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YouTube Is Coming After Your Fake Views YouTube Is Coming After Your Fake Views

YouTube announced that it is cracking down on videos with inflated, fraudulent view counts more aggressively than ever. While they’ve had some tactics in place already, they’re getting more vigilant at going after videos with views that weren’t earned. “YouTube …

Google Propaganda, SEO and Why Marketers Need to Wake Up Google Propaganda, SEO and Why Marketers Need to Wake Up
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As the entire search world knows, Matt Cutts released a post last week – I’m paraphrasing – warning us that Google now considers “low quality guest posting” to be spam under their guidelines and will begin to take action in …

Imgur Analytics Let You Track The Viral Success Of Your Images Imgur Analytics Let You Track The Viral Success Of Your Images

Imgur just announced the launch of a new analytics platform that will enable brands and marketers to track the viral life of the images they upload. Given that Imgur sees upwards of 100 million unique monthly visitors, this is a …

Twitter Launches Card Analytics Dashboard Twitter Launches Card Analytics Dashboard
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Twitter announced the launch of a new analytics offering for Twitter Cards today, aimed at helping publishers, marketers and developers understand how certain types of cards they’re using are performing. That includes tweets with pictures, videos, content previews, deep links …

Netflix: Ads Are Not Something We’re Contemplating Netflix: Ads Are Not Something We’re Contemplating

Netflix says it has no intentions of including ads in or around its content. The company released its quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Shortly afterwards, the company held a Google+ Hangout with company execs and analysts. One analyst suggested that …

Yahoo Search Is Now Encrypted By Default Yahoo Search Is Now Encrypted By Default
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Yahoo has switched to secure search by default, meaning that the search traffic your analytics program is painting for you is even less complete than it already was. As you may recall, Google made this move a couple years ago …

Now That’s How A Brand Should Use Jelly Now That’s How A Brand Should Use Jelly
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Brands are already (unsurprisingly) looking for ways to take advantage of Jelly, the new mobile Q&A app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Last week, after the app’s launch, we discussed how it might be useful for businesses out of pure …

Monster Energy Drinks Investigated By Attorneys

Your company may want to stop pushing the envelope of your product if it has a history for being a potential causation of five deaths from reports by the Food and Drug Administration. Monster Beverage Corporation, the makers of the …

Twitter Tailored Audiences Now Let Advertisers Use Email Addresses,Twitter IDs Twitter Tailored Audiences Now Let Advertisers Use Email Addresses,Twitter IDs
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Twitter announced some new features for advertisers today, specifically in the realm of tailored audiences. Twitter began testing tailored audiences ad retargeting back in the summer before making it globally available last month. The option enables advertisers to reach users …

Facebook Sponsored Stories Will Officially Die On April 9th Facebook Sponsored Stories Will Officially Die On April 9th
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Back in June, Facebook announced that it was going to get rid of some of its ad units in an effort to eliminate some redundancies, as many of its offerings accomplished the same goals. The company hinted at the demise …

5 Ways to Make Your Small Business Shine on Instagram 5 Ways to Make Your Small Business Shine on Instagram
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Instagram is one of the hottest social media platforms on the internet. When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012 it not only increased the popularity of Instagram, but it also really showed the true value of the …

Kevin Spacey Will School The Content Marketing Industry This Year Kevin Spacey Will School The Content Marketing Industry This Year

Well, you if you weren’t already planning on attending Content Marketing World this year, you have a big reason to do so now. It was announced on Friday that Kevin Spacey will be headlining the event, providing the closing keynote. …

Facebook Acquires Sports Conversation Analysis Firm SportStream Facebook Acquires Sports Conversation Analysis Firm SportStream

Facebook announced an agreement to acquire SportStream, a San Francisco-based builder of sports conversation analysis technology. The company’s technology (which is apparently patent-pending) surfaces what it deems to be the highest quality Facebook posts and tweets, as well as Instagram …

Google: Gmail Image Change Means More Accurate Open Rates Google: Gmail Image Change Means More Accurate Open Rates

Google announced on Thursday that it would begin showing images automatically in Gmail. It has always hidden them until the user has told it to show them. It has done it this way, the company says, as a precautionary measure …

Twitter Adds Broad Match To Keyword Targeting Twitter Adds Broad Match To Keyword Targeting
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Earlier this year, Twitter launched keyword targeting for its ad platform, enabling advertisers to reach users based on words in their recent tweets and in tweets with which they’ve recently engaged. Now, Twitter is launching broad match for keyword targeting. …

3 Analytics Tips To Give Your Lead Generation Program A Facelift 3 Analytics Tips To Give Your Lead Generation Program A Facelift
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Marketers and business owners continue to spend a lot of money driving traffic to their websites and yet many struggle with lead generation and optimizing the traffic and conversion from the campaigns that they are running. Read these three tips …

Nerf Rebelle: Brilliant or Sexist? Nerf Rebelle: Brilliant or Sexist?
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One of the hot toys for the 2013 Christmas season is the Nerf Rebelle series of weapon-like toys. They’ve been made available by Hasbro with little girls exclusively in mind. How do we know they’re for little girls? Well, there’s …

Native Advertising Consumption Has Jumped 44% Over The Last Few Months Native Advertising Consumption Has Jumped 44% Over The Last Few Months

As previously reported, the FTC held a workshop on the topic of native advertising this week called “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content”. The Commission warned publishers and advertisers that some of these ads may be illegal, and encouraged them to …

Facebook For Business Expands, Will Start Regular Blog Series Facebook For Business Expands, Will Start Regular Blog Series
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Facebook announced that it has expanded Facebook for Business, its site for news and info about marketing with Facebook, into eight new countries: Korea, Japan, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Brazil. The site has also launched in 11 new …

FTC Warns Publishers About Illegal Native Advertising FTC Warns Publishers About Illegal Native Advertising
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission held a workshop on native advertising on Wednesday called “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content”. The workshop was designed to examine the practice of blending sponsored stories in with editorial content, and brought together publishing and …

Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again
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Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog (the ones behind the legendary Eric Schmidt evil ice cream man video) has filed a new formal complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission. This time it’s about Google Shopping results. The organization calls …