The Weekly (20/04 -24/04)

In the week when the Queen celebrated her 94th birthday (and we all celebrated by staying home watching Netflix!), here’s everything else you need to know…

Top Social Stats:

  • The number of active social media users has increased by 321 million in the last year (Smart Insights)
  • 85% of all Facebook videos are watched silently (Digiday)
  • Users between the age of 55-64 are more than twice as likely to interact with branded content (Search Engine Journal)

This Week’s Innovations:

Facebook’s New Gaming App

Facebook has launched a new standalone app for live-streamed gaming content.

Facebook Gaming involves a mix of casual games and access to gaming communities. The app has a ‘Go Live’ button which lets people see streams of other mobile games.

The app was originally due to be launched in June but the release was sped up due to the rise in social media usage during lockdown.

Click here for more information – https://bit.ly/3cMHbKD

LinkedIn Polls & Presentation Mode

LinkedIn is developing its own poll option for posts, which will allow users to query their LinkedIn followers.

The new poll option is available within your post composer options and when selected, users will be able to add a question, include up to four possible answers to choose from and set the poll duration.

Polls will be available through both desktop and mobile apps, as well as within LinkedIn groups.

In addition to this, LinkedIn is also testing a new hashtag ‘Presentation Mode’ which would showcase the broader conversation attached to specific hashtags on the platform in full screen format.

When selected, you will be presented with a full-screen feed of posts using that tag.

Click here for the full details – https://bit.ly/2xJzl5D

Facebook Care Reaction

Facebook is adding a care reaction as a way for people to share their support during the Coronavirus pandemic.

This will join the six existing reactions and will start being rolled out this week, along with a pulsating heart on Messenger.

Click here to read more – https://bit.ly/3cJWR13

Spotify Podcast Playlists

Spotify is rolling out three curated podcast playlists in the US, Germany, Sweden, UK, Mexico and Brazil.

The three playlists are called ‘Best Podcasts of the Week’, ‘Brain Snacks’ and ‘Crime Scene’ and will be updated on a weekly basis. They will be localised to each of the six countries and will be populated by curators in each location.

The playlists aim to get people who already listen to podcasts to build a habit around listening on Spotify, and to encourage people who have never listened to a podcast to search for something new.

Click here to read more – https://bit.ly/2Y3jhX0

Google Shopping Updates

Google will stop charging merchants to list products on its Google Shopping search pages, as e-commerce has become a vital sales channel for retailers in the current climate.

Starting from next week, search results on the Google Shopping tab will mostly show free listings from merchants, even those that don’t advertise on Google Search. This change will give online retailers free exposure to millions of people who use Google for shopping.

Advertisers can augment their campaigns with free product listings, making them easier for Google shopping users to find.

The free listings are available to existing customers of Google’s Merchant Center and Shopping ads but the company is also working on making the onboarding process for new customers easier.

Click here to read more – https://bit.ly/2S5JHn4

Campaign of The Week

Apple has graced us all with yet another beautifully crafted ad highlighting the power of creativity.

The campaign shows ways in which, although many of us are apart, people are finding creative ways of coming together using technology. Apple commented on the ad saying “We have always believed deeply in the power of creativity. Now, more than ever, we’re inspired by people in every corner of the world finding new ways to share their creativity, ingenuity, humanity and hope.” 
Good job Apple!

Stay safe and have a great weekend!

SHC Digital 😁

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