An algorithm can now customize your hazelnut spread jar

Who said you can’t get creative with even the most mundane of products? In the news today, a successful marketing campaign by Nutella hazelnut spread in Italy which employed an algorithm controlling the label printer in Nutella’s factory to uniquely design each label, except for the standard Nutella logo: https://www.inc.com/betsy-mikel/can-robots-do-the-job-of-designers-nutella-gives-it-a-whirl.html “And what was the reason …

Verizon & AOL vs Facebook & Google?

Well, this piece seems to think that the Verizon and AOL combination might someday be a viable competitor to Facebook and Google which between them currently dominate online advertising: http://www.businessinsider.com/verizon-aol-ad-tech-potential-2017-6 Of course if it were possible to get anywhere close to a respectably comparable third place, that $4.4B for AOL would start to look like …

Online Advertising Techniques Users Really Don’t Like

Interesting article out today from NN Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/most-hated-advertising-techniques/ “Summary: Modal ads, ads that reorganize content, and autoplaying video ads were among the most disliked. Ads that are annoying on desktop become intolerable on mobile.” And here’s an excerpt comment we liked most from a Reddit discussion on this article: “At the end of the day, …

A single Instagram post from Beyoncé apparently brings in a cool $1 million

Not exactly sure how they’re coming up with these numbers but here are some estimates on the Instagram earning powers of various celebrities: http://www.harpersbazaar.co.uk/culture/culture-news/news/a40836/beyonce-instagram-social-media-value/ “A single post from Beyoncé brings in a staggering $1 million (about £800,000). Compare this to the most-followed person on Instagram, Selena Gomez, who comes in second place with $750,000 (about …