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Facebook gets a facelift

Amid speculation that Facebook is heading towards the same fate as the old Myspace and less than 24 hours after Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg promised more standalone apps in 2014; the company announced the launch of Facebook Paper.


Facebook Paper is the first app from Facebook Creative Labs, set up last year, which allows small teams within Facebook to create stand alone apps rather than trying to cram more and more things into the current Facebook App.

Paper is more than one of Facebook’s standard and sometimes annoying updates, it’s essentially a brand new, completely redesigned and reimagined app. Gone is the vertical scrolling feed which we have become accustomed to on Facebook and Twitter, now replaced with an immersive horizontal scrolling set of screens. At first glance Facebook Paper has a similar look to that of Flipboard which also utilizes a large tile like interface with horizontal scrolling.

There’s no doubt it’s a much more visually attractive interface but it’s not just the look and navigation style that has changed. As well as seeing your friends and pages you follow in the redesigned news feed, you’ll be able to subscribe to different “sections” including subjects such as sports, world news, food, photography and more. The stories in these sections aren’t just from publishers such as newspapers or magazines, they combine a myriad of different sources including public Facebook posts and blog posts selected by both Facebook’s human editors and the Paper algorithm.

As well as the redesigned interface it’s this news element that makes Paper stand out from the current app. Currently you only really see what your friends are posting or liking which works quite well if all your friends are interested in exactly the same things as you but if you’re the only friend interested in photography you might be missing a heap of content that interests you and this is where Paper has the opportunity to shine. Whether it will live up to the hype and promises however, will have to be seen.

The Facebook Paper app is due to launch for iphone users in the US on Monday 3rd Feb, the day before Facebook’s 10th birthday but there’s no word as yet as to when Australia will have access to it. At this stage there’s no mention of release date for the Andrioid and iPad versions although I’m sure they will follow soon after the launch assuming it’s as successful as they’re hoping.

By Daniel Martinovich

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QR Codes – Are they dying a slow and painful death?

If you’re a marketer or have paid any attention to digital trends over the past few years you’ve most likely heard of QR codes and maybe even used them. For the benefit of those who haven’t: A QR code – short for Quick Response code is essentially a square barcode that can be scanned and read by anyone with a smartphone with a camera and compatible app. The QR code can then direct your mobile device to a website link, video, image or file, check you in on Facebook, enter you in a competition, add items to a shopping cart and more!

QR codes have been used in mainstream marketing  for a number of years now but haven’t ever really taken off like some may have predicted. It’s not really the poor QR codes fault, the technology works but the application of them is generally poor.

Here’s a few things to consider before using a QR code:

1. Does it make it easier to access the information?

The main issue with QR codes is that they’re mainly used to direct customers to a website when it’s far quicker and easier to just type the url  into your web browser or search the company than download an app (or open it if you’ve previously downloaded) and then scan the code.

qr code instructions

2. Is it easy to scan?

A giant QR code on a billboard might seem like a good idea (or not) but how are people meant to scan it as they’re driving by? Just simply take your eyes off the road, download or open the app, stick your arm out your window with your phone out your car window, attempt line up the code from 100m away while moving and scan it all the while trying to avoid crashing your car and hopefully you’ve done this before you’ve driven past the billboard.

QR Code billboard

The same goes for on moving objects like the outside of buses or trains. Do you really want your customers to get run over? And to a similar extent TV commercials. By the time you’ve opened the app the ad is over, it’s a great way to frustrate your customers.


3. Can they view the content?

While a QR code in a magazine sounds like a much better idea then the above options, you must think about where the magazine is in circulation. If it’s an inflight magazine then how can the viewer see the content it directs them to when they have no access to internet? Some flights do now have wifi onboard but currently this is not readily available on commercial flights. Yes, people can take the magazine with them, sure I’ll just add that to my pile of inflight magazines sitting on my coffee table (correct me if I’m wrong but who actually does that?). The question of content also applies in places where there is no mobile reception such as subway stations.

4. Is there a better alternative?

The problem with technology trends is everyone wants to get on board, just to be seen to be cool and trendy. You must think before putting a QR code on any advertising medium, is there an alternative that. Among the most ridiculous examples of this are QR codes in emails. Firstly many people read their emails on their phone now. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to scan a QR code with your phone if the QR code is on your phone!? I know many people receive emails on their computer so they could scan the code with the phone off the screen right? Right, but why not just put the link in the email so they can simply just click it instead!?

5. Do people know why they should scan it?

Tell people what the QR code is directing them to or what it’s for. Is it going to direct them to like your facebook page, open a video, download a coupon to redeem. Let them know why they should scan and where it’s taken them. It’s also good practice to include another option other than scanning.

6. Is it worth scanning?

Give people a reason and a benefit to scan. Is it worth them downloading an app or getting out their phone to scan it? If it’s simply just your website url then the answer is no, probably not.

7. Have you checked the link?

Make sure it’s not a broken link and works on all mobile devices including android and iphone. Other things to consider… Are you directing your customers to a mobile friendly website? Does the link work?

So the next time you’re thinking about slapping on a QR code on something just think about it.

It’s not all bad news for QR codes, here’s some examples of QR codes that redeem their not so well thought out counterparts:

I believe one of the best and most successful uses of QR codes was Mastercards Priceless campaign using QR codes onYankee stadium seats placed around New York.

QR codes used to make life easier in Taiwan:

New York Central Park “World Park” turned the park into an outdoor mobile museum.

A clever use of QR codes to animate a static print add instead of just linking a video

So what’s next? A number of companys have come up with alternatives, notably touchcode which requires an additional invisible layer to be printed on to the material. According to the creators it’s both cost effective and easy to implement. Once the additional layer has been printed on the item users can simply touch their phone to it and access the information.This does away with having to line up the code and scan but does require additional process unlike QR codes.

Whether this will become a viable replacement to QR codes remains to be seen. One thing is for sure there will always be new technology and as a good marketer your job is to decide whether there is a good reason to use it.

By Daniel Martinovich

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Social media tips for 2014

Social Media allows businesses to talk to their target audience in a social setting and is increasingly becoming a key part of the modern marketing mix.

Below are a few social media and digital tips to help your business make 2014 a great year!


1. Be mobile
We’ve been told time and time again, every website needs to be optimized for mobile. But what does this mean? To put it simply, your website needs to be user friendly on a variety of screen sizes. Having a responsive design and thinking about how your consumers will interact with the website on a variety of devices is extremely important. The biggest annoyance I have found in some mobile optimised sites is that they are boring – they might be easy to navigate but sometimes I would rather use the desktop site on my mobile and tablet than use the mobile version. Make sure when you are creating a responsive design that you ask others for their opinions. Also start thinking about other ways you can incorporate the mobile experience such as apps, SMS, responsive emails etc.

2. Niche Sites Will Make An Impact
Even though Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites can allow you to really nail down your audience when advertising, it may pay off to investigate specific niche sites that will often be an affordable and highly targeted alternative.

3. Content is KEY
Creating great content and driving traffic back to your site is going to remain the number #1 way to generate new leads. Publishing content that is interesting, engaging and informative is a great way to stay in the minds of your target audience. The main aim of your social media content is for it to encourage public engagement. We ultimately want your followers to like, comment and share the content, for it to appear in their friends feeds and to generate greater awareness.

4. Spammy Content Will Be Eliminated Everywhere
You may not realise but the public is getting smarter when it comes to advertising. Spam-like content is becoming increasingly frowned upon in the public eye and is not tolerated. This brings us back to content. If any of your content comes across as spammy, irrelevant and unwanted it will be deleted and they will hit the ‘unlike’ button. When thinking about content for your social media accounts have a think about yourself and others.. if a page you are following posted this would you like it? would you find it annoying? spammy? If you wouldn’t like it, then it probably wouldn’t be appropriate.


5. Consistency and Planning is Important
Social media is part reactionary and part planning. Just like advertising and any other business efforts, it is important to have a strategy in place to create goals and objectives, measure your success, plan your time efficiently and maintain consistency. It is also a good idea to research what others in your sector are doing, what are you competitors doing differently to you?

6. Limit Your Platforms
 At Jarvis we like to say, ‘You can’t be all things to all people’ and the same goes with social media. Pick and choose which social media platforms will work for you and concentrate on them. Don’t try and be on all social media platforms just because you think you need to be – it wont work.
For example: If your business is in the financial sector, you might find that Twitter is helpful in reporting up to the second finance trends and news; and a blog may be effective in explaining in a more in-depth way what these changes mean to your clients, where other platforms don’t really offer your customers anything useful. If your an artist, visual platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram will help you showcase your work to the world and other platforms such as Twitter may not fit.
It is important to evaluate each social media platform and really nut out whether they will enhance your messages.

7. Influencers and Word-of-Mouth Hold Power
Like I said before, the public is getting smarter when it comes to advertising. The younger market doesn’t want to be sold to. They don’t want you to tell them what to do and what to have. It has become more and more important to have your products endorsed by someone credible, be recommended by word-of-mouth or appeal on a personal level. By empowering your best customers to spread the word for you, you can gain trust in a new audience and hopefully turn them into new customers.

8. Everyone Likes a Picture
Image based platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest are great ways to showcase visually what you are about. While text is not dead, it would be a great idea for you to think of ways you can incorporate images into your other social media platforms that will compliment your written content.

9. Video Consumption Will Increase
Whether it’s meant to inform or advertise, consumers like to watch short videos to learn more about businesses. People are lazy – they like to watch things to gather information rather than read copious amounts of text. It may be relevant to your sector or it may not (see point 5 & 6) but you should investigate as to whether video content will add value to your website or even allow you to relay information to your target audience in a personal fashion.

10. Evaluate Your Messages
The way the public engages with Facebook is completely different to Twitter, Pinterest is completely different to Instagram so why should the messages be the same on each platform? If you are using social media tools like Hoote Suite to publish content on ALL social media platforms with one click.. think again. Evaluate the medium, how are others using it? Keep in mind the different ways of communication and tailor you messages and their language to the appropriate channels.

2014 is going to be an exciting year. Be sure to stay on top of your businesses social media efforts.
If you think you need a professional social media/digital strategy or just to ask a few questions, contact us! We are the pros! 🙂

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