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Snapchat Mini Apps & This Week’s Digital Marketing News [PODCAST]

On this week's episode of Marketing O'Clock, the team discussed the slew of updates Snap annouced at their Partner Smmit and the biggest digtial marketing news stories of the week.

Jess Budde, Greg Finn, and Christine “Shep” Zirnheld are talking about Google’s leadership changes, mini Snapchat apps, and Facebook News.

Plus, Amazon wants to scan you for your body type, the worst fonts for a Data Studio report, and Google details their spam-fighting efforts (we’re not talking about canned swine).

Introducing Snap Minis

At their Partner Summit event, Snap announced a lineup of lightweight apps that will live inside the Snapchat app for users to enjoy with their friends.

Users will be able to reserve movie tickets, identify dog breeds, meditate, study for exams, or compare class schedules without downloading any additional apps.

Snap also announced that Bitmoji will now integrate with in-app games, allowing players to use their Bitmoji avatar as their game player.

Facebook News

The News tab officially rolled out on mobile to all U.S. users.

This new dedicated news section of Facebook curates general interest stories and local news stories.

From this tab, users will be able to react to and share articles (but not comment on them) and hide topics, articles, or specific publishers that they don’t want to see.

Answer business questions with Facebook Messenger

Facebook Business Page owners will be able to reply to messages from customers in the Facebook Messenger app.

Page owners will be able to toggle so they can send messages from both their personal Facebook account and their Business Page account within the app.

The head of Google Ads is now the head of Google Search

Google announced that Prabhakar Raghavan, the head of Google Ads, will now be overseeing the organic search side of the business as well.

Google has historically kept these two product teams separate and many in the SEO community fear that this could mean changes to increase ad revenue.

This week’s take of the week about the sad state of close variant matching comes from Sam Ruchlewicz.

We’re inclined to agree, but maybe he should stop giving Google ideas.

This week’s ICYMI involves those promised Google Ads credits for SMBs.

Has anyone gotten theirs yet? No?

Queen of Spice Pamela Lund can’t find hers either.

Then, we answer your burning digital marketing questions during our lightning round segment.

  • Who might soon be able to get verified on Twitter?
  • What is Amazon doing to help shoppers virtually try on outfits?
  • When will Facebook start flagging posts that are under the influence of government?
  • Where might you start seeing ads for non-medical face masks?
  • Why does Google’s close variant matching seem to be getting worse?
  • How is Google trying to prevent accidental ad clicks on spammy ads?

If you enjoyed the show, head over to the Marketing O’Clock website to subscribe wherever you consume your podcasts.

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Featured Image Credit: Cypress North

Category SEJ Network
Christine Zirnheld Digital Marketer at Cypress North

Christine “Shep” Zirnheld is a digital marketer at Cypress North & cohost of Marketing O’Clock on the Search Engine Journal ...

Snapchat Mini Apps & This Week’s Digital Marketing News [PODCAST]

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