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Autoplay Enables Eye-Popping New Cinemagraphs

You know, media users are pretty savvy. They can spot an advertisement in their feeds and scroll past it with a quick swipe of the thumb without even registering the name of the business, let alone the message.

This, understandably, isn’t what advertisers want to hear. But the truth of the matter is that even when an ad is natively placed right in the middle of our information streams, advertisers can’t make anyone pay attention to it.

Or can they?

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Bad News for Hoaxes, Good News for Your Facebook Feed

Quick, do you remember what future date Marty McFly travels to from 1985 in the film Back to the Future II?

Even if you don’t right now, your memory may have already been tested. Since 2010, multiple #futureday memes have circulated far and wide, each with the same message: today is the “destination time” that Doc Brown programmed into the DeLorean’s console. The memes are usually accompanied [...]

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Influencing Trust Online: How We Make Social Recommendations

Trust in relationships is important. You need to be able to trust your significant other, your coworkers, your doctor — and your social media?

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. More than ever these days, we make purchasing decisions based on what people — often strangers! — say online.

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Snapchat Users “Discover” Madonna

It’s not unusual for music artists to release new songs exclusively through a partner. What is unusual though, is when that partner is Snapchat.

Madonna recently premiered the first video “Living for Love” off of her Rebel Heart album on Snapchat’s Discover channel. Like the rest of Snapchat’s ephemeral content, the video was only available [...]

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Brands take a Stand: Social Justice Goes Viral

Recently, a video titled “Whistling at Your Mom” has been making the social rounds.

Yes, you read that right. And no, they’re not talking an innocent tune.

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Your Social Photos are Bad. Here’s How to Make them Better (Part 2)

In my last post I shared some creative tips for making your social photos look better. Now, it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty technical aspects of improving quality — because creativity alone can’t make a good photo!

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Reach Nearby Customers with Facebook Local Awareness Ads

On October 7th, Facebook announced a new Facebook advertising objective on their blog called “local awareness ads.” This new ad objective is designed to make advertising for local small business owners “easier and more effective.” A promotional video for the new feature also appeared the next day on the Facebook for Business YouTube Channel, watch [...]

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Your Social Photos are Bad. Here’s How to Make Them Better (Part 1)

It’s well-known that we humans are visual creatures. It’s the reason why magazines are jammed with full-page glossy photo advertisements. It’s the reason we can’t tear our eyes away from the flickering TV screen when it’s on.

And it shows in our engagement online. According to Kissmetrics, Facebook posts with photos get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs than text-only posts.

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Going Viral: How to Create Content That Gets Shared

Virality: it’s not just for the common cold anymore.

And you can’t escape, either. From the Chuck Norris memes of the mid-2000s to the “Harlem Shake” videos of last year to the Ice Bucket Challenges of this past summer, everyone has seen viral content in their feeds.

But what most folks don’t understand is [...]

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5 Tips to Practicing Social Media Sensitivity

Trust me: I’ve done it before.

One day last year I logged into my personal Twitter account and, without bothering to check my feed content first because I was busy, tweeted a joke I’d just thought up. Normal, right? Yep. On most days, it would be fine. But on that day, the Boston Marathon bombings had just occurred.

Ouch.

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