Woman Catches Husband in Fake Murder Plot With Fake Facebook Profile


We know Facebook gets brought up in a lot of divorce cases, but this is ridiculous.

A 29-year-old woman going through a difficult divorce created a fake profile in an attempt to get some dirt on her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

Posing as a 17-year-old girl named Jessica Studebaker, Angela Voelkert contacted her husband, David, 38, on Facebook. The friendship that developed between the husband and the fake profile turned out to be a lot more incriminating than Angela could have imagined at the outset… or so she thought.

In messages with “Jessica,” David predictably asked the girl to run away with him; he also admitted that he had installed a GPS tracking system on his wife’s vehicle — both of which are enough for criminal charges in themselves.

The husband then proceeded to tell “Jessica,” a.k.a. Angela Voelkert, that he wanted his wife out of the picture — and by “out of the picture,” we mean “deceased.”

However, David has been able to prove to prosecutors he knew the fake account was his wife all along. Although he fed his ex quite a line in the messages, the charges have been dropped.

This is the fake profile the wife used to catch her husband supposedly plotting her murder.

Here are some excerpts of the messages from court documents:

“Once she is gone, I don’t have to hide with my kids… I can do what I want and not have to worry about not seeing my family anymore. You should find someone at your school. There should be some gang-bangers there that would put a cap in her ass for $10,000. I am done with her crap!

… See, I am taking care of everything! I will finally be free, my kids can grow up and not be around all the hatred, it will be over. With me gone with my kids, the police can’t pin anything on me as I will be in another state, so I will be fine.

Will you be ready to go with me on the 10th? Let me know, baby!”

There are so many takeaways from this news item. Don’t feed the trolls, especially if the troll in question is your ex. Don’t start drama on Facebook. Don’t get police and criminal courts involved in your petty personal issues.

But if you learn nothing else from this news, please put this piece of advice in your back pocket: If you’re going through a divorce, don’t use Facebook. At all. Ever. Period.

More About: Angela Voelkert, facebook, Jessica Studebaker, murder plot

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How Lady Gaga Created a Web Marketing Spectacle for Born This Way [PICS]


“The web is what you make of it,” reads the parting text in Google Chrome‘s latest commercial featuring Lady Gaga.

It’s a simple eight-word slogan for Google’s web browser but it represents so much more when you connect it to Gaga, who took to the web this year to create an inescapable marketing spectacle for her Born This Way album.

In the months leading up to the May 23 album release — and even now — Gaga has paved a path for stars and brands to get inventive with the ways they use digital and social media to promote themselves and connect with fans.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to success on the web. She remains a heavyweight on major social networks: In the past year, Lady Gaga was the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube; she beat President Barack Obama to 10 million Facebook fans (she’s now closing in on 35 million); and most recently, she was first Twitter user to acquire 10 million followers.

The promotional juggernaut further ramped up her all-encompassing web presence, fostering partnerships with Zynga for the FarmVille-inspired GagaVille, Starbucks for a massive scavenger hunt, VEVO for exclusive premieres, HBO for a concert special, Rdio for free lifetime subscriptions, iTunes for a promotional countdown, Best Buy and Livestream for an album signing and Gilt Groupe and Amazon Cloud Player for deals.

“Gaga and her team are some of the best marketers around; they understand the importance of integrating social with traditional media, engaging audiences in real-time, and most of all, telling a story that is relatable and worth spreading,” said Alexa Scordato, a Gaga fan, digital strategist and community manager for MAT@USC.

Even Lady Gaga’s critics have to acknowledge the magnitude of her marketing medley: “I’ll probably get cyber bullied after this from all her Little Monsters, but I’m not a huge Gaga fan,” said Romey Louangvilay, senior account executive of digital and social media at Euro RSCG PR. “With that said, I give her credit for her artistry and marketing genuineness.”

Below, we’ve compiled a huge swathe of the digital and social media initiatives behind Gaga’s Born This Way. Flip through the roundup and then let us know in the comments which tactics you thought were most creative or most ridiculous.



Zynga’s GagaVille




On May 17, Zynga launched the Farmville-style GagaVille, which garnered much ridicule from Gaga haters and laughs from even the most devoted Little Monsters.

Jokes aside, Lady Gaga like other big brands this year found a way to leverage the enormous social gaming population, which is expected to reach 68.7 million players by the end of 2012.

Gamers were able to unlock and stream unreleased tracks from Born This Way and bonus remixes. The game incorporated Gaga’s style and personality with users having access to crystals, unicorns and sheep on motorcycles. The GagaVille campaign also incorporated Zynga game cards (buy a $25 card and receive the Born This Way album and bonus tracks for free); Words With Friends (use a Gaga word of the day and be entered for concert tickets); and RewardVille (win virtual goods to use in other Zynga games).



Starbucks Scavenger Hunt




Starbucks and Mother Monster teamed up on May 19 for “SRCH,” a two-week digital scavenger hunt in which participants can scan in-store QR codes, visit blogs and Starbucks digital properties, decode cryptic messages and answer trivia questions to earn prizes.

Yahoo joined the fun on May 23, helping transform the Starbucks Digital Network into all things Gaga. Visitors to the site had access to a special edition of the Born This Way for one day. They also received a free “Edge of Glory” download and an exclusive video by Lady Gaga singing a cappella.

“Considering that Lady Gaga may be the world’s hottest star right now and an innovative creator unlike anyone we’ve seen, imagine our delight when we learned that she’s also a big Starbucks fan,” said Alexandra Wheeler, global digital strategy director for Starbucks, in a recent blog post.

The hunt ends June 7.



Google Chrome Commercial




In the this commerical, Gaga is shown at a computer typing inspirational messages such as, “This is our moment. … Stay strong, Little Monsters!”

The video highlights two things other than the capabilities of Google’s web browser: The extent to which fans will broadcast their adoration for Gaga and also Gaga’s willingness to return their positive sentiments.

The song for the video is “Edge of Glory,” a song from the new album.



Amazon’s $0.99 Sale




Gaga fans woke up May 23 to a nice surprise: Amazon was selling the 14-song album as a digital download for a mere $0.99. Fans also received 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage from Amazon.

News of the massive sale spread like wildfire and consumers quickly started experiencing technical difficulties. With servers overwhelmed, people who bought the digital download were unable to immediately access all tracks.

In time, all songs became available, but Amazon users had already unleashed their anger by leaving one-star ratings due to Amazon’s slow service.

Amazon has not disclosed the number of downloads for Born This Way.



Best Buy Live Feed




On album launch day, Lady Gaga stayed up into the wee hours of the night to meet fans and sign autographs at a Best Buy in New York City.

Best Buy promoted the event with a live video feed from Livestream. The video was surrounded by interactive features for fans who couldn’t make it to the event.



Google Interview




In March, Google executive Marissa Mayer interviewed Lady Gaga as part of the “Google Goes Gaga” event. She helped promote Google Moderator, a tool that allows fans to submit questions via text or video on the musician’s YouTube channel and subsequently vote for their favorites.

During the Q&A, Gaga talked about her forthcoming album and revealed that she would make her directorial debut alongside choreographer Laurieann Gibson for her second single, “Judas.”

Through Google Moderator, her fans asked 643 questions about the single.

Near the end, Gaga asked a rhetorical yet fitting question to the audience of Google employees and online viewers, “Don’t you love the Internet?”



Robin Hood Charity




In April, Gaga once again dipped her feet into social good by working with the Robin Hood Foundation to launch two Facebook contests in support of the New York-based charity, which benefits the poor and homeless between the ages of 16 and 24.

The contest — to decide how Lady Gaga should split $1 million among five charities — ran from April 26 to May 6 and received 1,057,101 votes.

She also lent her hand to the victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, providing an exclusive remix of her single “Born This Way” for the Songs for Japan charity album.

Gaga also donated $1.5 million to Zynga’s fundraising initiative with Save the Children and the American Red Cross via sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets.



Gilt Groupe Deals




Gilt Groupe offered sales curated by Gaga’s fashion director, Nicola Formichetti, as well as charity sales of a Mugler dress worn by Gaga, entrance into the Paris Mugler fashion show and access to a performance from Gaga.



HBO Concert Special




HBO aired Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 7.

The 120-minute concert special included the “Born This Way” single and teased the then-unreleased track “Marry the Night.”



Rdio Free Music




Rdio created a BTW playlist and a corresponding contest to give away a free music subscription.



Facebook Engagement




Gaga ended 2010 as the celebrity with the most “Likes” on a Facebook Page with 24.7 million Likes.

She has one of the most active and engaged Facebook Pages not only because of her fans but also because she frequently shares status updates, photos, videos and news through the platform. On May 18, for example, she posted a photo collage that displays her album art on buildings, cars and even in and around a New York City subway train.



Vevo Exclusive Premieres




Vevo has so far exclusively premiered each of the official music videos for Born This Way.

The song “Born This Way” has racked up 52.7 million views on Vevo’s website and “Judas” has accumulated 35.6 million.

VEVO also recently put together a Lady Gaga playlist available online, on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android devices using the VEVO for iOS or VEVO for Android apps. The playlist includes live versions of “Edge of Glory/Judas” and “Born this Way’ from the May 21 season finale of Saturday Night Live.



iTunes Countdown




The title track of Born This Way in February became the fastest-selling single ever on iTunes stores worldwide.

Capitalizing on her success, Lady Gaga released two additional songs in advance exclusively on iTunes. Fans got to hear “Edge of Glory” on May 9 and “Hair” on May 16 ahead of the May 23 album release.



GagaVision Videos




A fan favorite, GagaVision gives her Little Monsters a behind-the-scenes look at Gaga. In some of the videos, which are posted on YouTube, Gaga candidly discusses the creative process behind BTW. In other clips, fans get to see the people and places surrounding Gaga.



Twitter & TwitPic Trends




In May, Gaga hit a Twitter first by becoming the only user to rack up 10 million followers.

The messages she posts incite a tweet storm from her followers who retweet and @mention her comments, pictures and videos, as well as promote the hashtags she uses.

In April, for example, she revealed the BTW cover art via a Twitpic photo (seen above). The image garnered hundreds of thousands of views in mere minutes.



And More …




As if that wasn’t enough:

  • Gaga scattered QR codes (pictured) on the web that led back to iTunes where users could download a ringtone of “Born This Way.”
  • Tapulous, a Disney Mobile venture, launched Born This Way Revenge, a Tap Tap Revenge app game for iPhone and iPod. The app features 17 tracks from the deluxe album version, access to GagaVision, Lady Gaga’s Twitter feed, three exclusive chat rooms, the official lyrics and Haus of Gaga event lists.
  • Gaga became creative director at Polaroid.
  • Gaga gave comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic permission to include a parody of “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way” on his new album.
  • Gaga won MTV OMA awards for “Most Innovative Artist” and “Must Follow Artist on Twitter.”

What Can You Learn From Gaga?


“She’s mastered the art of [the] launch,” Scordato said. “Every new video or album release is always an event. She and her team recognize that millions of views or album sales don’t come overnight.”

The takeaways are:

  • You need to build momentum with elements of surprise along the way.
  • Integrate. Make sure all your marketing channels are working together to promote a single brand identity and message.
  • Use your fans as your best marketing asset. Encourage and remind them to tell your story and never forget to thank them along the way.
  • Give people something to love. If you can do that, you’ve won half the battle.

For more lists, how-tos and other resources on this topic, check out Mashable Explore!

More About: facebook, features, gaming, Google, Lady Gaga, mainstream, MARKETING, mobile apps, music, pop culture, social media, social networking, twitter, web, youtube

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How Lady Gaga Created a Web Marketing Spectacle for Born This Way [PICS]


“The web is what you make of it,” reads the parting text in Google Chrome‘s latest commercial featuring Lady Gaga.

It’s a simple eight-word slogan for Google’s web browser but it represents so much more when you connect it to Gaga, who took to the web this year to create an inescapable marketing spectacle for her Born This Way album.

In the months leading up to the May 23 album release — and even now — Gaga has paved a path for stars and brands to get inventive with the ways they use digital and social media to promote themselves and connect with fans.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to success on the web. She remains a heavyweight on major social networks: In the past year, Lady Gaga was the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube; she beat President Barack Obama to 10 million Facebook fans (she’s now closing in on 35 million); and most recently, she was first Twitter user to acquire 10 million followers.

The promotional juggernaut further ramped up her all-encompassing web presence, fostering partnerships with Zynga for the FarmVille-inspired GagaVille, Starbucks for a massive scavenger hunt, VEVO for exclusive premieres, HBO for a concert special, Rdio for free lifetime subscriptions, iTunes for a promotional countdown, Best Buy and Livestream for an album signing and Gilt Groupe and Amazon Cloud Player for deals.

“Gaga and her team are some of the best marketers around; they understand the importance of integrating social with traditional media, engaging audiences in real-time, and most of all, telling a story that is relatable and worth spreading,” said Alexa Scordato, a Gaga fan, digital strategist and community manager for MAT@USC.

Even Lady Gaga’s critics have to acknowledge the magnitude of her marketing medley: “I’ll probably get cyber bullied after this from all her Little Monsters, but I’m not a huge Gaga fan,” said Romey Louangvilay, senior account executive of digital and social media at Euro RSCG PR. “With that said, I give her credit for her artistry and marketing genuineness.”

Below, we’ve compiled a huge swathe of the digital and social media initiatives behind Gaga’s Born This Way. Flip through the roundup and then let us know in the comments which tactics you thought were most creative or most ridiculous.



Zynga’s GagaVille




On May 17, Zynga launched the Farmville-style GagaVille, which garnered much ridicule from Gaga haters and laughs from even the most devoted Little Monsters.

Jokes aside, Lady Gaga like other big brands this year found a way to leverage the enormous social gaming population, which is expected to reach 68.7 million players by the end of 2012.

Gamers were able to unlock and stream unreleased tracks from Born This Way and bonus remixes. The game incorporated Gaga’s style and personality with users having access to crystals, unicorns and sheep on motorcycles. The GagaVille campaign also incorporated Zynga game cards (buy a $25 card and receive the Born This Way album and bonus tracks for free); Words With Friends (use a Gaga word of the day and be entered for concert tickets); and RewardVille (win virtual goods to use in other Zynga games).



Starbucks Scavenger Hunt




Starbucks and Mother Monster teamed up on May 19 for “SRCH,” a two-week digital scavenger hunt in which participants can scan in-store QR codes, visit blogs and Starbucks digital properties, decode cryptic messages and answer trivia questions to earn prizes.

Yahoo joined the fun on May 23, helping transform the Starbucks Digital Network into all things Gaga. Visitors to the site had access to a special edition of the Born This Way for one day. They also received a free “Edge of Glory” download and an exclusive video by Lady Gaga singing a cappella.

“Considering that Lady Gaga may be the world’s hottest star right now and an innovative creator unlike anyone we’ve seen, imagine our delight when we learned that she’s also a big Starbucks fan,” said Alexandra Wheeler, global digital strategy director for Starbucks, in a recent blog post.

The hunt ends June 7.



Google Chrome Commercial




In the this commerical, Gaga is shown at a computer typing inspirational messages such as, “This is our moment. … Stay strong, Little Monsters!”

The video highlights two things other than the capabilities of Google’s web browser: The extent to which fans will broadcast their adoration for Gaga and also Gaga’s willingness to return their positive sentiments.

The song for the video is “Edge of Glory,” a song from the new album.



Amazon’s $0.99 Sale




Gaga fans woke up May 23 to a nice surprise: Amazon was selling the 14-song album as a digital download for a mere $0.99. Fans also received 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage from Amazon.

News of the massive sale spread like wildfire and consumers quickly started experiencing technical difficulties. With servers overwhelmed, people who bought the digital download were unable to immediately access all tracks.

In time, all songs became available, but Amazon users had already unleashed their anger by leaving one-star ratings due to Amazon’s slow service.

Amazon has not disclosed the number of downloads for Born This Way.



Best Buy Live Feed




On album launch day, Lady Gaga stayed up into the wee hours of the night to meet fans and sign autographs at a Best Buy in New York City.

Best Buy promoted the event with a live video feed from Livestream. The video was surrounded by interactive features for fans who couldn’t make it to the event.



Google Interview




In March, Google executive Marissa Mayer interviewed Lady Gaga as part of the “Google Goes Gaga” event. She helped promote Google Moderator, a tool that allows fans to submit questions via text or video on the musician’s YouTube channel and subsequently vote for their favorites.

During the Q&A, Gaga talked about her forthcoming album and revealed that she would make her directorial debut alongside choreographer Laurieann Gibson for her second single, “Judas.”

Through Google Moderator, her fans asked 643 questions about the single.

Near the end, Gaga asked a rhetorical yet fitting question to the audience of Google employees and online viewers, “Don’t you love the Internet?”



Robin Hood Charity




In April, Gaga once again dipped her feet into social good by working with the Robin Hood Foundation to launch two Facebook contests in support of the New York-based charity, which benefits the poor and homeless between the ages of 16 and 24.

The contest — to decide how Lady Gaga should split $1 million among five charities — ran from April 26 to May 6 and received 1,057,101 votes.

She also lent her hand to the victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, providing an exclusive remix of her single “Born This Way” for the Songs for Japan charity album.

Gaga also donated $1.5 million to Zynga’s fundraising initiative with Save the Children and the American Red Cross via sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets.



Gilt Groupe Deals




Gilt Groupe offered sales curated by Gaga’s fashion director, Nicola Formichetti, as well as charity sales of a Mugler dress worn by Gaga, entrance into the Paris Mugler fashion show and access to a performance from Gaga.



HBO Concert Special




HBO aired Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 7.

The 120-minute concert special included the “Born This Way” single and teased the then-unreleased track “Marry the Night.”



Rdio Free Music




Rdio created a BTW playlist and a corresponding contest to give away a free music subscription.



Facebook Engagement




Gaga ended 2010 as the celebrity with the most “Likes” on a Facebook Page with 24.7 million Likes.

She has one of the most active and engaged Facebook Pages not only because of her fans but also because she frequently shares status updates, photos, videos and news through the platform. On May 18, for example, she posted a photo collage that displays her album art on buildings, cars and even in and around a New York City subway train.



Vevo Exclusive Premieres




Vevo has so far exclusively premiered each of the official music videos for Born This Way.

The song “Born This Way” has racked up 52.7 million views on Vevo’s website and “Judas” has accumulated 35.6 million.

VEVO also recently put together a Lady Gaga playlist available online, on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android devices using the VEVO for iOS or VEVO for Android apps. The playlist includes live versions of “Edge of Glory/Judas” and “Born this Way’ from the May 21 season finale of Saturday Night Live.



iTunes Countdown




The title track of Born This Way in February became the fastest-selling single ever on iTunes stores worldwide.

Capitalizing on her success, Lady Gaga released two additional songs in advance exclusively on iTunes. Fans got to hear “Edge of Glory” on May 9 and “Hair” on May 16 ahead of the May 23 album release.



GagaVision Videos




A fan favorite, GagaVision gives her Little Monsters a behind-the-scenes look at Gaga. In some of the videos, which are posted on YouTube, Gaga candidly discusses the creative process behind BTW. In other clips, fans get to see the people and places surrounding Gaga.



Twitter & TwitPic Trends




In May, Gaga hit a Twitter first by becoming the only user to rack up 10 million followers.

The messages she posts incite a tweet storm from her followers who retweet and @mention her comments, pictures and videos, as well as promote the hashtags she uses.

In April, for example, she revealed the BTW cover art via a Twitpic photo (seen above). The image garnered hundreds of thousands of views in mere minutes.



And More …




As if that wasn’t enough:

  • Gaga scattered QR codes (pictured) on the web that led back to iTunes where users could download a ringtone of “Born This Way.”
  • Tapulous, a Disney Mobile venture, launched Born This Way Revenge, a Tap Tap Revenge app game for iPhone and iPod. The app features 17 tracks from the deluxe album version, access to GagaVision, Lady Gaga’s Twitter feed, three exclusive chat rooms, the official lyrics and Haus of Gaga event lists.
  • Gaga became creative director at Polaroid.
  • Gaga gave comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic permission to include a parody of “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way” on his new album.
  • Gaga won MTV OMA awards for “Most Innovative Artist” and “Must Follow Artist on Twitter.”

What Can You Learn From Gaga?


“She’s mastered the art of [the] launch,” Scordato said. “Every new video or album release is always an event. She and her team recognize that millions of views or album sales don’t come overnight.”

The takeaways are:

  • You need to build momentum with elements of surprise along the way.
  • Integrate. Make sure all your marketing channels are working together to promote a single brand identity and message.
  • Use your fans as your best marketing asset. Encourage and remind them to tell your story and never forget to thank them along the way.
  • Give people something to love. If you can do that, you’ve won half the battle.

For more lists, how-tos and other resources on this topic, check out Mashable Explore!

More About: facebook, features, gaming, Google, Lady Gaga, mainstream, MARKETING, mobile apps, music, pop culture, social media, social networking, twitter, web, youtube

For more Business & Marketing coverage:

How Lady Gaga Created a Web Marketing Spectacle for Born This Way [PICS]


“The web is what you make of it,” reads the parting text in Google Chrome‘s latest commercial featuring Lady Gaga.

It’s a simple eight-word slogan for Google’s web browser but it represents so much more when you connect it to Gaga, who took to the web this year to create an inescapable marketing spectacle for her Born This Way album.

In the months leading up to the May 23 album release — and even now — Gaga has paved a path for stars and brands to get inventive with the ways they use digital and social media to promote themselves and connect with fans.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to success on the web. She remains a heavyweight on major social networks: In the past year, Lady Gaga was the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube; she beat President Barack Obama to 10 million Facebook fans (she’s now closing in on 35 million); and most recently, she was first Twitter user to acquire 10 million followers.

The promotional juggernaut further ramped up her all-encompassing web presence, fostering partnerships with Zynga for the FarmVille-inspired GagaVille, Starbucks for a massive scavenger hunt, VEVO for exclusive premieres, HBO for a concert special, Rdio for free lifetime subscriptions, iTunes for a promotional countdown, Best Buy and Livestream for an album signing and Gilt Groupe and Amazon Cloud Player for deals.

“Gaga and her team are some of the best marketers around; they understand the importance of integrating social with traditional media, engaging audiences in real-time, and most of all, telling a story that is relatable and worth spreading,” said Alexa Scordato, a Gaga fan, digital strategist and community manager for MAT@USC.

Even Lady Gaga’s critics have to acknowledge the magnitude of her marketing medley: “I’ll probably get cyber bullied after this from all her Little Monsters, but I’m not a huge Gaga fan,” said Romey Louangvilay, senior account executive of digital and social media at Euro RSCG PR. “With that said, I give her credit for her artistry and marketing genuineness.”

Below, we’ve compiled a huge swathe of the digital and social media initiatives behind Gaga’s Born This Way. Flip through the roundup and then let us know in the comments which tactics you thought were most creative or most ridiculous.



Zynga’s GagaVille




On May 17, Zynga launched the Farmville-style GagaVille, which garnered much ridicule from Gaga haters and laughs from even the most devoted Little Monsters.

Jokes aside, Lady Gaga like other big brands this year found a way to leverage the enormous social gaming population, which is expected to reach 68.7 million players by the end of 2012.

Gamers were able to unlock and stream unreleased tracks from Born This Way and bonus remixes. The game incorporated Gaga’s style and personality with users having access to crystals, unicorns and sheep on motorcycles. The GagaVille campaign also incorporated Zynga game cards (buy a $25 card and receive the Born This Way album and bonus tracks for free); Words With Friends (use a Gaga word of the day and be entered for concert tickets); and RewardVille (win virtual goods to use in other Zynga games).



Starbucks Scavenger Hunt




Starbucks and Mother Monster teamed up on May 19 for “SRCH,” a two-week digital scavenger hunt in which participants can scan in-store QR codes, visit blogs and Starbucks digital properties, decode cryptic messages and answer trivia questions to earn prizes.

Yahoo joined the fun on May 23, helping transform the Starbucks Digital Network into all things Gaga. Visitors to the site had access to a special edition of the Born This Way for one day. They also received a free “Edge of Glory” download and an exclusive video by Lady Gaga singing a cappella.

“Considering that Lady Gaga may be the world’s hottest star right now and an innovative creator unlike anyone we’ve seen, imagine our delight when we learned that she’s also a big Starbucks fan,” said Alexandra Wheeler, global digital strategy director for Starbucks, in a recent blog post.

The hunt ends June 7.



Google Chrome Commercial




In the this commerical, Gaga is shown at a computer typing inspirational messages such as, “This is our moment. … Stay strong, Little Monsters!”

The video highlights two things other than the capabilities of Google’s web browser: The extent to which fans will broadcast their adoration for Gaga and also Gaga’s willingness to return their positive sentiments.

The song for the video is “Edge of Glory,” a song from the new album.



Amazon’s $0.99 Sale




Gaga fans woke up May 23 to a nice surprise: Amazon was selling the 14-song album as a digital download for a mere $0.99. Fans also received 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage from Amazon.

News of the massive sale spread like wildfire and consumers quickly started experiencing technical difficulties. With servers overwhelmed, people who bought the digital download were unable to immediately access all tracks.

In time, all songs became available, but Amazon users had already unleashed their anger by leaving one-star ratings due to Amazon’s slow service.

Amazon has not disclosed the number of downloads for Born This Way.



Best Buy Live Feed




On album launch day, Lady Gaga stayed up into the wee hours of the night to meet fans and sign autographs at a Best Buy in New York City.

Best Buy promoted the event with a live video feed from Livestream. The video was surrounded by interactive features for fans who couldn’t make it to the event.



Google Interview




In March, Google executive Marissa Mayer interviewed Lady Gaga as part of the “Google Goes Gaga” event. She helped promote Google Moderator, a tool that allows fans to submit questions via text or video on the musician’s YouTube channel and subsequently vote for their favorites.

During the Q&A, Gaga talked about her forthcoming album and revealed that she would make her directorial debut alongside choreographer Laurieann Gibson for her second single, “Judas.”

Through Google Moderator, her fans asked 643 questions about the single.

Near the end, Gaga asked a rhetorical yet fitting question to the audience of Google employees and online viewers, “Don’t you love the Internet?”



Robin Hood Charity




In April, Gaga once again dipped her feet into social good by working with the Robin Hood Foundation to launch two Facebook contests in support of the New York-based charity, which benefits the poor and homeless between the ages of 16 and 24.

The contest — to decide how Lady Gaga should split $1 million among five charities — ran from April 26 to May 6 and received 1,057,101 votes.

She also lent her hand to the victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, providing an exclusive remix of her single “Born This Way” for the Songs for Japan charity album.

Gaga also donated $1.5 million to Zynga’s fundraising initiative with Save the Children and the American Red Cross via sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets.



Gilt Groupe Deals




Gilt Groupe offered sales curated by Gaga’s fashion director, Nicola Formichetti, as well as charity sales of a Mugler dress worn by Gaga, entrance into the Paris Mugler fashion show and access to a performance from Gaga.



HBO Concert Special




HBO aired Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 7.

The 120-minute concert special included the “Born This Way” single and teased the then-unreleased track “Marry the Night.”



Rdio Free Music




Rdio created a BTW playlist and a corresponding contest to give away a free music subscription.



Facebook Engagement




Gaga ended 2010 as the celebrity with the most “Likes” on a Facebook Page with 24.7 million Likes.

She has one of the most active and engaged Facebook Pages not only because of her fans but also because she frequently shares status updates, photos, videos and news through the platform. On May 18, for example, she posted a photo collage that displays her album art on buildings, cars and even in and around a New York City subway train.



Vevo Exclusive Premieres




Vevo has so far exclusively premiered each of the official music videos for Born This Way.

The song “Born This Way” has racked up 52.7 million views on Vevo’s website and “Judas” has accumulated 35.6 million.

VEVO also recently put together a Lady Gaga playlist available online, on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android devices using the VEVO for iOS or VEVO for Android apps. The playlist includes live versions of “Edge of Glory/Judas” and “Born this Way’ from the May 21 season finale of Saturday Night Live.



iTunes Countdown




The title track of Born This Way in February became the fastest-selling single ever on iTunes stores worldwide.

Capitalizing on her success, Lady Gaga released two additional songs in advance exclusively on iTunes. Fans got to hear “Edge of Glory” on May 9 and “Hair” on May 16 ahead of the May 23 album release.



GagaVision Videos




A fan favorite, GagaVision gives her Little Monsters a behind-the-scenes look at Gaga. In some of the videos, which are posted on YouTube, Gaga candidly discusses the creative process behind BTW. In other clips, fans get to see the people and places surrounding Gaga.



Twitter & TwitPic Trends




In May, Gaga hit a Twitter first by becoming the only user to rack up 10 million followers.

The messages she posts incite a tweet storm from her followers who retweet and @mention her comments, pictures and videos, as well as promote the hashtags she uses.

In April, for example, she revealed the BTW cover art via a Twitpic photo (seen above). The image garnered hundreds of thousands of views in mere minutes.



And More …




As if that wasn’t enough:

  • Gaga scattered QR codes (pictured) on the web that led back to iTunes where users could download a ringtone of “Born This Way.”
  • Tapulous, a Disney Mobile venture, launched Born This Way Revenge, a Tap Tap Revenge app game for iPhone and iPod. The app features 17 tracks from the deluxe album version, access to GagaVision, Lady Gaga’s Twitter feed, three exclusive chat rooms, the official lyrics and Haus of Gaga event lists.
  • Gaga became creative director at Polaroid.
  • Gaga gave comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic permission to include a parody of “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way” on his new album.
  • Gaga won MTV OMA awards for “Most Innovative Artist” and “Must Follow Artist on Twitter.”

What Can You Learn From Gaga?


“She’s mastered the art of [the] launch,” Scordato said. “Every new video or album release is always an event. She and her team recognize that millions of views or album sales don’t come overnight.”

The takeaways are:

  • You need to build momentum with elements of surprise along the way.
  • Integrate. Make sure all your marketing channels are working together to promote a single brand identity and message.
  • Use your fans as your best marketing asset. Encourage and remind them to tell your story and never forget to thank them along the way.
  • Give people something to love. If you can do that, you’ve won half the battle.

For more lists, how-tos and other resources on this topic, check out Mashable Explore!

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How Lady Gaga Created a Web Marketing Spectacle for Born This Way [PICS]


“The web is what you make of it,” reads the parting text in Google Chrome‘s latest commercial featuring Lady Gaga.

It’s a simple eight-word slogan for Google’s web browser but it represents so much more when you connect it to Gaga, who took to the web this year to create an inescapable marketing spectacle for her Born This Way album.

In the months leading up to the May 23 album release — and even now — Gaga has paved a path for stars and brands to get inventive with the ways they use digital and social media to promote themselves and connect with fans.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to success on the web. She remains a heavyweight on major social networks: In the past year, Lady Gaga was the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube; she beat President Barack Obama to 10 million Facebook fans (she’s now closing in on 35 million); and most recently, she was first Twitter user to acquire 10 million followers.

The promotional juggernaut further ramped up her all-encompassing web presence, fostering partnerships with Zynga for the FarmVille-inspired GagaVille, Starbucks for a massive scavenger hunt, VEVO for exclusive premieres, HBO for a concert special, Rdio for free lifetime subscriptions, iTunes for a promotional countdown, Best Buy and Livestream for an album signing and Gilt Groupe and Amazon Cloud Player for deals.

“Gaga and her team are some of the best marketers around; they understand the importance of integrating social with traditional media, engaging audiences in real-time, and most of all, telling a story that is relatable and worth spreading,” said Alexa Scordato, a Gaga fan, digital strategist and community manager for MAT@USC.

Even Lady Gaga’s critics have to acknowledge the magnitude of her marketing medley: “I’ll probably get cyber bullied after this from all her Little Monsters, but I’m not a huge Gaga fan,” said Romey Louangvilay, senior account executive of digital and social media at Euro RSCG PR. “With that said, I give her credit for her artistry and marketing genuineness.”

Below, we’ve compiled a huge swathe of the digital and social media initiatives behind Gaga’s Born This Way. Flip through the roundup and then let us know in the comments which tactics you thought were most creative or most ridiculous.



Zynga’s GagaVille




On May 17, Zynga launched the Farmville-style GagaVille, which garnered much ridicule from Gaga haters and laughs from even the most devoted Little Monsters.

Jokes aside, Lady Gaga like other big brands this year found a way to leverage the enormous social gaming population, which is expected to reach 68.7 million players by the end of 2012.

Gamers were able to unlock and stream unreleased tracks from Born This Way and bonus remixes. The game incorporated Gaga’s style and personality with users having access to crystals, unicorns and sheep on motorcycles. The GagaVille campaign also incorporated Zynga game cards (buy a $25 card and receive the Born This Way album and bonus tracks for free); Words With Friends (use a Gaga word of the day and be entered for concert tickets); and RewardVille (win virtual goods to use in other Zynga games).



Starbucks Scavenger Hunt




Starbucks and Mother Monster teamed up on May 19 for “SRCH,” a two-week digital scavenger hunt in which participants can scan in-store QR codes, visit blogs and Starbucks digital properties, decode cryptic messages and answer trivia questions to earn prizes.

Yahoo joined the fun on May 23, helping transform the Starbucks Digital Network into all things Gaga. Visitors to the site had access to a special edition of the Born This Way for one day. They also received a free “Edge of Glory” download and an exclusive video by Lady Gaga singing a cappella.

“Considering that Lady Gaga may be the world’s hottest star right now and an innovative creator unlike anyone we’ve seen, imagine our delight when we learned that she’s also a big Starbucks fan,” said Alexandra Wheeler, global digital strategy director for Starbucks, in a recent blog post.

The hunt ends June 7.



Google Chrome Commercial




In the this commerical, Gaga is shown at a computer typing inspirational messages such as, “This is our moment. … Stay strong, Little Monsters!”

The video highlights two things other than the capabilities of Google’s web browser: The extent to which fans will broadcast their adoration for Gaga and also Gaga’s willingness to return their positive sentiments.

The song for the video is “Edge of Glory,” a song from the new album.



Amazon’s $0.99 Sale




Gaga fans woke up May 23 to a nice surprise: Amazon was selling the 14-song album as a digital download for a mere $0.99. Fans also received 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage from Amazon.

News of the massive sale spread like wildfire and consumers quickly started experiencing technical difficulties. With servers overwhelmed, people who bought the digital download were unable to immediately access all tracks.

In time, all songs became available, but Amazon users had already unleashed their anger by leaving one-star ratings due to Amazon’s slow service.

Amazon has not disclosed the number of downloads for Born This Way.



Best Buy Live Feed




On album launch day, Lady Gaga stayed up into the wee hours of the night to meet fans and sign autographs at a Best Buy in New York City.

Best Buy promoted the event with a live video feed from Livestream. The video was surrounded by interactive features for fans who couldn’t make it to the event.



Google Interview




In March, Google executive Marissa Mayer interviewed Lady Gaga as part of the “Google Goes Gaga” event. She helped promote Google Moderator, a tool that allows fans to submit questions via text or video on the musician’s YouTube channel and subsequently vote for their favorites.

During the Q&A, Gaga talked about her forthcoming album and revealed that she would make her directorial debut alongside choreographer Laurieann Gibson for her second single, “Judas.”

Through Google Moderator, her fans asked 643 questions about the single.

Near the end, Gaga asked a rhetorical yet fitting question to the audience of Google employees and online viewers, “Don’t you love the Internet?”



Robin Hood Charity




In April, Gaga once again dipped her feet into social good by working with the Robin Hood Foundation to launch two Facebook contests in support of the New York-based charity, which benefits the poor and homeless between the ages of 16 and 24.

The contest — to decide how Lady Gaga should split $1 million among five charities — ran from April 26 to May 6 and received 1,057,101 votes.

She also lent her hand to the victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, providing an exclusive remix of her single “Born This Way” for the Songs for Japan charity album.

Gaga also donated $1.5 million to Zynga’s fundraising initiative with Save the Children and the American Red Cross via sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets.



Gilt Groupe Deals




Gilt Groupe offered sales curated by Gaga’s fashion director, Nicola Formichetti, as well as charity sales of a Mugler dress worn by Gaga, entrance into the Paris Mugler fashion show and access to a performance from Gaga.



HBO Concert Special




HBO aired Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 7.

The 120-minute concert special included the “Born This Way” single and teased the then-unreleased track “Marry the Night.”



Rdio Free Music




Rdio created a BTW playlist and a corresponding contest to give away a free music subscription.



Facebook Engagement




Gaga ended 2010 as the celebrity with the most “Likes” on a Facebook Page with 24.7 million Likes.

She has one of the most active and engaged Facebook Pages not only because of her fans but also because she frequently shares status updates, photos, videos and news through the platform. On May 18, for example, she posted a photo collage that displays her album art on buildings, cars and even in and around a New York City subway train.



Vevo Exclusive Premieres




Vevo has so far exclusively premiered each of the official music videos for Born This Way.

The song “Born This Way” has racked up 52.7 million views on Vevo’s website and “Judas” has accumulated 35.6 million.

VEVO also recently put together a Lady Gaga playlist available online, on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android devices using the VEVO for iOS or VEVO for Android apps. The playlist includes live versions of “Edge of Glory/Judas” and “Born this Way’ from the May 21 season finale of Saturday Night Live.



iTunes Countdown




The title track of Born This Way in February became the fastest-selling single ever on iTunes stores worldwide.

Capitalizing on her success, Lady Gaga released two additional songs in advance exclusively on iTunes. Fans got to hear “Edge of Glory” on May 9 and “Hair” on May 16 ahead of the May 23 album release.



GagaVision Videos




A fan favorite, GagaVision gives her Little Monsters a behind-the-scenes look at Gaga. In some of the videos, which are posted on YouTube, Gaga candidly discusses the creative process behind BTW. In other clips, fans get to see the people and places surrounding Gaga.



Twitter & TwitPic Trends




In May, Gaga hit a Twitter first by becoming the only user to rack up 10 million followers.

The messages she posts incite a tweet storm from her followers who retweet and @mention her comments, pictures and videos, as well as promote the hashtags she uses.

In April, for example, she revealed the BTW cover art via a Twitpic photo (seen above). The image garnered hundreds of thousands of views in mere minutes.



And More …




As if that wasn’t enough:

  • Gaga scattered QR codes (pictured) on the web that led back to iTunes where users could download a ringtone of “Born This Way.”
  • Tapulous, a Disney Mobile venture, launched Born This Way Revenge, a Tap Tap Revenge app game for iPhone and iPod. The app features 17 tracks from the deluxe album version, access to GagaVision, Lady Gaga’s Twitter feed, three exclusive chat rooms, the official lyrics and Haus of Gaga event lists.
  • Gaga became creative director at Polaroid.
  • Gaga gave comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic permission to include a parody of “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way” on his new album.
  • Gaga won MTV OMA awards for “Most Innovative Artist” and “Must Follow Artist on Twitter.”

What Can You Learn From Gaga?


“She’s mastered the art of [the] launch,” Scordato said. “Every new video or album release is always an event. She and her team recognize that millions of views or album sales don’t come overnight.”

The takeaways are:

  • You need to build momentum with elements of surprise along the way.
  • Integrate. Make sure all your marketing channels are working together to promote a single brand identity and message.
  • Use your fans as your best marketing asset. Encourage and remind them to tell your story and never forget to thank them along the way.
  • Give people something to love. If you can do that, you’ve won half the battle.

For more lists, how-tos and other resources on this topic, check out Mashable Explore!

More About: facebook, features, gaming, Google, Lady Gaga, mainstream, MARKETING, mobile apps, music, pop culture, social media, social networking, twitter, web, youtube

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How Lady Gaga Created a Web Marketing Spectacle for Born This Way [PICS]


“The web is what you make of it,” reads the parting text in Google Chrome‘s latest commercial featuring Lady Gaga.

It’s a simple eight-word slogan for Google’s web browser but it represents so much more when you connect it to Gaga, who took to the web this year to create an inescapable marketing spectacle for her Born This Way album.

In the months leading up to the May 23 album release — and even now — Gaga has paved a path for stars and brands to get inventive with the ways they use digital and social media to promote themselves and connect with fans.

The 25-year-old is no stranger to success on the web. She remains a heavyweight on major social networks: In the past year, Lady Gaga was the first artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube; she beat President Barack Obama to 10 million Facebook fans (she’s now closing in on 35 million); and most recently, she was first Twitter user to acquire 10 million followers.

The promotional juggernaut further ramped up her all-encompassing web presence, fostering partnerships with Zynga for the FarmVille-inspired GagaVille, Starbucks for a massive scavenger hunt, VEVO for exclusive premieres, HBO for a concert special, Rdio for free lifetime subscriptions, iTunes for a promotional countdown, Best Buy and Livestream for an album signing and Gilt Groupe and Amazon Cloud Player for deals.

“Gaga and her team are some of the best marketers around; they understand the importance of integrating social with traditional media, engaging audiences in real-time, and most of all, telling a story that is relatable and worth spreading,” said Alexa Scordato, a Gaga fan, digital strategist and community manager for MAT@USC.

Even Lady Gaga’s critics have to acknowledge the magnitude of her marketing medley: “I’ll probably get cyber bullied after this from all her Little Monsters, but I’m not a huge Gaga fan,” said Romey Louangvilay, senior account executive of digital and social media at Euro RSCG PR. “With that said, I give her credit for her artistry and marketing genuineness.”

Below, we’ve compiled a huge swathe of the digital and social media initiatives behind Gaga’s Born This Way. Flip through the roundup and then let us know in the comments which tactics you thought were most creative or most ridiculous.



Zynga’s GagaVille




On May 17, Zynga launched the Farmville-style GagaVille, which garnered much ridicule from Gaga haters and laughs from even the most devoted Little Monsters.

Jokes aside, Lady Gaga like other big brands this year found a way to leverage the enormous social gaming population, which is expected to reach 68.7 million players by the end of 2012.

Gamers were able to unlock and stream unreleased tracks from Born This Way and bonus remixes. The game incorporated Gaga’s style and personality with users having access to crystals, unicorns and sheep on motorcycles. The GagaVille campaign also incorporated Zynga game cards (buy a $25 card and receive the Born This Way album and bonus tracks for free); Words With Friends (use a Gaga word of the day and be entered for concert tickets); and RewardVille (win virtual goods to use in other Zynga games).



Starbucks Scavenger Hunt




Starbucks and Mother Monster teamed up on May 19 for “SRCH,” a two-week digital scavenger hunt in which participants can scan in-store QR codes, visit blogs and Starbucks digital properties, decode cryptic messages and answer trivia questions to earn prizes.

Yahoo joined the fun on May 23, helping transform the Starbucks Digital Network into all things Gaga. Visitors to the site had access to a special edition of the Born This Way for one day. They also received a free “Edge of Glory” download and an exclusive video by Lady Gaga singing a cappella.

“Considering that Lady Gaga may be the world’s hottest star right now and an innovative creator unlike anyone we’ve seen, imagine our delight when we learned that she’s also a big Starbucks fan,” said Alexandra Wheeler, global digital strategy director for Starbucks, in a recent blog post.

The hunt ends June 7.



Google Chrome Commercial




In the this commerical, Gaga is shown at a computer typing inspirational messages such as, “This is our moment. … Stay strong, Little Monsters!”

The video highlights two things other than the capabilities of Google’s web browser: The extent to which fans will broadcast their adoration for Gaga and also Gaga’s willingness to return their positive sentiments.

The song for the video is “Edge of Glory,” a song from the new album.



Amazon’s $0.99 Sale




Gaga fans woke up May 23 to a nice surprise: Amazon was selling the 14-song album as a digital download for a mere $0.99. Fans also received 20 GB of Cloud Drive storage from Amazon.

News of the massive sale spread like wildfire and consumers quickly started experiencing technical difficulties. With servers overwhelmed, people who bought the digital download were unable to immediately access all tracks.

In time, all songs became available, but Amazon users had already unleashed their anger by leaving one-star ratings due to Amazon’s slow service.

Amazon has not disclosed the number of downloads for Born This Way.



Best Buy Live Feed




On album launch day, Lady Gaga stayed up into the wee hours of the night to meet fans and sign autographs at a Best Buy in New York City.

Best Buy promoted the event with a live video feed from Livestream. The video was surrounded by interactive features for fans who couldn’t make it to the event.



Google Interview




In March, Google executive Marissa Mayer interviewed Lady Gaga as part of the “Google Goes Gaga” event. She helped promote Google Moderator, a tool that allows fans to submit questions via text or video on the musician’s YouTube channel and subsequently vote for their favorites.

During the Q&A, Gaga talked about her forthcoming album and revealed that she would make her directorial debut alongside choreographer Laurieann Gibson for her second single, “Judas.”

Through Google Moderator, her fans asked 643 questions about the single.

Near the end, Gaga asked a rhetorical yet fitting question to the audience of Google employees and online viewers, “Don’t you love the Internet?”



Robin Hood Charity




In April, Gaga once again dipped her feet into social good by working with the Robin Hood Foundation to launch two Facebook contests in support of the New York-based charity, which benefits the poor and homeless between the ages of 16 and 24.

The contest — to decide how Lady Gaga should split $1 million among five charities — ran from April 26 to May 6 and received 1,057,101 votes.

She also lent her hand to the victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, providing an exclusive remix of her single “Born This Way” for the Songs for Japan charity album.

Gaga also donated $1.5 million to Zynga’s fundraising initiative with Save the Children and the American Red Cross via sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets.



Gilt Groupe Deals




Gilt Groupe offered sales curated by Gaga’s fashion director, Nicola Formichetti, as well as charity sales of a Mugler dress worn by Gaga, entrance into the Paris Mugler fashion show and access to a performance from Gaga.



HBO Concert Special




HBO aired Gaga’s Monster Ball concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on May 7.

The 120-minute concert special included the “Born This Way” single and teased the then-unreleased track “Marry the Night.”



Rdio Free Music




Rdio created a BTW playlist and a corresponding contest to give away a free music subscription.



Facebook Engagement




Gaga ended 2010 as the celebrity with the most “Likes” on a Facebook Page with 24.7 million Likes.

She has one of the most active and engaged Facebook Pages not only because of her fans but also because she frequently shares status updates, photos, videos and news through the platform. On May 18, for example, she posted a photo collage that displays her album art on buildings, cars and even in and around a New York City subway train.



Vevo Exclusive Premieres




Vevo has so far exclusively premiered each of the official music videos for Born This Way.

The song “Born This Way” has racked up 52.7 million views on Vevo’s website and “Judas” has accumulated 35.6 million.

VEVO also recently put together a Lady Gaga playlist available online, on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android devices using the VEVO for iOS or VEVO for Android apps. The playlist includes live versions of “Edge of Glory/Judas” and “Born this Way’ from the May 21 season finale of Saturday Night Live.



iTunes Countdown




The title track of Born This Way in February became the fastest-selling single ever on iTunes stores worldwide.

Capitalizing on her success, Lady Gaga released two additional songs in advance exclusively on iTunes. Fans got to hear “Edge of Glory” on May 9 and “Hair” on May 16 ahead of the May 23 album release.



GagaVision Videos




A fan favorite, GagaVision gives her Little Monsters a behind-the-scenes look at Gaga. In some of the videos, which are posted on YouTube, Gaga candidly discusses the creative process behind BTW. In other clips, fans get to see the people and places surrounding Gaga.



Twitter & TwitPic Trends




In May, Gaga hit a Twitter first by becoming the only user to rack up 10 million followers.

The messages she posts incite a tweet storm from her followers who retweet and @mention her comments, pictures and videos, as well as promote the hashtags she uses.

In April, for example, she revealed the BTW cover art via a Twitpic photo (seen above). The image garnered hundreds of thousands of views in mere minutes.



And More …




As if that wasn’t enough:

  • Gaga scattered QR codes (pictured) on the web that led back to iTunes where users could download a ringtone of “Born This Way.”
  • Tapulous, a Disney Mobile venture, launched Born This Way Revenge, a Tap Tap Revenge app game for iPhone and iPod. The app features 17 tracks from the deluxe album version, access to GagaVision, Lady Gaga’s Twitter feed, three exclusive chat rooms, the official lyrics and Haus of Gaga event lists.
  • Gaga became creative director at Polaroid.
  • Gaga gave comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic permission to include a parody of “Born This Way” called “Perform This Way” on his new album.
  • Gaga won MTV OMA awards for “Most Innovative Artist” and “Must Follow Artist on Twitter.”

What Can You Learn From Gaga?


“She’s mastered the art of [the] launch,” Scordato said. “Every new video or album release is always an event. She and her team recognize that millions of views or album sales don’t come overnight.”

The takeaways are:

  • You need to build momentum with elements of surprise along the way.
  • Integrate. Make sure all your marketing channels are working together to promote a single brand identity and message.
  • Use your fans as your best marketing asset. Encourage and remind them to tell your story and never forget to thank them along the way.
  • Give people something to love. If you can do that, you’ve won half the battle.

For more lists, how-tos and other resources on this topic, check out Mashable Explore!

More About: facebook, features, gaming, Google, Lady Gaga, mainstream, MARKETING, mobile apps, music, pop culture, social media, social networking, twitter, web, youtube

For more Business & Marketing coverage:

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