Tumblr may not be the most high profile social network doing the rounds, but its blogging platform offers unique opportunities to engage with new audiences that are too good to be ignored.
It hosts just over 77m blogs and 33bn blog posts, which is a very healthy community of people creating, viewing and sharing content.
So how should brands be using Tumblr, and which brands’ blogs are worth checking out?
Marketers everywhere (or those using Tumblr at least) can finally rejoice. Today, Tumblr and Union Metrics, Tumblr's preferred analytics provider, has announced the first ever analytics platform for Tumblr.
Tumblr hosts 75 million blogs and users create more than 70 million new posts each day. Over the past 6 months, marketers have been able to pay for advertising by either pinning a post to follower's feeds or be featured in Radar on the right hand side of user's Tumblr dashboard. Success comes for brands if their content is good and suited for Tumblr - which includes great images and imaginative animated gifs.
Unfortunately all they know is how many times their post has been reblogged but not how many times it has been seen or reblogged off their reblog.
Social fashion pioneers, such as ASOS and Topshop, understand that social media isn’t all about ‘Likes’ or follower stats.
There has to be a reason beyond ‘engagement’ for a fashion brand to use a social channel: it has to contribute to customer loyalty, customer service, or sales.
We’ve been looking at what some of the most social fashion brands are doing on social media, and whether they’re going beyond the number of ‘likes’ to creating engagement that has a real impact on business.
Publishing platform Tumblr's twenty-something CEO is fast learning that running a fast-growing company can be a tough job.
Last month, after telling AdAge that an advertising business model would be a "a complete last resort", David Karp, perhaps pressured by investors, announced that his company would begin selling ads.
How do you monetize a publishing platform that's home to more than 50m blogs and 20bn blog posts? If you're the twenty-something CEO of one of the consumer internet's most popular properties, you might consider advertising is "a complete last resort."
That's how Tumblr CEO David Karp described the advertising business model to AdAge less than a week ago, but a week is a long time in the internet economy and a lot can change very quickly.
Tumblr, the blogging platform valued at $500m, has hired an editorial team to cover the goings-on within the company.
Putting a not-exactly-new but certainly notable slant on the ‘company blog’, the team will document changes in Tumblr's services in an updated blog that will be accessible to the company’s 42m users.
It's easy to forget that more than a decade ago, when 'blog' was still a nascent buzzword, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams launched a service that would help propel blogging into the mainstream.
That service, Blogger, was acquired by Google in 2003, and a year later, Williams left to pursue new opportunities.
In the digital world, tracking ROI is supposed to be easy. After all, there are so many tools for analyzing traffic and conversions, and attributing them to particular sources.
But in reality, tracking ROI isn't always as simple as it would seem. Many marketers, for instance, still focus exclusively on the last click despite the increasingly sophisticated tools that are capable of going beyond the last click.
As a result many either misattribute conversions to the wrong source, or miss them altogether.
The protections afforded by intellectual property law have immensely benefitted technology companies, but that doesn't mean that they're not sometimes problematic. From ridiculous patent lawsuits to reverse domain name hijacking, IP is often a means to questionable ends.
Unfortunately, when it comes to trademark, some companies are making abuse all too easy.
The market for blogging and microblogging services is quite competitive, but one of the simplest, Tumblr, has also managed to build a large and loyal following.
But keeping up with that large following as it grows is proving to be tough, and after experiencing 24 hours of downtime the other day, some are questioning whether more tumbles will take their toll on user loyalty.