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In a Relationship: College Students and Their Smartphones [INFOGRAPHIC]

College students aren’t just concerned with getting good grades and finding the best parties. More than ever, they’re using their smartphones to navigate life on campus.

On the bus, waiting in line, in bed, on the treadmill and even while driving, college students can’t seem to put their phones down. Fifty-two percent say they often check their phones before getting out of bed in the morning, according to one study. Nearly half do so while in bed at night before they fall asleep.

Thirty-five percent say they sometimes use their phones while driving but stopped at a red light, and nearly 20% say they sometimes use them while the wheels are even moving. But it’s not all addiction and danger. Forty-five percent of college students say smartphones frequently help with school assignments, and 46% say they’re often helpful for work-related tasks.

The Internet education portal OnlineColleges pulled this data and more from sources including the Pew Internet & American Life Project, University of Colorado and Nielsen to produce the infographic below.

Among other notable findings: More colleges students use iPhones than any other device, email has nearly caught text messaging as the most popular use for smartphones among college students and nearly half of students use their phones to check the weather.

Check out the full infographic below for more information and let us know in the comments — do you think smartphones are doing more to distract or help college students?

Article Source: http://mashable.com/2012/06/30/smartphones-college-students-infographic/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29

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At Last! Facebook Allows Pages to Schedule Posts, Assign Admin Roles

Big changes are afoot at Facebook. Yesterday, we announced the rollout of Promoted Posts on Facebook that allow marketers to extend the reach of their page content. Today, two new changes that marketers have been requesting for what seems like forever are finally rolled out: the ability to schedule posts, and the ability to assign roles to page admins.

Hooray!

First, let’s take a look at the different admin roles and what permissions they’ll have.

Creating Facebook Page Admins

Here’s a matrix Facebook released in its Help Center that explains the 5 different roles a page admin can have, and what responsibilities those roles entail:

facebook admin roles

So a page manager is the ruler of the Facebook realm, and can do everything from create ads to moderate comments to promote and demote other page administrators. But not everyone should have that level of responsibility (or ability). You can limit some administrators to just content creation, some to just moderators, and some to simply analyzing your page Insights.

Why might you do this? Think of it this way — ever had that boss that wakes up in the middle of the night curious about how your Facebook page is performing, takes a look at your Facebook page Insights, freaks out at some numbers he doesn’t quite understand, and then starts posting updates every 15 minutes to “improve engagement?” That’s the guy you’ll demote to the ‘Insight Analyst’ role. Hey, that’s a pretty sexy name if you ask me!

Or perhaps you have a new social media intern who hasn’t quite mastered your social media strategy or brand voice, but you want to get her immersed in your social media presence so she can, you know, learn it. Maybe her role as a page administrator is ‘Moderator’ so she can do some social media monitoring, but doesn’t start messing with the page’s apps and status updates.

Sounds pretty handy, eh? To set these permissions on your own page, go to the top right corner of your screen and hit ‘Manage,’ then select ‘Settings‘ in the drop-down. That will take you to this screen:

facebook admin roles manager insight analyst

Under ‘Admin Roles,’ simply select the page administrator whose permissions you’d like to change, and select the role for which they’re best suited. Voila! You’ve now edited the roles and permissions of your Facebook page administrators. And, bonus — there is no limit to the number of admins a page can have!

Scheduling Facebook Posts

And now, for the other half of this exciting news … the ability to schedule posts! Until now, you’ve probably made use of a third-party app (still a viable solution!) to schedule your Facebook posts in advance, or you’ve simply gotten used to logging in to your Facebook account every couple hours to post your next update. But now, you have options; take a look at how easy it is to schedule your posts right in Facebook:

facebook post example

To schedule your post, simply go to your page’s sharing tool like you usually do, and select the type of post you want to add to your page. Once you’ve crafted your update, click the little blue clock icon in the lower left corner of the sharing tool, and select the year, month, day, hour, and minute at which you’d like your post to appear in the future. Then click ‘Schedule‘!

You can schedule a post up to 6 months in advance in 15-minute intervals. If you choose a date in the past, however, the post will appear immediately on your page’s timeline. And no time zone calculations are needed, either — Facebook will automatically correspond to the time zone you’re in! Pretty easy, huh?

Facebook has made no mention of a timeline for when these two features will be rolled out to all pages, so just be on the lookout.

Do the SoLoMo-tion

Have you ever heard of the term “SoLoMo”?

It’s the playful acronym for the marketing triple threat: Social, Local and Mobile.

The concept emerged in response to the world’s obsession with social media, the smartphone and tablet boom, and the increasing adoption of geo-location technology. Why use just one of these channels, when you can take advantage of all THREE at the same time?

SoLoMo is about getting local information on demand and staying connected to your social network, no matter where you are on the globe. Small-to-medium-sized businesses need to learn how to make the SoLo-Most out of their marketing efforts.

Location-based engagement (LBE) is defined by MomentFeed as “any action a consumer takes to engage with a place.”  This type of engagement can include local search, checking in, leaving reviews, redeeming coupons and offers, tagging and more. Social engagements like check-ins are valuable because the business is being exposed to hundreds and thousands of people across the social sphere.

One of the core strengths of SoLoMo is its ability to drive loyalty by revolutionizing coupons and deals.

Location-based mobile platforms allow businesses to create location-specific offers, and can reward those customers who come in and check in. Many consumers are using applications such as Foursquare, Groupon and Pushpins to find relevant local deals.

At SMS Masterminds, we have developed a piece of technology that embodies the core functions of SoLoMo. Our Loyalty Rewards Kiosk perfectly integrates social, local and mobile to create a loyalty program like none other before.

The Loyalty Rewards Kiosk is a touch pad installed at the point of sale to allow consumers to opt in to an advertiser’s marketing program simply by entering their phone number into that pad. When consumers opt in, they are then signed up to receive text message offers directly to their mobile device. They will also earn rewards for coming back into the store and checking in on the Kiosk. Our system even integrates with Facebook, so consumers are sent a text message with a link to “Like” the business’ Facebook Pageright there from their phone.

There you have ita perfect example of SoLoMo in action.

The combined marketing channels present a new way for consumers to engage with brands and products in real time. With social, brands have visibility. With mobile, brands have the reach. With local, brands have the immediacy needed to effectively communicate with consumers.

The combination of social, local, and mobile is an incredibly powerful mix. Do the SoLoMo-tion by tapping into consumers’ social habits, geographic location and the technology of smartphones to bolster your business’ marketing efforts.

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