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December 24, 2012
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  • Facebook makes last-minute holiday push for Gifts service
    Facebook is targeting last-minute Christmas shoppers with Web and mobile banner ads touting its Gifts service and reminding users that recipients receive instant notifications of their gifts. The campaign, combined with the service's recommendations engine, might make sending virtual Gifts an appealing option for flustered shoppers who've missed the window for Christmas gift delivery, notes Josh Constine. TechCrunch (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trendwatch 
  • Food brands take aim at children's smartphones
    Food marketers are shifting their ad spending to mobile and social in a bid to target smartphone-wielding children, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. Social campaigns and branded mobile applications are seen as a cost-effective way to target young consumers, researchers say. "These online media are not necessarily as costly as display advertising, yet potentially have a farther, and more immersive, reach than display advertising," the report notes. The Wall Street Journal (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Who are all those online shoppers?
    Learn more about online shoppers: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2012/12/17/who-shops-online/  
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    Every year, online shopping plays a growing role in powering the U.S. economy. Forrester Research predicts that 167 million consumers in the U.S. will spend $226 billion online in 2012. Consumers shopped online in full force on Black Friday in 2012. ComScore reports that Americans spent $1.04 billion to kick off their holiday shopping. What type of consumer is most likely to shop online and where do they live? While people from all sorts of backgrounds from across the country will shop online, some people are much more likely than others to buy online. Find out who they are. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Getting the Word Out 
  • Privacy-policy fight could delay Instagram's ad strategy
    Instagram is backtracking on changes to its privacy policy after users complained the revised rulebook apparently allowed the service to claim ownership of their photos. The uproar could force the site to rethink, or at least delay, its monetization strategy. "We are going to take the time to complete our plans, and then come back to our users and explain how we would like for our advertising business to work," Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post. Adweek (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Update 
  • How aliases can make your site more user-friendly
    Apache's aliasing function lets developers ensure that meaningful results are returned even when users request files that don't exist, writes Diana Eftaiha. That can be especially valuable when you want to reconfigure your site, perhaps by changing to a different URL architecture, she notes. NetTuts+ (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Design Corner 
  • Write your way to a better Web design career
    Writing about Web design on other people's blogs, branded websites or other platforms is a great way for designers to hone their skills, raise their profile and even make some extra pocket money, writes Rakhitha Nimesh. People who can both design and write well are relatively rare, so well-written design articles will get you noticed by your peers as well as potential clients. 1st Web Designer (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs 
  • Mobile, social were top technologies for SMBs in 2012
    Small businesses' customers are embracing social media and mobile technologies -- and that's leaving SMBs with no choice but to follow suit, Rieva Lesonsky writes. Studies show that in 2012 many SMB owners actually wished they could spend less time using these technologies, Lesonsky notes. "But they can’t, because that’s where the customers are." ReadWrite (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • The gift that keeps giving
    The holidays are a time of gift giving and what better gift can you give yourself than to be recognized for the hard work you put into to your web development work! Enter the Web Marketing Association's IAC Awards before the January 31st deadline and you might receive a beautiful crystal statue to show your co-workers, friends and even your boss! Awards are also a great way to reward teams of individuals who come together to create a great digital masterpiece. Enter the IAC Awards or the WebAwards (starting in April) in 2013 and win the recognition you deserve. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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