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Is Pinterest using ‘how-to Pins’ to exploit third-party content for SEO benefit?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat may hog the social media spotlight, but quietly Pinterest has become a potent social media marketing channel and, for some brands, one of the most productive.

Like most social platforms, Pinterest has sought to woo businesses with offerings that help them engage more meaningfully with users. These include Cinematic and Buyable Pins.

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facebook

Content creators, it's time to abandon yourself to Facebook

For years, brands and publishers in particular have been warned of the dangers of wallowing too far into Facebook.

The rationale was that if brands didn't prioritise their own publishing platforms (apps and websites), they would be vulnerable if Facebook decided to shake things up.

2016, to my mind, has seen the old argument finally put to bed, as Facebook steams into new features and publishers realise the art is in hedging bets and learning as they go.

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Do you need to be on that new social media platform?

Not too many years ago brands were deliberating on whether to embrace social media at all, and for those that did there were relatively few platforms to choose from. 

Now, however, it seems there’s a new social media platform to get excited about every month.

The landscape has completely changed, and it can be daunting for brands to take the plunge and plough resources into something that isn’t guaranteed to return any value. 

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typography

How typography will help your responsive website stand out

The best responsive designs come with good, considered typography.

As far as I am concerned, there are two factors for great typography. The first one is personality, the second one is semantic.

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instagram

Instagram's new 60-second video limit: Five things brands need to know

On Tuesday, Instagram announced it is increasing the maximum length of videos on its service to 60 seconds. Until now, videos have been capped at 15 seconds.

Here's what brands need to know about the change.

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A pun-free roundup of excellent Easter marketing campaigns

Retail spending was expected to hit £775m over the Easter weekend, and brands were working hard to get the biggest possible share of that cash. 

I thought I’d look at some of my favourite Easter campaigns from the past while also looking at some of the better ones from 2016 so far.

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Eight intriguing US digital marketing stats from the past week

Welcome to another edition of our US digital marketing stats round-up – arguably the most hotly anticipated thing on the internet. 

This week we’re covering digital adspend, generation Z, jazz fans, and people using their phones on the toilet. Yes, you read that right.

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hashtag

11 of the most memorable 'brand' #hashtags of all time

Twitter celebrated its 10th birthday this week, and despite all its problems it has arguably become as important a technical feature of society as the TV or the telephone. 

Not a single campaign or significant event goes by without having a hashtag attached, and Twitter quite often becomes the primary source of news for individuals and high-profile publications alike.  

In light of all that, I thought I’d celebrate some of the very best uses of hashtags I’ve seen from brands over the years. 

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google search console

Maximising content-led organic traffic with free Google tools: A comprehensive guide

How do you drive more organic traffic by efficiently enhancing your content strategy using only free tools?

Here's a 2,500 word how-to guide.

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What brands can learn from Chipotle’s Twitter fiasco

Bad news for Chipotle last week, as a judge ruled it was at fault for firing an employee who tweeted a negative comment about working there. 

But while the fajita-flogger might not be happy about the situation, I think brands could certainly learn a few things at the expense of Chipotle’s misery.

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Millennials open to pharma ads, but pharma not delivering on UX

They're often claimed to be one of the hardest groups to advertise to, but according to the sixth annual Makovsky/Kelton Pulse of Online Search survey, millennials are "by far the most receptive to pharmaceutical marketing."

How receptive? According to the survey (PDF), which polled more than 1,000 Americans over the age of 18, 51% of millennials indicated that they would be motivated by a digital, television or print ad to visit a pharma-sponsored website.

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Bridging the gap: uniting marketing and sales with employee advocacy

If there is one thing that all businesses in the world have in common – whatever their industry, size, internal structure and corporate culture – it's that they all need sales to thrive.

But, as is often the case, keeping up with the evolution of the purchasing cycle in order to be present where and when it matters is easier said than done.

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