Now streaming on YouTube: hundreds of TV shows
Too big to be late?
YouTube may lag behind other platforms when it comes to streaming shows, but they’re in a good position to make a lot of viewers—and advertisers—happy.
Staying in tonight: YouTube just made hundreds of free TV shows available to US audiences. Shows include Hell’s Kitchen, Heartland, and more. They’ve also added new movie titles including Legally Blonde and Gone in 60 Seconds.
All this free streaming comes with ads, which is where you come in.
Why you should care: Let’s say you sell kitchenware. If you run video ads, getting them placed with shows like Hell’s Kitchen is a huge opportunity to drive revenue and build brand awareness.
Hint, hint: Some creators make millions off well-placed ads… something to keep in mind.
Third Google reviews update just dropped
No, that wasn’t an earthquake.
Just a little tremor from Google’s third product review update.
What’s happening: Google just released another product review update. This time it’s to make sure reviews meet specific criteria, like being written by actual product users, offering in-depth details, and more.
Giving the people what they want: Google says users prefer detailed reviews, like evidence of products being tested.
Why you should care: SEO results are getting less useful by the day and users are complaining. It makes sense for Google to tackle the problem by improving one of the most popular types of searches: user reviews.
And if you write Google product reviews, now’s a good time to revisit their writing tips.
“TikTok made me scale it”
Heard about the “TikTok made me buy it” trend?
There’s a similar trend happening for brands.
Users are buying boat-loads of products after seeing TikTok creators’ recommendations… which means brands are selling boat-loads of products.
But instead of wasting your time contacting hundreds of creators and asking them to “collaborate”…
… find the creator that perfectly matches your brand in minutes.
#paid lets you manage payments and campaigns through their platform. Plus, #paid handles rates, legal, and all the admin for you.
The icing on the cake? You get private access to first-party data and creator stats like average views, audience size, cost per engagement, and more. No more doubts about their real performance.
10 tips for boosting the ROAS of your retargeting campaigns
Did you know retargeting campaigns can increase sales by as much as 50%?
The challenge, of course, is running campaigns that can adapt to the constant changes of PPC while meeting your target customer where they’re at in their journey.
Not easy, but possible… if you know what to do.
Navah Hopkins recently shared 10 tips for high-performing retargeting campaigns in an excellent WordStream article.
Let’s look at five of them:
Use first-party data. If you have customer lists, upload them to Facebook and Google and use these to do retargeting campaigns. You can also build Lookalike Audiences in Facebook Ads or Similar Audiences in Google Ads.
Use lists across different channels. One way to use retargeting audiences is to upload customer lists coming from one channel to another. For example, you can upload a list of customers generated in Google to Facebook, and create a Custom Audience for retargeting and Lookalike Audiences to unlock new audiences too.
Save budget by excluding retargeting audiences. When you run campaigns to cold traffic, algorithms may show your ads to users who already engaged with your brand in the past.
While that may lower your CPA, it doesn’t help you reach new audiences. So exclude remarketing audiences from your cold traffic campaigns.
Make the ad copy specific to the audience you’re using. This will make the message resonate more with your users and assure a higher response.
Allocate 15–20% of your paid campaign budgets to remarketing. Just because you’re targeting a smaller audience doesn’t mean you should give these campaigns a tiny budget. Give them enough spending by planning for them ahead of time.
That’s all we have room for at the moment. You can read the rest of Navah’s retargeting tips here.
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Our honest experience with hiring globally
Today’s edition of the Stacked Marketer newsletter was put together by people in Austria, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Thailand, the Philippines, and the United States.
Today isn’t a special occasion. We build our newsletter like this every day. From day 1, we’ve been a borderless team. And with the exponential growth of remote work and global hiring, we wanted to offer a few thoughts on how to make it work.
Here are three things we’ve learned about building a top-notch global team:
- Have as few meetings as possible. We almost never have meetings at Stacked Marketer. When you’re global, you have people in several time zones. Having meetings a) normally isn’t that productive, and b) forces people to be up at odd hours for something they probably could have done asynchronously.
- Get really good at written communication. Because global teams work mostly asynchronously, you’re going to be doing a lot of writing. Get used to understanding cultural differences in written communication, too. This makes a big difference.
- Don’t track the number of hours that people work. Flexible hours are a must for global teams, for two reasons. First, it enables you to leverage contractor talent. In most countries, you can’t specify contractors’ hours. Second, because you’re working asynchronously, it doesn’t matter much when somebody does their work so long as they do it.
There’s a lot more we could share, but we’ll save that for another time.
Point is, we truly believe in the power of working with great people. No matter where they live. And if you’re interested in building a borderless team, too, the tips above might help you get started—or improve a team you’re currently on.
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META: Instagram just rolled out a chronological feed to all users, along with another feed that lets you scroll posts from your favorite accounts. Look for the pop-up under “Instagram” at the top left of the app.
GOOGLE: Need a professional to run Google Ads for you? The search giant just launched a Google Partners directory in the hopes of simplifying your search for experts.
META: One in five. That’s how many small businesses closed in 2021, according to Meta’s new “Global State of Small Businesses” report. Despite the struggle, Meta says business owners are optimistic about the future.
ADVERTISING: Yes, gamers have money to spend. Mobile gamers spent $6.6B in both the App Store and Google Play in February alone. Good news if you run in-game ads.
GOOGLE: There’s a New Sensitive Events Policy update, pausing ads that condone, dismiss, or exploit the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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But when I’m explained,
I’m nothing serious.
What am I?
You can find the answer here.
Cool tech, (funny) business, lifestyle and all the other things marketers like to chat about while sipping cocktails by the pool.
The return of the dumbphone
Remember the flip phone?
There are perks to using these phones. They’re cheap, you don’t have to pay expensive data bills, and there’s no giant screen to shatter on the street.
Of course, for those of us in digital marketing, switching to a “dumbphone” can be difficult.
It’s hard to imagine running Facebook groups or staying up to date on Twitter with one.
Would you consider switching?