Yahoo Let U.S. Government Search All of Customers’ Incoming Emails, Report Says

| October 20, 2016

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Yahoo built software last year that allowed the U.S. government to search all of its customers' incoming emails, according to sources who spoke to Reuters, which calls this program possibly the first of its kind:

The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

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The perfect match: what brands should look out for in an influencer

Article | February 12, 2021

The past year has transformed a number of industries, and although the influencer marketing industry has continued to flourish, it hasn’t been without its changes and adaptations. And over the last year, one thing that has become even more apparent is the need to create the perfect match between brands and influencers. Brand love is pivotal to creating a successful influencer marketing campaign, as is building trust and creating an honest and organic relationship between everyone involved. And to help brands find the perfect match, Amelia Neate, senior manager at Influencer Matchmaker, explains how to do exactly that. Finding the right influencer to collaborate with can be a pretty daunting task. It isn’t quite as simple as choosing somebody with a large following. Gathering data, conducting research and developing a relationship with an influencer is all part of the task in hand. Unless, as a brand, you have access to industry insights and invaluable data, it can be difficult to find your dream match. However, by working with an influencer marketing agency, all of the hard work is done for you. Here at Influencer Matchmaker, we have access to industry data and insights which can help aid your search in finding the right influencer. Rest assured that everything will be taken into consideration – from social media platforms, engagement rates and niche to helping form trusting relationships, an influencer marketing agency can do it all. Brand love is pivotal When working with a social media influencer, it is important to decide on your main goals and objectives and what it is you hope to achieve by working with an online creator. The aim of the game is to build brand love, right? And the best, most organic way to do so, is by teaming up with somebody who already knows and loves your brand. Influencers spend their time engaging with their audience, garnering all-important trust and respect. If an influencer has previously spoken about your brand organically, then their audience are much more likely to positively reciprocate paid-for campaigns and collaborations. Explaining that influencer marketing is more effective than the blanket approach of traditional advertising, Liam Chilvers, founder and managing director of OP Talent also says, “They [influencers] have to be relatable. The people watching them largely share the same interests, and if people are watching a YouTube channel, they are there for the creator.” And so, by utilising the power of influencers and their loyal following, brands and business are able to build brand love and more importantly, trust. How to utilise influencers and their content It is no longer viable to simply send an influencer a product in return for free press and content creation. Time, effort and expertise goes into delivering such high-quality content and brands must begin to decipher where they’d like this content to sit. Content can be created and shared across an influencer’s social media platforms in order to raise brand awareness, but it can also be utilised on the brand’s channels, too. In this way, influencers can act as a brand advocate as well as allowing the brand to offer their audiences a friendly and relatable human element, as opposed to using social media as a hard sales tool. When it comes to working on collaborative content, it is crucial to ensure you are not only working with the right influencer, but with the right platforms, too. Just because a social media platform is proving to be particularly popular, doesn’t mean that it will generate positive results for your brand. It is important to ensure that your niche, goals, audience and social media platforms all align in order to achieve the best results. Find out what works for you and if you don’t know, then an influencer marketing agency will be able to do so for you. And not only that, but influencers have wider ties to all aspects of media, too. They are innovative creators, storytellers, advice givers and as 2020 has shown, an influencer’s genuine personality and interests are what sets them apart from the rest. Think outside of the box In the early days of influencer marketing, it was all about promoting a new product and its launch. But today, it is so much more than that. Influencers can be used to raise brand awareness, generate sales, attend events and create an honest and authentic relationship between brands and potential consumers. For example, we recently partnered Celebs Go Dating with a number of popular influencers including Mark Ferris and Rachel Leary. The objective of the campaign was to raise awareness of the TV show ahead of the new series. This is a fine example of combining the efforts of modern and digital media with its more traditional forms, too. It must also be said, that just because an influencer specialises in a certain industry or has a particular niche, it doesn’t mean that that’s all they are capable of. Former SAS: Who Dares Wins Star Ollie Ollerton, for example, is renowned for his efforts within the health and fitness industry. However, he also has a passion for motorcycles, which is another area in which he is able to create interesting and compelling content for brands. Consider influencers who not only share the same interests, but the same values, ethos and end-goals, too. This will make all the difference. So, are you ready to find the perfect match?

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Article | February 12, 2021

Email marketing is an integral part of your digital marketing strategy. The two should be in sync if you want to achieve higher engagement and boost your conversions. However, most marketers believe their emails are either not engaging enough or, are not able to offer the kind of optimization. Artificial Intelligence technology plays an important role in, not just improving the value of your email, but also perceiving your goals and the future of your business.

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Why your business needs PR and marketing now more than ever

Article | February 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all sorts of businesses around the globe, from temporary or open-ended shutdowns to operations only under extreme health precautions. Everything might seem to be uncertain, and yes, business conditions will continue to be volatile for quite a while. However, there is one thing you can be sure about: marketing and public relations. You need them now more than ever before. During even the most trying times, prioritizing the right communication tactics rather than completely withdrawing into your shell helps keep your business visible to customers and desired target markets. Trust us, with the market downturn and skepticism everywhere, your businesses’ saving grace is public relations and smart marketing.

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Product Spotlight August: Driving Up Engagement in Your Surveys

Article | February 12, 2021

Engaged, thoughtful responses are the lifeblood of genuine insights. If you want data you can count on for your biggest marketing, product and business decisions, you need to trust that that data represents the real opinions of real people. There are lots of features in the Attest platform to keep engagement high, but if you write a survey that bores respondents they’re likely to lose interest and focus, and this will result in less accurate results.

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