There are many factors that can affect your strategy and new research is always churning up findings that you can make use of
We’ve written a lot on why you need a social media strategy and have given plenty of insights into how to create one, so you should be well versed on the benefits of a good social plan.
However, there are many factors that can affect your strategy and new research is always churning up findings that you can make use of – as well as methods that you should stop using in order to see the best results.
Just as with any marketing strategy, your plan for social media should be fluid, taking into account any new research, technology or platforms that come about. Sticking with a strategy that was put in place months ago and doesn’t reflect updated best practice can mean you don’t see the results or ROI…
Media and entertainment business need to reinvent business models, TikTok's ban on misinformation, Facebook proposing deepfake videos ban and Twitter removing Audience Insights
With most people only getting back to work after the New Year break this week, marketing news is still fairly slow. However, this week has seen a few interesting announcements that we think you need to know about - which is why they are included in our latest news roundup.
First up is the revelation that 50% of media and entertainment executives don't think they can continue with traditional business models, with the failure to reinvent putting the future of businesses at risk.
TikTok has announced an update to its community guidelines in a bid to stop the spread of misinformation on its app ahead of the 2020 US Presidential election.
Facebook has proposed a partial ban on deepfake videos after facing further pressure to curb misinformation on the platform.
The best digital marketing research across marketing channels - including SEO, PPC, CRO, social, mobile, martech, email, e-commerce, and UX - to help inform your 2019 marketing strategy
Because the state of digital marketing is always evolving, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest research in your industry or marketing channel in order to stay ahead of your competition. However, it can be difficult to find the digital marketing research you need to help inform your digital strategy.
We first curated these stats in 2017, but during 2018 and 2019, we've been committed to updating this article using the best digital marketing research data sources, which the team at Smart Insights have found helpful and informative throughout the year. Hopefully, this will help you too!
SEO statistics 2019
Total site visits produced by organic search…
Social media graphics are actually very easy to create – you just a need a little inspiration, a good source of images and a handy tool to help you turn your ideas into reality
If you’ve spent even a few minutes on social media, one thing becomes clear: people love visuals.
Visual content gets more shares and greater engagement – in other words, it gets noticed and it gets people to act, whether it’s to share your post, leave a comment or click on a link. But what happens if you’re not a designer? How do you create as many social media graphics as you need to without spending a fortune?
Social media graphics are actually very easy to create – you just a need a little inspiration, a good source of images and a handy tool to help you turn your ideas into reality.
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Google changes search results, Instagram has fastest growing brand value, video is most engaging in-app ad format, Facebook meeting with anti-censorship groups, YouTube cracks down on white supremacist content, TikTok testing new ad targeting tools
One of the biggest updates recently - besides Google's algorithm update - is the news that the search engine will be changing how search results are displayed, which could drastically affect traffic numbers.
Other stories have seen Instagram be announced at the fastest growing brand in terms of value, topping Amazon.
When it comes to in-app ads, video has been found to be the most engaging in a new study.
Facebook has faced more protests about its censorship of female nipples but the platform has now agreed to meet anti-censorship groups to discuss the issue.
YouTube has followed in Facebook's steps to take a harsher stance on white supremacist and Holocaust denier content.
Finally, TikTok is reportedly testing new tools that…
Social video shares are king, making video one of the most powerful marketing tools in your arsenal
In case you’re not yet convinced how dominant video is on the internet landscape, here’s some compelling data. According to 2017 Cisco projections, online videos will comprise more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic by 2021. The internet has officially become a watching, rather than reading, medium.
The implication: to stay on the forefront of this video binging, you need to become a strategic producer of videos for your brand. You also need to post them where your prospects’ gaze and attention will increasingly be focused: social TV apps.
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Google's new auction model for ads, Facebook tightening up Live rules, YouTube introduces new ad format, LinkedIn adding and updating job search tools and Twitter's anti-vax warning
There are a number of platform changes that you need to know about this week, including Google's update on what its first-price auction model will look like for Google Ads Manager and its publisher exchange.
Facebook has changed its rules around Live following the issues it experienced during and after the Christchurch terrorist attacks. Aiming to be stricter and reduce the spread of harmful content, the platform has tightened up its regulations.
YouTube is making it easier for brands to advertise via its home feed by introducing ads that use images rather than videos.
LinkedIn has also made some great changes to help make it easier for those using the platform to job search or recruit.
Finally, Twitter has introduced a new result for anyone searching for anti-vax-related…
UK government setting stricter social media rules for children, Twitter addressing abusive content, UK marketing budgets increased at the start of year, Ryanair offers ad space on boarding passes and Amazon fake reviews giving search boost
There has been some interesting news this week, including the fact that the UK government is suggesting banning the 'like' button on social media for children in a bid to stop companies collecting their data. This is part of 16 new standards it is currently consulting on.
Twitter is finally seeking to tackle abusive content head-on with changes to the platform meaning users have a bit more control.
The UK has seen a rise in marketing budgets, with greater spend being reported in the first quarter of the year. This follows on from stagnant spend in the final quarter of last year.
In an interesting move, Irish airline Ryanair is offering advertisers the chance to bid on space…
Creativity and resourcefulness may be the best weapons you can use when it comes to lead generation
Lead generation is a crucial marketing activity as it signals the start of what could be a fruitful relationship with future customers. Unfortunately, leads don’t fall on your lap that easily. Not only are you dealing with competition that will try to be first on your prospects’ radar, but you also need to cater to the changing buying behavior and needs of consumers.
Faced with these challenges, your creativity and resourcefulness may be the best weapons you can use. This is where infographics come in handy. Infographics have an artistic appeal to content consumers as they are rich in visuals that pique your target market’s interest in learning more about your brand and its unique value offer.
Infographics as blog posts
To generate leads with infographics, you can post them…
Google's latest EU regulator fine, Facebook removing millions of videos showing New Zealand terrorist attack, NZ advertisers pulling Google and Facebook following shooting, Instagram's in-app checkout launches in the US and LinkedIn's new advertising features
Read more about some of the biggest and most important stories in the marketing and advertising industries with our latest news roundup.
This week, we look at Google's latest fine from the European Commission, the backlash following videos of the shooting in New Zealand being uploaded to Facebook and other platforms, Instagram's latest shopping feature and how LinkedIn is aiming to make life easier for advertisers on the platform.
Google hit by €1.49 billion AdSense fine
Google has been fined €1.5 billion by European regulators for blocking other online search advertisers. The European Commission (EC) accused Google of stopping the placement of rival’s ads in certain spots, effectively breaking EU…