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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?.

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.

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.

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.

Monthly Link Roundup – 11-30-16

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Now You Can Create Twitter Moments via Mobile Devices (SocialMediaToday.com)

Twitter has officially announced that users can now create and share their own Moments via mobile device. Although the microblogging platform faces an uphill battle in getting users to see the benefits and potential of creating their own Moments, a simple, mobile user-friendly process is an essential first step.

Facebook Testing New Multiproduct News Feed Ads (Adweek.com)

Facebook is testing a new type of multi-product News Feed ad with several advertisers. The new ad units will incorporate a featured main image or video with related products images underneath. When users click on an ad, they will be directed to a second page with more products. Another click brings users to the retailers websites, where they can buy products shown on the ads.

Snapchat Spectacles: Here’s Everything You Need to Know (SocialMediaExplorer.com)

Last November 10, Snapchat released Spectacles, which are sunglasses fitted with a video camera that allow users to film snaps from their own perspective. As the first consumer electronics product from the company, Spectacles are designed to work exclusively with the Snapchat app.

Automating Your Customer Interactions: Get Ready for Chatbots (ContentMarketingInstitute.com)

Chatbots are software that automate the task of talking with people online. They enable marketers to personalize their content delivery strategy and have meaningful conversations with customers at scale. As chatbots change the conversation between brands and customers, they present various opportunities (and risks) to marketers and consumers alike.

Instagram Tests Shoppable Photo Tags (Techcrunch.com)

Instagram wants its users to shop without having to interrupt their scrolling with a browser window, which is why it started showing shoppable tags on photos from several brands to iOS users in the US. Eventually Instagram wants to add a Save feature so users can bookmark posts as they browse and come back to them when they’re ready to shop.

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