Advertising regulations harm social media influencers, followers, and marketers alike

Johns Hopkins University | April 15, 2019

Social media has given rise to a new breed of influential figures and brand ambassadors in recent years. Micro- and even nano-influencers-social media users active on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube who have access to anywhere from several hundreds to hundreds of thousands of followers-are increasingly securing endorsement deals and contracts for sponsored content.
In 2017 alone, marketers around the world spent $570 million on social media marketing, according to a report in eMarketer. The New York Times reports that the social media influencer industry is expected to exceed a $10 billion value by 2020.
But a new study from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School shows that regulations meant to protect consumers from predatory social media marketing tactics actually contribute to a decrease in competition between influencers, causing the overall amount of paid content to rise and audience engagement to plummet.

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The common and funny thing about all those ads is that over 90 percent of us ignore them. Whenever there is a commercial break between your Seinfeld shows, we inadvertently mute the TV and go on to doing something else – maybe getting that cup of coffee or chatting with your spouse.Even with the roadside banners that we don’t care to look at twice. The same old beautiful girl smooching with a red Maybelline lipstick. The same old muscular hunk feeling ‘hunkier’ with a spray of Axe Chocolate. The same old spectacled oiled-hair bloke smiling cheekily and saying, “Life is what you make of it” while holding the latest American Express credit card in his hand.

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The common and funny thing about all those ads is that over 90 percent of us ignore them. Whenever there is a commercial break between your Seinfeld shows, we inadvertently mute the TV and go on to doing something else – maybe getting that cup of coffee or chatting with your spouse.Even with the roadside banners that we don’t care to look at twice. The same old beautiful girl smooching with a red Maybelline lipstick. The same old muscular hunk feeling ‘hunkier’ with a spray of Axe Chocolate. The same old spectacled oiled-hair bloke smiling cheekily and saying, “Life is what you make of it” while holding the latest American Express credit card in his hand.

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Digital Advertising Company Radically Increases Productivity, Migrates Kubernetes Application Between Clouds in One Week with Mirantis

Mirantis | September 28, 2022

Mirantis, freeing developers to create their most valuable code, today announced that Choozle, which provides a digital advertising software platform, chose Lens Autopilot to migrate its application on an urgent, one-week migration deadline. After quickly expanding its customer base, Choozle found itself in need of a more scalable infrastructure to support hundreds of daily active users. The company’s engineering operations team started adopting Kubernetes, using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE). Choozle chose to use the Mirantis DevOps-as-a-Service offering that combines Lens, the world’s most popular Kubernetes integrated development environment (IDE), with expert services from Mirantis site reliability engineers. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “The entire team at Mirantis was prepared and available for everything that we needed for the migration,” said Mike Baldassare, director of product and engineering operations at Choozle. “Today, we have a successfully migrated application that went from a legacy AWS Kubernetes cluster to a scaled, much more modern solution that preserves a better future for our application and our customers. Choozle has been successful by choosing really great partners, and I would definitely put Mirantis on that list of great partners that we've had in our company’s history.” Mirantis provided a dedicated team to manage and execute the transition. Lens eliminates the Kubernetes complexity that has hindered mainstream developer adoption since its inception. Lens enables users to easily manage, develop, debug, monitor, and troubleshoot their workloads across multiple clusters in real-time – supporting any certified Kubernetes distribution, on any infrastructure. The Lens desktop application has an intuitive graphical user interface and works with Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems. Lens Autopilot features compelling guaranteed outcomes, including the technical ability after 12 months to achieve a 10 times increase in application deployment speed, 75% reduction in security vulnerabilities, accelerated time to remediation, and 2-4 times reduction in operational costs. “When you are growing exponentially, you don’t want to slow your developers from providing optimal customer value,” said Anoop Kumar, director of professional services for Americas, Mirantis. “We were able to not just quickly migrate Choozle from a legacy AWS deployment to Google, but we did it without any extra burden on the developers.” A desktop application, Lens lowers the barrier of entry for those just getting started with Kubernetes and radically improves productivity for people with more experience. With more than 5 million downloads, more than 600,000 users, and 18,500 stars on GitHub, Lens is the most popular integrated development environment (IDE) for Kubernetes. Lens DevopsCare extends the capabilities of Lens to provide a complete managed CI/CD toolchain that is managed and supported by Mirantis and configured to meet the unique needs of the development process. In addition to the CI/CD capabilities, Lens DevopsCare also provides developers with policy-based proactive security and best practices, metrics on their development process and environment, as well as extensive support to enhance the developer experience and reduce the cognitive load for everyday development tasks. To learn more about why Choozle chose Lens, read the case study. About Mirantis Mirantis helps organizations ship code faster on public and private clouds, increasing developer productivity by removing the stress of managing infrastructure. The company combines Intelligent Automation and cloud native expertise to provide a ZeroOps approach to managing and operating Kubernetes and cloud environments. 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Hivestack | November 03, 2022

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Camelot Selects OneView by Roku to Help Small-And-Medium Businesses Expand into TV Streaming Advertising

Camelot, Roku, Inc. | September 12, 2022

Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media and Roku (Nasdaq: ROKU) announced today that Camelot is the first agency to join a new certified partner program to use OneView to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) accelerate investment in TV streaming advertising. As an early adopter and first certified partner, Camelot will use the data, tech, and tools from America’s #1 TV streaming platform* to make it easy for SMBs to grow their businesses and achieve their marketing goals. SMBs are looking for fresh marketing channels as cookies and mobile IDs become less available. Today, 47% of SMBs say they intend to increase spend in TV streaming in the next 12 months**. TV streaming advertising offers the personalization, optimization, and performance to help SMBs succeed. On Roku, 53 percent of users say that they prefer shopping at local, independent stores***. OneView is the ad platform built for TV streaming. Brands use OneView to set up, optimize, and measure their ad campaigns. In a world where all TV ads will be automated, OneView offers software with data, machine learning, and measurement to reach more streamers wherever they are – Roku, other TV streaming platforms, desktop, mobile, and more. Marketers choose OneView because it is the only ad buying platform with Roku data and with new ad experiences that go beyond the traditional TV spot. With more than 63 million active accounts globally as of Q2, 2022, Roku has the scale and accuracy to help businesses move products off the shelf efficiently. “We’re thrilled to enhance our longstanding partnership with Roku to bring SMBs the benefits of TV streaming,” said Sam Bloom, CEO of Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media. “We’re thrilled to enhance our longstanding partnership with Roku to bring SMBs the benefits of TV streaming,” said Sam Bloom, CEO of Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media. “Camelot prides itself on building fact-based, insights-driven programs for our clients, which is why we chose OneView to deliver the best TV ad experience.” “For the past six years, Camelot has been a key strategic partner with Roku and demonstrated operational excellence in OneView,” said Tommy Burk, Senior Director, OneView. “We’re excited to entrust Camelot to help a broader set of advertisers accelerate the shift to TV streaming.” Camelot was the first agency to certify its traders on OneView for its Fortune 500 clients. 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