12.18.20 Week In Review
Facebook released the 2021 Topics and Trends Report that points out emerging trends across Facebook and Instagram. Facebook is still maintaining their temporary pause on advertisements on social issues and politics, with Georgia being the only exception.
Twitter has partnered with DoubleVerify and Integral Ad Science to provide advertisers more assurance around the placements of their ads.
Pinterest has partnered with NAACP to stand in solidarity against systematic oppression and racism.
This week's Allyship Segment of the Week, I share an article from the 303Magazine that lists small businesses in Colorado you can shop with this holiday to help them stay afloat; many of which are Black-Owned businesses.
This podcast will take the next two weeks off, then come back on Thursdays in 2021. Happy Holidays and New Year!
12.11.20 Week In Review
Instagram is highlighting acts of generosity and amplifying accounts who are doing social good.
Pinterest has launched new board features to help pinners turn their inspirations into reality.
Youtube has launched HDR for live stream videos.
In this week's Allyship Segment of the Week, I share a young woman's website, Danielle Coke, who is selling her own art in hopes to inspire faith and encourage justice.
12.4.20 Week In Review
Facebook’s announced Season of Support, giving everyone access to dozens of free trainings and other tools. Facebook has partnered with Better Business Bureau to help protect people against scammers. Facebook launched Social Good for Business, helping business owners meet their goals while changing the world. Facebook just acquired a CRM tool called Kustomer. They also released new tools for auto dealers.
Instagram has released new branded content capabilities.
LinkedIn just rolled out new insights and tools to help job seekers take the next step in their career.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share alliesforchange.org, a website that provides anti-oppression education, trainings, and other resources.
11.20.20 Week In Review
Twitter has launched Fleets, a new way to Tweet momentary thoughts.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share a Ted Talk by Dr. Amanda Kemp called How to have a Voice and Lean into Conversations about Race.
11.13.20 Week In Review
Facebook’s advertising policies with regards to politics and social issues are still on pause until further notice.
Instagram has introduced new features including a Reels Tab and Shopping tab.
Twitter has released Carousel ads.
Pinterest introduced their new holiday collection that features the most-searched holiday gift ideas.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share a new podcast, The Resistance, that has meaningful discussions about different forms of resistance and how to overcome it.
11.6.20 Week In Review
Facebook introduces the first AI model that translates 100 languages without relying on English. Facebook shares tips on how to build brand awareness. Facebook is offering a FREE Brand Building Template. Facebook is offering 3 FREE courses on how to get started on advertising. Facebook is offering 3 FREE courses on how to optimize your ads and meet your business goals.
Instagram increases Live Streams from 1 hour to 4 hours.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share a book called The Plot Against Hip Hop by Nelson George. If you’re someone who grew up listening to hip hop, you might find this book to be a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
10.30.20 Week In Review
Facebook will not allow any new political or social issue ads run in the last week of the election until the polls close on November 3rd. Facebook launched a new site called Elevate, providing resources for the Black and Latinx community to improve their digital skills. Facebook is offering 3 free online courses around content calendars to help you plan for the holidays. Facebook is offering a free e-book called Build Brilliant Brands.
Pinterest has launched new tools to help businesses reach more customers.
LinkedIn has introduced The Company Engagement Report to power up your ABM strategy.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share an article called 7 Racist Slurs You Should Drop From Your Vocabulary.
10.23.20 Week In Review
Facebook has introduced new tools in Ads Manager to help advertisers optimize their reach. Facebook has introduced a discount feature in Facebook Shops. Facebook has a new podcast called Boost My Business with David Fischer.
Instagram has a new ads feature that allows you to tag products in the ad. Instagram is bringing Badges to their platform to help creators make money. Parent company Facebook is also opening up the Messenger API app to allow chat bots to be used natively on Instagram (see if you qualify for beta testing with ManyChat or MobileMonkey).
Pinterest is making changes on their platform to help underrepresented communities get their content seen.
LinkedIn has some updates for Pages regarding Virtual Events.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I’m sharing a website by Angel Arutura who is a social activist and environmentalist.
10.16.20 Week In Review
Facebook is sharing 3 FREE lessons to help advertisers with the visual aspect of their ads. They also shared a FREE E-Book for marketers, by marketers. Facebook is prohibiting any ads against vaccinations. Facebook is ending the API for oEmbed and Embed blocks on WordPress. And Notes are going away at the end of the month for personal profiles and business pages.
Pinterest integration is now live in Microsoft Edge.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I’m sharing a link to the website Consciously Unbiased, a platform for change aimed at amplifying Black voices.
10.9.20 Week In Review
Facebook is offering free educational resources to help businesses with their advertising. Facebook announced #BuyBlack Friday to encourage and inspire people to shop Black-owned businesses this holiday season. Facebook is connecting people to mental health resources in their centralized resource center to help people manage their stress.
Twitter is improving ways images are cropped and previewed to give more control to users.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I’m sharing a link from the Harris Boys’ Academy that provides a wealth of resources to educate and inspire actionable steps to combat racism.
10.2.20 Week In Review
Facebook has introduced new tools and features for Facebook Group Admins. Facebook is offering FREE online courses for those looking to learn more about Advertising on their platform. Facebook Introduced Rights Manager to help combat copyright infringement.
Instagram and Facebook Messenger have a new update to make it easier for users to connect across platforms.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share a test developed by the Project Implicit that will uncover your hidden biases.
9.25.20 Week In Review
Facebook has removed the 20% text limit for advertisers. Facebook is offering free online courses to help businesses learn about becoming more discoverable. They have kicked off Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. Lastly, they have a Voter Empower Toolkit to help businesses encourage more people to vote.
LinkedIn has redesigned their platform to make it more community focused.
Youtube has introduced the ability to make short 15 second videos with Youtube Shorts.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share the Black Tech Green Money, a podcast aimed at helping Black inventors, scientists, engineers, and other Black professionals.
9.18.20 Week In Review
Facebook now has automated captions for Facebook Live and Workplace Live. Facebook is offering free online courses to improve your customer engagement and overall digital marketing skills. They have partnered with Coursera to create a Social Media Marketing Professional Certificate Program. Facebook introduced Facebook Business Suite to better help businesses run more efficiently on their platforms. Facebook now has a Climate Change Information Center to inform people on climate change and what they can do to help.
LinkedIn’s Retargeting Capabilities is a resource for businesses to refine their target audience and increase conversions.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share the episode Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey on the podcast Integrated Schools. Dr. Jennifer Harvey discusses the topic of raising children in a racially unjust America.
9.11.20 Week In Review
Instagram now has an Equity Team and hired a new director for Diversity and Inclusion.
Twitter is adding more context to Tweets that are trending to help censor those who are posting potentially harmful content.
Youtube has added new features to improve your music playlist.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week is a podcast episode from Raising Free People called Choosing Learning Over Schooling. This is an insightful podcast for all parents, and especially those who are working from home with their kids attending online school.
9.4.20 Week In Review
Youtube TV now includes NFL Network for sports fans.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week I share a historical article about The Great Migration, the event of millions of African Americans moving north less than a century ago.
8.28.20 Week In Review
Facebook Shop has new features to help small businesses create and manage an online store. New iOS 14 updates come with limitations for app installation advertisers on Facebook. Facebook News is expanding internationally to help publishers reach larger audiences.
Instagram announces easier access to checkout on their platform and is waiving online selling fees for businesses through the end of the year.
Snapchat is working on a feature that will allow you to add background music to snaps.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week is sharing the film 13th. Watch it now on Netflix.
8.21.20 Week In Review
Pinterest has launched a new shop highlighting Black-owned businesses.
Farmers are gaining popularity on Youtube and have created a community of FarmTubers.
Tik Tok must sell their platform by November 2nd.
This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week is an article from Real Talk: WOC & Allies.
8.14.20 Week In Review
Instagram will start asking for identification from accounts that appear to be run by bots.
Twitter has introduced new conversation settings so that users have more control over who can participate in the dialogue.
LinkedIn announced that Scribd has taken over Slideshare to improve content experience on their platform.
The Chill Business Journey is still on a hiatus. This week’s Allyship Segment of the Week is focused on sharing the Black Lives Matter website. Check to see if there is a local chapter near you.
8.7.20 Week In Review
Facebook has partnered with U.S. Black Chambers in dedicating the whole month of August to support Black Business Owners. They are also addressing the housing crisis in the Bay area. Lastly, Facebook added a new feature to allow users to watch music videos on their feed.
Instagram Reels is a new feature on Instagram allowing you to create short 15 sec videos.
Twitter is labeling Government and Media affiliate accounts to better inform their users.
Pinterest exceeds 400 million users with Gen Z and Millennials driving growth.
LinkedIn committed to a Zero Waste Initiative.
Youtube is replacing Google Play Music with Youtube Music.
The Chill Business Journey will be on a hiatus for a couple of weeks. Although, we will continue with our Allyship Segment of the week. This week we talk about the little book, The Post-Racial Negro Green Book.
7.31.20 Week In Review
Twitter restricts Donald Trump Jr as he violates their new regulations around spreading misinformation.
Pinterest Insights show a boom in pins related to well-ness and self care as millions around the globe are restructuring their lives to have a more optimistic outlook.
LinkedIn is encouraging professionals to take advantage of their LinkedIn’s Learning online courses, and are offering a free month to get you started.
On The Chill Business Journey, I give you tools for your Live Video storage! And in our Allyship Segment of the Week I share a new Black Owned Business Directory that launches on August 1st.
7.24.20 Week In Review
Instagram made it easier for you to start a fundraiser for things you care about.
LinkedIn Introduces a guide “Turning In-Person Events Into Virtual Experiences”, giving business owners more opportunities to connect and interact with their communities. They also had to lay off 6% of their employees due to company changes.
On The Chill Business Journey, I talk about repurposing your live videos so you and your viewers can get the most out of your content. We also share the book Such a Fun Age by Keiley Reid in our Allyship Segment of the Week.
7.17.20 Week In Review
Facebook releases 2020 diversity report stating their commitment to help advance opportunities for POC communities. They also launched the largest voter registration and information campaign in US history.
Instagram has introduced Instagram Shop and Facebook Pay to make shopping easier and more secure on their platforms.
LinkedIn is back with Live With Marketers, an award winning show where real marketers talk about real problems.
TikTok is at risk for being banned in the U.S.
On The Chill Business Journey, we take Live Videos to the Next Level with 3rd party tools and hardware. In our Allyship Segment of the Week we share the new podcast produced by CNN and hosted by Don Lemon, Silence Is Not An Option.
7.10.20 Week In Review
On The Chill Business Journey, we talked about Going Live on Instagram.
And this week’s Allyship Segment of the Week was a curated list of Black Business Owners that Amy Porterfield shared.
7.3.20 Week In Review
Facebook & Instagram release face covering message at top of their apps. Facebook responds to the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. Facebook’s Summer of Support is in full swing. They also updated several Business Terms, which affect most businesses on the platform. New features for creators to monetize on Facebook came out too.
Pinterest hires outside firm to audit their workplace culture.
LinkedIn releases free skills initiative to help those that lost jobs due to the pandemic.
6.26.20 Week In Review
Instagram updates Instagram Shopping to allow for more businesses to use the feature.
Pinterest shares auto industry marketing data.
LinkedIn partners with eMarketer to share a report on LinkedIn data.
This week on The Chill Business Journey, we get into 3rd Quarter Marketing Planning.
6.19.20 Week In Review
Facebook Groups can no longer switch from Private to Public. Several new features/functions come to Portal. New Privacy Page to aggregate updates on privacy. They also shared some initiatives they are implementing so support the Black Community. Sign up for Facebook's Summer of Support...free!
Instagram is reviewing their platform's structure for any racial bias.
Twitter launches Voice Tweets.
LinkedIn has made their Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging series of courses FREE through 8/31/20.
YouTube releases their Mid-Year Update. They also had a live special fundraiser: Bear Witness, Take Action. Now Creators with 25K+ subscribers can sign up for YouTube Brand Connect to connect with brands.
This week on The Chill Business Journey, we talked about Building Good Habits while Breaking Bad Habits. We've also started an Allyship Segment of the Week at the end of each episode. This week we shared the writings on author Sheri Hunter. From her Dare Divas group to her book, Daring to Live, she is truly an inspirational woman.
6.12.20 Week In Review
Snapchat had their Snap Partner Summit which involved many new releases & features.
- New Action Bar for navigation
- Places added to Snap Maps
- Topics added to Snapchat's Our Story
- Release of SnapML
- AR with friends with Local Lenses
- Use Lenses to scan items to:
- Identify Plants
- Identify Dog Breeds (even see which breed you most resemble!)
- Explore Louis Vuitton (coming soon)
- Food rating on packaged food (coming later this year)
- Happening Now for latest news
- Snap Originals:
- Unscripted: Coach Kev, Fake Up and Move It
- Docuseries: Road Trippin', First Person, Queen of Stylez and Life By The Horns
- Scripted: Frogtown, Action Royale and Total Badass Wrestling
- 4 Renewed Shows: Dead of Night, Face Forward, Nikita Unfiltered and Vs The World
- Headspace coming inside Snapchat
- Alerts for friends at risk of self-harm
- Camera Kit
- Snap Minis
- Dynamic Lenses
This week on The Chill Business Journey, we migrate from the Morning Routines of last week to the types of routines you can bring into your workday.
6.4.20 Week In Review
LinkedIn releases updates in Campaign Manager with retargeting tools and their Audience Network.
SnapChat CEO releases statement regarding social injustices with the Black Community.
This week on The Chill Business Journey we discuss Creating a Morning Routine.
5.29.20 Week In Review
Twitter joins #KeepItOn campaign to stop Internet shutdowns.
LinkedIn shares 3 tools to stay connected to your community.
Breaking News - The White House is preparing to release an executive order that is directed to social media companies. We will be sure to update next week on this topic.
This week's episode of The Chill Business Journey has not yet been released. We'll update this segment when it's ready.
The cart for The Chill Business Society will be open until May 31st.
5.22.20 Week In Review
The New Facebook format is rolling out. See Facebook’s celebration for the Class of 2020. Giphy joins the Facebook Family. Read the first State of Small Business Report by Facebook. Facebook Shops are now live on the platform (as well as on Instagram). Workplace gets some new features to help with WFH. Oculus for Business is now available. Use the Business Resource Hub on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with both platforms. Messenger upgrades coming soon. New features for in-stream ads. 15 new courses in Facebook Blueprint. Now create posts with the Creator Studio app. New guidelines on music in videos (uploaded or live).
Pinterest releases shopping spotlights.
LinkedIn releases new features for LinkedIn Pages.
Now is the time to start transferring your Google Play Music to YouTube Music.
Check out Episode 66 on The Chill Business Journey where I talk about giving ourselves some grace during these trying times.
The cart for The Chill Business Society will be open until May 31st.
5.8.20 Week In Review
Instagram shares some tips on using IGTV to engage with your audience.
Pinterest releases new features for Boards. They also share how businesses need to make sure their marketing voice matches where their audience is, and they created a Guide to help. Check out their 3 Quick Tips for running campaigns on their platform. Pinterest partners with Shopify. They also supply some advice for businesses in the travel industry.
Snapchat partners with renowned artist, Damien Hirst, to create art on the platform.
Check out the third installment of our Anything But Typcial Chat Series where I have a conversation with our very own Briana.
The cart for The Chill Business Society will be open until May 31st.
5.1.20 Week In Review
Facebook will be celebrating the Class of 2020 on May 15th. Messenger Rooms are now here (think of them as a Zoom alternative). Group calls on WhatsApp can now have up to 8 people at one time on the call. Live With is coming back to live videos as well as donate buttons and streaming into an Event. Tap into live gaming with the Facebook Gaming App. Stars are expanding to more pages and countries. Portal can go live in more places and Facebook Dating now offers virtual dates.
Instagram is now more interactive on desktop. Live videos can now be stored on IGTV for a longer shelf life. Check out their tips on using Stories. Make sure to take advantage of Instagram Shopping if this feature pertains to your business. Live Donations are available on Instagram too.
YouTube has new originals coming out the next few months. They are expanding fact check information panels to the US. They also share resources for celebrating Ramadan during these social distancing days.
This week's Anything But Typcial chat on The Chill Business Journey is with the lovely Liz Jostes. Listen to what things are different for us and how we are coping.
The cart for The Chill Business Society will be open until May 31st.
4.24.20 Week In Review
Facebook releases an interactive COVID-19 symptoms map as well as signing onto the Open COVID Patent Pledge. They increase transparency with location tags on Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts. Messenger Kids gets some new features.
Instagram shares tips on how to utilize the platform to benefit your business during these abnormal times. They also started #MonthOfGood in celebration of Ramadan and to bring the world together. Get ideas HERE.
Twitter stands with the Earth Day Network for #EarthDay 50.
Pinterest expands tools and features for creators on their platform like the Pinterest Creators brand.
LinkedIn shares some insights into advertising in today's market.
This week on The Chill Business Journey we started our series on Anything But Typical chats. We were grateful to have Daphné Leblanc as our first guest.
4.17.20 Week In Review
Instagram releases new stickers for gift cards, online food ordering and fundraising.
LinkedIn's roundup of 4 resources for navigating business during COVID-19.
This week on The Chill Business Journey we talk about Powering your business with Rocket Fuel.
4.10.20 Week In Review
Facebook announces new features in their Data for Good program. Get the latest COVID-19 Facebook updates HERE. They also share how to take your in-person business online using Facebook & Instagram with some easy to follow tips.
Instagram shares step by step instructions and tips on going Live on the platform.
Twitter releases their 6-part resource for the coronavirus pandemic.
YouTube shares ways people can stay connected during upcoming religious holidays.
Snapchat releases new COVID-19 lenses supporting donation efforts, as well as allowing media publishers being able to accept donations.
This week on The Chill Business Journey, I continue my conversation about the OAK Journal with my accountability partner, Skip. And if you use the discount code "CHILL" at checkout, you will get 20% off your own journal!!
4.2.20 Week In Review
Facebook releases a desktop Messenger app for Mac OS and Windows. They launched Community Help where users can seek or give support to those in their community. New testing tools in Ads Manager this week too. Video Creators see new features like a Videos Tab, Playlists and Series.
Pinterest shares the trends on what their users need right now.
3.27.20 Week In Review
Twitter donates $1M to support and protect journalists during COVID-19.
YouTube launches Learn@Home to help everyone learn while staying home.
SnapChat releases a new worldwide Filter based on WHO recommendations. They also pushed up release date for Here For You feature.
On The Chill Business Journey we share some online resources for adults during the COVID-19 Staycation.
3.20.20 Week In Review
Facebook shares what they are doing to keep real news circulating about COVID-19. They also have reduced staff working on ads, so there could be delays in that department.
Twitter shares what they are doing on their part with COVID-19.
Grab your FREE Isolation Sanity Guide on the latest episode of The Chill Business Journey.
3.13.20 Week In Review
Twitter offers views on brand communication during COVID-19 crisis. They also celebrate Women's History Month with 5 powerful women. Lastly, they released their March 2020 Inclusion and & Diversity report.
YouTube celebrated 9 Female Powerhouses in honor of International Women's Day.
We have two episodes of The Chill Business Journey to share (since I missed the posting deadline last week for one of them). In episode 56, we remind you to get your 2nd QTR planning done with your Editorial Calendars. In episode 57, we share 8 Tips to Vacationing for Business Owners.
3.6.20 Week In Review
WhatsApp gets dark mode!
Twitter expands the categories of hate speech covered by dehumanizing language. They also partnered with the World Health Organization to make sure correct information is shared about Covid-19, the Corona Virus.
Be on the lookout for this week's episode on The Chill Business Journey. In the meantime, check out our live video from Thursday where Dianna shares a funny story from an after party at the Social Media Marketing World 2020!
2.21.20 Week In Review
The 5th annual Sophisticated Marketer's Guide to LinkedIn is now available.
YouTube turns 15! ?
This week on The Chill Business Journey, we Get Our Search On!
2.14.20 Week In Review
Happy Valentine's Day!!
WhatsApp reaches the 2+Billion mark.
Twitter partners with the US Census Bureau to support Census conversations.
LinkedIn has new features in their ads platform.
YouTube shares the top 5 most viewed Big Game ads on YouTube AdBlitz.
SnapChat shares some new features to help steer users when they search certain topics, as well as some new filters and a first-ever Snappable quiz.
In honor of Black History Month, we explore 4 incredible entrepreneurs on the latest episode of The Chill Business Journey.
2.7.20 Week In Review
Facebook releases some new tools in the Messenger Kids app.
Twitter announces new rules for identifying manipulated content.
YouTube reminds users how they regulate content as the US political scene heats up for our 2020 Elections.
The Chill Business Journey turns 1! Learn how you can win 1 year of our Chill Business Society by entering our 1 Year Anniversary Sweepstakes!
1.31.20 Week In Review
Are you Mompreneuring Like a Boss? Whether your are or are not, check out this week's episode on The Chill Business Journey.
The cart is open for The Chill Business Society, but it closes 1/31/20 at 11:59pm ET!
1.17.20 Week In Review
Facebook users have raised over $50M for Australia.
New year...new word. Learn more about My Word for 2020.
Next Friday the cart will be opening for The Chill Business Society (but you can get on the waitlist today)!
1.10.20 Week In Review
Facebook's Privacy Checkup tool gets some new features. New controls are available for individuals as they regard to political and social issue ads. Instant Articles get some new features as well. Finally, they have a new metric in Creator Studio for videos called Traffic Source Insights.
Twitter announces Promoted Trend Spotlight ads.
Have you gotten our FREE 2020 Editorial Calendar yet? If not, head on over the latest episode on The Chill Business Journey to get yours today!
The cart is open for our newest online course: Irresistible Social Profiles.