I have just been tagged by [Allen Stern](http://www.centernetworks.com/2007-predictions) and [Cameron Olthuis](http://www.cameronolthuis.com/2006/12/predictions-for-2007/) to share my predictions for 2007. So here goes:
Whether you have your own kids or you know some little kids you’ll notice that everyone is afraid of them learning bad things. Kids are our future and if they all learn bad things then there is a good chance the future will be screwed. So why not use this fear that we all have to create an effective advertisement?
Have you noticed that the hottest ad format for blogs is now those little square 125 x 125 ads? Sites like [TechCrunch](http://www.techcrunch.com), [Mashable](http://www.mashable.com), [Read/WriteWeb](http://www.readwriteweb.com), [GigaOm](http://www.gigaom.com), and [Marketing Pilgrim](http://www.marketingpilgrim.com), just to name a few have them plastered on the top right side of their blogs. So, what’s wrong with these ads?
Lately it seems like more and more Digg users are trying to be in the [top 100](http://digg.com/topusers). As time goes on it will get harder due to Digg’s phenomenal growth. If you are looking to become a top 100 user here is how one user ([aaaz](http://digg.com/users/aaaz/profile)) did it in 30 days.
Last week I noticed that MyBlogLog had a [bug](http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=4168) which allowed people to comment on behalf of other MyBlogLog users and create communities that do not belong to them. This week it seems like the hijacking has begun…
Happy holidays to everyone, from all of us here at Pronet Advertising. For the next few days kick back, relax, and have some fun. Spend some time with your friends, family, and colleagues, but don’t get too carried away with those Christmas corals.
Over the past few months more and more marketers have been catching on to the whole social media scene because it can do wonders for a business when it comes to anything from marketing a product or service to increasing search engine rankings. Getting on sites like [Digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) can drastically improve a website’s traffic and link popularity. If you are a marketer trying to get on Digg here are some of the things you should know.
We need your support. We’ve been nominated for the best social media optimization blog in the 2006 Search Blog Awards that are put on by Loren Baker from Search Engine Journal. We are up against some very tough competitors and could use every vote we can get. Our blog has been around for less than a year now so this is our first nomination for any kind of award and we are very flattered. It is great to be recognized for all the hard work and hopefully this is the first nomination of many to come.
[Anheuser Busch](http://www.anheuser-busch.com/) recently did an advertising campaign on [YouTube](http://www.youtube.com) in the hopes of turning around their Rolling Rock beer brand.
Last week in a post I wrote about some YouTube viral campaigns I highlighted the “Holiday Wishcast” from Coke. In the article I mentioned how I didn’t like that Coke was using actual Coke commercials and I didn’t think it would have success because of the blatant promotion of Coke. Today I came across another holiday campaign from OfficeMax called “Elfyourself”. The purpose is to paste your picture on the body of the elf; the elf will then dance around and sing. You can then send it off to your family or friends.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to the Pimp My Links series that we announced last week. We have had over 75 submissions and more are trickling in everyday. We were originally only planning to do this series once a week. However, depending on the success we may do it a couple times per week.
Today I wrote my first article for Search Engine Land, “[The new Digg features plus, a Submitter’s Perspective](http://searchengineland.com/061218-163537.php)”.
Have you ever seen a commercial thinking that it was sexual orientated, but it actually was not? People naturally jump to conclusions especially when there there is a suggestion of a sexual context which is why it creates such a memorable moment. So the next time you think about using sex in one of your marketing campaigns, have fun and tease people with it.
[Andy Beal](http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2006/12/blog-tag-5-things-about-andy-beal.html) recently tagged me to share 5 things that most people don’t know about me. So here goes…
StumbleUpon’s social browsing application has been such a big success in the past couple years they decided expand. They just launched [StumbleVideo](http://video.stumbleupon.com/) which recommends videos based on what others voted as thumbs up and thumbs down.
A few days ago the number 7th Digg user, Karim ([supernova17](http://digg.com/users/supernova17/profile)), got banned from Digg for [submitting a story for money](http://themulife.com/?p=412). With Digg becoming a popular social news site that is becoming increasingly attractive to companies, it seems that more and more top users are being offered money for submissions and with all the talk from Jason Calacanis about [top Digg users getting paid by PR firms](http://www.calacanis.com/2006/12/11/digg-users-are-getting-paid/) it appears that yet another Digg user’s account just got banned.
So far this week we’ve received news that two major companies have partnered with YouTube to create viral video campaigns. The first was Coke who has partnered with YouTube in a promotion called “Holiday Wishcast” that lets users send holiday video greetings to their friends.
So, if you don’t pay the people you have working for you, they’ll find ways to pay themselves. […]
We are going to be starting a weekly series here on Pronet Advertising where we pick one site every week and provide a few linkbait / viral ideas for it. Anyone is welcome to submit a site to us; we will randomly pick one that we feature every week. These posts will be public so if your site is selected it will be shown along with a few ideas for linkbaiting. We will not post your name or any personal information.