Google Q1 2014: $15.4B But Misses, Paid Clicks Up, CPCs Down

google-earnings-data-600 Google announced quarterly revenues this afternoon. The company said it had "consolidated revenues" of $15.42 billion (including Motorola), up 19 percent vs. last year. However, neither the topline nor earnings per share beat financial analysts' expectations. Accordingly, the stock is down nearly 6 percent in after-hours trading. Below are some of the highlights from the earnings release and presentation: Total revenues: $15.42 billion (vs. $12.95 billion in Q1 2013) Google sites: $10.47 billion (up 21 percent) Network: $3.40 billion (up 4 percent) Non-US revenue: $8.76 billion [...]


Brands Can Now Turn Google+ Posts Into Interactive Display Ads

google+-post-ads-600x464 Touting it as a way for brands to "make the entire web their social stream," Google today announced the full rollout of +Post ads. The ad program gives advertisers the ability to place Google+ posts onto Google's display advertising network. In testing since December, the program is now available to any Google+ page with at least 1,000 followers. The +Post ads are essentially promoted posts -- links, photos, videos, Hangouts on Air -- that are pushed into the Google Display Network, where they appear as fully interactive content. Viewers see a "Click to Expand" button that triggers [...]


Why You Suddenly Lost All Those Google+ Followers

google-plus-analytics-featured On March 25, many Google+ brand accounts noticed a big dip in followers displayed on profile pages. In fact, Marketing Land decreased by 20%, even Search Engine Land decreased by 40%. Initially some have thought that this was a "spring cleaning" of spammy Google+ accounts following profiles pages; however, it's really pulling out the followers from a combined follower and +1 number. Google+ brand pages, until recently, didn't show a true follower count, and Google+ badges still don't. [caption id="attachment_80167" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Average growth of number of followers as [...]


Twitter UK Creates #OwnTheMoment Tool To Help Real-Time Marketers

#OwnTheMoment 2014-04-15 12-15-53 2014-04-15 12-17-30 Whether you call it real-time marketing, newsjacking or joining the conversation surrounding a news event, marketers are looking for opportunities to insert their brands into online banter about current events. Typically, the successful examples, like Oreo's tweet during the 2013 Super Bowl blackout or Arby's shout out to Pharrell Williams and his hat during the 2014 Grammy's, can be traced back to smart advance planning. To help with that task, Twitter recommends creating a detailed editorial calendar, and its United Kingdom and Ireland small and medium business team has created an inte [...]


Yahoo Q1 Beats Expectations, Search Stronger Than Display

yahoo-featured Today, Yahoo posted quarterly revenues of $1.13 billion. That's down 1 percent year over year but still modestly beat financial analysts' consensus estimates. Revenue ex-TAC was up 1 percent. Non Non-GAAP net earnings per share were $0.38, which was flat but also beat expectations. The company has about $4.6 billion in cash on hand. Some are celebrating these results and others see them as mediocre. Both search and display revenue were up year over year. Display revenue was up slightly (ex-TAC) but price per display ad was down. While display was somewhat soft, search was a st [...]


Report: Advertiser Revenue From Facebook Ads Rose 191 Percent YoY, 12 Percent From Paid Search

Search vs Social Trends Q1 Kenshoo Advertisers saw revenue from Facebook advertising shoot up 191 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2014, while paid search drove revenue increases of 12 percent on the year. That's according to Kenshoo's quarterly look at ad campaigns run through the platform. A new infographic shows both paid search and Facebook advertising experienced strong year-over-year growth in the first quarter of 2014. Seasonal dips from Q4 were expected after coming off a strong holiday retail season. [caption id="attachment_80279" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: Kenshoo Q1 2014 Search & [...]


Report: Facebook Is Giving News Publishers Free Mobile Ads

facebook-like-600 Well, it is called the News Feed. For at least the last six months, Facebook has been adjusting its algorithm to reward high-quality content and has admitted a strong bias toward news publishers. Now as Digiday's John McDermott noticed last week, Facebook is placing what amounts to free ads for publishers in users' mobile news feeds. McDermott noted that CNN's growth in Facebook likes has soared by 1.2 million in the last month, to more than 11 million, while in the same time span last year it added only 76,000. To be clear, the evidence is very circumstantial (obligatory remin [...]


Twitter Doubles Down On Data By Acquiring Gnip, One Of Its Longtime Firehose Partners

gnip Twitter is bringing one of its Firehose providers in-house, announcing today that it has acquired Gnip, a longtime partner that sells social media data to companies seeking information about consumers and their behavior. The move is seen as a indication that Twitter is looking to extract more revenue from its data. Previously, the company has left it to a limited group of third-party companies, such as Gnip, to manage the organization and reselling of Twitter data. According to its SEC filing last year, Twitter made $47 million selling that data, about 10% of its total revenue. Bould [...]


Google Tells Users It Scans Their Email As Microsoft Puts “Scroogled” To Bed

gmail inbox tabs Google updated its terms of service (TOS) yesterday to make more explicit the fact that it scans Gmail for the purpose of matching email content with ads. The relevant part of the updated TOS reads: Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received, and when it is stored. Google has been sued for the practice as an alleged violation of the Federal Wiretap Act. The case survived Google' [...]


Facebook Is Testing A ‘Pages Popular In Your Area’ Feature

FB-popular-pages Facebook is testing a new suggestion module on its right sidebar: Pages Popular In Your Area. The suggestion box, first brought to our attention Friday by online media strategist Samuel Edwards of Tenthwave Digital, has been appearing intermittently today for me. Results, as you would expect from an experiment, have been spotty, with pages for Eminem and Lil Wayne -- by no means local for my Costa Mesa, California location -- mixing it up with local restaurant and cupcake providers. And clicking through to the "See All" link -- https://www.facebook.com/pages/?category=local -- takes m [...]


Hacking, E-Theft Grow As 18 Percent Report Data Stolen

privacy-security-featured Major internet sites now seem to suffer routine data breaches. Over the past several months, we've learned that multiple major retailers had credit card numbers (by the millions) stolen as their databases were hacked from Eastern Europe. Last week, “Heartbleed” was discovered, prompting the recommendation to change all your passwords online. Welcome to the new normal -- or so it would seem. The Pew Research Center released January 2014 survey data this morning that found 18 percent of adults online have had personal information stolen ("Social Security Number, credit card, or ban [...]


Get To Know: VerticalResponse Senior VP of Product & Marketing David Williams

David Williams headshot As the senior vice president of product and marketing at VerticalResponse, David Williams leads the marketing, design and product management teams for the self-service email and social media marketing platform. Williams is responsible for understanding the needs of small businesses, and delivering innovative experiences to help VerticalResponse clients engage their customers and fans. Prior to his current position, Williams held vice president roles in product and marketing for local search and advertising leader YP.com. While there, he drove audience growth to 60 million web and mobil [...]


Like Facebook & Twitter, Google Reportedly Teaming With Data Providers To Track In-Store Sales

google-logo Facebook first began partnering with Datalogix to show advertisers how their ads drive offline sales back in 2012. Last year, Twitter introduced its “offline sales impact” tool, developed with Datalogix, to measure the offline sales impact of promoted and organic tweets for consumer packaged goods and automotive advertisers. Now Google is reportedly partnering with the big data providers to track in-store conversions, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google is said to be partnering with several firms including Datalogix and Acxiom to measure the offline impact of Google AdWords ad [...]


Without Fanfare, Facebook Releases Updated Android App, And It Still Has Chat

fb-new-android Facebook quietly released an updated Android app Thursday, and those attached to the ability to chat within the app will be happy. But that's likely to be a short-lived satisfaction, given confirmed news reports this week that Facebook will eventually remove chat from its mobile apps and force users who want to keep in instant contact with Facebook friends to download the Messenger app. The current update, available now in the Google Play store, isn't remarkable different than the old version. Facebook's very limited release notes say improvements have been made to reliability and sp [...]


Report: Amazon Releasing Smartphone Later This Year

amazon-logo According to a report appearing in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) this afternoon, Amazon will, in fact, be releasing a smartphone in the second half of the year. This development had been rumored for a some time. The WSJ says that Amazon hopes to distinguish the phone with a 3D display that doesn't require glasses. However, that by itself is unlikely to differentiate the phone sufficiently to ensure success. It's probably the case that an Amazon smartphone will be like a smaller version of Kindle Fire: a device that would use the Amazon app store, with its roughly 200,000 Android-based ap [...]


Katherine Heigl Vs Duane Reade Lawsuit May Serve Up Lesson In How Not To Tweet

shutterstock_141487798 New York pharmacy chain Duane Reade's social media team might be getting an expensive lesson in how not to tweet. And that means the rest of us get a free reminder about the perils of using celebrity photos in social media. First the news: Actress Katherine Heigl is suing Duane Reade in New York federal court, seeking $6 million for posting -- on Twitter and Facebook -- a paparazzi shot of her walking out of one of chain's stores last month. Here's the text of the tweet (which was deleted from the @DuaneReade account this week, after news of the suit broke): Love a quick #DuaneR [...]


Study: YouTube Exposure For Top Artists Costs Labels $40 Million In Lost Sales

youtube-featured Is availability on YouTube a plus or a minus for entertainment content? Google has consistently argued that YouTube introduces new audiences to content that otherwise wouldn't see/hear it and amplifies its visibility virally. There's anecdotal and empirical evidence for that assertion -- at least in a video or TV context. However, a new academic paper (via TorrentFreak and embedded below) argues that the availability of music on YouTube can dampen or depress music sales by as much as 10,000 units per week among the most popular releases. The researchers, from the University of Colorado [...]


New: Smart Lists With Google Analytics Automate Remarketing List Management

google-analytics-600 To help simplify the decision making process of creating remarketing lists, Google has introduced "Smart Lists with Google Analytics" which automate the process. Smart Lists rely on the anonymized conversion data gleaned from the millions of websites using Google Analytics that opt-in to share data with Google. The lists are built with machine learning using signals like visit duration, page depth, location, device, referrer, and browser to predict which visitors are most likely to convert upon returning to the site. Then based on those visitors' on-site actions, Analytics can calibrate rem [...]


The “App-Churn Window”: 60 Pct. Of Users Might Never Return

smartphone-shutterstock The strategic importance of apps is now self-evident, with roughly 90 percent of mobile internet time being spent there, according to Nielsen. However if companies' apps don't engage users quickly and effectively, they may churn -- never to return. That's according to Localytics, which offers some very useful data and advice about what it calls the "app-churn window." The longer the interval between the initial app use and a second use, the greater the risk of churn the company says. Localytics analyzed app usage patterns of iOS devices and found the following "rules": The "me [...]


Facebook Goes After Like-Baiters And Link-Spammers With News Feed Update

facebook-attack-chase-600 Continuing its quest to improve the quality of content on users' News Feeds, Facebook today announced changes that it said will reduce the visibility of pandering posts and outright spam. Facebook has set its targets on publishers of Pages "that deliberately try and game News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would." The specific abuses? Like-baiting: begging for users to like, comment or share a post (see screenshot above for an especially shameless example). Facebook said users find posts with such calls to action 15% less relevant than other posts attracting sim [...]


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