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Movin’ on up: Pinterest is now the third most popular social network [2015 update]

We’ve had our eye on Pinterest as an up-and-coming social network for a while, but this news exceeded even our expectations. Experian Marketing Services just released the 2012 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report, and in it they find that Pinterest has become the third-most popular social network behind only Facebook (#1) and Twitter (#2).

This news is particularly significant because Pinterest only cracked the top ten social networks in the past few months. The two-year-old social networking site, which got its start in March 2010, is a virtual board where users can “pin” images they like into collections and share them with others…

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Social Marketing Inspiration: Tootsee Roll Mom

Here’s a dose of real-life social marketing inspiration for you, from the least likely place you’d expect it: a dancing pregnant woman.

Yuki Nishizawa and her spouse, Connell Cloyd, were about to have a baby. Bracing through painful waves of contractions in her room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, Yuki hit play on her iPad and… began to dance?

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Like Farming, Spam, and Scams are Still Alive on Facebook

It’s been more than two years since I first wrote about like farming on Facebook.

Now that we’re living in the future, I’d have hoped I wouldn’t need to write about like farming and other types of spam anymore. I’d have hoped that Facebook, with its mighty powers of algorithmic evolution, would have figured out a way to magically zap every malicious post before it could even be published.

But the people behind such malicious posts are wily, and as Facebook’s algorithms and reporting features have evolved, so have they.

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Demystifying Content Marketing

Quick, want to scare someone? Leap out from behind a bush and shout “MARKETING!” at them.

Sure, the surprise is the scariest part, but “marketing” could be a close second. For many people the word conjures up visions of greedy magicians performing sleights of hand to fool you into buying something. But tack on “content” in front of “marketing” and the vision gets murkier. Content marketing? What is that… like trying to get people to buy stuff on Facebook or something?

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What Facebook’s New Prioritize Feature Means For Brands

When it comes to your news feed, Facebook’s attitude has long been on the patronizing side. We know what’s best, dear. Now run along and watch this video we chose for you.

To be fair, this approach wasn’t without merit. There’s a ton of content circulating in the average news feed, and [...]

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Boost Your Organic Reach on Facebook

I’m a stickler for good grammar and spelling. Perhaps to a fault — but there’s no wrong in doing things correctly. And that goes double if you’re representing your business.

That’s why I was initially reluctant to share this infographic on Facebook engagement [...]

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Good Users Go To Hashtag Heaven

Hashtags are everywhere. And with good reason — when used correctly, the right hashtags can increase engagement, reach new audiences, and help marketers track campaign performance.

But as we all know, what flies on one social platform doesn’t always translate on another.

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Target the Best Social Content Length

They say more is better but I can think of several examples where that’s just not true. More dental work, for one. More time spent in line at the DMV, for another.

But one example that doesn’t come to mind so easily is, well, the length of your social content.

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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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