Internet Marketing News Update #275, July 15, 2018 >>

Instagram reaches 1 billion users

Instagram has gained 200 million new users since last September to reach the 1 billion-user threshold. Though Facebook's user base is still bigger, Instagram's is growing at a faster rate and represents a younger demographic. Significantly, Instagram is clearly beating the adoption rate of rival Snapchat. Instagram now has more people publishing stories than Snapchat's total user base, and reportedly Snapchat's recent redesign has not been well-received.
Search Engine Journal

Internet Marketing News Update #274, June 15, 2018 >>

Google to require parallel ad tracking for online marketing

In an effort to make user experiences safer and faster, Google announced that come this October, it will require all advertisers using click measurement features on AdWords to employ parallel tracking. The announcement comes as another change in Google ad procedures looms: when it's new update comes out in July, Chrome will start labeling all HTTP (as opposed to HTTPS) sites as "not secure."
Media Post News

Internet Marketing News Update #273, May 15, 2018 >>

Online marketers turning to anti-blocker code

A recent academic study found that code designed to detect and thwart ad blocking software is used at 52 more times the rate previously thought. It seems some online marketers are preparing measures that will force their ads through without user consent. The only reason anti-ad blocker code has flown under the radar so far is that some marketers appear to be employing it to just detect the ad blockers and prepare countermeasures, without forcing their ads through - yet.
Direct Marketing News

Internet Marketing News Update #272, April 13, 2018 >>

Amazon experiments with rewarding customers for viewing ads

A patent description filed by Amazon suggests that the online retailing giant is hoping to try out a form of advertising that will create incentives for customers to view ads. As a user views a product ad, the price of the advertised product will automatically drop once the user has had a chance to see some or all of the content. If effective, this approach could both improve ad view statistics and prompt product sales.
MediaPost News

Internet Marketing News Update #271, March 15, 2018 >>

Facebook simplifies ad metrics
Facebook announced that in the months ahead it will be greatly simplifying the data it presents to advertisers for measurement of their marketing programs. Its stated aim is to reduce emphasis on metrics that are redundant, outdated, or not useful to advertiser decision-making. Facebook will also label which of the metrics it presents are based on estimates or techniques still in development, and will provide a guide to using its ad metrics.

Internet Marketing News Update #270, February 15, 2018 >>

Google to use speed as a ranking factor for mobile search
Google has announced that beginning in July, 2018, page speed will affect how sites rank in mobile search. Page speed had previously only been a factor in desktop search. Google provides data on page speed through its PageSpeed Insights tool, and more broadly advises developers to think about user experience when considering what factors might affect search rankings.
Search Engine Journal

Internet Marketing News Update #269, January 15, 2018 >>

CMOs plan to grow, diversify digital spending in 2018
A Gartner study of Chief Marketing Officer plans for 2018 found that two-thirds of them expect to increase digital spending over the year ahead, with initiatives such as analytics, digital ads, eCommerce and social media slated to receive more funding. While Facebook and Google will continue to attract the lion's share of ad spending, Jordan Bitterman, the CMO for IBM Watson's Content and IoT Platform, expects marketers to spread their spending around more next year, in search of new audiences.
Direct Marketing News

Google offers clarification on duplicate content
Google's Webmaster Trends Analyst John Mueller offered some new insight on what will cause Google's algorithms to identify a URL as duplicate content. Slashes other than those immediately following the domain name, and different protocols for otherwise-identical URLs can cause Google's algorithms to perceive material as duplicate content and thus detract from its search value.
Search Engine Journal

Consent might ease resistance to voice assistant ads
Most consumers responding to a recent survey did not indicate a willingness to listen to ads on their voice-enabled speaker devices, but giving consumers some say in the matter might lower the barrier a little. Thirty percent of respondents said they'd be more likely to listen to an ad if they were asked permission first, and 28% said they'd be more receptive if they got to choose which brands were allowed to advertise on their devices.

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