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4 Ways Brands Are Already Using Twitter's Periscope App

Red Bull and Mountain Dew are among early adopters

One day after debuting as a competitor to red-hot streaming app Meerkat, Twitter-owned Periscope has already gotten the attention of brands, which are testing out what they can do with…

This Vodka Brand's App Uses Beacons to Light Up Bottles With Custom Messages

Tech's new gift is more than a novelty

Beacons have been a buzzy topic for digital marketers in the past year, but mostly, brands have just used them to push out offers and coupons. Now, Medea—a maker of…

As Meerkat's User Growth Explodes, Here Are 4 Tools Marketers Want ASAP

Agencies weigh in on what should be next

Meerkat, the South by Southwest darling, surpassed the 300,000 user mark around four days ago and stated on March 15 that it was growing 30 percent daily. Today, the one-month-old…

Horror Film Lets You Have an Increasingly Intense Chat With the Main Character

Insidious 3 stunt via Kik shows how bots are evolving

In the new horror movie Insidious: Chapter 3, a girl stuck in bed is eager for contact with the outside world. She's even willing to chat with you right now.  Thanks…

With Turn-by-Turn Directions, Google's Waze App Wants to Win Mobile Advertising

Dunkin' Donuts, Panera Bread target drivers

Nearly two years after Google acquired Waze for more than $1 billion, new research and prolonged advertising deals from brands show that the mapping app is making a dent in…

Kal Penn Is Bringing Big Data to the Masses With New Nat Geo Show

The actor (and former politico) talks binge watching and Trivia Crack

Specs Who Kal Penn Age 37 Claim to fame Host and producer of National Geographic Channel's The Big Picture with Kal Penn (premieres March 30 at 9 p.m.); star of Battle Creek on CBS…

Victoria's Secret and Sephora Are Already Using Instagram's New App

Brands, consumers and first ladies waste little time using Layout

Instagram is providing a way to share photo collages with a companion app called Layout, which—even though it was just launched today—is already getting employed in interesting ways by brands…

Has Google Perfected the Retail Search Ad With Its Local Inventory Offering?

Sears Hometown store visits jumped 122 percent

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, a retailer fighting for every sale, has evidently found a weapon in Google's Local Inventory Ads that it says works to drive consumers to its…

Meerkat Restores Faith in SXSW's Startup Magic

Social video app makes the biggest splash in years

Perhaps South by Southwest Interactive promoters should send Meerkat a check—or at least a thank-you card. Not since Foursquare's launch in 2009 has the Austin, Texas, festival produced a break-out…

SnappyTV Powers Twitter's Video Strategy for Everything From March Madness to the President

7 clips that show how live TV gets online fast

If you see clips of buzzer-beaters from Turner Sports properties in your Twitter feed after the March Madness tips off tomorrow, you can thank SnappyTV for the excitement. Such moments…

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