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No Escaping Ads: Instagram Stories Allows Full-Screen Advertising

Check out this article from adweek.com to learn more about the full-screen advertising coming to Instagram’s new stories section:

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Instagram Is Dropping Ads Into Its Stories Feature, Now 150 Million Daily Users Strong

Airbnb, Nike and Buick are on board

By Christopher Heine

Instagram is starting to let brands advertise in between its 24-hour video stories section even though the feature just launched in August.

Why already? Why not? The scale is there—the Facebook-owned app is revealing today that 150 million people have been using Instagram stories daily. That represents a 50-million-user increase in just three months.

Around 30 brands are trying the new full-screen ads. That includes Capital One, Asos, Nike, Buick and Airbnb. The promos will first be measured solely by the number of people reached. In the coming months, the mobile player plans to expand to site visits and other metrics.

“I think [marketers] are excited about the pairing of this format with the advertising capabilities that we’ve built over the last couple of years,” said James Quarles, vp of Instagram Business. “They can target people that matter to them. They have the ability to reach as many as efficiently as possible. And they have access to a suite of measurement tools to see what worked.”

Instagram stories ads will be sold on the platform’s auction-style, automated system that charges cost-per-thousand-impressions rates, which are based on a number of demographic factors such as age, gender and location. It will be open to the platform’s 500,000 worldwide advertisers. When Quarles was asked about how often Instagram stories viewers would see the ads, he said the system will work to ensure relevance.

“It will look at interactions, liking, time spent, exits,” he said. “Did someone move onto the next story, or did they leave the stories tray entirely? All of those are great signals and give us a great sense of people’s behavior and the relative performance of the ad.”

In the coming weeks, companies that use Instagram business tools will be able to view data from the stories channel. “One-third of our top stories have been from businesses,” Quarles said, adding that Mercedes-Benz has been using the feature this week to take viewers behind the scenes at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

“There is a pace and an acceleration in that part of the product,” he added. “It shows a new side of what people share on Instagram.”

The stories let the digital platform’s 600 million monthly users curate daily moments in a format that disappears after 24 hours. They are similar to Snapchat’s stories, which offer users a personalized way to share photos and videos with followers, and the mobile app was a pioneer in disappearing content.

Separately, Airbnb’s ads appear to be an extension of a campaign that launched last week. The home-rentals brand used livestreaming on Twitter and Periscope to inspire vacation-minded consumers to travel to Hawaii and Detroit while stirring their interest in Cameroonian cuisine. Check out more details from the campaign here.

Click here to see more from adweek.com.

Instagram Releases New Long-Awaited Features

Check out this article from time.com about some much-anticipated features released by Instagram today:

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Instagram Just Added Features People Have Wanted for Years

By Melissa Chan

The changes are meant to boost positivity and safety

Instagram on Tuesday announced a slew of long-requested changes to the popular photo-sharing platform, including new options for users to turn off comments and remove followers from private accounts.

The company said in a blog post that the new tools are part of its efforts to encourage “positivity” and make the app a safe and “welcoming place for everyone.” The updates, coming in the next few weeks, include two new comment control features that give users the ability to turn comments off on any post and like comments by tapping a heart icon.

Instagram has also enabled a feature that lets private account holders remove followers. “In the past, once you approved a follower, there was no simple way to undo that decision without blocking them,” Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in the blog post.

Users can also anonymously report posts from friends who they believe may be about to harm themselves. An Instagram team will review the reports and connect the reported user to groups that offer help.

Click here to see more from time.com.

YouTube is Adding a Community Tab

The web video giant YouTube is testing a Community tab to promote more interaction between users. Read more about it in this article from techtimes.com:

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YouTube Community Makes Interactions Between Creators And Subscribers Possible With Live Videos, Text, GIFs And More

By Chris Loterina

YouTube announced that it is adding more functionalities to the way creators and subscribers interact, and this is part of a new product that will allow these users to engage, hold conversation and even collaborate in an easier and more interesting space.

The product, which is still in beta stage, is a Community tab that will allow creators and users to message each other and send texts, videos, images, GIFs and other media content. This is the latest major change since an August update involving the YouTube TV app.

In a way, Google, YouTube’s parent company, seems to be replicating its relationship with developers. By engaging this group and asking for inputs, insights and ideas along the way, the company is able to develop better products and services. Google underscored the importance of this approach as it supposedly leads to better outcomes due to the diversity of backgrounds and styles that are pooled together.

“We started by inviting creators in early to develop, in partnership with us,” Google said in a blog post. “Your ideas and feedback shape our platform, inspire new features and help us decide what to prioritize.”

While the Community tab is primarily introduced for creators to engage their fans, there are those who point out that YouTube is effectively establishing its own social network. This can be demonstrated in the way comments and messages are filled with media content and are listed in a dynamic conversation. Each message can be thumbed up or down.

Whatever the case is, the development has been welcomed by early adopters such as the vlogbrother’s YouTube channel.

“We’re really excited to make this a hub for many of the goings on in nerdfighteria,” John and Hank Green, the channel’s creators, said. “You can also find news here about events where Hank and I will be, nerdfighter gatherings, and pictures/links of stuff we’ve been reading and watching.”

YouTube subscribers will also surely love the new features. As previously stated, they can now talk with their favorite content publishers in real time in an interesting and fun way and possibly contribute ideas to next-published contents. It could also become a platform for actual collaboration among publishers who subscribe to one another or between publishers and subscribers.

Subscribers will be able to see the conversation in the Subscription feed when using mobile devices, or they can choose to be notified every time their favorite YouTubers post a message.

Presently, the Community tab is only available to a selected group of creators and their subscribers. YouTube is still testing the product and is using the beta release to gain feedback. It promises that the Community tab will be made available to all users in the coming months.

Click here to read more from techtimes.com.

New from Twitter: Branded Emoji Stickers from Advertisers

Learn about the first sponsored sticker program for Twitter users in this article from adweek.com. The first company to give it a go is Pepsi. Read the article below and check out the campaign #PepsiMoji on Twitter to see what it’s all about.

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Photo from Pepsi tweet.

Twitter Is Now Letting Brands Sponsor Its Emoji-Like Stickers

Pepsi is the first to use the platform’s new feature

By Lauren Johnson

Pepsi’s massive campaign that uses emojis as a language is coming to Twitter.

In June, Twitter launched stickers that let users overlay searchable emojis and graphics on top of their photos. Now Pepsi is the first to launch a paid ad campaign using the visuals.

The soda brand’s ads include roughly 50 custom-branded stickers that are part of the ongoing #PepsiMoji campaign in 10 countries including the U.S., Canada, India, Mexico and Russia. To use a promoted sticker, users click on the sticker button after uploading a photo. Eight of Pepsi’s branded emojis are then promoted near the top of the page.

“By allowing people to add our emojis directly to their photos, we’re giving fans a whole new way to engage,” said Brad Jakeman, president of PepsiCo in a statement. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture with Pepsi stickers can really spark a conversation.”

A Twitter rep did not respond to questions about how promoted stickers are sold.

The new ad format is Twitter’s latest attempt to inject some mojo into the platform and bring in revenue from big-brand advertisers. Last year, the micro-blogging site launched branded emojis for marketers like Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and Pepsi. In January, those branded emojis reportedly cost $1 million for Super Bowl advertisers and included packages with other types of Twitter ads.

Twitter is also entering the livestreaming space with the goal of hitting $50 million in ad sales from airing 16 Thursday Night Football games this fall.

Click here to see more from adweek.com.