Twitter has launched a first-of-its-kind like animation as part of a promotion for the latest ‘Scream’ film, which is released in cinemas this week, and brings together a mix of the original series actors and new stars, as it seeks to connect the franchise with a broad range of fans.
As you can see here, the new Scream animation will display differently in dark and light mode, a first for the app. The animation will be triggered when users who follow @ScreamMovies like tweets that include the #ScreamMovie hashtag, an expanded set of actions that could help to boost engagement around the movie.
It’s the latest social media activation for the film, with the Scream team also releasing a range of AR filters across Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram.
As well as custom ‘hashflag’ characters linked to the #12ScreamsForTheHolidays and #ScreamMovie hashtags.
And a dedicated Q and A experience on Messenger, via Movie Mate.
With a strong retro vibe, the latest film in the ‘Scream’ franchise looks set to be a pop culture sensation, sparking all new trends, which could engage a broad range of viewers both young and old.
And with cinema attendances still impacted by the pandemic, that could be the best way forward for film promotion in the current age, working to build up hype, and tap into social media trends, as a means to maximize interest and chatter around the release.
Which is why these new activations are interesting to observe, with the Scream PR department going all-in on social media promotion, across various apps, as it looks to hook into digital consciousness – i.e. where modern consumers are active.
From afar, it’ll be interesting to see whether these more participatory, engaging social media activations end up driving stronger results for the film’s promotion, as they could well highlight the best way forward for promotional spend, if they end up driving more people to the cinema as a result.
Clearly, a lot of the film’s promotional budget has gone into these activations. Will that shift the balance in future promotional approaches – and will that have any impact on consumer habits and expectations moving forward?
Either way, it’s a new experience on Twitter, which could pave the way for new promotional opportunities in the app.
LinkedIn Announces the Retirement of its LinkedIn Lite App
LinkedIn has announced that it’s shutting down LinkedIn Lite, its pared-back version of the platform, designed for users in regions with more restricted connectivity and data access provisions.
Originally launched back in 2017 as a way to help “level the playing field for all members when it comes to accessibility”, LinkedIn Lite includes the basic functionality of LinkedIn, and is designed to load faster, while also using less data, handy for regions with more restrictive data plans.
But as LinkedIn continues to evolve, the Lite app gets further behind, with the full app’s more advanced functionalities – like video connection, full profile display features, Creator Mode, etc. – all getting more and more distant from the streamlined tool.
And with global connectivity evolving, LinkedIn now feels confident that it can move on without the scaled-back variation, which could also help boost in-app engagement and usage, and make LinkedIn a more significant presence in key markets.
Which, as you can see here, are growing. Now at 810 million total members, LinkedIn continues to gain momentum in developing regions, especially India (85m members, up from 60m in 2019), South Africa (+2m since 2019), the Philippines (+3m) and Nigeria (+1m)
As with most social apps, India is a key focus, and LinkedIn says that Indian adoption of the full version of the app is now rising at 4x the global average, as mobile adoption continues to soar in the nation.
At the same time, retirement of the Lite app could also give LinkedIn’s team more opportunity to develop and maintain its new ‘InJobs’ app in China, with the full version of LinkedIn removed from China last October due to increasing regulatory pressure and scrutiny.
At 56 million users, maintaining connection with China is key, and maybe that’s another factor in LinkedIn’s decision to step away from its scaled-down version.
Either way, the LinkedIn Lite app will be removed from Android app stores on 27th January 27th, before being deactivated completely March 15th.
LinkedIn says that it will transition Lite app users over to the full LinkedIn experience over the next few weeks.
Twitter Shares New Insights into Rising Discussion Around the NFL Playoffs [Infographic]
Super Bowl LVI is just around the corner, which also means that we’ll soon see the biggest showcase of ad content of the year, highlighting new trends, creative activations and opportunities, which can sometimes re-shape advertising approaches from that moment forward.
And this year looks set to be particularly significant. As more people look towards a post-pandemic future, there’s a big opportunities for clever marketers to tap into this enthusiasm, and the various trends that come with it. That’ll likely see more innovative, integrated ad approaches, which will extend beyond the initial big game activations, and showcase new opportunities.
Twitter’s keen to cash in on that excitement. This week, Twitter’s published a new overview of user trends around the NFL playoffs, highlighting the huge boost in tweet activity heading into Super Bowl weekend.
As Twitter notes:
“In the 2022 Divisional Round alone, we saw 27% more impressions on Tweets about the NFL, 58% more Tweets overall, and 42% more unique authors, compared with one year ago.”
It could be a key platform for boosting your tie-in efforts – and if you are considering the potential of Twitter ads for your campaigns, then these new stats might help.
Twitter Shares New Insights into the Rising K-Pop Discussion in the App [Infographic]
Do you like K-pop?
Increasingly, the chances are that you do, given the massive growth of K-pop fandom around the world, with megabands like BTS and Blackpink building huge audiences, and each becoming cultural forces within themselves.
That fandom is most significantly present on Twitter, which has become a key hub for K-pop enthusiasts. K-pop tweeters are now so prominent that they even have the power to quash controversial hashtag movements, by banding together to flood the streams with K-pop-related tweets instead.
It’s amazing to see, and today, Twitter has shared some new insights into the rising K-pop conversation, which got even bigger, once again, in 2021.
As explained by Twitter:
“With a massive 7.8 billion global Tweets in 2021, #KpopTwitter once again showed its power by breaking its previous record of 6.7 billion Tweets in 2020. Registering a notable 16% increase in Tweet volume globally, #KpopTwitter conversations became more diverse and vibrant in 2021.”
So where, exactly, is K-pop discussion trending, and who are the big bands of note? Check out the below insights from Twitter – which also includes a list of rising K-pop stars if you want to get ahead of the curve.
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