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Are You Seeing DOTS? - Data Ownership and Transparent Surveillance View Keynote: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. View Keynote: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regulatory scrutiny and increasing consumer lack of trust in technology in general. View Keynote: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Peter Vanderminden, Principal Industry Analyst at... (more)

Do We Really Need Twitter or Not?

Do you need it or not? Most socialites using twitter would quickly tell you that repeated messages from the same user is quite annoying. The average business person is thinking, How do i get one and which one is the best for my company. To fully understand the answer you would have to define your objectives. Twitter has a nifty search feature which allows you to not only search for basic market segments but further allows for an advance target demographic down to a particular city, country, person. If you're business needs to find out if a product could be sold in london england, Twitter allows you to search for a specific keyword, term in that city at a specific date or time to see if anyone is talking about your market segment giving the CEO more insight to whats really happening in real time. Softwares such as Tweep software, a Twitter Marketing Software allows ju... (more)

Morlex Acquires Ad Authority(R) to Form Ad Authority Group, Inc.

SAN DIEGO, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Yesterday, Ad Authority, Inc.(R) (website http://www.adauthority.com/), a leading innovator in direct to consumer internet marketing, announced its acquisition by Morlex, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: MORX) , an Internet-focused customer acquisition company that owns and markets newsletters and websites targeting the personal finance and trading marketplace. In connection with the acquisition, Morlex closed a total of $4,400,000 in private placement of its common stock and convertible notes. Joseph Gunnar & Co. acted as the private placement agent in connection with the private placement of common stock. Ad Authority and Morlex wish to clarify that the consideration for the acquisition included $3.5 million in cash, 6.5 million shares of Morlex common stock and a $4.5 million secured note to Iakona, Inc., a company owned by Ja... (more)

Mark Shapiro Launches Internet Video Magazine on Ulitzer

Mark Shapiro launched today Internet Video Magazine on Ulitzer. Ulitzer content is grouped in 25 distinct subjects from "Aerospace and Defense" to "Travel and Hospitality." Each subject group offers an unlimited number of topics, and each topic may contain thousands of peer-reviewed feature stories, bylined articles, blog posts, news, reviews, commentary, and unique editorial content authored by top experts in their fields. Ulitzer is designed to replace Wikipedia with Its three-dimensional live content offerings and dynamic topic structure. "Facebook established itself as the new and improved tool for Myspace users and Ulitzer will establish itself as the new, much improved, dynamic, and  three dimensional version of Wikipedia with live content," said Fuat Kircaali, founder of Ulitzer, Inc. "Ulitzer is an original and unique tool for readers who seek quality content ... (more)

Will Social Media Replace the Need for In-Person Meetings?

Remember, we're human beings and after all isn't that what this social media thing is all about? Isn't it about connecting people to people? Connecting people to you, your product, your service, your solution? And what will happen in the future? It will be about connecting clients to clients where they will discuss you, your product recommendations, your service standards, and results of the solutions you recommended. How will you ever provide this high level of connectivity? Will it come through B2B, P2P, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, some "killer apps" or F2F meetings? Finally the correct answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE - IT'S ALL INTEGRATED! And YOUR's is the FACE of the new emerging integrated approach to customer connectivity. So you're frightened of this new world of connectivity, that's human. You want things to remain the same, that's human. Before you take the ne... (more)

The Most Important Marketing Question

I was listening to a product launch webinar early this morning. The speakers were droning on and on about technology and architecture and innovation.  Not a customer benefit in sight - other than the usual generic claims of 'market leading' performance,' unmatched' reliability, 'next generation' features and all the other 'me toos'.  To be fair, the vendor was presenting the product facts quite well.  But they were leaving it to their listeners to sift through the technology claims to apply its capabilities to their own situation. This is a high risk approach. Especially if your competitors are sharing powerful stories that hits those listeners right between their eyes. The simple fact is that marketing is not about you. It's about your customers and how your company or solution can help them be successful in their business. You're probably thinking "But I have cust... (more)

Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?

Latest Google-Related News, Views & Articles on Ulitzer Google held a press event to announce the most "buzzed" topic of the week - Google Buzz. This is Google’s new product, which is being compared to social networks like Twitter and Facebook. It is integrated with Gmail and other Google products, and appears to be one of the missing links in tying Google together as a social network, a concept we’ve discussed repatedly. Do you think Google could make an impact on social media with this release? Share your thoughts. Editor’s Note: The bulk of this article was written before the announcement was made and has been adjusted to reflect the announcement itself, after liveblogging the press event. Google says Buzz has five key elements: 1. Auto Following 2. Rich, Fast Sharing experience… 3. Support for public and private sharing…. 4. In-box integration 5. Just the good stuff... (more)

Local Business Listings Pose Brand Security Concerns

Local business listing hijacking is a real situation that can and will have an impact upon a business brand name. If the business is reliant on the local consumer for revenue, local business listings have evolved into a good local marketing tool. In order to tap into this business marketing tool you have to claim, update and manage your local listing at multiple local listing websites. No, you probably do not need to “get listed” at the tier 1 local listing websites and search engines. Local business listings are in five major categories of websites. They include search engines, social communities, 411 websites, GPS websites and business directories. They have existed for a number of years and the primary data source starts with the phone companies. The next data source comes from local listing websites sharing data amongst themselves. This has caused duplicate lis... (more)

Geo-Marketing Security Expectations for Businesses

We have discussed the security risks of local business listing hijackings in the past. One of the comments made about these security discussions is why do the geo-listing websites like Google, Yahoo, Bing, and up to 60 others insure the security to avoid hijackings? Of course the question to be asked is why should they provide the security service for a free marketing tool that will benefit the business? Geo-Listing Security Many of these websites do have some level of security built into the process of claiming an existing listing or adding a new listing. So far, these security processes have included sending a post card to the existing address with a pin code; a computer calling to the business phone number with the pin; or in some cases a manual review by staff working for these geo-listing websites. On May 27th, Google announced that community edits of local bus... (more)

Have a Seat Mr. Website Owner, It’s Time for a Little Introspection

When a client signs a contract with me for a web design, the first thing I do is send them a three page questionnaire and request they answer as many questions as they deem appropriate. This questionnaire helps me get inside their heads and it helps me better understand their marketing objectives, the opinion of their existing website, and their overall view of internet marketing. I ask a lot of questions about the current and future state of their sales process and marketing programs. While these questions are informative, I definitely have a few questions that are my favorites. In particular, this would be four questions focused on their current website. I like this set of questions because they’re very informative and they are “raw”. I can tell many clients write the first thing that comes to their minds, which is priceless. Some answers have me laughing out lou... (more)

The Net as Paradigm

Edward Burman recently sent me a very interesting email in response to my article about the 50th anniversary of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. So I bought his 2003 book Shift!: The Unfolding Internet – Hype, Hope and History (hint: If you buy it from Amazon, check the non-Amazon sellers listed there) which arrived while I was away this week. The book is not very long — 50,000 words or so — but it’s dense with ideas. For example, Edward argues in passing that the Net exploits already-existing trends toward globalization, rather than leading the way to it; he even has a couple of pages on Heidegger’s thinking about the nature of communication. It’s a rich book. Shift! applies The Structure of Scientific Revolutions to the Internet revolution, wondering what the Internet paradigm will be. The chapters that go through the history of failed attem... (more)