Social Media


7 Best Practices for Listening and Engagement on Twitter

October 18th, 2017 by

It takes more time to engage thoughtfully than it does to schedule a few tweets and call it a day, but it’s a solid investment. If you’re going to commit to using Twitter to really build your brand, Adam Snyder of MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) has some advice for you.


Twitter’s New Video Ad Format Looks to Up Clickthrough Rates

October 17th, 2017 by

Twitter announced the new Video Website Card Oct. 17, an ad format that “combines the power of video with the ability to drive users back to a site to learn more or take action in the moment.” In basic terms, it’s an auto-playing video that, if a viewer taps to learn more, anchors to the top of the screen and continues playing while a website loads below.


Facebook Takes First Steps Into Food Ordering, Job Hunting

October 16th, 2017 by

Facebook wants to be your everything. Think about all the features that have been added since the days when you couldn’t do much more than post a status or picture: games, trending news, classified ads, fitness tracking, movie tickets, ride hailing, the list goes on. And now, the social media giant’s latest endeavors include food delivery and a LinkedIn-like resume feature.


Twitter’s Leadership, Judgment Questioned as Rose McGowan’s Account Suspended

October 12th, 2017 by

Twitter just can’t seem to get a handle on its moderation issues. Rose McGowan is the latest to get caught up in Twitter’s uneven attempts to enforce civility. The actress’ account was temporarily suspended without an immediate explanation—and the eventual explanation from Twitter only raised more criticism.


2 New Desktop-Based Social Media Tools to Try

October 11th, 2017 by

Social media pros looking for ways to make their lives easier have some new options this week. Twitteriffic and Windowed offer users working on desktop or laptop more powerful and feature-laden experiences for Twitter and Instagram, respectively.


Snapchat Rolls Out Context Cards, a New Marketing Feature, Escalating Its Battle With Instagram

October 10th, 2017 by

The battle between Instagram and Snapchat for more users and marketing dollars continues its heated pace. This morning, Snapchat introduced a new marketing tool called Context Cards giving Snapchat users a way to get instant information about a business featured in a Snap. Meanwhile, Instagram announced a couple of new features in the last week, including an interactive polling sticker for Stories that closely resembles Snapchat’s third-party Polly feature.


3 Common Social Media and Site Measurement Mistakes

October 3rd, 2017 by

When measuring social media and website efforts, few metrics can be taken at face value. Every major platform has some form of native analytic tool, and Google Analytics provides a wealth of information on the factors that affect a website’s performance. But by accepting the numbers you’re given and not digging any deeper, metrics can mislead. Here are three common mistakes communicators can make by looking only at the tip of the metrics iceberg.

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Snapchat and Toys ‘R’ Us Signal Renewed Interest in Augmented Reality for Brands

October 2nd, 2017 by

While some communicators may argue augmented reality’s relevance to brands has faded along with Pokémon GO fervor, recent developments at Snap Inc. and Toys ‘R’ Us indicate otherwise. Both companies have unrolled augmented reality (AR) offerings that encourage audience interaction with their products and drive a surprise-and-delight factor with users.


Las Vegas Shooting: Locals Offer Help, Support

October 2nd, 2017 by

Facebook’s Crisis Response tool is facing its first sad test in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. A gunman fired into the crowd of a country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, leaving more than 50 dead and more than 400 injured.

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How St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Uses Instagram to Make Science Fun

September 29th, 2017 by

For Carrie Strehlau, turning a complex subject into an engaging story is part of her everyday challenge. Strehlau, a senior social media specialist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has found Instagram Stories to be a great vehicle for highlighting and humanizing the hospital’s work. In this Q&A, she shares her approach to the platform, how she measures success and why spontaneity can be just as important as prep work when it comes to Instagram Stories.