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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Study: SMBs turning to multi-channel to engage

Small businesses are getting smarter about how - and where - they spend ad dollars. While most can only dream about the budgets behind national brands, new data out from Constant Contact shows SMBs are making the most of multi-channel marketing. >>

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Study: SMBs bride personal achievement over money

Small business owners have a lot of pride in their stores or businesses, but work isn't the only thing they're thinking about. According to a new study from computer brand Dell and Manta personal achievement out-ranks money for most SMBs. >>

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New platform uses social components to increase engagement

People are spending more time on social networks, but while many businesses are also in the social space they may not be taking full advantage of what social networking has to offer. A new platform, from Fanhub, uses social tools to increase small businesses reach into the real world. >>

Monday, April 21, 2014

How Facebook, AdWords can work together

Facebook has been taking a beating recently about attribution, the worth of ads placed on the site and the change in algorithms that has some businesses seeing little return even on status updates. But one expert advises brands not to give up on social and instead to look at it differently. >>

Monday, April 21, 2014

Study: Tuesday/Thursday are best days for sharing

Think social media followers share just as many brand offers on Mondays as, say Thursdays? Think again. According to new data out from Extole Tuesdays and Thursdays outrank all other days for sharing, but Monday is still a day retailers don't want to miss. >>

Monday, April 21, 2014

Survey: Bitcoin making more waves

Bitcoin is still fairly unknown to the bulk of consumers, but it is gaining ground. That is the takeaway from a new survey out which indicates nearly half of consumers now at least know about Bitcoin. . .even if they haven't used it yet. >>

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reports: Ad spend up on Bing, consumers still heavy on Google

More search dollars are being pushed into Microsoft's Bing space. That according to new data out from The Search Agency which found that Bing's growth (Q1 2014) was more than double the growth of spending for Google. >>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

90% of marketers not trained in marketing performance, ROI

A woeful lack of training in marketing performance and ROI within marketing qualifications, coupled with marketers entering the profession with no formal marketing qualification, has led to many being unable to properly demonstrate to top management the business effectiveness of their marketing spending, campaigns and activities. >>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Brands: Why Facebook ads may not be a cure-all

With so many consumers in the social space brands need to be there, too, right? Yes, and no, according to one expert who says that while a social network presence may be of benefit for many brands, paying for social advertising is likely not. >>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Studies: Web performance impacting experience, Responsive Design slowing mobile sites

Most Ecommerce brands know a thorough website experience is key to engagement, but in some cases that experience is dragging brands down. >>

Monday, April 14, 2014

Studies: Social pushing engagement

Two new studies may have more brands reaching for the social space in their next campaigns and strategy meetings. According to details from Lithium Technologies, their community-based networks are driving revenue while data out from CRE indicates more consumers are turning to social for content. >>

Monday, April 14, 2014

Study: Mobile search captures more ad dollars

Pay per click ad spending is seeing a new push and it's in the mobile space. That is the takeaway from Covario's Q1 Global Search report, which shows the mobile search spending jumped 135% (Q1 2013 vs. Q1 2014) and 35% over Q4 2013. >>

Friday, April 11, 2014

Time spent watching TV content on YouTube up 65%

New research shows that television viewers have begun spending more time interacting with television-related content on YouTube, rising 65% year-on-year. >>

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Survey reveals increase in teen desire for an iWatch, but at what price?

Apple's shiny new product, the iWatch, is set to hit the stores in the second half of this year and research points to U.S. teens' increased desire to get that product on their wrists. >>

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Retailers: How to start your holiday strategy now

With more than seven months until Christmas, most retailers believe there is plenty of time to develop a strong holiday strategy. The truth is, time is short - because shoppers will begin buying in October, which means ad campaigns in place and running by September. Kristina: What trends are you seeing in ecommerce? >>

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