Get the latest on a spankin' new LinkedIn app, Elevate, which helps you plan social content. Also: Hillary's hyper-social Presidential bid, Twitter's fancy new homepage, and a potential new Vine story format... Skim for your next social idea!
LinkedIn gets into social content planning
LinkedIn's developing a paid app called Elevate, which suggests relevant articles, then lets you schedule and share them on LinkedIn and Twitter. Other socnets, such as Facebook, will be added over time.
Elevate puts LinkedIn on a Hootsuite-like path, and it may make curating, scheduling, and sharing content feel more natural to employees (because they probably already use LinkedIn, and are comfortable with it, so there isn't the scary social learning curve associated with many social media management tools).
For now, Elevate is in a closed (and paid!) pilot, but it should open by Q3--when you'll also learn how much it costs. Pilot partners include Unilever and Adobe.
1. Hillary announces her White House bid... on social
In a first for any mainstream political candidate, Hillary Clinton announced plans to run for US president via simultaneous posts across Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and other social platforms.
An accompanying video depicts everyday Americans of all stripes: It's minority-friendly, woman-friendly, LGBT-friendly, worker-friendly, and family-friendly. The move attempts to show that she'll follow Obama's lead in maintaining strong social ties with Americans once in office (she loves Twitter!).
But as with any statement that generates broad attention, aspects of her social launch are already being picked apart: Her chosen logo's causing sociological conniptions, and the campaign video got flak for the warmly optimistic way it depicts a black couple expecting a baby boy. The reason? It touches a swelling social nerve about the value of young black male lives in America today (#BlackLivesMatter)--without directly acknowledging a problem exists.
I'm running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion. -Hhttp://hillaryclinton.com/join/
Posted by Hillary Clinton on Sunday, April 12, 2015
2. Say hello to Twitter's new homepage
To convert logged-out users (and make onboarding a little easier), Twitter's finally released an updated homepage that drives people to content based on what they're interested in.
A super-visual list of categories includes Pop Artists, Business News, Cute Animals, Travel Guides, Airplanes Hotels, and more. Clicking on one will drive you to a stream of popular tweets on the topic. The new homepage is available only to US users, for now.
To get them, all you have to do is fill out a form (those clever marketers...).
8. What devices is your demographic using?
A Millward Brown Digital infographic divvies up Millennials, Gen-Xers, and Baby Boomers, then uses clever iconography to show what types of devices each uses most.
Case in point: Boomers are huge Androiders, but Millennials tend to lean more iPhone. You may be surprised what you discover.
9. We'll wrap with some cool Coachella storytelling
Just as Snapchat has done with Stories, Vine's tinkering with ways to create longer narratives out of its six-second videos.
For Coachella, it launched a dedicated channel that follows a "story" created by two popular and experienced users, Devon and Cody. The special playlist jumps from one Vine to the next. It's the first temporary "channel" that Vine's created dedicated to specific individual users. (Guess there's a limit to what you can say in six seconds after all.)
On its special page, you can watch the videos in "TV mode," which lets you scroll through them in full-screen.
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