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Zuckerberg Grows. Again! : Facebook Acquires WhatsApp in $19 billion (In cash & stock)

facebook whatsapp deal Zuckerberg Grows. Again! : Facebook Acquires WhatsApp in $19 billion (In cash & stock)

Technological advances and communications have always gone hand-in-hand. In this era, where smartphones and messaging services have transformed into the list of necessities of life, the world has literally has shrunken in size.

Among all the ways of virtual communication, text messages or SMS became very popular due to its convenience but it comes with a price! However, the current trend of texting – WhatsApp, enables users to exchange unlimited multimedia messages at no cost.

In just five years, WhatsApp has built a communication service that supports over 400 million monthly active users worldwide and 320+ million daily active users. Whatsapp has 70% active users, a number even more than the social networking giant Facebook, which has 61% existing users.

Facebook declared today its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in cash and stock. It is an amazing landmark for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton. This would lead the firm in the market for messaging.

Predictions for Facebook in 2014

 

Facebook 2014 Predictions for Facebook in 2014Facebook experienced quite a bit of growth in 2013. All signs are pointing to them experiencing even more in 2014 and beyond – if they don’t pull a MySpace and lose popularity. There’s evidence for both of these possibilities if you care to dig around for the information. We’ve done the research for you and have a definitive list of specific predictions for Facebook next year.

Predictions for Facebook in 2014

Here’s a closer look at some of our specific predictions for Facebook in 2014 and beyond. Most of these are issues Facebook has had to deal with in the past, but they’re going to become even more important next year and moving forward.

  • Mobile – Facebook began concentrating on mobile devices in a huge way in 2013 and this is set to continue next year. They’ve been able to increase revenue on mobile devices quite a bit and understand that mobile is the future. If they can be on people’s phones all the time, they’re going to be in a better position.

  • Spammers – While Facebook constantly tries to do as much as they can to get spammers off their social network site, the problem still exists. This is going to continue in 2014 and beyond unless Facebook takes a more active stance against them. However, they want to make sure they have the most users, so deleting spammer accounts might not be on top of their priority list.

How To Incorporate Branding Into Your Facebook Page

By now, it’s pretty clear that establishing a social media presence is an absolute must for brands and companies. Social media can be a very valuable marketing tool, giving you an opportunity to connect to your audience and gain new followers. However, as with all tools, you have to figure out the best way to use it in order to maximize results. Otherwise, you might be squandering a great opportunity.

Your Facebook Page a great opportunity to give your followers, new and old, a better sense of your brand personality. Whimsical? Fashion-forward? Funny? Irreverent? Facebook gives you the opportunity to establish a voice that’s less corporate and more personable than on a traditional website and to tell the story of your brand without being overly promotional.

Whether you’re just starting out, or are looking for ways to improve your page, here are some suggestions on how best to incorporate branding on Facebook.

How to brand your Facebook page

Facebook page Branding How To Incorporate Branding Into Your Facebook Page

Facebook cover image using timeline images. Image courtesy of Marek Isalski / Flickr.com

Spend time on your cover and profile pictures. Make a great first impression and draw in an audience through an eye-catching cover image. An eye-tracking study found that people spend more time looking at the cover photo than anything posted to the wall, so spend some time designing an image that achieves your social media goals.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Site’s Rankings

social buttons How Social Media Can Affect Your Site’s RankingsThe world of Internet marketing can be a little fuzzy. Through the evolution of the Internet, mobile devices and marketing mediums, the rules and standards are constantly changing.

Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are booming, and many businesses have caught the wave and jumped on board, using these mediums effectively for their business.

With the evolution of Google’s ranking standards, these marketers seem to have hit the goldmine; social media can directly correspond to your site’s rankings and should no longer be ignored as an ‘optional’ marketing tool.

In 2010, Google was not interested in the reach social media business users had to their consumers for the purpose of Google rankings. Since, however, Google’s standards have evolved. Just like SEO and external and internal links are important to incorporate to your website, the number of followers and the quality of followers of your social media sites play a role in where you rank as well. Quality conversation and involvement with consumers through these platforms helps your rankings climb.

How does a business incorporate meaningful social media use for better Google rankings?

First, your business must determine which social media platforms make sense for creating connections between consumers and what the company has to offer. This can vary greatly based on the type of business and its company-client communication goals, pre-determined by the company.