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New Targeting Tools Make Pinterest Ads More Effective: Pinterest added three new targeting options to let marketers and businesses target the delivery of promoted pins by combining their own business data with the data Pinterest collects on its users. The new targeting options include customer list retargeting, website visitor retargeting, and lookalike targeting. Businesses that work with Pinterest’s current Marketing Developer Partners “will be able to target these audiences by the end of the month.” To make it easier for businesses to onboard their data, Pinterest is “also working with Epsilon and LiveRamp.”

YouTube Launches YouTube Director: YouTube announced the release of a suite of products designed to let business owners create video ads from their phones.

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Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Instagram Announces New Business Tools: Instagram unveiled new business profiles, which feature a Contact button, access to insights, and the ability to turn well-performing posts into ads from within the Instagram app. According to the Instagram for Business blog, these new business tools will “make growing a business on Instagram that much easier.” The company confirmed that “business profiles, insights and the ability to promote will be rolling out in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand in the coming months, and will be available in all regions globally by the end of the year.”

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Amazon Targets YouTube With Video Upload Service: Amazon debuted a new video upload service that allows users to “post videos to its website and earn money from advertising, royalties and other sources, putting the company in more direct competition with Google’s YouTube.” Bloomberg reports that content creators can upload original or licensed videos to Amazon’s Video Direct service and have many options on how the content is distributed and monetized. Amazon’s only requirements are that “the videos be high definition and have closed-captioning for the hearing impaired.”

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Amazon Video Direct is “a self-service program that enables video creators to reach Amazon customers, including tens of millions of Prime members on hundreds of devices.”

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Snapchat Now Serves 10 Billion Daily Video Views: “Now users are watching 10 billion videos a day on the application, up from 8 billion in February.”

YouTube Introduces 6-Second Bumper Ads That Can’t Be Skipped: YouTube launched Bumper ads, “a new six-second video format… [that is] ideal for driving incremental reach and frequency, especially on mobile, where ‘snackable videos’ perform well.” Here’s an example of a bumper ad from an early tester, Atlantic Records:

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Introduces New Features for Purchasing and Planning Mobile Video Ads: Facebook introduced “new features to make it easy for advertisers to plan and purchase ads on Facebook in ways that align to how they have traditionally bought television ads.” These new features are also available for Instagram video ads.

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“Advertisers are now able to use U.S. Nielsen designated market areas (DMAs) through TRP Buying for Facebook and Instagram ads.”

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Live Rolls Out for Groups, Events, and More: Facebook announced several new features for Facebook Live that will “give you more ways to discover, share and interact with live video and more ways to personalize your live broadcasts.”

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“When your friend reacts to your video or to a video you are both watching together you’ll see their profile pic and a little starburst before their reaction appears.”

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Snapchat Updates Chat Feature and Adds Auto-Advance Stories: With Snapchat’s new Chat 2.0, “you can start by sending a few chats, and when your friend shows up, start talking or video chatting instantly with one tap.” Snapchat is also introducing Auto-Advance Stories. “When you finish a Story, the next one begins automatically – simply swipe to skip ahead, or pull down to exit!”

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Snapchat’s goal is to “emulate the best parts of face-to-face conversation” through its updated chat feature.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Pinterest Opens Pinterest Ads Manager and Rolls Out Additional Targeting Options: To let more businesses see results from promoted pin campaigns, Pinterest is “opening the Pinterest Ads Manager to all small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S.” Targeting options now include Interest targeting, Keyword targeting, and Customer database targeting, and conversion tracking has been enhanced.

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Pinterest is “opening the Pinterest Ads Manager to all small- and medium-sized businesses in the U.S.”

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.

To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week

Facebook Launches Canvas: Facebook Canvas offers “a new post-click, full-screen, immersive mobile ad experience on Facebook that loads nearly instantaneously.”

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“Canvas is available to advertisers around the world starting today.”

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