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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EBS Marketing’s Favourite Alternative Mobile Apps For Marketing

These days everyone’s online, almost all the time. We’re always connected and never more than an arm’s reach away from the nearest social portal. But as mobile platforms continue to improve, there’s a new generation of online users who are gradually moving away from desktop computers and laptops.

EBS Marketing Mobile Apps

At EBS Marketing, we’d never go as far as to throw away our computers. We don’t think anything will replace the usability and ease of a laptop or desktop system – at least for now anyway. But mobile devices have made huge strides in the past 5 years, and we are fastly approaching a time when products like iPhones, iPads and android phones will be able to perform the same jobs as their physical-keyboard wielding counterparts.

And whilst there’s a long way to go, we’re finding that there’s a whole wealth of resources available on mobile platforms that make avenues like promotion, marketing, social media, e-commerce and brand awareness that much easier. There are a huge number of downloadable apps that you can use to not only help promote yourself, but also your business too.

Yeah, we know what you’re like, you’ve probably already got Facebook and Twitter, and have an Instagram account right? Well, we’ve delved a little deeper into the app store, and brought about a few of our favourite alternative apps which might be able to help you when it comes to promoting your business.

Snapchat

EBS Marketing SnapchatYou’ve probably heard of Snapchat before, even if you haven’t used it. And even though the photo sharing platform has been made famous by selfie-taking teens, Snapchat has shown its worth as a handy vial marketing tool. The simplistic app which lets users share photos and videos with friends for a limited time only, sees over 400million snaps a day, with over 26million users in the US alone, and is increasingly becoming one of the most used platforms of mobile photo sharing.

So it’s no wonder that companies and businesses from all over the world are choosing to use Snapchat as a marketing tool. Everyone including the likes of Taco Bell, MTV UK and even HBO have used the personal touch of Snapchat to get their audience’s attention. So if you’re looking for a fun way to interact with your customers, perhaps Snapchat is for you.

Tumblr

EBS Marketing TumblrWhether you like it or not, blogging is a massive part of the marketing world. Company blogs, guides, articles, how-to’s, Vlogs, reviews, features, and more, content has been named “king”, so it’s worth paying attention. Yeah, sure, the problem with blogging, and its excessive use, has brought about a mass of spam and waffle, but the benefits are still there. But, if you’re one of the many who perhaps doesn’t have time for a daily 1000 word pitch, there a few other options to help keep you active online. Tumblr is a great example.

Part blogging format, part social media platform, Tumblr gives users the tools to create and share great content. Photos, music, videos, links, text, quotes, and even .Gifs, Tumblr does it all. You can even follow other creators and let others follow you, so it’s perfect for building an audience. And now with Tumblr’s downloadable app, the free-to-use content hub is even easier to use, making those dreaded company updates a thing of the past.

Soundcloud

EBS Marketing SoundcloudMarketing. It’s one of those words that can mean almost anything, especially in the digital age. But sometimes it’s good to throw out the rule book and forget the word altogether. As with the platforms above, if you over think what you’re doing, you can more than often fall short. So it’s important to try and keep the selling, the pitching and the business jargon to a minimum and just embrace the online world with open arms. That’s where apps and websites like Soundcloud come in.

Everyone loves music, it’s universal. It’s something which everyone can relate to, and more often than not, it’s not overly controversial. That’s why, from a business point of view, the sharing of music can be a great way to interact with your audience. With Soundcloud, you can easily develop a loyal following by creating playlists, uploading podcasts, liking music, reposting albums, recording messages, and more. And by downloading the app, you can stay up to date with what’s going on, and can share to a variety of other social media sites.

Scoop.it

EBS Marketing Scoop.itSharing content is one thing, but creating content is an entirely different ball game. And like everyone, there are some days when inspiration just doesn’t strike. And that’s where sharing content can really come in handy – after all there’s a tonne of good stuff on the internet. So it’s a good idea to have your digital ear to the ground; to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world.

Scoop.it is a great hub of online activity, which is available on your phone. Easy to access, Scoop.it is a great way to find inspiration online, and a great place to create your own content too. You can download the app for free, and share stuff via email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn all in one click.

So, there you have it, just a few alternative mobile marketing recommendations for you and your business. Feel free to download the apps above, and have a go for yourself.

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