Unilever: There are some bad apples, or at least bots, in the world of social media influencers

The long and short of what’s going on: For influencers, following numbers dictate fees, so many resort to purchasing followers; fake followers, bots, and automated social media accounts. Some of these accounts are sophisticated enough to engage with the content, leave “likes,” and comments. “Trust comes on foot and leaves on horseback, and we could …

Watch out for unsavory players in the online advertising business

If you’re going to go with an online advertising partner, you probably want to make double-sure you’re going a best-of-breed ethical player before handing over your hard-earned dollars. Apparently Progressive (the insurance company which keeps bombarding us with those annoying Flo commercials) failed to do so – they feature prominently as a sucker in this …

Fake It Until You Make It: Walmart Whistle-Blower Claims Cheating in Race With Amazon

From an article on Bloomberg today:   In its race to catch Amazon.com Inc. in online retailing, Walmart Inc. issued misleading e-commerce results and fired an executive who complained the company was breaking the law, according to a whistle-blower lawsuit. Walmart shares fell as much as 2 percent. Tri Huynh, a former director of business development at Walmart, claims he was …