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It has been a great year for big companies and for start ups in advertising. Here are my top 10 favorite ads of 2012 in no particular order.

1. Dollar Shave Club

Breakout success in viral marketing. Dollar Shave Club got exposure across many different outlets.

2. Nike Find Your Greatness

The Olympics welcomed many memorable advertisements. Including this one from Nike.

3. AT&T Olympics

AT&T went above and beyond for this advertisement. They incorporated results from events the day before including writing the exact times on the white board. Fast Company wrote about AT&T pulled this off.

4. Red Bull Stratos

Arguably one of the most successful campaigns.

5. Old Milwaukee

These bizarre, yet amazing commercials went viral and are still a huge hit.

6. Samsung Next Best Thing

Looking to break the mold of iPhone dominating culture, Samsung shook things up with this campaign.

7. Axe Susan Glenn

I put this video on this list simply because it didn’t involve some weird chocolate human being chased by women. Plus Kiefer Sutherland is a badass who shows he had someone he was scared of once.

8. DirecTV Charlie Sheen

Not a big fan of the Charlie Sheen craze, but this commercial by DirecTV did capture my attention.

9. Adidas The Return of Rose

While I might be biased because I am from Chicago, the Return of Rose campaign got me excited for basketball and for Derrick Rose’s return to the Chicago Bulls.

10. Google Chrome Jess Time

Google’s push for an interesting, captivating reason to switch to Google Chrome connected with millions thanks to Jess’s story.

Let me know your favorites for the year in the comments below.

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Do you still type “g-o-o-g-l-e-.-c-o-m” into your search bar? Any chance you scroll endlessly looking for key words on a page to no avail? How about clicking through tabs and windows until your computer locks up? Chances are you are not alone. Many people do not know how to use their browsers correctly and efficiently.

For instance, Google’s Chrome browser and Mozilla’s FireFox browser know that if you don’t end a query with “.com” or “.net” etc. you are trying to search a word or phrase. Additionally Crtl+F or Command+F will pull up a “find” search box to help you find what you are looking for on a page. Over 90-percent of people do not use or know how to use the find feature that is built into your browser.

While it is not easy to learn every shortcut if you do not use it everyday, there are many resources to help you learn quickly. One is a video series started by Dan Russell. His videos outline some key feature you may not know about. The series is called “1  Minute Morceaux.” One that will instantly help is using Google to help your spelling:

There are other resources to help make browsing the web easier and more productive. Here is 20 awesome tips for Google’s Chrome broswer.

How does this relate to emerging media? When marketers create content, they need to be mindful of the audience they are catering too. Younger demographics will have a better handle on using technology and the shortcuts it provides, while older generations may be set in their ways. Utilizing search functions, with code that highlights results on a page, will help customers find what they need faster and make them feel like the experience on a company’s website is worth the time.

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