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Instagram Aims at YouTube: IGTV

Today Instagram announced a brand new app for watching long-form video on Instagram called IGTV. Videos posted to Instagram have long been limited to only 60-seconds, which means that most users still rely on YouTube for long-form video. Now you will be able to upload hour long videos to IGTV. Things that make this app unique are: Videos are full screen and vertical- Most people prefer watching content the same way they hold their phone, so this is a nice addition. ...

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How Your Organization Can Benefit From #GivingTuesday

You may have heard of #GivingTuesday or may have seen a brand’s campaign for #GivingTuesday online, but what exactly is it and how can it help your organization? #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving to families, communities, charities, companies non-profit and for-profit organizations through donations or fundraisers all through the power of social media. #GivingTuesday is known as being the day of generosity and giving back to the recipient of your choice. The movement takes place the first Tuesday...

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Testing Out Dynamic Creative for Facebook Ads

When creating Facebook ads it can be very tempting to only include a few different photos or text variations. However, testing different creative is the key to a successful ad campaign, which is why it is so exciting that Facebook has launched dynamic creative. According to Facebook: "Dynamic creative accepts the basic components of a Facebook ad and automatically explores a series of ad variants based on these components. The system converges on creative components that deliver the most efficient results...

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As Snapchat’s Losses Continue to Climb, Instagram’s Stories Soar

Last November, Instagram launched Stories, a feature that closely resembled the photo and video sharing application Snapchat. Since then, Snapchat has experienced a decline in daily users and engagement. This has led many to believe that the relatively new Instagram feature encouraged users to stay on the application instead of using Snapchat for their temporary video and photo postings. What might have caused this shift from Snapchat to Instagram Stories? First, Instagram users are much easier to locate than Snapchat users. If...

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Ads are Coming to Facebook Live

Does your camp love Facebook Live? I have seen some amazing use cases where camps are using Facebook Live to introduce staff, give a virtual tour of camp or just chat with prospective and current camp families. We've enjoyed great live video now, but ads are coming to this fantastic Facebook product. According to USA Today: "The company Thursday announced new initiatives to put more TV commercial-style ad breaks in live videos, and will begin testing ad breaks in traditional News Feed...

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Share Multiple Photos in One Instagram Post

If you have every felt like you might be over-posting on Instagram, this update will be very helpful for you! According to Instagram: "Starting today, you can share multiple photos and videos in one post on Instagram.With this update, you no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. Now, you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all." When you upload a...

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Facebook Introduces Automated Ad Rules

Less busy work, more optimization - that’s the goal of Facebook’s new Automated Rules tool for ads. Using this new feature, you can create rules and resulting actions to automatically apply to ads. Last Fall, Facebook introduced this new feature to help marketers speed up the ad optimization process. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time checking in on your ad performance. Now, Facebook can carry some of that weight to make your marketing duties a...

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Saving Our Summer Camp Clients Money

A lot of people think that when you hire a camp consultant you are going to spend a lot of money. While this may be true (you do spend money on ads and consulting), I've found that most of my clients do end up saving money in some way or another while working with Social Summer Camp. Recently, I took on a new client who was running AdWords by himself. He hired us because he wanted to be more efficient with...

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5 Changes Facebook Made to Your Business Page

You may have noticed a few notable changes on your business page over the summer. Facebook rolled out a number of new features in July, causing the way business pages look, feel and function to be different. Here’s some highlights from those changes: 1. Cover Photos If you designed your cover photo to accommodate for the square where your Facebook profile photo once lived, it’s probably time for an update. Your profile photo no longer sits on the bottom left portion...

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Google Expanded Ads for Summer Camps

Back in April, Google Started testing out an expanded ad unit for AdWords that gave customers twice as much text as previously for their ads. The test fully rolled out in May and now all advertisers have access to fully expanded ads within their account. You can see in the picture below how big of a difference it makes when you have much more text space! You now have 140 characters to get your point across in your advertising. [caption id="attachment_1279" align="aligncenter"...

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