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Friday Five: 1/12-1/16

Theresa Ianni

Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of industry news from this week!

Facebook Rolls Out 'Facebook and Work' - PR News

Businesses may not need to worry about time-consuming social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, according to PR News. Facebook released "Work," an app for Android and iOS that rivals products like Yammer and Slack. Employees can link their social media profiles or make unique log-ins to create a social network with their coworkers. This will no doubt effect the way brands and organizations communicate internally and the way messaging is shared.

Survey: Most marketers will spend more on social media in 2015 - PR Daily

According to a Salesforce survey, 70 percent of marketers plan to increase their social media budget this year, not just through advertisements, but engagement as well. The study of 5,000 marketers found that 65 percent of companies will increase engagement efforts, proving that organic reach is an important aspect of social media marketing. According to the survey, location-based mobile tracking and push notifications will become major players for brands, and 65 percent of  marketers plan on increasing their mobile marketing budget this year.

Alibaba plots U.S. invasion with plan to help American businesses sell in China - VentureBeat

Alibaba is cautiously taking over the U.S. with their new plan to offer services for American retailers. The plan will allow U.S. brands to use Alibaba to reach China's booming middle class. Alibaba will take care of payments using AliPay as well as shipping and marketing. This is a small project for a long-term goal. Nevertheless, Amazon should prepare for battle.

Bring back the days of disposable cameras with WhiteAlbum for iOS - The Next Web

WhiteAlbum is a free app that iPhone users can use if they're nostalgic for the disposable-camera days. Pictures taken using the app aren't saved to your phone's photo albums, but sent to WhiteAlbums servers to be printed and delivered to your house. The app is free to download, but you have to pay $20 per 24 individual prints. This takes photography from a mindless snapshot to art.


HelloSoda Launches To Predict Your Credit Rating And Potential For Fraud - TechCrunch

A Manchester-based startup created a platform to deliver a score that predict's creditworthiness and vulnerability to fraud, according to TechCrunch. The Startup analyzes data like the number of Facebook friends a person has along with blog posts, tweets and interactions on social networks. Whether or not this new product works, it symbolizes a growing concern for privacy on the internet.

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