I must confess, I have an unlikely favorite new TV show. That the show would become my new darling was improbable not only because it airs on PBS, but because the British accents and colloquialisms mean I often have to rewind to make sure I understand what is being said. Still, I have fallen in love with “Sherlock.”
“Sherlock”—starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famed detective and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson—is produced by the BBC in England and airs on PBS in the U.S. Seasons consist of just three episodes, all running 90 minutes without commercials. Essentially, each season is like a trilogy of three movies that follow the adventures of younger, modern-day versions of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed characters.
When the time comes for Kobe Bryant to hang up his uniform and retire, he will be on the fast track to the Basketball Hall of Fame. With five championship rings on his fingers, four All-Star game MVPs in 14 appearances, a record of 15 All-NBA selections and 12 All-Defensive team awards, Bryant has become a household name throughout the world. His brand is recognized everywhere from Los Angeles to Beijing.
You could imagine the shock, then, for Boston College students when but a few minutes into a recent lecture on how the NBA is a model for successful international marketing, the door to the class opened and in walked Bryant himself.
“It was surreal,” explained Professor Nick Nugent when about the experience.
According to an aggregated video composed by Erik Qualman, author of “Socialnomics,” the return on investment (ROI) of social media is that your business will still exist in five years.
That’s a big claim to make, and many brands are still plagued by the question of whether social media drives real ROI. However, on the other side of companies’ inhibitions lies research and testimonies that keep proving the value of social media to be true. For instance, Coffee Groundz, a midtown neighborhood coffee shop, reported a 20-30 percent increase in company sales and market share via Twitter.