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Bits & Bytes | Mining Selfies, The Arrivals, Chanel, Smartzer, Google

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  • Kate Abnett

"Smile! Marketing Firms Are Mining Your Selfies" (The Wall Street Journal)
"Most users of popular photo-sharing sites like Instagram, Flickr and Pinterest know that anyone can view their vacation pictures if shared publicly. But they may be surprised to learn that a new crop of digital marketing companies are searching, scanning, storing and repurposing these images to draw insights for big-brand advertisers."

"The Arrivals Is On Time To Be Your High-End Outerwear Brand" (TechCrunch)
"Selling a limited line of high-end outerwear, The Arrivals is the latest ticket-holder to embark on the direct-to-consumer branding voyage that has fascinated all kinds of entrepreneurs vying to be the next Ralph Lauren, Nike, or — in this case — Barbour."

"Chanel Got 1.8 Million Instagram Followers Virtually out of Nowhere" (Adweek)
"After only one day of Instagram work, Chanel is already ahead of a good number of its high-end fashion competitors in terms of audience on the social channel."

"Silicon Valley Has a Fashion Problem" (Style.com)
"If the tech industry decides that wearables are the key to domination, they will have to figure out how to make something people really want for more than what it can do."

"Smartzer Zips Up $400k To Make Fashion Videos Shoppable" (TechCrunch)
"UK b2b startup Smartzer, which was founded back in December 2012, has pulled in $400,000 in angel funding to launch a fashion-focused video tagging tech that's designed to make look book, catwalk and other fashion video content shoppable."

"Google Expands US Shopping Service in Challenge to Amazon.com" (Bloomberg)
"Google Inc. expanded its online shopping and delivery services to more U.S. cities as it challenges Amazon.com Inc. to win customers."

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