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Hooked by Nir Eyal

Book Review: Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover Were you surprised when Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion? Stunned by their $19 billion Whatapp deal? Both of these companies were young…

Why Business is Different Now

People toss around the terms "thought leader" and "social media expert" lightly these days, but Brian Solis is one of the few people who actually lives up to those names. In The End of Business as Usual, Solis shows how the widespread use…

Forget Evil, Don’t Be Creepy!

Three Ways to Avoid Creepiness Marketers are being offered unprecedented new capabilities to target consumers by interests and behavior. There's growing evidence, though, that consumers are finding these personalized pitches off-putting. A…

Social Media Tops TV

Could social media ads, or at least ads on Facebook, outperform similar ads on television? It seems the answer is "yes." That surprising outcome was reported in the same study that showed ads on the social media giant being more emotionally…

Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness

Book Review: Zarrella's Hiearchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas by Dan Zarrella I like Dan Zarrella's approach to social media. Amidst a horde of social media gurus, experts, mavens, and…

Can Twitter Make You Skinny?

Could having many connections on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook cause you to lose more weight than, say, running on a treadmill? The answer is... maybe. Research on mice showed that those individuals who socialized with other…