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    App publishers for kids have a unique challenge: they have to sell their wares to a parental audience that is not the actual long-term user of the app. Motion Math used analytics to determine when the buyer was really present.
  • How Tag Management Failure Can Bring Down A Web Site
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  • Never Mind Attachment To Social Media; What About The Data?
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