What Is Happening with Google+?

What Is Happening with Google+?

The dust has finally settled on the Google+ news from early October. The news that Google was shuttering its social network Google+ was a surprise but not a shock.

Think of how often you visited Google+ compared to the frequency with which you check Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. While Google+ was launched in June 2011 as a competitor to Facebook, the social network did not gain the traction or addiction level of its rival.

In fact, in the Google blog post announcing the Google+ shutdown, Ben Smith, VP of Engineering at Google said, “…This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps.”

“The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.”

Security flaw notwithstanding, it’s clear that Google+ was not doing for the company what was initially hoped. As a result, Google+ will be fully closed down for consumers in August 2019. However, Google+ will continue with some tweaks and updates for the enterprise sector. Read more

Social Media - Wrapping It All Up

Let’s Get Social: Wrapping It All Up

Have you checked your social media accounts lately? How are they doing? What do the analytics tell you? Are you seeing an increase in website traffic, newsletter subscriptions, or new followers?

For the last four blog posts we’ve focused on social media – the ins and outs of this critical digital marketing tool and why it matters. We’ve covered a lot of ground in our Let’s Get Social series.

However, we know that you’re busy and we understand that as much as you’d like to become a social media expert, you’ve got a business to run. So, instead, read this blog post, get the high-level information you need, and then contact us. You’ll have the social media education you need to ask us the right questions about how we’ll manage your social media accounts. Read more

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: What Does It All Mean For Marketing?

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: What Does It All Mean For Marketing?

You launch Netflix and bingo there is a list of curated movies and television shows that you’re immediately interested in. You open Facebook and wham you see news articles that reflect your opinions and beliefs. You visit your favorite cooking website and zing you see ads for the cookbooks you just added to your Amazon wish list.

Wow, the Internet is so smart. It seems to know exactly what you want when you want it. This is truly impressive. You assume this must all be thanks to that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) you’ve heard about. Well, yes, in part it’s thanks to our friends AI and ML, but this smart Internet is a still dependent on humans.

Humans, like us at Know Agency who do the research, analysis, content creation, and creative work. AI and ML are making a huge difference in what the Internet knows and doesn’t know about your likes, dislikes, habits, wants, and recent spending spree – but the Internet still needs humans to make it all come together. Read more

SEO Trends in 2018

SEO Trends in 2018

We’re here to predict the future for you. Yes, we’re that good… Okay, okay, we take it back – we can’t 100% predict the future of SEO but we can give you a glimpse into the key SEO trends for 2018. We can do this because – we are very good.

As you know, there are no guarantees when it comes to SEO, search engine results, Google, and keywords. However, we can do deep analysis of keywords, user habits, user wants, search engine algorithms. Doing this along with keeping our fingers on the pulse of SEO and digital marketing, gives us a professional understanding of what SEO is in 2018. Read more

Digital Marketing and Advertising Tips for 2017

It’s quickly coming to the end of the year. As you finish up your plans for this year and begin to plan parties with co-workers, friends and family, it’s time to start thinking about and planning for 2017 (if you haven’t already). To help you create or finalize your plan, here are 15 tips and ideas when creating your digital marketing and advertising plans for 2017. Read more