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FEATURED ARTICLE — December 2nd, 2016

Why Influencer Marketing is SEO Gold

“Growing an online presence is important, but let’s get real about influence. Presence does not equal influence. Presence can be measured in social media followings. Influence can’t.”

― Martha Giffen, owner of Best Kind Marketing, LLC

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about influencer marketing by now; between the controversy of its effectiveness and Google’s purchase of influencer platform, FameBit, and even a CBS 60 Minutes special, it’s everywhere.

But there are still many who are on the fence. In a recent gShift survey, 250 participants were asked if they use influencer marketing; 60 percent indicated that they do not leverage the practice yet.

Despite the fact that most every marketing budget today accounts for content marketing and SEO efforts,
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Apple Turns to Drones to Challenge Google Maps: Report

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Technology News

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Amazon, Intel Partner on Smart Speaker

Amazon and Intel this week unveiled two technology initiatives to advance the Smart home. Announced at the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, the initiative has two main purposes: to enable Alexa Skills to remotely… Read More

Firefox Issues Fix for Bug Found in Tor

Tor users are being urged to update their browser after a flaw that allows hackers to de-anonymize users was discovered. The bug was discovered in Firefox, on which the Tor browser is based. Firefox has released a fix for the flaw, which is being actively… Read More

4K Live Streaming Comes to YouTube

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SEO News


Major Google Algorithm Updates in 2016

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Google Plans on Going Mobile First in Search Results and Rankings

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Google Goes Mobile-First: How it Impacts You

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Social Media News


Discover How Digital Marketing Helps Brands Reach Their Desired Revenue

Before the advent of digital marketing, businesses were spending millions of dollars on print, TV and radio ads, billboard placements and sponsorships. Then, the Internet changed everything. The access to marketing opened up to smaller brands as the cost… Read More

Are You Penalized for Using Third Party Tools to Post to Social? Myth Debunked

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Prisma’s Facebook Live Filters Blocked By Social Network

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Business & Marketing News

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Holding Data Hostage: How to Beat Ransomware Before It’s Too Late

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6 B2B Social Media Tips For Any Platform

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Other News


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Netflix Enables Offline Streaming — Finally

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Apple Dominates List of Companies to Avoid Calling Over the Holidays

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Latest Data Breach Highlights Dangers for Businesses

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Cloud Security

Enterprise Execs to Spend 34% of Their IT Budgets on Hosting and Cloud Services in 2017

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