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Friday5: Pinterest Announces Conversations

Last week, Pinterest unveiled a new way for users to “communicate, collaborate and share with one another,” by launching a new messaging feature called Conversations. With the launch of Conversations, users will be able to keep ongoing discussions on Pinterest around their favorite Pins without having to leave the platform. In this week’s Friday5, we look at what this new feature has to offer.

1. What It Is

Pinterest’s new messaging feature allows Pinners to share discoveries with the people who…

A new video streaming app and Pinterest introduces messaging feature

A new video streaming app, Pinterest introduces messaging and more of the latest digital news.

Remote Control Your Friends with Video App Sup

A new video streaming app called Sup was released this past week from the founders of Yahoo acquisitions Stamped and Milewise. How it works: A user sends a request, and if accepted within five minutes, a silent, live video stream begins between friends. “Supping” is expected to be an interactive experience, as users can direct and watch friends in real-time.

Your Twitter Feed May Soon Be Filled with Accounts You Don’t Follow…

Friday5: Understanding What Planning Is (And What It Isn’t)

Strategic planning has a critical (and growing) role in how we practice digital communications. As a multidimensional discipline, it helps align relevant insights and find specific opportunities for brands. Whilst doing that, it serves as a conduit between creative, the client and the consumer.

Nevertheless, the function and role of planning is not always clear. The question remains: “So what exactly do planners do?” Being a recent arrival to the Planning model, I too initially struggled to understand it, but over time and experience I’ve figured out the basics.

Facebook shuts down Gifts service and Instagram rolls out Snapchat rival

Facebook shuts down its Gifts service, a new competitor for Snapchat and more of the latest digital news.

Facebook to Shut Down Gifts Service

Facebook will be shutting down their Gifts program on August 12. This service, originally launched in 2012, allowed users of the social network to purchase presents and gift cards for their friends. Facebook promises to leverage their learnings to identify new ways businesses and developers can help drive web sales.

Instagram Quietly (and Slowly) Launches Snapchat Rival, Bolt

Bolt, Instagram’s new one tap photo mess…

Friday5: Takeaways from #AdweekChat

If only we could know the future direction of social media with certainty. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know for sure, which was why Adweek brought together a panel of guest experts, as well as hundreds of social media professionals, for its first #AdweekChat this past Wednesday. Our own David Armano joined as a guest expert to discuss the topic: “How are social networks evolving?” We asked David about his takeaways in this week’s Friday5:

1. Did any major themes surface throughout the chat?

One overarching theme that bubbled up was the idea tha…

Facebook mobile advertising revenue and the ultimate selfie

Facebook mobile advertising revenue skyrockets, an iPad app takes selfies to a new dimension and more of the latest digital news.

Facebook Revenue Jumps 61% on Mobile Ad Strength

Facebook blew away investors for the ninth straight quarter with the release of their quarterly earnings report this week. Advertising revenue at the company saw a 67% year-over-year increase, with mobile advertising growing 151%. Key to their reported successes, the social network is finding ways to monetize mobile browsing worldwide and increase their share of the advertising market.

A…

Friday5: New Social Media Features

Keeping track of all the major updates across social media can be daunting even for the most tuned-in digital people. Here to help is this week’s Friday5 looking at some of the most recent updates to the major social media platforms. These tools are great ways to help Community Managers reach and engage more of their community.

1. Twitter Amplify

Twitter’s Amplify service is moving out of the garage and into the fully-functioning real world. Historically, the Twitter Amplify service has been used by major…

Snapchat adds geofilters and updates from Pinterest

Snapchat adds geofilters, Pinterest revises follow feature and more of the latest digital news.

Snapchat Adds Geofilters for Quick Image Location Tags, And a New Revenue Possibility

Popular messaging platform Snapchat now offers customized image filters depending on user location. This new feature could potentially evolve into a revenue source for Snapchat, with a few geofilters featuring Disneyland and other heavily branded locations. Location services must be enabled to activate these new filters.

Pinterest Makes It Easier to Follow E-commerce Brands

Pinterest is t…

Friday5: The #WorldCup Happened on Twitter

We all got a kick out of the #WorldCup, and Twitter showed it. As the FIFA World Cup excitement unfolded in Brazil, it also played out on the social media platform in a big way: fans across the globe discussed every exhilarating and emotional moment as it happened.

After all of the 64 thrilling matches, including Sunday’s dramatic final, Twitter compiled the numbers and released some pretty impressive-sounding statistics to illustrate just how massive the conversation has been since the start of the World Cup on June 12.

1. There were 672 …

Friday5: Facebook Organic Reach Q&A

On June 5, Facebook addressed widespread frustration from brands who have seen a significant decline in organic reach via a Q&A on the topic authored by Facebook Head of Ads Product Marketing Brian Boland. In this edition of Friday5, we analyze Facebook’s core answers and provide some additional perspective.

1. Why is organic reach declining?

Facebook’s answer is two-fold. First, mobile technology created an explosion of content from everyone (users and brands), which leads to the second reason: incre…

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