To Conquer Instagram’s Explore Ads, Storytelling Must Outweigh Revenue

“On TV And Video” is a column exploring opportunities and challenges in advanced TV and video. Today’s column is written by Carly Carson, director of social at PMG. Instagram’s new addition of ads within its Explore section is yet another way the platform continues to expand inventory opportunities for brands and monetize highly valuable realContinue reading »

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Facebook Expands Political Ad Transparency Tools; Comscore Raises $20M

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Global Transparency Facebook started rolling out transparency tools for political ads in 2018 – now it’s pushing those tools out globally. These tools include an authorization process, where Facebook confirms a political advertiser’s identity, and the party responsible for the ad will appear onContinue reading »

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Saucony Exercises Instagram To Expand How People See Its Brand

Serious runners wear Saucony, the Boston-based footwear brand. But there are also many runners who don’t define themselves as hardcore. Rather, they’re attracted to what running enables them to do: Stay fit, enjoy good food or run for a cause. Saucony is tapping into that mentality through its Run for Good campaign, an Instagram-based relayContinue reading »

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Instagram: Shopping And Stories Are Top Priorities For The Foreseeable Future

Instagram has a lot going for it right now: 3 million active advertisers, an opportunity to capitalize on commerce, impression growth, a love affair with DTC brands, the continued breakneck growth of Stories … and the fact that a lot of people still don’t necessarily associate it with Facebook. The Facebook connection has been bothContinue reading »

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How Shopify Builds Direct-To-Consumer Brands

Shopify powers digital marketing for many of the savviest direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands. In addition to its foundational ecommerce services, Shopify provides DTC marketers with a range of creative and media buying tools through an automated chatbot named Kit. It also connects merchants to major media platforms such as Instagram, Amazon, Google and Facebook through aContinue reading »

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EMarketer: Snapchat’s User Base Is Shrinking, But ‘All Is Not Lost’

Story updated to include a comment from Snap. Snapchat is on track to lose US users for the first time this year, according to eMarketer, thanks in part to continued aftershocks from its disastrous 2018 redesign. And Snap’s loss could be Instagram’s gain. Monthly users are set to decrease 2.8% year over year at SnapchatContinue reading »

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Undaunted By Rising Costs, Skullcandy Goes Big On Social

Although Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter are getting more expensive, they remain the go-to places for brand-building campaigns. That’s the approach being taken by Skullcandy, the maker of headphones and audio devices, as it looks to grow from its action sports roots to a broader audience, according to CMO Jessica Klodnicki, who was hired inContinue reading »

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Advertisers To Instagram: More Measurement, Please

Branded content is a priority for Instagram in 2019 – but measurement is seriously lacking. “That’s one of the things I wish you guys would work on,” said Edlynne Laryea, director for global Neutrogena digital transformation and sustainability, speaking at an Instagram media event Tuesday. Although Instagram claims that 68% of its users choose to interactContinue reading »

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The Monetization Motivation Behind Facebook’s Messaging Merger

Facebook’s plan to integrate the backend infrastructure of its messaging platforms isn’t sitting well with privacy advocates, security experts, European regulators or US lawmakers. Alarm bells are ringing all over the place. The Irish Data Protection Authority says it’s going to be “very closely scrutinizing” the situation, particularly where it might involve the sharing andContinue reading »

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How To Cure Brands’ Social Media Headache: Instagram And Snapchat Stories

Building Stories on Instagram and Snapchat is a Sisyphean effort for many marketers. After 24 hours, it all disappears. Brooklyn-based software company Mish Guru is trying to alleviate some of brands’ well-documented pain points with Stories. Its new Instagram Story Builder, which launched in November, helps gather user-generated content (UGC) tagged to a brand. ItContinue reading »

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