A crucial test event for the Rio Olympics ‘endangered the safety of athletes’

China's Jiahui Liu performs during the individual final of the Rhythmic Gymnastics test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil© AFP Yasuyoshi Chiba

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Power cuts, faulty spotlights, overheated swimming pools and insufficient air conditioning were among the problems plaguing key test runs at the Rio Olympics facilities, highlighting persistent challenges three months before opening day.

 

But the international gymnastics, swimming and shooting sports federations, along with the Rio 2016 organizing committee, insist that the test events “went well overall,” and that everything will be ready for the Games.

 

 Gymnastics

 

Andre Gueisbuhler, who heads the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG), said five power outages lasting 15-90 minutes caused delays in both training and competition.

 

One of the outages that took place during training “endangered the safety of athletes,” he added, without providing further details.

 

Another took place just before the French and Belgian women’s artistic gymnastics rotated.

 

“I never saw a delay like that in the European or world championships,” said a member of the French delegation.

 

“In the end, the girls made it out okay, but it’s really a pain when the training is timed and you’ve set an entry at a specific time in your mind and body.”

 

The outage was due to a cable that broke due to construction around the site, Rio 2016 sports director Rodrigo Garcia explained.

 

 Swimming

 

 The day of the 50-meter freestyle swimming competition final, which saw Brazilian star Cesar Cielo eliminated, an outage with projectors triggered a nearly hourlong delay. Similar electricity problems had already taken place during diving competitions in February.

 

An overheated generator was blamed.

 

“The risk of this happening again during the Games is zero, because we will have a dual power feed system, Garcia said, adding that there has only been one generator so far to reduce costs.

 

With Brazil in the grips of a deep economic recession, about 20 percent of Rio 2016’s operational budget was cut.

 

It was also very hot on the lower levels of the aquatics stadium, which became a sauna of sorts.

 

“Temperatures during the Games will be completely different, since it will be (the Southern Hemisphere’s) winter.”

 

Temperatures average 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) in August in Rio, down from 30 in this unusually warm month of April.

 

“The stadium is completely covered, and it’s important to have artificial ventilation on the lower levels,” FINA swimming federation executive Cornel Marculescu told AFP.

 

“We spoke with Rio’s Mayor Eduardo Paes, who told us he would work on it. We will keep a look, come here, stay in touch with organizers.”

 

In fact, negotiations are underway, with the mayor’s office intent on controlling its budget and refusing to finance additional equipment.

 

Shooting sports

 

“I chose to arrive early enough to train properly, but I was disappointed because the shooting range is not completed and installations are not totally ready either,” said a disappointed Delphine Reau, a double-medalist for France.

 

The ISSF federation for shootings sports listed problems with organizers, pointing to “incomplete constructions, lacking air conditioning and lighting problems,” its secretary general Franz Schreiber told AFP.

 

Nonetheless, a new world record was set in 3×40 men’s rifle shooting.

 

“There was no air conditioning, and we all suffered in the heat of Deodoro” Olympic Park,” Brazilian shooter Felipe Wu told the Globoesporte sports website.

 

“A Chinese Olympic champion (Du Li) wasn’t able to finish the competition. She got sick and dizzy, and they had to take her away in an ambulance,” Wu said.

 

“But such things happen. For a test event, it’s better to get it wrong now so that everything can go well later.”

 

 

15 Things You’ll Only Experience If You’ve Done Historical Reenacting

DON’T BE SUCH A FARB.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Feeling like a baller when you get to fire the cannon.

 
 

Feeling like a baller when you get to fire the cannon.

 
 

BOOM, BITCHES.

 
 
 

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Watching someone get in trouble for breaking impersonation.

 
 
 

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Eating meals that are 100% authentic to a certain time period.

 
 
 

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Getting weird looks when you walk into Starbucks at the end of the day while still in costume.

 
 

Getting weird looks when you walk into Starbucks at the end of the day while still in costume.

 
 
 
 
 

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This Week in Social: The Latest News, Trends and 5 Eye-Opening Stats You May Have Missed

The social media world moves incredibly fast and to help you stay up to date, we thought we’d round up some of the latest news, trends, research, and statistics that caught our attention this week.

 

From Twitter redefining itself and some big news from Facebook to new features on Pinterest and Periscope, it’s been an exciting week.

 

Let’s get started!

 
 

 
 

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What’s new in social this week

 

Want to jump to a particular story? Try clicking one of the headlines below:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Facebook reaches 1.65 billion monthly users

 

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In its Q1 2016 earnings report, Facebook announced it has now reached. 1.65 billion monthly users. That figure means Facebook grew 3.7%, from 1.59 billion monthly users last quarter (Q4, 2015).

 

The social network’s daily active user count has also grown significantly. It reached 1.09 billion daily active users in Q1, compared to 1.04 billion in Q4 2015, a 4.8% increase.

 

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Twitter is no longer a social network

 

Highly alert Twitter users noticed it’s now categorizing itself very differently. In an update on April 28th, Twitter now sits in the News category rather than Social Networking.

 

This change moves Twitter away from apps like Snapchat, Facebook and Messenger in the App Store and the switch also boosted the app to the #1 spot in the News category (it was previously sat 6th in Social Networking).

 

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Ranking #1 in a category could be a nice boost for Twitter, and could help attract new users who want to keep up with the latest news on mobile. Being ranked #1 will also help with App Store visibility and could lead to more organic downloads.

 

Could this be a sign of a significant shift for Twitter? Or maybe an experiment to see how App Store categories and rankings affect downloads? Keeping an eye on this over the coming weeks will be interesting.

 
 

 
 

Video consumption on Snachat has doubled

 

Daily video views on Snapchat have now hit 10 billion. TechCruch reports that the new numbers represent a 150% increase in video consumption on Snapchat in just under a year.

 

In February 2016, Snapchat reported 8 billion daily video views and in November 2015, 6 billion views. That’s incredible growth.

 

➤ For more on Snapchat, check out our ‘Complete Guide to the Ghost’ here.

 
 

 
 

Pinterest Featured Collections

 

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Pinterest has released Featured Collections, a way to keep tabs on trending topics and content. Every day, the brands, celebrities, and influencers, and Pinterest’s own editor’s will curate popular pins, users, boards, and searches within Featured Collections.

 

The Featured Collections will be localized to the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, and Japan, further strengthening the network’s relationship with international users.

 
 

 
 

Periscope launches sketch feature and deeper analytics

 

20 Horrifying Pictures You Once Thought Were Hot

You were truly warped.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Male crop tops, a shit ton of leather, and bellybutton tats.

 
 

Male crop tops, a shit ton of leather, and bellybutton tats.

 
 
 
 
 

Rex / REX/Shutterstock

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This clusterfuck of beading, fabrics, and furs.

 
 

This clusterfuck of beading, fabrics, and furs.

 
 
 
 
 

Nick Elgar / Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 

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How to Create the Perfect Facebook Page for Your Business: The Complete A to Z Guide

Facebook now has over 1.65 billion monthly active users. And as small business owners and brand managers, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to reach and connect with your target audience through Facebook.

 

Great! So where should you start? And is there an easy blueprint to follow?

 

From creating our Facebook Business page to posting several hundred times over the past few years, we’ve experimented a lot with various Facebook marketing tips and have enjoyed figuring out the best way to create and manage our Facebook page here at Buffer. I’d love to share with you how the process has worked so far from start until now!

 

 

 

Since things continue to change regularly with Facebook and its algorithm, consider this A to Z guide as a great jumping off point for creating a Facebook business page and growing your audience. Start here, test what works for your individual business and brand, and make changes as you learn.

 

How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 5 Simple Steps

 

Creating a Facebook Business Page, Facebook, Facebook Business, Facebook Page

 

Step 1: Fill out your basic business info

 

Open the following URL to create a business page on Facebook:

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php

 

Once there, you’ll choose one of the following six categories for your page:

 
 
    1. Local business or place
 
    1. Company, organization, or institution
 
    1. Brand or product
 
    1. Artist, band, or public figure
 
    1. Entertainment
 
    1. Cause or community
 
 

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Keep in mind that you can change the category and name later on if needed.

 

Also, at this stage, it might be helpful to know that a physical address figures prominently in the setup of a local business or place, and the actual Facebook page will appear differently as well.

 

Here’s the look for a local business:

 

facebook page business example

 

Here’s the look for a company or brand:

 

facebook page company example

 

It’s something to think about when choosing a category.

 

Following the category selection, the next setup screen will ask for a descriptive sentence or two about your page, a URL, a Facebook page URL, and a profile picture. If you’ve selected a local business, you’ll also have the ability to select category tags to further define what your store sells.

 

About your page – You get 155 characters to describe your page. This description appears prominently near the top of your Facebook page on both desktop and mobile. Be as descriptive and helpful as possible.

 

URL – The web address for your store, company, or brand.

 

Facebook URL / username – You may have the option to choose a custom vanity URL for your page, i.e. facebook.com/yourbrandname.

 

(Facebook will ask that you reach 25 fans first before you can unlock a custom Facebook URL)

 

Profile picture – Upload a main profile picture/icon for your page. This photo will appear as your icon every time you comment on a post or publish in a news feed. Square dimensions are best. Facebook will force rectangular photos to be cropped to squares.

 

Profile pictures should be at least 180 pixels wide by 180 pixels tall. Here is a full list of the sizes that Facebook uses for your profile picture in various places around the site:

 
 
    • The main profile image on your page – 160 x 160
 
    • In a news feed – 100 x 100
 
    • In your timeline – 86 x 86
 
    • Next to comments – 43 x 43
 
 

The final two steps in the setup process include adding your page to your main Facebook menu (so you can access it quickly and easy each time you log in) and setting up a Facebook ad to promote your new page. These options can be skipped for now.

 

Step 2: Create an awesome cover image in a snap (no designer required!)

 

facebook cover image size

 

By this point, your page is live for all the world to visit. Let’s see if we can make it look even snazzier.

 

First thing, add a cover photo. The cover photo appears across the top of your page and is a great opportunity to deliver a visual element that supports your branding, draws attention, or elicits emotion from your visitors. 

 

A note on ideal Facebook cover photo size and dimensions: 

 

Facebook cover photos appear at 851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall on desktop, however, Facebook crops out some of each cover photo on mobile devices. It specifically strips out 144 pixels off the right and left sides of the image.

 

Therefore, Facebook cover photo dimensions are 851 x 315px, but only the center 563 x 315px portion of the picture appears on mobile.

 

You can certainly hire a designer to make you something fabulous, or you can go the DIY route. Many photo editing apps like Pic Monkey or BeFunky can help with creating images of just the right dimensions. If you’re a Photoshop user, we’ve created a couple of Facebook cover photo templates that might be helpful. Canva is another super helpful tool for Facebook cover photos as it comes with several premade templates that look great right out of the box.

 

Here’s an example of a Canva template you could choose. You can upload your own image to use as the background, and you can edit the text to say whatever you’d like. If you’re looking for high-quality image options, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite sources for free social media images.

 

Canva template

 

Once you have created your cover image, upload it to your page by clicking on the “Add a Cover” button.

 

add a cover facebook page

 

If you happen to upload an image that isn’t quite the exact dimensions of the Facebook cover, you’ll have a chance to move and edit the image to fit the available window. When you’re happy with the final look, you can click “Save Changes,” and you’ll be set!

 

Facebook cover example

 

Here’s a pro tip: When you upload a cover photo to your page, the photo is added as an update to your timeline. If you edit the description of the photo, you can add a message to the update. Click on the photo to open up the photo viewer, and you’ll notice a link that says “Add a description.”

 

facebook image add description

 

You can add description, tags, location, and date to your photo. Once you’ve finished, the update to your timeline will be changed to reflect your edits.

 

facebook cover custom update

 

Step 3: Fill out your profile completely

 

Next, you can fill out your profile even more by adding information to your Page Info section. To access this section, click on Settings in the top menu bar on your page, then click Page Info.

 

page info facebook

 

Your name and category will be filled in already. Some of the most helpful bits of information to add next might be:

 

Start Info – You can choose when your company or product was founded, created, started, or launched. This information will appear on the history timeline to the right of your page’s feed and as an update at the very bottom of your main feed.

 

Address – Enter this if you want people to be able to check in via Facebook when they’re near your place.

 

Long description & Mission – Add additional details that explain your business or brand even further. This is a great way to go beyond the 155 character description that appears on the main page.

 

Phone number / Email address – Add additional contact information.

 

All of these details will appear on the About tab of your Facebook page.

 

example about section facebook

 

Step 4: Add collaborators to your page

 

If you plan on sharing your Facebook marketing duties with a team, you’ll want to grant access for various folks and various roles.

 

Here are the roles that you can choose from:

 

Admin – Complete and total access to everything (you are an admin by default)

 

Editor – Can edit the Page, send messages and post as the Page, create Facebook ads, see which admin created a post or comment, and view insights.

 

Moderator – Can respond to and delete comments on the Page, send messages as the Page, see which admin created a post or comment, create ads, and view insights.

 

Advertiser – Can see which admin created a post or comment, create ads and view insights.

 

Analyst – Can see which admin created a post or comment and view insights.

 

To add collaborators, go to your page settings and the “Page Roles” section. You can type in the name of any Facebook friend or person who has liked your page. Alternately, you can type in an email address associated with a Facebook account.

 

Step 5: Publish your first post

 

Add content to your page by publishing a post-a status update, a link, a photo, a video, an event, or a milestone. New, fresh content on your page will make it look all the more enticing once new visitors come over to check it out.

 

Keep in mind that visual content does exceedingly well and that Facebook is now ranking Live Video higher in people’s news feeds.

 

Here’s a telling graphic from a BuzzSumo study showing how Facebook posts with images receive 2.3x more engagement than those without photos.

 

Facebook, Facebook Engagement, Facebook Marketing, Facebook Pages

 

And there you have it!

 

Your Facebook Business page is up and ready to deliver awesome content to your fans and grow into something wonderful.

 

Read on to learn more about growing your Facebook page and posting best-practices!

 

How to gain your first 100 fans to your Facebook page

 

The temptation might be to share your Facebook page right away with all your Facebook friends. Not so fast. Take a moment to think strategically about your plan and to seed your page with content so that it looks inviting and engaging when visitors do stop by.

 

Publish three to five posts before you invite anyone. 

 

Then try out one of these strategies to get to your first 100 fans.

 

Invite your Facebook friends

 

Facebook has a built-in feature to tell your Facebook friends about your page. Click on the Build Audience link in the top right corner of your page, and choose Invite Friends from the dropdown.

 

Facebook page setup

 

You can then pick and choose which friends you’d like to invite, and you can drill down into specific sections of friends, filtered by location, school, lists, and recent interactions.

 

Once invited, your friends will receive a direct message with an invitation to your page. You won’t have a chance to edit the message they receive.

 

Invite your coworkers

 

One of the best sources of social media promotion for your company could very well be your coworkers. Ask everyone who works with you to like the page and-if willing-to recommend the page to any friends who might be interested.

 

Promote your Facebook page on your website

 

Facebook offers a full complement of widgets and buttons that you can add to your website to make it easy for website visitors to like your page.

 

One of the most ubiquitous plugins is the Facebook Page Plugin. With Page Plugin, you can easily embed and promote any Facebook page without visitors ever having to leave your website.

 

Facebook Page Plugin, Page Plugin, Facebook

 

Promote your Facebook page in your email signature

 

One of the most visible places you might find to promote your page is in your inbox. Edit your email signature to include a call-to-action and link to your Facebook page.

 

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Hold a contest

 

Facebook contests can be huge for gaining likes on your page. Two of the best apps for creating contests are ShortStack & Gleam which help you create custom campaigns to drive Likes to your page (or email capture or fan engagement or any number of different ideas you might have).

 

What to post and when to post it

 

In general, there are three main types of posts you’re likely to publish on your Facebook feed:

 
 
    • Photo/video
 
    • Text update
 
    • Links
 
 

As mentioned above, posts with photos garner 2.3x more engagement than posts without photos. 

 

Definitely make visual content a huge part of your Facebook strategy as well as your larger social media marketing plan.

 

As far as the frequency with which to post, Facebook’s algorithm changes have made research into the topic rather difficult. The consensus seems to be to experiment as much as possible. As often as you have fresh, compelling content to share on Facebook, give it a try. Try testing post frequency in week-long intervals so that you can measure the results quickly.

 

With that, we recommend being consistent with your content. When your content is good, your audience will start to expect it on a regular basis. Even if you’re only producing enough content to post to Facebook once per day, try to stick to that schedule.

 

Social media scheduling apps like Buffer help make this easy by letting you schedule posts ahead of time. You can add to a queue so that your page always has fresh content being posted automatically on schedule.

 

Ideal length and timing of Facebook posts are another area you might want to experiment with.

 

HubSpot collected a ton of research from the folks at CoSchedule and from a variety of sources, including QuickSprout, SurePayroll, The Huffington Post, Buffer, TrackMavenFast Company, and KISSmetrics.

 

Their takeaway:

 

Facebook Posting, Facebook, Managing Facebook 

 

As far as ideal length, we partnered with our friends at SumAll to place the data and insights into a fun infographic. What we found was that Facebook posts with 40 characters receive 86% more engagement than those with a higher character count. 

 

Facebook posting strategy, facebook, managing facebook

 

How to tell what’s worked and what hasn’t

 

After sharing posts, you’re likely to want to know how they did. Your social media management tool would figure to have some built-in analytics that can help you better understand how your posts performed. Here’s a peek at what the Buffer for Business analytics look like:

 

Buffer for Business, social media analytics, Buffer Analytics

 

You can also gain a huge number of stats and numbers from Facebook Insights.

 

Once you’ve shared several pieces of content to your Facebook page, you’ll see an Insights tab at the top of your Facebook menu, between Activity and Settings.

 

Buffer

 

At the top of the Insights page, you’ll see your Page Likes, Post Reach, and Engagement stats for the week, along with a comparison to the same stats from last week.

 

facebook insights

 

Another neat area to check is the demographic information on the people who visit and engage with your page.

 

Click on People from the Insights menu, and you can drill down into demographic information of your fans, the people reached by your posts, the people who engage with your post, and the check-ins you receive at your physical location.

 

Here’s an example from Buffer’s page insights about the people reached by our posts.

 

facebook insights demographics

 

One of the newest features of Insights is the “Pages to Watch” section at the bottom of the page. You can add other pages that you want to monitor-a great way to grab some competitor research and take inspiration from the way that other pages market themselves.

 

To add a page, simply click on the Add Pages button at the top of the section.

 

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Search for the name of the page you want to watch, then click to add it to your watch list. Once a page has been added, you can click on the name of the page from your Insights dashboard, and you’ll see an overview of their best posts from the week.

 

Facebook Insights

 

Now I’d love to turn it over to you!

 

What Facebook page tips and advice do you have? What have you learned along the way? Is there any part of the Facebook page creation and management process you’d like to know more about?

 

Excited to hear from you in the comments!

 

Oh, and by the way: Buffer can help you drive more Facebook traffic and engagement in less time. Sign up for free and see how it works for you!

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2014, but we’ve updated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness for your reading pleasure. – Brian

 

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Video Shows What’s Really Going On When You Text During Meetings

 
 
 
 
 
 

Checking your phone during a meeting can be extremely distracting. But what if actual mail suddenly appeared in the conference room? Or your buddy burst in and asked to grab a beer?

 
 

A new video from Swedish telecommunications company Telenor shows what would happen if the digital distractions hidden in your phone showed up to your meeting in physical form. 

 
 

In the video, several unwitting professionals show up to a meeting prepared to deliver what they think is the most important presentation of the year. But as they dive into their pitches, everyone else in the room is preoccupied: One person reads a newspaper; another seals envelopes; two others “Face Swap” with physical pictures. 

 
 

The presenters try to plow ahead, but they’re clearly baffled by the disruptions. 

 
 

Telenor made the video to help people increase their productivity during meetings, according to news site Creativity

 
 

Over 90 percent of Americans say it’s “not okay” to have a cell phone out during a meeting, according to a Pew survey. But peek into any conference room, and you’re almost guaranteed to see people sneaking furtive glances at their screens or tapping out emails. 

 
 

So take this video’s message to heart: If you’re in a meeting, lose the phone. 

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The iPhone SE: A surprise hit?

 
 

The thing about Apple’s financial results is that they lag a month behind reality, so the hottest just-released new products often have little or no impact in the first quarterly report after their release. All of the products Apple introduced on March 21 began shipping on March 31, while Apple’s fiscal second quarter ended March 26. So if you’re looking for a sign that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro or the iPhone SE is doing well in the numbers, you won’t find them.

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How to Get Your Ideas to Spread with Influencer Marketing

When 50 fashion influencers on Instagram posted a picture of themselves in the same Lord & Taylor dress, it sent out signals that this dress was a must have fashion piece. The following weekend the dress was completely sold out.

 
 

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This Lord & Taylor campaign is a perfect example of the power of influencer marketing.

 

65% of brands now run influencer campaigns and according to an infographic by The Shelf, 92% of consumers trust recommendations from other people-even if they don’t know them personally-over promotional content that comes directly from brands.

 

We’re more likely to buy a product if it’s recommended by a friend than pushed at us by an advert and an eMarketer study found that advertisers who implemented an influencer marketing campaign earned $6.85 in media value on average for every $1 they spent on paid media for influencer programs.

 

Influencer marketing opens up endless opportunities for brands to amplify their content, connect with consumers and build relationships more organically, and more directly.

 

But how do you get started with influencer marketing? What makes an influencer? And how can you build relationships with influencers?

 

In this post, I’d love to give you the lowdown on influencer marketing and some actionable tips to help you find the best influencers for your business.

 

Let’s dig in.

 

 

 

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How to get ideas to spread

 

Success in marketing often comes down to one simple concept: getting your ideas to spread.

 

Traditionally, mass-media adverting is the go-to way to spread ideas. Here’s how it works (in theory)you buy some ads, put those ads in front of your audience, and that’s how your idea spreads. In turn, these ads drive sales and then you can buy some more ads, to reach some more people. And so on…

 

The problem with this approach is that we live in a time where choice is abundant and time is sparse.

 

Consumers are spoiled for choice when it comes to what to spend their money on and have too little time to consume content and engage with adverts. What this means is that most advertising is just ignored.

 

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As technology advances, traditional marketing techniques have become less and less effective. This is where influencer marketing can help.

 

What is influencer marketing?

 

Consumers have always looked to fellow consumers to inform their purchasing decisions, and with the rise of social media, it’s becoming easier for brands to discover and partner with influencers to get people talking about their company and products.

 

To help us give you the best tips and advice on influencer marketing we spoke with social media agency, SocialChain:

 

“Influencer marketing is a marketing style that focuses on using influential people to share a brand’s message with their chosen audience,” explained SocialChain’s Anna-Marie Odubote.

 

“Influencer marketing is beneficial to businesses because it arguably creates more meaningful engagement than traditional advertising.”

 

“Influencers have very trusted voices. They are real people that appear to be unbiased; a traditional advert or a post directly from a brand will often be ignored. But an endorsement from an influencer is like your friend, brother, sister or parent ‘having your back’ and telling you about something you need to check out. And regular social media ads are a little bit like strangers shouting random things at you – after a while you just tune them out.”

 

Primarily, influencers act as a mutual friend connecting your brand with your target consumers. An endorsement from an influencer has the power to drive traffic to your site, amplify your message across social media platforms, and even directly sell your product through their recommendation.

 

Marketing and The Diffusion of Innovation

 

The Diffusion of Innovation is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures.

 

What the Diffusion of Innovation shows is that adoption of new technologies doesn’t happen simultaneously for everyone. Facebook, for example, was first adopted by college students and only now has it started to be used by the late majority and mass market.

 

The Diffusion of Innovation is broken down into five adopter categories:

 
 
    • Innovators: These are people who want to be the first to try the innovation. These people are very interested in new ideas, very willing to take risks, and are often the first to develop new products and technologies.
 
    • Early Adopters: These are people like to adopt new ideas and enjoy being amongst some of the first people to try new technologies and spread the word about them. Often these people are leaders and share their experiences with the people around them.
 
    • Early Majority: These people are rarely leaders, but they do adopt new ideas before the average person. Typically they like to see that an innovation will work before they’re willing to use it.
 
    • Late Majority: These people are skeptical of change, and will only adopt an innovation after it has been tried by the majority.
 
    • Laggards: These people are bound by tradition and very conservative. They are very skeptical of change and are the hardest group to bring on board.
 
 

Innovators

 

Editor’s note: for more on the Diffusion of Innovation and marketing, check out this great talk by Simon Sinek

 

Most marketing is traditionally aimed at the mass market (Early Majority and Late Majority in the above graphic). The problem with this approach is that it’s much harder to get these people to care about your product.

 

Innovators and early adopters, however, care deeply about new products and technologies. For example, a tech product reviewer on YouTube will be extremely interested in using the latest smartphone technology, whereas someone in the early majority will likely only care when their old phone is outdated.

 

If you’d like to get your ideas to spread, reaching the innovators and early adopters within your niche can be a great way to go. This is something Apple has mastered over the years…

 

Influencer marketing on the grandest stage

 

When Apple have new products to launch, the first people they talk to are those who want to listen. The people who actively opt-in to hear Apple’s message.

 

When Tim Cook gets up on stage at the WWDC conference, he’s not talking to the mass market; he’s talking to innovators and early adopters in the hope that what he says will inspire them enough to pass the information on to their audience.

 

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These innovators and early adopters care deeply enough about Apple to give up their time and watch a whole keynote presentation purely focused on Apple products. For Apple, it makes much more sense to talk directly to influencers who care, rather than push a message out to the mass market directly.

 

After the WWDC conference has finished, Apple knows their message and news about their new products will reach the masses through content produced by journalists and social influencers.

 

When you think about marketing your business, try to think about the innovators and early adopters within your target audience: Who sincerely cares about the problem your product or services solves? Who can you speak to that will really listen?

 

What makes an influencer?

 

SocialChain describes an influencer as, “an individual that has a significant audience, who listens and makes decisions based on his/her opinions.” And influencers come in various shapes and sizes:

 
 
    • Journalists
 
    • Industry experts
 
    • Celebrities
 
    • Academics
 
 

Editors of highly read blogs can be influencers as can highly viewed YouTuber’s like MKBHD, and influence isn’t just based on follower counts and audience size.

 

A celebrity may have a large following purely because they’re famous, or someone may have acquired hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter because they’re great a curating content. But a large following doesn’t necessarily dictate influence.

 

Measuring influence

 

SocialChain has developed a simple method for measuring influence across the main platforms; T-Score (Twitter) F-Score (Facebook) Y-Score (Youtube) I-Score (Instagram).

 

The scoring system is aimed to decipher exactly how much of the meaningful engagement you’re actually paying for and how cost-effective an influencer is, as Steve Bartlett, SocialChain’s founder explains on his blog.

 

Here’s an example of the T-Score in action:

 

– Tom is a real YouTube influencer who we’ve worked with [SocialChain] on a number of influencer marketing campaigns 

 

– Influencer Tom’s last 50 tweets have 17,600 engagements combined (replies, likes, retweets). 

 

– He has 210,409 followers on Twitter

 

– He charges £100 per tweet

 

17,600 (combined engagements from last 50 tweets) / 50 = 352 (Average engagement per tweet)

 

352 (Average engagements per tweet) / £100 (total following) = 3.52

 

Tom’s T-score = 3.52 and you’re effectively paying £1 per 3.52 engagements that Tom is generating for himself.

 

(This doesn’t mean you’ll get 3.52 engagements per £1 on your sponsored content, but it gives you a good idea of how much engagement you will hope to see per £1 spent.)

 

How to find influencers

 

The type of influencer you’re looking for will depend on the goals of your campaign.

 

“To find influencers that fit your business, you need to have an in-depth understanding of your own brand and how you want to be perceived,” Anna-Marie Odubote explained.

 

“There are many influencer discovery tools online that you can use to search for influencers in certain categories and countries. If you want to find more bespoke influencers, the best way would be to manually search social media.”

 

Here are a couple of tools to help you discover influencers in your niche:

 

Followerwonk

 

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Followerwonk is a brilliant tool from Moz. It allows you to search for keywords in Twitter user bios to find those with the most authority and largest reach.

 

Klear

 

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Klear allows you to search for keywords and discover relevant influencers on both Twitter and Instagram. You can also filter users by skills and location as well as add all your selected influencers to a list.

 

Content + Distribution: The perfect mix

 

When you’re looking for an influencer to partner with, the ideal influencer tends to have two key abilities:

 
 
    1. The ability to create content
 
    1. The ability to distribute content
 
 

Reach and content

 

Content

 

Great content is the heart and soul of any influencer marketing campaign.

 

Most influencers have managed to build their audience through creating their own, unique brand of content, and if you’re simply asking them to share a piece of content you’ve created, it can feel a little inauthentic and stand out as an advert or sponsored posts.

 

Ideally, you’re looking to partner with influencers who can create content alongside your business. Rather than only sharing content, you’ve already created.

 

Distribution

 

I like to look at distribution as a combination or reach (audience size) and engagement. Sometimes it can be easy to feel that someone with say 100,000 followers on Twitter or 10,000 subscribers on their email list is an influencer. But really, it doesn’t matter how many people follow someone. What’s important is how many people engagement with them. And how many people click the links they share.

 

The SocialChain scoring system mentioned above can be a great way to measure engagement various influencers receive on their content.

 

How to build relationships with influencers

 

Once you’ve identified your influencers, the next step is to start building relationships with them.

 

“If an influencer manages themselves and all of their enquires, you always need to be personable and make the influencer feel valued and unique. Although influencers are their own business, the majority aren’t businesspeople. Too much corporate talk can scare them away, and it’s best to arrange a face to face meeting/ Skype call as soon as you can,” said Odubote.

 

“Depending on the influencer’s reach, [some larger influencers have management teams] you’ll often speak to their management (the influencer will see the initial enquiry and forward it to their management if it’s something they’re interested in).”

 

Over to you

 

Thanks for reading! I’d love to continue the conversation about influencer marketing in the comments below. Have you tried any influencer marketing campaigns? Any tips on building relationships with influencers?

 

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How Anonymous Is Fighting White Supremacy Online

 
 
 
 

White supremacists are taking a beating online from hacker groups. 

 
 

On Saturday, hackers from the groups Anonymous and Binarysec shut down the website of the White Knights of the KKK using a distributed denial-of-service attack, according to Mic. The shutdown came on the same day “pro-white” demonstrators staged a rally in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a historic meeting place for the Klan. 

 
 

White supremacist groups are on the rise in the U.S., according to an analysis from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The number of KKK chapters nationwide grew from 72 to 190 in 2015, bringing total active membership to between 5,000 and 8,000. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s racist and xenophobic remarks on the campaign trail have buoyed the white supremacist movement, according to Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the SPLC.

 
 

“Trump’s demonizing statements about Latinos and Muslims have electrified the radical right, leading to glowing endorsements from white nationalist leaders such as Jared Taylor and former Klansman David Duke,” Potok wrote in February. “White supremacist forums are awash with electoral joy, having dubbed Trump their ‘Glorious Leader.'”

 
 

While inflammatory statements and public rallies get the most press coverage, more and more of the Klan’s activities are happening online. The neo-Nazi website Stormfront, which Anonymous has targeted in the past, has more than 300,000 members and is growing steadily, according to the SPLC. 

 
 

Anonymous’ attack on Saturday was the latest in a series of offensives against online white supremacist communities that hacker groups are calling #OpKKK. In November, hackers released the private information of hundreds of alleged KKK members online. 

 
 

Hackers say they’re fighting back against an “evil” organization.

 
 

“Part of OpKKK is bringing attention to the fact that these groups are not dead are in fact finding a new life online,” a Binarysec hacker, who uses the online handle Zombie Ghost, said in an interview, according to the International Business Times.

 
 

As of early Wednesday afternoon, the White Knights of the KKK site was still offline.

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Samsung to debut Gear 360 VR camera on April 29

Gear 360


Samsung said today it will debut its virtual reality, 360-degree camera on April 29.

 

The company made the announcement at the Samsung Developer Conference, which has drawn 4,000 developers and press to the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. The camera encourages user-generated content for VR, and it complements the Samsung Gear VR mobile viewing device launched last fall.

 

Here’s a description of it by VentureBeat’s Ken Yeung:

 

The camera comes with two F/2.0 fish-eye lenses that take 195-degree photos and videos, which are then stitched together. It allows photos of up to 30 megapixels and supports “90 percent of 4K” for the whole sphere when capturing video at high resolution (3840×1920). The device holds up to 128GB in a microSD card, meaning that it can shoot up to 7 hours of video at the highest resolution. The 1,350 mAH lithium-ion battery is said to last for up to two hours.

 

It has a DRIMe5s image processor and a 0.5-inch PMOLED display.

 

There are four modes on the Gear 360, allowing you to capture still images, time-lapse images, video, and loop. With looping, you can utilize the camera almost like a security or monitoring device. If you’re so inclined, you can also use one of the fish-eye lenses to capture 180-degree views.

 

Videos are coded in MP4 (H.265) and support MP3, M4A, AAC, and OGG formatted audio. The camera also supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth version 4.1, USB 2.0, and NFC.

 

The camera is also splash resistant, with an IP53 rating, which Samsung said allows you to use it in the rain, though not when you go swimming. However, the company does plan on providing a bunch of accessories to go with the camera, including an underwater housing.

 

But Samsung isn’t done with VR yet. Injong Rhee, a Samsung research executive, said the company continues to work on tough mobile VR problems such as weight, dizziness, image quality, insufficient computing power, limited input, and restricted mobility.

 

“VR is amazing but it is in its infancy,” Rhee said. “It’s not just for professionals. It’s for consumers as well. With our introduction of the Gear 360 camera, we enable more people to create VR content.”

 

 
 

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