Mobile ROI Calculator from Google

Google-SearchThese days, everything goes mobile – people, businesses and even Google. The year 2013 has been called already the year of mobile majority. The number of mobile devices is increasing and so does mobile advertising. Being world’s leader in mobile advertising, Google is a long-term thinker and is currently focusing on creating a full portfolio of metrics that would measure mobile advertising success. The new Google’s service called the Full Value of Mobile is developed to help businesses to analyze their mobile marketing effectiveness, both online and offline. As we know, Google has been playing with its AdWords program earlier this year. It was simplified in order to increase mobile advertising. However, companies had troubles to see a complete picture of how their mobile efforts influence their business.  That’s is why a need for the Full Value of Mobile service emerged.

For a local company, let’s say Michigan marketing agency, the launch of a new Google service predicts a brighter future. The Full Value of Mobile platform would give the opportunity to use features that Google has created outside of the AdWords service. Companies with limited financial resources for larger campaigns might benefit from Google’s mobile calculator and get a better sense of their mobile marketing effectiveness.

Google Launches “Full Value of Mobile” Calculator To Help Businesses Measure Online And Offline Impact of Mobile Marketing.

 

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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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Facebook Varying Ad Image Sizes

123646856_89367fecabFacebook is testing a new feature of its ads where the image size will vary. The key is social context, where a user has liked a brand or a friend of the user has liked a brand. Ads that have social context will be unaffected by the new procedure. Ads that lack social context will now have images display smaller than the ads with social context.

For the digital pr firm this is good. Now ads that have a social connection will receive a benefit to those without it. There will now be more emphasis on collecting Facebook fans and the digital pr firm will be the key to those efforts. Paid advertising will remain key but now there will be added emphasis on social efforts and increasing the fan base for a brand.

Facebook Testing Scaled-Back News Ads

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Curalate Helps Image Based Marketing

7178822192_a121b14194Curalate was one of the leaders of Pinterest based analytics. It has now released a series of tools for the brand that uses Instagram in its image-based marketing approach. It is now the only company that offers Pinterest analytics and Instagram analytics in the same dashboard.

This is good news for the smaller education marketing company. Finding an appropriate set of tools is difficult and having them work together across platforms is a special help for the smaller education marketing company that is continually trying to keep up with the larger firms that might have in house statistical teams. Having the ability to see Pinterest and Instagram analytics together will help measure image based campaigns. Sometimes there is a small difference in one social network that might have a different effect than in the other. Being able to compare the two next to each other will help the smaller firm notice these discrepancies and better refine its approaches.

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Curalate Adds Instagram Analytics, Expands Beyond Pinterest

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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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Twitter Releases Advertising API

As expected, Twitter announced on Tuesday that it is releasing an advertising API for its Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts. Several large firms (Adobe, Threadless and Levi Strauss & Co., for example) have been experimenting with the API already. An API allows advertisers to buy ads more quickly. The API also allows advertisers to link data of their ads being bought in real time with other data collection schemes. An example is an API that is able to measure TV viewing habits (as people tweet about certain shows) and then link real time ads with events in those shows.

The benefit for the digital marketing agency is a more responsive advertising platform. Linking advertising with other data collection services means ads will be better targeted and they will be more responsive to immediate changes happening that are the subjects of tweets. A more robust advertising service will also help propel it to be a legitimate contender with Facebook as a social network advertising platform. Overall this can mean lower prices all around for social media budgets.

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Twitter Launches Promoted Products API, Letting Marketers Buy Via Third-Party Tools

 

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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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