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Twitter tests the Buy Button with the group mostly likely to impulse buy

If you’d asked me last week, I would have said that a Buy Button on Twitter was doomed to failure from the start. Who is going to buy something with nothing but a picture and a price? I’ll tell you who – fans. Oh, Twitter, you’re so smart. This is why I’ve always liked you best.

Introducing the new (but they’re only testing. . . mind you. . . ) Twitter Buy Button.

Twitter Buy Now

When you see something you like in your feed, you click to expand the Tweet. Here you’ll see the price plus shipping, a short description and any size or color choices. Like it? Just click “Buy now”, fill in your shipping and credit card information and you’re done. No website visit, no registering and once you’ve added your information, Twitter will save it so you can buy going forward with one click.

Online marketing round-up: Verizon must pay, Enterprize gets a new name and more

Bundle of moneyFriday, Friday! Time for another round-up of interesting online marketing related articles and blog posts that didn’t make it on to Marketing Pilgrim during the week.

Bad Verizon, Bad

Verizon has agreed to pay a $7.4 million dollar fine for misuse of customer data. When you hear that, you probably think data breech or that they ignored customers’ wishes. But what they actually did was NOT give 2 million new customers a chance to opt-out of marketing offers within 5 days of signup.

Sounds kind of steep. It’s not like they used a customer’s credit card to charge a trip to the Bahamas. But the FCC is mad and that ain’t good. Going forward, Verizon will include an opt-out notice on every bill.

Which social media network drives the most ecommerce conversions. . .?

If you had to guess (and you do) which social media network drives the most ecommerce conversions, I’d guess that you’d say Facebook. Unless, of course, you’ve already seen this chart from the new “Myth-Busting Social Media Advertising” from AOL Platforms and Convertro.

The answer is (insert drumroll). . . .

YouTube!

But don’t hand over the rose bouquet just yet.

Convertro Social Media FunnelYouTube may have come out on top but it still didn’t make a very good showing with only 14%. Facebook came in second along with the much maligned Google+. How about that?

Twitter forces Twitpic to pull the plug on the photo sharing app

twitpic_350x350It’s hard to believe, but prior to 2011 you had to have a third party app if you wanted to share a photo on Twitter. And for the longest time, the app you were likely to use was Twitpic.

From 2008 to 2011, everyone used Twitpic including some very popular social media celebrities such as William Shatner, Kayne, Charlie Sheen and Paris Hilton (oh the memories. . . ).

The cool thing about Twitpic was that it also functioned as a photo album. People could visit your profile page and skim through your entire visual history. Here’s what Jessica Alba had for lunch 1043 days ago.

Seriously, Twitpic opened out eyes to more than just what celebrities have for lunch. It allowed millions of ordinary people to instantaneously share images of extraordinary things like this:

Friday Round-Up: Judge rules on Facebook likes, Pinterest shares news

labor-day-weekend-2It’s time for my weekly round-up of all the news that was too small or too late to print.

Does a Company Own Its Facebook Likes?

Turns out the answer is no. Bloomberg Business Week published a story this week about a legal battle between a TV network and a fan page. Stacey Mattocks started a Facebook fan page for the show “The Game” and amassed more than 2 million “likes”. When BET revived the show, they made a deal with Stacey. They turned her page into the official page then paid her to be an admin. Smart move until Stacey decided she wanted more then locked BET out of the page.

Today’s social media treat: Twitter analytics for everyone!

And now an important message from our friends at Twitter:

Twitter analytics tweet

That’s excellent news for anyone who even remotely uses Twitter as a marketing channel. It’s even good news for people who are just curious about their impact on the social media world. It’s just plain, good news across the board.

A few months ago, I wrote a mostly positive post about Twitter’s new analytics dashboard. My only complaint was that you had to have a Twitter advertising account to access the tool. Not as big a hurdle as you might imagine because you didn’t have to actually advertise but you did have to sign up and I believe you had to put in your credit card information. I’m sure that kept a lot of smaller businesses from diving in and that’s a shame because it’s a truly excellent tool.

New Pinterest analytics: more about the who than the how many

New Pinterest AnalyticsEveryone loves to see their social media numbers rise; followers, engagement, clicks. It makes us feel like we’re doing something right. But the real power lies behind the numbers. Who are these followers? Why are they clicking? Would they click more if you had blue images instead of red ones?

Pinterest’s new analytics for business is all about the faces behind the numbers and I’m excited to use Pinterest again.

The first thing they did was make the dashboard pretty. I know that shouldn’t matter but this is Pinterest! Plus, color-coding helps me see what’s happening at a quick glance.

The opening page is all about the quick look. It’s an overview of impressions and engagement over the past week in number, percentages and graphs.

New Pinterest Analytics Dashboard