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YouTube goes full social

    Many would argue that YouTube has been a social network of sorts from the get-go. Users have the ability to subscribe to certain channels (ie. follow), like, unlike or comment on certain videos (ie. engage) and share those videos with a wider audience. However, the channel was limited when it came to ways…

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The curse of knowledge in B2B social content

There’s a story that Chip and Dan Heath tell in their book “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” that I think about often when creating B2B content for social. A Stanford University Graduate by the name of Elizabeth Newton ran a simple experiment in 1990 that perfectly illustrates the curse of…

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Facebook launches teens-only app, Lifestage

It would appear that Mark Zuckerberg is pulling out all the stops in an effort to combat the meteoric rise of Snapchat, first with Instagram Stories and now with a standalone iOS app, Lifestage. The USP employed to capture the hearts and minds of Gen Y is that the app comes with an age restriction,…

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5 key takeaways from my 5 years at immediate future

I started working at immediate future in 2011. What a vastly time that was to be working in social media. Everyone, brand and agency was trying to figure out the landscape and how to tackle it. These were the days of Facebook pages with Like gates (yup, chasing Likes – some people still do) and…

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Twitter invites non-users to ‘see what’s happening’

Twitter’s new marketing campaign opens its doors to non-users clearing the misconceptions they have with the brand and its purpose. CMO Leslie Berland announces the new campaign saying that it’s content and ads will spread awareness of what Twitter has to offer and invite non-users to give the social network a try. Statistics show that…

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The new ubiquity of Twitter Blue Ticks

Aaahh, the coveted Twitter Blue Tick. Once a symbol of status and prestige, the Blue Tick signified that you had made it in social. The Twitter Gods had deemed your account worthy of the highest validation. To put it into perspective, of the 310 million monthly active users on Twitter, only 187 000 have verified profiles.…

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