Preview your recipe results on Google Home Hub devices

Preview your recipe results on Google Home Hub devices

Google has updated the rich results testing tool to enable recipe publishers to preview how thei recipe results look on smart displays using Google Assistant. The announcement. “If your recipe mark up is eligible for guidance with Google Assistant, you can now use the Rich Results Test to preview your results on Google Home and smart displays,” Google announced. How it works. Go to the rich results testing tool, plug in a URL that has recipe markup, then click on the “assistant” tab on the left side, and on the bottom, you can select “preview in Google Home Hub.” What the preview looks like. Here is a screenshot of one […]

Image search click data dropped by Google Search Console

Image search click data dropped by Google Search Console

Google said there was a bug of some sort that resulted in Google Search Console dropping data. The lost data is image search click data and you may see a drop in clicks between the dates of November 14th and November 19th. This has no impact on your rankings and traffic from Google search but rather this was a data bug. What Google said. “Some image click data was dropped; as a result, you might see a dip in both click rate and CTR during this period. The issue has been fixed. This issue affected only Search Console reporting, not your performance on Google Search,” Google said. When did this […]

Email Background Images: a How To Guide (with Examples)

Email Background Images: a How To Guide (with Examples)

A couple of months ago, I got an email from HubSpot Academy about the different courses available. I remember this part of the email specifically because I loved the use of a background image. I’m a huge fan of how companies find great ways to maximize their email content — and one way to do that is with a background image. Rather than an image being used as the star of the email, background images are kind of like supporting characters. They tend to have the capability to be layered so you can add multimedia on top of them. Applying HTML to background images is crucial because they make your […]

Video: Frédéric Dubut of Bing on core ranking, spam fighting and much more

Video: Frédéric Dubut of Bing on core ranking, spam fighting and much more

At SMX East last week, I sat down with the lead PM of Bing’s core ranking team, Frédéric Dubut, to ask him questions around how Bing search works. We discussed everything from crawling, indexing and rendering, to spam fighting and even core ranking. Did you know that Bing is actively downplaying any personalization it does for its search results? Did you know that Bing doesn’t seem to use Facebook data anymore for search? There is a lot in this video that is pretty fascinating around Bing Search works. Watch our video interview below: [embedded content] I started this vlog series recently, and if you want to sign up to be […]

Twitter Adds New Push Notifications for Suspicious Login Attempts

Twitter Adds New Push Notifications for Suspicious Login Attempts

Twitter’s looking to help keep users better informed of potential account hacking with new push notifications which will be triggered whenever login attempts from new devices are detected. We’re making it easier for you to keep your account secure and spot potential attempts to compromise it. Starting today, we’ll send push notifications in addition to emails for any suspicious logins to your account. For more information:https://t.co/5oD2QvK2dS — Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 19, 2019 As explained by Twitter: “If we detect a suspicious login or when you log in to your Twitter account from a new device for the first time, we will send you a push notification within the Twitter […]

Instagram’s Testing a Display New Layout for IGTV Content

Instagram’s Testing a Display New Layout for IGTV Content

Is IGTV going to become a larger consideration in 2020? It’s difficult to say what the future holds for Instagram’s dedicated video platform, but as discovered by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong, Instagram is still working on new ways to get more people engaging with IGTV content. As you can see in these screenshots, posted by Wong, Instagram is working on a new format for IGTV content which would switch your main feed into a vertical scrolling list, leading you through to the next video in stream. Instagram’s also looking to add categories into your IGTV discovery listings – for comparison, here’s how IGTV currently looks in the app. The […]

Snapchat Says Political Ads on its Platform Are Fact-Checked, Adding to Debate

Snapchat Says Political Ads on its Platform Are Fact-Checked, Adding to Debate

While Twitter works through its ban on political advertising, and Facebook continues to take a media beating over its stance on exempting the same from fact checks, Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel has said that his platform fact-checks all ads, including those from political candidates, adding even more fuel to the ongoing debate. As per Spiegel: “We subject all advertising to review, including political advertising, and I think what we try to do is create a place for political ads on our platform, especially because we reach so many young people and first-time voters we want them to be able to engage with the political conversation, but we don’t allow things […]

#SMTLive Recap: The State of Social Media Lead Gen 2019

#SMTLive Recap: The State of Social Media Lead Gen 2019

Last week, we held an #SMTLive Twitter chat to share and discuss the findings from our recent report, “The State of Social Lead Generation 2019 Survey Report.” Ever since Facebook was launched the early 2000s and social media took off as a means to connect, and share our lives digitally with others, businesses have also been taking advantage of social platforms in order to accomplish a variety of marketing and sales goals. For example, brands use social media to build brand awareness and loyalty, provide fast customer service, recruit employees, make sales. And, ideally, to generate leads. For our survey report, we gathered close to 350 responses from fellow digital […]

Snapchat looks to Stay Ahead of its AR Competition with $750k for Lens Creators

Snapchat looks to Stay Ahead of its AR Competition with $750k for Lens Creators

While Snapchat’s growth has been slowed by Instagram, one area in which Snap has continued to hold a lead is innovation, and creating standout, must-see new AR tools and visual features that get people talking about the app. We saw this again back June when Snapchat saw a huge increase in downloads following the launch of its ‘baby’ and ‘gender-swap’ lenses. Those types of trending additions – which also include the Dancing Hotdog, the dog ears, the rainbow vomit – all help to give Snapchat a boost and get more people downloading the app. And Snapchat knows that, in order to stay ahead of the increasing competition in the AR space, it needs to […]

Digital advertising is not the dot com bubble, improper attribution is

Digital advertising is not the dot com bubble, improper attribution is

Is advertising the “new dot com bubble” according to this intriguing article written on The Correspondent? I’ve been chewing on this question since the article came out a couple of weeks ago. Well, I’ve been chewing on variations of this question for a while, but not in the “bubble” language ascribed by Jesse Frederik and Maurits Martijn. As I ponder this assertion, I think I would like to change the original title (and premise) to the following: Original Title/Theme: The New Dot Com Bubble Is Here: It’s Called Online Advertising Suggested Title/Theme: The New Dot Com Bubble Has Been Expanding: It’s Called Attribution of Sales in Online Advertising I found […]