Social Media Influencing High Income Consumers
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Nearly 30 percent of higher-income consumers said social media influenced their decision making when it came to home repair services, a higher percentage than other income groups, according to a new study by Ad-ology.

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The study found this group had significantly high reports of recent maintenance services performed.

Using Twitter And Social Media To Build Your Brand
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Social media is becoming increasingly important to retailers and brands. With the meteoritic rise of Twitter, finding the right approach to successfully engaging an audience is key.

Schmidt Forecasts Monthly Acquisitions
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Eric Schmidt has laid out a good news/bad news scenario for people who would like to become part of Google.  On the one hand, he intends to acquire about one small company per month.  On the other, it sounds like most of Google’s "now hiring" signs are going to remain in storage. 

Google Adds Ovation TV As TV Ad Partner

Google has reportedly worked out another deal for its TV Ads unit. According to AdWeek, Google now counts Ovation TV, the arts cable channel among its TV Ads partners.

Where the Traffic Went in August

comScore Media Metrix released its top 50 web properties list for August this week, and found that educational sites and humor sites were quite popular for the month. Home sites also saw some significant gains.

Facebook Movie Cast Announced

Following months of bloggers’ casting suggestions and seemingly unfounded rumors, it’s been announced who will star in the upcoming Facebook movie.  Jesse Eisenberg will play Mark Zuckerberg, and lead roles have also gone to Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield.

Howard K. Stern Arraigned – Video

Howard K. Stern has plead not guilty of charges stemming from the death of Anna Nicole.  Stern was arraigned on 11 counts including using aliases to obtain opiates.

Here are some of the hundreds of tweets now appearing on Twitter:

Obama and Gaddafi Address UN – Videos Hit Web

President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations today in a speech in New York City. The event has of course inspired a lot of buzz and conversation on the web and Twitter.

Videos of the speech have been uploaded to YouTube:

Safety Commission Joins YouTube And Twitter

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is fully embracing social media with its launch of "CPSC 2.0"

The goal of the social networking initiative is to provide consumers with additional resources about product safety information and recalls.

"Through social media, CPSC can directly reach millions of the moms, dads and others who need our safety information the most," said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Companies Struggle with Social Media and Employee Discipline

The Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) have conducted yet another social media-related survey, finding that company policies have not yet caught up with the incredible growth in social media use among employees. The survey looked at what management is doing to manage employee social media use.

Australian Dust Storm Videos Are Amazing
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 Amazing videos hit the web showing a Mars-like view of Australia today. 

Youtube poster TwilightSuspension writes, "Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Just lucky I was up to film it. Dust storm over the Hawkesbury, Australia. Taken at about 5:30am. The color is perfect and completely unexaggerated.

Amazon Announces Winner Of TV Ad Contest
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Amazon.com has announced the winner of its "Your Amazon Ad Contest" its first national competition for the best customer-created television commercial.

Angela Kohler, of Los Angles, was voted the winner by the company as well as Amazon customers. Kohler will receive $20,000 in Amazon gift cards along with a trip for two to the 15th Annual Gen Art Film Festival in New York City next April where her commercial will be screened.

Pee Wee Herman is Back…in Twitter Form
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Pee Wee Herman, the alternate identity of actor Paul Reubens, made famous in the 80s from a couple of TV shows and movies (namely Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Tim Burton’s greatest acheivement in my opinion), is back. You probably know the story. He was busted for exposing himself in a theater and Pee Wee Herman pretty much fell off the face of the planet, although Reubens has popped up from time to time.

Making Retail Mobile

It’s no secret that today’s mobile phones put early supercomputers to shame, and really, smartphones can almost keep up with today’s laptops in terms of letting people email, search, listen to music, and shop.  So a session at the Shop.org 2009 Annual Summit explored how retailers should embrace the mobile market.

Most Businesses Implementing Social Media Without Measuring ROI

Mzinga and Babson Executive Education recently conducted a survey, which examined the adoption, use and current state of social technologies in business. The findings revealed that 86% of respondents use social technologies in one or more areas of business, including marketing, internal collaboration/learning, customer service and support, sales, and HR.

Google Collects Industry Research on New Site
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Google recently launched a new Internet statistics site, called simply "Google Internet Stats." The site provides industry data from third-party sources for use in research.

Google Launches Climate Change Platform With Denmark
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Google has announced it has partnered with the Danish government to launch an online platform focused on climate change.

The move comes ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 (COP15) in December hosted by the Danish government.

The goal of the platform is to increase global engagement in climate change. Users will be able to upload videos to YouTube’s "Raise your voice" COP15 channel sharing their thoughts and opinions on climate change.

New Picasa Lets You Use Name Tags
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Google has released a new version of its photo editing software, Picasa, for both Mac and PC. The most noteworthy new feature is the addition of name tags, which lets users organize photos based on who’s in them. This uses the same technology that powers a similar feature on Picasa Web Albums.

UK News Sites Getting Big Traffic from US
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British news sites are starting to see a lot more traffic from the US. UK Internet visits to News and Media websites grew by 8% last year according to Hitwise, and US Internet visits to UK News and Media sites have gone up by 54%.

Yahoo Pushes Out the New Search Design
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Along with Yahoo’s big new "Y!ou" campaign, the company has begun rolling out the new Yahoo Search.

Americans Favor Online Banking
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For the first time more Americans (25%) prefer to do their banking online compared to any other method, according to a new survey by the American Bankers Association.

"This marks a watershed change," said Nessa Feddis, ABA senior counsel and retail banking expert. 

Get Gmail Messages Pushed to Your iPhone
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Back in February Google launched the beta version of Google Sync. This allowed Google users to sync their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events to their iPhones or Windows Mobile devices (Android already synced data). The feature did not come with the ability to sync actual mail, however. That has now changed.

The addition of "push Gmail" support has been a heavily requested feature ever since Google Sync was launched.

Yahoo Shows Off its New “It’s Y!ou” Campaign
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The web was abuzz yesterday with talk of a new Yahoo marketing campaign, which is all about "Y!ou." This campaign was formally announced today, and a new site dedicated to it has even been set up by the company at YouAndYahoo.com. Yahoo says it is the single-largest integrated marketing campaign for the company ever.

Print Publishers Embracing Mobile Market

More print publishers are focusing on the mobile market as a way to expand their brands, reach new audiences and generate additional revenue while offering advertisers the chance to reach locally targeted engaged audiences, according to a new survey from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).

Forty-five percent of respondents who track mobile’s impact on their website traffic said the devices increased visits by up to 10 percent today. Half believe mobile traffic to their websites will increase by five to 25 percent in the next two years.