BBM Sponsored Posts

BBM Sponsored Posts

Blackberry Messenger (BBM) has officially rolled out sponsored posts. One will see two types of sponsored posts.

  1. “sponsored invites” appear in BBM’s invites section and
  2. “sponsored sponsored posts” appear in the updates (feeds) section of BBM.

Blackberry is trying to push stickers now by means sponsored channel posts. We will soon see a lot of branded content coming in this section. Invite screen which i got had a sponsored post from Paytm which lead me to Google Playstore. Apart from the two mentioned ads, channel owners will also have the option to promote their channel in the Featured channel tab.

Blackberry has confirmed that it will not be inserting ads into chat screens, thus preserving the chat experience.

BBM Channel Sponsored Posts 


BBM App invite Screen


How to get your Klout Profile in Bing Search (Snapshot)

How to get your Klout Profile in Bing Search (Snapshot)

Bing search now extends the partnership with klout and now integrates Klout score into the search and shows a persons real word influence. Snapshots on Bing enable anyone who signs up on Kloutto verify & manage how they appear in Bing search results.

Sign up for Bing snapshot

How to enable your Klout Snapshot in Bing Search Results

To claim your Bing Snapshot you need to register for Klout if you don’t already have an account, and then connect your LinkedIn profile to your Klout account. Simple isnt it? I have already placed a request and waiting to see the results. Click here to enable your Bing Snapshot.

Now, when someone searches for you on Bing, your Klout-verified Snapshot will be displayed next to the search results and will show you the following information:

  • Public LinkedIn summary
  • Links to your connected social profiles
  • Klout Score and influential topics
  • Two of your most influential public moments from Twitter (over the past 7 days) and Instagram (over the past 90 days)

You can manage what gets shown in your Snapshot by editing your public profile data on LinkedIn. You can also turn off the display of Twitter and Instagram moments on Bing or opt out of Klout-verified Snapshots.

Urban India to have 91 Million Social Media users by December 2013

Urban India to have 91 Million Social Media users by December 2013

According to the latest report “Social Media in India – 2013” by the Internet and Mobile Association Of India (IAMAI) and IMRB the number of social media users are expected to grow 17 per cent to reach 91 million in urban India by December 2013 on account of rising Internet penetration due to increasing affordability of smartphones and availability of cost effective data plans.

Social media users in India 2013“The report estimates that the number of social media users by October 2013 will be 86 million and by December 2013, will be 91 million, showing an overall growth of 17 per cent since June 2013,” it said.

The survey was conducted across 35 cities of the country.

Key Highlights

  • Facebook is the leading website accessed by 96 per cent of all social media users and it is most used to connect with friends, publishing content and searching contacts.
  • 19.8 million users use mobile phones to access social media platforms in urban India.
  • Younger women are increasingly using social media, whereas, in the Other Metros & Small Metros, “College Going Students” show the highest proportion of social media usage. “Working Women” demographic segment is observed as having the lowest proportion of social media usage in Other, Small & Non-Metros whereas they show a moderate proportion of social media usage in the Top 4 Metros. “non-working women” are tipped to be the next emerging demographic segment with nearly 10 per cent of them accessing social media.
  • Afforadable mobile Internet plans additionally serve to increase usage levels, it added.
  • Highest proportion of social media usage in the Top 4 Metros & the Non Metros was among the demographic segment “Young Men” with 30% and 26% penetration levels respectively.
  • The corporates are spending nearly 13% of their digital advertising budget on social media in FY2012-2013. It was only 10% in FY2011-12.
  • Political parties have earmarked around 2%-5% of their election budgets for social media.

Display your Google+ Page in Gmail Sidebar for all mails originating from your Business Domain

Display your Google+ Page in Gmail Sidebar for all mails originating from your Business Domain

One of the best free promotional tools given by Google and probably the least used in the present scenario. You can display your Google+ Page in your Gmail side bar for all the emails originating from your business domain.

google plus side bar showing brand page

The Gmail people widget” makes it easier for your audience to connect with your Brand on Google+. It’s easy to be enable this feature and all you need is a verified Google+ page and digitally signed email.

Top 3 reasons why you should enable this

  1. You can grow your Google+ following by prompting customers that receive your emails to follow your brand’s Google+ page, right from Gmail.
  2. You can drive more views of your Google+ posts; your Google+ page’s posts can appear in Gmail, next to email you send to your customers.
  3. It’s free!

To start off you need to create a Google+ page which is website verified with the domain from which you will be sending emails(You must send at least 1,000 emails a week from the domain). The sender’s domain for the email must match that of the verified website. If your website is verified as, the email must be sent from the domain. If you send email from a subdomain of your verified domain (such as, Goole will still match it to your page unless there’s a different Google+ page associated with that address.

Once you’ve taken these steps, the related pages widget should display alongside emails sent from your domain. The Follow button will only appear for Gmail users with a Google+ account, and Google+ posts will only appear if the page has posted recently. Businesses that send email from an email domain (such as that is available to the general population can’t use the widget unless they’ve verified the email address through their Google+ page.

How to re-Enable Google Adsense Ad Serving in your website

How to re-Enable Google Adsense Ad Serving in your website

I had a very successful blog which at its peak, Google disabled the ad serving citing problems with content length and navigation. They picked up posts which was posted during my initial blogging days and had a word count of less than 100. They disabled ad serving without even giving a notice!. I was too busy with life that i did not get time to investigate or write back. My earnings dropped to zero! The worst nightmare coming true!

Adsense Disabled

Almost after a year and half i decided to clean up the posts. I first installed a new plugin called “Post Admin word count” which added a new column to “All posts” view. I did some quick sorting and found out all posts less than 100 words and deleted them. As a second step I decided to change the theme to a simpler minimalistic clutter free one. Now that i’ve sorted all the issues pointed by the adsense team, I reapplied at the policy content violation page mentioning the steps I took and requesting them to re-enable ad serving on my website.Withing 5 days they evaluated the website and re-enabled ad serving on website.


It will take me time to get back to those golden adsense days! but def I’m motivated enough to work harder and learn more! Happy Earning time!

Facebook Re-Designs AD Buying and Reporting Tools

Facebook Re-Designs AD Buying and Reporting Tools

Facebook has re-designed their ad buying and reporting tools. More emphasis will now be on the advertising objective and hence the ad buying process will now start with a simple question – What’s your advertising objective?

facebook advertising objective

The objectives would be

  • Clicks to Website
  • Website Conversions
  • Page Post Engagement
  • Page Likes
  • App Installs
  • App Engagement
  • In-store Offer claims
  • Event Responses

Facebook is also now giving option to advertisers as to where their ad appears. a marketer looking to drive traffic to their website can now place a desktop ad with a link to their full desktop site, and a separate mobile ad that links to their mobile site. This means businesses can better tailor ad experiences based on where people will see their message.

The reporting tool is also updated to map the result directly to the objective which was chosen during the ad creation.

facebook reporting tool with new objectives

Eg: if an advertiser wanted its ad campaign to drive Website Conversions, now we will show how many Website Conversions the ad campaign drove.

Facebook India User Statistics – October 2013

Facebook India User Statistics – October 2013

It’s been long since i posted some statistics on Facebook users in India. Overall there are 9 crore Indians using Facebook (as of oct 5th 2013) and out of this 76% of the users are Male.

Percentage of Male to Female Facebook users in India

Percentage of Male to Female Facebook users in India

If you look at the age distribution of Indians in Facebook its interesting to note that over 60% of Indians are 25 years old or younger and 30 percentage falls in the age group 25 to 45 years old. The percentage of senior citizens online is 3% (55 years old and above) which itself translates into 27 Lakh!.

Since mobile is driving the numbers for Facebook (6 crore mobile users) in India we will look at some mobile stats also. The total no of people using iOS devices in India is 30 lakh and the number of Android Users in Facebook (India) is 2 crore 20 Lakh. Blackbery and Windows mobile users are just 9.5 Lakhs and 15.6 Lakhs respectively.

The Monthly Active User base (MAU’s) in India is about 78 million as of Q1 2013.

The average CPC for India is between Rs 5 – Rs 9.

Facebook defines MAUs as a registered Facebook user who logged in and visited Facebook through the website or a mobile device or took an action to share content or activity with his/her Facebook friends or connections via a third-party website that is integrated with Facebook, in the last 30 days as of the date of measurement.

Top 10 Facebook Trends for India 2011

Top 10 Facebook Trends for India 2011

Facebook Memology for 2011 was published and here are the Top 10 trends for Facebook in India.

  1. Anna Hazare & the Jan Lokpal Bill
  2. Ra.One(film) & Chammak Challo
  3. Death of Osama bin Laden
  4. Death of jagjit Singh
  5. Death of Steve jobs
  6. Yuvraj Singh
  7. Rockstar(film)
  8. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  9. Indian National Congress
  10. Sikkim & Gujarat Earthquakes

Facebook Memology

Sachin Tendulkar (Page) was the 7th most popular and fast growing Sports personality page in Facebook for 2011. Times of India facebook page was the 8th most popular/fast growing in the category of news.

It’s interesting to see that “Why This Kolaveri da “ song could not make it to the Facebook trends for 2011.

Why This Kolaveri YouTube Video – The reach?

Kolaveri can be termed as India’s first biggest Viral hit video.

The Social Media Share stats (as of 1st dec 2011)

  • No of YouTube Video Views: 1,17,24,249
  • Facebook shares: 33,69,996
  • Tweets: 9842

The song also created a lot of versions including lot of spoofs and other regional language re-makes.

  • Female Version: 15,53,614
  • Sharad Pawar Slap: 8.67,911
  • IBNLive Spoof:


How did they get it Right?

  • Simple Lyrics
  • Youth Oriented
  • Awesome Music
  • English Subtitles ensured it went beyond South India



Twitpic and Image Copyright

Twitpic and Image Copyright

Twitpic on May 10th made changes to their Terms of service after they have signed an exclusive deal with WENN which would enable them to sell all images uploaded by Twitpic in their network.

Twitpic image copyright issuesThe important changes to the TOS are

  • “…you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of…” and “…after you remove or delete your media from the Service provided that any sub-license by Twitpic to use, reproduce or distribute the Content prior to such termination may be perpetual and irrevocable.”

Twitterati kicked off protests immediately and after a day Twitpic came up with an apology and amended its TOS page. The final word from Twitpic is that the user still owns the content. Will you still use Twitpic?