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On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore upcoming changes to YouTube’s public-facing subscriber counts and marketers’ reactions to Facebook Ads Manager issues with special guests, Owen Video and Gavin Bell.

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YouTube Will Change Public-Facing Subscriber Counts: YouTube introduced a major change to the way real-time subscriber counts are displayed for creators with more than 1,000 subscribers. For example, instead of seeing a YouTuber’s exact subscriber count of 10,500,000, people will see an estimated flat count of 10 million subscribers. This update is expected to roll out in August 2019. (2:44)

Channels with fewer than 1,000 subscribers will still be shown the exact, non-abbreviated subscriber counts. All creators will still have access to accurate counts in Creator Studio.

YouTube Developing New Tool That Automatically Creates Bumper Ads: YouTube is testing a new tool that uses machine learning to automatically generate a 6-second version of longer ads. It will create a bumper by scanning the longer ad for “key elements” like a voiceover or a tight focus on people, logos, or products. The result ends with the final call to action in the last 2-3 seconds of the video. (17:28)

YouTube Debuts Image-Only Discovery Ads: YouTube will soon roll out discovery ads, new image-only ads that will appear within a variety of placements. Previously, advertising on YouTube meant your brand had to have a video or app to use. With this new option, brands can simply upload the best images from their social campaigns and the photos will be optimized for maximum performance across Gmail, Discover, and the YouTube home feed. (26:31)

Marketers Report Ongoing Issues With Facebook Ads Manager: Marketers report seeing noticeable problems with Facebook Ads Manager as far back as last November when the platform suffered an outage days before Black Friday. Since then, advertisers say they’ve experienced a steady decline in the platform’s performance such as being unable to publish ads or turn off campaigns, and significant inconsistencies in campaign results. (36:42)

 

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