This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate.
It’s often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to running an online marketing campaign or social media site, imitating (or straight-up copying) other peoples’ content can be the quickest way to an expensive lawsuit. In this third installment of “Legal concepts every social media marketer should know”, we’ll run down the best practices for digital marketers using third-party content in their campaigns. Chances are, whether it’s your website design, the models in your ads, or even the code in your mobile app, somewhere, somehow, your campaign may include content licensed or purchased from a third-party. A little knowledge of the common pitfalls in using third-party content can go a long way in ensuring your campaign doesn’t get derailed by a lawsuit or the threat of one. Be sure to also check-out “Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part I -Consumer Privacy" and “Part II: Rules of the Road for Online Advertising” and stay tuned for the last installment on user-genrated content.
Part Three: Use of Third-Party Images, Graphics, and Content
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The speakers at the session, "Organizing for Content," at the 2013 iMedia Brand Summit, showed how companies can ensure they develop and distribute great content.
For me, walking the car lot on a Saturday is nearly as fun as a day at the golf course. The shoptalk is great, I get to take something for a spin, and even if I don’t come out with the exact score (or price) I had in mind, I walk away with a sense of satisfaction. But, for many, the thought of having to negotiate one-on-one can be intimidating, and can turn the thrill of buying a new car into pure anxiety.
Choosing what to buy—make, model, trim, and a seemingly endless number of options like warranties and infotainment—is only the first step. Once the vehicle and options are selected, the real research begins: What is a fair, good, or great price—and how do I get it?
Here at Jumpstart Automotive Group, we found that 69% of shoppers listed price as a top criteria when deciding to purchase—making it the second-most important factor behind safety and reliability. This mindset is hardwired into consumers across categories—from apparel to appliances—but price is especially integral to the car-buying process, primarily due to the level of investment and the lengthy duration of ownership.
And I think there is added pressure to get a good deal... Read more