Today Liz & Sandro recap the recent Facebook & Cambridge Analytica news. They also discuss your personal online privacy and the way marketers use data you may now realize is being monitored & stored.

Sandro mentions a tweet by Dylan Curran found here.

Liz mentions two Wall St Journal videos. You can find them here and here.

Episode 0281

Online Privacy in 2018

Sandro: [00:00:03] Welcome to Liz & Sandro’s Marketing Podcasts we’re the twice weekly podcast that helps your small business grow through digital marketing. In terms of email marketing, SEO, Web site design and so much more.

Liz: [00:00:15] And we have a new website so go check it out.

Sandro: [00:00:18] Liz built us a new Web site and actually we should do an episode on that? Or

Liz: [00:00:22] Yeah we can get into some of the specifics. Well and that we we’ve got to do an episode on our rebranding too. We keep pushing that off.

Sandro: [00:00:29] We’ll do that soon anyways. Thanks for joining us today. Our topic is privacy online privacy.

Liz: [00:00:36] Yeah because there really isn’t any. So a little bit of background about how this episode kind of came together. I was getting up to speed on Facebook and everything that’s happening with their data.

Sandro: [00:00:48] And basically what’s happening is a firm called Cambridge Analytica bought some data from a developer who had access to a lot of data and should not have sold it it’s against Facebook’s policies to sell this data. And this is all alleged. I don’t know. We don’t know for sure. But allegedly sold data to Cambridge Analytica and they used it to help the Trump campaign and during the election. Do I have that correct?

Liz: [00:01:09] That’s my understanding of it. Yeah yeah. And I was confused about that up until earlier this week. So that’s what we know so far as of recording time on Thursday.

Sandro: [00:01:20] So of course everyone’s talking now about privacy. What can I do to protect myself. Why does Facebook know so much about me and the big quote going on all week that we keep hearing over and over is, “if the product is free then you are the product.” Your data is a product. I had a friend post on a friend’s Instagram post it wasn’t even her picture. It wasn’t her post and she just wrote I love my Saab. Suddenly she started seeing more and more ads for Saabs and luxury vehicles.

Liz: [00:01:48] It blows me away. People don’t understand that every single move they do is being tracked. I guess Sandro and I understand it because we are the ones using this data to target and you know hyper focus in on certain segments of the market. But yeah no I think most people are just completely oblivious to it. I think some people are becoming aware of like that example you just gave. Oh why, why am I all of a sudden seeing luxury car ads?

Sandro: [00:02:15] Why is Liz seeing Rolex ads?

Liz: [00:02:15] Yeah, I know. And Sandro you brought up a really good tweet. Who is this guy? Dylan Curran We will link this tweet with retractable tweets right.

Sandro: [00:02:29] Thirty tweets

Liz: [00:02:30] 30 tweets. So he’s like, “you know hey I’m going to freak you out and just show you how much data you’re giving Facebook and Google.” And so it goes on and on. And I’m I’m scrolling through every tweet and I keep scrolling and yes Sandro, like Sandro said there are 30 different examples of how your every move is being tracked.

Sandro: [00:02:49] This guy saw that Google knows where he is where he has been every day for the past year and at what time. I was shocked by that one. The emote somewhat pointlessly the Facebook stores all the stickers you’ve ever sent on Facebook. We have no idea why but you can, when you download all of your data they’ll show you all the stickers you’ve ever sent so anything is minute as that to anything as important. . .

Liz: [00:03:11] As where you live physically where you drove to. So from a business perspective we’ve touched on this in the past but I think it’s important to reiterate this is really good information that you as a business owner can use to target potential customers. And I the majority of potential clients that I come across they don’t even understand a fraction of how you can use Facebook or Google or Instagram to hyperfocus your ad and reach individuals who would just love to buy your product or service. There’s a good chance that one of your competitors might already be taking advantage of this data. So you’ve got to jump in and figure out how to use it to your advantage. But with all of these concerns that are now coming up. . .

Sandro: [00:03:57] Let me just say. So you’re saying all that you said “all this data” that being all the data that Facebook has to offer. You’re saying legally.

Liz: [00:04:04] Yes. Not the reason we don’t want to take a Cambridge Analytica approach to this. I’m not advocating for that.

Sandro: [00:04:11] Correct. If you start with the facebook ads manager and start your ads there you will see all of these options & we’re going to talk in the next episode about options that you can use. But you’re going to see all the options in all the ways that you can advertise and all the ways you can reach certain people legally.

Sandro: [00:04:26] And because people are giving up their information if you want to target people who like Saab’s you may be targeting my friend and she didn’t even know it. You know but you are able to because they give up that information because they typed the word “Saab” on their platform! Facebook even monitors when you delete they monitor your delete key. They know what you typed and then deleted so they know that too. So

Liz: [00:04:47] That I didn’t know.

Sandro: [00:04:48] Yes there’s a lot out there.

Liz: [00:04:51] So with all of this that’s unfolding what we don’t know is how Facebook or Google are going to be making changes to their platform. And we we already know that some changes have been implemented. I think we’re going to dive into that in the next episode. But what I’ll touch on today is that again your subscriber list is your most valuable marketing asset. Yes. Facebook and Google and other apps have all this great data about how people are using the Internet and that’s great but you don’t know what’s going to change tomorrow. So having a subscriber list that you own that you’re actively communicating with is still your most valuable marketing asset.

Sandro: [00:05:29] And with that being said so we are taking e-mail addresses and uploading them to Facebook. That’s something you as a business owner may want to reconsider what do you think?

Liz: [00:05:39] Well I think that’s so tricky because

Sandro: [00:05:42] Your competitors are probably doing

Liz: [00:05:44] Your competitors could be doing it. You know it gets tricky because you know you never really asked your subscribers if you could upload that data into Facebook. But all you’re doing is verifying. You know it’s it’s it’s the subscriber whose email address matches a Facebook account you know you’re a Facebook user you are the one voluntarily giving it all to Facebook.

Sandro: [00:06:05] So as a consumer I may want to create a new e-mail address and use it as my Facebook login?

Liz: [00:06:10] I mean they know they’re going to know like

Sandro: [00:06:14] There’s cookies there’s Facebook pixels.

Liz: [00:06:15] Yeah I watched another video. This was a couple of weeks ago again from the Wall Street Journal and they did a great job of explaining. It’s not like take me for example it’s not personally identifiable information to Liz Hersh or Sandro Galindo, your data is kind of sliced and diced a little bit.

Sandro: [00:06:33] Anonymised?

Liz: [00:06:33] Yeah, thank you anonymised so it’s not directly tied to you or me. But it’s still really valuable. We’ll track down that video and link it in the show notes. So I’ve been seeing headlines about how users are leaving Facebook. I don’t know if that’s true or not. You know do you think this could maybe open up consumers eyes to what’s going on. Maybe but you know I kind of think it’s going to be business as usual. I think we’re just so in love with everything that our smartphones can do I don’t see a mass exit from Facebook or Instagram or using Google maps I just don’t see that happening.

Sandro: [00:07:07] Yeah the big hash tag going around is #DeleteFacebook and every article we’re seeing right now just basically says, “Where are you going to go?”

Liz: [00:07:15] Yeah. Like what am I going to do? When I’m you know waiting in line at the DMV. What am I going to do? You know sometimes you just need that mindless entertainment.

Liz: [00:07:23] And then we as advertisers or as marketers of where are we going to go. Yeah and I mean we’re not going back to the Yellow Pages or to newspapers.

Sandro: [00:07:30] Shout out to newspapers I love newspapers. I came up with newspapers. But yeah we’re not going back to that. You’re right.

Liz: [00:07:35] Yeah and that’s in response to Sandro and I saw some headlines about you know advertisers ultimately didn’t leave YouTube when they were having some issues late last year. They’re probably not going to leave Facebook either. I think the big advertisers and we have seen this you know we have seen some big players make a lot of noise and it caused Facebook to make some changes which is great. But you know I don’t know that the majority of advertisers are going to leave.

Sandro: [00:08:00] And I’ve been hearing more and more clamor for a management change at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg out! Sheryl Sandberg out! I feel like at any other company it may have come to that already and you will see what’s coming down the line. And for you, small business owners, I’m going to advise stick with Facebook just keep doing what works if it works for you. If it’s not working for you maybe you make some adjustments to the way you to your settings. But other than that really. Right now there is no other place to go other than Google and Facebook. So we’ll see how it plays out with management and with this Facebook thing but I think there will probably be some form of regulation maybe coming down the line.

Sandro: [00:08:33] So thank you for joining us. We are Liz Hersh & Sandro Galindo and we have a new Web site that Liz built.

Liz: [00:08:38] Come check it out. The marketing pod cast dot net.

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