Instagram confirms UK ads are on their way

Instagram is in the process of rolling out sponsored content and advertising alongside its regular content to UK users, according to a BBC report.

The adverts, which have already been launched in the US, will aim to be “as natural to Instagram as the photos and videos [users] enjoy from brands who are already using Instagram”, according to a spokesperson.

Unsurprisingly, reaction from the social community has been somewhat negative. Yet the photo-based social...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands, Social Media.

Gone in 6.0 secs: 5 auto brands that are winning on Vine

Since it was launched in January 2013, Vine has become a hugely popular video sharing app, with approximately five vines tweeted every second.

Vine's appeal is simple, short and sweet six second clips which play on a loop and offer wannabe filmmakers the chance to experiment with witty one liners, stop-frame animation and creative cutaways, all in an easy-to-shoot and share format.

Not surprisingly then, Vine has attracted a lot of attention from advertisers who see...

By Hurricane Media, 05 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Brands, Social Media, Twitter.

The pros and cons of buying followers on Twitter

How many followers do you have? 10s, 100s, 1000s, more? When you first start out on social media, building a following can be slow. And for that reason many people are now opting to buy their friends. But apart from being a bit sneaky, are there any other disadvantages of buying Twitter followers? We’ll discuss that here.

How Do You Buy Followers? 

The most common way of buying followers is through a method called ‘zombie account following’. This is where you enlist the services of a 3rd party...

By Gareth Morgan, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: B2B, Social Media, Twitter.

Samsung gets one up on competitors with Galaxy S5 Ice Bucket Challenge

If you’re getting a little jaded of celebrities, friends and co-workers voluntarily dousing themselves in ice water, albeit for a very good cause, here’s a novel twist on it from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has officially taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, raising awareness for ALS, or motor neurone disease, and nominated the iPhone, the HTC One and the Nokia Lumia to go next.

It’s worth noting that

By James Bourne, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, JustForFun, Social Media.

Twitter cites World Cup engagement as key factor in “strong” Q2 results

Twitter has released its second quarter financials, with a quarterly net loss of $145m (£85m) but revenue of $312m (£184m) to an adjusted EBITDA of $54m (£31m).

Describing the numbers as “strong”, CEO Dick Costolo said: “Our strong financial and operating results for the second quarter show the continued momentum of our business.

“We remain focused on driving increased user growth and engagement, and by developing new product experiences, like the one we built around...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Social Media, Twitter.

Bebo co-founder sends cease and desist to Airbnb after logo revamp

Michael Birch, the co-founder of recently revived social network Bebo, has sent a cease and desist document to apartment and rental firm Airbnb after claiming its widely discussed logo redesign is in breach of Bebo’s ‘genital marketing’ trademark.

The new Airbnb logo was unveiled last week in a blog post entitled ‘Belong Anywhere’, with the logo attempting to signify several things, the key one being a sense of human connection and belonging:

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By James Bourne, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Design, Social Media.

This Israeli startup is offering e- and m-commerce for Instagram

Meet Inst-ore. The Israel-based startup is offering a service whereby Instagram users can hit a brand’s in-store landing page (hence the name) just by liking a photo on the social network.

There’s no app or login process involved, and the whole thing is relatively simple. User likes a photo, it’s stored on the Instagram API, they go to the bio tab of the brand, and then gets the link to go to the commerce page.

Currently Inst-ore only has two brands signed up – New York fashion brand...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: e-commerce, Social Media.

Malaysian mobile firm pays tribute to MH17 flight victims through memorial app

Just Mobile Sdn Bhd, a Malaysia-based IT and mobile technology firm, has updated its eMemorial Facebook app to include separate pages for each of the 298 people who lost their lives in the MH17 flight to Kuala Lumpur, which was shot down over Ukrainian airspace last week.

The eMemorial app, currently in beta, allows people to post memorials “to remember loved ones and share their legacy and life with the rest of [their] Facebook friends”, yet also features memorial pages to celebrities, from as...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Community, Facebook, Social Media.

Google ends ‘real name’ YouTube commenter policy, shuffles Google+ pack again

Last month MarketingTech noted the third birthday of Google+ with the question: Is it time to wave the white flag? It was one of the most popular articles of the month, and the sentiment certainly resonated among our community with over 50 comments.

Well, Google has had another crack at modifying its problem child social...

By James Bourne, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, GooglePlus, Social Media.

Yo: Is it really that simple?

By Gram Bowsher

Yo: A two letter word with ambiguous origins and typically inconsequential meaning. Or is it not that simple? One of the newest trends in social media and mobile apps has been the rise of the app named after such a seemingly innocuous term. Giving users only the ability to send the word “Yo” to each other, the app has already received $1.2 million in investment and has risen to the number one in the iOS app store.

The fast rise of Yo was quickly followed by an influx of hack attempts, and...

By Randy Giusto, 02 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Brands, Community, Social Media.