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This Week in Social: LinkedIn hits 300M Users, +Post Ads Go Live, and More

A lot happened in social media this week. Here are some stories you might have missed:

LinkedIn Announces 300M Users (and Other Juicy Stats)

LinkedIn announced Friday that their audience now totals 300M users, worldwide. The network also announced other demographic stats, and plans for the future. Read More >>

+Post Ads Go Live For Brands on Google+: What This Means For You

Google+ rolled out their +Post ads to all brands with over 1,000 page fans this week. Why do these ads matter? What makes them different? Read More >>

2014 Pulitzers Announced: What Twitter Thinks You Should Read

The 2014 Pulitzer Awards were announced on Monday. Simply Measured’s Lucy Hitz took to the data to find out what Twitter was talking about. Read More >>

New Facebook Insights with Ads Report: Bridging the Gap Between Paid and Organic

This week, Simply Measured rolled out our brand new Facebook Insights with Ads Report, allowing you to measure your paid activity with organic activity like never before.

Instagram Catches Twitter for US Users: But Where Should Your Brand Be?

Instagram announced last week that the photo-sharing network now has over 200M users in the US. But where are brands finding success? We compare the top industries from our Twitter and Instagram brand studies to find out. Read More >>

Twitter Acquires Data Partner Gnip

Long-standing Simply Measured friend and partner Gnip was acquired by Twitter this week. As a Twitter Certified Product, all of us at Simply Measured are excited about the possibilities this new partnership will bring. Check out Twitter’s post for more details. Read More >>

Education and Analysis

The Rise of Promoted Content, Decline of Organic Reach, and Future of Social Measurement

Simply Measured CEO Adam Schoenfeld shares some thoughts and stats about the future of social media measurement, and why understanding paid and organic in context is so crucial at this point in the marketing game. Read More >>

Data Storytelling: How Analysis Can Frame Your Content Marketing

As a content or social marketer, your job is to tell the stories your audience wants and needs to hear. This week, we broke down some key tactics for using data to do this at the next level. Read More >>

Simply Interview: Lilach Bullock

Our own Jade Furubayashi sat down with Forbes super influencer Lilach Bullock to pick her brain about her background, success, and content strategy. Read More >>

3 Phases of Social Event Planning: A Marketer’s Quick Guide

Jameson Brown, VP of Strategic Operations at Knechtel Group, breaks down the key ways a marketer should think about social content and promotion when planning, executing, and following up after a live event. Read More >>

How to Prepare Your Profile for Twitter’s Redesign

Twitter rolled out it’s new profile design to select users this week. Jade Furubayashi breaks down some key ways social media managers can prepare for their profile to make the switch. Read More >>

Any social news or great posts you read this week that you’d add to this list? Share a link in the comments!

Kevin Shively

I lead marketing for Simply Measured. Recovering journalist. My team is embarrassed of my hilarious jokes. Firm believer that the best marketers are the best storytellers and the best storytellers use the best data.

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