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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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LinkedIn Elevate Leverages Employees For Content Sharing

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Rule number one of content marketing is to create engaging, valuable and shareable content. At the same time, it's just as important to make sure that content gets as much visibility as possible by publishing it through various social and professional channels.

When it comes to posting on social media, however, it's getting harder and harder to get your content seen - even if you're using paid options. For companies on LinkedIn, a new app could help increase exposure by making it easy for employees to recommend content that promotes visibility on the network.

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Is It Time to Start Addressing Content Blindness on Social Media?

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A relatively new idea in the content world involves the notion that content marketing will become less and less sustainable for businesses as the amount of content on the internet continues to grow. Respected business consultant Mark Schaefer called the idea content shock last year, and it's been widely discussed ever since.

While not everyone agrees that content shock is actually something to be worried about, the results of a recent study certainly aren't encouraging. Basically, readers are adapting to the huge amount of available content by tuning out sponsored posts on social media.

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