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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #147

by Zahirah Taha in News

WhatsApp remains top messaging app in India
For the first time, a billion people in India are going online using their smartphones. Messaging apps like Hike and WeChat have started advertising early to gain the attention of this growing smartphone crowd in India. Hike announced that it reached 35 million registered users in August, at the same time that it received its largest round of funding. Despite the competition, WhatsApp takes the lead in India, with 70 million active users, a 20 million increase in just 6 months.

Path’s potential comeback starts in Indonesia
Despite what seemed to be a crisis for Path last fall, Path is set to make a comeback by growing its social network in Indonesia, a market that make up a fifth of its global user base. With a new office in Indonesia and over US$ 77 million in fundings, Path’s continued success in the market will prove beneficial not just for the company, but for Indonesia as well.

Brands get spooky on social for Halloween
On Friday, everyone wanted a piece of the Halloween fun, and, as always, brands were no exception. Here’s our favourite from Lenovo *wink*.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #124

by Haiyi Tang in News

KakaoTalk has 140 million registered users
KakaoTalk has recently announced its registered users and revenue for 2o13. As reported previously, Line has over 350 million registered users, and WeChat has grown to 355 million monthly active users. Clearly, these two chat apps are giants in the Asian market dominating the industry through its massive user base. However, KakaoTalk also revealed that the company hit $203 million revenue in 2013, which is a 4.6 times growth in comparison with 2012. The chat app’s total registered user is at 140 million with over 426 games on its gaming platform. Although the strong figures showed a good performance of KakaoTalk in 2013,  the company’s revenue and user base still falls behind Line and WeChat.

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Will Instagram replace Foursquare with Facebook places? 
Since Facebook acquired Instagram, we noticed that some users were talking about the small changes made on Instagram. For example, when they want to tag a photo to the location,  it appeared to have replaced with recommended Facebook Places “location names”, where users had access to the Foursquare list previously.  It can be seen as a test to experiment the result of migrating Instagram users to Facebook’s place database. However, some users pointed out that Facebook’s place data set is missing many popular places, and hence, some of users would still prefer to use foursquare instead of Facebook places. Apparently, this argument seems to be debatable, because Facebook still has quite strong database and it has been significantly improved over the last twelve months. Let’s keep our eyes on it.

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Brand posts receive more engagement on Instagram than other networks
Forrester recently conducted research into engagement rates across social networks. Analysis of 3m user interactions on 2,500 brand posts across seven different networks found that, for six of those networks examined, the rate came out at under 0.1%. Instagram was a clear outlier, with an average rate of 4.21%.

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There is undoubtedly a short-term opportunity on Instagram. However, this may well disappear as brands begin to crowd the platform.

Facebook launches mobile ad network
At last Wednesday’s f8 conference, Facebook launched a mobile ad network that allows advertisers to reach Facebook users in other mobile apps. Users can be targeted by interest, likes and demographic information, or retargeted through Facebook’s ‘Custom Audiences’. Ads take three forms: banners, native and interstitial, each of which is shown below.

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The social network discussed the benefits of its new product in a blog post:

Facebook ads work because they’re personal, relevant and easy to measure on both desktop and mobile. The Audience Network brings these same powerful features to additional app-based mobile experiences, giving marketers even more scale for their Facebook campaigns.

Adweek was quick to produce an overview of the ad network, which explains the available ad types, relevant publishers and targeting/retargeting capabilities. The piece also references how ads can include two types of link: a self-explanatory ‘app install’ or a deeper link, which can push users to any part of the app. For example, a retailer may target someone who abandoned their shopping cart and direct them to their app, showing their incomplete purchase.

Facebook improves video metrics
Facebook is looking to improve how page admins can monitor the success of videos. Previously, it was possible only to see how many users started to watch a video. Now, admins can establish not only the exact number of times a video was viewed, but also the duration of those views, the number of unique views and the level of audience retention.

Facebook launches AppLinks
In another f8 announcement, Facebook launched AppLinks, which allows users to move from one Facebook mobile-integrated app to another using Parse, which eliminates the need to log in via a mobile browser. Ilya Sukhar, CEO at Parse, said of the move:

This gives you everything you need to publish, discover and navigate to deep links on mobile on any platform. … I hope this is the direction that mobile takes for the future. This is how the web works, and it’s awesome. Let’s keep it awesome.

So awesome. How very Silicon Valley.

More detailed app permissions on Facebook
Facebook has announced that it’s giving users more options about what information they hand over during login or when providing app permissions. We’ve got a ‘before and after’ shot below, which displays some of the details. Users will also be able to log in anonymously, though this ability is still in beta. The new look is being rolled out over the coming weeks.

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Facebook updates Messenger app
Facebook has released the newest version of its standalone Messenger app, with two key updates. Users can now take and share photos using an in-app camera and share any videos from the camera roll. Here’s how it all looks.

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Facebook rolls out Business Manager
It’s time for some more Facebook news (we’re nearly done, promise). The network has launched Business Manager, a management tool for advertisers. It includes tools for ad accounts, pages, apps and permissions all in one place. So far, it’s only available to a few lucky partners in the US, but it’s expected to be rolled out further in the coming months.

Twitter’s stock price falls due to slow user growth
Twitter’s stock price experienced a slump last week, after the announcement of the network’s figures for Q1 2014. It actually outdid expectations for revenue ($250m vs. $241.47m), but monthly active users increased to 255 million from 241 million in the previous quarter, in contrast with an expected 257 million. We Are Social’s Leila Thabetspoke to Marketing Magazine about the results:

Despite a 119% increase in revenue, a user growth of just 6% over the previous quarter is clearly not the breakneck pace the market expects from a fast-growth social platform. Revenue is obviously important, but the big issues remain user growth, monthly active users and engagement, with a slow-growing user base making engagement even more critical.

Twitter permits one-click video ads for all
Twitter has rolled out its one-click video ads to all users, as opposed to just Amplify partners. Tweets like the below, part of Burger King’s ‘Subservient Chicken’ campaign, would previously have appeared as a link to YouTube.

 

Vine adds mobile features to desktop site
Vine has updated its desktop site to incorporate many of its mobile features. These include a ‘featured’ section, channels, trending tags and ‘popular’ Vines. This is all publicly accessible without logging in; TechCrunch has described it as a ‘Six-Second YouTube’.

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Promoted Pins can be purchased with keywords
Pinterest is allowing Promoted Pins to be purchased targeted against keywords, such that users see them when searching – a potential stray into Google’s search territory.

Snapchat introduces ‘Chat’ feature
Snapchat has announced a major update to its app – the ability to chat live with another user with either video or text. To begin a conversation, simply swipe right on a user’s name within the app. Naturally, all messages are deleted when the conversation ends, unless either party chooses to take a screenshot.

The move couldn’t come soon enough, according to We Are Social’s Amaury Tréguer in B&T:

The new features offered by Snapchat are pretty basic compared to the offerings of competitors such as WhatsApp and Skype. It was about time to bring the chatting option to Snapchat. However, I still believe that this update is a smart move as it will allow the platform to attract a new breed of users (probably more grown-ups and less into sexting).

School kids seem to be pretty excited about it, too. One teacher claimed that, during 16 years in the profession, nothing had ever distracted a classroom more. No wonderbrands are keen to get in on the act. Karmaloop, an e-commerce brand, is giving potential customers a behind-the-scenes look at their office, while a spokesperson for Taco Bell has expressed an interest in using the feature very soon.

Foursquare performs mitosis (sort of)
Foursquare has announced plans to split itself in two with the launch of a new app, Swarm, which focusses purely on check-ins. The main app will become the location for search, discovery and reviews, while Swarm (shown below) will host the social features. Users will no longer be able to check in on the main app.

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Amazon and Twitter partner for social commerce
Online retail giant Amazon has partnered with Twitter, allowing users to add items to their online carts by using the hashtag #AmazonCart when replying to a tweet that contains an item they’d like the purchase. The move, detailed in the below video, looks exciting. However, a couple of different problems have been highlighted. There is the issue that other brands may look to ‘hijack’ the hashtag by placing ads against it, a potential route for Amazon’s rivals. Moreover, Digiday has just produced a piece that suggests people aren’t in the mood to shop when on Twitter, pointing to campaigns like Starbucks’ ‘Tweet a Coffee’, which had only limited success.

Maker’s Mark hosts reddit competition
Bourbon brand Maker’s Mark has been using reddit in its marketing, with a competition themed around the Kentucky Derby. It asked reddit users to suggest whisky-themed horse names; the most inventive were used in a home page takeover last Friday.

Kenco’s eight-hour improvised Twitter singalong
Kenco is inviting its Twitter fans to an ‘improvised singalong’ on Wednesday 7th May (tomorrow). Improvisational comedy troupe ‘The Noise Next Door’ will respond to tweets that contain the hashtag #brightenmyday using improvised songs for a whole eight hours, from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Birds Eye opens social pop-up
Ever thought there aren’t enough food snaps on Instagram? You’re in luck! Birds Eye is promoting its Inspirations range with a pop-up restaurant that only accepts Instagram photos as payment. Instagram users need simply post a picture, accompanied by the hashtag #BirdsEyeInspirations, to the mobile app in order to receive a free meal.

Coldplay host worldwide treasure hunt through Twitter
Coldplay have hidden hand-written lyrics sheets from their latest album, Ghost Stories, in libraries around the world. The band are posting clues to the lyrics’ whereabouts on Twitter, which is probably the most exciting thing they’ve ever done.

 

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #85

by Suhaina Adam in News

Asiana plane crash reported first on social media
The drama of the Boeing 777 plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last Saturday unfolded on social media before it was amplified on cable news. The accident took place on Saturday at 11.36am and David Eun, a Samsung Electronics Co. executive, provided the first signs of survival when he posted a photo on his Path account and Twitter at 12.13pm, within minutes of the crash-landing and fire. This received more than 32,000 retweets and an increase in Twitter followers from 2,000 to more than 24,000 followers in less than two days.

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The incident on Saturday shows just how much more reliant traditional news media have become on social media bulletins and photos for eye-witness coverage of significant breaking news events. With no reporters immediately on the scene, the traditional news outlets were forced to rely on Twitter postings, photos and even Youtube videos of passengers and those waiting inside the airport terminals.

Line messaging app now launched in India
Line has joined the likes of Hike, Whatsapp and WeChat to enter the Indian market, with the launch of two TVCs to mark their entry. The launch is part of Line’s global expansion, and India is set to be a key market as the country has a growing mobile and internet penetration and lower bandwidth costs. The TVCs promote both the free voice chat feature as well as the stickers or rich emoticon communications as embedded below. 

Line is up against serious competition not only with established player Whatsapp, but also with WeChat and Hike that have been pushing out their apps with localised features and and even endorsing the latest Bollywood stars.

China Mobile’s IM platform Fetion to compete with WeChat
As reported by TheNextWeb, China Mobile is intending to phase out its mobile instant messaging platform Fei Liao and merge it with its other IM platform Fetion starting from July 10. Fei Liao’s voice capability will be carried forward to Fetion, which has a higher user base of around 80 million (as compared to 3 million for Fei Liao). As the world’s largest carrier with over 700 million subscribers, this move is a step forward to mitigate the issue of growing usage of messaging apps such as WeChat and Line among others.

WeChat recruits Messi for global ad promotion
The recent Tencent Partners Conference event in Beijing revealed that WeChat has surpassed over 70 million overseas user base. This can be credited to its aggressive marketing efforts to promote the chat app, with its latest TVC to feature football star Lionel Messi. Aside from that, Tencent is also looking to collaborate with local firms and celebrities, such as in Malaysia where they will open up a new branch soon.

Every £1 spent on social is worth £3.34
For every £1.00 spent on social, brands can expect to see a potential return of £3.34, according to landmark research by the UK’s Internet Advertising Bureau. In the examination of Heinz, Kettle and Twinings’ social media marketing, they found that the former, a We Are Social client, received a 22% sentiment uplift from those exposed to their social presence. Overall, it found that people exposed to a brand on social were more inclined to purchase that brand more often, with 83% trialling a brand’s product.

The science behind a successful meme
A Harvard scientist named Michele Coscia has produced research into what it is that makes memes ‘successful’. Quartz have an excellent article that details much of his method and findings, which look to make various statements about the behaviour of memes. The key points include the idea that memes with a consistent share rate are more likely to be successful, as are those whose rise in popularity correlates with the death of another. Coscia also highlights ‘meme clusters’: sets of memes that, for whatever reason, do particularly well together – including the below.

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Finally, the research points to the fact that, while it is fairly easy to predict what one person will share based on their previous sharing habits, it’s much harder to ascertain what memes will be successful, or why.

Facebook Graph Search set to become public
Having been in Beta for the last six months, Facebook’s Graph Search is set to start being rolled out to users on a wider basis from today. The social search tool, which allows queries such as “friends of mine who like rollerblading and ice cream” or “people who work at We Are Social and live in London”, is being rolled out to users of the service in US English. It’s not yet clear how quickly the service will be extended to users of the network in other languages.

Facebook rescinds 20% text rule for cover photos
Last week, Facebook updated its cover photo guidelines, removing the restriction that prevented pages filling more than 20% of a cover photo with text. This follows on from deregulation in March that allowed cover photos to include contact and pricing information, as well as calls to action, though it’s worth noting that pages running that advertising that pulls in their cover photo will still be subject to the 20% rule.

Twitter allow ad targeting by browser history and email address
Twitter are for the first time allowing advertisers to target people who’ve visited a website or provided data as part of a purchase. This is intended to ensure that adverts are targeted at those who have previously expressed interest in a company. Unlike on Facebook, fans will be able to opt out of all adverts that use third-party data, simply by ticking a box in their account settings.

Twitter ban automated following, relax 3rd party curation restrictions
Twitter have updated their developer guidelines, with two major changes to the network. Firstly, they have banned automated and bulk following, preventing the likes of automated ‘follow back’ systems. Secondly, they have relaxed the restrictions on curating content from 3rd party sites; this is certainly good news for the likes of Storify.

Updates to Vine iOS app
Vine have released several new updates, all currently available for their iPhone/iPad app. These can roughly be divided into three categories: taking videos, discovering content and sharing your own Vines. In camp 1 are the changes to the camera, such as grid, focus and ghost tools, aimed at making it easier to film your own content. For discovering content, users are now able to explore 15 different channels, from comedy to nature, each with their own ‘Popular’ section, as well as an ‘On The Rise’ feature that shows people who are catching the attention of the Vine community. Finally, when it comes to sharing content, Vine now offer the ‘Revine’, the equivalent of a Retweet, and ‘Protected Posts’ that allow you to keep more personal content for the people you approve. Protected Posts are also available on Android, with the remaining features following this week.

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LinkedIn looking to content to help increase ad revenue
Currently, LinkedIn make 57% of their revenue through tools for recruiters, with only 23% ($74.8 million) coming from advertising revenue. They are now trialling “sponsored updates”, their equivalent of native adverts appearing in a user’s news feed. Mike Gamson, LinkedIn’s senior VP-global solutions, said:

Now because people are reading articles and sharing updates, the [news] feed’s become very liquid. Into that liquidity, an advertiser has an opportunity to suggest a story that might be interesting.

As a result, it’s important for LinkedIn to have a high quality news feed, or at least one that people care about, for this to work. They’ve been attempting this, enrolling the help of influencers like Richard Branson and Bill Gates, to produce advice for those entering the world of business to follow. However, there is no conclusive evidence to show that users are actually reading these stories more; in fact, the average time users spent on the network in May 2013 was 20.6 minutes, compared with 20.9 a year before. It will be worth keeping an eye on LinkedIn’s ad revenue, to see how this move pans out for them.

Six percent of online US adults use Reddit
A survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that6% of all online US adults are on Reddit, with young men the most prevalent group, as shown in this graph:

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Geographically, those who live nearer to cities are more likely to use Reddit: 7% of urban online adults use the network, compared to 6% of those in the suburbs and only 2% in rural areas. Wealth, however, is not a significant factor, with between 6 and 7% usage in every strand for ‘household income’.

Bebo bought back by old owners for $1 million
The social network Bebo has been bought back by its inventors, Michael and Xochi Birch, for $1 million. The pair owned 70% of the business when it was sold to AOL for $850 million in 2008, making a huge $595 million between them. Now the pair are looking to breathe some life back into the platform, which has been as good as dead since 2010, as per the below tweet.

Google Reader dwarfed G+ for traffic until its closure Buzzfeed have produced some interesting research about the amount of respective traffic driven by Google Reader and G+, finding that the former dwarfed the latter right up to its closure. Indeed, traffic from Google Reader to any of the ‘Buzzfeed network’, a set of sites with over 300 million collective users, had in fact increased by 6% over the few months since its closure was announced. anigif_enhanced-buzz-25600-1372789761-1 Wimbledon on Twitter Andy Murray’s triumph at Wimbledon captured hearts across the UK yesterday, so it’s no surprise that people were discussing it in their droves on Twitter. The 12 hours around the match saw a total of 3.4 million tweets on the topic, climaxing at 17.25 with the end of the match, at which point there were 120,000 Wimbledon tweets per minute, while 8 of the top 10 UK trends were related to the contest. Andy Murray’s own tweet about the final has already seen over 90,000 RTs and 70,000 favourites.

 

Naturally, many brands are keen to get involved and of the official Wimbledon sponsors, it was evian who performed best. The water brand received 70% of all tweets mentioning one of the official sponsors, far outdoing the runners-up: Slazenger and Robinson’s, each with 9%. We’d like to this this was at least in part due to theWimbledon Wiggle campaign created by We Are Social, which asked fans to submit their own ‘wiggle’ for the chance to win tickets to the final. Based on the way in which players move when preparing to receive a serve, some examples can be seen in the video below.

adidas, Murray’s official sportswear sponsor, tweeted the following in celebration:

Société Générale promote Twitter customer service in TV ad
The French bank Société Générale is using its latest TV ad to promote its quick and comprehensive customer service on Twitter. It is certainly novel to see a brand using a TV ad in this way and displays the increasing importance of social media in interactions between customers and brands. The ad (in French) can be seen below:

O2 asks consumers to #bemoredog
UK mobile network O2 are using the hashtag #bemoredog to promote their 4G service, asking consumers to leave behind the grumpy ways of the cat. Also including TV and print elements, the campaign focusses strongly on social, with the aforementioned hashtag supported by their Facebook page, containing the latest #bemoredog pictures. There is also an interactive game involving throwing a frisbee as a cat, as well as the ability to create ‘dog bombs’ – a fun video around the ‘dog’ theme – and send them to your friends.

Thorpe Park appoint We Are Social as social media agency
Theme park Thorpe Park has appointed We Are Social as its social media agency of record, giving us the task of auditing their social channels, as well as the wider social landscape, in order to produce an overarching social strategy, as well as content strategy, image and tone of voice guidelines and a crisis management plan. There is also a long term view to the production of creative campaigns and Thorpe Park marketing director Jason Wills said:

Social media is a key part of our broader integrated communications strategy and We Are Social has a reputation throughout the industry for delivering first class, creative work. We had no doubt they would be the best agency for the job.

Celebrities must be clear about commercial interests on Twitter
After a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary outed Coronation Street actresses who had been tweeting plugs for products in exchange for free gifts, celebrities have been urged to increase transparency about their commercial interests by using the hashtag #ad. The law requires the same to be done when celebrities are paid, but the law is slightly less clear when it comes to free gifts, as We Are Social’s own Robin Grant told The Independent:

Celebrities are immensely powerful – people are more interested in celebrities than they are in brands. Involving celebrities in an ethical way can make a positive difference in a campaign… It is illegal not to disclose if a person has been paid to promote a product but this consumer protection regulation has not yet been tested in the courts. What if a person has been given a service as a gift? The best way to disclose an interest is to include the hashtag ‘ad’ in the tweet.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #82

by Cyra Caparros in News

Facebook now has searchable hashtags to follow public conversation
Following the report in March, Facebook just recently launched the functionality to follow conversations through hashtags.  As reported by Techcrunch, Facebook announced that its capabilities include clicking on hashtags from other services, searching for hashtags and writing posts directly from the hashtag feed. Here’s a look at what a quick search of #sghaze, trending topic about the haze in Singapore from Indonesia’s forest fires looks like:

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When it comes to the privacy perspective, Facebook says that the hashtags will work similarly to Facebook Graph Search where you’ll only see the comments that you are authorised to see. Although AdAge suggests the move is intended by Facebook to help them compete with Twitter for real-time marketing spend, it’s hard to see them competing with Twitter as the prime social network for second-screen viewing.

Strategy Director, Jordan Stone, told Marketing:

Facebook would love to tap into the ‘real-time’ public conversation in the same way that Twitter does, but the challenge for Facebook is they have always been considered a private social network for people you actually know. This is in contrast to the very public nature of Twitter where you can more easily tap into the public consciousness through search and hashtags. Whether Facebook can credibly straddle the line between being a personal social network and a public platform is open for debate.

Twitter has successfully positioned itself as an important second screen platform, which makes it attractive for advertisers and agencies to integrate Twitter into campaign thinking, and therefore spending. Facebook may well be going after their ‘second screen’ dominance and the near ubiquity of using hashtags in advertising campaigns to drive conversations. Which is no doubt why they will allow advertisers to include hashtags in Facebook advertising as it’s rolled out.

WeChat joins Ramadan in Indonesia
Tencent is pushing hard for WeChat to grow in the Southeast Asian market. Recently, WeChat teamed up with the Indonesian creative network Kreavi for a Ramadan-themed contest to create the best holiday WeChat emoticons. As published in TechinAsia, contestants have to submit a set of custom-made WeChat stickers for 10 different emotes including prayer, homecoming, and new clothes—all traditional Ramadan customs. The first place will receive IDR 10 million (($1,020) while the rest of the top ten finalist will receive IDR 50 million ($5,100). The contest has started and runs until July 10. Through this, WeChat hopes to appeal to at least nine out of ten Indonesians.

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Line is now the biggest social network in Japan
Are Facebook and Twitter users in Japan now losing their interest and moving to Line? A recent article from ClickZ.asia says that Facebook registered user base in Japan had dropped substantially from about 17 million to 13 million, while Line had increased its users to 41 million. According to Adage, most of the Twitter users in Japan have switched to Line as well.

Listening and responding in social media is vital to protect sales
According to McKinsey, an unnamed telecoms brand found that negative online buzz hurt signups by 8%, effectively off-setting any gains from their entire TV spend. It underscores a really important point: it is quite literally pointless to put money into TV advertising if you are not also listening and responding to consumer queries and complaints on social channels.

Fan-created content vital for brands on YouTube
Research from Cisco has found that by 2017, online video will be even more popular than social networking. Although brands have learnt from this somewhat by ensuring their content is top-notch, they also need to learn to appreciate their super-fans on YouTube – as much as 99% of video views featuring a brand can come from user-submitted content.

Facebook to eliminate Sponsored Search results
As parts of its push to simplify its ad product range, Facebook is eliminating Sponsored Search results. According to Inside Facebook:

The reason why the sponsored results will be nixed is because the most common marketers for them were app and game developers, and Facebook feels that the mobile app install ads and page post link ads are more efficient ways to reach this goal.

Twitter opens up its analytics platform
Twitter has opened up its analytics platform, giving casual users and brands an insight into the people that follow them, as well as the performance of their own tweets.

Myspace relaunches with $20 million ad campaign
Myspace has officially relaunched with a huge ad campaign, aimed less at re-recruiting former users and more as an attempt to re-position the site, aiming it at all creatives involved in the music industry. They’ve released a 90-second ad which they say represents what the new Myspace has to offer:

Google buys Waze for more than $1 billion
Google’s purchase of Waze for more than a billion dollars shows just how important maps and location data is to Google’s business model. Waze is a social map app with real-time traffic data provided by users, letting them flag bad road or weather conditions to other drivers. The acquisition of Waze is a sign that Google will be trying to make Google Maps even more social – with indicators that the next incarnation will include data from Google+ (such as restaurant recommendations) along your routes.

Google launches unified dashboard
In a move which will allow businesses and brands greater flexibility in managing their Google products, Google has launched a single dashboard that allows Google+ page owners to also manage their presence in Search, Maps and AdWords in one place.

For example, the new dashboard will allow businesses to update their info with their website URLs, store hours and phone numbers, across Google Maps, Search and on Google+ right from the tools Overview tab.

Path to raise new funding at $1 billion valuation
Mobile-only social network Path is raising a new round of funding of between $75 and $100 million, valuing the company at over a billion dollars. It’s particularly impressive as their last round of funding in 2012 valued the company at around $250 million.

Twitter and Everyday Health join up to provide public health alerts
Twitter is partnering with health news publisher Everyday Health to deliver health alerts and potentially to sell ads. The publisher will be able to scour the 2 million health-related tweets in the US every day to see if anything is over-indexing in such a way as to suggest a potential outbreak. They say the HealthBeat program developed with Twitter could warn users to be vaccinated through Promoted Tweets and Trends. Although they’re yet to seek any advertisers, in time they will for broader health issues such as hayfever or flu.

Random House launches book recommendation app
Random House has launched BookScout, an app which recommends books to users based on the things they like and discuss on Facebook, as well as their Facebook friends’ interests.

Foursquare rolls out Samsung-sponsored visualisation of users’ check-ins
Foursquare has partnered with Samsung for The Foursquare Time Machine, a new feature that provides users with an animated infographic based on their check-in history. Although the campaign includes a play-pause button and specially-generated heat maps, the campaign is more interesting as an insight into Foursquare’s business model going forward: it has been criticised for a lack of revenue, but Samsung reportedly paid $1 million for this campaign.

Despicable Me 2 characters take over Mumsnet
In the first site takeover in Mumsnet’s history, minions from upcoming film Despicable Me 2 will take over Mumsnet for one week from next Monday, renaming the site Minionsnet to help promote its release. The campaign also includes advance screenings of the film for 400 Mumsnet users in Manchester and London, online competitions and on-site advertising.

Heinz Salad Cream launches new campaign with We Are Social
Heinz Salad Cream is looking to promote the product to a younger audience with a new £2m ‘Bring on the Zing’ campaign, including a Facebook challenge (created by We Are Social) challenging fans to add some Zing to sandwiches to try and become a Zing Master.

We’re also working with Heinz on personalisation campaigns for HP Sauce and Five Beanz.

Kiss Me First’s Facebook Connect campaign
Lottie Mognach’s first book launch is being supported by a Facebook Connect campaign. Which you might be impressed by if you’d never seen a Facebook Connect campaign before.

Clever campaign for Tourette’s awareness
The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada has launched ‘Surrender Your Say’, where consumers have their Twitter account taken over for a day by their app, and the consumer cannot control what is tweeted. It’s a great illustration of what life with Tourette’s must be like.

The ultimate anti-social app
Foursquare prides itself on giving you the location data of your friends – so that in theory it’s easy to meet up. But developer Scott Garner has re-used this data in his app ‘Hell is Other People’, which utilises the most recent check-ins of your friends to work out a position where you’re most likely to avoid them entirely. Scott has created a nice video about his experience using his own app:

How EE ended up embarrassed on Twitter
EE were left red-faced after a consumer’s complaint about them not upholding their T+Cs – and not giving him the Glastonbury tickets he had rightfully won – went viral. After an enormous amount of negative publicity, including O2 offering the consumer entry to all their events for a year, EE eventually caved in and offered Terry his Glastonbury tickets.

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Five Friday Facts #75

by Laura Picard in News

LinkedIn passes 1 million users in Singapore
According to a recent report by TheNextWeb, LinkedIn has officially hit the seven-digit mark in Singapore. The professional networking platform announced that this makes Singapore the fourth country in Southeast Asia to reach the 1 million user milestone. They also revealed that Singapore’s user base has doubled since 2011, to reach a staggering 70 percent of professionals and students in the market. Although LinkedIn has over 200 million users worldwide, 1 million in Singapore is an incredibly impressive feat given the fact that it currently reaches a substantial 20% of the country’s total population of 5 million.

Path has 10M users, adds 1 million per week
The previously rocky road has finally led to smooth sailing for Path–a private social network that experienced  legal troubles and slow growth in the past–as it currently has over 10 million registered users. The number is small, relatively speaking, but also indicative of a sudden increase in the platform’s growth rate in the last few months. As TheNextWeb notes, Path only had 2 million users in February 2012. When they reached 3 million in June 2012, they were adding about 250,000 users per month. According to the founder Dave Morin, this rate has ballooned to a whopping rate of 1 million users added per week. Indeed, this recent uptake would suggest that things are finally looking up for Path–at least, they are for now. But whether or not these users will stick is another story, and one that will be interesting to witness as it unfolds in the social media landscape.

Chat app Line has reached 150M users
TechInAsia recently reported that Japanese chat app Line has reached 150 million users worldwide. This news doesn’t come as a surprise given the recent boom in chat apps across the globe. What is astonishing, though, is just how quickly they announced this milestone. When Line doubled its user base from 50 million to 100 million last year, it took over seven months. Impressive, but to put this in perspective: the next 50 million users took just over three months. The magnitude of this steep climb is illustrated further,  in the line graph the company produced to celebrate the occasion. In any case, it seems more likely that we will see the next 50 million soon–perhaps much sooner than expected as well.

Chat app KakaoTalk approaches 90M users
In more news of chat apps milestones, KakaoTalk has also seen impressive momentum in the growth of its user base. As TechInAsia reports, the Korean chat app has recently closed in on the 90 million user mark. As indicated in the graph produced by TechInAsia, KakaoTalk has continued to see rapid growth since early 2012, adding about 10 million new users per quarter. There is still a considerable gap to be broached between KakaoTalk’s user base and Line’s 150 million (not to mention WeChat’s 300 million). But as the 90 million milestone is approaching any day now–and 100 million can’t be far behind–KakaoTalk has surely put some pressure on its Asian chat app counterparts to try and stay ahead of the curve.

Facebook has 1.11B monthly active users, 751 million on mobile
According to a recent report by TheNextWeb, Facebook has continued to grow its user base and surpass milestones, beyond the famous ten-digit landmark it reached last year. Earlier this week, the social network announced that the user base now stood at 1.11 billion monthly active users, with 665 million of them active on a daily basis. The monthly active users are up by 26 percent year-on-year, while daily active users is also up by 23 percent for the same period. The biggest increase comes from active users on mobile: the figure stood at 751 million users at the end of March 2013, indicating a significant year-on-year increase of 54 percent. Last quarter, Facebook reported having 1.06 million active users, of which 618 million were mobile. While 60 million users were new or became active, about 133 million users were added to the number of mobile users. As noted by TheNextWeb, this figure also means that more than 67% of active Facebook users access the platform through mobile devices.

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