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There’s a good chance that you will have heard the murmurings about Facebook’s proposed IPO months ago. Well, it’s now official; Facebook has officially filed to go public in an effort to raise an approximated $5 billion – valuing the company at $100 billion.
Whilst this might be exciting news to existing and potential investors, for the wider world it is just another stock floatation. But what will the impact be on the company and the 800 million that use it?
Social Media is now part of every day life. If you spend a percentage of your day online then you will almost certainly have a social profile of some sort. Twitter and Facebook are sites a majority of people are active on, with the likes of Google Plus also now very much in the game.
These sites are now so set into our lives that most of us no longer think twice about what we say on them, making them a common place for us to moan. We don’t even give it a second thought. If something has annoyed us then we will Tweet about it.
With an ever increasing emphasis being placed on social, 2012 is certainly the year to start taking advantage of all the existing and emerging platforms currently available. Whether you’re a business looking after your own social media campaigns, or an agency or consultant working on behalf of a client, it’s certainly an important aspect to get right – and this is where learning simple copywriting tips for social media will pay dividends.
Personalised search is about to become a whole lot more personal as Google begins to roll out ‘Google Search, Plus Your World’. This update could completely change the face of search, dragging in content from your social world to create tailored results.
It’s yet another curve ball from the search engine, which has been moving towards complete personalisation of search for a while now. The official blog promotes it as an opportunity for signed in users to see content shared by online friends. Theoretically this should provide a customised stream of results, somewhere between conventional search and social network feeds. But how useful will this be in real terms?
For the most part of 2011 there were persistent rumours of Facebook going public at some point in 2012. If this happens, it’s set to be one of the most eagerly anticipated listings in recent times, with some predicating an IPO (Initial Public Offering) that would end up valuing Facebook at up to $100 billion. As the world’s largest social network, with 400 million people accessing the site each and every day, Facebook has become an integral part of a tremendous number of people’s lives.
The world of SEO and online marketing is forever changing. You only have to perform a quick search to see that the industry is already preparing itself and predicting what 2012 has in store. Amongst the many changes in the past year was the increased emphasis on social media and the sharing of content.
More importantly though, is that Facebook now makes up 52.1% of sharing on the web [Source: Search Engine Land]. With the social networking giant being responsible for so much sharing, isn’t it time that online marketers took better advantage?
This is a massive breakthrough for the millions of businesses that use Facebook to interact with their customers. B2B and B2C companies will now have the opportunity to directly interact with their target audience. This will improve the rate of engagement and will also help businesses who use Facebook as a customer service platform. Read more
As many countries in the western world have been affected by the financial crisis and subsequent budget and job cuts, more and more people have found themselves out of work – in the UK alone 2.62 million people are unemployed.
With such unprecedented levels, many of whom are young people, the Internet has become a source of information to find and search for jobs, albeit a competitive one. As such, you may be tearing your hair out desperately trying to figure out where your next break will come, whilst knowing that thousands of other people will be doing the same thing. There is help though, especially in the form of social media.
Last week saw the world of social networking heat up. Google’s decision to open their new social network to the wider world came the same week that Facebook unleashed a number of new upgrades (ones that look alarmingly similar to Google+’s, but that’s another story).
Not to be outdone by their rivals, Google are determined to make their social network a success. This week there has been another update about their eagerly anticipated business profiles, something that currently gives Facebook the upper hand in the battle for social networking dominance.
Ever wondered what determines who sees your Facebook updates, or what you see in your own news feed? Besides overcomplicated privacy settings, there is an algorithm that determines these factors, known as EdgeRank.
There are so many aspects to EdgeRank that contribute to determining what a user sees in their newsfeed, from both their peers and from business or fan pages. This post focuses on the factors that a business may want to consider if they have a fan page, and how to market to EdgeRank to get the most out of your Facebook page activity. Read more
The news that Facebook have announced a number of new privacy settings to their social network has got everyone in a bit of a tizz. Needless to say that the few changes they’ve made have been well received, but it wasn’t that long ago when the words ‘Facebook’ and ‘Privacy’ were like square pegs in round holes – the two just didn’t go together.