The TL;DR August 20, 2019
This week we’ll be discussing how personalization affects data collection, Twitter’s latest updates, and basic social media etiquette for brands. If you missed last week’s issue, you can find it here.
Personalization and Consumer Willingness to Share Data
The Advertising Research Foundation recently did a study on consumer privacy and digital marking. What they found may be surprising. Read the highlights below and get more information here.
- Along with finding out that consumers are less likely to share data this year than they were in 2018, the study also found that the promise of personalization does little to alter someone’s willingness to share data.
- This flies in the face of many current “best practices”, which typically state that personalization is the future of online marketing.
- Respondents’ willingness to share home address dropped by 10 percentage points, willingness to share their email address dropped by 7 points, and willingness to share first and last names dropped by 6%.
- Those surveyed say they understand why companies use data for targeted advertising, but they do not understand the specific terms and techniques of the industry.
- These findings make it clear that users do not feel there is an equal value exchange of data for targeted advertising.
- These attitudinal shifts likely tie back to the Cambridge Analytica scandal as well as to the increase in data breaches in recent memory.
- Many states and regions are working to ramp up consumer privacy protections, but the total effects on online marketing are not yet known.
5 Features Coming to Twitter Soon
Following on the heels of a huge visual overall, Twitter released a list of upcoming features that aim to boost usage. You can read the full article here.
- Topic Lists: Twitter is currently testing a feature that allows you to choose exactly what topics you see info on. Soon you will be able to make lists on various topics and see recent curated tweets on the subject.
- Subscribing to Conversations: If there’s a certain thread or conversation you don’t want to miss out on, you’ll soon be able to subscribe to that thread and receive notifications whenever a new tweet is added.
- Re-Order Attached Images: This simple (but much needed) quality of life update will enable you to re-order photos while composing a tweet, eliminating the need to organize them ahead of time.
- Support for Live Photos: Another simple update that would allow you to upload live photos taken on the iPhone to help diversify your image content.
- DM Search: Fairly straightforward. This will allow you to search for content and names within all of your most recent DMs.