Keep Your Face Out of Google Ads

If you use Google, the tech giant has made changes to its privacy policy with a program called Google Ads which takes things you’ve liked, +1’s and other activity around the web and can use your name and face in advertisements for those items that can show up in other people’s Google search queries.

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Now, I find this idea unsettling but Google did provide a warning at the top of your Gmail or Chrome about the change; although you may have easily missed it.  And if you are like me the idea of advertising a product without your consent, let alone compensation is quite unsettling and a violation of privacy which is not tolerable.

So if you value your privacy, here is the scoop on how you can remove yourself from this program.

To opt out of Google Ads begin by visiting the Shared Endorsements Page.

From here uncheck the box which reads “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads” and click Save.

Once you click save you have removed yourself and more importantly your face from being used in any Google advertisements.

I hope this helps you in your day.  Please feel free to share any comments your may have too.

Dior Launches New Social Media Marketing Campaign

The House of Dior is making news by being one of the first couture brands to launch a social media marketing campaign to introduce the fall 2013 collection.  The Dior social media campaign strategy takes into account social media sites like Facebook and YouTube as well as TV and other digital platforms to create a comprehensive reach to prospective audiences.

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The move to connect and engage with audiences shows the iconic French labels move to stay ahead of the fashion competition and gain recognition for the fall 2013 line.

Dior has released two commercials “The Secret Garden” and “The Secret Garden II”  set inside the Château de Versailles and set to the music of Depeche Mode through on YouTube and Facebook which show the collections in an abstract way.  Dior fans can also see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the commercials on DiorMag and Facebook.

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How does your social media marketing stack up to Dior’s plan?

Social Media isn’t a stand alone marketing tool; for it really means using a host of multiple online tools that take into account the online, mobile and tablet experience.

Three ideas to keep in mind when creating your personal or companies social media plan are to Engage, Create and Transcend.

Engage means to catch the audience that you want to read your content in the places they are located. Where does your audience spend the most time online?  Are they pinning on Pinterest, reading news on Bloglovin’, or watching videos on YouTube?  The key is to know where they hang out online and provide easy access to your content.

Create new opportunities for your target audience to discover, learn and participate in news and sharable experiences. People like to be the first

to know the news, what is trending and the latest gossip so give your audience what they are looking for and they will naturally share your content.

Transcend the online experience by providing meaningful connections between your fans, their conversations and communities of interest. Varied personality types are online, despite their difference they can form an online community around a common interest, theme or idea; so give this audience what they are looking for and connect them in a strong online community which can be connected through your online content.

Think of these three ideas the next time you begin your social media marketing campaign to get your strategy off in the right direction.