We’re still waiting for summer here in Minnesota and have been paying attention to Google’s big marketing updates; you can catch up on their announcements here: https://adsonair.withgoogle.com/events/marketinglive Here’s what we’re keeping an eye on and what we’re reading for fun:

Game of Thrones: 
Disappointed in the ending? Most people seem to be. Check out this John Hughes-type alternate ending; it made me laugh: http://bit.ly/2QiARjO

PPC – Google Ads: 
Key Takeaways from the Google Marketing Live Talks including shopping campaigns & discovery campaigns: http://bit.ly/2WkvMgw
3 Most Common eCommerce Advertising Mistakes (and how to stay away from them): http://bit.ly/2WfaroJ
Performance Planner now live in Google Ads: Shows predicted impact of campaign changes on conversions, clicks, more: https://selnd.com/2HNrCo8
10 Visual AdWords Reports You Could Be Using: http://bit.ly/30zHeUR

Social Media:
The Beginners Guide to Marketing Automation: http://bit.ly/2EvtW2e
Does Vertical Video Make a Difference? http://bit.ly/2VHEst0
Instagram’s Explore Page Now Includes Stories: http://bit.ly/2QibAWQ
Facebook curb the hate (or tries to): https://engt.co/2YLzWf0
Speaking of hate – Facebook introduces ‘one strike’ policy to combat abuse of its live-streaming service: https://tcrn.ch/2YFd6W8
Facebook feeds may be getting another update – stories and posts together?  https://tcrn.ch/2wfG5DT
Plan Like the Pros: How to Create a Storyboard for Instagram Stories (+ Free Template): http://bit.ly/2HwmKoa

Search Engine Optimization: 
Image SEO: Optimizing images for search engines: http://bit.ly/2EsA1w6
Top Three Things A Developer Can Do For Search Rankings Don’t Include Links: http://bit.ly/30F3WLk​
12 reasons your SEO traffic is plateauing and how to fix it: http://bit.ly/2X0yd51
7 Proven SEO Reporting Best Practices That Boost Client Retention: http://bit.ly/2WX09Xg

Local Search: 
Step up your favicon game. Google is making a minor tweak to its search design: http://bit.ly/2X32u2X
Google My Business Suggests Positive Reviews to Share as Posts: http://bit.ly/30HHDoj

What else we’re reading: 
Fake pictures of faces are getting much harder to detect: http://bit.ly/2VWzxt1
Can you spot the real face versus the computer generated face? We passed with 90% but think we’ll do even better after we read the tutorial. Check out the test: http://www.whichfaceisreal.com/
Speaking of fakes, can you tell when you’re reading a fake review on Amazon? Or on any site? Run it through here: https://www.fakespot.com/
Random good news? You can now take your Amazon returns to Kohls: https://tcrn.ch/2YJqWHc
And finally, who doesn’t want more 🙃 emojis to communicate? Here’s an 🥳 Emoji Keyboard so you can include even more: 😮 http://bit.ly/2M32Sxg 🚀🥳 🎶♻️😁

Our spring digital marketing classes are closed for the semester. If you’re interested in Custom Training or Google Ads Audits, please let us know!  Join us online: Twitter/DQ — Facebook — Instagram — LinkedIn Student Alumni Group