In case you missed it, here are just a few of the articles and news stories that mattered in the marketing world this week:

KitchenAid Does Damage Control

In case you missed it, KitchenAid became the latest company to experience a PR nightmare via their social media channels. During Wednesday’s presidential debate, a member of the KitchenAid social team tweeted a joke regarding President Obama’s deceased grandmother from the company’s corporate account. However, despite recent similar situations (Chick-fil-a anyone?) KitchenAid managed to handle the PR nightmare with some grace, meeting critics head on, responding to countless tweets and quickly going on record to say the situation had been resolved. In such a connected world, situations like this one are bound to get out of control, but KitchenAid demonstrated an admirable damage control strategy that other companies should emulate.
Read the full story on FastCompany>>

Turn Your Phone into a Marketing Super Tool

Recent studies show that nearly half of American adults own a smartphone. Among the tech-savvy, always-on ranks of marketers, I would guess that percentage is even higher. That is why we put together a list of essential mobile apps for marketers. From keeping your ideas organized to reading your RSS feeds in style, these apps will keep you on the cutting edge with your mobile device while also making your work life easier and more enjoyable.
Read the full story on Pardot>>

Facebook Hits One Billion User Mark

This week, the social media juggernaut hit one of its most significant milestones to date: over one billion active users. In a blog post, Zuckerberg writes, “Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too.” Despite having a rocky year with their disappointing IPO, Facebook remains the social giant for people and businesses alike.
Read the full story on Mashable>>

Pardot’s Favorite Thought Leader Blogs

Last week, we highlighted a number of our favorite marketing blogs here at Pardot. This week, we continue the series with our favorite blogs by marketing thought leaders. With the collective wisdom of thinkers like Seth Godin and Author Chris Brogan, these blogs are a sure bet to keep your mind focused on new ideas and your marketing strategy three steps ahead of your competitors.
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What are some other great marketing stories you’ve found this week? Let us know!