Google May Give YouTube a Sibling

July 25th, 2014


Google apparently is adding another prominent streaming video service to nestle alongside YouTube in its stable. It reportedly has acquired Twitch for around $1 billion. When the deal will be announced and the official purchase price are not yet clear, though Twitch investors are said to be pleased with the return on their equity. Twitch allows gamers to stream their gameplay and commentary to others. It was founded as a subsidiary of streaming video service Justin.tv in 2011, before spinning out as a separate service early in 2013.

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What, Bezos Worry?

July 25th, 2014


Amazon may wow customers with its extraordinary array of products and customer services, but its shareholders are less-than-impressed at the moment. The company on Thursday announced second-quarter losses that were nearly double what analysts had been expecting. Furthermore, Amazon informed shareholders that third-quarter earnings were likely to be just as dismal, if not worse. Wall Street wasted little time reacting: Amazon shares dropped some 9.5 percent in after hours trading, wiping out roughly $15 billion in value overnight.

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6 Ways to Hone Your Lead-Scoring Skills

July 25th, 2014


Your company has a CRM system that employees love and use regularly, and marketing automation tools to help streamline and automate all of your online marketing activities. That’s a great start, but did you know that most marketing qualified leads — more than 94 percent by some estimates — don’t convert to paid customers? That doesn’t mean your sales and marketing information systems aren’t doing their job, but it could mean they’re not optimized for lead scoring.

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SEO 101, Part 6: Going Deep on Keyword Research

July 25th, 2014

This is the sixth installment of my “SEO 101″ series, following “Part 1: What Is SEO?,” “Part 2: Benefits of SEO,” “Part 3: Keyword Research …

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Global Tablet Sales Go From Surge to Shuffle

July 25th, 2014


Tablet sales will show dramatically slower growth this year, according to IDC’s Q2 worldwide quarterly tablet tracker. Worldwide tablet sales grew 11 percent year over year in Q2, with shipments totaling 49.3 million units. While sales will continue to grow, they will do so more slowly than in 2013, when they grew by 51.6 percent, according to IDC. The culprits continue to be growing demand for phablets and increasingly long ownership cycles. “Consumers keep their tablets between three and four years,” said IDC’s Jean Philippe Bouchard.

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