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Monthly Link Roundup – 02-28-18

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Vero Hits No. 1 on Apple’s App Store, but Can Subscription Social Network Sustain the Hype? (Variety.com)

Seemingly overnight, Vero, which is hailed as “the new Instagram”, has burst into the internet zeitgeist after it jumped from 99 to the top spot on Apple’s App Store ranking of free apps. The ad-free social network sorts posts in chronological order and lets users share photos, add links, and recommend content to friends.

Facebook’s Plan To Unite AR, VR And News Feed With 3D Posts (Techcrunch.com)

Facebook’s 3D posts now support the industry standard gITF 2.0 file format, which enables the appearance of textures, lighting, and realistic rendering of rough and shiny objects. Users can now drag-and-drop 3D objects into the feed, as well as take 3D posts and bring them into Facebook Spaces, the social network’s VR hangout rooms.

Twitter CEO Hints at Redesign For The Site, Which Is ‘Too Text-heavy And Hard To Use’ (Independent.co.uk)

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey says regular account holders and advertisers have said that they’re finding the site difficult to use, and that they’re asking him to simplify the micro-blogging platform and give users a more personalized experience.

Some People Who Screenshot Instagram Stories Are Getting Flagged (TheVerge.com)

Instagram is currently testing a new feature that identifies users who take screenshots of public Instagram Stories. The latest thing to be lifted from Snapchat, the flagging feature hasn’t been turned on for all users for Instagram to first gauge response.

INFOGRAPHIC: It’s Not Just Millennials Who Are Glued To Their Phones (Adweek.com)

New studies show that millennials and Gen Z-ers aren’t the only ones glued to their phones—almost half of seniors own a smartphone, and 38 percent have a mobile phone that’s not a smartphone..

Four Social Media Marketing Influencers You Should Know

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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In the last few years, digital marketing has moved away from optimizing for search engines and algorithms to creating connections and engagements with actual human beings. Having a distinct and highly engaging voice is an obvious competitive advantage when you’re trying to get your brand ahead of your competitors. Thus, digital marketing strategies have shifted towards engaging, relatable content and user experience metrics.

 

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Facebook Will Now Use Actual Views to Measure Post Reach

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

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Early this week, Facebook launched two updates to Page Insights, one of which is set to affect how your posts’ organic reach will be measured.

 

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The Retro Revolution: Nostalgia Marketing And What It Can Do For Your Brand

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

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In an ever-changing world that seems to be evolving at break-neck speed, immersing in nostalgia is like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket of “the good ol’ days”, when things were much simpler, and you didn’t have embarrassing throwback photos on social media to worry about.

 

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Monthly Link Roundup – 01-31-18

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

2018: Year Of The Influencer Or Year Of The Influencer Marketing Implosion? (MarketingLand.com)

Influencer marketing has become very popular as a form of social media marketing, but can that popularity last? In the current media landscape, the rewards for influencer marketing are so high that many brands simply have no choice but to take the plunge.

Why The ‘Working Backwards’ Method Is Key To A Superior Customer Experience (EConsultancy.com)

The ‘working backwards’ method is defined by a focus on the customer need. Instead of starting with the technology, one needs to start with the customer experience and work backwards towards the technology. Working backwards means introducing the benefits of technology to customers so they can use it to solve an existing problem in their lives.

10 Ways To Make Videos Your Customers Can’t Resist (ContentMarketingInstitute.com)

Videos are very ‘in’ right now. Should go follow the video ad examples that top brands have been sharing online, or should you come up with your own best practices? Whether you decide to go with the flow and jump on the bandwagon, or pave your own way and take full responsibility for the outcome, learning and video ambassador for TechSmith Corp. gives different ways to make irresistible videos.

5 Amazing Small Business Predictions You Can’t Afford to Miss (SmallBizTrends.com)

With 2018 just underway, plenty of small businesses are curious about what the year will have in store. If you’re a small business owner, here are some of the major areas that your brand might want to take note of.

How CES Highlights the Speed of Change for Brands (AdWeek.com)

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), senior marketing director of global media for Google, Joshua Spanier, sees CES as a crucial intersection of business and technology. In this converged and connected world, however, marketers must create entirely new operating models and paradigms to get recommendation engines to actually recommend their products and services.

Giddy Up and Boost Your Conversions by Jumping on the Bandwagon Effect

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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The bandwagon effect is a term coined by marketers to refer to the behavior of consumers following a thread that has been created by the needs and wants of the masses. It’s a truth that is almost universally acknowledged—people tend to copy the behavior of the individuals surrounding them. When applied, the bandwagon effect creates a ripple wherein people are swayed by a product or service, which in turn attracts new, potential customers to desire the product or service as well.

 

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Sweet Ideas for Your New 280-Character Tweets

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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When Twitter’s new 280-character limit was rolled out to users last November, the move opened a new horizon for social media marketing for businesses, and yet received some criticism as well. Some believed that taking away the 140-character limit reduced users’ creativity and conciseness, and made Twitter just like any other social networking site.

 

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