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Monthly Link Roundup – 04-27-18

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Influencer Marketing Has Hit Cryptoworld (DigiDay.com)

There’s a growing number of influencers on popular social media platforms like Instagram or YouTube who are being paid anywhere from a few hundred to tens of thousands of dollars to endorse new or initial coin offerings.

Brands Boost Influencer Marketing Budgets (BusinessOfFashion.com)

The latest trends in brand-influencer relations indicate that influencer marketing has hit the mainstream—marketing budgets are on the rise and micro-influencers are gaining popularity, especially on popular social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

Brands Hesitated With Marketing on Social Media, and They’re Doing the Same With Influencers (AdWeek.com)

These days there’s skepticism around the authenticity of follower and fan count, as influencers have started to become more and more expensive, and legal matters are getting trickier to keep up with and manage. Moreover, issues about measurement, brand safety, and whether influencers properly endorse everyone or not.

Spotting Those Influencers Who May Have “Bought” Their Following (ResourceMagOnline.com)

Before reaching out to influencers to market your products or brand, make sure to do your research and find out whether the following that they have garnered and the likes they’ve acquired on a post are legitimate. Turns out, people can buy their likes and following through the internet, and there are companies that will provide buyers with an audience of fake “bot” profiles to increase one’s following.

INFOGRAPHIC: Follow the Influencer to Follow the Money (MarketingProfs.com)

Recent studies explain why marketers might want to get onboard the influencer marketing bandwagon; turns out influencer marketing results on average in a return on investment that’s 11 times higher than that of traditional marketing methods such as TV, print, and desktop ads, or $6.50 in return for every dollar spent.

Monthly Link Roundup – 03-30-18

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Twitter CEO Wants to Open Up Verified Accounts to Everyone (Variety.com)

CEO Jack Dorsey discussed early this month of Twitter’s plan to make it possible for any user to get a verified account. “The intention is to open verification to everyone, and to do it in a way that is scalable where [Twitter is] not in the way,” Dorsey said. “And people can verify more facts about themselves, and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part.”

The Biggest Engineering And Technology Trends At SXSW (imeche.org.com)

While conference attendees donned cowboy hats and sank Old-Fashioneds at a wooden bar, tech and engineering enthusiasts were propelled into the future through a series of fascinating talks and interviews with some of the biggest and brightest names in science and technology. Addressing the bandwidth problem, AI software, and safer and “more human” vehicles were just some of the biggest tech topics at SXSW this year.

Instagram Will Be Better About Showing You New Pictures First (TheVerge.com)

Instagram has announced that it’s updating its algorithm to make sure that newer posts will be more likely to appear first in your feed. Along with the updated algorithm, the app is also testing a “New Posts” button that will let users choose when they’d like to refresh the feed.

Mark Zuckerberg Thinks We’re Idiots. (MondayNote.com)

Thanks to the Cambridge Analytica revelations, we’re finding out that Facebook allowed a much broader and deeper prostitution of our private data than it had previously claimed. Facebook’s disingenuous explanations call for more questions and even less trust.

INFOGRAPHIC: Social Media as the New E-Commerce Platform (MarketingProfs.com)

Marketers’ use of social media has evolved. When social media first joined the Internet, brands tried to figure out how to use the platform for customer acquisition, using brand pages, social-only promo codes, and social listening to help with this goal. The infographic explores the next phase in the social/e-commerce matchup: purchasing on social media.

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..

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.

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.

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