Let’s Get Digital

Let's Get Digital

This might need to be renamed Let’s Get Digital (And Other Stories), because, as ever, I get drawn to stories about work, income, creativity and lifestyle. That’s no bad thing.

  • Gemma Hinnett has written about how apps make her morning more efficient – I can definitely relate to this! Thank the traffic gods for Citymapper – it saves my commute every morning.
  • Fun fact time: Facebook Live now has an audio-only mode for all the podcasters (face-shy people) out there. I see this as a fantastic opportunity to connect with screen-free smart devices such as the Amazon Echo.
  • What Homer Simpson’s 100+ jobs tell us about America’s middle class – I love this analysis. Interestingly the top four highest paid jobs are all STEM related, and Homer’s stint as a webmaster comes in at number 20 on the pay-scale.
  • What non design skills helped you develop as a designer (or coder or artist or scientist)?
  •  The State of Social Media in 2016 – a year in review by Callum McCahon. There is some food for thought here – namely with regards to Twitter (no, my beloved, don’t die!) – so worth a read.
  • Some interesting thoughts on 2017 retail trends from appear here: however in my mind they are all key to doing well in any sector this year. Community. Humanity. Integration.
  • Start 2017 right with good tunes – connect your Shazam account to your Spotify and auto-build a playlist of new discoveries. Simply head to your Shazam account settings page and link them up.  [via Michael Moran]
  • TIP: Ban Word bugs from your WordPress posts! Sick of cutting and pasting from Word, only for formatting gremlins to appear? plain-text-copyUse the ‘Paste as text’ button to ensure everything is pasted everything as plain text. Prefer a more permanent solution? Install this plugin.

 

Let’s Get Digital

Let's Get Digital

Karen Walker of the eponymous brand
Karen Walker of the eponymous brand.

Let’s Get Digital

Let's Get Digital

Pokemon arranged by colour
Gotta catch them all – Pokemon arranged by colour.

Let’s Get Digital

Let's Get Digital

The actual photo, taken by Ted Thai in 1981. Ted Thai / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty

 

 

Let’s get digital

Let's Get Digital

Let’s get digital

Let's Get Digital

Let’s get digital

Let's Get Digital

  • Photography meets digital strategy – a really lovely piece on why it matters to crop.
  • Google is building YouTube Connect, a livestreaming app to take on Periscope.
  • Facebook’s video metrics have been enhanced to give marketers insights into viewer performance on a day-by-day basis. It now measures: minutes viewed, views,  number of 10-second views.
  • Google is finally redesigning its biggest cash cow: AdWords.
  • Instagram is coaching advertisers to approach it exactly the same way they do Facebook: “Agencies have been getting new insights from Instagram about how best to use the platform in light of two major changes: It is integrated with Facebook’s automated ad technology, and it plans to use an algorithm that curates content for users. The new Instagram strategy should mimic what they do on Facebook. “We’ve seen the Instagram pitch to clients twice now in the last month. It is basically the Facebook pitch: Everything should be promoted, and there’s no point in doing organic,” a source said.” [DigiDay]
  • Nice idea from Sonic in the US – instagram inspired shakes – designed and sold through Instagram at Coachella.Sonic Square Shakes

Let’s get digital

Let's get digital

Let’s get digital

Let's get digital

  • Facebook purchases face-swapping software company. Perhaps a bit late? This ship seems to have sailed…
  • Facebook has also launched lead ads. Lead ads simplify the sign up process by pre-populating a form with the contact information of each subscriber, and can directly link with your newsletter database, for example Mailchimp. This is awesome, especially for eCommerce businesses!
  • Why your colleagues still won’t share your blog post. Ugh. This rings so true for many social media managers. Just share it, damn it! This blog post helped me get a quarterly LinkedIn takeover programme off the ground – with key stakeholders in a company sharing their thoughts through regular Pulse articles.
  • Google advises on how to get your mobile search strategy off the ground. In a nutshell: a) context b) solve problems and c) be useful.
  • [UK Filter] The helpful folks at the Advertising Standards Authority give the down-low on how to make sure your Instagram advertising is clear and up to scratch. “For Instagram ads, we would recommend using hashtags such as #ad for avoidance of doubt.
  • Shutterstock now uses machine learning to help you find just the right photo – an evolution of reverse image search. Excellent news!

CFS Loves 82

National Geographic - Fox of the Year

Best Wild Animal Photos of 2011 | National Geographic

Elle Decor - Antwerp GuideElle Decor’s stylish guide to Antwerp | Elle Decor

Tjalf Sparnaay - Hyperrealistic Food Paintings

Tjalf Sparnaay paints hyper-realistic pictures of food | Trendland

XKCD - money chart

Money – an infographic | XKCD

Engaged to Prince William

Engaged to Prince William, a sculpture | A Cup Of Jo

Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?

Famous Albums on Street View | Vice

Alexey Titarenko

Alexey Titarenko, The Zombies | But Does It Float

Superlatives Used in Missed Connections, oh how I adore Craigslist | Center for Missed Connections

Marked, a series of prints made by hand | Karin Wolters

Jay-Z – a man of the year. “Jay’s tourist-bureau anthem, “Empire State of Mind,” comes on somebody’s radio, and for a block or so it’s like we’ve strolled into a montage.” | GQ

Late Bloomers – Why do we equate genius with precocity? | The New Yorker

Nathalie Lete, artist | Wee Birdy

aaaaaand my favourite of the week…

How to properly hide booze in your Facebook pictures | Celebr8wewill

Inspired this, I made my own PUPPY version. Check out the gorgeous Mon with her vodka & soda:

Vodka&soda Puppy