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Monthly Link Roundup – 01-31-17

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Snapchat Versus Instagram Stories: What’s the Difference? (SearchEngineJournal.com)

People now live in a time where they have nothing but choices on where to publish their content. Both Instagram and Snapchat now offer the ability to post 10-second videos and photos that disappear in 24 hours. These features are meant to share what’s going on “in the moment.” Five months later, and both platforms continue competing—adding new options to each of their respective features, one after the other. So is Instagram Stories really just an imitation of Snapchat? And, if not, which should you use?

Programmatic Delivery: The Future of Content Marketing and Promotion? (moz.com)

Programmatic is a term used to describe the buying of advertising using software and algorithms. Although still in its infancy from a content perspective, the technology and methodology behind programmatic content offers massive potential for the world of content marketing, and even SEO.

YouTube Gains Access To Google Account Data For Ad Targeting, Teases New Measurement Solution (MarketingLand.com)

Google-owned YouTube made several announcements last January 20, 2017. The most immediate update is that Google account data can now be used for ad targeting and measurement across search and YouTube. The changes come as over 50 percent of YouTube views now happen on mobile. The search engine also announced that it will be working on a cloud-based measurement solution over the next year in collaboration with third-party vendors including comScore, DoubleVerify, IAS, MOAT and Nielsen.

Facebook Revamps Privacy Basics (AdWeek.com)

Last January 28, 2017, Facebook issued an update to its Privacy Basics portal in advance of Data Privacy Day. The social network introduced Privacy Basics in November 2014, saying at the time that it offered interactive guides to answer the most frequently asked questions by users about how they could control their information on Facebook. In a Newsroom post earlier that week, the social network announced that Privacy Basics now features 32 such guides, in 44 languages.

Social Listening in 2017: The Next Frontier in Social Media (MarketingProfs.com)

As social media becomes increasingly important to both ensuring a memorable customer experience and mapping the customer journey, marketers are now using social listening to help formulate their strategy, gathering this type of data for three key reasons: market research and consumer insights, customer engagement, and customer experience and crisis management.

Google Announces New Ad Targeting Options and Better Measurement Tools for YouTube

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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Google is looking to add greater functionality and better ad options to YouTube, its online video platform. The search engine giant recently announced a set of new changes to YouTube, most of which are focused on the ever-changing and expanding role of mobile apps and devices.

 

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Making Your Social Media Marketing Efforts More “Human”

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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When maintaining an online presence, interacting with customers is necessary and inevitable—be it blogging, product sales, or handling inquiries and complaints. Building trust goes a long way, and it helps to let customers feel that their voices are heard and you’re not just some faceless company that’s only looking to make a profit.

 

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Stay Classy; Do Visual Content Marketing Right

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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Visual content marketing, when executed well, can be an incredibly powerful tool that will help increase engagement and attract links to your website. Moreover, visual content can help improve online visibility and inform audiences about your brand’s story.

 

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Start Your 2017 Social Media Marketing Campaigns with Strategies that Work

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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There are now over 7 billion people in the world, with almost half of the population being internet users, and 31% active on social media. The world has obviously changed, and no doubt it will continue to change over time.

 

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Monthly Link Roundup – 12-30-16

Friday, December 30th, 2016

How the 2016 US Presidential Election Will Change Social Media (SocialMediaToday.com)

If there was any doubt over the influence of social media, the results of the 2016 US Presidential Election proved the medium’s importance. Social media networks are now a legitimate news source, and an increasingly relevant platform for news and media insights.

5 Lessons Content Marketing Can Learn from Journalism (ContentMarketingInstitute.com)

Most marketing articles and listicles found online feel artificial, even deceptive, and it leads many in the journalism industry to look down on those in content marketing. As they see it, journalism is an industry made of equal parts substance and flavor, while content marketing is one of fluff and blandness.

How to Use Facebook Login on Your Website (SocialMediaExaminer.com)

Do you want more information about the people who log into your website? Wondering how you can target your website visitors more effectively on Facebook? When you let visitors log into your site with their Facebook profile, you can collect their demographic attributes and other characteristics.

Improve Your Paid Search & Social Through Relationship Marketing (MarketingLand.com)

The key to a successful relationship marketing program is to take customers on a buying journey. An effective paid search and social program must create brand awareness, generate demand, force a buying decision, and finally inspire brand loyalty and advocacy.

Mobile Shopping Is on the Rise, But Security Is at Risk (Infographic) (AdWeek.com)

The widespread use of mobile devices has had a large impact on everything from advertising to user behavior and shopping habits. Mobile security provider, Trustlook, recently published an infographic that examines user behavior on mobile during the holiday season and the issues with mobile device security.

It’s Not Too Late to Add Christmas Flair to Your Social Media Campaign

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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Every year, holiday marketing campaigns become more and more elaborate, with social media now taking center stage. As a small business owner it’s easy to feel disheartened and jealous of the big brands, given your limited marketing resources and budget.

 

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