What's the greatest Valentine's Day gift a person could ask for? Why, it's a round up of digital marketing stats of course.
This week it includes click-and-collect, second screening, loyalty apps, Google+, UX testing and Facebook's relationship with TV.
And for more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
So Twitter has just rolled out its latest look, and if we are to believe the latest pictures of yet more testing, it could be 'goodbye, Twitter feed' and more 'hello, timeline'...
Could it be that the unmistakeable look of Twitter is to become a thing of the past?
Google+ has achieved 1.15bn users, but only 35% of those use are active monthly.
These figures come from We Are Social, after analysing the growth trends for Google+ year on year, globally and locally.
Is this data a damning insight into the general malaise around Google+ or is this merely reflective of general social media sign up trends?
One need only look at the trending topics on any given evening to know that Twitter is a popular tool for discussing television shows.
The network has become the go-to forum for reaction to TV programmes and is one of the few things that ensures people still watch live TV rather than relying on on-demand services.
However a new report suggests that Facebook may also be a popular talking shop for TV shows.
This is a topic we’ve previously discussed in articles looking at why Facebook can’t beat Twitter for social TV and a best practice post on driving live engagement.
But the new report suggests we may have been wrong to dismiss Facebook’s potential for TV chatter, with up to a quarter of the television audience posting content related to the show they are watching on Facebook.
This week, Liz Heron revealed WSJ's five steps to social media success in an interview with Abigail Edge on Journalism.co.uk.
In just two years since emerging media editor Liz Heron joined, WSJ saw an increase of 235% followers on Twitter and 375% followers on Facebook.
It all seemed like pretty sound advice and I thought it was worth sharing here.
Rather than just repeat her advice verbatim though, I'm going to use some of her quotes as jumping of points to show actual examples of the WSJ social media strategy.
The venerable financial news institution achieved over 4m Twitter followers last weekend and its Facebook page is edging closer to achieving 2m Likes.
For what could be considered a niche publication, this is an incredible achievement. How about the competition though? These numbers may not mean much without comparison...
In the UK there's the Financial Times, which has 1.75m Twitter followers and 1.2m Likes for its Facebook page.
Back in New York there's Bloomberg News offering a similar finance based news service. It has 1.3m Twitter followers and just 444,000 Likes on Facebook.
Clearly The Wall Street Journal is doing something right.
It was on the day I published an article called Dissecting the ‘death of Facebook’, where I pulled together all the negatively spun reports on Facebook of late and tried to add some balance to the argument, that Facebook announced its revenue for 2013 as $7.9bn, an overall increase of 55% year-on-year.
Suddenly my measly defence of Facebook seemed a little bit pathetic.
Then just a few days later, without warning, these little video links started appearing on our news feeds: Facebook a Look Back. 62 second long videos of all of our personal histories as told through the eyes of Facebook.
Facebook has used its 'bigger than big' data, accrued over ten years of existence, to create something completely unique and personalised for every single one of its user. Not just for the users in the UK either, worldwide.
That’s 757m daily active Facebook users worldwide, each receiving a minute-long, personalised love letter from Facebook. It’s an incredible achievement and a massive PR assualt directed at every single one of us. It seems the rumours of Facebook's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
I talked to some experts today about what they thought of Facebook’s 10th anniversary present to its users, but first a little of my own experience.
Facebook is 10. Every publisher on the internet is covering it because it’s important to all of us, even those that have drifted away from the platform recognise its astounding reach.
At 1.2bn users (more than the global population of 1850) its audience dwarfs that of other social networks and its recent financial results bear that out with $2.59bn in revenue.
I wanted to look quickly at Facebook’s history but from a different angle than other blogs. Wordwise, I’m struck by how social media has enabled a seemingly constant and varied arpeggio of coinage.
The word of the year and new additions to the OED are spread faster than they ever were, via networks like Facebook and Twitter.
So, I’m looking at 10 words that have been redefined by Facebook over 10 years. And to add some relevant content, I’ll include some trivia, too.
Alongside record earnings figures, one of the big pieces of news to come out of Facebook’s recent Q4 earnings call was the launch of Paper, a new publishing app from its creative labs division.
Paper itself is a fairly straightforward news-curation/publishing app, but its launch and recent comments from Mark Zuckerberg about further releases in the near future paint a fascinating picture of Facebook’s possible future, one which may be quite different from the ubiquitous social platform we’re all so familiar with.
It's Friday, so it's time to roundup some of the most interesting digital marketing statistics we saw last week. And good God, what a week it's been...
Statistics include content marketing, online privacy, Pinterest and several studies that pour scorn on the idea that Facebook is dying.
For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.
Here's the lastest stat: Pinterest’s Pin it button overtakes the Facebook Like on product pages. Another day, another report hammering a couple more nails into the Facebook coffin.
There’s a point where announcing the ‘death of Facebook’ feels more sensationalist than actual fact. Let’s take a glance at some of the most recent negative reports from the last couple of weeks.
Pinterest overtakes Facebook for UK referral revenue, this comes from Adobe’s own social intelligence report from Q4 2013.
Facebook remains top for social referral traffic globally, states the Q4 2013 Shareaholic report in a more positive tone, however according to Adobe, Pinterest is quickly catching up and is likely to overtake Facebook for referral revenue in the USA this year.
The level of active Facebook usage fell by 3% in the second half of 2013, states the latest GWI social report, with the gap between Facebook and it rivals narrowing year-on year.
These are just the three reports we’ve covered on the blog so far, each with their own tang of negativity. Please feel free to scour the internet for further pessimistic reading.
8th Bridge has joined doomsayers with its Social Commerce IQ Retail 2013 report, in which 872 brands are analysed for their effective use of social commerce. The results are mixed for Facebook. This is where the opening Pinterest Pin it stat derives.