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March 4, 2013
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  Marketing Trends & Research 
  • Web is key for brands' local marketing efforts
    Increased digital spending was the single biggest change brands made in their local marketing strategies in 2012, according to a recent report, with 27% of companies saying they had increased their digital investments. About 6 in 7 brands use corporate websites to engage customers locally, while about half use social media and a third maintain dedicated local websites. eMarketer (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Mass personalization and other Mobile World Congress trends
    Productive partnerships, such as Ford reaching out to application-development partners for its SYNC program, are among the five takeaways from the Mobile World Congress listed in this article. Telefonica's driving monitor for teenage drivers represents a burgeoning era of "mass personalization," and "Qualcomm was demonstrating broadcast capabilities for sports venues that provide game coverage to phones," writes Greg Armshaw, chief technology catalyst at McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific. "That's a great opportunity for brands to associate themselves with excellent content." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  Company Watch 
  • Twitter's scale threatens dedicated second-screen TV apps
    Twitter's recent success at getting fans of television broadcasts to share their thoughts about what they're watching via tweets threatens the future of dedicated second-screen applications such as GetGlue and Zeebox, writes Mark Walsh. Marketers have to decide between longer engagement times and greater engagement numbers, as Twitter commands a much larger following than the dedicated apps, which seem headed for a shakeout, experts say. "We'll continue to see a shifting tide of companies that rise and fall as they either hit scale and adoption by the masses -- or they don't," says Jason Hoch, Echo's senior vice president, customer strategy and product marketing. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  Agency News 
  • Goodby names Kalle Hellzén new digital chief
    Goodby, Silverstein & Partners has hired Kalle Hellzén as chief digital officer to replace Mike Geiger, who left the agency for JWT last year. Hellzén's background includes art direction and copywriting at Wieden + Kennedy, and he may contribute to the creative side of digital, writes Noreen O'Leary. "You have to put digital in all the spaces within an agency," Hellzén says. Adweek (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  Marketer News 
  • More brands take to Instagram, data show
    Most major social networks saw an increase in the percentage of brands on the network between last November and February, according to a Simply Measured survey of social networks. Facebook representation of brands grew from 98% to 99%, while Instagram increased from 54% to 59%. Despite the negative publicity surrounding its privacy policy, brands such as MTV, Starbucks, Nike and Adidas continue to use Instagram to engage followers, this article notes. eMarketer (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  Interactive Media 
  • Oreo star-chart app brings social to the sky
    Oreo is following its Super Bowl social media success with a mobile application that aims to turn the sky into a social-messaging service. Oreo Skies lets users view star charts by pointing a mobile device at the sky, then click individual stars to reveal messages from friends. ClickZ (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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