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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.

Retargeted Facebook ads hit the mark on mobile

The best time to pitch to a customer is when they already have your company or product in mind. That’s why retargeting is such a powerful tool. AdRoll’s graphic explains the concept quite simply but I imagine it takes quite a few well-trained digital elves to make it all work.

retargetingCustomer visits your site, leave without buying, later sees an ad for your site, thinks “hmm. . . I really was very fond of that red one. . . “, clicks the ad, is whisked back to your site where they buy the item they left in the cart the first time around. Smooth like butter but is the return worth the cost? And how does Facebook fit into the plan?

How are B2B customers using mobile? The answer is in this infographic

Useablenet B2B ResearchWe know that people use their smartphones and tablets to research products, read reviews and compare prices. They also use them to get directions to a local store, access coupons and deals and even share those deals with others through social media.

Well guess what – businesses are people, too.

Usablenet says that mobile is a driving force in the B2B world and they made an entire infographic to prove it.

It starts with research. 52% of B2B customers use their smartphones to research products for their business. What kinds of information are these people looking for? They want to compare prices. They want to see features and they want to read reviews. Have you ever researched your own product on a smartphone? You might be unpleasantly surprised by the results. How does your site lay out? What kinds of reviews are out there? Good, bad, none? None is just as bad as bad. If that’s the case, do something about it.

Small Business mobile is on the rise while check-in apps fall behind

Constant Contact Mobile MadnessIt took some time but small businesses are finally seeing the power in going mobile. A new infographic from Constant Contact shows that over three-quarters (77%) of small businesses are now using mobile technology, an 11% jump from 2013.

One of the biggest areas of growth is the mobile optimized website. Last year, only 34% of SMBs were mobile ready. This year, it’s 60%. And additional 32% say they’ll have their site optimized within the next six months.

It’s a huge mind-set change and you can see it in these two numbers.

  • In 2013, 28% of small business owners said they had no plans to optimize their website for mobile.
  • In 2014, only 8% said no to mobile optimization.