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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #135

by Paul Napier in News

Ahead of the curve or setting the trend?
I wanted to start this week’s Tuesday Tuneup with a quick thought piece. The Social Media market place has seen some massive changes over the last year: new platforms, takeovers, rejections, new features, dropped features and more. The screen real estate is now the field of battle for some of the largest and most friendly companies in the world, and the war is taking place across every device we own.

As a mobile developer in this sphere it is always interesting for me to look behind the scenes, see the data behind these changes and look at the trends.

What’s even more interesting is looking at where Australia stands against the world. Wait… don’t panic! I promise to keep this as stat free as possible!

Let’s take a quick peek at the current world usage stats for Social Media:

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Almost straight away you can see that there are big differences across all the different devices we use. For one, the desktop has a huge amount of Tumblr usage compared to the world average. Another obvious difference is that Australians are heavily dependent on Facebook on their Tablets as opposed to Pinterest.

Before we make assumptions, let’s have a look at the last 12 months in social media trends:

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There has been a sharp increase of Tumblr usage on Desktop, Facebook is increasing on Mobile and Tablet and Pinterest is decreasing on the tablet.

But by all appearances, the  usage stats show that Australia seems to be at the forefront of these trends or, perhaps, we are simply reacting faster. The question is why? Are we ahead of the curve, trend-setters or social media activists? I’ll leave the answer of that question up to you.

US smartphone use to reach 65% in 2014
The number of US smartphone users is growing and, according to eMarketer research, will reach 163.9 million in 2014. That amounts to 65% of all US mobile phone users, or 51.4% of the overall population. It is predicted that the number in the US is set to grow even further to 182.6 million in 2015 and reach 220 million by 2018.

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Facebook dominating social on mobile
The average US smartphone user spends 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on their mobile device. Of that time, 28% is taken up by social apps, up from 24% in the previous year. Facebook and Instagram (which Facebook owns) accounted for most of that – 17% of all smartphone hours went to one of the two social networks.

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Social and email are equal for conversation volume
The latest IPA TouchPoints5 data has been released, concluding that we now have as many conversations through social media as via email; 12% of all daily conversations occur through each medium. The research also found that 49% of all adults use mobile phones for activities other than texting or talking, doing so on average for 1 hour 30 minutes per day. Unsurprisingly, younger users were more mobile: 78% of 18-24s use their phone for activities other than texting/talking; they do so for an average of 1 hour 52 minutes a day.

YouTube drives the best quality web traffic
YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn drive the richest traffic on the web, with Reddit and Stumbleupon at the other end of the spectrum. YouTube, in first place, produced an average of 227.82 seconds spent on the site, 2.99 pages per visit and a relatively low bounce rate of 43.19%.

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Twitter looks to expand TV links through acquisitions
Twitter has made two acquisitions that should help expand its relationship with television in Europe: France’s Mesagraph and the UK’s SecondSync. The former works with the likes of Canal+, France Télévisions, M6 and TF1, some of France’s biggest TV channels, while the latter has used its social analytics tools to show the value of Twitter for clients in broadcasting and advertising.

Vine adds private messaging capability
Vine has introduced private messaging, allowing users to share videos and text with one another, away from the view of the public eye.

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Only 24 hours after the announcement Cofounder Collin Kroll stepped down, following Dom Hoffman who stepped down in January.

The cost of Instagram ads Instagram ads are being touted at a premium price tag, according to an article in AdAge last week. Discussions with several ad execs found that a month’s worth of advertising on the network could cost anywhere between $350k and $1m.

Time to look again at Google+ There have been a couple of pieces in the last week that suggest marketers should look again at Google+. First of all, a Forrester blog post revealed that, in a survey of 60,000 US adults, 22% claimed to use G+ at least once per month, the same percentage as Twitter. Also, in terms of engagement per follower, Google+ far outdoes Twitter, and is closer to Facebook, as you can see here: Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 12.06.40

We Are Social’s Cristina Forlani also argued in favour of the network. She pointed out its value as an analytics tool and looked to rebut unhelpful comparisons with Facebook. She also mentioned the huge SEO benefits of a platform linked to the world’s most popular search engine.

YouTube pushing stars with TV adverts YouTube is planning a TV ad campaign to promote some of its biggest stars, after agencies requested a further push to merit their clients’ ad spend. The adverts will feature three YouTube celebrities with over one million subscribers each: make-up artist Michelle Phan, beauty/fashion vlogger Bethany Mota and baker Rosanna Pansino. The below ads will be seen on New York Subway trains.

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Line surpasses 400 million users Line, the Japanese messaging app, has surpassed 400 million users, meaning that it’s added 100 million in roughly five months, as shown in the graph below. Not only that, but these new users seem to really be taking to the service; on 21st March, over 10bn messages were sent in a single day.

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WhatsApp processes 64bn messages in one day If you thought Line’s 10bn messages were impressive, WhatsApp can do even better, processing 64bn messages in one day. The figure accounts for 20bn messages sent and 44bn received; the disparity in the figures occurring as a result of group messaging.

Skype growing among millennials Skype now has 300 million users and is experiencing strong growth among younger demographics, according to the company’s advertising General Manager Lovina McMurchy, who claimed that the platform now reaches 24% of 18-24 year olds worldwide. She said:

While other companies have seen interactions with younger users decline, Skype has seen positive growth numbers in recent years.

Imgur receives $40m in funding Tech venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested $40m in Imgur. The image sharing platform has traditionally rejected all outside funding while waiting for the ‘right fit’, as CEO and founder Alan Schaaf discussed.

We got along right off the bat. We were actually bouncing off interesting ideas in where to take the product. They actually made sense, which was out of left field.

adidas promotes World Cup with brazuca adidas is promoting its World Cup sponsorship by creating online content from the point of view of the official competition ball, named brazuca. The product has its own blog and Twitter pages, while a set of video clips will look to produce a ‘ball’s eye view’ of the competition and involve some of football’s biggest names, including Xavi, Manuel Neuer and Dani Alves.

adidas offers free cleats to one US football team Another adidas promotion in the last week will offer free American football cleats to one US high school team. The sportswear brand hopes that the teams will naturally spread the word about the competition by asking friends to vote, as it’s only other high school footballers who can do so. To ensure that this remains the case, the brand is using Chirpify, which will automatically respond to anybody using the hashtags #adizero and #vote, asking them to provide information that can prove their identity.

Zappos offers style advice through Instagram Zappos, an online fashion retailer, is offering free style advice through Instagram. When someone posts a selfie with the hashtag #NextOOTD, a ‘professional image specialist’ will analyse their posting history and suggest a Zappos product that might suit.

Marc by Marc Jacobs seeks ad stars in social Marc by Marc Jacobs is searching for the star of its latest advert on Twitter and Instagram. You can enter simply by posting a picture alongside the hashtag #CastMeMarc, as in the below examples.

The ‘Breakfast Wars’ go viral If you’ve been reading the last few tuneups, you’ll remember that Taco Bell has been promoting its breakfast menu pretty fervently. The latest addition to the campaign is a set of ads that poke fun at McDonald’s, in which real life Ronald McDonalds give rave reviews of the Taco Bell product. The main video has received over two million views on YouTube.

McDonald’s were quick to respond, though. The below Facebook post, at time of writing, has received over 8,000 likes and almost 2,000 shares. Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 14.51.26

KFC uses social celebrity endorsement in China Fast food chain KFC is struggling in China, with sales falling 13% from 2012 to 2013. To address this, the brand has recruited five major celebrities, each of whom will represent a new menu offering in social and compete with one another for likes. Celebrity endorsement has long since been a staple of Chinese marketing – it will be interesting to see how this social version works out.

Presidential selfie was a publicity stunt by Samsung A recent selfie with Barack Obama, posted by David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, was a planned publicity stunt by Samsung. The brand equipped its brand ambassador, known as Big Papi, with a Samsung phone, hoping that the opportunity might present itself, as it did.

However, the White House was unhappy with the above tweet, stating that it objected to the president’s image being used for commercial gain. Ortiz has since denied that he was paid for the photograph.

Cole Haan gets in trouble with the FTC
Footwear brand Cole Haan, has got itself in trouble with the FTC after a Pinterest competition that asked users to post pictures of their favourite shoes with the hashtag #WanderingSole. According to the FTC, the competition hashtag was not sufficient disclosure, though it’s worth noting that the brand received a letter and not an enforcement action.

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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-Up #132

by sabrina antoniou

Whaling (minus harpoons, thank goodness)

First there was planking.  Now, the whacky world of Vine brings you the latest social craze, #whaling – which basically involves hurling oneself about in a whale-like fashion and capturing your efforts on video to share with the world.  If Karl Stefanovic does it, it must be cool, right?

Apple adds a selfie section to the App Store

For the narciphonist in every person, Apple has decided to spoil us for choice with a range of selfie apps.  We Are Social advises caution around mixing any of these apps with alcohol.

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Twitter testing ‘fave people’ feature

Twitter has just given its testers access to a new feature that allows them to keep tabs on their favourite Twitter users and accounts in a dedicated timeline.  Our vote:  Thumbs up (once you’ve finished scrolling, of course).

The State of Social Advertising in 2014

Socialbakers surveyed over 500 marketing professionals to better understand where social media is heading in 2014; analysing both the priorities and practices of marketers and the state of social media advertising. Remarkably, 14% of companies with more than 5,000 employees reported a $0 social advertising budget for 2014, despite the growing need to support organic reach with paid advertising.

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However, most companies surveyed did invest in social advertising, at varying levels. Interestingly, Twitter appears to struggle to attract advertisers; most brands have been quicker to adapt to social advertising on LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.

Facebook Reveals ‘Premium’ Autoplay Video Ads

Facebook has revealed Premium Video Ads, the long-awaited marketing tool that delivers video ads right into users’ News Feeds and starts playing 15-second clips automatically; similarly to videos on Instagram. The ads will play with no sound unless the user clicks on them, in order to avoid being too interruptive. The ads will start rolling out during late April and will include the ability to target by day-part, along with measurement features supported by Nielsen and Ace Metrix.

A Streamlined Look for Facebook Pages on the Desktop

After recently announcing a redesign of its desktop News Feed, Facebook has announced that there will be a new design for Facebook pages on desktop, to be rolled out over the coming weeks, as seen in the example below.

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Facebook has now notified some page admins that they can join a waitlist to have their page converted to the new design, for those extra eager to explore it. The right-side column of the timeline will show all the page’s posts, while the left will hold information about the page or business. There will also be a ‘Pages to Watch’ feature, allowing marketers to monitor pages similar to their own (i.e. competitors) and track those pages’ performances. It also appears that tabs, with images, have returned to Facebook’s new page design on the left sidebar.

Twitter’s Direct Response Pitch: A New ‘Click-to-call’ button

Brands are already using Twitter as a direct response channel, listening for and responding to tweets that mention certain keywords, hashtags or handles. This month alone, Microsoft and Airbnb launched clever real-time marketing campaigns at South by Southwest, responding directly to consumers. In an attempt to go one step further in developing its advertising capabilities, Twitter is currently beta-testing a “click-to-call” button for sponsored tweets, which would allow mobile users to engage with a Twitter ad by calling the advertiser directly. This feature could potentially help Twitter break into the local advertising market. Location-based apps like Foursquare and Google Maps already have click-to-call features in their apps.

One Of China’s Biggest Social Networks Is Going Public

In what could be the biggest social media IPO of 2014, Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging service that’s often compared to Twitter, began the process of going public in the US on Friday. Sina Weibo is seeking to raise up to $500 million in its initial public offering and though not quite as big as Twitter, which has more global appeal, it looks like it’s trying to ride on Twitter’s strong performance following its IPO. Actually, its “selling points” are nearly identical to Twitter’s – which is interesting considering both platforms face stiff competition from messaging applications that are quickly becoming the go-to communications tools for younger smartphone owners, such as WeChat, WhatsApp and Line.

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ABC ‘Good Morning America’ Unveils ‘Social Square’

Good Morning America has introduced a new social media studio dubbed “Social Square”. Armed with Samsung monitors and tablets featuring Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Spotify components, the new social media room is aimed at driving conversation and motivating viewer engagement. Some of the main features include an Instagram video chat wall where viewers can ask hosts and guests questions, a Twitter Mirror that allows guests to take selfies and upload them to the show’s Twitter feed, and music streamed from Spotify that will allow guests to pick out songs to play on-air.

H&R Block Taps YouTube Talent For New Social Media Record Label

According to H&R Block, a ‘tax preparation’ company, 56 million Americans will try to do their own taxes this year. The company claims that last year, taxpayers lost more than a billion dollars thanks to inaccuracies in their tax returns. H&R have decided to enlist ten up and coming YouTubers as brand ambassadors to release original songs and videos on a social record label called “Billion Back Records”, as well as using social media to build enthusiasm around getting a tax refund. H&R is also using its Twitter feed to issue challenges for the chance to win music-themed prizes like concert tickets and a guitar. YouTube, taxes, and rock n’ roll?

March Madness And Twitter Ads

For anyone not still reeling from the real-time marketing overload around the Superbowl this year, American brands are now queuing up around college basketball’s March Madness period. As NCAA teams look to beat the buzzer on-court, brands are jumping in on highly relevant promoted hashtags with a mix of pre-planned and reactive content with varying degrees of success. There are no clear slam dunks on display which raises an important question: are marketers planning their real-time strategies to deliver value to their business and consumers, or falling into the trap of jumping into conversations without a clear goal? Judging by some of the brands’ efforts there’s still a lot to learn.

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David Cameron’s new Facebook likes

UK Prime Minister David Cameron found himself under scrutiny last week when it was reported that he’d invested an estimated £7,500 to increase his Facebook Like count from 60,000 to 130,000 in one month. He’s now one of the most popular UK politicians on social media (even if not in real life)…

‘Safe Badman’: Argos wins at Twitter

Argos indulged in some top Twitter bantz with a disgruntled customer. When Immy ‘BADMAN’ Bugti tweeted with a complaint about the lack of ‘da PS4 tings’ available at Argos’s Moss Side store, as well as member of staff who had ‘bare attitude’, Argos responded superbly. Its gangsta response has since been retweeted thousands of times, and left Immy satisfied. Respect, yo.

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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.

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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 #121

by Gillian Collison

Social media updates from passengers stranded in Antarctica

Some of the 74 passengers currently awaiting rescue on Russia’s MV Akademik Shokalskiy have been keeping family and friends updated via Twitter, Vine, Youtube, Google+ and Skype. Passengers Alok Jha and Laurence Topham, who are journalists with The Guardian, as well as Chris Turney, a professor and leader on the expedition have been posting about penguin sightings, cake availability and the rescue attempts thus far. You can follow all the action of their adventure at #spiritofmawson.

 

Myer’s Boxing Day website crash causes social media backlash

As shoppers flocked to grab post-Christmas bargains both in-store and online,  Myer’s woes continued with their website crumbling under heavy traffic leaving many frustrated customers with this message:

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Many initially took to Twitter and Facebook to express their dismay:

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However, fans of Myer on Facebook were quick to defend their social media team and thanked them for their continued updates and polite responses. As of the 31st of December, Myer’s website is still closed. CEO Bernie Brookes has announced extra discounts and exclusive online offers once the site is back up and running.

Is Facebook ‘dead and buried’ to European teens?

Research into the behaviour of European teens aged 16-18 has found that Facebook is becoming less and less important, as the demographic moves towards the likes of Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat. The key reason given for the shift is the desire to stay away from their parents, which could prove severely costly for the network. Daniel Miller, lead anthropologist on the research team, put the situation in no uncertain terms:

For this group Facebook is not just falling, it is basically dead, finished, kaput, over.

However, some have looked to cast doubt on the research. The BBC’s technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, has argued that the sample groups are too small: for example, the above quotation comes simply from examination of UK teens aged 16-18. He also states that Miller gives too much weight to interviews, arguing that there is no reason why a small sample group of teenagers professing their love for Twitter should prove that teens are leaving Facebook ‘in their droves’.

Further research has shown that, across all groups from age 18 upwards, Facebook is still the most popular of all social networks. A report into UK social media users found that 18% of over-65s were on Facebook, a leap ahead of the 6% on second-most popular site YouTube. The same study also showed the continued popularity of the network with 18-24 year olds; the question is how Facebook copes as its audience begins to age.

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The extent of Facebook’s organic reach decline

A string of studies have shown there to be a vast decrease in organic reach since Facebook’s announcement at the start of this month. One piece of research into 21 large brand pages found an average dip of 44.3%, with one page experiencing a decline of 87.8%. This had an impact on engaged users too: a 34.5% decrease, on average. Edgerank Checker also examined the changes, analysing one week either side of the 2nd December. Their research showed a dip in reach of 21%, from 9.4% to 7.5%, with status updates suffering the worst.

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Facebook is the top social network on smartphones

Facebook has been crowned the most popular social network on smartphones in 2013, on a list that also includes YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Facebook was in fact the most popular app of all, with a monthly audience of over 100 million and a year-on-year increase of 27%. Perhaps surprisingly, Instagram came three places higher than Twitter; its 7th place was supported by a monthly audience of 32 million and 66% year-on-year growth, compared to Twitter’s figures of 30.8 million and 36%.

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Foursquare’s passive smart phone tracking

Foursquare is extending its data capabilities through constant, passive tracking of smart phone locations. This functionality, necessary to power its ‘passive notifications’ feature that tells users about nearby places, is providing the network with further data to sell to advertisers.

Coca Cola’s #ReasonsToBelieve

Coca Cola are focussing on positivity in their latest campaign, dubbed ‘Reasons To Believe’. As well as the video ad shown below, they are supporting the activity with the hashtag #ReasonsToBelieve on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, through which the brand is asking fans to share their own acts of kindness.

Mastercard’s #PricelessNewYear

Mastercard is asking its social media communities to share their ‘priceless moments’ from 2013 using the hashtag #PricelessNewYear. The best will be shown on billboards in New York’s Times Square during this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Smart Car USA call for selfies on Twitter

Smart Car USA are encouraging their Twitter followers to share a selfie using the hashtag #smartwrapme. Winners will then see one of the cars dressed up, inspired by their own looks.

 

Leica selling cameras through Instagram

German optics company Leica is enabling fans to purchase its latest camera, the Leica C, directly via Instagram. Users will need to register with Arco, a startup that enables purchasing through the network, then follow the @Leicabrasil account, which will be uploading a number of photos taken with the camera. Fans can then simply comment ‘purchase’ on any of these in order to buy the product for themselves.

LinkedIn’s top 25 skills for getting hired

LinkedIn has produced some analysis of the skills that got people hired in 2013: at number one, it’s social media marketing. In fact, tech skills form a huge part of the top 25: numbers two and three are ‘mobile development’ and ‘cloud and distributed computing’ respectively.

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We Are Social’s Tuesday Tune-up #112

by Stephanie Ryan in News

Twitter now the most important social network for US teens
Twitter has replaced Facebook as the most important social network for US teens, according to a survey of thousands. Of those questioned in Autumn 2013, 23% said that Facebook was the most important social network to them, down from 33% in Spring 2013 and 42% in Fall 2012. Twitter was most popular with 26% in Fall 2013, though that was down from 30% in the Spring, while Instagram had consistently grown over the seasons (from 12% to 17%, then on to 23%) leaving it level with Facebook in second place.

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The growth of social ad spend in Western Europe
Social ad spending is to continue growing in Western Europe, according to research by eMarketer, reaching $2.82bn by 2015.

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Facebook introduces video ads to mobile app
Facebook has introduced video ads to its mobile app, allowing them to be displayed in the mobile news feed for the first time. Currently, the feature is limited to adverts for other apps, and the videos will not auto-play. However, this could well be just the first step in the growth of video advertising on Facebook’s mobile platforms.

Instagram reveals sponsored posts
Instagram has revealed what its sponsored posts will look like, as shown below. Evidently, they’re pretty similar to normal posts on the network, but include a ‘Sponsored’ banner for clarity’s sake. For more information on the news and its implications for brands, have a look at our full blog post on the matter.

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Australian politicians finally nail social 
Social media was more important in the September 7 election than in any previous one, according to a review of Facebook performances. Politics was the top engagement group for the election year with an average rate of 20.9%, followed distantly by radio (12.73%), magazines (11.35%) and sports clubs (7.6%).  Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott were strong performers unsurprisingly, and Liberal federal director Brian Loughnane said his party devoted a much greater amount of their campaign budget to social media than ever before. The findings confirm the emergence of social media as a key campaign tool for major parties.

Hashbag helping Instagram users navigate a growing marketplace
Brookyln-based website designer Mike Bodge has created Hashbag, a site that allows users navigate the growing marketplace of buyers and sellers on Instagram. With two million people per year using the #forsale hashtag, Bodge created Hashbag to tame the ‘wild west’ Instagram marketplace. “Some people would say ‘text me’ or ‘email me’, or hit me up on WhatsApp, etc.” says Bodge. Hashbag makes all that stuff easier, bringing together a vast range of new and used products and facilitating their sale.

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Signs of success in Twitter’s IPO
Twitter’s IPO is set to be the biggest of its sort since Facebook, with the network seeking $1.4bn from the sale of 70m shares at $17-$20 each. This would lead to a $10.9bn valuation, which seems to be an intentionally low figure intended to ensure growth on day one. Indeed, financial spread betting firm IG predicts that share prices will double on the first day, with the price potentially rising to as high as $30bn. The network’s value has already trebled to £17.9bn ahead of its market debut, as ‘grey market’ traders begin to buy and sell unofficially valued stock on IG’s Index. All the signs point to a successful IPO for Twitter.

‘Sessions’ and ‘Time travel’ make Vine more flexible
Twitter-owned video-sharing network Vine has introduced two new features: ‘Sessions’ and ‘Time travel’. The first allows users to save posts for later, working on up to ten videos at any one time, while the second allows users to edit posts by moving or replacing individual shots within a video.

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The two features together combine to allow greater flexibility and quality control in the video creation process, which should be good news for brands who are willing to invest in the production of Vines.

LinkedIn’s new ‘Intro’ feature
LinkedIn has created a new feature, named ‘Intro’, which links your profile with your iPhone’s email. Once you’ve done so, you will see someone’s LinkedIn details whenever they send you an email.

Another funding round for Pinterest
Pinterest has completed another round of funding, since obtaining $200m in February, at a $2.5bn valuation. This round is even higher, with $225m coming in, amounting to a valuation of $3.8bn. As Forbes points out, Pinterest is now worth almost four times the sum that both Tumblr and Instagram sold for, $1.1 and $1 billion dollars respectively.

BBM sees 10 million downloads on iPhone and Android
BlackBerry Messenger was downloaded 10m times in the first 24 hours after its release as a free app for both iPhone and Android. Impressive initial figures, certainly, but it will be interesting to see how many of these are retained as active users.

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Ebay gets more social
Online auction house Ebay has decided to introduce a number of social features. These include the ability to curate collections, follow users, collections or interests and create a profile or, in the case of sellers, a storefront. None of these are a million miles from features offered on Pinterest – a logical move, considering that network’s close links with online shopping.

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BBC Global News partners with Twitter
BBC Global News has become the latest in a list of Twitter partners to include sponsored video clips within paid tweets. Using the platform’s ‘Amplify’ department, the newscaster is producing a set of videos labelled #BBCTrending, which will give viewers a round-up of the day’s trending news after a sponsored pre-roll ad.

Buy someone a coffee through Twitter and Starbucks
Starbucks has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to purchase coffee gifts for one another. After syncing their Starbucks, Twitter and credit card accounts, the gift giver simply needs to type “@tweetacoffee to” and the person’s @handle and they can send over a gift of up to $5. Visa are encouraging people to partake by offering a bonus to the first 100,000 to sync their cards: they will receive a $5 gift voucher of their own after sending their first gift.

Apple competitors buy Twitter ads for iPad launch
Every single major Apple competitor bought Twitter ads to coincide with the launch event for the latest iPad. Some of the attempts at brand jacking are shown below.

 

 

 

Tide’s Vine videos influencing above-the-line
In last week’s Mashup we told you all about Tide’s Halloween-themed Vine videos. Well, they’re taking over a huge amount of the brand’s advertising and have since been featured on TV and billboards, showing how well-constructed social content can have applications above-the-line, too.

We Are Social and Bulmers release Harvestimator
Cider brand Bulmers has unveiled its latest social campaign, created by We Are Social. Run through a ‘Harvestimator’ Facebook app, fans have to guess how many apples will fall from a tree under a variety of conditions and are entered into a draw to win weekly prizes. The introductory video, complete with West Country voiceover, is below.

Yahoo UK to create satirical cartoon from @Queen_UK
Yahoo UK is turning the parody Twitter account @Queen_UK into an animated mini-series, featured on its website. The programme, starring ex-Spitting Image actor Kate Robbins, will take its cues from tweets like the below.

 

Nissan Juke promoted by Instagram campaign
Nissan’s Juke is set to be promoted through an Instagram campaign. As detailed in the below video, users are asked to post an Instagram video; these will then be produced into an audio-visual track, which will be streamed online live from a launch event on 21st November.

Ryanair’s #GrillMOL Twitter stunt
Michael O’Leary, owner of budget airline Ryanair, took to Twitter this week in an ‘ask me anything’ PR stunt under the hashtag #GrillMOL. Using his, ahem, ‘unique’ tone of voice, he caused both amusement and ire with a flurry of tweets that included sexism and… well, mainly quite a lot of sexism. Marketing Magazine compiled a ‘best and worst’ list.

 

 

 

Guinness’s TV ads receive poor Twitter reaction
Guinness experimented with a new form of above-the-line advertising last week, taking over every ad break in ITV’s the Jonathan Ross show to post videos like the below, which discussed the drink’s effect on male bonding. They encouraged Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RoundUpYourMates, but received little positive reaction, with users describing the activity as painful and even sexist.

NHS’s Lou Reed tweet meets public disapproval
Yesterday heard the announcement of the sad news that Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed had died of liver disease aged 71. The NHS saw an opportunity to promote their own interests and posted the below tweet, which was deleted after complaints by a number of Twitter users, despite what seemed to be genuinely good intentions. It goes to show that, in times of public mourning, it isn’t just brands that can appear selfish by trying to take advantage of the situation.

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Pope Francis reaches 10 million Twitter followers
Pope Frances reached the milestone of 10 million Twitter followers across his nine accounts last week, posting the below in celebration:

 

 

It wasn’t just in Latin, though. He thanked followers across each individual account, with languages including English, Spanish and Arabic.

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