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Periscope and Meerkat - no better time to learn what the buzz and the fuss are about than during +Chef Dennis Littley's Third Annual Blogger's Conference.

Mark your calendars (Saturday, June 13, 5 pm PST/8 pm EST - bring your own wine) and join Chef Dennis, me, +Dustin W. Stout, and +Vin Brown to learn more about the apps and how to put them to work for your business. 
Social Media has a new frontier and that's Live Streaming!   Twitter has unveiled its own medium Periscope to compete with Meerkat.   

The big question is "Do You need to use them?"  
Bring your questions as we discuss the options available and the advantages of being an early adopter.

+Ana Hoffman  Blogger at Traffic Generation Cafe, focusing on various ways to increase website traffic like search engine traffic, social media traffic, networking, as well as how to convert that traffic into subscribers and buyers.

+Dustin W. Stout Chief Marketing Officer of Weal Media, Web designer, branding enthusiast, blogger and social media junkie. 

+Vin Brown Web developer & small business promoter at Vintuitive. Aussie, gardener, educator, amateur historian, and musician.  

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If you miss the live event watch it at your convenience on YouTube   Subscribe so you don't miss any of the content!

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Sounds Great, and being a Foodie and Lover of wine, could be the perfect Saturday night.  
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Twitter introduced Audience Insights

Audience insights is a new Twitter tool to help you better understand key audiences on Twitter.

It's really meant for advertisers, but accessible and useful to all marketers.

With audience insights, you can easily discover valuable insights about your followers and the people who have engaged with your organic Tweets.

You can also identify new, relevant audiences to target for an upcoming campaign.

Your audience insights dashboard provides aggregate information about user demographics, interests, purchasing behavior and more.

To get started, navigate to and choose ‘Followers.’



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+Neil Ferree I was just thinking about it the other day... Trying not to read too much into various Google teams getting active on Twitter all of a sudden. ;)
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Google Answer for 'stop hiccups': have an orgasm... or a rectal message

First, a perfect cup of coffee. Then, a good laugh, thanks to +Barry Schwartz and +Pete Meyers digging out this Google Answer.

By the way, it does say 'message', not 'massage'. ;)

Yes, this is shaping up to be a GREAT day!...


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Google: Introducing Android Pay, the simple and secure way to pay with your Android phone

Today Google unveiled Android Pay at the Google I/O developer conference.

The new payment platform is a competitor to Apple Pay, which allows iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch users to make purchases on their device or in brick-and-mortar stores.

Android Pay will also support fingerprint-scanning technology on Google’s upcoming Android M software (much like Apple’s Touch ID).

Android Pay will soon be accepted at over 700,000 store locations from your favorite brands across the US, and in over 1000 Android apps.

Itching to give Android Pay a shot?

"Android Pay will be available on Google Play for download soon. And when your bank integrates, you could also activate Android Pay directly from your bank app. We are also working with major US mobile carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon) to help ensure that when you buy a new Android phone, you can walk out the door ready to use Android Pay."


Will Android Pay replace Google Wallet?

According to a post at +VentureBeat, Android Pay will be for users to make online, in-app, and retail purchases using their Android device. Google Wallet will be for friends and family with a U.S. debit card to send money using their Android and iOS device.

But then again, all current Google Wallet users will be upgraded to Android Pay and a future update will essentially replace the Google Wallet app with the Android Pay app.

Sounds like Android Pay will leave Google Wallet in the dust, doesn't it?


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Amazon launched free same-day delivery for Prime members in 500 U.S. cities

Life just got easier for Amazon Prime members in 500 cities and towns.

Now Amazon orders of more than $35 will ship for free, as long as the customer pays $99 a year to be an Amazon Prime member. Orders must be placed by noon to be received by 9 p.m.

Starting today, eligible items will be have a new same-day shipping designation next to the Prime symbol, and customers will be able to search by zip code to see if their address qualifies for same-day delivery.

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+Tricia Duryee reports at +GeekWire


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More G+ feature removals: G+ profile link and 'Share to G+' shortcut are gone

If you go to any Google product site this morning, you'll notice some changes to your top right corner.

Both the link to your Google+ profile and G+ Share Box have been removed.

Correction: the G+ link was moved to the Apps section. Thanks to +Annie Cholakian for pointing it out.

Yet another subtle change to remove references to G+ across Google...


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HOT OFF THE PRESS: Your Weekly Marketing Skinny • May 30, 2015

Busy week... Isn't it always though?... Keeping on top of all the latest marketing news in addition to everything else is a daunting task.

You know it. I know it. That's why I spend hours a day (literally) reading marketing news, filtering the wheat from the chaff, and delivering the essentials to you in Weekly Marketing Skinnies every Saturday morning at Traffic Generation Café.

Read the full Skinny here:

In the marketing spotlight this week:

♨ Google I/O recap;
♨ The all new Google Photos;
♨ Periscope is now on Android;
♨ Google Plus is not dead;
♨ Facebook now supports GIFs;
♨ Twitter’s Audience Insights;
♨ IRS got hacked;
♨ Apple is #1 (again);
♨ 14,000 websites block Congress;
♨ …and much, much more.


Also, my special thanks to bloggers who mentioned Traffic Generation Café in their blog posts this week - your posts are mentioned in this week's Marketing Skinny: +CENT Muruganandam +Javier Sardá +Steve Masters +Anil Agarwal 

Your comments and shares are always MUCH appreciated!
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Google+? “We are working on it,” says Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google

When Jordan Novet from ran into Sundar Pichai, senior vice president for Android, Chrome, and Apps at Google, after the keynote, he couldn’t help but ask him about the fate of Google+.

“We are working on it,” Pichai told VentureBeat. “… You will hear more about it later this year.”

You should also check out an interview on +Medium with Google’s head of Streams, Photos and Sharing, +Bradley Horowitz "Google Plus is not dead," said Bradley in that interview.


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“Now on tap” to help you with what you need in the moment, anywhere on your phone

As in Google Now on tap, of course.

Too often, you have to leave what you’re doing just to look for what you need somewhere else on your phone.

Google Now enhancements are meant to help remove some of this hassle. 

Google is working to make Google Now a little smarter in the upcoming Android M release, so you can ask it to assist you with whatever you’re doing—right in the moment, anywhere on your phone.

With “Now on tap,” you can simply tap and hold the home button for assistance without having to leave what you’re doing—whether you’re in an app or on a website.

For example, if a friend emails you about seeing the new movie Tomorrowland, you can invoke Google Now without leaving your app, to quickly see the ratings, watch a trailer, or even buy tickets—then get right back to what you were doing. 

When you tap and hold the home button, Google gives you options that are a best guess of what might be helpful to you in the moment.

But if you need something specific, you can also get Google to help by saying “Ok Google” from any screen, and any app.

For example, if you’re listening to Twenty One Pilots on Spotify, you can say “Ok Google, who’s the lead singer” and get your answer right away. 

Sounds like the kind of assistant I thought I'd never have - who reads your mind. ;)



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Google Inbox is now open to all, plus new features added

Google today announced that Inbox, the Gmail-based mobile email client, is now open to all.

Until today, you still needed an invitation to use the service, though invites have long been pretty easy to come by.

Google says it will also open up Inbox to all Google for Works customers (whose admins enable this feature for them) through the early-adopter program starting today. (I don't see it in my console yet, but assume the option will be there shortly. Ping +MaAnna Stephenson. Instructions on how to enable it:

New Inbox features:

♨ Trip Bundles

Inbox now automatically groups all the messages about a trip into a single bundle, so you have direct access to your flight, hotel booking and rental car reservation information.

It then organizes it in an easy-to-read format, much like Google Now cards.

♨ Reminders

Now, when Google notices that somebody asks you to do something in an email (maybe to buy that ticket for the next trip), Inbox will automatically suggest that you set yourself a reminder to do that. 

Reminders will now also sync between Google Keep and Inbox.

More features:

♨ ability to recall any email within the first 10 seconds after you first hit send (just like you can do with the Undo experiment in Gmail Labs),

♨ custom email signatures for Inbox that will sync across devices (but not your Gmail account)

♨ and the ability to switch Inbox’s swipe gesture from marking emails as done to deleting them by default.

And by the way, Inbox is not here to replace Gmail. At the moment anyway.

Quoting Google senior product manager for Inbox Shalini Agarwal:

“We think about Gmail and Inbox differently. Gmail is our best-in-class email product and we want to keep it that way.” Inbox’s focus is slightly different, though. With Inbox, Google wants to “help people get back to the things that matter in their life.”

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Here's how YouTube captured 10 years of YouTube. 

How well do you know YouTube, A to Z? Play the YouTube trivia game to find out at


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If I learned anything after many years of building an online empire, it’s this: the online business industry is a scary place. A place where many a mighty business owner has fallen.

Including me.

That’s right, I’ve had some online business flops in the past, until one day I realized that my business was only as good as the number of eyes that saw it on a daily basis.

That’s why I started TrafficGenerationCafe, focusing on various ways to increase website traffic like search engine traffic, social media traffic, networking, as well as how to convert that traffic into subscribers and buyers.

In six quick months, my blog grew to be an authority on traffic generation. My blog’s traffic (I was ranked under 15K on Alexa), reader engagement, and sales showed me that I was on the right track.

This might all seem foreign to you.

Stick with me and it will soon become second nature.

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