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How to Fan the Flames of Consumer Engagement

If you have ever doubted the importance of content marketing before, now is the time to put your mind at ease. The phrase "Content is King" is by no means a myth, and now it is more important than ever. However, if by content you're thinking, "I'll have to get more articles out". Stop right there, as contrary to what you may think, a block of text does not sit well with the average user. Many brands have yet to experiment with anything other than written content, but there are alternatives to this that can help companies increase the heat on their content marketing game and fan the flames of consumer engagement.Read More >>

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A Guide to Social Video

For many companies, "social video" is an enigmatic content format. However, Tania Yuki, founder and CEO of the social media marketing and analytics company Shareablee, believes brands simply need to look at social video as "designed to be consumed within ephemeral environments-easy to consume, fast to the point, involving some spectacle that makes it worth stopping what you're doing, and enjoying a brief immersive video experience." This definition separates social video from more evergreen formats, such as films or interviews.Read More >>

In-Store Beacons Mature, Make Shopping Personal

A recent poll found that smartphone users are increasingly using shopping applications. In 2013, overall app usage grew by 115%, but the rate of growth slowed in 2014 to 76%. However, the opposite was true for shopping and lifestyle apps. Usage grew by 77% in 2013 and jumped in 2014 with a 174% increase, according to data from Flurry. With in-store beacons becoming more prevalent and engaging shoppers in new ways, this mobile growth trend seems set to continue in 2015.Read More >>

Baseball Hall of Fame: A Case of Hitting a Mobile Homerun

The Baseball Hall of Fame wanted to release an app that would not just teach people about baseball history, but also entice them to visit the BHOF itself. While BHOF attendance continues to be robust -- the museum drew 300,000 people in 2014, according to Brad Horn, the Hall's vice president of communications and education -- the BHOF wanted to entice still more people to visit, as well as get those already coming more excited about their journey.Read More >>

ITContract.com: A Case of Searching for the Right Results

Launched in 2013, Plano, Texas-based ITContract.com describes itself as "a specialist employment solutions website designed to make job hunt and talent sourcing faster and smarter." The site is specifically geared toward people looking for jobs in the IT field-both in the U.S. and abroad. ITContract wanted to develop a better job-searching experience for its customers: Make navigation of the site faster? and also provide filters to help people narrow down what they're looking for.Read More >>

Healthcare and Cognitive Computing Team Up for Big Changes

Data, data, data-it's everywhere. Everything, including your watch, your grocery store, and even your car, can collect it from you. But what do companies do with all this data they collect--and, more importantly, how can they make the best and most efficient use of it? That's where cognitive computing comes in. It uses a variety of techniques--such as image and speech recognition and machine-learning algorithms--to sense, predict, and even think.Read More >>

Tools You'll Use: Durant Gipson, Data Analyst, AddThis

The right tools are an integral part of getting any job done. In the world of digital content tools are plentiful, so finding the right one for you can be tricky. That's why we ask the experts what tools they use to get their jobs done.Read More >>

Talking with Trendsetters: Noble Ackerson, Founder, Byte an Atom Research

There is perhaps nothing more exciting--and challenging--to the world of digital content creators than the idea of wearable devices, and Noble Ackerson is at the forefront of this burgeoning field. "I was fortunate to be brought in at the ground floor of Google's Glass Explorer program. And as one of the first explorers, I had the pleasure of interfacing with the Glass team quite a bit," he says. "The technical and user experience insights gained from being a so-called Glass Pioneer, coupled with a decade of technical and business experience, made my leap to wearables a natural one."Read More >>

Video Vanguards: Marketing With the Web’s Elite Entertainers

Numbers rarely tell the story, but sometimes, they can go a long way. Such is the case with the growth of YouTube as a branding platform, targeted advertising medium, and vehicle to reach consumers, especially younger ones. It's no longer just the home of cute cat videos and footage of an 8-year-old's first soccer goal; YouTube is a huge force in social media. Popular YouTube stars--known as influencers or creators--are every bit as popular and influential as Jennifer Lawrence and Jon Stewart. With the younger crowd, they hold a considerable amount of sway.Read More >>

An Interview with Durant Gipson, Data Analyst, AddThis

Durant Gipson is a data analyst at AddThis, a media web-tracking technology company that provides a social bookmarking service. Most of his customers are internal, including product managers, developers, marketing team members, account managers, and the executive team. "My job is to answer questions with our data and to provide some intelligence alongside. That might include conversion rates on a widget, the volume of page views we see for a new publisher, identifying the largest domains for specific countries, or the synchronization rate for a specific data partner," Gipson says.Read More >>

Talking with Trendsetters: Deanna Zammit, Director, Digiday Content Studio

Having helped Digiday launch its Content Studio, Deanna Zammit knows better than anyone what it takes to create a successful native advertising department. After starting her career in journalism--complete with a stint at Adweek--and a turn at freelancing, Zammit happened to see a post on Facebook that announced Digiday was looking to find someone to head up its new Content Studio and said, "I can do that!"Read More >>
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