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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Is Yelp's effect on bottom line worth the legal wrangling?

Recent research from Merchant Warehouse reveals that 93% of consumers who use Yelp typically go on to make purchases with the companies they research via the online review website. Perhaps dodging the legal bullets and dodgy reviews is a small price to pay. >>

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Researchers concerned alcohol brand Tweets reaching underage audience

Twitter is an efficient platform on which to promote products. However, researchers from an Australian University believe the social marketing of one product in particular should be far better regulated - alcohol. >>

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Complacency makes U.K. easy target for cyber criminals

There's a reason why the U.K. is being targeted by online criminals from 25 countries, according to the country's Home Affairs Select Committee - complacency. >>

Monday, July 22, 2013

Research: Proposed app short-form privacy notice categories confusing

The mobile app short-form notice currently proposed by the Department of Commerce's privacy multi-stakeholder process will be confusing to consumers, according to new research released by Carnegie Mellon University. >>

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Advertisers warned about delivery of Royal birth advertising

Thinking of cashing in on the imminent birth of a new member of the British Royal family? You'd better brush up on your Advertising Standards Authority rules and regulations first. >>

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

British 'home webtailers' must pay attention to insurance, tax

Millions of people in the UK now operate a business from home selling products via the Internet, according to new statistics from Direct Line for Business. However, a large number aren't up to date with their insurance needs. >>

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

FTC announces robocall-buster winners

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the winners of its contest to find solutions that will save consumers from illegal, interruptive, and annoying robocalls. >>

Friday, March 15, 2013

FTC warns advertisers against cutting corners on small screens

The Federal Trade Commission has made it clear that it is mandatory for all advertising appearing on social media sites, or designed for small screens, to be accompanied by disclosures that are as clear as possible. >>

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Negative attitudes to data use breeding tomorrow's invisible consumers

More than two-thirds of Internet users across several countries would choose a "do not track" feature if it was readily available, according to new research from technology analysis firm Ovum. >>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

TripAdvisor fights back against blackmail, negative reviews

Many business owners on TripAdvisor are seeing a worrying trend. Customers are threatening to write negative reviews unless they receive a refund, upgrade, freebies, or other request. TripAdvisor has launched a new feature as part of its management tools to help business owners who are being blackmailed. >>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

AdChoices logo comes to Facebook

In response to pressure from the ad industry, Facebook will soon introduce the Digital Advertising Alliance's "AdChoices" logo to ads served through Facebook Exchange. >>

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

E-crime a more costly retail crime than shoplifting

The cost of e-crime in the UK, including the value of stolen goods, damage incurred and crime prevention measures, has risen to such an extent that the British Retail Consortium says it is now a more costly retail crime than shoplifting. >>

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Marketers risk reputation and fines with paid reviews and ratings

In the rush to harness the power of social media, organizations are increasingly turning to paid reviews and ratings. In less than two years time Gartner estimates that almost 1 in 10 of all reviews will have been paid for. >>

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

UK's first social media insurance product launched

Cases of hacking and subsequent reputation damage and ID theft are on the rise, particularly within social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. A London-based privacy firm has come up with a solution - insurance protection. >>

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Dislike of data-sharing drives over half of mobile users to ditch apps

Some mobile apps such as maps and games collect a user's personal details or even track their location. More than half of Americans who use such apps have thought twice about using one once they learned just how much information they were required to share. >>

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