James Whatley recently shared a post by Garrett Heath, “One Image to Rule Them All.” The timing was particularly handy, as I’d begun to freak out about image dimensions on Twitter. Twitter helpfully gives us the ideal image aspect ratio for Twitter Cards. Tip: If you want your entire image to be visible in the […]
I am particularly fond of instances of “common knowledge” that turn out to be wrong. I actively enjoy having my remaining beliefs in urban legends burst. It feels like I’m attaining knowledge; or becoming less ignorant at the very least. This is one of my favourite examples: “Why Do Nigerian Scammers Say They Are From […]
I’m a heavy BBEdit user. For those of you who don’t know, BBEdit is a text editor (not a word processor) and it’s been around for almost a quarter century. I use it for writing code (a bit), and for cleaning or manipulating text data (a lot.) But mostly, I use it as a research […]
Last October, Forrester’s Nate Elliott wrote an inflammatory blog post in the form of an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg. Open letters have been in vogue since Jay-Z released a track of the same name last April but I’m pretty sure (given the timing) that Mr Elliott’s post was more inspired by Sinéad O’Connor’s notorious […]
At the end of last year, a few of us at work were asked to write an “How will [thing x] change in 2014?” This was my contribution. Nothing startling here, I hope. In 2014 we’ll see a convincing move on behalf of brands with mature social media strategies to use social media as a […]
Someone has just asked whether we have any information on how engaging fans leads to better ROI. Cue the following rant from me. Caveat — all my thinking here centres around FMCG/CPG brands. You may work in another sector, in which case please bear in mind, while it may still apply, nothing I say here […]
Until recently, Facebook’s Terms prevented community managers using Facebook Posts as a simple place to run competition mechanics. Now everything has changed in to what some observers predict will be a glorious free-for-all. But what does these changes really mean for social media marketers?