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Instagram rolls out real-time analytics for advertisers

Instagram Ben and JerrysInstagram just took a giant leap into the display advertising pool with the release of several new analytic tools for brands. (Did you hear the splash?)

Almost a year ago, they barely dipped their toe into the water with a blog post that was so tentative it was almost comical.

In the next couple months, you may begin seeing an occasional ad in your Instagram feed if you’re in the United States. Seeing photos and videos from brands you don’t follow will be new, so we’ll start slow.

Advertising backlash is pretty much a given these days but it doesn’t have the punch it used to have. We’re all addicted to our social media choices. Did millions of people abandon Facebook when ads started showing up in the feed? Did they leave Twitter? And they won’t leave Instagram. . . . maybe.

For top internet retailers 21% of sales come from mobile

Mobile 500 FactsHow does $83.78 billion in revenue sound to you? That’s what the top 500 leading retailers are expecting to see in mobile commerce by the end of the year. That’s 79.9% growth over last year and 21% of total online sales for those sellers.

The numbers come from the newly released “Internet Retailer 2015 Mobile 500” report.

Who is number one on the Top 500 list? Amazon, of course and they’re not stopping until everyone on the planet has shopped their site. Their 2014 mobile sales project falls just short of $17 billion.

Paul Cousineau, director of mobile shopping at Amazon.com says;

Millennials are changing the way we shop for cars

Thinking about buying a new car? A generation ago, you would have influenced by a TV commercial, then you’d spread out the newspaper to help you hone in on the right car at the right price. Final step – it’s off to the local dealership to buy the car of your dreams.

That last step is still the same, but a new survey from AutoTrader says that the new generation – the Millennials – have abandoned TV ads and newspapers in favor of the internet.

AutoTrader Infographic

What’s really interesting is that 70% of Millennials begin the car shopping process without a clue as to what make or style of car they want. They go online and start the process and spend an average of 17.6 hours “shopping”. That’s two hours longer than the average car buyer.

Friday Round-Up: YouTube on TV, Square makes an appointment and more

cowboy_clipart_lassoIt’s round-up time! Let’s see what the internet has been up to this week.

YouTube Updates the TV App

If you use a streaming or gaming device to watch YouTube videos on TV, you’re in for a treat. YouTube is rolling out an app update that will make it easier to find new videos from your favorite channels or watch all the vids in a playlist. They’ve also updated the search function so it’s actually useable.

This means more people will be watching more YouTube videos on the big screen. If you’re turning out high quality content, this is great news. If you’re not. . . why not? YouTube is a moneymaker. Get on it.

Make an Appointment with Square

Friday Roundup: Unsubs rise up, T-commerce on the way and more

cowboy_clipart_lassoGrab your chaps and grab your hat; it’s time for the digital marketing roundup. This week, Google tries to convince us that unsubs are good for business, Twitter hints at T-commerce and Twitch stirs up trouble when they hit delete.

T-Commerce Hints Pop Up on Mobile

A reporter at The Next Web picked up on talk of a change to the Twitter Android app. A few people noticed that the settings page now has a section for Payments and Shipping. The menu doesn’t expand so it’s just a place holder and that feels weird to me. Why would they even bother? It’s not much of a beta test because there’s nothing to test. Unless they just wanted to see how people would react?

Digital coupons ‘close the deal’ for 80 percent of consumers

In a study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of RetailMeNot, the majority of consumers said digital coupons were more likely to influence their purchase decision than any other type of promotion.

Retail Me Not Coupon Report 2014 2Note that coupons are way more influential than sales. That’s crazy. Maybe that’s because people view sales as a discount on items the store wants to sell versus items they want to buy. A 40% off one item coupon gets me that pricey item I’ve been longing for. A 40% off summer clothes only gets me a good deal on the leftovers. (Not always true but I’m trying to work through the thought process.)

The State of Digital Coupons” study makes coupons sound like the superheros of the ecommerce world. Let’s all remember that RetailMeNot is a coupon / promo code site. . . and with that in mind we’ll look at a few more facts.

Foursquare relaunches as a personalized recommendation engine

Foursquare new design“Our tastes are different, so why should we get the same search results?”

This is Foursquare’s new twist on their old app. Check-ins? Meet-ups with friends? You’ll need to switch over to their sister app Swarm for that. (Great name for an Irwin Allen disaster movie, bad name for an app centered on food and friends.)

Foursquare 8.0 is here and it’s now all about personalized recommendations because getting a one-size-fits-all list of restaurants is so 2006. (?!?)

The new app learns your likes and dislikes through a variety of actions. It takes into consideration the experts you follow, the choices you make and of course, the ratings you leave after you visit a location.