Weekly Social Scoop

Latest news and developments on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Vine, Google+ and Youtube – in case you missed it.

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#1 Twitter now lets anyone check how many people saw their tweets

By Mashable

  • In June, Twitter began experimenting with opening its analytics dashboard to users outside of its advertisers. Then, last month, Twitter rolled out an updated analytic dashboard to marketers, verified users and Twitter Card publishers.
  • For each tweet, the dashboard lets users see: the number of impressions (how many times users saw the tweet on Twitter); number of favourites; number of retweets and replies; how many times users engaged with a tweet and what that engagement was. It also shows the number of clicks on the user’s profile.

#2 Facebook testing new function to make mobile search better

By The Drum

  • Facebook is testing a function for its mobile app which will allow users to search through their friends old posts by keywords.
  • The tool, which has been described by Facebook as “an improvement to search on mobile” will help users find content which may otherwise be buried.

#3 An inside look at LinkedIn’s ‘unbundling’ mobile strategy

By CIO.com

  • LinkedIn is unbundling itself at an increasing rate as it approaches its “mobile moment” later this year when more than half of its 313 million users access the site via mobile devices.
  • The company has released a series of mobile apps for specific use cases — seemingly throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks.

#4 Vine fights back against Instagram with new video editing tools

By Variety

  • Vine’s not sitting back and watching as Facebook-owned Instagram steals away its audience of short videos.
  • The company has offered users a new suite of editing tools that enable six-second videos to be manipulated in multiple ways — which should help it hold onto a growing group of influential stars that are breaking out on the platform.
  • Until now, Vine users have been limited to just posting footage they film directly on their cameras with a few editing options. A new camera feature, however, enables videos to be shot in low light, move and duplicate scenes, even mute sound.

#5 You can now import Google+ videos in YouTube

By Tech Times

  • Web video creators have been frustrated and confused by the inability to upload videos from Google+ to YouTube. But YouTube just announced a new feature to address this issue.
  • Google bought YouTube in 2006. In 2011, Google integrated its social networking service, Google+, with YouTube, but not completely, which confused those users of Google+ who also use YouTube. Users were able to watch YouTube videos on Google+, but were not able to import videos from Google+ accounts to YouTube accounts.

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Paddy Power strikes again

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Looking for a great example of responsive content, created in the spur of the moment with big headline-grabbing results? Well look no further, PaddyPower has gone and done it again!

By now, anyone interested in digital marketing campaigns knows to keep a keen eye out for Irish bookmaker Paddy Power’s latest antics. Its adverts, love them or hate them, demand attention – a TV ad where a cat was kicked into a tree by a blind footballer became the most complained-about UK advert of 2010.

This week, the boundary-pushing brand courted attention for live-tweeting the chat-up lines of a poor fellow named Steve. The hapless gent became an overnight sensation when he accidentally started texting a Paddy Power employee, thinking he was contacting  a lady he had met while on ‘the pull’ the night before.

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The conversation went viral before Steve could work-out that he had been duped – but thankfully he took it well when he realised his flirting had been put on display for the whole world to see.

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Who’s buying Facebook’s button?

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Announced at the end of last week, Facebook is launching a ‘buy’ button, designed to let users snap up products straight from the site. It follows hot on the heels of Twitter, which quietly launched a ‘buy now’ button earlier in the month, after much speculation. A week later, and this news is still proving cause for debate, with key commentators, including the FT, posing the big question: is this just window dressing or will actually help drive sales?

Here’s a snapshot of industry insiders’ views and predictions:

According to Mashable, this social/ecommerce merge is more than just about increasing ad sales. What they really want is to “use commerce as a way to boost engagement among users by giving them more reason to stay on site, as well as provide an additional selling point to advertisers.” A particularly interesting point when you think about it in context of today’s millennials. This generation is social media-savvy and often the best way to reach them is through social channels. For brands to stay relevant to their younger fans – they need to diversify. Could social shopping be the way to do this?

In the slightly more cynical corner sits Marketing Week. Lara O’Reilly warns that neither brands, nor Twitter and Facebook for that matter, should expect this move to “generate meaningful revenue…any time soon.” And it doesn’t stop there. She adds that ultimately users just aren’t really ready for this new tool, they will rarely “log in (to the sites) for a shop.” However, it’s not all doom and gloom – it may just take a bit of time for this innovation to catch on.

When it comes to ads on Twitter and Facebook, diginomica argues that “brands can do a hell of a lot on Facebook and Twitter themselves without having to advertise.” This also brings into question ad targeting. Derek du Preez states that “Facebook needs to get a hell of a lot better at serving up ads that are really tailored to its users.” He adds, “I can’t think of a single thing I would have bought from an ad on Facebook to date, if I had been given the opportunity.”

The views on this are very much a mixed bag but it seems most industry pros are approaching the move with caution. Will the new tools really be all they’re cracked up to be? We’ll have to wait and see but, in the meantime, it’s interesting to note that other social platforms are also getting in on the action. The FT reports that Pinterest is likely to get on board with the trend, having just partnered with Shopify, an online platform that encompasses more than 100,000 shops and makes sure that all pins of products include details of prices.

What do you think? Can you see a strong business case for buying into the button for your brand’s social channels?

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onechocolate loves…

Our weekly round-up of the most inspiring PR and digital marketing campaigns, smart new apps, cool events, ventures and happenings that have caught our eye…

#1 Could this be the best ever promo video?

blinkbox’s promotion of its latest offering is PURE GENIUS! What could be better than photos of cuddly characters dressed up as doggy versions of Game of Thrones characters? Behold, we give you the video (you can thank us later). Cheers to the Poke for bringing this to our attention and giving us a legitimate reason to indulge in Game of Thrones and cuteness.

#2 GIFs on Twitter!

Twitter has taken the lead on Facebook by finally allowing users to post GIFs to their Twitter feed. Although you can’t post via tablets yet, it is a really quick and easy process – not much different from posting a regular photo. We love Mashable’s tips on creating your own GIFs too!

#3 Get ready to develop some new website addictions …

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This Buzzfeed list of 35 Surprisingly Useful Websites You Never Knew You Needed caught our eye this week, mainly due to the ridiculous simplicity of many of the sites which made the list. Who knew clicking manically at your screen to find an invisible cow, or ensuring Kanye West stays firmly out of his zone, could entertain for so long?! Or how addictive it is to try to do absolutely nothing for two whole minutes? This got us thinking about how easy it is to overcomplicate a piece of interactive content, such as an app or an online game. The magic recipe appears to be to create a VERY simple challenge and accompany it with some amusing sound effects. Users will not only try obsessively to complete it, but more importantly will get their friends to try it out too. Fellow digital gurus, take note.

#4 Time for TomTom

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A great new bit of tech spotted this week: a cardio GPS watch created by TomTom to challenge the uncomfortable heart rate monitor chest straps which many of us currently use. This technology will help amateurs as well as professionals achieve their personal bests or simply monitor their fitness levels rising. We love this sleeker, smarter, more attractive way of reaching your fitness goals. Read more about the watch here.

#5 Emma Hack

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We love how artists’ minds work! Made famous by Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ music video, Emma Hack is now using her intricate designs on nude artists and taking it to the next level with a live exhibition in London. Visually impactful and mesmerizing, we can see brands lining up in hope of using her work to bring campaigns alive. Whether it’s live art or captured on camera, her style is beautiful and that will always translate. Read more about her artwork here.

#6 Tennis & sunshine

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Wimbledon 2014 kicked off this week and as the weather is set to continue to stay warm, who wouldn’t fancy relaxing in one of London’s parks watching it on the big screen with a picnic? Even better, the open screenings in honour of the world’s greatest tennis championships are mostly FREE! Some of the onechocolate team have now made this a tradition for Wimbledon weekends, and the next two weeks will be no different. Here is a handy list of places where you can kick back with a cold beer and enjoy the show.

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How to stop getting distracted by social media

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It’s one thing to lose time noodling around and getting lost in Google when you’re slumped on the sofa at home but, as every PR and digital marketing professional knows, it’s all too easy to fall into the same trap when you’re in the office…

All us of us working in PR and digital marketing for brands spend countless hours tracking social media conversations, keeping tabs on what’s trending, and researching what makes for interesting content to share with our customers. Trouble is, we are never more than a click or two away from “research” turning into “…and I’m looking at a gif. Of a cat. Again”.

With that in mind, here are a few handy hints and tools to streamline your social media experience, and keep those whimsical, career-jeopardising distractions to a minimum:

#1 Airplane Mode

From personal experience, this one is a lifesaver – easy to implement, nothing to download.  From midnight to 7am, my phone is on Airplane Mode. No game notifications, drunken texts or phone calls or social media can ruin sleep for the next working day. This is also a good one to have on when focusing at work: It’s much easier to get a proposal written when you aren’t distracted by any flashing phone lights. The temptation to ‘just do a quick reply’ is removed, and if you share a desk with your director, that’s a temptation best avoided.

#Check out some free distraction busting apps

There are countless lists in existence of pro-concentration apps for PC, Mac, iPhone and Android, all offering respite from distractions and offering techniques for focus. Recommended ones out there include FocusWriter, which gives the user just the screen to write with and all the outer peripherals of Word removed. SelfControl goes one step further, allowing the user to block access to a customised selection or all mail servers and websites for a predetermined length of time – and removing the app or restarting your computer won’t get you out of it either!

#3 Get on the Pomodoro bandwagon

It’s so much easier to get distracted and reach for the apps when fatigued with a task. Using something like the Pomodoro technique, where periods of work are broken down into specific intervals and breaks, are proven to boost efficiency and creativity in abundance.  More details on how this can be broken down and individualised are available through the Focus Booster app website.

#4 Get audio working for you

Much like those motivational tracks you cart out for exercise, a good work playlist can really get you in a great space for concentration without realising it. The temptation here is to pick a favourite album or artist to feel motivated, and this is a downfall.  If you’re not already a fan, consider giving classical music a whirl. Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff can all set the right tone, allowing you to get on with your pitch. Often overlooked, mid-tempo/relaxing video game music is also fantastic for this – particularly when you consider its original function is being played in the background while you play anyway. These playlists can be easily set up and created on YouTube, and can be a lot easier to find than on certain music websites or streaming apps.

Also, if you’re feeling flush, consider investing in some noise cancelling headphones.

#Keep your Twitter list professional

Another easy to fall into trap is checking Twitter with the entirely innocent purpose of keeping up to date with what your peers and prospective clients are talking about, and then ending up joining a conversation with friends, or checking a news site or joining a hashtag game. At onechocolate we have a selection of the top 50 most relevant people in our field to follow, and by making that into a personalised list, I can make sure that when I’m working, only updates from those specific accounts pop up on my feed. Although if you do follow any journalists at Buzzfeed like we do, you may just have to show a bit of restraint when it comes to following any posted links, and losing hours of your life in the process. 

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