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A top production company whose clients have included HBO and Google is helping marketers make ads remotely. Here's its pitch deck.

Production companies have had to shift to remote work as the coronavirus has shut down commercial shoots around the world. Tool of North America, which has worked with Google, Uber, HBO, and Verizon, is pitching its ability to provide services like livestreaming, AR, and dynamic video remotely. The company hopes its pitch deck will help it win new contracts when production picks up post-pandemic. Click here for more BI Prime stories. The COVID-19 lockdown has turned advertising into an almost...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Hbo, Disney, Trends, Facebook Messenger, Airbnb, North America, Livestreaming, Publicis, Facebook Live, Ftc, Activision, Tool, Chicco


7 Tips To Make Your Startup More Productive

In the world of startups, budgets are tight and margins slim — there’s no room for slack. As your business gains its footing, it’s crucial that you do everything you can to maximize startup productivity without inciting burnout or turnover. Boosting productivity today is easy, but ensuring its long-term presence is a bit more difficult. Taking a few simple steps now can ensure that your team is working to its full potential well into the future. Here’s where to start:  1. Have designated workf...
Tags: Startups, Facebook Messenger, Others, Business Productivity, Startup Productivity


Google Photos won’t automatically back up your WhatsApp and Facebook images

Google Photos will no longer back up images and videos from folders created by messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger — at least for the time being. Up until now, Photos did that by default, but that won’t be the case going forward. Indeed, users should soon see a notice about the change within the app. That said, the change appears to be temporary (even though it remains unclear until when it’ll last) and won’t affect previous backups. “Due to COVID-19, people are sharing more phot...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Apps, Facebook Messenger, Google Photos


Facebook Begins Dark Mode Rollout for iOS

Facebook has begun rolling out Dark Mode support for its flagship iOS app, which comes just over a year after the Facebook Messenger app also gained ‌Dark Mode‌ support. Photo via 9to5Mac After evidence showing the company had been working on the feature surfaced in April, select users are now able to activate the feature under Settings & Privacy within the Menu tab. Users are able to choose from light and dark appearances, as well as an option to automatically change the app's appearanc...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Social Media Today


5 ways to get the word out about your new side hustle

If you want to attract customers, then you'll need to be proactive about telling the world what makes your products or services special.It's hard to point to just one issue that's holding 89 percent of people with side businesses back from earning more than $1,000 per month, but failure to drum up significant demand likely plays a significant role. To start, you'd do well to experiment with social media marketing, maximizing customer reviews, receiving referrals, making the most of the marketing...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Business, Pinterest, Instagram, Steve Jobs, Marketing, Facebook Messenger, Innovation, Tripadvisor, Freelance, Gig Economy, Side Hustle, WiseStamp


I Miss AIM

These days, there’s a million different ways to chat. Sliding into DMs, group texts, Slack channels, Facebook Messenger, encrypted messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp—you name it. But half these platforms are tied to a social network, and the rest are on your phone. Chances are, your various friend groups are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Aim, Instant Messaging, Facebook Messenger, Signal, I Miss, 0_0 0_0 0_0


Mark Zuckerberg's former mentor has invested in privacy app Jumbo, which helps you mass delete old social media posts

Jumbo, a privacy management app that launched in April 2019, just announced it's raised $8 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Balderton Capital and investors include Roger McNamee, former adviser to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and now an outspoken critic of the social media giant. McNamee told BI he was impressed by Jumbo's efforts in helping consumers navigate the "jungle" of internet companies. Jumbo has rolled out a major update to its app to accompany the round, adding paid...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Balderton Capital, New York, Instagram, Trends, Brooklyn, Facebook Messenger, Business Insider, Pierre, McNamee, Pierre Valade, Cambridge Analytica, Jumbo, Roger McNamee, Valade


Opera Browser 69 for Mac Integrates Twitter into Sidebar

Opera has become the "first web browser to integrate Twitter," according to its developers. In Opera 69, released today, the social media platform now appears directly in the app's sidebar. The addition of the feature means users can access their main feed, search, and direct messages without having to open a dedicated tab to access the Twitter website or launch a separate Twitter client. The use of a keyboard and a large display makes tweeting or sending direct messages more convenient. Usi...
Tags: Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Mac Desktop, Opera Browser, Mac Integrates Twitter


The Implications Of Creating Addictive Products

If you listen to Mark Zuckerberg, he simply created an innovative piece of tech that enabled the world to “connect”. Well, that wasn’t particularly novel in 2005. We had Myspace, Friends Reunited and Bebo for that. Hell, you could message your friends in real time on Instant Messenger, long before Facebook Messenger launched in 2011. But what Facebook did better than those other businesses was create a far more addictive product – one which leveraged behavioral science principles to create so...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Facebook Messenger, Silicon Valley, Richard, Sean Parker, Branding, Bebo, BBC Panorama, Cass Sunstein, Harvard Business School, Business Strategy, Shoshana Zuboff, Aza Raskin


Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence: Supercharge Your Dropshipping Business

eCommerce businesses were started due to the boom in technological advancements. Now, with AI and chatbots, there is no stopping online dropshipping businesses. In fact, predictive analytics has now become an inseparable part of such platforms. AI has enhanced each aspect of ecommerce platforms and reduced human errors to a nominal number. Let us see how. How Chatbots and AI Supercharge Dropshipping Businesses Efficient Allocation of Human Resources AI chatbots do not get tired and inte...
Tags: Ecommerce, Business, Netflix, Facebook Messenger, Darwin, Chatbots, A.I, Better Customer Relationships Many


Facebook, Messenger and Instagram reportedly suffer outages

Users are reporting that DMs and webpages for both platforms not loading
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Facebook Messenger, Outages, Breaking, Facebook Messenger and Instagram


A Bug in Facebook Messenger for Windows Could've Helped Malware Gain Persistence

Cybersecurity researchers at Reason Labs, the threat research arm of security solutions provider Reason Cybersecurity, today disclosed details of a vulnerability they recently discovered in the Facebook Messenger application for Windows. The vulnerability, which resides in Messenger version 460.16, could allow attackers to leverage the app to potentially execute malicious files already [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Tech, Facebook Messenger, Wang Wei, Reason Labs


7 Tips for Preparing Your Business If You’re Planning a Summer Getaway

After spending what seems like infinite days and endless weeks complying with the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, you may be envisioning a summer getaway—even if only for a short weekend. Whether you have set your sights on feeling the sand between your toes at the seashore, pitching a tent amid majestic pine trees, or some other escape, your business will need to prepare (especially given the pandemic situation at hand) for your temporary absence.   Here are some tips to help make sure your comp...
Tags: Sales, Facebook Messenger, Operations, Wi Fi, Earl Wilson, Your Career, Employee Health & Wellness, Nellie Akalp


How to Create a Group Video Chat With Up to 50 WhatsApp Users

WhatsApp has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social platform, thanks to an integration with Facebook's recently announced Messenger Rooms feature. Facebook unveiled Messenger Rooms as an alternative to Zoom and Group FaceTime in April, releasing it to a small trial group of users. Facebook said part of its plan was to extend the capability to its WhatsApp and Instagram platforms, and now both apps have been updated to support the integration. ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, Messenger Rooms


Pet Health Pal: Questions and Concerns

AMV BBDO created a bot in partnership with the research and development centre, the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, which answers users’ questions via the Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp chat bot functionality. The partnership ensures Pet Health Pal is equipped with the latest information, in accordance with government-issued guidelines and pet wellness experts. AMV BDDO worked clos...
Tags: Advertising, Facebook Messenger, Mars, AMV BBDO, Waltham Petcare Science Institute, AMV BDDO, Waltham Petcare Science Institute Facebook


Spectrm raises $3M Series A from Runa Capital for its conversational marketing platform

In the ‘Age of Corona’ – as some like to call it, the roboticization of industry and business has been super-charged by the pandemic. So while companies using messaging platforms to drive customers towards purchases was always on a long term trend, the sheer volume of people staying online 24/7 during global lockdowns has led to this tactic also being boosted. So it’s therefore understandable that Spectrm, an AI-powered conversational marketing platform that does just this, has raised $3 million...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Corona, Runa Capital, LivePerson NASDAQ, Dmitry Galperin, Runa Capital Spectrm, eBay Ford Groupon Renault KLM, Max Koziolek, Spectrm


Looks Like Google Messages Might Finally Be Getting End-to-End Encryption

End-to-end encryption for RCS appears to finally be in the pipeline for Google’s messaging app. That’s according to code spotted in an upcoming version update by the folks at APKMirror, as first reported by 9to5 Google this weekend.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Imessage, Messaging, Whatsapp, Encryption, Facebook Messenger, Signal, Text Messaging, Encrypted Messaging, End To End Encryption, Text Messages, RCS


BizSugar Advisory Board: SMBs Say Sales Challenges Not Solved by Automation

Over the past year and a half or so BizSugar.com, a sister site to Small Business Trends, has gone through a bit of a transformation. The site is dedicated helping small businesses understand how they can use integrated platforms and automated processes to grow and scale their businesses. Part of that effort was to create a mastermind community for sharing ideas, experiences and expertise. And in that relatively short amount of time, the BizSugar mastermind community has grown to more than 18,0...
Tags: Interviews, Sales, Facebook Messenger, Taylor, Monique, Don, Anita, Rhonda, Monique Johnson, Anita Campbell, Ivana Taylor, Rhonda Wall, BizSugar Advisory Board, DIYMarketers Rhonda Wall, VA Village Also, Taylor Backman


How to Group Video Chat With Up to 50 Instagram Users

Instagram has been updated to allow users to create group video chats with up to 50 people on the social platform, thanks to an integration with Facebook's recently announced Messenger Rooms feature. Facebook unveiled Messenger Rooms as an alternative to Zoom and Group FaceTime last month, releasing it to a small trial group of users. Facebook said part of its plan was to extend the capability to its WhatsApp and Instagram platforms, and the latter app appears to have gotten the integration fir...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, Launch Instagram, Facebook Messenger Wait


Facebook Is Turning to AI to Teach Kids About Stranger Danger

Scams and creepers abound on Facebook Messenger. To combat them, Facebook is now turning to artificial intelligence. A new AI-powered safety feature for Messenger will now help people, particularly kids, identify bad actors and notify them about suspect accounts—all without reading the actual messages themselves.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Science, Privacy, Facebook Messenger, Dont Talk To Strangers Kiddos


Facebook introduces new Messenger safeguard aimed at combating scams and fake friends

Facebook this morning announced a new feature for Messenger designed to cut down on malicious parties looking to scam users. The company scans accounts for suspicious activity, leveraging machine learning to pick up anomalies like accounts sending a large number of requests in a short time span or numerous message requests to users under 18. The feature arrives amid a notable uptick in false friend requests caused by a change to the service’s search algorithm.  If suspicious activity is detec...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Messenger, Tech, Facebook Messenger


Can the Lockdown Push Schools in a Positive Direction?

The COVID-19 crisis has closed over 124,000 schools in America. Most will be closed until next fall, with many likely experiencing roving blackouts throughout the year. Since the rise of compulsory schooling in America a century ago, there has never been this level of school shutdown. Not during the Spanish Flu of 1918 or World War II, or after 9/11. Teachers and schools are doing their best to adjust to this strange new land. Zoom classes, asynchronous learning, and Facebook lessons are all be...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Minnesota, Parenting, America, United States, Facebook Messenger, Finland, Dallas, Barr, Organisation for Economic Co, Gayles, SEL, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Outschool, Katie Barr


How to Use Facebook's New 'Messenger Rooms'

If you use Facebook or Facebook Messenger, you’ve probably seen notifications prompting you to try out the new “Messenger Rooms” feature. Messenger Rooms are basically a free and simpler alternative to video chat apps like Zoom, Teams or Google Meet. Instead of being a separate product, they’re integrated directly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Lifehacks, Video Chat, Video Conferencing


How to use Gboard to create custom emoji with the Emoji Kitchen feature

You can't change the default emoji on Gboard, but you can create new emoji stickers. The Gboard keyboard app contains a feature called the Emoji Kitchen, which combines different emoji into unique stickers you can use when messaging. You can access the Emoji Kitchen while using Gboard in a compatible app, like Facebook Messenger. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're active on Twitter, you've probably seen the popular emoji mashup bots, which combine multiple emoji int...
Tags: Samsung, Trends, Walmart, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Messenger Visit Business Insider, Emoji Kitchen


Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Wednesday May 13

According to Allianz research, coronavirus could prove fatal to as many as 9 percent of SMEs in Germany and 11 percent in the six largest economies in Europe this year. The researchers forecast a hit of as much as 1.34 trillion euros to the Eurozone economy from the pathogen. To protect hitherto healthy German companies, including SMEs, from ruin and prevent a domino effect on supply chains, Allianz’s trade credit insurer Euler Hermes has joined up with Germany’s federal government and the Germ...
Tags: Google, Europe, UK, London, Congress, China, Germany, Singapore, Advertising, US, Sacramento, San Francisco, Facebook Messenger, Amsterdam, Belgium, Department Of Transportation


Victoria Beer Launches Virtual Campaign So Customers Can Serenade Their Loved Ones This Mother’s Day

This year, Mother’s Day will look a bit different, however Constellation Brands, creators of the Mexican beer Victoria, is making sure every mother has a Mariachi Mother’s Day. Live now on the Victoria Beer Facebook page, you can serenade your mother using the brand’s favorite Mariachi-in-training, Gregorio, who will make sure mothers enjoy the celebration they deserve. With his good-natured humor and can-do attitude, Gregorio will record an original, customizable video based on the iconic maria...
Tags: Advertising, US, Facebook Messenger, Food And Drink, Victoria, Gregorio, Mollà, Joaquin Molla, Victoria Beer, Kotani, The Community, OfficersMarci Miller, VictoriaAlex Schultz, DirectorYvonne McCarthy Brand ManagerDebbie Lee, ManagerCorey Brooks, DirectorAmplifyRam Moskovitz


A survey of 1,003 marketers shows which social-media platforms they want to use more of in 2020 and it reveals a weakness for TikTok

Both marketers and consumers plan to lean into Facebook in 2020, according to a new report from the social-media analytics platform Sprout Social.  About three out of four (74%) of the 1,003 US-based marketers who responded to Sprout Social's survey said they wanted to use Facebook more this year. 68% of marketers said they wanted to invest more time in Instagram. Roughly half of respondents said they wanted to be on Twitter (53%) and YouTube (52%) more in 2020.  Marketers were also interested...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, US, Trends, Linkedin, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Coca Cola, Lucid, Sprout Social, Tubular Labs, YouTube Twitch


A survey of 1,003 marketers shows which social-media platforms they want to use more of in 2020 and reveals a weakness for TikTok

Both marketers and consumers plan to lean into Facebook in 2020, according to a new report from the social-media analytics platform Sprout Social.  About three out of four (74%) of the 1,003 US-based marketers who responded to Sprout Social's survey said they wanted to use Facebook more this year. 68% of marketers said they wanted to invest more time in Instagram. Roughly half of respondents said they wanted to be on Twitter (53%) and YouTube (52%) more in 2020.  Marketers were also interested...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, US, Trends, Linkedin, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Coca Cola, Lucid, Sprout Social, Tubular Labs, YouTube Twitch


The top social-media platforms marketers want to lean into in 2020, according to a survey of over 1,000 industry professionals

Both marketers and consumers plan to lean into Facebook in 2020, according to a new report from the social-media analytics platform Sprout Social.  About three out of four (74%) of the 1,003 US-based marketers who responded to Sprout Social's survey said they wanted to use Facebook more this year. 68% of marketers said they wanted to invest more time in Instagram. Roughly half of respondents said they wanted to be on Twitter (53%) and YouTube (52%) more in 2020.  Marketers were also interested...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, US, Trends, Linkedin, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Coca Cola, Lucid, Sprout Social, Tubular Labs, YouTube Twitch


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #490

Facebook beats Wall Street expectations in Q1 earnings Despite the growth of Facebook’s ad business slowing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the social network beat Wall Street expectations on revenue, . Monthly active users on Facebook were up to 2.6 billion, beating expectations of 2.55 billion. And more than 3 billion internet users logged onto any Facebook service (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp etc) in the last month. The company’s shares rose upwards of 10% following the report’s release. ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, Wall Street, India, US, Seo, Linkedin, Facebook Messenger, Reddit, Brazil, Miley Cyrus, Oprah Winfrey, Mashup, Facebook Live