Spark Fizzled Out on Amazon-
What went wrong with Spark, Amazon’s much promoted attempt to copy Instagram? Might be easier to count what went right with this shoppable feed of stories and photos aimed at Prime members. The burnt out embers can be found recycled on something called #FoundItOnAmazon.

“Amazon Spark had been a fairly bland service, if truth be told. Unlike on Instagram, where people follow their friend, interests, brands like they like, and people they find engaging or inspiring, Spark was focused on the shopping and the sale. While it tried to mock the Instagram aesthetic at times with fashion inspiration images or highly posed travel photos, it lacked Instagram’s broader appeal. Your friends weren’t there and there weren’t any Instagram Stories, for example. Everything felt too transactional.” – Sarah Perez, writing in TechCrunch

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TikTok Testing Interest-Based Ad Targeting-
In a recent media-buying executives survey, respondents ranked TikTok as the platform with the least effective audience targeting capabilities. Ouch. Not good for this fast growing platform that has a young audience with a high engagement reputation.

“… interest-based targeting would certainly help generate further interest from marketers, many of whom still view TikTok as a bit of a fad, rather than a serious consideration for their activities. Many are very interested in TikTok’s highly engaged young audience, but that’s about it.” – George Carey-Simos, writing for WERSM

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7 Google Search Shortcuts-
Google is a powerful search platform. But its full potential is missed if not used in best ways possible. We found 7 tips to help you locate results faster with some little-used search hacks! Here is one of them.

“With the related query command, you can search for websites similar to another.

Type this in the search bar:

This is particularly useful for conducting competitor research.” – Larry Kim

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