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18 best branded Vines from September 2014

It’s your one-stop shop for all things six-seconds in length with a commercially creative twist.

September saw brilliant Vines from Samsung, Disney and Chrysler covering a broad range of topics including Halloween, classic sports footage and laptop smashing.

For even more economically delivered branded marvels, check out last month’s Vine round-up.

27 of the best branded Vines from June 2014

It’s the end of June and therefore we can finally reveal the very best of mini-movie-masterpieces from the preceding four and a bit weeks.

We have everything here from ‘sweded’ Ghostbusters, yogurt cruelty and donuts, so many donuts. (and yes I will be spelling donuts like that throughout the article).

So buckle up for exactly 162 seconds of entertainment. Longer if you stop to linger over my semi-insightful blathering.

How the top 10 US retailers use Pinterest

Pinterest is used by more than 21% of all American adults. This is up from 15% on the previous year.

This figure comes from the last study by Pew Research, which also states the even more incredible fact that one-third of all women in the USA use Pinterest.

Pinterest drove an unprecedented amount of traffic to retail sites in Q4 2013 achieving a 50% quarter-over-quarter increase in revenue-per-visit (RPV). In fact, Pinterest has overtaken Facebook for UK referral revenue and is expected to do the same in the USA this year.

Also, with the amount of Pinterest Pin it buttons overtaking the amount of Facebook Likes on product pages, retailers are realising that Pinterest is a key way to drive sales

Let’s take a look at how the top 10 US retailers (in terms of 2013 sales) use Pinterest.

14 best branded vines of January 2014

Here are January’s best branded Vines, although I may have extended the remit to include a few from late December too, as is my right as the regular publisher of this round-up. The goal-posts keep changing. I’m just like Google!

Anyway, to add some context before the cavalcade of tiny entertainments begin, what’s the latest news from the world of Vine?

It’s been a big month. Vine launched a desktop site. Yes, the major social media network that has just celebrated its first birthday finally launched a desktop site. Is it any good? Just click on my post called 13 major UX flaws on social media sites to find out. I think you may be able to guess my opinion from the title.

So once again I’m rounding-up the best Vines of the month without the aid of a search field on the very social media network that I’m discussing. Fine!

Here we go:

How Lowe’s nails social media through Vine, Pinterest and Facebook

I’ve been feeling in a home improvement mood lately.

Perhaps just because it’s January, perhaps just because I like the way I look with a tool-belt strapped around my waist. Either way I’ll be growing a bristly moustache, keeping an assortment of spare nails in a coffee cup and seeking out US home improvement store Lowe’s for all my hammering and buzzsawing needs.

This article will take a look at how the almost 70-year-old hardware chain has recently made tremendous strides in its social media reach by treating social media not as a single entity, but by realising that audiences use different channels for different reasons and tailoring its content accordingly.

So pour some three-day old coffee into a cup that’s never been cleaned, pop your squared off pencil behind your ear and let’s begin.

Top US buzz brands of 2013

Here are the top 25 US brands of 2013, according to YouGov’s BrandIndex.

This is based on brand perception, acquired by conducting approximately 2.5m interviews a year and asking the question “If you’ve heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks through advertising, news or word of mouth, was it positive or negative?”

It seems the most popular brand of 2013 in terms of positive regard is Amazon.com, which has overtaken Ford as America’s corporate sweetheart.

Five examples of brands that are nailing Pinterest

As of September 2013, three year-old social site Pinterest has over 70m users, and according to a study by Shareaholic, Pinterest is driving more traffic to publishers than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit and Google+ combined.

There are also many instances where Pinterest has driven more sales than Facebook, which currently sits atop the social media mountain, so it’s clear to that Pinterest is an integral social media channel for retail brands.

It’s very easy for a brand to simply set up a few boards, pin some pretty pictures of their own products, achieve a few hundred thousand followers, dust their hands and walk away.

So which brands are doing something more than that and creating a deeper engagement via Pinterest?

How the top 10 US retailers use Pinterest

Pinterest is no longer the darling of the social media world, but its relationship with brands has become cosier recently with the launch of its business pages and new updates that enable companies to show product information on their pins.

The power of Pinterest as a tool for driving traffic and sales is an issue we’ve investigated extensively on the blog, as well publishing a Best Practice Guide on the subject.

However some brands remain unconvinced and either don’t have an account on the social network or give their pages limited attention.

So to find out who is yet to jump on the bandwagon, here is a look at how the top 10 US retailers use Pinterest…

Lowe’s mobile app is worth writing home about

Lowe’s understands mobile. They don’t just ‘talk the talk’, but they have an app that can be used to ‘walk the walk’ through all of their store aisles that allows users to comparison shop, read reviews, etc.

Lowe’s, a U.S.-based chain of retail home improvement and appliance stores that has retail stores in the United States, Canada, and Mexico serves more than 14 million customers a week in its 1,710 stores in the United States and 20 in Canada.

Before diving into the mobile app, let’s take a look at a few mobile stats:

  • 1 in 5 smartphone users scan product barcodes, and nearly 1 in 8 compare prices on their phone while in a store. (Source: comScore)
  • 39% of instances where a consumer walks out of a store without buying were influenced by smartphones. (Source: Mobile Commerce Daily

With more and more consumers having mobile lifelines that can share competitors’ prices with them in a matter of seconds, the power is truly in the hands of the consumer.