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If you deal in online marketing or the media in general, then you'll probably be familiar with The Trump Network, owned by business icon (and face of the US 'Apprentice' show) Donald Trump.
The Trump Network is currently making a foray into affiliate marketing, pop along to the campaign's homepage and you'll see a short video from Mr.Trump, explaining how his affiliate program can benefit anyone financially, up to and including multi-millionaires like himself.
The network itself wasn't what initially caught my eye however. Instead, what piqued my curiosity was the way in which the network is being promoted across the Twittersphere.
While there's no reason to assume that Trump or his company are directly behind it, the Trump Network does have a number of seemingly automated feeds out there promoting the business, a practice which indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of the medium.
Social media is a lot like a car: it's easy to buy, but harder to maintain. Just as many of us buy a new car, only to neglect the day-to-day maintenance that will keep it running smoothly for years to come, many individuals and businesses buy into social media but fail to do what's necessary to make the most of the investment.
Case in point: Britney Spears. The pop singer has more than 4m fans on her Facebook Page, making her one of the 50 most popular musicians on Facebook. But as detailed by Wired, the people running her Facebook Page are apparently "asleep at the switch."
Emails from social networks are marked as spam 100% more often then those from other sectors, and in the case of Friends Reunited, one in four of its emails failed to reach the inbox.
According to Return Path, the deliverability issue is partly a result of spam complaints from recipients, which suggests that social networks need to take a closer look at the issue.
Email marketers' lives just got even tougher with the recent changes to the Windows Live Hotmail user experience, which enables users to better organise their inbox.
The changes include the addition of a trusted senders icon to prevent phishing; the ability to "sweep" or automatically file "grey/gray mail," email that subscribers signed up for but no longer want; and the use of one-click and time-travelling filters, which remove messages that reach the inbox but are later discovered to be from senders with a poor reputation.
Tens of millions of consumers say they're aware of 'bots, yet they continue to interact with spam. Chalk it up to some sort of blissful, can't-happen-to-me oblivion.
The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) just completed a survey of North American and European consumers and found that despite their awareness of the dangers, they're playing with spam in ways that can leave them vulnerable to malware infections. Half had opened spam, clicked on a link in spam, opened a spam attachment, or replied or forwarded to spam. All these actions open the door to fraud, phishing, identity theft and infection. Most consumers said they're aware 'bots exist, but only a third believe they're vulnerable to an infection.
Social media marketing isn’t always easy to get right, especially when it comes to rapidly developing and changing platforms such as Twitter. However, it is very easy to get wrong, as UK pest control giant Rentokil found out this month.
The newspaper industry in general has a tepid relationship with search engines (particularly Google), but that doesn't mean that more than a few newspapers don't love SEO spam.
A post yesterday on GigaOm details how one former columnist at the struggling San Francisco Chronicle found that the Chronicle had taken her articles and liberally changed them up in a clear attempt to improve the article's ranking in the SERPs.
Bulk email is dead. OK, some people might still be doing it, but does that mean it works as well as it could? Just look in your own junk folder to find the many emails you have opted into but no longer reach your inbox.
So why is bulk email on the way out? Well, let’s consider what the top three email ISPs have to say...
In the battle to get real-time results into search engines, there's one business that stands to benefit a lot: spam. It's simply a fact of social life online that as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and others all struggle to provide the most relevant up to the second information, they are ceding quality control of results.
And that's only natural. Search engines have to relax their algorithms to get the most current information, which makes it exceedingly easy for spammers to win a spot at the top of search results pages. And as spamming gets easier for hackers, it also gets harder for digital marketers to get their results up on the page. Is there anything to be done about it?
By now everyone online is accustomed to receiving and filtering spam in their inboxes, but recent spamming attacks on social sites like Facebook have caught many by surprise. Facebook is hoping to change all that, with a court win this week against uber spammer Sanford Wallace.
Facebook hopes that a $711 million fine and the threat of jail time will not only sideline Wallace, but function as a deterrent to future social spammers. But let's be honest. That's not going to happen.
Today’s musings are on deliverability, more precisely how important Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are to getting your precious email marketing campaigns into recipient’s inboxes.
They’ve been changing how they monitor what is spam and what isn’t, which means us marketers need to make sure we’re on top of this and reacting accordingly.
It seems like every few months, somebody has to write a blog post calling SEO a 'scam' of some sort. It's a meme that always works and this time around, it's coming from a guy named Derek Powazek, who calls SEOs "spammers, evildoers, and opportunists".
It's a great linkbait, which, ironically, is sure to help Powazek's SERPs.