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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.

Monthly Link Roundup – 11-30-17

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Facebook Prototypes Messenger Broadcast For Businesses (Techcrunch.com)

Facebook has internally developed “Messenger Broadcast,” a self-serve mass-messaging interface that lets businesses send marketing messages to users. This week, the company confirmed that it’s testing the feature internally, but hadn’t trialed it to the public or with businesses as of late last month.

Cyber Monday Was The Largest Online Shopping Day In U.S. History (ChicagoTribune.com)

As online spending hits record highs, fewer Americans are heading to the store. In-store visits on Thanksgiving and Black Friday dropped 1.6 percent from a year ago. Consequently, more online shopping purchases means that retailers are facing a huge challenge now in shipping orders to customers in a timely fashion.

Twitter Officially Enables 280-Character Limit For All Accounts, Including Brands (MarketingLand.com)

Twitter is officially doubling its character count. Less than two months after testing extending tweets’ maximum length to 280 characters, Twitter is enabling the new length for all users this month. Advertisers won’t yet be able to take advantage of the new length for ads created through Twitter’s self-serve platform, but they will be able to post 280-character-long organic tweets and run those as Promoted Tweets

Instagram Extends Its Branded Content Tool To Influencers With High Engagement (BusinessToday.in)

Instagram, Facebook’s photo and video sharing site, has extended its branded content tool, which allows a publisher to tag a business or brand in its post, to creators which have high engagement or influencers..

Marketers Say Snapchat Is Blowing Past Facebook, Google And Others When It Comes To Augmented Reality Ads (BusinessInsider.com)

If Snapchat could cement its reputation as the pace-setting pioneer for a new form of augmented reality advertising, it may have found a much-needed competitive differentiator as it struggles to prove its mettle as a newly public company.

Monthly Link Roundup – 10-31-17

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

8 Digital Marketing Trends Set to Expire by 2018 (blog.hubspot.com)

This coming year, consider tossing out overused, under-performing marketing trends to make room for strategies that increase brand awareness, capture qualified leads, and help your sales teams increase their revenue.

10 Mistakes Small Businesses Make When Preparing for a Busy Season (SmallBizTrends.com)

Many small-to-medium-sized businesses struggle with overcoming certain mistakes more than larger companies with an entire team to plan their every step based on millions of dollars in consumer research. SMBs may not have the same resources as the big guys, but that doesn’t mean that they should let themselves fall behind.

26 Cold Email Examples Broken Down To Help You Write Your Own (CriminallyProlific.com)

Cold emails are emails that are sent to a potential client that doesn’t have an existing connection to you. They may have a commercial tilt, but they also offer significant value.

Snapchat Rolls Out Conversion-Tracking Snap Pixel For Brands To Tie Site Traffic To In-App Ads (MarketingLand.com)

Heading fast into the holiday shopping season, Snapchat is on its way to performance-conscious marketers a way to track their customers and the sties they visit after seeing ads on their app.

How Social Media Data Has Crossed Department Lines to Provide Insight Throughout an Organization (MarTechSeries.com)

Rather than being siloed to coming up with market research strategies and measuring the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, social media data must be fully utilized as a critical source of truth for consumer opinions—whether positive or negative—about products, brands, trends, and influencers.

Monthly Link Roundup – 09-29-17

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Twitter’s Testing an Expanded 280 Character Limit with Some Users (SocialMediaToday.com)

Early this year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed questions about the possibility of extending the length of tweets. Now, Twitter is testing a change that will double its character limit for selected accounts, but it’s still not clear when the change will roll out to all users.

Facebook Spins Off ‘Messages’ As Standalone Ad Objective To Boost Messenger Bots (MarketingLand.com)

With an aim to make businesses be better informed of ways they can promote their Messenger accounts to their target markets, Facebook is making its options for businesses to buy ads more apparent. Advertisers using the company’s Ads Manager can now set “messages” as their campaign objective.

Small Businesses Can Now Schedule Videos from a Smartphone with the YouTube Studio App (SmallBizTrends.com)

The YouTube Creator Studio for mobile will soon be getting an upgrade and a new name. YouTube Studio is a tighter, more streamlined app with more features, including a ton of useful analytics, as well as the ability to schedule posts right from your smartphone.

Pinterest’s new Sections feature begins beta testing, public launch in ‘weeks’ (Techcrunch.com)

Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann announced the launch of a new feature inspired by the site’s power users. The new addition, dubbed Sections, will allow Pinterest users to divide their board into various sub-groups related to a board’s main topic.

INFOGRAPHIC: Customer Service Goes Social (MarketingProfs.com)

Customers can be very demanding—an infographic by Conversocial reveals that over half of all online shoppers expect real-time customer-care responses. But businesses must adapt, and that means finding ways to better manage customer requests and complaints on social media.

Monthly Link Roundup – 08-31-17

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

How AI And Image Recognition Are Transforming Social Media Marketing (MarTechToday.com)

Rob Begg of MarTech Today explores how visual content, artificial intelligence, and image recognition are making it easier for marketing professionals to locate discover visual content on social media for improved metrics and customer service.

Is Artificial Intelligence Marketing Gold? (DestinationCRM.com)

While it’s important for marketers to watch out for the latest trends and consider the benefits of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, they should also take a step back and examine the issues they are trying to solve. In essence, how will technology enable greater personalization and improved customer service?

How to Use AI To Improve Customer Acquisition? (TheNextWeb.com)

Brands with strong marketing components and resources are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence in different ways to get ahead in their respective business landscapes. AJ Agrawal explores the different methods that marketers can implement to use artificial intelligent to improve their customer acquisition efforts.

Why Marketers Need To Double Down On Artificial Intelligence (Forbes.com)

These days, marketers can’t afford to overlook the power of artificial intelligence. Not only is it the latest innovation in social media marketing, but it offers brands several opportunities to get a head start on their competition.

Beyond Bots: Artificial Intelligence in Marketing (Business2Community.com)

Chatbots aren’t the only form of artificial intelligence making a debut in social media marketing. There’s also predictive customer service, ad targeting, catered recommendations, and image recognition, just to name a few. By incorporating such AI technologies, SMBs make marketing campaigns targeted and more manageable.

Monthly Link Roundup – 07-28-17

Friday, July 28th, 2017

For Brands, Twitter Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint (AdWeek.com)

Arguably, Twitter offers some of the best opportunities for brands, as users come to the platform to learn about what’s happening in the world, in real-time. It long ago stopped being a 140-character-only microblogging platform, and its new, more engaging features offer big possibilities for brands looking to stand out.

Connect Social Media, Chat, Loyalty & CRM for Valuable Customer Insights (CustomerThink.com)

“Know your audience.” It’s a simple and obvious mantra for any successful business. What’s not so simple and obvious is exactly how to go about getting to know customers, especially when more and more of them spend their time in social media and messaging apps where they are essentially anonymous.

Facebook ‘Groups For Pages’ Unlocks Fan Clubs (TechCrunch.com)

This month, Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. With this new feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors, and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers.

Snapchat Hopes To Stop Copycats By Acquiring The Strong.Codes Team (DigitalTrends.com)

Snap, which is Snapchat’s parent company, recently acquired the team that created Strong.Codes, a firm known for obscuring software code, thereby making Snapchat’s features more difficult to rip off.

INFOGRAPHIC: A Guide to Social Media Platforms for Brick-and-Mortar Stores (SmallBizTrends.com)
Brick and mortar retailers often struggle to leverage social media platforms for their business. SMS Store Traffic, a retail services provider, reveals there are some important things to consider when retailers develop their social media strategy.

Monthly Link Roundup – 06-30-17

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Facebook Adds ‘Family Targeting’ to Ad Products, Enabling New Focus Options (SocialMediaToday.com)

With focus on the upcoming shopping season, Facebook announced the new family targeting option as part of a range of new tools that will enable businesses to target whole household at once.

4 LinkedIn Mini Case Studies (SocialMediaExaminer.com)

Oren Greenberg examines how four different companies have sustained a successful LinkedIn presence to enable businesses to discover how to effectively build a presence to engage their target audience.

Google Updates ‘Test My Site’ to Show How Many Visitors You’re Losing (SearchEngineJournal.com)

With statistics that indicate most sites lose half their visitors while waiting for a page to load, Google has just updated its Test My Site tool to reflect how many visitors website owners may be losing due to their page speed.

How To Improve Search Engine Ranking With Social Media Marketing? (SocialBarrel.com)
Business owners would want their website to be visible to potential customers. One way to do that would be to rank better on Google. Jane Danes discusses the different ways to improve your search engine ranking using social media marketing.

Marketers Are Searching for Instagram Services 12X More Than Snapchat’s [INFOGRAPHIC] (Entrepreneur.com)

Social media giant, Facebook, through its subsidiary Instagram and its Stories feature, showed its dominance by slowing Snapchat’s user base and revenue to a much slower pace.

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