Marketing Day: May 9, 2013

Here’s our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the Web.

From Marketing Land:

  • YouTube Launches (Ad-Free) Paid Subscription Channels YouTube officially launched its anticipated pilot program for paid subscription channels. The program debuts with 53 paid channels and subscription fees starting as low as $0.99 per month. All channels have a 14-day free trial with. And all are ad-free. Users subscribe to the channels from a computer, and then have access to their paid [...]
  • Brands Wanting More Leverage On Pinterest Should Follow The Lead Of Better Homes & Gardens Social media metrics firm Unmetric evaluated over 5,000 branded Pinterest pages to determine which brands are leading on the social networking site built on images. The data gathered spanned from all time up until March 14, 2013 to identify the top five brands in five different categories: most followers, most comments, most likes, most pins [...]
  • Amazon Developing Not One But Two Smartphones — WSJ Adding more fuel to the “Amazon is building a smartphone” rumors, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported today that the company is developing two smartphones and an audio-only music device. Though, the report doesn’t say these devices will likely carry the Kindle brand. The WSJ describes one of the two smartphones as a having a [...]
  • Google Analytics Gets New Profile Filter Fields With Special Focus On Mobile and Social In response to customer feedback, Google has added more custom filter fields to Google Analytics, giving users more flexibility to modify and limit the traffic data included in profiles. Of the nineteen new fields, nine are mobile related. Three new fields have been added to help filter social traffic. Below is the full list of [...]
  • Picture This: Instagram Is The Fastest Growing Social Network For Brands With 14% Growth This Quarter Since Facebook purchased the filter-friendly photo app Instagram last year, brand adoption has skyrocketed, according to a new study of the top 100 brands by SimplyMeasured. Since purchase last year, the Facebook-owned Instagram has flourished. The post-purchase growth jumped 500% in just a year, going from 22 million active monthly users to nearly 100 million [...]
  • Study: Frequent “Smartphone Shoppers” Buy More Than Others If you’re a retailer or an agency serving retailers, mobile is arguably now your most critical channel. Yet, despite the mounting evidence of consumer reliance on mobile devices in shopping, a majority of retailers still have “experimental” or very tepid mobile strategies. Considerable research has already established that smartphone owners use their devices heavily during [...]
  • Facebook Likely In Talks To Buy Social Navigation App Waze Will Facebook acquire social traffic and navigation app Waze? TechCrunch ran an article today claiming that three Israeli papers, Calcalist, Ynet and The Marker, have reported that Facebook is in talks to acquire the company in a billion-dollar deal that would help further grow Facebook’s mobile efforts. According to the article, a private source confirmed [...]
  • 5 Surprising Facts On Quality Score Change In the paid search world, ad rank and average cost per click (CPC) are determined by three factors: your own bid (max CPC), your competitors’ bids, and a numeric representation of ad relevance known as quality score. This quality score acts as a modifier, making it possible for an ad with higher “quality” to outrank [...]

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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