Sources report that Twitter is developing a camera-first feature to shift focus from text to video and give advertisers an alternative to Snapchat. The feature would mix location-based video and photos related to notable events on Twitter Moments, giving advertisers the opportunity to sponsor events or run real-time ads.
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Advertisers can learn some lessons from the #NeverAgain gun control campaign run by students from Parkland, Fla., which has harnessed the power of social media to galvanize support, writes Oliver McAteer. Kyle Boots of Y&R's research arm BAV says, "They understood social momentum and demonstrated the power of authenticity and community to cut through the noise and affect change."
BBC News grew its engagement on Instagram from a monthly average of 10,000 last year, to 22,000 last month, thanks to posting fewer, more relevant videos. "We've been looking at how to take the audience on a journey, a daily digest to encourage them to go and engage with BBC News more deeply," says Mark Frankel, social media editor at BBC News.
Facebook is in discussions with 10 major news publishers about creating 3-minute videos for its Watch feature that could also run in its news feed, a source reports. Facebook is negotiating payment terms and a long-term revenue model with those involved.
Initial excitement over the possibilities suggested by early chatbots has waned as the difficulty of building engaging and trustworthy bots becomes apparent. Investment in the technology is only projected to grow, however, with Gartner predicting that by 2021, 50% of marketers will spend more on bot development than on mobile apps.
Wells Fargo's 15-second video featuring a grandma teaching her grandson how to use the brand's app retains the top spot on Visible Measures' viral video chart for the second week in a row with over 35 million total views. Samsung's "The Camera. Reimagined" moves up one spot to take second place with nearly 16 million views and Hyundai's "International Women's Day" debuts at number three with just over 14 million views.
Their capacity to understand social media really becomes their main weapon.
Daren Turner, digital director at Big Sign Media, referencing Parkland students in Campaign US
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