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Ten links that point towards the future of new media marketing:

Facebook Updates Your News Feed: Introducing Topic Groups

You probably noticed this showing up. I think it’s a great move. Consolidates similar content and also shows who among your network likes similar types of content. That type of chart can’t be far behind.

30% Of U.S. Homes Have Net-Connected TV Device

While still not mainstream, these numbers are increasing quickly.

Looks like HTML5 is gaining momentum — Tech News and Analysis

Looks like you’ll be missing less and less content on your iPad.

New Balance Offers Free Shoes If You Can Find Virtual Batons [VIDEO]

Interesting idea. I’m not sure I’d have shown the guy coming around the corner stealing the prize from the girl.

Don’t Ask People to Like You, Give Them a Reason to Like You | ClickZ

As content becomes the reached-for tool in the marketers belt, it’s going to take a monumental shift in thinking for a lot of people accustomed to just pushing out messages. The idea of adding value does not come as naturally to advertisers as it does to publishers.

How Brands Become Publishers in a Real-Time Marketing World | iCrossing Digital

According to a recent Roper survey, about 90% of CMOs see content as the future of marketing. This is a very good high level view of how marketers can approach the new content game, with a number of good charts breaking out the process.

NBC and Versus to Broadcast Major League Soccer Games | Adweek

An interesting part of the negotiation was the number of homes NBCU reaches. With rumors flying that YouTube is making a run for the NFL contract, I have to wonder if that won’t be a potential problem for them. Sure, everyone has a computer, but most people aren’t going to watch a football game with their friends on it. Perhaps there will be some sort of partnership deal with a smaller network.

Instagram on your underpants | Adverblog

Once personalization has reached underwear, it’s either hit the big time or jumped the shark.

Study Says Drudge Report Drives More Traffic Than Facebook & Twitter Combined

While the Drudge data is interesting, it’s not a marketing opportunity the way Twitter and Facebook are. So the most interesting part for me is down the page, where they explain why Twitter refers more traffic than Facebook. I have to agree, although still I’m surprised Twitter is anywhere near Facebook, given Facebook’s sheer size and frequency of use.

STUDY: 1 In 5 Of Facebook Contacts Are Work Related

This stat isn’t surprising, and I think if anything points to how many of us have a difficult time segmenting a large portion of our network into either friend, family, coworker, or whatever. While I like what Google+ is doing, I wonder if people are really up for making those additional posting decisions on a regular basis. It does add friction to the posting process.

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The latest in new media marketing strategies, tactics and technologies:

100 YouTube Videos Come Together To Cover Led Zeppelin [VIDEO]

More than anything, I think this shows how something as seemingly simple as video sharing has impacted so many people in so many situations and environments, and draws a common thread across all of them.

This iPhone Survived a 13,500-Foot Fall

A great brand story, irregardless of what a freak event this may have been.

Track that bias: New app visualizes cable news topics live — Online Video News

The first 2 paragraphs of this are all you need to read to get a nice sense of how text analysis can be used to add depth and perspective to a batch of data difficult to otherwise get a good grasp of.

How Bing’s Editors Choose Sexy Images To Seduce You Away From Google | Fast Company

A battle of the page design strategies between Microsoft (Bing) and Google. While Bing has supported their page launch with a significant paid media effort, I can see how this more emotional greeting is a great shot at Google’s supposed strength; simplicity. It’s like the political debate strategy of attacking, not your opponents weaknesses, but their strengths.

AmEx Links Up Facebook With Coupon-less Deals, And Lets Merchants Go Social | TechCrunch

I really like how AmEx understands their value in this corner of the market — creating a coupon experience with less friction for the end consumer. The less behavior changing you have to do, the better.

Why are web workers happier? — Online Collaboration

Agencies often struggle with the idea of an out-of-sight workforce. This is an interesting counter to that.

Game Insight Shuns iOS for Android, Prepares to Tell Facebook Crime Story

If you were a Mac user in the 90s, you have to remember how slowly, developers started investing less and less effort in their Mac apps, relative to the PC versions. Android is looking more and more like the new Windows. Better? No. But cheaper, more widely available, and thus gaining a larger customer base? Yes.

Facebook Asks Users to Help It Get Local Business Owners to Claim Their Places

Using their community to build their database of businesses. Smart move.

REPORT: How Google Plus Stacks Up Against Facebook

Given Google’s lofty brand status and massive reach in the technology world, I’m not surprised to see them come out of the blocks this strong. I don’t think 10% of Facebook’s US traffic is really the traction point for them. But the next few months could be very interesting.

New Filing Shows Zynga-Facebook Exclusivity Goes Far Beyond Credits – Liz Gannes – News – AllThingsD

A revealing, if not interesting, exploration of the relationship between these two. Facebook clearly has little to lose in this deal, and it shows Zynga’s heavy reliance on Facebook for the success of it’s platform. Like all the brand pages themselves, Facebook has put themselves in a position where they’re the only game in town, and if it weren’t for Facebook, the reality is, companies like Zynga would likely be a shell of their current selves.

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The latest in new media marketing trends:

Cannes Cyber Lions: The Winning Case Studies | Digital Buzz Blog

The headline says it all. Good stuff.

Three senior executives on the future of marketing – McKinsey Quarterly

I like the bookend effect of the first and last projections. Firstly, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic reminds us that big, mass media still packs a lot of power. And then a Yahoo! Research scientists tells us the future of marketing will be more and more scientific. Of course, both are correct, and like the influx of technology into marketing, the ones who can blend the analytical with the emotional will have the most consistently good ideas.

Note: To read this you need to register, but it’s free.

The Compelling (or Creepy) M2M World of Verizon Wireless

If you’d like a quick glimpse of the future of the internet, this is your article. I’ve posted on the “Internet of Things” before, and this is a good outline of what parts of our lives that will touch. It’s also good to see a more buzz-friendly term, “M2M” emerge. Stands for “Machine-to-machine”.

First look at HTC Status, the Facebook phone – CNET

I’m not digging the design, but have to say the FB button is nice functionality. The messaging is well integrated to the FB experience, as well. It also looks more rugged than most of the large screen smartphones. All that, combined with the $50 pricing, should make this a good product for you mobile users who primarily use texting for their communications.

Microsoft Licenses GeoVector Patents For AR Navigation, Digital Watermarks | TechCrunch

Where MSFT spends their money is where they think the future is. I really like how the explanation of this technology sounds so simple. Simplicity is undoubtedly an even bigger factor for mobile than it is with desktop computing.

Shapeways | Passionate about creating

3D printing has been making big strides, but this site has a lot of potential for it’s speed, cost and tools enabling the creation of products. This space should get very interesting fast.

REPORT: Facebook Click Ad Rates Rose 22% In Quarter

Firstly, keep in mind that stats on Facebook ad CTRs are very new, and there’s an obviously broad range to the data. But it’s not surprising to see money going into Facebook’s paid ads to support the money going into brand pages. Additionally, Facebook has made recent hires to improve the performance of their display ads, so this could be the start of a longer trend.

The Most Engaged Population In Europe Is Dutch But The Future Is Russian

This is an interesting projection of future Internet influence by European country. If true, it will take a few years to play out, but definitely something to read and keep in the back of your mind.

Are There Already Half As Many Users On Two-Week Old Google+ As There Are On Twitter? – AllTwitter

The data is a little thin, and Twitter is not Facebook — Google’s ultimate target — but nonetheless, this is an impressive start. If this is even close to accurate, it indicates Google has done a good job leveraging their size and influence to generate both buzz and desire (or in social stats terms, Mentions and Positive Sentiment  ;) for Google+.

Smartphone Adoption and Usage | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

A good update of figures around smartphone penetration in the US. Most interesting is that while accessing the Internet daily is common among smartphone users (68%), that could be in part because about 1/3 of them report not having high-speed broadband at home.

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New Apps for iPhone & Android, June 2011

What RWW selected as the best of the new mobile apps to hit the market in June. A good, quick, scan.

Op-Art: Like it or Unfriend It – Graphic – NYTimes.com

Loved this Independence Day piece in the NY Times. Probably an effective history lesson for teens, as well.

iPads Generate 1% Of the World’s Web Traffic [STATS]

Given that iPad sales are ‘only’ 25m to date, this is remarkable. Then again, if you have you, you probably realize how much leisure browsing you do. Or maybe you don’t, because it happens so naturally. This really drives home the prediction that tablets will be our main form of consumption, and that desktops and even laptops will become relegated to the routine and power-hungry tasks.

EXCLUSIVE: Google To Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push

Interesting to see how Google is ramping up their social efforts around +. Unlike so many of their previous product launches (ahem, Wave) where it felt like they were casually tossing a new product into the ring, you can tell they know they’re at a key crossroads, and don’t have a lot of margin for error this time around.

How a Google-Hulu Tag Team Threatens Facebook’s Future – Technology – The Atlantic Wire

More pieces that are seeming to fall into place around Google’s social push.

Twitter Testing Facebook-Like Message Wall [PIC]

If anything, Twitter has proven that just because you have a simple product doesn’t mean you have a simple user experience. What I find more interesting, though, is that Twitter has been blatantly positioning itself as a content consumption platform, but this is a strong move towards user-interactions. Perhaps they’ve realized that the key to the future of content consumption also involves a large sharing component.

Where in the World Are Google Plus Beta Testers? [Map]

If you’re launching a social product, what regions of the world do you need input from? Here’s Google’s answer.

Experiments on Google+ and Twitter Influencing Search Rankings | SEOmoz

A case study on how different social media channels impact search rankings. The SEO Pyramid at the bottom of the article is worth the entire read.

Beck’s Goes Virtual in ‘Green Box’ Art Campaign | CMO Interviews – Advertising Age

An interesting campaign, assuming the artwork revealed is good. My only question is, downloading an app often requires WiFi, so hopefully that’s something they’ve thought out. Perhaps most interesting is where the Beck’s global marketing manager states that they are leading with experiential and supporting that with paid media. That approach has been a long time coming.

Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops | Magazine

Interesting case studies on the challenge of trying to change behavior. The key takeaway for me is that when you make people part of the process, it greatly improves the long term results.

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The latest trends in digital marketing:

Why Do People Follow Brands? [INFOGRAPHIC]

As I’ve stated, I’m always a little skeptical of surveys, but this does indicate Liking a brand leads to good results.

5 Ways the Advertising Industry Is Preparing for a Digital Future

Some interesting videos out of Cannes that capture emerging trends in the advertising biz.

Facebook hires iPhone, PS3 hacker – Topix

How are things changing in corporate culture? “Hacker” is seen as a good resume tick.

Facebook Experiments With Comment Ads

This is an interesting move, but I’m not sure it addresses Facebook’s real display problem. The issue I’ve seen is that the ads get low response but high conversion rates. That indicates they’re not getting noticed, or aren’t compelling enough. I think the lack of a clear, impacting headline or message here will make these less visible than their current display offering. Of course, these will also go onto people’s Wall, which offers good visibility.

Facebook Marketing Statistics, Demographics, Reports, and News – CheckFacebook

A good general reference tool for Facebook’s global impact. Some of the “% Online Population” numbers feel a little off, but overall there’s some valuable info on here.

Does Social Media Have A Return On Investment? | Fast Company

If speculation about a tech bubble proves correct, ROI will become a hot topic fast.

Silencing Speech With Propaganda – NYTimes.com

A look at how broader communication trends impact large civilizations. While the online marketing world tends to get caught up in individual messages and their perceived impact, this article goes into why the bigger trends happen at a much higher level.

Criteria for Choosing a Full-Service Content Marketing Agency

As a recent Roper survey stated, 9 out of 10 CMOs see content marketing as the future of advertising. Time for brands to figure out what it is.

Stay N Alive: The Power of Google+: Privacy “Circles” the Entire Experience

It’s going to be interesting to see if Google can pull off Google+ better than their previous social endeavors. Reading this, though, the first thing that hit me is, it sounds complicated. The second thing is, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to force people to make more choices when they go to post, other than just ‘Share’. Time will tell, and these days, it doesn’t take much time.

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The latest in new media marketing strategy and tactics:

Thousands RSVP for Global Group Run on Meetup

Yet another example of a seemingly very effective campaign idea that was done with a small budget and that just about any sports or healthcare brand could have done.

Carolyn Davidson, who designed Nike’s swoosh in 1971 | THEINSPIRATION.COM

A touching clip from 1983. Great to see a company that at the time seemed like a big success already, and this was just before they really exploded.

Experian Hitwise – 1 Facebook fan = 20 additional visits to your website

It’s good to see evidence of Facebook brand activity generating corresponding site visits.

What Drove Expedia’s Facebook Fans Past 1M?

A very effective campaign for gathering fans. Now they need to figure out how to engage them.

The Future According to Eric Schmidt at Cannes Lions | Adweek

Google’s ex-CEO lays out a clear roadmap for how mobile is going to change everything. And within in a short period of time.

Big data leads to a big revival for display ads — Tech News and Analysis

There’s no question the more you know about someone the more effectively you can target them. This lift they report in performance is nothing short of remarkable: 7.5% click-thru rates, and a 4.5% conversion rate. What I’m curious about is if targeting technologies will diminishing returns as the volume increases, the way most new media marketing tactics do. After all, people only have so much to spend.

$41 Million Startup Color Is Forced Into An Early, Buzzword-Laden Pivot

When Color launched I doubted it’s odds and mentioned I’d be curiously following the story. Here’s how it’s evolved. This is the same issue big businesses are running into every day. The question is, Why would a startup ever saddle itself with the baggage of a big business?

5 Ways To Crowdsource Your Brand Using Facebook

I completely agree with the stated value of insights that can be pulled from a brand’s Facebook Page. However, I’d emphasize less about specifically requesting input, and more on simply observing what your fans and your competitors are responding to over a period of several months. Both can be insightful, but the latter will be more objective.

Now Your Embarrassing/Job-Threatening Facebook Photos Could Haunt You For Seven Years – Forbes

I doubt this will stop anyone from using Facebook, Twitter, etc, but it should have them reconsidering what they post.

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The latest trends in new media marketing:

Apple, Microsoft and Now Google Show the New Path of Innovation Is From Mobile to Desktop – AllThingsD

Mobile, having obvious user interface restrictions over desk computing, is driving innovation in user experience as a way of overcoming it’s shortcomings. And now those innovations are being applied to desktop computing as well. How is that unexpected reversal happening? Probably because Google is putting money and manpower behind it.

Infographic Of The Day: The Mavs Win It All (LeBron Whines) | Co.Design

If you’re a basketball fan, this is an infographic you can love. The best part is the win/loss bars extending around the arc of the circle.

Apple’s Retail Strategy Focuses on Consumers’ Feelings | Adweek

This is perhaps branding at it’s finest. A lot of people don’t get ‘the Apple thing’, but they’re creating a retail experience that you simply don’t get anywhere else. And like so much about the brand, it defies much of the conventional wisdom in the high-pressure sales world of electronics.

Duke Nukem’s PR threatens to punish sites that run negative reviews

A good lesson that if you ever feel the need to lash out online, you might want to sit back, take a deep breath, and really think about how it might be received by the other side. A few bad tweets and this PR guy has a publicity nightmare on his hands.

Check out Wired’s response to see just how little weight this guy’s threats carried. [LINK]

Facebook Places Get Two New Features – Develop Socially

Facebook, with it’s massive community size, is smartly taking strides to leverage all that manpower into generating a recommendation-based business directory. Obviously a lot of potential here.

Case study: Is Facebook Screwing Your Brand?

This post features a thread of posts on the Budweiser page, which as the writer states, a marketing VP might say “WTF”? As we’ve seen with various ads like the Absolut ad showing Mexico having much of the US southwest, we’ve gotten accustomed to highly targeted marketing. Speaking directly to a narrowly-defined group of users. Suddenly, with social media, messages specific to one group can be easily seen by people with very different sensibilities. How a brand talks to consumers in a way that shows it knows them, while avoiding alienating other users with different views, is one of the big challenges in new media marketing right now.

P&G Launch 6 New Facebook Stores: “Live Learning Labs” [Screenshots] | Social Commerce Today

A new Facebook commerce platform has launched, and P&G is jumping on board. I agree with the benefits to P&G being potentially very insightful data on user product preferences, especially attaching ROI to social media campaigns. A lot of people won’t want to hear that, but one thing is for sure, it won’t be consumer brands.

Viewpoint: Social Media Is a Venue, Not a Strategy – Advertising Age

Could not agree more with this.

Hacker Group Wreaks Havoc On Gaming Websites

We’re getting closer and closer to a William Gibson novel.

Is This the Golden Age of Hacking? – Slashdot

It’s interesting that the same thing causing consumer creativity to flourish would also be contributing to malignant hacking.

U.K. Warns About Facebook Status Updates

While this commercial isn’t breakthrough creative, it’s interesting to note that social media activity has gone mainstream enough for the government to include it in general warnings to the public.

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Facebook Paying Users For Ad Views: The Good, The Bad, and The Psychologically Ugly | Fast Company

I’m voting ugly on this one, although if Facebook is paying their users to watch ads, why wouldn’t brands go straight to consumers and cut out the middle man? Be sure to watch the video regarding several landmark studies that have been done in the area of rewards and motivation.

Coca-Cola Marketing Shifts from Impressions to Expressions – Joe Tripodi – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

With so much talk happening on the content marketing front, it’s interesting to hear the CMO of Coke talk about how theyve made the transition and what some of the challenges have been.

3 Reasons Curation is Here to Stay

As this article will drive home, curation is shaping up to be a lot more than an inexpensive form of content development. This is an area brands Should be paying a lot of attention to. Not only is it a cost-effective way to flesh out a content strategy, its also showing potential for being a valuable business model. And we see over and over how often companies leave that money on the table nay to be scooped up by nimble startups

Why Data Matters, Another Intersting Signal: Direction Requests – John Battelle’s Searchblog

I’ve been posting more and more about data here, and I couldn’t summarize why any better than this post. Marketing is more and more about context around the person we’re targeting. It’s pretty easy to see how this could lead to a range of creative solutions.

Top 5 Reasons Why Brands Need to Focus on Earned Media | Brand Advocacy and Social Media ROI Blog | Zuber Rants by Zuberance

Whether you call it content marketing or earned media, the principles are the same.

Facebook Adds Granularity To Sharing Options

I certainly get this extension of the like button. A lot of people, myself included, will appreciate the added specificity of targeting your message. At the same time, I know that simplicity is one of the great enablers of the sharing. Sure, it’s not a huge difference, but there is a different between simply liking something almost reflexively, and thinking about just who you’re going to send the link to. Sure, this won’t drive a wooden stake through Facebook, but as things get more complicated, it makes room for something simpler to come in underneath.

Google’s Plan to Take Android Everywhere: Tech News and Analysis «

This is where Google’s Android starts to pull away from Apple. There was a parallel situation that happened in computing prior to the Web, when the networking of computers and the accessories (apps) that came with them were more important than the boxes themselves. This is that scenario all over again, on mobile devices.

Wannabe SEALs Help U.S. Navy Hunt Pirates In Massively Multiplayer Game | Fast Company

The idea of the military using gaming seems obvious, yet I’m sure there are crazy security issues. However, this is a smart mix of gamification and the idea of crowdsourcing strategic insights. Brilliant, and likely something that could be applied to all sorts of social or civil issues. With social games like CityVille having 88 million monthly active users, and the future of all forms of gaming sure to experience remarkable growth, I could even see the realism of tying the game to actual issues an added bonus.

5 Branded YouTube Channels That Get it Right [VIDEOS]

The idea of video as content isn’t new, but perhaps due to early viral videos not providing the payout brands had hoped, there’s been seemingly less interest in client-generated video content. Of course, with more social sharing options and increasing opportunities for driving conversions or Facebook Page acquisitions, this could be changing.

Beyond Blog Posts – A Guide to Innovative Content Types | SEOmoz

A good breakdown of various types of content which companies can produce within a range of budgets.

Google I/O in a Nutshell: All the News You Might Have Missed

A good overview of the big initiatives happening at Google. Previous, I’ve posted an article about Eric Schmidt stating that all of Google’s 2011 strategies were around mobile. This backs that up, and shows what a threat Google is going to be to Apple’s current mobile and tablet business. If anything, I’d guess this drives the WAP business, and moves things away from app development, due to the growth of a second major platform.

 

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The latest in interactive marketing strategies and tactics:

Most Marketers Plan to Increase Social Media Spend This Year [STUDY]

Another survey indicated increasing interest in social media by brands. 70% are planning to increase their social media budget this year. Most interesting is that their primary social media goal is to increase Facebook ‘Likes’, and that 87% report that social media is “important” or “very important” to achieving their biggest marketing goal this year. If anyone is doubted that social media has made it to the major leagues, this is pretty strong proof.

Why People Do & Don’t Use Location Apps (Survey)

The findings are interesting regarding mobile trends. I’m surprised at the number who don’t use location-based apps is as low as it is. That seems to be changing. That said, the numbers on this survey feel a little low for complete reliability.

Moat Banner Ad Search

It’s not often I care to search for banner ads, but it does play the full animation, and present details like where it was discovered and when it last ran.

MediaPost Publications Tell The IAB What You’re Spending In Mobile

I’ve stated a few times how the mobile industry is paralleling the early days of the ad industry. There’s currently a growing gap between the use of mobile and the number of advertising dollars being spent there. It’s the same opportunity early buyers of banners and Adwords enjoyed.

Death Stalks the Twittersphere, Offering a Lesson in Consumer Exposure | Bob Garfield – Advertising Age

it’s important for brands to be aware about privacy issues like this to make sure community engagement campaigns aren’t stepping over the creep factor line. I’m sure the awareness factor of this campaign is off the charts. I’d be more curious what the conversion rate is.

How mobile phones are turning into phantom limbs – Telegraph Blogs

I have to say I’ve experienced the same thing. Really demonstrates why this is such a powerful medium. Especially for the early adopters who are before all the noise erupts.

Driving Change: Eight Learnings. | Reinventing

A must read from someone who’s done a lot to drive change within a pretty traditional agency.

Apple to Sell Square Device in Retail Stores – MarketingVOX

If you’re not familiar, Square is a credit card swiper that simply inserts into the headphone jack of an iPhone. And presto, instant credit card acceptance. That combined with it being from the founder of Twitter, it’s definitely one to watch in this space.

Design a Winning Ad Age Cover to Snag a Trip to Cannes | Global News – Advertising Age

Great idea for young creatives.

 

 

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Facebook Triggers Same Hormone As Cuddling

So that explains it. This may be obvious to many. After all, if something’s addictive, it has to be producing some strong, positive effect.

Gartner: tablet hype fueling worldwide dip in PC sales

At Ad Tech this week, Jeffrey Cole from USC Annenberg spoke of trends, and predicted that tablets become the computer of choice for almost everyone except people doing processor heavy tasks, or writing. With a wireless tablet, I could even see them working well for writing. What this means for advertising is even more of a lean-forward experience. Driving quick, near-term engagement is easier the more actively engaged the user becomes. And that’s what tablets do constantly with their hands-on swiping and pointing.

iPhone App Takes a 3D Scan of Your Face, Prints a 3D Model

While most people don’t have 3D printers, the fact that you can create the model with a photo snapped from an iPhone is remarkable.

What Is the Future of Gamification? [Survey]

With apps like Foursquare hinting at the potential of gamification, here are some projections of where that concept could extend.

Airbnb Lets You Rent a Country … For $70K a Night

If you haven’t heard of Airbnb, they’re a fascinating startup story. Their creativity has shown from the beginning, and they continue to demonstrate that through buzz-generating stunts like this.

YouTube sending repeat infringers to copyright school

This is a great solution to a sticky problem. Seems like every time I start thinking Google doesn’t get how to communicate and stay in touch with their customers, they do something brilliant like this.

Nike Seeks Fellow to Start an Open Data Revolution

I’ve posted a lot of articles recently on the growing impact of data on brand development and marketing. Nike’s taking a big leap here, and while this article focuses more on the sustainability angle, if you consider products like the Nike+, there’s clear potential for a big consumer-facing impact, as well.

NuCaptcha’s Advertising Network For Video Captchas Goes Self-Serve

Proof that pretty much every nook and cranny of the Web is open to some form of advertising.

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