The Week in Social Media News 04/04/2014, Here’s Your Top Stories

April 4, 2014

The week in social media news curated by your friends at Fandom Marketing. Pinterest rolls out enhanced tracking, Vine gets private messaging and Facebook adds voice calls. Learn how to build a successful Google+ strategy. Plus, more insight into Facebook’s decreasing page reach.

April 1, 2014
Each year this news day is ruined by April Fool’s Day. We have nothing credible to report. Thank the Internet.

How to Make a Twitter Collage

April 2, 2014

When Twitter updated its now eight-year-old social network with a couple of tweet-extending features Thursday, it also laid the groundwork for an explosion of tweet creativity. Following in the footsteps of ASCII art, users now have the ability to post up to four photos in one post. Twitter calls this a “Photo Collage.” We call it wicked fun.

Full story on Mashable

Secret Shoots For Growth With New Anonymous Invites

April 3, 2014

Want to be sure you don’t miss any juice gossip or heartwrenching tales from you friends? Now when you re-open Secret, you’ll start where you closed the app instead of at the top of the feed so it’s easier to read comprehensively. Secret’s latest update also adds anonymous invites that could help it grow by letting you ask a friend to join the app without them knowing it was you.

Full story on TechCrunch

Boxes be gone, Twitter.com now supports emoji characters

April 3, 2014

Sometimes it’s the small things in life that make a difference. Along those lines, Twitter has begun showing emoji characters — the small, cartoon-like figures most often used when typing on a mobile device — on its main Twitter.com website. That’s a nice little development for those of us who use Twitter on the Web on a regular basis.

Full story on The Next Web 

A new way to track your Pins

April 3, 2014

If you’re already using Google Analytics, it’s easy to see how your Pins are performing by tagging your Pin links with the correct UTM parameters. If you’ve already got UTM tracking on your Pin links, you’ll start to see more activity on your campaign and source tracking on Google Analytics.

Full story on Pinterest Business

Facebook Adds Free Voice Calls to Messenger App

April 3, 2014

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $16 billion, some wondered what would happen to the company’s existing messaging app. Now it seems they had nothing to worry about. The company updated the app Thursday with a major new feature — one that allows users to make free voice calls to their Facebook friends.

Full story on Mashable

Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

April 4, 2014

Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn’t room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than 50% last year — a new stat that came from a 45-minute interview with Facebook’s head of News Feed.
Full story on TechCrunch

Demystifying Google+: How to build a content strategy that works

April 4, 2014

Google+ is undoubtedly an important channel for both individuals and organizations of all sizes to be active on, since it’s the social backbone of all of Google’s properties from Gmail to search. However, many businesses are still having a hard time trying to gain traction on Google+ as compared to other social networks. To help demystify the strategies that work on Google+, here’s what three organizations from very different industries have done to find success on the social network.

Full story on The Next Web

Vine Gets Private Video Messaging

April 4, 2014

Vine, Twitter’s looping video app, has added a messaging feature that lets users send Vine videos, as well as text messages, privately to friends. Messages through the app can be sent to one or multiple people.
Full story on WSJ.D

What We’re Watching

I could use a dose of GaryVee this week. Always bold, always inspiring and always on point. I couldn’t agree more with this quote, “We’re tied together by one thing, we’re trying to grab someone’s attention for 100ths of a second. They eyes and ears of the individual are shifting to a thousand different places.” Find out why context not content has become king by attending a few moments of SXSW in this clip.
~Melonie Gallegos

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