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?
Google Search Integrates Google+: Google transforms “into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships,” and introduces three new features: personal results, profiles in search and people and pages. This means that your Google search results will be even more personalized, thanks to information shared on Google+.
— Michael A. Stelzner (@Mike_Stelzner) January 9, 2012
Groupon Announces New Promotional Marketing Instrument: Clicky, the Clickable Value-Wheel “gives users the opportunity to potentially score a discount on select Groupons by the simple act of spinning a wheel! Clicky was designed to provide momentary distraction and meet the minimum threshold of amusement necessary for users to share Clicky, the Clickable Value-Wheel through social media channels, thereby virally spreading Groupon and increasing its number of active customers.”
Etsy Adds Pinterest Pin It Button: Etsy, the popular ecommerce site, recognizes the power of social media and embraces Pinterest. Check out Etsy’s Pinterest page.
Ads Appear in Facebook News Feeds as “Featured” Posts: These ads, also referred to as Sponsored Stories, are showing up as featured posts in your news feed.
Here’s a social media tool worth noting:
Brand My Mail: a new tool to seamlessly integrate RSS feeds, Twitter posts, WordPress blogs and more into your email.
And don’t miss this:
Social Media Examiner presents Small Business Success Summit 2011! (online conference) Join 25 experts, including including John Jantsch (author, Duct Tape Marketing), Anita Campbell (founder, Small Business Trends), Michael Stelzner (founder, Social Media Examiner and author, Launch), Mari Smith (co-author, Facebook Marketing), Jesse Stay (author, Google+ for Dummies), Hollis Thomases (author, Twitter Marketing), David Siteman Garland (founder, “The Rise to the Top” and author, Faster, Smarter, Cheaper), Joe Pulizzi (founder, Content Marketing Institute and co-author, Get Content, Get Customers), Brian Clark (founder, Copyblogger Media), Lee Odden (founder, TopRank Online Marketing), Ramon Ray (founder, Small Biz Technology and author, Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses) and Lewis Howes (co-author, LinkedWorking)—just to mention a few (scroll down to see full list)! Go here to learn more.
What social media news caught your interest this week? Please share your comments below.