Here are all of the posts in the ‘News’ category.
ANZ celebrates Sydney’s Mardi Gras
To celebrate its partnership with Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ANZ has remodelled 10 ATMs around the city into gAyTMs. Dolled up in rhinestones, interesting prints and even faux fur (mascarading as a Freddy Mercury-style moustache), the gAyTMs have inspired plenty of sharing across social media. The campaign takes advantage mostly of Instagram – which the bank only recently joined – with almost 2,500 photos shared over the service. Reactions have been mostly positive, to the extent that St George played copycat and created its own gAyTM. ANZ has also committed to donating ATM fees generated by the cash machines to community support group Twenty10.
The Oscars and social media
Yesterday’s Oscars, like any big award shows, generated a lot of Twitter chat, with over 7 million mentions of the hashtags #oscars and #oscars2014 on the platform. A few moments proved particularly popular on social, including a photobomb by Benedict Cumberbatch and Leonardo DiCaprio missing out on an award. However, the clear winner was a star-studded selfie by host Ellen DeGeneres.
The post took just 40 minutes to become the most retweeted of all time, outdoing Obama’s ‘four more years’ from 2012. It turned out to be a well thought-out piece of product placement from Samsung, whose Note 3 was used to take the image, on a night when several brands were looking to get in on the act. Arby’s purchased Pharrell’s famous hat for charity, NASA used mentions of Gravity to display their own images and pizza chain Big Mama’s & Papa’s were delighted when DeGeneres put in an order from the ceremony.
Update: Samsung denies that it paid DeGeneres for the stunt, saying that she “organically incorporate[d] the device into the selfie moment.” Never the less, in honor (or perhaps in response to negative reactions), Samsung has committed $3m to the TV star’s chosen charities.
Facebook ads get grounded
After launching (and misfiring) its first brand advertising campaign in 2012, the social network has been quietly rolling out ads online this year that are much more down to earth. They focus on how users can compliment their off-screen experience with the core utilities of Facebook, particularly the ability to communicate with multiple people at the same time. The overall effect is to demonstrate the value of Facebook in users’ lives with quirky and personable examples of how Facebook utilities can be used for non-virtual self-improvement.
Twitter continues to grow in the US
Twitter’s user base in the US is growing and, as of 2013, accounts for 17.6% of US internet users, expected to rise to 19.2% in 2014. Growth is slowing, however, with 2014′s expected user increase just 11.6% compared to 2013′s 19.4%. Users are maturing, too; a higher percentage of 25-34 year olds than teenage internet users are on Twitter; by 2018, 35-44 year olds will also outnumber teenagers.
Facebook decreases reach for status updates
Edgerank Checker has analysed the reach of Facebook plain-text status updates, concluding that there has been an average 40% decrease between 7th January and 4th February this year, from 18% to 11%. Video posts now have the biggest reach, followed by status updates, while users engage most with photos.
Tagging other Facebook pages can increase reach
It’s not all bad news for Facebook reach, though. Now, when one page tags another in a post, that update may appear in the newsfeeds of those who already ‘like’ its subject. See the post below, in which a Facebook user who ‘likes’ NBA star Dwight Howard is exposed to content from Bleacher Report, in which Howard is tagged.
Facebook pages can edit past updates
Facebook has made it possible for more pages to edit their updates, with the feature now available to all verified pages, as well as some others. There is as yet no known date for a universal rollout.
Facebook puts an end to email
Facebook has put an end to its email offering, officially disbanding the service after acquiring WhatsApp. The feature, introduced in 2010, provided users with an @facebook account, but it proved unpopular. For those who weren’t aware of the feature… well, precisely.
Promoted accounts to appear in Twitter search
Twitter is featuring promoted accounts in search, alongside recommendations of who to follow when users enter certain terms. The network will automatically decide which queries are appropriate, based on advertisers’ targeting decisions.
LinkedIn updates ‘Who’s viewed your profile’
LinkedIn has significantly updated its ‘Who’s viewed your profile’ section. Where users previously saw just names, they will now be treated to analytics, including industry and job title, as well as tips on how to increase the number of views your profile receives.
LinkedIn expands in China
LinkedIn has has launched a Simplified-Chinese language beta site branded “领英”, a joint venture with Sequoia China and China Broadband Capital in a bid to expand its offering in China. Cleverly, the site integrates with Sina, Tencent and WeChat. This means that LinkedIn is now available in 22 different languages worldwide.
WhatsApp to introduce voice calls
WhatsApp, Facebook’s recently acquired messenger service, is set to launch voice calling on iPhone and Android by Q2 this year. The feature will eventually expand to other devices, and will reportedly be free for at least a limited time.
Line opens sticker marketplace to all, introduces voice calling
Japanese-based messenger app, Line, is opening its sticker marketplace to all designers and companies from April. This could be a significant move, as stickers currently account for 20% of Line’s revenue, despite being available to partners only. Like WhatsApp, Line is also launching a voice-calling service, which will be released first in the US, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Thailand and the Phillipines.
Updates to Google+ for iPhone and Android
Google+ has completely revamped Hangouts for iPhone and iPad, such that the feature now resembles mainstream messaging apps like WhatsApp. Changes include reorganised tabs (Hangouts, Favourites and Contacts), as well as the ability to send videos, stickers and locations.
It’s not just iOS that received updates, though; photo-editing for Android has changed, too. Along with new filters and creative tools, there is increased ‘cloud’ integration, so users can access and edit all their photos from any device.
Snapchat could look to college students
College students could be the key to Snapchat’s success, with 77% of the demographic using the app at least once per day. Of those, 45% said that they would open a snap from a brand they’d never heard of, the number rising to 73% for already-known brands.
McDonald’s joins Snapchat
Talking of brands on Snapchat, a particularly large one has just got involved: McDonald’s. The fast food chain told its Twitter followers about its Snapchat plans, and has since shared several snaps, some including brand spokesperson and basketball star, LeBron James.
Apple begins to embrace social
Apple has launched a Tumblr to promote its iPhone 5C, complete with four different 15-second videos. The move comes as something of a surprise, considering Apple’s historical reluctance to engage in social media.
Boots hosts live-streamed Facebook tutorial
UK high street retailer Boots hosted a 90-minute live-streamed tutorial on its Facebook page last week. The session, directly from the brand’s Nottingham store, contained hair and beauty tips, and was dubbed ‘Feel Like New Live’.
American Idol announces partnerships with Facebook and Google
Reality TV programme American Idol announced partnerships with Facebook and Google last week. The former is set to host ‘live visualisations’, which will “bring a new dimension to the viewing experience and enhances the connection fans have with the show”. Fans will also be able to vote directly via google.com.
Manchester United and Google’s ‘Front Row’
English Premier League club Manchester United has partnered with Google to create ‘Front Row’. By using Google+ Hangouts, the club will be able to show the faces of participating fans on pitchside ad hoardings during the 16th March derby game against rivals Liverpool.
Al Jazeera asks social network users to help #FreeAJStaff
News network Al Jazeera is calling for action to promote awareness about journalists detained in Egypt. Supporters are encouraged to share pictures and messages on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FreeAJStaff, which will be amplified using Thunderclap. Images will be curated on a Tumblr dedicated to the hashtag.
For anyone who’s logged on to Facebook in the last month, the word Neknominate is likely to conjure up images of excessive alcohol consumption and increasingly ridiculous stunts.
For those of you who haven’t heard about the latest (idiotic) craze to hit our newsfeeds, Neknominate originated several years ago in the UK where it was called #neckandnominate and remained quite a low level trend.
— James Hywel O’Connor (@james_oconnor) October 8, 2011
But it really took off as #neknominate in Australia earlier this year. Both versions involve people filming themselves downing one or more drinks, often while carrying out a dare. Interestingly enough, the Australian version is what is now behind the growing trend around the globe – including in the UK where the idea was born.
— Mitch Papas (@papasmc) January 5, 2014
Despite its obvious stupidity, more and more people have been getting involved in Neknominate. The challenges have escalated, with nominees often attempting to outdo the nominator, sometimes with tragic consequences. So far, five deaths in the UK & Ireland have been attributed to the game.
Because Facebook is mostly a private network, posts containing Neknominations can’t be tracked. However, over 67,000 tweets and 11,400 YouTube videos have been posted since 1st January 2014 (from virtually zero mentions before 2014). Tweets connected to UK accounts have amounted to over 15,800. So we decided to analyse these mentions, focusing on the trend’s growth over time, geography and the emergence of anti-Neknominate campaigns.
As the graph shows, the game was almost exclusively Australian for the first two weeks of January, after which it began to spread further afield via social to the UK, US and Ireland.
By the end of January, Australian volumes were dwindling, but volumes in the UK continued to grow. During the week beginning on the 28th January, the UK accounted for 69% of Neknominate conversations, while only 5% of mentions came from Australia, 11% from Ireland and 5% from USA. Britain is often criticised for its heavy drinking culture, and the popularity of Neknominate in the UK, particularly relative to other countries, certainly does nothing to counter that perception.
That said, there has been a certain amount of backlash against the trend, with various influential accounts discouraging the game, as well as the emergence of anti-Neknominate campaigns, such as #DonateNominate – which encourages nominees to turn their Neknomination into a good deed. Between 1st January and the 11th February, the #DonateNominate hashtag was used 461 times.
— Adam Roy Davey (@RoyDT) January 10, 2014
The figures clearly show that, despite some protest, Neknominate is still a popular topic of online conversation. The vast majority of content shows people drinking extreme and dangerous cocktails of alcohol and other liquids in a quest for likes, retweets and views on social platforms and the temporary thrill which comes with it.
It just goes to show how powerful social media can be in spreading ideas across the world, allowing global trends to develop in a short space of time, no matter how ridiculous they might be…
The ‘Outlaw’ Burger is back and Burger King NZ is framing their customers
Burger King NZ has just reintroduced their previous ‘hot-cake’ sales item: The Outlaw Burger. This time around they’ve created a socially driven campaign and are putting their customers up on the ‘WANTED’ billboard.
The idea is simple: If you buy the Outlaw Burger “you will become an Outlaw”. Meaning Burger King will go to the extent of using their security footage to film you, broadcast the footage back to their audiences in 15 second clips and add the Call To Action of identifying the ‘Outlaw’ at the counter on their Facebook page. Whoever calls it first wins a $250 bounty.
It’s easy, fun and triggers social engagement due to a low entry barrier considering the relatively high prize reward. However, privacy laws in New Zealand and protection of the individual via public broadcasting may be making release forms a tedious addition to the campaign.
Surfing the Snapchat Wave
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) arrived on Snapchat to give followers a ‘gnarly’ look into pro surfers’ lives, behind the scenes info & footage of big wave contests and the overall lifestyle of those at the core of the world of surfing.
In an interview with Mashable ASP have proclaimed their strategy as an approach towards “finding fun, creative ways to bring fans closer to the athletes and events”. It’s story-telling at its best and showcases a brilliant way of bringing the brand experience to life via social: Fans and followers are able to dive into the deep end of what it means to be a big wave surfer in an immediate and always timely way.
With the never-ending array of surfacing social apps comes the opportunity for brands to enter and, more importantly, create ‘the conversation’ and ASP have bolstered themselves to the forefront of one of the lesser marketed conversation platforms: Snapchat.
The importance of mobile to Twitter
The importance of mobile in social is well documented; however, it seems that it is even more integral to Twitter than Facebook. Facebook sees a higher average time spent per user per month than Twitter on both desktop (6 minutes 24 seconds) and mobile (7:43), though the difference between the two formats is far more marked on Twitter. The average user spends 3 minutes 7 seconds per month on Twitter through mobile, but only 36 seconds on a computer.
How TV is discussed on Facebook
A study into TV discussion on Facebook has produced some interesting results. According to SecondSync, 60% of TV-related Facebook interactions happen in real time, while the show is airing, while 80% come from mobile devices. There are also consistent patterns of engagement depending on genre, displayed below:
Facebook ads perform well for reach
The 2013 Year in Review Global Media Intelligence Report has examined the reach achieved by a number of different media, measuring them on a ‘normalized scale’. According to this, Facebook ads are far better than other online media at reaching users, and consistently improved their performance from Q2 2013 onwards.
Facebook’s trending stories
Facebook has extended the prominence of its ‘trending’ stories, featuring examples in the newsfeeds of certain users. When somebody clicks on the ‘trending’ icon, displayed below, they will see further updates on the topic by friends, pages and public profiles. This could be really interesting, if they manage to successfully target stories based on what’s trending amongst your friends and using demographic and like data.
Pages to watch in Facebook Insights
Facebook has added a ‘pages to watch’ section to its Insights tool, allowing page admins to examine the performance of similar pages. The feature looks to allow easier comparison between a brand and its competitors.
Facebook to show admins responsible for posts and comments
From February 20th, Facebook page admins will be able to see which admin wrote an individual post or comment. The view will only be visible to other admins of the page in question and will not be installed retroactively (i.e. on posts from before February 20th).
Twitter experimenting with new profiles
Twitter is testing a fairly radical redesign of its user profiles, potentially moving away from the classic vertical stream. Some users reported that they had seen vast changes, as shown below, which then reverted to the more classic style, before changing back once more. What does the future hold for Twitter profiles?
Twitter users more likely to buy new cars
As a result of its parternship with Datalogix, Twitter has released a new service that allows automotive brands to measure the impact of the network on their offline sales. Research supporting the launch of the service found that households with Twitter users were twice as likely as the average US home to purchase a new vehicle, while those who were exposed to promoted tweets were 32% more likely again to do so. Also, automotive brand followers were three times as likely to make a new vehicle purchase.
Twitter promoted Vine with growth ads
Twitter has been running ads on Flipboard, the social network aggregation tool. These push viewers to sign up for Vine, with Twitter looking to grow the user base of its video-sharing app.
New BBM features for iOS and Android
BlackBerry has updated its BBM offering for iPhone and Android with a wealth of new features. These include: voice calls, channels, dropbox and location sharing – all of which should help in the battle against various other messenger apps.
Brands and the Winter Olympics
As a result of Russia’s controversial LGBT laws, Winter Olympic sponsors have seen a fair amount of backlash on Twitter, with mocked up images depicting violence inflicted on victims juxtaposed with brand messaging.
Despite this controversy, a number of US sponsors have released campaigns around the event. BMW asked fans to tweet their support for the US Bobsled team that they sponsor, AT&T created an app for fans to develop a ‘USA’ chant and Visa have documented the whole thing using Vine and the hashtag #everywhere. According to We Are Social’s analysis, it is the latter who have dominated conversation around the event, with around 5,000 mentions; McDonald’s is in second place with roughly 3,700 and Coca Cola in third.
#LoveJu and the world’s first social choreography
We Are Social’s Milan office produced the world’s first ever social choreography for Italian football club, Juventus. A Facebook app dedicated to picking the winning #LoveJu design saw 3,122 entries, 4,500 registered users, 290,00 views and 18,118 votes. The winning entry is shown in the below video.
Heineken tried to get men to show their romantic side for Valentine’s Day, using the incentive of a free sponsored date. Anyone could apply for a box to be sent to their boyfriend, containing details of the date, but in order to receive the code necessary to unlock it, he’d then have to share his mushiest feelings on Instagram. Romantic? Bribery? A bit of both?
Brand on brand on Valentine’s Day
It’s an ever growing trend – brands talking to each other on Twitter. Well, Valentine’s Day saw the perfect opportunity for some set-up brand on brand action, such as the below. You can click through to this article for more examples.
Pizza Hut on OKCupid
In good news for the incredibly lonely, Pizza Hut set up an OKCupid profile for Valentine’s Day, inspired by the marriage proposals they receive on Twitter. Using the hashtag #CommitToGreatness, they’re using the profile to ask fans to propose in more creative ways, with the winner receiving free pizza for life.
Kisses (and Twitter fails) begin with Kay
Kay Jewelers released a new advert, in which a woman is so interested in her phone that a male suitor has to text her in order to present her with a new necklace. They supported this on Twitter with the hashtag #ekbwk (Every kiss begins with Kay), which was met with a nice chunk of online negativity.
The Conservative Party’s ‘Lookback’ video
Everyone’s seen them: the Facebook ‘Lookback’ videos that detail your journey on the platform, from the embarrassing things you did years ago… to the embarrassing things you do now. The UK Labour Party has released a spoof video for their rivals the Conservative party, highlighting the various mistakes they’ve made while in power. It’s probably not as embarrassing as yours, though.
Beats by Dr. Dre and The Beats Pills
The US headphone giants Beats by Dr. Dre – a client in 4 of our global offices, New York, London, Paris and Munich – launched a new campaign: The Beats Pills. Different characters were created to bring the ‘Small but Loud’ credentials of Beats’ portable Pill speaker to life through a group of cheeky and outspoken cartoon figures ready to take on the news, relevant to the Beats audience, delivered with a sharp tone of voice. Across three different European markets, we pulled together a strategy to react to the news agenda and followed up with a robust, localised editorial playbook that would keep the campaign consistent in often wildly differing news environments, giving voice to these small and loud characters, ready to cause a stir.
— Beats By Dre UK (@beatsbydreUK) December 25, 2013
— Beats By Dre UK (@beatsbydreUK) October 31, 2013
Nando’s Australia for “Free Schapelle”
The famous chicken chain recently jumped on a local huge news, the release of Schapelle Corby. Nando’s Australia posted a message on Facebook and Twitter calling on Corby to try the Peri Peri chicken. Someone loves it, someone hates it: what’s your opinion on this? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
“Love Same Sex”, says Durex for Mardi Gras
Durex launches a new social media campaign for Mardi Gras sponsorship: “Love Same Sex” aims to highlight and celebrate the years of love and commitment of long-term same-sex relationships in Australia. Durex is encouraging Australians in same-sex relationships to shout about the number of years that they have been in a loving relationship by taking to the Durex Australia Facebook page to pledge their years of commitment and to share it via their own digital channels. Participants will also have the chance to win a place on the inaugural Durex float at the parade on 1st March. Christine Forster, sister of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and openly gay, has already taken part in the campaign with her partner Virginia Edwards, celebrating 7 years together.
Social posts by friends affect purchase behaviour
Social media really does affect purchasing decisions, according to January 2014 polling by eMarketer. This is true of millennials in particular, with 68% of 18-34 year olds surveyed stating that they were influenced to buy products at least somewhat by their friends’ posts. The same was true of 53% of 35-44 year olds, decreasing with age to 22% of those over 65. The younger group was also most likely to share photos and thoughts of new products and services; just 19% of males aged 18-34 said they never did so, and 18% of females – much lower than the gender averages across all age groups: 39% and 34% respectively. Facebook outdoing Google for referrals? Facebook is hugely outdoing Google for referrals to the Buzzfeed network, and had been doing so for all of 2013. The graph below depicts the data explaining sources of traffic to the network’s 200 odd websites. That’s a pretty big sample size and, even if it isn’t indicative of an internet-wide trend, it’s certainly an interesting area to watch.
Facebook celebrates turning ten
Last week saw the tenth anniversary of Facebook’s founding, a milestone that the network celebrated with, among other things, an open letter from Mark Zuckerberg, personalised ‘Lookback’ videos at users’ time on the network and a film, shown below.
The birthday saw the production of a lot of literature about Facebook’s past and future, including a number of pieces by We Are Social. In Marketing, Tom Ollerton discussed what Facebook might look like in ten years, referencing the rise of emotion, increased competition and the network’s ability to purchase competitors. Meanwhile, Andy Spry spoke to the Drum about Facebook’s evolution into a mobile network, while Laura Muldoon looked back on what’s happened in the last ten years.
Twitter releases redesign
Twitter showed off a whole new design last week, with changes including a new colour scheme and font. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like now:
Twitter’s Q4 results lead to drop in share price
Twitter’s share price dropped by 18% after the release of its Q4 results, which saw monthly active users rise by just 3.8%. We Are Social’s own Leila Thabet discussed the news with Marketing, attributing future success to Twitter’s development as a second screen platform:
But despite owning the ‘second screen’ space, Twitter hasn’t yet been able to monetise its products to anywhere near the extent of Google and Facebook. At issue is Twitter’s lack of an algorithm to determine relevant content, which means it has to show all tweets a person publishes, to all of their followers. This creates a crowded and time-sensitive newsfeed, and promoted tweets can add to the confusion.
Twitter, however, displayed a positive outlook, citing the 30% year-on-year increase in MAUs and 121% jump in ad revenue over the same period.
YouTube getting tougher on fake views
Google is planning to clamp down on ‘fake’ YouTube views, with brands currently able to buy 60,000 fake views (and the accompanying perceived popularity) for just $50. Philipp Pfeiffenberger, software engineer at YouTube, is quoted as saying:
YouTube isn’t just a place for videos, it’s a place for meaningful human interaction. Whether it’s views, likes, or comments, these interactions both represent and inform how creators connect with their audience. That’s why we take the accuracy of these interactions very seriously. When some bad actors try to game the system by artificially inflating view counts, they’re not just misleading fans about the popularity of a video, they’re undermining one of YouTube’s most important and unique qualities.
Microsoft invests in Foursquare
Microsoft has invested $15m in location-based mobile app Foursquare, after rumours last year of a potential purchase. The move comes at a time of change in Microsoft’s senior personnel, and is seen as the two companies growing closer, with potential consequences on the evolution of Foursquare into a more immersive platform. Reactive brands during the Superbowl Last year’s Superbowl saw the birth of the ‘Oreo Moment’, a term now used to describe any brand successfully reacting to a current event. It’s no surprise, then, that other brands had social media war rooms ready to respond to whatever might happen during the game. Jaguar used their ‘Villains’ Lair’ to defend their promoted hashtag #goodtobebad against attempted hijacking by the likes of Lexus, Esurance and Audi, while Hyundai forwent attempting to replicate Oreo’s reactivity, instead focussing on interactions with other brands and users. Dreft, Kevin Jonas and a sponsored baby birth Singer Kevin Jonas is having the upcoming birth of his child sponsored by detergent maker Dreft, allowing the brand exclusive access to content to share on Twitter. It’s something that celebrities have been doing with gossip magazines for quite some time – no doubt we’ll see more collaborations like this in future.
evian loves you like…
We Are Social has launched evian’s #ILoveYouLike campaign for Valentine’s Day, responding to users who use the hashtag like below. Running across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, there is also a competition element, with users encouraged to complete the sentence “I love you like…” for a chance to win.
TGI Fridays say #thankswingman
TGI Fridays is looking to build up its Twitter following this Valentine’s Day by paying homage to all the wingmen out there. The first 500 users to follow @tgifridays and tweet #thankswingman will receive a $15 gift card towards a plate of chicken wings, which may or may not be an excellent date idea.
Domino’s Twitter Meltdown
Domino’s Pizza last week ran a Twitter competition, asking users to tweet using the hashtag #DominosMeltdown. For everyone who did, the heat got turned up on a delivery man made out of ice; whoever’s tweet made the pizza finally fall won a year’s supply of their own. That’s a year’s supply of pizza, not delivery men made out of ice.
AirBnB helps out with #SochiProblems
As you may have seen, the accommodation at the Winter Olympics leaves a lot to be desired. The hashtag #SochiProblems has taken off, which AirBnB has managed to turn to its advantage, tweeting at users with better places to stay.
Toyota takes to the road with social mobile app
Toyota is launching a social mobile app to help curate drivers’ road trips with maps, photos and location tags to put the brand at the heart of driving experiences. It lets users store route maps and geo-location tools allow photos to be tagged and stored along the way and shared with friends. Roadtrip can also record where travellers stopped along the way and the landmarks they come across, even when the trip is out of mobile data range, as well as recommending trips and route from other users.
WhatsApp users double in less than a year
Private messaging’s popularity does not cease as WhatsApp reports an increase of over 200 million users since April 2013, now standing at 430 million active users as of January 2014. A staggering 50 billion messages are sent and received on the app per day.
China’s Weibo users decline while WeChat rises
The future of China’s Weibo platforms does not look promising as they have lost 27.8 million users over the past year following the Chinese government’s latest internet crackdown campaign against online rumours. However, as China’s most popular social platforms experience this dramatic fall, the number of users on instant messaging apps such as WeChat has grown by 64.4 million users in 2013 while the total number of mobile Internet users reached 500 million.
The ongoing saga of organic reach on Facebook
Facebook threw another curve-ball this week when it revealed its latest alterations to the newsfeed. They will now show fewer text status updates from Pages, as the latest testing has shown that people are more likely to post on Facebook when they are exposed to plain text status updates from their friends rather than Pages. Facebook have been vague about what brands should do as a result, but they have recommended that when posting links, brands should use ‘link-shares’, as in this example:
Facebook is testing a mobile ad network
Rather than being content to just display ads to it’s own users, Facebook is testing showing ads to users of third party apps. Unlike previous tests, Facebook is working directly with a limited number of advertisers on its own mobile ad network rather than outside ad-serving platforms to display “sponsored content outside of its own properties”.
Watch your b-to-b-back, Linkedin
Facebook is making room for job and b-to-b marketing as it plans to allow advertisers to start targeting users based on their employment details this March. This is expected to appeal to recruiters, placing Facebook in direct competition with Linkedin.
Twitter lends a hand to brands and publishers
Twitter has revealed a shiny new dashboard called analytics for Twitter Cards that will allow brands and publishers to monitor how media-filled tweets perform. This dashboard will then provide companies with personalised tips to help them make more strategic decisions. These new set of tools are already being used by the likes of BuzzFeed, NBC News and ESPN.
Ajax helps you wipe away annoying social trolls
Scouring brand Ajax have develop a new social utility tool, ‘Social Wipes’, allowing you wipe your social slate clean. For Facebook, the tool allows you to unlike pages you’ve liked over the years. For Twitter, it scans all of your followers and people you follow for potential spam bots. Only a week old, Ajax has already helped clean up more than 200,000 page likes on Facebook and nearly 20,000 Twitter spam bots from social feeds. Oddly enough, the brand does not maintain a social presence on either social network.
JBL turns tour tweets into music
JBL has created a digital experience which transforms user tweets into a custom track generated by JBL’s Tweet Music algorithm, converting every letter, number and character into a loop of music. The popularity of the campaign is evident: in just one week of the promotion, JBL received 2,600 mentions using the @JBLaudio handle, compared to it’s typical average of 360. They have also accumulated 3,100 new followers with nearly 1,200 songs created so far. The opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Grammy Awards is no doubt having a positive impact.
Thinking of buying a DLSR? Not after this campaign…
This week We Are Social launched the “why DSLR?” campaign for Panasonic, with a series of videos featuring a bodybuilder, an owl and a duel-style shoot-out between two cameras to promote its mirrorless Lumix cameras. We Are Social will also monitor social conversations surrounding DSLR cameras found on internet forums and across social platforms and will respond to questions about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Sarah Oliver, Account Director at We Are Social said:
Whichever stage of the purchase journey people are at – researching DSLRs on forums or searching to buy a DSLR on Google, this campaign will surface considerable and credible expert opinion with the power to change their decision.
OnePiece unveils #HackTheSale social campaign
The Norwegian clothing company OnePiece, is inviting customers to share its #HackTheSale campaign on Facebook and Twitter, to communally drive down the price of a onesie jumpsuit. Every time a customer uses the #HackTheSale app to share the campaign on either of the social networks, the price of a Lusekofte Onesie, which starts at £139, will go down.
Microsoft faces a fumble with the FTC
Microsoft didn’t know what they were in for when they signed a content deal with YouTube network Machinima. Machinima recruited YouTube creators to make videos about the Xbox One, however these console enthusiasts didn’t disclose that they were paid to promote the product. As a result, Microsoft has unintentionally disobeyed the FTC’s endorsement disclosure guidelines, which may result in intervention.
Brands’ Grammy Tweet Attempts…
The awards season is truly upon us, beginning with a bang over the weekend with the Grammys. And, of course, that can only mean one thing; social media triumphs and disasters. Antiperspirant brands a plenty tried desperately to jump onto the Grammy conversation, but armpit puns and poor jokes fell on deaf ears. Others, such as Pizza Hut and Fitbit, tried to brazenly join in the conversations, with various jokes, ‘tips’, but alas, failed to win the hearts – or the RT’s – of the Grammy viewers.
However, some brands were right on the money. Pharrell Williams was trending on Twitter that evening, due to his questionable headgear at the awards. Restaurant chain Arby’s, whose logo looks a bit like Pharrell’s hat, was quick off the bat to tweet him just that. The tweet received over 70,000 RT’s, demonstrating the power of social if your timing is right, coupled with a genius comment.
#BBCtrending: ‘Go home train, you’re drunk’
A tweet containing a peculiar picture of a train being transported through a town in Wales has been retweeted more than 2,200 times. The tweet was sent by We Are Social’s very own, Chris Applegate, along with the line “Go home train, you’re drunk”. In addition to being retweeted by the likes of DJs Rob da Bank, Sara Cox and Jameela Jamil, the tweet has been ‘favourited’ more than 1,000 times. Chris shared his secret of triggering a Twitter mini trend with the BBC, declaring it’s down to a combination of three factors; the picture itself, the line, and the timing.
Go home train, you’re drunk pic.twitter.com/paEViGrn7u
— Chris Applegate (@qwghlm) January 17, 2014