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Snapchat Quietly Bought a Smartglass Startup Owned by the CEO's Friend

Sony hack also reveals Evan Spiegel's outlook on advertising

It's not just Sony whose corporate secrets are being outed by an ongoing leak of hacked documents. Emails released today also reveal Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel green-lit the $15 million…

Twitter Debates Whether to Hit Autoplay on Videos, and Here's Why

Brands love it, but would users protest?

Twitter is weighing a difficult decision, one that not only could disrupt the traditional order of things at the social network but also may well be the key to keeping…

Instagram Is Now Bigger Than Twitter With 300 Million Monthly Users

It's also debuting verified accounts and purging fake followers

Instagram now has 300 million monthly users, picking up 100 million since March. The photo- and video-sharing app has surpassed Twitter's official user count of 284 million. Facebook's companion company, bought…

5 Cereals Twitter Users Are Desperate to Bring Back

French Toast Crunch is only the beginning

When General Mills relaunched its sugary French Toast Crunch cereal on Friday after an eight-year hiatus, Twitter exploded with gratitude. Ever since, the cereal has been consistently trending on Twitter. And…

FTC: No, Agencies Can't Ask Staffers to Casually Tweet Nice Things About Clients

A cautionary tale about disclosure in social media

As brands push their messages through social media platforms like Twitter, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding marketers they need to disclose any bias on their promotional materials—even if they…

Heineken Delivers the Party to You as Part of Its Holiday Twitter Campaign

Need some cheer? Try tweeting at the Dutch beer brand

Home delivery is a big trend these days, with car services like Uber and Lyft teaming with brands for one-off campaigns. Now Heineken is putting its own twist on the…

These Weed Snobs Show Why Pot Can Be Just as Snooty as Wine

Weedmaps markets itself via parody videos

Weedmaps, a Yelp-like service focused on pot, wants to show that marijuana can be just as sophisticated as alcohol. But it's hard for a company named Weedmaps to buy ad…

Twitter Now Lets Brands Tweet Deals to Users With a New Offer Button

Discounts in time for holidays

Twitter is rolling out a new feature that allow brands to tweet deals, which users can claim online and redeem in stores. Twitter Offers is the messaging network’s second step…

5 Social Media Hacks Every Marketer Should Know

Handy tricks to make the most of your posts

So many boundaries limit marketers and their social media goals. No GIFs on Facebook. No buy buttons on Pinterest. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative workarounds. Marketers are doing whatever they…

Get Ready for More Mobile Ads on Your iPhones as Apple Launches New iAds

Taps tech partners to develop marketing machine

Apple is finally showing it is serious about mobile advertising. Its iAd business has gone through several iterations and struggled, and the company is now tapping the ad tech community…

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