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In the world of digital ads, two names continue to dominate: Google and Facebook. The competition isn't even close, with these online juggernauts now representing 73% of all U.S. digital advertising, a rise from 63% in the second quarter of 2015, per Pivotal's Brian Wieser in a recent note to clients. But a recent report by investment firm Cowen, "Ad Buyer Survey VI," suggests that Facebook may be poised to snatch that crown, due to the growth in video ads and Instagram.

Posted Jan 22, 2018

Social video creation platform, Wochit, reports that Facebook's de-prioritization of publisher and brand content is already having a negative impact across video metrics. The finding is among critical trends featured in the 2017 Wochit Social Video Performance Index, which is based on data from 33,000 videos posted to over 500 Facebook pages by nearly 300 brands.

Posted Jan 18, 2018

IDKA says it is a different kind of social platform, built from the idea that something is wrong in a society where privacy and integrity have lost their values. For years now the constantly expanding role of internet in our lives combined with more business models built on data as a commodity has undermined our privacy. But there is always a counter movement.

Posted Jan 18, 2018

How much of your traffic comes from Facebook? Whatever your answer is, it's about to change. Facebook has officially announced changes to its Newsfeed algorithm that will put content from friends ahead of, well, everything else. So, whether you're a media outlet or a marketer, your social media strategy is about to get a big shake-up.

Posted Jan 12, 2018

Social media is not only transforming the investigative abilities of those who are researching brands, it has changed the entire sales funnel—turning nearly every aspect of the customer experience on its head. No longer just about conversations, social media is now also about commerce.

Posted Dec 14, 2017

Heartbeat, a two-way brand endorsement platform, announced the close of a $1 million seed round of equity funding, led by Sinai Ventures, backers of Pinterest and Compass, along with Firebrand Ventures. With total funding of $2.9 million to date, Heartbeat's existing investors, including Right Side Capital Management also contributed to this seed round.

Posted Dec 12, 2017

Our judges are an integral part of making the EContent 100 list happen, but they rarely get an opportunity to talk directly to our readers. In order to get an idea of what was on their minds during this year's judging, we asked them one simple question: "What was the breakout trend of the past year from your vantage point in the industry, and how do you see it evolving next year?" These are their answers.

Posted Nov 15, 2017

If there is one technology topic that drew a great amount of media attention this year, it is artificial intelligence (AI). Thus far, you can say that only digital technology giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google—along with a few other early adopters—have tasted success in implementing AI technologies. Here are 10 commandments to finally get you started on your enterprise AI strategy.

Posted Nov 10, 2017

ePEERS, a new social media network exclusive to college students, has launched a website and app to foster connections between students. This social network brings students together by encouraging them to share interests, plus academic, career and personal advice with peers at their own university or with college students across the nation.

Posted Nov 09, 2017

We are all aware that consumers increasingly distrust brands—and we all want to find the right path to win our customers' hearts and minds. Without a solid foundation of mutual trust, it can be difficult. To build trust and maximize your ability to gain market share, consider incorporating a customer advocacy program into your sales and marketing activities.

Posted Nov 09, 2017

Recently, Facebook announced they will eliminate "dark posts" (a post that has been published for advertising use that is seen by select members of the public) in an effort to offer greater transparency in its advertising offerings, largely in response to Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As this is a global initiative (many countries have encountered similar election meddling), rollout begins in Canada in mid-November as part of the Facebook Canadian Election Integrity Initiative, before implementation in America in the summer of 2018 (ahead of mid-term elections). While all political advertisers will be required to disclose their identities for their ads to run, this change impacts all advertisers, politically-focused or not.

Posted Nov 06, 2017

Siteimprove, a technology firm that provides services to help audit, optimize, and manage websites, has unveiled a new component to the company's services — the Digital Certainty Index (DCI). The DCI Score gives users a comprehensive gauge to determine how websites are performing as it relates to quality assurance, SEO, and accessibility.

Posted Nov 02, 2017

In order to survive, everything must evolve. The EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry is no exception. Every year during the voting process, we see how the changing list reflects the way the larger industry is developing. In 2017, a couple of trends emerged. The first, is the importance of artificial intelligence (AI), which is probably obvious to anyone in the content business. The second is the increasing importance of digital asset management (DAM). Next year, DAM will need its own category, but this year, we did our best to honor its contributions to the industry within our existing framework.

Posted Nov 01, 2017

I bet Facebook is a really stressful place to work these days. Last week, Facebook announced the latest step it's taking to combat "fake news." This time Facebook is focusing on transparency in advertising. But what is Google doing to solve this issue before the next election?

Posted Oct 31, 2017

For media companies leveraging short-form video to reach audiences on Facebook, increasing the quantity of video posts yields disproportionate gains in views and engagement, shows Wochit's Q3 Social Performance Index. On average, publishers that increased their video production found a tri-fold increase in video views.

Posted Oct 31, 2017

Socialbakers, a social media marketing platform, announced an advertising performance benchmark for social networks. The benchmark, powered by data from billions of dollars in ad spend, provides marketers with a continuous view into how their ad spend performs against their industry, country, or region.

Posted Oct 24, 2017

Higher Logic, a provider of cloud-based community platforms, has acquired Informz, Inc. and Real Magnet, Inc., two leading marketing automation software companies. This acquisition accelerates Higher Logic's plans to use broader customer and member interactions as the cornerstone of a lifecycle engagement platform. Integrating the strength of these two marketing automation solutions with Higher Logic's leading engagement and community platform will result in more effective, targeted marketing and better customer interactions. From the initial web visit to renewal and ongoing engagement, the Higher Logic platform will track and manage interactions along each stage of the digital customer experience.

Posted Oct 17, 2017

It's 2017, and everyone is wrestling with fake news. Given the wide-ranging nature of artificial intelligence (AI) use cases, it is only natural to ask whether machine learning can help us combat fake news. It should be fairly simple to build ourselves a fact-checker, right? After all, software is able to flag spam email or pornographic images with a high degree of accuracy. It turns out that machine learning techniques are useful, but they have their limitations—and we are far away from a fully automated fact-checking tool.

Posted Oct 17, 2017

Successful social media marketing requires a lot of time and effort, unlike what many business owners and social media managers first assume, and if you are like most people, your workload leaves you with no room for social media marketing tasks. How do you overcome this hurdle? You could use social media tools to improve your efficiency and boost your results.

Posted Oct 13, 2017

By the time you read this column, I will have attended VidCon in Anaheim, Calif., for the fourth time in my career as an online video and digital media writer and content marketer. While the previous years' events each had their own special moments and points of interest for me, I'm particularly excited to see what VidCon 2017 will bring in terms of solutions for the growing, but turbulent, world of online video.

Posted Oct 03, 2017

One of the few axioms that marketing strategists can agree on involves brand and reputation management. There is an overwhelming consensus that brand reputation matters, impacts revenues, and can cripple organizations.

Posted Sep 19, 2017

Chatmeter, a provider of search marketing and review management, unveiled major enhancements to its social media features that allow brands to better compete with local competitors. The new technology enables major national retail brands and chains to publish, monitor, and respond to social activity and customer feedback in real-time at the local store level.

Posted Sep 07, 2017

Adtaxi, a digital marketing agency, has been awarded Facebook's Small Business Solutions Partner Badge, a distinction earned by companies that meet Facebook's highest standard for capability and performance, providing a solid track record of success. This badge was fortified with Adtaxi for building Magellan for Facebook, a differentiator and extension of their existing Magellan for RTB platform using the Facebook API.

Posted Aug 29, 2017

It's no surprise that influencer marketing -- or, modern day word of mouth -- has come into its own as a primary method of marketing for merchants, brands, networks, and the entire performance marketing ecosystem. These influencers, celebrity or otherwise, have built up huge followings on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat and elsewhere and have become an important tool for merchants to leverage to move product.

Posted Aug 28, 2017

BLOCKv unveiled its blockchain-based development platform that enables the creation of smart, secure, and dynamic virtual objects to dramatically expand the $100 billion industry beyond games, music, and books. The platform promises to usher in the next generation digital goods economy. As sharable digital goods become more ingrained in the lives of consumers, BLOCKv technology provides an opportunity for brands, marketers, and developers to engage with and build stronger relationships with consumers.

Posted Aug 24, 2017

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