#MidweekMinute 6/5/19: Pinning more IKEA...

Bad news for Pixel advertisers; Facebook rolls out Avatars, enhanced Video Ad creator tools,  Instant Article subscription features, a Portal app, and Audience Network game ads; Instagram “branded content” ads, Order sticker, and audience activity insights;  Twitter live “call-in” feature; Twitter & LinkedIn both acquire some tech; IKEA embraces Pinterest.

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#MidweekMinute 5/9/18: taking care of business

Facebook explores blockchain, expands reactions with Avatars, won’t advertise on dating service, tests possible subscription model, and develops image AI; Twitter encrypting DMs; Instagram business tools include ecommerce & CTAs; Story Song Stickers; beauty unit; WhatsApp integrates Facebook & Instagram videos; Pinterest on Hootsuite.

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#MidweekMinute 5/2/18: A twist of F8

FB’s Hate Speech glitch; Messenger Bots, translation & AR; FB dating, 3D photos & VR Memories; Oculus Go VR headset & FB smart speakers. Instagram group video chats, third-party integrations, Camera Effects, feature testing rumors, customized Explore & anti-bullying AI. Twitter prioritizes news. Snapchat specs & Snappable AR game, Story Ads, non-skippable video ads & redesign rollback. Pinterest filters beauty results & enhances experience for the visually impaired.

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#MidweekMinute 4/25/18: Greater transparency for all

Facebook transparency in content standards & data use; "Premieres” streams pre-recorded video & pre-roll ads roll out to more videos; playable game preview ads, "loyalty prediction" advertising, and political ad identity verification; Instagram Story batch uploads; Snapchat selfie game, Viacom programming, and tabs; Pinterest dynamic cover images for businesses; Reddit advertising.

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#MidweekMinute 4/12/18: No advertisers were harmed...

Facebook political ad verification, Messenger retraction, Story encouragement; FB & Twitter back Honest Ads Act; Instagram Nametags, story Focus Mode & tag stickers; Snapchat iPhoneX lenses, group video chat, semi-chronological algorithm, new Specs, & Tegna news partnership; Twitter API tweaks; LinkedIn hashtag update confusion; Pinterest Propel program & Promote button expand.

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#MidweekMinute 4/4/18: Data squeeze

Facebook tightens ad targeting restrictions, adds HD video & 360 photos to Messenger, & improves Spaces VR; Instagram also restricts third-party app partnerships, brings GIFs back to stories, & makes story ads full-screen; Snapchat announces 16-person video chats; Pinterest splits discovery from following; LinkedIn debuts B2B video; YouTube short reach ads.

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#MidweekMinute: Snap, Pinterest & Google expand interactivity

Facebook tests downvotes, and gets animated, communal, and protective; Instagram story sharing; Snapchat opens marketing API, Maps feature, creator tools, and free ads; Pinterest rearrangements & visual/text search; Google AMPs up Gmail & search.

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Presenting with Risa Hoag at Keller Williams

My presentation alongside Risa Hoag of GMG PR on how realtors can more effectively use LinkedIn & other social media platforms to grow their businesses.
Special thanks to Keller Williams Realty and Citizens Bank.

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MidweekMinute: now expanding to 2:80 (just kidding)

Twitter doubles character limit from 140 to 280; Target teams up with Pinterest for visual search; Instagram enhances its privacy settings to limit who can comment on your posts; Microsoft Office 365 incorporates LinkedIn profiles into its products.

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Social - with the retail queen of Nyack!

Maria Luisa's business continues to thrive 30 years on, in part because she's always been an early adapter of growth tools such as online commerce and, of course, social media. I discussed that with Maria, and found that her success in all things truly comes down to one word: relationships.

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