Bottlenose Launches “Nerve Center” An Enterprise Trend Intelligence & Discovery Tool

Sentiment-Analysis Bottlenose swam onto the social discovery scene last year with a free, powerful social discovery and monitoring tool. This year, they've taken it up a notch with their real-time enterprise product, Bottlenose Nerve Center. In the words of Bottlenose CEO, Nova Spivack, they want to lead the "real-time revolution." Bottlenose has taken a unique place in the social tools space, specializing in trend intelligence. Instead of simply reporting mentions, Bottlenose provides real-time comprehension of what is currently happening, and what may soon be coming. The proprietary Trendfluence™ system h [...]


Facebook Users Will Soon Have More Control Over The Ads It Displays

Facebook-Like Facebook announced it is making changes to the ads algorithm to improve the relevancy of ads in users' news feeds. The algorithm determines what ads to show Facebook users. What's changing? The company says it is putting greater emphasis on feedback from users about the ads they see. When users report or hide ads, they'll be less likely to see similar ads in their news feeds. This should give users more control over the types of ads that show up in their news feeds and mean that the ads are more relevant to their interests. As an example, if a user always hides ads for electronics, Faceb [...]


Twitter Deal With NFL Will Bring Instant-Replay & League Highlight Videos Via Sponsored Tweets

twitter-nfl-featured Twitter and the NFL have announced a new ad partnership, allowing the social media company to share instant-replay footage from the league via sponsored tweets. According to a report on Reuters, "Under the new agreement, the NFL will package in-game highlights and other video content - as well as a short ad from a marketer - inside tweets that are 'sponsored' and distributed by the marketer during games." Without giving specifics, Reuters claims that the NFL and Twitter will split revenue earned from the sponsored Tweets. The announcement confirmed that the new deal is Twitter's largest [...]


Pinterest Begins Testing Promoted Pins Ad Product

pinterest-featured Today, Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann announced the company has begun testing promoted pins. It marks Pinterest's first foray into paid advertising in its nearly four year existence. In a post titled "Planning for the Future" on the Pinterest blog, Silbermann sets the tone for the type of monetization the business is envisioning, i.e. no banner ads. In the vein of other social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, Pinterest is going the native ad route. Here are the criteria Silbermann lays out for the promoted pins: —Tasteful. No flashy banners or pop-up ads. [...]


Facebook Advertiser Banned For Using Photo Of A Teen Who Recently Committed Suicide

facebook Rehtaeh Parsons was a 17-year-old Canadian woman that passed away due to complications of an attempted suicide on April 7th this year. She was allegedly raped by four boys then cyberbullied and harassed up until her suicide attempt. The silver lining of the occurrence is that in passing she helped to change Canadian law for the better. After her death, an act was approved that allows victims of cyberbullies to protect themselves and to even sue their perpetrators. If you were a Canadian Facebook user, however, you may have seen imagery of her -- not for the change that she helped bring abou [...]


StumbleUpon Quietly Becomes Profitable As Advertisers Flock To Mobile-Friendly Native Ads

stumbleupon-featured Ten years on, the online content discovery and bookmarking service StumbleUpon is hitting its stride in attracting advertisers to its mobile apps. The company has released revenue data for the first time showing it's now profitable and expects revenue to hit $35 to 40 million this year, growing as much as 33 percent from last year. The company shared these stats and more today on Bloomberg, revealing efforts to crack the mobile nut are paying off. StumbleUpon CEO, Mark Bartels says the company expects more than 20 percent of sales this year to come from mobile applications on smartphones an [...]


The Keys To A Successful Holiday Season: Data And Retargeting

3-strategies-to-prepare-for-the-holidays_articles_01 While some may think it's too early to be saying, "'Tis the season," advertisers disagree, as they are busy gearing up for the holidays. According to Google's Consumer Survey, 30% of holiday shoppers start their holiday shopping before Halloween, and nearly half of them plan to purchase gifts online. Today's shoppers utilize various online and in-store channels to browse and purchase. Research conducted by Dimensional Research suggests that a majority of consumers visit a store based on an online experience, and oftentimes engage in "showrooming," wherein they research products via their smar [...]


For Twitter Retargeting, Communication Is Key

Mars-Curiosity-Twitter-Bio-600x368 This past July, Twitter followed in Facebook's footsteps with the announcement of retargeting. In a company blog post, Twitter said that they would begin experimenting with a way to make ads on Twitter more useful to its users in the United States by displaying promoted content from brands and businesses users have shown interest in. They went on to say that users won't necessarily see more ads on Twitter, but they may see better ones. While the overall premise of retargeting -- which focuses on serving relevant ads to consumers based on online behaviors -- remains the same, retargeting on [...]


You Don’t Have To Be Big To Do Social Right!

social-media-colors-featured One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to social marketing is that it's only for big brands with big budgets. This fallacy has to come to an end now. Some of the best examples of effective social media marketing that I've ever seen come from small businesses. A classic example is the Ashkenaz Cowboy restaurant. The Ashkenaz Cowboy is local restaurant in my neighborhood. I first heard about it via the original social media -- from a friend during a face-to-face conversation. Within a week, I visited the restaurant -- and found that their use of social engagement was far beyond an [...]


Facebook Gives Advertisers Free Access To Shutterstock Images & Multiple Image Uploader

facebook A picture is worth its weight in clicks. Facebook hopes to make it easier for advertisers to find the right image, or set of images, for successful ad campaigns. Today, Facebook announced a new partnership with Shutterstock that gives advertisers free access to millions of stock images from the Shutterstock library. Rolling out in the coming weeks, and the images will be accessible from Facebook's ad creation tool.  Advertisers will be able to search and select stock images for use  in any Facebook ad format. Facebook also announced that, starting today, users can select multiple image [...]


Deeper Dive On A Facebook Marketing Case Study

facebook-banner In last month's article about how great community management is beginning to emerge in smaller organizations, I used an example from Seagull Outfitters, courtesy of Marty Weintraub at aimClear. For this post, I went back to Weintraub for some additional information. Seagull Outfitters is a regionally dominant Minnesota Canoe Area Boundary Waters outfitter. Located at the end of the rugged Gunflint Trail, Seagull Outfitters spend their days facilitating wilderness marine excursions. Prior to the campaign that I'm going to discuss, Seagull's Facebook page was pretty typical. There [...]


Facebook Ad Clicks Rose 16.4 Percent, Conversions Up 56.9 Percent In Q2 [Study]

facebook Facebook advertising is continuing to show strong results for advertisers. That's according to Kenshoo Social which released its Q2 review of Facebook advertising this week. The stats  show substantial performance increases across all key metrics. Analyzing more than 75 billion Facebook ad impressions from advertisers using the Kenshoo Social platform, the company saw click through rates rise 18.5 percent with total clicks increasing by 16.5 percent in Q2 compared to Q1 this year. Engagement rates beyond the click shot up as well. Conversions rise 56.9 percent and revenue increased by 2 [...]


Twitter Claims Promoted Tweets Lift Offline Sales By 12% For CPG Brands

Twitter Logo Twitter announced today that it has launched an analytics tool that measures the impact of Promoted and organic Tweets on offline CPG sales. Using the "offline sales impact" tool developed in conjunction with data analytics company Datalogix, Twitter measured organic and paid activity for 35 different CPG brands on the site, spanning a number of industries, including beverages, food, wellness, household products and alcohol. According to the findings, Promoted Tweets resulted in people buying more: "Followers who are exposed to Promoted Tweets purchased 29 percent more from that brand th [...]


Twitter’s Latest Updates To Ad Setup Process Lets Users Save Draft Campaigns

Twitter Bird Three years after launching their advertising platform, Twitter has announced new updates to their ad campaign setup process. Rolling out over the next few weeks, the updates will provide more information and visual aids, including a progress bar to show users where they are in the setup process, more contextual help when selecting ad options, and a 'Targeting Summary' box. Also, advertisers can now save draft campaigns to finish at a later time, or let someone else complete. According to the announcement, advertisers will, "...find a friendlier and more intuitive campaign setup experien [...]


Study: Brands Using Hashtags In Facebook Posts Show No Signs Of Higher Engagement Levels

facebook-hashtags-featured Analytics firm Simply Measured conducted a study of the Top 100 Interbrands on Facebook and discovered that even though the usage of Facebook hashtags by brands has increased nearly 20 percent between June 12, when hashtags went live on Facebook, through the end of June, hashtags are not resulting in any additional engagement. The study analyzed the Interbrand Top 100 Brands on Facebook between May 1 and June 30, 2013 to see how brands are leveraging the social media network, and to identify which brands and industries are experiencing the most success on Facebook. According to the findi [...]


Report: Video Ad Shares Grow 7% In Q2 With Help From Dove, Evian & The Man Of Steel

Video click Video technology company Unruly's newly released Q2 2013 Social Video Report reveals online video ad shares grew seven percent during the second quarter, even after a strong Q1 boosted by Super Bowl ads. Examining video ad shares for the entertainment, FMCG/CPG, technology, retail, auto and finance industries, Unruly found that the entertainment industry experienced the most video ad shares, while the FMCG/CPG vertical saw Dove's "Real Beauty Sketches" ad become one of the top three most viewed ads of all time. The auto industry was the only vertical to see a drop in video ad shares, dow [...]


Twitter TV Ad Targeting Now Live To National Television Advertisers In U.S.

twitter-video-tv-featured Today, Twitter announced the general availability of TV Ad Targeting, which launched in beta this May. The program allows national television advertisers in the U.S. to target Promoted Tweets to users who tweeted about the TV shows their ads ran against. The beta appears to have been a quick success. Through the company's partnership with Nielsen to measure second screen brand impact with the Nielsen Brand Effect for Twitter survey tool, Twitter says brands in the beta, including Adidas, Holiday Inn, Jaguar and Samsung, saw higher message association and purchase intent. Twitter says use [...]


73% Of Online Publishers Offer Native Advertising, Just 10% Still Sitting On The Sidelines [eMarketer]

Percent of Publishers With Native Advertising Nearly three quarters of U.S. publishers offer online native advertising opportunities on their sites, according to new research released by eMarketer from the Online Publishers Association and Radar Research. Just 10 percent of publishers say they don't have and aren't considering adding native advertising to their sites. In taking the pulse of how publishers define native advertising, the study seems to hit on some consensus. Over 90 percent agree that native advertising is an ad's "integration into the design of the publisher's site." Interestingly (and somewhat bewilderingly), 21% [...]


Nordstrom Takes Pinterest Engagement To New Level, Turns Most Pinned Items Into In-Store Displays

pinterest-nordtsrom-featured After Geekwire.com's report last week highlighting how Nordstrom is using  popular Pinterest items as display promotions in a select number of stores, we wanted to find out more on the retail giant's plans to transition their social media marketing efforts into actual in-store results. According to the report, the pilot program is running in 13 Nordstrom locations across the country, with Pinterest display promotions being tested in the dress, handbag and shoe departments. Products being tested include Pinterest signage with text reading, "Top Pinned Items" and the Nordstrom hashtag. [...]


Study: LinkedIn Positioned To Be Professional Content Marketing Leader, Testing Monetization

linkedin-featured LinkedIn's focus on content has been in overdrive recently. A new in-depth study by faberNovel, titled LinkedIn, the Serious Network, looks at LinkedIn's ten year trajectory from an online resume repository to a powerhouse hub for professional recruitment, lead generation, sales solutions, marketing tools and, yes, a full-fledged B2B content engine. It is now testing ways to monetize its content marketing power with native ads called Sponsored Updates. The company's focus on content can be traced back to the inception of social news product, LinkedIn Today in 2011. Acquisitions of SlideShare [...]


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