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Carri Bugbee

How to post to Instagram from any computer - CNET - 0 views

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    On Safari, it's easy. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, "Show Develop menu in menu bar."

    Now open a private browsing window. Head to Develop > User Agent > Safari -- iOS 10 -- iPhone. Go to, sign in and click the camera button at the bottom of the screen to upload a photo from your desktop.

Carri Bugbee

How Instagram's algorithm works | TechCrunch - 0 views

    • Three main factors determine what you see in your Instagram feed:

      1. Interest: How much Instagram predicts you’ll care about a post, with higher ranking for what matters to you, determined by past behavior on similar content and potentially machine vision analyzing the actual content of the post.
      2. Recency: How recently the post was shared, with prioritization for timely posts over weeks-old ones.
      3. Relationship: How close you are to the person who shared it, with higher ranking for people you’ve interacted with a lot in the past on Instagram, such as by commenting on their posts or being tagged together in photos.
    • eyond those core factors, three additional signals that influence rankings are:

      • Frequency: How often you open Instagram, as it will try to show you the best posts since your last visit.
      • Following: If you follow a lot of people, Instagram will be picking from a wider breadth of authors so you might see less of any specific person.
      • Usage: How long you spend on Instagram determines if you’re just seeing the best posts during short sessions, or it’s digging deeper into its catalog if you spend more total time browsing.
    • Instagram is not at this time considering an option to see the old reverse chronological feed because it doesn’t want to add more complexity (users might forget what feed they’re set to), but it is listening to users who dislike the algorithm.
    • Instagram does not hide posts in the feed, and you’ll see everything posted by everyone you follow if you keep scrolling.
    • Feed ranking does not favor the photo or video format universally, but people’s feeds are tuned based on what kind of content they engage with, so if you never stop to watch videos you might see fewer of them.
    • Instagram’s feed doesn’t favor users who use Stories, Live, or other special features of the app.
    • Instagram doesn’t downrank users for posting too frequently or for other specific behaviors, but it might swap in other content in between someone’s if they rapid-fire separate posts.
    • Instagram doesn’t give extra feed presence to personal accounts or business accounts, so switching won’t help your reach.
    • Shadowbanning is not a real thing, and Instagram says it doesn’t hide people’s content for posting too many hashtags or taking other actions.
    Instagram's feed doesn't favor users who use Stories, Live, or other special features of the app.
Carri Bugbee

Teens are ditching Facebook, study confirms - 0 views

  • A new study has confirmed what we've long expected:Facebook is no longer the most popular social media site among teens ages 13 to 17.

    The Pew Research Center revealed on Thursday that only 51% of US teens use Facebook. That's a 20% drop since 2015, the last time the firm surveyed teens' social media habits.

    Now, YouTube is the most popular platform among teens, about 85% say they use it. Not surprisingly, teens are also active on Instagram (72%) and Snapchat (69%). Meanwhile, Twitter followed at 32%, and Tumblr's popularity (14%) remained the same since the 2015 survey.

  • The survey discovered lower-income teens "are more likely to gravitate toward Facebook than those from higher-income households." The Pew study also found smartphone growth among teens has jumped significantly since 2015 - 95% of teens say they own one, compared to 75% in 2015.
    only 51% of US teens use Facebook. That's a 20% drop since 2015
Carri Bugbee

Millennials really hated Snapchat's redesign - Recode - 0 views

  • Snapchat users have a much more negative view of the brand since Snap redesigned the app in January.

    Its user sentiment — measured by having consumers rank their impression of a brand on a scale of 100 for “very positive” to -100 for “very negative” — among 18- to 34-year-old U.S. consumers declined 73 percent following the redesign,

Carri Bugbee

Agency Report: Digital rules, growth slows, consultant surge | Agency News - Ad Age - 0 views

  • Parts of the agency market are thriving. Consultancies for the first time captured Nos. 6 to 10 on the list of the world's biggest agency companies, and they are well-positioned with deep ties to the C-suite.
  • Digital, encompassing everything from creating a Facebook ad to digitally transforming how a marketer interacts with consumers, captured 51.3 percent of 2017 U.S. revenue for agencies of all disciplines, according to Ad Age Datacenter analysis. Digital's share has nearly doubled since 2009.
  • Growth is moderating. Agencies' U.S. digital revenue increased 7.0 percent in 2017, compared to growth rates of 8.0 percent in 2016 and 13.5 percent in 2015. Digital media employment rose 7.8 percent in 2017, the lowest growth since 2009.
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  • U.S. revenue growth slowed in 2017 in every major agency discipline. Revenue for ad agencies barely budged (up 0.3 percent), and revenue for media agencies (excluding digital work) fell 1.6 percent, reflecting a weaker market for traditional agency services.
  • Publicis, whose holdings include Sapient Consulting, vowed to spend money on "hiring, training, development and re-skilling" as it focuses on "marketing and digital business transformation." (Number of mentions in a nine-page press release that Publicis issued about its pitch to investors: "transformation," 21; "digital," 13; "marketing," nine; "media," two; "advertising," zero.)
  • Consultancies, which already do much work in low-cost markets, are ratcheting up staffing in both the U.S. and abroad. Employment for major consultancies tracked in the Agency Report jumped 33.9 percent in the U.S. and 31.1 percent worldwide.
Carri Bugbee

Act fast, recover quickly-3 lessons from Starbucks' PR fiasco - Agility PR Solutions - 0 views

  • Don’t Just Apologize, Act

    They say actions speak louder than words, and the “they” in this scenario, are consumers on social media. When tracking conversations about the Starbucks apology and their announcement to close 8,000 stores in May, we found that there was much more social interest in Starbucks’ action than their carefully worded apology.

  • 71% of the conversation about the Starbucks apology was disgusted with it, as opposed to 38% of those discussing the actions were disgusted with that decision
  • Both progressive and conservative affiliations use the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks the most. However, those with more progressive leanings are using the hashtag in response to the racial profiling incident itself, whereas conservatives are using the hashtag in response to Starbucks taking a stance against the employee for calling the police, stating that it was an overreaction to the incident. Conservatives are also rattled by the store closures in May.
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  • This may create ambiguity in how a brand should respond, given that there are two competing conversations happening here.
Carri Bugbee

Facebook Scans the Photos and Links You Send on Messenger - Bloomberg - 0 views

  • Facebook Inc. scans the links and images that people send each other on Facebook Messenger, and reads chats when they’re flagged to moderators, making sure the content abides by the company’s rules. If it doesn’t, it gets blocked or taken down.
Carri Bugbee

Snapchat makes a bid for your parents, misses the point of Snapchat - The Verge - 0 views

  • Snapchat as “a camera, where how you feel matters more than how you look,” while painting it as an easy way to take photos of messy babies and put dog ears on grandma.
  • As celebrities abandon ship and convince their followers to do so as well, Snap’s demonstrated interest in a broader, older audience feels more like a survival tactic than a useful promotion of a platform that launched six years ago.
  • It took the company a full five years to release any instructions whatsoever on Snapchat’s convoluted and often maligned user interface; and even then, it was buried deep in its IPO filing last year
Carri Bugbee

RIP Facebook Custom Audience Insights (for now), Northeastern's Bug Bounty Bu... - 0 views

  • Facebook Connections Targeting, NOW the ONLY way to forensically slice audience psychographics. The good news is FB users who engage can be easily studied using free FB tools in Audience Insights, the API and subtractive campaign reach. Get a FB user to become a connection, like your page, use your app, engage with an event and/or any advanced combinations thereof.  THEN and only then can they easily be studied.
    • In the old days we didn’t have Custom Audiences, let alone the ability to study them. Still, we made major psychographic marketing strides. Remember the magic:

      • Drive traffic from social psychographic targeting to your website. Keep track of that targeting and creative through UTM tags.
      • Set Google, FB and any first-party cookies on your site.

      Because traffic came from very specific targeting, we KNOW what the audience is. No analysis required.

    Custom Audience reach estimate
Carri Bugbee

Instagram will show more recent posts due to algorithm backlash | TechCrunch - 0 views

  • Instagram isn’t quite bringing back the chronological feed, but it will show more new posts and stop suddenly bumping you to the top of the feed while you’re scrolling.
  • It should be more coherent to browse the app now that you won’t lose your place because your feed randomly refreshes, and there shouldn’t be as many disparate time stamps to juggle. Instead, you’ll be able to manually push a “New Posts” button when you want to refresh the feed.
  • “Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed” the company writes.
Carri Bugbee

Rivals Chip Away at Google's and Facebook's U.S. Digital Ad Dominance, Data Show - WSJ - 0 views

  • eMarketer predicts the combined U.S. digital ad market share of Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -0.23% Google and Facebook will fall for the first time this year, shrinking to 56.8% from 58.5% last year. At the same time, overall digital ad spending in the country is likely to grow nearly 19% to $107 billion in 2018.
  • That would give Google command of 37.2% of the market, down from 38.6%. Facebook’s market share will likely be 19.6%, down from 19.9%,
  • Advertisers’ relationships with Google and Facebook have grown tense in recent years amid controversies over ads appearing next to inappropriate content, measurement discrepancies, and questions over the tech companies’ roles in Russia’s efforts to spread misinformation to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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  • While it is a relatively small player in the digital ad industry so far, Inc. AMZN +1.92% is among the companies emerging as a potential rival to the duopoly. The retail giant is projected to bring in $2.89 billion in U.S. digital advertising this year, a 64% increase over 2017.
  • Snap Inc., though still a small competitor, is forecast to grow its U.S. digital ad revenue by 82% to more than $1 billion in 2018 while increasing its share to 1%, according to eMarketer.
  • Twitter faces more obstacles. The social-media company’s digital ad revenue in the U.S. is expected to decrease 4.9% to $1.12 billion in 2018.
Carri Bugbee

Automation and the use of multiple accounts - 0 views

    Do not (and do not allow your users to) simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. For example, your service should not permit a user to select several accounts they control from which to publish a given Tweet.
    This applies regardless of whether the Tweets are published to Twitter at the same time, or are scheduled/queued for future publication.
    As an alternative to posting identical content, you can Retweet content from one account from the other accounts you wish to share that post from. This should only be done from a small number of distinct accounts that you directly control. Please note that bulk, aggressive, or very high-volume automated Retweeting is not permitted under the Automation Rules, and may be subject to enforcement actions.
    Do not (and do not allow your users to) simultaneously perform actions such as Likes, Retweets, or follows from multiple accounts. For example, your service should not permit a user to select several accounts they control to follow a specified account.
Carri Bugbee

Will AMP Become a Web Standard for the World of Commerce? | Street Fight - 0 views

  • David: AMP has become a major component of Google’s push to become the presentation layer of the internet (h/t Cindy Krum, Mobile Moxie) and complements the moves they’ve made with featured snippets and Knowledge Panels.
  • I’ve always seen Knowledge Panels partly as a consumer-focused solution to the experience of the average SMB website and average enterprise store locator — both are overwhelmingly crappy.  
  • in accepting either AMP or Instant Articles, publishers relinquish their most critical asset, subscribers, to the duopoly.
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  • despite Google’s assertions to the contrary, the SEO benefits to implementing AMP are pretty remarkable.
  • not every query is simple enough to be answered with a featured snippet, which is where AMP will play a role. If Google can pre-load that content and surface it in its own presentation layer, it’s yet another hook that keeps searchers addicted to Google results.
Carri Bugbee

Twitter is asking the public to help measure how toxic it is - The Verge - 0 views

  • Twitter is looking for outside experts to measure the “health” of the company, it said in a statement, and is seeking proposals to determine exactly how the company is fostering “healthy debate, conversations, and critical thinking” versus “abuse, spam, and manipulation.”
  • “We’re committing to helping increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation around the world, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable toward progress,” the company said in its blog post today. “By measuring our contribution to the overall health of the public conversation, we believe we can more holistically approach and measure our impact on the world for years to come.”
Carri Bugbee

How Facebook stole the news business | TechCrunch - 0 views

  • By 2014, “Facebook the big news machine” was in full swing with Trending, hashtags and news outlets pouring resources into growing their Pages. Emphasizing the “news” in News Feed retrained users to wait for the big world-changing headlines to come to them rather than crisscrossing the home pages of various publishers. Many don’t even click-through, getting the gist of the news just from the headline and preview blurb. Advertisers followed the eyeballs, moving their spend from the publisher sites to Facebook.
  • In 2015, Facebook realized users hated waiting for slow mobile websites to load, so it launched Instant Articles to host publisher content within its own app. Instant Articles trained users not to even visit news sites when they clicked their links, instead only having the patience for a fast-loading native page stripped of the publisher’s identity and many of their recirculation and monetization opportunities. Advertisers followed, as publishers allowed Facebook to sell the ads on Instant Articles for them and thereby surrendered their advertiser relationships at the same time as their reader relationships.
  • This is how Facebook turns publishers into ghostwriters, a problem I blew the whistle on in 2015. Publishers are pitted against each other as they make interchangeable “dumb content” for Facebook’s “smart pipes.”
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  • 38 of 72 Instant Articles launch partner publications including the New York Times and Washington Post have ditched the Facebook controlled format according to a study by Columbia Journalism Review.
  • The problem is that for society as a whole, this leads to a demonetization and eventual defunding of some news publishers, content creators and utility providers while simultaneously making them heavily reliant on Facebook. This gives Facebook the power to decide what types of content, what topics, and what sources are important. Even if Facebook believes itself to be a neutral tech platform, it implicitly plays the role of media company as its values define the feed. Having a single editor’s fallible algorithms determine the news consumption of the wired world is a precarious situation.
  • the real problem only manifests when Facebook shifts directions. Its comes to the conclusion that users want to see more video, so the format gets more visibility in the News Feed. Soon, publishers scramble to pivot to video, hiring teams and buying expensive equipment so they can blast the content on Facebook rather than thinking about their loyal site visitors. But then Facebook decides too much passive video is bad for you or isn’t interesting, so its News Feed visibility is curtailed, and publishers have wasted their resources and time chasing a white rabbit… or, in this case, a blue one.
Carri Bugbee

Goodbye, Messenger Day - Facebook simplifies Stories with design makeover - 0 views

  • Along with merging the Messenger version and Facebook version of the sharing style originally created by Snapchat, Facebook will also now allow Groups to post inside Stories, and will also gradually bring the tool to Facebook Lite.
  • Messenger will still have a place to share Stories, but those posts will also be part of Facebook Stories and vice versa, instead of requiring users to post content separately to each. That means Messenger users will also notice that the feature is no longer called Day, but will share the name of Facebook Stories.
  • Stories that are viewed in one app will be marked as already viewed in the other app. The change, Facebook says, is designed to simplify Stories.
Carri Bugbee

Facebook hints at big changes coming to Messenger app in 2018 - 0 views

  • Facebook will focus on improving visual features in Messenger. In his post, Marcus says “people will expect a super fast and intuitive camera, video, images, GIFs, and stickers with almost every conversation.”
  • Messenger bet big on bots in 2017. Last year the company worked with small businesses and global brands to create more than 200,000 bots for Messenger.

    Marcus writes, “Look for investment in rich messaging experiences not only from global brands, but small businesses who need to be creative and nimble to stay competitive.” Since many of these bots provide very rudimentary features, we would expect to see improvements in overall user experience this year. We also expect larger brands to follow the lead of brands like Apple Music and Lego in creating marketing solutions made for the Messenger platform. 

  • Expect to see more businesses transitioning at least some of their customer service resources to Messenger. A recent study, commissioned by Facebook found that “56 percent of people surveyed would rather message a business than call customer service, and 67 percent expect to message businesses even more over the next two years.”
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  • This year, we expect to see more brands rely on Messenger as a platform to market and sell products to highly targeted audiences.  With Facebook’s new Messages Objective, brands now create ads that allow prospective customers to immediately be connected to a live customer service representative or bot. Sephora, the multinational cosmetics chain, saw an 11 percent increase in makeover bookings with used Facebook’s targeted ads along with Messages Objective.
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