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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.

Monthly Link Roundup – 05-30-17

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Quora’s Ads Platform Is Out Of Beta And Available Globally (MarketingLand.com)

Quora, the platform that lets users get answers to questions on just about anything they can dream of, has now opened its native advertising platform to publishers globally. The site currently has a monthly user base of 200 million unique visitors, up from 100 million as of early 2016.

Facebook, Messenger And Instagram May Soon Support Cross-App Notifications (TheTechPortal.com)

Facebook’s family of apps—Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram—are moving in together and testing new cross-app notifications. The feature is slated to not only help users to switch more easily between the apps, but also improve the way people discover and connect with other users and brands.

Need-To-Know Metrics, Right On Your Pins (Business.Pinterest.com)

As part of Pinterest’s ongoing effort to improve its ad options and business value, the company has added Pin-specific statistics, which makes it easier for Pinterest for Business users to access and analyze their sponsored Pins data.

How to Use BuzzFeed-Style Quizzes for Social Media Marketing (SocialMediaToday.com)

Even traditional media outlets such as The New York Times, CNN, and The Economist are now using quizzes to drive engagement on social media. Quizzes can offer an engaging, interactive, and creative way to generate engagement in a wide range of niches.

Twitter Users Can Now Search for Emoji in Usernames, Tweets (AdWeek.com)
Twitter’s latest update included emoji capabilities to search, allowing power users to make emoji-specific searches more precise. This feature can also help users discover more tweets and improve searches for specific accounts that use emojis in their usernames.

Monthly Link Roundup – 04-28-17

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Schema.org Just Released New Restaurant Menu Markup — Here’s How to Get Started (MOZ.com)

With Schema.org’s latest release, the site now offers several new properties and types so that restaurants and businesses that serve food or drinks can create marked-up menus for their websites and help search engines better rank and understand their content.

Twitter Has Had A Dislike Button For Months And You Didn’t Notice (Mashable.com)

Twitter added a dislike button, or an ‘I don’t like this Tweet’ to help the platform’s tweet rank algorithm to better understand the types of content that users would like to see less of in their feed. The site then uses this information to optimize and tailor users’ experience with the platform in the future.

Google Analytics Is Adding A New Home Page (MarketingLand.com)

Google Analytics users can expect more changes coming to the platform’s interface. This month, Google announced plans to give users a new homepage that features curated, real-time data, traffic sources, user location, and devices used to visit their websites. The new and improved Google Analytics homepage will show up right after login.

Facebook Is Becoming A Social Operating System For Human Beings And Robots (BrianSolis.com)

Drawing an estimated 4,000 attendees from all around the world, an announcement made during Facebook’s F8 conference blurred the line between reality and virtual reality and human and robot engagement for users in their personal and professional lives.

How Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm Works (and What’s Coming Next) (SocialMediaToday.com)

Facebook held its annual F8 Developer conference this month, where they announced a heap of new products and tools, many of which hold truly mind-boggling potential. Soon, users can expect Facebook to be looking to boost discovery – which should benefit publishers and Pages by exposing more potentially interested users to their content.

Monthly Link Roundup – 03-31-17

Friday, March 31st, 2017

This Is Not A Test: Google Optimize Now Free — For Everyone (Analytics.GoogleBlog.com)

Last Spring, Google launched its enterprise-class A/B testing and personalization product, Google Optimize 360. The solution saw great demand from customers so the search engine giant made it more accessible by launching a free beta version last fall, which garnered over 250,000 users requesting an Optimize account. Last March 30, Google announced in its blog that both Optimize and Optimize 360 are now out of beta, with the former immediately available to everyone for free.

Youtube Creators Have Complained About Declines In Ad Revenue (Recode.net)

Several big-name advertisers suspended ads on YouTube last week and the week before after discovering their ads were making money for videos containing hate speech or supporting terrorism. Google has responded by promising greater transparency and saying it will be more aggressive in ensuring brand safety of ad placements.

Study: Only 22% Of Consumers Have Engaged With A Chatbot (RetailDive.com)

Chatbots haven’t been a retail reality for all that long, and only got a high-profile market boost from Facebook about one year ago. So, it’s probably not fair to expect customers to actually seek out chatbots.

SXSW: 4 Best Practices to Make Bots the Next Big User Interface (AdAge.com)

People spend more and more time on their smartphones, but with such a limited set of apps that it’s becoming harder and harder for newcomers to reach them. Chatbots are the solution; they play out on one of the entrenched sets of apps that people already chronically use: messaging apps.

The Periodic Table of Landing Page Elements (and How to Use Them for Explosive Success) (LeadPages.net)

landing page creation is a bit like chemistry. You’re taking elements that already exist and putting them together in just the right proportions to engineer the exact reaction you want from your audience. But which elements do you need?.

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