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Consumers don't trust paid media: report

Brands are increasingly paying for 'Likes', followers and reviews, and despite the risks associated with this activity and the questionable efficacy of the tactic, there may be a logical reason for it.

That reason: according to Nielsen, consumers trust earned media, such as recommendations from friends and online reviews, far more than they do paid media.

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Q&A: Robert Glazer of Acceleration Partners on affiliate management

Over the past decade affiliate marketing has evolved into a complex ecosystem of intertwining online marketing channels. The success of an affiliate program is now more than ever dependent on a thorough understanding of all constituents indivually, as well as how they all interact with each other and with the merchants own marketing effots.

Today's Q&A post is based on a conversation with Robert Glazer, an award-winning affiliate manager, Founder and Managing Director at Acceleration Partners, a digital marketing agency.

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19% of women in the U.S. now on Pinterest: report

While men in the U.K. may have a special place in their hearts for Pinterest, the third most popular social network in the United States is widely considered to be a hangout for women.

Brands seem to be on board with this notion. The US Army, for instance, turned to Pinterest when it wanted to reach a female audience online.

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Mobile conversions from affiliates hit a wall in 2012

New data from Affiliate Window shows that mobile conversion rates have plateaued this year, hovering around the 3% mark since January.

In 2011 mobile conversions increased from around 1.9% in January to more than 3.5% in December, but 2012 has seen a levelling out.

As m-commerce sites are becoming more common, these statistics highlight the difficulty brands face with increasing transactions on mobile.

We recently reviewed the top 20 UK retailers' mobile checkouts and found that in general the sites were user-friendly. But clearly consumers still prefer to make a purchase using a desktop or tablet rather than their mobile.

The AW stats show that August actually saw a slight drop in mobile conversions to 2.84% from 3.14% in July.

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Q&A: David Szetela on paid search marketing & affiliate management

Affiliate marketing exists on the crossroads of a number of online marketing channels. Paid search is one of the channels that many affiliate managers end up having trouble reconciling affiliate marketing with. Can the two co-exist in harmony, and if so, how do you achieve it? 

Today I am excited to bring you a Q&A with David Szetela, an online advertising expert, author, speaker and consultant, former CMO for Bionic Click and former Owner and CEO of Clix Marketing, a pay-per-click (PPC) advertising agency.

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Five things H&M learned from advertising during the SuperBowl

On the second day of the Shop.org annual conference, Steve Lubomski, of H&M, presented two key case studies of their marketing efforts in the first half of 2012. The biggest was, of course, their SuperBowl campaign with David Beckham at the helm.

As half of the SuperBowl audience is women and not a lot of people cater to them, they took a chance with their first SuperBowl ad that lead them to garner almost 2 billion impressions in a month.

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As more companies shift to mobile, Spotify discovers the web

For steaming music subscription service Spotify, the web hasn't been all that important.

To play their favorite tunes, Spotify's users fire up Android and iOS apps, or download a Spotify desktop application.

But as the company looks to increase its exposure through social media and partnerships with companies like Yahoo, that's changing.

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Growth hacker: new marketing role, or new title?

Marketing, by any reasonable measurement, is a fast-evolving industry. Many of the most sought-after roles today, such as social media marketer, didn't even exist a decade ago.

What does the future hold for digital marketing? One thing is for sure: more change.

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HBO makes friends with cord cutters...in Scandinavia

For consumers in the United States wanting to give HBO their money for a subscription that doesn't require a cable bundle, the popular cable network delivered bad news earlier this year: thanks, but no thanks.

But HBO's response to the grassroots Take My Money, HBO! campaign didn't answer the question: can HBO ignore cord cutters forever?

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Google shutters TV Ads platform but makes inroads against traditional ads

Google may be online advertising's 800 pound gorilla, but using its digital dominance to push into traditional advertising markets has proven to be a real challenge.

In 2006, for instance, Google began trials of a platform designed to help advertisers more efficiently purchase ad inventory in newspapers.

In 2009, the search giant killed the offering. Ditto for a similar platform created to move radio ad inventory.

So perhaps it won't come as a surprise that Google has decided to throw in the towel on Google TV Ads, an extension to AdWords that made it possible for advertisers to "bring digital buying and measurement technologies to traditional TV advertising."

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Q&A: Kevin Edwards of Affiliate Window on affiliate management

As the affiliate marketing industry is facing new challenges, affiliate management is becoming a progressively intricate endeavor. However, opportunities to market your business successfully through affiliate programs are now more plentiful than ever.

Today I am thrilled to bring you a Q&A with Kevin Edwards, former Chair for the IAB's Affiliate Marketing Council, and currently Strategy Director at Britain's largest affiliate network, Affiliate Window.

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Four useful KPIs for online video strategies

Consumers expect to be able to access video content as part of their online experience, but websites have to make sure the content fulfils some sort of objective.

It’s no good creating video content for your site without first coming up with a strategy and measuring its performance over time.

Our Online Video Best Practice Guide covers all you need to know about what's happening in online video, including best practice tips, platforms and techniques.

Here we summarise the section that looks at four key performance indicators that make for decent overall objectives...

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