Twitter Ads for Small Businesses: 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 Ads for Small Businesses: Twitter ads used to only be for the exclusive large advertisers, but not for much longer. Twitter has “partnered with American Express to make it easy for small business owners to advertise on Twitter. American Express Cardmembers and merchants based in the U.S. will be invited to try this new advertising solution before anyone else, and American Express will give $100 in free advertising to the first 10,000 eligible businesses to sign up.”

twitter partners with american express

This new Twitter advertising offer is first open to American Express Cardmembers and merchants.

Facebook to Release Timeline for Business Pages This Month: Social media marketers will want to keep their ears open for this news expected on February 29.

Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms: Facebook, a service built on real names and real identities, starts “allowing prominent public figures to verify their accounts and display a preferred pseudonym instead of their birth name.”

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"Those with verified accounts will gain more prominent placement in Facebook's 'People to Subscribe to' suggestions."

New Updates to YouTube for Google TV: This update improves your YouTube experience on Google TV, making it faster and easier to find great content, adding YouTube channel pages and giving you more control over your experience.

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Browse YouTube channels by categories.

Google+ Circles Get a Cleaner Look and Feel:  You’ll notice that Circles are nicer to look at and much easier to use, including: a new left-hand navigation menu, quick access to your email address book(s) and Circles that shrink in size on smaller screens.

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Notice the new left-hand navigation options.

Secure Twitter Browsing Is on by Default for All Users: “Now, HTTPS will be on by default for all users whenever you sign into Twitter.com. If you prefer not use it, you can turn it off on your Account Settings page.”

HootSuite Push Notifications for iPhone and iPad in Beta Release: The first 10,000 users who download the latest version of the iOS app will be able to join and HootSuite will release it to everyone in the near future.

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"Depending on which HootSuite plan you have, you will be able to receive alerts on your iOS device for multiple Twitter accounts, including mentions, direct messages and more."

Here’s a social media tool worth noting:

JobsMiner: A tool for job search on social media.

Here are a few interesting social media infographics:

Are CMOs Ready for the Digital Marketing Era?

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Insights from more than 1,700 chief marketing officers.

Social Commerce:

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Digitas study finds security is key to social commerce growth.

The ROI of Social Media:

What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.

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About the Author, Cindy King

Cindy King is the director of editorial for Social Media Examiner. She spent 25 years abroad in international business development and then built her own international business from scratch by using social business networking. Other posts by »




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