New Google+ Website Plugins: 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?

Google+ Launches New Plugins for Your Website: Google+ launches “a bunch of new plugins that help visitors to connect with you on Google+, directly from your website.”  There’s an updated Google+ Follow plugin and updated badges for your Google+ Profiles and Pages.  You can now also create a badge for your Google+ Communities.

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Check out the updated Google+ Page badges.

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LinkedIn Adds New Features: 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?

LinkedIn Adds New Features on Homepage : LinkedIn introduces two new features “to your productivity toolkit: ‘Who’s Viewed Your Updates’ and ‘You Recently Visited.’ Both features can be found on the right-hand side of the Homepage and are intended to provide you with more personalized insights on your activities and engagement across LinkedIn.”

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"Who's Viewed Your Updates provides you with one simplified snapshot of what you've shared over the past 14 days, who has seen it and how it has been received (liked, shared)."

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Instagram Videos: 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?

Video Now on Instagram: Instagram users now have another way to share stories: video. “When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to 15 seconds of video through the Instagram camera.”

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Facebook Reduces 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?

Facebook Streamlines Ad Offering: Facebook says they plan to “streamline the number of ad units from 27 to fewer than half of that” while mapping all of their ads to “the business objectives marketers care about—be it in-store sales, online conversions, app installs, etc.”

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Facebook will eliminate redundant ads. "This includes removing the Questions product for Pages because marketers can simply ask a question in a post and get answers in comments."

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Twitter Lead Generation Cards: 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 Introduces Lead Generation “Cards”: The Lead Generation Card is “a new type of Twitter Card that will allow marketers to collect leads directly within the tweet.” For now, this is only available as a feature in Promoted Tweets—a paid feature of Twitter Ads.

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"Users don’t even have to fill out a form—since their information (name, email and username) is already pulled into the card. They literally just have to hit Submit on the Card's call to action."

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Google+ Redesign: 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?

Google+ Unveils New Design: The new Google+ design “helps you easily explore content as well as dramatically improves your online photo experience to give you crisp, beautiful photos—without the work!”

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YouTube Paid Channels: 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?

YouTube Launches Paid Channels: YouTube Paid Channels is “a pilot program for a small group of partners that will offer paid channels on YouTube with subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month. Every channel has a 14-day free trial, and many offer discounted yearly rates.” YouTube will be rolling Paid Channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners.

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"For example, Sesame Street will be offering full episodes on their paid channel when it launches."

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LinkedIn Visual Profiles: 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?

LinkedIn Introduces Visual Profiles: “For the first time, you will now have the ability to showcase your unique professional story using rich, visual content on your LinkedIn profile. This means you can illustrate your greatest achievements in the form of stunning images, compelling videos, innovative presentations and more.” This new feature is rolling out now to LinkedIn members in English-speaking countries.

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"To begin sharing your achievements and creations on your profile, simply select Edit on your profile, then follow the prompts in your Summary, Experience and Education sections."

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LinkedIn Contacts App: 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?

LinkedIn Introduces LinkedIn Contacts and App: “LinkedIn Contacts, a smarter way to stay in touch with your most important relationships. LinkedIn brings all your contacts from your address books, email accounts and calendars together with the power of your LinkedIn network.”

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The new LinkedIn Contacts is available both on LinkedIn.com, as well as a brand-new app for iPhone and is rolling out to a limited number of members in the United States over the coming weeks.

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