Is Social Selling All Hype? [Data]

busy-sales-exec-social-media-747486-editedThis post originally appeared on the Sales section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.

In our recently released research report The State of Inbound 2014-2015: Sales Edition, we asked salespeople to weigh in on their top priorities for the coming year. [Read more...]

Facebook Closes WhatsApp Acquisition

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Facebook on Monday announced it was closing its $19 billion deal to buy WhatsApp.

“We are looking forward to connecting even more people around the world, and continuing to create value for the people who use WhatsApp," reads a terse statement from the company about the closing. As part of the deal, WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum will join Facebook's board of directors.

The announcement comes three days after the deal cleared its last hurdle and received approval from the European Commission, which ruled that the purchase wouldn't hurt competition. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission gave the deal its regulatory blessing in April. Facebook announced its intention to buy WhatsApp in February. Read more...

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How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 5 Simple Steps [Tutorial]

Facebook_for_business_how_to_create_business_pagesIt's no longer a "good idea" for most businesses to be on Facebook. With 829 million people actively using Facebook every day, it's become a go-to component of almost any inbound marketing strategy.

Thing is, as more and more Facebook features change, so does the process of setting up a Page. [Read more...]

The Evolution of Language: How Internet Slang Changes the Way We Speak

omg-slangEvery year, hundreds of new words and phrases that come from internet slang are added to the dictionary.

Some of them are abbreviations, like FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and YOLO (You Only Live Once). Others are words that have been stretched into more parts of speech than originally intended -- like when "trend" became [Read more...]

Facebook Messenger Hack Reveals Mobile Payments Service

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Not content to manage the news updates and friend connections of its over one billion users, the long arm of Facebook is now reportedly preparing to enter the world of mobile payments

According to a report from Techcrunch, Andrew Aude, a student developer at Stanford, discovered the as yet unreleased feature of Facebook Messenger by using the iOS and Mac OS X hacking tool Cycript

Posting the find on Twitter on Saturday, including screenshots, Aude claims the dynamic would allow Facebook Messenger users to pay in the same users of Square's Cash app allows users to send money with their debit card via their mobile phone Read more...

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Google Plans To Hire Security Guards As Employees, Not Contractors

google sign Google plans to hire more than 200 security guards, making them full- and part-time employees of the company, and therefore eligible for company benefits. Previously, Google’s guards were provided by an outside contractor called Security Industry Specialists. The news was reported Friday in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. A company spokesperson confirmed the plans via email and… Read More

5 Industry Changes Keeping CMOs Up at Night

sleepless-cant-sleepThis post originally appeared on The Agency Post. To read more content like this, subscribe to The Agency Post.

Change. It’s the one constant in this industry, and it’s the number one reasons brand managers are struggling to spend their nights in restful slumber. [Read more...]

Competition vs. Collaboration: What to Do With Disengaged Employees

Head_to_Head_CompetitionThis post originally appeared on the Sales section of Inbound Hub. To read more content like this, subscribe to Sales.

With disengagement among office-based employees at an all-time high, many companies are turning to software for employee engagement programs. When implementing such programs, employers are faced with a choice between a competitive or collaborative [Read more...]

Your Embedded Instagrams Will Now Appear Much Bigger and Clearer

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Instagram rolled out a big improvement to the way embedded photos will look on the web on Thursday.

Embedded Instagram photos will now be bigger and cleaner than before, with a narrower bezel around the frame and a Follow button above the image. This will make it easier for readers to follow the Instagram account of the embedded photo's owner via a Follow button.

The move to feature larger photos is a smart one for Instagram. Publishers that embed photos on websites or articles, especially media outlets, will most likely be pleased with the refreshed design and thus more inclined to embed Instagram photosUsers whose photos are embedded in stories will also have an easier way to accrue followers. Read more...

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Facebook May Be the Next Tech Company Collecting Your Health Data

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Facebook may be the latest tech company eyeing your health information.

The social network is reportedly looking into creating a healthcare-related app and "support communities" on the site where people suffering from certain ailments would be able to connect, according to a Reuters report

The "preventative care" would help users improve their lifestyles, it added.

Details about Facebook's plans to enter the healthcare space are limited, but the company may have been meeting with medical industry experts for months to test and develop the app or applications Read more...

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