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By Anthony Johnson, Apr 30 2016 07:11AM

This week’s news on all things social, digital and web

We love social media, digital marketing, and the online world. After all, that’s why we do what we do. Through our online travels, we come across a variety of information that can be helpful, amusing, or even shocking. We didn’t want you to miss out on this so here’s a roundup of what’s been happening lately.

The Twitter popularity contest: separating the real from the fake

So, last week, we shared the 10 most popular accounts on Twitter but since then we’ve been playing with TwitterAudit which shows you how many of these millions of followers are real. We thought it’d be interesting to re-look at the same top 10 and give you the run-down on how genuine their multi-million follower base actually is.

Rank Who Twitter handle Followers % real

1 Katy Perry @katyperry 87,078,571 39

2 Justin Bieber @justinbieber 79,883,755 42

3 Taylor Swift @taylorswift13 75,681,012 33

4 Barack Obama @BarackObama 73,511,545 37

5 YouTube @YouTube 61,511,871 72

6 Rihanna @rihanna 59,363,596 38

7 Lady Gaga @ladygaga 58,469,565 45

8 Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow 58,184,051 74

9 Twitter @twitter 54,393,731 52

10 Justin Timberlake @jtimberlake 54,221,824 39

Fascinating stuff, isn’t it? Have a play for yourself and find out where you (or anyone else) ranks on the scale of genuine vs fake followers.

Revelations that blew our minds this week

Coachella has been blowing up on everyone’s Instagram but the #BTS scoop is that most of the celebs posting pics from Coachella aren’t actually there. They’re at super-exclusive, super-secret pool parties nearby. Also, did you know that if you want to drink at the festival you have to go into a special pen which has a 2 drink maximum? Now, we obviously aren’t promoting reckless OTT drinking but, really, booze-shaming at a festival? It’s a step too far.

Kim Kardashian is 4 pounds away from her pre-baby weight. Do we care? No. Do you care? No. What it does show is the growing power of Snapchat in engaging different audiences online. Brands are harnessing the power of Snapchat to connect in new ways with different content and, most importantly, showing pretty impressive stats in doing so. It won’t be for everyone but could it work for you?

There are now 1.65 billion active users each month on Facebook. We tried to do the maths on how many times the size of the UK’s population (63,843,856) this was but there weren’t enough decimal places on the calculator. If you’re better than us at numbers, perhaps you can do the sum and let us know the answer – we’d appreciate it.

Is Apple’s shine starting to wear off?

The headlines are stark - Decline in iPhone sales leads to first revenue decline in 13 years for Apple - supported by all manner of troubling statistics:

• Their share price dropped 7% in response to the news

• Sales had decreased by 13%

• iPhone sales, which make up the lion’s share of their revenue, dropped by 16%

Apple is now predicting that sales will decrease further in Q2 – from the current $50.6bn to $41bn – $43bn. Given that their sales are still safely in the tens of billions of dollars, it’s unlikely that they’ll be following in the footsteps of BHS (it’s been like the Woolworths trauma all over again!) anytime soon.

Is it a reflection on Apple? Not really, it’s down to the slowing economy in China which is the company’s second-biggest market. Tim Cook is promising us some ‘amazing innovations’ which are in the pipeline. Given Apple’s history, we’re tempted to believe him.

Our insider recommendation

Hashtags – which ones are the most effective to use? There are two really great tools you can use to figure this out: – it’s not the slickest looking User Interface you’re likely to find on the web but it is easy to use, FREE and really helpful. Find related hashtags to a topic, how popular they are and who the key influencers are in two clicks. It must be a good tool if it can make us overlook the design element.

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By Anthony Johnson, Feb 22 2016 08:35PM

#Trademarks – Brand protection in the Social Media Age

When a new marketing tool such as social media comes along, the opportunities offered can be incredible. Marketers, particularly digital marketers, need little persuading of its advantages. However, beyond the reputational risks – often discussed at marketing conferences – that inevitably come with profile-raising tools, marketers also need to consider other associated legal risks, such as intellectual property. This is particularly relevant to instant media like social Facebook and Twitter where the consequences of one small mistake can balloon within hours.

Years ago, lawyers had plenty of time to run clearance searches on new brands and sub-brands and then protect them with trademarks. Nowadays, with a massive increase in different media channels, it is important for marketing and legal departments to work together to clear trademarks for use and steer their respective businesses on brand selection.

Together, we need to consider all the possible applications of brand assets across all the different forms of social media available and monitor the ever-growing digital world to ensure others are not misusing your brand.

Ten different social media platforms could mean more than 100 different applications of all your brand assets – whether it is your logo, your brand name or your strap line. You need to anticipate all the different potential uses of your main and sub-brands: advertising, app icons, hashtags – these could all be worth protecting through trademark rights, but also potentially infringe other parties’ existing rights.

Some companies like the Coca-Cola Company have already begun trade marking some of their hashtags: ‘#smilewithacoke’ and ‘#cokecanpics’. Although few competitors are likely to use these hashtags, these trademark rights may deter them from using similar hashtags for their own campaigns. Whether or not you choose to protect your hashtags with trade marks, you should treat hashtag strap lines like any other strap line and, where appropriate, clear it for use before hitting “Tweet”. Strict guidelines should be in place to cover all social media posts to ensure any infringement risk is minimised.

When third parties use your brand on social media without consent, you need to consider whether to do anything about it and how to act. Even if you do not like what another brand is doing, you need to consider whether it presents enough of an issue for your brand to warrant action. Like with any defensive action, the monetary and reputational risks of pursuing infringers always need to be taken into account.

With the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram here to stay for years to come, businesses need to ensure that they have proper processes in place to ensure their marketing in the social space is as compliant with trademark law as any other channel.

By Matthew Sammon, Head of Trade Marks, Marks & Clerk Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

By Anthony Johnson, Dec 7 2015 01:17PM

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As well as this we run a social media campaign on your behalf. This is ideal to promote an event, promote a launch, reach a new audience or simply increase awareness of a product or service. We will work with you to plan and a social media campaign that will make a real difference. During the campaign we will fully manage your social media publishing, content creation and engagement in relation to the campaign. We will use our expertise to ensure your campaign achieves the maximum return.

More and more prospective buyers are using social media to check out potential suppliers and get a feeling for their values and personality. Many business owners and marketers want to get involved in social media to help them develop relationships with this wider audience of prospects and to engage with customers on a more personal level. But often you don't have the time, or don't know how to get started. It's all so confusing with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google Plus, and lots of others - what to start with? What to use each one for?

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Merry Christmas!

Anthony Johnson

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By Anthony Johnson, Nov 29 2015 05:07PM

What is better than one view on your website? More views! Have a website but the traffic numbers are lacking? Looking to drive traffic to your relevant and exciting content? Follow the tips below to gain a larger audience and leave a lasting impression while doing so.

Content is king.

With the search engine algorithm updates and the need for good content, it is no surprise how imperative great content is. Write for your audience, not robots. This will help build your brand AND improve your online visibility. Link for relevant content and keep the links to a minimum (3-5 links). Don’t forget linking to your own website and other pages – this is data-rich food for search engine crawlers. The added bonus is your users will have the content they need in a sensible way. This builds trust and credibility.

Social integration.

Social Media is the current landscape to connect with your audience. Chances are, your business is utilizing a multitude of social channels and engaging with your audience. Be sure to add a call-to-action on these social channels to get more information on your website. 140 characters to inspire and have your audience seek for more information. Use your social efforts to drive traffic to your site. Looking to gain more traffic on social media channels? Use it regularly and use #hashtags appropriately. Unfamiliar with #hashtag*? The hashtag connects your message with the #topic or #cause so those seeking information can easily find it.

*Too many #hashtags can have the reverse outcome and users will see this as spam instead. Opt for 1-3 hashtags per message.

Multimedia = attention grabbing

Images and video capture the attention of your users and search engines alike. Multimedia increase visibility because all are inherently intrigued by visuals. Including an image/video on your press releases, blog posts, social media channels and website puts a bull's eye target for your users' line of vision. Simply put: multimedia gets noticed and being noticed is the first step in driving traffic to your website and brand. Take the next step and use the multimedia efforts within your social media strategy.

Written by Amanda Eldridge, PR Newswire

By Anthony Johnson, Oct 6 2015 12:04PM

Social Media News

Africa are to get Facebook beamed from Space!

The initiative reaches social media network deal with French company Eutelsat that will see much of sub-Saharan Africa receiving internet.

Facebook has reached a deal to have free internet beamed to some of the most remote parts of Africa via satellite.

Through Facebook's initiative, the company offers access to a number of services including weather, news, health and Facebook itself, for free. Most connections currently come through traditional fixed and mobile telecoms networks, which provide sparse coverage.

How the words you use on Twitter can predict how much you earn!

An academic study has sorted through Twitter profiles and found that certain words correlate with certain wage brackets.

Are you more likely to tweet about beauty or a corporation? Say 'bae' or tweet about politics? The words you use on the social platform may indicate how much money you make, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University College London and Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

The study looked at the information from 1,000 Twitter bios about what job each person did, and ranked the jobs in terms of average wage - based on information from the Office of National Statistics. They then analysed the words that these people used on Twitter most often.

"Users with higher income post less emotional (positive and negative) but more neutral content, exhibiting more anger and fear, but less surprise, sadness and disgust."

They found that people who tweet about politics more often are more likely to be on a higher income. The researchers attributed this to the fact that with higher levels of education usually comes higher wealth, and also because the political classes are often the financially elite.

Instagram names Harry Styles as the UK’s most followed account!

The One Direction star is the most popular Instagram account in the UK, according to Instagram, the photo sharing network.

One Direction star Harry Styles has been revealed as the UK's most popular Instagram account, as the platform celebrates its fifth birthday.

Styles shares photos with his 13 million followers, giving them an insight into One Direction's life on the road alongside images of creative powerhouses Stevie Nicks, Nirvana and artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The popstar narrowly beat David Beckham to the post, despite the fact Beckham only joined Instagram five months ago to mark his 40th birthday! In that time, the former footballer has amassed 12.8 million followers, gaining an incredible one million fans within a single day.

Don’t panic!

Facebook isn’t going to charge to keep people's posts private!

To make it official, we’re publishing it in the media: there’s no need to post an informational message on the social network to warn friends

Facebook is not planning to make its users pay £5.99 to keep their status updates private

“Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to ‘private’. If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free,” claims the widely-circulated chain message.

“If not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.”

This particular hoax has been circulating since 2009 in various forms. At least this time round, it is not accompanied by a link that attempts to install malware on your computer.

Facebook’s privacy settings remain the same, with posts and accounts able to be kept private by using the drop-down menu while publishing them, or the general-settings menu.

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