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BBC trials bitesize news reports on Instagram video

The BBC has begun experimenting with using Instagram video as a way of distributing bitesize news reports.

Though the Beeb has been using Instagram video for some time, up to now the clips were just repurposed TV news footage. 

The new ‘#Instafax’ short form news service uses content specifically created for Instagram, with each video including a selection of images and facts that give a very brief outline of the story. 

It’s described as being “very experimental” at this stage and it’s great to see the BBC trialling innovative methods of sharing news and connecting with a younger audience.

Seven interesting social media campaigns from November

As we approach the end of the penultimate month of 2013 it’s time to round up some of the most interesting and noteworthy social campaigns we’ve seen in the past 30 days or so.

This time it includes efforts from MTV, Red Bull, Manchester City, Sony and ASOS.

If you’ve spotted any other decent social campaigns in November please flag them up in the comments…

10 of the most shared brands on Instagram video

40% of the 1,000 most shared Instagram videos (Instavids) last month came from brands.

The 15 second long Instavid format has only been around for a few months, but is already giving Vine a run for its six second-long money. We’ve discussed the respective benefits of each in this provocatively titled article Fight Club! Instagram vs. Vine.

It seems that brands have been quick to utilise this longer form media. The 150m incumbent Instagram users are clearly a major draw, as opposed to the still not inconsiderable 40m users on Vine, although it should be noted that Vine picked up all those users in just nine months.

Sprite scores big win thanks to Tumblr’s potential for long-term engagement

Drinks brand Sprite managed to outperform its rivals and achieve the greatest exposure on Tumblr in July.

This is despite the fact that it only blogged three updates, while second-placed MTV posted a massive 114 times.

The findings, which come from a report by Simply Measured, show the high potential for long-term amplification on Tumblr compared to other social networks, as nearly all of Sprite’s 85,000 reblogs were owed to a single post made prior to the study period.

The Sprite post in question is an animated GIF of a game of spin the bottle. Not very complex, but it captured the imagination of Sprite’s audience and isn’t something that can necessarily be replicated on other networks.

What will TV look like in 2031?

The year is 2031. Flying cars have just hit the open market, the New York Mets are on the verge of winning their first World Series in forty-five years, and television as we know it has ceased to exist.  

Let’s first imagine that a super smart group of MIT engineers solved all the technical troubles we’d encounter in switching from a broadcast to a unicast model.

The public’s consumption habits now overwhelmingly favor an on-demand format, and each household is equipped with a SmarTV capable of streaming content instantaneously from anywhere on the web.

Traditional channels have fallen in the face of more agile competition from platforms like Netflix and Hulu, or they’ve adapted to HBO Go-esque versions of their former selves.