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February 7, 2013News for marketing professionals

  Breaking News 
Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Company News 
 
  • Microsoft campaign takes aim at Google's privacy policies
    Microsoft is launching a Web, print and TV broadside against Google, accusing the company of invading its users' privacy in order to target advertising more effectively. The "Scroogled" campaign focuses particularly on Google's practice of targeting ads based on the content of users' e-mails. "Think Google respects your privacy? Think again," one ad warns. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Barbie to "sell" her Malibu estate with some real-world help
    Mattel is "selling" Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse for $25 million as part of a promotion in which the doll will move to a new location -- to be represented by a new play set available during the Christmas season. Actual real-estate personnel will be used to enhance the illusion, with Josh Altman of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles" in on the effort, and Trulia's website carrying the listing. Mattel's in-house ad department is working with Attention on the digital and social efforts. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Market Trends 
  • Verve Mobile: DMAs lead local mobile targeting techniques
    Despite the rise of geolocating and geofencing hyperlocal mobile ads, most advertisers use designated marketing areas for their targeting, according to Verve Mobile. The mobile ad manager for some 3,500 publishers, NBC TV stations, Hearst Newspapers and the Associated Press says that DMAs were used for targeting 30% of the time, followed by geofencing (27%), audience data (24%) and geoawareness (14%). Restaurants and retailers were the most likely to employ the mobile-ad targeting techniques. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Interactive 
  • Lipton contest embraces social networks' "uplifting" side
    Lipton's latest Instagram contest understands how users are approaching mobile, writes Steve Smith. Contestants submit photos of their "uplifting moments" based on one of four hashtag themes, which include #LiptonBrightness and #LiptonSpontaneous, to win a trip to the one of Lipton's rainforest tea plantations. The contest presents "a simple, clear use of the mobile app that shows an unusually sensitive understanding of why image-based social nets like Instagram and Pinterest have so quickly grabbed users," Smith writes. MediaPost Communications/MoBlog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  • Chrysler's top marketers share the secrets of their success
    Chrysler Group Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois and head of the Fiat brand in North America Tim Kuniskis reveal some of the secrets that have led to the automaker's successful launch record in the first of this two-part interview. Full-line ads are "extremely confusing, and I prefer to sell a product through its brand, not a brand through its products," says Francois. Kuniskis says, "This is the best product we have ever had, and it's the fastest we have ever done product launches. We had 16 refreshes in a year-and-a-half; it's been at an amazing speed." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AAF Spotlight 
  • 64th Advertising Hall of Fame
    The 64th Advertising Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies & Gala Dinner will be held the evening of Monday, April 29, in the Grand Ballroom of New York's historic Waldorf-Astoria hotel.

    This year's "magnificent seven" who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame are:

    Rance Crain, president of Crain Communications and editor-in-chief at Advertising Age
    Bob Giraldi, film director; president of Giraldi Media
    Philip H. Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike
    Shelly Lazarus, chairman emeritus at Ogilvy & Mather
    Byron E. Lewis Sr., founder and chairman emeritus at UniWorld Group
    Gerry Rubin, co-founder of RPA
    Bob Scarpelli, former chairman and chief creative officer at DDB Worldwide
    Corporate Honoree: McDonald's Corporation.

    View sponsorship opportunities and purchase tickets. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SmartQuote 
We advertise in hundreds of magazines. It's my job to know what's in them."
--Linda Thomas Brooks, member, Advertising Hall of Achievement

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