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Facebook Shutting Down Livestream Shopping Oct. 1

| Mike O'Brien

Facebook is shutting down its livestream shopping venture two years in, putting its efforts behind the popular Reels short-form video platform as livestream shopping has yet to catch on here in a big way as in China, and retailers, brands and platforms need to rethink their approach. Experts weigh in on what they need to do.

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Marketplaces: Avoiding the Ad Death Spiral

| Andrew Yates

For marketplaces that rely on ad revenues, it’s all about conversions. And if you can’t optimize search, listings, ads and promotions on your site, you don’t get conversions. This leads to desperate blasting and promotions that just drives drives users away and kills revenue. Here are 5 steps to help you avoid this dreaded ad death spiral.

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The Best Marketers Experiment Every Day

| Nikita Bykadarov

How do marketers stand out, when so many dollars are chasing the same consumers? There’s still too much uncertainty about what channels work for which messages. To get the most out of each channel, experiment. Constantly test different messages, landing pages and designs to learn what works to inform your tactics.

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How Brands Can Connect with the Influenced Consumer

| Ericka Podesta McCoy

Brands have always sought to align themselves with media and messaging most likely to prove influential among core audiences. But today, even the way in which consumers are influenced—and to what extent—is proving to be a defining trait of certain groups. Learn how influenced consumers are a group worth paying attention to.

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Social Commerce a Nearly Universal Experience In 2022

| Mike O'Brien

Social commerce is not slowing down, based on a survey of 1,000 U.S. consumers from Sprout Social, with over two-thirds of respondents saying they make a purchase through a social channel in 2021, and a whopping 98% saying they planned to do so this year.

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Facebook aka Meta Looks to Open Physical Stores

| Mike O'Brien

A week after a name change to Meta, reflecting its aspirations for the so-called metaverse virtual world, the company formerly known as Facebook is looking to open physical stores to sell gadgets associated with its new vision, according to a report in the New York Times.

Biden Taking Big Stick to Big Tech

| Mike O'Brien

President Joseph Biden, in a sweeping executive order, is seeking to limit the power of big tech companies, including extra scrutiny of mergers and acquisition to check their monopolistic tendencies. It covers 72 different actions, including a reinstatement of net neutrality and asking the FTC to challenge prior “bad acquisitions.”

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Legislation Aimed at Breakup of Big Tech Firms

| Mike O'Brien

Bipartisan legislation being considered in Congress could force Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook to either shed private-label assets or effectively split in two in an attempt to regulate them, the WSJ said. Congress is also looking at limiting their ability to use their platforms to improperly direct consumers toward their own offerings.

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iOS 14.5 and Ads: What I’ve Learned So Far

| Dean DeCarlo

Apple’s launch of iOS 14.5, featuring its new privacy protections, has been championed by iPhone users tired of invasive ads, while advertisers frantically adapt to the changes, especially small businesses that rely on targeted ads. While challenging to advertisers, privacy is an important issue. Five weeks in, here are some key learnings.