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Monthly Link Roundup – 02-28-17

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

10 Things You Should Be Doing With Snapchat Snapcodes (Forbes.com)

Back in 2015, Snapchat introduced Snapcodes and now the company has given the world the power to direct people to any URL (even using URL shorteners), thanks to new in-app tools and one via the web who snap a Snapcode using the Snapchat app. How can users and business owners take advantage of this new feature?

Hashtags in Super Bowl ads slip to 30% in 2017, overtaken by URL use in 39% (MarketingLand.com)

Hashtags were in 30 percent of Super Bowl 51 ads, down significantly from 45 percent last year. More ads used URLs than hashtags for the first time since the data has been measured, 39 percent in all. Twitter barely beat Facebook and Instagram as the most-mentioned social network, though neither was explicitly mentioned often.

Facebook Lite Hits 200m Users As Low-Bandwidth World Revenue Skyrockets (TechCrunch.com)

Facebook Lite launched in June 2015, it rocketed to 100 million monthly users by March 2016, and now it’s doubled in size to 200 million users, according to Mark Zuckerberg. These results are reflective of only a limited set of countries, which today expands to include Israel, Italy, United Arab Emirates, and South Korea.

Instagram Rolls Out Ability to Add Multiple Photos and Videos to One Post (SocialMediaExaminer.com)

Last February 25, Instagram rolled out a new feature that allows users to share multiple photos and videos in one post. With this update, users no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience they want to remember. Now, they can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all.

LinkedIn Reinstates Saved Searches After Desktop Re-Design (SocialMediaToday.com)

LinkedIn has confirmed that LinkedIn saved searches are back for paying and non-paying users. Saved searches are a handy tool and can be a valuable reference; they allow users to set up alerts for new employees in your field of interest, at certain companies, those moving into new positions, and more.

The Real Cost of Buying Fake Followers on Social Media

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

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There’s more to social media marketing than just getting a ton of Likes and followers. If you want to generate leads, see real results, and be taken seriously as a business, building relationships with your customers is essential.

 

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Will Marketers Find VR a Soon-to-be Reality? Maybe Not.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

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If you’re a marketer who’s been long hoping to integrate virtual reality (VR) in his marketing campaign, you might want to put your plans on hold. Forrester Research recently published Virtual Reality Isn’t Ready for Marketing Yet, which finds that “critical-mass consumer adoption of high-end VR headsets is five years away,” although 360-degree video “will flourish on low-to-mid-end VR devices in the meantime.”

 

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Let User-generated Content Tell Your Brand Story

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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Your brand story should be so much more than just a rundown of facts about your business. It’s even much more than how you or your employees feel about your company. Your brand story should be a complex, distinctive combination of your business facts incorporated within the emotions your brand aspires to stimulate in its customers. Essentially, your brand story is a human-to-human representation of your business.

 

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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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