EBS Marketing Explore Anti-Social Media

In the past few years social media has become one of the main avenues for marketeers and companies, using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram to engage with the public. But, with our social feeds increasingly filled with advertised content, promotions and company messages, has the true nature of online social interaction been lost?

What Is Social Media Turning Into?

People today are becoming increasingly aware of the negative aspects of social media, with users very much mindful of their privacy and rights. There have been many examples of companies like Facebook misleading users and siding with multi-national brands and businesses. Which begs the question, is social media becoming less potent?

Surely originally the idea behind websites like Twitter and Facebook was to help people to communicate and share experiences, but our feeds are becoming more and more tailored towards sharing other people’s content. Companies want engagement, reach and return of investment, and interestingly individuals now want the same. Instead of using social media as an outlet; as a virtual diary, websites now act as massive online billboards, especially for those who have been online for a number of years.

EBS Marketing Anti-Social Media

Anti-Social Media

But in the last few years there has been a surge of new internet users, who want to share content in a different way, without the social presence and brand-guidelines that come with the big websites. And that’s where Anti-Social Media comes in.

Anti-Social Media websites have started cropping up recently, giving power back to the user; enabling self-satisfaction and anonymity. Website’s like Secret offer a services in which users can share a status to friends and public with complete anonymity, whilst retaining elements of sharing and commentary. What this also does is allow for honest opinions and the removal of selfish posting.

And whilst these alternate online social portals have little or no use for marketeers or businesses, there are important for the public, who are looking for new avenues of online output.

The Balance Between Work and Play

And in terms of Facebook and Twitter, marketeers and businesses may have seen a boom of activity in recent year, but here at EBS Marketing we’re worried that things might change in the near future. We want social media to be a place for everyone to share ideas, but the balance between work and play, and natural and advertorial content needs to be readdressed. Because without the public, there will would be no likes, shares or re-tweets.

But just don’t take our word for it. What do you think about social media in 2014? Love it, hate it? Let us know in the comments below…

 

 

 

 

 

EBS Marketing’s Favourite SEO Blogs

At EBS Marketing, we always love reading about the latest developments from the world of SEO and Digital Marketing. But although Google announcements and company statements are often a great way to get right to the point information, we also enjoy reading what real people think.

ebs marketing manchesterAfter all, the true facts come from those working in the industry not those outside it looking in. That’s why we at EBS Marketing enjoy reading blogs written by Marketeers and active SEO, because the information and thoughts you get are honest and from person to person.

So with this in mind, at EBS we thought we’d share a few of our favourite SEO and Marketing blogs/websites at the moment. So if you’re looking for the best places to find up to date and relevant information from the industry, then look no further…

Search Engine Land

An endless resource for information and news from the world of SEO, SEM, Content Marketing and beyond, Search Engine Land is an amazing place to find updates on a daily basis.

Featured Post: 21 Metrics For Monitoring SEO Health

Blind Five Year Old

From mass magazine to a one man operation, Blind Five Year Old is the blog of SEO mastermind AJ Kohn. AJ’s deep understanding of content and SEO makes for some incredibly insightful reading and some detailed findings.

Featured Post: Social Signals and SEO

Occam’s Razor

Occam’s Razor is run by Author, Digital Marketing evangelist and CEO, Avinash Kaushik, and features a series of amazing tips and tricks for SEOs and marketeers. Avinash’s Analytics Tips are particularly brilliant.

Featured Post: Excellent Analytics Tip #26: Every Critical Metric Should Have A BFF!

Copyblogger

More suitable for those interested in copywriting and content marketing, Copyblogger is a company run blog that aims to help people create “killer online content”. And with their extensive range of articles, Ebooks, Seminars, Webinars and Forums, Copyblogger is a great place to get your writing and marketing on the right track.

Feature Article: 5 Innovative Email Marketing Tips That Drive Readers to Action

If you’re interested in SEO and digital marketing, be sure to visit EBS Marketing today, for a full range of amazing services.

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EBS Marketing Introduces Slingshot, Facebook’s Answer to Snapchat

When it was announced that Facebook were developing a new photo and video sharing app, the internet was awash with comparisons to Snapchat . The multi-billion dollar company certainly have their work cut out for them.

The New Snapchat

But now with the app finally released, here at EBS Marketing we’ve finally had a chance to experience Slingshot first hand. And whilst it might have been influenced by Snapchat, Slingshot is actually a great bit of social kit.

Slingshot

First off, what’s noticeable  is its comparisons to Snapchat. The quick shot photos and videos, with highlighted text and drawing make it immediately comparable to Snapchat’s tried and tested features. But once this is overlooked you can start to finally enjoy Slingshot.

EBS Marketing Slingshot App

The interface is brilliantly designed and fluid, making taking and sharing photos incredibly easy. But it’s Slingshot’s emphasis on interaction which makes the app stand out. Before being able to see something your friend has sent you, you have to first send something back to that person. An odd feature, but it’s going to be interesting see users interact with each other in the future.

Drawbacks

Currently one of the drawbacks – like any up and coming platform – is its lack of users. With hardly anyone using the app, it’s hard to get a real feel for how Slingshot is going to perform. We found after sending a test ‘Sling’ to the creators that we had to force others to get involved.

Slingshot App EBS Marketing

 

It’s One Or The Other

It’s also hard to see why users would have both Snapchat and Slingshot installed on their devices. Although the apps have their differences, no user is going to want to use both at the same time. So it all comes down to how well received Slingshot is, and how the public finds its features – primarily unlocking other people’s photos with replies.

As spoken about before, the amount of friends using Slingshot will also have a huge bearing on success, if users download only to find one or two other people with the app installed, then Facebook Inc are going to find the next year a difficult one.

It’s very early days, and here at EBS Marketing we’re enjoying getting used to Slingshot. You should give it a go and see what you think before judging for yourself – after all it’s free to download.

You can find out more at www.sling.me.

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Bing Introduce Conversational Search

Google, Google, Google. It’s all we ever hear at EBS Marketing. But, isn’t that the way it should be, considering Google have become a global phenomenon and have control over the vast majority of the market share?

Google, Google, Google

There are other search engines out there, Google isn’t the be all and end all. But with other search engines introducing the same features as Google years after original release, should we be paying attention to services like Bing, Yahoo or Duck Duck Go?

Ebs Marketing Bing

Conversational Search

Microsoft’s search engine Bing announced last week that they will be introducing conversational search within their engine, enabling users to extend the depth of their search with further information and questions about the topic that was typed in.

Bing announced the developments on the 13th of August:

“Today we’re taking it a step further.  Now, not only will give you the answer directly in the search results, but we will also continue the conversation.  For instance, you can ask “who is the president of the united states”, we will show you the answer.  From there you might ask, “who is his wife” or “how tall is he.”   Bing maintains the context and keeps the conversation moving forward.”

Following in Google’s Footsteps?

This is great news for Bing users and search fiends world-wide, but with these developments, are search companies simply trailing after Google trying to keep up?

Google introduced their version of conversational search in May 2013 with their extensive voice recognition technology, a year ahead of Bing’s update. But, we suppose that as long as search engines are trying to improve results for the user than the competitive aspect doesn’t matter as much. But as far as we are concerned, Google makes the rules and everyone else follows. And we’re not sure if that’s a good thing or not.

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Promoted Video Now Available On Twitter

Here at EBS Marketing, we’re always on the lookout for the latest developments in the marketing and digital world. It’s important that as SEOs and digital marketeers that we make sure we are making the most of the resources and tools available to us. So whenever a major frontrunner in the digital landscape announces an update, we’re always keen to get on board and try things out.

Twitter Update

Twitter EBS MarketingJust the other day social media giant, Twitter, announced a beta test of their new video ad feature, which allows businesses and individuals to streamline videos to their audience.

Promoted Videos

Promoted videos use a playback system native to Twitter rather than referring watchers to other video services such as YouTube or Vimeo – meaning better engagement and more views. Alongside this users of Promoted Videos will also be able to have complete control over analytics – measuring the reach and effectiveness of their content.

Cost Per View

Video set up has also been made to be easier, offering advertisers the ability to run ads with a new Cost Per View (CPV) system, meaning publishers only get charged when a user starts playing a video.

Announcement

In their announcement earlier this week David Regan also went on to say:

“In addition to the improvements we’ve made to the advertiser experience, we’re excited to share that we’ve expanded the tests of our native video solution with select content publishers and verified users. The overall goal is to bring more video into our users’ timelines to create a richer and more engaging Twitter.

“Video is an incredible storytelling medium and we’re thrilled to be giving brands, publishers and a subset of verified users the ability to share organic and Promoted Video on Twitter. If you’re a partner and want to start using native video, please contact your account representative for more information.”

For more information about the update you can read more via Search Engine Journal.

And for information about how you can improve your SEO, be sure to visit EBS Marketing today.