Snapchat Adds Extended Mid-Roll Video Ad Option

Snapchat Adds Extended Mid-Roll Video Ad Option

Snapchat is giving advertisers more room to tell their stories in mid-roll video ads by expanding the time limit for its video ads to three minutes. According to AdWeek, Snapchat users will still be able to skip the mid-roll video ads after six seconds, but advertisers will be able to use the option for longer video messaging, in order to keep those viewers who are interested engaged. Snap says that the option will provide more capacity for advertisers to utilize their existing video assets, rather than having to cut them down to six seconds, which may provide more opportunity for cross-promotion and engagement. As AdWeek notes, the option is similar to […]

Video Marketing Insights for the 2019 Holiday Season [Infographic]

Video Marketing Insights for the 2019 Holiday Season [Infographic]

Published Nov. 19, 2019 In a recent study conducted by Animoto, consumers identified video as their favorite type of content to see from brands on social. Maybe that’s why some 88% of marketers are planning to include video in the 2019 holiday marketing – over time, marketers are learning that video enables them to connect with customers who are already browsing or ready to buy. Looking for more insights to help you map out your holiday marketing strategy? Here are some additional considerations from Animoto’s study: For consumers, video is the most helpful way to learn about a product when holiday shopping Facebook is the most effective platform for brands’ […]

New Report Looks at the Rise of Virtual Influencers on Instagram

New Report Looks at the Rise of Virtual Influencers on Instagram

Social media was created to facilitate human connection, to amplify our interactive capability by providing new ways for us to share our lives and experiences, and relate to others around the same. Social media gurus have been preaching along these lines for years – in order to succeed on social platforms, you need to ‘be more human’, you need to ‘humanize your brand’, ‘it’s human connection that matters’. And while there are many examples of such approaches leading to greater success for brands online, there is another, rising trend which largely goes against this, and brings into question the very future of the form. That trend is the rising popularity […]

TikTok Reaches 1.5 Billion Downloads, Seeks to Distance Itself from Chinese Government Links

TikTok Reaches 1.5 Billion Downloads, Seeks to Distance Itself from Chinese Government Links

TikTok is either the next big thing in digital marketing, or simply the latest fad that will eventually peter out. Where you stand on this will come down to your individual perspective. On one hand, TikTok’s popularity doesn’t appear to be slowing. According to the latest data from Sensor Tower, the short video app has now exceeded 1.5 billion downloads worldwide, making it the third most downloaded, non-gaming app of the year (after WhatsApp and Messenger). The app has proven particularly popular in India, as explained by Sensor Tower: “India has been the main driver of TikTok downloads across the App Store and Google Play, with 466.8 million, or about 31% of […]

Instagram Publishes New List of Popular Gifts Based on On-Platform Trends

Instagram Publishes New List of Popular Gifts Based on On-Platform Trends

Instagram has published a new listing of popular gift ideas for the holiday season, based on some of the year’s most popular hashtag trends among users. As explained by Instagram: “Whether you’re a #NewParent or need a holiday #PartyLewk, we’ve got a collection for you. Every product is shoppable on Instagram, and you can purchase using checkout without leaving the app. You can also save products to a personal shopping collection while browsing for friends and family, or create your own wishlist.” The collections themselves are set out with interesting lighting and display elements, with each also including links to specific products, and the Instagram profiles behind them. From a marketing […]

How Often Should You (or Your Company) Blog? [New Data]

How Often Should You (or Your Company) Blog? [New Data]

Starting a blog is tough. Thinking about what to post and how to promote it requires strategic planning. And will your content resonate with and delight your customers? We haven’t even covered how often companies should post — a factor that can make or break even the greatest of content. You might be surprised to know that even though there’s a surplus of hard data about why blog posts are integral to marketing, there’s not much on the frequency of posting. This is because, well, it depends. If ambiguity gets your heart racing, fear not. Here, we’ll offer suggestions and stats to help inform your decision. If you’re a marketing […]

It’s Content and It’s Links – Are We Making SEO Too Complicated?

It’s Content and It’s Links – Are We Making SEO Too Complicated?

Content and links — to successfully leverage search as a marketing channel you need useful content and relevant links. Many experienced SEOs have run numerous tests and experiments to correlate backlinks with higher rankings, and Google has espoused the importance of “great content” for as long as I can remember. In fact, a Google employee straight up told us that content and links are two of the three (the other being RankBrain) most important ranking factors in its search algorithm. So why do we seem to overcomplicate SEO by chasing new trends and tactics, overreacting to fluctuations in rankings, and obsessing over the length of our title tags? SEO is […]

How to use new Google Ads Combined Audiences

How to use new Google Ads Combined Audiences

Google Ads has started rolling out “and” logic to enable advertisers to build layered audiences for Search. With the new combined audiences option, you can create audiences — personas — by layering demographic, in-market, affinity or other audience targeting elements that are available in Google Ads. How to get started with Combined audiences. To create a Combine audience, click to add a new audience from the Audiences page in the Google Ads UI. Then under Browse, you’ll see the option for “Combined audiences.” Combined audiences are rolling out in Google Ads. You’ll then see the audience builder pop-up. In the example below, I quickly created a simple audience of parents […]

Google Maps becomes more ‘social’ with Local Guides follow feature

Google Maps becomes more ‘social’ with Local Guides follow feature

Google’s Local Guides program has more than 120 million members in 24,000 locations globally. They are a largely invisible but indispensable part of the Google Maps experience, providing reviews, images and other content as well as answering questions (Q&A) about local businesses and places. Local recommendations. Now the Guides are about to become more visible. Maps users in a number of cities will soon be able to follow Local Guides and see local recommendations of places and things to do. The test cities are London, Mexico City, New York, Bangkok, Delhi, Osaka, Tokyo, San Francisco and São Paulo. Top Local Guides – determined by points and levels based on contribution […]

Local SEOs still seeing volatility in ranking with Google’s latest algorithm update

Local SEOs still seeing volatility in ranking with Google’s latest algorithm update

November has been a crazy month for the SEO industry. Although there have been a ton of changes on the organic side, I’m going to be focusing on the changes we’re seeing in the local results (Google Maps packs). Starting on Nov. 5, we started seeing huge changes in the local results. A lot of these changes got updated further (many reversed) on Nov. 10. I named the update “Bedlam” based on the utter chaos I was seeing everywhere. However, last week the changes continued and we saw another big update on Nov. 13 that was mostly reversed a couple of days later. BrightLocal’s Local Flux tracker is helping us keep track […]