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Google unveils Knowledge Graph

17 May 2012
Google makes search more human with Knowledge Graph

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Search engine Google has introduced new functionality to its search algorithm to provide answers to questions directly within the search results. With the launch of Knowledge Graph, Google say that it is going to help the user discover information more quickly and easily than ever before.

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Internet World 1992 to 2012 logo

20 April 2012
Cleve Gibbon from Cognifide to guest speak at Internet World

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
There’s no doubt that Internet World is going to be a bit special this year. Not only is Cleve Gibbon from Cognifide guest speaking, it also happens to be the 20th anniversary of what UBM claims is Europe’s largest digital marketing and internet conference.

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Content strategy and social search

23 February 2012
SES London presentation: Why content strategy is crucial for social search

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Yesterday, I went along to the third day of Search Engine Strategies (SES London) to present ‘Why content strategy is crucial to social search.’ My aim was to give a practical walk through what content strategy is, why as marketers (and brands) we need to understand how social media and content has a role to play in how our customers discover us through search. Reinforcing that, as the only panellist based in the UK, through case studies on this side of the pond.

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SES London

20 February 2012
A content strategy is crucial for social search

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking at Search Engine Strategies in London about how a content strategy plays an important role in social search (and therefore the bigger search picture). Alongside two search marketers from America and Canada, my role on the panel will be very much geared along the communications route, focusing on how content strategy and social search fit into a wider marketing and PR plan.

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Enchantment - The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions

25 October 2011
Book review: Enchantment by Guy Kawasaki; how I became enchanted

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Having moved a few months back, I didn’t grasp the opportunity to read the review copy of Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment, until recently (it was hidden away accidently whilst packing). It goes without saying that it’s an interesting read from the former Apple employee (on two separate occasions) and well-known figure that has experienced creating and managing successful businesses.

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Twitter facts and figures by InfographicsArchive.com

23 September 2011
Twitter facts and figures by InfographicsArchive.com

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
There are plenty of Twitter facts, figures and statistics floating about, so what's the harm in sharing a few more. Courtesy of InfographicsArchive.com, Twitter fact and figures infographic is a collation of statistics gathered earlier this year.

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The evolution of long distance relationships

23 September 2011
How social media helps in the evolution of long distance relationships

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
You've probably realised we enjoy a good infographic at Elemental, so what's not to enjoy about one that blends love and technology. The Rounds and Column Five Media have just done that, creating the evolution of long distance relationships - showing how technologies are used by couples.

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Facebook f8 developer conference x 150

22 September 2011
Facebook overhauls News Feed ahead of f8 conference

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Since Google+ launched in July, Facebook has seemingly been rolling out regular changes to its functionality and terms of use in an effort to stop the ‘death of Facebook’ chants. This most recent change, the third in 10 days, hasn’t been as well received as Facebook may have hoped – but they have historically struggled to win users over with any new change.

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Twitter vs. Time battle

19 September 2011
When is the best time to Tweet? Twitter vs. Time

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
There's no doubt Twitter captures the imagination of countless people and media. So, how much time do we spend tweeting and what impact is Twitter having upon us? Lemon.ly has created a Twitter vs. Time infographic from January up until to September 2011 that unearths some interesting data. It's a great look at some statistics on Twitter and how people use it creating a brilliant 'battle of Twitter vs. Time'.

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Google launches music discovery site Magnifier

22 August 2011
Looking at online music sites with a Magnifier

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Back in January, I jotted down my thoughts on whether online music businesses could ever turn a profit for Media Week. I said at the time, the one to watch is YouTube... and well, Google launched Magnifier - it's new music discovery service. Magnifier will not only introduce the user to new music, but it is also giving away free music every day that can be added to your Music Beta profile.

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