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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #149

by Amaury Tréguer in News

Universal Channel recently used a prank campaign to promote the release of their new comedy-drama series Devious Maids.

Imagine being asked by a girl dressed-up as a maid to move a safe full of jewellery or even a guitar case with a body in it. This is what a few people have recently experienced in the streets of Sydney.

From the creator of Desperate Housewives, this new series is about five Latina maids living in Beverly Hills. Check out the prank video below and raise your hand if you would have offered your help or not?

Holden, Barinas have never been this sexy…

Wondering how to create a viral sensation when selling your old car? The recipe is pretty simple: make a slick video out of it and wait for the offers to come in. At least that’s what David Johns did when he decided to sell his old Barina.

The video has already received more than a million views in the past 9 days.

You can tweet an offer using the hashtag ‪#buymybarina. So far, David has already been offered 40 gallons of unicorn tears, a half eaten Mars bar as well as some more serious offers AUD $7.31 or even a crisp $20 note with 3 mint Tic Tacs.

David also created a website to explain that the proceeds from this sale will actually go to the Cancer Council Australia.

Facebook ad cost-per-views increase

Two Q2 reports from Facebook’s Strategic Preferred Marketing Developers were released last week. Nanigans noted an increase of 47% in click-through-rates since Q1, or 146% year-on-year, coupled with a 57% quarter-on-quarter increase on the cost-per-thousand-views (218% year-on-year). Kenshoo, meanwhile, reported a 21% increase in ad spend for the quarter (51% year-on-year).

Facebook regains number one spot for social logins

After six straight quarters of falling behind, Facebook is now the number one site for social logins, according to tech company Janrain. Aided by its new anonymous login feature, Facebook regained first place with 44%, followed by Google with 37%.

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Facebook is trying out a ‘buy’ button

Facebook is testing a ‘buy’ button on certain ads and page product posts from a limited number of small/medium-sized businesses in the US, which allows users to purchase goods directly through a Facebook post. It’s not yet confirmed if/when it will be generally released, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

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Facebook creates ‘Save’

Facebook has added a new feature to its web and mobile versions, named ‘Save’, which allows users to save items, such as links, places, movies, TV and music, from Facebook to be explored later. It’s also possible to set reminders about content, all of which will remain private, unless you choose to save it.

Facebook launches ‘Mentions’ app

Facebook has a new app, designed specifically for public figures: Mentions. It’s available on the US app store for verified pages only, and looks to make mobile page management easier, allowing users to see the conversation about their page, post updates or host Q&As, join popular conversations and get notifications about any posts from influencers.

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Twitter buys CardSpring

Twitter has purchased CardSpring, looking to enable “in-the-moment commerce experiences”. CardSpring is a tool that allows developers to create various features that work with credit card payments. For example, in future a user may be able to claim a discount from a Twitter account by entering his or her credit card details; when that user makes a purchase from that vendor at a later point using that same card, the discount will be automatically applied.

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Twitter planning new research tool

In the coming weeks, Twitter will release a new research tool for brands, which it hopes will display the buzz that can be created around everyday moments. Brands can select keywords relating to themselves and analyse conversations around those terms in a weeklong period. The data will be presented in a set of different visualisations – Twitter hopes that these will make it sufficiently easy to use. It is currently unclear whether the new tool will be released globally or in the UK only.

LinkedIn launches Connected, acquires Newsle

LinkedIn has created a new app for the iPhone, named ‘Connected’. It attempts to encourage interaction on the network, with a series of social features, for example offering prompts to get in touch with your connections on their birthdays, or when they change jobs. It has also acquired Newsle, the machine-learning startup that scans the web for news stories and articles that mention specific individuals.

Google drops ‘real name’ rule

Google will allow users to use whatever name they choose on Google+ and linked YouTube comments, after three years of insisting that everybody on the platform be known by their real name. An official statement has said that there are now “no more restrictions on what name you can use”.

Snapchat adds Geofilters

Snapchat has announced the launch of ‘Geofilters’, a set of filters that are only enabled when a user is in a certain city or location. For example, a user gains access to the below filter only when they’re at Disneyland.

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The below video displays how Geofilters look and work in more detail.

The feature may be of interest to brands, but at the moment it’s up for debate just how useful it is. We Are Social’s own Grace Gordon told MediaPost:

For brands, while it’s still a fairly shallow way to engage with the program … the opportunity to position a logo on snaps taking place at a retail or event location is of course an attractive prospect

Pinterest adds related Category pages

Pinterest is adding a selection of specialised interests to each Category page, allowing users to more easily browse their key interests. Below, for example, you can see a variety of activities, each related to ‘Hiking’.

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Who won the social World Cup?

The World Cup may seem like a distant memory, but there’s still plenty of information coming out around social media. First of all, there’s this infographic, displaying how the World Cup was the biggest event in Facebook history.

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It was huge on Tumblr, too; the event led to 662,300 posts (of which 55,200 referred to Brazil vs. Germany) and 17.8m notes.

Across social media in general, Lionel Messi was the most talked-about player (363,000 mentions in total), followed by Neymar (316,000). We Are Social’s work for adidas proved hugely successful, too, according to Hootsuite’s analytics tool UberVu – the brand was mentioned 2.1m times throughout the tournament, the joint-most of any World Cup partner, alongside Sony. Indeed, Adobe found that the sports brand received 71% more tournament-related social media buzz than main rival, Nike. Research by SocialBakers found that adidas saw the largest increase in Twitter followers of any partner brand, followed by Sony and Coca-Cola. Sysomos found that the sports brand received 1.59m total brand mentions on Twitter, of which 917,000 used the #allin hashtag.

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Another successful partner brand was Hyundai, which used a mixture of paid and free posts on Tumblr to encourage people to share football images using #becausefutbol. Tumblr users who viewed and shared a #becausefutbol post sponsored by the brand were 31% more likely to recognise the brand as a sponsor, a figure that jumped to 176% for unpaid posts.

Heineken creates @wherenext

Heineken has created a Twitter service, named @wherenext, which aims to help people discover the ‘secrets’ of their cities by offering suggestions based on location. Interestingly, the brand name is not included anywhere – Heineken hopes this will provide increased credibility.

GE launches on Snapchat for moon landing anniversary

General Electronic posted its first ever Snapchat messages last week, each on a space-travel theme. It turned out that these were teasers for a new, limited edition shoe, called ‘The Missions’, which celebrates the 65th anniversary of the first ever manned moon landing.

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Johnson’s Baby launches ‘cake smash’

Johnson’s Baby has created a campaign around Prince George’s first birthday, which takes place tomorrow (July 22nd). Dubbed #Babycakesmash, the brand will encourage Instagram users to share pictures of their babies’ first birthday cakes.

Barbour illustrates summer stories

Fashion brand, Barbour, is asking Twitter, Facebook and Instagram users to share their summer stories using #BarbourSummer. A set of winners will be selected to have their tales illustrated and used as part of an animated film.

Marc Jacobs finds models on Instagram

Another story from the world of fashion – Marc Jacobs has sourced the models for its latest campaign through an Instagram competition, using the hashtag #CastMeMarc. The nine winners were selected from 35,000 entries.

MTV announces VMA nominees on Snapchat

Last year, MTV announced the nominees for its Video Music Awards via Vine and Instagram videos. This year, they were revealed on Snapchat before anywhere else, showing the extent to which the platform has risen as a tool for brands.

Shakira passes 100 million Facebook fans

More celeb news: Shakira has become the first celebrity to reach 100 million Facebook likes. In doing so, she’s become the most-liked celebrity on the network, ahead of Eminem and Rihanna, who have 91.9 million and 89 million fans respectively.

The Social World Cup Winners

by John Crozier in News

Germany were crowned champions of the world on Sunday night after facing Argentina in the World Cup Final in the Maracana. Unbeknownst to the football pundits and players there was a completely different World Cup going on at the same time – the social World Cup.

We’ve spoken to our scouts, done the post-match analysis and checked the sound bites from the last five weeks to find out who has raised their social profile ahead of a frantic summer transfer window.

SOCIAL SUPERSTARS

A number of players at the tournament grew their communities by more than a million new followers: Neymar Jr by 2.1 million, David Luiz 1.6m, Cristiano Ronaldo 1.5m, Mesut Ozil 1.3m and James Rodriguez 1.3m.

Those are impressive figures that were helped by high-profile performances at the tournament. While these hard numbers are certainly powerful when you look at growth, in terms of a percentage we see a completely different result.

Paul Pogba – a man on the cusp of football superstardom and taking to the field for his first major tournament – grew his community by 584%. He added 959,067 new followers.

With France hosting the European Championships in 2016 he’s the one we are tipping as our social super star from this World Cup and for the future. Of course though there was another, less homo sapien, star of the World Cup: @Brazuca added over 2.98m followers during the tournament and grew 1,044%. Not bad for an inanimate object…

 

INSTAGRATIFICATION

Back in the realm of the animate, our research shows that the biggest community growth of all wasn’t on Twitter at all. Neymar’s Instagram following grew by 3.8 million, significantly higher than even his increase on Twitter.

James Rodriguez added 2.3m on Instagram, again bigger than both his and Neymar’s growth on Twitter. The trophy-winning goalscorer, Mario Gotze, also grew his community more on Instagram than Twitter.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie, meanwhile, added more followers on Twitter than Instagram; are these up-and-coming youngsters more savvy when it comes to the platform du jour?

Judging by their World Cup content, the young players have a better grip on those fun, authentic, natural Instagram moments.

SELFIE PROMOTION

The ease and simplicity of photo sharing platforms mean that this World Cup has been inundated with player, pundit and celebrity selfies; from Angela Merkel to the Mexican national team everyone is having a go.

The best though were probably from the winning finalists:

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It wasn’t all selfies and superstars though. The social landscape is awash with creators and the members of the public thrive on creating memes around key moments from the games.

We’ve picked out top three World Cup content pieces from the public:

 

PROPER PUNDITRY

This World Cup was a tough one for the UK commentators. They’ve been lambasted by the wider media and have faced some pretty harsh criticism from fans online.

In social they haven’t fared much better and a certain Bajan popstar completely outstripped Gary Lineker and co. That’s right Rude Boy, Rihanna was the go-to social commentator for this World Cup. She put out over 150 World Cup tweets. Prolific!

 

 

 

In this period she has been retweeted 2,277,348 times, more than the combined total of football pundits Lineker, Phil Neville, Ian Wright. A lot more.

What’s more embarrassing for the broadcast boys is that they have each tweeted more frequently than Rihanna. She’s certainly shown she can Talk That Talk when it comes to the World Cup…

So, there we have it. It’s been the first truly World Cup and we’ve loved every moment. Roll on 2018.

Measuring Facebook engagement

by Abrye Redeker

Written by Jamie Robinson of We Are Social’s London office.

Of all the social networking sites today, Facebook is without a doubt the one that continues to develop at a phenomenal rate. Yet, open discussions about how best to measure Facebook don’t seem to have evolved greatly.

Over the past couple of years there’s been much debate about the changes to Facebook’s content distribution engine. More brands are joining the social network, people are following more of these brands and competition to get a slot in people’s News feed is at a premium.

We all know that organic reach of Facebook posts has dropped. Depending on brand and industry our trackers put the organic reach of individual posts between 1% and 8% – with an average at ~3% for large pages (as a proportion of a page’s Facebook fan size).

As a result, if a brand wants to reach its community, and perhaps more importantly, if it wants to reach new audiences on Facebook, a paid media strategy is vital.

I’m not interested in fuelling the debate as to the reasons why Facebook organic reach has dropped. What I’m interested in is what this means from a measurement perspective.

Socialbakers has recently argued a shift away from the commonly used engagement rate methodology. It’s a pretty strong signal, considering this is what Socialbakers’ Analytics platform was built around. Also, with a large brand/agency client list (including We Are Social and our clients), it’s not unreasonable to suggest that this shift will influence how many marketers will be measuring their Facebook activity in the future.

To recap, the Socialbakers engagement methodology weighs post engagements (likes, comments & shares) by the number of fans of that page (they actually have two engagements rates; a post and a page engagement rate).

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The rationale being that by dividing by the number of fans a page has to give you a percentage engagement figure, you are able to better compare pages of different fan sizes.

Now, Socialbakers is arguing that we should be concentrating on the raw number of engagements – i.e. no longer weighing these by the number of Facebook fans.

The reasoning? That with organic reach dropping and the rise of News Feed based advertising the playing field is no longer level, or to put it another way, that the number of Facebook fans isn’t a true reflection of the opportunity a post has to be engaged-upon. Therefore, from a measurement perspective, it’s no longer considered a good base to measure performance.

For people that rely heavily on this methodology, the concern might be the impact this change has when benchmarking pages of different sizes; i.e., a small page whose competitor has many more fans could move from a leading engagement rate position to a losing one.

For me, that’s the whole point. While I certainly subscribe to the view that your Facebook community is still very important, at the end of the day, any serious brand investing in Facebook isn’t there to only engage a small group of people, who let’s face it, are potentially already loyal advocates. In addition to engaging this loyal following, isn’t the Facebook opportunity also one of reaching and engaging new audiences?

So if your closest competitor is generating many more engagements than you, it’s fair to say they’re reaching more people with their content.

I’m not suggesting that it’s only about reach. Reach for reach’s sake isn’t the objective. We should be all aiming to reach the correct audience with great content. And a proxy for great content can be the engagements it receives.

  • Engaging content often results in a lift in viral reach
  • Engaging content is a signal that the reached audience had some form of emotional reaction to your content
  • Engaging content can have higher recall thanks to the social context displayed (ie. seeing that your friends have engaged with that content / page)

So, where does this leave us from a measurement perspective?

Reach & frequency

At We Are Social, before talking engagement we’d suggest that Reach and Frequency (the average number of times people have been reached) are two of the most important metrics to be measuring on your page.

While individual post reach/frequency is useful, it’s the weekly or monthly reach & frequency that’s important, i.e. how many people are seeing your content and how often. While everyone is fixated on the 1-3% organic reach that individual posts have dropped to it’s the total reach you’re getting at the end of the week/month that you should be focusing on.

Instead of viewing reach as a sub-set of the number of fans you have, approach reach as a market-size opportunity. Use Facebook Insights to gauge your potential market size and plan a paid-media strategy that enables you to reach this audience.

Also, as social media shifts to a more paid approach, brands should invest in research into the impact of “viewed” content and not just “engaged” content.

Business outcomes

This varies by industry / brand – but I’m talking things like click-throughs, conversions to sign-ups, conversions to sales etc. Sure – for many sectors Facebook is going to remain a top of the funnel marketing channel, but that’s no excuse to not track and optimise for business outcomes.

Engagement

Engagement rates shouldn’t be an objective in itself. We should be focusing on the quality and outcome of those engagements. For example, is the engagement positive or negative? What are the key audience takeouts from the engagement? Ultimately, what is the brand or business impact of these engagements (linked to the above).

With this in mind you can measure the engagements that matter and optimise around that.

To do this, engagements should be weighted by Reach (or impressions) – i.e. as a proportion of people who actually saw your content, what was the engagement rate? There are a raft of metrics to use, but using Facebook’s own terminology, at a page level we’re talking about Engaged users / Reach or Consumers / Reach – at a post level Post Engaged users / Reach and Post Likes+Comments+Shares / Impressions etc. Depending on your Facebook objectives you may wish to give higher value to specific interactions (eg – video plays over 95%, post shares etc).

Reach data is of course not public, so this way of calculating engagement rates is only possible for page administrators and can’t be compared to competitor pages. In order to benchmark engagement rates in this way, look to other brand, product or country pages within your organisations portfolio.

Benchmarking engagement vis-a-vis your competitors is where a tool such as Socialbakers will help you. However, it’s vital to understand that the Socialbakers engagement rate methodology isn’t necessarily showing you how engaging content is – it’s showing you how many engagements it’s receiving – which can be highly influenced by paid media.

In reality the change in methodology from Socialbakers only changes one thing – how brands rank against each other. Either methodology (as a % of fans or raw metrics) will still enable you to identify peaks and troughs of engagements. If you’re intent on benchmarking public data I’d suggest that ranking your activity versus your competitors in raw metrics is probably a better indicator of your impact on Facebook.

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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #147

by Abrye Redeker

Metro Trains leverage content opportunity

Australia’s favourite PSA series leveraged Pamplona’s annual Running of the Bulls for their latest addition to the Dumb Ways to Die videos.

 

Advertisers will increase social ad budgets

Most advertisers are planning to increase their ad budgets for social media, according to an Ad Age survey of 1,682 agency executives. Of those asked, 53% will modestly increase their Twitter budget, compared to 48% for Facebook and 43% for YouTube. ‘Significant increases’ are expected by roughly 10% of respondents for all platforms, while hardly anyone plans to ‘significantly decrease’ budgets on any of the three networks.

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Eventbrite release their ROI figures on social sharing

A 2013 Eventbrite sales analysis shows that social media shares on Twitter drive $10.90 while Facebook & LinkedIn follow with only $4.10 & $3.20.

“This is most likely due to the fact that Facebook has a deeper penetration in Australia, leading to more cluttered and potentially less relevant newsfeeds,” Eventbrite international expansion manager Elsita Meyer-Brandt said. “On the other hand, Twitter is less saturated, meaning less distraction for users. Also, the 140 character limit means users often need to click on links to see more information.”  Read more on Mumbrella.

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Lorna Jane takes the #1 Facebook spot in retail fashion

The Australian Facebook Performance Report shows that Lorna Jane has pulled ahead of Bonds, Nike, Country Road & General Pants to become the most highly engaged Facebook brand in the retail fashion category. With the leading engagement rate of 1.65%, Jessie Dean, Digital Media Manager for Lorna Jane says: “With Facebook ‘likes’ growing at over 4500 per week its clear that customers know the Lorna Jane experience doesn’t end when they buy something.”

Facebook buys LiveRail

Facebook is to further increase its video ad business with the purchase of LiveRail, one of the biggest video ad sellers, which automates the sale of video adverts for the likes of MLB, ABC and DailyMotion. According to Ad Age, a Facebook spokesperson declined to comment on the price of the deal. Facebook will use LiveRail’s data when serving ads on its own network, and vice versa. This should help to amplify Facebook’s ‘Audience Network’, which allows advertisers to extend campaigns beyond the social network.

Facebook creates ‘missed call’ ad unit for India

Facebook has produced a new ad unit, the ‘missed call’, exclusively for India. In a blog post, Facebook explained how it will work:

When a person sees an ad on Facebook they can place a ‘missed call’ by clicking the ad from their mobile device. In the return call, the person receives valuable content, such as music, cricket scores or celebrity messages, alongside a brand message from the advertiser — all without using airtime or data.

India has a culture of pre-paid phone contracts, which often include high costs for data and text messages; as such, the missed call is a common workaround. Facebook is hoping to take advantage of this behaviour in the country, which has its second-highest global user base.

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Twitter ups mobile ad offering

Twitter has made two moves to improve its mobile ad offering in the last week. First of all, it is now offering mobile app installation ads, which it has been testing since earlier this year, to all advertisers. Secondly, it has purchased TapCommerce, which helps mobile businesses to retarget ads, for a reported $100m. The two moves display a clear intent by Twitter to focus on mobile advertising.

Tweets appear with ‘buy now’ button

A ‘buy now’ button appeared on several tweets last week, all linked to the @fancy account. The button was only visible on mobile and didn’t actually do anything when clicked, inciting speculation that it was either a test or an accident. However, it looks likely that shopping on Twitter will be here soon enough.

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Vine adds loop count

Vine has added a ‘loop count’, a metric that displays how many times a particular Vine has been repeated. The idea is that this will show which videos are best engaging their audience, which could be big news for brands. We Are Social’s Luke Carrell talked to AgencySpy about the move:

For many marketers, Vine continues to be a bit of an enigma, with its younger audience and tendency to reward quick, quirky humor that can be difficult to get exactly right. While many brands have embraced the platform as an outlet for one-off creative exercises, more robust metrics such as the introduction of content impressions (e.g. Loops) opens the door for gathering insights that can help build smarter content plays over the long term.

Google kills Orkut

Google is bringing an end to Orkut, its original social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India. It released a blog post, which stated that “YouTube, Blogger and Google+ [had] outpaced Orkut’s growth”. September 30th will be the network’s final day.

The World Cup breaks records in social

The World Cup has been one of the most talked-about events of all time online, and there is now more evidence to support that. The total number of Facebook posts, comments and likes relating to the World Cup has reached the 1bn mark, with 11 posts from footballers competing in the tournament each receiving more than 1m likes. Of these, seven came from Neymar, three from Messi and one from Ronaldo. Meanwhile, Brazil’s penalty shootout victory over Chile elicited 389,000 tweets in one minute, the highest figure of all time. The previous record was held by February’s Superbowl, in which a single touchdown caused 382,000 tweets in a minute.

adidas and We Are Social produce real-time World Cup content

Ad Age recently spent the day at adidas’s real-time marketing hub at the World Cup in Rio, a 40-strong delegation that includes some of the We Are Social gang. Their article about the experience highlights adidas and We Are Social’s extensive pre-World Cup preparation, while also discussing the way in which the team deals with reactive content on the ground. So far, adidas is the most talked-about brand of the entire tournament.

 

 

 

We Are Social and adidas celebrate Djokovic’s Wimbledon win

In the immediate aftermath of Novak Djokovic’s thrilling fifth set win over Roger Federer at Wimbledon, We Are Social and adidas Tennis posted a congratulatory tweet and image to celebrate the moment. It was the culmination of two weeks of support for its players, all under the umbrella of #smashthesilence. The tweet itself has received over 1,250 retweets, the hashtag being mentioned 10,700 times throughout the tournament.

We Are Social and evian create #LetsPlay

We Are Social created a campaign for water brand, evian, which encouraged people to live young during Wimbledon. Fans simply had to tweet @evianwater with #LetsPlay. Lucky winners received a personalised Vine, sung by Vive Vocals.

Monster puts job ads in Twitter cards

Monster, the recruitment company, has released a new Twitter card, which displays a full job advert within a tweet. Here it is in all its glory:

Barbie joins LinkedIn

Looking for a career as a plastic toy? Better connect with Barbie – she’s just joined LinkedIn. The move is promoting the doll’s latest incarnation, ‘Entrepreneur Barbie’, whose profile includes details on her long and illustrious career, as well as an explanation of her latest venture, ‘Dream Incubator’.

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Ikea creates Instagram ‘website’

Ikea has created an Instagram page that functions like a website. By featuring products from its Ikea PS collection, alongside a product description, it takes advantage of the network’s layout, as explained in the video below.

Vodafone is curating a Twitter play

Vodafone is teaming up with Spanish actor, Raúl Arévalo, to curate a play from tweets. Twitter users will be encouraged to send in suggestions for lines/directions using the hashtag #firstteatrotuits (first theatre tweets), after which the play will be performed to a live audience in Madrid’s Capitol Theatre. The audience, too, will be encouraged to send in their own suggestions.

AutoTrader.com and Overly Attached Girlfriend

AutoTrader.com has enlisted the help of Laina Morris, better known as ‘Overly Attached Girlfriend’, in its latest online campaign. The online star is featured in a video, in which she uses the site’s various features to help keep her search hidden from her partner. After watching, viewers are encouraged to take part in a similar online treasure hunt.

CALM launches the Twitter #Mandictionary

Male suicide charity, CALM, has created a Twitter campaign, which asks users to tweet their suggestions for vocabulary to express male emotion, using #Mandictionary. The charity hopes the campaign will help promote discussion of male mental health, and intends to use the submissions in future ads.

Twitter trolls Robin Thicke

Music channel VH1 encouraged Twitter users to tweet questions to Robin Thicke last week, using #AskThicke. Naturally, for such a controversial figure, some of the questions weren’t quite what Thicke might have hoped. Many tweets, such as the below, highlighted Thicke’s questionable history and accusations of misogyny.

Ukrainian club creates social media bar

The Boom Boom Room, a night club in Kiev, has a set menu of eleven drinks in its newly-launched “Check-in bar”, each of which can be purchased in exchange for a different social media activity. A hashtagged Instagram selfie is worth one shot, a photo with four tagged friends earns you a bottle of Prosecco and there’s a special drink for a mayor’s badge on Foursquare.

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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #145

by Ant Da Silva

Pringles wants you to kick your own goals this FIFA World Cup
Just when you thought brands were done with kicking off World Cup-themed campaigns, Pringles has launched ‘pringoooals’ which will have their Facebook fans kicking goals of their own.

With the support of Sydney FC, Pringles has created an application for its Facebook community so that die-hard football enthusiasts and part-time fans alike can attempt to score their own ‘Pringoooals’.

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Facebook launches Slingshot
Facebook has launched Slingshot, its Snapchat rival, for iPhone and Android. They even did it on purpose this time. The app allows users to share photos and videos, to which they can add text. But there’s a twist – you can only see what you’ve been sent if you share something in return.

Facebook tests auto play video for brand pages
You may have noticed auto play video ads in your Facebook News Feed, coming from brands such as Macy’s and Chevrolet. Facebook is now testing an expansion of the feature, such that videos posted to brand pages will ‘auto play’ in the same way. The videos would not be restricted to the same 15-second time limit as the current ads.

Twitter increases ROI for TV ads
A recent study has concluded that TV campaigns supported by Twitter are more effective than TV alone. The most significant figure was that Twitter-supported campaigns produce a 50% higher ROI than TV-only campaigns. The study also noted that when using Twitter, brand awareness was 6.9% higher and that households showed a 4% increase in sales compared with TV alone.

GIFs come to Twitter
Twitter now supports GIFs uploaded natively through a variety of devices, on Twitter.com, iPhone/iPad and Android. They won’t start automatically, but, as you can see below, all that’s required is a quick click of a button. Naturally, brands are getting involved already. Here are a few examples:

Yahoo to run Tumblr ads on related sites
Yahoo is going to start running Tumblr’s Sponsored Post ads on its affiliated sites, including Yahoo News and Yahoo Beauty. Brands already involved include Lexus, Tide, Lipton and the Hunger Games.

LinkedIn launches Job Search
LinkedIn has released a standalone app for iPhone and iPad, called ‘LinkedIn Job Search’. What it does should be clear from the title, but there is another feature that makes it distinctly different from LinkedIn: everything is completely private. It’s US-only for now, but more markets are in the offing. Product manager, Daniel Ayele, said of the launch:

It can be hard to search for a job while you’re at your desk, not to mention the potentially awkward conversation with your current boss. Our goal is to help make this process easier for you and to help you be discreet. Everything you do within the app will be completely private and not shared with your network.

Snapchat tests public sharing, adds new filters
Snapchat has announced a couple of changes in the last week. First of all, it’s testing a Group Sharing feature, dubbed ‘Our Story’. The feature will pull together all the snaps from a particular location, such as a concert, and share them publicly as one large, user-generated Story.

Secondly, the app has added custom filters for brands, in an attempt to entice more of them to use it. Here you can see Vice’s ‘Yes We Cannes’ template.

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Yelp adds direct messaging feature
Yelp users can now contact businesses directly with questions and feedback. When they do so, the business will receive an email like the below. To respond, it simply needs to reply to the email. Yelp will also give an indication of how long it takes companies to respond, unless they choose to opt out.

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The World Cup on social
The USA seems to have taken to the World Cup, even if USMNT is no way to refer to a football team. The soccer love is showing on social, with tweets from big names, including LeBron James, Jimmy Fallon and some bloke called Barack.

The US team’s first game, a victory over Ghana, saw a high of 173,738 tweets. Delta Airlines wanted to get involved, but produced the World Cup’s first ‘Twitter fail’ by illustrating Ghana using a giraffe, an animal that isn’t native to the country. The brand ended up issuing an apology.

 

Other brands managed to avoid such problems when commenting on the USA vs. Portugal game yesterday. Portugal equalised in the dying seconds to leave the US needing a result against Germany – here are some of the tweets in response to the event.

 

 

The US team is, at least, doing better than its English equivalent. This side of the pond, we’ve resorted to a meme about Phil Neville’s boring commentary. Anything’s better than thinking about how we’ve done.

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MLS gives its players superpowers

The Major Soccer League is looking to use the World Cup to promote domestic American soccer, and is using its Vine account to do so. It has asked its followers to choose the superpowers of seven different players and created representative art.

 

San Francisco 49ers create digital rewards system
As ‘soccer’ spreads across the States, there’s still time for a little of the old ‘football’. The San Francisco 49ers have created a digital rewards system, where fans can collect ‘yards’ for completing activities such as liking the team on Facebook, following them on Twitter, or watching videos and reading certain articles. The points can then be redeemed for prizes.

Tide creates Game of Thrones infographic
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t finished Game of Thrones, it might be best to give this story a miss. Tide has created an infographic showing all of the deaths in the most recent season, receiving over 1,000 RTs and favourites.

New emoji are coming
Big news for everyone who finds it too difficult to express their thoughts and feelings using words. There are 250 new emoji coming, which should keep conversations interesting for at least 250 seconds. Easily our favourite is the ‘middle finger’ image, which can come in very useful on a Monday.

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