New Look for Facebook Sidebar Ads Means We Can’t Ignore Them (as much)

Facebook Sidebar Ads

By default, advertising on Facebook puts your ads first and foremost in the sidebar from a desktop view. Experienced marketers know that these ads are inferior to the news feed variations when it comes to click-thru and branding, so the old “best practice” of situating your images to work within a rectangle in the news feed and a square on the sidebar was ignored by most. Whatever it looked like in the sidebar was fine. The news feed was everything.

Now, Facebook is rolling out an update to the ads that kills two birds with one stone. First, it makes the sidebar ads more consistent with the news feed ads, meaning that the image used will look the same in the sidebar, only smaller. Second, it appears that the ads will be more prominent, making the potential for clicks higher than they were before.

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TIL It’s Illegal to Lie About Someone on Twitter

Things You're Not Allowed to Do on the Internet

Perhaps I was just being naive. I always assumed that the things that you say on Twitter were protected under free speech and opinions could be posted without recourse as long as they weren’t designed to spread misinformation. With all of the fake death reports about celebrities and people calling each other names, it didn’t seem like there were really very many boundaries.

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Tesla is Playing the Media Perfectly

Tesla Store

It’s amazing when a spin doctor is able to make a good chunk of people believe in the wrong thing. The way that Tesla is playing their hand for the media, the consumer advocacy groups, and the consumers is nothing short of masterful.

First and foremost, let’s make two things very clear:

  1. We do not condemn Tesla for what they’re doing. While it may end up hurting the automotive industry and consumers if they push too hard, the idea of them wanting to keep their chosen sales model in place is absolutely nothing that we object to or disrespect. In their shoes, we would probably be doing the exact same thing.
  2. We do not support the car dealers around the country because of bias on our part. For full disclosure, car dealers are our clients. That means that we want them to succeed. For this particular situation, we are taking off our self-serving hat and looking at the facts of the situation because when you dig into the matter from a comprehensive perspective, you’ll see that their concerns are valid.

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Questions Rise About Chevrolet Commercial (that may not be a Chevrolet commercial)

Chevrolet Commercial

There’s a touching, artsy, and sad video making its viral rounds on the internet. It features the Chevrolet bowtie, a girl, and a dog. The video works its way backwards from what appears to be a final visit to the vet back through their lives together to the point that she first picked “Maddie” and then back to the sad final moments again.

The thing is that other than the title and the branding on the video, there’s no other indication that the video actually belongs to Chevrolet. The company that published the video on Vimeo, The Herd Films, has no apparent connection to Chevrolet or Chevrolet Canada.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Facebook Marketing

Facebook Marketing

There have been and always will be right and wrong ways to go about marketing on Facebook. The only things that change are the ways to go about doing the “right” things. While some would say there are no rules on social media, there are definitely best practices to do and poor practices to avoid.

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A Simple Take on Social Media Influence

Social Media Influence

There’s a fine line between actually influencing people and having the right type of social media presence that makes it look like you’re influencing people. Unfortunately, there are too many services and techniques used today that allow people to inflate the perception of their influence, often in an attempt to appear more influential than they really are in order to get work, particularly in social media itself.

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