Good morning, Marketers, consensus is tough but…

One thing we can agree on (please) is that the U.S. presidential polling was off, again. That got Greg Sterling wondering about the broader implications for consumer research.

How divergent are what consumers say they do and what they actually do? How realistic is it to extrapolate the responses of a thousand consumers to the population as a whole? You can see where Greg’s going with this.

“Consumer surveys are a useful tool, but they must be reality checked with behavioral data for a more complete and accurate picture of consumer activity,” he says.

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Keep reading for reactions to the latest round of Facebook Ads bugs and more.

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Social Short

Facebook Ads bugs unnerve advertisers

Last week, more bugs beset a wide number of advertiser accounts and ads, causing temporary ad disapprovals and accounts being disabled. “This is the second widespread bug that we’ve seen impact Facebook campaigns in the last 4 weeks,’ said Zenia Johnson of 3Q Digital.

Why we care. Advertiser frustrations over an unpredictable and glitchy ads platform could drive them to consider channel diversification more seriously. That could help Snapchat and Pinterest, in particular, both of which have been investing in direct response advertising solutions and saw healthy ad revenue growth last quarter.

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Foursquare CEO change, seeing double canonicals, dropping URLs

Foursquare CEO David Shim is stepping down. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, current board member Gary Little will take over. Shim founded location analytics company Placed in 2011; it was bought by Snap in 2017 and then sold to Foursquare in 2019. Shim became Foursquare CEO at the end of 2019 and oversaw the merger of Foursquare and Factual in mid-2020. 

Earlier this year, we spoke with Shim about how brands and marketers can use location intelligence to identify and act on consumer trends. 

Two canonicals. Do you have two different canonical URLs listed on the same page? Google will treat it as undefined, said John Mueller of Google.

18,000 URLs dropped from Google. Mueller also said it isn’t surprising to see a site drop 18,000 URLs over a few day period. I’d be concerned…


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What we're reading

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5 SEO Tactics to Maximize Internal Links — Whiteboard Friday – Moz

Google Local Packs Not Showing Reviews For Banks – Search Engine Roundtable

Guest post: The great reset of 2020 – Microsoft Advertising

New Study: Is Google Biased Towards Particular News Sites? – Ahrefs

PES@Home 2020: Google’s first virtual summit for Product Experts – Official Google Webmaster Central Blog

Q4 CPM’s: How Changing Consumer Behavior Will Keep Down Costs for Digital Marketers – Metric Theory

ROI for SEO: How To Calculate ROI and Prove Value of SEO Initiatives – Botify

Sunset of the Ad Manager API v201911 – Google Ads Developer Blog

The Holiday Landscape for Travel PPC in 2020 – PPC Hero

Topic Maps for SEO – Inlinks