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Amazon’s AI shopping assistant Rufus is live for all U.S. customers

Amazon rolled out its AI-powered shopping assistant, Rufus, to all U.S. customers in its mobile app. Why it matters. This move signals Amazon’s push into AI-assisted shopping, potentially transforming how consumers interact with ecommerce platforms. How it works. Rufus uses a specialized large language model (LLM) trained on Amazon’s product catalog, customer reviews and web…

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LinkedIn’s AI ad tool to launch globally this fall

LinkedIn is preparing to roll out Accelerate, its AI-driven campaign tool, to all advertisers globally by early fall. Why we care. By embracing Accelerate, advertisers can potentially improve their LinkedIn campaign performance while reducing time and resource investment, making it a tool worth exploring for B2B marketers. By the numbers: Cuts campaign creation time from…

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Amazon expands ad offerings for non-Amazon sellers

Amazon rolled out a new beta feature for businesses that don’t sell products on its platform, allowing them to generate leads through display ads across Amazon’s vast network. Why we care. Amazon’s new lead generation ad type gives advertisers the opportunity to expand their customer base and tap into Amazon’s data-rich environment, even if they…

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Alphabet won’t acquire HubSpot after all

Alphabet’s rumored deal to acquire HubSpot is shelved, sources told Bloomberg (subscription required). Alphabet reportedly walked away from the deal weeks ago, according to Reuters. “Parties didn’t get to due-diligence stage in deal talks,” Bloomberg reported. Early rumors about the talks seemed to solidify at the end of May, when CNBC’s David Faber reported the…

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Hidden Google tool reveals GA4 and Google Ads discrepancies

Google Analytics 4 (GA4) contains a concealed report that allows users to compare conversions exported to Google Ads and explains discrepancies between the platforms. Why we care. This hidden feature provides advertisers with a valuable tool to reconcile differences in conversion data, potentially improving campaign accuracy and performance. How to access: Start with your standard…

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Google AI Overviews only show for 7% of queries, a new low

Google’s AI Overviews now appear less than 7% of the time. This is one of 10 noteworthy findings from a new analysis of AI Overviews. This data was shared with Search Engine Land by enterprise SEO platform BrightEdge and its BrightEdge Generative Parser, which has been tracking and monitoring AI Overviews (and formerly Search Generative…

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TikTok ad spend growth slows amid ban talks

TikTok’s advertising momentum is slowing as uncertainty over a potential U.S. ban looms. By the numbers: Ad spend on TikTok grew 19% year-over-year in March, cooling to 11% in April and 6% in May. Total ad spend from January to May 2024 reached $1.5 billion, up 11% from the same period in 2023. Nine out…

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