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As Facebook cracks down on a major spam operation, USA Today loses millions of Likes

While the number of fake accounts on Facebook's billion-plus member social network might be a rounding error in the overall scheme of things, the world's social networking giant isn't ignoring the problem.

Facebook acknowledges that fake accounts are "closely related to the creation and spread of spam," and last week it detailed how it's has been cracking down on abuse, including bots used to create fake accounts and paid likes.

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10 cracking digital marketing stats from this week

It’s the Easter weekend, which might mean you’re knee-deep in chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and beer by now. But hold up – why not take a break from all that lovely stuff and get stuck into some even lovelier stats?

This week’s roundup includes news about digital ad spend, brand communications and personalisation. You can head on over to the Internet Statistics Compendium for lots more too.

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Three brands recently 'shamed' in China and how others can avoid a similar fate

Marketing in China can be tricky. Consumers there are eager to learn about Western brands, but that interest can quickly turn to outrage if people feel that companies have been misleading.

Here are three recent stories of brands that 'lost face' in China and how others can avoid the same fate.

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Crocs aims to turn around fortunes with celebrity-driven campaign: Will it work?

Never has a brand of shoes been the source of such derision as Crocs. 

You know the ones. The rubbery, foam-like clogs with holes in them – usually worn by people who work on their feet all day long or laugh in the face of what’s ‘cool’. 

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You're (still) not tracking CPA properly and here’s why

“Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half.” John Wanamaker (1838-1922). Are we any closer to answering that fully in 2017?

Calculating CPA (cost per acquisition, also referred to as CPL - cost per lead) is a challenge. But tracking the cost of your first acquisition point (which may be a lead or a customer) is essential in understanding marketing channel efficiency and equally marketing-mix efficiency.

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Digital advertising is totally out of control

In the drive to maximize reach and efficiency, advertisers have embraced an increasingly complex digital ad ecosystem that is more and more automated and opaque.

Now, at a time when consumers are demonstrating heightened concern about hate speech, offensive content, and social and political issues, advertisers are learning the hard way that they have helped create a monster they aren't in control of.

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Comedy Central creates branded content to replace ads: Could other networks follow suit?

Whether you make a cup of tea or have a little scroll through Twitter, chances are you rarely make it through a TV ad break without finding something better to do.

Now of course, with catch-up and on-demand services, there’s no need to wait at all. 86% of people are said to always fast-forward through adverts while watching time-shifted shows.

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Amazon tries its hand at influencer affiliate marketing

Can influencers and affiliate marketing be a match made in heaven? Online retail's 800-pound gorilla is apparently interested in finding out.

Last week, it was revealed that Amazon has launched a beta of an invite-only Amazon Influencer Program "exclusively designed for social media influencers with large followings and a high frequency of posts with shoppable content." 

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Should marketers be able to prove the ROI of influencers?

Are marketers doing enough to prove the ROI of influencers? Do they even need to?

Econsultancy has just published a discussion of the topic, titled Measuring the ROI of Influencer Marketing, in association with Fashion & Beauty Monitor.

Let's look at some of the issues.

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Marriott uses Snapchat influencer campaign to target millennials

In 2016, almost half of Airbnb consumers were reported to be between the ages of 18 and 34. In contrast, only 28% of hotel guests who booked with Marriott online were millennials.

So, with younger generations embracing the sharing economy, Marriott has decided to do something about it by turning to every millennial’s sort-of-favourite app – Snapchat.

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Thanks to politicians, ISPs could soon become the dominant digital ad players in the US

Three of the largest internet service providers (ISPs) in the US – Comcast, Verizon and AT&T – have in recent years spent well over $100bn acquiring companies like NBCUniversal, AOL, Yahoo and Time Warner.

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A day in the life of... biz dev director at a media agency

Do you work in biz dev and want to see what agency life can offer you?

Well this week you can get some insight from Will Anderson, Business Development Director at biddable media agency, Journey Further, who is our latest 'day in the life' interviewee.

Here's what he does with his time...

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