Deepfakes and distortions, scare tactics and suppression: NYU report examines social and the 2020 US elections

A new report from the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights has explored the various forms of disinformation which could predicate the 2020 US presidential election – and how social media companies need to react to it.

Allegations around interference from Russia in the 2016 elections continue to be prevalent. As the Mueller report put it – and as reported by CNN – Russian hackers compromised local election systems...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Attribution, Content Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Back to life: It’s the ‘new’ New Year – and a huge opportunity digital marketers overlook

For decades, marketers have made a moment of “back to school”, setting their sights on mothers and, in more recent years, fathers.  But according to new data from Pinterest, limiting marketing to families with kids focused on back-to-school is a miss for advertisers.

On Pinterest, we see a renewed enthusiasm from people of all ages for organisation, health, positivity,...

How to define your social media strategy – in six simple steps

Social media is an immensely powerful tool that, when used correctly, can increase brand awareness and perception, grow a loyal customer base and demonstrate an ‘always on’ customer service.

However, in order to have an established, consistent and successful presence online, there must firstly be a strong strategy in place. Otherwise organisations are missing out on a huge opportunity, and the competition is likely to take full advantage.

But what should marketing managers, and their teams, be...

By Andy McCaul, 29 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing.

Facebook aims to assuage user trust concerns with Off-Facebook Activity tool

Facebook is giving its users more guidance on data it holds on apps and websites interacting with the social giant.

The company is launching Off-Facebook Activity, which aims to ‘help shed more light on practices that are common yet not always well understood’, in the words of Erin Egan, Facebook chief privacy officer for policy and David Baser, director of product management.

By James Bourne, 21 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Opinion: Have marketers learned anything since Cambridge Analytica?

When the Cambridge Analytica story broke last year, it represented a real turning point. All across the country, Facebook users downloaded their data files and expressed shock at the information collected - especially considering these details could have been used by the consultancy firm to influence their voting behaviour.

However, I – and many other marketers – were not surprised by the contents of our

By Tom Chapman, 05 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Data-driven marketing, Social Media Marketing.

Zero likes given: Kahlua’s latest campaign was true to its roots – but portrayed a serious message

Last month, a curious exhibition took place in New York. The photographs showcased would have, by conventional standards, led to the exhibition being a complete dud.

Yet this pop-up showcase, put together by liqueur brand Kahlua and actress Jackie Cruz, proffered to showcase a different form of creativity. The pictures (below) had been uploaded to the ether of Instagram but had not received a single like between them.

By James Bourne, 02 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Influencer Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Web Analytics.

Older demographics are great for social media companies - so why aren't they being catered for?

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok: generally speaking, younger generations are more likely to recognise and engage with the platforms at the latter of this list.

Social media platforms all started out as the domains of teenagers and young adults. Facebook was only for college kids back when it began in 2004. In 2012, Facebook bought Instagram for the famous $1 billion price tag – partly because it was young and hip. In 2013, Snapchat’s core audience was 13-25-year olds – and its CEO was...

By Emily Knox, 23 July 2019, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

How Gen Z is changing the rules of social: Moving from demographics to true communities

Social media usage continues to evolve at a rapid rate – and as Generation Z continues to flood into the working world, its applications for both users and brands who wish to take advantage of it come into much sharper focus.

That is the idea behind the first in a new series of reports from ZAK, a London-based creative agency which purports to ‘create big brand ideas that engage under 30s’, in its own words....

By James Bourne, 03 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.

LinkedIn modifies its algorithm to create a better news feed for users

Are you fed up of scrolling through your LinkedIn feed and finding cat videos, motivational quotes, or apocryphal odes to business excellence that make you want to vomit?

Don’t worry – the social network has got you covered. LinkedIn has announced changes to its algorithm to prioritise better conversations in users’ feeds.

The company uses the maxim of ‘people...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing.