Welcome to another week of the Top 8! Last week, I was on vacation so there was no usual awesome roundup from me. But this week I’m back in action with much to share with you! There has been a lot of changes going in the world of Buddytruk and apparently i the world of tech/business as well. So, let’s dive into things shall we?!
1. NFL Stars invest in Buddytruk!
Buddytruk is proud to announce that NFL stars, Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Back, Malcolm Jenkins and Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver, Brian Hartline have joined #TeamBuddytruk. These two NFL stars made sizable investments into Buddytruk (details of their investment amount are not publicly disclosed at this time). We are honored to have Mr. Jenkins and Mr.Hartline as a part of our company. We’re huge football fans around here so, it’s been hard to contain our excitement! It’s fantastic news to see Buddytruk grow and continue gaining more support from our communities!
Buddytruk is proud to present to you our brand new animated commercial, “Don’t Be This Guy.” It’s a hilarious look at why it might be a great idea to use your buddy with a truck when you need to get your large items home! Animation by the ridiculously talented Steve Umbleby.
Earlier this week, Buddytruk CTO, Ryan Salmons caught up with Kari Furman of Zebra and talked about how peer to peer moving is changing the industry. Check it out and learn more about the peer to peer moving industry.
4. Heal The Bay Thanks Buddytruk.
Last Thursday our pals at Heal The Bay gave us a shout out for their “Thank You Thursday” post. Heal The Bay is such a great company with a fantastic cause they we’re proud to be amongst their supporters. Last month during their annual clean up we had over 1,400 volunteers help clean up the beach. It was a fun day and we hope we can continue our efforts to help improve our environment!
5. Facebook Conquest of the internet is almost complete with news stream addition.
Facebook caused a digital firestorm this week by announcing its new Instant Articles platform for Facebook users. This will allow Facebook users to receive interactive articles on Facebook faster (and richer according to Facebook) on your mobile devices. With this new update, Facebook has officially put the rest of the world on notice. Two things to keep in mind: 1. Facebook is only growing (not fading out as some have suggested/hoped) and 2. What will be the response from rival platforms like Twitter, Pinterest, and others? Read more about this update here.
6. Japanese smartphone lets you pay for things with your eyes.
7. Where do U.S. mobile users spend most of their time?
TechCrunch shares a revealing report about where U.S. Mobile users spend most of their time. According to the article, messaging apps are becoming the most heavily-used type of app in a majority of key markets worldwide. However, according to new data from App Annie, the U.S. is an exception to that trend. Here, Facebook still dominates in terms of smartphone sessions, while both Facebook and Instagram led by time spent in apps.
In fact, App Annie’s dataset recently grew following its acquisition of mobile measurement firm Mobidia last week. The firm is able to now detail app usage data from millions of users across 60 countries. With Mobidia and App Annie’s data combined, the company put out its first-ever report examining usage-level trends regarding mobile applications, which looked, in particular, at countries like the U.S., U.K., Germany, Japan, and South Korea.
Forbes release a fascinating look into how Google plays a critical role into the influence of companies in Silicon Valley. Google’s influence on Silicon Valley’s culture and business was especially underscored by Wednesday’s departure of Google’s top PR exec, Rachel Whetstone, to Uber, where she will lead communications and public policy. She is replacing former Obama adviser David Plouffe.
The influence of Google’s former PR pros now runs communications at many of the most important Valley companies. That includes Facebook, Twitter, Tesla, Square, Yahoo, Lyft, Uber, and Pinterest. Other Google PR veterans hold similar roles at elite venture firms or agencies that cater to top tech concerns, and many more toil in the ranks of communications companies throughout the Valley.
What do you think about our brand new commercial? Our awesome new investments from NFL stars? Our other exciting articles from this week’s Top 8? See you next week! Same Buddytruk time. Same Buddytruk hour.