Tuesday, January 15, 2013
  • Smosh Surpasses All YouTube Channels

    Since its debut on YouTube in 2005, the wacky sketch-comedy brand Smosh has racked up more than 2 billion views, and 6.8 million subscribers -- more than any other channel on YouTube, according to new data from channel tracker VidStatsX. ...Read the whole story

  • Yext Debuts Content Directory Service With AOL MapQuest

    The Web creates a business directory for consumers looking for answers, but updating consistent information across dozens of sites remains one of the biggest headaches for marketers -- not just location, but who, what, when and how. Yext introduced a dashboard Tuesday that allows companies to maintain information on dozens of sites simultaneously across desktop and mobile. ...Read the whole story

  • Study: Shoppers Want More Mobile, Digital Services

    The trend toward "showrooming" -- the bane of brick-and-mortar retailers -- didn't increase last year, while more people did research online and bought in physical stores, according to a new consumer survey by Cisco. The study indicated that shoppers want more mobile and self-service options from retailers in-store, and also found that mobile is playing a bigger part in shopping overall. ...Read the whole story

  • OkCupid Launches App To Jumpstart Dating

    With Valentine's Day around the corner, dating site OkCupid is releasing a new app designed to get people to actually go out on dates. The "CrazyBlindDate" app launches on the heels of a Sunday 'New York Times' feature on the death of traditional dating at the hands of bloodless digital substitutes: endless text messaging, Facebook posts, and instant messaging, as well as just "hanging out." ...Read the whole story

  • Moontoast Secures $5M Based On Facebook Transitional Social Ads

    Turning Facebook into a cash register hasn't been easy, but a handful of investors who recognize the challenge have awarded Nashville-based Moontoast, which specializes in social media advertising, $5 million in Series B funding to build out its services. The investment -- led by the Martin Companies, with participation from previous investors -- supports interactive and transaction-based rich media ads on Facebook, and other social sites. ...Read the whole story

  • Mobile Developer Settles With FTC Over Background-Check App

    Two Minnesota companies have agreed to take steps to ensure the accuracy of their reports in order to settle charges that their mobile background-check apps violated federal consumer protection laws. ...Read the whole story

  • Weather Channel Hits 100 Million Downloads

    Between Hurricane Isaac, Superstorm Sandy, and a Christmas snowstorm, people had plenty of reason to reach for their cell phones in 2012 for weather updates. All that activity helped the Weather Channel application cross the 100 million mark in downloads on mobile phones and tablets last year. ...Read the whole story

  • Drew Meyers Named President, Gyro San Francisco

    Full-service ad shop Gyro has plucked Drew Meyers from Organic and named him president of its San Francisco office. In his new role, Meyers will jointly lead Gyro's San Francisco office with Executive Creative Director Steffan Postaer, who joined the agency last February. ...Read the whole story

Pinterest - Pinning Down Its Value For Retail

Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks, but can it deliver customers for retailers? There's value in brand awareness, but retailers are more interested in the influence that drives consumers into stores. ...More