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Facebook Gets Another Facelift

If you run a Facebook brand page for your company and have logged in sometime since March 1, you may have seen a notice that your page will be undergoing a major formatting change at the end of the month. The Timeline format isn’t just an aesthetic change, it’s a fundamental shift in the way branded pages will function. read more Read more

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Inbox Relief


Just a quick tip today for those of you with Inbox Overwhelmedness Syndrome. There’s a new startup on the block called Unroll.me that links up with your Yahoo!, AOL, or GMail to help you quickly sort through all the newsletter subscriptions you receive and unenroll with a few clicks from the ones you don’t want or need, without having to sort through your email yourself.  You can also group your newsletters into a single email called “The Rollup” that gives a summary of all your newsletter subscriptions.  That way, the bulk of your emails are tucked away from your inbox and you have just one to skim daily.

For me, this is a brilliant tool because I get so many emails a day, asking me to buy things, alerting me of a sale, giving me a rundown of new articles posted, etc. etc.  It’s hard to sort through it all to find the truly important stuff.

So if you’re in need of an inbox Spring Cleaning, Unroll.me is a tool to consider.

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Social Media Donuts

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Social Media Explained With Donuts

You might have seen this picture floating around Facebook last week, but it’s quite appropriate for today so I’m sharing it again for those who missed it.  As a social media geek, I found the simplistic breakdown of what the most popular networks are about hilarious.  Here’s a quick rundown of the lesser-known networks in the list in case you’re not familiar with them all (thanks, Wikipedia!): read more Read more

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Hallmark Holidays by The Numbers

If you were anywhere near Facebook or Twitter yesterday (Valentine’s Day), it’s almost a certainty that you saw reference to “manufactured”, “commercial”, “corporate”, or “Hallmark” holidays, so we thought we’d compile a list of the real numbers regarding Cupid’s holiday for you:

  • Consumers’ “better halves” will shell out the most on their partners, with the average person planning to spend $74.12 on their spouse or significant other, up from $68.98 last year.
  • The average male is expected to spend $168.74 on clothing, jewelry, greeting cards and more this year – nearly twice as much as women who are expected to spend an average of $85.76.
  • Nearly 200 million roses are produced for Valentine’s Day, according to the Society of American Florists.
  • About 144 million Valentine’s Day cards are given out each year, making it the second-largest day for greeting cards, according to Hallmark.
  • More than 143 million pounds of candy was expected to be sold at U.S. drugstores and mass merchandisers in the weeks leading up to and including Valentine’s Day this year
  • 80% of respondents in relationships said that they would be “happy” if their significant other used a coupon to save money this Valentine’s Day.
  • Americans spend more on Valentine’s Day than Halloween

Sources:
National Retail Federation
Business Wire
Bloomberg