The relative sizes of the social media platforms

Social Media Audience

For most of the world (China and Russia excluded), Facebook should be seen as having the same role in our marketing communications planning as Google. Together, Facebook and Google are the twin engines that drive discovery for the average web user. Everything else is fresh and interesting, but sometimes we have to prioritise.

Getting a (temporary) access token to query Facebook’s Page Insights

Enter the query, /me/accounts and click Submit

All the pages for which you have permissions should appear in the results field.

Copy the access_token and id for the page you want to query (the id is the long number)

I’ve been playing around trying to get Page Insights data directly from the Graph API (usually we just export and process the data from the Insights dashboard.) Thanks to an excellent article by Facebook’s Paul Carduner on Authenticating with Facebook on the command line, I’ve found a way to do it; but if you just […]

Why I fear the Fan thing

Full Moon by Anki Lofgren. Fan art is yet another reason I'm somewhat wary of fans.

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 […]

What do the changes to Facebook’s Promotions Terms mean for marketers?

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?

The Underestimated Importance of Social Media Logins

mobile login

A version of this post was first published on Emerging Spaces on 14/08/2013 I’m a huge fan of social logins; and the Social Content team here in London tries to implement these wherever we can. Here’s some background material for you to consider. The mobile thing Facebook has recently shared figures showing 83% of Facebook’s […]

Where does LinkedIn get its money?

Where does LinkedIn get its money?

A version of this post was first published on Emerging Spaces on 02/08/2013 LinkedIn recently published a strong Quarter 3 Earnings Report. Taking these in association with previous financial announcements, we can plot the following chart. It’s notable that over the past three years, they’ve experienced 9x growth in what they call “Talent Solutions” (services […]

The Dangers of AVE in Social Media

Vitrue's ROI Model

A version of this post was first published on Emerging Spaces on 31/07/2013 This is a story about Social Media evaluation, and like most of those stories, it doesn’t have a neat ending. It starts off, though, as a story about Public Relations, but only — I hasten to add — because they’ve been struggling […]