Finalists: Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2015


social media case studiesWe received over 560 nominations for our sixth-annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest (the blogosphere’s biggest contest for social media blogs).

The list of 20 finalists is pretty impressive! See for yourself below.

The Judges: Our judges include Douglas Karr (author of Corporate Blogging for Dummies and founder of the Marketing Technology blog), Nichole Kelly (author of How to Measure Social Media and CEO of Social Media Explorer) and Pat Flynn (founder of Smart Passive Income). They’re currently finishing up their reviews of these sites.

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Here are the finalists (in alphabetical order):

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The Social Media Examiner Show: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

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Social Login Research Reveals User Preferences: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

New Study: Social Login and Sharing Trends – 2014: A new study from LoginRadius analyzed user preferences for social log-in and social sharing based on data from +120,000 websites and millions of users. Facebook (65%) and Google+ (25%) are the preferred log-in networks with primarily younger consumers (age 18-34) using their social networks to log-in on third-party sites (65%). Only about one-third (35%) of consumers between the ages of 35 and 50 are using social log-ins.

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Facebook is Leading Mobile App Says Research: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

How Do Social Apps Stack Up?: Forrester’s US Consumer Technographics® Behavioral Study shows that a user’s top five most used apps represent 84% of their total time spent using apps. Just a handful of apps downloaded command a large majority of users’ attention, so the number of downloads doesn’t always determine an apps’ overall success or performance.

The study measures engagement success for social networking and communication apps across four user metrics: popularity, commitment, frequency and time spend. While the Facebook app is the clear winner in terms of engaging a large audience, the other social apps earn their high scores for a variety of other reasons.

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According to research, Facebook is the leading mobile app. Image source: Facebook.com/mobile

Pinterest Brings Promoted Pins to Everyone: Eight months ago, Pinterest launched a Promoted Pins beta for their brand advertisers, and after promising results they are now bringing this amazing opportunity to everyone.

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Pinterest’s “reservation-based Promoted Pins (available at a CPM) will be open to all U.S.-based partners” as of 1st January 2015.

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28 Social Media Marketing Predictions for 2015 From the Pros


social media viewpointsAre you wondering what 2015 might look like for social media marketing?

If the changes in 2014 are an indicator, there will be a lot more changes in 2015.

To get a grip on what the near future may look like, we tapped the knowledge of 28 social media pros.

Here’s what they had to say.

And if you’re curious, here were the 2014 predictions.

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Discover 28 social media marketing predictions from the pros for 2015.

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Facebook Year in Review: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Allows Users to Create Their Year in Review: “Public figures can use Facebook Mentions to create their personal year in review story to share with their fans.” Others can “go to www.facebook.com/yearinreview, where Facebook displays the photos it has selected to highlight.”

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Create your Facebook year in review to share with your fans.

Twitter Launches Mobile Tweet Analytics for iOS: Mobile tweet analytics are now available for iOS.

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Facebook Call-to-Action Buttons: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Brings New Call-to-Action Buttons to Pages: “Designed to bring a business’s most important objective to the forefront of its Facebook presence, call-to-action buttons link to any destination on or off Facebook that aligns with a business’s goals.”

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“Page admins can select from a group of call-to-action buttons—like Shop Now or Sign Up—to add to the top of their page.”

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Nominate Your Favorite Social Media Blog: 6th Annual Top 10 Social Media Blog Contest


social media reviewsWe are accepting nominations for our 6th annual Top 10 Social Media Blogs contest, the biggest contest for social media blogs.

We are looking for your nomination for the top 10 social media blogs. The winners will be promoted in our 320,000-reader newsletter and announced on Social Media Examiner.

How to Nominate

Please make a single nomination of your favorite social media blog by commenting below and including why you like the blog (only your first nomination counts). Be sure to include a link to the blog (comments with links automatically go into moderation for review and will be posted within one day).

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Nominate your favorite social media blog for the 2014 Top Ten list.

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Facebook Media Publishing Tools: This Week in Social Media


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Introduces New Tools for Media Publishers: These new Facebook media publishing tools allow you “to target posts, remove posts that are no longer relevant and identify popular links that you haven’t shared.”

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“This is now available to all pages that have enabled the Targeting and Privacy setting, and is currently only accessible on desktop.”

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