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Google+ Hits 300 Million Active Monthly “In-Stream” Users, 540 Million Across Google

As expected, Google touted the growth of its “social layer” Google+ during a special event today that also saw the introduction of 18 new features.
The big numbers that Google talked about are as follows:
540 million monthly active Google+ users: This is the number of people with Google accounts that interact with Google+ each month in some way on any Google property. That could include leaving a comment on a blog or website that has Google+ comments embedded, commenting on YouTube, or clicking the +1 button on an article or some other web content.
Here’s the chart Google used showing the growth in this metric:

300 million monthly active “in-stream” users: This is the number of people that see/visit the Google+ content stream. It’s also considered by many to be the closest thing to the “monthly active users” that other sites (like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) report, although I think it’s an apples-to-oranges comparison in many ways.
Photo & Video Sharing On Google+
Google VP Vic …

Facebook's Betrayal Circles Back to Bite: Advertisers Wary | Bots Fool Agencies into Optimizing for Bots | 'Authorship' Dying Deserved Death

Social: Facebook, for all the research showing that certain units work well, is the poorest social marketing investment of the lot according to research asking actual marketers. Forrester's Nate Elliott explains what he found when he went and asked the people actually spending money across platforms. The industry shock of Facebook changing how it worked, preventing [...]



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Live Blog: The “Morning With Google+” Event

Google has big news it plans to announce today. Well, some type of news related to Google+. The head of Google+ and all of Google’s social efforts, Vic Gundotra, is having a hangout to go over the news. What’s he going to say? Stay tuned. We’ll have a live blog here.
Want to watch the news live yourself? The hangout is here (though a power failure issue is currently not letting the page load). The alternative YouTube video of the hangout is here (when it begins) and below:
Click here to view the embedded video.





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Samsung Scores Big With NBA Deal

Personally I am not an NBA fan but that doesn’t matter as a marketer. There is no denying that the NBA has a pretty broad appeal these days with stars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant on the court and character like Charles Barkley off the court.
That said, Samsung is investing $100 million is a deal to sponsor the league this year. That’s a lot of iPhone users seeing Samsung phones, tablets and TVs as well as other Android users seeing the full scope of Samsung’s product offering.
cnet reports

The NBA and Samsung’s deal is valued at $100 million over three years, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the agreement. Under the terms of the deal, Samsung will provide to the NBA both televisions and tablets for use courtside when the NBA starts its new season on Tuesday. The televisions will act as the monitors referees use to review close calls, according to the Journal.

So which is it? Apple or Samsung? iOS or Android? If you are a market…

The New Economy – 5 Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated Without Money

The definition of job has changed over the years. Way before, when there used to be Industrial Economy, an employee was as good as a machine part: easily replaceable and obedient. Employees used to do what they were told to, with zero accountability and virtually no ownership.
But the new Digital Economy, also called Connected Economy has changed everything. The very notion of being an employee has changed – Now, you are no longer hiring a machine unit which can be easily replaced but a skilled person who is an asset for your organization. It is the ideas and the initiatives which matter, not obedience and compliance.
Digital Economy workforce cannot be ‘instructed’ to do a particular task; he is not a machine anymore. He uses his knowledge, skills and experience to provide the optimal solution for your organization, and there are no rules to be followed.
Before, it was possible to motivate your workforce by offering them more money; after all who can resist the power of money, right?
But…

What Indian Mobile Users Expect From The Telcos? [Report]

Indian are the most diverse of all inhabitants on this planet. Understanding us is very difficult. But with India growing towards the superpower status, it is crucial as well. Mobile industry is one where we are still under penetrated and has huge potential. This precisely explains why Ericsson has taken the pains of undertaking an in-depth research to understand our issues.
In this Transforming Experiences report, telecom infrastructure company Ericsson revealed almost one-in-four urban Indian mobile user has issues like network, mobile Internet, billing and charging with their service operator, but only half of these issues are reported!
The three most common problems are network, mobile Internet or billing and charging related. Other issues include poor customer service, unsolicited calls or SMS that infringe privacy and bad experiences at the operator’s store or in accessing their website.
Methodology: Traditional – Across 16 urban cities over 15-50 years of age group across all soci…

Apple’s Q4 2013 Represents Highest September Quarter Revenue Ever With 33.8 Million iPhones Sold

Apple has posted it fiscal 2013 Q4 earningsreport with quarterly revenues at $37.5 billion and a net profit of $7.5 billion. According to the just released report, the company sold a record 33.8 million iPhones, nearly 7 million more than the number of iPhones sold during Q4 2012.
Apple’s iPad sales from the year-ago quarter was mostly flat, with 14.1 million iPads sold Q4 of this year compared to 14 million during Q4 2012. Mac sales leveled out at 4.6 million in Q4 2013, a slight decline from the 4.9 million sold in Q4 2012.
The release included a statement from CEO Tim Cook emphasizing the success around Apple’s iPhone sales. “We’re pleased to report a strong finish to an amazing year with record fourth quarter revenue, including sales of almost 34 million iPhones,” said Cook.
Marketing Land will have more to post after Apple’s earnings report conference call this afternoon.





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Marketing Day: October 28, 2013

Here’s our daily recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.
From Marketing Land:

Google To Triple Size Of Glass Explorer Program, Give Away Upgraded Version Of Glass

If you want to have your own Google Glass and know someone that already has it, now’s a good time to be extra friendly. Google has announced plans to triple the Glass Explorer program by letting current Explorers invite up to three friends each to get their own Glass. The new Explorers will still have […]

Getty Images Enters Deal To Provide Photo Credits On Images Uploaded To Pinterest

Both Pinterest and Getty Images announced last week a joint multi-year deal in which Pinterest will pay Getty Images a fee to attach rich metadata to images uploaded to the social media network. According to the announcement on the Getty Images blog: Getty Images will use our PicScout image recognition technology to identify exclusive Getty […]

Google Announces “A Morning With …

Google To Triple Size Of Glass Explorer Program, Give Away Upgraded Version Of Glass

If you want to have your own Google Glass and know someone that already has it, now’s a good time to be extra friendly.
Google has announced plans to triple the Glass Explorer program by letting current Explorers invite up to three friends each to get their own Glass. The new Explorers will still have to pay the full Explorer price, which is $1,500 plus tax.
In addition, we’ve been experimenting with ways to expand the Explorer Program and it’s been going really well. So over the next few weeks, all Explorers will have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program. They’ll be able to buy Glass online and can have it shipped to their home, office, treehouse or igloo. We’re counting on you to get Glass to the people you think will make great Explorers. More Explorers means more feedback, and more feedback means better Glass.
Meanwhile, current Explorers will also soon get an invite of their own — a chance to trade in their existing, original version of Glass for a newer, upgr…

Google Announces “A Morning With Google+” Event Tomorrow

Google has announced plans for a live event tomorrow that’ll be about Google+ and — of course — streamed lived on Google+.
But if you’re looking for details, good luck. The announcement only says, “The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates” and links to this page where the live stream will happen.

It’s set to begin at 9:30 am PT.
It’s been a while since Google has shared Google+ usage numbers, so that’s one possibility — perhaps along with new features? Keep in mind, too, that Facebook will be sharing its latest usage numbers on Wednesday when its latest quarterly earnings are announced.
Guess we’ll all find out tomorrow.




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