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On the Day of Its IPO, Here's What Americans Think Alibaba Is [Video] New Yorkers give their best guesses

The Alibaba Group is having its initial public offering today. There is no question the "Amazon of the East" is set to make several people wealthy, including co-founders Jack Ma…

September 19, 2014, 12:07 AM EDT

The Urban Legend of Free Social Marketing It’s time for brands to rethink their strategies

When I give advice to CMOs about new social marketing strategies, I often hear the same initial response: But nobody wants to come to my website. While that’s probably true…

September 17, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

Is the Mobile Check-In Dead? Marketers weigh in on its longevity

Mobile check-ins were red-hot when Foursquare launched in 2009, followed by Facebook Places in 2010. But by 2012, the trend had lost significant steam and is now rarely used in…

September 17, 2014, 6:04 AM EDT

Subway Rolls Out Mobile Payments to All 26,000 U.S. Locations Restaurant chain partners with Softcard

There's now an easier way to eat fresh. Subway rolled out a wider release of its mobile payment partnership with Softcard (formerly Isis Wallet) today, bringing the service to all of…

September 16, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

A Glimpse Into Marketers’ Social Media Strategies Even the big guys struggle to measure ROI

Almost every company puts much money and effort behind social media strategy, with goals ranging from enhanced brand awareness to direct leads or sales. But while 97 percent of those…

September 16, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

This Company Makes Billboards Come to Life for Major Brands Pearl Media merges new tech into the out-of-home space

Specs Who (from left) Josh Cohen, president, CEO; Eddie, chief canine officer; Jen Lee Almeida, vp, operations; Anthony Petrillo, svp, business development  What Digital out-of-home-company Where Fairfield, N.J., headquarters Digital signage and smartphones influence…

September 15, 2014, 10:47 PM EDT

Do Anonymous Apps Enable Cyberbullying? One activist says they have a long way to go

Do apps like Whisper, Secret and Ask.fm, which let their users mask their identity, give voice to cyberbullying and other bad behavior? Mike Dreiblatt, president of the activist group Stand…

September 15, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

Anonymous Apps Try to Curb Bad Behavior Ask.fm is investing millions to ensure a safe user experience

Ask.com was well aware of the controversy surrounding anonymous app Ask.fm before purchasing it last month, according to its CEO Doug Leeds. Here, the exec, who now also oversees Ask.fm,…

September 15, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

Anonymous Apps Like Whisper and Secret Have a Dark Side Abusive language and bullying have brands proceeding with caution

An increasingly popular category of social media presents an enticing but potentially risky proposition for brands eager to reach teens and young adults. Services such as Ask.fm, Secret, Whisper and…

September 15, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

Is IAC, Owner of Tinder and Match, Ready to Dump Dating Sites? Investors worry as free, niche services flood marketplace

Despite pressure from investors to sell off the company's dating sites and hookup apps, executives at IAC’s The Match Group remain committed to the market, reports The New York Times. Investors'…

September 15, 2014, 3:27 PM EDT

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