Has Facebook Removed the 20 Percent Text Rule? Probably Not

Anyone who has boosted a post on Facebook from a Facebook page knows the frustration that can come from the “20 Percent Rule.” In an effort to keep everyone’s Facebook news feeds looking less cluttered and attractive (among other reasons) Facebook restricts boosted posts to those with images featuring 20 percent or less of text.

The benefit of this rule is that users see less “meme based” advertising and more quality images. In short, the rule forces advertisers to be a bit more creative in their efforts than by simply putting up the latest picture of Grumpy Cat with a sardonic quip in Impact font.

So, is that rule finally going away?

Instagram Increases Video Length, Brings Back Multiple Video Clips

While some Instagram users are still mad that the social media service may be changing up its algorithm to bring them pictures and videos they may have missed, others are rejoicing over longer videos.

Instagram recently announced that the platform will push video length up from 15 seconds to 60 seconds and will also allow iOS users to use multiple clips from their camera roll for an individual video.

Is Your Social Media Manager Relying on “National Pancake Day”? Stop it

Some social media managers, marketers, and strategists think it’s great when “National Ice Cream Day” comes along. Some are more than happy when it’s “National Coffee Day.” Some are full of absolute glee because it’s “National Pancake Day” and they should stop it, unless your company happens to be IHOP.

Why? Because it’s absolute laziness at its finest and in its purest form.

Much like the social media “managers” who think it’s a great idea to plan out all of their posts for the week on Monday, relying on whatever “National” day it may be only serves to pigeonhole you with everyone else who is doing it.

What Twitter’s New Timeline Means to Lehigh Valley Businesses

Social media platforms are constantly changing. Wait, let me rephrase that, good social media platforms are constantly changing.

This is because, while a particular platform may have found an impressive and efficient way to allow users to communicate with each other, those users are going to continually look for more ways to do just that: communicate.

5 Ways Social Media Will Change in the Lehigh Valley in 2016

The Lehigh Valley is home to anywhere between 700,000 and 850,000 depending on your interpretation of where the valley begins and ends. Trust us, that’s not an argument you actually care to take up on social media. So, let’s just agree that it’s more than 700,000 and less than 900,000.

Regardless, it’s a lot of people. The Lehigh Valley is the largest growing area in the state and one of the largest on the East Coast. We’re totally popular and cool and it’s time to start acting like it.

This article isn’t about sentiments, but it’s time to start getting over the whole “The Lehigh Valley is boring” and “There aren’t any jobs” and “We need to go to NYC or Philly to find true innovation” examples.

Simply put, and with examples you can easily find yourself, the Lehigh Valley is an area that has every right to be on the cutting edge of social media innovation. So, that being said, here are a few ways you can expect social media in the area to change as we go through 2016 and beyond.

South Bethlehem’s First Friday Photo Scavenger Hunt Kicks off 2016

Lehigh Valley with Love Media, in conjunction with Bethlehem’s South Side Arts District, is launching the first First Friday Photo Scavenger Hunt on January 8, beginning at 5 p.m.

Participants are asked to take select pictures at or inside local participating merchants. A grand prize winner will take home a Spa Day Package from Couture Salon & Spa worth more than $200. Two runners up will receive $20 gift cards from Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub.

More information on the event, how to play, and how to submit photos, can be found at LehighValleywithLove.com.

Allentown Resident’s Switch Hands® Table Game Debuts at Sands Bethlehem (PRESS RELEASE)

 

Allentown Resident’s Switch Hands® Table Game

Debuts at Sands Bethlehem

Lehigh Valley-invited new twist on popular Blackjack game enters the Sands Bethlehem casino.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (December 18, 2015) – A new table game has hit the Sands Bethlehem casino floor, but it wasn’t made in Las Vegas.

Sands Bethlehem is now host to the new award-winning Switch Hands ® blackjack table game invented by Allentown native and Kutztown University graduate, Stephen Berkowitz, of Global Innovative Gaming, LLC.