The gloves come off in 2012 for Facebook and Google

Social Media Marketing

In 2012, analysts are anticipating that Google will be making some significant efforts – far more critical than have been seen until now – to up the popularity of Google+ and become a serious competition for Facebook, which currently holds the leader in the social network market. Google, which holds the position of the largest internet company in the world, still has yet to come near Facebook’s top spot as the largest social network. Next year will have them battling each other head-to-head on a much more regular basis, and…

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Mobile trends to expect for next year

Mobile commerce and the future

Though there’s little doubt that Facebook will continue its dominance over the social media realm in 2012, what many are wondering is the direction that mobile digital trends will be taking next year. Facebook does still have a large change that has started rolling out to its users beginning in early December, and it has been seeing mixed reviews. Many experts are wondering if the new Timeline will be one change too many and if its users will start to have a peek at Google+ to see if they might…

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Layar launches new app to help augmented reality become more consumer friendly

Augmented reality can be incredibly complex. So much so, that mobile applications using the technology can be fairly daunting to consumers. Layar, an AR developer based in Amsterdam, is looking to get consumers more comfortable with the technology and has launched a new app that will do just that. The new app, called Stiktu, allows consumers to get hands on experience with augmented reality content and share this content with their friends on any social network. Layar’s initial app, which shares the name of the company, continues to be wildly…

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Jennings Social Media Marketing launches new QR code and SMS service

QR Codes check in

Jennings Social Media Marketing has announced the launch of a new service that will help clients engage mobile consumers through the use of QR codes and SMS messaging. The number of people with smart phones is growing quickly, making it more important for companies to adopt mobile marketing strategies. Jennings, along with other marketing agencies, believes that QR codes are one of the best ways to engage mobile consumers and the new service will give clients hands-on experience with the mobile barcodes. For companies interested in adopting QR codes, Jennings…

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Could Google+ ever become as influential as Facebook?

Social Media Marketing

Social networks are the hot thing and dozens of them have appeared online, each attempting to take some of the market share that has already been claimed by Facebook, Twitter, Linked in and, mostly formerly, MySpace. This has lead to a significant debate over whether Google+ will ever have the type of influence that those other established social networks have held, or if it will simply become one of a tremendous number of copycats and failures that were forgotten before they were known. If it does have a chance of…

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Fusing social media and mobile marketing

Social Media Marketing

Businesses are rapidly discovering that social media and mobile marketing are both key to their advertising successes, but without a large corporation’s budget for a marketing strategy, it isn’t always obvious how these two elements can be combined in order to generate a seamless campaign and appeal to mobile device users. Social networks are beneficial because they allow a high degree of interaction between businesses and their customers. Consumers can follow the latest news from a business, including its product offerings and promotions, and are engaged by various options that…

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eMarketer data shows that 23 million American moms have profiles on Facebook

social media marketing

A newly released eMarketer report has shown that Facebook now has more mom profiles than it ever has before, and that the trend for mothers to continue registering with the social media platform is likely to continue in the same upward direction. The report showed that approximately 23 million American mothers who are currently active users of Facebook, meaning that they sign in at least occasionally to update their status, check their accounts, and communicate with their “friends”. As more than two thirds of the mothers on Facebook have children…

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Will the addiction to social media and all things digital continue long into the future?

Social Media Marketing

Following a report by Gartner in August 2011 called “Consumer Fatigue with Social Media”, many marketers have been wondering whether or not the digital addiction is the trend that it appears to be, whether it is actually a fad that is on its way out. This has been highlighted by the stories popping up all over the media that have indicated that millions of people have been deactivating their email accounts due to the commercialization, privacy concerns, boredom with the concept, or the lack of interest in sharing everything they…

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Facebook aims to make new moves toward media and mobile commerce

Facebook mobile commerce

According to the director of platform partnerships at Facebook, Ethan Beard, the ever evolving social media network, has taken aim at enabling the sharing of media, as well as taking a bigger step into mobile, and using the social connections in order to increase commerce. Beard made this announcement in San Francisco, at the Yerba Buena Arts Center for the first Ad Age Digital West conference. Facebook is also expected to make significant announcements at its developer conference in San Francisco, called f8. There, it is expected that there will…

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