Food speculation - banks betting on food prices in financial markets - is a massive issue facing the world today. In the last few years, we have seen two major food price spikes, pushing millions of people into poverty. These food spikes were caused by speculation and could have been prevented through effective regulation.
Is social media marketing effective? That’s the question being asked as more and more businesses are investing in increasing amounts of social media marketing. With no standard means of measurement, there’s a wide variety of goals and metrics used to define the ROI of social strategies. Fortunately, this enlightening infographic, developed by MDG Advertising, helps clear up the confusion by outlining the objectives, benefits and factors that affect the success of social media marketing.
College football season kicked off last week, and although there is plenty of coverage of the games, the off-field action has also been causing quite a stir. Currently, there are over a dozen Division I football programs under investigation by the NCAA for rules violations. The violations range from illegal recruitment to secretly providing athletes with money and gifts. The Column Five Media team takes the field to try and gain some ground on the debate over paying college players.
The last gasp of summer is here, which means many will be packing up their flip-flops and tank tops and trading them in for new jackets and sweaters. We opened up Mint.com’s data vault to get a better idea of just how much users are spending on their clothing purchases.
The way in which humans have traded and purchased goods has been in constant evolution since before history began. In ancient times, things like furs and shells were traded person-to-person in exchange for goods and services. Today, monetary transactions between humans utilize sophisticated technologies that make the process simple and intuitive. Let’s take a walk through history and see how the transaction has morphed over the millennia.
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Emmy Nominees with Oscar Nods: For some actors like Cloris Leachman and Alec Baldwin, being accomplished on just one screen simply isn’t enough. Let’s review the top fifteen 2011 Primetime Emmy nominees who have also been nominated for the coveted Academy Award.