Douglas MacMillan

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Yahoo has 196.6 million unique visitors each month. Yet Yahoo generated zero new revenue in 2013. My opinion: Yahoo CEO No. 6 (in as many years), Marissa Mayer, is hanging on by her fingernails. Any person with 196.6 million names unable to generate new revenue should seek some other line of work. What triggered this column was a Feb. 17, 2014 Time magazine story, "THE MAYER EVENT:It's crunch time for Yahoo's turnaround strategy."

Twitter hired Nathan Hubbard, the former president of Ticketmaster, as its first head of commerce, part of a push to enable shopping via short postings on its social website. Hubbard, 38, started at San Francisco-based Twitter this week ...  Twitter is seeking new sources of revenue as it prepares for a potential initial public offering and targets $1 billion in 2014 sales. In its first foray into e-commerce, projected by Forrester to be a $370 billion market in the U.S. by 2017, Twitter plans to offer retailers tools for selling goods and services inside tweets

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