Digital Marketing News: 15 Reasons for Brand Advocacy, Email Priorities and Google TV Ads

15 Reasons Why Brand Advocacy is the Bedrock of Your Business [Infographic]

Although brand advocates are important for brand marketing – with referrals, user generated content, and positive online reviews being just a few of the benefits of brand advocacy, this infographic shows over 80% of companies are not using advocates in their marketing strategy, and 58% don’t even know who their advocates are. Social Media Today

The Email Priorities of Brand and Agency Marketers in 2017

MarketingProfs reports: “Some 30% of brand marketers say personalization is one of the top three areas of email marketing they really need to focus on in 2017, up from 22% last year; 28% say they need to focus on automated campaigns, 25% on segmentation, and 24% on measurement/analytics.” MarketingProfs

Google Sees Another Chance to Get Programmatic TV Right

In a bid reminiscent of their 2012 attempt at TV advertising, Google has again invested in offering TV ads for programmatic buying that marketers can choose as part of their digital video ad buys through their ad tech platform. Will this turn out better than their last attempt? Time will tell. Ad Age

Goodbye, Like button

Pinterest announced in a press release: “After doing a bunch of research with Pinners, we found Pinterest is easier to understand when we remove the Like button altogether.” This will not affect the functionality of the Save button, and other Likes will be retained in a new board called “Your Pinterest Likes”. Pinterest

Mobile Captures More Than Half Of All U.S. Internet Advertising Revenue For The First Time Ever, Total Digital Ad Spend Hits a Landmark $72.5 Billion in 2016

IAB reports: “Mobile advertising accounted for more than half (51%) of the record-breaking $72.5 billion spent by advertisers last year […] The total represents a 22 percent increase, up from $59.6 billion in 2015. Mobile experienced a 77 percent upswing from $20.7 billion the previous year, hitting $36.6 billion in 2016.” IAB

New: LinkedIn Launches Matched Audiences

LinkedIn is launching Matched Audiences, allowing marketers to utilize website retargeting, account targeting and contact targeting. These new tools will be available for all of LinkedIn’s ad platforms. Will this help LinkedIn ads beat out Facebook for B2B advertisers looking for more targeting? Search Engine Journal

eMarketer Releases New Programmatic Advertising Estimates

Despite controversy around programmatic advertising in recent marketing headlines, eMarketer found that nearly four of every five digital display ad dollars in the US will go to programmatic advertising this year. eMarketer

Facebook Is Testing Video Cover Images for Pages

Facebook has confirmed that they’re testing giving Pages the ability to upload videos as cover images, as you can see if you look at the Narcos Facebook page. It’s unconfirmed if and when this update will roll out network-wide. AdWeek

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Digital Marketing News: Behavioral Analysis, Instagram Revamp and Local Search Rankings

Using Behavioral Analysis to Improve Marketing ROI [Infographic]

This infographic shows how behavioral analysis shows you how to know your audience and maximize your budget by using behavioral analysis, much like Kraft did when they were contemplating removing artificial colors and preservatives from their classic mac & cheese. Social Media Today

Instagram Just Revamped Instagram Direct, Which Now Has 375 Million Monthly Users

Instagram recently announced that the platform is adding disappearing photos and videos — originally released last year — to their Instagram Direct feature. The feature now has 375 million average monthly users, compared to 300 million in November. AdWeek

Top Local Search Ranking Factors in 2017

Moz recently conducted their 2017 survey of local search ranking factors. The top 10 local pack finders include proximity of address to point of search, physical address in city of search and proper GMB category associations. Search Engine Journal

Keep fans engaged with Cards & End Screens as we say goodbye to Annotations Editor

On May 2nd, YouTube is officially retiring Annotations Editor, giving way to the popularity of End Screens and Cards. The latter are much more mobile friendly, and Annotations Editor has experienced a 70% drop in use since their launch. YouTube

Helping brand marketers measure the impact of their advertising

Twitter recently announced their heavy investment in providing brand marketers the metrics they need to measure their impact in terms of reach, influence and action. They are doing so by “taking [their] commitment a step further and are excited to announce multiple new relationships with industry-leading third-party measurement providers that enable marketers to measure the reach of their video ad campaigns.” Twitter

Call-To-Action Units

Facebook has announced: “You can add call-to-action (CTA) units to your Instant Articles to help create direct relationships with your most loyal readers on Facebook. These units appear inline in your Instant Articles and feature the same native speed and responsiveness readers enjoy in all Instant Articles.” Facebook

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