Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup

 

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

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Videos To Podcasts

Tool Allows YouTube Creators To Convert Videos Into Podcasts

Podbean, a podcast hosting platform, has debuted a feature that allows users to convert their YouTube videos into podcasts, the company says. The aim is to help creators “reach their audience and revenue goals with unprecedented ease and efficacy,” says David Xu, CEO, Podbean. Converting video to podcast provides flexible listening for audiences as podcasts can be distributed via Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon. Users can also utilise Podbean’s monetisation capabilities to drive revenue streams such as sponsorships, advertising, and Apple Podcasts subscriptions. Podbean is focused on "optimising audience engagement and unlocking monetisation opportunities for all creators,” Xu says. 

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Billie Eilish TikTok Takeover

Billie Eilish Celebrates New Album With TikTok Takeover

After sparking a new deal with TikTok earlier this month, Universal Music Group has uploaded its artists’ music back on the platform. Upon the release of Billie Eilish’s new album, ‘Hit Me Hard And Soft’, the singer-songwriter launched a TikTok takeover. This allows Eilish fans to save her new music to their streaming platform of choice directly from TikTok’s ‘Add to Music’ feature. Within TikTok, users have the ability to immerse themselves in Eilish’s new album through playlist curation, challenges to unlock exclusive artwork for their profiles, and the opportunity to be featured in the #HITMEHARDANDSOFT takeover themselves. Now that UMG songs are accessible to creators again, TikTok may see an increase in promotional campaigns in the pop community.

TikTok Video Update

TikTok Now Testing 60-minute Video Uploads

TikTok is testing a new 60-minute video upload limit, which could unlock new content possibilities for brands, marketers and content creators. This would give creators more flexibility and the ability to experiment with new types of long-form content that don’t fit well into shorter videos (e.g. cooking demos, beauty tutorials, educational lessons). This new upload option is being tested with a limited number of users in select markets, with TikTok having “no immediate plans” for a wider rollout.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Google AI Overviews

Google Rolls Out AI-Generated Overviews To Some Search Results Pages

Google has introduced AI-generation summaries, called AI Overviews, in its search results for users in the US. These summaries provide quick answers without requiring clicks on web links or mentioning source publications. Previously available only to opt-in users, AI Overviews are now broadly implemented and cannot be disabled, though users can manually switch to a web links view for individual searches. AI Overviews appear for complex queries where generative AI can be especially helpful, using Google’s customised Gemini model and Search system. While these summaries aim to enhance user experience, concerns about accuracy and AI ‘hallucinations’ persist, despite Google’s efforts to ensure high-quality information. The feature is expected to expand globally by the end of 2024, potentially impacting both users and publishers significantly.

Snapchat Advances Marketing Measurement

Snapchat Outlines Three Es For Advanced Marketing Measurement

With rising data restrictions, Snapchat says “Execution, Experimentation and Evaluation” are the key pillars marketers need to focus on to ensure strategic measurement evolves with the times. Execution refers to the core campaign components that power marketing efforts day-to-day. Experimentation involves methods like A/B testing to course correct along the way. Evaluation uses techniques like media mix modelling to quantify real performance impact. Snapchat states that: “Advertisers who adopt this robust measurement approach see better advertising outcomes.”

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
ChatGPT Search Product

Has ChatGPT Launched Its Search Product In Stealth?

OpenAI may have quietly launched an early version of ChatGPT Search with the GPT-4o update. The free version of ChatGPT now indicates when it searches the web, listing the sites used and accurately summarising information from them. This likely uses retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) with Bing, and OpenAI’s GPTBot web crawler. Chat GPT’s responses now prominently cite sources, contrasting with Google’s AI overviews. This suggests OpenAI is developing a unique search capability, potentially positioning itself as a competitor to Google by leveraging its large language models and distinct approach to search.

Google Search Traffic

Google Downplays Concerns Over AI's Impact On Search Traffic

In a recent interview, Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed concerns about AI's impact on search traffic. He downplayed fears, claiming AI-generated overviews drive more user engagement and clicks. Pichai noted that internal data shows increased click-through rates on AI summaries, though he did not provide specific metrics. He argued that sites losing traffic are typically "aggregators in the middle" and that Google aims to balance user experience with driving traffic to quality content. Website owners are advised to monitor analytics closely to understand AI’s real impact, as the overall effects remain uncertain.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
YouTube Unskippable Ads

YouTube Enhances Unskippable Ad Offering For CTV

YouTube has introduced ‘Video Reach Campaigns Non-Skip’, a feature for connected TV (CTV) ads, announced at its annual Brandcast event. This feature uses Google’s AI technology to optimise campaigns by combining different lengths of non-skippable videos in the same campaign, aiming for maximum unique reach and efficient CPMs. Initially, it includes 6 to 15-second ads, with potential for more lengths in the future. The feature allows advertisers to tell cohesive stories with various creatives along the viewer’s journey. YouTube TV has over 8 million subscribers, and viewers watch over 1 billion hours of YouTube content on TVs daily. YouTube also introduced branded QR codes to enhance ad interactivity. According to Nielsen, YouTube offers higher long-term ROAS than TV and other online video formats.

Google's AI Projects

Ex-Googler: Google’s AI Projects Are Driven By ‘Stone Cold Panic’

According to Scott Jenson, a former senior UX designer at Google, the company is pushing AI into all its products out of fear of being left behind, not based on user needs. Jenson, who recently left Google after 15 years, described the AI projects he worked on as poorly motivated and driven by panic. This approach is eroding trust among users, SEOs, advertisers, and content creators, as AI hasn’t yet delivered its full potential. Jenson likened this to Google’s reaction to Facebook’s rise, which led to the failed Google Plus initiative.

Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
Bonded Bitesize – Your Midweek Roundup
TikTok Media Buying

TikTok Launches New Media Buying Certification

TikTok has launched a Media Buying certification as part of its ‘TikTok University’ initiative, allowing marketing professionals to officially demonstrate their expertise in TikTok advertising. This certification, aimed at experienced digital marketers, involves passing an exam based on a comprehensive 124-page study guide covering all aspects of TikTok ads, including creative basics, data connections, and campaign management. The certification is valid for two years, and those who pass can display it on their resumes and online profiles to highlight their proficiency. This initiative is designed to foster professional development, enhance credibility for companies, and showcase dedication to excellence in TikTok ad services.

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