Category Archives: Digital Marketing

What’s New in Twitter Advertising

Twitter Advertising allows advertisers to share their message and content with the 200+ million active users on Twitter at any given time. Twitter’s advertising revenue was $45 million when it began to offer the service in 2010 and has then since grown to earn $582.8 million in global ad revenue in 2013. By 2015, it is estimated to approach over $1 billion in total worldwide revenue.

More than ever, businesses are able to target ad campaigns to the users they want to reach with a variety of determining factors. The following improvements to the Twitter Advertising Dashboard make it easier than ever to set up an effective campaign with sponsored tweets or accounts.

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1. Progress Bar

The new progress bar is visualization of how far along your campaign is, making it even easier to understand. This visual guide tracks your steps from start to finish, letting you know what’s left to be done and what is ready to go.

2. Save Drafts

This new feature allows you to take a break mid-campaign and come back and pick up where you left off. You no longer need to worry about rushing through a campaign and missing out on all the effective targeting tools Twitter ads offer. Advertisers can use keywords in the timeline, interests, location, gender, device and similarity of existing followers to target and attract new followers with their promoted tweets.

3. Maximize Results

It’s more important than ever for digital advertisers to connect and engage with the consumer and understanding how people use Twitter helps. Over 60% of Twitter users are on their mobile devices, so content needs to be catered to a shorter, on-the-go mentality. Advertisers should mix up pictures, videos, links and even new products in order to ensure relevance in the consumer’s mind. Keep things interesting, and more users will be inclined to interact with your promoted tweets.

3 Changes to the Twitter Ad Dashboard

 

 

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Social Media Content 101

You have selected the social media channels that best fit your target audience. Now what? Which content will be disseminated to each one of them? How are you going to present the content? These are just three fundamental questions that you and your team need to be analyzed thoroughly, when developing your content strategy. They can be both fun and frustrating at the same time.

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1. Who are you trying to reach?

The primary action you need to take is defining who you are trying to reach when developing content. Research and collect data on your target audience to gather their demographics (age, gender, location, etc). This data will provide a better view on the personality of those looking for your content. You can tailor the role of each social platform to suit the needs of your audiences.

2. What matters to your audience?

After discovering who you are trying to reach, the next step is to understand what type of content engages and interests your audience. The content should grab your audience’s attention immediately and naturally, by demonstrating that your brand really knows and understand them. This part requires for you to be really creative and be able to use the proper images and videos that will fit into the content you are trying to share.

3. How often should you post?

There is no rule set on stone for this question, but there are some guidelines you should strongly consider while developing your content strategy. It is very helpful to have a content calendar that will enable you to define the right frequency and consistency of your posts based on your audience. You should also take into consideration analytical information you will be able to collect from the insights of your social platforms, such as what days of the week are most of your followers active. Never post just to post make sure your content has a purpose. You need to listen to your fans and followers because they will tell you what’s working and what’s not.

To take a further look into these and other tips click here: 5 Things to Think About When Creating a Social Media Content Strategy

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Vine for Android is Here

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For all you android smartphone users out there who have been jealous of your iphone-using friends being able to use Twitter’s Vine app, guess what?  You don’t have to be envious anymore because the Vine app is now actually out and available to install from the Google Play Store!  By finally making this move, Twitter has now invited a bunch of new users to use the fun six-second video creations app.  Users can make cool animations without having the amount of time required to create a longer video of a few minutes.  These extremely short clips can be very catchy and they have the ability to efficiently get a point across, which is very useful for digital marketing agencies.  Nowadays, peoples’ attention spans are decreasing but with Vine, there is no need to worry about boring anyone.  Since it is a very new app, it is best to search for “Vine Co” in the Google Play Store; you can also click right here to get to the app.

According to a Twitter post, the app features automatic playback, sound, Explore, Popular and Trending posts, Find Friends and invite others to join.  Perhaps to make up for releasing the app for the Android platform much later than for iOS, Android engineers included a Zoom feature that is only available on Androids.  Now iphone users might have something to be a bit jealous about.

Vine for Android Finally Arrives

 

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Which of Your Pins Will Be Repinned On Pinterest?

Photo credit: Amy Gesenhues

Companies have started using Pinterest to market their products to the public. With pictures, text, and web links that can be saved to a user’s profile, Pinterest is a great social media outlet to take advantage of. However, the pictures used for the pins can make all the difference in getting products noticed and sold.

Curalate, a visual analytics and marketing platform,  has conducted a study on Pinterest pictures. To start, pins should not picture human faces. Pins that do not contain a face are 23% more likely to be repinned. It was found that  Pinterest has 4.25 times more images without a face on their social media site.

Another study found that pictures in color are preferred by Pinterest users. More specifically the colors red, orange and brown are twice as likely to be repinned over the color blue. Images taken in medium light are 20 times more likely to be repinned compared to images that are dark, and eight times more likely to be repinned than images that are white.

The directions, background and texture of a picture affects the pin’s popularity. A picture is more likely to be repinned if it is posted vertically.  Images with less than 30 percent background are repinned more, so a company shouldn’t post their product against a plain white backdrop. Also, images are pinned up to 17 times more if they have smooth textures instead of rough textures.

Pinterest can be used as a form of internet marketing. If companies set up their pins in a consumer susceptible way products will get noticed and repinned, hopefully leading to an increase in sales. Remember: forget the faces, blue is not the right hue, keep it light and upright, bring on the bold backgrounds, and be smooth.

What Images Get Pinned On Pinterest? Red Beats Blue, Portrait Over Landscape & Lose The Faces

 

 

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Google Reader Added to the List of Dead Google Products

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Google recently announced it will be discontinuing its Google Reader July 1, 2013. This has caused a lot of angry response from Industry Early Adopters/Influencers; one group even started a petition to save it.  Many people rely on using a reader to stay current on the topics trending in social media and digital marketing. There are many other readers out there, and some of them like Feedly, offer a seamless transition from Google Reader to their product. However, this is not the point.

The point is, Google is causing many people to wonder if it is worth using their products in the first place in fear that they will be discontinued. By taking action like this, Google is diminishing the trust of their users. Since 2011, 70 features or services have been eliminated. Slate created a Google Graveyard full of tombstones for all of their discontinued services pictured here. You can leave a flower for your favorite product on their website.

What this means for the internet marketing agency is it is more important than ever to be sure your digital platforms are diversified. This is also wise from purely a portfolio standpoint, but a lesson should learned that online platforms are in indeed transient.

 

Google Reader’s death sentence and fear of what’s next 

 

 

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Facebook’s Potential Adoption of Hashtags a Bid for Ad Revenue

facebook-hashtagsSocial media giant Facebook is reportedly planning to co-opt the use of hashtags, a search trademark of their rival Twitter. The move has the potential to put the two social networks in direct competition for advertising dollars from social media marketing services.

Facebook is now testing a new feature that would allow users to click on hashtags in posts, which would send them to a page where content and discussion utilizing the hashtag would be grouped. This is similar to how Twitter currently integrates hashtags into their search functions.

The new Facebook feature is notable for its integration into the Graph search function, which allows users to search their social networks in very specific terms. The Graph search currently uses Facebook likes to catalog and deliver results, but this is flawed because users like posts and content on an impulse or whim, or out of social obligation. Hashtag use, and therefore  search, signals a more deliberate use of the term, and is more valuable to digital marketing companies seeking high ROI.

Facebook is making a play for the audience’s eyeballs during live or ongoing events, like The Superbowl, NBA Finals, or the Grammys. However, the major hurdle Facebook would have to clear is its own privacy settings. Unlike Twitter, many users keep their posts private or contained to their personal networks of friends, and therefore wouldn’t show up in a hashtag search. It means that the public posts that would show up would only be a very small portion of the conversation actually happening on the platform.

Facebook Hashtags: a Play for Real-Time Ad Dollars

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Google+ Updates Visual Layout

5920040910_242ec1dd3cThe latest update from Google+ brings several revamps to the visual layout of the social network. Google+ already allowed a big cover photo to match Facebook’s new Timeline layout, but this new layout will allow even larger pictures. Users can now use an image that is up to 2120 by 1192 pixels. That is a very large image. For brands this is good news because it allows the first image to be more eye appealing and because the image is chosen by the brand it allows the best foot forward as the initial impression.

Google+ is now placing all local reviews in one handy spot on the profile page. Under the tab “Reviews” local users will be able to easily see all the reviews for the brand.  The final review is a change to hovercards. A hovercard is the image that appears when the mouse is hanging over an avatar. The hovercard is now larger and because the image is controlled by the brand this can be a help. The hovercard is also a place for launching certain functions, like initiating a hangout. This will help brands appeal to people when there is only tangential relationship between what the user is looking at and the brand.

Google+ Launches Updated Profile Pages With Larger Cover Photos, Revamped Local Reviews & About Tabs.

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YP Is A Surprise Leader in Mobile Advertising

5663152018_d6f3ca5060YP, formerly AT&T Interactive, released a press announcement that in 2012 it earned over $350milion in revenue from its mobile advertising exchange. The firm then proclaimed that was the second largest mobile advertiser in the industry. That is probably not true as Facebook should be the number two spot after Google. However the size of the revenue is shocking and it does point to YP as a potential serious contender.

This is good news for the digital public relations firm. Mobile advertising will be a future place for growth and having the options limited to Google and Facebook should give some firms pause. The two are often not in competition so the agency is not able to play one firm’s pricing structure off of the other. Another contender to play off of Google will help the digital public relations firms control prices. This is important to help encourage new clients take the leap into mobile advertising. It is also important to note that YP does use geotargeting methods, so it is on the cusp of the new methods.

YP: Our Mobile Ad Network Second Only To Google

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Twitter Reducing Some Tweets to 117 Characters

Twitter Twitter is changing how URLs are represented in tweets and this change increases the length of the link wrapper that Twitter uses to display URLs. What this means is that a longer wrapper causes a trade-off for the actual commentary of the tweet. There are now less characters available to the tweet itself.

For the digital marketing company this will make tweets harder to make. Writing will need to be denser and more concise. The reduction is not significant, the new link wrapper is only 2 characters shorter than the previous version, so it is likely to have little impact on the digital marketing company. However, approaching the new length might require new systems and possibly a thesaurus. Even though the reduction is only 2 characters it might still become an issue when the length is only 117 characters. The digital marketing company will need to be careful and extra vigilant when learning the new format.

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Twitter Now Reducing Some Tweets To 117 Characters

 

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Europe Set To Act Against Google

6764585321_7a93286294Four month ago European authorities issued a report about Google’s privacy policy. At issue is the bundling of Google products into a single service so Google would be able to draw from as wide a dataset as possible to counter Facebook’s walled garden. The issue is that users have little access to their data and no ability to prevent Google from acting on the data. European authorities, notably the CNIL of France, gave Google four months to reform. Monday was the end of the four-month period and now the CNIL is setting up a working group to at against Google.

Even though this action will be confined to Google products in Europe, it would be wrong for the American education marketing company to assume there will be no effect. Because of the sheer size of the European market any changes Google is forced to put into place might very well find itself over here as well. This does seem unlikely because the US market is so lucrative, but movement in European might bolster privacy advocates over here. Congressional action would be more likely using the European actions as political cover.

A possible benefit from this action, however, is Google’s response. This is a public opinion battle and if Google can seize the moment, then it can prevent punitive action from being levied. A way to do that is to make the data Google has collected seem savvy instead of an intrusion. Google could use the data to push relevant data at users and that might win them over to the data collection. Google Now is a product that can be at the forefront of this service. If that is Google’s response, then the education marketing company can expect to see a more effective method of reaching users.

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Google’s Consolidated Privacy Policy Draws Fresh Fire in Europe

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