Slices of SWiSs


A Slice of Scott W. Sparks' life.

True Athenian (GA-style), I'm now working in digital strategy in NYC. I fancy the Internet, travel & fun.



1 day to go ‘til Sochi! One is also the number of times Russia will have hosted a Winter Olympics. 

Reblogged from nbcolympics


21 days ‘til Sochi AND the total number of Olympic Winter Games. Sochi will be the 22nd.

Can’t wait! #client

Reblogged from nbcolympics

Infographic Cont’d:

So proud of this work! What a great team & past experience. I miss this craziness at times. 

Across every industry, leading companies have started to see the value in a strong social component to any campaign. Last year, Anheuser Busch and their agency Translation incorporated social into every part of their launch campaign for the new brand Bud Light Platinum, measuring each step along the way with Simply Measured’s suite of social analytics tools.

This strategy has resulted in the most successful US alcohol launch since 2005, and paved the way for Bud Light Platinum to continue growing today. How’d they do it? Together with Translation and Anheuser Busch, we took a look back at the success of the launch, highlighting the key components, lessons, and successes in this infographic.”

makeitplatinum social digital marketing budlightplatinum translation


I am a street photographer in New York City. Several months ago, I was approached by a representative of DKNY who asked to purchase 300 of my photos to hang in their store windows “around the world.” They offered me $15,000. A friend in the industry told me that $50 per photo was not nearly enough to receive from a company with hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. So I asked for more money. They said “no.”

Today, a fan sent me a photo from a DKNY store in Bangkok. The window is full of my photos. These photos were used without my knowledge, and without compensation.

I don’t want any money. But please REBLOG this post if you think that DKNY should donate $100,000 on my behalf to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. That donation would sure help a lot of deserving kids go to summer camp. I’ll let you guys know if it happens.


UPDATE: DKNY posted this announcement, via facebook:

Since its founding in 1989, DKNY has been inspired by and incorporated authentic New York into its imagery. For our Spring 2013 store window visuals we decided to celebrate the city that is in our name by showcasing “Only in NYC” images. We have immense respect for Brandon Stanton aka Humans of New York and approached him to work with us on this visual program. He declined to participate in the project. 

For the Spring 2013 windows program, we licensed and paid for photos from established photography service providers. However, it appears that inadvertently the store in Bangkok used an internal mock up containing some of Mr. Stanton’s images that was intended to merely show the direction of the spring visual program. We apologize for this error and are working to ensure that only the approved artwork is used. 

DKNY has always supported the arts and we deeply regret this mistake. Accordingly, we are making a charitable donation of $25,000 to the YMCA in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn in Mr. Stanton’s name.

$25k will help a lot of kids at the YMCA. I know a lot of you would like to have seen the full $100k, but we are going to take them at their word that it was a mistake, and be happy that this one had a happy ending. Thanks so much for your support, everyone.

Reblogged from humansofnewyork