Facebook Testing Statuses with Expiration Dates

When Facebook offered $3 billion to Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel to acquire the popular picture messaging app, Spiegel's flat "no" didn't deter the social media enterprise for very long. According to Philly.com, Facebook's engineers took matters into their own hands, creating a new Snapchat-like feature for their users' statuses that is now in the early stages of testing.

Select Facebook users might notice that, when they go to post a status, link, or picture on their mobile Facebook app, there's an extra step: "Choose Expiration." One such user posted a screenshot of the new feature on Twitter, showing a few different options. Facebookers can have their posts disappear within a few hours, a day, or even a week. The feature could work best for timely posts, such as event invites or trending news articles. Read the full article on Philly.com to learn more about "self-destructing" statuses.

Monitor Your Online Reputation Through Review Response

Online reviews can have a direct influence on whether a tenant chooses to rent from you. One study showed that more than seven in ten renters check online reviews, and they're also interested in seeing whether properties make timely replies to complaints and compliments.

Respage's new Review Response service aims to help the multifamily community respond to reviews. Review Response consists of reputation specialists who will monitor your reviews on sites such as Yelp, Google+ Local, and others on a daily basis; reply to both positive and negative reviews by writing custom responses, which you approve first; and provide detailed reputation reporting through an online dashboard.

Review Response rates start at $99 per month. Contact us if you'd like to learn more about the service.

New iPhone App “Somebody” Puts Human Interaction Back Into Everyday Correspondence

While texting and emailing have taken the intimacy out of everyday correspondence, the new texting app "Somebody" intends to put it back in—at least somewhat! Created in partnership by American director Miranda July and Italian high fashion label Miu Miu, the iPhone app aims to strip its users of the protective shield that makes SMS and email exchanges safe for the ego—but also impersonal and overly scripted.

Here's the gist of the app: Instead of simply texting your friend, you send the text to a third party—also a user of the app—who delivers your message in person. While you can choose the third party "messenger" from a list of available Somebody users, he or she is a total stranger, a describing factor that's essential to the Somebody experience: to make users "nervous, giddy, and alert to the people around us." Think of it as performance art-meets-SMS!

For more information about Somebody and to download the app, follow this link.

New Facebook Sweepstakes! Enter to Win an iPad Mini!

To enter the Sweepstakes, Like our Facebook Page and then look for the Sweepstakes tab (image shown below) located on our Facebook Page to enter. Sweepstakes ends October 31, 2014.

For mobile users ONLY, like our Facebook Page, and then click here to enter!

Respage Express Launches Improved Google Analytics Reporting

If you’ve logged onto Respage Express lately, you’ve probably noticed that we have some new and improved features to really help you harness the power of social media. One of those updates includes better analytics reporting.

Now when you visit the “Analyze” section of Respage Express and select “Google Analytics,” you’ll see a wealth of easy-to-read statistics with helpful graphics to help you better analyze how your blog or website is performing. You’ll still be able to view how many visitors came to your site each day, and updates include Pageviews, Pages per Session, Bounce Rate, Average Time on Page, New Visits, Regional Site Traffic, Traffic Sources, and Top Content.

If you’re compiling a report or you need to send the data to one of your colleagues, you can also export each section into a handy CSV file. The “Top Content” section will even allow you to search for a particular word or phrase and allow you to select from the top 10, 25, 50, or 100 entries. Essentially, you’ll have all the helpful Google Analytics data and tools you want all in one great dashboard.

Have questions? Want to learn more? Get in touch!

Now you can search public posts using the Respage Dashboard

Our clients use the Respage Dashboard for so many things: posting, managing mutiple properties, reputation management, analytics and more. We have now added a new feature requested by clients – the ability to search public posts.

Since they were already logged in to the Respage Dashboard and using it daily, users wanted to be able to easily search for public Tweets and Facebook posts by hashtag and keyword.

This is a free new feature for all Respage Express Clients. Check it out and tell us what you think.

Who Controls Your Facebook Page?

Admin, Editor, Moderator . . . sound like the same thing to you?

According to Facebook, not quite. People you designate as Admins, Editors, Moderators, Advertisers, and Analysts have different levels of access to your business pages. Some are individual while others overlap.

This chart breaks it down for you. Admin is the highest level, able to do everything from manage page roles / settings to create ads and see who posted as the page, so you can keep tabs on who's actively posting about what. But don't worry, this information is only viewable to Admins on your page – no other Facebook users will be able to see this information. Editors have almost the same power, though they aren't able to add or remove the page or its admins; access declines from there.

Got questions about managing your Facebook business page? Ask us.

New Facebook Sweepstakes! Enter to Win an iPad Mini!

To enter the Sweepstakes, Like our Facebook Page and then look for the Sweepstakes tab (image shown below) located on our Facebook Page to enter. Sweepstakes ends August 31, 2014.

For mobile users ONLY, like our Facebook Page, and then click here to enter!

Seen Respage’s New Facebook Analytics?

Click on 'Facebook Analytics' in your Respage dashboard.

Cool, huh? Our analytics screen looks and works better. We've revamped it to mirror Facebook's own analytics screen, calculating all your insights at the top of the page. Top posts are now incorporated on the main screen so you can review your Facebook report all in one location. This includes follower demographics, engagement levels, and what posts are working best.

Exporting results is easy, and as always you can access reporting for every property you manage through Respage Dashboard.

All that and an attractive new easy-to-read design. Got questions? Ask us.

Instagram: The New Photoshop?

Most of us are familiar with the vintage, vibrant, and distinctive photo filters that helped make Instagram a photo sharing titan. But now the service wants to be photographers' exclusive home on the web.

Instagram recently announced ten photo editing tools that mimic Photoshop's most popular features. They're bundled with Instagram 6.0, now on the market, and are a response to competitors VSCO Cam and — naturally — Apple.

There's not a lot of user feedback on the tools yet, but we'll let you know the buzz when we hear it. We'll bet, however, that many dedicated Instagram fans will quickly make the switch from other photo editing apps.