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Facebook is trying to entice Creators with new options to make money

facebook Jul 11, 2019

Facebook has announced that it is introducing more ways for the Creators to earn money on its site, starting by giving them the ability to choose better placement for ads in their videos. Facebook says that creators will now have the choice to include non-interruptive advertising formats, such as pre-roll or image-based ads. 

Facebook Stars

Facebook is testing Stars a new feature that was originally designed for the gaming community to let creators make money directly from their hardcore fans. Viewers can purchase packs of 100 Stars for $1.40, and streamers will get 1 cent per Star sent. 

Facebook is also analyzing how much the creators of their followers earn through their direct payments. The company’s “Fan subscriptions” program lets viewers pay creators each month for exclusive content and other rewards. This is an option very similar to the start-up Patreon, which lets an individual collect payments from fans.

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Instagram introduces anti-bullying feature

Uncategorized Jul 09, 2019

Instagram had already declared war on bullying: “We are in a pivotal moment,” says Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri: “We want to lead the industry in this fight.” The new initiative of Instagram comes from the hand of AI artificial intelligence: flagged comments and the ability for users to restrict accounts from publicly commenting on their posts.

Instagram now asks bullies: "Are you sure you want to post it?":

The company it’s rolling out a new feature that’ll leverage AI to flag potentially offensive comments and ask the commenter if they really want to follow through with posting. They’ll be given the opportunity to undo their comment, and Instagram says that during tests, it encouraged “some” people to reflect and undo what they wrote. 

If the user taps “learn more”, a notice informs: “We are asking people to rethink comments that seem similar to others that have been reported.”

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Create compelling video content with Ads Manager editing tools

facebook facebook ads video Jul 04, 2019

Facebook recently announced new ways to easily edit existing video with three new video editing tools: automatic cropping, video trimming and image and text overlays.

These tools are already available in Ads Manager and can help you to reduce the resources to create new video content for your campaigns. 

How to manually crop a video in Ads Manager: 

  • Upload your new Video or select a video from your library.
  • Click Customize Video to open the Edit Video window and then select the Crop tab on the left of the window.
  • Choose a desired aspect ratio. For example: 1:1, 16:9, 9:16, 4:5, or 2:3.
  • Move the cropper to show the parts in your video you want to highlight. This step is optional. You can click Preview to hide the cropping grid.
  • Click Apply Changes. That´s it! Your video is now cropped!

How to Trim the Duration of a Video Ad:

  • Upload your new Video or select a video from your library.
  • Click Customize Video to open the Edit Video window.
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Instagram Added a Group Chat Sticker in Stories

instagram stories Jul 02, 2019

Instagram’s new "Join chat sticker" lets you ask your followers to join a new group chat. 

The feature was recently announced on Instagram’s official Twitter account: “Introducing the new chat sticker in Stories. Now, there’s an easy way to start conversations with a group of friends right from your story.”

Here's how it works:

  • Go to your Stories
  • Click on the Sticker button on the top right corner, where you will now find a Chat sticker button.
  • Then just name the chat, post to your Story, and let the chat requests pour in.

People viewing Stories can request to join group direct message conversations tied to those Stories, and all requests must be approved by the Story creators.

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WhatsApp test shares your Status to Facebook and other apps

whatsapp Jun 27, 2019

WhatsApp test shares your Status to Facebook and other apps. The test started on June 26, from now on users in WhatsApp’s beta program will start to see a new sharing option beneath their status, which can be used to post a status directly to their Facebook story or send it to another app like Google Photos, Gmail, or Instagram.

WhatsApp Status is the service’s Instagram Stories-style feature that lets you post images, text, and videos on your profile that disappear after 24 hours.

According to The Verge, "WhatsApp won't require users to directly link their Facebook account to the chat app in order to port their Status to their Story". 

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Top 10 Secrets for great Instagram Stories

Today I want to share with you my Top 10 Secrets for great Instagram Stories:

1. Animate Action Cues for Swipe-up (Arrows for example)

2. Design with the right Margins for Username & CTA

3. Always use animations like videos, GIFs or overlays

4. If more than 15sec —> Carousel for more complex stories

5. Mimic Organic Behavior —> stickers, drawing, homemade

6. Always add text layers (70% without sound)

7. Include Branding in beginning & end (99% of not-clickers)

8. Multiple scenes work better to keep user entertained

9. Revers TV-commercial Hero-Stream: Start with highlight

10. Try "behind-the-scenes" like unpacking

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Google is testing a carousel format for text-based ads

google ads Jun 24, 2019

Google is testing a carousel format for text-based search ads on mobile, as the tech giant considers adding more inventory on tiny screens without disrupting user experiences. In this carousel format you can swipe left to right between ads and this carousel is named "people also considered."

SemRush, an all-in-one Marketing Toolkit, spotted the test on Friday and shared an image showcasing it on Twitter.

Have you seen this ad format before? What do you think?

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Facebook's Libra: a digital currency for the social network

facebook Jun 18, 2019

Facebook announced an ambitious plan to launch a cryptocurrency named Libra, a new digital currency similar to bitcoin (a way of sending money across borders without incurring significant fees) for global use, one that could generate more e-commerce on its services and boost ads on its platforms.

Libra, is being developed by Facebook, but the company intends to share control with a consortium of organizations, including venture capital firms, credit card companies, and other tech giants.

Libra could also open online commerce to huge numbers of people around the world who currently don't have bank accounts or credit cards. Read the press release

The digital currency is scheduled to launch sometime in the next six to 12 months. Here’s a sneak peek at what the experience of using Calibra will be like:

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How to use FB Lead Ads form to make an appointment

Uncategorized Jun 12, 2019

Did you know that you can use the Facebook Leads Ads form so that users can make their appointment directly? Adding this type of question to your form improves the user experience and also allows you to generate higher quality leads.

Adding a date / time preference question on your potential customers form can increase the quality of your leads. This question allows people to enter a date / time preference for when they want to participate with you.

This information not only increases the flexibility you have to act with these contacts, but also provides a better experience for the client. By knowing the date / time preference of a potential customer, you can follow up on the requested time window or send a potential customer to the correct person on your team.

You can do the set up directly from Ads Manager, creating a lead ad. When you get to the Custom Question (Optional) section, click + Add Custom Question.

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Branded Content Ads on Instagram

instagram instagramads Jun 06, 2019

Instagram revealed a new branded content option. Brands can now promote organic branded content posts from creators as ads within the photo- and video-sharing platform’s feed.

"68% of people say they come to Instagram to interact with creators. With branded content ads, businesses have an opportunity to tell their brand stories through creators' voices, reach new audiences and measure impact. Using the tools available on the Facebook ads platform, businesses can reach targeted audiences beyond the people who follow the brand and creator accounts. And by running ads, they'll have access to measurement and can optimize and test their campaigns against their set goals for more effective marketing campaigns. When these ads appear in feed and stories, people will see “Paid partnership with” along with the brand name on each post—which is very important for ads transparency" - published Instagram.

Once brands gain access to the new option, they must complete...

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