Friday, December 19, 2014
  • At Sears And Target, Caroling Makes A Comic Comeback

    The caroling video, the seventh in the series, Sears' Jamie Stein tells "Marketing Daily," "is a fun way to visualize social conversations and expand them into bigger emotional moments -- in this case, funny moments." ...Read the whole story

  • Nike Ups Spending On Digital; Future Orders Weaken

    Observers were mostly positive, and Deutsche Bank reiterated its "Buy" recommendation, based on the company's strengths, as well as the continued popularity of running in North America and the overall strength of the athletic sector. ...Read the whole story

  • Comcast's Xfinity Launches 4K TV App On Samsung TV

    Now Comcast's Xfinity media platform is launching Xfinity in UHD -- a new 4K TV app on 2014 Samsung 4K TVs. Comcast's own NBC and USA Network will start with the launch, posting the current season of TV shows, which will expand to other Comcast On Demand programming. Comcast says the app is "completely free" to Xfinity TV customers. ...Read the whole story

  • Digital Engagement Index

    Wal-Mart has led the pack 6 out of the past 7 days, garnering over 2.5 million engagements daily. Google continues to yield high engagement from its "Year in Search 2014" video. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • Hulu Strikes Deal With FX, And Gets More AggressiveWall Street Journal

    Hulu has won the rights to FX Networks shows like “The Strain” and “Tyrant” and the deal also signals a closer relationship with Hulu and 21st Century Fox, which is a part owner of Hulu along with Disney  and Comcast. The pact shows how Hulu is trying to stay in the game versu Netflix and Amazon, which have snapped up many TV rerun deals ...Read the whole story

  • Apple Responds To Fresh Accusations Of Labor Abuse Telegraph

    Tim Cook is calling bull on the BBC’s accusations that Apple is failing to provide humane conditions for its Chinese manufacturing workers. “The BBC’s Panorama programme sent undercover reporters to Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai, where it claims to have uncovered poor treatment of workers,” The Telegraph reports. In response, Cook and his top executives insist that the report is completely misleading. ...Read the whole story

  • Good And Bad Bots Have Officially Overtaken The WebWired

    At least online, robots have officially taken over. Yes, “bots” -- or programs that simulate human activity in the service of their creators -- now account for 56% of all of Website visits, Wired reports, citing data from online security services provider Incapsula. Among other purposes, “People use [bots] to buy gear on eBay and … to snag the best [restaurant] reservations,” according to Wired. “But, increasingly, a slice of these online bots are malicious -- used to knock websites offline, flood comment sections with spam, or scrape sites and reuse their content without authorization.” ...Read the whole story

  • Instagram's Fake-Account Cleanse Sends Fan Counts Falling New York Times

    As promised, Instagram has been purging its platform of “spammy” fake accounts. As a result, “More than 29 percent of Instagram’s followers, or 18.9 million users, disappeared from Wednesday to Thursday,” The New York Times reports, citing data from software developer Zach Allia. Also, “The singer Justin Bieber lost 3.5 million fans, or 15 percent of his total, while Kim Kardashian lost 1.3 million followers, or 5.5 percent of her fan base." ...Read the whole story

  • Super Bowl Survey: TV Sets, Smartphones, Selfies Will RuleNYSportsJournalism.com
Cleveland Cavs Install Social Media Displays

Whether you're watching at home or at the arena, spectator sports are pretty much made for social media, and vice versa. This week the Cleveland Cavaliers joined the list of professional sports teams moving to encourage ...More