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Coachella Offers Refuge For The Social Media Obsessed, Especially Snapchatters

Posted by Tim Nichols

Apr 19, 2016 3:16:43 PM

With nearly 200,000 tickets sold in 2015 that helped gross over $84 million dollars, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the most famous, largest and profitable music festivals in the country. Dominating the Billboard Touring Awards list for the top music festival since 2011 doesn't mean the event has always been profitable. Starting in 1999 and relaunching 2001 it took the festival several years to find the right mix of ticket pricing, attendance size, musical talent and sponsors.

Over the past 17 years power of the Internet has become a completely different animal and Coachella appears to have its finger on the pulse of online success. From live streaming music and entertainer interviews to professionally managing all of their social media accounts, Coachella is sharing their special event all over the World. Growing to nearly 1.7 million likes of their Facebook page, 870k plus followers on Instagram, 785k followers on Twitter and over 446k YouTube subscribers, Coachella's online voice is very strong and continuously growing.

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Topics: Twitter, Social Media, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Page, Hoverboard

Winning Political Votes With Social Media

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Dec 26, 2014 7:30:00 AM

The rules of advertising have changed drastically in recent years, due tothe significant growth of social media. It has become the online advertising strategy du jour for organizations in every industry, but one area we have see the effects of this prevail more and more in recent years is politics.

The tech-savvy campaign that Barack Obama’s aides unveiled six years ago is a case in point. It was historically significant for two reasons; not only was Obama the first African American to be elected president, but he was also the first presidential candidate to effectively use social media as a major campaign strategy. Obama created an environment of transparency never before experienced in American politics.

His strategy? Personalized tweets; Facebook updates, and his very own YouTube channel.

The Obama campaign reached 5 million supporters on 15 different social Networks, and by November 2008, he had approximately 2.5 million Facebook supporters, 115,000 Twitter followers, and 50 million viewers of his YouTube channel.

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Topics: Political Advertising, Twitter, Social Media Advertising, Social Media, Facebook, YouTube, Politics

Guerrilla Social Media Marketing Case Study: Ford Motor Cars

Posted by Eric Greener

Sep 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

With over one billion people using social media channels across the globe, it has become a powerful communications and marketing channel that we cannot afford to ignore.Social networking sites allow for viral marketing and word-of-mouth promotion to be very effective because of the high levels of consumer engagement.

But with so many businesses making use of social media, it’s not enough just to set up an account and post generic items once or twice a week. Social media advertising offers far more potential than that.

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Topics: YouTube Advertising, Twitter, Social Media Advertising, Social Media, Guerrilla Adertising, Facebook, Ford Motor Cars, Fiesta Movement

Twitter To Become An Online Shopping Mall With Buy Now Button

Posted by Tim Nichols

Sep 14, 2014 8:43:00 AM

For a long time, Twitter's revenue stream has been made up almost entirely of advertising dollars, but last week, the social media company announced that it is diversifying, by taking a step into the world of e-commerce.

The social networking company is currently trialing a system that enables businesses to embed “buy now” buttons in their tweets, so customers can purchase products directlythrough the site. The button is being marketed as a fun way for users to shop and find deals on exclusive merchandise, but the new offering ultimately represents the company's latest bid to claw back revenue, following a decline in user growth.

The feature is initially being tested on a small group of brandsincluding, The Home Depot, Burberry and non-profit group (RED), but Twitter expects to roll the service out and increase the visibility of its e-commerce tweets, in the lead up to the holiday shopping season.

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Topics: Shopping Online, E-Commerce, Twitter, Social Media Advertising, Social Media

LinkedIn: The Content Platform of the Future?

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Sep 9, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Most people think that LinkedIn is just a digital repository for resumes, but the site, which now boasts over 300 million members, is slowly repositioning its business around content marketing, to make the site morebusiness-friendly and relevant for social media lead generation and B2B marketing.

As part of its strategy, the company launched two new products earlier this year, in an effort to assist businesses with their content marketing efforts.

Content Marketing Score (CMS)

The Content Marketing Score is an analytics tool that provides users with insight into the impact of both their paid and organic LinkedIn activity.

Content-marketing scores are calculated by dividing the number of LinkedIn users who've engaged with a brand's content (via sponsored updates, company pages, LinkedIn Groups, employee updates and influencer posts) in the past month by the target audience of users who have been active in that monthly period. The number is then multiplied by 1 million.

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Topics: Twitter, Social Media, Content Marketing, Facebook, Linkedin

Using Selfies As A Marketing Tool

Posted by Myles Younger

Sep 8, 2014 10:30:00 AM

The Internet is often captivated by a craze and one such craze that’s taken off in recent years is that of the ‘selfie’. Named as Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2013, many people thought that the selfie was a passing trend, but it seems to be here to stay.

Over the past two years, a growing number of companies have been leveraging the power of the selfie to benefit their marketing efforts. In January 2013, 13 brands used selfies in their Facebook campaigns and by December, that number had increased to 207. On Twitter, the number started at 252 and grew to more than 780.

Successful Selfie Campaigns

Some brands have seen great success with selfie campaigns, reporting increases in user engagement and sales.

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Topics: Twitter, Social Media, Marketing Strategy, Instagram, Facebook, Selfies

The Rise Of Social Commerce

Posted by Eric Greener

Jul 31, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Frozen food brand Birds Eye recently celebrated the launch of its new ‘Inspirations’ range of meals by delving into the world of experiential marketing. As part of a social commerce experiment to measure the returns of Instagram, the Iglo Group owned business opened up a pop-up restaurant with a difference. In a world-first, customers were invited to settle their bill by taking photos of their meals and uploading them to Instagram, tagging #BirdsEyeInspirations.

Birds Eye introduced the ‘pay-by-picture’ campaign after consumer research revealed that 52% of Britons regularly take photos of their meals, with one in ten of us taking at least one snap of our food every week. This is backed up by the fact that there are currently 90 million photos of food on Instagram with a #food hashtag. Yes, that was 90 million.

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Topics: E-Commerce, Twitter, Social Media, Social Commerce, Instagram

Advertising Spend Trends On Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Posted by Tim Nichols

Jul 9, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Although brands are increasing their spend on social media advertising, only a relatively small portion of it is going to ads - according to a new survey of Ad Age readers.  

Ad Age and RBC Capital Markets jointly conducted their fifth major survey of marketer attitudes toward social media and the survey polled 1,682 executives at marketing, agency and media companies for their opinions on FacebookTwitter and YouTube (which was included for the first time).

It seems that marketing teams are spending slightly more in digital and social media channels than in previous years, but this spend is still a relatively small part of overall advertising budgets. So what’s the thinking behind it?

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Topics: Online Advertising, Facebook Advertising, YouTube Advertising, Mobile Advertising, Twitter, Facebook Ads, Social Media Advertising, Social Media

Social Media Advertising

Posted by Scott Bagguley

Jul 1, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Social media advertising is an exciting marketing platform, now more than ever. The medium is constantly in development and 2013 saw massive changes and growth, with new features, targeting options, and channels to explore. But 2014 is proving to be even bigger.

Twitter

Twitter had a big year in 2013. Perhaps most importantly, Twitter filed for and successfully completed their IPO (Initial Public Offering) and floated on the New York Stock Exchange.

Throughout 2013 and leading up to the IPO Twitter successfully overhauled the advertising interface and targeting functionality, launched TV ad targeting and created the impressive Lead Generation Cards. Now we have Tailored Audiences (remarketing) and a true 'broad match' for keyword targeting.

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Topics: Facebook Advertising, Twitter, Facebook Ads, Google+, Social Media Advertising, Google Plus, Social Media

Is the Twitter Mute Button An Online Business Killer?

Posted by Eric Greener

Jun 9, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Twitter's new mute button is designed to allow Twitter users to select specific users and mute them. Once a user has been muted their tweets and retweets will no longer be visible to the person who chose to mute them. Being placed on mute may not be as drastic as being unfollowed, but it certainly raises a few concerns for online business owners and Internet marketers because those who are muted will have no way of knowing the action has occurred. Worse still, if the user forgets to, or chooses not to un-mute, the mute will be effectively as good as an unfollow.

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Topics: Twitter Mute, Twitter, Twitter Mute Button

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