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About Chris Crum

Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.
Gmail Just Got Better On Android Gmail Just Got Better On Android

Google announced an update to its Gmail app for Android with some much-needed new features. Late last year, the app got an update that enabled users to add email accounts from other providers like Yahoo or Microsoft Outlook. The new …

Study Looks At Marketer Perceptions of Mobile Ads Study Looks At Marketer Perceptions of Mobile Ads

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released a new study conducted by Ovum looking at over 200 brand marketers and their perceptions of mobile advertising. It found that most (76%) perceive programmatic buying to be an important development in mobile advertising, …

Flipboard Magazines Get More Business-Friendly Flipboard Magazines Get More Business-Friendly

Two years ago, Flipboard launched its now-fundamental Magazines feature, which turns all users into content curators. Now, the company is launching a highly-requested feature with private group magazines, which it says are ideal for classrooms, clubs, work groups, friends, and …

Yelp Documentary Puts Out Call For Stories From Businesses Yelp Documentary Puts Out Call For Stories From Businesses

Yelp documentary-in-the-making Billion Dollar Bully met its Kickstarter funding goal on Friday after generating a fair amount of exposure in the media, most notably with a back-and-forth between filmmaker Kaylie Milliken and Yelp VP of Corporate Communications Shannon Eis on …

Amazon Starts Handpicking Local Service Businesses To Put In Front Of Customers Amazon Starts Handpicking Local Service Businesses To Put In Front Of Customers

Amazon announced the launch of a new service called Amazon Home Services, which lets customers browse, buy, and schedule appointments with professional services via a marketplace of services in categories like home improvement, computer & electronics, lawn & garden, lessons, …

Yelp Documentary ‘Billion Dollar Bully’ Reaches Funding Goal Yelp Documentary ‘Billion Dollar Bully’ Reaches Funding Goal

Last week, a Kickstarter campaign kicked off to raise money for a documentary called Billion Dollar Bully, which delves into accusations about Yelp’s business practices that have haunted the company for years. Businesses often claim that Yelp salespeople call them …

How Brands Are Generating Engagement On Instagram How Brands Are Generating Engagement On Instagram

A shockingly low percentage of brands are using Instagram despite its potential for excellent engagement, according to Yesmail study we recently looked at. That will likely change over time, but for the time being, brands have a great deal to …

Flipboard Tips From The Service’s Editorial Director Flipboard Tips From The Service’s Editorial Director

According to Guy Kawasaki, speaking at Social Media Marketing World, “Curation is just as valuable as creation.” Flipboard, which turns its users into curators, apparently doesn’t quite see it that way. Editorial director Josh Quittner told The Drum a couple …

Here’s What’s Coming To Netflix In The Next Week Here’s What’s Coming To Netflix In The Next Week

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. We’ve got …

How Shoppers Use Twitter During The Buying Process How Shoppers Use Twitter During The Buying Process

Twitter is sharing some research from studies it conducted with Millward Brown and Crimson Hexagon about Twitter’s role in the buying process for shoppers. Twitter says its findings can help businesses maximize sales by “sending Twitter shoppers the right message …

ShareThis Study Looks At Pinterest And Purchases ShareThis Study Looks At Pinterest And Purchases

ShareThis has a new report out combining third-party purchase data and its own social data to examine the value of a pin on Pinterest. “Pinterest’s recent valuation at $11 billion and growing international user base further solidify it as a …

Here’s What To Do And What Not To Do With Twitter’s Periscope App Here’s What To Do And What Not To Do With Twitter’s Periscope App

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Twitter bought Periscope, a startup making a live streaming video app that had yet to launch. Now, Twitter has officially launched the app, which is a direct competitor to another new app that …

FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’ FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an inflammatory report under the title “Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House,” which attempts to make the case that Google was able to sway the outcome of the FTC’s antitrust …

Should You Use Facebook Comments On Your Site? Should You Use Facebook Comments On Your Site?

There are a variety of tools websites can use for user comments on blog posts and other content. Facebook has offered an option for years, and there have always been pros and cons of using its solution. The company held …

Facebook Gives Developers Analytics For Apps Facebook Gives Developers Analytics For Apps

Facebook announced the launch of Facebook Analytics for Apps, which is exactly what it sounds like. Apps logging App Events, which according to the company, includes over 87% of the top-grossing apps in the U.S., can start using the service …

What Businesses Will Be Able To Do With Facebook Messenger What Businesses Will Be Able To Do With Facebook Messenger

Much of Facebook’s opening f8 keynote on Wednesday was about Facebook Messenger, which the company has now turned into a developer platform. The other major piece of Messenger news was that users will soon be able to interact with businesses. …

Facebook Messenger Now A Platform, Provides Guidelines For Developers Facebook Messenger Now A Platform, Provides Guidelines For Developers

Facebook just kicked off its annual f8 developer conference, announcing Messenger Platform and Businesses on Messenger. The former enables developers to build apps that Messenger users can take advantage of in conversations. The latter seems to be looking to take …

Facebook Teaches Marketers Some Things With Blueprint Facebook Teaches Marketers Some Things With Blueprint

Facebook marketing hasn’t gotten any easier over the years, and perhaps in recognition of that fact, the company just announced some new resources for marketers aimed at helping educate them on better leveraging the social network as a marketing platform. …

Google Says More About Mobile-Friendly Ranking Signal Google Says More About Mobile-Friendly Ranking Signal

About a month ago, Google announced that it would begin using mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal starting on April 21. This gave webmasters some time to prepare to avoid potentially devastating effects in search results. This is a major update …

Yelp Documentary: The Plot Thickens [Updated] Yelp Documentary: The Plot Thickens [Updated]

As previously reported, last week, Prost Productions announced a new documentary project called Billion Dollar Bully, which dives into the infamous Yelp “extortion” allegations that have persisted for at least six years. The basic story that we’ve seen brought up …

Google Was Just Granted A Patent For Manufacturing Contact Lenses Google Was Just Granted A Patent For Manufacturing Contact Lenses

On Tuesday, Google was granted a patent related to the manufacturing of contact lenses. This comes at a time when the company’s approach to Glass is in something of a transition. Google pulled the plug on the first phase of …

Should Viewability Standard Just Be A Jumping Off Point? Should Viewability Standard Just Be A Jumping Off Point?

As you know, the issue of ad viewability can be a contentious one among advertisers, agencies, and publishers, and we recently looked at this from various angles based on what such parties have been saying in the media. Some of …

Would You Let Facebook Host Your Content? Would You Let Facebook Host Your Content?

Early this year, as Facebook was touting its incredible growth as a video hosting provider, speculation began to mount that Facebook would look to host content beyond video. Would Facebook get publishers to let it host their articles? Would you …

Add Value To Your Content With Reddit Embeds Add Value To Your Content With Reddit Embeds

Reddit is now letting people embed its comment threads on their websites. They’ve been doing this for a couple of months with a limited number of people while the feature was in beta, but now anyone can embed comment threads …