Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Google+’.
Line announces slew of new services
After news last week that Line will offer a personal finance app by Spring 2015, the company’s COO has announced at the Line Conference Tokyo 2014 that it is offering even more services. Driven by the company’s vision to become “the smartphone gateway for your life”, Line is offering a new payment application (Line Pay), a taxi-booking service (Line Taxi) and a delivery service (Line Wow).
Line Pay will allow users to purchase items on their mobile devices or PCs, but also includes the ability to transfer cash to each other without providing their bank account information. Line Pay, Line Taxi and Line Wow will be rolled out in Japan first, with global rollout expected as early as next year.
In addition, the company also revealed that it currently has 170 million monthly active users, out of 560 million registered users. Based on the number of registered users, its top 5 regions are Japan (54M), Thailand (33M), Indonesia (30M), Spain (18M) and Taiwan (17M).
Luxury brands using WhatsApp to reach consumers in India
Cartier, Armani, Diesel and other luxury brands are now using WhatsApp to promote, sell and offer aftersales services to its consumers in India. The instant messaging app allows these brands to offer personalised services by sending pictures, videos and other promotional materials, resulting in conversion rates that reach as high as 80%. In August 2014, WhatsApp was reported to have 60 million monthly active users in India.
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Twitter confirms upcoming office in Indonesia
Following Facebook’s and Apple’s moves to open offices in Indonesia, Twitter has revealed that it will also be setting up an office there within the next six months. Adam Bain, Twitter’s global president for revenue and partnerships tweeted from Jakarta last week, confirming this announcement.
Terima kasih for welcoming us, Indonesia! I’m in Jakarta today to say that Twitter will open an office here soon! pic.twitter.com/MTXRXkBovR
— adam bain (@adambain) August 29, 2014
Indonesia has 20 million active Twitter users and 69 million active Facebook users, proving to be a strong market for social media.
China’s Renren sees drop in active users
The social network once known as ‘China’s Facebook’ recently released its Q2 2014 earnings report, revealing that it now has fewer monthly active users than it had two years ago. Renren‘s drop in active users could be attributed to the rise of Sina Weibo and WeChat in China, which offers a vast array of services including news-reading, online payments, gaming, messaging and more.
‘Ice bucket challenge’ hits Asia
Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s an ‘ice bucket challenge’ thing happening on Facebook right about now. It looks like it’s going to be the biggest online charity campaign ever, as our data in the Huffington Post shows. The hashtag #icebucketchallenge has received over 4.48m mentions, over 20 times the number seen by #nomakeupselfie. There have been over 2m videos on YouTube, too, including videos from a number of participating brands.
In an infographic by Social Samosa, research shows that India, Thailand and Singapore are the next highest contributors to online buzz around the charity initiative, behind the US and UK. These three Asian countries contributed to a total of 14.7% of online buzz.
Alibaba launches new social network
China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, has launched an Instagram-type social network where users can tag brands that appear in photos. Users can also follow brands and friends, and share their photos on other social networks like Sina Weibo. The social network, called Fun, is built into Alibaba’s Tmall shopping app and will be available in an update for iOS and Android devices.
Line launches shopping app in Thailand, confirms IPO application
Line seems to be moving away from being just a messaging app, with a new app called Line Shop appearing in Thailand. The standalone app offers a brand-to-consumer experience, connecting users to brick and mortar retailers as well as online retailers. Users can also follow brands and set up chat rooms and direct conversations using their Line accounts. The company has also confirmed that it has applied for IPO in Tokyo, which could value the company at $10 billion.
Amazon expands Twitter shopping initiative to India
The #AmazonCart shopping initiative is now available in India. The initiative which allows users to order items via Twitter, requires users to connect their Twitter account and their Amazon account. They would then be able to add items to their Amazon cart by replying to any tweet with an Amazon product link using the hashtag #AmazonCart. Amazon previously launched this initiative in the UK and US in May.
— Amazon.in (@amazonIN) July 15, 2014
Facebook launches election tracker for Indonesia
With over 69 million Facebook monthly active users, the social network launched an election tracker called Facebook Suara Indonesia. The election tracker monitors the most popular presidential candidate based on the number of mentions posted on Facebook. Results can be checked based on geographical data and time. That said, it can’t differentiate the sentiments – whether it’s positive or negative – when people mention the candidates. The tracker is developed together with the digital agency Bubu, which believes that around 70% of conversations about the Indonesia general election is on Facebook. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this as the election happens next week.
Myanmar’s new mobile internet users pick Viber over Facebook
With 49% web users accessing web on their phones, Myanmar is skipping the era of PCs entirely. Not only that, a survey from On Device Research, found that Viber has scored an early win in Myanmar in the heated messaging app battle. 79% of users pick Viber versus 27% on Facebook. People are clearly using multiple messaging apps but it is surprising that WhatsApp has just 5% usage among the respondents and behind WeChat and Line. With only 10% of population in Myanmar having mobile phone right now, it’s a good opportunity and market to keep your eyes on.
‘Buy Now’ button is seen on Twitter
The “Buy Now” button appeared on multiple tweets on Monday according to Mashable. All of them included products that link back to a shopping site called Fancy that was first discovered by tech-news site Recode. Though the button appears in Timeline and expanded-tweet view, nothing happens when the button is clicked. It only appears on mobile and not on Twitter’s web version, which may be a possible experiment since Twitter is known to experiment often or an accidental release. No matter what, it only implies that enhancing the shopping experience may be on the way for Twitter.
CCOs have social on their radars
A survey of 203 chief communications officers worldwide has found that social media is expected to be the biggest factor affecting them. Of those asked, 91% answered that they predicted social media to have the single biggest impact on their job in the coming years. In response, 73% were hiring more social media experts.
Facebook is still important to teens
A couple of recent surveys have produced evidence countering the general belief that teens don’t use Facebook. Forrester asked 4,517 US 12-17 year olds about their social habits, finding that over 75% use Facebook (only YouTube saw a higher figure) and 28% use the platform ‘all the time’, more than on any other network.
Similarly, research into 2014 US high school graduates concluded that 47% use Facebook a few times a day and another 14% once a day. These figures, too, are higher than for any other social networks.
Business Insider Intelligence produces Snapchat report
Business Insider Intelligence has produced a report about Snapchat, with some pretty impressive figures. The app has 82 million monthly active users globally, as of May 2014, of whom the majority are female. 70% are aged between 13 and 25, and two-fifths of 18-year-olds claim to use Snapchat ‘multiple times daily’.
Facebook interactions are up, but not necessarily for brands
Facebook reach has indeed been dropping, but it seems that interactions are on the up. According to analysis of the 3m largest Facebook pages, total interactions have increased by 30% since January 2014. However, the figure mentioned is ‘total’, meaning it may be influenced by a rise in post frequency. Also, the increase is mainly explained by media, rather than brand pages, as seen in the below graph:
Facebook updates News Feed algorithm for video
Facebook is changing its News Feed algorithm to reflect increased video viewership. It will now take into account how long a user watches videos for, alongside typical engagement metrics (likes, comments and shares). Users who spend a lot of time watching videos can expect to see more, and vice versa.
Facebook updates its ads
Facebook has created a new ad unit that allows marketers to post up to three products in one advert. It’s heading to Facebook’s ads API first, but will be available in other offerings later in the year.
The network has also updated its Custom Audiences, allowing advertisers to target those who visit certain websites, and those who had visited them previously but haven’t done so in a while.
Twitter trials two new features
Twitter is testing a couple of new features. First of all, it is trialling a ‘retweet with comment’ button, allowing users to write their own tweet on top of a RT, like so:
Secondly, it’s testing a WhatsApp share button, with some Android users noticing the feature in the Twitter app.
Google takes measures to separate G+ from search
Google is dialling back the prevalence of G+ information in search results. In a move supposedly aimed at creating a more unified experience across devices, when a search result brings up something authored by an individual, it will no longer display his or her picture, or how many people are in his or her Circles.
Foursquare charging for location data
Foursquare is charging its largest web partners for use of its location data. A number of companies use said data in providing their own services – they are now being charged if they surpass a certain threshold.
New Second Life planned for 2016
Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, is preparing a second edition of the virtual reality world. It’s being built form the ground up, with 40-50 new employees. A beta version is expected in 2015, with the full release in 2016, alongside potential Oculus Rift integration.
The beeb on reddit
The BBC is expanding its social offering through a dedicated subreddit, r/bbcworld, as well as a video news channel on the site.
Quaker Oats sees success with Twitter and TV
Quaker Oats has released some impressive results from a campaign involving Twitter and TV. By promoting ten tweets when its adverts were shown, and targeting certain topics (cooking, entertainment and family, among others), the brand saw a 15.93% engagement rate and almost 90,000 clicks.
Heineken celebrates Gay Pride Month
Heineken US has produced a set of Instagram photos to celebrate Gay Pride month. The seven images are made up of the below, along with six images of couples, each set against a block background. When users scroll down the page, the photos come together to produce a rainbow.
French Football Federation joins Yo
The French Football Federation has joined Yo. It will be sending out messages to fans when France score in the World Cup, saying…. errr, “Yo.”
A week in the social World Cup
The World Cup is set to be the biggest social media event of all time, with 12.2m tweets in the opening game alone. One of the biggest incidents of the last week was when Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez, appeared to bite an opponent and was subsequently punished with a four-month ban. The hour after the incident saw339,269 mentions of the bite and, naturally, a number of brands looked to react. Some of the most successful examples came from Netflix, Specsavers, McDonald’s Uruguay, Snickers and Bud Light.
Don’t worry #Suarez, four months is plenty of time to devour House of Cards. One bite at a time.
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 26, 2014
Hola @luis16suarez, si te quedaste con hambre vení a darle un mordisco a una BigMac
— McDonald’s Uruguay (@McDonalds_Uy) June 24, 2014
— SNICKERS® (@SNICKERS) June 24, 2014
— Bud Light (@budlight) June 24, 2014
Another nice piece of reactive marketing came from the adidas UK Twitter account, which changed its name to adidas Italia for one day only, when England needed an Italian victory in order to progress.
A number of brands promoted tweets around the USA vs. Germany game, with many using American patriotism and others recognising the importance of the event to a global audience. That’s something KLM failed to do; the Dutch Airline had to apologise for posting an ‘Adios Amigos’ tweet when the Netherlands eliminated Mexico from the competition via a controversial penalty.
Don’t forget to check out our round up of other goings on in the social World Cup.
Wimbledon and social media
It’s not just the World Cup that’s on this week. Wimbledon is more social than ever; the tennis competition has created a number of social media campaigns including live Twitter replays, photo booths in the famous queue and socially-sourced UGC shown on the screens outside Centre Court. Sponsors have been getting involved, too. We Are Social and evian have produced a campaign dubbed #LetsPlay that asks fans to tweet @evianwater with their most playful ‘live young’ messages. The best are being turned into mini musical films and sent back via Twitter and Vine. Meanwhile, Robinson’s wants to put an end to the #HenmanHill vs. #MurrayMound question and has created a video that pits Tim Henman against Judy Murray, which it will use to fuel an online debate.
Weibo chooses NASDAQ, sets price range for IPO
Chinese microblogging platform Weibo has chosen to go public on NASDAQ with the ticker symbol NASDAQ:WB. The social network has also set its IPO price range between US$17 and US$19 per share, which will raise up to US$437 million for the company.
HootSuite adds features for Chinese microblogging apps
Since adding Weibo and Tencent Weibo to its list of apps in 2012 and 2013, social media management platform HootSuite has now relaunched these apps with added functions and features. These updated apps now allows users to schedule posts and are available in simplified and traditional Chinese. Other added features include managing scheduled posts, news ways to organise users they follow, emoticons and hashtags, as well as the ability to share content from the two microblogging sites onto other social networks.
China’s top 10 social sharing platforms in 2013
According to iiMedia Research, WeChat friends, WeChat Moment and Weibo were China’s top 3 mobile sharing platforms in 2013. The proportion of these top 3 platforms added to a total of 60%, while Facebook only took up 1%. The top social sharing app types in the nation included book & reading apps, news apps, mobile social and e-commerce.
Employees in Asia are strong social media activists
A study conducted by Weber Shandwick across 8 markets in Asia Pacific reveals that employees are becoming increasingly important advocates for companies. The study found that 45% of the 1,075 employees surveyed have shared praise or positive comments online about their employers on social media, while 54% have also defended their employer from criticism.
Facebook dominating social on mobile
The average US smartphone user spends 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on their mobile device. Of that time, 28% is taken up by social apps, up from 24% in the previous year. Facebook and Instagram (which Facebook owns) accounted for most of that – 17% of all smartphone hours went to one of the two social networks.
Social and email are equal for conversation volume
The latest IPA TouchPoints5 data has been released, concluding that we now have as many conversations through social media as via email; 12% of all daily conversations occur through each medium. The research also found that 49% of all adults use mobile phones for activities other than texting or talking, doing so on average for 1 hour 30 minutes per day. Unsurprisingly, younger users were more mobile: 78% of 18-24s use their phone for activities other than texting/talking; they do so for an average of 1 hour 52 minutes a day.
YouTube drives the best quality web traffic
YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn drive the richest traffic on the web, with Reddit and Stumbleupon at the other end of the spectrum. YouTube, in first place, produced an average of 227.82 seconds spent on the site, 2.99 pages per visit and a relatively low bounce rate of 43.19%.
Twitter looks to expand TV links through acquisitions
Twitter has made two acquisitions that should help expand its relationship with television in Europe: France’s Mesagraph and the UK’s SecondSync. The former works with the likes of Canal+, France Télévisions, M6 and TF1, some of France’s biggest TV channels, while the latter has used its social analytics tools to show the value of Twitter for clients in broadcasting and advertising.
Vine adds private messaging capability
Vine has introduced private messaging, allowing users to share videos and text with one another, away from the view of the public eye.
The cost of Instagram ads
Instagram ads are being touted at a premium price tag, according to an article in AdAge last week. Discussions with several ad execs found that a month’s worth of advertising on the network could cost anywhere between $350k and $1m.
Time to look again at Google+
There have been a couple of pieces in the last week that suggest marketers should look again at Google+. First of all, a Forrester blog post revealed that, in a survey of 60,000 US adults, 22% claimed to use G+ at least once per month, the same percentage as Twitter. Also, in terms of engagement per follower, Google+ far outdoes Twitter, and is closer to Facebook, as you can see here:
We Are Social’s Cristina Forlani also argued in favour of the network. She pointed out its value as an analytics tool and looked to rebut unhelpful comparisons with Facebook. She also mentioned the huge SEO benefits of a platform linked to the world’s most popular search engine.
YouTube pushing stars with TV adverts
YouTube is planning a TV ad campaign to promote some of its biggest stars, after agencies requested a further push to merit their clients’ ad spend. The adverts will feature three YouTube celebrities with over one million subscribers each: make-up artist Michelle Phan, beauty/fashion vlogger Bethany Mota and baker Rosanna Pansino. The below ads will be seen on New York Subway trains.
Line surpasses 400 million users
Line, the Japanese messaging app, has surpassed 400 million users, meaning that it’s added 100 million in roughly five months, as shown in the graph below. Not only that, but these new users seem to really be taking to the service; on 21st March, over 10bn messages were sent in a single day.
WhatsApp processes 64bn messages in one day
If you thought Line’s 10bn messages were impressive, WhatsApp can do even better, processing 64bn messages in one day. The figure accounts for 20bn messages sent and 44bn received; the disparity in the figures occurring as a result of group messaging.
new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours.
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 2, 2014
Skype growing among millennials
Skype now has 300 million users and is experiencing strong growth among younger demographics, according to the company’s advertising General Manager Lovina McMurchy, who claimed that the platform now reaches 24% of 18-24 year olds worldwide. She said:
While other companies have seen interactions with younger users decline, Skype has seen positive growth numbers in recent years.
Imgur receives $40m in funding
Tech venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested $40m in Imgur. The image sharing platform has traditionally rejected all outside funding while waiting for the ‘right fit’, as CEO and founder Alan Schaaf discussed.
We got along right off the bat. We were actually bouncing off interesting ideas in where to take the product. They actually made sense, which was out of left field.
adidas promotes World Cup with brazuca
adidas is promoting its World Cup sponsorship by creating online content from the point of view of the official competition ball, named brazuca. The product has its own blog and Twitter pages, while a set of video clips will look to produce a ‘ball’s eye view’ of the competition and involve some of football’s biggest names, including Xavi, Manuel Neuer and Dani Alves.
adidas offers free cleats to one US football team
Another adidas promotion in the last week will offer free American football cleats to one US high school team. The sportswear brand hopes that the teams will naturally spread the word about the competition by asking friends to vote, as it’s only other high school footballers who can do so. To ensure that this remains the case, the brand is using Chirpify, which will automatically respond to anybody using the hashtags #adizero and #vote, asking them to provide information that can prove their identity.
Zappos offers style advice through Instagram
Zappos, an online fashion retailer, is offering free style advice through Instagram. When someone posts a selfie with the hashtag #NextOOTD, a ‘professional image specialist’ will analyse their posting history and suggest a Zappos product that might suit.
Marc by Marc Jacobs seeks ad stars in social
Marc by Marc Jacobs is searching for the star of its latest advert on Twitter and Instagram. You can enter simply by posting a picture alongside the hashtag #CastMeMarc, as in the below examples.
— Josh Crews (@joshuacrews) April 2, 2014
— FiremansWomanKM (@firemanswomankm) April 3, 2014
The ‘Breakfast Wars’ go viral
If you’ve been reading the last few mashups, you’ll remember that Taco Bell has been promoting its breakfast menu pretty fervently. The latest addition to the campaign is a set of ads that poke fun at McDonald’s, in which real life Ronald McDonalds give rave reviews of the Taco Bell product. The main video has received over two million views on YouTube.
McDonald’s were quick to respond, though. The below Facebook post, at time of writing, has received over 8,000 likes and almost 2,000 shares.
KFC uses social celebrity endorsement in China
Fast food chain KFC is struggling in China, with sales falling 13% from 2012 to 2013. To address this, the brand has recruited five major celebrities, each of whom will represent a new menu offering in social and compete with one another for likes. Celebrity endorsement has long since been a staple of Chinese marketing – it will be interesting to see how this social version works out.
Presidential selfie was a publicity stunt by Samsung
A recent selfie with Barack Obama, posted by David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, was a planned publicity stunt by Samsung. The brand equipped its brand ambassador, known as Big Papi, with a Samsung phone, hoping that the opportunity might present itself, as it did.
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) April 1, 2014
However, the White House was unhappy with the above tweet, stating that it objected to the president’s image being used for commercial gain. Ortiz has since denied that he was paid for the photograph.
Cole Haan gets in trouble with the FTC
Footwear brand Cole Haan, has got itself in trouble with the FTC after a Pinterest competition that asked users to post pictures of their favourite shoes with the hashtag #WanderingSole. According to the FTC, the competition hashtag was not sufficient disclosure, though it’s worth noting that the brand received a letter and not an enforcement action.