Month: June 2024

Apple is set to extend its 30% fee on Facebook and Instagram ad purchases made through iOS devices to advertisers worldwide, starting July 1. Why we care. This move could significantly impact digital advertising costs and strategies for businesses of all sizes, potentially altering marketing strategies and budget allocation toward mobile advertising. The big picture.
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Microsoft’s AI CEO Mustafa Suleyman believes most web content is “freeware’ that can be used for training AI models. The only exception: websites that explicitly opt out. Freeware is any form of copyrighted software that can be freely downloaded, installed and used by end users. The quote. Here’s what Suleyman told CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin
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Google’s June 2024 spam update rollout is now complete. The spam update started June 20, 2024, about 7 days ago. This update was a general and broad spam update, it was not a link spam update and did not automate the site reputation abuse policy, which is still only done via manual actions. Google wrote this morning, “The rollout
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Google is updating its consent management requirements for AdSense for Search, AdSense for Domains, and Programmable Search Engine in Switzerland. Key points: Effective July 31. Applies to ads served to users in Switzerland, in addition to the EEA and UK. Aims to comply with the EU User Consent Policy. New requirements. Publishers must either: Use
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Google is launching enhanced shopping features to help consumers navigate the upcoming summer sales season, responding to increased interest in online deals. What’s new: Updated deals destination: – Shows freshest deals from across retailers in a carousel – Organizes promotions by product categories – Available on mobile and desktop in the U.S. Membership price display:
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Google is rolling out Local Services Ads on its Maps app, starting with iOS, to help advertisers generate more leads directly from the navigation platform. Why it matters. This expansion brings local business ads to a highly-intent user base actively searching for nearby services, potentially increasing lead generation for advertisers. How it works. Google will
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Duncan is an award-winning technology industry analyst, specialising in cloud computing, blockchain, martech and edge computing. Earned media analytics company, WeArisma, has launched what it describes as a groundbreaking AI-powered visual search solution to revolutionise how brands discover influential sources to partner with. This solution is designed to unlock unprecedented search possibilities and drive creativity
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Pinterest is rolling out new AI-powered ad tools and measurement partnerships to drive better performance and brand safety for advertisers. The big picture. Pinterest is investing heavily in generative AI capabilities for more engaging, personalized ad formats and automating campaign optimization. What’s new. Pinterest is launching an “Ad Labs” innovation program to test prototypes like:
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Google is making it easier for merchants to pull in product listings from their sites through automated “website crawl” feeds in Merchant Center. How it works. Google uses structured data markup on merchant websites to automatically extract up-to-date product information like titles, pricing, availability and images. The big picture. The automated feeds aim to reduce
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Google is notifying some advertisers that they must transition away from paying for Google Ads via credit or debit card by July 31 or face account suspension. The big picture. The move is part of Google’s effort to steer high-spend advertisers toward more automated payment methods better suited for scaling ad investment. Details. Impacted advertisers
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Google is rolling out an update to attribution models in Google Analytics 4 (GA4) to more accurately credit paid search campaigns for driving conversions. Why it matters. The change addresses an issue where conversions that should be attributed to paid search clicks were sometimes incorrectly assigned to organic search, especially for single-page applications. Why we
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LinkedIn has confirmed it will stop allowing advertisers to target users based on data gleaned from their participation in LinkedIn Groups, following pressure from European regulators over potential violations of the Digital Services Act (DSA). Why it matters. The move comes after a coalition of civil society groups filed a complaint with the European Commission
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If you’re chasing trends right now to try and spike your traffic – and by that, I mean choosing the tactic of the week, like using generative AI or large language models (LLMs) without investigating their viability or whether they match your strategy and business – it will probably come back to bite you. The
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Major educational publishers — Cengage, Macmillan Learning, McGraw Hill and Elsevier — have filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing it of promoting pirated copies of their textbooks. Why it matters. This case could reshape how tech giants handle copyright infringement and impact the $8.3 billion U.S. textbook market. Why we care. Advertisers will care about
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LinkedIn is rolling out new features to help B2B marketers build their brands and engage with its community of 1 billion professionals. The Wire Program. The first initiative is the addition of in-stream video ads alongside publisher content. A LinkedIn spokesperson told Search Engine Land: “The Wire Program is available in all languages on mobile
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Instagram is experimenting with a new ad format that prevents users from scrolling until they view a video ad in their main feed. Why it matters. The move could significantly boost ad exposure for brands but risks alienating users who find forced viewing intrusive. How it works. New in-feed ads display with a timer. Users
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