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Alert Facebook Marketers

imagesFacebook has recently implemented thorough guidelines to running promotions on the platform. Ultimately, marketers and brands must go through third-party applications to implement any promotion or viral growth strategy on Facebook.

Read the official guidelines here: http://www.facebook.com/promotions_guidelines.php

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BING Integrating Facebook and Twitter Status Updates into Search Results

Today Bing plans to announce the incorporation of Facebook and Twitter status updates into the Bing search engine. This move by Bing to become a real-time search engine is definitely going to help the Microsoft owned company mark its territory amongst the vast landscape of search engines.

Details on the arrangements are supposedly going to be announced later today at the Web 2.0 Summit. According to @mashable, “Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook back in 2007, and has since signed search and advertising deals with the social network.” The relationship developing between Twitter and Bing comes in the wake of signs over the course of the last month that point towards Twitter working on a search partnership.

Picture 1While the incorporation of tweets and updates isn’t a new concept, see One Riot, the large scale players in the search category are about to take off the gloves and bout over the incorporation of trending social media buzz. According to All Things Digital (via Mashable) the companies are also talking with Google about the motion.

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Facebook Lite and @ Tagging

Today Facebook has widely released Facebook Lite. The new version of Facebook was released in beta throughout August, but as of today is available in the U.S and India. Facebook Lite is a simplified front-end version of Facebook that is optimized for slower internet connections. Essentially it is Facebook on a diet plan, losing all unnecessary “fluff” such as third party apps. However FBL users can still enjoy the essence of the Facebook experience with the “wall” feature media sharing and status updates all being the same.

The introduction of Facebook Lite has been received by many as a direct attempt to integrate a simple, Twitter-style user face focused on micro-interaction in the form of status updates and sharing.

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Another new feature integrated into Facebook this week is @ tagging in status updates. Now when referring to a friend in a status update simply place the “@” in front of their name, begin to type and Facebook will automatically drop-down a list of names with the letters you have begun to type. It may seem that Facebook is stealing a bit of Twitter’s thunder, especially following a month in which Facebook experienced 4 times the amount of unique visitors to Twitter.

NOTE: There has been issues for many Facebook users trying to use the @ tagging, stay tuned for more.

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Focusing on the Basics of Social Media

Nailing down a solid foundation for a social media campaign still comes as the most important element of a social media strategy. Before building apps., micro-sites, widgets or otherwise the communication channels between brand and consumers must be free flowing and continuous. Social media continues to evolve at an exponential rate as new programs, features and connection methods are being developed. While its certainly important to stay ahead of the learning curve in the social media landscape it is most important to foster the conversations occurring in the traditional social networking manor.

It is obvious that demographics and  business goals of each company by in large determine the shape that a social media campaign will take, but for any business, brand or otherwise to see the desired ROI from a social media effort the countless hours of community building, content sharing and conversing must come first, otherwise the innovative tech and development methods fall short. Success in social media depends upon persistence and dedication in terms of providing community members with a desired ROI for their time spent contributing to the community and helping shape the company’s online existence.

We’ve been heading up the social media campaign for northeastern music festival, Gathering of the Vibes, which has been a great experience with great people. Our focus for the entire campaign has been centered on getting fan interaction and engagement, not developing the coolest new app. or strategy. What we’ve seen is exponential fan growth, fan engagement that rivals top brands and festivals and a stoked community that has made social networking with the festival a daily routine they look forward to. That is a favorable ROI that directly correlates with success.

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A Marketing Miracle? Facebook’s New Publisher Controls in Beta

Thanks to the pressure put on Facebook by the advances of Twitter we the people are receiving a better service. Twitter reigns as the thought sharing, micro-blogging mecca, where Facebook provides the end-all be-all network, aggregating all of ones personal sharing and media. Twitter’s success comes about through its simplistic model of sharing and communicating, today Facebook released a beta feature that may set a new standard for Twitter’s content sharing model and groupings.

New publisher controls were released in beta today on Facebook. The new publisher controls provide various grouping options to sharing content and dispersing it as widely or privately as desired.
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Status updates can now be viewed not only by those in your social network but also by those who aren’t. Perhaps most importantly, Google, Bing and every other search engine that indexes Facebook pages and profiles will now display shared content at the desire of publishers. “The privacy settings that you implement for each story will also carry over to the stream.get API call.” It seems quite apparent from a marketing standpoint that the avenue this creates to spread branded content and awareness is very beneficial, granted that it is quality content being dispersed.

For brands, twitter brought about an avenue where companies could add value and depth to their identity by not only positioning themselves in a business segment, but by providing links, ideals and thoughts that brought forth a personality with whom consumers could interact and relate. Facebook is beginning to reach a stage where brands can better connect with not only there friends or fans, but reach out to a broader audience and introduce themselves through personified content sharing. In my opinion this is a milestone feature release for Facebook.

Read more on AllFacebook or AdAge

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Vanity URLs Offered on Facebook

Around 1:00pm today facebook announced that they will be offering users the ability to select vanity
URLs for their profiles and pages they administer. If you are unfamiliar, an example of a vanity URL is http://facebook.com/edieter, rather than the current long tail URLs that everyone possesses; http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=10213726&ref=profile. There is significance behind this announcement seeing that the inclusion of vanity URLs will make common named users more identifiable within search engines, greatly increase the ease of sharing facebook profiles or page links, and add a personal element to facebook URLs. Currently a number of networks offer vanity URLs such as twitter, myspace, ilike, etc. Until this coming Saturday, facebook has only experimented with a limited number of vanity URLs for notable brands and publications.

Starting on June 13th @ 12:01 am EDT facebook will allow users to claim their URLs. By visiting http://facebook.com/username, users will have the ability to select their URLs by simply following the instructions. Also, facebook will be including a note on everyone’s homepage prompting them to follow the instructions:

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Facebook usernames will be available in basic text forms, and you can only choose a single username for your profile and for each of the Pages that you administer. Your username must be at least five characters in length and only include alphanumeric characters (A-Z, 0-9), or a period or full stop (“.”).”

Be forewarned that once you select a URL it is with you for life, no rewrites, retries or complaint submissions. Our recommendation would be to stay in and bring the party to you this coming Friday or show up to the festivities fashionably awesome with your new URL, because if there is a URL out there that you’re dying to have it probably won’t be available Saturday morning.

Find more information about the vanity URLs on the facebook blog

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