Instagram noted as The Engagement Platform


Instagram has been noted as a key social media platform for marketing. Instagram Identified as top engagement platform social media

Socialbaker Analytics have identified Instagram as the Engagement Platform, the definitive place to be for brands who want to engage with their communities.

Instagram has more than 300 million users, 70% of those from outside the US, and the best performing brands on the site generate nearly 50x more engagement with organic content than Twitter.

The top 25 most engaging brands boast an impressive average post engagement rate of 3.31% compared to 0.07% on Twitter.

Socialbakers say “Instagram gives brands an outlet for creative storytelling and engagement with tight communities of people who share a passion for the brands’ values.”

Find out more about Instagram’s brand engagement here.

Facebook’s Year in Review


Year in ReviewFacebook has released its roundup of this year’s biggest events and talking points.

Starting with the New Year’s 2014 celebrations, the ‘Year in Review’ covers the World Cup, the ice bucket challenge, and the #HeforShe campaign.

Watch the Year in Review below and tell us what are your highlights of 2014.

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Email marketing is top trigger for online shoppers


Direct email marketingNew research reveals that direct email marketing is the most popular trigger for online shopping.

The report, by Give As You Live, shows that 64% of consumers will click links to a retail site in an email, compared to only 10% for links on social media messages.

Online shops that have an element of ‘reward’ are particularly ‘distracting’ for shoppers, with 42% stating that fashion retailers distract them the most, followed by travel websites and entertainment shops.

Find out more about the study here.

Waterstones releases interactive Halloween game


Blogger MysteryBook chain Waterstones has released an interactive online horror game for Halloween.

‘Blogger Mystery: The Descendants’ puts a 21st Century spin on a haunted house story, by following five bloggers as they stay in a spooky manor.

Players can follow the bloggers’ posts as they fall victim to an ‘unknown horror’ and also take a look at @mysteryclues on Twitter to try to gather evidence.

Any online sleuths who correctly work out the mystery will win a £50 book token from Waterstones.

Find out more about the game, which ends on Halloween, here.

‘Your Life’ project shows how Earth has changed


Your Life on EarthThe BBC has launched a personalised dashboard showing how the world has changed since you were born.

As part of the new BBC Earth digital offering, the ‘Your Life on Earth’ dashboard visualises data on how humanity and the planet have changed since the user’s birth.

The graphics can be shared individually or as a whole across social media.

BBC Earth editor, Matt Walker, described the new site as ‘an incredibly rich destination for natural history and everyone with a curious mind and an interest in the world around them’.

Find out more about the new platform here and tell us if you’ll be trying it out.

Fashion brand creates selfies with balloon machine


SelfiebrationAn American fashion brand is celebrating its 20th birthday with a ‘#Selfiebration Machine’.

Old Navy is encouraging tweeters to tweet a selfie and a birthday wish with #Selfiebration.

The company will be displaying the machine in New York and Los Angeles, where tweeters can see their pictures blown up with balloons.

Watch the machine in action below and tell us what you think of the concept.

How does multi-screening affect advertising?


AdvertisingNew research reveals that television viewers pay more attention to advertising if they multi-screen during ad breaks.

The study, by Thinkbox, showed that multi-screeners could recall two ads from the previous fifteen minutes of viewing, compared to the average of 1.9 ads by other viewers.

The research also revealed that the longer someone watches television, the more ads they can remember, with 66% of viewers able to recall an ad after watching for two hours or longer, compared to just 58% watching for less than half an hour.

Find out more about the research, which also looked at the importance of social TV, here.

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