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Happy holidays, entrepreneurs! ‘Tis the season for small business owners and startups alike to increase sales and boost year-end profits. Just one problem, though. How do you compete for shoppers’ attention against the Best Buys, Targets and Sears of the world, especially on a tight budget?

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Thankfully, online technology and social media services offer affordable alternatives to expensive print, online and TV advertisements, while still letting you craft clever campaigns, connect with customers [ Continue Reading… ]

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In the world of memes, now is apparently never too soonto instigate some laughs at the expense of someone’s death. Shortly after Kim Jong-il’s death was announced Sunday, the web swung into action, dishing out not only the usual news stories and tweets but also an odd second-generation meme.

A Tumblr blog called Kim Jong-un Looking at Things immediately popped up, and it features pictures of the North Korean leader’s son and “Great Successor,” Kim Jong-un, staring at you, mountains, industrial equipment and other objects. The thumbnail of this post (above) shows Kim Jong-un looking at “the rhythm” of his clapping.

The single-topic blog follows in the footsteps of Kim Jong-il Looking at Things, which launched in 2010 to showcase the dictator gazing at things such as sweaters, army cadets and sausages. Containing only six photographs so far, the new blog should fill up as Kim Jong-un makes more public appearances in his role as North Korea’s head honcho. Someone also has created a nearly identical blog on Posterous.

The original Looking at Things blog first caught mainstream attention in December 2010 after a thread on Reddit racked up more than 2,000 up votes, says Know Your Meme‘s entry about the blog. The Washington Post, NPR, Funny or Die and Laughing Squid were among the major media outlets and humor blogs to share the blog with the world, Know Your Meme reports.

Kim Jong-il died of a heart attack Saturday, according to North Korean state television, which also said Kim Jong-un is heir to the throne.

Yahoo has shut down The Projector, The Set, The Amplifier and The Famous, four blogs covering television, movie, music and celebrity topics, respectively.

The blogs announced the news on their Twitter accounts, adding that “other blogs” will be shut down as well.

“As was just announced, Yahoo has decided to let @YahooProjector shuffle off this mortal coil. It’s a damn shame: We were having such fun,” tweeted The Projector‘s co-editor Will Leitch.

Some of the editors involved even managed to muster a joke. “Starting to think that this giant purple Y! tattoo I got last year wasn’t the best idea. #maw,” tweeted Mark Lisanti one of the managing editors of Yahoo’s entertainment blogs.

This latest move could simply be Yahoo getting rid of properties that haven’t been performing well, but it could also mean the company is shedding extra pounds, preparing for a takeover from one of (reportedly) many interested parties.

 

In a case that’s sending a frightening message to the blogger community, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a blogger must pay $2.5 million to an investment firm she wrote about — because she isn’t a real journalist.

As reported by Seattle Weekly, Judge Marco A. Hernandez said Crystal Cox, who runs several blogs, wasn’t entitled to the protections afforded to journalists — specifically, Oregon’s media shield law for sources — because she [ Continue Reading… ]

Blogging is huge in South Korea, where most of the population go online everyday — through their phone, tablet device or personal computer — and local firm TNM is very much a major player in the space.

Strong community

The startup has built a 300 blogger strong platform of news and analysis based on partnering with some of the country’s most influential “power bloggers”, whose audiences are vast and dedicated. The company, which was founded in 2009 by Seung-eun Myung and Young Han, selects its contributors based on their levels of traffic and quality of content, with an emphasis on recruiting enthusiasts with expertise in their field.

TNM also helps foster a sense of community between bloggers with frequent events, workshops and parties that enable its partners to meet face to face.

Making money

The firm generates revenue in a number of ways, including the provision of content from its network to traditional media outlets which, for bloggers, can mean the negotiation of contracts that would be difficult to gain off their own back. Ads on the site are delivered through its own advertising network, which operates in a similar way to Federated Media in the US, while TNM provides social media and blog consultancy to clients through which it draws additional income.

Monetisation is not limited to the site itself however, and the company creates and sells mobile software and web platforms that are designed by its team of developers. In the past, its projects have included All That, a series of apps to promote operator SK Telecom’s flagship T-Store service, and its web development activities have produced more than 100 different apps, which have seen a total of 4,500,000 downloads.

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