Social Media


What Instagram’s Altered Algorithm Really Means for Brands

March 23rd, 2018 by

Instagram recently announced a change to its algorithm so that posts will now appear in a more chronological manner, finally heeding years of user complaints. But does that mean your brand should now post more frequently? How will brands be impacted by this change? Carmen Collins, social media lead for the talent brand at Cisco Systems, weighs in.

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LinkedIn Adds Video Filters; Instagram Beefs Up Profile Links

March 22nd, 2018 by

If you’re taking a break from Snapchat à la Rihanna or fed up with Facebook following the Cambridge Analytica revelations, LinkedIn and Instagram have got you covered with new features that could make communicators’ jobs a little easier. LinkedIn, well on its way to becoming a full-fledged social platform, continues to add visual storytelling elements to its offerings. This week it unveiled a video filter feature for users, complementing its new native video function.


39% of Americans 18 to 29 Are Online Almost Constantly, 77% Online Daily

March 20th, 2018 by

It’s hard to argue that the online life is a fad when you see how many Americans are online daily (77%), according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. Want more? 40% of Americans 18-29 say they are online “almost constantly.”


How the ‘Slap Rihanna’ Ad Slipped Through the Cracks on Snapchat

March 16th, 2018 by

A Snapchat ad promoting the game Would You Rather?! asked players if they would rather “slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown.” Rihanna was not amused by this reference to the 2009 violent assault by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. How did this disturbing ad make it onto the app in the first place? A representative from Snap Inc. explained their ad review process, which might need a few tweaks.


Airbnb Dominated Travel Sites’ Social Activity in ’17 With 150% Growth in Consumer Engagement

March 13th, 2018 by

We continue our examination of consumer engagement with brands’ social posts during 2017. Data is provided exclusively by Shareablee to PR News . This week we look at the top 10 travel websites, ranked by consumer engagement. Airbnb is the leader.


More Than 70% of American Adults Over 50 Use Social Media, Signaling a 112% Jump in Usage

March 13th, 2018 by

While most marketers put a premium on attracting younger people, the 50+ demographic is coveted for its disposable income and stability. While it is known that this demographic is less comfortable with technology than millennials, the group has taken to social media at a strong rate, a new survey from AARP shows. The devices it doesn’t yet use can be large targets for marketers.


4 Ways Brands Can Increase ROI on Facebook Campaigns

March 12th, 2018 by

As Facebook continues to de-emphasize branded content in its News Feed, brands must strive harder than ever to run compelling campaigns, pouring bigger ad budgets and organizational resources into the platform. With so much at stake, how can brands drive a true return on investment with a Facebook campaign? By making those campaigns as enticing to their audiences as possible, of course.
On March 13, PR News will explore strategies for doing so in its webinar, “How to Increase the ROI of Your Facebook Campaigns.” For a taste of tomorrow’s program, here are four ways brands can increase ROI on Facebook.

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Snapchat Adds @Mentions Tagging, Stepping Up Rivalry With Instagram

March 9th, 2018 by

Considering that Snapchat now shares analytics and insights with its network of influencers, its addition of “mentions” feels like another feature that will allow the platform to function as a serious tool for communicators. And considering that the company laid off over 120 engineers this week, it’s possible that the company might be content to continue beefing up its interface with innovations that already exist elsewhere.

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Not Going to SXSW? Here Are 5 Live-Streamed Sessions You Need to Follow

March 8th, 2018 by

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference—a week-long spectacle filled with experiential marketing stunts and immersive brand experiences that’s equal parts technology, education and entertainment—always offers plenty of style and substance for professional communicators. For those unable to attend, here are five fascinating live-streamed interviews and sessions that communicators will want to catch.


6 Tips for Brand-Building Influencer Takeovers

March 6th, 2018 by

Letting a social media influencer temporarily take over your brand’s accounts can be a great tactic to bring in new followers and engage with your audience in an authentic way. But there are some important tricks of the trade to keep in mind.