Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to the newest edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave! Much of this week’s news explores updates to social media marketing tools. As you know social media apps and platforms don’t just allow you to follow new photos of your best friend’s dog! When used correctly, they can also be very powerful resources for advertising your product or business. That’s why it’s key to stay in the know about the latest trends in social media marketing. Below, read about some of 2020’s final updates made to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Instagram Adds Creative Tools in Reels and Stories

While expanding the roll out of its Branded Content tags, Instagram has added some new tools to the creative options in both its Reels and Stories sections.

In Reels, Instagram added new ‘Audio Mix’ and ‘Voice-over’ features, similar to those of TikTok. You can access this new option by tapping the microphone at the top of the Reels composer screen. Now, there’s also a Reels watermark on the top left of the clip to ensure branding when Reels clips are re-shared, just like in TikTok. Another new function is the option to ‘Edit Clips’ within Reels, providing users with a more targeted form to change each element. 

Read more about Instagram’s new creative tools here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-adds-new-creative-tools-in-reels-and-stories/592328/ 

Twitter Tests a New Way to Spark Engagement by Highlighting Things You Have in Common with Other Users

In an attempt to spark more positive engagement and discussion within the app, Twitter is piloting a new feature that will highlight things that you have in common with other users – users that you don’t even follow in the tweet reply composer! These innovative prompts will highlight, for example, topics that you and the other user both follow, building on Twitter’s efforts to gradually expand topic listings. However, this feature could also lead to uncomfortable exchanges, such as marketing pitches. 

Learn more about this Twitter update!: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-testing-a-new-way-to-spark-engagement-by-highlighting-things-in-com/592435/ 

Facebook Will Alert Users Who’ve Engaged with Misleading Posts

Facebook is taking a new approach to help keep users better informed by sending out specific notifications to people who’ve engaged with posts which were later identified as including misinformation. Its initial focus will be related to COVID-19 updates. Facebook will now send notifications to anyone who has liked, commented, or shared a piece of misinformation that’s been taken down for violating the platform’s terms of service. It will then connect users with trustworthy sources in an effort to “correct the record.”

Look into how Facebook plans to alert its users about misinformation here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-takes-more-proactive-steps-to-alerts-users-whove-engaged-with-mis/592248/ 

Twitter Outlines Updated Verification Guidelines before the Reopening of Public Applications

Twitter has announced that it will be reopening public applications for account verification next month, a feature that has been on hiatus since 2017. This will be done through a new, self-serve application process that will be available on the Account Settings page of both Twitter’s web and app versions. The process will include asking applicants to select a category for their verified status and confirming their identity via links and other supporting materials. The revamped option will be added to your account settings sometime in January of 2020, via a staged roll-out.

Based on many user suggestions, Twitter revised its official verification policy, which presently places users in one of six categories: 1) Government; 2) Companies, Brands and Organizations; 3) News Organizations and Journalists; 4) Entertainment; 5) Sports and Gaming; 6) Activists, Organizers, and Other Influential Individuals.

Learn more about Twitter’s new format for account verification at: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-outlines-updated-verification-guidelines-ahead-of-the-re-opening-of/592432/ 

That’s all for this week, folks! We hope that you’ve enjoyed all of our Marketing Updates throughout 2020 and will continue to follow and learn from Motion Ave in 2021! We wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year, and can’t wait to reconnect in January! 

 

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to the newest edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave! Some of this week’s news focused on shopping through online social media platforms as well asnew simplifications to Instagram and Twitter. Keep reading and discover what’s new in the world of social media!

Instagram Adds Keyword Searches in Addition to Profiles and Tags

Instagram’s search engine has traditionally been limited to names, user names, locations, and hashtags. But now you’ll be able to tap on specific search terms and Instagram will show you all posts that include those exact words. This makes it easier to find a wider range of content, while also helping brands looking to maximize their performance. However, searches will be “limited to general interest topics and keywords that are within Instagram’s community guidelines.” Therefore, not every niche keyword and topic will be searchable this way. It might be worth running a few experiments to see how your posts show up, both with and without hashtags, in order to formulate the best strategy moving forward. 

Learn more about the benefits of new direct keyword searches at:

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-adds-keyword-search-in-addition-to-profiles-and-tags/589230/

Twitter Launches Stories-like ‘Fleets’ for All Users

Stories, but for Twitter. Now you can create stories on Twitter (called ‘Fleets’), with a dedicated tray of Fleets bubbles appearing at the top of your news feed. Here, users can share updates within the app that disappear after 24 hours, fulfilling a distinct need of the platform. According to Twitter, many people leave multiple tweets in their drafts, which never see the light of day. Now, people can Fleet: they can text or share individual tweets, video, and photos.

Tip for brands: If you’re looking to maximize your Fleet engagement, you may need to update your DM settings so everyone can respond to your Fleets!

Read more about this Twitter update at:

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-launches-its-story-like-fleets-for-all-users/589215/ 

Facebook Adds More Ways for Creators to Track and Monetize Their Content on Facebook and Instagram

Facebook is now enabling creators to maximize their revenue opportunities by providing additional forms to claim monetization rights when their content is re-posted across the social network. It’s also providing more creators with access to its content claim tools. Now, within the Rights Manager function, creators will be able to set up new rules for detecting duplicate content as it’s posted and claim ad revenue for that content when applicable via the tool.

Click here to read more about Facebook updates: 

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-adds-more-ways-for-creators-to-track-and-monetize-their-content-on/589127/

Instagram Adds New Branded Content Options

Instagram has begun to include branded content tags in its Reels function. As Instagram seeks to combat the rise of TikTok, it looks to monetize this key area and offer more lucrative brand partnership options and processes in order to help users make money from their clips.

Instagram is also adding new branded content tags for both Reels and Instagram Live to expand revenue options for creators. The new tags mean that creators can formulate more deals with brands and generate immediate revenue from their Reels’ content. In addition, Instagram’s also going to include a new process, which will enable brands and creators to collaborate on Instagram content creation, as opposed to brands having to promote a pre-existing post. The platform is also changing its rules regarding branded content in Stories and branded content posts that include product tags.

Interested? To discover more, read the full article at:

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-adds-new-branded-content-options-including-branded-content-tags/589350/

Some big changes and new features this week. We hope to see you in our next issue of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave where we’ll be back with more marketing news!

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Once again, welcome to our newest edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave. Much of the news this week focused on shopping through online social media platforms, as well as some new Twitter and Instagram features. Read on to learn more about how such adjustments could affect your business and social media strategies!

Google Will Make Shopping Ads Free Worldwide

Google will expand free shopping ads to countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America in mid-October, following its April 2020 rollout in the US. This allows retailers to run free listings in the Shopping Tab. The decision was made due to the effects of the pandemic, as free shopping ads benefit both merchants and consumers. They’re a great opportunity for sellers to connect with customers, as more people move to online shopping. Yet there are still advantages to paid shopping ads; they’ll continue to appear in ad slots above the free listings in the Shopping Tab.

Learn more about the benefits of Google’s free shopping ads and how to get set up at:

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-makes-shopping-ads-free-worldwide/382665/

Twitter Expands Access to Voice Tweets

In June, Twitter added the option to integrate audio clips into tweets but the decision lost momentum because 1) audio clips don’t seemingly add value, and 2) it could cut deaf or hard-of-hearing Twitter users out of the conversation. Given this feedback, audio tweets are currently available to more iOS users. The company also reaffirmed its commitment to add auto-captions for voice tweets, increasing accessibility and expanding context and understanding across the app. Audio messages in DMs are currently being tested in Brazil.

Would audio tweets add value to your Twitter approach from a marketing perspective? It is an option to consider if you want to incorporate new and unique strategies into your outreach plan. 

To discover more, read the entire article: 

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-expands-access-to-voice-tweets-re-affirms-plans-for-auto-captions/586182/

Instagram Brings Shopping to IGTV and Reels

As e-commerce grows, Instagram has expanded its global shopping capabilities on IGTV, its live streaming service, and will be testing the strategy on Reels later this year. IGTV viewers can purchase items directly through Instagram or via the seller’s website. With the holiday season quickly approaching, this decision could allow IG’s parent company Facebook to seize virtual opportunities and better compete against platforms like TikTok. Increased e-commerce is also important for Instagram, as it could easily become an essential feature. The platform’s main risk is deprecating the user experience in favor of more services for advertisers. 

Interested in additional information? Click here:

https://www.marketingdive.com/news/instagram-brings-shopping-to-reels-igtv-as-commerce-commands-social-spotli/586400/

Instagram Adds New Features to Celebrate Turning 10!

To celebrate its first decade, Instagram incorporated a few new elements into its platform. The Stories Map provides a private look at where you’ve posted your past three years of Stories as long as they had a location sticker. IG also added the option of variable icons, made popular by the iOS-14-inspired trend of customized home-screens. Users can choose from a range of icons that better suit their custom theme. In addition, IGTV’s shopping features were updated and Reels video clips are competing with TikTok’s immense success. Other interesting stats include:

  • 900 million emoji reactions are sent within the app each day;
  • KPOP is the #1 most-discussed music genre among IG users; and,
  • The average user sends 3 times more DMs than comments.

How will Instagram evolve over the next decade? One thing’s for sure – IG and other social media platforms have changed how we interact, so it’ll be interesting to see where it takes us!

Read all about it here: 

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-releases-new-features-to-celebrate-its-10th-birthday-including-s/586497/

This week’s news included some major changes, some of which might impact your business in the near future! We hope that you’ve found this information interesting and relevant! We’ll return after a short break with more cutting-edge marketing news in our next edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave. See you soon!

 

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Thank you for joining us for our newest edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave. The news this week emphasized some important changes that Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn have recently made to their respective platforms. Keep reading to learn how these changes could affect your advertising!

Facebook Eliminates its 20% Text Limit in Ad Images

In order to improve ad quality and make some of its ad policies less restrictive, Facebook has decided to remove its long-standing text rule. It appears that since early September, advertisers are no longer limited to a 20% text limit on ad images. Now, Facebook will only provide tips and suggestions on maintaining an approximate 20% text level as a best practice. 

Discover more about Facebook’s policy change here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/facebook-removes-the-20-text-limit-on-ad-images/381844/ 

Google Meet Limits its Meetings to 60 Minutes

After initially offering its users meetings without time constraints, Google reversed its decision and set time limits on its video chat service. As of September 30th, users will only have 60 free minutes of meeting time on Google Meets. 

Do you want to know more? Read the entire article below: https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/26/21457293/google-meet-limit-meeting-free-plans-september-zoom

Facebook Launches a New All-in-One Management Tool 

Facebook just launched Business Suite, a management platform created for small businesses, making it easier for them to administer both their Facebook and Instagram presence from a single platform. On the new Business Suite platform, owners will be able to schedule posts for both Facebook and Instagram, view metrics, and evaluate results. 

Interested in learning more? Click here for additional information: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-launches-facebook-business-suite-an-all-in-one-management-tool/585445/

LinkedIn Stories Are Now Available to All Users

In addition to its new, more modern look, the professional social networking platform has now launched its stories function worldwide. LinkedIn conducted trials in four selected nations over the past five months. Now, all of the platform’s users around the world will be able to access this new feature, allowing you to show another side of your professional life to your online community! 

Read all about it here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-launches-updated-look-makes-linkedin-stories-available-to-all-use/585722/ 

There were some major changes discussed in the news this week! How do these changes impact your business? Hopefully we have provided you with some new and relevant information! We’ll take a little break and are excited to see you in our next edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave, your source for all types of marketing news!

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to a new edition of Marketing Updates With Motion Ave. This week, almost all of our attention is focused on ad headlines, with new additions, limitations, and updates! Read on to find out more!

Facebook Limits How Many Ads a Fan Page Can Run

In order to improve the ads’ performance, Facebook will limit the amount of ads that fan pages can run. Ultimately, this will depend on the page size and the monthly budget spent on advertising. This measure was taken to prevent ads from being delivered less frequently.

Follow this link to learn more about this change: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-announces-new-limits-on-how-many-ads-pages-can-run-concurrently/584943/

Facebook Tests Its New Email Marketing Tool 

Several months ago, Facebook announced  that it would be testing a new email marketing tool. Recently, various new details about this new feature have come to light. The new tool will also follow GDPR subscriber list regulations and it will not allow the use of email addresses taken from user contact information on Facebook profiles.

Want to know more? Click here: https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/facebook-email-marketing-test

Google Combines “Custom Intent” and “Custom Affinity”

Google announces a change in its “custom intent” and “custom affinity” audience types. From now on these two options will be included under a single umbrella called “custom audiences.” To access  this audience, advertisers will have to go to the Audiences section at the Campaign or Ad Group level.

Interested in more information? Learn more about this new audience here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-combines-custom-affinity-and-custom-intent-into-custom-audiences/380906/

Microsoft Ads Integrates LinkedIn Ads Targeting

Microsoft Advertising, which offers pay-per-click advertising on Bing and Yahoo, will finally integrate LinkedIn targeting into its search ads. This new option will provide a more precise type of targeting for businesses that are still struggling to pinpoint their objective audience.

Discover what countries will offer this option: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/breaking-microsoft-ads-integrates-linkedin-ads-targeting/379987/

Ads, ads, and more ads here at Marketing Updates With Motion Ave! After such a full week of advertising, we need a break. We look forward to seeing you in our next edition with more marketing news!

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

We’re back with a new edition of Marketing Updates With Motion Ave. This week we go political with a couple of news involving social platforms, government and new measures! Read on to find out more! 

Youtube Gives Data On Videos Watched and Video Retention Rate

Youtube has added new features to its video studio. The first one is a listing with videos of other creators that viewers have watched on the platform, which will allow users to gain a better understanding of their audience. The second addition includes new audience retention metrics for each video. This will help users improve their content by seeing which videos generate more engagement. 

Want the full story? Click here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/youtube-adds-data-on-other-videos-your-viewers-have-watched-and-new-audienc/581634/

Google Adds New Ad Tools 

Google updates and adds new features to its ads tools. First, it launches a new image extensions beta program that will allow advertisers to add product images in search ads. Also, the platform includes in search ads new markers to indicate limited offers, and capacity of shippings and product. Finally, Google tests new dynamic carousel displays for  brands’ most relevant products. 

Want to know more? Enter here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/google-adds-new-ad-tools-including-updated-visual-options-and-prompts-for/581719/

Facebook Considers Banning Political Ads in November

Although the news has not yet been confirmed, sources say that Facebook would be considering banning political ads from the platform during election season in November. The initiative could be due to the recent boycott against the social media giant for not taking more action against hate speech and misinformation.

https://www.marketingdive.com/news/facebook-considers-political-ad-ban-through-november/581465/

New Predictive Metrics in Google Analytics

Google launches a new action prediction tool in Analytics that seeks to improve the connection between the user and the website visitors. The idea is to offer a suggestion of audience based on the purchase probability in a specific period of time, example: “Likely 7-day purchasers.” This will give advertisers the opportunity to target that audience and display highly relevant ads.

Get all the details here:https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/google-adds-new-predicted-audience-action-tools-into-google-analytics/581439/

TikTok Banned On Government Devices

In response to concerns that personal information could fall into the hands of the Chinese government, U.S. lawmakers have decided to vote in favour of a proposal to ban the downloading of the Chinese app onto government-issued devices.

Read more about the ban here: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/07/20/house-tiktok-federal-phones-374315

Whatsapp Launches Two New eCommerce Features

Facebook continues to look for ways to monetize its Whatsapp messaging platform. This time it adds new QR codes to the app so that businesses can more easily bring customers into a message thread. In addition to this, Whatsapp will also offer catalog links that will help promote the product listings that businesses have within the platform. Since their launch these catalogs have been a popular way to connect with customers. 

Learn how these features work here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/whatsapp-adds-qr-codes-for-businesses-and-catalog-links-to-simplify-sharin/581343/

That’s it for this week! We look forward to seeing you in the next edition of Marketing Updates With Motion Ave. Stay tuned!

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

We’re back with a new edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave. This week we are full of ad news! Read on to find out more! 

Google Offers Free Promotion in Maps

Until September 2020, smart campaign businesses with Google My Business listings will be able to advertise on Google maps with free promoted pins. If you are in this category, you will not be charged for sales, calls or clicks. 

Learn more about this promotion here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-is-offering-businesses-free-promotion-in-google-maps/372678/

Instagram Allows Users to Create Ads Without Linking to Facebook Page

Facebook will allow advertisers to promote their content on Instagram without linking to a Facebook Page. Only first time advertisers will be able to access this new option. Those who have already linked their Instagram accounts with a fan page will not be able to do it. 

Get all the details here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-will-enable-new-advertisers-to-create-ads-without-linking-to-a-fa/580310/

Youtube Boosts Video Ad Campaigns 

Youtube launches two new ad alternatives to improve conversions and sales. To help businesses establish a stronger eCommerce presence, it will complement actionable video ads with eCommerce products listings. Also, the platform will launch a new Video Action Campaign that will distribute ad videos on home feeds, watch pages, and Google video partners in a single campaign.

Learn all about it here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/youtube-tests-new-shoppable-product-ads-launches-video-action-campaigns/580133/

Spotify Tests Interactive Podcast Ads 

Spotify seeks to create more direct sales funnels for brands and launches what it calls “In-App Offers”. This feature allows advertisers to position embedded links on podcast episodes pages that will take users to the brand’s webpage where they will find a promo code. 

Know more here: https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/22/21295859/spotify-interactive-ads-podcasts-in-app-offer-launch

Blocking Political Ads on Facebook and Instagram Is Now Possible

Following its efforts to provide transparent information, Facebook will now allow users to block political ads on both the platform and Instagram. You can access this option by clicking on the three dots in the ad or by going to your Ad Preferences section.

Get more political here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/users-now-able-to-block-political-ads-on-facebook-and-instagram/372241/

Audio Tweets Now On Twitter

Sometimes 280 characters are not enough, which is why Twitter will allow users to add audio snippets to their tweets. For now this new feature will be available only on iOS and only certain users will have access to these audio tweets. 

Get the full story here: https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/17/21294481/twitter-audio-tweets-now-available-iphone-ios

Google Bans Categories For Employment, Housing and Credit Ads

As part of its Ads policy update, Google will remove certain demographic targeting criteria, such as religion, ethnicity, ract, sexual orientation, and personal hardships, from the employment, housing and credit sector. The change will be first implemented in the US and Canada and worldwide by the end of the year.

Get all the details here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-banning-certain-categories-for-employment-housing-and-credit-ads/371975/?utm_source=daily-carnage&utm_medium=email

That’s it for this week. We look forward to seeing you in another edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave. We’ll be waiting for you with more marketing and ads news! 

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to another edition of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave. The protagonists of this issue are social media and advertising heavyweights: Facebook, Instagram and Google. Discover what’s new about these platforms with these marketing news! 

Google Will Require Identification Confirmation From Advertisers

As part of its ad transparency program, Google will now require all advertisers to confirm their identity with documentation showing who they are and where they are based. This requirement was already made to political advertisers, but now Google seeks to provide greater transparency and expand the measure to all advertisers on the platform. 

Learn more about the verification here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/google-will-now-require-all-advertisers-to-confirm-their-identity-under-exp/576674/

Snapchat Launches “First Commercial” Ad Functionality 

Snapchat gives you the opportunity to be the “first commercial” people see with their new feature. As the name implies, this new feature allows advertisers to be the first ad that platform users see that day in their first Snap show session.This ad will be available for 24 hours and will have a maximum duration of 6 seconds. 

Want more details? Click here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/snap-launches-first-commercial-option-on-snapchat-shows/364890/

Google Explains Conditions To Be Eligible For Ad Credits

Google had already indicated that to be eligible for small and medium-sized business ad credits, you had to be an active advertiser on the platform since the beginning of 2019 and adhere to Google Ads policies. Now Google elaborate on the requirements and indicates that consistent and committed advertisers having active campaigns before the coronavirus situation will be able to access these credits. 

As of May, Google would assign one credit per customer. 

Know more about conditions, timing and credit size here: https://searchengineland.com/google-adds-clarity-around-eligibility-timing-for-smb-ad-credits-333192

Facebook Add New Location Markers On Posts

Facebook continues its commitment to transparency and adds new location markers on individual business profile posts on high-reach Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts. The idea is to give users the opportunity to understand who is behind the posts that are published on the platforms. This would be very helpful in relation to the upcoming elections as  it would provide more transparency.

Know more about this transparency measure here: https://about.fb.com/news/2020/04/page-and-account-transparency/

Creators Could Charge For Access To Live-stream Events On Facebook 

To support small businesses, artists and creators, Facebook will launch the option to charge for access to event live-streams. This new option comes hand in hand with Messenger Rooms, Facebook’s answer to video chat apps like Zoom and Houseparty. 

Get to know more here: https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/28/21239863/facebook-live-paid-video-charge-stream-accessñ-events

Instagram Allows Access To DM And Lives From Desktop Version

Finally, Instagram gives its users what they’ve been asking for. From now on you can manage your direct messages and watch lives from your favorite accounts on the desktop version of Instagram. This will allow users and social media managers to manage and visualize all their actions from the web, from publishing and scheduling posts with creator studio, to answering direct messages from followers. 

Know more details about these new features here: 

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/04/12/instagram-live-broadcasts-can-now-be-watched-on-the-web/
https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/instagram-adds-dm-access-to-desktop-version/575768/

Some big changes and new features this week. We hope to see you in our next issue of Marketing Updates with Motion Ave where we’ll be back with more marketing news!

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to another issue of Marketing Updates With Motion Ave. This week several of our favorite platforms made great changes or are preparing interesting releases, so don’t miss out on any of these marketing news! 

Facebook Creates a Bot-Only Platform To Analyze Behavior

Facebook is building a bot-only platform to analyze real behavior of various types of users in a controlled environment. This Facebook shadow platform will not be available to users, only bots will interact within the app where they will act as non-existent users who like, share, comment, harass, abuse, and scam. 

The goal of this simulation software is to find ways to decrease violations within the system.

Get to know more about this experiment here:https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/15/21221992/facebook-wes-simulation-research-paper-bots-scammers-new-feature

Google Lifts Its Coronavirus Ad Band  

Due to criticism from Democratic lawmakers, Google will begin to lift its ban on coronavirus-related advertising. Until now no government entity, hospital, NGO could launch ads related to the current pandemic on the platform. However, lawmakers were concerned that this ban could “bolster misinformation from the White House.”

For now, Google is still working on ways to allow these specific institutions to run ads related to coronavirus. 

Know more about the ban here: https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/2/21204413/google-coronavirus-ad-ban-democrats-political-advertising-white-house-donald-trump

Facebook Launches New Gift Card Feature

Facebook continues its efforts to support businesses dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 and launches a new feature on the platform: gift card listings. Users can now find gift cards that allow them to order their favorite products from local restaurants and businesses. 

Instagram would also be creating a similar version of this feature for its platform. 

Now all about it here: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-adds-gift-card-discovery-tool-service-impact-listings-to-help-bus/575426/

Youtube Seeks to Launch ‘Shorts’ Video-Sharing Feature to Compete With TikTok

Given the growing popularity of TikTok, popular platforms like Youtube are looking for “new ideas” to keep up with this Asian giant. That’s why the video platform plans to launch “Shorts”, a video-sharing feature that will come with an editor where users will be able to add songs to their posts. 

This new feature will be launched at the end of the year in the platform’s mobile app. Want to know more about it? Get all the details here: https://www.mobilemarketer.com/news/report-youtube-plans-shorts-video-sharing-feature-to-challenge-tiktok/575412/

Google Launches a Free Tool To Create Promo Videos

To help businesses create promo videos more easily, Google is launching a new video editing tool to create short 6 or 14 second videos for Youtube. This new feature will allow users to animate static images and add their own images, logos and text. 

The goal of this beta tool is to help businesses that cannot currently invest resources in creating in-person videos.

Learn more about this new tool here: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/youtube-video-builder/361510/?utm_source=daily-carnage&utm_medium=email

And that’s it for this issue! Find new updates, new features and new controversies in our next Marketing Updates With Motion Ave.

Marketing Updates With Motion Ave

Welcome to a new edition of Marketing Updates With Motion Ave! Google dominates the headlines this week, from new tech to phaseouts! Curious? Read on!  

Parallel Tracking Now Mandatory For Google Ads

As of March 31, all Google Ads using video must incorporate parallel tracking. This function prevents slowdowns for users by causing their browsers to handle data requests from click measurement providers in the background, while they can get straight to (and through) the ads. Parallel tracking is already mandatory for Search, Shopping, and Display campaigns.

Get the details here: https://ppc.land/parallel-tracking-for-video-campaigns-to-become-mandatory-in-google-ads/

Bid And Budget Simulators Come To Google Smart Bidding

Bid simulator support will now be available for one specific smart bidding strategy: Target ROAS (return on ad spend) bid strategy. This feature creates simulations using activity across the web from the past 7 days to test such adjustments as higher targets and budgets. While it’s not psychic, this kind of pattern analysis is an unprecedented insight to help marketers budget and price.

Change the future here: 

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-ads-introduces-bid-simulator-support-for-smart-bidding/343323/

R.I.P. Chrome Apps: 2013-2022

Chrome apps are on death row- support ends for all desktop OSes by the end of this year, and Chrome OS gives the boot in 2022. While some of the community is undoubtedly displeased, this move doesn’t signal a wholesale elimination of independent and open-source development: Chrome Extensions aren’t going anywhere.

Get to know all about the phase out process here: https://blog.chromium.org/2020/01/moving-forward-from-chrome-apps.html

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3514529/google-will-wind-down-chrome-apps-starting-in-june.html

No, Seriously, No Cookies: We Mean It This Time

Chrome is going on a deeper diet than just cutting Apps- Google has announced plans to end support for third-party cookies within two years. Assuming they follow through, this represents major action on Google’s public sentiments of committing to greater privacy. If implemented as thoroughly as Google promises, this will be a cataclysmic change for digital marketers- one of the core sources of user data and activity metrics will go entirely dark.

Prepare for the analytics apocalypse here:   https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/14/google-wants-to-phase-out-support-for-third-party-cookies-in-chrome-within-two-years/

That’s it for Google week! Join us next time to find out what Google and the other big names will bring to the digital marketing world!

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