Category Archives: Twitter

How is Twitter video set to impact brands?

twitter officeTwitter’s announcement this week that it will be launching a new video function allowing users to film, edit and post video clips confirms that 2015 is set to be the year of video.

But what does this move tell us, and, more importantly, what do these changes signify for marketers faced with a fast evolving digital landscape? Read More »

Why so many brands are on Twitter’s #RoadToRuin

Tory party election posterOn 2 January, the Conservatives unleashed their latest campaign poster to the nation. A picture of a road with the headline “Let’s stay on the road to a stronger economy”. Presumably that took all of 10 minutes to think of.

But even despite its lack of substance, the poster was always doomed to become what the kids are calling a #Twitterfail. Read More »

#JeSuisCharlie tweeted almost 1m times

je suis charlieThe hashtag #JeSuisCharlie has been tweeted 997,500 times since yesterday’s fatal attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed including editorial director Stéphane Charbonnier.

Its use peaked last night at 8pm GMT, with 929,400 users tweeting, according to Twitter analytics platform SocialBro.

The average tweets per hour reached 83,125.
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Why brands should spend longer writing their promoted trends

TwitterlogosOne of my more terrifying moments as a junior copywriter was being asked to write a promoted trend (aka promoted tweet/hashtag) for an FMCG client.

It scared me for a number of reasons: the cost (up to £120,000), the all-eggs-one-basket nature of the media, the knowledge it would greet Twitter users all day long – and finally, the shoulder-shrugging attitude from the client and agency.

Because a promoted trend is essentially just a single word, putting thought and craft into its creation wasn’t seen as an important exercise back then.

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Seasons tweetings – which supermarket’s Christmas campaign won with a 52% share of voice on Twitter?

WaitroseIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Adverts on every channel…. each one out-vying the next to be the most sparkly/heartwarming/schmaltz (take your pick) of all.

Every year the battle between supermarket and retail brands across the country to be the star at the top of the retail Christmas tree is fiercer than ever.

It’s big business too. In fact, last year Tesco was the biggest spending supermarket splurging an eye-watering £25m on their Christmas campaign, followed by Asda, Morrisons, Aldi and Sainsbury’s, according to unofficial figures from data research firm Nielsen. Read More »

How the Christmas ads fared on social

sainsbury's christmas the wallFor this year’s Christmas ads we’ve had the lot. Almost every major retailer has now released their ads, laying out their stall for what they can offer consumers this Christmas.

These have been closely followed by an onslaught of social media reviews, some good, some not so good.

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Is Taco Bell the savviest brand on social media?

Taco BellOn my commute back from office last night, I noticed few odd and alarming tweets. Allow me to quickly present my case:

Bridget Carey, from CNET was tweeting in ALL CAPS! And Nilay Patel had this to say. Taco Bell story? Some die-hards were flipping out.

Like any self-respecting digital marketer, I figured I had to be on top of this recent development. So I went to Taco Bell’s twitter. Then to its Instagram feed. Then to its Facebook page. And finally to its Google+ page as well. This is a collection of what I saw. Read More »

Industry reaction: Twitter and Facebook Q3 results

facebook mobileIn a week that saw Facebook and Twitter announce their Q3 financial results, we ask four industry experts to give us their bite-sized takes on the figures. Read More »

Brand death: 6 reasons not to delete Twitter accounts

twitterbirdsIt’s becoming a fashion statement: “I’m leaving Twitter.” But, whilst indulgently retreating into the digital shadows is a fine attention-grabbing tactic for cosseted celebrities, brands should think twice.

This time last year, the pop group Girls Aloud had 109,000 Twitter followers. Then the band split up, deleting its Twitter account. Becoming what one follower called a “ghost band” deprived the girls and their label of any future opportunity to market still-available archive recordings.

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Lost for words in the age of the image

writing by Pedro Ribeiro SimeosThe use of email by America’s 12-17 year olds more than halved last year. It’s one symptom of a cataclysmic change – one that’s gone largely unnoticed by the marketing profession.

There was a time when people wrote letters to each other. Have you written a letter to a private individual (i.e. not a utility company, solicitor, etc) in the last five years? Do you know anyone who has? I thought not.

The golden age of letter writing is long gone, along with Dr Johnson and Charles Dickens. But Virginia Woolf died in 1941, leaving behind volumes of personal correspondence. It’s only quite recently that letter writing has been consigned to the dustbin of history. Read More »