Starting July 2018 Google Chrome to Mark All HTTP Pages as “Not Secure”

For good reason, consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the security of the websites they visit. Even honest website owners with good intentions can be a risk to their visitors if the site’s security is compromised. As part of their ongoing efforts to encourage best practices among website owners, Google has announced that Google Chrome will mark all non-HTTPS pages as “Not Secure” starting in July 2018. After years of beating around the bush, Google has decided to make their … Continue reading

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Google Announces Plan to Add More Diverse Viewpoints in Snippets

We’re barely passed the first month of the new year and we’re already seeing major changes to the Google platform. Thanks to its powerful search algorithm, Google has become the go-to place for answers. However, the company became a lightning rod for criticism last year when people manipulated the system so Google would give fringe answers to basic questions. Google tweaked their algorithm last year to address this issue, but now they’ve unveiled a new tactic: adding more snippets. Essentially, … Continue reading

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Facebook Clarifies Guidelines and Penalties Related to Branded Content Tool

Authenticity is a big factor in marketing and advertising, even more so in the age of the internet. With so many ways to create and share content through social media, it’s a continuous battle to ensure that business owners or marketers aren’t trying to trick consumers about the source of their content. To this end, Facebook has recently changed its guidelines for how marketers use the Branded Content Tool in the ad creator. In some ways, the term “Branded Content” … Continue reading

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NRF Study Shows Which Business Strategies and Tactics Matter Most to Consumers

As business owner and marketers plan their strategies for 2018, there are a lot of choices for marketing strategies and tactics. However, since marketing budgets are limited, it’s sometimes hard to choose which methods to use and which to avoid. A recent report from the National Retail Federation provides useful insights into what matters most to consumers and which tactics are the most effective. The recently released its quarterly Consumer View report. The report gauges consumer behavior and shopping trends … Continue reading

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Facebook Announces Changes that Will Hurt Engagement for Most Business Pages

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Just like most people, Facebook has started 2018 with resolutions for the new year. Facebook’s annual goals are usually to make the platform more useful to advertisers and to increase engagement. However, things will be different this year, as Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to drastically change the News Feed algorithm for Facebook in ways that will make it harder for business owners and content publishers to spread their target audience. The news came from a series of posts Zuckerberg … Continue reading

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83% of Consumers Search for Free Shipping When Shopping Online

Retailers often go all out when it comes to the holidays, making an extra effort to offer the best prices and delivery options. While prices normally return to normal after the new year, consumer expectations may be changed forever. A recent study found that this is the case for shipping and delivery options. An Arvato survey found that delivery speed and cost are critical factors in convincing consumer to make a purchase. Original research by Arvato based on a survey … Continue reading

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Facebook to Start Page-Level Demotions for Chronic Engagement Bait Use

With millions of new posts being created every hour, it’s difficult for businesses to create Facebook content that gets noticed and engaged with by readers. It’s not uncommon for marketers to try to use tricks to boost their engagement, but this is something Facebook has always fought against. In their latest algorithm change, Facebook will start to penalize pages that use “engagement bait” tactics to increase likes and shares. Engagement bait can take many forms, but the most common form … Continue reading

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Google Ads Lets Businesses Target Their Customers Using Email, Phone or Address Data

Generally speaking, Google Ads works by using the browsing data from consumers to determine who should see which pieces of advertising. This can be done by using the consumer profile to find a target audience or by retargeting people who have already visited a website. Google recently announced new plan where marketers can directly add phone numbers and addresses to their target audience. Many businesses have a huge amounts of customer data that doesn’t come directly from their website. Starting … Continue reading

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Google Confirms Planned Increase to SERP Snippet Length

Despite the many different forms of digital advertising and marketing available, most visits to a website still begin with an online search. With so many pages to choose from on any given search, it’s important to make the most of the little bit of information that will be shown on the search results page to capture the attention of searcher. That task may get just a little easier, as Google has confirmed they will start lengthening search snippets. A snippet … Continue reading

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Google Assistant Now Offers Local Services Suggestions

Virtual assistants are becoming more popular with consumers, and the technology is affecting the way people search for things online. Just as Google was one of the first to integrate speech recognition into search, they are taking steps to integrate their virtual assistant into their services. Starting now, Google Assistant will provide local services suggestions for things like plumbers and electricians. When consumers use their Google Assistant on Android phones, Google’s iOS Assistant app and smart devices like Home, they … Continue reading

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