Should UK brands be ready to adopt Pinterest?

Shortly after my last post on Pinterest this insightful infographic circulated giving further evidence that the platform could really become a big player in 2012 – check out “is Pinterest the next social commerce game changer“ After making such a huge splash in the US last year (with over 31 million visits) it is only a…

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Snack brands latest campaigns drive social engagement

Two great examples of brands using social engagement at the heart of their campaigns have popped up recently. Both Walkers Crisps and Kit Kat Chunky have launched multi-channel campaigns supported by TV advertising to create a buzz around new flavours of their products, seeking user participation and driving activity through their Facebook pages. The ‘Choose…

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New wave of Facebook Applications

With the launch of 60 new applications using the Timeline and Open Graph, Facebook is about to expand beyond the Like.  The new functionality will allow users to share perpetual actions (‘love’, ‘want’, ‘need’) via applications through the Open Graph. There are obvious benefits for brands, especially given the buying signals of user actions such…

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Social media agency issues warning to Cadbury

We love purple as much as the next company, but it appears Cadbury have decided to take it to the next level in a recent trademark dispute settled yesterday with Nestlé. Cadbury wanted to trademark the tint and made the case that it has used the colour on its packaging for more than a century.…

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Buses, socks and online Christmas shopping trends

Did you know that… 1 in 3 men wait until Christmas Eve to finish their shopping. 56% of Americans sing holiday carols to their pets. And 17% of people who Christmas shop via mobile, will be doing it on the bus. This is the social shopping Christmas story … Buses, socks and online Christmas shopping…

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Great e-commerce product pages; how social are they?

Recently, Econsultancy published a piece on ten great e-commerce product pages. Following our research into the social shopping explosion we wanted to find out exactly how ‘social’ some of these retailers are. All of which will be popular destinations for consumers this Christmas. We’ve judged these ground-breaking online retailers on the following criteria: • Do…

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Google Abuserank – should you* be scared?

You may have heard that Google has changed its search algorithm and with that change, instilled the word Abuserank forever into the minds of SEO experts. According to Google they were spurred into action by the story of Clarabelle Rodriguez and the shocking (and by shocking I mean truly abusive and in some cases illegal)…

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Rewarding influencers – it’s not all about the money

Our social shopping research revealed a high propensity for influencers [and consumers] to want rewards for recommending a brand or reviewing a product/service. There is, unsurprisingly, a high demand for incentives that discount (75%). But the intriguing insight is how this is coupled with a need for recognition too. There is a long tail of…

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