Instagram is cooking up some interesting concoctions behind closed doors — and the app’s leaders recently gave us a sneak peek at the concepts in progress. Here’s what to expect from Instagram in the near future and what it means for brand/creator relationships moving forward.

#1: Creator Shops

The introduction of in-app purchasing capabilities on Instagram changed the way many eCommerce brands think about the platform. By integrating products from their catalog, their profiles could become a valuable extension of their online stores, allowing IG users to explore what they have to offer without having to click any external links.

Influencers and creators…

An iPhone with the Facebook app displayed on the screen.
An iPhone with the Facebook app displayed on the screen.

It’s not often that Facebook aims a clear shot across the bow at another tech company. When they do, we take notice.

That’s why, when the blue ‘Book sent out a pointed critique of Apple’s new iOS 14 updates at the end of 2020, it ignited something of a firestorm. Then, their follow-up campaign to stop the updates just poured more fuel on the fire.

With all this hubbub, a lot of small businesses are starting to ask important questions about how iOS 14 will impact their ad efforts. …

Facebook recently announced they’ll be shutting down their much-discussed Facebook Analytics tool as of June 30, 2021. If you’re an agency or a small business — especially if you’ve jumped on the “Facebook for ecommerce” train in recent years — this might sound kinda scary.

Truth is, it’s really not a huge change. But it does call into question Facebook’s motivation for the shutdown… and makes us wonder what it might mean for what they have in store for the next few months.

Why This is a Big Deal… And, Really, Why It’s Not

When Facebook announced Analytics as a new tool for commerce accounts at their F8 conference in 2017…

What if, instead of reaching your audience through marketing channels, you could just reach each user directly?

It would be like having your brand right in their pocket… and it’s actually a lot easier than you might think.

Social media, blog posts, print ads… they’re all good strategies and all effective for growing your business. But they all require your audience to put in at least a little effort to meet you halfway-either on your marketing channels or out in the world.

That’s where two popular strategies can make a big difference, and they’re tools you’re probably already well familiar…

As any fan of a good Western movie knows, the quickdraw is a classic piece of the magic: when two cowboys try and outgun each other by drawing from the hip the fastest. If you’re not quick enough, you’re not going to make it to the finale.

Here’s something funny though: the same lesson learned from a classic quickdraw is also a good lesson to be applied to your website. It’s all about speed.

I’m a big fan of the Coen Brothers, and some of their movies are some of my all-time favorites.

I was especially drawn to the recent…

In October 2020, Google gave us an early Christmas present: they released what’s being referred to as “Google Analytics 4” or “GA4”. In time, this will replace the current platform known as Universal Analytics.

As with all things new, GA4 is very different from what we data scientists have come to know and love.

Saying “this is going to take some getting used to” is a bit of an understatement.

Right Now, it’s Hurry Up and Wait.

Hurry up and wait. That seems to be about the best advice right now when it comes to the new Google Analytics.

There are plenty of great articles out there…

So, you’ve decided that paid Pinterest ads are worth the spend for your business — what now?

Well, there are a couple of things you’ll have to consider and prep before your campaign draft transforms into a live Pinterest ad. Here’s our guide for mindfully getting through the pre-campaign launch process (you’ll thank us later!).

Get Your Pinterest Ad Account Ready To Roll

You won’t be getting far without creating an Ad Account first. Assuming you already have a Business Pinterest account (if you don’t, you’ll have to create a brand new one here!), head over to your Business Hub. …

We’ve discussed before how Pinterest seems to be in a league of its own as a social media platform. Almost more of a search engine than a platform the likes of Facebook or Instagram, Pinterest has its very own set of rules for reaching an engaged audience, driving impressions, generating link clicks — and enabling businesses to use their advertising budgets effectively.

Let’s talk about the latter. Here’s what makes paid advertising on Pinterest worth the effort, plus tips for bringing your campaigns to life.

What Sets Pinterest Apart

Before we get into the nitty-gritty about Pinterest ads, let’s take a look at what…

If you’ve ever had your brand show up next to some less than agreeable contexts, you probably know that sinking, pit-of-your-stomach dread that comes with it.

If you haven’t experienced this, consider yourself lucky — but definitely don’t consider yourself immune.

These days, consumers are more vigilant than ever when it comes to spotting brands they know alongside objectionable content online. Hell, it seems like some people even make a hobby out of searching for just these instances… and putting brands on blast because of it.

That’s why, in marketing departments and agencies across the globe, there’s a huge focus…

This year, maybe more than ever, people are thinking seriously about supporting small businesses. Are you set up to reach those audiences on social media?

For some small businesses, this year has been about seizing sudden opportunities for growth. Even Amazon is incentivizing customers to shop small business during key shopping occasions like Prime Day. And entire organizations are active to encourage shoppers to buy from small businesses, even in huge cities like NYC.

Simply put, there’s never been a better-or more important-time to make sure your small business is set up for success, and to meet consumers where they’ll…


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