WeQ Launches Influencer Agency, Backing up Influencers with Analytics

Global mobile advertising firm WeQ announced on Tuesday that it’s launching an agency dedicated to influencers, aiming to pair the analytical power of a broader ad tech firm with the new possibilities for branding offered by the influencer sector of the digital marketing industry.

In Age of Social Media, Brands Must Stay On Top of Reputations Capable of Changing on a Dime

A single video posted to YouTube was all it took for Chuck E. Cheese’s online reputation to go up in flames this month, at least temporarily, when an internet celebrity posted his theory about the pizza chain’s misshapen pies. As viral conspiracy theories on social media become increasingly common, brands are finding that their initial response can set the tone and create a carry-on effect that impacts customer sentiment across dozens of multimedia channels.

How 5 Retail Brands Are Maximizing the Power of User-Generated Content

Photos and videos that shoppers post on social media convey sentiment about brands, giving fellow consumers—and brands themselves—an uncensored look at how people really feel about their products and services. How brands harness this feedback is evolving, as brand marketers find new ways to glean insights from the unstructured consumer feedback being posted on social media and elsewhere online. Here are five examples of brands that are engaging shoppers across social channels and taking full advantage of the content that customers post on their own online accounts.

Marin Q4 Advertising Report Shows eCommerce Ads Skyrocketing, Instagram and Search Growth Strong

Digital marketing software firm Marin Software has released its Q4 advertising report, which points to major trends in social, search, and e-commerce. Instagram is taking on an increasingly central role in Facebook’s main business, e-commerce ads are booming YOY, and search remains fundamental to digital advertising, the report shows.

How Brands Are Using AI to Fight Back Against Dark Marketing

According to some estimates, as many as 85% of Facebook ads and 60% of YouTube ads are hidden from public view. The practice is even more common on Twitter, where an estimated 90% of ads are hidden. What does that mean, exactly? Rather than posting their messages publicly, major brands are creating social media posts or sponsored content that is only shown to targeted audiences. Unlike organic or boosted posts, these targeted ads don’t show up on the company’s timelines or all of their followers’ feeds.

Google’s Backdoor Shift to a Social Network

Mike Blumenthal and David Mihm: In the case of Q&A, reviews, and the coming sports commenting feature, Google is looking to gain a better understanding of the entity, and in the case of the sharing buttons and the new ability to follow a business, Google is looking to better understand the individual so that it can improve the search experience now and in the future. That would be a very Googly social network.

Relevnt Aims to Integrate Local and Social Media on Community-Based Website

Local and social media, produced by individuals and news sites alike, have a new place to hang out, and it’s called Relevnt. Launched late last year, the app “is like Yelp meets Reddit for social media,” said Winder Hughes, the company’s CEO and founder.

Local News Gets New Resource Center With Special Focus on Social Media

A Local News Resource Center to give publishers direct expertise on the “challenges and opportunities” of social media and other issues that confront the embattled industry has been set up at the Local Media Association.

Street Fight Daily: SMBs to Spend on Social, Location for Holidays; How AI Can Help Revamp CPG Brands

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Reveal Mobile Predicts Big Holiday Season Ad Spend for SMBs, With Social, Location At the Top… How GDPR Helps Consent Management Platforms… How AI Can Help CPGs Meet Millennial and Gen-Z Expectations…

Reveal Mobile Predicts Big Holiday Season Ad Spend for SMBs, With Social, Location At the Top

This coming holiday season, social, location-based advertising will dominate small business ad spend, according to a recent survey conducted by Reveal Mobile, a location-based marketing company. The survey also indicated that brands are increasingly comfortable with location-based tactics like geotargeting.

Street Fight Daily: Adapting to Google’s Control of Local Search Experience, Search Spend Drifts to Amazon

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Reality Check: Adapting to Google’s Ever-Growing Control of the Search Experience… Some Advertisers Move Half Their Search Budgets from Google to Amazon… What’s New For Marketers This Holiday Season?…

Street Fight Daily: Google Maps Gets Social, The Hot New Ad Trend Is … Billboards?

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING AND MEDIA… Google Maps Gets Social, Enabling Users to Collaborate on Choosing Local Options… Billboards—Yes, Billboards—Are Having a Heyday in the Digital World… Three Takeaways From DMEXCO 2018: Top Concerns in Digital Marketing…

TripAdvisor Wants to Become Your Social Media Network for Travel

What started as a site for travel reviews is pivoting to become a social media hub for travelers, providing a personalized travel planning experience that combines reviews and recommendations from friends, publishers, and influencers, the company announced Monday.

Sprinklr, Snaps Launch Solution to Blend Efficiency of Chatbots & Care of Human Reps

Primarily a customer experience management solution, Sprinklr believes its new integration will help brands more easily manage the transition between automated chatbots and human agents when dealing with complex customer care questions on Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and SMS.

Street Fight Daily: Consumers Crave Transparency from Brands, Retailers Are Figuring It Out

TODAY IN LOCAL & DIGITAL MARKETING… Report: Consumers Seek Transparency From Brands on Social Media… What Do You Know, Retailers Are Figuring It Out… Billy Penn, Denverite, and The Incline Are Going After Members…

Report: Consumers Seek Transparency From Brands on Social Media

In surveying 1,000 U.S. consumers, the social media management platform Sprout Social found that 86% believe transparency from businesses is more important now than ever before, and more than half say they want brands to be more transparent on social media.

Sprinklr Partners with Nextdoor to Power Hyperlocal Social Campaigns

Touted as the first deal of its kind, the partnership opens up for brands a social platform that provides the unparalleled opportunity to target users with verified addresses who are guaranteed to inhabit the same geographical spaces and jabber about the same local brick-and-mortar businesses.

Indi Tackles Inauthenticity in Influencer Marketing Space

Consumers have grown weary of synchronized sponsored content flooding their Instagram feeds, and brands are being inundated by requests for freebies from self-proclaimed social media stars. That evolution in the influencer marketing space has created an opening that Indi CEO and founder Neel Grover believes his new platform can fill.

After Downgrading Publishers, Facebook Explores New Ways to Boost Them

We all remember the seemingly apocalyptic early 2018 announcement that Facebook would downgrade publishers in favor of foregrounding posts from users’ family and friends. Less discussed are the various changes Facebook has made since that announcement to give publishers on its platform a fighting chance.

How Hospitality Brands Capitalize on Summertime Social Trends

Social is becoming an increasingly popular channel for research and an important resource for word-of-mouth recommendations, with 67% of consumers saying that at least half of their searches result in a visit to a business, according to a 2017 survey by ReviewTrackers.