This time eight years ago, five words started off a social media frenzy. Who knew that eight years later, the site, which started with the words ‘Just setting up my twttr’ would have over 15m active registered users and 300bn posts in the UK alone. And its eighth one has been quite the hectic year, with celebrity selfies, a royal baby , an IPO and a lot of trolls.  Not only that, but ‘tweet’ actually made it into the Oxford English Dictionary!

To celebrate its birthday, Twitter is letting its users journey back to their very #firsttweet, which in onechocolate’s case was back in August 2008: “I am right in the middle of something”. Over 3,500 tweets later, it’s safe to say that we, over here at onechocolate communications, are big fans of Twitter. As a digital PR agency, we incorporate social media into everything we do, helping our clients to build their brands on the social media platforms that work for them. And Twitter is definitely among the top players for both B2B and consumer brands.

As Twitter has grown over the last eight years (although its limit of 140 characters has stayed the same), so has B2B companies’ confidence in using it. In fact, according to Forrester’s B2B Social Technographics numbers, 100% of business decision makers are now using social media for work purposes. Twitter is no longer just a platform for celebrities to share what they had for breakfast, it’s a great communications tool for both professionals and brands. It’s also a place for B2B companies to develop their online presence, speak to a wider audience than ever seemed possible, and interact with influential members of their target community.

So as Twitter hits eight – you grew up so fast! – businesses need to be thinking hard about the best strategy for them to effectively position themselves as industry experts, whilst at the same time using the social media site to reach specific business-related goals. It’s no longer a question of should my company be on Twitter but rather if we’re not on it, why not?

Twitter's 8th Birthday

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What does Facebook’s latest purchase mean for social media PR?

You can’t really miss the news that social media giant Facebook has now bought the uber-popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The move has shocked many, mainly due to its jaw-dropping $19 billion dollar price tag, and critics have been left questioning Mark Zuckerberg’s motives.

It echoes a similar sort of sentiment from April 2012 when Facebook announced it was forking out £1 billion to buy Instagram – needless to say this has been massively overshadowed by the company’s latest bid.

WhatsApp has seen a stratospheric rise in popularity since its launch in 2009 and now counts 400 million people across the globe as active users. In fact, Jim Goetz from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital calls this growth “faster than any other company in history.”  This is particularly interesting when you bear in mind Facebook’s earning announcement in November that the company has seen a “decrease in daily users, specifically among teens,” which has been attributed to the younger generation switching to messaging apps to stay connected.

Facebook buys WhatsApp

Taking all this into consideration, Facebook’s decision to add WhatsApp to the mix isn’t really all that surprising. Especially when you think that it recently tried (and failed) to buy popular vanishing messenger service, Snapchat, for $3 billion.

As well as the need to get down with the kids, Futurescape has pinpointed a further five strategic reasons to explain the deal, one of which is Zuckerberg’s target to reach the predicted 5.6 billion smartphone users by 2019. In the words of the man himself: “Our mission (at Facebook) is to make the world more open and connected,” and it’s mobile that forms the basis of his strategy.

This move is indicative of a shift in attitudes, which is being driven by the always-on Millennial Generation of tech savvy, digital aficionados who consider mobile to be fundamental to both their work and personal life. It’s vital that PR professionals are attuned to this generational change in order to advise brands on adapting their approach to best address how people want to be communicated with these days.

From a B2B perspective, we’ve blogged before about the rise of OTT players and this does beg the question of whether this will be the OTT service that really does disrupt the traditional carrier model? Following the news announced at MWC that WhatsApp will soon be adding voice calls, Charles Arthur thinks “Carriers, especially those that make lots of money from international calls, have every reason to be worried.” It seems we’ll have to wait and see just what kind of impact this acquisition will have on the mobile industry.

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Consumer PR through a fashion looking glass… Working with fashion bloggers

So only a few days ago London was taken over by a flurry of fashion media, buyers, bloggers and social influencers.  So what happened at the Autumn/Winter 14 catwalk shows (A/W14) taking place during London Fashion Week?  Some of the best UK and international design talent were out in force showing the world what next season’s fashion trends will be.

And of course fashion bloggers were blogging and updating their social media channels on everything fashion.

Here is your behind the scenes of Fashion Scout London’s A/W14 catwalk shows and our top  tips on how to engage with fashion bloggers…….

Exclusive access and VIP status to events, catwalk shows and parties is something that a fabulous fashion blogger will always thank you for…

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Capturing fashion Street Style is a firm favourite with fashion & lifestyle bloggers.  They love to find out ‘what are people wearing’ and blog about it.  Give them the tools, the exciting and topical opportunity to capture this type of content and they will love you for it.

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Relevant gifts and product that they can use to blog with and/or about as part of their blog lifestyle is something that fashion bloggers really appreciate.  Although a great top tip is to always read their blog first to make sure you are offering things that are relevant to what they write about and use etc.

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So what social media do fashion bloggers use the most? Instagram Instagram Instagram!  It is the key social media used by fashion bloggers with Twitter a close second.  And they love nothing more than snapping themselves at fashion shows/parties tagging and #hashtagging of course.

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Treat them with the status they deserve.  These are very influential people and have a community of people that follow what they say and do.  They are all an extremely lovely group of people and a lot of fun to work with – and we can say that from personal experience…

Here are some of our favourite fashion bloggers right now







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Happy 10th Birthday, Facebook

Happy Birthday Facebook


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or, umm… aren’t on Facebook, you’ll probably know that Facebook turned 10 last week. It has changed our lives insurmountably, but also the face of consumer PR. What were once campaigns limited to traditional media and public stunts, are now a myriad of social media strategies, a dash for likes, fans and engagement, and making sure your social apps are tweaked to user-friendly perfection.

As part of the celebrations, Facebook offered users a chance to look back at their social media highlights, and compile this into a video. Tapping into nostalgia, particularly from a consumer angle, is an effective PR strategy, as this mirrors the activity and content users are creating themselves.

Entering its 11th year, Facebook is at an interesting stage. Much discussion is currently taking place about its decline- particularly with the teen market. However, many claim the older generation entering the Facebook world is providing it even greater opportunities for targeted consumer PR campaigns.

However you look at it, over the 10 years Facebook has developed, consumer PR has done so alongside it, bringing about more sophisticated ways of getting a product or company into the public domain. Some companies actually shun the traditional website in favour of a Facebook page, and while this is a bugbear for some, it speaks volumes as to how brands perceive the value of Facebook in attracting their audience.

With that in mind, please join us in raising a glass to Facebook on its 10th birthday. Even if it grows old disgracefully, Facebook will continue to impact the way we interact with brands and one another; inspiring creative campaigns, and some good laughs on the way.

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Corporate blogging: don’t lose your EMEA voice

This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the blog. Since we entered the blogosphere back in 1994, the industry has definitely changed. What started off as a self-expressive way for Mr. Joe Bloggs to share his daily adventures or for technophiles to wax lyrical about the latest techie developments, has transformed into a platform for marketing, PR and B2B companies to cost-effectively grow their online presence and establish themselves as thought leaders.

As the business world has become increasingly present online, companies have turned to blogging as part of integrated PR campaigns to reach and engage with their target audience, to brand themselves as experts within increasingly competitive industries. As an international PR agency, we work with clients to develop brand awareness and share of voice not only in the UK but across Europe. Taking a European approach to the blogosphere is essential when working on EMEA-wide PR campaigns to provide a unique, international perspective about relevant themes.

Of course content is at the heart of any blog and no matter what the topic, a company’s culture and business strategy should be reflected here. In order to effectively communicate with an international audience, blogs need to address key themes matching the company’s EMEA messaging. What’s more, international regions don’t just want to hear from UK spokespeople about what’s trending in the UK; to engage on an international level, core EMEA spokespeople need to share their thoughts on international themes, for example changing European compliance regulations or European financial technology trends. By using EMEA spokespeople, companies avoid narrowing their reach and share of voice, making the blog (and their message) more accessible internationally.

In an ever more digital world, corporate blogs give companies a human voice, a way to interact directly with their international target audience. They provide a platform to cover hot industry topics and position your company as a reliable, relevant source of thoughtful analysis. That being said, to assure large-scale reach, blogging for international PR campaigns needs to be just that – international.

Blog anniversary

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