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Engaging Students through Snapchat

April 19, 2014 by Michael Bird

Youth and Snapchat

So you’re out and about, eating at a new café, strolling along on the beach. You want to show your friends all the cool things you’re up to, but it’s not interesting enough to tweet or to check-in on Facebook, and it’s not pretty enough to post on Instagram.[read more]

Google Says Collecting Data from Unencrypted WiFi Networks Isn’t Illegal

April 17, 2014 by Jan Legnitto

Google and unencrypted WiFi

Do you think it’s legal to collect data transmitted over unencrypted WiFi networks? Google does. This month, Google asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an earlier federal appeals court decision that could make it liable for hijacking data from unencrypted WiFi networks in neighborhoods that were part of its Street View program.[read more]

What Caused the NSFW Tweet from US Airways

April 15, 2014 by Prasant Naidu
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US Airways' tweet disaster

Goof ups by brands on social media aren’t new. But what happened yesterday with US Airways is the worst nightmare a brand could face on social media. The airline is now occupied with damage control after inadvertently publishing a pornographic tweet in response to a frustrated customer query.[read more]

Meet Heartbleed: The Huge New Security Flaw for Secure Websites

April 15, 2014 by Jared Howe

Heartbleed.

Have you heard of Heartbleed? This is a big deal if you care about your online security, as attackers can steal your website login information as well as other sensitive information like any credit card information exchanged with an online retailer website like Amazon and others. What can you do? Keep reading.[read more]

Yahoo Tunes In to Content Promotion and Distribution with TV Shows

April 14, 2014 by Sharmin Kent

Yahoo! tackles TV

Yahoo is working its way into the television business, but the company doesn’t want to create good TV—just distribute it. It’s a sign that content promotion and distribution are more than good marketing strategy. They’re also good business strategy—and marketers who haven’t evolved to include them are missing out.[read more]

Break Your Social Media Addiction, Without Completely Cutting Ties

April 14, 2014 by Kayla Minguez

Social Media Habits

Social media is a fantastic way to communicate and stay in touch with people from around the world, but it can also cause an individual to become too dependent, to the point that they are actually battling an addiction that adversely impacts their lifestyle.[read more]

Understanding Social Media in China in 2014

April 14, 2014 by Simon Kemp

Internet penetration in China

Continuing our series of studies into digital trends and developments around the world, our new China report profiles a variety of critical data points, including the penetration rates of different technologies, the top-ranking social platforms, and a wealth of interesting facts and figures on Chinese netizens’ behaviour.[read more]

8 Canadian Destinations Shining in the Digital World

April 14, 2014 by Frederic Gonzalo

Canadian Destinations and Digital Promotion

Having just returned from Toronto where I spoke at Online Revealed Canada, the country’s premier online marketing conference for hospitality and tourism professionals, I thought I should share how a few Canadian destinations are setting themselves apart in the online travel landscape.[read more]

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What You Should Know About the HeartBleed SSL Security Bug

April 13, 2014 by Steve Peterson

The HeartBleed SSL security bug.

If you have an account on Yahoo mail, Gmail, Instagram, Netflix, or a variety of other websites, you may have been affected by the HeartBleed SSL security bug. HeartBleed just became public this past week, and is rapidly being addressed, but it represents an SSL security vunerability that may have existed and been exploited by hackers for up to the last two years.[read more]

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Want to Keep Your Personal Information Private? Monitor Your Online Reputation!

April 13, 2014 by Joe Chierotti
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Personal Privacy is harder than ever to achieve. The abundance of online information, as well as the many venues available to share personal and private information, makes it extremely difficult to protect yourself against online threats to your personal reputation and identity.[read more]

5 Typography Terms You Must Know

April 13, 2014 by Emily Taing
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Typography and Vocabulary

With Twitter’s announcement last week about the new photo tagging and collage features and Facebook’s implementation of the 20% rule, image-centric marketing is overtaking traditional text media. Twitter reports that tweets with a photo are 35 percent more likely to get retweeted than one without.[read more]

How Colors Affect Your Purchase Decisions

April 13, 2014 by Spencer Ploessl

Colors and Purchasing

What color signal does your brand project? With the average human brain processing visuals 60,000 times faster than text, it is incredibly important for brands to recognize the important role that color plays in consumer purchasing decisions.[read more]

5 Mad Men Quotes That Perfectly Apply to Social Media Today

April 12, 2014 by John Kultgen
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Mad Men and Social Media

Despite how retro the characters on the television series Mad Men seem, the insight they happen to provide is strangely applicable to modern day social media marketing. Here’s some Sterling Cooper branded advice I recommend that you follow.[read more]

Shorty Awards: Sustainable Cities Collective Wins in Green Category

April 10, 2014 by Robin Fray Carey

On Monday night, Sustainable Cities Collective - a member of the Social Media Today family - won a Shorty Award for the best of social media in the Green category. We are very flattered to be selected and honored in this manner. As the New York Times says, "Hollywood has the Oscars. Broadway has the Tonys. Now Twitter has the Shorty Awards."[read more]

How Brands Can Make the Most Out of Twitter's New Features

April 10, 2014 by Jaylee Miguel

Twitter

Twitter has been unusually quiet for the past few months. Little did we all know that the platform was about to unleash a frenzy of updates. It's like waiting ages for a bus, only for three to come at once. There's photo tagging, mobile updates, bigger profile photos, a clutter-free interface and more.[read more]

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Social Advocacy & Politics: Is it the #WorstRate if #NobodyPaysThat?

April 8, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Americans for Tax Fairness came up with an effective counter message against The RATE Coalition's #WorstRate and launched an effective Denial of Hashtag campaign of its own. And not only did Americans for Tax Fairness shut down the RATE Coalition’s hashtag campaign, it got Politico’s Morning Money to report on his hashtag the next day.[read more]

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Epic Link Building: Does Getty Deserve a Guinness?

April 6, 2014 by Brian Hughes

Link Building Campaign

Back in March, Getty Images revealed its generosity to users by making more than 35 million images free and legal to use. This bold effort to combat image piracy resulted in a flood of blogs, tweets and social media posts attempting to delve deep into the reasoning behind Getty’s shocking news.[read more]

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Social Media Transforms the College Basketball Arena

April 6, 2014 by Scott Brand

Social Media and Basketball

The timing of social media's presence in college basketball couldn't be more fortuitous for the once trailblazing, but now stagnant entertainment sport. College basketball desperately needs a kick-start to attract more fans as it finds itself at crossroads.[read more]

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Drawing the Line: When Live-Tweeting Becomes an Epidemic

April 5, 2014 by Katie Parr

Live-Tweeting Epidemic?

 

When a New York hotel chain announced the debut of a new live-tweeting service for weddings, it immediately sparked a backlash on social media. After all, who would drop $3,000 for a professional tweeter to broadcast their wedding to the world via Twitter?[read more]

The Monday Morning Social Media Checklist

April 5, 2014 by Evan LePage

Monday Morning Checklist

Just as recently as last week Twitter published a blog post called “Got a case of the Mondays? You’re not alone.” The post offered data-backed results showing people are most likely to tweet ‘feeling sad’ on a Sunday in December or a Monday in October.[read more]

 
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