Jim McKinnis Joins Splash Media Group as President and Chief Creative Officer - Splash Media

Jim McKinnis Joins Splash Media Group as President and Chief Creative Officer

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Experienced Industry Veteran to aid Social Media Solutions Agency in Expansion Opportunities

Addison, TX (PRWEB) March 17, 2015

Splash Media Group, a leading global digital and social media solutions agency has hired industry veteran Jim McKinnis to serve as President and Chief Creative Officer. McKinnis will oversee Splash’s efforts both in the U.S. and internationally, focusing on client growth and creative culture.

“At Splash, our vision is to become recognized as the global leader in real-time community engagement, innovative social content and results-driven solutions,” said McKinnis. “Our content specialists are what help differentiate us. They are the agency creatives of the future.”

McKinnis served as Chief Creative Officer for Tracy Locke/DDB Dallas, CCO for RAPP North America and Managing Director for RAPP Los Angeles.

His more than 25 years’ experience in creative and agency leadership roles includes branding, digital, promotional and direct work for such brands as Pepsi, Frito Lay, Harrah’s Casino, Toyota, Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Neutrogena, Hasbro and Mattel.

Additionally, McKinnis has received industry recognition from numerous industry awards including Effies, ADDYs and Clios.

“We are thrilled to have Jim joining the Splash team,” said John Dankovchik, CEO, Splash Media. “His creative background and leadership skills are exactly what we need to help us achieve our vision.”

McKinnis is a welcome addition to an already stellar team of social media and digital marketing experts.

About Splash Media Group

Based in the North Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas, Splash Media Group has leveraged its expertise in video and television production since 2005, and launched a social media practice in 2010 that has evolved into one of the leading social media agencies in the world. Splash Media Group provides comprehensive social media services from consulting to full outsourcing. Services include online marketing strategy development, online reputation management (ORM), search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), community management, content marketing (video and blog creation), and analytics/reporting, just to name a few. For more information, visit http://www.splashmedia.com.

Splash Media Group receives 5 DV Awards

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Splash Media is recognized for outstanding achievement in Digital Video.

Addison, Texas. December 17, 2014 – The Fall 2014 DV Awards have been announced, and Splash Media Group placed with five winning videos and one finalist. The DV Awards began in 2002 and are open to all individuals and companies worldwide, recognizing outstanding achievement in digital video, highlighting achievements in digital production.

Splash Media CEO John Dankovchik said, “Savvy brands understand the importance of integrating video into their marketing campaigns, and in 2014, digital premium video content prevailed, a trend that will only grow in 2015. Splash Media has the ability to produce broadcast-quality video content at a cost that no other agency can touch.”

Director of Video Operations Brian Shelton added, “It is a privilege to work with such a gifted team, and I really love the fact that these winners showcase both our on-location and studio capabilities.”

All works were judged based on technical merit, creativity and execution of ideas. For more information about this year’s winners or to find out more about the DV Awards, click here or visit http://www.dvawards.com/fall2014.html

Splash Media Studios, a state-of-the-art video production facility, uses a combination of virtual set and robotic technologies in a one-of-a-kind environment. Utilizing virtual set technology, Splash Media is able to create digital sets and custom, branded videos including but not limited to: training videos, social media videos, marketing videos and corporate communications and live events. The team at Splash Media Studios also produces one-of-a-kind, innovative, on-location videos that will leave you speechless.

About Splash Media 

Based in the North Dallas suburb of Addison, Texas, Splash Media has leveraged its expertise in video and television production since 2005, and launched a social media practice in 2010 that has evolved into one of the leading social media agencies in the world. Splash Media provides comprehensive social media services from consulting to full outsourcing. Services include online marketing strategy development, online reputation management (ORM), search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), community management, content marketing (video and blog creation), and analytics/reporting, just to name a few. For more information, visit http://www.splashmedia.com.

2015 Facebook Newsfeed Update

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If you have a Facebook Page for your brand, you should pay close attention to the following as Facebook has just announced a News Feed update. Organic distribution of posts that are promotional in nature will be reduced.

Starting in Q1 of 2015, promotional posts made by brands will see a significant decrease in organic reach. To put this bluntly, if you use Facebook to promote your brand using promotional language, your content will be less likely to show up in peoples’ News Feeds.

 

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If you closely follow Facebook as a business, this should not come as a surprise, given their big algorithm change earlier this year. If you don’t follow it closely, don’t fret, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s break it down:

  • Promotional pieces of content contain strong calls to action that directly drive the reader to download, purchase or click. For example: buy now, 20% off, visit our site, like our page, click here and download now … you get the point.
  • Facebook is doing this for a few reasons:
    • To create the best user experience possible by showing you the most relevant content your community wants to see in their News Feed.
    • To reward brands who create valuable content for the community.
    • To aid Pages with the increase in News Feed competition. According to a recent public Q&A with Zuckerburg, as the number of Pages on Facebook continues to increase, the amount of content available for the News Feed also increases, thus creating more competition for your Page to be seen by your fans.
  • This does not necessarily mean you have to use paid tactics to reach your audience – you simply have to leave promotional content for other channels, OR create more engaging content that resonates with your audience while also keeping your brand’s objectives in mind.

If you have a Facebook Page, here is how to stay in front of your community.

  • Do a deep dive on the types of content your audience prefers – this will guide your new content strategy.
  • Post content your audience wants to see, not solely what your brand wants its audience to see.
  • Engage more with people who engage with your content – this will boost overall organic reach.
  • Your audience wants to see and engage with entertaining content, so explore clever ways to weave in promotional messaging.
  • Meet with your social team or agency soon to discuss your content strategy for 2015.

While this change may affect some brand Pages more than others, you should take the overall message to heart – content should be developed for the brand’s audience, not just for the brand.

Introducing Facebook Rooms

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Introducing Facebook Rooms

Facebook is bringing back message boards. Well, kind of. Today, Facebook introduced a new app called Rooms, from Facebook Creative Labs. Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re interested in and invite others to join you.

 

 

Here’s how they explained it:

 

A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text – not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook – with a topic determined by whoever created the room. Early users have already created rooms for everything from beat boxing videos to parkour to photos of home- cooked meals. There’s even a room called “Kicks From Above” that showcases photographs of cool shoes in cool places.

 

 

In rooms you can:

  • Change the text and emoji on your like button
  • Customize member permissions
  • Set whether or not people can link to your content on the web
  • Be known by whatever name you want

 

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Rooms already has Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. It is available today for iOS users in the U.S., U.K., and some additional English-speaking countries.

 

 

How Larger Phone Screens are Changing Media Consumption

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How Larger Phone Screens are Changing Media Consumption

Is the iPhone 6 going to change the way consumers relate to media? Always an industry leader, Apple is on the cusp once again, with “phablet” phones, measuring much larger than what we’ve come to regard as standard. Are consumers on board? It seems they are, and content providers are jumping on the bandwagon as well.

 

If you think about it, these phones are just encouraging the trend we’ve already noticed across all sorts of media. Everything seems to start smaller with all text, but then the visuals become larger and more prominently featured, and there’s less text involved. It’s not surprising that Apple, largely regarded as the authority in mobile technology, would market phones geared toward this image intensive trend. Apple’s not the only one doing it, of course, as phones across the market have been steadily increasing in size.

 

As indicated by immediate sales, consumers like these new larger sizes. What’s not to like? You can watch Netflix on the bus, play games in the waiting room, and basically take your media with you wherever you go, on a device you’d have with you anyway. It’s all led to a huge jump in mobile use and video traffic – 532% year over year increase between 2012 and 2014 – and it isn’t just an American phenomenon, either. Take a look at how consumers across the globe are using their phones to feed their media addictions:

 

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Source: Digiday.com

 

These numbers are only going to get bigger, and content providers are all over it. Of course, it’s a bit of a chicken-or-the-egg scenario: users want mobile content, phones become bigger to accommodate all this content, and the content becomes more readily available to keep up with the demand generated by the bigger phones. Still, it’s a savvy company that recognizes the potential. Netflix, for example, announced last week that it plans to chop videos into shorter clips for the sake of mobile users. Short-form video is all the rage among mobile viewers, and video makers across the board are embracing the trend, as everyone from Sports Illustrated to AOL churns out their own video snacks.

 

What does it mean for the average social media marketer? While there’s not really a need for immediate change, it’s good to note that marketing trends are blowing in the direction of larger visual delivery, with less text and more images and video. Does that resonate with you? How will this shift impact your marketing strategies in the future?

 

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