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It’s Hard to Tell Who Your Real Friends Are: Although marketers are flocking to social media to create and extend brand awareness, forge relationships and initiate conversations with consumers, there may be a hitch in the rush to connect to customers: According to new research from eMarketer, it’s hard to figure out if you’re doing it right. In fact, the new research suggests that only 27 percent of marketers believe that there is an effective way to measure the effects of social media. eMarketer— Anne Sherber @annesherber
SOPA on Vacation: Congress will continue debating SOPA on December 21 as the national debate rages on. Both sides claim that the Web will either implode from the weight of bloodthirsty internet pirates intent on bleeding legitimate content creators dry, or semi-fascists will end creativity forever. Neither side is right. Website owners need to be more careful about alliances- because it isn’t just copyright infringement that content pirates support. There’s an entire network of online nastiness, ranging from identity theft to unsavory porn that can hide beneath the seemingly victim-less crimes that pirate sites sometimes fund. On the other hand, giving Congress or any other body the ability to put the heat on sites that are interpreted as “supporting” piracy, with little oversight, is a mistake. The government has a pretty lousy track record in monitoring financial or online goings-on. It is doubtful that they will do much better with SOPA. –Carla Rover @carlarover PC Mag
‘It’s an undervalued growth channel’: Publishers, eager for subs, increasingly see high value in newsletter referral programs
Referral programs are a more deliberate and proactive method for getting existing subscribers to recommend a newsletter.
‘You need to fix the entire line’: Publishers’ sales and revenue teams struggle with entrenched diversity problem
Media organizations have been trying to confront the lack of diversity in their newsrooms. But they face an even bigger problem on the sales and revenue side.
Advertisers were cutting their Facebook ad spending well before the boycott began
Eleven of the 20 largest Facebook advertisers to boycott have been reducing the amount they spend on the platform over the last two years.
SponsoredWhy data clean rooms are a start, but not enough
Clean rooms are intended to be a “safe space” for brands to collaborate with walled gardens, but the greater opportunity for all brands is bringing together all of their data to create a single source of truth that they own and can continually enrich.
Member ExclusiveFacebook in the age of revolt
Facebook's stalemate with advertisers is likely to stretch on as both sides dig in.
TikTok’s self-service platform launch is perfectly timed to kick Facebook while it’s down
'I can’t emphasize how aggressively [TikTok] is trying to take share at the moment,' said one agency exec.