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    Mobile’s influence on digital commerce soars, study finds

    Digital spending exceeded $1 trillion in 2022, a 21% year-over-year increase, with mobile purchases seeing increased value in Q4, according to Comscore.

    By Aaron Baar • Feb. 2, 2023
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    Meta revenue slides for third straight quarter as Reels feels growing pains

    Executives don’t expect the TikTok clone to be in a revenue-neutral place until the end of this year or early next.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Yves Saint Laurent Beauty ties Web3 to online shopping experience

    All revenue generated by NFT sales will be donated to partners of the Abuse is Not Love program, which fights against intimate partner violence.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    Snap makes latest exec appointment in monetization chase

    Ty Ahmad-Taylor comes from Meta and will serve as vice president of organic growth and product marketing during a pivotal period for the company.

    By Aaron Baar • Jan. 26, 2023
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    What TikTok’s shifting US presence means for social media

    Privacy concerns over the app’s ByteDance ownership have led to growing institutional scrutiny, raising the specter of broader implications.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Netflix helps Bumble matches find common interests with game about popular shows

    “Find the Date You’ve Been Watching For” was inspired by research showing it’s easier for people to talk to a match when they share similar tastes in TV.

    By Jan. 24, 2023
  • Martha Stewart in a campaign image for Oreo promoting its Oreoverse metaverse activation.
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    Martha Stewart makes metaverse debut with Oreo

    The celebrity chef and DIY homemaker will document her journey through the Oreoverse with a livestream on Facebook and Instagram.

    By Jan. 24, 2023
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    Gatorade marks Fast Twitch rollout with big game giveaway

    To enter, consumers must post a video of themselves on TikTok or Instagram that shows what their pre-game stadium run-through would look like.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    YouTube reclaims VidCon title sponsorship, replacing TikTok

    The Google-owned platform had been a routine sponsor since 2013 but was replaced last year by its ByteDance competitor.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    Apple launches Business Connect, names partners as advertising ambitions intensify

    The new feature allows businesses to customize and more quickly update information across Apple platforms including Maps, Messages, Wallet and Siri. 

    By Aaron Baar • Jan. 19, 2023
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    Welch’s Fruit Snacks ties big game giveaway to QR code-enabled ads

    Spots starring NFL player Mark Andrews can be scanned to enter to win watch-party goodies like a smart TV and home theater.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    McDonald’s ‘tech-forward’ Lunar New Year push features AI-powered ad

    In collaboration with creator Karen X Cheng, the fast food giant is returning to the metaverse and releasing an AR filter on Instagram.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    Meta implements new system for addressing algorithmic ads bias

    VRS marks the first time the company’s advertising falls under direct court oversight and could be a wake-up call for others using algorithms to target ads.

    By Jan. 10, 2023
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    Chipotle rolls out ‘Freepotle’ rewards with TikTok, Instagram prize wheel

    The promise of free food offers throughout 2023 is positioned as an alternative to subscription programs that have proliferated at competitors like Taco Bell.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
  • A image showcasing Neutrogena and Nourished's 3D printed gummies, "SkinStacks."
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    Neutrogena, Nourished use AI to craft customizable 3D printed gummies

    SkinStacks utilizes face-scanning technology and the beauty brand’s Skin360 digital assessment to curate custom vegan, sugar-free gummies.

    By Aaron Baar • Jan. 5, 2023
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    Meta, IRI team up to integrate in-store data with social ads

    IRI’s Ansa tool will allow marketers using Facebook and Instagram to better understand product-level sales so they can optimize campaigns.

    By Jan. 5, 2023
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    Chipotle targets Gen Z with wellness Snapchat Lens, menu items

    To address how Gen Z and millennials approach wellness, the chain is focused on convenience and mobile gamification.

    By Aaron Baar • Jan. 3, 2023
  • An attendee holds a new Apple iPhone 14 Pro during an Apple special event on September 07, 2022 in Cupertino, California.
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    App installs continue to grow despite digital slowdown, report finds

    In spite of the headwinds from Apple’s privacy changes and looming economic pressures, installs grew 10% year-over-year in 2022.

    By Aaron Baar • Dec. 22, 2022
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    Tumblr launches livestreaming to capture bigger share of creator market

    Video integration and monetization capabilities are enabled by Livebox, which also promises content moderation and talent recruitment tools. 

    By Dec. 20, 2022
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    Social media ad spend vulnerable as trust declines further, survey finds

    Two-thirds of media executives cite transparency issues as a reason to cut back on spend, per an IAS report.

    By Aaron Baar • Dec. 19, 2022
  • An image taken from Logitech's BeReal account promoting its electronics.
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    Why Logitech added BeReal to its holiday marketing plans

    Surprise deals and offers arrive on the growing social media app during what the brand’s vice president of global marketing calls a “transformational period.”

    By Dec. 15, 2022
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    Snap, Minibeats bring musical interactivity to AR

    The revenue-sharing musical lenses point to how Snapchat is pinning its future on helping creators monetize AR.

    By Aaron Baar • Dec. 15, 2022
  • A turned over blue bag of Doritos and several dishes prepared with the chips sit under multi-colored neon branding reading, "Doritos After Dark."
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    Doritos opens ghost kitchen catering to late-night cravings

    Doritos After the Dark runs through the winter solstice and features globally inspired dishes, like a sandwich based on a banh mi.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
  • Image reading "Starbucks Odyssey" to announce Starbucks' new NFT-tied rewards program expansion.
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    Starbucks ties NFTs to loyalty program in beta launch

    Starbucks Odyssey allows users to complete interactive challenges in exchange for NFTs and rewards points that unlock exclusive experiences.

    By Dec. 12, 2022
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    9 campaigns that boosted the mood in 2022

    Amid persistent economic woes, an ongoing war and a series of controversies, efforts by McDonald’s, Old Spice and Chipotle found a way to cut through the noise.

    By , , Dec. 12, 2022