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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #156

by Caitlin West

Reddit launches Ask Me Anything app
After a failed attempt at launching an app in 2011, Reddit has rolled out an app centred solely on its “Ask Me Anything” series. Featuring a wide range of participants, such as politicians, television and film stars, and musicians, the series is one of the site’s most popular destinations.

The app departs from the site’s trademark simple look, instead featuring a sleeker display. Using left and right swipe motions, users can navigate between different question threads, and have the ability to forward links by text, email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and other sites. The app also gives users the opportunity to filter content to their own preferences, enhancing their experience, and making it even easier to find out more about the famous, notable, and interesting!

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YouTube fan funding
YouTube is trialling a fan funding feature, giving users the chance to show even more love to their favourite channels. The feature can only be used if the channel owner has chosen to turn it on, and may provide further income for content producers, beyond ad revenue. While channel owners receive the bulk of the donation, Google claims five percent of the total, and a small fee. The feature is currently being trialled in the USA, Japan, Mexico and Australia, with views to expand in the future.

Social is increasingly important for marketers
The CMO Survey was released last week. The survey of 351 ‘marketing leaders’ shows social is becoming ever more important to brands; it now makes up 9.4% of marketing budgets, expected to rise to 21.4% within five years.

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However, as you can see below, ROI is still proving tricky. Particularly sad is the big blue section, made up of the 45% who can’t show the impact of all the fantastic work they’re doing. Expect to see increases in budgets for measuring ROI.

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How cost efficient is social advertising?
Very! Wonderful news. Q2 analysis by Neustar has found that social ads outperformed ad networks, portals and exchanges for cost efficiency. Look at the graph, the graph says it all:

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How social network ads affect buying decisions
So social ads are cost-effective, but which platform is king? Analysis by AoI Platforms of data from 500m clicks has found that YouTube is the best social network for introducing customers to new products, with Facebook coming in second. YouTube manages to perform well throughout the buying decision process, unlike Twitter, which is pretty much only useful during the middle phase.

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Over 50% of people have a mobile phone
Half of the world now owns a mobile phone. At the time that we published our article on the subject, there were 7.258bn global citizens (though a few more have probably arrived in the last week), compared with 3.630bn unique mobile users.

Facebook video views at 1bn a day
Facebook video views grew by 50% month-on-month between May and July and, since June, there have been 1bn every single day. Fidji Simo, Project Management Director of Video at Facebook, wrote:

Video is one of the most engaging and immersive ways to tell your story. Whether capturing breaking news, a baby’s first steps, or rising to a friend’s challenge for charity, it is a remarkable storytelling medium.

He doesn’t say what percentage are ice bucket challenges. We may soon know, though, as videos from public users and pages are set to display a view count in the near future.

‘Privacy Checkup’ debuts on Facebook
Facebook has rolled out ‘Privacy Checkup’, which it has been testing since March. Each user who logs in will see an option to edit their settings, guided by a cartoon dinosaur. (A tyrannosaur? Our taxonomy skills have left us wanting.) Here’s how it all works:

Twitter adds a buy button for mobile commerce
Get set to start purchasing through Twitter – the network has just added a ‘buy now’ button for iPhone and Android. It’s chosen 25 beta partners, which include two brands (Burberry and Home Depot), but are largely made up of celebrities. Musicians are an important part of the partnership, and celebs will be able to act as paid influencers for brands. You can find out about how it works in the below video:

Snapchat adds London geofilters
Snapchat has added 30 London-specific geofilters, which are only accessible in certain parts of the capital. Two of them have been revealed: the London Eye and Tower Bridge, but the other 28 remain a secret for now.

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Netflix adds greater sharing controls
Netflix is allowing users increased privacy over what they share on Facebook. Previously, anyone who had linked their accounts would automatically share what they’d watched with any Facebook friends signed up to Netflix. Now, you can tell everyone about that Scandinavian crime drama, but keep Gossip Girl to yourself (or vice versa, of course).

Social media talks about the NFL
The new NFL season kicked off on Thursday to a roaring online reception. There were 15m total Facebook interactions from 8.5 million users, and the network released a map of the most popular team in each US county, measured by official page likes:

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Frito Lays used the event to commence its latest campaign, in which fans must like a ‘Fire Drill Alert’ posted during Thursday night games, for the chance to win prizes from tubes of Stax to Superbowl tickets.

Asda set to launch YouTube commerce
Walmart-owned UK supermarket chain, Asda, is set to allow YouTube users to purchase its products without leaving the site. A new partnership with e-commerce service, Constant Commerce, will allow the brand to display a list of products alongside its videos, which users can add to their basket before checking out, without ever leaving the video.

Samsung launches #thatsucks campaign
Samsung has been walking the ‘fail’ tightrope with its latest vacuum cleaner campaign, dubbed #thatsucks. It has received a couple of negative responses, but in large part shows that it’s possible to take risks in social and succeed.

 

 

adidas crowdsources NYFW show
adidas put on the world’s first crowdsourced fashion show during New York Fashion Week. Dubbed #NEORunway, almost every element of the show was chosen by fans – from hair and makeup to music, outfits and even set design.

Starwood looking to LinkedIn with $30m campaign
Hotel chain, Starwood, is putting LinkedIn at the centre of its latest campaign, worth $30m. It is looking to promote its ‘Starwood Preferred Guest’ loyalty programme in the business market, making LinkedIn a good fit, though it will also increase the volume of its content on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter.

EA creates social media sitcom
EA is pushing the launch of the Sims 4 with a sitcom that takes place on social media. Four different characters, each with a personal Twitter account, will act out the story over two weeks. It’s based on ‘Gone With The Wind’, so they’ve taken a punt and are calling it ‘Gone With The Sims’.

Snuggle Bear gets social
Snuggle is bringing its mascot, the Snuggle Bear, into the 21st century. He’ll be debuting on various social channels for his 30th birthday, as part of an editorial-led campaign across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Now, you’ve been very good and finished your whole mashup, so here’s a picture of the cuddly chap. Don’t say we don’t treat you.

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Half of Africa’s internet users now using Facebook
Facebook has recently announced that it has reached 100 million users in Africa, meaning that approximately 50% of all internet users on the continent now have a profile on the site. The announcement suggests that if improved internet connectivity spreads across areas of the world without steady internet access, such as South America and India, Facebook could potentially gain even more users.

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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 #122

by Adam Stone

Over three quarters of US online adults use social networks

Research by Pew Internet has found that 73% of online US adults now use social networking in some form. Facebook is the predominant platform, with 71% of all online adults having a presence in 2013, up from 67% in 2012. Interestingly, Pinterest (21%) was more popular than Instagram (17%) and Twitter (18%), while 42% of adults are active on multiple networks.

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There were some findings on individual demographics, too: for example, women are four times more likely than men to use Pinterest, while 45% of those aged over 65 are on Facebook. In terms of crossover, Facebook sees the most user crossover: 80% of the users of all other sites spend time on Facebook as well, while Pinterest and LinkedIn have the least crossover of all.

 

Social ad spending per user rises around the world

Social network ad spending is set to continue growing until at least 2015, according to eMarketer research. In 2012, advertisers were spending an average of $5.14 per user, up to $6.18 in 2013 and forecast to continue to $6.97 this year, then $7.98 in 2015. Growth is slowing, however: compared to a 38.8% change in 2012, 2015 will see an increase of just 25.4%.

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Vine launches for web browsers

Twitter’s video sharing platform, Vine, has launched its web version. This includes everything you’d expect: a home screen, plus the functionality to like, comment and share, as well as a new feature: TV mode. This allows users to view all videos in one, continuous stream.

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FC Barcelona hit 50 million Facebook fans

Spanish footballing giant Barcelona has become the first club to reach 50 million Facebook fans. The figure depicts the rise of sports clubs on the network – we’ve no doubt that others will follow in their footsteps.

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Target use Pinterest for ‘awesome shop’

Clothes retailer Target has created an online ‘awesome shop’, with content curated via Pinterest. The most pinned items from the company’s boards will appear at the top of the shop’s site, allowing users to easily browse the items their peers love.

 

Ben & Jerry’s react to marijuana legalisation

Ben & Jerry’s last week produced a terrific piece of reactive content after recreational marijuana became legal in the US state of Colorado. At the time of writing, it’s received almost 10,000 RTs and over 5,000 favourites.

 

Fashion brands have same-y new year

Happy New Year! Of course, it means a lot coming from us, but when four different fashion brands post the same update at roughly the same time, it ends up having little marketing value. Four indistinguishable posts were uploaded to Instagram on New Year’s Day by Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Gucci and Free People.

 

Happy New Year on Twitter

Fashion brands weren’t the only ones looking to send the same message. Twitter has produced a blog post on how people wished each other a Happy New Year all over the world, with this colourful visualisation showing the time lapse.

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Tweet appears as full-page ad in NY Times

Repurposing content from social media for print, CBS Films took out a full-page advertisement in the Saturday edition of The New York Times to include a tweet from film critic A.O. Scott about the new film ‘Llewyn Davis’. The tweet was modified to exclude original mention of 2 other films. Interestingly, CBS Films violated Twitter’s Guidelines regarding endorsement without permission. We await to see if any legal ramifications take place.

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Google launches the Open Automotive Alliance

Google and a number of automakers are planning to bring Android to cars with the launch of a new group called the Open Automotive Alliance. The alliance consists of Google, GM, Honda, Audi, Hyundai, and chipmaker Nvidia, and will focus on integrating the OS into in-car systems. The potential for developers to extend their products into the driving experience makes for many exciting opportunities.

Source: The Verge

 

Polaroid has partnered with Socialmatic to release a camera

Polaroid is partnering with Socialmatic to develop and release a camera that will allow photographers to either instantly share their shots on “major social media networks” or just run off a hard copy using the device’s built-in instant ZINK printer. The Socialmatic features a 14-megapixel sensor up front and a much smaller two-megapixel sensor on the back for snapping and sharing selfies. Running on Android, offers the potential to extend the camera via apps and there is talk of Wi-Fi connectivity included as well.

Source: Gizmodo

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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #119

by Abrye Redeker

#HipsterSanta approves Sydney’s new Central Park shopping centre

#HipsterSanta has been introduced as a PR initiative to drive awareness and encourage sales at Sydney’s new Central Park shopping centre. While the campaign is supported by traditional OOH media, it is socially lead through Twitter & Instagram channels created by #HipsterSanta himself. Shoppers are encouraged to get involved on Instagram & Twitter by posting tagged photos for the opportunity to win store vouchers.

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Holler uses shock value to raise funds for charity

The rules of disruption were changed in Holler’s latest “shocking” activation to raise Christmas money for charity. Flipping the advertising model on its head, Holler let the audience become the disrupters by crowdsourcing electric shocks which were administered to several of their team members. The entire endeavour was streamed live and Holler donated $1 to The Factory for each shock that was sent. Participants were encouraged to socially share the activation to raise awareness. In only 4 hours the team was able to reach their goal of $5,500 – that’s 1,375 shocks per hour. Let’s hope they’ve recovered.

Disrupted Xmas – A live, Interactive, Installation by Holler from James Théophane Jnr on Vimeo.

Facebook introduces autoplay for videos

After testing the system for a while, Facebook has begun to introduce autoplay videos for mobile and desktop. Earlier in the week, most users on iPhone and Android received the system, which works as follows: as you scroll past a video, a preview begins to play without sound. If you don’t want to watch it, just scroll past. If you do, you can click for the full viewing experience, including audio. Later in the week, desktop users began to notice the same feature, which Facebook will be continuing to roll out to more and more users.

Facebook release tool for gauging sales

Facebook has launched a new tool for advertisers, allowing them to track users who saw a promoted post and ascertain which of these then went on to make a purchase either online or in a physical store. Retailers can offer Facebook the information they have on customers, including email addresses and phone numbers, and find out which of these have seen a promoted post.

Instagram introduces direct messages

Instagram has added the ability for users to send direct messages. A user can send photos or videos to anyone who follows them, with the two then able to converse underneath the message. If you don’t follow someone, you’ll get a notification to a ‘pending requests’ centre. Instagram announced the changes in a blog post, which included the below video.

Brands have already started using the system, too. Fashion brand Gap sent direct messages to the first 15 people to reply to a message; from these, winners were selected to receive a denim tablet case.

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Hyatt Hotels have been sending messages to their fans, too, wishing them a Merry Christmas.

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Twitter users can send images in direct messages

Twitter has introduced a few updates to its apps for iPhone and Android, including the ability to send images in direct messages. Messages are also easier to access through a tab at the bottom of the screen, while users can swipe to switch between the ‘Home’, ‘Discover’ and ‘Activity’ sections of the app. For Android only, there is now a star button next to the ‘Follow’ tab, allowing users to receive notifications for whomever they choose, whether it be a celebrity or one of their friends.

Twitter adds ‘Broad Match’ to keyword targeting

A few months ago, Twitter introduced keyword targeting, allowing advertisers to target an audience based on specific words in their tweets, or those with which they engage. Now, the network has added ‘Broad Match’, allowing them to automatically include related terms in the search. Those related words can include synonyms and alternative spellings, as shown in the below image.

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Twitter tests ‘Nearby’ screen

Twitter is experimenting with a ‘Nearby’ feature, which would allow users to see tweets from everyone in their vicinity. The below image shows how the ‘Nearby’ screen would work: it’s essentially a map, with a blue icon for the user’s location, below which there’s a timeline of nearby tweets. The locations of these tweets will be shown on the map above.

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Twitter reverses ‘block’ button change

Twitter has reversed the changes it made to the ‘block’ button very shortly after their introduction. The new system, which allowed users to RT, follow or reply to those who had blocked them, was met with widespread public disapproval, which Twitter rapidly took on board.

Google+ to serve social ads across the web

Google+ has introduced a new type of ad, called a +Post ad, which will allow brands to promote G+ updates across the ‘Google Display Network’. The ads, which will comprise the ability to +1, comment or share, should serve to greatly extend the reach of branded content on the network, as well as of the network itself.

Live streaming on YouTube

YouTube has announced the ability to live stream, which will be available to verified accounts that are in ‘good standing’. Video manager will contain a button from which account holders can begin a live stream, as well as the ability to launch a Google+ Hangout directly from YouTube.

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Kik reaches 100 million registered users

Messaging app Kik has reached 100 million registered users, and is reportedly adding 250,000 every day. The success comes partly due through its anonymity – users go by a username rather than providing their phone number – as well as ‘Kik Cards’, which are basically mobile web applications.

Dunkin’ Donuts hold Google+ Hangout

Dunkin’ Donuts has continued its social media experimentation by hosting its first ever Google+ Hangout. In it, the brand’s executive chef, Stan Frankenthaler, will reveal the winner of a $1,000 prize for a photo submission contest. The campaign, which was itself hosted via social media, asked fans to submit a photo of a recipe to either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Andy Murray gets SPOTY congrats from adidas

British tennis ace, Andy Murray, yesterday capped off a successful year by winning the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award. Playing on his reputation for blandness, adidas posted the below tweet about their star’s achievement; to date, it’s received over 13,000 retweets.

Samsung makes mistake in trying to hush YouTuber

A good rule for electronics manufacturers is not to make products that set on fire. A good rule for anyone who’s heard of social media is not to try and silence someone who’s making a complaint online. Last week, Samsung did both of those things. When YouTube user Ghostlyrich complained about his phone in a video after being asked for ‘proof’ that it was broken, Samsung issued a list of demands he’d need to abide by in order to get his phone replaced. These were to:

delete his YouTube video, promise not to upload similar material, officially absolve the company of all liability, waive his right to bring a lawsuit or other legal complaint, and never make the terms of this agreement public. A witness would also have to sign the form.

Instead of doing so, he decided to make another video, which went viral. The lesson: when people have a legitimate complaint about your product, deal with them fairly.

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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #118

by Abrye Redeker

Opera House sells virtual tiles to increase preservation funds

Sydney Opera House is inviting you to take part in the preservation of the iconic building through their latest initiative, #ownourhouse. This interactive experience prompts you to sponsor the Opera House by buying a virtual tile on the House’s tallest sail. After choosing a tile, you can upload a photo and a message, explore the tile bookings around you and see a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the harbour from your Opera House real estate.

We Are Social launches Mum’s Playground mobile app

Meet “Mum’s Playground”, the brand new mobile app developed by We Are Social for mums and bubs in the Curash community. Using this portable guide to baby-friendly locations, mothers can search, rate and review nearby locations based on everything from pram access to changing facilities.

The app acts as a mini social network, whereby users can set up profile pages, invite their friends and interact with a greater community online. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play.

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Sass & Bide invite you to design a card & share for charity

Aussie fashion label, sass & bide, invite you to their “Create the Great Workshop” where you can design your own Christmas card using pieces from their eBoutique. For each creation sent to a friend’s email address, sass & bide will donate $1 to Barnardos Australia.

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Twitter’s user base skewing younger

Twitter, a network with a traditionally ‘older’ user base, has come out as skewing younger than both Facebook and LinkedIn, according to a new piece of research by comScore. Globally, 32.3% of Twitter’s desktop users are aged 15-24, compared with 28.9% on Facebook and 21.4% on LinkedIn.

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The difference on mobile is even bigger; US data shows that 24.8% of Twitter’s mobile users are in the youngest 18-24 age group, compared with 19.4% on Facebook and 14.7% on LinkedIn.

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Facebook decreases organic reach

After months of speculation, Facebook has finally admitted to decreasing organic reach for page posts. The network explained the move as follows:

We expect organic distribution of an individual page’s posts to gradually decline over time as we continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site.

However, it’s also likely to have been fuelled by a desire for brands to spend more on paid media. Our blog post on the subject highlights the changes and discusses how best for brands to proceed – from investing in promotion to ensuring the presence of strong, creative content.

Facebook updates News Feed to highlight articles

Facebook has announced updates to the way articles are treated in the News Feed, all of which aim to increase the importance of news articles on the network. Firstly, there has been an edit to Facebook’s algorithm to allow for what they call “high quality” articles to appear higher than, say, the latest meme. Then, once a link to an article has been clicked, similar related news will appear at the bottom, as shown below. Finally, articles on which your friends comment will now occasionally be selected for ‘bumping’ back up the News Feed.

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The value of a Facebook log-in

Facebook has published a blog post this week, looking at the value of a ‘Facebook log-in’, rather than any other way of accessing an app. The piece looks at four different apps, with results including: Facebook log-in users are 27% more likely to be repeat ticket buyers with Applauze, have a 30% higher average lifetime value for Threadflip and listen 8% longer to Swell Radio. These are nice examples, but it’s worth noting that this correlation doesn’t necessarily mean that this effect has been brought about by the Facebook log-in system.

Twitter reveals ‘tailored audiences’

Twitter has announced the launch of ‘tailored audiences’, an ad product that will allow retargeting of mobile users. It will allow advertisers to serve promoted tweets on Twitter’s mobile apps to those who have visited a website elsewhere on the internet. The network explained in a blog post how it works:

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Twitter was also keen to point out the importance of privacy: users can simply uncheck ‘promoted content’ in their privacy setting to prevent their data being used for retargeting purposes.

Tumblr introduces sponsored trending blogs

Tumblr is testing ‘sponsored trending blogs’ for mobile, allowing advertisers to pay for a blog to appear alongside other trending blogs on the network’s mobile apps, differentiated only by a dollar sign. The product is being soft launched at the moment and will go fully live in January.

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Foursquare for iPhone

Foursquare has launched its new iPhone app, with a few interesting new features. First of all, it’s had a fairly vast design overhaul, aimed at making a ‘sleeker’ experience. To support this, the app will also ‘shuffle’ content each time you open it, allowing you to get a greater idea of what’s going on where you are. Finally, push notifications will tell you what is happening when you arrive in a new place, without the app even being open. You can see a couple of examples of this below.

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Pinterest’s increased traffic on Black Friday/Cyber Monday

On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two days known for hugely increased volumes of shopping in the US, Pinterest greatly increased the revenue sent to retailers. Doubling on Black Friday and up 3.6 times on Cyber Monday, the increase is being used as evidence for Pinterest’s monetary value in the retail market.

Star Wars launches on Instagram

With its next instalment in the pipeline, if still two years away, Star Wars has begun a promotion drive on Instagram, starting with the below Darth Vader selfie.

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Sprint’s ad launched on individual’s Twitter feed

Sprint has launched its latest video ad, starring James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell, on a single individual’s Twitter profile. The surreal series of adverts sees the two actors read out everyday text messages and conversations, so the latest iteration is a logical move in the comedic saga.

Insurance company uses tragedies to promote its product

After the news of Nelson Mandela’s death last week, Twitter was largely populated by individuals wishing to express sadness, or condolences to his family. However, one American insurance brand decided to try to use is as an opportunity to promote their product:

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It turns out this isn’t the only time they’ve done this, either. When Hollywood actor Paul Walker died, they tweeted the following:

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It’s no surprise to see brands hijacking certain Twitter trends; however, this is a particularly unpleasant example, which naturally saw a fair deal of backlash from the general public.

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