Here are all of the posts tagged ‘spotify’.
Snapchat reaches 6billion daily views
Snapchat is quickly growing to become the preferred social media platform of teenagers around the world, and it’s well on its way to social media dominance. Snapchat has now reached six billion daily views, which is triple the traffic it was getting in May 2015. In comparison, Facebook records 8 billion daily views, twice as many as they were recording in April 2015. Facebook’s video views, however, are across desktop AND mobile, so it’s pretty impressive that Snapchat is pulling in these kind of numbers solely on mobile.
Snapchat has, without a doubt, shaken up the way in which audiences are consuming content and what they are expecting from their content. The ephemeral nature of Snapchat content is what makes it so appealing, but it also makes it difficult to justify pouring big bucks into a video that is only going to be viewable for 24 hours. Similarly, Snapchat videos are viewed almost exclusively in portrait, an intentional decision by CEO Evan Spiegel, and they have a maximum length of 10 seconds.
eMarketer has predicted a 42% increase in digital video revenues this year (taking it to a whopping $7.5billion in the US alone), and with Snapchat becoming one of the big, if not the biggest, player in the sector, it looks like the game has well and truly been changed.
Facebook launches Music Stories
With the latest iOS app update, Facebook has integrated Music Stories into our Newsfeeds. Pulling in streams from Spotify and Apple Music users can sample 30 second clips of songs and albums without having to leave the app, with the end goal being for all users to be able to share entire playlists. Users don’t need to be subscribed to either service to be able to access the tunes, and there are capabilities to save favourite songs or purchase them directly from the iTunes store. With 900 million mobile users on Facebook every day, this is a definite win for the streaming industry. Unfortunately, it does mean that there is a chance you will be seeing significantly more of this guy…
Twitter shares the love
The stars are going out. Twitter has revamped the way users share positive sentiment towards one another, replacing the action of ‘favouriting’ a tweet with a star with ‘liking’ it with a little heart. The reason for the change, according to Product Manage Akarshan Kumar, is down to semantics:
“You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favourite. The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it.”
With ‘likes’ already being used with great successes on Facebook and Pinterest, it’s pretty likely that this change will be a good thing for Twitter. The mechanic of liking will be exactly the same, the only real difference is the change of icon.
Finland immortalises National Pride in… Emojis?
Yep! That’s correct. The Finnish tourist board has just released a series of national emojis that they believe celebrate Finland and “reveal the weirdnesses and the strengths of the country and its people”.
Three of the eventual thirty have been released so far: a sauna, a headbanging rocker and a Nokia 3310. Guess that means the Finnish are hot, like to party, and are unbreakable.
Fortunately for Tourism Australia, we already have our national emoji:
YouTube moves into Virtual Reality
Say whaaaat? YouTube’s Android app now supports VR video, giving users realistic 360 degree perspectives of videos. To view, users simply have to get up a virtural reality app, enable VR mode and place their phone in Alphabet Inc’s “Cardboard” device. At the moment there are only a few VR compatible videos online, but the catalogue is slowly expanding as more and more people and companies experiment with the format – including the Hunger Games movies. A very exciting leap forward for technology – really exciting to see where this works and how it will change the way we currently consume media.
Facebook is dabbling in a ‘teleportation’ station set to launch by 2025
Well, kind of. Don’t go adding “Beam Me Up Siri” to your voice command centre just yet. After Facebook acquired Occulus Rift, they got straight to work on creating the technology to making a believable virtual world. The technology for beautiful virtual worlds already well and truly exists (hello Call of Duty), but making it believable is the struggle. Facebook is working on touch controllers that will trick your senses into believing that the virtual world you’re seeing is real. The aim is, according to Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, to: “build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries”.
This kind of tech would allow users to ‘meet up’ in online communities, for example coffee shops, and interact, as if they were doing so in real time. So not teleportation per se, but simulated teleportation. Brain me up, Siri!
You can now buy your fantasy Pinterest life
Similar to the buyable pins that were released a few months ago, Pinterest has just released Pinterest Shop, a marketplace of curated items picked by Pinterest editors and available for purchase. At the moment it is only on the mobile platform, but there are plans to expand it into desktop as well. Weddings throughout the world just got considerably more elaborate and photogenic.
YouTube hit the 1 billion a month unique users mark
Online video giant YouTube put their success into context for us last Wednesday, announcing their achievement of 1 billion unique users per month. This means “almost half of the people on the Internet visit the online site each month”. Looking specifically at Generation C (18-34 year olds), YouTube stated that this “demographic spend 74% more time watching YouTube on their smartphones now than they were last year”.
Facebook cover photo policy has been changed
The rule against page cover photos featuring a call to action, contact information, references to price or purchase information has been updated. Page owners now have more flexibility in terms of what they can include in their cover photo, however the no more than 20% text overlay rule still applies. The rule for cover photos and ad images are now consistent, “this is important as cover photos are beginning to be included in both organic and sponsored page-Like stories in News Feeds”.
Facebook to roll out its new commenting system
Facebook have been testing its new commenting system since November 2012, it “includes threaded conversations and a ranking algorithm meant to put the most relevant and high quality comments first”. The new updates will be available on an opt-in basis for all pages with more than 10,000 fans. Some of the key features of the new comments are the “option to reply to a specific comment and a ranking system that takes into account positive and negative signals, and connections”. Facebook are hoping the update will improve conversation management, enhancing the fans experience and public figure profiles.
Facebook to introduce Lookalike Audiences globally
Last week Facebook rolled out Lookalike Audiences to Power Editor accounts, this is a tool which helps advertisers target similar users “to those in their Custom Audience database”. Facebook reported that Lookalike Audiences have decreased cost per action and an online retailer experienced “lower costs per checkout when the Lookalike Audience feature was in limited beta”. To create Lookalike Audiences a list of first-party data must be uploaded, such as, email, phone number or user ID to create a Custom Audience. Facebook then uses algorithms to analyse the Custom Audience and produces a Lookalike Audience based on demographics, interests and what people are talking about.
iPhone users make calls using Facebook Messenger for free
Following on from its successful launch in the US and Canada, it is now possible for iPhone users in the UK to make calls to other Facebook Messenger users for free. You simply open the Facebook Messenger app, select the person you want to call and hit the ‘I’ button.
Happy 7th Birthday Twitter
Last week Twitter celebrated its 7th birthday – In the last seven years the social network has gained more than 200 million active users who create over 400 million Tweets each day. Twitter is now considered by most to be the go platform for the “lastest news, to exchange ideas and connect with people all in real time”. To celebrate this milestone, Twitter have made a video celebrating some of the many moments on Twitter so far, and a few of the UK’s best known Twitter personalities have been shouting about why they love Twitter so much.
Britney Spears is first to reach 6 million followers on Google+
Britney Spears has had the highest number of followers on Google+ since November 2011, and is now the first person to reach 6 million followers. According to Starcount, Lady Gaga is hot on her heels with a mere 100,000 followers seperating them.
Puma are paying for UGC
German sports giant, Puma, announced they’re trialing iPhone app, Foap. The new app allows users to upload photos to the platform and sell them to brands. Puma has asked Foap users to take photos in response to ‘Missions’ for its ‘Nature of Performance’ global campaign, the UGC purchased will promote the campaign across all social media channels. The ability to “create a library of content and achieve further engagement by getting users to rate the images” in Foap is one of the reasons Puma decided to use this platform.
Friendly Twitter war between Kit Kat and Oreo
A friendly twitter war can be fun and exciting for the brand and their followers, and this one is no exception:
A Twitter user tweets her two favourite chocolate brands…
@KITKAT respond with a game of noughts and crosses…
To which @oreo responded very cleverly…
Oreo triumphed over KitKat on this occasion, we’re look forward to the next round!
Does Twitter really have an official Australian presence?
Social media commentator David Cowling recently asked what’s wrong with the official @TwitterAU account, and it’s a question that’s gotten a lot of attention, if not a lot of official replies. Repeated @ tweets to the official account asking for the number of active users in Australia were met with no response. Although the official Twitter handle launched back in October 2012, and senior execs have made scoping visits, there’s little evidence that Twitter have any dedicated resource locally.
Latecomer to the Aussie music streaming scene: Songl
Streaming music service Songl actually launched in October last year, but is now being relaunched with a PR and social media campaign as well as a whole heap of exclusive celeb content and playlists (the first new one was created by Sir Bob Geldof). The streaming service offers a $12.99 subscription model as well as an ad-funded version. It’s also backed by Digital Music Distribution (DMD), Sony, Universal Music and Southern Cross Austereo; early reports indicate some major artists are missing.
Spotify and Rdio already feature great social integration – we’ll be watching to see how Songl make their mark in the crowded social landscape of music streaming.
Interactive website aims to help gambling addicts
With the help of McCann Melbourne, the Victorian Government has launched fightforyou.com.au, which will feature video diaries of people trying to control their gambling habits. The online support service asks people to take a 100 day challenge and friends, families and even complete strangers can use the site to post messages of support. Forums and live chat functionality is also offered.
Seven News faces angry backlash after deleting grieving mum’s post
Seven News has apologised after it deleted a post on Facebook from a mother angry at the network’s coverage of her daughter’s death. Seven claims it deleted the comment from Linda Goldspink-Lord “in error”.
Before it was deleted the post had received more than 32,000 likes, and 2000 comments.
The post, screen-grabbed below (courtesy of Mumbrella), accused the network of intrusive reporting of her 13-year-old daughter Molly Lord’s accidental death on July 11.
The page has been flooded with angry comments, and Seven has since posted the screen grab along with an apology. The station also made the unusual claim that it has the means of reinstating the comments which were left over the weekend.
We’re not sure how they hope to accomplish that, but it goes to show again that dialogue is the answer, not the delete button.
Study from Facebook shows ASOS’ success with Ads and Friends of Fans
What makes this clothing brand stick more in its fans’ minds? The third ‘Power of Like’ paper released by ComScore and Facebook reveals that Facebook Ads gave ASOS a 130% increase in purchases on the website, even across consumers who had the same affinity toward the brand.
Other juicy details in the paper include how much more likely a brand’s Facebook fans are to visit the brand’s website and how persuasive Facebook Ads are to Friends of Fans.
The value of a Facebook fan
If the ASOS study above revealed that a brand’s Facebook fans have higher value, just how much is that value? Here at We Are Social we tried to answer that question, along with TNS, as Bulmers wanted to understand the value of investing in social.
We calculated that each Bulmers Facebook fan was worth £3.82 more per week, or £198.64 per year, than the average cider drinker. Cheers to that.
Auto-publishing blog posts garners more exposure
New research from HubSpot says that companies that automatically publish their blog posts to social media sites get 50% more hits than companies that don’t.
And what’s more, scheduling blog posts for the ideal times when fans are checking their social media feeds got three times more clicks. Let me guess, you found this blog post by reading Twitter at work just after you arrived?
More Google+1s mean higher rank in search results
Much to the annoyance of those who aren’t Google+ fans, the search giant has thrown its weight into the social search arena and, perhaps unsurprisingly, having more +1s for a page is more likely to boost its rank in search results.
Having 23 or more +1s for a URL puts you in the top 35% of search results, and 63 or more puts you in the top 20% of results. Compare that with Facebook ‘Likes’, and you need 35 Likes to be in the top 35% of results, but nearly 160 Likes to be in the top 20%.
Facebook adds more third-party app actions within Facebook
You just saw a friend’s Foursquare check-in at an amazing restaurant posted to Facebook and want to save that location for later. Now you don’t even have to leave the Facebook app to add the location to your Foursquare to-do list. Facebook has included a handy button at the bottom of the post, very catchily called an ‘action link’.
Click it and voila, it’s added and you’re still in the mobile app. These action links have so far been seen for Foursquare and Spotify and have lots of viral potential for other brands.
Less than 10 percent of Facebook’s traffic comes from outside the site
Facebook is a very interconnected site without much traffic coming from beyond Facebook’s walls, according to research from PageLever.
From March 2011 to February 2012, just 7.5% of traffic to Facebook pages came from external sources.
Facebook tests Sponsored Search Results
Will Facebook finally become a heavyweight in the search category? TechCrunch spotted sponsored search results on Facebook, which look identical to the normal results, save for a tiny “sponsored” at the bottom of the result, similar to Sponsored Stories.
These ads don’t target keywords, but instead specific pages, places or apps. No word yet on whether this will roll out to all users.
Are Promoted Tweets or Sponsored Facebook Stories more effective?
A corrected study from TBG Digital says Promoted Tweets get 1-3% clickthrough rates on desktop and even higher than that on mobile, which beats Facebook’s Sponsored Stories, currently sitting at about 1%.
The study originally compared Facebook’s ad suite to Twitter’s Promoted Accounts, which had much lower engagement scores because they didn’t appear directly in a user’s feed, but has since been updated to make a more apples-to-apples comparison with Promoted Tweets instead.
Twitter offers new geographically targeted Promoted Tweets
Here’s one that brands have been waiting a long time for: Promoted Tweets can now be shown just to followers in specific locations.
This makes it even easier for brands to dole out content that’s relevant to a subset of their users without creating noise for the rest.
A Google experiment sends pages from search to Google+ without +1
Google has confirmed that it’s testing out a new share feature without Google+’s familiar +1. Instead, a share button appears, and when a user clicks it, a box to add a comment pops up.
This has not rolled out for all users, but does it show an early demise of the +1 idea?
Foursquare gets local and business-savvy
Is an author coming to your bookstore for a reading? Have a new dish that you’d like to test out on your biggest fans?
Foursquare has just launched local updates so that businesses can use the platform to send updates to people that have liked their venue in the app or who check in often.
ShareThis launch new social reader tool
ShareThis have announced a new tool for publishers that will allow them to turn their sites into social readers without having to build custom apps.
This means sites without big budgets can use Facebook’s Open Graph features so their users share the stories they’re reading with their friends on Facebook, just by reading them.
Twitter gets into Olympic training
Twitter has launched its Olympics hub in partnership with NBC Universal, marking a landmark moment that sees Twitter serve as an official narrator for a live event.
Alongside this, it appears NBC will also provide on-air promotion and links to athlete interviews and video clips. This sounds like it will look similar to the NASCAR hashtag page that Twitter launched a few weeks ago.
It would seem that Twitter is hoping that this trial will lead to wider adoption and maybe even woo potential investors with an eye towards a public offering.
British cynicism to be displayed on the London Eye?
British tweeters will be posting their sentiments on to the London Eye during the Olympics and Paralympics. The mood of the tweets will dictate what colour the London Eye displays each evening.
Reports suggest that up to 60,000 daily tweets have been posted since the commencing of the Olympic torch relay, and this is predicted to increase to more than 100,000 every day of the Games. Fingers crossed we see a yellow wheel for the next two weeks!
The IOC gets social
The IOC and Foursquare are offering a new badge that gives users a chance to win tickets to the Olympics by following the Olympics page and checking in to the “to-be-announced off-site venues” around London.
Wonder where this Olympics trail will lead tourists…
Nike to get real-time with promoted tweets
While the Team USA men’s basketball ‘dream-team’ is running up and down the court, Nike’s Jordan brand will be tweeting real-time comments through Promoted Tweets during all of the team’s games.
These Twitter ads will also contain pre-planned brand content and links. The brand hopes that by tapping into the real-time nature of Twitter, non-followers caught up in Olympic fever will retweet and share its promoted tweets, and the buzz around the Jordan brand’s #riseabove campaign will be amplified.
BMW celebrates 10 million Likes with infographic generator
To celebrate 10 million Facebook likes, BMW have launched a new app infographic-creation app that revolves around users’ Facebook data. The data is then tied in with BMW products, such as telling you how many of your friends you could fit into a typical BMW 3 series.
The campaign target appears to be about acquiring even more likes, and it uses an enticing ‘BMW experience’ prize as an aid. The competition is based on your “social score”, which can be increased by inviting in as many friends as you possibly can to ‘Like’ all sorts of different pages that BMW owns.
Waterstones gets a new voice
Waterstones’ Oxford Circus store is getting rave reviews for providing amusing, geek-filled tweets in the voice of a new character that stands in stark contrast to the official feed.
The success of @WstonesOxfordSt is in no small part down to an amusing series of short stories that have been stitched together on Storify.
Got a favourite social story this week? Leave a comment!
It’s Friday, and not a moment too soon!
Pretend to work while we entertain you with the internet…
Stoned: The greatest music video ever made is on crack
Unfortunate: These poor hilarious children
Available: Your favourite bands for a price
Alcoholic: You after playing these internet-themed drinking games
Found: Holy shit Manbearbig is real
Shocked: Guy suing The Oatmeal finds why you don’t sue the internet
Explained: How to live based on advice from Yahoo Answers
Ruined: Your favourite movies by these on set pictures
Blogged: The adventures of the man from all the news
Followed: Ben Affleck joins Twitter
Welcome to your drawsome weekly round up of the top stories in social media, a finger painted top-twelve that won’t leave you guessing.
Without further adraw;
1. Australian Social Media stats – March 2012
Facebook grew by nearly 200,000 Australian users in March, though the surprising figure is the Myspace traffic, with nearly half a million visitors.
Room for Justin Timberlake to bring Sexy Back? We won’t cry him a river if not…
- Facebook – 10,889,960 Australian users/accounts (up 186,800) – 13 million UAVs according to Google Adplanner. The difference between the user numbers and unique visitors is people probably logging in from multiple locations – home, school, work etc.
- YouTube – 10,000,000 UAVs (down 1,000,000)
- Blogspot – 4,000,000 (up 500,000)
- LinkedIn – 2,100,000 (down 100,000)
- Twitter – 1,600,000 (down 200,000)
- WordPress.com – 1,600,000 (steady)
- Google Plus – 1,289,940 (up approx 90,000 – Estimated calculation below)
- Tumblr – 1,100,000 (steady)
- Flickr – 840,000 (down 80,000)
- MySpace – 470,000 (down 50,000)
2. Visualising the Australian digital revolution
Marketing Mag have put together a neat Infographic on Australia’s digital revolution between 2010 and 2011.
As expected, social media use is surging, up by 127% during 2011. Australians now spend 9.3 hours per week on social networks.
3. Spending on digital marketing continues to rise
According to a survey conducted by Duke University, US marketing budgets will rise by 8.1% over the coming twelve months.
This rise will mainly be spent online, with digital marketing budgets forecast to rise 12.8% over the next year, whilst ad spend on traditional media will drop by 0.8%.
The area which will rise most is social media: marketers said that they planned to allocate 7.4% of their overall budgets to social media in the coming year.
4. L’Oreal has a team of 400 staff working in social media
At Wednesday’s Facebook Marketing Conference in London, L’Oreal CMO Marc Menesguen revealed that L’Oreal has a team of 400 staff working in social media who post new content on Facebook everyday:
It’s a lot of work and requires a lot of commitment. The digital revolution is on at L’Oreal and we are integrating digital and social as early as possible in the marketing process.
5. Social media delivers higher value sales
New research has found that ecommerce sales which occur after exposure to a brand on social media deliver more than $280 per order, compared to less than $100 for those driven by natural search:
6. 10.5 billion minutes spent on Facebook daily, what’s Timeline’s effect?
According to a tidbit of info released by Facebook, in January users spent an average of 10.5 billion minutes on the site daily, excluding mobile – or around twelve and a half minutes each a day.
This increase has mainly come from a growth in the userbase: aggregate minutes per day increased 57% and average minutes per user per day increased 14% year-on-year.
Nonetheless, it’s unclear whether Timeline is driving a boost in engagement, in addition to the figures above.
Inside Facebook detailed a few studies which have been released about Timeline engagement rates, but the small sample size, coupled with the important caveat that most engagement takes place in the News Feed, means that it’s essentially impossible to draw a verifiable conclusion.
The most reliable study comes from Edgerank Checker, which has looked at over 3,500 Pages and they have struggled to find anything which suggests Timeline has a discernible impact on engagement.
7. Local Facebook Pages outperform global Pages in reach and engagement
New research has found that local Facebook Pages with 30-100 fans reach five times more fans (as a percentage) than corporate Pages with 100,000+ fans, with engagement eight times higher.
It goes to show that for businesses with multiple small branches – say, McDonalds – there’s value in having both a corporate Page, and a local Page for each store.
8. Tumblr hits 20 billion posts, integrate with Timeline
Although Tumblr has been very understated in its reaction to the news, the micro-blogging service has now reached 20 billion posts, meaning it’s doubled in size in just six months. Pretty staggering.
The platform has also finally been accepted as social graph partner by Facebook, meaning Tumblr posts can now be properly integrated into the Timeline, Newsfeed and Ticker.
Timeline integration has seen staggering traffic growth for launch partners such as The Guardian, so Tumblr is set to get even bigger. Pinterest who?
9. BBC News personalise content on their Facebook Page
As different people are interested in different news stories, BBC News have added a Control Panel which allows Facebook fans to filter which updates they see. By liking different BBC News sections, correspondents and programmes, more relevant updates will appear in your News Feed.
10. Heineken unveils bottle designed by two Facebook fans
Beer brand Heineken has released a limited edition bottle which was designed by Facebook fans. The competition asked fans to design a bottle and then pair it with another in the gallery, and it attracted 30,000 entries. Nice.
11. Spotify puts over 1,000 years of music on Facebook Timeline
Spotify have launched a really cool Facebook Timeline, which goes through 1,000 years of music history, and lets users discover some music they might otherwise have missed. On song.
12. Twitter user jailed for 56 days
A Welsh Twitter user who tweeted racist abuse about Fabrice Muamba, the footballer who collapsed on the pitch, was jailed for 56 days last week for inciting racial hatred.
That was our pick of the week’s social media news – what caught your eye? Leave a comment!