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How Beauty Brands Are Going Beyond the Instagram Feed

Instagram is increasingly becoming the place to be for brands. In the beauty space especially, brands of all sizes have embraced the platform as an effective tool for creatively demonstrating their products and building close connections with consumers. The platform is well suited for these brands, boasting 200 million beauty fans, which accounts for 25 …

How Beauty Brands Are Going Beyond the Instagram Feed

Instagram is increasingly becoming the place to be for brands. In the beauty space especially, brands of all sizes have embraced the platform as an effective tool for creatively demonstrating their products and building close connections with consumers. The platform is well suited for these brands, boasting 200 million beauty fans, which accounts for 25 …

Tesla, GM and Nissan are all part of a new coalition aiming to extend the EV tax credit

Tesla, GM and Nissan are among a group of 15 companies that launched a new coalition aimed at reforming the electric vehicle tax credit. The group called EV Drive Coalition brings together a mix of automakers, industry giant ABB, climate change and energy lobbying organizations and EV infrastructure companies, including ChargePoint. The coalition, which officially …

Facebook takes on LinkedIn as a career portal with e-learning, expanded mentorship and jobs features

Over the last year or so, Facebook has slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects with the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs. Now, …

Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says he has no plans to sell anytime soon

After IBM announced its plans to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion, pundits quickly started speculating about when Red Hat competitors like Suse and Canonical would sell as well. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, though, doesn’t seem to have any interest in selling — at least for the time being. “I value my independence,” he told …

Best Places to Promote Your Small Business Marketing Content

A robust content promotion strategy has become a non-negotiable element of a successful content marketing plan. Simply throwing your articles out into the social jungle doesn’t yield much. Go ahead, pop on over to Twitter or Facebook and search for the terms you’re targeting. It’s a wasteland of content that people put time into with …

Zendesk shifts to platform play with Zendesk Sunshine launch

Zendesk has always been strongly focused on customer service in the cloud. They began to look at this more broadly in September when they purchased Base to move into sales automation and CRM. Today, the company announced Zendesk Sunshine, a new platform for creating customer-focused applications on top of Zendesk’s toolset. All of this appears …

Google’s Project Fi gets an improved VPN service

Google’s Project Fi wireless service is getting a major update today that introduces an optional always-on VPN service and a smarter way to switch between WiFi and cellular connections. By default, Fi already uses a VPN service to protect users when they connect to the roughly two million supported WiFi hotspots. Now, Google is expanding …

RideCell expands funding round to $60 million

RideCell, a transportation software startup, has doubled its previously announced Series B funding round to $60 million, a sign that investors believe demand for cloud-based mobility platforms will grow as more companies try to scale up car-sharing, ride-hailing and even, robotaxi businesses. The company, which has developed a platform designed to help car-sharing, ride-sharing, and autonomous …

Open sourcing analysis, plus US, China and HQ2

The big news today is that — finally — we have Amazon’s selection of cities for its dual second headquarters (Northern Virginia and NYC). Then some notes on China. But first, semiconductors and open sourcing analysis. We are experimenting with new content forms at TechCrunch. This is a rough draft of something new – provide …

WeRecover, the Kayak for addiction recovery, raises $2M

Approximately 90 percent of people in need rehabilitation services for drug and alcohol abuse don’t have access to them, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey. Why? Often, because they don’t know where to look. Santa Monica-based WeRecover wants to fill that information gap with its Kayak-like online booking engine for rehab centers. The …

How To Optimize Your Website for Voice Search

The advent of digital marketing has largely changed our perception of traditional advertising. Over the last few years, marketers have shifted their focus towards building a stronger online presence. However, with the rapid change in existing technology, it is not enough to reinforce a positive online reputation. Marketers also need to adapt their tactics as …

Fintonic users offered 0% interest on Amazon.es purchases

Personal finance management app maker Fintonic has teamed up with ecommerce behemoth Amazon to offer users in Spain interest free purchases on the local Amazon .es marketplace. The 0% finance offer is being timed to coincide with the annual Black Friday shopping fest that kicks off later this month. Qualifying Fintonic users can apply for Amazon Gift …

WeWork picks up ANOTHER $3B from SoftBank

WeWork has picked up another $3 billion in financing from SoftBank Corp, not to be confused with SoftBank Vision Fund. The deal comes in the form of a warrant, allowing SoftBank to pay $3 billion for the opportunity to buy shares before September 2019 at a price of $110 or higher, ultimately valuing WeWork at …

Movile raises $400 million for its iFood delivery business

The Brazilian technology conglomerate Movile has just raised one of the largest rounds ever recorded for a Latin American startup, pulling in an additional $400 million for its iFood subsidiary from existing investors including Naspers and Innova Capital. Founded roughly 20-years ago by chief executive officer Fabricio Bloisi, the company which began as a digital …

Digital ad spending grew to $49.5B in the first half of 2018, according to IAB

The online advertising business continues to grow at double digit rates, according to the latest report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online advertisers and publishers). According to the report, which was prepared for the IAB by PricewaterhouseCoopers, digital ad revenue in the U.S. reached $49.5 billion in the first half of …

Former Beats Music CEO is back with an electric scooter startup

About a year ago, David Hyman, former Beats Music CEO and co-founder of music startup Mog that eventually sold to Beats Music, did something that was “very abnormal for me — career-wise,” he told TechCrunch. Hyman was an entrepreneur in residence at a giant real estate company. Because the music industry has changed so much, …

Atolla uses machine learning to address your skin care needs

Atolla, a skin care startup that got its roots at MIT, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to to help people achieve their skin goals. Atolla uses machine learning to identify skin health issues and then recommend the right skin care products based on what affects your skin. Atolla comes as a monthly subscription, with the …

Spotify officially launches its Apple Watch app

Following reports of its testing, Spotify today has launched its long-awaited Apple Watch app. The app allows users to control the playback of Spotify’s streaming service from their Watch’s screen, as well as connect to devices like their computer, Wi-Fi speaker and more through Spotify Connect, toggle on Shuffle, access music playlists and other recently …

FTC Launches New Cyber Security Tools for Small Business

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a resource to raise awareness about the vital role cybersecurity plays for the 32+ million small businesses in the US. This effort was part of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in October, which has been recognized every month since 2003. The NCSAM was established with the …

Live streaming studio, Culture Genesis, launches its first show, the quiz-based Trivia Mob

A new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging to refashion the Los Angeles studio system for the digital age forming companies that combining live-streamed video, podcasts, and the newfound social media celebrities to craft entertainment for a new breed of consumer. Two of those startup founders, longtime Apple executive Cedric Rogers and former developer for VEVO …

4 Essential Tips for Assessing Your Event Marketing Strategy

As a Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and Co-founder, I have an interesting relationship with marketers. I am listening to, marketing to, learning from and assisting marketers on a daily basis. While wearing each of these different hats, I’ve noticed that many marketers are driven by two concerns: How am I doing and how …

Key principles to use rich media in emails

With so many emails being delivered each day, how do you stand out and make your email count for your subscribers? According to Radicati Group, the consumer and business emails sent and received every day will exceed 281 billion in ….. The post Key principles to use rich media in emails appeared first on Smart …

Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in on-demand parking service, ParkWhiz

ParkWhiz, a startup that’s something of an Open Table for available parking spots, is adding $5 million in new equity to its recently announced Series D round. The new funds come from strategic investors Amazon’s Alexa Fund, Alate Partners, Chaifetz Group and Purple Arch Ventures. Combined with the earlier round led by NewSpring Capital, the total raise …

WPBeginner Income – How Much Money Does WPBeginner Make?

Since I started WPBeginner (almost 10 years ago), one of the most asked questions I get from readers is how much money does WPBeginner make? Some of you might think that I’m making this up, but I’m not. If you were to search WPBeginner in Google, you’ll notice that one of the top related search …

1-877-KARS4KIDS had a data breach

Bad news: 1-877-KARS4KIDS had a data breach. Worse news: now you’ll have that awful jingle stuck in your head all day. The New Jersey-based charity has plagued the American airwaves for years with the “most hated” jingle to try to get consumers to trade in their car — for the kids! In return, you get …

Amazon confirms NYC and Arlington, VA as the site of its dual new HQ

After months of deliberations, data dumps, short lists and wish-lists, Amazon has finally announced the location of its second headquarters, HQ2, and as it has been widely reported, “2” is the important detail here: Amazon has named not one, but two different cities, New York (specifically, Long Island City in Queens) and Arlington, Virginia, as the …

WPBeginner Income – How Much Money Does WPBeginner Make?

Since I started WPBeginner (almost 10 years ago), one of the most asked questions I get from readers is how much money does WPBeginner make? Some of you might think that I’m making this up, but I’m not. If you were to search WPBeginner in Google, you’ll notice that one of the top related search …

YouTube’s Updated Brand Lift Metrics & What It Means for Video Advertising

With advanced tracking pixels and today’s current technology, it doesn’t seem like it would be so hard to figure out how effective your PPC ad campaigns are. Someone sees an ad, they click, they buy. Super straight forward, right? In reality, conversion funnels are often more complex than that. Users often need to see an …

Meditation app Simple Habit raises $10 million Series A

Five-minute meditation app Simple Habit announced today that it has raised a $10 million Series A, led by Foundation Capital. The round brings the developer’s total funding up to $12.5 million, following a $2.5 million seed last year. The Shark Tank alum has been kicking since 2016, the result of CEO and co-founder Yunha Kim’s …

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