Facebook, YouTube and social media are failing society. Pull their ads until they change.

USA TODAY | March 04, 2019

Social media companies have failed us. How do we fix an industry that has proven that it is unwilling or unable to govern itself? We have tried scathing exposes in the media, #deleteFacebook, congressional hearings, and legislative relief. These efforts have not been enough. Even after years of repeated and spectacular failures on the part of the titans of tech, each week brings a new revelation of even deeper and more troubling problems in the industry. It’s time to hit them where it hurts: the bottom line.Advertising constitutes upwards of 90 percent of revenue for social media, and only 10 companies account for nearly 15 percent of digital ad spending last year: Expedia Group, Newchic, Cox Enterprises, Walmart, Harry’s Razors, Qurate Retail Group, AT&T, Dyson, Comcast Corp., and Capital One Financial Corp. The CEOs of these 10 companies hold the power to bring change.

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Digital marketers today are expected to deliver personalized customer experiences across ever-changing touchpoints, but are often challenged with distributed data sources, time-intensive testing and optimization, and omnichannel delivery options that may actually impede a clear view to the customer and how and where they interact over time.

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Digital marketers today are expected to deliver personalized customer experiences across ever-changing touchpoints, but are often challenged with distributed data sources, time-intensive testing and optimization, and omnichannel delivery options that may actually impede a clear view to the customer and how and where they interact over time.

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ZiGGY Is the First and Only Mobile EV Charging Robot with an Ad Platform

EV Safe Charge | June 15, 2022

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