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December 31, 2012
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  • Swarovski used mobile to move the brand closer to customers
    Swarovski's redesign of its tablet experience and creative campaigns within applications increased the number of fans who access its content via mobile devices to 40%. The luxury brand ran several mobile optimized campaigns such as "The Style Elite of FNO [Fashion's Night Out]" that featured "look books" by users. "The ultimate goal is to leverage mobile in a way that will give us a shorter path to our consumers and make the brand more accessible, from both a brand and logistical perspective," says Yelena Leshchinsky, head of communication and social media. Luxury Daily (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Online Retail Trends 
 
  • China's fund companies open shop on Taobao
    Some 20 investment fund companies have opened storefronts on Alibaba's Taobao online marketplace since July when the site rolled out a wealth management channel. Payment service Alipay will process payments for some of the investment products. China Daily (Beijing) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SHRM Exec Study: Impact of Absence
Read the compelling results of this 2014 survey conducted by SHRM and Kronos® that demonstrate how a clearly defined strategy to monitor and manage absence, with proper training and automation, can help control costs associated with absences and improve your bottom line. Click here to learn more.

  New Media & Technology 
 
  • Personal, emotional connections are the future of mobile marketing
    Mobile marketing's future lies in new technologies that allow a more intimate appeal to consumers, seeking to tap into their emotions, argues IBM Research's Robyn Schwartz. Retailers will have to find ways to offer a more personalized experience, tapping a wider variety of consumer preferences, based on their shopping data. "What we think is going to happen ... is this kind of unifying experience that happens across touch points in support of the customer's end goal, whatever that may be," said Schwartz. MobileCommerceDaily.com (12/28) 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.

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  Companies in the News 
  • Britain's Pearson to buy 5% of Nook Media
    U.K.-based education and media company Pearson will acquire a 5% interest in Barnes & Noble's Nook Media, which includes the bookseller's digital operations as well as 674 U.S. college bookstores. Pearson, which owns publishing house Penguin and the Financial Times, will pay $89.5 million. Earlier this year, Microsoft paid $300 million for a stake in Nook Media. Reuters (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Swanson QR codes engage consumers with recipe videos
    Consumers can access video content showing how to incorporate Swanson's Flavor Boost broths into their recipes via a QR code in Swanson print ads. "Even more importantly, QR codes on print enable brands to gather valuable analytics such as how many people are interested in learning more about their products. ... This relevant information can convert a prospect into a new or loyal customer and ultimately drive ROI," said Mike Wehrs, president of ScanLife. Mobile Marketer (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do you have digital expertise? Share it at Shop.org's Annual Summit
    Have you worked on something you'd like to share with thousands of your industry peers? Shop.org is now accepting proposals for Shop.org's 2013 Annual Summit, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Chicago. Whether you're an industry expert, practitioner, research analyst or entrepreneur, send us fresh ideas for sessions that showcase your smarts or your company's success by March 8. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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