Amid the evolving data privacy landscape, and significant changes to how apps can collect data as a result of regulatory shifts and operating system updates, social platforms are working to establish new data collection processes, in order to ensure that marketers can still reach their target audiences, without using previously available insights.
LinkedIn’s looking to address this with the implementation of various new processes, including a new ‘Group Identity’ targeting option, which will utilize its own first-party data, as entered on user profiles, to categorize audiences into more segments.
As explained by LinkedIn:
“With Group Identity for B2B, we leverage our first-party data to group members together based on shared professional identity attributes, such as seniority and industry. This process helps you reach your intended audiences across channels, like the LinkedIn Audience Network, without the need for individual-level tracking across sites.”
In essence, the process enables you to use LinkedIn categorization to reach users with your promotions on third-party sites that are part of LinkedIn’s Audience network. You’ve always been able to use the same type of targeting on LinkedIn itself, but this new process will provide more options for reaching audience segments based on more qualifiers, without you needing to specify your audiences through your own targeting selections.
The actual benefits of this will vary, but it could be a good way to reach, say, ‘IT managers’ across the web with promotions based on their LinkedIn profile information.
In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also testing new machine learning models which will estimate and report campaign conversations across channels “with a high degree of accuracy by using data from across our platform”. Conversion tracking has been made much more difficult by Apple’s ATT update, but LinkedIn’s hoping that it can create more accurate conversion modeling processes in order to continue to provide this type of tracking insight.
LinkedIn’s also working on the attribution of offline or offsite conversion events to LinkedIn campaigns.
The accuracy of these will likely be variable, but the hope is that through advanced techniques, social platforms will still be able to provide valuable and actionable insight for campaigns, in order to help marketers maximize their results.
LinkedIn’s still developing these approaches, but it does advise that marketers should enable first-party settings on their LinkedIn Insight Tag on their sites and apps to continue facilitating campaign measurement.
You can read more about LinkedIn’s evolving ad tracking and data tools here.
LinkedIn Announces the Retirement of its LinkedIn Lite App
LinkedIn has announced that it’s shutting down LinkedIn Lite, its pared-back version of the platform, designed for users in regions with more restricted connectivity and data access provisions.
Originally launched back in 2017 as a way to help “level the playing field for all members when it comes to accessibility”, LinkedIn Lite includes the basic functionality of LinkedIn, and is designed to load faster, while also using less data, handy for regions with more restrictive data plans.
But as LinkedIn continues to evolve, the Lite app gets further behind, with the full app’s more advanced functionalities – like video connection, full profile display features, Creator Mode, etc. – all getting more and more distant from the streamlined tool.
And with global connectivity evolving, LinkedIn now feels confident that it can move on without the scaled-back variation, which could also help boost in-app engagement and usage, and make LinkedIn a more significant presence in key markets.
Which, as you can see here, are growing. Now at 810 million total members, LinkedIn continues to gain momentum in developing regions, especially India (85m members, up from 60m in 2019), South Africa (+2m since 2019), the Philippines (+3m) and Nigeria (+1m)
As with most social apps, India is a key focus, and LinkedIn says that Indian adoption of the full version of the app is now rising at 4x the global average, as mobile adoption continues to soar in the nation.
At the same time, retirement of the Lite app could also give LinkedIn’s team more opportunity to develop and maintain its new ‘InJobs’ app in China, with the full version of LinkedIn removed from China last October due to increasing regulatory pressure and scrutiny.
At 56 million users, maintaining connection with China is key, and maybe that’s another factor in LinkedIn’s decision to step away from its scaled-down version.
Either way, the LinkedIn Lite app will be removed from Android app stores on 27th January 27th, before being deactivated completely March 15th.
LinkedIn says that it will transition Lite app users over to the full LinkedIn experience over the next few weeks.
Twitter Shares New Insights into Rising Discussion Around the NFL Playoffs [Infographic]
Super Bowl LVI is just around the corner, which also means that we’ll soon see the biggest showcase of ad content of the year, highlighting new trends, creative activations and opportunities, which can sometimes re-shape advertising approaches from that moment forward.
And this year looks set to be particularly significant. As more people look towards a post-pandemic future, there’s a big opportunities for clever marketers to tap into this enthusiasm, and the various trends that come with it. That’ll likely see more innovative, integrated ad approaches, which will extend beyond the initial big game activations, and showcase new opportunities.
Twitter’s keen to cash in on that excitement. This week, Twitter’s published a new overview of user trends around the NFL playoffs, highlighting the huge boost in tweet activity heading into Super Bowl weekend.
As Twitter notes:
“In the 2022 Divisional Round alone, we saw 27% more impressions on Tweets about the NFL, 58% more Tweets overall, and 42% more unique authors, compared with one year ago.”
It could be a key platform for boosting your tie-in efforts – and if you are considering the potential of Twitter ads for your campaigns, then these new stats might help.
Twitter Shares New Insights into the Rising K-Pop Discussion in the App [Infographic]
Do you like K-pop?
Increasingly, the chances are that you do, given the massive growth of K-pop fandom around the world, with megabands like BTS and Blackpink building huge audiences, and each becoming cultural forces within themselves.
That fandom is most significantly present on Twitter, which has become a key hub for K-pop enthusiasts. K-pop tweeters are now so prominent that they even have the power to quash controversial hashtag movements, by banding together to flood the streams with K-pop-related tweets instead.
It’s amazing to see, and today, Twitter has shared some new insights into the rising K-pop conversation, which got even bigger, once again, in 2021.
As explained by Twitter:
“With a massive 7.8 billion global Tweets in 2021, #KpopTwitter once again showed its power by breaking its previous record of 6.7 billion Tweets in 2020. Registering a notable 16% increase in Tweet volume globally, #KpopTwitter conversations became more diverse and vibrant in 2021.”
So where, exactly, is K-pop discussion trending, and who are the big bands of note? Check out the below insights from Twitter – which also includes a list of rising K-pop stars if you want to get ahead of the curve.
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