Digital Marketing News: Twitter’s Bot Detox Fallout, Google’s Mobile Thumbs-Up, & Millennial’s Top Social IQ Factors

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Report: Google’s mobile search results now show image thumbnails 45% of the time
Mobile Google users see image thumbnails in nearly half the search results shown, according to new report data. Should marketers consider placing greater importance on thumb images? Search Engine Land

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Twitter’s bot purge welcomed by agency execs
Twitter recently deleted millions of spam and inactive accounts in an effort to improve the platform. Does the move increase credibility among marketers and influencers? DigiDay

Report: Social media sentiment not predictive of offline brand outcomes
New research looks into online and offline brand conversations and their effect on consumer sentiment, plus the motivations that drive them. Marketing Land

EU digital chief urges lawmakers to ease tough copyright stand
The European Union’s top digital advisor has asked E.U. lawmakers to relax stringent proposed copyright reforms. A look at warding off potential losses in creative technology industries by re-visiting rules for the digital age. Reuters

Millennials Want Brands With Values, But, Really, A Good Deal More
New report data reveals what millennials admire in brands, and takes a look at a variety of the social IQ factors that drive the demographic. MediaPost

Facebook says ‘tens of thousands’ of people opt in to take its user surveys every week
Facebook has said that each week tens of thousands of users fill out feedback surveys offered by the platform. What can marketers learn from how Facebook gathers and uses survey feedback? Marketing Land

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‘Father of modern marketing’ Philip Kotler on avoiding brand decay and preparing for disruption
Long-time marketing author Philip Kotler, sometimes called the father of modern marketing, has shared new thoughts about brand decay, disruption, and how satisfying needs better than anyone else is still as relevant as ever. Marketing Week

Facebook testing AR ads in the News Feed & new tool to help brands create video ads
Facebook is trialing augmented reality (A.R.) news-feed ads, and has announced that mobile video ads are also getting several new features. Marketing Land

Data shows people want serious long-form content — and brands need to take note
New research data reveals that many are craving weightier content, and how marketers are successfully battling today’s massive competition for engagement. The Next Web

Survey: Google, Facebook most influential
New survey data shows the continuing power of advertising on Facebook and Google. The digital ad trends report also offers up online consumer trends data sets. BizReport

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Tom Fishburne July 20 Cartoon

A lighthearted look at vanity metrics by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

How Kit Kat managed to turn a viral tweet into a branded proposal — The Drum

Redheads finally get recognition with ginger emoji — The Next Web

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Forward-Thinking B2B Marketers Partner With Influencers To Create Cross-Channel, Long-Term Campaigns — Demand Gen Report
  • Ashley Zeckman and Lee Odden — How To Improve Content Amplification On The Cheap: Network — Heidi Cohen
  • Lee Odden — Amp Up Your Marketing with this Summer Reading List — Christina Giordano
  • Lee Odden — Tips to Take Your Social Media Business from Part Time to Full Time
    Andrea Vahl
  • Alexis Hall — Apply These 10 Cool Techniques to Increase Sales and Marketing ROI for your Small Business — Small Business Trends

What are some of your top influencer marketing news items for this week?

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Digital Marketing News: Google’s New Ad Tools, Facebook’s Snoozefest, and LinkedIn’s QR Code Refresh

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Google leans more on algorithms for ads as critics highlight risks
Google has unveiled a slew of new ad-buying tools that incorporate machine learning, and expanded availability of a utility for running the best text-based search result ads. What will the new ad tools announced Tuesday offer for digital marketers? Reuters

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Facebook Adds Keyword ‘Snooze’ Option to Help User Avoid Spoilers
Facebook has launched a new feature allowing users to hide certain words, effectively snoozing them for 30 days. How might marketers be affected? Social Media Today

Google’s New Speed Update Works On Gradual Scale; Small Improvements Matter
Google has shared information about its latest search algorithm update, which has a greater focus on site load speed that takes into account even the smallest increased efficiencies. SEO Roundtable

500px Nukes 1M+ Creative Commons Photos
Popular image hosting firm 500px has removed access to over a million Creative Commons photos, as part of its move urging marketers to instead use Getty Images and VCG. PetaPixel

Google announces Google Marketing Platform Partners program
Google announced the consolidation of its marketing partner program, with individuals, companies, and sales partners on a new approved-training list. Marketing Land

Internet mainstay StumbleUpon shuts its doors
One-time Internet mainstay StumbleUpon has finally shuttered its 16-year-old service, while the site’s founders simultaneously launched a new content aggregation site, Mix. Fast Company

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Instagram Releases New Guide to Creating and Uploading IGTV Content
Instagram has put out a new video tip and content-creation guide for digital marketers looking to use the company’s recently-released IGTV long-form video platform. Social Media Today

LinkedIn adds QR codes to make sharing your profile easier
LinkedIn (client) has implemented QR-code-based profile sharing to make it easier for users to swap links via apps, websites, lanyards, and other means, a move that comes in conjunction with the company’s recent major language translation feature. Engadget

Instagram is testing a persistent Stories bar that follows you down the feed
Instagram has bumped up the on-screen visibility of its Stories bar with the test of a version that keeps following users as they scroll through their feeds. Will marketers find it helpful or annoying? The Verge

“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets
“Get out your broomstick,” was among Web-creator Tim Berners-Lee insights as he offered up his latest thoughts on the future of the Internet. Vanity Fair

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Tom Fishburne July 13 Cartoon

A lighthearted look at innovation dreamers, realists, and spoilers by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Punk Algorithm Tells You What’s Not Trending — The Hard Times

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — The Top 5 Content Marketers and What You Can Learn From Them — Entrepreneur
  • Lee Odden — 10 Common Reasons Why Influencer Marketing Campaigns Fail
    Social Media Today
  • Lee Odden — Influencers and Media Partners: How to amplify the reach of content — Orbit Media

What are some of your top content marketing news items for this week?

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Digital Marketing News: Google’s Marketing Platform Partners, LinkedIn’s Translations, & Facebook’s Instant Articles Subscription Results

LinkedIn Adds Translation Services In Over 60 Languages

Google announces Google Marketing Platform Partners program
Google has been busy consolidating and refreshing its marketing partner offerings, with individuals, companies, and sales partners on its new approved-training list, combining Google Analytics Certified Partners and DoubleClick Certified Marketing Partners. MarTech Today

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Facebook trials subscription tool to appease Instant Article publishers
On the heels of Facebook’s recent subscription Groups announcement, could the news that the social media giant is also testing subscription-based Instant Article signal a shift that digital marketers will need to adjust to? The Drum

Forrester issues first Wave report on Experience Optimization
“The Forrester Wave: Experience Optimization Platforms” report examining the continued consolidation of online testing, behavioral targeting, and recommendation practices in experience optimization, with Adobe garnering top marks. MarTech Today

Facebook starts showing all ads a Page is running
Facebook has introduced a new Info & Ads dashboard that shows all ads run including those on Instagram, Messenger, and partner networks, a move that may simplify certain tasks for some digital marketers. Marketing Land

Unveiling Translations in the LinkedIn Feed: Keep in Touch with Your Global Community
LinkedIn’s new “See Translation” feature brings post translation in 60 languages to the service’s users, offering interesting audience reach expansion to digital marketers. LinkedIn (client)

Instagram Rolls Out Video Chat, New Camera Effects And Topic Channels
Instagram has released several new features including video messaging, new camera effects, and topic channels on Explore, for users of its Android and iOS apps. How can digital marketers best use the new features? Forbes

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Dove introduces a mark indicating its ad images are free of digital manipulation
Unilever’s Dove has put out a branding mark meant to signify that an advertising image is free of digital manipulation. Will the move represent a shift the use of such marks in the greater digital marketing universe? AdAge

B2B marketers are ‘generally unclear’ of what AI means, according to research
With 32% of marketers not confident in their knowledge of AI, and 54% only somewhat confident, greater understanding could be a worthwhile goal among B2B marketers. The Drum

Why publishers are ditching viral clips for long-form video series
Some publishers have found greater success with video series than with traditional clips aiming solely for viral popularity. What could a shift to episodic video publishing mean for marketers? Axios

Teens, YouTube and the rise of the micro-influencers
70% of teen YouTube audiences are more likely to be influenced by YouTubers, recent survey data shows. How can savvy marketers utilize these findings in campaigns targeting teens? The Drum

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Tom Fishburne Brand Positioning Cartoon

A lighthearted look at brand positioning, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

1990, meet 2018: How far does 20MHz of Macintosh IIsi power go today? — Ars Technica

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Pubcon Pro 2018 Featured Speaker: Lee Odden — Pubcon
  • Lee Odden — IDMA 2018: Celebrating the best in the industry — Exchange4Media
  • Lee Odden — It takes a Village — Digital Doughnut
  • TopRank Blog — My 10 Biggest Mistakes in 10 Years as an Entrepreneur — Medium

What are your top content marketing news items this week?

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Digital Marketing News: Facebook’s Subscription Groups & Brand Collabs Manager, New URL Tools at Google, & Employee Advocacy Study

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Facebook tests ‘subscription Groups’ that charge for exclusive content
Facebook has begun testing subscription-based Groups among a select array of users, which now allow Group managers to charge monthly for exclusive content, and which will open up new possibilities to digital marketers when rolled out to all users. TechCrunch

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Google Search Console URL Inspector Tool Is Still Rolling Out
Google has added several features to its beta Search Console that offer greater insight into indexed URLs, including new more detailed crawl, index, and page-serving information, the Internet giant announced this week. SEO Roundtable

Report: Employee advocacy trumps influencer marketing
Employee advocacy has gotten recommendations that are seen as more trustworthy than those of traditional influencers, while the accurate measurement of return-on-investment (ROI) remains a top challenge for social media marketers, according to interesting recent Sprout Social report data. PR Daily

Advertisers will soon have AdWords tools to test & measure creative elements of YouTube video ads
YouTube advertisers will gain a slew of new testing and measurement utilities in Google AdWords (now known simply as Google Ads), when Google rolls out its Video Experiments, Video Creative Analytics, YouTube Director Mix, and Video Ad Sequencing tools, all currently in beta testing but now being made available to an expanded group of digital marketers. Marketing Land

Influencer Marketing Is Going Mainstream With Facebook’s Upcoming Tool, Brand Collabs Manager
With Facebook Brand Collabs Manager, the social media juggernaut has gone all-in with the increasingly important influencer marketing aspect of digital advertising, providing a slate of tools to easily match audience demographics with suitable influencers. AdWeek

Report: Marketing leaders aren’t keeping up with the speed of data
Leveraging customer data and employee empowerment are sizable challenges among marketing leaders, according to new survey data from Forbes Insights and Treasure Data, with just one in four companies reporting that they can adequately leverage their available data. MarTech Today

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Facebook opens up Watch to creators & adds video features to take on YouTube
With new additions to Facebook Watch, the world’s biggest social media service goes head-to-head with YouTube, expanding video options to include Facebook Pages, and the ability to monetize videos with an updated Ad Breaks component. Marketing Land

Performance Card In Google My Business
Google has given companies with a My Business account new ways to measure engagement and reach, with its recently-released Performance Cards for Google Maps feature — a move that offers digital marketers expanded analytics capabilities. Search Engine Roundtable

Facebook now running autoplay video ads in Messenger
Facebook has added auto-play inbox video ads to Messenger, which can be hidden but not entirely turned off, offering digital marketers a greater reach potential, the company announced recently. AdAge

Snapchat experiments with sharing ad revenue with creators
Snapchat’s new ad revenue-sharing program has given Snap digital creators a potential monetary boost similar to the benefits offered by YouTube, the platform announced recently. DigiDay

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Social Media Policy Cartoon

A lighthearted look at social media policy, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

NES Classic Edition makes its long-awaited return to retail on June 29 — Venture Beat

Google Earth’s new measuring tool is a fun toy for geography nerds — The Next Web

U.S. reclaims top spot for world’s fastest supercomputer — Venture Beat

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — How can you leverage data to transform social strategy? TopRank CEO Lee Odden spoke with Rival IQ’s Seth Bridges on The Data-Driven Marketer — Rival IQ
  • Lee Odden — Are your influencers buying their followers? — Onalytica (client)
  • Lee Odden — Influencers and Media Partners: How to amplify the reach of content — SEMrush
  • Lee Odden — 18 Expert Tips for Running Your First Influencer Marketing Campaign — Databox
  • Lee Odden — Internet Marketing Influencers with the Widest Social Reach [INFOGRAPHIC] — TechWyse

What are your most important content marketing news stories this week?

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Digital Marketing News: Instagram Adds Hour-Long Videos With IGTV, Weeding Out Influencers Who Buy Followers, & Mobile’s Vast Growth

Instagram IGTV Announcement
With IGTV, Instagram Takes Aim at YouTube
Instagram has added the ability to upload videos up to an hour long, with the launch of its new IGTV feature, offering digital marketers a much bigger video canvas. Instagram also announced that it has broken through the one billion user barrier. Wired
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Unilever stops working with digital media influencers who buy followers
Unilever has ceased working with social media influencers who buy followers, a first-of-its-kind effort to increase influencer transparency, the mega-brand recently announced. Marketing Land

Marketing-driven revenue from mobile apps has grown 80% since 2016
Marketers focusing on mobile may be on the right track, as mobile apps have driven a vast 80 percent marketing revenue expansion since 2016, according to voluminous new report data from Facebook and marketing analytics firm AppsFlyer, detailing major differences among the gaming, shopping, and travel markets. Venture Beat

For $150, Most Users Will Sell Personal Information to Brands
$150 would persuade most consumers to sell certain portions of their personal data to their favorite brands, according to recent survey data of U.S., U.K., and German Internet users. eMarketer

Reddit brings autoplay native video ads to desktop and mobile
Reddit’s traditionally sparse advertising will make way for new auto-play video ads on both its mobile and desktop sites, the increasingly popular social news aggregation, content rating, and discussion website announced recently. Tech Crunch

Instagram’s new shopping bag icon adds e-commerce element to advertisers’ Stories
Instagram has given certain advertisers new e-commerce features that will add a shopping bag icon to Instagram Stories, a move that could eventually be rolled out to all advertisers. Marketing Land

Google replacing video boxes with video carousel on desktop search
Google has moved almost completely to the carousel format for videos among desktop search results, providing new opportunities for digital marketers. Search Engine Land

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Twitter Launches New Site to Provide Insights into How to Make Best Use of the Platform
Twitter launched its Twitter Media site to help digital marketers best make use of the platform’s latest features, including case studies and other best-practice-oriented content. Social Media Today

Bing Ads With Enhanced Targeting Settings & Dimensions Tab
Bing rolled out new advertising features including more precise location and device targeting, along with upgraded analytics information with a new Bing Ads Dimensions feature. SEO Roundtable

YouTube Like & Dislike Counts Are Now More Accurate
YouTube updated the way it tabulates video likes and dislikes, in an effort to combat spam, a move than should prove beneficial to digital marketers. Search Engine Journal

Want to Win Over Millennials and Gen Z? Vice’s New Study Says Brands Should Get Spiritual
The key elements marketers most need to tap into when targeting millennials and Gen-Z include surprises such as spirituality, according to new study data by Vice. Vice

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Personalization Gap Cartoon

A lighthearted look at the personalization gap in marketing, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

The EU’s bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable — Wired

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Flying Orange Man With Wieners on His Belt! — AdWeek

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Ashley Zeckman — What’s Trending: Ride the Marketing Merry-Go-Round — LinkedIn (client)
  • Lee Odden — The Keys to Successful B2B Content and Influence Programs — WriterAccess

What are your top content marketing news stories this week?

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Digital Marketing News: Behavior & Analytics Studies, Facebook’s A/B Testing, & LinkedIn’s Carousel Ads

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As Concerns Grow Over Internet Privacy, Most Say Search & Social Have Too Much Power
How Internet users perceive the influence a variety of popular online platforms have over their lives was among the subjects examined in a sizable new joint report by Ipsos, the Internet Society, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, offering some surprising insight for digital marketers. Marketing Charts

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Facebook Experiments with A/B Testing for Page Posts
Facebook has been trying out A/B testing of Facebook Page posts, a feature that if rolled out in earnest could eventually have significant implications for digital marketers. Social Media Today

CMOs Say Digital Marketing Is Most Effective: Nielsen Study
Accurately measuring digital marketing advertising spending’s return on investment remains a challenge, while the overall effectiveness of digital ad spend has grown, according to a fascinating new Nielsen study of chief marketing officers. Broadcasting & Cable

Snapchat Rolls Out Option to ‘Unsend’ Messages, New eCommerce Tools
Snapchat has added several e-commerce tools including an in-app ticket purchase solution, branded augmented-reality games, and has given its users the option to unsend messages. Social Media Today

People Are Changing the Way They Use Social Media
Trust of various social media platforms and how Internet users’ self-censorship has changed since 2013 are among the observations presented in the results of a broad new study conducted by The Atlantic. The Atlantic

Facebook launches tool to let users rate advertisers’ customer service
Facebook has added a feedback tool that lets users rate and review advertisers’ customer service, feedback the company says will help it find and even ban sellers with poor ratings. Marketing Land

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Google’s about-face on GDPR consent tool is monster win for ad-tech companies
Google reversed its General Data Protection Regulation course recently, allowing publishers to work with an unlimited number of vendors, presenting new opportunities for advertising technology firms. AdAge

LinkedIn rolls out Sponsored Content carousel ads that can include up to 10 customized, swipeable cards
LinkedIn (client) has rolled out a variety of new ad types and more performance metrics for marketers, with its Sponsored Content carousel ads that allow up to 10 custom images. Marketing Land

Report: Facebook is Primary Referrer For Lifestyle Content, Google Search Dominates Rest
What people care about and where they look for relevant answers online are among the marketing-related insights revealed in a recent report from Web analytics firm Parse.ly. Facebook was many users’ go-to source for answers for lifestyle content, while Google was the top source for all other content types. MediaPost

Survey: 87% of mobile marketers see success with location targeting
Location targeting is widely-used and has performed well in the mobile marketing realm, helping increase conversion rates and how well marketers understand their audiences, according to new report data. Marketing Land

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Short-Termism Cartoon

A lighthearted look at marketing short-termism, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

‘The weird one wins’: MailChimp’s CMO on the company’s off-the-wall advertising — The Drum

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Why Content Marketing is Good for B2B Companies — Atomic Reach
  • Lee Odden — Top 2018 Influencers That Might Inspire Your Inner Marketer — Whatagraph
  • Lee Odden — Better than Bonuses: 4 Motivators that Matter More than Money — Workfront
  • Anne Leuman — What’s Trending: Marketing GOOOOOAAAALS! — LinkedIn (client)

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Digital Marketing News: Internet Trends Report Released, Twitter Joins S&P 500, & Reddit Gains Traffic

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Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis
The highly-anticipated Internet Trends report for 2018 has been released, including data bound to prove helpful to marketers for months to come. For more than 20 years venture capitalist Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins, has researched and put out the report. Recode

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Twitter Will Limit What Third-Party Apps Can Do, Starting August 16th
Twitter is gearing up for August changes that will hamper some popular functionality in third-party apps, including the elimination of streaming real-time tweets and limitations to push notifications in apps, the company recently announced. Search Engine Journal

Instagram Explains How Its Algorithm Works in New Briefing
Instagram has presented fresh insight into some of the signals that go into how its primary feed algorithm works, which could be a boon to marketers. Social Media Today

Infographic: Influencers Are Bigger Than Ever, and They’re Just Getting Started
Influencers are expanding their reach, and nearly 80 percent expect to create even more branded content going forward, according to new analysis outlined in infographic format. AdWeek

Facebook Removes ‘Trending’ Section Due to Lack of Use
Facebook has pulled the plug on its once-heavily-featured trending section, ending a four-year run, the social media giant announced this week in a move framed as helping Facebook’s news delivery trustworthiness. Search Engine Journal

Reddit surpasses Facebook to become the 3rd most visited site in the US
Reddit jumped ahead of Facebook to move into the third most popular spot on Internet traffic analysis firm Alexa’s list of top U.S. sites, leaving only Google and YouTube with more traffic, recently-released data showed. The Next Web

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Twitter Inc to join the S&P 500, replacing Monsanto
Twitter, which went public in 2013, has joining the S&P 500 U.S. index, a move that caused the firm’s shares to rise ahead of Thursday’s listing. Reuters

Facebook fan page operator has privacy responsibilities: EU court
Facebook fan page operators of all sorts may have new concerns after a European Union court ruled that one page’s operator was responsible for protecting the personal data of visiting fans, it was announced Tuesday. Reuters

Snapchat Publishes New Insights into Generation Z [Infographic]
Snapchat has released new data about Generation Z’s buying power and online habits, in a newly-published infographic detailing how the demographic’s importance to marketers has increased. Social Media Today

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Marketoonist Branded Content Cartoon

A lighthearted throwback look at branded content, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

The 10 Best Ranking Contact Us Pages on the Web — Search Engine Journal

Facebook Less Popular With Teens Than Instagram, Snapchat — The Onion

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Lee Odden of TopRank Marketing will discuss how to grow influence in marketing — Exchange4Media
  • Lee Odden — Webinar: Leveraging Data to Transform Your Social Media Strategy — Rival IQ
  • Lee Odden — Is Twitter Follower Growth Slowing? [New Data] — Search Engine Journal
  • Lee Odden — Give your content the edge: Over-index on humanity! — PR Warrior
  • Content Marketing Institute (client) — What’s Trending: Question Conventions for a Fresh Look — LinkedIn (client)

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Digital Marketing News: StumbleUpon’s Swansong, #Hashtags vs. @Handles, & Google Review’s Anonymity Revamp

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StumbleUpon Shuts Down After 16 Years
StumbleUpon announced that it will shutter its content discovery platform at the end of June, 2018, ending a 16-year run that saw over 40 million users link to some 60 billion Web locations, with user accounts now moving to Mix.com, co-founder Garrett Camp’s new discovery service. Search Engine Journal

Google Dropping Anonymous Local Reviews?
Google may be moving to end anonymous reviews for its Maps and Local Business offerings, or to remove their star rating impact, according to a Search Engine Roundtable report. Search Engine Roundtable

Twitter looking to expand its programmatic offerings with Timeline Ad network pilot program
Twitter has begun seeking publishers for an expanded programmatic ad network that would allow timelines embedded on network partner sites to feature ads, the company noted on its revamped Twitter Timeline Ads Pilot site. Marketing Land

Get Woke: Time Spent With Media Approaching Total Awake Time
The amount of time consumers spend with media daily is expected to eventually fill nearly every minute not spent sleeping, according to new forecast data from Publicis’ Zenith unit, with North America topping the rest of the world. MediaPost

Pinterest is Growing Faster than Twitter and Snapchat, and Offers Significant Opportunities
Pinterest has grown its substantial user base faster than Twitter and Snapchat, a growth rate detailed in a new Mary Meeker Internet Trends report highlighting Pinterest’s opportunities for marketers. Social Media Today

Snapchat launches its first Lens that reacts to sound
Snapchat has rolled out its first image filter lens that reacts not only to visual input but also to sound, opening new avenues to marketers. Engadget

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Marketers’ newest shiny toy: GIF stickers
Instagram and Giphy have partnered to expand custom animated sticker GIFs, which are available for Instagram Stories and Snapchat libraries, including expanded tracking mechanisms for marketers. DigiDay

Facebook’s size no barrier to deals in new areas: executive
Facebook sees no antitrust-related barriers to future large acquisitions should the social media giant wish to enter new markets, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said Tuesday. Reuters

Quora launches native image ads globally
Quora has expanded its image ads for mobile and desktop worldwide, after tripling its advertising base since last year, announcing that the question-and-answer site now has over 1,000 ad partners. Marketing Land

Consumers Respond To #Hashtags, Not @Handles
Hashtags have been more effective than brand handle mentions among social media consumers, according to new report data from Digimind that also examines global marketing trends. MediaPost

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Shifting Priorities Marketoonist Cartoon

A lighthearted look at shifting priorities, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Here are some of the funniest reactions to GDPR — Recode

What Amazon would’ve looked like in the 1980s — Co.Design

This is What Happens in an Internet Minute [Infographic] — Social Media Today

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Ashley Zeckman and Lee Odden — Top 2018 Influencers That Might Inspire Your Inner Marketer — Whatagraph
  • Lee Odden — The Role of Content: Is Building Awareness & Driving Conversion Enough? [Podcast] — Converge
  • Lee Odden — 5 SEO Questions with Lee Odden; Pro Content Tips for Mom and Pops — SEMrush
  • Lee Odden — 33 Quotes to Reignite Your Marketing Spark — Hatchbuck
  • (TopRank / Stephen Slater) — A Detailed (Step-By-Step) Look at Effective Ecommerce A/B Testing — BigCommerce
  • (Content Marketing World) — The Ultimate Guide to Conquering Content Marketing – #CMWorld 2018 — Content Marketing World

We hope you’ll join us next week for a fresh look at the latest digital marketing news, and in the meantime you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news. Also, don’t miss the full video summary on our TopRank Marketing TV YouTube Channel.

Digital Marketing News: Preferred Platform Study, B2B Influencers & Blockchain For Marketers, & Travelers Turn To Instagram

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Social Media Marketing Update: Preferred Platforms and Content Types in 2018
A multitude of the latest trends in social media marketing have been detailed in a new report from Social Media Examiner, revealing that Instagram has surpassed a declining Twitter in overall popularity, while B2B marketers continue to prefer LinkedIn. MarketingCharts

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U.S. millennial travelers have turned to Instagram 375 percent more than they did in 2013, according to new research on social media usage among travelers, while Google stayed the top overall travel site. Marketing Dive

Facebook Releases Latest ‘Topics to Watch’ Report, Highlighting Key Trends
U.S. marketers now have access to Facebook’s latest list of topics to watch, as the social media giant released its “Topics to Watch” list for April, 2018, including the fastest-growing conversation topics on the platform. Social Media Today

A leaked look at Facebook’s search engine for influencer marketing
A glimpse inside Facebook’s possible future influencer marketing search engine plans has been published, including a branded content marketing tool. TechCrunch

The Best Days and Times to Post on Social Media [Infographic]
The most successful times and days for posting social media content have been examined in new study data from Unmetric, showing differing posting sweet spots for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. MarketingProfs

Instagram Officially Launches Ability to Re-Share User Posts in Stories
All Instagram accounts have been given the ability to re-share public user posts to Instagram Stories, with a new “Create a story with this post” feature, the company recently announced. Social Media Today

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2018: The year of influencer marketing for B2B brands
B2B influencer marketing has come into its own so far in 2018, and is expected to play significantly in predicted total brand spending of $101 billion by 2020, which Michael Brito explores. Marketing Land

What Blockchain Could Mean for Marketing
Digital marketers could benefit from learning how blockchain technology is making waves in the marketing world, and Harvard Business Review has examined the expected forthcoming data-driven boom. Harvard Business Review

Facebook updates Ads Reporting & introduces new ‘creative reporting’
Facebook has introduced expanded ad and creative reporting options, rolling out to all advertisers over the next month. Marketing Land

Adobe Buys Magento for $1.68 Billion to Target E-Commerce
Adobe has agreed to purchase Magento in a $1.68 billion deal aimed at boosting Adobe’s e-commerce market share, the firm announced Monday. Bloomberg

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Being Agile Marketoonist Cartoon

A lighthearted look at being agile, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

Try Not to Laugh: 7 Hilarious Ways to Use Humor in Your Emails — Sleeknote

MoonPie’s Social Media Strategy Has a Secret Ingredient: Character — Skyword

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Ashley Zeckman — 20 Experts Give Their Best Advice for Engaging Email Copy That Converts — Delivra
  • Lee Odden — 33 Marketing Quotes to Keep You Motivated — Depositphotos
  • Lee Odden — Conférence Marketing de contenu: créativité et engagement au cœur des stratégies (In French) — Infopresse
  • Caitlin Burgess — 10 Tips for Saving Time and Getting Better Results with Your Content Marketing — Small Business Trends

Please join us once again next week, when we’ll have a new array of the latest digital marketing news, and in the meantime you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news. Also, don’t miss the full video summary on our TopRank Marketing TV YouTube Channel.

Digital Marketing News: Millennial Pops’ Pinterest Passion, Facebook’s Housecleaning, Closing Klout, & Google’s Latest

Facebook Housecleaning Graph May 2018

Facebook has disabled almost 1.3 billion fake accounts over the past six months
Facebook has stopped nearly 1.3 billion fake user accounts over the last six months, one of numerous statistics the company has revealed for the first time in a preliminary report announced this week. Recode

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Pinterest proves popular with dads, pointing to shifting parental role
Pinterest has increased its popularity among millennial dads, with 42 percent of U.S. fathers in that demographic reporting that they find new products on the site, while nearly half of overall U.S. dads with a household income of $100K or more use Pinterest, according to new analysis data. Marketing Dive

Out of Klout: The social media scoring service is shutting down
Klout will shut down on May 25, ending a 10-year run by the firm that was among the first to use social media analytics to gauge influencer reach, the San Francisco-based company announced recently. AdAge

Google to Notify Users When Businesses Respond to Reviews
Google has rolled out automatic e-mail notifications to users when businesses reply to reviews posted on Google My Business, the company announced recently, in a move aimed at helping firms communicate with those leaving reviews. Search Engine Journal

Google Search CPCs Decline for B2B Advertisers
Google’s average business-to-business search ad cost-per-click fell slightly during the first quarter of 2018, while mobile search’s share rose, according to new report data from Marin Software. MarketingCharts

New AMP features announced for geotargeting content, as well as some GDPR support
Google has added geo-targeting features to its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) framework, plus new tools to help businesses comply with upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements, the Internet giant recently announced. Search Engine Land

May 18, 2018 Pinterest Statistic

Google: Search Snippets Are Now Shorter on Average
Google has shortened the average length its dynamically-generated search result snippet function pulls from meta description tags, the company noted this week. Search Engine Journal

‘National Geographic’ Ranks As Top Brand On Social Media
National Geographic was ranked the top brand on social media for the fourth consecutive year, with over 1.6 billion social-related actions during 2017, according to new report data from Shareablee. MediaPost

Are Brands Using Email and Marketing Automation Effectively?
Only eight percent of marketers rate their e-mail and marketing automation efforts as highly effective, according to new research data from GetResponse and SmartInsights. MarketingProfs

Google Updates Image Search Guidelines For SEOs & Publishers
Google has updated its image search guidelines relating to user experience, how Google Image uses structured data, and other best-practices for SEOs and publishers, the firm recently announced. SEO Roundtable

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE:

Brand Standing Marketoonist Cartoon

A lighthearted look at brand-standing, by Marketoonist Tom Fishburne — Marketoonist

CafePress.com Announces Sweeping Privacy Changes After Improperly Sharing The T-Shirt Sizes Of Millions Of Americans — The Onion

It’s Not You, It’s Yanni… Wait, Laurel — Mad Magazine

TOPRANK MARKETING & CLIENTS IN THE NEWS:

  • Lee Odden — Top 100 Digital Marketers 2018 — Brand24
  • Lee Odden — What’s Trending: What Should Guide Your Marketing Decisions? — LinkedIn (client)
  • (TopRank) — Top 50 B2B Marketing Agency Blogs for Inspiring and Actionable Content — Jumplead
  • (TopRank) — 5 successful women in digital marketing — We Are Marketing
  • (Lee Odden) — That Valuable Space Where Content and Influencer Marketing Meet — Versa Marketing

Please gather with us once again next week, when we’ll share a new round-up of the very latest marketing news, and in the meantime you can follow us at @toprank on Twitter for even more timely daily news. Also, don’t miss the full video summary on our TopRank Marketing TV YouTube Channel.