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2020 social media review

I do not need to summarise what kind of year 2020 was, we are all too familiar with the events of the past 12 months. We are now three months into 2021, so it might seem a bit late to be reviewing social media from…

Laptop showing the Facebook Ad interface.

Advertising on Facebook

Facebook advertising was the topic of discussion during the latest digital forum, this blog post summarises the meeting. If you are a student or staff member at the University of St Andrews, the slides from the digital…

2018 social media review

2018 saw another busy year for the University’s official social media channels. During the last 12 months, we have been working hard to increase our presence on social media by building our audience. To do this, we…

Screenshot of Facebook ad manager interface

Paying to post – advertising on Facebook

It is estimated that in 2017, nearly 36 billion USD will be spent on social network advertising. Facebook is one of the biggest platforms for advertising online after Google, and with adverts appearing naturally in a…

Social media image sizes cheat sheet for 2017

Recent studies have found that images used on Twitter double the engagement rate of posts – and this makes a lot of sense. In the world of social media, images stand out in a sea of text. However, image sizes vary…

A to Z of social media

The world of social media moves at a fast pace, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all the latest platforms, technologies and terms. To help, I’ve compiled an (almost) A to Z list of common…

Content curation and storytelling using Storify

I’ve written before about the importance of using authentic, user-generated content, particularly in relation to social media in the context of higher education. In the past few months, we’ve endeavoured to follow our…

Graduation 2016 social media analytics

The University’s social media activities for graduation 2016 were shaped by three main aims: to increase following, reach and awareness by producing shareable content and by capitalising on high profile graduation…

How to interpret Facebook reactions

The new Facebook “reactions” allow users to go beyond simply liking content. There are now six different emojis with which to react: like, love, haha, wow, sad or angry. This new function is fairly simple for users to…