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Will Snapchat's Lack of Targeting in First Ad Do More Harm Than Good?

Oct 20, 2014 - Over the weekend the platform launched its first ad, a Snap from the movie "Ouija" that appeared in users' Recent Updates feed. But will the lack of targeting hinder the ads’ effectiveness? Comments

5 Ways to Improve Social Commerce

improve-social-commerce Oct 15, 2014 - These strategies can help you harness the power of social media to boost your sales, especially during the holiday season. Comments

Sour Patch Kids "Breaks Out" a YouTube Series to Lure Teenage Fans

shutterstock-216142318 Oct 14, 2014 - "Breaking Out" is a scripted YouTube series by Mondelez International's Sour Patch Kids candy. The company hopes to use the popularity of its YouTube stars to appeal to its teenage audience. Comments

Advertisers Seek Sleeker Alternatives to YouTube

video-streaming-shutterstock-99918575 Oct 13, 2014 - Video strategists from Story Worldwide, eMarketer, and A&E Network agree that YouTube is king when it comes to video marketing, but continue to search for opportunities on newer platforms. Comments

Pepsi's CMO Talks Mobile

shutterstock-186918995 Oct 8, 2014 - Frank Cooper discusses Pepsi's mobile growth and engagement, some of his favorite mobile campaigns, and why he and Snapchat are kindred spirits. Comments

Ads and Videos May Make Their Way to Snapchat

snapchat logo Sep 3, 2014 - The mobile messaging app known for its vanishing photos is reportedly leaning toward monetization for the first time. Comments

Champs Speaks to High School Athletes in 15-Second Instagram Snippets

adicolortv Aug 4, 2014 - The TV-esque series "AdicolorTV" enables Adidas and Champs to tell a longer story than they could otherwise and it could also be the first series of its kind on Instagram. Comments

Will Facebook Launch Another Snapchat Clone Within Instagram?

instagram-icon-large Jul 28, 2014 - Facebook-owned Instagram seems set to release a new "one-tap photo messaging" app called Bolt, a product that sounds just like Snapchat. Comments

Don’t Hold Your Breath Just Yet for Snapchat Monetization

snapchat-geofilters Jul 25, 2014 - The popular platform has new and rumored features, but marketers say it needs to roll out more tracking capabilities before it can legitimately claim a seat at the social network ad table. Comments

Brands on Yo: Cheap Move for Press or Legit Marketing Maneuver?

yo Jul 10, 2014 - While brands begin to try out the single-tap communication app for themselves, experts remain pessimistic about its potential as a marketing tool. Comments

Instagram Direct Remains Uncharted Territory for Brands

buffalo-wild-wings Jun 24, 2014 - Buffalo Wild Wings is joining in on World Cup fever and using Instagram Direct to reward select fans. That makes it one of only a handful of brands to employ the one-to-one communication platform. Comments

Facebook Launches Snapchat Rival Slingshot...Again

The Facebook logo Jun 18, 2014 - Facebook's Snapchat rival is back again and this time it's here to stay (we think). What does Slingshot mean for advertisers? Comments

Will 2015 Be the Year of the Next Triple Crown Winner?

triple-crown Jun 18, 2014 - Why does it pay for marketers and consumers to stick with email? Because no matter what, it's always going to win, place, or at least show. Comments

Facebook Launches Snapchat Clone but Pulls It Shortly After, Oops!

facebook-like Jun 12, 2014 - After abandoning its Poke app last month, Facebook mistakenly released its new mobile product to rival Snapchat, and then pulled it – but the social network says it will launch the new app again "soon." Comments

Best Practices for Branded Vine Videos

vine May 13, 2014 - While marketers are embracing the trend of short-form branded videos on Vine, many of their efforts are not as successful as they could be. Here are five tips for producing the best branded Vine videos. Comments

Snapchat Chat Gives Brands Direct Line to Consumers

snapchat-chat May 2, 2014 - Snapchat’s new text and video feature will enable brands to further engage with their audiences. It also opens up opportunities for ad targeting, experts say. Comments

WWF’s #LastSelfie Reaches Millennials, Underscores Snapchat Constraints

lastselfie-big-dk-gorilla-better-web Apr 22, 2014 - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is capitalizing upon the popularity of Snapchat and selfies to raise awareness of its conservation efforts among Millennials, but the execution of a branded effort on the platform also highlights some of its challenges. Comments

#CZLNY: The Power of Visual Storytelling

pure-michigan-instagram Apr 2, 2014 - On the first day of ClickZ Live New York, Boot Camp Digital chief executive Krista Neher talked about how images tell a brand’s story and help increase the shareability of content. Comments

The Isolation of Social Media

shutterstock-120646564 Mar 28, 2014 - As younger generations grow increasingly dependent on isolating technology to stay in touch, perhaps a new breed of social media services that aim to bring people physically together will begin to emerge. Comments

What’s Up With Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition?

whatsapp Feb 24, 2014 - The real reason for the acquisition is that any site that moves people away from dependence on Facebook also chips away at its ability to sell ads, which makes up most of the company's revenue. Comments

Facebook Acquires WhatsApp in $19 Billion Deal

whatsapp Feb 19, 2014 - Facebook will acquire smartphone-messaging app WhatsApp for a $19 billion cash-and-stock deal. The move pushes the social network further into the fast-growing mobile messaging market. Comments

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