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Friday5: 5 Highlights From SXSW

With another South By Southwest (SXSW) in the books, Edelfolks from Texas share their biggest takeaways, observations and findings after immersing themselves in the nine-day festival. From Meerkat to artificial intelligence, robots and ISIS’ social presence, here are the team’s takeaways.

1. Spike Jones, Managing Director, Southwest – Where did Social Media go?

My biggest takeaway this year is that nobody was saying the words “social media” anymore. Maybe it’s because it’s now such a part of our everyday…

Friday5: 5 Things You Should Know About Brand Engagement On Snapchat

By Caitilin Doherty, Edelman London

Snapchat has risen in popularity with its “disappearing act,” attracting millions of users. While it was not initially designed as a platform brands could easily engage on, newly added features and a $19 billion valuation as reported by Bloomberg raises the question of why more brands aren’t on board.

Snapchat offers brands an opportunity to engage one-on-one with its audience. Not only do users have complete control over who they want to see content from, they also have no idea who else is viewing that Snap. It becomes a more inti…

Friday5: 5 Observations From SXSW

Every March, digital thought leaders, agency folks, musicians, film aficionados and directors gather in Austin for South By Southwest (SXSW), a 9-day conference-festival hybrid described as “the premier destination for discovery.” Among the concerts, film premieres, exclusive parties and other events are new ideas and technologies, especially at SXSW Interactive, which focuses on emerging technology, gaming and digital creativity. Brands also have a presence in Austin through event and concert sponsorships and branded booths and displays. We talked to some Edelfolks in Austi…

Friday5: 5 Things You Should Know About Advertising on Instagram

One year after being acquired by Facebook, Instagram began offering native advertising to a limited group of brands as a beta. Since then, the visual-centric social platform has collected and reported initial results, opened their doors to more advertisers and introduced features to sweeten the deal for digital marketers. As native advertising becomes the norm of digital advertising and display media continues to fall by the wayside, Instagram, with its limited functionality and palette for creative expression, has taken steps toward becoming a staple in the social and native ad…

Facebook Ads Manager and Product Placement on Netflix

Facebook Ads Manager goes mobile, product placement tactics on Netflix and more of the latest digital news.

Facebook Ads Manager App Now Available

Earlier this week, Facebook announced the launch of Facebook Ads Manager, enabling advertisers to manage their ads from mobile devices. The app will allow users to create and edit ads, track results and monitor spend, and has built in alerts for ad budget expirations. Currently only available on iOS, the app is set to roll out to Android phones later this year.

Netflix Isn’t Closed to Advertisers After All

Netflix doesn’t …

Friday5: 5 Reasons To Pay Attention To Product Hunt

As spheres of online influence evolve and shift, and social networks become more niche, it’s important to keep a pulse on all channels where influential individuals and general consumers are talking about your or your client’s product. Enter Product Hunt – a community-based website built as “a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.” Users go to the site to browse recently discovered products, post discoveries of their own or join conversations about specific products. As …

Friday5: 5 Predictions for GoPro As A Media Company

Media companies look and feel fundamentally different in 2015 than they ever have before. They’re real-time (for better, or worse), they’re social and they are content driven. But, in a world where, as Richard Edelman put it, “The reader is now also content creator and advocate,” they also don’t have to be made up of traditional journalists and reporters.

Take GoPro. It currently distributes its owned content on Virgin Airlines, LG Smart TVs and recently, announced the spring launch of a Roku channel featuring a combination of original and user-submitted content. He…

Twitter’s Deal with Google and Looping Instagram Videos

Twitter reaches a deal with Google, Instagram rolls out endlessly looping videos and more of the latest digital news.

Twitter Reaches Deal to Show Tweets in Google Search Results

This week, Twitter reached a deal with Google to make tweets more searchable within the engine. Google users are expected to see Twitter content appearing in search results in real time over the next six months. The deal means more opportunities for Twitter to convert and engage users outside of the social platform, and will generate additional advertising opportunities since content will be seen …

Friday5: What was it about SERIAL that was so darn engaging?

“Yeah, I mean, who else did it? They’re running out of suspects.”

If you’re like us, you’re one of the two million people that streamed each episode of Serial. Since it made its debut in October 2014, Serial, the new podcast spinoff of “This American Life” consistently topped the iTunes charts, spawned dozens of discussions – both online and offline – and made a lot of people anxiously excited for more each Thursday morning.

It’s been a month since the podcast ended and momentum around this is still running hot. The subreddit is constantly updated with …

Football Newsfeed on Facebook and a Discover feature for Snapchat

Football fans get their own newsfeed on Facebook, Snapchat features daily brand content and more of the latest digital news.

Facebook Launches Football-Only Newsfeed

Facebook rolled out a Twitter-esque live feed of content only relating to the Super Bowl. The newsfeed will feature reactions from fans all over the country, as well as posts from your own friends and posts from the NFL, teams and players. Down the road this will likely be a hot spot for advertising, though no hints from Facebook on that front yet.

Snapchat Launches Discover

This past Tuesday, Snapchat l…

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