Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’
Hold the breaking news tweets and the flitter of media updates that flood your Twitter stream. Last week, Twitter made one of the biggest moves it’s ever made in ecommerce. Twitter is officially testing a “Buy” button, letting you buy something directly from a tweet. It’s about to get even easier to shop on your mobile device.
Twitter said in a statement on their blog, “Users will get access to offers and merchandise they can’t get anywhere else and can act on them right in the Twitter apps for Android and iOS; sellers will gain a new way to turn the direct relationship they build with their followers into sales.”
Last week Apple introduced its highly anticipated Apple Watch and launched us into the era of wearable technology. As a new medium for instant connection to the world around us, wearable technology complicates an already multifaceted media environment, and Apple’s association of “glance” with the watch is making waves before it’s even in stores.
The popular phrase “at first glance” comes to mind when thinking about Apple’s use of the term. Our first glance is the most important. We form quick judgments and make initial decisions within seconds of viewing something.
Consider the popular mobile dating app Tinder, which is now valued higher than $750 million. You open your account and a profile image of a possible love connection appears on your phone. You swipe right to like or left to pass, and make a critical (or not so critical) relationship decision in a matter of seconds.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Over the last ten years, blogging and social media have provided women with a platform for communication, self-expression, activism, community and revenue. During this time, blogging platforms evolved, smartphones became ubiquitous, social media became second nature and brands, businesses and even politicians realized the influence of women and blogging.
Silicon Valley is full of its fair share of innovation rock stars. Names like “Elon Musk” or “Travis Kalanick” tend to stir up excitement whenever mentioned. But Biz Stone, one of the original founders of Twitter, is in a league of his own. Unlike many (many, many) other startup founders, Stone didn’t become notorious for tantrums or product exactitude. Stone stands apart for his borderline oppressive optimism and general cheerfulness, which is not diminished in the face of CEO turnover, The Colbert Report, or Kara Swisher, who interviewed Stone on Monday night at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.
Though it may not feel like it yet, spring is (technically) in the air and if you are anything like me, you can’t wait to say farewell to this lengthy winter we’ve had. As we prepare to pack away coats and boots and open up the shutters to welcome the approaching warmer weather, it’s also a great time to start thinking about spring cleaning, especially for your social media channels.
I’m talking about more than a quick spritz of Febreze. After all, you don’t want to leave digital dust bunnies accumulating in the corners. The reality is that, without a thorough clean up, your social channels can get stagnant.
Here are four tips to help you pull on those rubber gloves and buff up your social and digital personality.
Warning: This blog post is riddled with questionably funny puns (if only I was more like Lisa Mokaba).
Sharknado is the Syfy made-for-TV movie that took the Twitterverse – and the world – by, well, storm last Thursday night. In case the title left anything to conjecture, the movie is about sharks in a tornado (check out this 2-minute video synopsis from the Huffington Post). As the Guardian’s Alan Yuhas said, “the deliberate badness of it is charming.”
Putting my own debilitating – and slightly embarrassing – fear of sharks aside, this swirling cyclone of bloodthirsty fish quickly became a social media phenomenon, a “pundemic” the likes of which Twitter has never seen before. Sharknado “tore up” Twitter, generating over 318,232 tweets during its original broadcast, reaching a peak of over 5,000 tweets per minute. Fun fact: the film came within 2,500 tweets of tying the Game of Thrones infamous “Red Wedding” episode. Take a bite out of that!
One of the great things about social media is that it has no geographic boundaries. In fact, these past few days I have been sitting at my desk in Waltham helping to cover a client’s event three hours behind me in Scottsdale.
But, how do you participate or monitor an event on social media when you are not even there? Here are six things to do before, during and after in order to successfully manage social media for an event even if you are working remotely.
1) Determine a hashtag. First and foremost, determine a hashtag for the event. The hashtag will be the heart and soul of the event. If it is not publicized or if people are not aware of it, the social coverage will fail. Begin promoting your event months in advance constantly using the hashtag in every tweet you use. Make sure all presenters are aware of the hashtag and either include it on their presentation slides, or mention it before their presentation.
I’ve been working in PR for over two decades and, even to this day, nothing makes me happier than when I land a great piece of media coverage for a client. To me, this joyful moment happens when three elements come together in unison: a great pitch, a solid relationship with a reporter, and the right timing.
Once upon a time, great media relationships were built over lunches, press conferences, phone calls and in-person media tours. But times have changed and so has PR. Today, while phone calls still matter a great deal, in-person meetings are rare. The good news is that we now have Twitter and it’s a huge and, I think, untapped, asset for building relationships with reporters.