Intuit to acquire email marketing platform Mailchimp for $12 billion

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Intuit, the financial software company behind TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Credit Karma, has agreed to buy Mailchimp for $12 billion (£8.8bn).

Mailchimp is a marketing automation platform and email marketing service, used by businesses to manage their mailing lists and create email marketing campaigns and automations to send to customers.

Geared specifically towards growing small to mid-market businesses, Mailchimp’s acquisition by Intuit fits with its long-term...

Institute for Rebooting Social Media launched by Harvard University

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Harvard University has launched an academic initiative called the Institute for Rebooting Social Media, which aims to fix social media's most urgent problems.

Described as a “three-year pop up initiative”, the institute will focus on addressing misinformation, privacy breaches, harassment and content governance.

The institute is part of the University’s Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society (BKCIS) and it is being funded with £1.5 million from the John...

Quarter of British consumers still prefer in-person shopping experience

A quarter of British consumers said they would be more likely to buy items they find challenging to buy online if they could ask questions and get advice in-person.

The data comes from new research by ecommerce tech firm Ve Global and it also found the products consumers find most difficult to buy online.

Clothing was considered the most challenging category of products to buy online, ranking first amongst the 2,014 respondents 27% of the time, followed by groceries at...

NordVPN Teams sees digital marketers increasingly at risk of cyberattack

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According to Expert Market Research, the global digital marketing industry is now valued at $305 billion (£220bn) and is expected to reach $807 billion (£581BN) in 2026, with an estimated CAGR of 17.6%.

In such a growing market, cybercriminals are always vying for a share of the cake. Hundreds of marketing firms are targeted by cyberattacks every day, and of these some will always succumb to attacks.

What’s more, it’s not just the big firms that are in danger....

Forest Green Rovers partners with Go Up in move to green-focused football

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League Two team Forest Green Rovers F.C. has partnered with search marketing agency Go Up as its official training ground sponsor.

The club, which was described by FIFA as ‘the greenest football club in the world’ in 2017, hopes the move will further inspire green business growth and sustainable development.

Go Up will be the name of Rovers' first-team and academy training ground at Stanley Park in Chippenham.

Across videos and photos from the Go Up...

Alfi research shows promising growth for programmatic advertising

Half of senior advertising executives expect spending on programmatic advertising to increase dramatically over the next three years.

This is according to a survey by the Florida-based artifical intelligence (AI) advertising SaaS platform, Alfi. The research also found that, when asked to pick the three most important benefits of programmatic advertising, 94% of those asked cited automation.

Programmatic advertising involves the automated purchasing and management of...

Home Office spent £23,000 on social media ads to stop Channel crossings

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The UK’s Home Office has spent more than £23,000 on social media advertisements targeting potential migrants in France, a freedom of information request has revealed.

The adverts, which told people not to cross the Channel, ran on Facebook and Instagram between December 2020 and April 2021.

However, since the five-month campaign ended, more than 7,000 people have gone on to cross to the UK in small boats, according to data compiled by the Press...

HubSpot: Chatbot usage more than doubled during the pandemic

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Chatbot usage in the UK has more than doubled since 2020, with a third of all marketers now using them to engage with customers.

The findings come from marketing software provider HubSpot’s 2021 Not Another State of Marketing Report, which surveyed 1,500 marketers globally, and found that marketing and social media priorities are shifting to match developing technologies.

Part of a wider trend in the use of automation, the report reveals the acceleratory effect of the...

Verticurl and Startup-O partner in martech and investment fusion

UK marketing agency Verticurl has partnered with Singapore-based venture capital company Startup-O to bring its marketing tech services to the South East Asian investor platform.

With B2B technology start-ups proliferating, early stage founders face a constant challenge to stand out from the crowd, grow their revenues and achieve the goals of their venture capital investors.

In most cases, progress against these goals is self-driven or with the support of personal...

Vimeo becomes first video software company to partner with TikTok

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Video SaaS company Vimeo has joined TikTok Marketing Partners, a group of specialist companies that create, implement and measure ad campaigns on TikTok’s video-based social media app.

The partnership gives small and medium businesses (SMBs) access to Vimeo’s suite of video creation tools whilst simultaneously enabling them to take advantage of TikTok’s broad userbase.

Pre-release tests of both company’s capabilities saw participants able to double the number of...