Why security experts were blindsided by the SolarWinds attack

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The massive cyberattack on U.S. government agencies and corporations took advantage of the fact that the public and private sectors can’t easily share threat information. The SolarWinds cyberattack on U.S. government agencies and private organizations was and is frightening in its scale and success. It proved no match for the government agencies charged with defending against such things, and brought into sharp focus the fact that the government’s current model for responding to cyberthreats is lacking. Read Full Story

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WPP AUNZ launches new Centre of Excellence

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​WPP AUNZ has launched the Centre of Excellence, a new division that is advising clients to navigate the digital landscape, drive maximum value from their existing data, and fully leverage their martech investments.​ The centre will have a hub and spoke model, allowing WPP's agency brands to tap into the tech capability.​

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How would an SEO agency be built today? Part 2: Current business model(s)

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There are about 36,000 digital marketing agencies worldwide, based on our research on platforms like UpCity, Clutch, and our trials and users. Out of these, about 60% have SEO services integrated into their main activities. New agencies keep appearing, even in the current challenging context — more than 200 were created so far in 2020. With this in mind, our team at SEOmonitor designed a strategic experiment in three parts, starting from the question — How would you build an SEO agency in 2020? In the first part , we’ve explored trends, based on search data, and Gartner’s Hype Cycle to understand what’s transient and what’s here to stay, whether or not accelerated by the pandemic. In this second part, we’re looking at the status quo of SEO agencies and their current business models, introducing another strategic lens to guide our research: Alex Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas or BMC. A …

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Five beauty products that Babba Rivera, founder of Ceremonia haircare, can’t live without

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As she launches a new haircare line that celebrates her Latinx heritage, the branding guru shares her favorite serums, concealer, and lip balm. Babba Rivera, CEO and founder of the branding agency ByBabba , was traveling to fashion shows last September when she realized that she was often the only Latinx person in the room. This wasn’t a new feeling: Growing up in Sweden, she had few role models with her background. It was only when she moved to New York and found a home within the hispanic community that she reconnected with her Chilean roots. Read Full Story

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How to Choose The Right Adwords Agency

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According to Unbounce, half of the people who click on your ads are more likely to make a purchase than those who came from an organic link. That’s a bit surprising. You’d think with 600 million devices running ad blockers —advertising would be less effective. Google Ads commands 73.1 percent of search advertising, roughly $40.3 billion. Advertisers couldn’t afford to continue spending that much money on ads if they didn’t work. Google Ads are effective. What’s tough for many companies is choosing the right AdWords Agency. Managing Google Ads takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. Most companies choose to outsource that hard work to a PPC agency. If you plan on doing the same, you’re going to need to know how to choose the right agency to manage your Google Ads. Here’s how you do it. Know Your Goals and Desired Outcomes Google Ads is a direct response …

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Five ways data is transforming the brand-agency relationship

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30-second summary: Data-intelligence provider Infogroup published a guide that contains five use cases that agencies can use to better serve the changing needs of brands and clients. The use cases cover a variety of topics from creating new client pitches to developing personas using intelligence, and improving campaign performance. You can download the free guide, How Consumer Data Can Deliver the Ultimate Competitive Advantage for Agencies, from ClickZ. Infogroup is an intelligence company that offers a variety of data-driven products and services for agencies, marketers, and brands. The company—soon to be renamed Data Axle —provides data solutions to enterprise-level companies, SMBs, nonprofits, agencies and more. Headquartered in Texas, Infogroup was founded over 45 years ago. During that time, they’ve built two of the industry’s most robust business and consumer databases. Some of their top-tier clients include Aetna, eBay, Allstate, and March of Dimes. Infogroup recently published a paper aimed at …

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