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Google Glass App Landscape (Finally) Showing Signs Of Growth

google-glass-io-1920 It has a long, long way to go to rival app stores like those for Android and iOS (and I doubt it'll ever rival their size, actually), but the Google Glass app landscape is finally starting to show signs of life. There are hundreds of apps available for Glass, but the majority of them haven't passed through Google's review process and reached the official Glassware directory. A lot of those "unofficial" apps are being promoted by their developers and users in various online Glass-related forums and communities, and many are very popular even without Google's formal approval and inclusion i [...]


Google “Pigeon” Local Search Algorithm Launches

pigeons-600 Last night, Google pushed out a major local search algorithm update. The update has been pushed out to U.S. English based search results and seems to have had enough of a significant update that many SEOs, webmasters and local business owners have taken noticed. The update impacts both the organic local listings within Google Map Search and Google Web Search. We are naming this algorithm update the Pigeon update, for more on that, see our post over here. The algorithm is more tied into the traditional web search ranking signals, including search features from the knowledge graph, spe [...]


Big Gap Between Awareness And Usage Of Digital Wallets

mobile-payment-wallet-featured Within the past week Google, PayPal and Amazon have all made moves in the "mobile wallet" arena. Amazon launched an Android-based mobile wallet app, focused on loyalty and gift cards. PayPal updated its iOS app to enable the addition of loyalty cards. Google updated its Wallet app to include the ability to add gift cards or send and receive money from friends. Apple is also reportedly in talks with credit card companies ahead of a potential mobile wallet launch this fall that would allow in-store payments. Apple currently offers this capability in Apple stores, through its Apple Store ap [...]


Google+ Launches Showcase To Show Rich Media To Viewers Of Hangouts On Air

showcase-google-hoa Google+ rolled out a new interactive feature for Hangouts on Air today, giving producers the ability to show viewers links to websites, videos, merchandise and other content being discussed during live events. The Showcase app displays links with rich-media cards on the right-hand side of the Hangout's video player during the broadcast. If viewers click, the content opens in a new tab while the HOA continues playing. Here's how it looked during an HOA this week to promote Common's new album (click to view the tape of the event): The new feature should be especially useful for marketers a [...]


The Shelf Life Of A Mobile Ad: Shorter Than You May Think

shutterstock_alarmclock When a user loads a webpage, they aren't doing so with the intent of clicking on an ad. Yet, millions and millions of users do just that every single day. However, this isn't just a numbers game -- intelligent marketers (like those who are reading this article) are looking to get the most out of their advertising spend by targeting the right users in the right way at the right time. But even when an ad is shown based on any number of criteria, what's its proverbial shelf life for that user? Two seconds? One minute? Five minutes? Within this article, we'll be analyzing a week's worth of a [...]


Google Display Network Reporting Now Easily Available In Google Analytics

Google Display Network Reports in Google Analytics You may have noticed a new reporting section in the AdWords menu showing up on Google Analytics called Display Targeting. Apparently, this started rolling out a few weeks ago, and Google made the announcement official today. Andy Groller, Director of PPC at DragonSearch, provided the screenshot above and first pointed out the new reporting to me yesterday. As the name would have it, the Display Targeting area is where you'll find performance data on what happens after users click on ads running on the Google Display Network. You can drill into details on: Display Keywords Place [...]


Nike’s “The Last Game” Takes The No. 1 Spot On YouTube’s List Of Top Ten Ads In June

Nike The Last Game screen capture Last week, YouTube released its top ten ads for June, with Nike's World Cup themed "The Last Game" taking the top spot. Adidas's World Cup related "House Match" ad also made the list, ranking No. 3. In light of Father's Day, three dad-themed ads made it into the top ten list as well, with appearances by Dove, Johnson and Johnson, and Docker's. One brand - Beats by Dre - earned two top ten spots, with its "The Game before the Game" earning the No. 2 slot, and "Jungle Remix" featuring Jay Z coming in at No. 9. YouTube's Top 10 Ads for June: 1. Nike Football "The Last Game" 2. Be [...]


Opening Mobile Wallet Opportunities For Marketers

believing seeing is There is a lot of buzz about mobile wallets -- mostly, the challenges facing mass adoption of mobile payments. This has left many marketers to wonder how they will be able to implement innovative mobile payment technologies into their mobile/brand strategies. While the industry focuses its attention on m-payments (and lack thereof), marketers who want to stand out have a unique opportunity to get ahead -- with the non-payment side of mobile wallets. It Starts With The Consumer Consumers have made their preferences clear -- they want a shopping companion. Mobile wallets eliminate the need [...]


Italian Privacy Police Give Google 18 Months To Make Changes

google-italy-800 European privacy regulators have been critical of Google's unified privacy policy since it was announced in early 2012. They have demanded various changes, including more disclosures to users, to bring the law in compliance with EU and individual country rules. Italy is the latest country to issue what amounts to an ultimatum to Google to change its privacy practices or face fines (up to $1 million euros) and unspecified "possible criminal proceedings," according to Reuters. There is a similar history in France, which ordered Google to change its privacy behavior in June 2013. Google mai [...]


Maybe Google Doesn’t Have A Mobile Ads Problem After All

google-earnings-data-600 [caption id="attachment_91889" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Data Source: Google quarterly earnings statements[/caption] There have been a lot of assumptions that Google's mobile ad business is cause for concern. After its latest earnings report showed the price advertisers pay per ad click fell for the eleventh straight quarter, fears again arose that the search giant isn't keeping pace with the consumer shift to smartphones. So is Google's mobile advertising business in trouble? The truth is nobody really knows. In fact, it might be doing great. We do know that Google reported recor [...]


LEARN: Lucy The Movie’s Web Site Teaches You To Speed Read Scarlett Johansson-Style

lucy_movie Movie websites, more than any other type of marketing site, seem to span every point of the scale between horrifically lame and ingeniously brilliant. Far over on the ingeniously brilliant end of the scale is this promotional area within the Lucy web site, the new movie starring Scarlett Johansson movie, Lucy. Lucy is written and directed by Luc Besson and features Johansson as a drug mule who gains superhuman mental capabilities after taking a drug. The movie's promotional site keys in on that plot element by encouraging visitors to test their own brain power. But what's the drug that w [...]


Google Q2: $16B Revenue, CPCs Down, SVP Arora Leaving

google-money-stock-featured This afternoon Google announced second quarter consolidated revenues of $15.96 billion. That represented a 22 percent increase vs. last year and 3 percent growth since last quarter. Revenues were higher than expected ($15.61 billion) while earnings per share missed financial analyst estimates. Paid clicks were up significantly; CPCs were down YoY but flat quarter over quarter. The release also indicated that SVP and Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora would be leaving to become Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media. Omid Kordestani will take over his role [...]


eBay: Google SEO Changes Hurt Core Business And Revenues

new ebay logo Yesterday, eBay announced second quarter earnings which just beat analysts' expectations. However, revenue fell short of projections. The company earned $0.69 per share (vs. $0.68 expected) against revenue of $4.37 billion (vs. $4.38 billion expected). During the quarter, eBay suffered a major security breach and global password reset. In addition, it faces intensifying competition from Google, Amazon and a host of smaller rivals. The company acknowledged that Google algorithm changes had adversely affected its growth in the quarter. On the earnings call yesterday eBay CFO Bob Swan said [...]


At Last, Google Analytics App Comes To The iPhone

google-analytics-600 Google has released its official Google Analytics app for iPhone, now available for download in the app store. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, though is optimized for the iPhone 5. It requires iOS 6.0 or later. An Android version of the Google Analytics app has been available for a couple of years now. The app launches with a real-time view of the number of visitors on your site followed by Audience numbers from the time frame selected. It's easy to drill in to get more data by tapping on each card on the screen -- such as Real-Time or Audience in the s [...]


Are Sponsored YouTubers With Undisclosed Deals Breaking The Law?

YouTube-Large As YouTube publishers specializing in commentating and reviewing have become ultra popular, the pressure to infiltrate with brand messaging has followed suit. Yesterday, Eurogamer released a dissertation on undisclosed advertorials on YouTube in the gaming industry. While there are set rules in the U.S. and Britain concerning endorsements, internationally the lines are more blurred. Due to the massive increase in gaming audiences, lead by PieDiePew with more than 28.6 million subscribers, agencies have sprouted up to push their releases on YouTube. Electronic Arts (EA) has an entire di [...]


Everything You Need To Know About The New Google+ Name Policy: An Explainer

google-plus-featured Yesterday's news that Google+ has dumped its real-name requirement raised a number of interesting questions, both philosophical and practical. Will Google+ become a haven for trolls? Will YouTube's notorious commenters now be able to unleash more ugliness behind a fresh cloak of anonymity? What is the process for changing a user name? What if you want to use only one name? Is it possible to change a Google+ vanity url? What about display of usernames via authorship? Will we start seeing CatLuvr34 and the like on Google search and News pages? I'll do my best to answer the questions be [...]


Reports Show Paid Search Spend Is Up Over Last Year

color_graph_going_up_shutterstock Second quarter reports coming out from the large search marketing firms this week point to continued growth in paid search investment in the US and globally. The reports also underscore the increasing influence of mobile and image-based product ads on growth. RKG's analysis of the US search market, based on its client portfolio, which skews retail, showed Q2 spend increased by 23 percent year-over-year, with investments on both Google and Bing rising. Google spend grew 24 percent year-over-year with a 13 percent increase in click volume and CPCs rising by 10 percent. Bing Ads spend rose [...]


Google+ Drops Real Name Requirement, Apologizes For Delay

google-plus-1920 Let the Google+ pseudonym rush begin. After three-plus years of restricting users to their real names on the network, Google+ announced today that it is abandoning the policy and allowing people to use any username they choose. Google's policy was among the more contentious issues surrounding the social network and had been softened several times, including making allowances for pseudonyms and nicknames in certain occasions. Today it opened the floodgates with a Google+ post: When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your p [...]


DoubleClick Gains Viewable Impression Reporting With Google’s Active View Solution

shutterstock_151358642-paid-search Google received accreditation from the Media Rating Council (MRC) for its viewable impression measurement solution, Active View, last April. At the time, the company made clear it would be integrating viewabililty into its products for both publishers and advertisers. Last fall, Active View rolled out to the Google Display Network, allowing advertisers to buy ads based on viewable impressions rather than served impressions. Now, it's bringing Active View measurement to DoubleClick to give agencies, publishers and advertisers the ability "to evaluate and compare the viewability of impression [...]


Facebook Vs. YouTube: Which Site Has More U.S. Visitors?

Compete-U-S-Monthly-Unique-Visitors-in-millions-YouTube-Facebook_chartbuilder Measuring Internet traffic is a notoriously slippery science. So when I read a headline that YouTube has passed Facebook as the largest social network in the United States, I took it with a dose of skepticism. Then I checked it out. And while time didn't permit a definitive study, I can report that the unique visitor battle between Facebook and YouTube is far from settled. Yes, they each report more than 1 billion active users globally. But who the leader is domestically depends on whose data you query. (I'll leave aside for the moment the question of whether YouTube is a true social net [...]


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