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Facebook’s new data dump: up to 1.55bn users, Instagram 400m, Whatsapp 900m, Messenger 700m

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Facebook last night released its new results for the last quarter, and the user numbers are worth brushing up on. Facebook has grown by 60 million active users in the last three months, still by a long shot the biggest social network globally. It now has 8 million daily video views, which has doubled in […]

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Battenhall bags two best agency gongs at the 2015 PR Week Awards

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It’s not every day you get a shortlisting for a PR Week Award. The self proclaimed ‘Oscars for the communications industry’ is a biggie, and whilst I’ve been fortunate enough to have been in the running twice before, once last year for new agency of the year, and once in 2010 at my previous agency […]

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We won! Battenhall named best large social media agency in the UK

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Last night the annual UK Social Media Awards took place at the Emirates Stadium, and up against biiig opposition, we were up for best large social media agency in the UK. It was a long night with many, many awards to announce, but it was worth the wait for the Battenhall table, as we were […]

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One for your bookmarks: Reddit launches news site Upvoted

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Many a viral, breaking news story and trending topic begins its life on Reddit, ‘the front page of the internet’. Navigating your way through the site if you’re not a Redditor though can be tough, at times NSFW, and time consuming. But the influence of Reddit on the flow of the web is major and […]

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How Snapchat Live Stories are reinventing the news

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As Battenhaller Dom Whitehurst mentioned at our Social Media Week lecture earlier this month, Snapchat is THE news channel for Generation Z, aka the screenagers. If you needed convincing, this article by Nieman Journalism Lab is well worth a read. It explores how Snapchat is using geofencing and curated snaps from users to create Live […]

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Instagram hits 400m users, WhatsApp passes 900m

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Instagram last night announced that the social network has has reached 400 million global active users, a jump of 100 million this year, posting 80 million photos and videos a day. This comes quickly after we heard just two weeks ago that WhatsApp has now reached 900 million active users globally of the messaging app. The two […]

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Review of Battenhall’s 2016 social media trends briefing

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This Monday we hosted 150 VIPs at our annual social media trends briefing event. We began running this event when we were just months old as an agency, and in our first year there was queuing round the block to get in (and cronuts), then in our second year there was cover story news of our […]

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Burberry tops 3rd annual FTSE 100 social media report

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This morning at the opening session of Social Media Week London, we unveiled Battenhall’s third annual report on how the FTSE 100 list of companies uses Twitter and other social media. The report is now live and downloadable in full on battenhall.net/ftse100. Burberry has taken the social media crown for a third year running, and bottom […]

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We’re hiring: donut eating not compulsory, but.

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Battenhall is a new agency on a mission. We are building something truly exciting and we are looking for the industry’s best PR and social media consultants to join us on our journey. We are two years old, and already ranked as number one social media agency in the UK, best small agency, best new agency in Europe, […]

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Battenhall bolsters senior team with trio of appointments

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2015 has been a smashing year here at Battenhall Towers. The speed at which we’ve been lucky enough to grow our client base has bowled me over, we’ve won a couple of prestigious awards, and we have recently moved to a larger London HQ. Today I can announce our appointment of three new consultants, bolstering our senior management team. […]

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Facebook tests out Medium-style blogging on Notes

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Facebook is trialling a new way of creating blog-style updates for its users. In its own words, Facebook told digital news site The Next Web that it is testing an update to Notes to make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook. The new trial is being described as having the […]

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Google becomes Alphabet and what it means for digital innovation

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The company formerly known as Google last night announced a new company structure, name and CEO. Google as it used to be is now called Alphabet, a new holding company which oversees a bunch of new companies that used to be subsidiaries of old Google. These new companies include new Google, which now has a […]

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Register to attend Battenhall’s 2015 FTSE 100 Social Media Report launch at Social Media Week London

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It’s that time of year again. Social Media Week London kicks off on Monday 14th September and for the third year running we will be unveiling our new FTSE 100 Social Media Report at the beginning of the week at a keynote presentation where we will also present the top social media trends to prepare […]

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Battenhall named finalist for two ‘best agency’ PR Week Awards

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News came out this morning that the 2015 PR Week Awards finalists have been announced, and we’re over the moon to be shortlisted for two awards! We’re finalists for Specialist Consultancy of the Year and also for Small Consultancy of the Year. There are many specialisms in PR, and we can see we’re up against […]

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Instagram launches desktop search: suddenly becomes 100x more brand friendly

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Instagram has overnight launched the search function for the desktop version of its site. What will be good news for brands fed up of having to work from smartphones and exclusively from third party apps, the new search functionality has all the new features of Instagram’s recently revamped in-app search. The search bar appears top […]

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Future trends in social media: slides from Public Sector Comms conference London 2015

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Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at the Public Sector Communications conference in London. The audience, senior communications executives from all corners of the UK and from across the public sector, battled through the train and tube strike that affected large parts of the UK and the event was buzzing. Not everyone made it […]

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Instagram turbo charges its app launching powerful search and discover features

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One of Instagram’s biggest problems has always been search. It has never had a powerful search function, making it difficult to find people, places or posts. Search on Instagram has always really been about hashtags and connections, much different to Twitter, for example. As such, Instagram is used in different ways to Twitter, which is […]

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BuzzFeed launches dedicated serious news app

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BuzzFeed has launched a current affairs news app for iOS called simply BuzzFeed News. Over recent months the site best known for its viral ‘listicles‘ has been hiring senior execs and journalists from some of the world’s most respected business newspapers and broadcast outlets, and now we can see the first, of many no doubt, […]

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LinkedIn trials two new apps, makes moves into the messaging space

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Reports have just surfaced in the media that LinkedIn is building two new apps that it is hoping to launch in the near future. One will be a messaging app (think WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Twitter DMs, and so on) and the second will be a social media version of a company directory (think Yammer, Sharepoint, etc). […]

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Will Jack make Twitter cool again?

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As news emerged last night that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is stepping down and will be replaced in the short term by one of the company’s original co-founders, Jack Dorsey, it has left the media world talking of a ‘crisis‘ at the social network. For sure, Twitter is still a major global social network. No […]

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Instagram and Pinterest launch Buy buttons

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News came out last night that both Pinterest and Instagram are launching ‘buy’ buttons, to allow users to purchase the items in the photos and videos shared on the social networks. This is major news for brands that create shoppable content on the social networks. To date, Pinterest has boasted great click-through rates, helping retailers […]

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Messaging apps to become the social media of the future: Meeker Report 2015

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One of the major publications worth reading in digital communications each year is the Mary Meeker Internet Trends Report. The 2015 edition has been published, and at 197 pages long, we’ve reviewed the key points at a glance. Content discovery is in the hands of consumer Social media, messaging apps and mobile have changed how […]

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Battenhall named Holmes Report EMEA New PR Agency of the Year

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Last week we heard that Battenhall had been shortlisted for its first global award, and this morning the winners were announced. We’re bowled over to have been named by the prestigious Holmes Report as best new PR agency in EMEA! The Holmes Report said in its write-up: “Our 2015 EMEA PR Consultancies of the Year […]

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How digital is reshaping the world of advertising

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If you read one thing today, make it the Connected Business supplement in this morning’s Financial Times. It explores how digital is reshaping the world of advertising, from a high level how technology is changing the way brands sell, to the new social media influencers, five future marketing trends, a half-page graphic (see below) expanding on […]

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The arrival of the media grazing age

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In the social media age, we don’t follow media. Rather, media finds us. This is the finding in eMarketer’s newest piece of research, sourced by Trendera, which looks specifically at how 13-34 year olds consume online video. But this is a much broader trend which we are seeing across multiple media formats and spreading across demographics, where social media […]

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Live streaming services Meerkat and Periscope woo influencers, brands and the media

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The BBC’s Meerkat stream from coverage of the Ferguson protests, from the BBC’s College of Journalism Blog Live streaming video is a red hot area in social media right now. Last week Twitter launched Periscope, and at the beginning of March Meerkat opened up for business. Also since then, Meerkat landed $14m in funding from […]

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What Facebook’s new Messenger for Businesses means for brands

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Facebook Messenger is the world’s second biggest messaging app, with 600m active users, behind only WhatsApp with its 700m. Messaging is the place to be right now in social media and brand communications, as this new chart published in The Economist shows so clearly. 3bn people use the top 10 messaging apps collectively, The Economist says. […]

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Facebook further develops audience engagement for brands with Topic Data

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Facebook yesterday announced the launch of Topic Data, coming first just to brands in the UK and US, enabling advertisers to get their hands on data of “what users are saying about events, brands, subjects and activities.” This data is about all topics, not just about brands’ own content, and is anonymized. This means organisations are […]

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We’re hiring: calling superstar junior digital designers

It’s an exciting time to be working at Battenhall, as our enviable client roster is inviting us to work on ever more ambitious briefs, and digital design is a rapidly expanding part of our portfolio. We’re looking for junior digital designers to join our team. If you are interested in this role, please email join@battenhall.net […]

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