Facebook rolls out Event Ads. Are you going?

Facebook eventsDo you use Facebook Events to promote your business? Facebook says 30% of all events on the site were created by Pages (ie businesses) but that’s not a lot.

I’d guess that the majority of events are party invitations between friends and family. The Event tool is an easy way to pass around all the information a person would need to attend – time, date, address and a map. You can use it to collect RSVPs and answer questions. It’s a handy tool because almost everyone you know is on Facebook. . . right.

Looking for a college-bound influencer? Look on YouTube

Dorm HaulYou may think that big chains like Walmart, Target and Staples control back-to-school shopping but the real power is in the hands of the YouTube haulers.

These young women have the eyes and ears of the older teens headed off to college and the younger teens who are dreaming about the future. Sitting in their sparkly bedrooms, they show off everything from hangers to sheets, to communal shower must-haves and tools for whipping up a “no kitchen needed” snack.

Think Google says that searches for “back to school haul” on YouTube are up 70% this year. Searches for “dorm hauls” on YouTube doubled in the first 10 days of August.

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

And now an important message from our friends at Twitter:

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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.

You can pay and pay but organic search still wins

BrightEdge sent over a new report called “Cracking the Content Code” and since I’m all about content, I had to share it with you.

To come up with the numbers, BrightEdge tapped into their giant Data Cube repository which contains information about billions of pieces of content from all over the web. Sounds like a machine that could take over the world. Luckily it’s on our side. . . for now.

The Data Cube sliced and diced to find out which was the most effective driver of traffic; organic search, paid, display /email or social. Want to guess which one came out on top? If you paid attention to the title of this post then you already know but I’ll make a dramatic reveal anyway.

 

Facebook and Apple expand their global mobile advertising plans

eMarketer says worldwide revenue from business-to-consumer ecommerce sales will hit $1.500 trillion this year. That’s an increase of 20.1% over last year. A large portion of that growth is coming from China where more than 6 our of every 10 dollars is spent on ecommerce. By 2016, China is expected to beat the US in ecommerce spending and that’s just one of dozens of countries showing incredible growth in this area.

Now look at this:

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By 2017, 5.1 billion people worldwide will be using mobile phones. Again, Asia is leading the charge but we’re also seeing growth in the Middle East and Africa.

When you combine the mobile phone usage with the rise in worldwide ecommerce, you can see why it’s important to think globally when talking about mobile advertising.

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

Do the locomotion with me: Instagram launches time-lapse video app

HyperlapseImagine a 45-minute walking tour of your farm compacted into 5 minutes. Or a 20-minute fashion show compacted into 2. Imagine what you could show your customers if you could do it quickly, without the dreaded shakes and without complicated editing.

The folks as Instagram not only imagined it, they made it so in a new app called Hyperlapse. Even the name is cool. And what makes it so special is an epic stabilization tool that allows you to record a ride down a hill on a skateboard as smoothly as if you were standing still. (Click here to see a comparison video.)

But is it easy to use? Of course it is.