Twitter: Brands Can Now Target Promoted Tweets

Twitter continues to expand the effectiveness of “promoted tweets” (also known as ads), and today they are announcing a pretty significant new feature for advertisers.

Brands can now target Twitter users by location with their promoted tweets. For instance, if a brand wants to promote a tweet concerning a promotion that’s only taking place in Los Angeles – they can promote the tweet to their users in the L.A. area, or California or however specific of a location they wish.

From the Twitter Advertising blog:

Today we’re introducing targeted Tweets, an enhancement that enables brands to reach specific audiences on Twitter without first sending a Tweet to all followers. Now global brands that have different launch dates for several countries can send tailored messages at different times, customized for the users in each country. Mobile app providers who only want to reach customers on one device can do so without also sending the message to desktop users.

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Foursquare Lets Businesses Talk to Users

Foursquare will start letting businesses capitalize on the enthusiasm of customers who’ve checked in repeatedly by rolling out a way to message them, starting today.

Through the “local updates” tool, businesses can send their updates to a pool of users who will be picked by Foursquare’s algorithm based on the frequency and recency of their check-ins and the businesses they’ve “liked” (a feature Foursquare made available with its redesign last month).

It could give the nearly 1 million businesses that have claimed their listing on Foursquare a stronger incentive to be active on the platform, since they can place messages about specials and events for free in the activity streams of users who’ve likely already spent money in their stores and had enough of an affinity to want to broadcast their visit to friends.

“Now with local updates, it’s hopefully a tool that merchants engage with every day,” said Noah Weiss, the Foursquare product manager who oversees all merchant-facing tools, who noted that users will also have the ability to opt out of receiving updates from a business.

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Luxury Hotels & Social Media: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

“We believe the winners in this new digital age will be the brands that let their fans define it and syndicate it. We’ve always been a consumer-centric culture, so the shift to adopting the way guests and clients lead communications for Four Seasons has been rapid. Digital media is now 50% of our brand’s marketing efforts, with a strong social media presence that facilitates engagement and encourages loyalty.”
Felicia Yukich, Social Media Marketing Manager, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

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Goodbye Facebook Places

Less than a year after Facebook deployed “Places” to compete with Foursquare and Gowalla, Facebook is pulling the plug on Places over the next few weeks.

Despite its 750 million members, Facebook could not leverage its mass to make “places” work

Facebook Places never really got much traction compared to other self standing geolocalization platforms like Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla and other niche platforms.  Places though is not going the way of the dinosaurs, Facebook opted to integrate the localization feature directly in the post, on the wall.

The new feature will allow any user to tag locations in their posts.  They won’t need a smart phone or be near the place for that matter.  They will be able to use the feature from a computer, tablet or any other device giving them access to the internet using the “Places” icon at the bottom of the post

What does that mean for users.  As Facebook changed its aim from Foursquare to Groupon with the deployment of the Facebook “Deals”, we can expect a closer integration of “Deals” with the posts and more online offers.  Hopefully these offers will not clog the wall

Good news though, after the uproar on Facebook privacy settings and the bad habit Facebook had to make new features “opt-out”, Facebook seems to have listened to users and the location feature will be “opt-in”

Who knows, they may even start a new trend that will lead more companies to adopt the “opt-in” model rather that the “opt-out” model.

Social media step by step

Over the past couple of years, I have delivered quite a few social media workshops and received a lot of very good feedback and follow up requests.

To answer some of the questions, I posted a few of my presentations slides on Slideshare. the slides, though,informative, lack the detailed explanations I give during the workshops.I needed another way to get the information out and my new blog gives me the tool I need to do just that.

I am unveiling next week a series of features that will take users from 101 to advanced, step by step.

  • LinkedIn Monday will take users step by step from I juts opened a LinkedIn account… now what do I do?
  • Facebook Tuesday will guide users who just opened an account or are considering it, step by step through the process and coach them through the “Do’s and Don’t  of Facebook
  • Facebook Business Wednesday will help business users make the most out of their page
  • Social Media Thursday will deal with other platforms such as geolocation, social bookmarking, blogging, You Tube, strategy…

I look forward to your feedback and interactions.