Friday Wrap #220: Renamed AVEs still suck, trust in newspapers grows, older Americans get social

Friday Wrap #220I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Voice search advertising is years away—Smart audio is upon us and its adoption is on a rapid pace (see “From the Blog” below). That presents challenges to both SEO and SEM, since rather than presenting a page with multiple results, voice search delivers “one true answer” (even though the answer could be different each time based on algorithms that choose from multiple search results). For SEO experts, the challenge is getting their content into the mix. It’s even… Read More »

Friday Wrap #218: Politics drive boycotts, marketers ignore voice, seniors go mobile for news

Friday Wrap #218The Wrap was MIA for the last two weeks due to business travel, so there’s a lot to catch up on. I’m also toying with a modified format, putting the stories I want to comment on at the top and sharing shorter items through the rest of the update. So let’s get to it, but not before I remind you that extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

The Big Stories

Amazon is buying Whole Foods—The $13.7 billion deal gives Amazon access to a nationwide food chain that will most likely become a venue for retail experimentation.… Read More »

Friday Wrap #214: Alexa sees, United scrambles, influencers clean up, apps add AR, and more

Friday Wrap #214I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

It’s looking worse for Twitter—Twitter’s user base grew in the last quarter, but revenue fell while the company was outbid for Thursday Night Football live-streaming by Amazon. The takeaway: Twitter is an important conduit for news and information, but without any light at the end of its revenue tunnel, its prospects are bleak. If something doesn’t change in a hurry, I would expect Twitter to be acquired. Read more

Can 24/7 live-streaming save Twitter?—Twitter plans to air… Read More »

Friday Wrap #213: United fallout, BK audio experiment, social CEOs, audio branding, VR joy

Friday Wrap #213I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

SEC goes after fake news on financial sites—Articles that promote companies on financial websites for which the writers were paid by the companies they touted are the focus on a crackdown by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Reuters reports that 27 people and organizations, including a movie star, have been charged with “misleading investors into believing they were reading ‘independent unbiased analyses.’” The takeaway: The assault on fake news is coming… Read More »

One True Answer and the declining relevance of search

honeycrisp applesA few nights ago, my wife asked me to bring her an apple. “There are Envies in the crisper in the refrigerator,” she told me.

“There are Honeycrisps in the bowl on the counter,” I said. I don’t put apples in the refrigerator because grocery stores don’t. But this entirely forgettable exchange led me to ask Google Assistant, “Should I be refrigerating apples?”

It was just a passing question, nothing I would have sat down and Googled. The ease of a single long-press of my Android phone’s home button and asking the question the same way I would an agriculture worker at a farmer’s market let me satisfy this passing curiosity in an… Read More »

Friday Wrap #206: Videos get sound, fake news fail, holograms on your phone, UGC beats brand posts

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Webinar Alert

On Thursday I’ll present a webinar on communication to employees about the political sides companies are taking. If you think this won’t be relevant to your company, think again. Organizations are figuring out that they will succeed or fail based on their values. Addressing social change is one of the three big ones that leads customers, investors, and prospective employees to decide they will or won’t do business with you. Imagine if your employees don’t know your… Read More »

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