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Retargeting gets credit for sales that would have happened organically, say 83% of marketers

Retargeting gets credit for sales that would have happened organically, say 83% of marketers

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With today’s customer journey being more complicated than ever, it’s rare for the first touchpoint to result in a sale. Retargeting makes sense as a solution to that, designed to convert online window shoppers. The problem is, there’s so much bad retargeting out there. The repetitive ads that follow you all around the Internet have […]

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Taking aim at Facebook & others: Apple says it is 'shutting down' tracking from Like & Share buttons and conversation platforms

Taking aim at Facebook & others: Apple says it is ‘shutting down’ tracking from Like & Share buttons and conversation platforms

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Apple further entrenched its strategic positioning as privacy protector against the ad tech ecosystem at WWDC, its annual developer conference, on Monday. Apple is taking aim at Facebook’s Like buttons, Disqus comments widgets and other third-party APIs that can be used for data collection, tracking and ad targeting. Last year, Apple shrugged at industry pushback that […]

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Digital advertising's opportunities & threats from Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report

Digital advertising’s opportunities & threats from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report

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Advertising wasn’t a major focus of Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report this year, but the well-known internet analyst pointed out several interesting developments that affect the sector. Here we lay out some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the digital advertising ecosystem. Opportunities The time we spend on our connected devices keeps […]

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3 examples of technology disrupting marketing, according to Chiefmartec Scott Brinker

3 examples of technology disrupting marketing, according to Chiefmartec Scott Brinker

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Digital transformation is one of those marketing terms that’s so overused (we’re guilty of it, too) that, what does it even mean anymore? To Scott Brinker, HubSpot’s VP of Platform Ecosystem who is also known as Chiefmartec, the term refers to the way organizations evolve to take better advantage of marketing technology. When he created the now-famous MarTech Landscape […]

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Unauthorized Alexa conversation recording unnerved owner, called a mistake by Amazon

Unauthorized Alexa conversation recording unnerved owner, called a mistake by Amazon

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Amazon Echo, housing the Alexa intelligent agent When it comes to next-generation technologies, like AI, the discussion is binary. The boosters, industry insiders and developers, see the social benefits, while detractors only half-jokingly predict Terminator-style dystopian futures. Could both be right? Can social and consumer benefits exist even as these new technologies lead to civil […]

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Q+A with TGI Fridays' Sherif Mityas

Q+A with TGI Fridays’ Sherif Mityas

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When you think of artificial intelligence, what are the first names to come to mind? We’re guessing you answered that question in your head with Microsoft, Google or Amazon, and not TGI Fridays. Still, over the last year and a half, AI has become a big enough part of the brand’s overall strategy that Chief […]

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Why Nike’s AR experiment for Facebook Messenger was a hit with its customers

Why Nike’s AR experiment for Facebook Messenger was a hit with its customers

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At this year’s F8 conference earlier this month, Facebook announced that brands can now use its Camera Effects Platform to employ augmented reality (AR) with Messenger bots. Four brands — Kia, Nike, Sephora and ASUS — participated in a closed beta to incorporate this added capability. Kia showed off its Stinger car, Sephora enabled virtual […]

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Facebook's dynamic ads for auto dealerships get new lead-gen features

Facebook’s dynamic ads for auto dealerships get new lead-gen features

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Facebook is rolling out updates to its dynamic ads for auto dealerships, giving them a lead-gen feature that feeds leads directly into the dealership’s CRM system. The ads — which are created using the dealership’s vehicle catalogue and include a call to action to complete a lead-gen form — will now send the leads directly […]

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The rise of Stories and the changing face of social marketing

The rise of Stories and the changing face of social marketing

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This behavioral shift has also brought an interesting change in our social media consumption. Stories across all popular platforms are turning more popular year over year and this brings out a big question; will social media news feeds disappear over time? Earlier this year Mark Zuckerberg was admitting the growth of Stories: Another important shift […]

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Attention + intensity: Tips for navigating the new age of media strategy

Attention + intensity: Tips for navigating the new age of media strategy

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As marketers and brands have seen, the prevalence of digital video has transformed how consumers access media and content. Essentially, video is not the future, it’s the “now”. According to Cisco, global IP video traffic will represent 82 percent of all consumer internet traffic by 2021, up from 73 percent in 2016. Consumers no longer […]

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IAB says digital ad revenues up 21% to $88B in 2017. Left unsaid: The duopoly dominated that growth

IAB says digital ad revenues up 21% to $88B in 2017. Left unsaid: The duopoly dominated that growth

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The IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) is out with its Q4 and 2017 year-end state of the digital advertising industry report. In a repeat of the past several years, digital advertising revenue is up. There was growth across formats and devices. And while the IAB doesn’t name names, Facebook and Google continue to suck up most […]

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What does the future look like for Snapchat?

What does the future look like for Snapchat?

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Q1’s earnings reports are out: Facebook had a great quarter and Snap… did not. This, despite the scandals plaguing the former and the latter’s efforts to improve. Over the last few weeks, Snapchat has rolled out new augmented reality features for users, and better location data and unskippable video ads for marketers. Does this mean […]

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Facebook unveils new analytics features, including a tool to track the omnichannel journey

Facebook unveils new analytics features, including a tool to track the omnichannel journey

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Facebook introduced new analytics features — including a tool to track customer journeys through multiple channels — on Tuesday at its F8 developer conference. Journeys is the most notable addition to Facebook’s currents analytics tools. It provides omnichannel data and reporting, so marketers can see what users are doing right before they take an action […]

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4 takeaways from Neiman Marcus' awesome mobile app

4 takeaways from Neiman Marcus’ awesome mobile app

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I was in a department store over the weekend and left empty-handed. I couldn’t find anything and eventually opted to go online instead. Writing about “the new luxury landscape” a few days earlier, I learned a lot about Neiman Marcus’ dedication to omnichannel. And I couldn’t stop thinking about that app and how much better […]

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Facebook impervious to scandal as Q1 results of $12 billion easily beat expectations

Facebook impervious to scandal as Q1 results of $12 billion easily beat expectations

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Facebook announced first quarter revenues of $11.97 billion, which easily beat Wall Street consensus estimates. The company managed to post growth in all key metrics, despite the ongoing data scandals that have dogged it in recent months. Marketers spent $11.8 billion on ads on Facebook, which was up a whopping 50 percent vs. a year ago. […]

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Facebook’s pre-roll ad test will only run in Watch, not News Feed

Facebook gives creators new ways to monetize videos, while pushing more users to Watch

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Facebook is taking more steps to help video creators and publishers monetize content, while simultaneously aiming to drive a bigger audience to Watch, the site’s video hub with original content programming. In its latest announcement around video, Facebook is launching new “preview” trailers for Watch programming that will run within the News Feed. The previews […]

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5 first-party data strategies to power your personalization

5 first-party data strategies to power your personalization

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Every brand understands—or should understand—the importance of data. And no data is more valuable than first-party shopper behavior data, which is derived directly from your customers. Since first-party data comes straight from the source, this eliminates any games of telephone, enabling marketers to better understand—and build stronger relationships with—their customers. According to CPC Strategy’s “How […]

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Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR

Facebook to change terms of service for members outside Europe ahead of GDPR

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Facebook will change the way it administers its terms of service (TOS) for 1.5 million users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America, the company confirmed today. Though users in those territories previously agreed to TOS dictated by the company’s corporate entity in the EU nation of Ireland, now they must legally agree to be bound […]

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AdLedger, IBM and Salon Media team up to make sure marketers understand the technology

AdLedger, IBM and Salon Media team up to make sure marketers understand the technology

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We’ve written a lot about blockchain, the technology that makes Bitcoin possible without any centralized authority. The underlying theme has been its tremendous potential to impact our industry. However, there’s a catch: You should probably understand how blockchain works first. AdLedger, a non-profit consortium building and implementing blockchain standards for digital advertising, is dedicated to making […]

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Facebook's 'Premieres' video format will let publishers post prerecorded video as live footage

Facebook’s ‘Premieres’ video format will let publishers post prerecorded video as live footage

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Facebook is testing a new video format called Facebook Premieres that will let video creators, publishers and shows post prerecorded video as live footage. The prerecorded videos will play similar to a livestream, allowing viewers the chance to interact with the video as it is broadcast on the site. Comments, reactions and interactions with the […]

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Survey: Chasm exists between brands and consumers on data privacy

Senators introduce privacy “bill of rights” to protect consumer data

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Earlier this month, U.S. senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a privacy “bill of rights” to protect American consumers’ personal data. The Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions (CONSENT) Act would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to establish privacy protections for customers of online edge providers like Facebook […]

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What the declining time spent on Facebook means for marketers

What the declining time spent on Facebook means for marketers

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Facebook has been in the spotlight for many different cases over the past few days, weeks and months. Fake news, privacy issues, algorithm changes that affect organic reach and a growing advertising model that is currently under question. Among all these, there has been reported a 24% decrease in the average time spent on the […]

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Strategies for expanding your search marketing

Strategies for expanding your search marketing

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Every brand wants to be a global powerhouse, right? But of course, breaking into other markets is easier said than done. Marketers must keep the diverse needs and cultures of consumers in mind, optimizing their web presence and content strategies accordingly. From an SEO perspective, that requires specific action plans separate from those executed in […]

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Facebook Live broadcasts have doubled YoY since the livestreaming feature launched in 2016

Facebook Live broadcasts have doubled YoY since the livestreaming feature launched in 2016

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Facebook reports Facebook Live broadcasts have doubled year over year since the feature debuted in 2016, and the number of daily average broadcasts from verified publisher Pages has lifted 1.5 times during the past year. To mark the two-year anniversary of the livestreaming feature, Facebook released a number of stats around live broadcasts on the […]

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Facebook moves to 'fix' the News Feed by de-emphasizing commercial content

Facebook to require authorization and labeling on all political and ‘issue’ ads, verification of large Pages and more

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Facebook has introduced yet another set of changes in the wake of a scandal caused by charges that Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook user data. In a blog post Friday, Facebook executives Rob Goldman and Alex Himel announced several changes and features they said would make advertisements and Pages more transparent.The changes include required authorization and labeling of political and […]

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Facebook updates terms and data collection policy to be more 'clear'

Facebook updates terms and data collection policy to be more ‘clear’

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Facebook is updating and changing its terms of service and data policy. This is part of a multi-pronged effort to make the company’s privacy policies and tools more accessible and easier to use. The company says it’s trying to make things “clearer” and that it’s not asking for “new rights to collect, use or share […]

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How USA TODAY is revolutionizing journalism

How USA TODAY is revolutionizing journalism

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The publishing industry is in an interesting place. Monetization has been a challenge since the dawn of digital and Facebook’s recent algorithm change, prioritizing posts from your actual friends, demonstrates just how much publishers need to look beyond ad revenue. While many try to figure out how to create subscription models, USA TODAY is doing […]

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