Facebook Ads Manager App for Mobile

Facebook Ads Manager App for Mobile

This morning I opened the Facebook app on my iPhone to see that the ‘Facebook Ads Manager for Mobile’ app is now available. I checked another profile to see if this was a universal launch, but it appears to only be accessible on certain profiles so far. My Facebook profile is registered as an app developer, so it’s possible that the app is being rolled out to ‘developers’ first....
Create an Automated Leaderboard of Competitor Facebook Pages

Create an Automated Leaderboard of Competitor Facebook Pages

It’s always handy to keep an eye on what your competitors are up to on Facebook, but manually tracking their number of ‘Likes’ can be a chore, particularly if you’re also keen to see how well people are engaging with their posts (arguably a more important metric). One way to track your competitor’s total likes, as well as the top 5 performing posts for the week, is through the...
Who’s tweeting links to your website?

Who’s tweeting links to your website?

It’s always nice to see someone tweet a link to a blog post that you’ve written. It’s even nicer when you see that they’ve customised their message with some kind words. By keeping an eye on what they’re saying, you can often find some worthy people to network with – they’re often in a similar industry with similar opinions. Of course, there’s always the flip-side, in that you may...
Springpad is shutting down

Springpad is shutting down

Springpad has announced the news that it is shutting down. This free app provided a note taking, organising, sharing and collaboration service, vaguely similar to the likes of Evernote but with a much more ‘visual’ design, with notes being stored in notebooks that you could style to your liking. Along with a Chrome, Android, iPhone, iPad and even a Kindle app, Springpad had their own ‘Spring’ counter button… but to...
5 Top Web Tools for Digital Media Professionals

5 Top Web Tools for Digital Media Professionals

Here’s a quick post that reveals some of the web tools that I use on a reasonably regular basis, all in the name of making the life of a Digital Media professional that much easier. Suggestion: don’t reveal these to your boss. Just wave your hand vaguely and blame your amazing skills on internet magic. downforeveryoneorjustme.com supportdetails.com Bitly (get stats on any Bitly link) IFTTT Pushbullet Or scroll through...
5 Advanced Features of Social Media Management Tools (and who has them)

5 Advanced Features of Social Media Management Tools (and who has them)

The regular readers of this blog (that’s you, Dave!) will know that I was going to write a full blog post for each of the ‘5 advanced features of Social Media Management tools’ in a series of 5 parts. After the first (on advanced post scheduling and optimisation), I’ve decided that this may work better as a single blog post. Perhaps with individual posts to follow later. Always plan...
5 Next-Level Features of Social Media Management Tools (Part 1)

5 Next-Level Features of Social Media Management Tools (Part 1)

Social media platforms work hard to keep their users on their own sites and apps – even going to the extent of buying management platforms made by third parties and reducing their usability (e.g. Twitter buying Tweetdeck and then later removing it from mobile app stores). This allows them far more control over what their users see and, of course, allows them to display advertising to those users and...
Big change to Google search results. Ads more integrated.

Big change to Google search results. Ads more integrated.

Today the new layout for Google search results started displaying in one of my the Google Chrome profiles (others still display the old format). It’s a big change and feels quite different to use. Two of the more obvious changes are that the listing titles are no longer underlined – perhaps a nod towards the fact that more and more modern websites simply display links in another colour rather...

Buy your Facebook Likes here! (Seriously?)

An email received today from a UK email address with an awful social-media-keywordy-domain: Hi, I am called Ben and I design apps for Apple . I also specialise in Social media marketing helping to build businesses. Prices from :- £50 for 2,000 Facebook Likes £50 for 6,000 Instagram followers £45 for 7,000 Twitter followers £50 for 30,000 YouTube Views If a new client logs on to your Twitter page...
Telecom Ultra Broadband (VDSL) Speed Test Comparison

Telecom Ultra Broadband (VDSL) Speed Test Comparison

I recently moved from TelstraClear’s (now Vodafone) cable broadband network to Telecom’s Ultra Broadband. Fibre isn’t available in my suburb yet (Eastern Christchurch – go figure) so I’m on their VDSL option. I’d joined Telstra back in March of 2010. I had just moved from the Telecom network where I was getting 1.43Mb/s download speed and was stoked to be getting 10.21Mb/s with Telstra. More recently I had been...