Google’s and Facebook’s Mistakes Following the Las Vegas Massacre

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You’ve heard it over and over again no matter how much you’ve tried to ignore it: fake news. Fake news is used to describe a political story which is seen as damaging to an agency, entity, or person. The printing and dissemination of fake news isn’t a new concept. However, in the past, it has been easy for people to understand which news story is inherently false. Last Monday Morning, many Americans woke up to the heartbreaking news of the Las Vegas Massacre which killed at least 59 people and injured more than 500. Google and Facebook displayed false reports …

IoT and GoT Have Something In Common: Feudalism

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  It’s 2017, and everyone is on the Internet, seemingly all of the time. You could be scrolling through your social media pages at a red light or shopping for something on Amazon during your lunch. The Internet has made our lives much easier but has also put us at risk. It’s not just the Internet itself; it’s the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects with internet connectivity and the communication that occurs between them. IoT applications include Smart Home, the Apple Watch, AT&T’s Connected Car, Amazon Echo, and the Fit Bit. …

The Retail Apocalypse and How Your Store Can Survive It

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For some unfortunate retail brands, the apocalypse is already here: the retail apocalypse. As online shopping becomes more and more popular, brick-and-mortar shops are starting to close their doors, creating a rippling effect across major company icons. Sears and JCPenny alone have closed more than 100 stores each while businesses like The Limited have shut down completely. According to real-estate research firm Green Street Advisors, about one-third of all shopping malls could be at risk of shutting down from these recent closures. Is this the fate of all store brands? According to some studies, not exactly. Like all trends, the …

Moving Towards Virtual Reality: How Did We Get Here?

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Virtual Reality is no longer just a plot for a movie about the future, nor is it just limited to video gamers. Goldman-Sachs stated, “We see qualities in VR/AR technology that can take this from nice use case to a device as ubiquitous as the smartphone.” Marketing and media experts say VR advertising could completely change the marketing game within the next two years. 71% of consumers think a brand that uses virtual reality is forward thinking. VR is predicted to impact nearly every industry, but in particular, education, travel, journalism, health care, architecture, and marketing. Just as businesses had …

How Online Casinos Affect Traditional Gaming

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The casino business is a billion dollar industry that has become increasingly popular online. Once famous features such as slot machines and card tables can now be played on mobile devices, no matter the user’s location. With this new market of online customers, the industry seems eager to break tradition to provide new and exciting offers for players. Thanks to the use of mobile apps, everyday players can download their favorite games with the ability to save game activity as well as money earned. In addition to the connection, casinos also utilize these opportunities to offer free bonuses and prizes for long-term …

Betting on Millennials: Mobile Marketing Now

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Face the Facts: We are in the age of the millennial. In 2015 the US. Census reported that millennials now makeup the largest generation in the country. Additionally, it’s believed that Generation X will pass the Baby Boomers within the next ten years. This will result in the Baby Boomer generation becoming third in terms of population, and it is shrinking.¹ 2+2=4 So, what does that mean for the casino industry? To put it simply, casinos need to adapt to the changing population. This means that the priorities of millennials need to be taken into account. Most casinos will look …

Using Videos for Marketing: A Call to Arms

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When it comes to building your online brand, video marketing has taken off largely for one reason: video provides a richer storytelling format for advertisers. In fact, Facebook released a statement on their Facebook for Business page that reads: “Compelling sight, sound and motion are often integral components of great marketing campaigns, particularly when brands want to increase awareness and attention ov er a short period of time. From launching new products to shifting brand sentiment, this video format is ideal for marketers who are looking to make a large-scale impact, and for people who will discover more great content …

The Future Is Now: Avatar-Inspired Online Shopping

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With Cyber Monday surpassing Black Friday in gross sales this past holiday season, it is safe to say that online shopping will continue with exponential growth. While online shopping is very popular, it still has an intrinsic downside; an estimated 30 percent of all purchases are returned, which drives up the retailer’s overall costs. With this cost increase, it’s no wonder that retailers are developing better ways to decrease returns and increase customer satisfaction – Queue the Avatars.   Multiple international clothing companies, along with Hewlett-Packard Enterprises leading the charge, have created an Avatar-based experience; multiple cameras scan your body …

Virtual reality in the palm of your hand

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As technology increases at an exponential rate, the public is being integrated into the technological realm faster and faster. With advancements such as 3D printers, voice recognition software and hover boards, the world we inhabit is slowly becoming what was once only imagined in a sci-fi movie. Thanks to another innovation by Google, virtual reality has become a physical reality. Google Cardboard has brought the world of virtual reality to the comfort of your home, in the palm of your hand. Cardboard gives the user full submersion into a 360-degree virtual world. The purpose of Cardboard is to encourage the …

Twitter rolls out Moments and Facebook test Reactions

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The next time you login to Twitter you will notice a new icon on the bottom of your screen. The lightning bolt icon will allow you to access Twitter’s newest feature, Moments. Moments gives you access to trending stories on Twitter along with the most relevant tweets. There are several topic areas in Moments: Today, News, Sports, Entertainment, and Fun. When you first enter Moments you will default onto the Today section, which is a collection of stories and videos from the various sections. News is selection of hard news stories and videos. For instance, when I logged in, I …