Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson is a senior technology editor for Adweek.
Lauren Johnson is a senior technology editor for Adweek, where she specializes in covering digital marketing trends, social platforms, ad tech and emerging tech.

Zillow Pays $3.5 Billion for Trulia

Zillow has acquired Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock, which could trigger a string of similar consolidations within the online real estate industry. 

This 344-Year-Old Company Is on Mobile Marketing’s Cutting Edge

Hudson's Bay Co., a pioneering North American business that was founded in 1670, is blazing trails in mobile marketing. Two of the Toronto-based company's retail chains, Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay, are getting on board the smartphone-triggered beacons trend with a test program rolling out today in 10 stores.

CPG Marketers Are Going Digital With Loyalty Programs

Not long ago, packaged-goods brands were accused of being slow movers in digital. Now, that reputation is changing as more marketers enlist social media and mobile to link loyalty programs with real-world data.

Starbucks Looks to Share Its App Payment System With Other Retailers

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz revealed that his company had amassed nearly 12 million active monthly mobile users in the U.S. and Canada during the brand’s third-quarter earnings call on Thursday.

Samsung’s Secret to Viral Videos: Load Up on Celebrity Endorsements

Samsung grabbed three of this week’s top YouTube videos on the Adweek/VidIQ top 10 video chart, two of which center around celebrities and athletes to prove that the company does more than sell phones and tablets.

Office Depot Teams Up With R5 for Back-to-School Campaign

Office Depot is the latest retailer to bet on augmented reality to target millennial back-to-school shoppers this year. The retailer is launching a mobile campaign for the second year that integrates image recognition into its shopping app.

Alcohol Delivery Startup Expands to Denver’s Boozy Crowd

Alcohol-delivery app Drizly is launching in Denver today, making it easier for people to get booze to their doorstep within one hour. The app is also available in the New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles areas.

Half of Smartphone Owners Don’t Want Their Locations Tracked

Attention retailers: shoppers are not as interested with beacons and in-store tracking as you think they are, according to a new report from digital marketing platform Punchtab.

Applebee’s Turns Its Instagram Over to Foodies for the Next Year

In case you haven’t been seeing enough pictures of food in your Instagram feed, expect to see a lot more of them for the next 12 months thanks to Applebee’s. The restaurant chain is forking over its account to diners who share pictures on the social-mobile app. 

Hillshire Brands Sees 20% Jump in Purchase Intent With Beacons

Hillshire Brands and IPG Mediabrands-owned agency BPN are announcing an interesting case study today about how beacons (the devices set up in brick-and-mortar stores to trigger location-based offers) increased purchase