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May 20, 2016
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Instagram adds video feature for carousel ads
Instagram has added a video option for marketers using carousel ads. The new feature comes amid a 40% jump in user time spent watching videos on Instagram and as research shows a 2.5-point increase in ad recall for the carousel format compared to single images.
VentureBeat (5/19),  MediaPost Communications (5/19) 
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5 ways to make posts more sharable
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There's no way to guarantee that an item of online content goes viral, but you can boost your chances by breaking news, helping others or being silly, writes Avinash Nair. "From cartoons to memes through to funny videos, if your content has the 'fun quotient,' it'll do very well," he writes.
SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (5/20) 
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Revlon hires social media star
In a shift from using traditional celebrities as brand ambassadors, Revlon has teamed up with social media influencer and nail artist Chelsea King to reach new consumers in an authentic way, says Tracy Rohrbaugh, vice president of global marketing for Revlon. King will create unique content for Revlon and promote the brand through her own accounts.
Women's Wear Daily (free content) (5/19) 
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Adidas creates buzz about Pharrell Williams Originals on Snapchat
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Adidas and Pharrell Williams tapped Snapchat to give a sneak peek of the singer's Originals "HU" NMD sneakers. The Live Story attracted 3.4 million views within 24 hours, and 87% of viewers watched the full story.
Digiday (5/19) 
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5 insights from the back-to-school conversation
Going back to school this year is unlike any other. Conversations about buying pencils and shoes are down, while talk about what computers and sweatpants to get are rising. See how the back-to-school conversation on Twitter is impacting shopping trends and what brands can do about it.
 
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Brands take note: Co-viewing is having a moment
People may be apart, but they're coming together on Twitter to watch and talk about the biggest cultural moments of the year. In fact, 44% of people say their use of Twitter while watching TV has increased since March. Here's why your brand needs to be part of the conversation.
 
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The top-spending retailers on Snapchat
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Consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics and activewear brands bought over half of all ads on Snapchat Discover from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, L2 reports. Nike, GE Appliances, Little Debbie and PepsiCo were among top spenders.
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Measurement Matters
Study: Sensory-marketing success depends on brand sentiment
Brands must be careful about consumer perception when considering sensory marketing, Aparna Sundar and Theodore Noseworthy write. The pair's research shows that brands considered exciting, such as BMW and Mountain Dew, have more leeway to experiment, whereas consumers prefer a more traditional approach from sincere brands, such as Coca-Cola and Hallmark Cards.
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Meet the animal that smells of popcorn
The binturong of Southeast Asia, also known as a bearcat, is a bizarre, woolly predator with a prehensile tail and a distinctive smell described as buttered popcorn. The fragrance is a signaling method to attract mates and derives from the creature's unsavory bathroom habits.
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Andy Sernovitz is the New York Times best-selling author of "Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking" and the blog "Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!" He runs WordofMouth.org, where marketers and entrepreneurs learn to be great at word of mouth marketing, and SocialMedia.org, the community for social media leaders at the world's greatest brands.
 
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