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Good morning, Marketers, so long, Webmasters Central.

Hello, Google Search Central. It’s official, after 14 years the Webmaster Central brand is 301ing to Search Central. Barry took a look back at how Search Central came to be a key data resource for SEOs, developers and digital marketers.?

And speaking of data, it’s easy to glaze over at the mention of CCPA and now CPRA, but it’s no longer tenable to turn a blind eye and leave privacy management to the legal and ops teams. Greg Sterling spoke with Kristna Podnar and several other marketers about concrete advice on what we should all be doing now to prepare for CPRA.?

“Marketers will need to start paying attention to what data they collect, why they collect it, and how they manage that data throughout its lifecycle,“ says digital policy consultant Kristina Podnar.?

“If you haven’t already, now is a great time to review all of the cookies and data-sharing functions that exist on your website and catalog what they do. It’s likely your legal teams will need to review these sooner rather than later,” advises Simon Poulton, VP of digital intelligence at Wpromote.?

Of course, there’s even more to consider than California’s privacy laws. Register to join Greg, Simon, and Abigail Matchett, associate director of enterprise analytics at Bounteous, to delve deeper into data privacy and the implications for targeting and measurement during SMX next month.?

I’ll also be joining Simon next week, Nov. 17, on a panel hosted by Wpromote to discuss the data reckoning and how to embrace privacy-first marketing. Sign up to join us here.??

Ginny Marvin,

Social Short

Why Pinterest moved beyond CTR to understand ad engagement

Relying on a straight click-through rate metric to understand how ads are resonating has its shortcomings, explained Pinterest engineers in a blog post this week. Those shortcomings include not accounting for ad position bias, users’ Save or Hide actions and brand awareness objectives.?

Instead, Pinterest explains, it developed a User Metric defined as Weighted Engagement on Ads [Clicks, Saves, Hides, etc.]? / Weighted Engagement on Neighboring Organic Content [To account for position bias]. In the table above, the team shows examples of how the “new metric better reflects user engagement,” says Pinterest. (Blue is statistically significant positive, red statistically significant negative, grey is neutral.)

Why we care. While the post illustrates how the new metric helps Pinterest better account for user satisfaction with ads as it continually runs new experiments, understanding how platforms consider and account for ad quality (such as Google Ads’ Quality Score and Ad Rank), can be very helpful in informing how to interpret your own campaign metrics — and help you optimize your campaigns toward your own goals.


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Search Shorts

Slooowwwwmageddon coming? Nah...

Weird Google update. There has been some weird and strange chatter over the past few days around a possible Google algorithm update but we are not sure how widespread it is and Google has not confirmed anything.

iFrame loophole won’t work. Addy Osmani from Google said that iframe loophole to trick Google into thinking your core web vitals scores are better than they are will not work since the Chrome UX report takes it into account.

Slooowwwwmageddon. John Mueller of Google jokes that the page experience update might be code named “Slooowwwwmageddon.”

Veterans Day Doodle. Hope you all had a nice Veterans Day yesterday.? If you missed it, here is the backstory on the Google Doodle.


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What We're Reading

We've curated our picks from across the web so you can retire your feed reader.

Announcing v202011 of the Google Ad Manager API – Google Ads Developer Blog

Google features and tips for holiday travel planning – Google Blog

Google Says No Plans On Taking Away Request Indexing Tool – Search Engine Roundtable

How Google supports military communities – Google Blog

How to optimise your product feed for Google Shopping success – Vertical Leap

Location Data + Reviews: The 1–2 Punch of Local SEO (Updated for 2020) – Moz

November update to Display & Video 360 API v1 – Google Ads Developer Blog

Waze CEO Noam Bardin to leave company in early 2021 – TechCrunch