Friday Wrap #96: BBC pushes news via WhatsApp, the end of the strikethrough, Millennials trust UGC

Friday Wrap #96The Friday Wrap is your weekly source of curated news, research, reports and posts that may have slipped by unnoticed, but that could prove useful to communicators and marketers. I collect items that I consider including in the Wrap (as well as my podcast) at my link blog, Links From Shel, which you’re welcome to follow.

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BBC dishes Indian election news via OTT apps—If you’re still wondering why Facebook dug deep to buy WhatsApp, consider this: The BBC is sending news about the elections in India to readers via both WhatsApp and WeChat. The “BBC News India” account on both over-the-top messaging services were crafted to share… Read More »

Chili’s controversy just one case of social media driving a brand to take a stand on a social issue

Chili'sLessons abound in the recent controversy surrounding restaurant chain Chili’s decision to cancel its autism-focused fundraiser. The controversy has emerged as one big cautionary tale with three key themes:

  • Companies need to perform due diligence before aligning with other organizations
  • Websites need to be reviewed regularly and revised based on the organization’s current reality
  • Since social media is emboldening (some might say forcing) organizations to take stands on issues, it is increasingly important for brands to understand the strength of its own market’s positions

The kerfuffle kicked off when Chili’s announced plans to donate… Read More »

Friday Wrap #94: New Twitter features, Google Glass class, marketers struggle with digital, and more

Friday Wrap #93The Friday Wrap is your weekly source of curated news, research, reports and posts that may have slipped by unnoticed, but that could prove useful to communicators and marketers. I collect items that I consider including in the Wrap (as well as my podcast) at my link blog, Links From Shel, which you’re welcome to follow.

Breaking News

Twitter makes photos more social—Twitter has introduced two new mobile features designed to make photos on the platform more social, according to the Twitter blog. Taking a page from Facebook, Twitter has enabled tagging, letting you tag up to 10 people in an image without affecting your 140-character… Read More »

Friday Wrap #93: Goodbye Wildfire and Qik, social conversions suffer, desktop search declines

Friday Wrap #93The Friday Wrap is your weekly source of curated news, research, reports and posts that may have slipped by unnoticed, but that could prove useful to communicators and marketers. I collect items that I consider including in the Wrap (as well as my podcast) at my link blog, Links From Shel, which you’re welcome to follow.

Breaking News

It was a mere two years ago when Google ponied up $250 million for Wildfire, a social media management system. this week, the search giant announced it would sunset the service, leaving customers like Amazon, Cisco Systems, The GAP, and Dairy Queen scrambling to find a replacement. “Google is no longer… Read More »

Friday Wrap #92: Millennials trust user-generated content, Wikipedia may loosen paid advocate rules

Friday Wrap 92The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items and posts that caught my attention. It’s not a look at the big digital and social news of the week; I figure you’ve already seen that stuff elsewhere. As I see these items, I save them to my Tumblr link blog; on Friday morning, I choose from the collection the items that appear here. Please feel free to follow the blog to stay on top of all these items I believe are useful for communicators to know.

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Content marketers trying to reach the increasingly influential and valuable millennial market, listen up: people born between 1977 and 1997 trust user-generated content 50%… Read More »

Organizational silos don’t need busting. They need ventilating.

SilosI am officially sick of the silo metaphor and wish it would die.

Everywhere you turn, people talk about tearing down silos, busting silos and smashing silos. Ask a farmer about that, and he’ll doubtless tell you that if you smash his silos, all the grain will fall out.

The idea of silos in organizations is meant to conjure an image of employees isolated from one another, just as different types of grains are isolated in their silos. Organizational change thought leader John Kotter ticks off the consequences of allowing silos to form: Trust is destroyed, communications are stymied, and the organization grows complacent. Nobody wants… Read More »

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