Social Media News Roundup: 535% Growth in Social Advertising – ClickThrough …

Amy Dugmore brings you this week’s social media marketing news, as Kenshoo’s digital marketing snapshot shows huge gains in social advertising, Google + prepares to deactivate Photos and Twitter depersonalises pages

Social Advertising CTR Up 535%

Facebook marketing partner Kenshoo has revealed that clickthrough rate on social advertising is up 535% year-on-year in its recent Digital Marketing Snapshot infographic.

Kenshoo infographic

The company’s study into digital marketing during Q2 also revealed that spend on paid social advertising is up 114% year-on-year, while cost per click has decreased by 7% during the same period.

Mobile spend for phones and tablets was up 167% year-on-year, with 36% of revenue from advertiser sales now coming from mobile users, up from 16% in Q2 2014. Mobile now comprises 63% of paid social spending and 38% of paid search spending.

Google+ Photos to Close as Google Photos App Takes Over

Google+ Photos is to close down on August 1. The announcement caused so much confusion that Google’s Anil Sabharwal took to the platform to issue a clarification of the change. In essence, Google+ Photos is to be replaced by the Google Photos app. The app was launched in May and users are being encouraged to switch to it, ahead of the August 1 shutdown date.

Users will still be able to share photos and videos from their profiles as before. As Sabharwal explained:

The great photo and video sharing service that’s part of Google+ is unaffected. You can continue to post photos and videos, and your followers will be able to comment and +1 as before. No change.

All photos and videos will be available after the switch over to Google Photos. For those not wanting to make the switch to the new app, photos and videos will remain stored and available via 

Facebook Showcases Video Ad Creatives

What makes an effective Facebook video ad? Now marketers can find out, by viewing Facebook’s newly launched Video Ad Creative Spotlight. Each month it will showcase the best video ads for nine sectors including financial services, retail/eCommerce and automotive.

Facebook Video

The social network also listed its best practices for video creative:

  • Tailor your story to your audience
  • Invest in production
  • Use the first few seconds wisely
  • Focus on storytelling
  • Tell your story with and without sound

Facebook has also announced new video features for Page Admins this week.

New Look Twitter Makes Space for Ads?

Google+ isn’t the only social network upsetting users with changes this week. Twitter users were dismayed to find that background images have been removed from profiles. The update sparked rumours that the network is clearing space to sell more advertising.

ClickThrough Marketing Twitter page

The change now presents an all-white background, rather than the previously personalised wallpaper. Backgrounds still appear on individual tweets, collection pages and lists.

However, The Next Web’s Abhimanyu Ghoshal spotted that Twitter began retiring personalised backgrounds last year, for new users signing up to the platform.

Instagram Website Now Searchable

Instagram has introduced a new search option to its website, enabling desktop users to search hashtags, locations and accounts, reports Marketing Land’s Greg Finn.

The Facebook-owned photo sharing app has included a new search bar on its website enabling users to search just like on the mobile app. The website still does not enable users to post photos, but the new search function will go some way to bringing parity between the app and site’s functions.

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