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This Week in Social: Twitter to Add Photo Filters, Foursquare Adds Ratings

Twitter to Add Photo Filters to Compete With Instagram - NY Times

Twitter is finally learning a lesson from Facebook: If you can’t buy it, build it. In the coming months, Twitter plans to update its mobile applications to introduce filters for photos that will allow people to share altered images on Twitter and bypass Instagram, the popular mobilecentric photo-sharing network, according to people who work at the company but asked not to be named as they are not allowed to discuss unannounced projects. The filters on Instagram make photos look like they were shot with 1960s Kodachrome or with 1890s sepia tone film.

Users Can Bypass EdgeRank, Opt-In To See All Facebook Page Posts - AllFacebook

The biggest recent gripe by brands on Facebook (as well as George Takei and Mark Cuban) has been the fact that fans don’t see all of their posts. Now, it appears that users can fix this. A reader tipped off sister site Inside Facebook, showing that some users can select to see notifications on desktop and mobile each time a page posts. By opting in to receive notifications whenever a page posts something, users can then see every post — answering a major problem for users and pages alike.

Obama’s “Four more years” bumps Bieber For Most Retweeted Tweet Ever - SF Gate

Not only did President Barack Obama beat challenger Mitt Romney to win reelection, but he shoved pop star Justin Bieber off the top of the charts for most re-tweeted Twitter tweet ever. The tweet, “Four more years,” with a photo of the president hugging first lady Michelle Obama, was sent about 8:16 p.m. Pacific time as the major TV networks were calling the race in Obama’s favor. In three hours, the message had been re-tweeted about 455,000 times, easily shattering the previous record of 223,000 set by Bieber in September.

Foursquare’s New Ratings Feature Should Terrify Yelp - VentureBeat

Yelp, Foursquare is gunning for you. The social network is adding to its iOS app and website a fairly minor yet hugely significant feature: Ratings. With the addition, Foursquare says its service will tell users where people actually like to go, not just the places they’ve visited.

Retailers Make Marketing Mistakes Amid Hurricane Sandy Tragedy - iMedia Connection

Hurricane Sandy was devastating. It took the lives of 113 people. An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people will be left homeless. 8,000,000 people were without power from South Carolina to Maine (and many still remain without power). Amid the chaos, four major retailers somehow saw Hurricane Sandy as a marketing opportunity. Perhaps the potential dollar signs clouded their common sense and sensitivity for fellow Americans.

This Week in Social: Ch 1 of "Brand Advocates" Now Available, Foursquare Lets Brands Talk to Users

Foursquare to Let Brands Talk to Users Who've Checked in the Most - AdAge Foursquare will start letting businesses capitalize on the enthusiasm of customers who've checked in repeatedly by rolling out a way to message them, starting today. Through the "local updates" tool, businesses can send their updates to a pool of users who will be picked by Foursquare's algorithm based on the frequency and recency of their check-ins and the businesses they've "liked" (a feature Foursquare made available with its redesign last month).

Now Available! Download Chapter 1 of New Book, Brand Advocates: Turning Enthusiastic Customers into a Powerful Marketing Force - BrandAdvocateBook.com

In this ground-breaking book, advocacy expert Rob Fuggetta shows marketers and business leaders how to identify Brand Advocates; energize them to spread positive Word of Mouth and drive sales; and track results from advocacy programs. Brand Advocates is chock full of colorful real-world stories of Brand Advocates and innovative marketers who are getting eye-popping results by turning Advocates into powerful marketing forces.

Twitter is Working on a Way to Retrieve Your Own Tweets - NY Times

Trying to remember that pithy, brilliantly composed tweet about the latest Wes Anderson movie that you fired off a few months ago? You’re out of luck: Twitter gives users access only to the last few thousand posts made to the site. But Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive, promises that this will eventually change.

No API For You: Twitter Shuts Off "Find Friends" Feature For Instagram - TechCrunch

Instagram has just announced 80 million users and a new app update; Noticeably missing in the update? The “Find Your Friends” on Twitter feature, which allowed users to follow the same people they follow on Twitter on Instagram. The feature is missing due to API restrictions from Twitter’s end, restrictions that possibly came about over concerns about Instagram’s scale and its strain on data pulls.

New INFOGRAPHIC: Influencers vs Brand Advocates and Why Influencer Outreach is Overrated - ZuberRants

Many marketers are investing in Influencer outreach strategies in hopes that a known name can deliver their message to a vast audience. 40,000 Twitter followers may look tempting, but don’t overlook your own satisfied customers, your genuine Brand Advocates. While their networks may be smaller, their enthusiasm is greater and their recommendations drive real business.

 

This Week in Social: Google+ Redesign, Amazon and eBay Add Pinterest Buttons

New Nielsen Study: Consumers trust recommendations from peers above all other forms of advertising - ZuberRants A new study by Nielsen found that consumers are indeed losing faith in paid media and looking to their friends for brand recommendations more than ever before. It is now crucial that brands get their Advocates to venture out on the social web and recommend on their behalf.

Google+ Redesign: Here's What's New - Mashable

Google’s social network got a redesign that makes it prettier and easier to navigate. “It accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google,” Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra argued in a blog post announcing the redesign.

Foursquare and Tumblr Move to Capture Ad Revenue - Forbes

Nobody has Cracked the Engagement Code. As much as social networks would like brands to think that their targeting abilities will mean a greater return on investment, an 8% drop in ad engagement on Facebook in the last quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, shows us that the “secret code” to reaching the online audience in a meaningful way has yet to be cracked.

Amazon and eBay Add Pinterest Buttons - ClickZ

Retail is inherently visual, so it comes as no surprise that two of the biggest online sellers - Amazon and eBay - have added Pinterest buttons to product pages.

LinkedIn Rolls Out New Targeted Follower Tools for Marketers - Business Insider

LinkedIn will launch two new functions for companies who have followers on LinkedIn, both of which will be of interest to marketers and advertisers: "Targeted Updates" and "Follower Statistics."

This Week in Social: Facebook to File IPO, Foursquare Adds Menu Details

Facebook Said to Plan Its IPO Filing for as Early as Next Week - Businessweek Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social-networking service, is aiming to file for its initial public offering as early as next week, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The company is discussing a valuation of $75 billion to $100 billion, said two people, who asked not to be identified because the plans haven’t been made public. Timing for the filing is still being discussed and may change, they said.

Foursquare Adds Menu Details to Restaurant Pages - eConsultancy

Foursquare has added another new feature to its desktop service – restaurant menus. At the moment the menus are available on the desktop and mobile sites, but the company says it will launch them soon on Foursquare's apps.

Facebook Timeline: Here's How Users Would Change It - Mashable

Opinions surrounding Facebook’s re-imagined profile are mixed. While many do like the new features, a number of vocal users have expressed their unhappiness with the changes. Because of this, Mashable asked their community to discuss how they would change Facebook Timeline to better fit their online lives. Here’s what they shared.

How Many Bad Reviews Does it Take to Deter Shoppers? - eConsultancy

Between one and three bad online reviews would be enough to deter the majority (67%) of shoppers from purchasing a product or service, according to a Lightspeed Research study.

Comscore Study Confirms What We Already Knew: You're Wasting Money on Ads No One Sees - AdAge

One of the not-so-secret realities of the display-ad world is that a decent chunk of online ads are never viewed by web visitors. They either appear below the dreaded fold, or a user scrolls past them before they load. It's one of the main reasons that the ANA, 4A's and Interactive Advertising Bureau have partnered on their Making Measurement Make Sense plan: to create the "viewable impression" metric.

This Week in Social: Foursquare's Revamped Site Could Rival Yelp, YouTube Tests Redesign

Foursquare’s Revamped Website Could Challenge Yelp - Mashable Foursquare announced recently it roll out a redesigned website that could challenge local review sites such as Yelp, Urbanspoon and Zagat. The company’s website has historically followed the functions and layout of its checkin-service mobile apps, but now will feature its own discovery features.

YouTube Tests Redesign Highlighting Google+ Videos, Subscriptions, and More - The Next Web

Besides the generally updated look, one of the more important changes here is the focus this redesign will put on shared content from Google+. This move should take Google one step closer towards extending the social platform more heavily into each of its products.

Like Twitter, Google+ Now Has Trending Topics - Techcrunch

Google quietly added a trending topics section to Google+ recently which now shows up when you perform a search on the social network. The new “Trends” section appears on the right-hand side of the page, and currently lists the top 10 items under heavy discussion like “Natalie Wood” and “Breaking Dawn,” for example.

Study Shows That Early Adopters of Social Media Have Captured Real Economic Value - Michael Brito's Blog

Business consulting firm, Bain & Company, released a report in September and concluded that early adopters of social media (Dell, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, JetBlue and American Express) have captured real economic value from their budget investments. The report also give some concrete advice for companies that are unsure about their investments and the value that social media can bring.

Zuckerberg: Facebook ‘Made a Bunch of Mistakes’ on Privacy - Mashable

Facebook has agreed to a settlement with the FTC over charges that the social network had deceived its users about privacy. The FTC had accused Facebook in an eight-count complaint of not living up to its own promises. Among them: sharing users’ personal information with third parties without their knowledge or consent, changing privacy practices without informing users, and claiming to have a program to verify the security of apps when it didn’t.

-Cara Fuggetta, Marketing Manager, Zuberance

This Week in Social: Location-Based Ads on Foursquare? 70% of Brands Ignore Twitter Complaints

Are Location-Based Ads on Foursquare's Radar? - Adweek A new option from Foursquare would, with a user's permission, automatically report the user's location near a designated spot or let the user know when friends are nearby. Foursquare Radar would relieve users of the need to call up the application and check in when they arrive at a destination. It could also provide a "geo-fencing" solution for businesses to reach out to potential customers in the area.

70% of Companies Ignore Customer Complaints on Twitter - Convince & Convert

Despite increasing numbers of customers using Twitter to publicly complain about brands, the vast majority of companies respond in the exact same way….with the quiet of contempt. New research from Maritz and Evolve24 of 1,298 Twitter complainants found that only 29% of those tweet gripes were replied to by the companies in question.

New Study: Consumers Go Online to Verify Product Recommendations - ZuberRants

A recent study by Cone Communications found that many consumers go online to seek additional information about products they’re considering purchasing as well as to verify recommendations they’ve received from their peers. This study truly highlights why it’s important that brands continuously drive their most enthusiastic customers to where prospects are seeking online product information.

LinkedIn's New Features- a Lot Like Facebook & Twitter with More Opportunities for Marketers - Social Media Today

Thanks to the recent updates, admins of company profiles on LinkedIn can post real, honest-to-goodness status updates and actually include a link! This is very exciting for now all updates you make to your company status will appear on your follower's LinkedIn home page. Your followers will have the option to Like, Share or Comment on your status update and in turn this "engagement" will also be seen by all of your followers' respective networks, providing your company, your brand with a whole new and expanded audience.

Google+ Traffic Falls 60% From Post-Launch Highs - Mashable

Traffic to Google+ spiked 1,200% in the first few days following its public launch Sept. 20, but has since plummeted by 60%, according to a report from a data analytics company.

-Cara Fuggetta, Marketing Manager, Zuberance

This Week in Social: How Google+ is Winning (and Losing), Foursquare Launches Tip Lists

LinkedOut: Another Social Network Opt-Out Draws Fire - WSJ It seems that privacy questions about social-networking sites are the new black. This time, some customers are expressing concern about LinkedIn, the job-networking site that had its IPO last month. At issue, a two-month-old site tweak that can turn members from ordinary career networkers into brand cheerleaders with their profile photo and name popping up in related advertising.

Social Media Hierarchy of Effects and ROISocial Media Today

We all know that Brand Advocates are actively promoting your brand to their network, but how did they get there? This article explains the hierarchy, or the funnel, of the social network and its effects.  If a brand nurtures the relationship through the stages in the funnel then hopefully they find a Brand Advocate who can help with positive ROI.

Foursquare Gets into the Crowdsourced Curation Game With Tip Lists - TechCrunch

Up until now your Foursquare Tips have sort of roamed free on the app, without rhyme or reason or real incentive to add more. The company is now trying to improve on the Tips experience and get users to fancy themselves local experts. After all, you must know something about some place in the city you live in right?

6 Ways Google+ is Winning (and Losing) - AdAge

PepsiCo’s Shiv Singh, shares the pro’s and cons of Google+. He’s still trying to figure out if this network will become an add-on or a replacement to his current digital habits. To him, Google+ has the best of Facebook and the best of Twitter you have the ability to broadcast and select closed groups who should receive that broadcast. So is it meant to be a bridge between the two but do we really need that?

Restaurant Groupies Are Valuable to Companies - Star-Telegram

Call it fanaticism or simply dedication, but these are the ultra-enthusiastic fans that every restaurant craves. Restaurant groupies have always been around, but they're more valuable at a time when the economy forces consumers to choose carefully when they eat out, and a few online posts can inform thousands.

-Cara Fuggetta, Marketing Manager, Zuberance