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103 Crazy Social Media Statistics to Kick off 2014 | The Social Skinny

103 Crazy Social Media Statistics to Kick off 2014 | The Social Skinny | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It’s certainly been awhile since my promise to post a social media statistics update every month… but better late than never right? Here are 83 awesome statistics on Social Media Marketing, B2B, Enterprise, Small Business, Blogging, Mobile, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest to start your 2014. STATISTICS! You love them, I love them, and here they are in all their glory...

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All the statistics about social media, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, enterprise, B2B and small business that YOU COULD EVER WANT OR NEED. Ever. From Cara Pring.

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Sandro Psaila's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:49 PM

Are these stats truly reliable... Are these made up.... are all these stats a hype.... ignore or believe?

 

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We've Been Approaching The Internet Of Things All Wrong

We've Been Approaching The Internet Of Things All Wrong | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

For years now, we've been hearing about how the Internet of Things will connect every object in our homes. And for years, the vast majority of those objects stay dumb.

"What companies are struggling with when it comes to the broad label of the IoT on the consumer side is what the actual problem trying to be solved is," says Rob Chandhouk, president of the sensor startup Helium. "Look at Samsung's new smart fridge, which they're marketing as the hub for your home. Do you think of your refrigerator as a hub?"

Chandhouk doesn't believe that the IoT will be making any big breakthroughs with consumers any time soon. Instead, Helium is betting big IoT's real utility is on the commercial and industrial side of things. It looks like numerous big players agree, based on a recent $20 million Series B funding round including Alphabet's investment arm GV, previously known as Google Ventures. But it's another investor in the latest round that gives us our clearest hint of where IoT is going: Munich Re, an insurance and risk management company....

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Helium is betting that IoT will move to commercial and industrial applications before consumer products get a foothold. And there are some good examples that show the direction seems right.

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Here's A Toolkit For Creating A Loyal Instagram Following

Here's A Toolkit For Creating A Loyal Instagram Following | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Meet Frank, the cheeky Instagram persona of the Australian skincare startup Frank Body.

Frank likes to casually call you "babe," jokes about wanting to get in the shower with you, talks about your buns, and doesn't go more than five hours without popping up on your feed. If you were to meet him in a bar, you might find him a bit of a sleaze. But as a social media personality? Frank is hilarious.

According to cofounder Erika Geraerts, Frank's been crucial in helping Frank Body, which is known for its coffee-based scrubs, build brand awareness around the world. "We were essentially dealing with a product that looked like dirt in a bag," Geraerts says. "We wanted to cut through the beauty industry jargon—be it scientific, flowery, or hippy—and speak to our customer in an honest, direct, and frank way. From here our lovable character of Frank was born."

Frank Body has used Instagram as its primary marketing tool. "It allowed us to take risks and to connect with our customers directly without the costs of traditional advertising," Geraerts says. In three years, the account has garnered 682,000 followers, and Geraerts says this has been crucial to driving sales.

 

The company has managed to sell over 1.5 million products across 149 countries since its launch. It is now so popular in the United Arab Emirates and Russia that the company is planning to set up local operations in those countries. "It took time, consistency, and dirty work," she says....

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Really practical toolkit for growing your Instagram network.

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11 Ways To Engage Influencers Before Asking For Something

11 Ways To Engage Influencers Before Asking For Something | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Now to be honest, sometimes the resources they send are great, and from time to time I’ll even link to them.

But what would go SO much better would be if someone offered me something, anything related to what I’m working on.

So, in light of this movement towards depersonalization, I’m going to pitch you all on how you can engage with people BEFORE demanding something from them, as well as give you some ideas for what you can offer in that outreach email.

Here are 11 ways to build a relationship before asking for something in return.
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Dave Schneider shares smart influencer marketing tips.

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Newspaper Reporter Is The Worst Job In America

Newspaper Reporter Is The Worst Job In America | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As if the newspaper business didn’t have enough trouble already, the position of “newspaper reporter” has been named the single worst job in the United States – again.

The extremely dubious honor was conferred on the beleaguered industry by CareerCast, which offers job listings in local and niche job markets. While it’s probably not much comfort, a number of other traditional media careers are also in the doghouse.

According to CareerCast’s list of the 400 best and worst jobs, newspaper reporter came in at the very bottom with a median salary of $37,200 for a print reporter, plus a negative growth outlook for the industry of -9%....

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Not a surprise, but if I was a reporter I would look at reinventing, retraining and repositioning into social media or PR where salaries are more substantial.

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Canadian Banking Ad Asks, What If Dogs Had Their Own Debit Cards?

Canadian Banking Ad Asks, What If Dogs Had Their Own Debit Cards? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
That dog won't hunt, but it will rack up debt via chew-toy impulse buys. Canada's Zulu Alpha Kilo is well known for elaborate self-promotions, like its recently revamped agency website poking fun at agency websites. But the shop does have real clients,...
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Pure Friday fun and creativity.
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I Spent A Week Talking to a Millennial Chatbot Character on Facebook

I Spent A Week Talking to a Millennial Chatbot Character on Facebook | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

For the past week or so, I’ve been engaged in a running Facebook Messenger conversation with an impulsive, irresponsible twentysomething named Jessie. She uses all caps when excited; chats with me during job interviews and dates; consults me about her bad decisions; and sometimes even follows my advice.


She is also, I should mention, a chatbot—an automated script being served to me by a computer program. But don’t judge me too harshly for spending time with her. Our conversation is also a game and a story, and Jessie is a narrative vehicle with whom, like a character in a novel, it is possible and even enjoyable to empathize.


Last week, Facebook joined companies like Kik and Microsoft by inviting any company to build a chatbot for its Messenger platform. The typical hypothetical examples were transactional.


An airline might build a bot that helps passengers book tickets. OpenTable might build one to take restaurant reservations. Uber could build one through which its users hail a ride. But if chatbots are, as we’ve been promised, the next evolution of apps, some of them will surely be games. It was the job of Rod Humble, the game developer who created Jessie, to figure out what that meant....

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Chatbots as entertainment are a surprisingly compelling new art form.

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Design School's Ultimate Guide to Designing With Backgrounds [With Ready-to-Use Templates]

Design School's Ultimate Guide to Designing With Backgrounds [With Ready-to-Use Templates] | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

In order to arrange your design, you need a place to start. Backgrounds are the foundation of your graphics — it helps pave the path to forming a successful composition.


Textures and colors help create depth and contrast, allowing your graphics to stand out and get noticed. Well composed images can help create space for you to overlay text, while visually communicating your message at the same time.


Using a background can help give your designs more context and provide a visual element to help support your content.


Bonus: We’ve designed most of the images in this article as templates for you to personalize! To use them for your own stuff, just click them and they’ll be ready to edit in your Canva account (No Canva? It’s free!). 

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Blogging or designing visuals? Learn these background design tips to make your message pop.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, April 26, 4:10 AM
The post contains some interesting design tips on working with backgrounds with some ready-to-use templates thrown in!
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Brands Can Now Create Interactive Video Campaigns on Facebook and Instagram

Brands Can Now Create Interactive Video Campaigns on Facebook and Instagram | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Online rollover ads that let consumers move their mouse over a video promo to access more information about a brand have been a boon for publishers looking to make their videos a bit more interactive for consumers.


Innovid, a company that powers campaigns for publishers including CBS, MSN, Crackle, Hulu and Roku, is launching a beta program to make its interactive video ads compatible with social posts. Innovid's advertisers include Microsoft, Mondelez and Target.


British tea and coffee brand Taylors of Harrogate ran a campaign last December to test the technology.


A 30-second video featured a button in the corner of the screen. When users scroll over it, they can take a quiz to find their perfect coffee flavor, buy products from retailers including Sainsbury's and Asda and sign up for emails.


The new format resulted in a 35 percent engagement rate with 4,400 likes, more than 250 comments and 400 shares....

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New interactive ad concepts deliver ROI.

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Friilance's curator insight, April 21, 9:02 PM

Brands Can Now Create Interactive Video Campaigns on Facebook and Instagram

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Video Mistakes We've Made So You Don't Have To! | Video Pep Talk

Video Mistakes We've Made So You Don't Have To! | Video Pep Talk | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Mistakes happen, especially when you’re getting started with video. But, just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you didn’t learn anything from it.


Rocky hosted a Blab along with special guests Britney Clapp & Drew Keller where he talked all about video mistakes our team has made and what we learned from those mistakes.


Here’s some of the biggest mistakes we’ve made...

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Very practical smartphone video tips.

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App's 'Commercializer' Turns Any Boring Classified Ad Into a Big-Budget Blockbuster

App's 'Commercializer' Turns Any Boring Classified Ad Into a Big-Budget Blockbuster | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Big-budget advertising used to be the exclusive province of, well, brands with big budgets. But no more. Now, thanks to classifieds mobile app letgo, anyone can sell any old piece of junk with a commercial that will knock a buyer's socks off.


Letgo and agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky just introduced the "Commercializer." It's an ingenious addition to the second-hand selling app that takes whatever you're trying to offload and seamlessly inserts it—using motion blur, image blending, motion tracking, color correction and rotoscoping technology—into one of four comical, big-budget ad parodies.


You choose a theme—'80s action-movie trailer, home-shopping segment, prescription-drug ad or overwrought perfume spot. Then, the Commercializer scrapes your letgo profile and specific listing to integrate the item you're selling, its description and price into an amusing ad that you can share with friends. ...

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4 Ways to Create High-Ranking Content in Competitive Industries - 'Net Features - Website Magazine

4 Ways to Create High-Ranking Content in Competitive Industries - 'Net Features - Website Magazine | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Drowning in the sea of content? You're not alone.

Site quality is factored heavily in search ranking, and one of the most important aspects used by Google to determine site quality is content. After the Panda update, a large number of websites with low-quality content (e.g., content farms), duplicate content and otherwise bounce-worthy material (e.g., keyword-stuffed content) took a huge hit.

Over the years, there has been a big shift in the amount of quality content on the Internet, especially in tech where every provider has a blog, whitepapers and other material for lead-generation efforts or in fashion, where every retailer has lists, videos and creative uses of user-generated content (UGC). Content farms are fewer and many websites are focusing on user experience (rather than just ranking) when creating content....

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Practical tips on creating high-ranking content in competitive industries.

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Online video delivers 50% higher ROI than TV ads claims YouTube with econometric findings

Online video delivers 50% higher ROI than TV ads claims YouTube with econometric findings | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

YouTube is using Ad Week Europe to underline the change in consumers’ media consumption patterns with a study claiming that online video ad units deliver up to 50 per cent more return on investment (ROI) when compared with TV.

To add credibility to its claims that online video adds a higher ROI than TV, the online video sharing service has paired with Dentsu Aegis Network-owned consultancy Data2Decisions to apply Market Mix Modelling and Ecosystem Modelling techniques of analyse the sales impact of YouTube, as well as identifying the optimal level of spend through budget optimisation simulations.

The analytics firm concluded that brands should invest more of their media budgets on YouTube. Specific points in the study included:

1.    At current budgets, online video delivers 50 per cent higher ROI than TV advertising - this also holds true for YouTube
2.    In the studies completed so far, the YouTube investment should be increased by between two and six times
3.    In the optimised media budgets, between five per cent and 25 per cent of the total  AV budget should be invested in YouTube...

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More proof and research showing that video delivers higher ROI.

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malek's curator insight, April 20, 3:17 PM

Google pissed off TV ads industry

 

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How newsroom pressure is letting fake stories on to the web

How newsroom pressure is letting fake stories on to the web | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It started with a post on social media. Or, to be more exact, a series of posts about a visit to McDonald’s to buy a milkshake. Within hours, Josh Raby’s gripping account on Twitter was international news, covered by respected outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

“This guy’s story about trying to buy a McDonald’s milkshake turned into a bit of a mission and the internet can’t get enough of it,” read the headline on Indy100, the Independent’s sister title. The New York Daily News said he’d been “tortured”. Except, as McDonald’s pointed out – and Raby himself later admitted – the story was embellished to entertain his Twitter followers, although he says he based it on real events.

 

Raby’s was the latest thinly sourced story that, on closer inspection, turned out not to be as billed. The phenomenon is largely a product of the increasing pressure in newsrooms that have had their resources slashed, then been recalibrated to care more about traffic figures.

 

And, beyond professional journalists, there is also a “whole cottage industry of people who put out fake news”, says Brooke Binkowski, an editor at debunking website Snopes. “They profit from it quite a lot in advertising when people start sharing the stories. They are often protected because they call themselves ‘satire’ or say in tiny fine print that they are for entertainment purposes only.”...

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The push for traffic means that clicks rule – even if the facts don’t  always check out.

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Introducing Hover, An AI-Powered Indoor-Safe Camera Drone

Introducing Hover, An AI-Powered Indoor-Safe Camera Drone | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

MMost popular consumer drones are affordable quadcopters robust enough to fly outdoors and snap photos or video. But they don’t work very well inside buildings. The startup Zero Zero Robotics is coming out of stealth mode to announce its first product, Hover Camera, a small drone specifically designed with no exposed propellers to safely shoot footage indoors.

Hover does exactly what it sounds like: Turn it on and it hovers in midair wherever you leave it. Hover is more a flying camera than a joyriding drone, and the controls on its paired smartphone app are for delicately repositioning it, not zooming to atrial heights. But the real breakthrough feature is its sophisticated AI programming that not only keeps the platform exceedingly leve, it uses face and body recognition to lock on to a subject and slowly follow them around autonomously.

"We had a few design goals in mind: Create a personal flying camera that’s portable and very safe, but also super easy to use for everyone," says the CEO and founder of Zero Zero Robotics, Meng Qiu Wang. "Most of the drones on the market fall short in these three aspects. We wanted to up the game to the next level...."

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Cool tool and interesting marketing possibilities with this indoor-safe camera drone.

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6 Powerful Reasons Why you Should include Images in your Marketing - Infographic

6 Powerful Reasons Why you Should include Images in your Marketing - Infographic | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

This can be broken into three phases as we enter the age of visual culture and language.

Phase One: Massive increase in photo creation

Ten percent of photos taken by humankind took place in the last 12 months

Phase Two: The Rise of Image Centric Social Networks

Photos are becoming the “universal language”.1 The fastest growing social media networks are not surprisingly Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

These social networks are the names on everyone’s lips as they have embraced the visual medium and have made it easy to upload and share images and photos online.

Phase Three: Images become Interactive

Pinterest is one of the first platforms that allows you to interact with static images and Luminate’s image apps (which are used by more than 100 million consumers) is also an example.

So how and why should you use images in your business communications, marketing and social networks?...

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Jeff Bullas shares visual marketing tips and an infographic that shows why images matter.

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