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Pinterest Shopping Ads now out of testing, available to hundreds of advertisers

Now that Pinterest has moved its Shopping Ads out of testing, the program is available to hundreds of advertisers.Pinterest’s Shopping Ads, launched last year, were first used by a limited number of major brands, including Ulta Beauty, Venus, Overstock, Lowe’s, eBay, Wayfair and IKEA Canada. The ad product allows advertisers to create ads automatically on the platform by pulling images from their product feeds.“With Shopping Ads, businesses can seamlessly turn their product catalog into visual, actionable ads,” writes Shounak Simlai on the Pinterest Business Blog. “Since Shopping Ads pull automatically from an existing product feed, they’re especially useful for brands that want to scale their Pinterest advertising.”In addition to offering its Shopping Ads to more businesses, Pinterest says it is testing new ad designs aimed at prompting “more visual shopping cues” and expanding its Shop the Look program (an ad product for fashion and home decor brands that allows users to shop direct…

Google News Initiative kicks off with Subscribe With Google, other efforts

Google News Initiative event held in New York City, March 20, 2018. Google’s plans to help support publishers’ subscription businesses came into fuller color on Tuesday at an event in New York City.The company is launching a wider framework for working with publishers called the Google News Initiative that builds on several of the projects the company announced last fall. Google’s Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler outlined the three key objectives of the Google News Initiative (GNI) at the event and in a blog post:Elevate and strengthen quality journalismEvolve business models to drive sustainable growthEmpower news organizations through technological innovationSubscribe With GoogleSubscribe with Google is a linchpin in that second objective to foster sustainable business models for publishers. The aim is to make it as easy as possible for users to subscribe — particularly on mobile.For Google account holders that have payment information on file in their accounts, subscriptions…

Google launches cost-per-sale Shopping Actions, unified shopping program across Search, Assistant & Express

Google has been working on retail challenges for some time. The problems: (1) how to make mobile shopping from its properties like Search faster; (2) how to maintain market share for product search in a splintering mobile landscape of apps and digital assistants; and (3) how to compete against Amazon, the number one threat to product search originating on Google. All of which relate to how to make more money from product searches.On Monday, Google announced a sweeping new effort called Shopping Actions that builds on current programs and spans its product search, mobile shopping, cross-device transactions and voice search initiatives. The program reflects Google’s existing partnerships with Target and Walmart to support shopping via Google Assistant and Google Express and extends it to other retailers. More than 40 retailers already participate in Google Express, which provides both shipping incentives and transactions via a mobile wallet. Now, Google will be able to surface their pro…

How to implement semantic markup using Google Tag Manager

Structured data is, at this point, a core SEO tactic.Not only does it remove a layer of ambiguity for search engines (they don’t have to infer what a piece of data is; you’re telling them outright), it’s also the engine that drives rich results, which are taking up an increasing amount of real estate in the SERPs.The advent of voice-enabled search is making structured data an even more important part of the search marketer’s toolset. In much the same way that structured data enables search engines to extract and reproduce rich data in the SERP, that same entity extraction and reproduction is at the core of voice search results.Unfortunately, implementing structured data via semantic markup can be time-consuming and frustrating. Until relatively recently, the only way to implement semantic markup was to do soinline, by adding HTML attributes from to the existing HTML of a page.To do so at scale, this historically required making changes to page themes or templates, which cou…

DigitalBits launches open-source blockchain-based marketplace for loyalty points

All those points and rewards that consumers have accrued with credit cards, air miles programs and coffee shop purchases might become more valuable soon.Their value — or at least their versatility — could get a boost if The DigitalBits Project is successful. This community endeavor, soon to become a nonprofit foundation based out of the tiny European country of Lichtenstein, is launching this week an open-source blockchain-based infrastructure that supports trading loyalty points or rewards or transferring them to other individuals.[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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Instagram expands shoppable organic posts to 8 more countries

Last year, Instagram launched shoppable organic posts for businesses in the US, giving brands the ability to add e-commerce links within their Instagram organic posts. Users can purchase without leaving the app.Today, the Facebook-owned photo and video app is expanding its shoppable experience for brands to eight more countries: the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Spain.“With easy access to pricing and product details, shoppers can tap on a tagged post within their feeds or through the shop button on a business’s profile to take the next steps to learn more,” says Instagram.According to the company, about half of its daily active users in the US follow a shopping business account, and more than 200 million users visit one or more Instagram business profiles daily. Lulus, one of the brands that participated in the shoppable posts beta, says it has seen “tremendous” value and growth since testing began.“Since launch, shopping on Instagram can be directly attrib…

Google Play Instant lets app marketers offer game trials for free on Android devices

Google has redesigned its Google Play Games app and added a new Google Play Instant feature on Android devices that lets marketers offer trials of their games without users having to download them first.“With Google Play Instant, you can just tap and try a game without having to download it first,” says Google in an announcement on the Google Keyword Blog.Google says Google Play Instant will be available in the Play Store, the Google Play Games app “or wherever game links are shared,” but only for a handful of games to start. More games will be available in Google Play Instant later this year.As part of the redesign, the Google Play Games app is also getting an “Arcade” tab where it will display game-related video trailers, news and YouTube videos. “You can check out game video trailers or use tags like ‘New’ or ‘Action’ to find a particular type of game,” says Google.Google reports the number of Android users who have installed a game has more than doubled during the last year.Last w…

Marketing Day: Facebook news, an eMarketer ad revenue report & DatavizVR rebrands as 3Data

Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Facebook introduces ‘store sales optimization’ and other ad improvements for retailers
Mar 19, 2018 by Greg Sterling
Store sales optimization, Tabs for Canvas and product categories for dynamic ads designed to help retailers sell more online and in stores. Forecast: Amazon and Snapchat gain US ad revenues at Google and Facebook’s expense
Mar 19, 2018 by Greg Sterling
eMarketer report says Amazon will cross $2 billion in US ad revenue this year. All new! B2B Marketing Automation Platforms Marketer’s Guide updated for 2018
Mar 19, 2018 by Digital Marketing Depot
The latest edition of MarTech Today’s “B2B Marketing Automation Platforms: A Marketer’s Guide” examines the market for B2B marketing automation software platforms and the considerations involved in implementing this software in your business. This 48-page report is your source for the lat…