Emerging Technology

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality: What You Need to Know

If new technology has taught us anything over the last few years, it’s that reality is not fixed. It’s adaptable, and it’s constantly surprising and delighting us. Both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are viewing experiences that allow us to explore new worlds. They’re areas of rapid growth in the tech space –…

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Creative Ways Brands Are Using Snapchat

  Snapchat is a social media platform that poses both challenges and possibilities for marketers. It’s not as straightforward or intuitive as other social networks, but its flexibility offers enormous creative freedom and storytelling opportunities for brands that can think outside the news feed.   Here are a few examples of brands that are doing…

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Facebook and Snapchat Focus on Augmented Reality

Facebook and Snapchat are continuously competing in the social media arena: for users, advertisers and features. Last week, both platforms announced new augmented reality tools that offer a preview of how users will soon use their devices to interact with the physical world around them. Last week at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, CEO Mark…

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An Overview of Snapchat Advertising

While Snapchat pioneered the ephemeral style of storytelling that is everywhere on social media right now, the app itself has a lot of staying power. Brands, enticed by the platform’s 150 million daily users, are integrating Snapchat into their marketing plans. But advertising on Snapchat is still relatively new territory (it’s only been available since…

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Facebook Video Ads: MP4 versus GIF

With over 50% growth in video views (Facebook Business), it’s quite apparent that video outperforms all other content on Facebook these days. Recognizing the premium placed on video, marketers have accordingly modified their content strategies, and adaptation of their digital ad strategies will surely follow soon. At MtoM, we have already switched our strategy from…

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How Chat & Messaging Apps Can Bolster Customer Service

How brands provide customer service is changing. For years, when consumers had questions or problems to address, their options were to pick up the phone or send an email. Now new tools, such as chat technology and messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, are offering retailers the opportunity to widen their scope of communication. Research from…

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Is the Future of Video Vertical?

Whether you’re snapping a selfie or filming a video, most people naturally hold their phones vertically when capturing content to share on social media. (Who can be bothered to flip the phone horizontally?) While this approach makes professional videographers cringe, the shift from wide to tall is here to stay…and brands are getting on board. …

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How Brands Can Use Snapchat Memories

Over the past month, Snapchat has started to roll out one of its biggest changes to date. The app’s newest feature, Memories, allows users to save snaps in a private long-term collection within the app. This is a major shift from Snapchat’s defining characteristic – that snaps last only for a few seconds, or for…

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UVA McIntire Spring Symposium Recap

I had a fantastic time last week participating in UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce Spring Symposium, Analytics: From Revolution to Evolution. I was honored to be included as a member of the panel accompanying the keynote speaker, Tom Davenport. The other members of the panel included incredible movers and shakers in the world of analytics:…

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All You Need To Know: The New iPhone, iPad Pro And Apple TV

Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted the company’s annual Fall press event this week where he unveiled changes not to just one Apple product per the usual norm but improvements to several products including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. We love this recap from The Verge highlighting “The 10 Most Important Things From Apple’s iPhone…

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