Blog / 15 Mar 2017

#Newsfeed: Ed Sheeran repairs fan relationship as Facebook rips down cover video; Twitter’s mobile ad revenue expected to decline; Gmail app now lets you send money as an attachment



Plus the iconic Melbourne music landmark set to return to its former glory.


While we know that Facebook is cracking down on content that infringes copyright, what happens when the artist themselves steps in? Well we’re about to find out, thanks to Ed Sheeran. U.K. performer Charlotte Campbell had her cover of Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” taken down from Facebook by Warner Music Group, with the content only being reinstated after Sheeran got personally involved.

See the exchange between Sheeran and the singer here.


According to a new study released by eMarketer, Twitter’s U.S. mobile advertising revenue is expected to decline for the first time this year. The news comes at a time when marketers are spending more on mobile ads than ever before – in fact, eMarketer projects mobile ad spend in the U.S. to top $58 billion in 2017, a 25 percent increase over last year.

Read more about the projections here.


There’s a lot to be said for musicians using social media in an authentic way. Fast Company recently sat down with up-and-coming R&B star Jovanie to discuss how he uses his feed as a highly-curated place to show off upcoming music and the videos that put him on Atlantic Records’ radar.

Read the full interview here.


Iconic Melbourne landmark, The Esplanade Hotel, has reportedly been sold and is set to be revamped in an effort to restore it as one of the country’s best live music venues. According to The Age, the St Kilda venue – which originally closed in May 2015 – has been purchased by hotel owner, Sand Hill Road, which already owns a number of big-name establishments like Terminus Hotel in Richmond and Prahran Hotel.

Read more about this story here.


We know that Google and Facebook are the biggest names in the digital advertising space, but a new report by eMarketer has revealed that duopoly isn’t dying down any time soon. The research suggests that by 2019 Google will control an 80% market share – that’s US$36.6 billion in revenue. As for Facebook, their U.S. display business will jump 32.1% to US$16.33 billion, and will capture 39% of the U.S. display market.

Read more of the mind-boggling stats here.



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