Twitter Enhances Ad Options: 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?

Twitter adds new quick promote feature for more advertising options: Twitter offers “a faster and easier way for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to get their best content in front of more people on Twitter.”

"You can use quick promote to amplify your best performing Tweets directly from the Tweet activity dashboard."

“You can use quick promote to amplify your best performing Tweets directly from the Tweet activity dashboard.”

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Top 10 Social Media Blogs: The 2015 Winners!


Are you looking for some good social media blogs to read? Look no further!

Our sixth-annual social media blog contest generated over 600 nominations.

A panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists. Each of the social media blogs was analyzed based on a number of factors, including content quality, post frequency and reader involvement.

With that in mind, here are 10 social media blogs to put at the top of your reading list.

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Discover the top social media blogs of 2015.

#1: Buffer Social

Buffer Social, which has one of the best curated blogs in the social media space, provides well-researched, comprehensive content that’s useful for all levels of social media marketers.

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Buffer Social offers the best tools and strategies to keep you up to date on social media.

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Twitter Rolls Out Mobile Video: 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?

Twitter Rolls Out Group Direct Messages and Mobile Video: “Starting today, everyone will soon be able to seamlessly capture, edit and share videos right from the Twitter app, too.”

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“Use Direct Messages to speak privately with a group of up to 20 people.”

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Twitter Shows Top Tweets You Missed: 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?

Twitter Recaps Tweets You Might Have Missed: Twitter introduced a new feature to your home feed—a recap of top tweets you might have missed from accounts you follow.

Twitter shows users the top tweets they missed.

Twitter shows users the top tweets they missed.

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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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