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Facebook Shares Your Data

Facebook Shares Your Data

Facebook can now share your data with its affiliates. Who are they? This infographic from a leading business registration directory shows that the virtual network has an extensive worldwide physical footprint.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

I like that color scheme of Facebook has been incorporated into this design. I did think that some of the text was little small which made it hard to read.

Infographic Information: B+

The Information is helpful and is a great resource to Facebook users who otherwise may be unaware.

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Social Petworking Stars

The infographic is called Social Petworking Stars, all about the top animal and pet accounts on social media – Sockington The Cat has over 1.4m followers and Boo The World’s Cutest Dog has 4.5m likes!

Social Petworking Stars

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

The design for this infographic shows the animals in little profile boxes that help to organize the information in a creative way. I like the use of creativity in this design

Infographic Information: A

The information is fun and interesting as well as helpful for those who are looking to make their pets famous.

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Social Networking & Your Trade Show

Social Networking & Your Trade Show

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It’s not surprising that some of the hottest trade show marketing trends revolve around social media. In the new age of social networking and technology it may seem like pop up displays for trade shows are a thing of the past. But with the use of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, businesses can be even more successful with their trade show marketing.

Trade shows are a great way to connect with prospective customers while manning your tradeshow booths, marketing partners, new employees and influentials in your industry. Learn how to use social media to get the most out of attending your next trade show by following along in the Infographic below. See how Pre-show, during the trade show, and post-show you can use social media to engage with event attendees. Brought to you by NorthWest Creative Imaging.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design:  B-

Including so much information about trade shows, the best way to market yourself and your business and a host of other data about displays, booths and exhibits is a monumental task for this infographic, but it works for the most part. Good job fitting so much information in a small area.

Infographic Information: B

Most of the research is helpful and all of it is interesting…to a trade show marketer. I’m sure even the most veteran trade show attendee standing behind his trade show podium or demo station would learn a thing of two from this infographic.

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Using Images for Social Media Push Infographic

Using Images for Social Media Push Infographic

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is even truer today with the rise of social media. When we use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest the images are what grabs our attention. Instead of telling me about your trip on Facebook, show me the pictures so that I can see for myself. When tweeting don’t tell me you meet a celebrity, post the picture. On Pinterest it is easier to make a recipe when you see the image of what it is supposed to look like. Images are important to social media sites and to any website to keep the viewers interested.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

This infographic discusses the importance of images by putting together many different images into a well-constructed infographic. The top header showing the different forms of cameras and how those have changed so much over the years demonstrates the change in how instant images are available. Instead of doing screenshots of the different social media sites the images that were used to portray these sites were very accurate. The themes matched that of their social media counterparts. I do have to say that at times it felt like there was too much going on and I was not sure where to read next. And really for an infographic about images and their importance, some of the images were not very exciting. I did enjoy that one of the percentages was show as the lens of the camera that was colored in. Overall though a nice looking infographic that really conveyed the message of how important images are to social media and websites.

Infographic Information: A

The information in this infographic is interesting because it really discusses the importance of a good image on your site. Pinterest has done so well because a large majority of its site is made up of high quality pictures. The infographic pointed out that Facebook has realized the importance of images and has purchased Instagram. Instagram is an app that allows users to take pictures and format them any way they would like before sharing with their friends. The discussion of how images affect articles was great because as someone who writes blogs I know that it is extremely important to have an image if you want your post to get read. The image grabs the attention of the reader and leads them to the article. I was not surprised to see the statistic that 67% of consumers said that a product image is important in selecting a product. We all know that as consumers we want to see something before we buy it so having an image available online is just expected now. The information was interesting and very informative about the importance of images on sites especially social media sites.

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What Makes Facebook Social Games So Popular?

What Makes Facebook Social Games So Popular?

If you’re a regular Facebook user, odds are that you’ve gotten requests to help someone get an item for their farm or city, to play Words with Friends with them, or something like that.  Social games are very popular on Facebook – and it isn’t just the kids who are playing them.    This infographic addresses the sheer volume of people who play these social games, and the results of their vigorous game playing.

Top 10 Facebook Social Games*

Gardens of Time – 7,400,000 monthly active users

The SIMS Social  – 24,300,000 monthly active users

CityVille – 49,300,000 monthly active users

Double Down Casino – 4,700,000 monthly active users

Adventure World – 9,200,000 monthly active users

Words with Friends – 16,600,000 monthly active users

Bingo Blitz – 2,800,000 monthly active users

Empires & Allies – no data on monthly active users

Slotomania – 5,400,000 monthly active users

Diamond Dash – 12,500,000 monthly active users

*these games are rated in order of user satisfaction scores from Facebook

FarmVille, Bejeweled Blitz and Mafia Wars are the three most popular social games in the US and UK.

Why Do People Love These Games So Much?

The top reasons people give for playing the games are stress relief, mental stimulation, social interaction and relaxation.  In the U.S. the competitive spirit and fun and excitement are cited as reasons for playing.

Where do People Play?

Tablets, smartphones, on the internet, and 100 million people play on social networks via one or more of those devices.  61% on Facebook, 17% on Google, 15% on MySpace, and 7% on Bebo.

Average Age and Gameplay

The average age of a social gamer is 39 years old – 54% male and 46% female.  145 of social gamers play at work for at least an hour per day.

Which Social Game Genres People Play & Recommend

People like hidden object games, casino-type games, and role-playing games.

On the Rise

1/2 of the Internet population (510 million people worldwide) play social games – a 71% increase since 2010.

81 million people play social games at least one per day and 49 million people play multiple times per day.

Of these people, we’re looking at an average of 9.5 hours per week, and the number of social game players who play at least 6 hours per week as more than doubled.

Because of the hype around Alec Baldwin getting kicked off a plane for not wanting to stop his Words With Friends game, the game gained 100,000 players the next day on Facebook alone.

Brand Bonus

Social gamers like to receive new product information via social games.  Ad spending on social gaming has increased 605 since 2009 and big brands like McDonald’s, Expedia, MTV, Volvo, and Century 21 have experimented with their own social games or through branded virtual goods.

Fun for Developers

An average of $42.70 billion is spent on virtual currency.  $6 billion will be spent on virtual goods by 2013, and U.S. gamers alone spent $600 million worth of virtual goods via social gaming revenue.

Zynga, EA, and Wooga are the big developers.

Walt Disney, EA, and Google have bought smaller developers in order to get in the game.  Pun intended.

The Haters

The console video game market is sad – 33% of gamers have said that their console gameplay has declined since they started playing games on social networking sites.  By 2014 the console game market is expected to be $18.5 million vs. $11.4 billion in the mobile game market.

Scorecard

Design:  A

Well designed with clear and easy-to understand data.

Information:  A

Plenty of good information about social network gaming.

Source: Prism online casino

B2B Marketing: LinkedIn vs. Facebook Comparison Infographic

B2B Marketing: LinkedIn vs. Facebook Comparison Infographic

B2B marketers use LinkedIn and B2C marketers use Facebook. That’s only logical, right? Conventional wisdom says that B2B marketing simply doesn’t work on Facebook because prospects are socializing. But does this really make sense?

Sheer numbers point to Facebook as a better opportunity for B2B marketers. Facebook blows LinkedIn out of the water in important states like users, minutes, and even users over the age of 35. That certainly seems like a good reason to use Facebook for B2B marketing, especially if no one else is.

At first glance, it seems counter-intuitive to market B2B products when prospects are in their “at-home” mode. But is it really? B2B marketers like Southwest Airlines and United Parcel Service of America are major advertisers on NFL programming. If people will listen to B2B marketing messaging while they’re watching football, why wouldn’t they listen when they’re chatting with friends and family?

Infographic provided by: http://www.bopdesign.com

Intel Serves Up Christmas

Intel Serves Up Christmas

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Better than try to explain it myself, here is how the infogrphic explains itself – “We know that people are going to be busy watching movies this Christmas and that movie making today is heavily reliant upon computer server technology….But did you know that Intel based servers are also working behind the scenes to bring you all of these other Christmas experiences?”  Let’s take a look:

Watching  A Movie

The average film runs about 127 minutes.  It takes multiple servers one week to render 3 seconds of a movie.  So, if there are 60 seconds to every minute, and roughly 127 minutes to each movie…well, you do the math.  That a lot of computing.

Searching For Gifts Online

800 million European web users use the internet to find gift ideas.  Intel is inside over 90% of the annual 8 million times 86 servers shipped globally.

On-The-Go Shopping

eBay anticipated 3 purchases from a mobile device every second in 2011.  For every 600 smartphones or 121 tablets one Intel server is needed to get the content to load.

Shopping Online

UK consumers will spend £3.72 billion in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  Intel works with MasterCard to make your shopping experience secure.

Intel and Christmas Dinner

Intel is everywhere.  From the potato chips you eat to the cardboard boxes your gifts arrive in, Intel is involved with all of it.

Gift Delivery

DHL, the shipping company, manages a million transactions per hour.  That is managed by a data center that is powered by Intel.  Most logistics companies use Intel technology.  The basic top of the line Intel server can handle 2,500 online transactions per second.

Christmas Wishes

In 2010 209 million European Facebook users accounted for more than 10% of web activity on Christmas Day.  Most of your phone calls and emails pass through an Intel server at some point – in fact, 75% or more of Google and Facebook’s traffic are handled through Intel-based servers.  Facebook saw a 62% performance improvement after switching to Intel’s latest servers.  As many as 25 million people will send holiday wishes over Skype this year.

Google Search

Some of the most searched terms on Google leading up to this Christmas are:

10. Christmas Gifts

9. Christmas Songs

8. Christmas Trees

7. Christmas Markets

6. Christmas Decoration

5. Christmas Cards

4. Christmas Gifts

3. Christmas Ideas

2. Christmas Tree

1. Christmas Lights

Scorecard

Design:  A-

Very attractive, though some of the text is hard to read.

Information:  A

Though the data pertains to Europe, I think we can assume that Intel’s pretty important in the U.S. as well.

Source:  Intel Server Products

Dating Facts to Understand the Dating Scene

Dating Facts to Understand the Dating Scene

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This infographic goes over the ins and outs of dating, from the “boy meets girl” stage into the date itself.  The dating world is a mystery to almost anyone, even people who are seasoned daters.  Anything that can demystify the process and lead to some more happily-ever-afters is good in my book.  Let’s take a look at the infographic itself.

How Guys and Girls Meet

It would seem that the internet has a big role in the dating scene.  In 2009 more than twice as many meetings happened because of online dating rather than in clubs or via social networking.  Today, 20% of single people have dated or are dating someone they met on an online dating site.

Is There Chemistry?

30% of single people think that it only takes 15 minutes to establish whether there is chemistry or not.  12% of daters will leave a date within 30 minutes if they sense no chemistry.  Only 52% will be upfront and admit it if they are not interested in the other person.  That means 48% will not be honest.  That’s sad.  24% will be “evasive” about future availability if they feel like the first date doesn’t “work.”

Who Pays?

12% of females think it’s the guy’s responsibility to pay on the first date.  37% of guys agree.

What Do Guys Want to Hear?

According to this infographic, guys like humor that is sarcastic, then juvenile, then geeky, then raw.  According to the picture, guys like to be touched on the head(?), told their geekiness is cute, and they like to be comlpimented on their physique.  This is not explicitly explained – but there’s a picture.  I interpreted it.

What Are The Chances of a Long Term Relationship?

35% of one night stands turn into long term relationships.  54% of guys and 44% of girls have experienced love at first site.  42% of couples consist of at least one person who didn’t find the other person attractive, but became friends and then fell in love.

Who Has Sex on the First Date?

6.5% of single people freely admit that they’ve had sex on the first date plenty of times.  Frequently.  80% of singles say they disapprove of sex on the first date.  Somehow, Facebook information is under this heading, and we’re told that 89% of people friend each other on Facebook before the relationship becomes exclusive, whle 11% of singles between the ages of 35-44 wait to friend each other until the relationship becomes exclusive.

What Does “I Love You” Mean?

For 31% it means “I want you in my life.”  For 30% it means “I care about you.”  For 19% it means “I want to be in a committed relationship with you.”  For 14% it means “I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

What Topics Should I Avoid on a Date?

Past relationships, activities outside the relationship, controversial topics, topics related to relationship norms or standards, and the classic “where is this relationship headed?” topic are all off-limits.

Scorecard

Design:  C

The graphics are fuzzy, and I don’t approve of yellow print on a white background.  It’s too hard to read.  I think snappier graphics would have gotten the point across just as well as the weird little pie charts, the colors could have been better, and everything could have been clearer.

Information:  B

While the information is helpful, it’s a big vague, and I would have liked to know the test group the numbers came out of.  No sources are listed, so I don’t know where they got their information.

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Are You Addicted to Your Mobile Phone Infographic

Are You Addicted to Your Mobile Phone Infographic

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This UK-based infographic asks if you are addicted to your mobile phone.  They say that 83% of people own mobile phones, and I am thinking they are talking about the population of the UK, because no way for the whole world, you know?  Of that 83%, 35% own smartphones.  Of the people who own cell phones, about half of them admit to be addicted to their devices.  Scary.

What do people do on their phones?  44% get on the internet.  23% participate in social networking.  38% send and receive emails.  73% take photos with their phones.  54% send those photos or video with their phone.  73% of mobile phone owners text message.

What would people be willing to sacrifice in order to keep their mobile phones?  70% of mobile phone owners would sacrifice alcohol (because what is the fun of drunk dialing on a pay phone?), 63% would give up chocolate (are they crazy?), and 33% would give up sex (we’re guessing the mobile phone has something to do with that for that 33%…).

Signs of Smartphone Addiction

Of the following scenarios, if  more than 7 apply to you, you’re addicted to your mobile phone and should seek help in the form of outdoors and fresh air immediately.  Leave the phone at home.

Scenario 1 – I never turn off my mobile phone.  See the image for more statistics related to this scenario, and for the following.  I don’t want to give everything away in this description!

Scenario 2 – I walk and text.

Scenario 3 – I don’t care where I am, I’ll talk on my phone.

Scenario 4 – I use company time to make personal calls.

Scenario 5 – I Facebook, Twitter, etc during work meetings.

Scenario 6 – I take my phone to the potty with me, and use it while I’m doing my businesses.

Scenario 7 – Rather than talking to people, I check my email, Twitter feed, etc. in public.

Scenario 8 – I don’t even watch TV anymore.  I just watch stuff on my phone.

Scenario 9 – I check my social feeds in the middle of the night.

The bottom line?  Moderation is key.

Scorecard

Design:  B-

It’s kind of busy, and the colors don’t quite work.

Information:  B+

I don’t like stuff that is region specific that doesn’t state it’s region-specific.  The internet is international, Baby.

Source: Are you addicted to your mobile? by cashgenerator.co

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic

Doctor’s Tech Toolbox Infographic

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This infographic talks about modernization of health IT systems, and how $19 billion was allocated to expedite the health IT systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  It goes on to talk about spending technology-wise, and how technology is being used in the healthcare system.  It is not only an interesting bit of information about the healthcare system, but an interesting look at what types of gadgets doctors prefer to do their jobs.  The infographic informs us that US hospital spending on IT systems will be $4.7 billion by the end of this year, and will grow to $6.8 billion by the end of 2014.

The Gadgets

The majority of doctors prefer an iPad.  It doesn’t really say what the doctors use the iPads for, and I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s for work.  79% prefer the iPad.  75% of US physicians have purchased an Apple-based product, and that 38% of doctors plan to buy an iPad within a year.  Some of this must be for personal use, considering the next bit of information.

At the Point of Care

This tells us that 40% of physicians use a digital device at the point of care.  So of those 75% of physicians who have bought an iPad… Oh well.  2 in 5 doctors go online during a consultation, often on a handheld device.  The information accessed is usually drug reference, online journals, disease associations, or support groups for patients.

The Convenience of Mobile

This tells you something.  63% of the physicians are using a mobile device that is not supported by their practice in order to find mobile health solutions.  94% of physicians use consulting apps.  I suppose some practices provide mobile devices for their doctors.  The top three things physicians are interested in using mobile technology for are:  electronic medical records, prescriptions, and hospital monitoring of patients.  Mobile monitoring devices are expected to rise in demand – from a $7.7 billion dollar spend to $43 billion in 2011.  43% of the medical apps created are specifically made for health professionals.

Apps for Doctors and Nurses

This gives a brief description of 4 different apps that are used by medical professionals.  They include something that lets you look at the heart from any angle, and something that lets doctors take up-close photos of a patient’s skin.

Social Media

2/3 of physicians are using social media in their profession.  In the social media word, there are 1,188 hospitals, 548 YouTube Channels, 1018 Facebook pages, 788 Twitter accounts, 458 LinkedIn accounts, 913 FourSquare accounts, and 137 blogs.  50% of all doctors say they are influenced by user-generated content.

Design:  B+

The colors are a bit dull, but the graphics are good and the type is easy to read.

Information:  A

All very useful information about how social media and technology are changing healthcare.

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