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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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It seems much of today’s world is consumed by media and it’s changing how we interact with each other. So many people do not refer to renting the latest movie, but watching the newest additions on Netflix. Party  invites are sent via Facebook and a hello is send in a 3 character “hey” text message. Never before have people been able to upload a file to a storage cloud like Google Drive or Dropbox and have access to it anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Technology is changing our world around us and for the better.

Wayne Arnold from AdAge.com, posted his Ten Digital Trends for 2012. The take away from his list is that more and more people will want their media experience to be personal. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. will all have family and friends only the user would like to share that world with. Google Plus is the best representation with “circles” and categorizing contacts by their relevance to the user.

As media continues to evolve, it will continue to be tied to devices and more so the ecosystem people create for themselves. One example of this is Microsoft and the new Windows 8. Microsoft is trying to create the same ecosystem Google and Apple have created. Microsoft’s Surface is the first step to create a connected world that goes beyond the Windows 8 desktop. Nokia is set to release it’s flagship Lumia 920 in the upcoming weeks, this will be yet another step to creating an ecosystem for Windows. Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop has talked extensively about creating a Windows ecosystem. Even tell The Verge, he want competition from Nokia’s biggest ally, Microsoft:

“We’re encouraging of HTC and Samsung and Microsoft or whomever to have devices in the market and to be making whatever investments that helps spur the ecosystem on.”

Whether it is Google, Apple, Microsoft, or another company, people will continue to build their own media experience. Through devices, applications, programs, websites and other outlets, everyone will create their own ecosystem.