here’s where you can download the
    app for free and a link to listen to my book tour updates:

    Download the free app for iPhone here:
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    Using social media to build your brand

    Social media allows you and your community to work together to help build
    your brand, increase your profits, and have a positive impact in the world.
    But this can only be done if you build a genuine relationship with your
    community through authentic and consistent engagement. With that in mind,
    let’s look at a few insider tips specific to two popular platforms, Facebook
    and Twitter.

    _Top five Don’ts for Facebook:_
    1. Don’t participate if you do not intend to invest time and energy into
    long-term relationships with your fans.
    2. Don’t participate if you are not willing or capable of moderating the
    conversations you start on a daily basis.
    3. Don’t measure success by the number of fans or followers you have, but
    rather, how deeply they are engaged.
    4. Don’t treat social media like direct mail where you simply talk about
    yourself tirelessly in shorter sound bites.
    5. When you make a mistake, don’t get defensive or self-righteous, but
    rather, accept responsibility, apologize and do what you can to make up for
    it.

    _Top 5 Dos for Facebook_
    1. Do bring consistent creativity to your Facebook ‘Like’ page to inspire
    engagement.
    2. Do respond to negative comments in order to turn a brand critic into a
    brand advocate.
    3. Do recognize your brand loyalists and reach out to them to build them
    into brand ambassadors.
    4. Do keep up to date with the latest applications and plug-ins that add new
    dimension to your ‘Like’ page.
    5. Do recognize that your are effectively bidding for people’s attention in
    an overcrowded marketplace and that their time deserves to be rewarded.

    _Top 5 Don’ts for Twitter_
    1. Don’t buy followers. It’s a waste of time and money.
    2. Don’t spam your audience with constant messages about yourself.
    3. Don’t forget to bring some humor and wit to your communications so that
    people want to read what you share.
    4. Don’t forget to retweet what your followers share.
    5. Don’t forget to be interesting. You must demonstrate your passion for
    your topic.

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    4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
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    9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
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    digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
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    brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
    purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
    personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
    and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

    Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
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    self-interest.
    2. The future of profit is purpose.
    3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
    4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
    5. Brands must become architects of community.
    6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
    7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
    8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
    9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
    10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

    TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

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    offers you enormous value in the following areas:

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    intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
    that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
    millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
    digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
    personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
    brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
    purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
    personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
    and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

    Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
    1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
    self-interest.
    2. The future of profit is purpose.
    3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
    4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
    5. Brands must become architects of community.
    6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
    7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
    8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
    9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
    10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

    TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

    In his talk, ‘From Me First to We First Living’, Simon explores how we
    change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
    businesses and a better world.
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    Recent Articles in Mashable and AdAge

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    /

    A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
    brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
    could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
    media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
    of a We First world.
    Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
    First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
    Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
    he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
    Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
    an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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    We First is here!

    Well, today is the day! After almost four years of work, my first book ‘We
    First’ is now available. I am so excited to share this with you and invite
    you to order a copy for yourself and your colleagues of friends. The book
    offers you enormous value in the following areas:

    How does a business use social media to build its profits and brand
    community.

    How do regular people use what they buy and social media to have a positive
    impact on our world.

    How does the business work with its customers to great a new pillar of
    social change that can build a better world.

    My hope is that We First will enrich your business and personal life. Our
    world desperately needs new ideas that can improve the lives of others and
    ourselves. Thank you so much for your support and for sharing the message.

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    A free podcast on ‘The Future of Ad Agencies.’

    A free podcast on ‘The 7 Stages to Becoming a Tech-savvy & Socially
    Responsible Consumer.’

    Plus 10% of the book price will be donated to ‘Girl Up, a campaign of the
    United Nations Foundation.’

    Also, when you enter your email address at http://wefirstbook.com, you’ll
    get instant access to ten free videos about how to use social media to build
    your community, profits and positive impact.

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    What is We First?

    We First is a way of looking at the world. It asserts that we now live in an
    intimately connected, mutually dependent, global community. It recognizes
    that selfish Me First thinking hurts business, people we care about,
    millions of strangers and the planet. It embraces the seismic impact of
    digital and social technology that is transforming our professional and
    personal lives. It accepts the challenge of millions of consumers who want
    brands to be a force for change in return for their loyalty, goodwill and
    purchases. It believes that this unprecedented collision of global needs and
    personal wants, of human emotion and social technology, of powerful brands
    and newly empowered consumers has the potential to transform our world.

    Ten Core ‘We First’ Beliefs
    1. An inter-dependent, global community requires an expanded definition of
    self-interest.
    2. The future of profit is purpose.
    3. Technology is teaching us to be human again.
    4. Consumers want a better world, not just better widgets.
    5. Brands must become architects of community.
    6. Brands must become day traders in social emotion.
    7. The evolution of revolution is contribution.
    8. We cannot separate living and giving if we hope to build a better world.
    9. Life’s necessities must generate the necessities for life.
    10. Prosperity is not the wealth of a few but the well-being of many.

    TEDxSF: Watch Simon Mainwaring TEDx talk from this weekend

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    change the way we think and behave using social media to build better
    businesses and a better world.
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    A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
    brands scrambling for profits and consumers desperate for change. What if we
    could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
    media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
    of a We First world.
    Simon Mainwaring is an author, blogger, speaker and founder and CEO of We
    First, a social branding consultancy. A former Nike creative at Wieden &
    Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
    he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
    Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
    an Expert Blogger for Fast Company.

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    It’s the last day of the launch week for We First, and we really need your support today, because with a little help, we’re hoping to reach the bestseller lists next week. So, if you haven’t already, please order your copy of We First today by clicking this Amazon link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.

    If you have ordered a copy, THANKS! We’d love for you to please share this link with your friends and communities.

    There are many benefits to buying this book today:
    1. If you’re part of a company, you will learn how to use social technology to drive profits.
    2. If you’re a concerned consumer, you will learn how to use social media to have a positive impact.
    3. And, everyone will learn how to use social media to build a world we want to live in.

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    I can’t believe this is the last day of the launch week for We First. I started working on the book 4 years ago, and I’ve been really encouraged by the response of companies about the greater role they can now play in scaling positive change. I wanted to ask your help one last time on this last day of the launch week of the book. 

    My hope is to make this conversation one of the most important issues for business today. That’s why I would so appreciate if you order a copy or even better yet copies of We First today. This way, the sales can contribute to the best seller lists that will then keep this conversation top of mind with an even broader audience. 

    So, thanks for your support this week, thanks for your patience on all of our emails and thanks for helping us over this final hurdle by ordering your copy today. Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/mMKMK8.  And remember, 10% of all proceeds from the purchases of We First will be donated to ‘Girl up,’ a campaign of the United Nations Foundation.

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    We First Hits the Bestseller Lists

    I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We
    are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to
    the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector.
    Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

    #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

    #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

    #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

    #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
    …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business
    Books of 2011 so far.

    This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
    here at We First, a huge thank you.

    _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
    non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
    important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
    that non-profits face.

    Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
    critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
    effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
    earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
    non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
    contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
    one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
    to their advantage.

    The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
    community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
    before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
    normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
    effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

    _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
    be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
    cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
    on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
    others working in the same cause category.

    _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
    need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
    thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
    on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
    the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
    and engaged online community.

    _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
    for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
    make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
    Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
    are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
    framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
    for-profit brand.

    _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
    any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
    Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
    to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
    in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
    through a series of natural disasters.

    _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
    the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
    difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
    world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
    donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
    to help them reach their goals.

    The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
    they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
    easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
    results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
    and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
    First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
    action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
    drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

    _Featured reviews of We First:_
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    [3]Book: We First: How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media To Build A Better
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    A struggling economy, a world in crisis and new social technology has left
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    could achieve both? What if brands and consumers could partner using social
    media to build communities, profits and a better world? That’s the promise
    of a We First world.
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    Kennedy, Portland, and worldwide creative director for Motorola at Ogilvy,
    he is a member of the GMI Digital Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the
    Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School, AdAge’s Power150 and is
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    We First Hits the Bestseller Lists

    I wanted to thank everyone for their support in the launch of We First. We are so excited that the message is resonating and that it is contributing to the conversation that is changing the role of brands and the private sector. Here’s how We First fared on the bestseller lists:

    #4 on the New York Times Advice/How To bestseller list

    #5 on the New York Time Hardcover Business bestseller list

    #2 on the Wall Street Journal Business bestseller list

    #4 on the USA Today bestseller list
    …as well as being a #1 bestseller on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

    Finally, last week, Amazon named We First as one of the Top Ten Business Books of 2011 so far.

    This would not have been possible without all your support and from everyone
    here at We First, a huge thank you.

    _We First on Non-profits:_ One of the themes that We First explores is how
    non-profits can become more effective marketers to help further the
    important work they do. Here are a few thoughts on some of the challenges
    that non-profits face.

    Understandably, social media has been hailed by many non-profits as a
    critical tool to help them fund-raise and do their valuable work more
    effectively. Success stories like fund-raising for victims of the Haiti
    earthquake and Japanese tsunami victims are proof of the ease with which
    non-profits can now make people aware of a crisis and allow them to
    contribute to the urgent needs of others. But there can also be a downside,
    one that non-profits must be aware of if they hope to leverage social media
    to their advantage.

    The ability of a non-profit to use social media to build a dialogue with its
    community forces it to define itself in ways that often weren’t necessary
    before. The fact that non-profits can now market to consumers in ways
    normally reserved for for-profit brands means that they must become more
    effective marketers. These new expectations include the following:

    _1. SELF DEFINITION:_ All non-profits do incredibly meaningful work but to
    be most effective as marketers they need to define themselves within the
    cause category that they work in. There needs to be a unique point of view
    on the cause itself so that one non-profit can distinguish itself from
    others working in the same cause category.

    _2. ENGAGEMENT:_ One of the great challenges for non-profits is the constant
    need to fund-raise. Yet with staffing and resources spread often spread so
    thin, it’s difficult to have enough employees to engage with your community
    on an real-time basis as well as do the meaningful work that’s required in
    the field. Yet this is necessary if a non-profit hopes to sustain an active
    and engaged online community.

    _3. REPOSITIONING:_ Non-profits benefit greatly from partnerships with
    for-profit companies, but for that to happen non-profits must to be able to
    make their case as to the value of the partnership to the for-profit brand.
    Too often, non-profits pitch themselves on the basis of the cause that they
    are supporting alone. But as with any pitch situation, the offering must be
    framed in terms of the needs of your potential client – in this case the
    for-profit brand.

    _4. CREATIVITY:_ Donor fatigue is an enormous challenge for non-profits at
    any time, especially after a series of natural disasters as we just saw with
    Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan. While social media gives non-profits the ability
    to engage with their community more easily, they must become more creative
    in their strategies and messaging to sustain their interest and support
    through a series of natural disasters.

    _5. TECHNOLOGY:_ It’s hard enough for a for-profit company to keep pace with
    the marketplace with all the resources that it possesses. It’s even more
    difficult for a non-profit with its limited resources. Yet the non-profit
    world must become increasingly tech-savvy so that they know how their
    donor-base is relating with each other and what tools are most appropriate
    to help them reach their goals.

    The challenges that social media presents to non-profits are as daunting as
    they are for for-profit companies. The ability to connect with people so
    easily brings with it the expectation of constant engagement and sustained
    results. As such, it’s critical for non-profits to add to their skill sets
    and become effective storytellers fascinated with emerging technologies. We
    First was written to help non-profits do this by laying out a step-by-step
    action plan for how brands use social media to build their communities,
    drive their fund-raising, and help build a better world.

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