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Facebook told to conform to EU regulations, Snapchat launches mental health feature, Amazon advertising budgets to increase, LinkedIn Sales Navigator Gmail extension shutdown, New Twitter Threads feature

This week has seen Facebook's calls for lighter regulations rebuffed by EU regulators who have told the platform it needs to fall in line. Snapchat is hoping to improve wellbeing on its platform with the introduction of a new feature. [si_blog_banner_cta] Advertisers on Amazon are set to increase budgets this year as the platform saw strong revenue growth in 2019. LinkedIn is to shut down its Sales Navigator Gmail extension in March. Finally, Twitter has introduced a new feature for Threads but people are still moaning about the lack of an 'edit' feature for tweets. We've got all the details in this week's news roundup:

EU regulators tell Facebook to conform to standards

Facebook has been told that it needs to work in-line…

Marketers too focused on transactions, Snapchat's strong Q3 results, Amazon's new News app, Twitter's poor Q3 results, New adaptive Google banner ads, Instagram testing new feature

Almost half of marketers have admitted to being too focused on getting money in the bank at the expense of building customer relationships. Snapchat reports strong Q3 results and announces a new focus on advertising buyability. Amazon is launching a new News app to compete with Google News and Apple News +. Twitter sees stocks plummet as it posts disappointing Q3 results, with targeting bugs partly to blame. Google announces new adaptive banner ads designed to improve mobile viewability. Instagram is testing a new feature that sees the accounts your following split into different categories. [si_blog_banner_cta]

43% of marketers focused on transactions rather than relationships

Almost half (43%) of marketers are focused more on ‘transactional’ relationships rather than encouraging a deeper level of engagement from their audience, according to new research. The…

Twitter's new design, Amazon anti-competition investigation, UK digital tax plans, Facebook's scam ad tool, Instagram removes like count

This week has seen Twitter launch it's new design for desktop users, with the jury still being out on how it is being received. Amazon is set to face a probe to see if it is using third-party seller data unfairly. The UK government has announced that it will push ahead with a plan to tax tech giants more going forward. Facebook has responded to a lawsuit by introducing a new tool for reporting scam ads in the UK. Finally, Instagram is testing out the removal of it's like count in six new areas. Get more detail on all of these news stories below in our latest news roundup.

Twitter updates desktop site

Twitter has updated the look of its primary desktop website in a bid to improve personalization…

As more advertisers zoom in on Amazon, the competition for consumer attention will only get stiffer but there is a strategy that can help

Amazon's 2018 Q4 report should pique brand marketers' interest: The e-retail giant reported $10 billion in ad sales in 2018. Even more interesting? The ad sales in Q4 reached a lofty $3.4 billion. Clearly, this is only the beginning of the Amazon advertising gold rush. As more advertisers zoom in on Amazon, the competition for consumer attention will only get stiffer, resulting in a higher cost per click (CPC), fewer opportunities to get in front of consumers, and more expensive campaigns. So how do brand marketers stand out in the oncoming wave? Search term isolation is the little-known strategy that's changing the way brands advertise on Amazon. By using search term isolation, brands can lower their advertising cost of scale (ACoS) while still growing sales. Focusing on…