Archives: April 2012

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Marketing with Facebook Insights

Marketing with Facebook InsightsStarting October 2, learn how to use Facebook's analytics tool to track and optimize your marketing efforts!  Taught by the group marketing manager of social media at Microsoft/BingAds, Geoffrey Colon will show you how insights works, how to measure key performance indicators, and make your data actionable. Register now!

How Does Social Media Affect Website Search Rankings? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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If you run a website, you know how important search engine rankings can be. Getting your site on the first page of Google can bring in advertising dollars, an influx of new customers, or widespread awareness of your cause.

However, there is much more to ranking high on Google than just optimizing your website for certain keywords. Social media can help (or hurt!) your placement – and the folks at TastyPlacement have done a little testing to see how much Google+, Facebook and Twitter really do affect search results.
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Angry Birds Space Hits 50 Million Downloads

The latest addition to Rovio’s popular series of games has just set a new record. It’s been just over a month since Angry Birds Space launched and the furious avians have aready wracked up 50 million downloads. This far exceeds Rovio’s previous records and this is probably the fastest growing mobile game yet. This particular installment is a space-based reinvention of the concept which discards much of the techniques you might have developed for the earlier apps. That makes the game a unique challenge.

 

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Rent An Apartment With New Zillow Android App

Real estate website Zillow has released a new app to help Android users find apartment rentals, the company’s first app dedicated to rentals. The app includes Zillow’s “Zestimates,” the sites trademark estimates of the cost of rentals on properties across the country.

The app lets apartment hunters look for a place to live by drawing boundaries around neighborhoods, and select their price range. Once they have searched, the app lets users compare listings in a side-by-side search results page, and then call or email landlords directly.

Jeremy Wacksman, vice president of consumer marketing and mobile at Zillow, stated: “Renters shop differently from buyers and look at many homes quickly, in specific locations, in a short amount of time. The Zillow Rentals for Android App was created specifically to address their needs by organizing listings in an easily-accessible way and allowing them to shop for the right home on location, in the neighborhood where they want to live.”

GiddyUp is Your On-The-Go Party Organizer

Have yo ever tried to organize your next event while on the way to your current one? It’s not easy to arrange by email, twitter, or Facebook while mobile, and GiddyUp can help with that.

This app is available free for iOS and Android. Simply create an event, invite people from your address book, and then GiddyUp will send them a text message. The app will track RSVPs, share notes between attendees, and it even includes a built-in group chat.

You can also share events on Facebook or Twitter and you can even save them to your calendar. Read more

How To Add an iPad or iPhone Keyboard Shortcut

Do you get frustrated typing the same long words, email addresses or difficult names in your iPhone or iPad?

You should add a shortcut to speed up your typing and make your life easier. Below, we’ve listed the simple steps to add a typing shortcut on an iPhone or iPad. Do you have a favorite typing shortcut?

1. Click on the settings on your iPad or iPhone. Click on the “General” tab. Then click the “Keyboard” tab toward the bottom of the menu (see the image embedded above for a visual).

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Logos Quiz Game Is the Top Free App of the Week

Logos Quiz Game is the bestselling free iOS app for the week, according to research from AppData. The app lets users test their knowledge of brands by guessing the names of hundreds of logos from different companies

Below, we’ve listed the top free iOS apps of the week. The list links to Inside Network’s research about the individual apps, including historical charts, developer information and download information.

To prepare for Mediabistro’s upcoming Publishing App Summit on December 4, 2012, we spotlight the top free apps every week–helping our readers discover, enjoy and analyze successful content. Read more

There’s Still an Interest in Pinterest [Infographic]

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Pinterest accounted for 17% of all social media-driven revenue in the first quarter of 2012. Now that marketers have joined Pinterest, the users have started to set their own rules about how to interact with them. The site is, after all, a place to get shopping ideas. This infographic from Tamba shows some surprising statistics about the online pinboard.

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