Here are all of the posts tagged ‘social media’.
Australian reality TV <3 Twitter
While The Voice continues to fill the internet with gifs and Periscopes of Delta Goodrem dancing, The Bachelor has opted to send roses to fans who tweet the most during the show. If you’ve always dreamed of receiving a rose from The Bachelor then this is your chance to make it reality.
— Twitter Australia (@TwitterAU) July 30, 2015
Facebook adds Buy and Sell
Facebook is currently testing a new Buy and Sell page across Australia and New Zealand. The page option has begun appearing under the ‘Favourites’ column on the left hand side of the news feed and looks as though it may be Facebook’s next big step into facilitating purchases.
Abbott tweets and regrets
We’ve all been there. Riled up about someone or something, we’ve taken to Twitter and posted a sassy comment, only to later regret it and question why we ever thought it was a good idea. Thankfully for most of us there aren’t too many consequences of a regrettable tweet, but this weekend Tony Abbott learnt the hard way that old tweets can come back to haunt you. With the pressure on Bronwyn Bishop to resign, this old tweet from the PM resurfaced and resulted in criticism and a whole heap of mocking on social media. Let this be a lesson to us all: think twice before you tweet.
Facebook releases Q2 figures
Facebook released its Q2 figures last week and it continues to grow apace. The network now has 1.49 billion monthly active users, up 3.47% from Q1. That’s slightly slower growth than the previous quarter (3.6%), but has been enough for the network to pick up $4.04bn in revenue. Daily active users reached 968 million from 936 million in Q1.
Facebook tests profile tags
Facebook is trying out LinkedIn-style profile tags. The feature allows users to add tags to their friends’ profiles or to their own, and was described by the network as follows:
Profile tags are a creative tool that lets you and your friends add tags to your profile to highlight the things that describe you and what you’re into.
Instagram ad sales to reach $2bn by 2017
Instagram ad sales will hit $600m this year, according to a report by eMarketer. The figure is expected to jump to $2.81bn by 2017, when it’s predicted that Instagram will outsell both Google and Twitter for US display ads.
Twitter releases Q2 data
Like Facebook, Twitter released its Q2 figures last week, seeing ad sales jump 63% year-on-year for the quarter to $452m. Total revenue was up to $502m, but interim CEO, Jack Dorsey, still recognises the network’s issue with user growth:
In order to realize Twitter’s full potential, we must improve in three key areas: ensure more disciplined execution, simplify our service to deliver Twitter’s value faster, and better communicate that value.
Snapchat continues to update Discover
Snapchat’s transformation into a content publishing platform is seeing signs of success, as the network announced that 50 million users have visited its Discover section in the 30 days since tweaks to make content more conspicuous. While they won’t say what the figure was before the changes, apparently they’re happy with the result.
The changes are set to continue, with a shake-up of content providers that sees Yahoo and Warner dropped for the youth-focussed Buzzfeed and iHeartRadio. The platform is also reportedly planning a ‘special product’ for e-commerce with Hearst Corporation, which publishes the likes of Cosmopolitan and Esquire. PLUS, if all that fails to bring in revenue, you can now buy an official Snapchat beach towel for $24.99.
Google ends YouTube and G+ integration
Google has ended its forced integration between YouTube and Google+, meaning users can now sign up for the former without a profile on the latter. And there’s more where that came from, with Google stating that “It doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use”.
Yahoo acquires social shopping site Polyvore
Yahoo has agreed to buy social shopping site Polyvore, which allows people put together and purchase sets of outfits and accessories. Polyvore will continue as a stand-alone service, while enhancing Yahoo’s consumer and advertiser offerings and helping drive traffic.
Talenti’s ‘Flavorize Me’ campaign
Gelato brand Talenti has launched a campaign that uses social media profiles to create personalised ice cream flavours. An algorithm scans platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for keywords, which are then linked to different ingredients and combined to create the perfect ice cream flavour for you.
Coca Cola measures happiness of Londoners
This summer Coca Cola is teaming up with Capital FM to measure the happiness of London commuters as part of its ‘Choose Happiness’ campaign. Londoners are encouraged to tweet their mood along with the hashtag #choosehappiness. Tweets will be used to project a real-time data analysis of the general mood of London’s inhabitants onto 300 billboards.
Topshop removes mannequin due to Facebook complaints
An unhappy shopper has recently accused Topshop of promoting unhealthy beauty standards after coming across a ‘ridiculously shaped’ mannequin in one of their stores. The shopper’s 500-word message attracted more than 3,700 likes on Facebook. In response to the complaint, Topshop has said that they will no longer be ordering the mannequin in that size.
We are #gladeveryday
What makes you glad? The team at GLAD Australia are celebrating the return of the original cutter bar on their Cling Wrap with a campaign welcoming this consumer powered product change. After seeing customers taking to their social channels to express their complaints about the new cutter bar position, the brand has decided to change the packaging and bring the cutter bar back.
The community started sharing how “glad” they were about being listened by the brand, and a social campaign was developed to leverage this organic conversation trend within the community, inspired by their behaviour. Now, all Australians are being asked to share what makes them glad using the #gladeveryday hashtag for a chance to be rewarded every day. All content is being aggregated and is visible on a conversation hub, offering a great insight into what Australians are glad about.
— GLAD Australia (@GladAustralia) June 30, 2015
Happy Social Media Day!
Whether it’s the highlight of your year or you think it’s just a Mashable gimmick, June 30th is Social Media Day and it’s time to celebrate. There are meet ups taking place around the country and the globe so keep an eye on the #SMDay hashtag to see what’s going on…
Twitter x TV = a whole lot of gifs
— The Voice Australia (@TheVoiceAU) June 28, 2015
Facebook is testing a mobile lead-generation ad unit
Another day, another Facebook mobile ad unit. The social network is testing lead-generation-based mobile ads that will allow users to sign up for newsletters or complete forms with two taps, with fields being pre-filled with the information Facebook already has about the user. If they sufficiently help to reduce the hassle of filling out details, the ads could be a real success.
Jazz up your photos with Facebook’s new photo uploader
Facebook has introduced a new way to spruce up your photos by adding text, filters or stickers onto any of your photos. The functions may not exactly be revolutionary but Facebook is keen to stay on top of the game especially with the likes of Snapchat and Japanese messaging app, Line, already being early to the party. The new photo uploader is currently being tested but watch this space for when it is rolled out across iOS soon.
You can now use Facebook Messenger without having an account.
Not keen on using Facebook but want to stay connected with your friends? Do not worry – Facebook has this sorted. Starting in Canada, North and South America, users can sign up for the Messenger app without having a Facebook account. The change comes with a new “Not on Facebook?” button where people can then upload their phone contacts which will be matched with other Messenger users. The head of Messenger, David Marcus calls it ‘an augmented address book’ where a user will have all of their address book and the ability to search for everyone on Messenger.
Instagram revamps its ‘search and discover’ functions
From having a pretty basic ‘Explore’ function, Instagram has ramped it up a notch and introduced a whole new way of exploring and searching for photos. As well as a revamped explore feature, complete with trending tags, users can now search specific categories, location-based topics or even events in real time. The change brings Instagram into being at the forefront of real-time content alongside the likes of Twitter and Snapchat.
Snapchat gives advertisers the hard sell
Snapchat took a very temporary break from being cool last week and released a no-fun infomercial about Snapchat‘s ads. In a zero fuss, zero enjoyment video, Evan Spiegel explains how Snapchat’s full-screen ads slot between its content while Facebook and YouTube’s are either annoying pre-rolls or only fill part of the screen.
Bringing back the Mayor!
Location-sharing app, Swarm, has brought back mayorship to the delight of… no-one, really. Since launching off the back of Foursquare, the app has slowly declined in the ranks and it seems the latest efforts may just be a bit too late.
Happy birthday to Reddit!
User-generated blog Reddit celebrated its 10th birthday this week. Since the website was set up 10 years ago there has been 190,227,552 posts, 36,136,190 user accounts and 1,715,454,785 comments… only 0.36% of which mention cats. Reddit is now so huge that its current active users would make up the 8th largest population in the world, just after Nigeria and larger than Russia, Japan, and Mexico.
Crocs goes creative
Summer is a big season for crocs and to really push sales, the brand has recently partnered with Twitter to create a new, interactive campaign. Consumers can pick a pair of crocs and an outfit of choice for a model to wear… whilst going down a waterslide. The content will live on a micro blogging site called Funway Runway and will be a ‘cross section of fashion, fun and footwear’.
Lilly Pulitzer collaborates with Snapchat
American brand, Lilly Pulitzer has collaborated with Snapchat in offering custom prints to add to customers own Snapchat photos. When a user enters a store they can automatically add a printed ‘geofilter’ to their photos. Jane Schoenborn-Paradis, vp of creative communications at Lilly Pulitzer commented on how (Snapshat) “is such a visual platform and allows us to share our prints and enforce what we’re known for in a fun way.”
Facebook shows its support for same-sex marriages
Have you noticed that your Facebook News Feed is looking a lot more colourful? After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is now a fundamental right, Facebook launched the new ‘Celebrate Pride’ tool where users can show their support of marriage equality by adding a rainbow filter over their profile photo.
It’s not just Facebook that’s shown support for the latest ruling in America. Lots of brands have leapt on the back of the same-sex marriage legalization and have demonstrated their support in a variety of ways:
B&T recently published this article by me Five reasons people share content and how you can harness this. They have been kind enough to let us republish it in full.
Rather than focusing too narrowly on creating ‘shareable’ content, perhaps as marketers we should be looking to connect more deeply with people’s emotions, argues Lisa Collins, public relations manager at social media agency We Are Social.
What makes people share content?
I’m not the only person to ponder this question. The New York Times conducted a study ‘The Psychology of Sharing: Why People Share Online’ with a group of self-proclaimed heavy online sharers, who revealed what motivates them to share with others.
- 85 per cent say reading other people’s responses helps them understand and process information and events
- 73 per cent say they process information more deeply, thoroughly and thoughtfully when they share it
So we could conclude that as humans the act of sharing helps us to comprehend more deeply. But the question still remains…why?
The study concluded that “sharing is all about relationships” and “trust is the cost of entry for getting shared”. According to the research marketers should “appeal to consumers’ motivation to connect with each other — not just with your brand”. They recommend that we “keep it simple…and it will get shared…and it won’t get muddled” and we should “appeal to their sense of humour” and “embrace a sense of urgency”.
But how does this really help us when it comes to creating content that motivates people to hit the ‘share’ button?
Perhaps a study by the University of Pennsylvania can help unlock the puzzle. For six months researchers studied The New York Times list of most emailed articles, checking it every 15 minutes. The study revealed that readers preferred to share positive rather than negative articles, and upon deeper analysis, researchers concluded that there was an element of ‘awe’ that seemed to permeate the shared articles.
The Penn researchers defined the quality of awe as an “emotion of self-transcendence, a feeling of admiration and elevation in the face of something greater than the self”.
They used two criteria for an awe-inspiring story: Its scale is large, and it requires “mental accommodation” by forcing the reader to view the world in a different way. “It involves the opening and broadening of the mind,” writes authors Dr. Berger a social psychologist and a professor of marketing at Penn’s Wharton School and Dr. Milkman, who is a behavioural economist at Wharton.
So is it possible to inspire awe in our audiences? Perhaps that is a lofty ambition, however, there may be something to be learned from these studies.
In his analysis of The New York Times study social media guru Jeff Bullas claims there are five reasons that we share content with others:
1. To bring valuable and entertaining content to others
2. To define ourselves to others
3. To grow and nourish our relationships
5. To get the word out about causes and brands
Rather than focusing too narrowly on creating ‘shareable’ content, perhaps as marketers we should be looking to connect more deeply with people’s emotions. If trust is indeed one of the core values we need to foster with our audience, then it makes sense to spend time developing sincere relationships with our communities.
As we know, developing trust takes time but the benefits can be huge. By helping communities develop their own sense of identity we can hope to share their emotional motivations and tap into the fundamental nature of ‘awe’ – that “feeling of admiration and elevation in the face of something greater than the self”. If we are less focused on ourselves and more focused on earning the respect of the group we may just become ‘awesome’ and in doing so, become eminently shareable.
Brands embrace the social Women’s World Cup
Twitter has brought back its Hashflags for the Women’s World Cup which kicked off in Canada over the weekend. Hashflags are being used by brands to cheer on teams, while the Australian national team are creating personalised images for fans via Twitter.
Twitter update links conversations together
A new update to Twitter for web has made it easier to follow conversations by showing links between chains of conversation. The update is currently rolling out to users and is web-only for now so don’t worry if you’re not seeing it just yet.
Facebook Lite comes to not-so-smartphones
Facebook has started the official rollout of Facebook Lite, the stripped-down version of its mobile app designed for those on slower connections. It’s missing some data-intensive features, like video or location services, but allows picture uploads and most of the Facebook ‘basics’. Asia gets Facebook Lite first, but it’ll soon be around in parts of Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Facebook tests Saved Replies
Facebook is trying out ‘Saved Replies’, a feature that will allow Page owners to write, save and re-use messages when talking to customers. It’s one for community managers, particularly those with lots of customer service enquiries.
Instagram bulks up ad offering
Instagram is looking to increase its ad revenue. That’s the message that comes from its latest updates, which include new buttons (‘Install Now’, ‘Shop Now’ and ‘Sign Up’), demographic and interest targeting and an API for managing large campaigns.
Ad Age discussed the move, stating that the updates would open up Instagram’s ad platform beyond brand advertisers to ‘direct-response advertisers’, who are willing to pay more per ad for the ability to accurately target their preferred group. It’s also good news for the likes of fashion brands, who can now use the visual platform as a shopping site. Instagram is looking increasingly like a strong destination for all sorts of advertisers.
Pinterest adds shoppable pins
Instagram wasn’t the only social network to launch a ‘Buy’ button this week. Pinterest, another social network that’s particularly visual in its nature, is adding the feature. Brands including Macy’s, Kate Spade, Cole Haan, Nordstrom and Ethan Allen are already on board.
Tumblr debuts GIF search
You can now search for GIFs on Tumblr. The platform has added a search engine that includes all GIFs posted to the platform natively, which will rank results based on a number of factors, including engagement. Tumblr users can post GIFs using the feature – clicking on a search result will add it to a post, along with a credit for the creator.
Coke adds names to promoted tweets
Coke is using promoted tweets to call out potential customers by name. As part of the brand’s ‘Share a Coke with…’ campaign, the tweets include the recipient’s name in both the post copy and the image. Here’s what it looks like, provided you imagine your name is Christopher.
— Coca-Cola (@CocaCola) June 3, 2015
Ballantine’s creates Instagram magazine
Ballantine’s, the whisky brand, has published an entire magazine issue on Instagram. It can be found at @w_issueone, where you can tap individual pictures to lead to articles.
Twitter-powered ‘arcade claw’ hits Topshop
Topshop’s flagship store, at London’s Oxford Circus, has been reimagined as a ‘playland’, complete with a Twitter-powered arcade claw that fills the entire front window. Winners can expect prizes that range from make-up to a £500 shopping spree.
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.