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Meerkat Brings Live Video Streaming to Twitter (and beyond)

 
Meerkat Brings Live Video Streaming to Twitter and Beyond

Is it just me or is social media getting progressively more, well, social? You’ve got Instagram for sharing pics, Snapchat for pics and vids, and now Meerkat for live video streaming. For those of you scratching your head, Meerkat is a live video streaming app that has made quite a splash on Twitter in recent weeks and, more importantly, may represent the next stage in the evolution of social media.

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Google to Businesses: You Have Until April 21st to Get Mobile Friendly

 
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Attention all business owners with non-mobile-friendly websites: courtesy of Google, you now have another reason to dread mid-April this year. On April 21st, Google will officially update its search algorithm to consider mobile-friendliness as a ranking factor in Google search results.

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Businesses Flock to Facebook Mobile Ads: Should Yours?

 
Businesses are Flocking to Facebook Mobile Ads

Facebook is on a roll. Recently released Q4 2014 earnings show full-year revenues of $12.47 billion, a 58% year-over-year increase. Most of this growth is driven by ad revenues, which reached an all-time high of $3.59 billion for Q4 alone, and specifically mobile ad revenues, which represented 69% of total Q4 ad revenues. This is a far cry from the spring of 2012, when the world’s biggest social network openly acknowledged it had a mobile ad monetization problem. Shortly thereafter, Zuck and crew did an about face and went all in on mobile. And they’ve been cashing in ever since.

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Responsive Web Design is About User Experience

 
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So you want to create a website with a great user experience, but how do you go about it?
This may seem obvious, but the only way to create a strong user is experience is to design for the user, rather than the device.

 Think about the typical user that is going to visit your webpage—he or she might be using a tablet device, but could also be using a smartphone or desktop computer. Therefore it is wise to design a website that is optimized for all three devices, not just one or two. Although it sounds complex to design for multiple devices, the truth is actually the opposite thanks to Responsive Web Design (RWD).


Why Google Recommends Responsive Web Design

 
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Google often offers advice to web designers and developers so that they can optimize their websites for the search engine’s algorithms and for SEO purposes. Recently, Google finally took a stance on a hot topic: Responsive Web Design (RWD).

4 Problems Solved by Responsive Design

 
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Today, there are more mobile and tablet users on the Internet than ever before. Since most users are now accessing the web from multiple devices, it has never been more important to optimize your website’s design for the many different screen sizes that exist today. The most obvious and effective way to optimize for multiple devices is to switch to a website built with Responsive Design.

A Brief History of Responsive Web Design

 
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In the last few years, the number of mobile users and devices has grown exponentially. As a result of this, providing a seamless, high-quality user experience on desktop, tablet, and mobile is more important than ever. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is arguably one of the best ways to tackle the issues that arise when designing for multiple devices.

4 Success Stories that Prove Responsive Web Design is the Future

 
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Most modern marketers would agree, Responsive Web Design (RWD) is the way of the future. RWD is a web development approach that creates dynamic changes to the appearance of a website, depending on the screen size and orientation of the device being used to view it. RWD is a solution to the problem of designing for the various kinds of devices used by consumers such as mobile phones, tablets, and desktops. RWD is overflowing with benefits for both you and your user, including improved appearance and usability, better SEO relevance, higher conversion rate, and increased website traffic. But, for those of you that are still unsure about RWD, here are four great success stories that prove it is here to stay.

5 Facts Every Business Needs to Know about the Mobile Revolution

 
5 Facts Every Business Needs to Know about the Mobile Revolution

Guess what? The world is in the middle of a mobile revolution. Now, more than ever before, consumers are using their tablets and mobile devices to shop online. In fact, the shift has been so rapid and monumental that it has spawned a totally new market for retailers.

Consumers Go Mobile for the Holidays

 
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Aside from watching Europeans landing space probes on comets, I can think of nothing more enjoyable than poring over holiday season mobile device usage data. I was given an opportunity to do the latter thanks to a new study conducted by Burst Media and Rhythm NewMedia which focuses on how consumers use mobile devices while shopping within brick-and-mortar store locations. Aside from being a cracking good read, the study offers direct and anecdotal evidence of the growing connection between mobile usage and purchase intent among US consumers. Let’s dig in…

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