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What's happening in the world of online marketing and web development.


Wednesday, 18 October, 2023 to Wednesday, 18 October, 2023


Dear Friends & Colleagues of the Global Forum,



GI$CO (Global Innovation Startup Competition) at the Global Forum in Muscat, Oman — Digital Transformation meets small business innovation. The Global Forum & Active Media are hosting the 5th annual Global Innovation Startup Competition (GI$CO) for start-up and scale-up companies and innovative ideas to be presented at the conclusion of the 2022 Global Forum.

The Competition Company and Presenter List:



Wednesday, 28 September, 2022 to Thursday, 29 September, 2022

SME workshop: How the USA can become an opportunity for European companies


Launch of the urban greening plans: what it means for my city or region

Thursday, Oct.13, 2022, 11:30 – 13:00  Online</

Muscat, Oman

Monday, 17 October, 2022 to Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

The Global Forum 2022 in Muscat, Oman that we are organizing under the High Patronage of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.

GLOBAL FORUM 2022, Global Innovation Startup Competition on October 18th

October 17th- 18th, 2022 Muscat, OMAN

Muscat has been named Arab Digital Capital 2022

The focus of this year’s edition is


Muscat, Oman

Monday, 17 October, 2022 to Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

Welcome To Shape The Future

Digital Dynamics and Global Societal Challenges

Digital Solutions For A Smarter, More Sustainable And Resilient World



Social Media Spend Up 60% Year-Over-Year

by Larissa Faw, MediaPost Staff Writer

In Q1 2021, marketers spent 60% more on Facebook and Instagram advertising compared to Q1 2020, according to new research from Socialbakers. Its quarterly trends report notes ad reach for both platforms is also up, +8% globally and +23% in North America for the last 12 months.

Advertising costs grew 37% as ads space became more


The 2020 webspam report from Google said the company detected 40 billion pages of spam every day, which is up from 25 billion in 2019.

By Barry Schwartz for Search Engine Land

Google detected 40 billion pages of spam every day in 2020, which is up from the previous year by 60%. These 40 billion pages included hacked

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Thursday, 18 March, 2021 to Thursday, 18 March, 2021 is hosting Regulation Meets Market & Innovation 4: Marketers & Google Privacy Sandbox. Would you like to attend? Register here:


With a new, modern experience, Google says the redesign is easier to read and use
This article was originally published on Search Engine Land by Barry Schwartz

Google is rolling out a new design for its mobile search results. The updated interface aims to make the search interface

Muscat, Oman

Monday, 6 December, 2021 to Wednesday, 8 December, 2021



Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th December 2021
Muscat, Oman


Partner Event: Pitch Global - SV Global Investing Summit - Lifesciences

Pitch Global - the Virtual Incubator's and ActiveMedia’s event- and networking partner - is hosting their next SV Global Investing Summit -Lifesciences on 28th of July. The event starts with a CVC Panel consisting of senior investors from United Health, Novartis, Qualcomm, Boehringer, Ingelheim etc. and will also have a VC/Angels Panel from leading funds and total

United States of America

Thursday, 4 June, 2020 to Thursday, 4 June, 2020

Join us on June 4th to recognize the Gold, Silver and Bronze Women Forward Award-Winners with a virtual awards celebration! 

Cheer for your award-winning friends, family and colleagues as we recognize the trailblazing organizations and inspiring individuals who are leading change and providing mentorship, capital and support for women to thrive in the workplace and in society.  

To register for the

San Francisco, United States of America

Monday, 11 November, 2019 to Monday, 11 November, 2019

ActiveMedia celebrates the inaugural Launchpad startup competition event at the first Travel Ability Summit to be held in San Francisco on November 11th, 2019.  

Judges: MC: Laszlo Horvath, Invited Judges:

2:00-4:00 pm Session

  • Ron Petit, Royal Caribbean
  • Ed Harris, Valley Forge CVB
  • Srin Madipalli, Airbnb
  • Myron Pincomb, IBCC


2016 – Digitalization: The Global Transformation

Eindhoven, Netherlands, 19–20 September

The 2016 Global Forum featured many innovative speakers on digitization. There is no innovation without startups, so GISCO, the Global Innovation Startup Competition was added to the agenda.

17 companies competed, representing eight nations, covering three continents. The jury consisted of pioneers in the startup ind


By Jai Vijayan

Supply chain, procurement and customer engagement models face significant disruption in the next de

Winnipeg, Canada

Monday, 2 October, 2017 to Tuesday, 3 October, 2017

The Global Forum 2017 was taking place in Winnipeg, Canada on October 2nd & 3rd. It was the first Global Forum edition in Canada!

We decided to organize the Global Forum in Winnipeg as the city, located in the middle of Canada, is among others the home to several successful aerospace, energy, and transportation exporters, insurance and financial companies and has a growing advanced manufacturing and life science industries


Thursday, 14 September, 2017 to Thursday, 14 September, 2017

Laszlo Horvath is gave a presentation at the Global Trade in Service Summit 2017 in China


Google's push to optimize web page load times seems to have rubbed off on Facebook.

Washington, D.C, United States of America

Friday, 16 June, 2017 to Friday, 16 June, 2017

Laszlo Horvath is participating at the Panel Discussion: Cultural Challenges in Driving International Start-Ups. Starting 3:30 PM

The intention of the E3 conferences is to put the power of global expansion into every entrepreneur’s hands through simplification and relationships.  Topics will include preparing your business to expand into new markets, understanding international trade policy, developing market oppor

Phoenix, United States of America

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 to Friday, 5 May, 2017

The AICPA CFO Conference, organized by the AICPA will take place from 3rd May to 5th May 2017 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, USA. The conference will cover areas like finance, Investment banking, audit, consultancy, academy, insurance and much more.


The challenges you face at your organization are uniquely yours, but the

Mountain View, United States of America

Friday, 5 May, 2017 to Friday, 5 May, 2017

Sunrise [Silicon Valley] cordially invites its members to attend the 4th Annual Silicon Valley AgTech Conference with a 20 percent ticket discount! This AgTech startup focused event features the latest technologies and industry updates. The 500+ attendees find partners, investors, and customers every year.


LiveWorld on Tuesday began rolling out a service for brands that want to launch a chatbot on Facebook Messenger in real-time, but lack the resources to get started.


Brick-and-mortar convenience store retailer 7-Eleven is the most “mobile-ready” brand that isn’t inherently a digital media product, according to a new index ranking thousands of brands worldwide based on their mobile “readiness.”


Bing Ads this week released a list of actions that it has taken to keep those searching the Web safe from misleading or malicious activity often found across the Web

Tysons, United States of America

Thursday, 16 March, 2017 to Thursday, 16 March, 2017

Join VEDP - International Trade and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce for a networking event with speaker Laszlo Horvath, President & Founder of ActiveMedia.

Are international prospects finding your product or service?

Laszlo will share best practices on how to drive traffic to your website by getting your content to the top of Search Engine Results Pages every time users search for your products or


Google released its 2017 Bad Ads report Wednesday to give a recap of all the malicious, trick and scam ads the company blocked in the prior year. In January the company also added details about its quest to rid the Internet of fake news.


Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps, and it now serves apps reaching 2.5 billion users built by 580,000 developer


It’s January, which means you’ve probably read about 200 expert predictions on the future of SEO in 2017 by now. But if you stick with me, I promise this post won’t be like any of the other SEO predictions posts you’ve seen so far.


Voice search is the way of the future. Google’s Beshad Behzadi said as much in an address at SMX West last March. At the same time, Amazon doubled down (almost literally) on its voice-enabled devices with two new offerings using its Alexa platform and Soundhound launched its Hound voice-search app on iOS and Android platforms.



Mattel has developed a voice-activated connected kids room hub similar to Amazon Echo and Google Home, with technology from Microsoft, Qualcomm Technology and Silk Labs.


As Google moves forward into mobile-first indexing, initially the algorithm will not take mobile Web site speed into consideration as it does for desktop, says John Mueller, a Google Webmaster Trends analyst based in Switzerland.


Can paid social campaigns generate more brand searches on Google, Bing and across retail Web sites? Some insiders who are managing paid social and search think so.


Two things we heard a lot about in 2016 were “autonomous cars” and “bots,” but rarely in the same sentence.


Taykey, a real-time audience data company, weighed in on the fake news controversy that bubbled up in the aftermath of the presidential election. In a blog post entitled “Fake News and Half Truths Pose Real Threat for Brands,” the company argues that fake news and half truths are not only posing a challenge for the electorate, but brand marketers as well.

Washington, United States of America

Tuesday, 13 December, 2016 to Tuesday, 13 December, 2016

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and the WIIT Charitable Trust invite you to celebrate the holiday season and network with key trade professionals – all while supporting a good cause. The silent auction features a unique array of items perfect for gift-giving, and all proceeds will benefit the WIIT scholarship fund, which helps defray tuition costs for young women who are studying trade. In addition, fo


As an inbound marketer, I believe that non-intrusive, organic traffic is at the core of marketing's future. It's the best way to become a thought leader in a digital, global society—and connect with prospects and leads at the various stages of the buyer's journey.


Consumers who browse, and search for discounts, deals and things to do typically prefer doing so on the mobile Web. In fact, when doing these tasks, 79% participating in the study from Google say they prefer mobile Web sites versus apps.


Consumers spent 12.1% more online this year, compared with last, bringing Cyber Monday revenue to an all-time high of $3.45 billion. It marks the most lucrative online sales day in history, and 2.6% above original prediction from Adobe Digital Insights.


This holiday season, Upworthy’s data scientist Sean Wojcik has an uplifting find for publishers: Readers are more likely to share content when it makes them feel positive, energized and empowered.


Google is adding more store visits data to AdWords distance reporting, available when measuring geographic performance of your ads.


The ability to deliver ads to specific audiences has made digital advertising highly attractive to businesses of every stripe. But despite the promise of precision to drive effective advertising, broad reach still matters —a lot. Put another way, if you need to feed a village, you’re probably better off trawling a fishing net than spearfishing.


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Microsoft has been enrolling key agencies, technology partners and small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) in its Bing Ads Partner Program and Tuesday announced the global rollout of an expanded program.


There’s been a lot of talk recently about personalization as Google, Facebook, and others continue to roll out new targeting features.
These features like Customer Match and Custom Audiences allow advertisers to target consumers based on previous data captured. These targeting capabilities have been incredible at driving improved return on investment.


Continuing to threaten LinkedIn’s position as the go-to platform for professional networking, Facebook is testing a feature that lets page administrators create job postings and receive applications from potential candidates.


Google Maps on mobile devices has become the cornerstone for local advertising. Now an analyst firm estimates the revenue opportunity for Google from Maps at about $5 billion by 2020.


Emerging and potentially disruptive technologies such as VR, AI, IoT and “conversational marketing” are considered important by the majority of advertisers and agency executives, according to results of a survey conducted for MediaPost.


Preliminary findings from analysis done by an Israeli company suggest Apple might have hit the jackpot when it comes to improving download and retention rates among consumers visiting its app store.


Twitter kills Vine

Sad news for those with short attention spans, Twitter is killing off Vine, the six second video app it purchased a couple of years ago.


There are five areas/initiatives that should be observed closely, as these could be prototypes for the future of mobile local search. These are:

  • Restaurants in [US city] – Google My Business (GMB) results.
  • Hotels in [US city] – GMB results.
  • [US city] –Knowledge Graph (KG) results.
  • Movies in [U


An increasing number of local searches on Google Maps are turning up the volume of search ads serving on the property. Efforts have resulted in increased ad traffic, with brand keywords getting about 3.3% of phone traffic from the "Get location details" click type for advertisers with a brick-and-mortar presence, according to a report released Tuesday. Non-branded share hovers around 0.6%.


Machine learning continues to make Bing Ads a bit smarter as the Microsoft team works to simplify processes and create a more intuitive interface, helping advertisers to create better targeted search campaigns.


Presenting a guide to carrying out all the on-page checks that webmasters and SEOs need to carry out to ensure a website is optimised for search.


A little-known search engine that focuses on user privacy has canceled its partnership with Yahoo. StartPage made the announcement Monday.


User-generated content is becoming an important part of content marketing, with consumers forming a part of a brand’s strategy. But how does this affect branded content?


Continuing to grow its ad-targeting options, Pinterest is now inviting brands to create campaigns based on users’ interactions with their Pins.


Google has acquired FameBit, a technology platform that helps creators and brands find and work with each other through sponsorships and paid promotions.


Apple this week opened Search Ads in its App Store for iPhone and iPad in the U.S to all publishers and developers after announcing the service last June.