Get To Know: La-Z-Boy CMO Doug Collier

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As La-Z-Boy’s CMO, Doug Collier serves a dual role, heading up the brand’s marketing functions, while also serving as the President of its international division. Collier’s responsibilities also include IT, as the company’s CIO reports to him. La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, with 315 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Stores, 570 […]

Chinese Android OEMs Gaining, Samsung Lead May Be Waning


The latest smartphone shipments (not sales) figures from IDC shows Chinese hardware OEMs making gains against market leader Samsung and Apple to a lesser degree. According to IDC, Q2 saw a new “single quarter record of 295.3 million [global smartphone] shipments.” Huawei and Lenovo appear poised for further marketshare gains in the future. Lenovo’s Motorola […]

Image Search Company Madbits Says Its Joining Twitter


Moving to build out its image features, Twitter has purchased Madbits according to the visual intelligence company’s website. “Today, after a tremendous year of development and iterations, we are excited to announce that we are joining Twitter,” wrote Madbits co-founders Clément Farabet and Louis-Alexandre Etezad-Heydari. Madbits visual intelligence technology lends itself to image search capabilities. […]


Marketing Soothsayers: It’s Time To Go ‘Native’ With Your Advertising

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Recently, my company, The 614 Group, joined forces with content advertising leader OneSpot to conduct a study in which we surveyed almost 500 marketers during May and June about their native advertising intentions. Unsurprisingly, we discovered they have a significant interest in the emerging native advertising format, with 67 percent calling it “interesting and valuable,” […]

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What’s Google’s Biggest Fear? Native Search

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Historically, consumers have used Google for research in every step of the purchasing process, all the way up the sales funnel — starting with lifestyle search terms like [grass stains] to product consideration terms like [Tide reviews] and purchase decision terms like [where to buy Tide online]. In recent years, however, we have observed some […]

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Holiday Inn Celebrates Extraordinary Journey With #JourneyOn Social Campaign

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Holiday Inn is out with an inspirational campaign that highlights the incredible achievements of those who have been dealt setbacks in life and of others who have taken extraordinary journeys through life. One such story introduces us to Scott Rigsby, who lost his lower legs when he was 18. He was told he would never walk […]

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Are We Making Money At Digital Marketing – Or Losing It?

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Digital marketing has long been heralded as the promised land for brands everywhere. In fact, Magna Global recently issued a report indicating that digital media spend is expected to increase by $20 billion to $140 billion, or 27 percent of the global market, this year. This isn’t a surprise, given the expectations of incandescent brand […]

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How To Beat Amazon As An Online Retailer

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It’s been amazing to watch Amazon’s transformation from online bookstore to e-commerce juggernaut. Today, Amazon sells everything under the planet, fulfills e-commerce for thousands of companies, hosts major websites, enables crowdsourcing, and may even offer drone-driven product delivery someday. The company is now worth more than $160 billion – that’s more than Target, Macy’s, Sears, Nordstrom, […]

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Winning At #RealTimeMarketing On Twitter

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The World Cup was a great lesson for social media marketers, with leading brands like Adidas, Snickers and Orbitz brilliantly showcasing Twitter’s real-time marketing capabilities. Whether it’s being present in those significant moments across the globe, or driving engagement for marketing campaigns, Twitter has proven to be an essential way for brands to become a part […]

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