Smirk’s Take

It’s second nature for the Smirk team to stay up-to-date on digital marketing best practices, platform algorithm updates, trending topics online, and the latest Facebook scandal. Curious about Smirk’s Take on the current digital landscape? Read our latest original blogs.

Instagram Allows Users to Opt-Out of Third-Party Data Sharing

Instagram is expanding its data policy to include a new “Data From Partners” setting that will allow users to opt-out of receiving personalized ad targeting driven by partner-sourced data. If your Instagram is connected to your Facebook account, you’ll also receive...

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Facebook Introduces Election Notification Updates

In anticipation of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election next month, Facebook has announced a new set of notifications that will appear at the top of users’ home feeds providing updates with official poll information. Taking Control of the Conversation From the...

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Smirk Reacts to 2021 Marketing Trends

If there’s one thing we can take away from 2020, it’s to expect the unexpected. We all know the marketing landscape is always evolving and adapting. It’s not enough to simply keep up with trends, you need to be ahead of the game. Here are the Smirk team’s predictions...

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Relevant Ads Matter

Recent studies show that 44% of consumers have tried a new brand after seeing a relevant ad. Crafting your advertising strategy is so much more than just posting a graphic and copy — who you put your content in front of plays the biggest role in your campaign’s...

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The Anatomy of a Perfect Welcome Email

Don't underestimate the power of a good welcome email. The welcome email is a triggered message. It’s permission-based marketing. 74.4% of people expect a welcome email when signing up or subscribing to a website. The average open rate for a welcome email is an...

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Apple Postpones iOS 14 Privacy Update

Apple has postponed a major privacy update that would let users opt-out of sharing their information with app developers. The feature was supposed to roll out with the latest iOS 14 update but was postponed until 2021 after the backlash it received from...

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Desktop-First is Dead

Mobile-friendliness is no longer optional. With all websites being migrated to Google’s mobile-first indexing this month, you can’t afford to be left behind. Mobile phone users now account for over half of the web traffic worldwide, so your website’s lack of mobile...

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Brand Loyalty in the Age of COVID-19

The ongoing pandemic has created a seismic shift in consumer habits. From how your brand initially responded to COVID-19 to the ways you’ve implemented new health and safety policies, being transparent and empathetic with your audience can make or break their future...

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How Brand Discovery Has Evolved for the Modern Consumer

Social media is an increasingly popular resource for catching up on the latest news and keeping in touch with your friends while you’re not able to see them face-to-face. In fact, of the 6 hours a day that U.S. adults averaged online in 2019, more than 2 hours were...

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