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February 11, 2013
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  • AOL is going native, says CEO
    AOL is getting out of the banner-ad business and focusing on working with brands to create innovative native and real-time ads, says CEO Tim Armstrong. "We're making giant gains in marketing services. Big integrated online/offline programs. That's our future," Armstrong says. Adweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Web users aren't making a beeline for Vine
    Just 1.7% of Web users have signed up for Twitter's Vine service, and 86.5% of users say they've never heard of the new tool, according to an AYTM Market Research survey. Still, the service's launch is prompting many Web marketers to reevaluate their social video strategies. "Vine may be a good opportunity for brands looking to link up their paid, owned and earned strategies," this article notes. eMarketer (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Getting the Word Out 
  • Super Bowl advertisers got big Web traffic boost
    Super Bowl viewers went online to research advertised products, according to an eXelate analysis. Big game advertisers' Web traffic was 23% higher than usual on Super Bowl Sunday, and 46% higher than usual on the following Monday. "These spikes in activity were especially noticeable during the halftime show and blackout," says eXelate Senior Vice President of Analytics Kevin Lyons. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Four Seasons hopes sharing shoe pics will boost foot traffic
    New York's Four Seasons hotel is running a footwear photo booth where Fashion Week attendees can take snapshots of their shoes and share the results via Twitter and Instagram. The campaign is intended to create an association between the Four Seasons and Fashion Week for people who can't attend in person. Luxury Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Update 
  • Why HTML5 apps need their own push notifications
    To become truly competitive with native apps, HTML5 apps need their own push notifications, writes Viktor Marohnic. It would be fairly easy to set up protocols whereby HTML5 apps could register with the main operating system's notification toolkit -- "a small step for Apple and Google and a giant step for mobile developers," Marohnic argues. (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Design Corner 
  • To get out of a design rut, get a little distance
    Even the best designers sometimes fall into a rut -- and that's when it becomes tempting to reuse your own work, or even other people's, rather than producing original designs, writes Kayla Knight. It's important to trust your own creativity and to give yourself space to come up with new ideas, Knight writes. "To come up with a truly original idea, go for a walk, unwind, and draw inspiration from yourself ... get away from thinking about design, and come back to viewing some inspirational design pieces with a fresh mindset. Sometimes we can look at something once, and have a completely different experience from it the next day," she advises. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs 
  • 3 keys to using Facebook to promote an event
    Facebook can help small businesses drum up buzz for events such as product launches and in-store promotions, writes Carolyn Crummey. Create content promoting your event well in advance of the big day, and then connect your profile to other event sites such as Eventbrite or Meetup, Crummey advises. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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