Good morning, Marketers, how do you measure your branded content partnerships?

If you’re not sure, social intelligence platform ListenFirst might be worth a look. Yesterday, the company launched a tool that offers brands and media companies performance analytics on influencer and branded content partnership programs across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr. Dubbed the Branded Content Analysis Suite, the new platform could help brands set benchmarks for their own branded content partnerships and offer insight into how their competitors’ campaigns are performing, while also giving media companies measurable insights to win over advertisers.

A service that connects brands with podcasters, Podcorn, has launched a self-service platform that allows advertisers to create podcast ad campaigns based on budget, ad creative and podcasts that best align with their brand. Brands can sign up on Podcorn to create a campaign, and the platform will use its sponsorship graph to match the campaign with the “best-suited” podcasters. Brands from a number of industries – including gaming, fitness, fashion, B2B, food, and entertainment – have already begun investing “hundreds of thousands” of dollars via the platform during the last three weeks, reports Podcorn.

Keep scrolling for more news, including a look at why TikTok is under fire for discriminatory attempts to combat cyberbullying.

Taylor Peterson,
Deputy Editor

Pro Tip

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Social Shorts

TikTok admits to taking the “wrong approach” to combat cyberbullying

TikTok faces discrimination backlash. The popular video-sharing app has admitted to censoring posts from users it identified as disabled, fat or LGBTQ+ as part of a misguided effort to mitigate cyberbullying. The revelation was made public by, which spoke to a source inside the company and obtained private documents from the platform. The findings revealed that TikTok applied automatic restrictions to users who were “susceptible to bullying or harassment based on their physical or mental condition,” including, “facial disfigurement, autism, Down syndrome, or disabled people or people with some facial problems.” In a follow-up statement, TikTok said, “Early on, in response to an increase in bullying on the app, we implemented a blunt and temporary policy. While the intention was good, the approach was wrong and we have long since changed the earlier policy in favor of more nuanced anti-bullying policies and in-app protections.” According to, the rules were implemented as recently as September of this year.

Twitter rolls out a privacy hub. Yesterday, Twitter launched the Twitter Privacy Center – a centralized resource that advertisers and users can use to quickly and easily access the platform’s rules and policies – as well as personal data settings and privacy tools. The new site will contain information about Twitter’s initiatives, announcements, and privacy products, in addition to status updates on security-related incidents. “It should be easier to find and learn more about the work we’re doing to keep your data secure, including what data we collect, how we use it, and the controls you have,” the company wrote in a blog post.


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5 Ways Elite Brands Are Setting the New Standard for Customer Experience – CMS Wire

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The Nike-Amazon break up and what brands can (and can’t) do to manage Amazon – Get Elastic

The Four Rs of Responsibility, Part 2: Raising authoritative content and reducing borderline content and harmful misinformation – YouTube’s Official Blog

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