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Monthly Link Roundup – 12-29-17

Friday, December 29th, 2017

What Small Businesses Stand to Lose in a Net Neutrality Rollback (HBR.org)

For small businesses, rolling back net neutrality can have huge consequences. Small business owners will have to bear the costs of “pay-to-play” internet service, which could make it harder for them to grow without providing a cut of their revenue to their broadband provider. Those that refuse to pay are likely to find themselves at a commercial disadvantage.

Explainer: Why Other Countries Care That The U.S. Ditched Net Neutrality (RFERL.org)

In large part, net neutrality is an internal battle within the United States over consumer choice and how the Internet will operate. Nonetheless, it also could have a significant impact beyond United States’ borders, especially for businesses and users who routinely interact with American-based Internet services in their daily or professional lives.

What Net Neutrality Means for E-commerce, Consumers, Retail (WWD.com)

According to experts, net neutrality will cause small, independent brands reliant on social media to suffer. Ryan Patel, a global brand-building executive says that ISPs could potentially take full advantage of the repeal and exercise their ability to favor companies that are willing to pay more to get to the consumer faster and first. This could result in smaller companies to be at a disadvantage.

Why Online Marketers Can’t Ignore Net Neutrality (Forbes.com)

When the competition is over money rather than quality, the standard for content and product quality will drop while smaller e-commerce prices skyrocket to compensate for the cost. Without net neutrality, marketers would have to cast the widest net through major websites with the most user access rather than providing original content to customers actively searching for a product.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Issue of Net Neutrality – What You Need To Know (Visual.ly)
One certain outcome of the current debate about net neutrality and how the FCC will regulate ISPs is everyone—private internet users, businesses and business owners, marketers, etc.—will have to live with whatever the rules are for a long time.

Facebook Cracks Down on Engagement Bait in News Feeds

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

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Facebook continues to penalize people and Pages that try to outsmart its News Feed algorithm. Engagement bait is the latest type of spam that the social network wants to eliminate from its users’ News Feeds.

 

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Google Increases Snippet Length in SERPs + Writing Highly-converting Meta Descriptions

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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Now that Google has confirmed that it officially increased the length of snippets in its search engine results pages (SERPs) to a maximum of 320 characters, websites can now provide more descriptive and useful content to boost their rankings and help users better understand how their pages are relevant to searches.

 

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Go Beyond Points and Rewards by Building Customer Loyalty and Engagement

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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In digital marketing, it’s often said that it costs more to get a new customer than to keep an old one, which is why many fall back on tried-and-tested customer loyalty programs. But apart from these expensive and time-consuming schemes, what else can you do to achieve greater customer longevity?

 

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