Weekly Marketing Skinny • August 22, 2016

In the marketing spotlight this week:

  • Google Keyword Planner now even more useless;
  • thumbs-up updates on Pinterest;
  • Hangouts On Air is shutting down;
  • Blab has shut down;
  • Tsu has shut down;
  • new video app by Google;
  • …and more.

Grab your cup of coffee and let’s catch up on the marketing news that matter to your business.

♨ Search

Using Google Keyword Planner for keyword research? Bad news… Google Keyword Planner is now showing less traffic estimate data to most (?) users.

♨ Social Media

Twitter released two new Notifications settings to combat abuse.

Ha! Twitter is rolling out a way for people to slap an ad right on the photos they post to its social network.

Which type of Twitter cards does better on Twitter: Photo Card or Summary Card with large image?

Pinterest has announced a few changes based on the user feedback they’ve heard.

A few shut-downs:

Hangouts On Air will no longer be available on September 12. Start using YouTube Live.

Blab has been shut down. For GOOD.

Few of us will cry for this one… Spammy social network Tsu shuts down.

♨ Marketing This & That

WordPress 4.6 “Pepper” is here.

Google announced Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone. Best part? It’s cross-platform…

♨ At TrafficGenerationCafe.com

5 Brilliant Ways to Go Blog-to-Video with Content Samurai [Review, Tutorial, Discount]

I didn’t mean to love you, Content Samurai… really didn’t…

What tipped the scale was trying to create the video tutorial from the post with Screenflow.

After days of recording, re-recording, editing all the um’s and oopsies, it still wasn’t good, the audio track was a mess, and the video was too long (because of all the blabbering… that’s my video ‘signature’ )

I scrapped all that and redid everything in Content Samurai — wrote up the script, took screenshots, recorded — took me about 2.5 hours to the finished product.

Certainly made a believer out of me!

♨ Thank You

To all of you who mentioned Traffic Generation Café in any shape or form in the past FEW week, my whole-hearted THANK YOU.

Traffic Generation Café would NOT be what it is today without you.

Here are just SOME of the mentions I came across in the past few weeks (yes, it’s been a while, so please forgive me if yours isn’t listed here!!!):

Ultimate Guest Blogging Guide: Journey from Zero to Hero — Yatin Khulbe at mushroomcontent.com

First Blog Post: The Definitive Guide [+63 Tips from Experts] — Michael Pozdnev at iwannabeablogger.com

How to Generate Leads Online Without Content Marketing — Jack Collins at startafire.com

Bidsy Podcast: Episode 039 — Rob Barisoff ‏at bidsy.com

101 Tips From Top Experts On How To Start A Successful Blog — Raelyn Tan at raelyntan.com

63 Experts Share Their Best Email Marketing Tools — Julian Sakanee at bloggingaid.com

Blogging Motivation: 7 Things to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Writing — Deb Lee at dallisonlee.com

6 Surprisingly Simple Ecommerce Content Marketing Tips — Tony Messer at jeffbullas.com

How to Promote Your Blog the Right Way. 35 Expert Resources That Will Help You Explode Your Traffic — Marius Kiniulis at markinblog.com

How These Top 10 Female Bloggers Are Making From Their Blogs — Anil Agarwal at bloggerspassion.com

18 Content Marketing Blogs You Need to Follow Right Now — Benjamin Carter-Riley at successpromotions.wordpress.com

3 Proven Ways to Drive Massive Traffic to Your Blog Overnight — Shahzad Saeed atshoutmeloud.com

How To Craft The Perfect SEO Content (And Keep Google Happy) — Ashley Faulkes at madlemmings.com

The Frugal Guide to Content Marketing (Part 2): How To ‘Frame’ Your Content For Maximum Traffic — coredna.com

16 Simple Small Business SEO Best Practices You Need To Follow — Larry Maguire atlarrygmaguire.com

100 Powerful Quotes from the World’s Top Internet Marketers — John VanDerLaan at jvanderlaan.com

35+ Bloggers Share Their Top Secret Strategies for Google+ Traffic — Minuca Elena at warfareplugins.com

Death to Content Vomit! How to Make Sure You Aren’t Just Spewing Content — Sue-Ann Bubacz at kathrynaragon.com

How to Make Money Blogging — Hint:Choose the Best Mentor — August J. Specht at tarbubbles.com

Have I missed your mention? Let me know in the comments!

Want to see your name here? Mention TrafficGenerationCafe.com in your next blog post!

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Ana Hoffman

This post was originally published at TrafficGenerationCafe.com

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