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  • Article
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    APR 5, 2022

    Netflix and other streamers are doubling down on Japanese animation: Half of Netflix’s 222 million subscribers watched anime last year.

  • Article
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    DEC 1, 2021

    UK regulators prune Meta’s walled garden: Meta has been ordered to sell Giphy, and new ownership could bring back the GIF database’s popular ad program, without the antitrust concerns.

  • Report
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    JAN 25, 2021

    Internet memes are not a new phenomenon, but the events of 2020 have spurred their consumption. Despite their popularity among social media users, marketing with memes can still be a risky business for brands.

  • Article
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    DEC 1, 2021

    The news: The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has ordered Facebook parent Meta to divest ownership of GIF search engine Giphy, per Insider. More on this: The UK’s CMA concluded an in-depth probe into Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy and found Facebook’s ownership reduces competition between social media platforms.

  • Article
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    AUG 17, 2021

    An incoming tide of ad revenue swelled the social media platform’s $10B valuation and funding raise of $700M. Here’s how our Fintech and eMarketer analysts say meme stocks helped.

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    AUG 17, 2021

    Retail investors and the investing-curious give Reddit a push: Thanks to January's meme-stock craze, the 16-year-old platform's user growth helped fuel increases in ad revenue, which will help the company dive into international expansion and video.

  • Report
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    MAR 15, 2022

    Meme Stocks Have Lost Their Luster. The GameStop saga and subsequent meme-stock frenzy of early 2021 pulled record numbers of retail investors into digital brokerages’ platforms. But a repeat of events at that scale is unlikely during our forecast period.

  • Article
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    APR 18, 2022

    Disney has started bringing shows like “Dancing With the Stars” exclusively to Disney+, Netflix and others have doubled down on foreign-language content including animation, and the Warner Bros. Discovery merger will soon bring some of film’s biggest franchises to HBO Max.

  • Article
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    APR 7, 2022

    Streaming services are currently warring over exclusive rights to live sports, Japanese animation, studio films, and more. If users find it difficult to hunt down specific content now, it might only become harder as time goes on. Streaming has been at a saturation point for some time now, and the space is only going to become more divided and competitive.

  • Article
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    MAY 19, 2022

    An additional 70 part-time animation employees were laid off. More on this: The rapid growth of the last few years fueled by the pandemic is slowing down and interest rates are rising. Like many companies, Netflix is having to reel in aggressive spending which is coming under scrutiny.

  • Article
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    MAR 2, 2022

    He deleted the inappropriate message and apologized, explaining he hadn’t read the “racist meme” before posting it. Demsey’s account typically posts on a prolific basis, likely in an attempt to boost engagement. Zoom out: 74% of respondents in a recent Redpoint Global study say that feeling valued and understood is the most critical element of brand loyalty.

  • Article
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    FEB 9, 2022

    The UK’s CMA quickly swooped down on Meta’s acquisition of Giphy and ordered it to sell the GIF search engine.

  • Article
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    FEB 8, 2021

    Fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is a pioneer in meme marketing, having incorporated memes into its social media strategies since mid-2018.

  • Article
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    JAN 29, 2021

    Social media memes have been around for over a decade, but the last twelve months have solidified their position as a staple of digital communication. While the topics themselves are no laughing matter, lighthearted humor about shared struggles has become a coping mechanism—or simply a much-needed distraction—for many.

  • Article
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    FEB 4, 2022

    In context, Meta was ordered to divest ownership of GIF search engine Giphy for its potential to reduce competition. Facebook and Instagram ad models were also hit hard by Apple’s iOS privacy changes last year, making it more difficult to track users via personalized ads. “The accuracy of our ads targeting decreased, which increased the cost of driving outcomes,” Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg said.

  • Article
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    FEB 2, 2022

    The GameStop stock saga in early 2021 and emergence of other “meme stocks” then prolonged the investment craze for commission-free trading apps like eToro, ZuluTrade, and Robinhood. What now? Robinhood's deepening losses are emblematic of the broader industry: Other publicly listed digital brokers, like eToro and Coinbase, have also posted disappointing results amid a slowdown in investor enthusiasm.

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    JUN 11, 2021
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    JAN 26, 2021

    Memes can be an inexpensive and powerful tool for brands to connect and engage with their audiences on social media. They can help build brand equity and awareness through in-the-moment, lighthearted content.

  • Article
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    MAR 23, 2022

    Alibaba minted a limited collection of Winter Olympics NFTs that featured a short animation paying tribute to the Games. Only members of 88VIP, its paid loyalty program, were offered a chance to redeem their earned points for one of the digital collectibles, which came in four sets of 8,888 copies. Here’s how global brands and retailers can make the most of NFTs in China.

  • Article
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    FEB 26, 2020

    As the 2020 presidential race continues, some candidates are turning to social media influencers to spread their messages and garner support for their campaigns. It was reported that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg recently partnered with popular Instagram accounts to create meme content for promoting his candidacy, called the Meme 2020 project.

  • Article
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    JAN 13, 2022

    This has already started to happen: the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority ordered Meta to divest its ownership in GIF search engine Giphy in December.

  • Article
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    APR 7, 2022

    Taco Bell’s collection of 25 NFT GIFs and JPEGs were offered for just $1 apiece—with the added perk of a $500 gift card for those quick (or lucky) enough to score one. State Farm sent football fans on an augmented-reality treasure hunt across college campuses to find more than 1 million virtual footballs and a chance to win NFTs they could sell.

  • Article
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    DEC 29, 2021

    Meme stocks beyond GME: Breaking down Clover’s Reddit-fueled trading blitz (6/11). This story stuffed in all of 2021’s meme stock buzzwords: SPACs, short squeezes, and diamond hands pumping an insurtech’s public listing to the moon. The fundamentals occasionally do support the hype, but meme stock companies have to weigh the effects on their reputation. Insurtechs branched out.

  • Article
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    FEB 3, 2022

    Nonfungible tokens (NFTs)—which certify ownership of virtual assets like pieces of digital art, collectibles, or memes—already play an integral role in the metaverse. Since NFTs are stored on a blockchain, cryptos can be easily integrated within that infrastructure to facilitate transactions and other use cases. Use case and opportunities in 2022.

  • Report
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    MAR 7, 2022

    When Inmar asked respondents to rank various social media content formats in order of preference, short videos tied with images as the most preferred format, ahead of text, long-form video, live video, and GIFs. TikTok has an unsurprisingly strong grip on short-video audiences. About half of respondents preferred to watch short videos on TikTok, according to the Inmar study.