Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Facebook’.
Facebook wants you to play games in Messenger
Prepare to deny Candy Crush and Farmville invitations on a whole new app. According to Mashable, Facebook has confirmed it is in talks with several developers to make games for Messenger. It’s currently unclear how exactly these games will work with the messaging app and when the first games might arrive.
Facebook also launched Instant Articles
Announcing through its blog, Facebook has introduced Instant Articles which the level-headed Forbes.com is heralding as “The Biggest Media Shift Since The Internet”. They explain:
“For consumers, this is a much faster, richer, and easier experience for reading articles directly on their News Feeds and primarily on mobile. For Facebook, this is a big improvement to the user experience and to its app “stickiness.”
Facebook are saying that “Instant Articles is a tool for publishers to create fast, interactive articles on Facebook and was designed to give them control over their stories, brand experience and monetization opportunities”. BuzzFeed and NBC News were the only ones to go all in committing to using the product straightaway, who the other publishers will be is as yet unknown.
Zuckerberg hosts another Q&A
The Zuck was out and about hosting an in-person public Q&A at Facebook in Menlo Park. This time a question was “Given declines in organic reach, how should businesses be thinking about their Pages?” watch his response here:
No official response yet to the news a Belgian regulator has urged people to install privacy software to prevent Facebook from tracking their accounts.
Facebook is also celebrating its third anniversary since floating
On the third anniversary of a $16 billion IPO that many labeled as “disastrous” or worse, Facebook now consistently impresses investors with strong revenue growth, mind-blowing user numbers and a suite of applications and features with potential to bring in even more money as soon as the company flips the switch. Its stock, which fell to half the $38 IPO price after the first few months, is now trading above $80 a share.
Pinterest is taking a hard look at international markets:
Good news for international markets as Pinterest has launched “Jumpstart”; a programme where five members of the Pinterest head office travel to a remote office with the aim to make the platform more relevant in that market. The team have three months to work their magic.
According to TechCrunch: It’s about a month and a half in on the first marketplace in Japan, and so far the results look good. The team has started experiments with a new discovery tab in its iOS app, a page of uniquely curated content that local users can see on the search tab before browsing categories. Pinterest has a new onboarding experience tailored to Japanese users and a new discovery experience. The company’s monthly active users in Japan have more than doubled in the past year, and today international usage accounts for 40% of Pinterest’s users.
Pinterest users more likely to purchase… probably.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a study Pinterest has undertaken with MillwardBrown into the purchasing habits of its users, finding good correlation between pinning and intent to purchase.
According to the survey, about 52% of roughly 1,500 active Pinterest users agreed that the site helps them find items they want to buy, including a little over 60% of participants who identified themselves as “Millennial Moms”. Slightly less than half of respondents said Pinterest recommends relevant product to buy. This writer maintains a healthy skepticism due to the small number surveyed, but is happy to concede that this is strong evidence.
Twitter’s New Search Results Interface Expands To All Web Users
Twitter is now rolling out a new search results interface to all logged-in users on the web, introducing a cleaner look-and-feel and more filtering options that let you sort results by top tweets, “live” tweets, accounts, photos, videos, news and more. The rollout follows tests that began in April which then made the new interface available to a “small group” of Twitter users.
Tumblr launches an Anti-bullying campaign
#PostItForward is a new campaign launched by Tumblr to combat online bullying. Quite naturally, it takes the form of a dedicated blog on Tumblr—one that focuses on curating inspiring, positive posts and encouraging open communication about taboo subjects like sexuality and mental health.
USA President Joins Twitter
Mr. Obama has furnished his account with a short description — “Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States”
Hello, Twitter! It’s Barack. Really! Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account.
— President Obama (@POTUS) May 18, 2015
He’s also using the opportunity to answer questions, providing they are from former presidents. well, at least the ones he likes.
Goodbye Mad Men
Mad Men finished up last night so to play out this Tuesday Tune-up, here’s the cast Rick-rolling everyone back in 2012.
Cadbury and Vegemite’s food mash up
Many thought it was a social media hoax, but Cadbury’s Vegemite-flavoured chocolate is real and will be out in stores in just a few weeks! The add campaign on social media has been buzzing for quite a while already with the hashtag #chocpluswhat. The main line of conversation has been about how wacky the flavour will actually be… Get ready for its’ official launch on 1 June. Limited edition though, better be quick!
Snapchat launches video ads
Snapchat has updated its offering for advertisers by unveiling 10-second ads that cost two cents per view, creating a way for publishers using the ‘Snapchat Discover’ feature to generate revenue. Announced at the Daily Mail/Elite Daily Digital Content NewFronts presentation last week, Daily Mail North America CEO Jon Steinberg described the move as “the next iteration of social content”. OK, Jon…
LinkedIn introduces analytics tool
LinkedIn has added a number of new features in recent years to enhance its offering, most notably a publishing platform which allows users to write and share blog posts about their industry or working lives. This week, LinkedIn announced this feature is getting an update in the form of an analytics tool to allow authors to better track the traffic their posts receive. Content creators will be able to see demographic information of their readers, as well as who liked and shared their posts.
Enter Instagram competition to win a weekend in Canterbury
Instagramers, bloggers, this is for you! Christchurch tourism is using Instagram images in their latest digital campaign to showcase the South Island region. The month-long campaign called ‘Can Do in Canterbury’ will illustrate the experiences available in Christchurch and Canterbury through videos and images from bloggers and instagramers who have recently visited the region. And yes there is a prize: a weekend in Canterbury with two $500 Jetstar vouchers and a five-day car hire up for grabs. Also, the winning entry will be turned into a “personalised speed reading video” to be pushed out through the tourism board’s social channels. Not bad right?
Google+ launches ‘collections’ feature
The Google-owned social network Google+ has launched a new feature, ‘Collections’. It will allow users to curate and collect content around a chosen topic or interest, in a similar style to a Pinterest board. The company says the decision to launch the feature came from observing user behaviour; people were connecting around shared interests and wanted a better way to organise content relating to these. Early testers have created collections about video games, make-up and hacks.
Instagram reaches 5 million monthly users in Australia
At a recent event for digital agencies, Facebook/Instagram have released some new statistics on the number of users. 5 million right? That represents over 30% growth in the last 12 months. Not bad compared to Facebook’s prized messaging app – WhatsApp – that currently has half that amount of users. No doubt that figure will show some mercy and continue to grow along side Instagram.
Making milk a digital brand for Mother’s Day
The California Milk Processor Board, who brought us the well-known ‘Got Milk?’ campaign from 1993, has launched a modern-day celebration of milk and its association with Mums. #SongsForMums campaign ran this Sunday for Mother’s Day, asking fans to tweet the reason they loved their mum using the hashtag to receive a personalised short song response. They even recruited Ray Parker Jr. of Ghostbusters theme song fame to record the song clips, which were uploaded to SoundCloud and then pushed to social media.
Fisher Price creates awards to celebrate Mums
Also this Mother’s Day, Fisher Price gave fans a different way to show appreciation for their Moms in the form of #TheMOMMYS, a global parenting online awards festival. Fans could champion their deserving Mums by virtually nominating them via Twitter or Facebook and then choosing one of six toy-like 3D printed trophies to share.
UK Brands keep it quiet on Election Day
Last week was the general election in the UK, but unlike most trending topics on Twitter, brands pretty much steered clear of the conversation. With politics such a controversial topic, it’s a sensible move by UK brands to stay quiet. However, that’s not to say a few didn’t have a go:
— Waterstones (@Waterstones) May 7, 2015
— innocent drinks (@innocent) May 7, 2015
— Cath Kidston (@Cath_Kidston) May 7, 2015
Today is the day. Don’t forget to vote! pic.twitter.com/aibjfKWXra
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) May 7, 2015
— lastminute.com (@lastminute_com) May 7, 2015
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Facebook’s algorithm change.
The tireless team at Facebook is “always looking for ways to optimize how content is discovered and consumed” in order to show users what really matters to them in their News Feed.
The aim is to serve users with “the right mix of updates from friends and public figures, publishers, businesses and local organizations”.
What are the changes and what they mean for users and brands?
- More content from the same friends and pages
In order to improve the experience for people who don’t have a lot of content to see in the News Feed, Facebook will allow users to see multiple posts from the same friend or page in a row.
This is a good opportunity for brands: they need to understand how to optimize their frequency of posting, always maintaining high quality standards for each content piece.
- Friends come first
FOMO? Not anymore. Content posted by friends will now have greater priority and be displayed higher up in the News Feed. Which means, content shared by brand pages will be shown less prominently, or in a lower position.
In this scenario, creating content that people would share will be even more important: it would be a chance for brand to be displayed at the top of users’ News Feed.
However, at the same time, Facebook is testing a new feature for its mobile app, which will allow users to choose which friends and pages will appear at the top of their News Feed. If this feature will be rolled out people will be able to pick what they want to see in a prioritised section atop their feed.
- Less engagement stories
According to Facebook, users “don’t enjoy seeing stories about their friends liking or commenting on a post”.
Users will see more updates from friends and pages they follow directly, and fewer stories related to third-parties engagements. This will allow brands to establish a more direct interaction with users who will like their content directly, not via a medium friend.
On the flip side, brand pages won’t be able to count on organic reach generated by users liking or commenting on their posts anymore.
How all this is going to affect the organic reach, already suffering – around the 2% mark? Cryptically, Facebook says that the impact “will vary considerably depending on the composition of your audience and your posting activity”.
However, with more than 1.44 billion monthly active users, Facebook remains a network that most of the brands can’t turn their back on. To succeed on this channel, marketers need to know more about the users they want to involve in the conversation.
This will allow brands to create insight-driven quality content, to be distributed with the right frequency at the most convenient time, and to amplify it strategically through a meticulous media targeting in order to serve it to the right audience, based on their interests.
Once again, this new update challenges marketers to reevaluate their social strategy at a broader scale, understanding why and how people connect, share, have conversations and influence, creating value for brands and their stakeholders.
This is what we call Social Thinking.
It requires a totally new perspective, which shouldn’t be platform-focused, but people-focused: knowing and understanding people’s interests and social behaviour inside out is the key to define an effective social strategy, able to drive real business value.
Twitter hosts Gif booth at the Logies
Instagram launches @music
Instagram has created a feed called @music dedicated to exploring music from around the world. Expect to see musicians from a different perspective as they share snaps from their daily lives.
@TwitterFood makes everyone hungry
Twitter has created @TwitterFood to share tweets about meals, recipes and dining experiences. There’ll be tweets from chefs and food fans alike so get ready to see a feed full of #foodporn. We’re hungry just thinking about it.
More US internet users are mobile-only than desktop-only
The number of US mobile-only internet users has overtaken its desktop equivalent for the first time ever. The former camp now sits at 11.3% to the latter’s 10.6%.
Facebook brings video calls to Messenger
Facebook has added video calling to its standalone Messenger app. The feature, available in the UK, USA, Canada and 15 other countries, will work on mobile connections from 3G to LTE.
Buy promoted tweets and Google ads together
Twitter and Google have formed a partnership that will allow users of Google’s ‘Double Click Bid Manager’ to purchase promoted tweets along with Google ads. This marks yet further interaction between Twitter and Google, which has already given greater prominence to tweets in search results.
Twitter purchases TellApart
Twitter has bought ad retargeting company, TellApart, a move that comes with ‘cross-device’ expertise. This ability, combined with Twitter’s huge amount of login data, could prove lucrative, particularly when Twitter’s ‘buy’ button is thrown into the mix.
Meerkat distances itself from Twitter
Meerkat has added Facebook support in the latest version of its iPhone app. The move clearly shows an attempt to distance itself from Twitter, which has removed the app from its social graph since the launch of its rival streaming app, Periscope.
Absolutely Anything trailer to debut on Snapchat
Absolutely Anything, the British comedy that marks Robin Williams’s final on-screen performance, is set to debut its trailer on Snapchat’s Discover platform. Lionsgate, the company behind the film, has said that it will be looking at further Snapchat promotion closer to the film’s release.
Lego gets kids to invent the kronkiwongi
Lego has launched a Facebook campaign asking children to create an imaginary character called a ‘kronkiwongi’ and encouraging parents to upload their children’s creations. We’re not sure about you, but we think it looks exactly like this.
#DoritosRoulette on Periscope
Doritos has launched its ‘Roulette’ bags, in which one of every six crisps is incredibly spicy, in the US. To celebrate, it has created #DoritosRoulette on Pericope; all viewers are eligible to win prizes, which will depend on where a roulette wheel lands in the live gameshow.
Watching boxing on Periscope
Mashable has released a piece about watching the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on Periscope, in which it discusses how numerous streams were available, how many were shut down and how it created a unique watching experience. It raises a number of questions about both social viewing and piracy, which are well worth considering as we move into an increasingly mobile and digital world.
Facebook responds to Nepal earthquake
After the tragic news that an earthquake had hit Nepal last week, there was at least some comfort to be taken in the heartwarming worldwide response. Facebook was a part of this, adding a ‘donate’ button to the top of users’ News Feeds and promising to match donations up to $2m. In two days, it had raised $10m.
Child is born
Last week, despite it being the 21st Century, a princess created another princess. Of course, brands were keen to get involved.
— Disney (@Disney) May 2, 2015
— boohoo.com (@boohoo) May 2, 2015
Dumb Ways to Die for Games of Thrones.
To celebrate the launch of the season five of Game of Thrones, Egor Zhgun has decided to parody the famous Australian Dumb Ways to Die song made originally for Metro Trains in Melbourne. This video that already counts more than 880,000 views, highlights different ways the characters on the show die throughout the past four seasons.
You drink, Uber drives…
Another great stunt by our friends Uber in Canada: In order to prevent Canadians to drink and drive, Uber has decided to launch Uber Safe. The principle is simple, people are offered to test their level of intoxication on a roadside breathalyser. If you are above the limit, Uber drives you back home for free. How good is that!
Facebook reveals messenger.com
Still reeling from the passing of MSN Messenger? Well, it’s good news for desktop chat fiends, as Facebook has launched a dedicated web interface for its Messenger app. It’s available to English speakers worldwide. Of course, you can still message via facebook.com if you prefer.
Twitter updates RTs, Search and app brand profiles
Twitter has updated its retweet feature, making it much easier to add a comment before sharing a RT with your followers. You can see how it works in the below example, which I just found on the internet somewhere and definitely didn’t spend time creating.
The network is also making a couple of updates to its ‘Search’ function: detailed ‘trending topics’ within Search are replacing ‘Discover’ on mobile, while they’re experimenting with simplifying the desktop layout, including an option to view ‘Live’ tweets in chronological order.
New Twitter search UI rolled out to Safari (not on Chrome yet) is much better. Hope better search results are next. pic.twitter.com/btGT5yQiYi
— Eugenie Sills (@esills) April 7, 2015
Finally, they’re are testing letting businesses pin an app to the top of their profile in Twitter’s iPhone app. The feature is currently being tested by the likes of Periscope and Uber.
Interactive cards to appear on YouTube ads
YouTube is now allowing advertisers to add interactive overlay cards to skippable video adverts. This allows brands to include more information and could well be lucrative for YouTube; now, if viewers skip an ad but click on the card, the platform will still receive a fee.
LinkedIn buys Lynda.com
LinkedIn has made its biggest acquisition to date, the $1.5bn purchase of online education site Lynda.com, home to videos and tutorials on everything from Photoshop to web development. LinkedIn users will now receive prompts to relevant courses, as explained by content head Ryan Roslansky:
Imagine being a job seeker and being able to instantly know what skills are needed for the available jobs in a desired city, like Denver, and then to be prompted to take the relevant and accredited course to help you acquire this skill.
Ad Age discussed the value of the move beyond LinkedIn’s plans around “connecting people to opportunity”. It will provide access to Lynda’s data and all that entails; we could well see the ability to serve ads to those who have completed certain courses, or recruiters being notified when they do so.
LinkedIn launches Elevate
LinkedIn has unveiled its latest app, Elevate, which suggests articles to users and allows them to share said stories across LinkedIn and Twitter. Anyone can download the app, but you’ll have to pay to use it. If you do subscribe, expect to see more networks, such as Facebook, added soon.
Snapchat’s Coachella filters
Snapchat released a set of time-specific geofilters for Coachella. Each related to a certain artist and was only available while they were on stage. Sadly, there wasn’t one for Shorty Jizzle and the Plumber Cracks.
Brands jump on Instagram’s carousel
A number of brands are using Instagram’s new ‘carousel’ ad feature, which includes four photos and a link. Examples we’ve seen so far: Old Navy has produced a day-in-the-life series, Showtime has highlighted characters from ‘Penny Dreadful’ and Tiffany has juxtaposed a watch with New York architecture.
Mountain Dew turns fan tweets into ads
Mountain Dew has brought back its popular Baja Blast flavour for a limited period. To promote this, it started posting discreet images of the flavour on its social channels, without making an overt announcement. This led to a fair bit of excitement on Twitter and beyond; the brand is now using celebratory user-generated tweets in its own online ads.
Stuart Weitzman combines Instagram and Facebook ads
Fashion brand Stuart Weitzman has launched a campaign that ties together Instagram and Facebook ads, as users are served videos on the former, followed by product posts on the latter. The promotion also includes the use of cinemagraphs, which, in the words of fashion icon Mugatu, are so hot right now.