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Facebook introduced a new feature this week called Save that lets people bookmark links, photos, and videos shared on the social network and check them out later. After users save a post on Facebook, they can pull up a new “Saved” tab to view their stockpile of time-delayed content. People will be able to save ads from their news feeds and posts from brands’ Facebook pages, like any other content on Facebook.  Advertisers will not (yet) be able to target ads to people who save ads or page posts.
Reddit’s live thread feature has been rolled out to all users. Reddit live is the site’s first project that exists primarily outside of the subreddit system that the site uses to organize topics, links, and comments.  The project had been in “semi-open beta” for a few months, and generated popular, long-running threads on Syria and Ukraine, as well as numerous smaller ones around topics like Twitch Plays Pokemon.
Expanding its native ad strategy, LinkedIn is now giving brands the ability to personalize and test content in the newsfeed without having to originate posts on their LinkedIn Company Page.  Dubbed “Direct Sponsored Content,” the service represents an expansion of the company’s Sponsored Updates product.
Starting this week, users of Foursquare will no longer be able to check-in using the app. If you want to check-in, you will need to install and use the new app Swarm. The Foursquare app will move to focus primarily on local discovery and recommendations. But the transition won’t come without a challenge. Google this week announced a new “Explore” feature for Google Maps on Android and iOS which allows users to pull up venue information near their destination and provide personalized recommendations as it learns more about you.

Global Social Media

Latin America, particularly Brazil, is continuing rapid growth in its online economy. And the boom in e-commerce is good news for Amazon. Latin America as a whole remains the world’s second fastest growing e-commerce market – only trailing behind China. And Brazil is leading the way, thanks to high internet penetration rates, a booming market for affordable mobile devices and an increasingly digital culture. Amazon raked in $475 million in web sales in Latin America in 2013, a growth in retail of over 140 percent. The Brazilian-led Latin American market was the fastest growing foreign segment for Amazon in 2013 – outgrowing Amazon’s other e-commerce markets at a rate 3.7 times faster than China, seven times faster than North America, and 8.3 times faster than Europe.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Mercedes-Benz is using LinkedIn to promote its 2015 C-Class line. This week, the luxury car brand introduced a new contest “Drive to Perform,” in which a LinkedIn user will win a two-year lease of a Mercedes C300. Unlike typical giveaways, users will not enter the contest on their own behalf, but rather will nominate someone in their LinkedIn network. In the spirit of recommendations that users contribute to one another’s profiles, Mercedes is asking LinkedIn users to nominate colleagues by highlighting their professional accomplishments and attributes in short recommendations, along with how the nominees “personal qualities meet the sophistication of the Mercedes-Benz brand.” The brand will also weigh how popular and active nominees are on social networks.

 

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Pinterest Launches First Paid Ads with Kraft, Gap and Others
Pinterest (which just raised another round of funding, valuing the platform at $5bn) has more than a dozen marketers lined up to run campaigns with three to six month commitments including Kraft, General Mills, Ziploc, Nestle, Lululemon, Gap, ABC Family and Expedia. The site is taking a “consultative approach” to ad selling, which means they will work closely with the brands to help them understand what type of creative resonates with Pinterest users. According to their head of partnerships, Pinterest will eventually “get to the place where we’re answering RFP’s.”  In other Pinterest news, the platform teamed up with FYI Network to launch a new home design show called “We’re Moving In,” which follows new housemates using Pinterest as a source of inspiration.

Foursquare’s New Swarm App is Here
Foursquare’s new app called Swarm has arrived this week. The company announced in early May that it would split its experience into two apps. Swarm is intended to be a convenient way to keep up with what your friends are doing, letting you check into venues, just like the Foursquare app, but also lets you automatically share which neighborhood you are in. The app includes stickers (similar to emoji), a new revamped version of Mayorships, and the ability to make quick plans with friends around you.

Twitter Adds “Mute” Button for More Feed Control
Twitter feeds are often noisy. Addressing the issue, Twitter debuted a “mute” button this week. In the same way you can turn on device notifications so you never miss a Tweet from your favorite users, you can now mute users you want to hear from less.

Twitter Introduces Language Targeting for Promoted Tweets
Twitter recently launched targeting for promoted tweets and promoted accounts. As a result, advertisers can now target both in 20 different languages while users will be able to see “highly relevant ads” in their language.

Global Social Media

Twitter Takes Aim at Real Politics in Latin America
After seeing explosive growth across Latin America, Twitter is now tapping into the region’s other big passion besides soccer – politics. The company dispatched its top political strategist to Brazil this week to give senators in one of its biggest global markets a pep talk on tweets and how to use the social network ahead of the October general election.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Birds Eye Offers Fan Food in Exchange for Instagram Pics
Birds Eye is opening up a pop-up restaurant that allows diners to settle the bill by paying with a picture of their meals as part of its wider experimentations with social commerce. Diners who tag Instagram snaps of their food with #BirdsEyeInspirations will get a free meal. The pay-by-picture restaurant is the latest social commerce test from Birds Eye as it looks to better measure the results social provides. Links to purchase foods in social media posts have been trailed by the brand in recent months, as has forging stronger ecommerce ties with supermarkets.

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Everything Facebook Announced at F8
Anonymous Logins: When a user logs into an app for the first time they can now login anonymously before deciding if they want to keep using the app. FbStart Developer Tools: Developers can apply to the FbStart program for access to free tools and services “to get your app up and running fast.” Audience Network: Facebook introduced its mobile ad network with three formats: banner, interstitial and native. Mobile Like for Apps: Facebook introduced a “like” button on mobile giving developers access to users’ Timelines.  Local Datastore for Offline App Use: Facebook announced offline data storage, allowing developers to keep apps running while a mobile device is no longer connected to the internet. Two-Year Stability and 48-Hour Bug Fixes: Facebook’s core APIs  will come with a two-year stability guarantee and the company promises to handle all major bug fixes within 48 hours. AppLinks: Developers can now link between apps. New Media APIs:  Facebook announced four new APIs for media organizations: Trending, Topic Insights, Topic Feed, and Hashtag Counter. Test Apps: Developers can create Facebook App Ids quickly for development and staging.

Meet Swarm: Foursquare’s Ambitious Plan to Split its App in Two
This week, Foursquare announced a new app called Swarm that will exist alongside the current Foursquare app. Swarm will be a social heat map, helping users find friends nearby and check in to share their location. A completely rewritten Foursquare app will launch in a month. The new Foursquare will ditch the check-in and focus solely on exploration and discovery – taking on Yelp.

Twitter Considers “Whisper Mode”
Twitter is looking to encourage more private discussions on its service. CEO Dick Costolo would like to have a “whisper mode” that allows users to take public conversations and discuss them solely with friends.

SnapChat Rolls Out Text, Video Messaging
SnapChat is rolling out a text and video-messaging feature named Chat, while making it easier for users to save their exchanges with friends. The text and video messages will still disappear after users are through with them, but SnapChat is encouraging everyone to save whatever information they like.

LinkedIn Launches Sponsored Updates API and Partner Programs
LinkedIn this week announced two new types of Certified Marketing Partners – Sponsored Updates Partners and Content Partners  – to make it easier for brands and agencies to scale their content marketing efforts on the platform. Sponsored Updates partners will have access to advanced tools to manage campaigns. Content Partners will provide access to high-quality content to enhance advertiser activities on LinkedIn.

Instagram Video Ads Are Coming Soon
Video ads on the platform are quietly being tested. Instagram says it’s still far off from offering self-serve advertising tools and still needs to vet and approve every sponsored photo (and soon video).

Global Social Media

Russia Orders Bloggers to Register; Outlaws Anonymous Blogging, Continues to Clamp Down on Social Media 
Russia has been steadily trying to bring the Internet under control with ever-more stringent measures. After tackling general Web sites through powers that allow them to be blocked more easily, it is now turning its attention to bloggers. A new law requires that bloggers declare their family name and email address on their blogs. Any authors whose personal site has more than 3,000 visitors per day must register on a special list and abide by mass media restrictions and laws pertaining “resistance to extremism.” Abuse will be punishable by fines  and website suspensions.  Russian  authorities have also tightened their grip on Vkontakte. The founder of the Russian Facebook fled the country after being threatened by Kremlin officials. The former CEO now claims that the site is now under “the complete control” of Vladimir Putin.

Noteworthy Campaigns

CB2 Invites Pinterest Users to Design an Apartment in Real Time
Home décor chain CB2 wanted to turn aspirational online home design daydreams into reality with APT CB2, a five day event in which five popular designers decorate one real-world apartment using furniture from the CB2 catalogue with the real-time input from the Pinterest community. Starting on May 7, each designer will have one day to transform one room in a vacant NYC apartment into a fully realized space, the progress of which will be shared over Pinterest and through a campaign microsite. Throughout the day, people can vote on a design choice an hour – for instance which chair or lamp to put in the space — all with the promise of winning $5,000 to spend at CB2 for their own dream apartment.

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Foursquare Now Lets You Order From Over 20,000 GrubHub Restaurants
Foursquare recently announced it has partnered with GrubHub Seamless to offer its mobile users access to more than 20,000 restaurants in hundreds of cities across the U.S. In the app for Android or iOS, all you have to do is tap the GrubHub or Seamless icon and place your order.

Wikipedia Adding Celebrity Voices to Wiki Pages
A new project called WikiVIP was announced this week that seeks to add the voice of celebrities and other notable people to the online encyclopedia. The project sets out to make sure there is a public and freely reusable record of what notable people sound like for “current and future generations.”

Facebook Partners With Social TV Analytics Firm SecondSync
This week, Facebook announced a partnership with UK-based social TV analytics company SecondSync. The two companies will work together to help marketers understand how people are using Facebook to talk about TV.

Facebook Announced The Launch of Paper
Facebook announced that it will soon launch Paper, a mobile application that re-envisions how Facebook users discover and create content.  Paper heavily emphasizes the tools you use to post to Facebook. For example, you will be able to see what your status update will look like before you post it. Stories on the platform are also different than what you are used to in your main Facebook app; photos are full-bleed and navigable and videos take up the entire screen.  Paper also splits up different sections based on story topics like technology, cute animals, photography and top headlines. The sections contain a mix of stories from outside sources like the New York Times as well as status updates from Facebook users.  These stories will not be solely algorithmically based. Editors from Facebook will be picking out stories they think are best.

LinkedIn  Channels Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon
LinkedIn introduced a new tool that’s a twist on the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game – but for professionals. The social network launched “How You’re Connected,” a visual enhancement that explores your path to a contact.  When looking for an introduction to someone you may not know yet, you will be able to see who in your network knows them, and also how they know each other to help you decide the best contact to request an introduction from.

Global Social Media

Sina Weibo Users Set New Messaging Record
China’s Sina Weibo has broken its record for messages sent per minute, after 863,408 tweets were sent during the first minute of the Chinese New Year. The record surpasses the previous best of 731,102 posts for last year’s Lunar New Year.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Uber Offers On-Demand Halftime Shows For New York Fans
Uber and Pepsi recently teamed up to bring Super Bowl “half-time shows” to the streets of Manhattan. The free shows appeared as an icon on the Uber app and users were able to request them between 11am and 5pm Tuesday – Wednesday of this past week. When a user requested a show, a 12-person team including a band and a cheerleader arrived by bus and put on a four–minute show.

Marc Jacobs Opens Pop-Up Shop Where Fashionistas Pay With Tweets
Marc Jacobs plans to open a pop-up shop during New York Fashion Week where dollars will have no value. All transactions at the Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop will be carried out based on customers’ user of the hashtag #MJDaisyChain across various social platforms.  The store will be open to the public February 7-9.

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Twitter Adds TV Conversation Targeting
This week, Twitter announced a new feature that allows networks and brands to promote tweets to people who chatter about certain shows, whether or not the brand is running a TV spot during a given program.

Foursquare Opens Up Home Screen to Big Brands
In a bid to boost revenue, Foursquare will now let brands that don’t have a physical location advertise on its most prominent real-estate: the app’s home screen. MasterCard I the first business without a brick-and-mortar presence to place an ad on Foursquare’s home screen as part of a month long campaign.

Pinterest Adds Place Pins for Better Travel Planning
Pinterest added a new type of pin called Place Pins this week, enabling users to map out the locations of all the items they share on their pinboards. For example, if a user pins a photo of a burger from a local restaurant in her neighborhood, she can also add the restaurant’s location to a map on her board. With these locations, users can create pinboards for trip planning and highlight hotspots in their neighborhood.

Snapchat Sees More Daily Photos Than Facebook
Snapchat now shares 400mm snaps each day, up 50mm since September of this year. This number surpasses the photo-sharing activity on both Instagram and Facebook. Facebook sees 350mm photos uploaded per day and Instagram sees around 50mm.

LinkedIn Announces Showcase Pages
LinkedIn is now letting brands create pages for specific products in a bid to bolster its positioning as a content-marketing channel. While LinkedIn already has Company Pages — more than 3mm of them — that allow businesses to post status updates and job openings, now it will let them give more granular updates about product offerings and divisions. Showcase Pages are connected to the primary Company Page and can be assigned separate admins. See examples in action here and here.

Global Social Media

Germany Set to Grab Top Social Networking Spot from the UK
The UK will lose its spot as the top social networking country in Western Europe by the end of 2014 with Germany set to push the British into second position. The number of social network users in Germany is expected to reach 35.4mm  by the forecast period, which is more than the UK’s estimated 33.9mm by that same time. In terms of Facebook the UK still tops with nearly 30mm residents accessing the site per month, compared to 22.1mm users in both France and Germany.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Inspiring Unilever Ad Gives You Hope for Future Children
This week, Unilever launched a new initiative called “Project Sunlight,” an online portal which showcases social missions of Unilever brands around the world, and invites consumers, especially parents, to share their own stories about improving health, education and the environment. The company has partnered with UNICEF and Save the Children in an effort to create 2 million “acts of sunshine” — things like supplying school meals, drinking water, and improved hygiene for kids, as part of the program. At the heart of the campaign is a tear-jerker (but yet hopeful)  video (released on Universal Children’s Day), directed by Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris, called “Why Bring a Child Into This World?” The video has just over 3.5mm views.

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Google Spices Up Search Data with Nutritional Data
Google announced that users can type to ask the search engine questions about calories, carbohydrates and other information.  This means you can now ask how many grams of fat is in a banana or how many calories are in an egg, and the results show on a panel above linked results, similar to how Google’s calculator search works. The feature is live now.

FourSquare Testing Paid Promotions With NYC Small Businesses
Foursquare has started allowing a handful of local NYC merchants to promote their store listing within the service, meaning they will be able to target Foursquare users within the vicinity. Until recently, promoted listings were limited to large national merchants.

Twitter Releases Vine for Android
Twitter has released Vine for Android, bringing the 6-second video sharing service to Google’s mobile OS for the first time. The Vine app is available for Android smartphones now and is a free download for anyone running Android 4.0 or higher. The Vine app for Android arrives five months after it arrived on iPhone. It has managed to amass an impressive 13 million users on iOS alone.

Amazon Launches Online Grocery Delivery
Amazon has been quietly testing their online grocery business for years, and now it seems that they are ready to start rolling out the service in cities outside of their home territory.  Initial plans are to offer grocery delivery in Los Angeles, followed by San Francisco later this year. Depending on the success of the program, Amazon may expand to other urban areas in 2014 – some of which may be international.

Facebook Drops ‘Sponsored Stories’ As it Pares Down Ad Formats

Facebook announced today that it’s reducing the number of available ad products from 27 to less than half that amount over the next six months. One thing that’s on the chopping block is “sponsored stories,” as a standalone product.  The feature will be integrated into other ad offerings, it is not disappearing entirely.

Twitter Strikes Another Big Ad-World Deal With WPP
WPP Group has signed a global strategic partnership with Twitter meant to let WPP take advantage of Twitter data to inform more effective campaigns and enhance ad targeting. The company’s plan is to introduce new data products and services and to integrate Twitter data into WPP media and analytics platforms.

Google Adds Social Features to DoubleClick
Google has finally added new social capabilities to its DoubleClick online display advertising system, even as it faces new questions from the Federal Trade Commission over its growing dominance of the $36B U.S. digital ad market.  Google is incorporating social features made possible by the acquisition of Wildfire.  The new social marketing suite will allow advertisers to plug into the new version of DoubleClick to track the performance of non-paid social media campaigns such as polls and promotions along side display and search campaigns.

Global Social Media

Turkish Twitter Users Arrested
This week, several dozen Turkish Twitter users were arrested for allegedly spreading misinformation and making “libelous” comments on the microblog, as well as “inciting rebellion,” which may or may not refer to simply using Twitter to organize protests against the government. Up to 25 Twitter users have been detained by police, and 13 more are being sought.

Russia Today Hits One Billion Views on YouTube
Russia Today (RT) celebrated reaching one billion views on YouTube this week. The government funded broadcaster, which describes itself as an “autonomous non-profit organization,” launched a YouTube channel in 2007, as since then has delivered a range of video content including documentaries and interview-style programs. Russia Today has an engaged audience on YouTube. Compared to a traditional broadcast audience,  the audience accessing video on YouTube is younger and more technologically progressive. Because of this reason, RT is much more interactive.  Every video posted is meant to provoke a response.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Electric Car Powered by Social Media Rolls Across USA
An electric car fueled by social interaction completed a 1,000 mile journey from Kansas City, MO to Washington, DC yesterday. A group of 17 high schoolers and eight mentors left KC on May 31 in a restored 1967 Karmann Ghia to travel across the country. They were members of Minddrive, an educational non-profit program that uses hands-on projects to teach at-risk kids about math and science. The social good endeavor, dubbed the “social fuel tour,” was about social media and awareness. The car, rebuilt with an Arduino device that monitored social media activity, triggered the vehicle’s motor based on the number of tweets and posts about the project.

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Twitter Launches TV Ad Targeting
Twitter, this week, announced Twitter Amplify, a way of bringing real-time video into the site, with initial partners including BBC America, FOX, Fuse and the Weather Channel. Twitter Amplify will be very closely tied to ads and video on the platform. Similarly to what Twitter has already been doing with partners like the NBA where a video also features a link to an ad.  Twitter also announced TV ad targeting, which works like this: an advertiser uses a special dashboard which lets a brand monitor when an ad has aired on TV. Through this, the campaign manager can then send out Promoted Tweets that coordinate with them. They synchronize, using “video fingerprinting technology to automatically detect when and where a brand’s commercials are running on TV, without requiring the advertiser to do any manual tracking.” Twitter is banking on a crucial stat as the leap of faith that this will all work: 64% of mobile users on Twitter use it in front of the TV at home.

YouTube Enables Viewers to Shop Products on Videos
Google is releasing a new ‘channel gadget’ that will aim to shorten the path to purchase and translate video views to sales. The new technology will finally allow brands to sell products through their YouTube Channels. The new ‘shoppable’ videos will allow brands to partner with third party technology providers to allow viewers to click on a product and make a purchase.

Pinterest Launches New Format
Pinterest just got an upgrade that makes it easier for users to gather information by navigating in its site. Instead of exclusively linking back to the original source, pins from certain brands will now display information such as recipes, movie reviews, and price information. Pinterest has partnered with several brands, including eBay, Target, ModCloth, Sony and Netflix to introduce these descriptive pins – being called ‘Rich Pins.’

Twitter Launches Ad That Can Collect Personal Information for Marketers
Twitter announced a new kind of Tweet this week, designed specifically to allow marketers to easily collect information from Twitter users, if they chose to provide it. The format, an expanded Tweet called the “Lead Generation Card,” includes a button that with one click allows the user to provide their name, email address and a Twitter handle to the marketer as a request for a deal, more information or further communication.

Foursquare Debuts ‘Super-Specific’ Search Filters
Foursquare has refined its search capabilities to make it easier for users to look for particular venues. The location-based social network unveiled what it’s calling “super-specific searches” for iOS and Android this week.  Users can filter their searches based on criteria including: ‘I’ve checked in before,’ ‘I haven’t checked in,’ ‘my friends have checked in,’ ‘offering specials,’ ‘open now,’ and ‘I’ve saved.’

Twitter Announces Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter announced a new verification process to protect Twitter accounts. When activated, it means a second step to sign into your account, thus reducing the chances of someone hacking your profile.

Global Social Media

Two Out of Three Aussie Tweens Use Social Media
Even though children below 13 aren’t supposed to be allowed on most social media sites, 67% of Australian ‘tweens’ (ages 8-12) are socializing online. 28% use Skype and 26% use Facebook. 19% of Aussie tweens say they’ve chatted with someone online who they don’t know. 65% of the Australian internet population as a whole uses social networks, with the majority accessing it 5+ times per day.  There is very little information available about U.S. Tween social media.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Cereal Brand Lets Users Decide Ad Endings On Vine
Cereal brand Weetabix launched its latest campaign to promote its new breakfast line, ‘On The Go Breakfast Biscuits,’ using Vine. Weetabix released a Vine video series and asked their Twitter followers to decide the next step, whether to #getup or #hitsnooze, or #getbreakfast or #getout. The campaign produced four Vine videos with each sequence shot live depending on the responses of their Twitter followers. The videos reached over 262k users on Twitter.  Check out one of the Vine’s here.

Brazil’s Sky TV Let’s Subscribers Record Shows by Hashtag

Sky is testing a way for subscribers to record shows via Twitter. The technology generates a Twitter hashtag that works like a record button. The concept is in response to noticing that consumers were turning to Twitter for information about TV shows rather than the schedule programming on Sky’s website. Sky (majority owned by DirectTV) rolled out the service to subscribers this week.  Here’s how it works: Customers register on the Sky website and link their Twitter handles. When customers see @skybrasil tweet about shows they want to record, they retweet and add #skyrec. Sky connects the Twitter handles with the customers home DVRs and automatically record the program.

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Facebook to Acquire Atlas from Microsoft
Facebook has agreed to acquire the Atlas Advertiser Suite from Microsoft. Atlas is said to be a leader in campaign management and measurement for marketers and agencies. Facebook hopes that Atlas will provide their customers with the much needed tools to let them see how effective their spend is across online channels.

Google Said to Be Developing Subscription Music Service
Google plans to start a subscription music-streaming service to challenge Spotify. Negotiations are underway with major record labels to license their music. Google is also discussing renewal deals that cover the use of songs in videos for YouTube. The worldwide service is targeted for a third quarter start.

Foursquare Adds Credit Card Specials
Foursquare is allowing members to link their Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards to their accounts, to redeem money-back specials from participating merchants. The company will pocket a fee for every credit redemption it processes. This week’s announcement marks the first significant expansion to their credit card specials program, which Foursquare launched exclusively with American Express two years ago.

Facebook Showing Off ‘New Look’ For News Feed March 7
Facebook has invited reporters to its Menlo Park headquarters on March 7 to take a look at its new News Feed. A redesigned version of Timeline is already being tested in New Zealand, which features a new look for the toolbar at the top of the screen, a new About widget below your profile picture, and moves Timeline navigation to the top right of the Page.

Global Social Media

China’s Fast-Growing ‘WeChat’ Shakes Up Weibo
Weibo, China’s version of Twitter was the hot place to be as recently as last year. Now, marketers are clamoring to engage with WeChat and the 300 million users it has amassed in just two years. WeChat is a mashup of several existing applications, with fun features like “Shake Shake” and “Drift Bottle.” WeChat users trade text, audio and video messages with friends over mobile-data networks. There’s a popular group-messaging function and newly unveiled live chat capability. Photos can be posted on an Instagram-like “Moments” Page, while “Look Around” identifies other WeChat users nearby. There is also a QR-code reader. Brands including Durex, Nike, Intel and Starbucks are currently using the platform to reach consumers.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Oreo  Ramps Up YouTube Efforts
Oreo released a YouTube video this week that shows physicist David Neevel and his Oreo separator machine. Neevel – who is reportedly a physicist and copywriter, is featured in the first series of videos that Oreo plans to release displaying inventors’ solutions to solve the age old problem of twisting an Oreo apart to get at the crème filling. It’s an expansion to the “Cookie vs. Crème” campaign which Oreo launched on Instagram around the Super Bowl. The original campaign urged people to share photos, some of which were selected and turned into sculptures by a team of artists in Portland, Ore., using either cookie or crème. In this new portion of the campaign, Oreo will post videos to YouTube over the next two weeks that show high-tech robotic ways to eat the snack. Neevel’s is the first of four videos from Oreo lovers whose inventions that Oreo will post.

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Facebook Debuts Reusable Gift Card
This week, Facebook introduced a reusable gift card that people can give to friends through the Gifts program for use at four partner companies: Target, Jamba Juice, Olive Garden and Sephora. After receiving a Facebook Card in the mail, subsequent card gifts will be automatically added to the balance for one or more of the participating stores. People can see gift balances in their account settings on Facebook in mobile or on the desktop.

Twitter Rolls Out Updates for Viewing Photos and Videos
Twitter announced several enhancements to the platform to make it easier to view photos and videos. Users can now click a photo from a profile page or in search results to see a larger photo without leaving the page. Media galleries now include videos from Vine, YouTube, Vimeo and other Twitter partners. Also, Tweet pages now let you see more of the conversation related to a Tweet.

Pinterest Introduces ‘News’ Feature to Improve Content Discovery

In place of Pinterest’s activity feed, the company has installed a new tool called “News.” The feed displays boards where you recent pins have been repined, creating a feed of potentially relevant content that users can peruse from their own profiles or those of others. Pinterest is also testing out a new look, aiming to make navigation more intuitive. More on this here.

Foursquare Launches Dedicated iPhone App for Businesses

Foursquare has just launched Foursquare for Business, an app specifically designed for business managers. The new app allows managers to post local updates, view recent visitors and their tips, deactivate/activate specials and track analytics.

YouTube Set To Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring
YouTube is prepping to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in its latest attempt to lure content producers, eyeballs and advertiser dollars away from TV. YouTube has reached out to a small group of channel producers and asked them to submit applications to create channels that users would have to pay to access. The first paid channels will cost between $1 and $5 per month. YouTube is also considering charging for content libraries and access to live events, a la pay-per-view, as well as self-help or financial advice shows.

Global Social Media

French Twitter Users are Saying “Au Revoir” to the Word ‘Hashtag’
In an effort to protect the French language from Anglicism’s, the word ‘hashtag’ will be replaced with ‘mot-diese,’ meaning “sharp word,” in English. The change comes from a French government agency  responsible for promoting the French language.

Twitter is Now the Fastest-Growing Social Platform on the Planet
New research suggests that Twitter is now the fastest growing platform on the planet, beating Facebook and Google+ for the top spot. The number of active users on the microblog grew 40% from the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2012 – equal to 288 million monthly active users. Overall, 21% of the worldwide Internet population now actively uses Twitter on a monthly basis.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Super Bowl Ads That Enlist Viewer Help
Advertisers are finding new ways to get viewers into the game during Super Bowl XLVII, which airs on CBS on Sunday. Some campaigns that enlist viewer help include: Coca-Cola’s ‘The Chase’ (highlighted in last week’s Headlines)  asks viewers to vote on the commercial outcome;  Pepsi’s Halftime Show (also highlighted in a previous Headlines) asks viewers to upload photos to be featured in a video announcing Beyonce; Toyota  asked users to submit photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #wishgranted to win a spot on their upcoming Super Bowl ad;  Lincoln  enlisted the help of Jimmy Fallon to crowdsource road trip stores from Twitter for the commercial storyline; and Audi let users choose one of three possible endings for its Game Day spot through an online vote.

Stats of the Week

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Every week we compile lots of interesting stats here at Fanscape. Here are some of our favorites from this past week:

Social TV

The electronic water cooler is working after all—at least according to a new study commissioned by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) and conducted by Nielsen. The study finds that social chatter—particularly on Facebook—has a significant impact on what viewers watch on television.

The study found that:

  • 46% started watching TV because of chatter on Facebook
    • 54% of 18-34 were influenced by Facebook
  • 14% are influenced by Twitter.
  • In contrast, 9% said they were influenced by the TV show website
  • 8% influenced by web forums
  • 7% influenced by entertainment sites

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Connectivity Data

Semiconductor solutions company, Broadcom Corporation, published the results of a survey of 2,500 U.S. adults measuring connectivity trends across behavioral and demographic lines in today’s digital life. The survey revealed seven distinct connectivity personality types among American adults, defined by two key dimensions: Connectivity, or the level of device and social media use, and Behavior, or how web-enabled devices and online platforms are used to connect to others. It also identified a range of characteristics of those with the greatest connectivity quotient. A full report on the survey findings can also be accessed HERE.

Per the report, this chart shows how people access some of the most popular social destinations on the web:

Social Networks Used by US Internet Users, by Device

Desktop Mobile Total
Facebook 86% 84% 87%
YouTube 77% 68% 80%
Google+ 51% 42% 54%
Twitter 27% 34% 31%
LinkedIn 27% 14% 28%
Pinterest 18% 18% 20%
Instagram 5% 24% 14%
Yelp 9% 14% 12%
Flickr 9% 7% 11%
Tumblr 6% 7% 8%
Blogger 8% 5% 8%
WordPress 6% 3% 7%
foursquare 2% 6% 4%
reddit 3% 3% 4%

Source: Broadcom

How Social Media Users Access Social Media (Hint: Mobile is taking over)

There is no question that social media has gone mobile, as more and more consumers access their accounts via smartphones and tablets. Now, marketers are racing to catch up with consumers where they connect, employing a variety of strategies for outreach, according to a new eMarketer report, “Social Media Marketing on Mobile Devices: Turning Challenges into Opportunities.”

Source: eMarketer

Just for Fun

  • According to Genesis 1:20-22 the chicken came before the egg
  • In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.
  • A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!

Source:  www.thefactsite.com