Medium will eliminate its Promoted Stories ad product following layoffs

Medium’s advertising product never made it out of beta. The publishing platform created by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams will shut down its Promoted Stories ad product that had been released in beta in April 2016, according to a person familiar with the matter. The decision to eliminate its ad product coincides with Medium rethinking its…

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How to Engage with Customers Using Facebook Live Video

Facebook Live is among one of the remarkable developments in the social media marketing world in 2016. According to Unmetric Discover, the number of brand mentions of Facebook Live to date is close to 40,000. One of the key features of live videos is its flexibility. It can be used for a wide range of…

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Facebook will let celebs edit Live videos after broadcast ends

Celebrities live the good life. They get the best tables at restaurants, free swag and access to some Facebook features before anyone else, like Facebook Live. And now they’re getting access to Live features that won’t be made available to normal people using Facebook. Facebook will let people using its Mentions app — which is…

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Trust & transparency: Why we need it more than ever in 2017

Can technology help to create transparency and therefore restore trust in brands and agency partners? Columnist Carl Erik Kjærsgaard weighs in. With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time for marketers to think about the past year. Was it the year we pushed our industry toward a better future, or just another year with minimal…

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What does the Consumer Review Fairness Act mean for consumers and online reviews?

Online reviews have steadily become a part of our everyday online world and an integral part of consumers’ buying process. Whether you’re proactively seeking out reviews for a product/service or responding to a Facebook friend’s post asking for provider recommendations, online reviews surround us. Reviews and star ratings show up in search engine results pages (in…

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Twitter is eliminating its ads that requested people’s personal information

tanuha2001 / Shutterstock.com Twitter is phasing out its lead generation ad format that brands could use to request people’s names, Twitter handles and email addresses. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the move on Monday. The spokesperson said in an emailed statement: “We are always experimenting with the best ways to help advertisers effectively connect with consumers. At…

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NASA has created official accounts on Pinterest and Giphy, and they’re pretty great

NASA’s space channels on Pinterest and Giphy are out of this world. The government agency just announced that it has joined the image-sharing social networks to display the best of what they do. Photos of planets, international space stations, galaxies, black holes, nebulae and so many more are featured on an extensive Pinterest board that has…

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8 companies doing social media right and what marketers can learn from them

Many businesses set up shop on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks in pursuit of new customers. Of course, the strategies they use to attract those customers differ, and some rise above the rest. Here are eight companies that are doing social media right, examples of their campaigns along with some takeaways that you…

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Use This Content Marketing Checklist to Skyrocket Your Productivity

Four very simple things: 1. Have a mindset practice Your mind has to be clear and focused if you’re going to produce that much content. When your mind is full of negative thoughts, limiting beliefs, or worries, it will make it much harder to stay inspired and keep taking action. Mindset work will be different…

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Should you hire a mobile marketing agency or keep it in-house?

As my department at 3Q Digital grows, I get the chance to talk to a lot of people across a variety of verticals, responsibilities, levels and points of view (sellers, buyers and decision-makers). Invariably, the first questions across the table are the all-too-familiar “But do I really need an agency? Can’t I do it myself?…

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