Here are all of the posts tagged ‘social networks’.
Huawei launches an interactive “finger race” campaign on Snapchat
An interesting approach by Chinese company telecoms giant, Huawei.
To promote their new Talkband B2 connected gear in France, Huawei launched a campaign called #SnapchatRun. It’s an “interactive finger race” where users get a first person perspective through photographs. Players are led to ‘run’ through the streets of Paris using their two fingers as legs. Each tap on a photo reveals the next snap and then the next, creating an illusion that you’re running on screen. The “fastest” runners to tweet a code at the end of their journey stand to win the Talkband B2 device.
Cool? We think so too.
Shia Labeouf wants you to watch him in the name of art
Mr “Shia Labeouf” Transformers is the latest celeb to jump on the live-streaming wagon. He basically sits in a spot in New York City watching all the movies he’s ever starred in back-to-back for three days (indulgent, yes) with a camera capturing every iota of his unshaven face while it beams live across the globe. In other words, it’s you watching Shia watching himself on screen.
The #AllMyMovies “art” project wrapped up just about a day ago. Shia says he’s loving himself much more now. Some of us are cringing, the rest of us are still trying to figure out what sort of performance it was supposed to be. It is art perhaps, so maybe we’re not supposed to understand it.
Whether or not its about (as some articles say), our desire for intimacy by portraying Shia in a vulnerable light, “humanising” him so to speak, this bizarre trend isn’t the first of its kind around. You remember this Korean kid don’t you?
So clearly, this is a thing.
Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year is an emoji
So begins the demise of the English language as we know it. Let us not speak to each other in words and sentences and phrases and metaphors because just one yellow, little, round face is enough to capture all the information and emotion we can ever muster. Oxford Dictionary says so. The word of the year for 2015 is not “sharknado”, “robo-sapiens” or “Vladimir Putin”. It is a pictograph yellow face laughing tears of joy. No kidding!
Gaption: A social network that pays for your content
We’ve heard this – time is money. Malaysia-based social network Gaption, knows this well, so much so that they’ve gone a step ahead and spun it around a business idea that gets social media users like you to get paid for just going online.
The money comes from brand advertisers. Gaption uses a tracking system to monitor content that performs well or engages well with audiences online. They then go on to sell these insights to brands, get the brands invest, and re-distribute the profits back to users. How much an online user earns depends on a variety of factors such as online popularity, and how much time he/she spends online.
Since its inception in June, Gaption has garnered 20,000 users and generated US$10,000 in revenue, which it has shared with its users. The company has grand plans ahead. They’re planning to capture 10 to 15 million users with an average of US$900,000 per month over the next two years. Next markets to target include Australia, Singapore and the Philippines.
Japanese messaging service Line unveils Line Launcher App
Line wants you to have more of their cuddly bears, bunnies, duckies and conversation stickies to share with all your friends. And Line fans can’t get enough – the app has received about 4.5 stars on Play Store.
They’ve unveiled the Line Launcher App that allows users to customise the look of their smartphone based on a range of Line-inspired wallpapers, icons, and widgets, with over 3,000 free options ranging from scenery, nature and animal motifs. Popular Line characters Brown, Cony and Sally are included as well.
Indonesia’s Yogrt clinches US$3 million in funds, boasts former Acer Indonesia CEO as co-founder
Indonesia-based social networking app Yogrt managed to clinch US$3 million in funding, with just 500,000 registered users and a 10-month track record in Indonesia. Not bad for a start-up at all.
It’s the first app made by Kongko Digital, a Singapore-based company. One of its co-founders, Jason Lim, was the former CEO of Acer Indonesia who left his post to pursue ambitions to be an entrepreneur.
Yogrt functions a lot like Tinder. It locates active app users based on your location. If you “like” their profiles and they “like” you back, you get the opportunity to chat with them. In addition to that, you also get to challenge users with games and quizzes to get them to like you back.
Internet.org’s Asia rollout continues in Indonesia
Internet.org has proceeded to launch in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation Indonesia, even in the midst of poor reception in India. The Facebook-backed programme provides internet services to developing countries through a range of free apps and websites. Last week, a group of Indian companies withdrew their support for Internet.org, citing concerns over ‘net neutrality’. They were afraid this would come at the expense of local businesses.
WeChat may soon appear in BMW cars in China
Online messaging in your car is a close possibility, if you’re driving a BMW in China. BMW AG has revealed that it plans to introduce Tencent’s WeChat into its cars in the country. The carmaker says this is coming in response to consumer requests for the app, which currently boasts roughly half a billion active users a month. Ford Motor has also said that its in talks with Tencent to integrate WeChat into their cars.
Social media plays a spectrum of roles in daily life. But how is it different from sending an email, or dialing a phone? You could say that they all started by providing a common function: by allowing convenient and accessible communication. As platforms like Facebook gained momentum, however, the social comms component evolved to provide another value. What was formerly used as an alternative for face-to-face, just like emails or phone calls–evolved to become a canvas for establishing, reinforcing and redefining concepts of self-identity. Even amongst unfamiliar faces, it’s important that we represent some parts of who we are. Online, social media has evolved to require just that. No longer are these platforms solely about speaking with people you know, or perhaps even want to know on a personal level.
Social media has become a platform for the performance of personal identity–a value that is inscribed in its primary value as a means for conversation.
As such, it’s no surprise that TescoMobile’s recent Twitter conversation went viral. It’s crucial to recognise that this conversation started out as one that could have easily been as mundane and insignificant as overhearing a customer service call over the phone.
This conversation went viral precisely because that’s not what happened at all. While the customer’s (somewhat confusing) gripes were addressed early on, that only served as a springboard for TescoMobile to launch into a highly engaging conversation with the dissatisfied customer’s ‘whistle blower’, Riccardo Esposito.
Instead of merely thanking Esposito for ‘bringing this to our attention’ (yawn), TescoMobile framed their appreciation in the context of playful banter. The quirky and captivating tone of voice keeps Esposito engaged, and before long, multiple brands are involved in this strangely spectacular performance of delightful creativity and imagination.
While the conversation effectively steered the topic away from the initial complaint, the brand gained most from its ability to balance humour and humility with effortless finesse.
In the end, this humorous, tongue-in-cheek narrative was never about managing customer service, or even about improving upon common marketing metrics like response time, conversions or engagement rates.
This conversation is ultimately about the magic of social media. It exemplifies how the measurable qualities of clicks and impressions are always underwritten by an ineffable chemistry, the odd science that can make or break the relationship between an audience and a brand.
What this conversation suggests, is ultimately a case for the importance of identity in conversation. When brand messaging sounds more like a friendly chat; when tone of voice hints at totems of personal identity; when brands aren’t afraid to wear their hearts, hopes and humanity on their sleeves–perhaps that’s when a passive fan becomes a loyal friend.
If you need proof, take a look at Twitter reactions to TescoMobile below:
WeChat now has 190M monthly active users
WeChat is a giant amongst chat apps. It has a user base of over 300 million users with projections that it will surpass 400 million in a few weeks. So it comes as no surprise that WeChat has reached 190 million monthly active users. As noted by TechInAsia, this number suggests that WeChat is closing in on Whatsapp territory, which has 200 million monthly active users according to the most recent data. On the other hand, an overwhelming majority of WeChat users are based in China, whereas Whatsapp–and even other Asian chat apps like Line–enjoy greater success on an international level. Nonetheless, WeChat has experienced growth at breakneck speeds in the last two years, an incredible accomplishment as illustrated in the graph below.
70% of brand engagement on Pinterest is user-generated
Mashable cited a recent study by Digitas and Curalate and found that 70% of brand engagement on Pinterest is generated by users as opposed to brands. The disparity between brand- and user-generated content is much larger for some industry categories. With brands in the fashion industry, for example, only 18% of content engagement comes from the brands, while 82% comes from the community. Similarly, 75% of content engagement for the automotive industry came directly from the users. By contrast, the study found that brands in the electronics industry were split more evenly, between user-driven and brand-driven engagement; while 47% of content engagement came from brands, 53% came from the community. Ultimately, these findings indicate that there is massive potential for brands to join the conversations and direct engagement on the platform.
In India, PC users watch 3.7 billion online videos per month
According to TheNextWeb, 54 million PC-based internet users in India watched videos online in March 2013. This number has increased from 32 million in March 2011, indicating a rise of 69% over the last two years. Equally significant is the growth in the total number of videos watched each month; the figures have risen from 1.8 billion in 2011 to 3.7 billion last month. It is interesting to note that the top two platforms for video consumption are social to some degree; Youtube and Google sites ranked first with 31.5 million video viewers, while Facebook came in second with 18.6 million. When it comes to the average time spent on video consumption, DailyMotion outranks Facebook’s 21.9 minutes by a significant margin, with 59.6 minutes spent on average.
Google+ has 359M users, ousts Twitter as second largest social network
A recent report by Business Insider details the recent growth of Google+. Citing new data released by GlobalWebIndex, the findings suggest that Google+ is growing at a rate that may ultimately oust Twitter as the runner-up for largest social network (with Facebook and its 1.1 billion users remaining at the helm). Google+ currently has a staggering 359 million active users. This is up by 33 percent from June 2012, when they had 269 million active users. Twitter is growing at a faster rate, however, as it experienced a 44 percent increase during same timeframe, from 206 million users to 297 million users today.
Chat app Zalo has 2M users, plans for 5M soon
While well-known Asian chat apps like WeChat have continued to gather a massive following, this trend has also been demonstrated as strong in other Asian markets. According to TechInAsia, Vietnamese chat app has passed 2 million users, and has stated plans to reach 5 million in the near future. With 10 million smartphone users in the market, 5 million seems like a lofty goal at first glance. Vietnam is currently at the threshold of rapid mobile growth, however, and given Zalo’s recent uptake in growth, 5 million may not be such a stretch after all.
[Bonus Fact] Chat app to cash cow: Line revenue is up by 92% this year
The Japanese chat app Line has recently revealed that its first quarter revenue for 2013 was 5.82 billion yen (71.1 million SGD), The company’s revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 stood at 3.03 billion yen (37 million SGD), indicating a staggering 92% increase on Q4 2012. The results were retrieved by TheNextWeb, as shown in the graph below:
Roughly half of these earnings come from in-app payments and social gaming features–components of the chat app that have been heavily developed in recent months. In particular, Line’s gaming feature reached the milestone of 100 million downloads earlier this year. Stickers raked in 1.7 billion yen (20.8 million SGD), or about 30% of the revenue for Q1 2013. Ultimately, these numbers suggest that there is serious potential when it comes to the monetization of chat apps.