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FTC Releases New Guidelines for Native Advertising

In December of 2013, the Federal Trade Commission began investigating what was then a burgeoning content marketing strategy - native advertising. The investigation sought to answer many questions, but perhaps most pressingly, the FTC wanted to know if typical readers truly understand when they're being presented with paid content, what "paid content" means, and the ethics of essentially disguising promotional content as editorial.

Over two years later - now that native advertising is incredibly popular - the FTC has finally released guidelines for publishers, and they could end up changing how many advertisers approach this strategy.

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comScore Lists Most Used Mobile Apps - Google and Facebook Dominate

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According to Business Insider, 65.5 percent of the millions of people who use smartphones fail to download any new apps in a given month. This is despite the fact that over 1.4 billion apps are available in Apple's app store and 1.5 billion are available in Google Play.

Clearly, this data tells us that a majority of smartphone owners prefer to use and revisit a smaller number of apps rather than constantly downloading new ones. While this behavior could change over time, a new report from internet analytics company comScore reflects the current trends.

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Is Facebook's 'Instant Articles' a Game-Changer For Content?

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One of Mark Zuckerberg's goals is to make Facebook's News Feed a "perfect personalized newspaper" for every user. To do this, the News Feed algorithm attempts to show users the updates, birthdays, events and shared stories that it thinks would be most important to them. It follows that news sites have been very successful under this system.

In fact, with so many news sites getting more and more referral traffic from Facebook, the network's influence has never been more powerful. But what will happen when they finally decide to directly host content instead of having publishers post a link? We're about to find out.

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Spending on Social Ads to Reach $23 Billion This Year

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Last year, Brian Carter of Moz suggested that every business should spend at least one dollar per day on Facebook ads. He cited how cost-effective the ads can be, pointing out their low cost-per-impression, their sophisticated targeting, and their unprecedented reach capabilities.

As of now, tons of businesses seem to be collectively spending at least that much on ads for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks. According to a report from digital consulting firm eMarketer, the worldwide spending total could exceed $23 billion in 2015.

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Content Tool Keywee Promises Unprecedented Audience Targeting

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The notion that the absolute best content will always get noticed without needing any promotion is slowly fading away. While valuable content will always beat out content of low quality, the sheer amount of content being published every day gives even the best pieces little chance of getting noticed on their own.

As a result, paid strategies such as Facebook post boosting and content discovery platforms have gained popularity by promising to get your content in front of the right people. Now, a new content tool known as Keywee promises to do it better.

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