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Cloudinary’s Media Optimizer Yields Auto-Quality Optimization and Delivery

To effectively engage with today’s digital audience, websites must be extremely visual. Even though high-quality images and videos play a key role in attracting and retaining visitors, those media assets also add to the page weight, load time, and bandwidth. Unoptimized content can result in performance issues, causing visitors to bounce off.

“Unoptimized images are often the greatest contributor to page bloat. Looking at the 90th percentile of the distribution of page weight, images account for a whopping 5.2 MB of a roughly 7-MB page. In other words, images comprise almost 75% of the total page weight.” — Web Almanac 2019 by HTTP Archive

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Get Your Media Moving Faster with Cloudinary’s Media Optimizer

So, your boss comes to you in a panic: he's just heard about Google's Core Web Vitals initiative and needs you to optimize the company website right now! "No problem," you say, hiding your fear that it's not something that can be done overnight. Just taking the first metric, Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), how can you possibly identify all the large elements - most likely images or video posters - of the many hundreds of pages that make up your site? There are already thousands of high-resolution (read massive) media files stored away, which marketing could use any time. How are you going to make sure they're all compressed to a size small enough to be delivered within the threshold? Not to mention all the new images and videos that will be created over time...

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How to Tap Into the Value of User-Generated Content (UGC)

User-generated content (UGC) took off with, first of all, the advent of the internet and, subsequently, social networks. Everyday consumers were given keys to the kingdom, so to speak, so that they, too, could compose and post content, simultaneously engaging with others online. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok—the networks through which we can create and publish content have grown exponentially, and brands are becoming aware of the benefits of tapping into the gold mines offered by those networks.

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Identifying Countries by IP Address in Columnar Databases Through SQL

Cloudinary reaps a myriad of open web traffic, from ad networks to e-commerce sites. Our Data Science team is dedicated to analyzing the data for use internally and externally.

A glance at any General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) article would reveal that—unlike Android device IDs (AID), through which users can reset their web address—keeping user identifiers, such as Internal Protocol (IP) and Media Access Control (MAC) addresses, as well as International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), violates privacy. As a solution, you can discard all privacy identifications or make them visible to users for reset.

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Digital-First Asset Management Explained

As the world changes, so does technology. I don’t need to name more than a handful of antiquated technologies before you nod in agreement: floppy disks, Walkmans, phone booths, VHS tapes, each of which have been phased out or rendered useless by new solutions that meet the same need but much more effectively.

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How to Build Workflows With Cloudinary’s MediaFlows

Many of you who work with the Cloudinary platform have a media-associated workflow for moderation of images, dispatch of notifications with certain data or headers, implementation of activities through add-ons, etc. For most of those cases, Cloudinary would suggest that you take advantage of our webhook notifications and build the workflow with an infrastructure like AWS Lambda. This post describes how to do that with Cloudinary’s MediaFlows a beta product that helps tackle management and operational tasks related to visual media.

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Cloudinary’s Apps for DAM Soon Available for Customizing DAM

Organizations often go to great lengths to identify and select software solutions that deliver out-of-the-box features for most use cases. However, every company has unique needs, typically requiring customization to maximize the ROI of the software purchases. Customization, though, is a word avoided in polite circles because, in response, most people would lament that it “adds complexity, hence not worth the effort” and that it “requires ongoing support.”

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5 Ways to Drive Sales With Better Visual Media

Since the restaurant industry hinges on human connection, the quick-service restaurants (QSRs) and fast casual eateries that came out ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns were the ones that built integrated and immersive interactions with video and other technologies for delivery in store, at the drive-through, and online. At the virtual event on Marketing Innovation hosted by Brand Innovators on September 28, Scott Schnaars, vice president of sales, Americas, at Cloudinary moderated a “fireside chat” with Casey Terrell, senior director of marketing at Focus Brands and acting CMO at Schlotzsky's, a franchise chain with over 330 locations.

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Generate Names With faker.js and Convert Them to Graphics With Cloudinary

The year was 1994. South Africa held its first fully representative democratic election, Netscape Navigator became the first commercially successful web browser. Coconuts Japan re-released EA Sports' MLBPA Baseball video game under the perhaps surprising title Fighting Baseball. Unlike MLBPA Baseball, which was licensed by the Major League Baseball (MLB), Fighting Baseball could not infringe on MLB trademarks, reference the National League or American League by name, or adopt actual team or player names.

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