Since Twitter launched its IPO, the company has been updating its products and services almost daily to speed up the monetisation. We have summarised all the recent launches for digital marketers inside or outside of companies, so that they can remain on top of this ever-evolving real-time social network.

1 Extended their advertising products outside USA

On 13 November, Twitter announced that small- and medium-sized businesses in the UK, Ireland and Canada will now be able to make use of its self-serve advertising platform.

Twitter’s suites of ad products include Promoted Tweets, Promoted Accounts, and Promoted Trends. 

Earlier, all businesses outside the US had to coordinate with Twitter in order to place their ads, which limited the social network’s reach. With this announcement, it is likely that more businesses will now sign on to place ads on the network, increasing its revenue streams.

2. Align advertising to TV Programs

Twitter announced the availability of TV ad targeting on Twitter. According to Twitter:

“TV ad targeting enables marketers to engage directly with people on Twitter who have been exposed to their ads on TV. Synchronized Twitter and TV ad campaigns make brand messages more engaging, interactive and measurable, while making it easy for marketers to run always-on Twitter campaigns that complement and amplify their TV creative.”

However, TV ad targeting for Promoted Tweets is available in a limited beta to selected partners running national TV commercials in the U.S.

 3. Custom Timeline on TweetDeck and Developer API

Twitter will let you build custom timelines based on topics, hashtags and more from TweetDeck. Twitter has also introduced an API to allow developers to build this functionality into their products.

This is an extension to their list service and will allow users to create powerful streams of information out of Twitter’s open data, effectively allowing anyone to create individual streams of data custom-made to a topic. The topics could be anything that’s comprised in a tweet, such as hashtags, a phrase like ‘going out’ or event-specific keywords like ‘X-Factor’ or ‘Tech Meetup’.

 4. DM option is removed and Block User is reinstated

Just a month after the public backlash following an abundance of spamming, Twitter has just removed its option for users to receive direct messages (DM) from any follower, whether or not that follower is being followed on Twitter. DMs can now only be sent to a user who is following you.

Under the short-lived change on Thursday, a blocked Twitter user could view or tweet at the person who blocked him or her, but that activity would have been rendered invisible to the victim, as if the offending account did not exist. Five hours later, Twitter canceled the change, and reverted the “block” feature to its original setting.

Takeaway for businesses

Clearly Twitter is still evolving, with many products coming to market and some being removed, but the gist is that Twitter, with real-time data, especially when people are watching TV or following live events, can be a formidable channel for marketers to promote their products and services. And with the introduction of their self-service advertising channel, it has become easier to promote things on this network. The marketer should also not forget that Twitter is still one of the most open networks and there are many tools, including TweepForce, out there to help them promote and transact on Twitter.