Forgive the first person pronoun in the headline, but television is the most emotive of subjects.
Not for nothing does the Simpsons use the TV set as a cultural trope. Perhaps the emergence of broadband and the creative decline of the Simpsons is more than correlative?
Anyway, I don’t dispute the second screen phenomenon, not one bit. I use my phone whilst watching TV all the time.
What I am disputing, outside of a few important examples, is the extent of consumer demand for contextual second screen experiences. Within this disputation comes the assertion that a lot of second screen use is indeed not contextual (aside from social media use) and cannot therefore be ‘monetised’ as such.
Of course, fans of the second screen may point out that the reason second screen usage isn’t yet contextual is because second screen services and apps are nowhere near maturation yet. There may be improved uses and better content to come.
I’d argue that the same problems that beset social advertising (a place for branding but not sales) will ultimately beset the second screen, driven as it is by the demand for socialising whilst watching the box.
See if you agree with my devil’s advocate’s views.
Although founded in 1939 as Timely Comics, the modern version of Marvel Comics that all fanboys know and love today was launched in 1961. With Fantastic Four, Spider-man, Avengers and X-Men all first appearing on comic book pages in the first half of the 60s.
With the arrival of the digital age, the expectation was that this 75 year-old company, whose very business is completely ingrained in traditional print media, would just be left to wrinkle and brown like the early-90's Ghost Rider comics I have boxed away in my attic.
However this has been far from the fate of mighty Marvel! (I can get away with exclamation marks here because I’m writing about comic books).
Marvel has played a huge part in the push to build a bridge between print and digital content since mid 2012 by revolutionising the way comic books are consumed, through innovative app design and comprehensive online and offline access to its brand new and vintage comics.
Marvel has also shown incredible skill in rebuilding its own brand through expert content marketing and becoming a peerless heavyweight in the summer blockbuster market.
How does Marvel market its huge amount of content online? Through its many and varied social media channels each offering unique content, tailored to the respective platform.
Let’s take a look at how Marvel uses Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter to ‘make everyone’s Marvel’.
I’m trying my best to sound literary in this post - the pseud’s headline, the confessional first line.
I was tweeted by an author this morning. The whole uplifting experience was enough to slap me in the face with the wet fish of Twitter’s usefulness to the author and publisher.
I thought suddenly, I should write this up for the blog! One of the great things about the blog is the opportunity it affords us to commit the bonne pensée to a medium slightly less fleeting than mere conversation.
The story is this: I was tweeted by an author and subsequently decided to buy her book. These things happened for a number of reasons.
I’ll detail the exchange and then discuss why this case study is symptomatic of Twitter’s use and usefulness.
The BBC and The Guardian are the most dominant UK news outlets in terms of the number of shares on Twitter, according to new data from PeerIndex.
UK Twitter users shared just over 4.2m articles from BBC News in January 2014, which apparently resulted in more than 100bn potential impressions of BBC content to Twitter users globally.
In comparison, content from The Guardian was shared 2.4m times via Twitter while The Telegraph came in third with 913,000 shares.
The research also shows the negative impact that paywalls have on social sharing, as The New York Times is the only paid-for online publications to make the top 10. For more on The NYT's business model, read our report on its recent native advertising trial.
What is Twitter’s favourite button for, exactly? What does it mean when somebody ‘favourites’ one of your tweets? When and why do you press the button?
There are a variety of reasons why people choose to ‘favourite’ tweets. In fact, I’ve identified 20 different reasons for doing so. If you’re anything like me you’ll use the button in a bunch of ways.
You can be sure that I’ve missed a few things out, so be sure to leave a comment if you use the button in yet another way.
So then, why do people press the favourite button?
Twitter usage is high among businesses small and large, but did you know that the analytics now available from the platform has some great features that could help inform and drive your marketing planning for this channel?
In this post I'll explain six different ways in which you can make use of these simple tools to improve social campaign planning.
Twitter Analytics is made up of a few different dashboards, each with a specific use:
- Timeline activity: measures the activity of your tweets.
- Followers: looks at the interests, locations, and demographics of your followers.
- Twitter Cards: shows activity for each type of Twitter Card installed.
- Websites: provides real-time information about traffic from Twitter to your domains.
Converse operates the third most popular branded page on Facebook, with 39.6m fans and 76,000 people talking about the brand.
This is according to Socialbakers' Top 100 brands on social media. However, Converse doesn’t seem to chart on any of the other social media platforms.
Converse is a progressive brand with a long history of cool associations through sport, music, comic books and video games. Being purchased by Nike, an expert brand when it comes to social media, over a decade ago should have helped strengthen its social media strategy.
However Converse seems to be lacking in certain areas. Let’s take a look at the Converse Facebook page, followed by Google+, Instagram, Vine, Twitter and Pinterest.
UK based publisher DK has seen huge growth across all of its social channels thanks to its partnership with LEGO.
LEGO is of course one of the most beloved brands on the planet. This month has seen it completely dominate the marketing world with The LEGO Movie, a triumph of content marketing, and its current success is certainly due to its many licences and partnerships.
What success can your brand or company expect to achieve by aligning with the Danish toy company responsible for producing the largest population (albeit plastic) on Earth?
DK has revealed its before & after social media numbers from its campaign with LEGO from September 2013.
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?