Yahoo & Tumblr

Good morning everyone, we hope you are all doing well and ready for another busy day ahead!

Today we will be talking about yesterday’s news of Yahoo buying Tumblr and the varied opinions surrounding it.

The news were a bit unexpected and after seeing everyone’s opinions it is hard to judge whether Yahoo has made a good or bad decision. This is a great example of how the Social Media backlash can severely take a toll on a business’s move.

We took a look at the activity caused on various social channels and it is staggering, thousands of discussions are still taking place about this topic and the opinions are not as positive as they could be.

What do you think of it?

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Social Media Improvements

Hello everyone!!

How are you all doing today?

Today we are resuming our discussions after a long busy period and we will begin with improvements, everyone makes them every now and then.

In Social Media it is essential to explore and try new things, almost as progressing through a life cycle! In this context that would mean trying new platforms to reach your audiences!

As a brand, we have done that quite a lot and just today we have started our own Facebook page and have to say, it is exciting!! Feel free to drop by and take a look, you can find us on CCA DGC.

Moving forward, the ever changing world of customer communication requires change and as seen in the last couple of months, this can mean almost anything. For unlucky brands this will come in the shape of complaints!

Has any of you experienced the need to implement change? If so, what was the reason for it?

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Growth in Social Media

Hello everyone, we hope you are all doing well and ready for the last day of the week, that’s right, the weekend starts very soon!!

Yesterday we spoke about Chevrolet returning to Facebook advertising after being away from it for a while year and whether they will be successful at it or not. Thank you for all your answers and likes, we hope you found the article interesting.

Today we will discuss the growth of social media and how it is impacting the sectors in which it is used.

While there are still a handful of businesses that are not benefiting from social media, there are plenty who have adopted it. Some do it well while others are still finding their way around it. It is during this journey of discovery that a business will realise the potential (hopefully).

Going back to when the first social network was created, in 1997, when users began being able to create personal profiles and add friends to their profiles. This would be a milestone in social networking and looking at where everything stands today we have to say, what an improvement!

Today, social networking has evolved into a whole new level, into the business level. Users no longer use networks simply to communicate with family and friends but also to speak about or to brands and as it has been seen over the last couple of months, this can be both great and disastrous.

Overall, social media has created an opportunity to make up for another area that lacks a little bit of something and now the real test will be, whether it will be used to its full capability.

What do you think?

Facebook Advertising

Good morning everyone, we hope you are all well and ready for another day, only one day left until the weekend now.

Yesterday we spoke about the power of Social Media and how businesses are adapting the way communication is shifting away from the traditional channels.

Today we will speak about advertising on Facebook and the main topic will be whether it can be done after being absent from it for a long time.

Chevrolet has announced that they will begin advertising on Facebook again after a whole year of not doing it at all, question is, will it work?

Surely they do have the community present in their Facebook page but generating content that is not advertising oriented for a whole year can be a major setback for them. It sure is something to keep an eye out for, how their community will react to their advertising efforts.

We shall follow their progress and see how they fare in this new-ish world that they are about to step into.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think they will succeed and find little resistance or will they be victim of public backlash?

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Social Media Power

Hello everyone, we hope you are all doing well and ready for another busy day ahead. The weekend is looming once more.

Yesterday we spoke about why it is important to be professional while being present in Social Media, we hope you found the article useful to your efforts.

Today we will speak about how the power is shifting away from phone calls and emails to Social Media, more and more as time goes by.

Whereas a couple of years ago there wasn’t really much worry about what people were posting about, today it is essential to keep up to date with what people are saying, especially on Twitter.

Many businesses focus more on Facebook to look out for complaints or any type of damaging mentions about their brands, however, Twitter needs as much focus as any other network, if not more.

It is easy to focus solely on Facebook and other networks simply for the fact that there is more freedom to express emotions when writing, especially when there are no limits to how much one can write. Twitter has a limit but even though this is the case, as seen nowadays, much can be said in 140 characters.

Will all brands be able to keep up with the shift of power of will they succumb?

What do you think?

War of the networks

Hello everyone, we hope you are all doing well and ready for another day in this busy world. Did you find yesterday’s article interesting? Is there something you would like to add to it?

Today we will be speaking about two social networks that are in a sense very similar but also very different.

Facebook and Google+, while Facebook is very popular among the general public and businesses because of its simplicity when it comes to posting material and connecting with other users it has its weaknesses when compared to Google+.

One of those weaknesses has to be how people connect, without confirmation one could simply remain with a list of 0 friends while on Google+ it is a simple as adding someone to a circle. Facebook is also used for advertising, some pay for it while other simply post a status hoping that it will reach their desired audiences. This is simplified on Google+ with Hangouts, a great feature one can use to connect with the public without having to spend money at all.

Facebook is a great platform for the general public to communicate to their families and friends as well as brands but when it comes to doing business, Google+ seems to have the upper hand. Do you agree with us?

Take a look at the infographic we found online today and let us know what you think, your opinions count so share them with us.

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Monitoring + Engagement

It has been a long time since we have been watching the fast movement within the Social Media world and throughout we have seen many ups and many downs.

Here in the DGC we take many aspects into consideration when conducting a detailed analysis, sometimes you may simply want to find out who is saying negative things about you and where they are saying it. Others, you may simply want to see who loves your brand and is saying wonders about it.

No matter which you pick them both will have to be conducted the same way. The results however, will be very different and what you choose to do with them is what will count in the end.

We look at the negative results as opportunities to improve a service and sometimes as a way to learn something new about how to deal with customers and how to resolve issues that most of the times are rather simple to resolve.

As a brand, how would you use Social Media to resolve customer complaints, engage with your community and track any possible opportunities? Would  you carry out the normal day-to-day activity or would you continuously monitor for specific mentions?

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Social Network King or Queen

Good morning everyone, we hope you’re all well and ready for the weekend, this week went by rather fast don’t you think?

Today we will be discussing social networks and which ones are the best, of course everyone has a different opinion to this as everyone uses these networks for different purposes.

Firstly we will mention Pinterest, not many people seem to talk about it even though it is one of the fastest growing networks out there. But how good is it really? When compared to the likes of Flikr and Instagram, can it perform better? Each of these platforms offer different functionalities but at the end of the day they all do the same thing, share images and this is the key focus, which one allows this to be done more efficiently?

Secondly there is Twitter, of course almost everyone knows what Twitter is and what it is used for. However, believe it or not there is a very high number of people who have a Twitter account but never use it, then there are other users who have an account but are not active very regularly. These points can be used to show how much social media still has to grow to encompass everyone.

Finally, there is LinkedIn, I would say Facebook but it is talked about enough already. LinkedIn is a very different platform, whereas on Facebook you would speak about almost everything, on LinkedIn the context behind what is being discussed is business almost every time. One would not find anyone speaking about the weather on LinkedIn, this is a great platform for professionals but to also share knowledge.

All in all, all these platforms offer great capabilities but in today’s world it is so difficult to decide which one is best for you considering there are so many that have twins.

Which of these platforms do you find most useful and why? Are there other platforms you would like to share with us?

Comment below of join the discussion on Twitter with the Hashtag #SMNetworks

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Reoccurring Crises

Good morning everyone, how are you all doing today? The end of the week is nearly here, ready for the weekend?

Yesterday we spoke about how much social media should be done. Today we’re talking about a different subject.

 This morning we all woke up to find out that RBS is facing yet another crisis due to another fault in their systems, causing the same issues that happened back in June. The difference this time is that the Social Media activity has tripled which means the damage will be a lot higher.

RBS was in the firing line several times last year and this year already and with customers using social media as a resource to complain more and more it immediately makes a small issue a rather substantial one.

So how does RBS handle the gigantic amount of activity directed at them via twitter? Considering they have had several crises over the last couple of months it is essential to contain them before they spin out of control.

Today, their crisis is still on-going, millions have been affected which means millions could potentially be complaining on social media making it even more difficult for RBS to keep up.

What are your thoughts on this crisis? How do you think they should handle it or even avoid it in the future?

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What is a healthy quantity in Social Media?

Good morning everyone, we hope you are all well and that you have found yesterday’s post insightful. Today we will be discussing a different topic, this time we want to discuss how much social media should be done by brands or users alike.

This of course will vary between the different types of users, brands as an example require a longer presence depending on what the purpose of their presence is, whether it is selling their products or simply advertising them.

Twitter offers a lot more freedom in this regard as it is so simple to compose a tweet but should you really only focus on Twitter? We believe not, we believe all relevant social networks should be utilised.

If one is making a video then use Youtube to post it and all the other networks to increase its reach and so forth but going back to the initial question, how long should one spend engaging on social networks? Is there really a good amount of time and a bad amount of time to be using social media?

Our opinion is that, let’s say one wants to raise awareness about one’s services and products, then a little more time than usual is needed to carry this out as Twitter alone will not have the desired impact. Google+, Facebook and all the other popular networks need to be used as well.

Now our question to you is, how many hours per day do you think it’s needed to carry all of this out?

Let us know by commenting below or by joining the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #DGCNetworks.

We look forward to hearing from all of you.

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