Facebook will stop displaying Instant Articles within Messenger

| September 12, 2017

Facebook will stop displaying Instant Articles within Messenger
Fourteen months after Facebook’s Messenger added support for its parent company’s proprietary article format, Messenger will no longer display the Instant Article version of a link when opened within the messaging app. The news was reported earlier today by TechCrunch and confirmed by a Facebook spokesperson.

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Finding a new catwalk, fashion brands are strutting their stuff on Instagram with gusto.
The Talkwalker team recently scrutinized 27 luxury brands, and compared their various Instagram marketing strategies.If your brand is 'Instagrammable' (i.e. takes a good photo) check out what the team learned when it took a deep dive into ten leading fashion brands. In addition, the Talkwalker team also pulled out five best practices based on these brands, which will help put any brand onto the fast track to Instagram success.
Looking for Instagram marketing inspiration? Check out the infographic listing below.

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Finding a new catwalk, fashion brands are strutting their stuff on Instagram with gusto.
The Talkwalker team recently scrutinized 27 luxury brands, and compared their various Instagram marketing strategies.If your brand is 'Instagrammable' (i.e. takes a good photo) check out what the team learned when it took a deep dive into ten leading fashion brands. In addition, the Talkwalker team also pulled out five best practices based on these brands, which will help put any brand onto the fast track to Instagram success.
Looking for Instagram marketing inspiration? Check out the infographic listing below.

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If you have, it is very likely that you have wondered if digital advertising couldn’t be cheaper, more transparent and more effective? Over the past years the market has been monopolised, which resulted in high and hidden fees, lack of transparency and censorship. What’s even worse is that these are only some of the issues that both the advertisers and the publishers are struggling with. Adshares is here to change the status quo. Our ecosystem is the answer to negative trends in programmatic advertising, and the AdServer Release Candidate is another important step in our quest to fix what is wrong in this market. Adshares is decentralizing digital ads Adshares is the first 100% decentralized marketplace for programmable advertising, also being one of the most advanced blockchain-based projects in the advertising market. The network uses a unique tailor-made blockchain developed by the Founders. Adshares offers CPM, CPA, popup and pop-under campaigns that allows advertisers to reach more clients and publishers to earn more. Combined with some unique features, Adshares offers a very interesting set of advantages over many mainstream and crypto ad networks. Significantly lower fees compared to mainstream advertising networks Transparency and increased freedom — no middlemen who can censor or block content. The publisher is the one who decides what content can be displayed on their website Availability for small advertisers — no minimum budget required to join the network Only email is required to start advertising (instant approval ad network) One of the best pop ads network Instant payouts for advertisers (every hour) and no minimum payout Beyond conventional ad networks, adshares is now extending the network's capabilities to promotional campaign services through social media (e.g. twitter), press releases with publishers across the network and other media. 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