Welcome 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
Blab.im has marketers talking: Combining features of Google Hangouts with Periscope-like functions, Blab.im introduces an iPhone client and fully functional desktop experience that allows up to four video streams at once with the click of a button. The site’s ease of use, along with rapid adoption by social media marketers, make it worth a look. Click here to see a recording of a Blab session from Mike Stelzner.
Twitter to Expand Ad Network Beyond Twitter: Twitter unveiled significant expansions to its advertising platform, “including a new name to better reflect the evolution of the product: Twitter Audience Platform – a simple and effective way for advertisers to reach over 700 million people on and off of Twitter.”
Keep reading to discover why social media is changing small business for the better.
Six months ago, I highlighted many benefits of social media for small business, but several new research articles add urgency to this message.
Swiftly Changing Landscape
Social media marketing is a rapidly changing environment, as we all know. But the good news is that your customers are embracing social media as a normal part of their lives. Even the over-50 population is adapting at staggering rates.
Are you aware of the Facebook Friday expert sessions Social Media Examiner has been doing?
Here’s how they work. We bring an expert to our Facebook wall for an hour to answer questions. The expert gets great exposure and the fans get their questions answered.
These sessions are a great way for fans to quickly get the information they need. And you can model this for your business. These open Q&A sessions with industry experts are a great way to encourage engagement with your fans and get your updates to show up more in your fans’ news feeds.
As a business owner or marketer, knowing the profile of your target audience is extremely important. That’s step one, and all good marketing campaigns rely on the fact that you’ve got this figured out.
If you’re using Facebook for business, there are some powerful tools at your disposal. Because Facebook has over 400 million active users and is one of the most frequented websites in the world, it only makes sense to use it to your advantage. Why buy a Porsche when you’ve got a Ferrari in the garage, right?
This article will show you how to benefit from Facebook’s amazing insight and analytics.
Everyone seems to be using Facebook to connect with old friends, but do you realize what this huge network could mean for your business? In the past 3 years, Facebook has surged past MySpace to become our preferred online hangout. And businesses are beginning to catch on.
Interesting research shows just how influential Facebook has become in our daily lives. Combined with several critical adjustments to how Facebook publishes “news” and intersects with other sites, the state of Facebook is mind-blowing. And that’s a big deal for your business.
November of 2009 was a big month for Facebook. And it’s not just consumers who are leveraging this titanic network. Check out these crazy statistics.
ComScore reported that the popular networking site surpassed 100 million U.S. visitors in a single month, joining the elite list of sites (including Google and Yahoo!) that have also reached this milestone.
This major success led to another Facebook record as founder Mark Zuckerman reported they had reached 350 million users in total.
And the impressive stats don’t stop there. ComScore also reported that Facebook took up 5.5% of all time spent online in the U.S. during the month of November. Considering how big the “online world” actually is in terms of web pages, this was no small feat! Check out this image: