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Twitter Improves Ads with Acquisition and Scheduling Pins on Pinterest Now Possible

Twitter’s acquisition improves ads, Pinterest’s new scheduling functionality and more of the latest digital news.

Twitter Improves Ads by Acquiring TellApart, Selling Them Through Google’s DoubleClick

This week, Twitter acquired commerce ads tech firm TellApart and announced it will allow ads to be sold through Google’s DoubleClick bid manager. TellApart will aid cross-device targeting and measurement, helping advertisers reach users wherever they are, and allowing Twitter to get credit no matter where ads are viewed. Twitter’s partnership with Google’s DoubleC…

Friday5: Modern Brand Storytelling

This past week, Seattle hosted its annual IN-NW Conference featuring speakers and panel sessions dedicated to discussing what’s next for digital engagement and modern business. During the conference, Edelman Seattle’s Megan Tweed, Digital Senior Vice President and Deputy GCRM (Assembly, Inc.), shared five ways brands can effectively tell their story and adapt to the modern media ecosystem.

1. Meet the needs and expectations of consumers

There is a value exchange that exists between brands and consumers –…

Facebook Updates Its News Feed Algorithm Again and Twitter Direct Messaging Now Available to All Users

Facebook released three more updates to its News Feed algorithm, Twitter’s direct messaging feature is now available to all users and more of the latest digital news.

Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Show More Updates from Friends, Fewer Stories When Friends Like or Comment 

Early this week, Facebook announced three updates to the News Feed algorithm. The first update will further prioritize content (photos, videos, status updates and links) posted by a user’s Facebook friends. Another update will deprioritize posts that friends have engaged with, putting the most emphasi…

Friday5: 5 Ways Technology is Helping Reduce Health Disparities

By Alexis Cummings, Christen Smiley and Will Ayers

April is designated as Minority Health Month to raise awareness of the disparity in health conditions between minority and non-minority populations. This year, the FDA’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) is collaborating with the HHS Office of Minority Health to celebrate this year’s theme – “30 Years of Advancing Health Equity, The Heckler Report: A Force for Ending Health Disparities in America.” We took this opportunity to focus on five ways technology is being used to alleviate health disparities.

YouTube’s Paid Subscription Coming Soon and Tumblr Debuts 24-Hour Dashboard Ad

YouTube soon to offer paid subscriptions, Tumblr debuts a 24-hour dashboard ad and more of the latest digital news.

YouTube’s Paid Subscription Offering Takes Shape – And It’s Almost Here

YouTube’s paid subscription offering is quickly taking shape as it moves closer to its expected release in the next few months. A subscription will offer consumers ad-free videos, the ability to store videos offline on mobile devices and much more. The producers of YouTube videos will take a percentage of the subscription revenue, with the caveat that they must participate in the …

Friday5: 5 Paid Media Tips

This post originally ran on Edelman.com.

Digital marketing is blurring the lines between owned, earned and paid. While this has limited brands’ ability to leverage the organic reach of content, it has also given brands the impetus to break silos and create multiple, yet specialized touch points with their highly fragmented target audiences.

Marketers are therefore testing tools and technologies to activate the right audience at the right time with the right content. This is where marketers turn to paid media techniques – an excellent way to break through the clutter o…

Facebooks Integrates with WhatsApp and Twitter Launches New Feature

Facebook begins integrating with WhatsApp, Twitter launches a new Retweet feature and more of the latest digital news.

Facebook Begins Integrating WhatsApp

Following Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp last year, the platform has rolled out a new button on their Android mobile app, allowing users to share content directly to the WhatsApp platform. This button appears just to the right of the share button under status updates for select Android users, and is a move on Facebook’s part towards owning more of the mobile messaging scene.

Twitter Officially Launches Its …

Friday5: 5 Ways Social Has Become the New Front Page

With global smartphone penetration at an all-time high, social media continues to shift the ways in which users are consuming and sharing the happenings of the world around them. Whether it’s catching up on Facebook on the way to work or sharing pictures of major events on Twitter, this increased mobility has continued to create an environment in which “news” is no longer limited to a daily newspaper. Rather, the stories a user sees are specifically curated based on the brands, individuals and news outlets they choose to engage with digitally.

As an increasingly tech-sa…

Brands Take Advantage of April Fools’ Day and Facebook Announces Analytics for Apps

Brands take full advantage of April Fools’ Day, Facebook adds in analytics for apps and more of the latest digital news.

April Fools’ Day 2015: Our Giant Roundup of the Best Brand Hoaxes

April Fools’ Day is one of the great advertising holidays when brands manage to be smart, relevant and amusing on their smallest budgets of the year. This year, Funny or Die wrangled 250 celebrities for their fake video streaming platform, Tough Mudder jokingly rolled out Baby Mudder, and more.

Facebook Announces Analytics for Apps

At their annual F8 conference, Facebook announced …

Friday5: 5 Things Communicators Can Learn From Super Troopers 2

In 2001, a comedy group called Broken Lizard gave a gift to the world called Super Troopers. 14 years later, it is still a cultural phenomenon because of the shenanigans in the movie and fans have been clamoring for a sequel for years.

Last week, Broken Lizard announced that the script for the sequel is done, but they needed to independently secure funding for the production of the movie. They turned to Indiegogo for a crowdfunding campaign with the hope of raising $2 million in 30 days. 24 hours later, they hit their target fundraising goal and with 22 days still left to go,…

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