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Target’s "In a Snap" App Makes Catalogs, Ads Shoppable

Jul 23, 2014 - In an effort to drive further engagement, the new iOS app from the retail giant allows mobile shoppers to purchase products directly from select catalog pages. Comments

Yahoo Looks to Catch Up in Mobile With Flurry Acquisition

yahoonewspaper Jul 22, 2014 - Through the acquisition of Flurry, Yahoo will gain access to data from hundreds of apps and more than 1 billion mobile devices, a move that will empower the company to compete with Facebook and Google. Comments

Airbnb's Controversial Logo Draws Attention to Company Rebrand

airbnb3 Jul 22, 2014 - The home-sharing site's new logo has earned it a heap of scorn across the Internet for its sexual undertones - but the added publicity could help boost its new rebranding strategy. Comments

Content Bubble: Does Anyone Know Whether Content Marketing Works?

shutterstock-153218306 Jul 22, 2014 - Brands are jumping into content marketing with hope, but without the proper metrics to gauge results. Can brand content lead to sales or conversions? Comments

Pinterest Ramps Up E-Commerce Features

pinterest-log-in Jul 21, 2014 - The image-based discovery platform is rolling out pins for specific interests, another feature that will benefit online businesses. So how can marketers best use Pinterest for e-commerce? Comments

Facebook Experiments With Buy Button

facebook-brand Jul 21, 2014 - The new feature will allow users to purchase items without ever leaving Facebook, and perhaps alludes to the broader future of e-commerce. Comments

Emirates Airline Asks Social Shutterbugs to Say #HelloChicago

hellochicago-landing Jul 21, 2014 - The brand's new photo-sharing initiative celebrates Chicago as its ninth U.S. destination. And, after the first day, hundreds of submissions had been received, according to an agency rep. Comments

New Adap.tv Patent Ties Sales to Specific TV Ads

television-ad-money Jul 18, 2014 - With a new technology recognizing television-generated conversion, AOL's Adap.tv hopes to blur the line between digital and television advertising. Comments

Twitter Dives Deeper Into E-Commerce With CardSpring Acquisition

Twitter Money Jul 18, 2014 - The micro-blogging platform can now use CardSpring’s technology to track redemptions of offers delivered via Twitter Cards, as well as help businesses deliver relevant deals. Comments

Car Wars: Uber, Lyft, Hailo Compete for a Spot in the Driver's Seat

slot-cars-race Jul 18, 2014 - A look at the different marketing tactics employed by these car services in New York City, and how their strategies are helping them to win customers. Comments

Mobile Wallets Drive 40 Percent of Payment Activity

mobilesmartphones Jul 17, 2014 - Studies from Nielsen, PayPal, and the Federal Reserve Bank show the increasing number of people who make mobile payments and the various ways in which they do so. Comments

What Can Brands Do to Capitalize on Real-Time Moments in Live TV?

howard Jul 17, 2014 - Google says Nike struck gold during the World Cup with its Phenomenal Shot app thanks in part to a new real-time ad tool, but what other options do brands and marketers have? Comments

WeVideo Moves Video Creation to the Cloud for Small-Business Marketers

wevideo-logo Jul 16, 2014 - The video creation platform allows small businesses to create effective video marketing content in the cloud without the expensive, complicated hassle of other products. Comments

Sequencing Ads More Effective Than Call-to-Action Messages [Study]

sequencingads Jul 15, 2014 - A joint study by Facebook, Adaptly, and Refinery29 shows that sequencing ads result in more conversions than call-to-action (CTA) messages. So how can marketers improve their sequencing ad strategy? Comments

Twitter’s New Activity Dashboard Helps Advertisers Measure Organic Tweets

Twitter Money Jul 15, 2014 - The platform has released a new analytics dashboard that offers advertisers measurable insights into how their organic, aka not-paid-for, tweets are performing. Comments

In-Car Wi-Fi Will Create Opportunities for Advertisers Down the Road

chevrolet-4g-lte-campaign-04 Jul 15, 2014 - A recent announcement from Chevrolet about built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi furthers the availability of in-car functionality, which could bring opportunities for advertisers and allow marketers to eventually deliver much more targeted experiences by tapping... Comments

Banana Boat Videos Target "Regular" Guys at the Gym and Baseball Games

banana-boat-men-hed-2014 Jul 14, 2014 - The humorous "Defy the Sun" series is tied to the brand’s Triple Defense for Men sunscreen and has so far also racked up a combined 4.1 million views on YouTube. Comments

Can WeChat’s New Ad Service Rival Facebook and Twitter in APAC?

wechatimage Jul 14, 2014 - WeChat's new ad service allows registered companies to place ads on other corporate WeChat pages. Will this solution help the messaging service evolve into a major ad platform in the Asia-Pacific region? Comments

IHOP’s #SongsSecretlyAboutPancakes Showcases Shazam as a Marketing Tool

ihop Jul 11, 2014 - IHOP says it decided to use Shazam because it wanted to engage with consumers longer than it can in a TV spot and notes the Shazam icon is more of a draw than Facebook or Twitter logos. Comments

4 of the 10 Most Shared Video Ads of 2014 Are From World Cup

activa Jul 11, 2014 - The latest data from Unruly shows that World Cup video ads have done extremely well, taking four of the top 10 spots. Meanwhile, only one ad from this year's Super Bowl cracked the top 10. Comments

Twitter and Pinterest Lead Mobile Sharing Growth as Desktop Declines

sharethislogo Jul 10, 2014 - In Q2 of 2014, shares from smartphones and tablets increased by approximately 31 percent, while desktop shares declined by 6 percent. Twitter and Pinterest were the biggest drivers of mobile sharing growth. Comments

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