Citigroup has valued image-sharing service Instagram at $35 billion—close to double its previous figure of $19 billion. That makes Instagram worth a fair amount more than Twitter, LinkedIn and many other social networks. “Using what we believe to be conservative assumptions around user growth and monetization, we believe Instagram is worth $35bc (sic),” Citi wrote in a note published Friday mornin
By Barry Eitel on Dec 19, 2014
The best lead is the one that comes directly to you because you’re a trusted source of information. Better yet, you want that lead to turn around and tell all of their friends and family about you because they had such a great experience with your company. Sound like a pipe dream? It’s not. HealthCare.com did exactly that. While it’s a time-intensive process to build that glowing reputation that g
By Christa Avampato on Dec 22, 2014
Have you been scratching your head wondering why you aren’t achieving your lead generation goals? You’ve got company. A survey by 360 Leads of more than 300 sales and marketing executives around the world found that among the 79 percent of companies carrying out lead generation programs in the previous 12 months, just 17 percent had reached their lead generation targets. Not surprisingly, 58 perce
By John Egan on Dec 19, 2014
Not that anyone asked for it, but there's a well-funded new YouTube competitor with the lofty goal of overtaking YouTube as the Web's top video destination. Meet Vessel, currently just a preview promo version of its future self that hopes to launch in "early" in 2015. Vessel popped up in the news last week when it was revealed that they were offering big money to YouTube celebrities to get them to
By Joe Kukura on Dec 18, 2014
Content marketing was a major trend in 2014 as advertisers caught on that their access to media was often much greater than they realized. As a result, directly communicating with potential customers in an accessible and compelling long format was no longer impossible. The results have varied from tremendous to awful. While some marketers have seen exponential sales growth due to content marketing
By Michael Foster on Dec 19, 2014
Sony Pictures Entertainment sent a letter to various media outlets including The New York Times and Bloomberg demanding that the outlets cease publishing internal materials leaked from a massive cyber-attack on the studio last month. Certain outlets have been giddy to publish stories on embarrassing emails between Sony executives released by the hackers. One scandalous exchange featured Amy Pascal
By Barry Eitel on Dec 15, 2014
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By Barry Eitel on Dec 19, 2014
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