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Social News Roundup | September 17, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Facebook Creates Industry Pages for Developers 

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Facebook has created industry pages for developers who are in the e-commerce, entertainment, games, photos and travel industries. Read more…

 

2. Flipboard Adds Video Ads 

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Video ads will now appear on Flipboard. They are being presented as an additional component to display ads, and users need to engage with the ads in order to view the video. Read more… 

 

3. The Majority of Social Media Users Are Located Outside the United States

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The majority of social media users do not reside in the United States. 87% of active Twitter users and 84% of Facebook users are located outside the US. Read more… 

 

4. Social Media Tools Can Help You Lose Weight

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Researchers at Imperial College London have found that online social networks have a “modest, but significant” result in aiding weight loss. Read more…  

 

5. User Generated Social Media Campaign Brings Back Surge 

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Coke has revived Surge after an intensive two-year social media campaign. The nostalgic soft drink will only be available on Amazon. Read more…

Social News Roundup | September 10, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. The US Makes Up 41.5% of All Twitter Mention

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A study from Mention found that the US makes up 41.5% of all Twitter mentions, followed by the UK with 9.7% and France with 5.4%. Read more… 

2. Facebook Hits 100 Million Users In Africa

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Facebook now has 100 million users in Africa, which is half of all Internet users in Africa. Read more…

3. YouTube Ads Have Higher Conversion Rates Than Any Other Social Network

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Compared to other social media networks, YouTube performs the best at influencing consumers purchasing decisions. Read more…

4. Facebook Videos Now Include a View Count

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Facebook is rolling out a view count feature for uploaded videos on the social network. Read more…

5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos Hits 1 Billion Views on YouTube

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YouTube videos relating to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have reached 1 billion views. Compared to 2013’s Harlem Shake video, videos relating to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge have double the uploads and three times as many views. Read more…

6. DiGiorno Apologizes For Misusing Hashtag #WhyIStayed

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DiGiorno apologizes for misusing the hashtag #WhyIStayed, a hashtag dedicated to drawing awareness for domestic violence. Read more…

Social News Roundup | September 5, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Checkup

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Facebook is rolling out a privacy checkup to remind users to review their privacy settings and make sure they are sharing updates with the right audience. Read more… 

2. Twitter Forces Twitpic To Shut Down

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Twitpic is shutting down as a result of a trademark dispute with Twitter. Read more…

3. Organic Search Drives More Traffic than Paid Search and Social

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A recent study conducted by BrightEdge has found that organic search drives 51% of traffic to business-to-business and business-to-consumer websites, whereas paid-search drives 10% and social drives 5%. Read more…

4. Marketing Budget for Social Media Increases, But Hard to Measure ROI

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Although social media spending is increasing, it’s still difficult for marketers to measure its return on investment. Read more…

5. B2B Companies Are Perfect For Employee Driven Advocacy Programs

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Employee advocacy programs allow employees to use their personal social media profiles to drive brand awareness, leads and promotions for their company. Because B2B companies have large remote work forces and are targeting a more educated buyer, they are the perfect candidates for employee-driven advocacy programs. Read more…

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Social News Roundup | September 3, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Twitter Revamps Their Sign-Up Process

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Twitter has revamped its sign-up process for new users to help them get immediate value out of the social network. Read more… 

2. Facebook Tests New Mobile Search Feature for Old Posts

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Facebook is testing a new search feature that allows mobile users to find old posts that were shared with them using keywords. Read more…

3. Instagram Is the Most Important Social Network for Teens

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Instagram is now the most important social platform for teenagers, ahead of Facebook and Twitter. Read more…

4. Netflix Subscribers Can Choose What They Want to Share On Facebook

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Netflix is giving their subscribers more control over what they want to share over Facebook, which includes recommending videos to friends. Read more…

5. YouTube Reaches More 18 to 24 Year Olds Than Any Cable Network

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YouTube reaches more 18 to 24 year olds than any other cable network. Millennials consume more content on YouTube than ESPN, Hulu and even Facebook. Read more…

6. Fortune 500 Companies Focuses On Social Media Over Corporate Blogs

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Fortune 500 companies are leveraging social media more compared to blogging. Research from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing have found that in 2014, 31% of the studied companies who have corporate blogs showed a 3% decrease in blogging in the past year. Read more…

Social News Roundup | August 29, 14

  
  
  
  
  

1. Twitter’s Tweet Activity Dashboard Is Open to All Users

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Twitter has begun opening its Tweet Activity dashboard to all users, which shows information including impressions, engagement and clicks. Read more…

2. Brands Immediately Hop Onto Instagram’s Hyperlapse App

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Big name brands such as Mountain Dew and Bud Light have already used Hyperlapse, Instagram’s app for making time-lapse videos, within hours of the app’s launch. Read more…

3. Facebook Announces “Events” Ads and Launches Advanced Insights for Events

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In the coming weeks, Facebook will release desktop and mobile News Feed ads and insights for events. Insights that event hosts will receive include the number of people who have seen an event link on Facebook, the number of people who have viewed the event and the number of joins, saves and maybes the event has received. Read more…

4. There Is Now a Tweetdeck for Instagram

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To organize your Instagram feed, Marvel, a London-based prototyping platform, has created a web app that allows you to add columns based on users or hashtags so that users can easily follow updates on certain topics. Read more…

5. Google Stops Displaying Authorship Markup In Search Results

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Google will no longer display the names of authors in search results, since the feature wasn’t as useful to readers as Google hoped it would be. Read more…

Social News Roundup | August 20, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Facebook Is Testing “Stickers” In Comments 

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Facebook is testing a new feature that allows users to add stickers when posting comments. Read more…

2. Twitter’s New Experiment Includes Favorites On Timeline

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Twitter is experimenting with a new feature that shows favorited tweets on users’ timelines. Read more…

3. Snapchat Plans to Display Ads, TV & Movie Clips and News Articles

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This fall, Snapchat plans to launch a service called Snapchat Discovery to display content that includes ads, TV and movie clips and news articles. Read more…

4. Twitter to Remove Images of Deceased Upon Family’s Request

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Upon the request of family members, Twitter will remove images and videos of the deceased. Read more…

5. Study Shows that 99% of All Organic Posts Get Almost No Engagement

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A study from SocialFlow has found that 99% of organic social posts across Twitter, Facebook and Google+ create little to no engagement at all. Read more…

6. Burger King Brings Back Chicken Fries With Social Media Success

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Since launching #chickenfriesareback, Burger King has averaged 380 tweets per minute while generating 150,000 total social media mentions in the campaign’s first 72 hours. Read more…

Social News Roundup | August 15, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Facebook Releases Cross-Device Reporting for Ads

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Facebook launches a new cross-device reporting feature that allows advertisers to see where a consumer saw an ad, the device they used and then the device they used to buy the product. Read more…

2. Pinterest Adds Vevo Music Videos to its Site

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Pinterest partnered with Vevo,allowing users to search for, share and watch Vevo videos on Pinterest itself. Read more…

3. Twitter Launches Data Visualization Tool For Commonly Tweeted Topics in the UK

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Twitter has launched a data visualization tool in the UK that shows exactly where, when and how often people interact when talking about certain topics. Read more…

4. Facebook Closes Acquisition Deal With Video Ad Tech Startup, LiveRail

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Facebook’s acquisition deal with LiveRail is now closed. The video ad tech start-up could help Facebook better target the video ads it runs in the News Feed, and Facebook can help LiveRail with its own targeting of video ads across the web and mobile apps. Read more…

5. Twitter Adds New Features For Verified Users

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Twitter added two new features for verified users. Verified users can now receive notifications when another verified user follows them, as well as the option to filter their followers so only verified users are visible on iOS. Read more…

6. Flipboard Is Introducing Video Ads in September With Chanel as an Initial Advertiser

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Social reading service Flipboard will introduce video advertisements in September, and fashion brand Chanel is confirmed as an initial advertiser. Read more…

Social News Roundup | August 13, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Pinterest Adds Messaging Feature

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Pinterest now offers a chat feature designed for group messaging. The messaging feature is meant to encourage collaboration and discussion on the site. Read more…

2. Snapchat Is the Third Most Popular Social App Among Millennials

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According to a recent report by comScore, Snapchat is now the third most popular social app among millennials. Read more…

3. Twitter Launches Promoted Video

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Although the new feature is still in beta testing mode, Twitter has launched Promoted Video, which allows marketers to upload and distribute video content on Twitter. Read more…

4. Facebook Offers Can Influence Purchasing Decisions [Study]

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Facebook offers have proven to be quite successful for local businesses. In a study by G/O Digital, 84% of those polled said that they believe offers or deals on Facebook are important to their in-store purchasing decision. Read more…

5. Australian Dominos Franchise Relying on Social Media and Web For 60% of Sales

 

 

 

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60 percent of total annual sales for Australia’s Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd were through orders via social media, apps and its websites. Read more…

Social News Roundup | August 8, 14

  
  
  
  
  

1. Embedded Tweets Now Available on Twitter.com

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On Twitter.com, users can now embed tweets within another tweet. Read more…  

2. Facebook’s Ad Improvements are Driving Their Revenue Growth

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Facebook’s strong Q2 earnings are driven by new initiatives that include improving the quality and relevancy of ads and new tools like ad preferences or interest-based ads. Read more… 

3. Twitter Lets Advertisers Buy Against Campaign Goals

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Twitter has released a new tool for advertisers that lets them manage their campaigns based on goals such as driving web traffic, app installs or increasing followers. Read more…

4. YouTube Acquires Video-Editing Startup Directr

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YouTube acquires Directr, a mobile application that allows users to create movies from a mobile device. Read more… 

5. 13 Year-Old Came Up With an Anti-Cyber-Bullying Tool

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13 year-old Trisha Prabhu has come up with a cyber-bullying tool called Rethink, which would filter messages that may be hurtful to others and ask posters to rethink the contents of their messages. Read more…

 

Social News Roundup | August 6, 2014

  
  
  
  
  

1. Schedule Instagram Posts with ScheduGram

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ScheduGram allows users to pre-schedule Instagram posts and manage multiple Instagram accounts through one interface. Read more… 

2. Twitter Partners With Puma to Test “Flock to Unlock” Advertising Program

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Twitter has partnered with Puma to launch a new advertising program, “Flock to Unlock.” The idea behind the program is that a deal will be “unlocked” only when a certain number of followers retweet a particular message. Read more… 

3. Facebook Adds Ad Scheduling to Power Editor

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Facebook added a new feature to its Power Editor that gives advertisers who use lifetime budgets the ability to schedule hours during which their ads should or should not run. Read more… 

4. Twitter Tests Showing Tweets From People Your Friends Follow 

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Twitter’s latest test involves showing tweets to users from accounts their friends follow. Read more…

5. Nielsen Data: Mobile Devices and Social Networks Are Making TV Better

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Social media is changing the way we learn about TV shows and how we watch them. Not only does it affect the consumer experience, but it also has proven to be a valuable source for advertisers to tap into social conversations. Read more… 

6. Google to Recognize Emails That Use Special Characters

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Google has become the first email provider to allow people to create email addresses using letters with accent marks and characters outside the Latin alphabet. Read more…

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