Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup

 

Bonded Bitesize – Bringing you your midweek roundup of the latest in digital and media.

Stay connected with recent updates from TikTok, Google, Meta & many more!



Google Ads Pause

Google Ads Will Soon Start Automatically Pausing Ad Groups With Low Activity to Help Improve Budget Efficiency

Google Ads has introduced a new feature that will automatically pause low-activity ad groups. This functionality aims to help advertisers optimise their campaigns by reducing unnecessary spending on underperforming ad groups. The automated system identifies ad groups with limited impressions over the past 13 months (to allow for seasonality changes)  and temporarily halts their visibility, providing marketers with the opportunity to reassess and adjust their strategies. This feature aligns with Google's ongoing efforts to enhance ad campaign efficiency and ROI, offering advertisers a proactive tool to manage their budgets effectively and prioritise resources for more impactful and successful campaigns.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
TikTok Monthly Trends

TikTok Launches Monthly Trend Round-Up Series, Trends Digest, to Help Brands Tap Into Trending Content

The TikTok Trends Digest Series, launched by TikTok, is a comprehensive resource offering insights into popular trends on the platform. Aimed at marketers and creators, the series provides a monthly breakdown of trending topics, hashtags, and challenges, aiding content creation and strategy development. Covering diverse categories like beauty, fashion, and lifestyle, the digest equips users with data-backed information to optimise engagement and reach. TikTok's initiative reflects a commitment to fostering a vibrant and dynamic community, encouraging users to stay informed about evolving trends and capitalise on the platform's ever-changing landscape for effective and relevant content creation.

LinkedIn Algorithm Update

Linkedin Shares Insights Into Its Latest Feed Algorithm Updates - Including Push of Valuable Evergreen Content

LinkedIn has outlined some of the latest updates to its content distribution algorithm, which could alter your posting approach in the app, including a bigger focus on valuable, evergreen updates, its ongoing efforts to stamp out clickbait approaches, and changes to its “Creator Mode” offering. LinkedIn aims to align with its mission of connecting professionals to economic opportunities by promoting niche, valuable content that aids members in specific areas of interest. The platform advises against chasing posting trends and encourages users to share their knowledge. To steer the algorithm away from click-bait posting, it is no longer counting “read more” clicks as positive engagement signals. This shift in strategy provides insights for a more effective approach to LinkedIn content creation.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Google Search Suggestions

Google enhances search suggestions in Chrome Browser, using context cues to create more personalised browsing

Google is enhancing the search suggestions feature in its Chrome browser to provide more helpful and context-aware recommendations. This update aims to streamline the search experience by offering more precise suggestions based on the user's browsing history and the content in open tabs. By leveraging machine learning, Chrome's suggestions will now consider the context of the webpage a user is viewing, ensuring more relevant and timely search predictions. The goal is to improve user efficiency, reduce typing efforts, and deliver a more tailored and intuitive search process within the Chrome browser, enhancing overall user satisfaction and productivity.



YouTube Expands Create

YouTube Expands Free Editing App To 13 New Markets To Help Users Edits Shorts & Long-Form Videos

YouTube Create is a free mobile app that allows users to edit Shorts or longer-form videos for YouTube. Users can also add soundtracks, captions and more, all directly from your phone. YouTube has recently announced that this app is expanding to 13 more markets in beta, which will help even more users enhance their YouTube content without the need for additional editing tools or complicated desktop software.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Facebook Sunsets News

Meta Ends Payment Agreements With Australian Publishers As Part Of Shift Away From News Content

Meta has announced it will cease payments to Australian publishers for news content shared on its platforms. This decision marks a shift in Meta's approach, indicating a departure from the payment agreements previously established under the News Media Bargaining Code. The company cites financial sustainability concerns and a desire to invest revenue in more popular media ie. short-form video. The shift away from direct payments to publishers suggests a reevaluation of the relationship between tech platforms and news organisations, raising questions about the future dynamics of content distribution and compensation in the digital media landscape.

Google PPC Ad Pilot

Google Faces Criticism of its PPC Ad Pilot Over Lack of Transparency and Communication of Essential Information

Google is currently testing a new pay-per-click (PPC) ad format, but details such as the official name, functionality, impact on auction dynamics, and effects on metrics remain undisclosed, sparking criticism from advertisers. The lack of transparency in Google's rollout strategy has drawn concerns from industry experts, with Anthony Higman, CEO of Adsquire, highlighting the absence of information surrounding the new ad format. Melissa Mackey, paid search director at Compound Growth Marketing, expressed frustration over the uncertainty and described the situation as "beyond crazy." The absence of clear data on costs and metrics is hindering advertisers' ability to monitor and optimise campaign performance. Google acknowledges the experimental stage of the new ad format, with no certainty about a full launch.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Spotify Audio Books

Spotify Unveils $9.99 Standalone Audiobooks Service to Enrich Free User Experience

Spotify has introduced a standalone audiobook service priced at $9.99 per month, targeting its free users. The platform aims to diversify its offerings by providing access to a vast library of audiobooks, expanding beyond its music streaming roots. This move aligns with Spotify's strategy to enhance user engagement and capture a broader audience. Subscribers will gain access to a curated selection of audiobooks spanning various genres, adding value to the existing music-centric platform. By venturing into the audiobook market, Spotify seeks to position itself as a comprehensive audio entertainment platform, competing with other audiobook services while leveraging its extensive user base.

TikTok Data Portability

TikTok Launches Data Portability API To Meet New EU Requirements, Allowing Developers to Request User Permission for Data

TikTok is adapting to comply with the Digital Markets Act in the European Union, aiming to maintain accessibility for its 134 million European users. The platform has introduced options for users to disable personalisation, expanded data control tools, and launched a Data Portability API. This API allows developers to request user permission to transfer TikTok data, enabling users in the European Economic Area to authorise one-time or recurring transfers of specific data categories or their full archive. TikTok is preparing for DMA regulations, which focus on gatekeeper platforms, while also facing scrutiny under the Digital Services Act for issues like the protection of minors and ad transparency. The evolving EU regulatory landscape poses challenges for platforms like TikTok as they navigate various requirements.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Google PMax X Gemini

Google Incorporates Gemini’s Enhanced Generative AI Abilities Into Performance Max - Such As Asset Generation & Editing

Google is launching Performance Max’s enhanced generative AI capabilities, starting in the US, and later expanding globally. The rollout includes AI-powered asset generation and image editing for Performance Max campaigns, integrating Google’s generative AI model, Gemini. This allows advertisers to create more dynamic and relevant ad content, with a focus on improving engagement across Google’s ad inventory. The update also introduces an upgrade to Imagen 2, Google's text-to-text technology, enabling the creation of lifestyle imagery. Google aims to streamline ad creation and editing processes, emphasising the benefits of AI-driven campaigns, and citing a 6% boost in conversions for those with ‘excellent’ ad strength. However, the move has faced criticism for Google’s walled garden approach, limiting transparency and data sharing with advertisers.

YouTube Shorts Collab

YouTube Challenges TikTok Duets With New "Collab" Feature For Shorts, Allowing Creators to Remix Existing Videos

YouTube has launched a new “Collab” feature for its short-form video product Shorts, allowing creators to remix and respond to existing YouTube videos and Shorts in a split-screen format. The new feature aims to compete with TikTok’s popular duet capability and will also allow digital marketers to leverage user-generated content to reinforce brand messaging. The ‘Collab’ feature also has the potential to boost engagement with branded videos and inspire creative marketing campaigns that incorporate audience participation as a core element.



Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Instagram Friend Map

Instagram Is Developing A Snapchat-Like Feature Called 'Friend Map', Allowing Users to Locate Friends in Real-Time

Instagram is developing a “Friend Map” – a feature very similar to Snapchat’s Snap Map, which uses a device’s location information to help users locate their friends in real time on a virtual map visible in the app. Users can also choose who can see their location via the map, by selecting certain followers to be on their “Close Friends List.” One feature which differentiates “Friend Map” from “Snap Maps” is the ability to leave “Notes” on certain locations, effectively tying status updates to specific places. The introduction of “Friend Map” is Meta likely attempting to steer more user attention away from competitor apps. It may also be a result of an ongoing trend of younger consumers choosing to use TikTok and Instagram as their primary search tool when looking for new places to visit, rather than Google Search or Google Maps.

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