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Twitter's Enhanced Brand Pages - 360i Report

  1. 1. Integrated Solutions. Measurable Results. February 2012 360i Point of View on Twitters Enhanced Brand PagesExecutive SummaryTwitter’s latest interface redesign provides an improved user experience and more opportunities forbrands to create a presence that better translates their overall brand identity and rich media contentwithin the platform. Enhanced Brand Pages have now rolled out to brands that are spending the required$25,000 in Twitter media monthly.This POV provides an overview of Brand Pages and recommended next steps for marketers. An appendixreviews recent changes made to pages for everyday users, as well. Coca-Cola’s new Brand Page on TwitterKey takeaways: 1. Cleaner, more brand-friendly communications. The new Twitter pages allow marketers to create rich, brand-friendly experiences that better showcase their brand’s unique persona and voice. Better separation of brand tweets vs. customer service/one-to-one communication tweets will create a cleaner user experience. 2. A richer creative canvas. Brand Pages become a creative canvas on which marketers can stylize and design the experience through a customized header, static banner ads and expandable multimedia content that is viewable in-stream. 3. More for your media. Media buys within Twitter become more powerful with the update due to better analytics that can inform how Promoted Tweets or Promoted Trends are perceived by users.Twitter currently has more than 100 million global active users, half of which log in every day (a figurethat has increased by 30 percent in the past month alone). The platform plays a growing role in socialnews, conversation and consumers’ interaction with brands, and continues to be a critical social platformfor brands to consider when crafting their overall marketing strategy. NEW YORK | ATLANTA | CHICAGO | DETROIT | SAN FRANCISCO | LONDON | info@360i.com | 888.360.9630 ©2012 360i LLC. All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Integrated Solutions. Measurable Results. February 2012 360i Point of View on Twitters Enhanced Brand PagesExpanded Opportunities with Brand PagesBelow are the three of the most important Brand Page features for marketers.1. Brands can now select a specific tweet to be “promoted” front and center on their profile page at the top of the timeline – even with no media buy activated. This free "Promoted Tweet" is a powerful way for brands to highlight their best content for users over a much longer period of time. The previously-short shelf life for a particular tweet can now be expanded for a longer duration for greater impact. The "Promoted Tweet" also auto-expands to reveal an embedded photo or video from Twitpic, Flickr, YouTube or any other sources, without requiring the user to click to view the media behind the link. Additionally, brands will have the ability to geo- target the anchored tweet, ensuring that messaging is served up to relevant markets. New “Promoted Tweet” Targeting2. The ability to separate the @replies and @mentions from a brand’s own tweets creates a more streamlined experience for potential followers. With follower acquisition in mind, Twitter will segregate a brand’s individual communication and customer service tweets from promotional or equity messaging, providing a cleaner experience, devoid of “noise,” and a more effective snapshot of a brand’s identity to potential followers.3. The new layout enables enhanced branding and the inclusion of media such as photos and videos. Through an expanded and fully customizable header image, marketers can display their logo and tagline more prominently than with the current format.Implications for Earned MediaTwitter’s new features alter the way brands curate content and communicate their unique voice andpersona within the platform. With conversations front and center, brands can create a more dynamicenvironment in which they can form meaningful connections with their audience.  Previously, many brands limited the number of @replies they responded to from users to ensure that new users arriving at their brand destination would see a mix of back-and-forth conversation and brand messaging. Now that brands can promote a tweet, the frequency limit NEW YORK | ATLANTA | CHICAGO | DETROIT | SAN FRANCISCO | LONDON | info@360i.com | 888.360.9630 ©2012 360i LLC. All Rights Reserved
  3. 3. Integrated Solutions. Measurable Results. February 2012 360i Point of View on Twitters Enhanced Brand Pages of individual communication is no longer a factor. Twitter has confirmed to 360i that updates provide even more visual sorting for brand tweets – separating out the brand’s @replies to users from the brand’s own tweets for a cleaner browsing experience (much like “posts by me” vs. “posts by friends” on Facebook).  With this update, brands will want to ensure that their content calendar identifies key tweets to be pinned as “Promoted” for new users to see first. Promoted tweets should be created with the goal of engagement in mind; incorporating a clear call-to-action and multimedia will foster greater interaction.  Brands’ conversations are now more present on the brand’s Twitter profile in the threaded @replies with users, and so it’s vital to ensure that all back-and-forth messaging echoes the voice of the brand. Users can now click through @reply to view the entire threaded conversation, enabling them to see the relationships brands build with audiences as they happen.Implications for MeasurementThe Twitter redesign brings valuable improvements in analytics, namely in the realms of sentimentanalysis, real-time infographics and click-through metrics.Twitter’s recently announced partnerships with analytics firms Crimson Hexagon and Mass Relevanceare facilitating deeper analytics for brands. Crimson Hexagon’s highly intelligent and human-augmented algorithms include sarcasm detection that leads to more accurate analysis regarding brandmentions. Mass Relevance generates real-time infographics for brands around streams of information(e.g. MTV VMAs), allowing for brands to serve up data on engagement around special events orpopular news items. The Twitter dashboard itself is unchanged and no additional analytics areavailable at this point.Moreover, improvements to Twitter’s built-in URL shortener now grant marketers with click-throughmetrics previously lost as users re-shortened and shared links across a variety of third party services.Now, all links shared within Twitter are “wrapped” so the original poster may be provided with ongoingmetrics on how the link is shared and engaged with across Twitter and beyond.Implications for Media & CreativeMedia partnerships now include valuable new features for advertisers, summarized in the table below. Customizable Header Anchored Promoted Tweets Trending Topic Analytics Allows for customizable creative, Brands can select specific tweets Trending Topic media buys now i.e. display ads or campaign that new users will see when they include a report on sentiment banners visit a brands page; tweets are analysis on how the topic expandable if they include media generates conversations before assets and after it goes live NEW YORK | ATLANTA | CHICAGO | DETROIT | SAN FRANCISCO | LONDON | info@360i.com | 888.360.9630 ©2012 360i LLC. All Rights Reserved
  4. 4. Integrated Solutions. Measurable Results. February 2012 360i Point of View on Twitters Enhanced Brand Pages Twitter’s new Brand Pages feature a customizable header and enhanced media content.Next Steps for a Brand MarketerThe following next steps are suggested for brands currently active on Twitter, or brands that areexploring the social platform for future programs. The new Twitter Brand Pages are available to allbrands spending at least $25,000 in media on a monthly cadence. The following considerations apply: Reassess paid media opportunities. Based on the minimum spend established by Twitter, media partnerships have become more valuable with this update. Marketers should consider reevaluating digital media budget to include an enhanced profile page if multimedia assets are available and pertinent to the communication strategy. Get creative. The creative canvas made possible by the new Brand Pages give marketers more opportunities to stylize the page as they see fit, keeping in mind this requires an increased need for creative assets such as banners graphics and multimedia to showcase brand assets within the anchored tweet. Revamp your content strategy. Leveraging visual assets to engage current brand fans and potential followers is especially important now more than ever. Brands are advised to create a content strategy that leverages rich, visual media. Develop a consistent paid media strategy. Twitter will not automatically remove the enhanced profile page capabilities if brands dip below the minimum monthly spend. However, brands should consistently reevaluate media opportunities to increase visibility of the enhanced page.Twitter’s investment in the development of a compelling paid media offering represents an investment NEW YORK | ATLANTA | CHICAGO | DETROIT | SAN FRANCISCO | LONDON | info@360i.com | 888.360.9630 ©2012 360i LLC. All Rights Reserved
  5. 5. Integrated Solutions. Measurable Results. February 2012 360i Point of View on Twitters Enhanced Brand Pagesin brand partnerships. As these new offerings roll out, brands are advised to reconsider the waydollars are allocated across social platforms and begin viewing Twitter as an area where spending maymake sense as a way to engage consumers in a compelling, rich format that affords both one-to-oneand one-to-many communication.Appendix: What the redesign means for the everyday userTwitter’s homepage redesign features a reorganization of major elements around four pillars:1. Home: Functioning as the news feed, the “Home” view shows visual content right inside the tweet, instead of linking out to another URL. Here, users can also view threaded @replies and re-tweets for any particular tweet. This section also now features a “Close All Tweets” button on the main navigation of the home stream that compresses the media in all tweets into a collapsed form. These two buttons effectively make the home stream into a collapsible accordion-style user experience that can adjust to provide in-stream media per the viewer’s preference. Typing in any Twitter handle allows users to quickly learn more about the brand or user in a modal window facilitating easy connection.2. Connect: All @replies and mentions will live within this area that has been designed to handle threaded communication. The new “in reply to” button spotlights threaded conversation.3. Discover: Twitter has reorganized hashtags and trending topics within the “Discover” view, along with enhanced search functionality. This section also identifies stories and trends based around your connections, language, and location (via Twitter’s preference algorithm).4. Me: User information is now displayed in this section in a larger and more detailed format. User information now appears on the left rather than the right, which feels intuitive for left-to-right reading patterns.Twitter’s mobile apps have been given the same four-column user experience treatment as thedesktop website, with streamlined interfaces and a new design. On the back end, Twitter’s updatedthe API to enable users to embed tweets quickly into any website with just a click, eliminating thereliance many developers had on third party widgets to showcase tweets. In addition, the API nowallows for improved interaction with other apps and platforms for more seamless social integrationacross channels such as Google+ and WordPress (among others).About 360i360i is an award-winning digital marketing agency that drives results for Fortune 500 marketers throughinsights, ideas and technologies. 360i helps its clients think differently about their online presence andevolve their strategies to take advantage of the new world of marketing communications – one wherebrands and consumers engage in interactive and multi-directional conversations. In 2010, Ad Age named360i to its prestigious Agency A-List. Current clients include Kraft Foods, JCPenney, Coca-Cola, NBCUniversal and Diageo, among others. For more information, please visit 360i.com or follow us on Twitter@360i. NEW YORK | ATLANTA | CHICAGO | DETROIT | SAN FRANCISCO | LONDON | info@360i.com | 888.360.9630 ©2012 360i LLC. All Rights Reserved

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