Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann Talks New Profile, New Social Tools, Addresses Controversy – Fast Company Pinterest, the addictive image collection and sharing site, will soon release a new profile page, possibly as soon as this week, and expand the types of items people can collect to include video. CEO and cofounder Ben Silbermann said that the company is also working on ways to make attribution of shared media "easier and easier."
What Marketers Should Know About Brand Advocates - eMarketer
Brand advocates are consumers who actively promote the brands, products and services they love and provide marketers with a volunteer army of supporters who disseminate recommendations to friends and family. Social media influencer and advocacy company Zuberance found, in a January 2012 study, that US internet users are making more recommendations than ever before, across a variety of industries. On average, the US internet users studied by Zuberance made 9 recommendations per year.
CNN Said to Be in Talks to Acquire Mashable – NY Times
CNN and the social news Web site Mashable are in advanced talks that may lead to an acquisition of the site, three people briefed on the talks said. If the deal was completed, Mashable would become the latest Internet media start-up company to be swallowed by a more diverse media company, in much the same way that TechCrunch was acquired by AOL in 2010.
Big changes are coming to Twitter's "brand pages," the landing pages it offers to some marketers that also spend ad dollars on the network. Launched in December, the pages show the brand's Twitter feed and images, but Twitter plans to add experiences, including e-commerce, contests and sweepstakes, according to three executives familiar with the matter.
It has long been a rule of thumb that a customer who has a good experience with a brand will tell seven people. But now, through the magic of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, a customer can tell a positive brand story to hundreds, thousands or even millions of people with just a few keystrokes. CDW, Parallels Holdings and other b2b marketers are taking advantage of this opportunity by empowering their most satisfied customers to post to Facebook and other social media.