In Other News: Musk Turns Down Twitter, Pinterest Joins The Climate Change Misinformation Battle and Google Tests Topics

Welcome back to another week of In Other News, our fortnightly segment on the latest digital marketing news. This week, we have Twitter, Pinterest and Google updates – we’ve done the reading so you don’t have to! 

Elon Musk turns down Twitter’s board

Earlier this year, Tesla boss Elon Musk announced his ambition to revolutionise social media. This was followed in early March by him buying a 9.2% stake in Twitter, making Musk the primary shareholder of the social media giant. Musk then indicated his desire to discuss a potential merger or board collaboration with Twitter. The following weekend, he proceeded to tweet about potential changes, such as removing the letter w from Twitter or turning their headquarters into a homeless shelter.

In a surprising turn of events, Twitter’s Chief Executive announced on the platform the following Sunday that while the board had seriously considered Musk becoming a board member (pending a background check), the Tesla boss declined the position on the morning of the day of his official board appointment. Musk replied to this announcement by a single emoji, which was deleted a little while later.

Despite this board membership saga, Musk maintains that he remains open to future involvement with the social media giant. As the majority stakeholder, he also still holds significant power and, as such, he may yet still influence Twitter in an indirect way.

Pinterest joins the battle against climate change misinformation

On Wednesday the 6th of April 2022, Pinterest unveiled a series of guidelines to actively combat climate change misinformation, including conspiracy theories. This new policy was promoted under the motto ‘positivity starts with policy’ and makes Pinterest the first social media platform to set anti climate change misinformation rules.

From now on, content that falls in the following categories will be removed from the platform:

  • Content that denies the existence or impacts of climate change, the human influence on climate change, or that climate change is backed by scientific consensus
  • False or misleading content about climate change solutions that contradict well-established scientific consensus
  • Content that misrepresents scientific data, including by omission or cherry-picking, in order to erode trust in climate science and experts
  • Harmful, false or misleading content about public safety emergencies, including natural disasters and extreme weather events

These rules also apply to advertising content. Advertisers must now also comply with these guidelines and in particular, assets containing climate change conspiracy theories, misinformation or disinformation will be barred on Pinterest.

Sarah Bromma, Pinterest’s Head of Policy, explains that the driving force behind these new guidelines is a desire to safeguard Pinterest users’ wellbeing while on the platform as well as their trust in Pinterest. It’s also interesting to note that this new policy comes into effect after Pinterest recorded a sharp increase in green-living and sustainability-related searches.

Google start testing Topics

After much pressure from legislative bodies on user privacy, Google announced that it would progressively faze out cookies. This, however, would mean that its primary clients, advertisers, would be left without consumer data.

Since then, Google has worked on alternatives to cookies, with their first proposal, FLoC, being abandoned. In January 2022, Google introduced its successor, Topics. Topics are meant to fill the gaps in tracking that cookies will leave behind and provide advertisers with the data that they need. These nifty little trackers are an attempt for Google to balance out governmental concerns for privacy with its clients’ (advertisers) needs for data. Testing is now underway.

Topics will track information on Google Chrome and Google services (Gmail, Google Calendar, etc.) that the user has shown interest in in the last 3 weeks and provide the information to advertisers. The insights will then be stored for a limited time only.

 

 

Do you have questions or want to discuss what these changes mean for your business? Drop me a line at maya@pilotfishmedia.com!

In Other News: Pinterest Makes Moves and Twitter Follows In TikTok’s Footsteps, Yet Again!

This week, we’re back to bring you some of the latest updates in the world of social media.

Pinterest now allows users to share idea pins on other platforms

Following in the footsteps of TikTok videos and Instagram reels, Pinterest now lets content creators share Idea Pins on their other social media pages. This feature will allow pinners to reach a much wider audience and gain more exposure. This will be super handy when it comes to repurposing content across different platforms. 

Twitter ‘Collabs’ feature could make it possible for users to co-author tweets with brands

Currently, users are able to “collab” on Instagram, which allows two accounts to post the same image to increase reach. However, Twitter is now working on offering the same for their platform. They are continuing to work on a feature that would allow multiple users to co-author a tweet, which is referred to as “collaborations.” The option has yet to be made publicly available and only works after one user accepts a request to collaborate from another. 

It also seemingly hints at a possible plan to give creators a way to partner with businesses on brand ad deals — something that’s already common on rival social networks like YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and others.

Pinterest to invest an additional $1.2 million in its Creator Fund for underrepresented groups

Pinterest is making big moves at the moment, one of which is that they have invested additional funds into their creator fund for underrepresented groups. This means that they are more than doubling their investment in a combination of cash grants, ad credits and other creator resources.

The company last year announced the debut of its $500,000 Creator Fund alongside new content policies and other creator tools. However, even with the fund’s increase and Pinterest’s other creator commitments, Pinterest’s investment remains smaller than the massive efforts from other social giants, including Meta, YouTube, TikTok and Snap.

 

Want to know more about what’s going on in social media? Get in touch with me at rachel@pilotfishmedia.com to chat!

In Other News: LinkedIn Shares Gen Z Insights, Facebook Launches Podcasts and Twitter Tests Livestream Shopping

Welcome back to another week of digital insights from the latest news in the digital marketing world!

 

LinkedIn Conducts Survey on Gen Z ers

This week, LinkedIn have posted their findings from a survey conducted on Gen Zers (people born between 1997-2012). The survey helps to explore engagement trends, popular content Gen Zers are consuming as well as how and why they are the most likely age group to use LinkedIn. 

We have put together some key points below that have been picked up by the data analysts: 

  • Gen Zers believe LinkedIn is trustworthy and they feel safe posting/interacting on the site 
  • The content they see on their feed is mostly relevant to them, no nonsense! 
  • 80% of Gen Zers say they are interested in following more businesses/organisations on LinkedIn and they are more likely than other age groups to follow people like Melinda Gates, Bill Gates and Jeff Weiner 
  • 75% say that businesses/organisations post valuable content 
  • For networking, learning and research purposes, Gen Zers say they prefer LinkedIn over other platforms 
  • Gen Zers are highly focused on their career 

The results show Gen Zers believe LinkedIn to be the safest site. This is likely to be because it is one of the most ‘professional’ platforms we use and people really do get hired via LinkedIn! With the content said to be mostly relevant to the user, this would suggest there are less time wasters applying for jobs outside their field if people are only really seeing content they are interacting with. The study concludes that Gen Zers are quite highly focussed on their career path and are keen to learn tips and tricks for presenting/bettering their digital marketing skills. 

 

Facebook Launches New Podcast Feature 

With podcasts becoming more and more popular recently, Facebook has published a new guide on how to link and promote podcasts on the platform using Facebook’s features. 

Creators can now add and promote their podcast on Facebook. They can build direct connections with fans so their content is seamlessly distributed to their listeners as and when new episodes are released. At the moment, this feature is only available to select content creators in the US – presumably whilst they test it! 

The new update allows listeners to engage in conversation with one another in the comments section whilst still listening to the podcast. This feature should allow podcast creators to branch out through another platform to engage more listeners whilst giving them a space to stimulate conversations with one another. 

 

Livestream Shopping Being Tested on Twitter 

Twitter have recently revealed they are following in the footsteps of Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Tik Tok by carrying out a livestream shopping feature.  With the rise of online shopping during the pandemic, Twitter carried out their first live shopping event in collaboration with Walmart in a bid to keep up with the latest trends. This new feature creates a pathway from viewing a product, discussing it on the Twitter timeline to then being able to head straight to the check out. With the Shopping feature enabled, users can browse products via a carousel, read more about them and finally purchase the item – all within the Twitter app! In retrospect, this probably means whilst all social media platforms offer similar features, they still need to fight against one another to stay relevant and remain somewhat unique all whilst pushing the social media trends. 

 

In Other News: Super Follows Are Here, TikTok Runs the Numbers and YouTube Prepares for the Holidays

Welcome to this week’s edition of In Other News, where we give you all the latest info from the world of social! This week, we’re taking a look at Twitter’s latest update, what people really think of TikTok and how YouTube is getting ready for the winter shopping spree.

 

Twitter introduces Super Follows for all iOS Users

Twitter is full of distinct voices, and you can now get a little bit more of your favourite creators. After initially rolling out Super Follows in September in the US and Canada, the feature is now available globally for all iOS users. By giving a creator a Super Follow, users gain access to exclusive content through a subscription. It’s a new way to interact with Twitter creators, and provides revenue to creators who can’t stop tweeting. 

 

TikTok releases Nielsen authenticity study

What makes TikTok so special? According to TikTok, it’s authenticity and joy – and they’ve got the numbers to prove it. TikTok has worked with Nielsen to better understand people’s perceptions of content and brand authenticity on their platform, and it’s provided some valuable insights for advertisers. It found that:

  • Globally, an average of 68% of TikTok users find advertising content specifically to be unique or different from any competitive platform
  • Internationally (excluding US), an average of 60% of TikTok users say they follow brands on TikTok, and an average of 52% of TikTok users say they search for products or shop on the platform
  • TikTok is “trendsetting”: an average of 85% of TikTok users discover new content that they enjoy through the TikTok platform

If you’re looking to spread some joy or start something new, TikTok could be the perfect platform for a marketing campaign!

 

YouTube prepares for the holidays with shoppable livestreams 

Need some shopping inspiration this holiday season? YouTube’s got you covered. 

Starting on November 15th and running for a week, YouTube will be hosting a series of shoppable livestreams. These events will feature some of YouTube’s favourite creators and give viewers the chance to benefit from limited time offers, including earlier access to new products. The idea builds on how much viewers trust the recommendations of their favourite creators – and you could score a great deal, too.

 

 

Want to hear more about how your marketing could gear up for the busy Christmas season? Get in touch with me at freya@pilotfishmedia.com to chat about your digital content strategy.