Headstream’s Social Bento : 17th April 2014

Headstream Social Brands 100 Youth report 
After many months of planning, this week we successfully launched our Social Brands 100 Youth rankings report. We had two great partners for this report: Voxburner, an insight company who provided us with the source list of the 100 Youth Brands, and Socialbakers who provided the data that enabled us to rank the brand’s engagement. We examined three social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Google+. We will not tell you who came in at no.1 or any other juicy details here, but find out for yourself by downloading the report at http://www.socialbrands100.com

Giraffe Kicks Go Pro
Go Pro cameras and their branded videos make headlines all over the world. Many of us have watched people jumping out of a plane, riding down steep hills, playing football or climbing up high skyscrapers, the clips have a habit of producing smiles or looking through one eye as we can’t watch what happens next. One thing is for sure, as this Giraffe demonstrates in this clip here, the Go Pro hasn’t won over the animal kingdom just yet!

The restaurant that Googles you before you go! 
Picture this; you are going for a meal in a 3 star Michelin restaurant with family, friends or loved ones and when you arrive your waiter already knows who the members of your party are, whether it is your birthday or an important anniversary. You would probably think that someone has called ahead and made sure that the staff of the restaurant knew in advance, well, you would be wrong. Well for one restaurant the maître d’ is simply Googling its customers and finding any social data enabling them to profile their clientele. Smart but slightly creepy, it reminds us of Jack Vale’s fantastic social media experiment last year.

Arby’s actively listening
Pharrell Williams is one of the most talked about musicians in the world, and receives a lot of attention for his taste in fashion. If you remember on the 26th of January, Pharrell turned up on the red carpet for the Grammy’s with Vivienne Westwood’s Buffalo hat. As a result of that, Arby’s Digital & Social Media Director decided to tweet Mr. Williams asking if they could have their hat back to which he replied. It has since transpired that Pharrell Williams placed the hat on eBay to raise money for his charity ‘From one Hand to Another’. Arby’s continue to receive praise for their real-time tweet and active listening which marketers can learn a lot from.

App that tells you if you’ll have a good hair day
For those obsessed with their hair there is now a smart phone app that will tell you how the current weather will affect your curls. The new app called ‘How’s my Hair’ will help you avoid any mishaps with your hairstyle by providing a daily forecast that includes humidity and wind levels so your hair wont misbehave. All in all, the app is designed to make our hair day better.

Facebook to release more apps
Facebook announced this week it is going to releasing more apps through its Creative Labs. The announcement follows on from Paper, their news app released earlier this year. The multi-app strategy is Facebook’s way of adapting to the platform’s user behaviours displayed on mobile and makes total sense. Facebook has invested heavily acquiring apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp, but their own IP such as Messenger has struggled to compete, therefore they need to grow a successful app organically.

Google Glass 1 year on
Exactly 1 year ago Google announced that Glass would be available to the public. This week Google for 1 day only opened its online store to the US public selling units at $1500. Within 24 hours the store had closed and all stock was sold out. The sale was a test to understand customer demand and probably to clear our Explorer Edition stock.

Line ‘Creative Marketplace’ now open for business
Messaging app Line is now unlocking its 400 million subscriber base to anyone selling sticker packs within its ‘Creative Marketplace’. Brands in Asia have already paid for the privilege of creating stickers for the platform, tapping into the user behaviour of 1.8 billion stickers sent each day. We will wait to see whether or not Line’s new revenue stream will be emulated in the future by Facebook’s WhatsApp.

Watch or record a show on Sky with a tweet
Sky+HD subscribers can now watch or record a show directly from Twitter by simply interacting with the ‘Watch’ or ‘Record’ icons whenever #watchonsky appears within a tweet from Sky. Currently the functionality is only available through Twitter on mobile, but the feature is an innovative way of further allowing users to control their TV viewing experience and tapping into 2-screen behaviour.

 

Headstream’s Social Bento : 11th April 2014

New Twitter Adverts 

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This week saw the possibility of new Twitter ads being rolled out onto our timelines. According to the Wall Street Journal, 15 new ad types are going to be introduced to the micro blogging platform. Whilst the ads won’t be hogging our timelines, it does mean for brands it’ll be easier for them to promote their products. One ad format that is already being introduced lets you download and install an app with just a single tap. This is something that has been particularly successful on Facebook and now Twitter wants to follow suit. The ads according to twitter are meant to be simple, and subtle, meaning that we won’t feel bombarded with ads.

 

Apps to help you kick bad habits

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Have you got a bad habit that you just can’t kick? Well don’t fear, there’s pretty much an app available to help you quit that habit. There are apps now to help you change your lifestyle, they’re no longer just about Angry Birds!  Whether it’s biting your nails, a $5.99 app can hypnotise you, to stop you putting your talons in your mouth or if you keep skipping the gym, Nexercise which gamifies workouts. There’s even apps for quitting junk food such as Fooducate (definitely one that we need in the office) and even to stop being messy and disorganised (House Clean).

 

Music Dating App

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Talking of apps that can change your lifestyle, a dating app called Tastebuds, matches you to people based on what music you both like. Tastebuds was launched four years ago, but it was just this week that the actual app arrived. The dating app, which lets users log in either via Facebook or email, scans your music library and uploads your favourite artists to your profile, with you being able to add more too. By entering basic personal information and a profile picture, you can start matching by checking out potential partners music tastes and then if you like them send them a message or even a song. How romantic. With music taste being a big thing, the creators thought it was a great idea; “Musical preferences can tell you a lot about a person and having something in common is a great conversation starter. It’s the best way to break the ice.” Though if you have any cheesy music in your library, it might be time to delete it now before joining up to Tastebuds.

Twitter’s new makeover

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This week Twitter’s new design started to roll out for some users. The design which has been compared to Facebook’s profile design has a lot more user information  and has new features. These include a larger cover photo, showing which tweets have the most engagement and you can also pin a certain tweet to the top of your page. There are differences to the Facebook design though,for example photos are placed underneath your followers where’s Facebook is the other way around. The new design has caused controversy in recent weeks with the similar design, the new look has already been rolled out for some celebrities profiles and us mere mortals will have to wait in the following weeks for our profiles to be pimped out by Twitter.

 Marc Jacobs uses Twitter to cast new face of brand

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This week it was announced that fashion house Marc Jacobs are shunning model agencies, by casting the new face of their brand using Twitter. People are urged to send a selfie of them with the hashtag #CastmeMarc in a chance to represent Marc Jacobs. This is isn’t the first social campaign that Marc Jacobs have done, with them opening a tweet shop during London fashion week where users can pay for items by simply tweeting about them. You never know the next Naomi Campbell may be spotted through the twittersphere.

First Selfie from Space

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Okay so you’re probably sick of hearing about selfies, or the word may even slightly repulse you. But this latest selfie is pretty cool. Whilst the first selfie in space happened back in December, astronaut Steven R Swanson is the first to upload his space selfie to Instagram. The photo was shared from the International Space Station and boasts a pretty impressive background. The only slight technicality is that it isn’t really a selfie as it was taken by someone else, but hey we’ll forgive him, it is in space after all.

 

New super duper iPhone charger

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Fed up of your iPhone’s poor battery life?  Us too, so we got pretty excited when we saw this new gadget that claims to charge your phone in just 30 seconds. That’s right 0 to 100% in half a minute. StoreDot is an Israeli tech start up and it premiered at Microsoft’s Think Net event on Monday, and it relies on microscopic magnets called ‘nanonets’ to power up the incredible charger. Sadly we won’t be seeing the 30 second charger available to buy anytime soon, as it’s still in the prototype stage. The next challenges for the start up company are figuring how to shrink the technology so it fits into smart phone devices and how to get the cost down. We just hope they figure these out soon, as we need this charger in our lives!

Facebook prompting users to download messaging app

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Facebook are removing chat from their iPhone and Android apps, meaning that users will have to download the separate messenger app to continue having private messages and chats with their friends. Facebook began notifying their users this week, and letting them know that they have two weeks to download the app to continue using facebook chat. Facebook says that “We have built a fast and reliable messaging experience through Messenger and now it makes sense for us to focus all our energy and resources on that experience.”

Best Length for content:

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It’s always been debated what exactly is the right length for content online. This week we enjoyed this article from The Next Web, which measured the ideal content using scientific social media guidelines. The ideal length for a tweet is 100 characters, with the stat that tweets that are 100 characters or less get a 17% higher engagement rate. The ideal Facebook status length is 40 characters, as they receive 86% higher engagement rate than other longer posts. Google+ the ideal length is 60 characters and the ideal blog post is 7 minutes long and 1,600 words long. Well let’s hope that this blog post meets the ideal length!

P&O Case Study: The Big Vote App

 

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Challenge:

P&O Cruises tasked Headstream to produce a stand out content campaign for the launch of their newest and largest cruise liner, Britannia.  At 141,000 tons, the ship is the largest to ever be built for the UK audience and is due to set sail in 2015.

Our objectives from the client were to raise awareness and create excitement of Britannia amongst new and existing customers, drive bookings, capture data of new prospects and increase engagement across P&O Cruises’ digital channels.

 

 Solution:

We conceived and developed ‘The Big Vote’.  A responsive application housed on P&O Cruises’ website and imported into Facebook.

To highlight different aspects of Britannia’s unique features, each month The Big Vote allowed users to vote on related questions about how they’d like to spend their time onboard the new cruise liner.
For example, January 2014 the app centred on the ships design.  Users were able to vote for their favourite feature of the ship and decide whether they’d prefer to relax on board either; by the pool with a cocktail, in the spa, or at the library with a good book?

After voting, users would submit their details to be entered into a monthly competition to win a cruise for two on Britannia’s maiden voyage. Smaller prizes were also up for grabs such as cookery books, and branded ship giftware.

Results:

 Engagement with the app during the first month of its launch exceeded all expectations and saw some of the highest social shares and likes for P&O Cruises content within social channels.

We also received strong click through rates to the P&O Cruises site for booking enquiries and good dwell times within the app.

For more information around the specific results of this campaign, please contact tom.chapman@headstream.com.

Headstream’s Social Bento : 21st March 2014

Carlsberg happy hour with Instagram

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Beer Company Carlsberg brought a brand new meaning to the term ‘happy hour’ this week with their new Instagram campaign. Urging visitors in participating bars to post a picture to Instagram with the hash tag #HappyBeerTime , they‘d then get a Carlsberg or Tuborg beer for half price. The bars were fitted with a dongle which streamed the photos to a TV screen meaning that staff and participants were updated on new content in real time. Carlsberg said this campaign would benefit everyone, the punters as they get cheap beer and the bars because they would receive word of mouth buzz over Instagram. The campaign is going to be trialled in Denmark, but could extend to other countries such as the UK. When asked if they thought that the promotion was encouraging binge drinking, Carlsberg’s vice president of group digital, media and content said “We’re extending the time-frame people can drink beer [at a discounted price] so they are not under pressure to drink excessive amounts in a short period. When combined with the social media mechanic, ‘Happy Hour 2.0 is much more about promoting the time people are social and happy together versus drinking.” Well that’s us told.

Twitter make a faves list

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Do you follow hundreds of people on Twitter and miss out on those all important tweets from your favourite people? Fear no more, Twitter has introduced a new favourite list where you can tap a star next to a user and have them popped into a favourites list. You can even go that step closer to be a stalker by choosing to get alerts when they send out a tweet. Of course it’s all very similar to the list option that Twitter currently have, but we now have a little star. The feature is currently being tested on a small group of Android users, and when asked for a comment Twitter, kept their mouths closed, but we all know that Twitter likes to regularly test out new features on the down low. The sneaky scamps. Who will you be adding to your favourites list? It better be Headstream or we’re not friends anymore.

YouTube to make a kids friendly version?

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YouTube is rreportedly going to be making a kids friendly version for under 10’s. Free of adult themed videos and comments, the site is to eventually become a platform that parents can trust. The goal is for parents to be able to access a special app on their devices or TVs that just shows children friendly videos. Hopefully there will be content created just for children too. If this excites you, then maybe don’t get your hopes up just yet. The project isn’t anywhere near to being finished yet, but with internet users becoming younger, this could well be a platform that would be very popular with not only under 10’s but parents too.

The new anti- social app:

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Ever had that awkward situation where you’ve bumped into someone you know when you’re doing your weekly food shop, and then crept round the rest of the shop like a burglar so you don’t see them again? Or when -this one is for the girls, you pop out and you have no makeup on, and you’re wearing food stained clothes *not a pretty sight I tell you* you always bump into at least one person you know. Why is this? Well thanks to new anti social app Cloak, we can now avoid this happening.  The app pulls in location information from our friends social networks connecting with Foursquare and Instagram, and then provides you with a map that tells you where certain people are. You then flag the person you want to avoid and then the app will alert you when you are in close radius of that person. At the moment the app is just connected with Instagram and Foursquare but will be connecting with other location services in the future.  So if you want to avoid that certain someone make sure they are using those two networks, or you still run the risk of bumping into them whilst buying loo roll.

Twitter removing its mentions?

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This week the word on the street was that Twitter is once again making some more cheeky changes, by possibly getting rid of @ mentions on the android app. Twitter’s head of news Vivian Schiller recently told a media event that “hashtags and @ mentions are arcane” and hinted that they may be reworked to create a new streamlined look for twitter. This means that @ mentions may be scrapped in favour of a similar Facebook commenting system. It’s said that the change is happening due to new users being put off by the sites scaffolding conversations. How would you feel if Twitter went through with this change? We personally don’t know why Twitter would want to change this, how would this impact our timelines? Would we just be able to comment on other people’s tweets? Something we’d be interested to hear Twitter discuss further.

#Nomakeupselfie

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This week we saw a sudden influx of makeup free selfies pop up on our Facebook and Twitter timelines. This trend which was sparked off by author Laura Lippman showing support for actress Kim Novak who was criticised for her looks, has now transformed into an awareness campaign for Cancer Research. Although the campaign didn’t come directly from Cancer Research themselves, they sent out a tweet saying ,“We’re loving your #cancerawareness #nomakeupselfie pics! The campaign isn’t ours but every £ helps #beatcancersooner.” It’s been reported that the charity has seen a surge in donations and have even raised more than £1 million pounds through 800,000 text donations. Although it wasn’t an official campaign, the no makeup selfie has raised a great deal of money for Cancer Research and the website has had a huge surge of traffic, which to us means that a simple no makeup picture has raised a huge amount of awareness for a great cause.

Android Wear

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Wearables have started creeping up on us within recent years. But earlier this week Google showed us that they were really getting into wearables. Android Wear is a system specially designed for smart watches.  With LG reported to be the first brand to manufacture the watches, other brands such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung have also been working with the company to bring out versions as well. The wearable will have many key features including fitness being a main one. Adding  ‘real time speed, distance, and time information on your wrist for your run, cycle or walk,” say Google. Other features include Google Now, which brings you all the information you need at the right time, whether it’s the weather, directions or reminders; it’s all ready for when you need the information. The watch will also be connected to your android phone (if you have one obviously) so any notifications from apps that you have on there will come through on the watch too. There will also be voice command so you can do voice searches (make sure if you’re searching for something dodgy you do it in private though!) You can even get a song to play from your phone using your voice. You can say ‘OK Google’ to do things such as order a taxi, send a text or reserve a table in your favourite restaurant. Google hope that the first Android watches will be out later this year. Exciting times, we can’t wait to see these start to be rolled out as we love the idea of having the world on your wrist!

Google ChromeCast

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Google’s Chromecast Wi-Fi dongle is officially available to buy in the UK! The dongle which can stream music, videos and games through your TV went on sale on Wednesday.

Priced at £30, the dongle which is connected through the HDMI port, acts as a receiver for media such as videos and games, sent from Android smart phones and tablet apps, including Apple devices as well as computers via the Chrome browser. We love this little dongle, the hassle of connecting many wires or downloading apps just to watch YouTube or Netflix on your TV is now solved. Phew. Now where’s the popcorn?

The Lunchtime Watch

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This week’s lunchtime watch is one of the videos we all enjoyed this week in the office. Our resident Superman aka Creative Director Darren found this funny video of what it would be like to spend the day flying round like Superman. Wearing a GoPro we see him rescue ladies from burning buildings and chase bad guys. The only thing is now is that we really wish we could fly :(

9 Things That Wowed Us This Week In Social Media..

  1. ‘That Selfie’ Ellen DeGeneres Oscars Selfie

This week seems to have been the week of the selfie. The 86th Academy Awards took place on Sunday evening, but come Monday morning what were we talking about in the office? The winners? Discussing the outfits? Hmm no. It was all about host Ellen DeGeneres’s selfie. We won’t go into too much detail as we’re sure like us; you’ve seen more of that selfie this week than you have of your Mum. With over 3.2 million retweets, it’s become the most retweeted tweet EVER! It even broke Twitter, it really shows just how much we love a selfie.

Of course we have seen many parody selfies over the week, The Simpsons one is up there as our favourite but it seems that Ellen’s selfie has inspired many others to jump on the selfie bandwagon.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic took a selfie mid way through playing in a exhibition match at Madison Square Garden’s to celebrate #WorldTennisDay on Tuesday. Whilst Andy opted for a standard selfie, Novak went for a slightly more playful approach. We love these selfies from two of the world’s best tennis players, but lads, an in focus photo never hurt anyone. #justsaying

We are big fans of Ellen DeGeneres, she even featured in our Social Brands 100 2013 list. Ranking 4 in our entertainment category, and we know why. With her amusing, endearing tweets, and well those hilarious manip’s she creates, just why wouldn’t you follow her?

2. Is Twitter The New Must Have TV Companion?

Whilst the Ellen selfie was the main talking point of the Oscars, we can’t forget the ceremony itself. Twitter released stats this week, revealing that there were an incredible 3.3 billion impressions of Oscars tweets worldwide. During the ceremony, 19.1 million tweets were sent out and 37 million people viewed those tweets though Twitter’s mobile and desktop applications. This almost matches to the 42 million people who actually watched the Oscars. With stats like this it really does reinforce how differently we watch television these days. In January it was reported that 60% of Twitter users are watching TV at the same time.

 3. SXSWI

This weekend Austin, Texas sees the annual SXSW Interactive festival roll into town. In previous years, big names in social media such as Twitter and Foursquare have come out of SXSW. This year, it seems that E-commerce apps, wearables and apps from across the globe are set to be this year’s success startup stories. We’re intrigued and excited to see what comes from this year’s SXSWi, check next week’s 9 things to see what wowed us from the festival.

  4. Getty Opens Its Image Library To Bloggers

Getty Images announced this week that they are making 35 million (!) of their images free for non commercial use. Disrupting the photographic industry, bloggers will now be able to embed Getty Images into their posts for no cost at all. This not only benefits online users, but also Getty themselves. They hope that embedding photos for free will bring them traffic to their site, image attribution and provide them with analytics of how and where images are being used to use for their advantage. We think this is a great opportunity for Getty and social media users.

 5. Visify is acquired by Yahoo.

Social data website Visify has been bought out by internet giants Yahoo this week. Speaking in a statement on their website, Visify say how they are ‘sunsetting’ the website to create visual data for Yahoo. The website itself will be shut down and for current paid plan users; they’ll be given a full refund. Neither Visify nor Yahoo have yet revealed their plans for the future. We wait with baited breath.

 6. Blendle Set To Be The New iTunes For News.

 A Norwegian start-up is looking to change the way we read news online. Blendle is a new app that lets you read all the major newspapers and magazines in one place. Users will pay a single paywall and then by simply clicking they can pay for whatever articles they read. Not only can users read a plethora of articles, but they can also see what articles are trending and what stories friends/influencers have shared. There are many other functions to the app such as setting up email alerts for articles on specific subjects or keywords. The app launches in Holland in April, but the creators have promised other countries will be able to get the app soon. If it’s a success, Blendle could revolutionise the way that we read news online, and that is an exciting prospect.

 7. The Friday Read: UK Social Media Attitudes by Social Media London

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This week Social Media London released new statistics about the attitudes of UK Social Media users. How would you feel if you lost your Facebook account? 13% said they’d be devastated whilst 45% would be annoyed and the remaining 42% didn’t care. Which camp are you in? Among the statistics, Facebook ( 56%) and Twitter (23%) were revealed as the top two visited social networks in the past month. Definitely worth a look.

 8. The Weekly Chuckle: ‘Dave Calling’

We love twitter for many reasons. But on Wednesday evening, we were reminded of just how much. When David Cameron tweeted a very serious picture of himself ‘on the phone’ to Barack Obama, pretty soon Twitter, was full of viral parody photos. The most famous parodies were from comedian Rob Delaney, writer Michael Moreno and actor Patrick Stewart. It definitely brightened up our evening. The only question now is, was it really Barack on the other line?

9. Cool App of the Week: Wake Up and Smell The Bacon

If you’re anything like us, getting out of bed in the morning can be quite the struggle. However this new app developed by Oscar Mayer (an American meat and cold cut production company FYI) could mean you’re waking up to the smell (and sound) of bacon being cooked. Wake Up and Smell the Bacon, is a revolutionary app and iphone dongle, which when plugged into the headphone jack, the waft of bacon cooking is released as your alarm goes off. If this sounds up your street, we have bad news. Sadly it isn’t for general sale, but you can enter a quiz on the Oscar Mayer website where you’ll have the chance to win the exclusive app and dongle. The competition is running till the 4th of April, 2014.  We think this is an imaginative way to get people out of bed, but to be honest we’d rather be presented with an actual bacon sandwich on awaking from our slumber.