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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 Stickers to Comments: “Just tap the smiley face icon in the bottom-right of any comment field to pick a sticker to send.”

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Facebook stickers will “be available to all posts from people, in groups, and on events now.”

Facebook Introduces Safety Check: “A helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike.”

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“A simple and easy way to say you’re safe and check on others.”

Google Analytics Makes Improvements to Tag Manager: It includes “a new intuitive interface to help you launch and edit tags even faster.”

google analytics tag manager interface

“The new container overview page.”

Twitter Introduces Audio Cards: “With a single tap, the Twitter Audio Card lets you discover and listen to audio directly in your timeline on both iOS and Android devices.”

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“Throughout your listening experience, you can dock the Audio Card and keep listening as you continue to browse inside the Twitter app.”

Canva Launches iPad App: “The app brings together a simple drag-and-drop design interface with a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, and it makes creating graphics fast and easy.”

Skype Launches New Video Messaging App Skype Qik: “A new video messaging app that gives you a totally effortless way to capture the moment, share laughs, and chat with groups of friends.”

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“It’s easy to swap video messages with groups of friends and show everyone what’s happening down at the pub, catch up on the latest gossip, or make everyone jealous with your thrift shopping finds.”

A few cool social media tools worth checking out:

Push: Get notifications for breaking news, sports scores, recommendations, trending topics, social and fashion.

push app

“Notifications made for you.”

Drop: “Create or subscribe to a channel and start receiving push notifications.”

drop app

“No registration. No hassle.”

Lyve: “You can see all your photos/videos, anywhere.”

lyve app

“Invite all your devices to the Lyve party.”

Here are some recent studies worth noting:

Relationship Economics: How to Improve Employee and Customer Relationships With Social Media: LinkedIn partnered with Altimeter Group to study the world’s most socially engaged companies, chosen based on their ability to use social media to improve engagement and relationships with customers and employees. Their research suggests that investing in relationships through social media, your workforce and business performance becomes more optimistic and productive.

Influencers Know the ‘Sponsored Social’ Game Better Than Marketers: Izea’s fifth annual “State of Sponsored Social” report created in collaboration with research firm Halverson Group found that sponsored social is now the second most common digital marketing tool behind only the trusted display ad.

B2B Content Marketing: Executive and Brand Perspectives, Compared: A recent study from the Economist Group developed in association with Peppercomm reveals the stark disconnect between what B2B audiences want and what content marketers are providing is stark in terms of substance versus marketing.

Job Seekers Turn to Facebook, But Recruiters Still Favor LinkedIn: Jobvite’s seventh annual Social Recruiting Survey found that while Facebook is popular with job seekers (86%), LinkedIn is still the social network of choice for recruiters (94%). This is compared with only 66% for Facebook. Another interesting insight: 93% percent of recruiters surveyed review candidates’ social media profiles before making decisions. 55% of those have reconsidered candidates based on their social media profiles, with 61% of those reconsiderations being negative.

Content Marketing: Showcasing Original Content for Recruiting Platform Lifts Social Engagement 61.2%: This case study featured Talentsquare’s move from sharing articles on their company blog to creating more original content directly highlighting their brand voice and expertise. As a result, overall social engagement via likes, comments, shares and clicks to Talentsquare’s company blog posts have increased 61.2%.

Instagram Grows As Teens’ Social Network of Choice Over Facebook: The latest semi-annual report by Piper Jaffray find that American teens are gravitating towards Instragram and Twitter over Facebook. Roughly three-quarters of respondents reported using the visual platform, up from 69% in the previous survey. By comparison, only 45% said they use Facebook, a significant drop from 72% in previous study this past Spring 2014.

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