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A Study on Global Internet Censorship

24 Mar

We know that open access to Internet content is not available to all residents in every country around the world. But where is censorship the worst?

In a controversial research study of this topic, Jeremy Bender reports the following for Business Insider. DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE? WHY?

“Internet censorship and limitations on online speech are an unfortunate fact of life around the world. In 2014, Reporters without Borders designated 19 countries as “enemies of the internet,” including the United States and Great Britain. According to the organization, these countries all engaged in forms of online censorship, ranging from the UK carrying out a distributed denial of service attack against Anonymous to North Korea having building its own internal Internet and walling its citizens off from the global Web.”

“The infographic from George Washington University’s Master’s in Paralegal Studies Online program visualizes the various forms that Internet censorship can take around the globe.”

 

 

An Infographic Dictionary for Business Founders

20 Mar

Often times, the lingo involved with startups is in a class by itself. So, what terminology is essential for business founders to know?

As Pedro Sanchez de Lozada writes for Udemy, an online educational firm:

“Silicon Valley not only has its share of startups and founders. It has its own lucrative lingo. Outsiders need time to adjust to such new-found words. Though we see this same lingo popping up in places like New York, Boston, Portland and LA, the Valley is home to some of the most outrageously butchered start-up buzzwords.”

“If you are just visiting, here for a long-term stay, or moving all together, I suggest you become familiar with how the left coasters chat. You may need to know this at your next pitch. Oh, and more importantly, don’t take these definitions too seriously.”

Check out Udemy’s “Founder’s Dictionary.”
 

 

An Infographic Look at the Evolution of Web Design

16 Mar

Web design and the quality/features of Web sites have certainly come a long way over the last 25 years.

AmeriCommerce has put together an excellent infographic on the evolution of Web design:

“During the 25 years since the Internet entered our lives, change has been the only constant. And nowhere has that trend of ongoing change been more evident than in the world of Web design. We all know how important great design is today, but what did Web design look like in 1990? How has it changed over the years? And what can we expect to happen in coming years? We take a look at the history of Web design in our latest infographic.”

 
The History of Web Design
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Marketers Need to Know: Is This End of the Facebook Free-For-All for Brands?

13 Feb

Facebook now derives several billions a year from its advertising fees to companies. But the rules keep changing. Are you prepared for what’s next?

According to Dayna Rothman, writing for Marketo:

“Ah Facebook, you never know what’s coming next! Facebook continues to change their newsfeed algorithm, making it increasingly difficult for brands to reach their fans through organic posts, forcing marketers to rethink their approach to social media. With many of the new Facebook updates and focus on user privacy and preference, organic reach continues to fall short. If you are a large brand only 2-8% of fans actually see your posts and only .073% of brands’ fans actually interact with these posts! Facebook says that these changes are in the interest of keeping users happy, but at the same time, Facebook’s ad revenue continues to climb — are paid ads a marketer’s only hope?”

“Take a look at our infographic as we explore the relationship between Facebook and brands. Is it the end of the Facebook free-for-all? And if so, what can we as marketers do about it?”

 
The End of the Facebook Free-For-All for Brands

Brought to you by Marketing Automation Software by Marketo

 

New Adidas App for “Sneakerheads”

12 Feb

There are millions and millions of apps out there — some better than others. :-) One clever new app is from Adidas, called Confirmed.

As described by Kyle Stock for Bloomberg:

“Are limited-edition sneakers still special when buyers can reserve them via an app, like a pizza or a pair of movie tickets? Adidas hopes so. The German sportswear giant just launched Confirmed, a mobile platform that will let sneakerheads skip the long lines at Foot Locker, obscure shoe lotteries, and the occasional disturbance of the peace that come with the sale of a rare pair of shoes. ‘You hear a lot of chatter and frustration that the existing system is somehow rigged for friends of friends or VIP customers,’ said Simon Atkins, the company’s vice president of brand activation. ‘We saw a real opportunity to change the paradigm with customers.'”

“Here’s how it works: Consumers who download the app, register with personal details, and allow push notifications from Adidas will get offers to reserve limited-edition shoes and apparel as they become available. Those who respond first are given the right to buy the products at a certain time and place, both in Adidas-owned stores and other retailers.”

Click the image to read more by Stock.
 

A pair of Adidas “Year of the Goat” sneakers celebrating the Chinese New Year that go on sale on Feb. 19 for $130.


 

Social Marketing Tips

9 Feb

It’s always a challenge to make our social media presence as effective as possible. We can ALWAYS improve!

As Tailwind, a social media firm, puts it:

“With the New Year come the New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe yours is going to the gym, learning a new language or even just relaxing more. Whatever your personal resolutions might be, there’s also a good chance that your social media accounts could use a new start in the New Year, too. That’s why we put together this list of 10 social media resolutions to keep your brand on track.”

 

 

New Money & Main$treet TV Interview on Online Safety!

3 Feb

As we have posted before (see for example, 1, 2, 3), identity theft, hacking, and invasion of privacy are rampant issues that we face today. And this is a BIG issue when we shop online.

Recently, we sat down with Fios1’s Money & Main$treet host Giovanna Drpic for a TV interview on this important subject.
 

 

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