Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to another edition of Marketing Updates With Motion Ave! This week Twitter has given us a lot to talk about, and LinkedIn plans to be social media’s premiere event planner. Let’s get to the news! 

LinkedIn Company Page Tools Helps Work Be Even More Pervasive

LinkedIn launches a suite of new options for company pages to build internal engagement. Business pages can now deploy employee notifications when an update has been published, with the intention of encouraging employees to share these in their own profiles. Sounds spammy? LinkedIn has put a cap on these notifications to keep it essential. 

LinkedIn also introduces company page “kudos” and “team moments,” specific content additions to call out team members, welcome new ones, and share photos of executives playing paintball and doing trust falls in the woods on team-building exercises. (For example.)

Get your copy of the TPS report here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-adds-new-tools-for-company-pages-including-employee-notifications/565079/

Listen, You All Know Who We’re Talking About

Twitter has decided that it will penalize “world leaders” who break its rules – by restricting other users. Since deciding not to block or censor controversial content by major political and public figures, Twitter is instead attempting to turn the heat down by leaving content of public interest untouched, but restricting the ability of users to give like, comment or share such content. The important thing is the right people have been held responsible and everything’s great now.

Fight the power here: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/15/twitter-world-leaders-break-rules/

LinkedIn Launches Events Option for Meet-Ups

LinkedIn competes with Facebook in the event scheduling arena. You’ll have the option to organize event pages with description, date, time and venue. Invitees can be chosen through filters such as location, company, industry, and school, and whether they can invite their own connections. 

Go to the reunion here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-launches-events-to-facilitate-professional-meet-ups/565171/

Instagram Will Protect You From Third-Party Apps… Eventually

Instagram is testing a new feature to protect your account from third-party apps you’ve given access to in the past, such as websites for printing photos, dating apps, and tools for making collages by letting you simply remove them from your profile. 

Instagram will determine whether to do a full rollout of this functionality after six months. Whether or not this happens, it represents an increasing demand by social media users for increasing direct control over their content and privacy- and increased transparency about all the places your data goes.

Wish for the future here: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/16/instagram-will-give-you-more-control-over-your-third-party-apps-in-about-six-months/

“Ephemeral Tweets” – Like Stories, But Twitter, And Less

Twitter is exploring “Ephemeral Tweets,” content that will disappear after a while, like stories. 

Since making content impermanent fixes everything (except it doesn’t), it’s a feature with growing popularity.

A more practical privacy tool in the works is a feature that allows you to restrict the audience that will receive a tweet. If implemented as planned, users will have more direct control over who sees and who participates in their conversations. 

Read more here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-says-that-its-exploring-ephemeral-tweets-and-the-capability-to-sha/565069/

It’s hard to judge the authenticity, effectiveness, and veracity of the increasing number of community-demanded features the big platforms are bringing- so stay informed. We’ll be waiting for you next week with more Marketing Updates With Motion Ave. 

 

Six Ways to Optimize Google My Business For Local SEO

Are you familiar with Google My Business? If you’re not, you should be- here’s why. 

Google My Business is a free and easy-to-use tool that Google launched back in 2014 for companies and organizations to manage their online presence across Google. It is a simple way to make your business more discoverable, but most importantly, to stand out from the crowd.

Having a fully optimized listing in Google My Business is crucial for local SEO (search engine optimization). Google offers an array of valuable features that, when properly utilized, can maximize the impact of your business listing.

First things first: if you don’t have an account yet, refer to this article on how to create an account and claim your business. Then, visit Google My Business and create your listing. 

Ready to go? Great! Here are our six recommendations on how to make the best use of Google My Business for local SEO:

#1: Tell the story of your business.

The first step is to provide a description of your business in 750 characters or less. That’s not much, so your goal is to be concise. Give honest, relevant, and essential information that will give a searcher the clearest possible understanding of your identity from the jump. 

The description appears when a user searches for your business on Google. If your business is well-known and has a significant web presence searchable by Google, the description may come from other sources, like Wikipedia, instead. (Bonus tip: if you want this to be true for you, too, and you think your business is significant enough for its own Wikipedia page, create one!)

Optimize your google my business

In the ‘Info’ section of Google My Business, make absolutely certain that all your identifying information is current and complete: provide a current address, phone number, contact numbers, website address – as many ways of being found as the form allows and you can provide! 

#2: Share photos of your business 

Share photos that capture what your business is about. Images are vital for SEO- Google reports businesses with photos to receive 42% more requests for driving directions and 35% more clicks to websites, than businesses that don’t have images in their listings. 

A new feature in Google My Business is that you choose the main image for your listing, and provide logos at the top-right of your profile. Upload photos of your business, products, and events so that your customers can learn more about your business. 

What are some good images to include?

  • Exterior views of your business location. This is a must for anyone that will visit your site.
  • Highlights of your physical site. Are you a school with a beautiful front garden? A nursery school with an attractive playground? A shopping or business center with an iconic piece of art on your grounds?
  • Products. Obviously, you won’t provide a complete photo catalog, but show an image or two of what you’re most associated with: an attractive shot of clean, shiny cars in your dealership, or your sales floor with well-arranged appliances or other goods. If you’re a restaurant, your most Instagram-worthy platings had better be here, too.

Your team in action. This is especially useful if your team has visible branding, like uniforms, T-shirts, or caps. Pictures of your team helping customers or showing clients merchandise create emotional resonance!

#3: Add call to actions for bookings

If you enable this functionality, customers can easily book your service (a hotel room, restaurant reservations, appointments, etc.) when they find you on Google Search and Maps. This is HUGE- allowing visitors to engage with you immediately, without having to pick up their phones, visit a site, or otherwise click away will give a big boost to engagement. Link your account with a participating booking provider to enable this functionality directly on your Google search results. 

Local restaurants have enthusiastically embraced this feature, using “Reserve a Table” CTAs where people, with just one click, can book a table to the restaurant without visiting the website. Users can also check the available tables for other days.

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#4: Create great business posts 

With your Google My Business listing, you can publish updates and offers directly to your Search and Maps results page, like: 

  • News and announcements
  • Events such as open houses, a special brunch, upcoming performances
  • Sales and discounts, including coupon codes 
  • New arrivals of products or advance orders

You can also include an image and a call to action in these posts. The available calls to action are Book, Order Online, Buy, Learn More, Sign Up, and Call Now. 

Optimized Google My Business with great posts

#5: Get messages from your customers

One of the most amazing new features of Google My Business is the ‘Messaging’ section that allows customers to contact you immediately upon finding your listing. You can respond to questions, and share information directly, for free! 

Using this feature requires the Google My Business app on your iOS or Android device. Once you turn on messaging, users will see a “Message” button on your Google My Business listing. Your customers will then be able to message you at any time. 

#6: Manage your business’ reviews

Did you know that 90% of people read online reviews before visiting a business, and 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations? Google reviews are one of the most important ranking factors for local SEO.  

Having a lot of good reviews can help new people find you online and trust your business. Always encourage your customers to leave you a review!

Customers can post reviews your business listing. Respond to them. It shows your customers (and searchers) that you care about them, but also that you’re active and engaged. Always respond to your reviews, whether positive or negative.

Optimized Google My Business managing your reviews

 

Conclusion

If you don’t have a Google My Business listing yet, you definitely need to create one. Using this free and easy-to-use tool is necessary to be easily found online by your customers and potential customers. Leveraging all its amazing features, and it won’t just be a listing- it’ll be marketing!

Want to make sure your Google My Business listing maximizes attention and traffic? Contact us. We’ll create an amazing Google My Business listing for you, or any other channel for boosting your web presence!

 

Sources:

https://neilpatel.com/blog/google-my-business-optimization/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email

https://blog.hootsuite.com/google-my-business/

https://www.brightlocal.com/blog/new-google-my-business-features-june-2019/

https://www.reputation.com/resources/blog/the-top-6-google-my-business-features-for-marketers/

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

News, news and more news on this edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave.!  Ads and new features were the most featured topics in this week’s marketing news. 

Want to know more? Read on! 

Protected Markets Now Have Their Own Ad Category

In the US, anti-discrimination laws prohibit targeted advertising on the basis of race, sex, and other categories for employment, housing, and various banking services- a restriction that can bump up against the highly-targeted nature of advertising on Facebook and similar platforms. To keep online advertising in compliance, Facebook has launched new marketing API requirements that assign a new Special Ad Category to advertisers and marketers who manage accounts identified as belonging to one of these protected industries. This update will limit targeting options in this category to prevent discriminatory ads from being launched on the platform.

If your account falls into this or other special categories, click here to learn more:

https://marketingland.com/facebook-marketing-api-to-get-special-ad-category-field-for-housing-employment-credit-advertisers-265640

YouTube Keeps Your Makeup Tutorial From Getting You Sued Into Oblivion

In a new pro-creator move, YouTube has updated its content ID claims policies to protect its creators from excessively aggressive copyright protection. The change prevents copyright owners from using the manual claiming tool to seize ad revenue from YouTubers for small and unintentional “infringements,” defined as  “very short or unintentional uses of music.”

Free yourself here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/youtube-updates-content-id-claim-policies-to-better-protect-creators/561048/

Instagram Wants YOU… In The Fight Against Fake News

Instagram has empowered standard user accounts to flag content they believe is false. Once reported, Instagram will evaluate the user’s feedback and the behavior of the account to verify if a post needs to be reviewed by third-party fact checkers. This could be a great way to crowdsource the overwhelming job of spotting false claims… or it could empower mob rule to censor unpopular views through mass reporting. Remember, kids, subjective truth isn’t the same as fact!

Fight the good fight here: https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/15/instagram-users-can-now-flag-false-content/

FB Movie Ads Will Include Ticket Sale And Reminders

In alliance with US and UK cinemas and ticketing platforms, Facebook launches two new features for movie ads – users can now receive notifications when a movie is released, look up local showtimes, and buy tickets.

Pass the popcorn here: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/14/20805529/facebook-movie-reminder-ads-fandango-atom-tickets-showtime-amc-regal

No More Accelerated Delivery For Google Ads Search and Shopping Campaigns

Beginning September 17th, you’ll no longer be able to put a rush on search, shopping campaigns and shared budgets. Google has determined that accelerated delivery has no impact on the efficacy of such campaigns, which are generally not limited by budget. Campaigns launched before this date may be run with accelerated delivery until October 1st.

Beat the rush here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-ads-is-switching-search-shopping-campaigns-to-standard-delivery/321763/#close

Are You Relevant on Facebook? Who Knows?

Facebook is eliminating its Relevance Score evaluation of ads in favor of three new metrics intended to offer more meaningful and granular measures of ad quality. Since Relevance Score directly impacted the cost of ads, and the rate at which Facebook would run them, this change is huge- and largely a good thing. It was never directly explained how Relevance Score was calculated, but it was largely a function of predicted ad performance. These new metrics evaluate your ad based on actual trials in three areas: quality, engagement rate, and conversion rate rankings. 

Be the best you can be here: https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2019/03/13/facebook-sunsets-relevance-score

That’s all for a busy week in digital marketing! See you next Friday with more Marketing News With Motion Ave!

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

…we’re back with marketing updates in a week full of controversy and cool new features! Want to know more? Read on!

#DeleteBreakupFacebook

A chant has been spreading across Big Tech regulation advocates: break up Facebook. Among those calling for the dismantling of the technology giant is Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.

It seems like Facebook’s many missteps in the past year, and a growing concern about the social harm caused by the platform, have finally taken their toll. Politicians have finally entered the fray, branding Facebook a dangerous monopoly in the “attention economy” and a threat to democracy, journalism, bee populations in the southern hemisphere, and waistlines.

What do you think? Should Facebook be split into several independent corporations, governing Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger each separately from the social media platform? Would Facebook’s past sins have been avoidable with more competition and regulation?

Read more about the subject here: https://slate.com/technology/2019/05/facebook-break-up-antitrust-instagram-whatsapp-hughes-how.html

How Did Healthy Dishes Happen? Lyrics Sticker Saves Us All

Hold me closer, Tony Danza. Back in dinosaur times, our parents would read the lyrics to songs on these things called “liner notes” on the big, plastic plates that held less music than the cheapest thumb drive on Amazon. Instagram has made adding music to Instagram Stories an even better experience with a new feature: the Lyrics Sticker. This new option displays the lyrics of the song playing in your Story over the video.

Want to know more about this cool feature? Click here: https://www.businesstoday.in/technology/top-story/instagram-stories-testing-lyrics-stickers-feature-facebook/story/345833.html

Retweet With More Than Words

Twitter has made retweeting a lot more functional with one easy addition: the ability to attach not only words but also photos, GIFs and videos. Speechless? Make the most of this option to express your someone else’s vitally important thoughts!  

Read more here: https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/06/twitter-gives-retweets-an-upgrade/

@Shop Account On Instagram

We recently reported on the super-convenient feature letting you make in-app purchases on Instagram. Now there’s a catalog so you can navigate through the different products you can find across the app and buy instantly. This curated shop account showcases product posts of brands and creators that are of interest to the community.

Know more about it here: https://instagram-press.com/blog/2019/05/09/shop/

That’s it for this week, folks! See you next friday for more marketing news!

 

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