9/14/2014 Roundup: Google Analytics Benchmarks, TINNY Launches, Facebook Asks Why

weekly blog roundup 9-14-2014

Our weekly roundup of things clicking on the interwebs in SEO, paid search, web design, social and more.

Google Analytics To Roll Out New Benchmark Reports

“Google Analytics announced (…)its new benchmark reports will be rolling out over the next few weeks, allowing users to compare their results to industry standard acquisition and engagement metrics.According to the announcement, users can select reports from among 1,600 industry categories, 1,250 markets and seven size-buckets, with metrics by channel, location, or device category dimensions.
Why this clicks: As marketers we look for external bearings for some sense of direction. And for that we finally see some payoff for anonymously sharing our data with Google for years. While these benchmarks provide a tantalizing cache of data, we should view it with some caution. Especially if you are in a niche or, in B2B. Ultimately, the best benchmark lies within your own data.
Article: Google Analytics Begins To Roll Out New Benchmark Reports

New Photo Sharing App: TIINY

“beta testers shared 5 time more photos with Tiiny than on their other photo apps, but he’s not even concerned about the success of the app”
Why this clicks: The spirit of innovation and Kevin Rose’s observation that a user can consume more content in a grid pattern is an interesting insight. And the proof appears to be in the early sharing results. Perhaps will see this feature built into other image intensive apps.
Article: Kevin Rose, Founder of Digg, Launches New Photo Sharing App Called ‘Tiiny’

Facebook Now Asks Why When You Block an Ad

“When users click on a sponsored post to block it, they’re asked, “Why don’t you want to see this?” Was it because you found it irrelevant, offensive, annoying? Facebook says responses from relatively few people will increase the relevance of ads for all users.”
Why this clicks: On the surface the incremental feedback Facebook gets might be helpful. Atleast it looks like Facebook is making an attempt to be helpful and refine newsfeed ads. But, this is a main profit driver for FB, are they likely to make changes?
Article: If You Block an Ad, Facebook Now Wants to Know Why

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