Social Media Slice for May 7, 2019: Google Auto-Agent to Help Small Biz; Pinterest Making Move for Men; Email Marketing Performance Tips; and Instagram Replacing Travel Brochures


SLICE is a M-F news digest targeted to assist Social Media Managers, Virtual Assistants, and Small Business Owners make sense of all the day to day social media news. Bypass the fluff. Focus on the good stuff.


Google Auto-Agent to Help Small Biz Answer and Convert- Named “Calljoy” this automated customer service and call intelligence system will be available to small businesses for $39 a month as an extra Google option.

“When the phone rings, the automated CallJoy agent answers, greets callers with a custom message and provides basic business information (like hours of operation),” according to a Google blog post.

If the caller wants to schedule an appointment or place an order, “CallJoy’s virtual agent will send the customer an SMS text message containing a URL.” 👁 More


Pinterest Making Move for Men- It currently has more than 250 million monthly users. Ad revenues are expected to exceed $1 billion in 2020. And THAT is coming from a 2/3 female membership. (“Thank you ladies for the overwhelming support and trust” is something we are sure Pinterest would say).

But what about men? Why so slow to join up? Are they joining now? What is attracting them? How much more would Pinterest grow– or change– with more males pinning? 👁 More


Email Marketing Performance Tips- Wait. EMAIL marketing? Does that old thing still work? Yes… it does. For over a decade now, it has remained the most profitable form of digital marketing, reports Thomas Smale, founded of FE International. In fact, he says “studies have found that email marketing offers businesses $44 for every $1 spent.”

But just flooding the market with an email pitch won’t bring that level of ROI. 👁More


Instagram Replacing Travel Brochures- Is there an epic fail in the wind? Did travel & tourism agencies not see this coming? Actual pictures of actual people in actual vacation destinations are quickly becoming sources of info for travel destinations. And who does pictures and Stories better than Instagram? 👁More


Our #TuesdayThoughts cover image is from a tweet by Harshit Mewar @harshit_mewar89

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Published by Anthony Scialis, Social Media Content Creator

My name is Anthony Scialis and I used to be a newspaper writer. For over 40 years I covered the business and entertainment beats for community newspapers & magazines. Now, I use research & writing experience to provide Small Business Owners with customer-centric information. I assist with writing blogs and tweets, freeing up small biz owners to focus on what they enjoy and do best— run their businesses.

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