Weekly Digital News Roundup: November 15-19

Twitter Adds Custom Timelines, Enhances Mobile Ad Targeting

  • twitter-bird-calloutAccording to Search Engine Watch, on the heels of its IPO, Twitter has released new features that give more flexibility to publishers and more control to advertisers. First, custom timelines allow publishers to create and share timelines related to the topic of their choosing. And for advertisers, Twitter just got savvier in mobile by adding device type and WiFi connectivity to its targeting.
  • The custom timelines API beta allows publishers to create timelines based on the logic they choose. So the rules for what tweets show in the custom timeline are up to the creator. Custom timelines can be created and managed from TweetDeck, and embedded and shared on the web.
  •  Prior to this week’s announcement on enhanced mobile features, advertisers had the ability to target mobile users by operating system; but now, mobile targeting is more granular with the ability to segment audiences on Android and iOS by operating system version, device type and WiFi connectivity.  Continue reading

Weekly Digital News Roundup: November 8-12

Mobile Drives LinkedIn’s Sponsored Updates

  • linkedin 1According to MediaPost, LinkedIn is early in shifting from traditional display ads on its site to ads that run in users’ news feed ads. Its Sponsored Updates ad unit is off to a promising start after being launched widely in July.
  • Similar to news feed ads on Facebook, Sponsored Updates have higher click-through rates — especially on mobile, which currently accounts for two-thirds of ad sales for the new format, according to the report by JP Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth. Monetizing mobile is of increasing importance to LinkedIn, with about a third of its traffic now coming from devices.
  • To further enhance engagement, LinkedIn last month also launched a redesigned Pulse app that will tap into a user’s profile to provide personalized content recommendations. Pulse draws on content from 1.5 million publishers and uses algorithms to match headlines to professionally relevant selections. As a consequence, “the site drives a significant amount of traffic to long-tail publishers,” the report stated.

Google Launches ‘Search Network with Display Select’ Ad Campaign Type

  • According to WebProNews, Google has launched a new campaign type called Search Network with Display Select, which lets advertisers get in front of users on Google itself and other sites.
  • “Search Network with Display Select extends the reach of your search campaigns to the Google Display Network (GDN),” explains product manager Ahmad Anvari in a blog post. “The GDN reaches 90% of the global online audience and includes 2 million publisher sites, like weather.com. Upgrading existing search campaigns to Search Network with Display Select is easy. In a few steps and without extra work, you could gain 15% more customers by showing your ads at the right moments across search and the web.”
  • Google says the new type offers better results on the display network than the old Search & Display option. “Search Network with Display Select uses improved signals and methods of predicting when and where your ads are likely to perform best, and sets a higher bar for when to show them,” says Anvari.

Twitter Shines Under the Glare of Frenzied IPO

  • According to ClickZ, Twitter has finally arrived, bearing a new stock symbol and loads of cash to prove it. The company lit up the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) [on Thursday], closing its first trading day with a value of nearly $25 billion. Not bad for a company with zero profits.
  • After sending investors and the advertising industry at large all atwitter, company stock closed at $44.90, giving it a 73 percent increase over its initial public offering (IPO) price of $26. Twitter stands to raise as much as $2.1 billion from the effort, but the dramatic single-day rise in value from its IPO price also suggests the company left some money on the table — at least in the short term.
  • “Just going public and being the media darling of the planet for a day or two is going to certainly drive more adoption,” [says Eric Johnson, founder and chief executive of the Los Angeles-based agency Ignited.] “They’ve built something pretty amazing. In our world, we do a lot of marketing to the young audience and this kind of short-form dialogue is the language of that generation. I think they’re in the right place at the right time.”

Weekly Digital News Roundup: Nov 1-5

Facebook’s Ad Warning Sounds a Note of Caution for Twitter

  • facebook-sharing-600-275x171According to Reuters, Facebook Inc’s investors and other proponents of the social network like to say that it captures one of the greatest concentrations of human attention on the planet and thus offers a boundless opportunity for advertisers. But Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman on Wednesday cast doubt on those assertions by suggesting that there may be a limit on how many ads Facebook can show users before they get turned off.
  • Ebersman’s warning carries far-reaching implications for not only Facebook but also other social media companies including Twitter Inc, which is in the middle of a roadshow to promote its initial public offering to investors. Twitter has yet to turn a profit but it is pitching an advertising business model similar to Facebook’s.
  • “It’s important for investors to realize that there is a limitation on the mobile ad revenue that can be generated. The sky isn’t the limit when it comes to that,” said Jeff Sica, the founder of Sica Wealth Management. “That’s the issue with Facebook. That will be the issue with Twitter.” Continue reading
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