You might (or might not) be aware that Youtube is not the only social video site out there. Vimeo is a very worthy alternative. Both sites allow users to upload and distribute their videos. There are however some differences. Vimeo looks cleaner and more streamlined: the video you’re watching is really the center of attention. Youtube on the other hand shows more ads and recommended videos but it reaches a larger audience. Two similar sites, yet very different at the same time. It’s up to the brands to decide which social video site they want to be present on and, in case they choose both, which type of content to post where.
Along with the rise of Pinterest, my Finder maps became a lot cleaner and my laptop became almost boring with all maybe some day I’ll make this, wow this is beautiful, I’ll save this just in case I never encounter one of the 3 billion pictures of it ever again and other inspiring stuff being moved to an on line Pinterest account. Endless hours of beauty and chaos from any device with an internet connection. Comfort in pin chaos thanks to rich pins Still, we all need some comfort in that beautiful chaos. Luckily, like every growing kid, Pinterest is learning to organize its stuff. You could already organize your pins in several dashboards and place each of them in existing general categories, but now they’ve also launched rich pins that include more information. This way it will be easier to remember the movie hottie’s name, harder to mess up the recipe for comfort cookies and almost impossible to resist buying those lovely shoes. To start with, Pinterest cooperated with some popular websites to show more information on some pins. This way you can really do something with the pins you see and love. For now, there are three kinds of pins that include this extra information:
- Product pins to easily check availability, price and location for things like clothes (yes, my fellow ladies) and furniture and hum, more clothes. Did I mention shoes already? Shoes as well.
- Recipe pins to never mistake a teaspoon with a general spoon ever again, to know how high you’ll have to count until it’s done and all serving tips
- Movie pins with content ratings, cast members (the talented hotties I told you about!), and more
SoundCloud?SoundCloud is a social sound platform (its name kind of gives it away) where people not only share music but also create it. It was built by a Swedish sound designer and a Swedish artist. They were annoyed at how difficult it was to collaborate on a piece of music. That’s why they created SoundCloud, which started off as a platform where musicians could share their recordings. Pretty soon it became a more public social network musicians use to distribute their music. And that’s what it’s used for today: musicians (both the very famous and the bands performing in the local pubs) distribute their music and “regular” users can follow their favorite artists and discover new favorite artists! To give you an idea of how big SoundCloud has become: it has millions of users all over the world and some of the biggest artists have embraced it: Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Rihanna.
Monitor SoundCloud profiles with EngagorWith Engagor you can track all activity on SoundCloud profiles, be it your own or those of other musicians. All new tracks, comments and likes are shown in your Engagor Inbox. We also analyze these SoundCloud profiles: top posts, users most actively interacting with the profile, follower growth, Applause and Engagement rate etc. You can also keep track of the evolution in number of playlists, followings and favorites. Based on all these analytics you can use Engagor to monitor and compare different artists to each other.
Manage your own SoundCloud profilesOn top you can also manage your own SoundCloud profiles from within Engagor. You can like and comment on tracks (on both your own and other profiles) and delete comments from the tracks on your own SoundCloud profile. What’s also pretty cool is that you can play the tracks right there in your Engagor Inbox. More information on the SoundCloud analytics and the management possibilities can be found in the support articles. After Mixcloud, SoundCloud is the second music site (social network, as you wish) Engagor has integrated. As for video sites Engagor already allows users to track and manage Youtube channels but stay tuned: pretty soon a second video site will be added!
Imagine this: Thursday morning (Thursdays are the new Mondays), rainy weather (yes, spring/summer only lasts about 7 days in Belgium) and no more cold Engagor Energy drinks in our fridge. As you can image, this Engagor Ninja wasn’t feeling like doing side kicks this morning. All that changed when I entered the office. Some of my Engagor homies were talking about the ‘Auto Awesome’-feature. At first I thought it was just another Engagor feature. But then I thought, our features are awesome by default (Duh! Have you seen the Photo Uploads Feature we just released?), so there’s no need to point that out again. But apparently they were talking about the new Google feature.
Introducing: Auto AwesomeGoogle is currently hosting their annual developers conference in San Francisco: Google I/O 2013 (In case you don’t speak geek, ‘I/O’ stands for Input/Output. Just Saying). Yesterday evening they announced a new photo feature called ‘Auto Awesome’. Basically, Auto Awesome is a tool to make photos more fun (Uuuhm, yes, because creating photos was a totally horrifying experience before). There are several features included:
- HDR: High Dynamic Range. Google takes multiple exposures of the same image and then merges them. This way your photos have a broader range of shadow and light.
- Smile: We all know that moment when you take group pictures and each person in the group looks best in a different photo. Result: you can’t decide which one you should upload. Google to the rescue! ‘Smile’ chooses the best pictures of each person, and merges them into one photo. Go ahead girls, a ‘YAY’ is totally appropriate here.
- Pano: When you have a series of photos with overlapping landscape views, Auto Awesome stitches them together into one panoramic image.
- Mix: This Booth is Made for Snapping, and that’s just what it’ll do. The Sixties are back! When you take several photos with the same background, Google combines them into a Photobooth style grid.
The Engagor energy drinks have proven to be a great success. Thanks to its sugar and caffeine boost, the Engagor team has been working even harder than before. As a result Engagor just keeps growing! Over the last few months, we have had the honor of welcoming several new people to our team: support ninjas, web developers and customer success managers. Currently we are looking for several new Account Executives and Web Developers, both in the US and Belgium.