Tag Archives: Twitter

#Cassolada – the hashtag that broke Barcelona’s silence

man with Catalan flagAt 10pm on Tuesday night it happened just as it had been planned. Across Barcelona people opened the sliding doors from their living rooms and stood on their balconies armed with saucepans. They were ready. The sound of the city’s frustration at the Spanish government was about to be heard.

Earlier that day, politicians in Madrid had insisted that even the watered down, symbolic vote on Catalan Independence planned for this Sunday should not take place. Shortly after this announcement, people started reaching for their smartphones. They sent messages to friends on WhatsApp and hashtags started appearing on Twitter. One in particular stood out – #cassolada (saucepan rattles).

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Is Snapchat’s advertising strategy going to fly?

Snapchat sitting at the top of the iTunes free app chartIn the month of all things ghosts and ghouls, users of social network Snapchat would have seen something particularly shocking in their feeds last week, the first advertisement to appear in the app.

The horror was heightened by the genre of promoted content, a 20-second film trailer from Universal Studios for the upcoming Halloween release of Ouija. Snapchat admitted: “It’s going to feel a little weird at first, but we’re taking the plunge.”

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Stop. Check. Post?

Why an unfocused social-media strategy is a waste of moneyWe are in an age of Too Much Information. The proliferation of social media, coupled with our desire to share every moment of our lives with friends and followers means we’re constantly exposed to (depending on how old you are) babies, weddings, foodporn, running routes, holiday photos and party pics.

Sharing is a huge part of being social, and keeping up to date with these events is why so many of us are addicted to checking social media, even if we don’t always want to admit it. However, we do have a breaking point. Everyone has ‘that’ friend on social – the one who takes sharing a step too far, spewing out updates on the most mundane aspects of their lives to clog up our news feeds. And it’s not just our friends who are guilty of this cardinal social media sin – brands are at it too.

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Pinterest: its popularity, power and potential

pinterest's new Look: More Ways to Discover What You LovePinterest, the world’s visually-led social network, is a self-expression engine, sophisticated visual search tool and virtual pin-board all rolled into one. It launched early 2010, has 57.9 million monthly users, women and 25-34 year olds are the dominant gender and age group active on the platform. It’s a mobile-popular platform, with three-quarters of sharing taking place on a mobile device.

Recently, Pinterest has been working hard to make its community even happier with a range of new features. These include the ‘News’ feature on mobile, so users can receive updates about friends and accounts they follow; the Vevo video integration, for users to enjoy music on the platform, and a new messaging feature, so users can discuss and share interesting Pins without leaving the site. Read More »

What’s Ello all about and should we be worried about its anti-ad stance?

ElloEllo is the new ‘social network’ (no-one actually describes themselves as a social network) from independent developers, including Paul Budnitz, founder of the toy company Kidrobot. It publically declares that: “Your social network is owned by advertisers. Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data.”

It therefore aims to be different, with a stance of no ads, and no data sold for targeting. Read More »

Why brands must overcome ageism to succeed in paid social

Social mediaBrands can no longer assume that young people use all social networks or that older people are not getting involved. It just isn’t the case anymore. Different groups of people use different social networks and it continues to evolve. Brands failing to realise this will find their social media campaigns falling at the first hurdle as they throw good money after bad.

With Social Media Week London taking place this week, we analysed the demographic breakdowns for each network. We found that an impressive 45% of Facebook’s users are aged 35 and above and the number of users aged over 55 has increased by almost 10% in the past two years. All other ages have declined. Facebook is clearly no longer just a young person’s game. Read More »

Twitter trials ‘Buy’ button

Twitter Buy buttonTwitter is finally taking its first crack at e-commerce by testing a “Buy” button in the US that lets shoppers buy directly from a Tweet.

According to Twitter’s blog, the button is just the first step in the social network’s plan to build more functionality into the site and transform the way we shop with our mobile devices.

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The #VeryBeautyTour takes off on Instagram

Very.co.uk's #VeryBeautyTourBrands including Babyliss, Illamasqua, Nails Inc, Max Factor, Murad, Real Techniques and Bourjois will be showcasing their products on board Very.co.uk’s ‘Very Beauty’ bus, touring the UK this autumn.

The online fashion and beauty retailer’s £600,000 campaign has been designed, planned and executed by Posterscope, PSLive, Vizeum and Liveposter, bringing together digital out-of-home, experiential, social and user-generated content.

It aims to capture passengers’ “getting ready” moment, which can be shot in the on-board Instagram booth and shared on social media using the hashtag #VeryBeautyTour and the Twitter handle @VeryNetwork.

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Infographic: Global social media usage, who’s online and where?

socialToday, 40% of the world is connected to the internet and 73% of online adults are using social networks. As digital professionals you may well have asked yourself where are they and who are they.

Helpfully, agency IDF Marketing has taken a global snapshot of the internet and social media usage and summed up their findings in this infographic.

The biggest percentage of social media users are in the Americas and Oceania, where 44% of adults are using a social network. This is followed by Europe with 38% and Asia, which has 20% social penetration by region.

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Flying Dutchman inspires World Cup memes

dutchmanIt was a frightful World Cup night for Spain on Friday 13th as the Netherlands produced a stirring performance to record a 5-1 win. Robin van Persie scored two goals for the Dutch, with slo-mo television replays of his incredible diving header serving as dream footage for the internet’s content creators. “Persieing” became the latest viral craze to spread across social media.

Of the 1.7 million Van Persie mentions observed across social media this weekend, over 100k relate to his “flying” moment and include memes, Vines and Instagram uploads of creative examples playing on the image of the Dutchman’s superb headed goal.

ESPN’s effort at a meme amassed a huge 17k retweets to become the most retweeted tweet on the topic.

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