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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

Pinterest’s Web Search is About to Get Much More Powerful
Pinterest’s new Guided Search Feature, which the company first unveiled on mobile in April, is coming to the web. Pinterest users will soon see a new search bar when they visit Pinterest.com. The search feature will recommend keywords intended to help generate more specific queries or better search results. For example, searching for “BBQ” on Pinterest might surface other keywords like “wings,” “recipes,” or “chicken.”

Twitter’s Video Hashtags Automatically Add Video to Text
Twitter has joined forces with Visa and Adidas (two World Cup advertisers) to experiment with video hashtagging. When a user types #visa and then a space, they will see a paper clip prompt, which will allow you to attach a video when clicked. Adidas is also testing the feature using the hashtag #allin, which will lead to this video.

Amazon Starts Prime Music
Amazon has introduced an ad-free music streaming service with more than one million songs.  Prime Music, designed to compete with Apple, Beats Music, Spotify, and Pandora, is available to subscribers of Amazon’s $99/year Prime Program.

Facebook Extends Ad Targeting to Web, App Use
Facebook is significantly expanding how it targets ads by including information about the sites that users visit and mobile apps they use outside of Facebook. The social network is taking the controversial step of extending that data collection to include the third-party sites and apps they use to improve the relevance of their own ads. Example: If you are thinking about buying a new TV and you start researching TVs on the web and in mobile apps, Facebook may show you ads for deals on a TV.

Global Social Media

Less Than Half of the Earth’s Population Has Internet Access
The Internet continues to grow at a rapid pace, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of extending access, especially in poor and developing countries. The number of people with access to the Internet is expected to reach three billion by 2015. That’s up from one billion in 2005 — but still just 41% of the earth’s total projected population of 7.3 billion people in 2015. Internet access is of course higher in more advanced economies like North America, Europe, and Asia, and is lower in Africa, The Middle East, India, and parts of Latin America.

Instagram Introduces Advertising in UK, Canada, and Australia
Instagram users in the UK, Canada, and Australia will start seeing advertisements in their feeds. The platform has amassed 200 million users since its launch. Growth outside of the U.S. is particularly strong, with an estimated 165 million hailing beyond U.S. shores.

Noteworthy Campaigns

“Share a Coke” Bottles & Campaign Hit U.S.
Over the summer, Coca-Cola will replace its brand logo on some of its 20-ounce bottles with one of the 250 most popular names of U.S. teens and millennials. In addition, the logos on 1.25 and 2-liter bottles of Coke, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero will be replaced by group names like “Family” and “Friends.” 12-ounce cans will feature nicknames like “BFF,” “Star,” “Bestie,” “Legend,” “Grillmaster,” “Buddy,” and “Wingman.” 8-ounce cans will bear the “Share a Coke” message.  In addition, Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain dispensers will offer to consumers who have the Freestyle mobile app the ability to scan a QR code to send a friend a coupon for a free Coke. Also, as part of the campaign, consumers who share Coca-Cola related stories using the hashtag #ShareaCoke will earn chances to be featured on brand billboards across the country and on the ShareaCoke.com gallery.  Starting this week, users can visit the campaign website to create virtual personalized bottles and share them on social media channels.  For those whose names aren’t featured on the real bottles, Coke is launching a national 500-stop tour where people can get customized mini-cans with their names for themselves and a friend.

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Written by: Christy Wise
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Facebook Seeks Patent for Tech to Let Kids on Its Network 
Facebook currently restricts users to those over the age of 13. But it now appears that the social network wants to create a new way for young people to join — and still comply with the law.  In a patent application recently made public, Facebook describes a system to let parents authorize and supervise accounts for younger children in compliance with COPPA.

LinkedIn Rolls Out New Design
LinkedIn is rolling out a new profile design for its premium members. The new look includes a larger profile photo and customizable header image that spans the width of the screen. The new look is similar in style to Facebook and Twitter profiles. The new look is only available for premium members currently. The rest of the LinkedIn community will get the new look “in a few months.”

Facebook Rolls Out One-Column Design to All Pages
Facebook has started rolling out its streamlined desktop look for Pages to everyone worldwide. All Pages should have access to the new design by today. Admins accessing their Pages will see a tour of the refreshed design, and can switch to the updated design two weeks after the tour has been viewed.

Pinterest to Launch Self-Serve Ad Auction
Pinterest unveiled its first paid ads last month with a select group of marketers. Now the social network plans to roll out a self-serve, auction-based ad system aimed at small and medium businesses. Unlike the CPM-based ad business it has launched with big brands like Kraft and Nestle, the self-serve auction will take bids on a CPC basis. And while Pinterest has set a high spending threshold for brands to experiment with its “promoted pins” — asking for $1 to $2 million commitments – pricing in the auction will be set by the marketplace.

Google Search Intent Comes to Facebook
Google search intent can now be harnessed for Facebook ad targeting. Advertisers can target people who have clicked on their search ads on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, effectively bringing together search-intent data.  Here’s how it works: Hypothetically, Cadbury could target ads to Facebook users who’ve already clicked on Google ads yielded by searches for “chocolate,” “Easter egg,” and “Easter Bunny” – terms that signify a high degree of interest in their product. Facebook’s demographic and interest-level targeting parameters can also be applied to refine the audience.

Instagram Added 10 New Features This Week
Instagram announced 10 new editing tools this week for both iOS and Android. In addition to new adjustments like contrast, brightness, and saturation, Instagram’s filters have also been tweaked; users can now adjust the filter’s intensity with a slide bar.  Other tools include adjust (crop and straighten photos), warmth, highlights, shadows, vignette, and sharpen.

Global Social Media

Google Introduces an Online Form  to Let EU Users Request the Removal of Outdated Links
The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled last month that individuals should have the right to remove outdated information about themselves from search engine results. The so-called “right to be forgotten” means that an individual should be allowed to request that irrelevant or outdated information is removed from a company’s servers and therefore removed from being publicly available on the web. In response to this ruling, Google has launched an online form which will allow users to submit an official request. 12,000 requests were submitted the first day of the form’s launch.  Google handles nearly 80% of all searches in Europe.

Noteworthy Campaigns

Sephora’s Augmented Reality Mirror
For their latest project, beauty retailer Sephora has teamed up with augmented reality and virtual reality technology company ModFace to launch a mirror that may change the way people shop for makeup.  Sephora’s new mirror will simulate makeup on a person’s face in both real time and 3D. This unique technology tracks a person’s facial features and “applies” eye shadow to your face via a camera’s video stream. Customers can try out multiple colors and textures by tapping the color on the screen and see how it looks from all angles by merely turning their faces.  The product will help the store eliminate the need for tester products and utensils used to apply and remove them. The mirror is currently only available at the Milan store, but should it become a success, it will be placed in locations around the world.

Headlines & Stuff

Written by: Christy Wise
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Twitter Strikes Billboard Deal For Real-Time Music Stats
Twitter has struck a deal with Billboard Magazine to serve up real-time stats on the top trending music. The charts provide real-time ranking on the most-shared tracks in the U.S. during the past hour. Filters present a real-time feature to search and view the most-shared tracks in the U.S. over the past 24 hours, with a weekly summary for both Trending 140 and Emerging Artist charts. More than 1 billion tweets were sent about music in 2013. Seven of the top 10 most-followed accounts on Twitter are musicians.

Facebook Cuts Down Automatic Updates in Your Friends’ News Feeds
Facebook announced this week that from now on fewer “Implicit stories” will make it into the News Feed. That’s Facebook’s way of describing automatic updates from third-party apps. From the Facebook Blog: “We’ve found that stories people choose to explicitly share from third party apps are typically more interesting and get more engagement in the News Feed than stories shared from third party apps without explicit action.”

Psy’s Gangnam Style Nears 2 Billion Views
K-Pop legend Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is nearing the two billion mark, almost double Bieber’s “Baby,” which is in second place. It is the undisputed champion of YouTube’s most watched videos list. Though music videos became a thing of the past on television, they continue to see huge success on YouTube. Twenty-nine out of the 30 most watched YouTube videos are music videos.

Global Social Media

Twitter will hit nearly 400mm users by 2018, with over 40% in Asia-Pacific. 
eMarketer has released a forecast of Twitter users worldwide and projects that the social network will have nearly 400 million users by 2018, with over 40% in the Asia-Pacific region. By the end of this year alone,  AsiaPac will account for 32.8% of all Twitter users, exceeding its 23.7% share in North America. This is despite the ban on Twitter in China, which represents the region’s largest portion of internet users. India and Indonesia are strong markets for Twitter. Both countries have seen user numbers increase by more than 50% this year, becoming the third and fourth largest Twitter populations, at 18.1mm and 15.3mm users respectively,  passing the UK for the first time.

Iranian Judge Summons Facebook CEO For Breach of Privacy
A conservative Iranian court opened a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram while summoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over complaints of privacy violation.  The Zuckster is unlikely to heed the summons, which is asking him to appear in court to “defend himself and pay for possible losses,” after some citizens in the region issued a complaint. On a separate note, Iran recently sentenced eight Facebook users to a combined 123 years in jail for various charges  including insulting the country’s supreme leader on the social network.

Noteworthy Campaigns

IBM Crowdsources Latest Smarter City Effort
In the latest phase of its “People for Smarter Cities” marketing push, IBM crowdsourced digital videos from around the world showcasing how residents would improve their cities. The first phase, known as “Smart Ideas for Smarter Cities,” ran last year and featured IBM-branded structures like benches, rain shelters and ramps that improved or enhanced some aspect of urban life.  This new push was done via partnership with Zooppa, a community made up of 200,000 members, including filmmakers, bloggers and environmental communities. Out of nearly 80 accepted entries, eight winners from around the world were selected. Videos covered a range of topics from repurposing empty spaces and aiding the physically challenged to spurring employment. Awards ranged from $500 to $10,000. The videos are available on the branded People for Smarter Cities site as well as through IBM social channels.

Stats of the Week

Written by: Jackie Mendez
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Every week we compile lots of interesting stats here at Fanscape and we try to share a lot of what we learn with you in these posts.

One in Three U.S. Adults use Three or More Social Platforms

“So this is America; they must be out of their minds.” Ringo Starr’s first words on landing in the U.S. rang truer than ever today when I perused data from a survey of 500 U.S. adults by 140 Proof and IPG Media Lab, showing that among the 52% of Americans who use multiple social networks, 23% (or 12% of the total) uses seven or more social platforms. To repeat with emphasis, they use seven or (and this is the really crazy part) more social platforms — like the true number will never be known because the survey respondents ran out of room on the form. Could it be 30 platforms? 40? 50? At what point do you start having seizures?

Although not everyone is so prolifically promiscuous, most U.S. online adults qualify as multiplatform users, broadly speaking: as noted, over half of the online population uses two or more social networks, with 73% of these (38% of the total) using three or more, 56% (29% of the total) using four or more, 40% (21% of the total) using five or more, and 30% (15.6%) using six or more. On that note, the 140 Proof/IPG study also uncovered some interesting data about the behavior of multi-platform users.

Among the key findings for marketers, 72% of multiplatform users agreed that “different platforms are better suited to different interests of mine,” and 60% of respondents said they use different social platforms to connect with different types of people, media, and brands — implying that users are strategically shifting between social platforms to expose different aspects of their identity on different networks. And the effects seems to be cumulative, in terms of identity, with 43% of multi-platform users surveyed agreeing that the more social platforms you connect with them on, the better you know them.

Oh, they’re also not afraid to dump your brand if the content isn’t relevant any more: among Americans who use two or more social networks, 61% said they have “un-liked” or “un-followed” a brand when its personal relevance for them decreased.

Turning to ad targeting, 58% of multi-platform users said they preferred to receive advertising based on their specific interests, as expressed in social media, compared to just 22% who said they preferred ads based on their past browsing behavior, and 20% who said they preferred ads based on their age and gender.

Source: MediaPost

Headlines & Stuff

Written by: Christy Wise
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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

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.

Headlines & Stuff

Written by: Christy Wise
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Here are some cool things we read about this past week:

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.

Is 2014 The Year of Tumblr?

Written by: Tom Edwards
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In 2013 one platform created more requests for POVs and testing from our Fortune 500 clients than any other. That platform… Tumblr.

tumblr

What makes Tumblr unique? The platform is a hybrid of social & the web. Tumblr provides a massive (225m monthly uniques) and highly engaged audience as well as complete creative control over the look & feel of the experience. This is a valuable proposition for extending the equity & discoverability of a brand’s digital presence.

Tumblr Web Social

Tumblr can serve as a campaign destination or social hub which has become a lost element within the social ecosystem. Most social platforms have moved away from a destination approach and are focused on atomized content engagement. Meaning the emphasis is on making sure your content is engaging enough to capture users attention within a short amount of time.

Tumblr Hub

With Tumblr, brands are not limited to a single media type, there are no design restrictions and no character limits. A brand can create a compelling experience that transcends the social stream and maps to discovery through traditional channels such as search.

Here is an example of THE SIGNAL from Lexus. Note the design freedoms of the platform.

Screenshot 2014-02-18 22.00.05

Other key elements to consider: Tumblr blogs can support custom URL’s which are ideal for campaign landing pages. SEO has been a key focus area for Tumblr and the platform is optimized for mobile.

Here is an IFC example of a custom URL solution

IFC Spoils of Babylon

Here is the IFC example as the #1 search result for Spoils of Babylon

ifc spoils of babylon - Google Search

Regarding engagement, Tumblr content tends to have a longer shelf life compared to some of the other social platforms that integrate time decay of the content into their algorithms. With Tumblr as content is re-blogged it continues to earn impressions over time.

Tumblr Impressions over time

In a recent briefing by the Tumblr team, I was pleasantly surprised by the composition of their audience. Let’s just say that breakdowns are consistent with today’s millennial focused campaigns. And the rate at which Tumblr’s daily users are actively creating original content, re-blogging content and/or “hearting” content is significantly higher than I was expecting. All of this with a very healthy daily growth rate.

A recent Social Media Intelligence Report from Adobe referenced that in Q4 2013 Tumblr’s RPV (Revenue per visit) rose 340% year over year, with a healthy $1.10 revenue per visit. Facebook is currently #1 with a $1.22.

Tumblr RPV

Another shocking revelation was the amount of time spent per visit with an average session of 20 minutes with 66 pages visited per day.

How Brands are using Tumblr

Community Driven – Some brands are relying on their users to power their Tumblr presence. Here are a few standout examples:

Disney The Looking Glass

Disney Tumblr
Samsung Camera

Samsung

Commerce-Driven – Here a few brands who are extending commerce and maximizing the referral revenue potential of Tumblr

Target On the Dot

Target

GameStop

GameStop

Angry Birds

Angry Birds Tumblr

AT&T

Screenshot 2014-02-18 22.22.38

Tumblr now supports a more robust paid amplification offering as well, allowing for targeting that covers both desktop & mobile.  At a later date I’ll get further into to paid amplification on Tumblr.

With all of this momentum, in my opinion, Tumblr will be a force to be reckoned with in 2014.

Follow Tom Edwards @BlackFIn360

Facebook Messages Made Easy

Written by: Larry Weintraub
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Recently Facebook announced its new Facebook Messages platform.  The long-anticipated product, which was originally thought to be a Facebook email service, turns out to not be an email service at all but rather a complete reimaging of conversational messaging.  Modeled after Facebook Chat, Facebook Messages is comprised of three core components: seamless messaging, cross-platform conversation history, and the social inbox.

Seamless Messaging
The seamless messaging system provides users with a simple way to keep in constant contact with each other and carry on a conversation – in real time. This is different from email because the Facebook Message system is modeled after Facebook Chat. Facebook removed the subject line and encourages users to communicate with each other as if it were a verbal conversation. Users can send messages back and forth seamlessly and pick up conversations right where they left off.

Cross-Platform Conversation History
Once you’ve signed up to use the free Facebook Messages platform, you’ll be given an @Facebook.com email address. When you access your account, all conversations that take place going forward, whether they be via email, text messages, instant messaging, Twitter updates, and Facebook posts (just for starters), will record in one seamless stream. You will have a complete conversation history no matter where the conversation took place.

The Social Inbox
The new social inbox is intended to stay clean, spam-free, and well organized. When you log on to your Facebook Messages account, the only messages you’ll see are messages from your friends and their friends.  That’s it. You’ll have the ability to adjust your privacy settings to determine exactly what you see and will have the ability to filter everything you don’t want to bounce back or save into a folder called, “Other.”

Facebook Messages is rolling out slowly and is currently available to users on an invitation-only basis. It’s too early to tell just how successful it will be, but the screen shots and promotional video seems promising.  Will this be a game changer?  We’ll soon see.

(For more information on Facebook messages, including a promotional video about the new features, as well as a slide show with a Facebook Messages walkthrough check out this article on Mashable.Com.)