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  • The Psychological Toll of Moderating Social Media Content

    SocialTimes
    Mona Zhang
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Wired‘s Adrian Chen takes a look at what goes on behind the scenes of social media: legions of content moderators who look at child porn and beheadings so social media users don’t have to. According the report, the number of content moderators is estimated to be over 100,000 — “twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.” Much of the time, content moderation is outsourced to the Philippines, though tech firms do hire content moderators in the U.S. Chen talked to one former YouTube moderator, who told him: “Everybody hits the wall,…
  • Your LinkedIn Profile: Why You Need to Revisit How You Look on LinkedIn

    Social Media Examiner
    Michael Stelzner
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you use LinkedIn as a networking tool? Are you looking for ways to use LinkedIn to attract more business for your company or brand? To learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile as a marketer, I interview Ron Nash, the “LinkedIn Whisperer,” for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More About This Show [...]This post Your LinkedIn Profile: Why You Need to Revisit How You Look on LinkedIn first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle
  • How to Get Started with a Business Dashboard

    Daily Blog Tips
    Daniel Scocco
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Once your websites or online businesses start growing you’ll certainly find that managing all the information becomes quite a challenge on its own. Web analytics, email subscribers and delivery rates, affiliate marketing sales, revenue from your own products and assessing profits, customer support emails, and the list goes on. In addition, all these individual pieces of data make a lot more sense when you can see the relationships between all of them and how they tie together to impact your business. There are several solutions that might help you with this problem, and one of them is…
  • We Fired Our Best Employee: Here's Why

    Social Media Today
    Jacques Bastien
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Three years ago, in my college dorm room, I decided to start a design firm. Since then, we’ve grown to become boogie, a design-driven social media agency with a team of eight working out of two offices in Albany NY and Brooklyn NY.As with any business, we’ve had our ups and downs, but one of the most memorable moments of my career was when I had to fire my company’s best designer.He was our lead designer and he did some really amazing work. He led most of our design projects and is the type of employee who seems irreplaceable – he was personable when interacting with clients, he was…
  • Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    TechCrunch
    Alex Wilhelm
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
     In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More
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  • A Visual Guide to Type Terminology

    Poppie Pack
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Fast-track your design education by getting familiar with fundamental typographic terms! Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in your designs. The aim of the game is to make your written language look aesthetically beautiful and read effectively so your message can be absorbed with impact. These essential terms will form the foundation of your typography knowledge – so be sure to save, pin, and share these graphics for easy reference! 1Ascender The ascender is the vertical stem that extends above the x-height of a letter, you can use this landing space as somewhere to…
  • How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Brand

    Anna Guerrero
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whether you’ve decided to branch out from a company and start your own business, or are launching a game-changing new startup, understanding the impact of color on consumer behaviour will help your brand become a success. In fact, research shows that 85% of consumers respond to color as the primary reason for buying a particular product, while over 92% acknowledge visual appearance as the most persuasive marketing factor overall. Try these 5 creative tips to choose a color palette that’s relevant, memorable and inspiring for your brand 1Know your focus Brands with great color schemes…
  • 5 Easy Tips for Terrific Titles

    Anna Guerrero
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When you think of your favourite book, movie or artwork, it’s the title that springs to mind. To the same effect, titles act like a hook in graphic design. They’re a feature element – so make sure they stand out! Learn how to align titles within your designs to make sure they look great in the limelight. 1Centre align your title Make your title the central focus of your design by aligning it in the centre of your composition. This works well with background images that aren’t too busy. For example, see the clear ocean image above. 2Right align your title Copy space…
  • Canva Launches iPad App to Bring Amazingly Simple Design to Your Fingertips

    Zach Kitschke
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re very excited to today announce the launch of the Canva app for iPad. The app brings together a simple drag-and-drop design interface with a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, and it makes creating graphics fast and easy. “Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone, allowing any idea to be beautifully presented in print or online,” said Canva CEO Melanie Perkins. “We are excited to extend this experience and now allow people to design at home, in the office or on the go.” “In the past year since our launch we have been overwhelmed…
  • Font Pairing Basics

    Anna Guerrero
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Beginners: think of learning font pairing skills as your express ticket to next-level design. When used creatively, this bombshell skill holds the potential to make your designs look professional, read flawlessly, and capture the essence of your content with impact! To follow on from learning how to use fonts effectively, here we explain how different fonts can be used to complement each other. This skill is relevant to all design types that use text, from Facebook marketing graphics to album covers for artists. These five tips will provide you with the basic skills you’ll need to…
 
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    Social Media Examiner

  • Your LinkedIn Profile: Why You Need to Revisit How You Look on LinkedIn

    Michael Stelzner
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you use LinkedIn as a networking tool? Are you looking for ways to use LinkedIn to attract more business for your company or brand? To learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile as a marketer, I interview Ron Nash, the “LinkedIn Whisperer,” for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More About This Show [...]This post Your LinkedIn Profile: Why You Need to Revisit How You Look on LinkedIn first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle
  • 8 Types of Rich Media to Share on Google+

    Ryan Hanley
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Want new ways to benefit from Google+? Have you shared rich media on Google+? When you provide rich media within Google+, you maximize the reach and engagement of each piece of content and make it easy for visitors to consume. Here are eight types of rich media content to share on Google+. Why Rich Media [...]This post 8 Types of Rich Media to Share on Google+ first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle
  • How to Use the LinkedIn Data Export Tool to Improve Your Marketing

    Viveka von Rosen
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Do you want to analyze your past interactions on LinkedIn? Do you want information that could help you understand your LinkedIn behavior? The LinkedIn Data Export tool offers deeper insight into your LinkedIn activity. In this article I’ll share the seven export files you can use to target ads, build keyword lists, create a list of connections [...]This post How to Use the LinkedIn Data Export Tool to Improve Your Marketing first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle
  • 4 Ways to Turn Your Employees Into Brand Ambassadors

    Louise Julig
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Would you like your employees to be brand ambassadors on social media? Do your employees feel confident sharing on social media about your company? In this article you will discover how Adobe is empowering their 11,000 employees worldwide to be social media brand ambassadors. As a result, they are building customer goodwill and influencing sales. [...]This post 4 Ways to Turn Your Employees Into Brand Ambassadors first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle
  • How to Get More Out of Facebook Ads

    Sarah Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you use Facebook to promote your business? Are you struggling to find ways to get noticed on the platform? With each update to Facebook, it becomes increasingly harder for small businesses to make a splash in front of their intended audience. Here are four marketing tactics you can use to get more out of [...]This post How to Get More Out of Facebook Ads first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle
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    TechCrunch

  • Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    Alex Wilhelm
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
     In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More
  • Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

    Anthony Ha
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
     Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More
  • You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    Greg Kumparak
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
     Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done. Read More
  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    Josh Constine
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
     What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More
  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Steve Gillmor
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
     Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Recording has concluded for today. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More
 
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    Mashable

  • Vine Personality Curtis Lepore Dropped From Rainn Wilson TV Project After Backlash

    Sandra Gonzalez
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake has severed ties with well-known Vine personality Curtis Lepore after backlash surrounding Leopre's casting in an upcoming TV project from the Office alum's production company. Earlier this week, Wilson announced plans for the first scripted TV comedy featuring an ensemble cast of Vine stars. The half-hour show, titled Hollywood and Vine, was set to star Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso, and Lepore as social media stars who are struggling to break into mainstream Hollywood Lepore's casting, however, caused an uproar In January, Lepore…
  • Fall TV's First Cancelled Show Is...

    Sandra Gonzalez
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:24 am
    It turns out love was not in the air between ABC and the fall TV season's first axed show, Manhattan Love Story The network's decision to ax the show, of course, comes as no surprise See also: Go Behind the Set of CW's 'The Flash' In just four airings, Love Story, starring former America's Next Top Model contestant Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman, shed nearly half of its 4.7 million premiere audience, with the most recent episode pulling an anemic 2.7 million viewers. Combine that number with a general lack of buzz for the rom-com and a sad DVR ratings boost and you have a bonafide TV bust…
  • Seattle School Shooting Gunman Was Homecoming Royalty

    The Associated Press
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said. Students said the gunman was staring at students as he shot them inside the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The shootings set off a chaotic scene as students ran from the cafeteria and building in a frantic dash to safety while others were told to stay put inside classrooms at the school, 30 miles…
  • Jack-o'-Lanterns: They're Just Like Us

    Lance Ulanoff
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Not even your average Halloween pumpkin can deny the allure of social media or online dating. It's hard out there for a gourd. Read more...More about Humor, Halloween, Funny, Watercooler, and Comics
  • The 9 Most Absurd Political Ads of the 2014 Election Season

    Kari Paul
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    With midterm elections less than two weeks away, the number of campaign ads being played on national television is heating up Spending on advertising is set to surpass $1 billion for this election cycle, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, with interest groups accounting for an all-time high of senate airings See also: The Midterm Elections Are Worth Your Attention. Here's Why As candidates enter crunch time for the races, let's take a look at some of the bizarre, controversial and ridiculous advertising that has popped up this election season 1. Bob Quast, Iowa An ad from Bob Quast, who…
 
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    Charlene Li

  • Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive

    Charlene Li
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Occasionally, I’ll depart from my usual writing about business and technology and post about something more personal, which I call a Fun Foray.  I recently had the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) over the weekend — a Chevy Spark — thanks to the Experience Electric #TheBetterRide program. Background: I’m an ardent hybrid owner […] The post Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era

    Charlene Li
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a TED Talk at TED@IBM on Sept. 23rd. The event was part of the new TED Institute, which partners with companies to create TED-curated events. The title of my talk was “Giving Up Control: Leading in the Digital Era”. One key data point from Gallup […] The post My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging

    Charlene Li
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Ten years ago today, I wrote my first blog post, entitled “Blogging as a State of Mind”. I still vividly remember the moment — my palms were sweating as I pressed the “Publish” button on my Typepad blog for the first time. I was excited, but nervous about what was going to happen. What would […] The post Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer

    Charlene Li
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    While most of the tech and business press focused on the functionality of the Apple Watch (digital crown, battery life, taptic engine, yadda yadda…) discreetly milling around the event were the fashion press, invited by Apple’s new fashion and design team. The fact that Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Sport, and Apple Watch Edition […] The post Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Content Marketing Software: How to Make Smart Choices

    Charlene Li
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    If you are involved in any shape or form with content marketing, you know what a big headache it can be for your organization. It extends beyond the Marketing department — Sales can’t get detailed, localized information to salespeople in the field. The social team needs more granular, atomized content produced multiple times a day. […] The post Content Marketing Software: How to Make Smart Choices appeared first on Charlene Li.
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Owning the Customer Experience is a Marketing Function

    Sam Fiorella
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The landscape in which businesses operate has changed dramatically in modern times, yet the roles of marketing executives and departments have been slow to change. According to consulting firm Deloitte, the influence and agenda of marketing executives have expanded, yet their organizational context has not fully caught up — they often have only indirect input on many of the critical customer and marketing-related decisions enterprises need to make. Navigating these tensions is what today’s chief marketing officers (CMOs) face. Clearly, there’s a conflict at the core of marketing…
  • The Friday Trifecta: Starbucks, Coke, and Southwest Airlines [Case Study]

    Sam Fiorella
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    This is the first in a weekly series of articles that will highlight three marketing case studies that have captured the attention of the Sensei Marketing team and should capture yours as well. This week’s theme is corporate branding. 1. Starbucks Launches First Brand Campaign Starbucks has always shined a light on its products – never its brand –  in advertising campaigns. Until now. For the first time, Starbucks has launched a brand campaign titled “Meet Me at Starbucks,” which features a six-minute documentary-style video about the day in the life of Starbucks. The mini…
  • Crowdsourcing: Customers Don’t Always Know Best

    Sam Fiorella
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 am
    In 1985, the Coca-Cola Company, in a move that is still hotly debated today, concocted a new Coke recipe in hopes of reinvigorating interest in its number-one selling soft drink. Logic dictates that when a product is number one, you don’t mess with it.  The problem, however, was that Coke’s market share had declined to only 24% in 1983, down from a commanding 60% in 1945.  Competition from rival Pepsi was steadily eroding Coke’s dominance in the now famous cola war. As a result, in 1985, almost 99 years after Dr. John Pemberton first created the Coke formula, the company scrapped the…
  • Planned Spontaneity: Twitter’s New Advertising Program

    Sam Fiorella
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    AdAge conducted an interview with Ross Hoffman, Twitter’s director of brand strategy, that revealed the social network’s plans to, well, plan social engagement spontaneity.  A program called Hatch is a new initiative within Twitter’s ad team, which is essentially a stable of marketers that work with brand advertisers to plan ad campaigns months in advance of major events such as the Grammys, or more local events like product launches.  In short, it looks forward to times where Twitter’s activity volume around a specific topic will be high and creates strategies that will help brand…
  • The Principle of Reciprocity and Influence Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Within the study of the psychology of relationships is a principle called reciprocity, which speaks to the human need (and tendency) to want to give something back when something is received.  People feel a sense of obligation to do something for you when you’ve done something for them. Reciprocity affects us every day.  Have you ever: Invited someone to your wedding because they invited you to theirs; bought a Christmas gift for someone because they bought one for you; donated money to an organization or subscribed to a magazine/newspaper because they offered a free gift? When done…
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    Social Media Today

  • Why It's Important to Make a Good Pitch [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Brian Wallace
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pitching isn't easy, and we don't just mean in baseball. When you've got something you want to share, how do you get attention without seeming needy, spammy, or just plain pathetic? There is a subtle art to pitching, and it's tough to get it right the first time. Like most other things, practice makes perfect. This infographic takes the reader through the wonderful world of how to build a good pitch. Before we get into the nitty gritty, let's look at how pitching and advertising work. As a whole, journalists prefer to receive pitches via email, with social media platforms and phone calls…
  • Utilizing Lead Nurturing to Convert Leads into Customers

    Kevin Page
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Lead nurturing is not an end goal but rather an ongoing tactic that allows you to leverage content to more deeply connect with your target audience, and by doing so, to more efficiently convert leads into customers and brand advocates.  Sounds pretty great, right? It also has the benefit of being true.The problem many companies face when attempting to successfully nurture their lead database is how to put it all together.  For example, your business may have trouble understanding how to generate qualified leads through your online channels.  Alternatively, you may be unsure how…
  • The Haunting Story of the Suicidal Blog [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Barry Feldman
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Business blogs are cursed.About 173 new blogs are created every day. Less than 20% will go on to grow up, mature and live a meaningful life. In fact, they won't even reach adulthood. They'll die before they reach six. Here's a horrifying piece of data I learned at a business blogging session at a marketing conference a year or so ago...According to IBM, 77 percent of all businesses have a blog, yet 85 percent of those blogs have five or fewer posts.Creepy, no?An abundant amount of research spells out how effective blogging can be for growing your business, but most companies just don't…
  • We Fired Our Best Employee: Here's Why

    Jacques Bastien
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Three years ago, in my college dorm room, I decided to start a design firm. Since then, we’ve grown to become boogie, a design-driven social media agency with a team of eight working out of two offices in Albany NY and Brooklyn NY.As with any business, we’ve had our ups and downs, but one of the most memorable moments of my career was when I had to fire my company’s best designer.He was our lead designer and he did some really amazing work. He led most of our design projects and is the type of employee who seems irreplaceable – he was personable when interacting with clients, he was…
  • 4 Social Marketing Time Management Tips

    Mandy Edwards
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi BerraTime management has always been a hot topic. It’s so easy to get lost down the rabbit hole and realize two hours later you did not get anything accomplished.If you work in social media, then you get what I’m talking about. There are distractions thrown at us daily via new blog posts to read, Facebook updates from friends, new pins on Pinterest and so on. Staying on task is something that has come down to a fine art. Either you’re good at managing your time and get things done or you’re not and…
 
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    Social Media Explorer

  • ICYMI: From the Fonz to Cool Treats

    Jay Kelly
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Social media moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. In order to help you keep up, the team here at SME Digital has distilled the biggest stories of the past week into one easy to digest chunk. With the introduction of ads on their platform, Snapchat has officially slipped on a leather jacket and strapped on water skis. In an effort to relieve users from the “creepy and targeted” ads on other platforms, they opted for a just plain creepy ad for the new movie “Ouija”. Users are hoping that in 10 seconds ads will forever be deleted from…
  • AboutLocal Brings Smart Social Listening To Everyone

    Jason Falls
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    One could argue that much of my credibility, content and influence was built on the backs of the social media listening and monitoring industry. From early relationships with Radian6, Sysomos, NetBase and many others long since acquired and gone, those software tools were the ones that intrigued me the most. Mining conversations for insights was always fun to me. But the problem with most social listening platforms has always been their approach is often tainted because they start with a keyword. It makes sense — if you want to find someone talking about tacos, you need to find mentions of…
  • Getting Past the Social Echo

    Tracey Parsons
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listening is an important part of social strategy. It is important to know what’s being said about your brand where and by whom. I would argue that it is more important to listen to the conversations in your category or industry. In the past, I have called this delineation listening to respond (branded listening) and listening to understand (category listening). And here’s the big problem, when you are listening to just your brand, all you can hear is the echo of your own voice. Brands are creating more and more content each day and this content is being shared on their social channels…
  • ICYMI: From Killer Clowns to Snoop Dogg

    Jay Kelly
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Social media moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.  In order to help you keep up, the team here at SME Digital has distilled the biggest stories of the past week into one easy to digest chunk. Like a page ripped out of a Stephen King novel, maniacal clowns have been spotted roaming the streets of a California town. While the viral spread of killer clown sightings is awesome, knowing that it was just a photography project makes it a little less fun. In a blatant case of age discrimination, Facebook has forced centenarian Anna Stoehr to lie…
  • Four Things My Four-Year-Old Has Taught Me About Social Marketing

    Matt Hollowell
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    My youngest daughter turns four years old today. Not only has the time flow by quicker than I could have imagined, I have learned more that I ever thought possible from her. So in honor of my little Jasmine’s birthday, here are four social marketing lessons she has taught me (to the tune of Frozen; apologies in advance). Engagement Is Everything “It doesn’t have to be a snowman” There are many things that Jasmine needs: sustenance, protection, attention, reliability, and love to name just a few. And your audience needs the same (regular content, customer service, responses,…
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  • 7 NEW Social Media Solutions to Grow Your Business

    megantotka
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    When it comes to creating buzz online, it’s hard to keep up. You want to hit your social media marketing out of the ballpark, but with so many changes, updates, and new features, how can you know you’re leveraging every avenue available? Here are seven new tools and solutions that you should be aware of when marketing your business on social media. 1. Pinterest Messenger Pinterest users send over two million pins each day. With so much engagement on Pinterest, it’s hard to ignore their newest feature – Pinterest Messenger. The messenger feature allows people to chat…
  • How Cultural Marketing Is Different From Consumer Insights

    Jure KLEPIC
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Modern marketing efforts are mostly based on the analysis of consumer psychology and behavior. This kind of analysis has proven very effective in reaching consumers with messages about products, services and brands. However, this kind of marketing, taken by itself, can offer an incomplete picture of consumer behavior. It leaves out the cultural factors that influence and often change consumer behaviors. By paying attention to these cultural insights, marketers can get ahead of the curve and offer messages that anticipate changing consumer attitudes rather than simply responding the present…
  • What Are Consumer Insights and How Do They Impact Marketing Effectiveness?

    Jure KLEPIC
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    While companies today might agree that consumer insights are a good thing, there are varying levels of opinions about just what these insights should be and how to use them. Traditionally, the struggle has broken down along departmental functions. Research focuses on the numbers, marketing wants to reach new customers, and sales just wants more leads, with little coordination, sharing or understanding. For a long time, this segmentation worked, too. Back when there were three television networks, one newspaper in every city, and clearly defined radio stations, it was easy to generalize that…
  • Applying Anthropology Concepts to Business Models

    Jure KLEPIC
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Anthropology is a field of scientific research that most people think has no impact in their daily lives. Despite the efforts of some very well-known anthropologists, we still understand very little of what this type of investigator does and less about how to apply any of their insights to business models.  Broadly speaking, anthropology is a study of humans that draws upon knowledge from both the social sciences and the biological sciences. An anthropologist may even need an understanding of social sciences and the humanities in order to posit theories and conduct research. Under this…
  • Social Review Sites: How to Navigate Them

    megantotka
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Social review sites and social media sites where people can leave reviews (two different entities, though they certainly do sound similar) are huge players in the marketing and sales arena as of late. Sites like Urbanspoon, Yelp, and TripAdvisor offer users the opportunity to review everything from restaurants to hotels to doctors and more. Then there’s Facebook and Twitter, where people can review businesses right on their own page. Then yet again, nearly every ecommerce site has a place for product reviews for everything under the sun. Like it or not, these reviews can make or break a…
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  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
  • The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. And no amount of reading will make you better at the following if you don’t practice it by trying. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. And it has to do with the epicenter of marketing and copywriting. What creates the language of selling, and how does it work? The language of selling is not a single language. In fact, every product, idea or service has a…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
 
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  • This Week in Digital - October 24, 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Apple Pay and Google Inbox launch, John Oliver calls for more interesting Supreme Court coverage, Facebook goes old school with Rooms, Twitter wants your Digits as part of its Fabric, audience ages across social networks, Uber has (another) PR problem on its hands, ROI metrics require math, The Guardian builds out editorial teams while the Mail Online makes its editorial staff moonlight as ad creators, Microsoft is the sheriff of the Internet and more, it's This Week in Digital. A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry. Each week, I compose a newsletter that includes a series of…
  • This Week in Digital - October 17, 2014

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    HBO Goes digital in a move that may presage wholesale change in television, McDonalds gets more vocal, LEGO ends promotion after Greenpeace protests, Stickers are all the rage on Facebook, Twitter explains its suggested tweets strategy, social login rates across the web, improving how we value data, Whisper tacitly admits it's not so anonymous, Uber and Lyft claim another victim, the power shift between CIO and CMO, crafting a global digital strategy and more, it's This Week in Digital. A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry. Each week, I compose a newsletter that includes a…
  • This Week in Digital - October 10, 2014

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Amazon goes brick and mortar, New York's quick takedown of ad executions, Comcast gets a customer fired, music listening habits of Americans, Facebook gets into geofenced advertising, anonymous apps and healthcare, fired Reddit employee gets owned by Reddit CEO on AMA, how to combat "content shock," the ice cream principle of search and social, marketing skills of the future, global digital statistics and more, it's This Week in Digital. A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry. Each week, I compose a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events and trends in the…
  • How The Atlantic Devalues Social Media

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:46 pm
    The Atlantic doesn't know who's running its Ello account.While that's slightly amusing, it's not the point of this post. There's a more insidious undercurrent in the Atlantic article - one that isn't quite accurate and misses a point. But in two paragraphs, the article does an excellent job of summing up nearly everything that's wrong with social media.Here are the paragraphs in question:Firstly, brands...will always stampede towards the Next New Network. Most companies (including ours) now pay people to focus entirely on social media, whether in-house or through a variety of third-party…
  • This Week In Digital - October 3, 2014

    3 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    A short history of marketing, Advertising Week summed up, job cuts at the New York Times, the seven deadly sins of social media marketing, the world of Facebook is on Atlas's shoulders, Twitter partners with MIT, getting out of the measurement rut in digital, tips for keeping your great employees, TV secrets to inform your content marketing, PR should stand for people and relationships, a review of the crowds on El Loco and more, it's This Week in Digital. A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry. Each week, I compose a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events…
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  • Facebook’s Atlas Puts DoubleClick on Notice: People-Based Advertising is Here

    Justin Kistner
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Facebook’s re-release of Atlas is a game changer for marketers. The most significant part of the announcement is that Atlas will leverage Facebook identity for targeting and measurement. If those seven words don’t blow your mind, then please read on. The old way of targeting is gone For over two decades, display advertising has been primarily sold as flat rate inventory or by applying cookie data to real-time bidding. Buying flat rate inventory typically means something like buying a premium placement for a set period of time, e.g. the home page of Yahoo! for a day. No matter who shows…
  • Tip: The Vanilla Ice Rule of Content Marketing

    Jason Keath
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    I call this week’s tip “the Vanilla Ice rule.” At the next Social Fresh Conference, later this month in San Diego, I am going to give a presentation on this and something I call content envy, but I wanted to give you a quick preview first. Content envy is the pressure we all put on our businesses to publish a ton of content every day, to a ton of social networks, at a very high quality. One of the things that drives this are the content wealthy brands out there that CAN do this. Like Oreo, Coca-Cola, etc. We see how much great content they produce and we naturally want to…
  • The Top 10 Corporate Blogs of 2014

    Nick Cicero
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Top 10 Corporate Blog Awards: Nominations | Finalists | Top 10 Winners In anticipation of the upcoming Social Fresh Conference in San Diego later this month, we put out a call to you, our Social Fresh community, asking for nominations for the best company blogs of 2014. The submissions came in fast and furious. In total, nearly 100 company blogs were nominated.  After narrowing the first round of nominations down to the top 20, we recruited a team of expert judges who took their time to scour through each finalist’s blog. They looked at three main categories: Calls To Action - Is…
  • Tip: The Secret To How Buffer Creates So Much Awesome Content

    Jason Keath
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Buffer runs one of my favorite company blogs. They set a great example for anyone looking to utilize a blog to grow their business (which everyone should all be doing). One of the two content creators over at Buffer, Kevan Lee, recently shared how they generate so much high quality content. Buffer writes 4 or more 1,500 word blog posts every week. Their content regularly goes viral with thousands of social shares. Here are some of the key tips and tools Kevan and the Buffer team use to keep the quality up on such a rapid pace. 1. Spend More Time On Your Posts Each Buffer blog post takes…
  • A Masterclass In Social Marketing: 7 Tips From The Experts

    Jason Keath
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Twice a year the smartest minds in social media come together at Social Fresh Conference. They share their best strategies and tactics for building a better business using social marketing. We pulled together some of the best tips these social media leaders brought to the stage at Social Fresh. Grab one of these recommendations and incorporate it into your digital marketing today. Also, be sure to join us in San Diego on October 28-30 for our next round of expert presentations at Social Fresh WEST 2014. 1. Turn Your Data Into Timely Charts – Josh Karpf This tip from Josh…
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  • Customer Testimonials Powerful

    Michelle Lamar
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Customer testimonials are a great way to show proof of concept for your product or service. This is especially important in technology and telecom, as the solutions your team is selling are often ahead of the curve. Testimonials are a core-part of direct-marketing success because they are real comments from real customers. Entrepreneur magazine points out the best reason to utilize customer testimonials: Testimonials build trust. Whether your customers are raving about what your product has done for them or about the great service you gave, they’re telling your visitors first and…
  • Top Innovation Quotes

    Michelle Lamar
    9 Jan 2014 | 6:32 am
    Adaptability, change and ambiguity are the the new normal in today’s marketplace. The ability to change and innovate are at the core of most  successful businesses. From famous scientists to business leaders, the message is the same: change is hard but it’s necessary. Here are a few of my favorite quotes about innovation: “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” -Albert Einstein “You miss 100 percent of…
  • Love of Your Life: Smartphone or Spouse?

    Michelle Lamar
    5 Jan 2014 | 2:08 pm
    If actions are more powerful than words, many people should be married to their smartphones.  According to study by O2 and Samsung, we now spend more time on our smartphones than with our life partner. That works out to be about one-third less time spent with the love of your life. O2 and Samsung surveyed 2,000 adults about their smartphone habits–a few more tidbits from the research: -24 minutes every day browsing the internet -16 minutes every day surfing social networks According to Social Media Today, 2014 is the year mobile goes mainstream: Every website needs to be optimized for…
  • 38% of Kids Under Age 2 Use Mobile

    Michelle Lamar
    4 Jan 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Some toddlers are using mobile devices before they can form full sentences. According to research from Common Sense Media, 38% of children under the age of 2 have used a mobile device for playing games or watching videos.  Common Sense Media’s research paper  “Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America” also reports: Nearly 52% of 5- to 8-year-olds have used a mobile device and by the  age of 8, 72% of children have used a smartphone, tablet or similar device. In December 2013, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and the Center on Media and Human…
  • M2M Technology for Hangers Cleaners

    Michelle Lamar
    6 Jun 2013 | 6:39 am
    Machine-to-Machine or M2M communication is a huge opportunity for business growth. Our world is becoming more connected every day. M2M communication enables the flow of data between machines and machines and ultimately machines and people. If you think M2M communication is used only by Fortune 100 companies or that it might be too expensive…think again!  Businesses of all sizes are utilizing M2M technology to work smarter and save money.   A recent case study shows how businesses can use M2M communication to gain immediate impact. Case Study – Hangers Cleaners Hangers Cleaners…
 
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  • What I learned about email marketing after losing $135,000 a day

    Noah Kagan
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    6 years ago I started a company called Kickflip Inc. At the time, I was the #1 largest Facebook app developer. Every week Facebook changed its API and we had to change our apps and games constantly. We were forced to play by their rules and they governed how we interacted with our own customers/players. Kickflip eventually morphed into Gambit — a payments company that worked with Zynga, Tagged, Gaia Online, Disney and more. Then one day Facebook banned us. Sayonara Gambit Within 24 hours, our daily revenue dropped from $150,000 to $15,000. Imagine losing an extra $135,000 every day! We…
  • Smartcuts – Book Review

    Tyler V
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    You’ll probably see the new book Smartcuts everywhere over the next couple of weeks. When you see it, pick up a copy. It’s an extremely solid book and one of the best I’ve read in awhile. The book “analyzes the lives of people and companies that do incredible things in implausibly short time.” Shane Snow, the author and a friend, provides lessons from ancient history and recent years that show the “smartcuts” that the best use to achieve lasting success faster. Combined, these lessons bust old myths about success and show how innovators and icons do the…
  • We Analyzed the 3,000 Most Successful LinkedIn Publishing Posts

    Paul Shapiro
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This is a post by Paul Shapiro. Make sure you check out his blog, Search Wilderness and follow him on Twitter. LinkedIn has opened the floodgates to a world of content with their new publishing platform and it’s an amazing way to expose your writing to a highly-professional network of readers. Top influencers are already publishing on LinkedIn, so people are seeking out content on the platform to read. This cannot be said about your typical WordPress blog. Despite its awesome content marketing potential, The LinkedIn Publishing Platform is still new and understanding what makes a post on…
  • Are things happening to you or are you making things happen?

    Noah Kagan
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    There is one key difference I’ve noticed among successful business owners and the “wantreprenuer” crowd. One group is waiting for the right _______ (fill in the blank). And the other group decided to make things happen for themselves. Period. I’ll let you take a lucky guess on which group is successful. Today, I want to show you three perfect examples of what it looks like to “make things happen” for yourself. Example 1: James Clear is a good friend and an impressive business guy. He’s built a number of businesses and travels the world taking incredible photographs. He was in…
  • What Babysitting Taught Me About Business

    Noah Kagan
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    My brother has a 3 month old baby and I volunteered to help watch him for a few days. This is a picture after I got both shoulders puked on by baby Atlas. He’s a cute kid and I figured I could leave the kid in his crib while I did my work and activities throughout the day. Shit…I was completely wrong. I used to think (in my ignorance) that people with kids were too lazy to start their own business. I used to say to them, “Just make more time.” or “You have to make it a priority!” I apologize. Fortunately, we always can learn from our mistakes. Here are 9 things I learned about…
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  • Wine down Wednesday: An amateur’s guide to reviewing wine

    Rachel Eng
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Every once in a while, our Analytics team has a Wine Down Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday…) where we chat over a glass of wine either in the office or at the restaurant across the street for Happy Hour.  I’m no wine connoisseur, but I do like to sound like I know what I’m talking about when it comes to tasting my wine. I believe the name of the game is #fakeittillyoumakeit. The key here is knowing your wine vocabulary. Now I can’t tell you how wine is made, the different kinds of grapes, or where the wine comes from, but I can tell you how over 15,000 reviews describe wine, and thus…
  • Review volume & authenticity matter to online travel customers

    Erin Gentry
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever booked a hotel or rental property without getting a recommendation? I never have. I’m known for this too. In fact, my mom and brother exploited this habit of mine last summer while on a road trip, calling me when they were an hour outside of a city to find them a hotel. I was able to quickly make three hotel recommendations based on customer images, reviews, and price. Then, I lectured them on doing research beforehand so they are never stranded and know they are going to stay in a good hotel by booking ahead of time. Recommendations from friends and consumer reviews are how I…
  • Digital goldmine: Using data to strike it rich with consumers

    Lisa Pearson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    In a recent video “open letter,” Fast Company’s Jason Feifer issued a challenge to Facebook: “I will give you all of the data you want about me…and, in return, I want a screen full of ads that I actually want to see. Can you do that? I don’t think that you can.” His point is more nuanced, though, than simply pointing out that the advertising most of us see on Facebook—indeed, across much of the Web—often misses the mark of our interests. “Do not worry about these people collecting your data because, quite frankly, they have no idea what to do with it,” he says. There is…
  • Video: Bazaarvoice CMO Lisa Pearson at Advertising Week

    Brent Robinson
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    On October 2nd, Bazaarvoice Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Pearson was invited to speak at Advertising Week. During the session, Jim Joseph, Chief Branding Officer for Cohn & Wolfe, sat down with Lisa to discuss the notion of  'frictionless commerce.' The title of this talk was Shopping in 2020: The Future of Connected Commerce. As we enter a new era in commerce, consumers have new expectations of their experience. In a word, they want it to be frictionless. To deliver truly frictionless commerce – a customer journey with no road blocks or inconveniences – businesses must focus on…
  • Why festival mobile apps stink more than the porta-potties

    Summer Daoud
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Having just come off 3 fun, but exhausting days at the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival, I shouldn’t be losing any of my precious Sunday night slumber thinking about how I could have “fested” more efficiently. Yet as a tech marketer, I find myself awake and irrationally angry at the money spent on ACL, when they clearly phoned it in - pun intended - on the official mobile app. I’m not just picking on C3 Presents here, as they used the same technology that powered the Olympics and SXSW, and no one has truly harnessed the power of 75,000 phones moving about a festival or large…
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  • 12 Most Obvious Signs You Are Watching Too Much Toddler Television

    Susan Maccarelli
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Susan Maccarelli   Do you announce bath time using the following song “Let’s take a bath. A lovely bubbly bath,” a la the Disney Channel? Then this 12 Most post is for you! You’ll know it’s time to put away the remote and head for nap time if you relate to these signs that […]
  • 12 Most Irritating Things to Say to a Single Person

    Sophie Fox
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Sophie Fox   It’s official: there are more single people than ever before, 124.6 million single Americans in August 2014. This is more than half of the adult population. The figures are similar here in the UK. In spite of this, there are still a few of you happy couples who have yet to […]
  • 12 Most Timely Questions to Ask When You Have a New Job

    Kelly Belmonte
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Kelly Belmonte   It used to be the case that you had about 90 days to get “up to speed” and begin adding value at a new job. The expectations were relatively low that you would or could be able to competently do your job before that point. Times have changed. The need to […]
  • 12 Most Honest Reasons to Lie When Interviewers Ask Your Current Salary

    Eric Butts
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Eric Butts   What’s the key to a successful salary negotiation? If your answer isn’t “lying,” then you’re doing it wrong. It sounds harsh, but it’s a cold world out there in the business world. One of my mentors made a general comment to me about working for a company you don’t own: “If […]
  • 12 Most Game-Changing Lessons for Entrepreneurs

    Mani Canaday
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    12 Most HE6TKNU4H59Q By Mani Canaday   When I was a brand new entrepreneur, I had the good fortune of receiving a lot of great advice from people with more experience. I also learned a lot through trial and error. In the spirit of sharing and camaraderie, these are the lessons I’ve found to be the most helpful: […]
 
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  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
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  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
  • Brandshare: Is The Value Exchange Between Brands and Consumers a Myth?

    David Armano
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Imagine taking a trip to New York city. As always, it's crowded and bustling but it's also a nice day. You want to get around and see the sights but the idea of waiting on a corner to land a taxi or spending a portion of your day underground don't appeal to you. You're active and enjoy finding ways to incorporate exercise in your day. You come across a bike sharing station with blue bikes and an interactive kiosk that helps you decide where you should go next. You use your credit card to obtain a bike and you're off and running, feeling a sense of empowerment that you've taken matters into…
  • FOMO, WOM, WTF and ELLO

    David Armano
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    I could be wrong. In the early days of social media, when Facebook was still for college kids—Twitter seemed like an utterly useless fad to most people. But I was really intrigued by it and stuck with it and connected with others, ultimately building an audience and a real time stream I could dip in and out of whenever I wanted to. That was 2007. Fast forward to 2014 and it's not Twitter my network is talking about—it's "Ello", a social network built on the promise that it won't touch your data nor will it ever give in to advertising. Its manifesto is posted in plain sight on the…
  • 5 Ice Bucket Envy Filled People To Avoid

    David Armano
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Like millions of others, I recently filled a bucket full of ice and water, shot a video and called on a few friends to do the same. While not required to, I also donated to the ALS association because it seemed like the right thing to do.  Is the infamous "Ice Bucket Challenge" working? According to the New York Times, the campaign has raised over 13 million dollars compared to the 1.7 million raised last year at this time. So is there a down side? According to my social feeds—kind of. While I don't agree with them, here's a snapshot of some of the feedback I've seen in addition to the…
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  • Hashtag Round-Up (Sports Edition): #FreeSimmons & #ThatsWhatCountryBreakfastDo

    Alan Rapp
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Taking a look at look at a couple sports-related Twitter topics we see examples of how fans jumped on-board bandwagons to support both a suspended sports journalist and a Kansas City baseball player while poking some goodnatured fun at the situations in which they find themselves. For the first time in 29 years (since they won the World Series back in 1985) the Kansas City Royals are in the post-season. As a battered-down an beleaguered fanbase is enjoying the team’s recent success it also is savoring the small unexpected moments such as the team’s Designated Hitter Billy Butler…
  • Consumers Respond to Colorful Brands

    Alan Rapp
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Brand awareness and brand marketing are constant struggles in the digital world to retain and grow a customer base. We’ve discussed the use of color in branding before. This video infographic from Elizabeth Steele offers a few stats to underline the importance of color in a company’s logo, marketing materials, and its public message. The use of color increases brand recognition by 80% and brand comprehension by 73%. Just think about your favorite soft drink. It’s hard not to see Coca-Cola’s basic red and white logo when thinking about the product. The video also states…
  • It’s Not Domestic Abuse. It’s DiGiorno.

    Alan Rapp
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    Look before you leap is sage advice to take in almost any circumstance, particularly with brands broadcasting and engaging with users on social media. The lesson was a hard one for DiGiorno Pizza to learn when the company’s official Twitter account used a popular hashtag to promote their own brand. Unfortunately that particular hashtag is largely used by, and in discussion of, victims of domestic abuse. As you might expect, the community using the hashtag was less than pleased. What was likely an honest mistake by the person in charge of DiGiorno’s Twitter account attempting to…
  • This is Your Brain on Social Media. Any Questions?

    Alan Rapp
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is social media your drug of choice? The folks over at AsapSCIENCE believe it may be. This short informative video demonstrates how increased use of social media begins to wire the brain in new ways causing an addiction not unlike drugs or alcohol. The video tells us that 5-10% of social media users are unable to control how much time they spend online, and 89% of those surveyed admitted to experiencing “Phantom Vibration Syndrome” (believing their phone vibrated with anticipated social media updates when it did not). The study also seems to support the theory that social media is…
  • Words & Music: Following the #VMAs

    Alan Rapp
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    The words we choose to discuss a topic depend largely on the audience with whom we are addressing both in person or online. An event such as the 2014 Video Music Awards allows us to view how language can vary from various sites across the web. Along with sentiment and other metrics, why is it important to know the difference between how a product, person, or event is discussed online across the web? Brands, celebrities, and companies should be aware how language can shift when talking about the same topic in a news article versus a blog or Twitter post not only to allow them to better track…
 
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  • Win 1 of 20 Gift Cards for a FREE ONE Year of the iDcard

    Damian Davila
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    For a chance to win 1 of 20 gift cards for a FREE ONE Year of the iDcard, just fill out the form below. You can tweet every day until 10/26/2014 for additional entries for the giveaway. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway TERMS AND CONDITIONS: A total of 20 gift cards for a free year of the iDcard are available. Only one gift card per person. You must provide me your mailing address via private message on Twitter (@idaconcpts) or Facebook (http://facebook.com/damiandavilarojas) so I can mail the gift card to you. Each gift card holds no value and does not entitle the owner to any discounts. It…
  • What is Market Research?

    Damian Davila
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    There is no greater input for any marketing strategy than listening to customers in their own words express the impact of a product or service. Market research supports marketing in creating a deeper understanding of the marketplace, competitive environment, organization’s image and competencies, and customer needs and wants. There are two main types of market research: quantitative and qualitative. Qualitative Market Research Qualitative market research looks to probe for the answer to deep questions such as why people feel the way they do, and why they do what they do. The main types of…
  • Time Clock Software For Businesses

    Damian Davila
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Time clocks are needed for every business that pays its employees by the hour. Employees need to have a reliable way of tracking how much they have worked, and the business must have an easy way of obtaining information about the hours worked by employees. These clocks are helpful in many ways, and they provide the business with many options for accounting and handling payroll. The Times When employees enter the building, they can immediately go the clock to make sure that they are clocking in. The employees can easily punch in their code or have their card stamped. The clock shows the…
  • Outsourcing Medical Package Testing

    Damian Davila
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:38 pm
    The design of medical packaging can be difficult, but equally difficult is the testing that needs to be done to insure quality, safety and adherence to government regulations. If your firm has a good design team, it is often best to have the packaging tested by professionals outside of your company. There are several critical tests that need to be done, and it is more efficient to have this testing done by those with the skill and experience to do the job properly. The necessity of specific equipment for proper testing is also an issue, and it is not usually cost effective for a medical or…
  • Evaluating and Selecting Manufacturing Software

    Damian Davila
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Manufacturing software has changed how companies do business for the better. One of the ways in which this software is used is to help oversee all parts of the manufacturing process. Software of the highest quality can be easily used across several industries. How Manufacturing Software Helps Manufacturing software can help keep inventory levels proportionate to the current demand. Company owners don’t like to have a large inventory sitting around unsold. By keeping inventory levels low, company owners can make better decisions about what they need to manufacture more or less of. One…
 
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    Brian Solis

  • Only companies with impeccable customer service will survive the Zombie Apocalypse

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Guest Post by Peter Shankman, Author of Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans Imagine a world where decisions aren’t made based on anonymous reviews with no validation on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but rather, through trusted sources in your own network. Imagine that world is automatic – If you want to take a vacation in Fiji, you don’t have to ask which of your friends have gone, you simply start searching for Fiji – on any network, on any of the major “social” sites, and the posts, photos, videos, and comments of your friends who’ve visited Fiji come…
  • The Future of Business Starts with Us

    Brian Solis
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    I often share a quote by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” And that’s where are in business. We all talk of change but very few of us start with changing the very things that will help us more effectively compete for the future. The evolving state of technology, customer behavior and expectations and our role within each is changing or it should change… What we see (perspective and vision) What we create (product) What we do (work) Why we do it (purpose) How we do it (process) Who we do it with…
  • Pivot: The Emergence of Digital Compels Businesses to Transform

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Guest post by Mike Edelhart, co-producer and CEO of The Pivot Conference (@pivotcon) Historic shifts in business fundamentals don’t occur smoothly; rather they happen in sudden, sharp shifts which open unexpected chasms companies must traverse or plunge. Today, the deep change in human behavior brought about by the emergence of social media marks the latest such shift, perhaps the most dramatic since the Industrial Revolution. Gone are the traditional success factors of operational efficiency and price advantage being uprooted by the conversational, consumer-centric nature of the emerging…
  • Pivot: The Total Digital Experience

    Brian Solis
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Pivot Conference in NYC in October is unique among events in that, each year, it shifts  focus to deeply reflect the needs of its community of senior business transformation executives from leading brands and organizations.  To make that happen, I serve as Pivot’s Executive Producer along with Pivot CEO, Mike Edelhart. For four years in a row, we’ve put our heads together to develop a story arc that covers the hottest, emergent trends, presented by the industry’s most engaging experts over the span of two days. They bring to life my work in digital transformation and the digital…
  • A Manifesto for Building Relationships in the Digital Era

    Brian Solis
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Not too long ago, my dear friend Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid) and I set out to explore a new world of visual communication that combined an intentional form of written storytelling illustrated through clever yet pithy cartoons. That work was originally brought to life in #WTF (What’s the Future of Business). The engagement around Hugh’s work eventually spilled over from print to online with readers sharing their favorite Hugh cartoons via Tweets, Instagrams, Vines, Pinterest, et al. We were inspired to revisit our initial collaboration in a dedicated online series that told the…
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    Geek Girlfriends

  • Men, Explained. (Women too.)

    Christina
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Taschen (the publisher) sent me a great little book — Yang Liu. Man Meets Woman — yesterday. With few words, and only simple, graphic images, it does a tidy job of explaining some of the differences — cultural and psychological — between the sexes. I won’t throw a lot of words at explaining a book that forgoes words almost entirely. (Missing the point, don’t you think?) But I will say, if you are either a man or a woman, especially if you are having trouble getting along with someone of the opposite sex, flip through it. Everyone I’ve handed it…
  • You Can Learn Anything

    Christina
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
      I got a great email from Sal Khan this morning. I’m a big fan of the Khan Academy (of which he is the founder (that’s a link to how he got started; a story he tells well.) It has saved my kids in school — and made up for failures in their schools —  more times than I count. I tap it when I wish I knew something. (Or when I forget how to do the math.) But that man (Sal) is on a mission to make people smart. And that, to me, seems like the best way to save the world, stop the Apocalypse, and halt the idiocracy. I think he’s kind of a super hero,…
  • Roofie drugs, Justin Bieber, and my search for a new car

    Christina
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I’ve had a bit of a wild, vehicular summer. First, I moved from North Carolina to California, driving all the way across country with my husband, two quarrelsome teenagers and one strange, OCD dog in a loaner Buick Enclave. And since I’ve been here, I’ve driven an assortment of new vehicles. So, after living for years in a town where I rarely needed a car, I have spent an inordinate amount of time behind the wheel lately. But I left my own car on the east coast. And that means, in addition to all the other reasons I have for getting behind the wheel of new automobiles, I am…
 
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    Dan Zarrella

  • An Introduction to Memes and Memetics for Marketers

    Dan Zarrella
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    If I say the word “meme” around a group of web savvy people, the first thing that will come to most minds is an image macro–a photograph overlayed with funny text. A sort of meta inside joke that gets passed around the internet. Things like Good Guy Greg, Success Baby or Grumpy Cat. And while it’s true those are examples of what the word “meme” really means, they’re a very small subset of the greater definition. An understand of the larger context of memetics–the science of memes–is useful for marketers interesting in creating content in a socially connected…
  • [Infographic] The Science of Instagram

    Dan Zarrella
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    When I’m speaking at a conference, one of the most common questions I’m asked is what do I think the future of social media is. I’m not great at distant future predicting, but I do believe the story of the present and near-future of social media is visual content. From the impact of images and video on Facebook and Twitter to the new crop of media-centric social platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, it’s clear that inbound marketers need to be turning out great visual content. I recently spent some time collecting a large Instagram database and analyzing it to…
  • [New Data] The Performance of Facebook Post Types Over 3.5 Years

    Dan Zarrella
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Using a database of 11.4 million posts published by just over 24,000 of the most liked Facebook pages, dating back to 2010 and earlier, I was able to analyse the performance (in terms of likes) of the four most common post types: Photo, Video, Link, and Status (text only posts) over three and a half years. My earlier research showing that Photo posts typically receive the most likes was confirmed by this newer, larger study, but I also found a few other interesting trends. Simple text-based posts have been on a decline since early 2012 and the Video type has begun to gain effectiveness since…
  • [Infographic] The Science of Selfies

    Dan Zarrella
    20 May 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Selfies are pretty cool, everybody’s posting them. Merriam-Webster just added the word Selfie to the dictionary. The most retweeted tweet ever posted was a selfie from the Oscars. If you’ve heard the latest novelty dance music hit #SELFIE you’ll recall that the song’s protagonist ponders aloud which filter she should use, X-Pro II or Valencia. After hearing it for the millionth time, it struck me that there is a data-backed answer to that question. I did a little preliminary investigation and found that there has been no large scale analysis of selfie posting yet done.
  • [New Data] Tweets Between 100 and 115 Characters are More Likely to be ReTweeted

    Dan Zarrella
    16 Oct 2013 | 10:17 pm
    More new ReTweet data! In the past few weeks, I’ve looked at quotes and hashtags and images. This time I decided to look at Tweet-length, in characters and it’s relationship to ReTweets. The data set is up to 1.4 million randomly selected Tweets, from 1.2 million different accounts. I found that Tweets between 100 and 115 characters were 34% more likely to be ReTweeted than Tweets outside of that range, with a 99.9% confidence interval. A big drop off in ReTweet probability occurs once Tweets get beyond about 120 characters, but up to that point, the longer the Tweet, the better.
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    Emily Chang - Designer

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    Emily Chang
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
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    Emily Chang
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
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    Emily Chang
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    Beth’s Blog

  • The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

    Beth
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.   It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. Since we were working on how to integrate networked leadership principles into the design of a program, I wanted to incorporate an icebreaker that helped us visualize our…
  • Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  Almost tend years ago, they co-wrote “Net Gains,” one of the first practical handbooks on building and working in networks for social change. Whether it is a network of organizations or individuals, the handbook provides a wealth of theory and practice on build, manage, and fine tune…
  • #IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

    Beth
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in separate post later).   The IFC is amazing global community of fundraising professionals, representing nonprofits working in every continent of the globe.    The conference had 1,000 delegates and offers high quality production values and advanced content sessions as well as incredible networking opportunities.
  • 8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

    Beth
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, they are doing a series on designing nonprofit tech training and I discovered this excellent rewrite of my post.  And if that’s not enough, we’ll also be sharing a few of the latest and greatest user trainings on Salsa tools to quench your thirst for knowledge and skills.  Anyway,  they graciously allowed me to republish the post here as a…
  • A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

    Beth
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.  The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.  The design challenge was:  How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership? Like all good training…
 
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    Soshable | Social Media Blog

  • Reddit’s Self-Promotion Conundrum

    JD Rucker
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Here’s where we get a little snobbish. Reddit has never been a good place to promote your own interests unless you’re a celebrity. That’s all there is to it. This stems from a heartfelt plea from James Andrews. He made some incredible points. He deserves to be able to promote his new website, especially considering that it’s promoting indie bands, they get most of the money, and charities get money from the endeavor as well. Others with similar sites have been allowed to self-promote. Why can’t James? The reality is this – for every “James” on…
  • Why Social Media Won’t Die Any Time Soon

    JD Rucker
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
    I remember the first “social media is dying” post that I read. It was early 2008 and MySpace was already showing signs of starting to implode upon itself. The article I read (wish I would have saved it) gave a very compelling argument about how social media was a fad and that privacy would eventually prevail once the glow of the “look at me” mentality that drives social media wears off. It never did. It never will. There’s no going back. Social media is the ultimate legal voyeurism into the lives of those we care about, whether we like them or not. We can see…
  • Why Soshable Went Dormant (and why it’s due for an eruption)

    JD Rucker
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    When I first started playing around with social media marketing back in 2007, it was new, fresh, and wonderful. I created this blog to keep my thoughts in order, to have a central point through which to post all of my content, and to build a brand that could eventually become a company of its own. Things change. Directions change. Elements of our lives that we once considered to be important become secondary in the blink of an eye. For me, Soshable has been one of those aspects of my life that fell by the wayside. My focus on automotive social media marketing has allowed me the privilege of…
  • 4 Tools That Simplify Life For E-Commerce Startups

    Tracy Vides
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Startups are exciting, bewildering and hugely risky things to be a part of. There’s the constant worry of the whole thing imploding under the weight of your multi-pronged business ideas. There’s the fear of being chewed up and spit out by larger competitors with deeper pockets. There’s also the need to attract the fickle online customer and retain their loyalties for as long as you possibly can. In this race against time and resources, every smart e-commerce startup could do with some tools that make their lives just a tad bit easier. Here are my top four picks. Trello Startup…
  • Social Media Marketing: Another Thing to Love About Responsive Website Design

    JD Rucker
    10 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    As a good chunk of the internet is finally starting to switch to responsive websites, let’s put another nail in the unresponsive website design coffin. For social media, consistency between mobile devices and desktops is imperative. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest can send a good measure of traffic to websites, particularly if appropriate campaigns are being run on them. Creating landing pages that are “social-appropriate” can be a challenge when there are two variations of a website running, which is the case with adaptive websites that present different pages…
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    Brains on Fire

  • Friday Fotos | Edition 30

    Amy Taylor
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    That’s where we meat.  Photographic inception Fall has fallen in #yeahTHATgreenville Sugar, sweetness and smiles. That’s our Emily. And Lu was all, “Whoa. There’s a mouse in the house! Wait. No. It’s just a tiny cat.” The post Friday Fotos | Edition 30 appeared first on Brains on Fire.
  • Wanted: Spring Intern (2015)

    Amy Taylor
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    The first flakes haven’t even fallen and we’ve already got our sights set on spring. Yep. It’s that time again. We’re on the hunt for our next great intern. Could it be you? (Heck yes, it could.) Before you dive into the details, take a peek at what you’ll be signing up for…straight from the people who have walked the walk, talked the talk and rocked the heck out of their Brains on Fire internships: THE DETAILS · Start date: January 2015 · Full-time; unpaid internship · Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (with an hour for…
  • Friday Fotos | Edition 29

    Amy Taylor
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
      The newest addition to our Brains on Fire family. Meet Luna Spainhour! Patrick Byrd the mini model. Magic from the hands of Ram. The post Friday Fotos | Edition 29 appeared first on Brains on Fire.
  • The Container Store Super Fan

    John Moore
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    As a kid growing up in Dallas I can remember going to a local shop that sold boxes and bins. That seemed odd to me but not to my mom, who was the CEO of household operations at the Moore family. She wanted to make sure every room was organized and The Container Store was her haven. Founded in 1978 by Kip Tindell and two other partners, The Container Store has grown-up from its local shop roots to become a national retail powerhouse with 60 locations and revenues around $750 million. If you’ve never shopped at The Container Store then it’s hard to imagine a store that focuses on selling…
  • Community in Action

    Amy Taylor
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” -Jan Vanier The post Community in Action appeared first on Brains on Fire.
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    Life, Inspired

  • Falling In Love With Oil Painting

    Shai Coggins
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Iris in Vase: Oil Painting on Canvas (8×10 inches) Oil painting has always intimidated me. I guess, somehow, I started thinking that only “Proper Artists” can paint in oils. I tried to overcome that crazy notion about 12 years ago when I took my first oil painting class at one of the top art schools in Singapore, when I was living there. It was only an evening class for beginners and while I did like the smooth buttery feel of the paint, the whole experience put me off oils even more. I felt that it’s just such a tough medium to master. And, I get impatient from…
  • Van Gogh Painting With My Girl

    Shai Coggins
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. – Vincent Van Gogh There’s no doubt about it: Out of all the master artists, I love Vincent Van Gogh the best.  His work has always resonated with me even long before I understood art theory and history. I’ve read books and watched documentaries all about him. And, I always get a special thrill every time I see his original work in a gallery or museum (my first one at Musee d’Orsay in Paris!). I even like works based on him (songs, Doctor Who episode…). That’s why I have done several homage pieces using his work as my…
  • Italy Instant Film Photography

    Shai Coggins
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Italy on Instax Film I’ve been back from my Italy trip for almost 3 months now. I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but the whole project overwhelms me. So, I keep procrastinating. Well, it seems like procrastinating. In reality, I guess, I have been working on my Italy posts. I’ve put finishing touches in my travel sketchbook. I’ve been scanning and editing the images. I’ve even been posting some of them in this Italy Travel Sketchbook gallery bit by bit. I’ve downloaded photos from my cameras (yes, multiple!) – and started editing some favourite…
  • Inspired Words No. 1: First Marks

    Shai Coggins
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    “The journey of every finished piece begins with the first mark.” Over the last week, I’ve picked up my pen to start practicing doodling again. I’ve been sketching every day and painting regularly nowadays – but haven’t done much doodling. Since most of my sketching is done from life (only occasionally from photos) and my paintings are based on photos or from life – I don’t create much from the imagination lately. So, a few days ago, I got inspired to start doodling. Anything goes. Just pick up a pen and start mark-making. I enjoyed Lisa…
  • Chilli, Lime, and Garlic Sauce: An Illustrated Recipe

    Shai Coggins
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Last night, while making dinner for the family, I couldn’t help but grab my watercolour pad, pencil, pen and paints when I saw these items on my kitchen counter – garlic, chillis, and lime.  I just finished making the chilli, lime, and garlic sauce that goes so well with the Chicken Rice meal I was preparing, and I felt compelled to sketch while I waited for the rest of the dinner to be ready. I only really wanted to sketch what I saw and play with my new set of Peerless Transparent Watercolours. After I was done with my sketch, I thought I’d give the sketch a title. Then, before I…
 
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    Bare Feet Studios

  • Thank You to Basecamp – You Are Amazing

    Roxanne Darling
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Is it just me or is it getting harder and harder to be wildly surprised, out of the blue, with something so totally unexpected that your first reaction is, this must be a prank? The internet has us all so connected and up to date on life as it is unfolding. We have become a society of know-it-alls (or maybe that is... The post Thank You to Basecamp – You Are Amazing appeared first on Bare Feet Studios.
  • Join Our List and Increase Your Internet Literacy

    Roxanne Darling
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    I am celebrating 10 years of work using social business* tools, by, ahem, finally starting our own company email list. Yes, you can hear the horns of #irony blowing loudly at this moment, as I have set up over 50 email lists for clients over the years and it is one of my Number One recommended tools. All I can say is... The post Join Our List and Increase Your Internet Literacy appeared first on Bare Feet Studios.
  • Social Media Case Study: Collaborate with Traditional Media

    Roxanne Darling
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:09 am
    Let me introduce you to my client, HCAP – Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. They are among the top 10 largest nonprofits in Hawaii, with a wide range of services being provided across Oʻahu. I have been working with them for the past few months as a Social Media Executive-in-Residence. Somewhat surprisingly for an organization of its size, it had managed to... The post Social Media Case Study: Collaborate with Traditional Media appeared first on Bare Feet Studios.
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    Roxanne Darling
    2 Nov 2013 | 3:10 am
    Writer, coach, social media strategist, project manager, student of consciousness The post Roxanne Darling appeared first on Bare Feet Studios.
  • Shane Robinson

    Roxanne Darling
    2 Nov 2013 | 3:03 am
    Painter, Photographer, Technologist, Sys Admin, and Database Programmer The post Shane Robinson appeared first on Bare Feet Studios.
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    Ignite Social Media

  • Twitter is Playing Nice to Become More Competitive |Social You Should Know

    Lisa Braziel
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    IFTTT Expands Twitter Marketing Opportunities The popular automation tool, If This Then That (IFTTT), has announced its partnering with Twitter to allow new actions to be triggered based on Twitter searches, Twitter mentions, and tweets from a specific location. While this integration will open new and innovative opportunities for marketers and brands to take advantage of (that our team is really excited about), this is also a strategic move from Twitter to repair its relationships with 3rd party developers. Over the long term, these relationships will make the platform continually more…
  • How to Create Scary Good Halloween Content

    Kristina Kelly
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    You know what scares a social media manager? Holiday content. It’s amazing how just one day can create such drama. So, here’s the dilemma: Do you partake or do you pass? How can you tie in your brand in an effective way? Should you be funny or serious? How can the message be fresh and different from last year? Halloween is no exception, but at least you get candy at the end of the day! Use these do’s and don’ts of writing Halloween content to ensure your social media posts go beyond the basics and turn some zombie heads. 1. DO consider your audience This may come as a shock, but…
  • Who Owns Social? Social Media Specialists or Public Relations

    Bruna Camargo
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    What came first, the chicken or the egg? Similar to this old adage, we don’t know who should own a brand’s social presence: public relations or social media marketing? It seems like the answer is right in the question. Truth is, social media marketing was sort of born from the rib of public relations, and as such, the confusion is perfectly reasonable. Kind of like cousins that grew apart, somewhere down the road a battle began to see who would win over Grandma’s affection. At the end of the day, Grandma (aka the brand) must identify strategic messaging goals and trek down the proper…
  • Facebook Face-plants, People Become Web Crawlers, and Analysis of Ebola Social Tweets | Social You Should Know

    John Andrews
    18 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    America online. Myspace. Could Facebook be next? A new study from Piper Jaffray this week reported that Teens are fleeing Facebook in flocks. The study compared survey responses from Spring and Fall 2014 and showed a dramatic decline with less that half of teens (45%) now reporting to use the network, down from 72%. The researchers evidently missed the fact that Snapchat is now the #3 network among teens as the network is not included in the results. Source: Piper Jaffray However, directionally this trend is interesting. Some social media discussion speculated that the teenage demographic…
  • Agile Social Media Marketing (ASMM) – Building a Real Time Engagement Model

    John Andrews
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Successful social media marketing is a simple 3-ingredient recipe: great content, real-time engagement evaluation and even greater content combine to deliver ongoing audience growth and ROI. As many marketers can tell you, all content is not created equal and to get anyone to engage, paid media is required, especially as the overall volume of content increases exponentially. This stems from a couple factors. First, social networks, especially the publicly traded variety need to make some coin and are going to charge commercial users to reach "audiences" on their networks. Second, a lot of…
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    Marketing Roadmaps

  • FTC Update: Operation Full Disclosure; Disclosing a compensated trip

    Susan Getgood
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Last Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release about its Operation “Full Disclosure.” The most important thing for bloggers to know about Operation “Full Disclosure” is that it has NOTHING to do with sponsored posts on blogs.  It was aimed squarely at national television and print advertisers that failed to make adequate disclosures in their ads. More than 60 companies received FTC warning letters, largely focusing on disclosures that were in fine print, easy to miss or hard to read. The FTC Guidelines apply to ALL advertising claims and endorsements…
  • Blogger Compensation: How Much is a Sponsored Post Worth?

    Susan Getgood
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Cross-posted on BlogHer Disclosure: I am Vice President, Sales Marketing at BlogHer. Advertising and social media marketing programs are a significant source of revenue for my company and for the bloggers in our advertising network. BlogHer 2014. We just celebrated the 10th anniversary of a little conference held to tell the world: Here are the women who blog. Many things have changed in the social media landscape since July 2005. But a constant, at least in my little corner, is that social media offers consumers an opportunity to have a voice about the products and services they buy. To…
  • A practical definition of content marketing

    Susan Getgood
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Disclosure: I am Vice President of Sales & Influencer Marketing at BlogHer. Advertising and social media marketing programs are a significant source of revenue for my company and for the bloggers in our advertising network. Content marketing. It is the hot topic of 2014. And like “native advertising,” there are as many definitions of and opinions about it as there are marketing pundits on the interwebs. Far be it from me to back away from a challenge. Linguistically, content marketing simply is using “content” to market products and services. But what exactly is…
  • FTC Endorsement Guidelines Update: Disclosing a Sweeps or Contest Entry on Social Media

    Susan Getgood
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  Disclosure: Not a lawyer. Don’t play one on the Internet. But I’ve studied the FTC endorsement guidelines. A lot.  Yesterday news broke that the FTC had issued a warning to shoe manufacturer Cole Haan, notifying it that the disclosures used by consumers in its Wandering Sole contest on Pinterest were not sufficiently clear as to the potential material connection between contest entrants and the company. Said the letter (as quoted in MediaPost “We do not believe that the “#WanderingSole” hashtag adequately communicated the financial…
  • Update: Pinterest’s Acceptable Use Policy and Brand Pins/Pinboards

    Susan Getgood
    23 Feb 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Disclosure: I am Vice President, Influencer Marketing at BlogHer. Advertising and social media marketing programs are a significant source of revenue for my company and for the bloggers in our advertising network. It’s not a secret that I am something of an ethics/best practices aficionado. As a result, I pay particular attention to the terms of service and acceptable use policies of the social platforms commonly used in sponsored programs. The good news is: I love it so you don’t have to Recently (1/31/2014),  Pinterest changed its Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to explicitly…
 
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    @KokaSexton | Social Selling Expert | Social Marketing

  • Social Selling Tips on Salesforce Live

    Koka Sexton
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Last week at Dreamforce I had the opportunity to be on Salesforce Live again. This time I was joined by Jill Rowley and Jamie Dominici and the topic was driving sales through the art of social selling. Jill Rowley provides some great examples of how companies are leveraging social selling in the enterprise. Leveraging social media tools like LinkedIn and Twitter for sales has been a topic I have been passionate about for about 5 years now and it was great to be on Salesforce Live with thousands of viewers tuning in to hear from us.     Powered by WP Bannerize
  • Social Selling Tips: 3 Sales Lessons from The Amazing Race

    Koka Sexton
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    The twenty-fifth ‘trip’ of the long-running reality competition The Amazing Race premieres this fall. The show pits teams of two against each other in a race around the world, complete with various physical and mental challenges. Contestants face various fears and risks along the way, including communication barriers and unfamiliar environments as they zig zag across the globe. Selling online can be its own Amazing Race, except we don’t (necessarily) have to eat bizarre foods or skydive off of a Vegas hotel to reach our goals. Still, there are certain similarities between the show and…
  • How I experienced Dreamforce #DF14

    Koka Sexton
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Dreamforce 2014 is now over and I am walking away exhausted but inspired. I spoke in 5 sessions total over 3 days to groups ranging from sales to marketing to support. I’m usually lucky to get one session to talk in so it was an amazing opportunity to have so many this year. I was collecting all of the tweets from the past few days and surprised myself with all of the activity. It was so great to see familiar faces, people I only see at Dreamforce or maybe one other event in a year. Meeting new people that have started down the social selling path and have already connected on…
  • How I do it : Bulk URL shortening for #socialmedia updates

    Koka Sexton
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I post a lot of updates on social media some for marketing and others for social selling activities. 30 a day x 5 profiles = 150 updates [a day] x 7 days = 1050 updates [a week]  x 52 weeks = 54,600 updates [a year]. This doesn’t really take into account the retweets I push from influencers or other interesting updates I find throughout the day, this is just what I have scheduled as updates. But I’ll write that post another time. What I want to focus on is a way that you can take all of the collected and curated content you have and generate customized shortened URLS for them so…
  • The Era of Social Selling Starts Now.

    Koka Sexton
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    There have been a few defining moments in my career but none as important as last week when the new LinkedIn Sales Navigator was launched. The product development and product marketing teams have built something that I am truly proud of. There is no other application like this on the market that can deliver a solid social selling experience based on connecting buyers and sellers to build relationships. It seems like a lifetime ago but I remember the dark ages of sales. One of my first sales jobs had me at a desk with the yellow pages for Indianapolis Indiana. My job was to call every…
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    Digital Trends

  • Digital Trends Podcast – Episode 3, October 24, 2014

    Digital Trends Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Trends with Benefits covers a range of topics today including the Future of Netflix and original content on both TV and streaming sources. We ask the question, “have zombies jumped the shark”. Also, Hoverboards are actually a thing… so what other tech dreams of the future can our panel think up? This episode of The Digital […] The post Digital Trends Podcast – Episode 3, October 24, 2014 appeared first on Digital Trends.
  • What’s the one thing missing from Lotus’ Exige S? If you said ‘an automatic,’ you’re in luck

    Andrew Hard
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Do you love racecar driving, but hate clutches? Lotus has heard your concerns, and the British brand has announced that the Exige S will now be offered with manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. The post What’s the one thing missing from Lotus’ Exige S? If you said ‘an automatic,’ you’re in luck appeared first on Digital Trends.
  • Google exec breaks Felix Baumgartner’s world record with a 26-mile skydive

    Drew Prindle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:19 pm
    After riding a helium-filled balloon up into the Earth's stratosphere, Google exec Alan Eustace cut himself loose and plummeted more than 26 miles back to the ground -- breaking Felix Baumgartner's record along the way. The post Google exec breaks Felix Baumgartner’s world record with a 26-mile skydive appeared first on Digital Trends.
  • Nest acquires Revolv, adds a slew of new products to its smart home ecosystem

    Drew Prindle
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 pm
    With plans to expand its Works With Nest developer program even more, Nest has recently acquired the smart home startup Revolv -- and also announced a slew of new additions to its ecosystem The post Nest acquires Revolv, adds a slew of new products to its smart home ecosystem appeared first on Digital Trends.
  • Mopar’s mechanized battalion invades SEMA with 17 vehicles

    Andrew Hard
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    FIAT Chrysler and Mopar are looking to establish a huge presence at this year’s SEMA event, with over a dozen custom and performance-tuned vehicles. Included in the scrap pack are the Dodge Viper ACR Concept, the Chrysler 200S Mopar, and the Fiat 500 Abarth Scorpion. The post Mopar’s mechanized battalion invades SEMA with 17 vehicles appeared first on Digital Trends.
 
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    Janet Fouts

  • Tech and sanity – You can have both!

    fouts
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    There’s a lot of talk right now about the need to disconnect from technology and how social media overload is making everyone crazy. I totally get that. All of that constant buzz can be annoying, distracting and keep us from doing what really matters in life; being real and connecting personally with people. It’s not impossible to be mindful of what’s important and still run a business though, and here’s how technology works more for me and less against me. This may not work for everyone, but it works for me most of the time and after years of working like this I…
  • When content calendars are not the answer

    fouts
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Content calendars can be an excellent tool to plot out your social outreach strategy for creating and sharing content over time. The calendar may include links to existing resources like e-books and white-papers, videos and other downloads. These are easily scheduled in a content calendar and that allows you to see the story you are weaving over a period of time and also step back and see where there are opportunities to create more information or to curate relevant content from other sources. All good right? Yes and no. It may be tempting to fill in the calendar with all the marketing…
  • Learning Facebook Business Manager

    fouts
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Facebook is making it much easier for agencies like ours to manage business pages and ads with Facebook Business Manager. You may have gotten some emails from the third party apps you use for ad creation, sweepstakes and custom tabs on your page. These are what Facebook calls “Grey accounts” These are accounts where you are using a 3rd party application to manage your ads, known as “shared logins”. You’ll need to enable these accounts through your business manager directly. More on that below. Here are the highlights of Facebook Business Manager: Only one person…
  • How social media is like spaghetti sauce

    fouts
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Malcolm Gladwell explains the secret to sauce, but what’s that got to do with #socialbiz? LotsTweet: http://ctt.ec/7ni05+ I watched this TED talk with Malcolm Gladwell the other day. In it he talks about research that was done by psychophysicist Howard Moscowitz, specifically about some research Moscowitz did on consumer preferences for Pepsi and Prego spaghetti sauce. When Moscowitz told Pepsi they should be looking not for the “Perfect Pepsi” but the “Perfect Pepsis” it was initially lost on us. As marketers we are often focused on the end goal, to make our…
  • Why people don’t get Google+

    fouts
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Google+ is a great social network. I can’t count the number of people I’ve said that to and they didn’t really believe me. People are constantly dissing this particular network even though it really has more intelligent conversation going on than many other networks. Why? Maybe it’s because you just don’t get how it works or how to use it! Frankly it’s not the most intuitive network and there aren’t a lot of tools that make the UI easier to manage. Google+ is worth the effort I like to say Google+ combines the best of Twitter and Facebook on one…
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    SocialTimes

  • The Psychological Toll of Moderating Social Media Content

    Mona Zhang
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Wired‘s Adrian Chen takes a look at what goes on behind the scenes of social media: legions of content moderators who look at child porn and beheadings so social media users don’t have to. According the report, the number of content moderators is estimated to be over 100,000 — “twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.” Much of the time, content moderation is outsourced to the Philippines, though tech firms do hire content moderators in the U.S. Chen talked to one former YouTube moderator, who told him: “Everybody hits the wall,…
  • Report: How Real-Time Marketing Can Boost Campaign Engagement

    Kimberlee Morrison
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Real-time marketing can be tricky. In fact, a tweet from Oreo during a blackout in the 2013 Super Bowl has been hailed as one of the biggest real-time marketing successes. In an attempt to better understand how best to position your marketing teams, digital trend marketing agency Taykey has released a detailed report [PDF]. Taykey analyzed data from more than 60 trend-targeted campaigns that ran between July 1 and Sept. 30. In order to provide consistent points of comparison, engagement metrics for trend-targeted ads were measured against estimated industry benchmarks, including…
  • Google Introduces USB Encryption Device

    Kimberlee Morrison
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Privacy has become paramount in the minds of users, as well as tech companies. Last year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt noted that encryption was the only real way to keep user data out of the hands of governments. With the release of a Google USB security key, that’s a possibility. Google already uses two-factor authentication to protect its users. However, that system isn’t without its problems, so Google has decided to add an additional layer of encryption to the process by replacing a text message and input code with a USB device. It checks for an authentic connection to Google…
  • Friday Morning Laughs: Murray Talks Tinder, Conservation Officer Dances

    Sonja Hegman Andras
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Happy Friday! This week we have Bill Murray showing how Tinder works for him, a wildlife conservation supervisor dancing, an older boxer sparring with a young boxer and a couple of other gems. Hope you enjoy them as you welcome another weekend. Bill Murray on Tinder It’s difficult to deny Bill Murray’s awesomeness. Here he is explaining how Tinder works.   Old Boxer Knocks Out Young Boxer It’s probably safe say that age is nothing but a number. In this video, an older gent proves he’s still got it while sparring with a much younger man in the boxing ring.   Ripple the…
  • Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Rooms App | Finding Influential Customers

    Tim Sohn
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
     Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Facebook’s Rooms App Is a Flashback to Internet Bulletin Boards (The New York Times) Facebook took the wraps off an app, called Rooms, on Thursday. And it is far more like Reddit or Ning (remember that?) than Whisper or Snapchat. The Telegraph Rooms lets users interact on Facebook without using their real names. The aim is for people to feel free to discuss sensitive issues, when normally they would not be comfortable doing so. TechCrunch It’s a bit like forums inside an Instagram-style vertical feed. Rooms doesn’t…
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    Stay N Alive

  • Google+ Isn't Dying. Facebook Isn't Dying. The News Feed is Dying.

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Paul Adams, inventor of Google+ Circles, and an all-around smart guy, wrote a post I shared earlier today on Facebook about basically the death of "the destination". His post really resonated with me. I've long wondered, with the death of Google Authorship among other things being removed from Google+, if plus.google.com would stick around, instead being favored as just a layer across all Google products (Google+ therefore still definitely having a future). I've come to the conclusion of this: The idea of "a news feed" will be dead in the next 5 years. Facebook as you know it will be…
  • The Facebook Fraudster's New Strategy: Friend, Fraud, then Forget - How to Protect Yourself

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    A common Facebook social engineering or fraud tactic is to pick someone with friends you want to target, copy their Facebook profile entirely, and then start friending their friends one by one, until your new profile looks completely authentic. In the past, it was easy to get rid of these fraudsters by just reporting their account (click on the "..." in the upper-right of their profile, and then click "report"). But they've gotten smarter. Once the fraudsters realize you're onto them they now block you, and you can't access that account to report them any more - this is a flaw in Facebook's…
  • How to Protect Your Online Social Media Presence Using Facebook Business Manager

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Facebook's recently released Business Manager is a God-send for any social media manager or strategist or even security department desiring to manage multiple Facebook Page admins among dozens (to even hundreds or thousands) of Facebook Pages and Ad accounts. With just a few clicks you can know exactly who has access to your Facebook Pages and Ad accounts, and remove that access within just a click. As an agency, this is a dream come true! But there's one element of security marketers and businesses need to be aware of, and it could compromise their entire Business Manager access if they're…
  • I'm Writing Minecraft For Dummies, and This Time it's a Family Affair

    2 Jun 2014 | 12:04 am
    Hi, my name is Jesse Stay - I'm writing Minecraft For Dummies and Minecraft Recipes For Dummies, and yes, I'm officially crazy (but loving it!). I guess you could say I'm now addicted to writing books.When I first started writing my first book, I'm on Facebook--Now What??? with Jason Alba, I thought I was crazy. Then, I started writing FBML Essentials, and I thought I was even crazier. I then wrote Facebook Application Development For Dummies, then Google+ For Dummies, and following that Google+ Marketing For Dummies. We did a Second Edition of I'm on Facebook--Now What???, this time…
  • Ford's Future Competition Won't be Cars - It Will be Software

    28 May 2014 | 1:19 am
    Google gave us a peek into its future and vision today as it announced, and showcased new, Google-designed cars that are built entirely for driving on their own, without humans. The future indicates, to me not that Google is building its own cars as one would expect to be competition with companies such as Ford, Chevy, Toyota, and others, but that Google is sticking to its core strength and vision - software that makes the world more openly available to everyone. The future, my friends, for the automobile industry isn't cars - it's in software that gets you from one place to another - it's…
 
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    Quick Online Tips

  • How to Change PowerPoint Measurement Units From Cm to Inches

    P. Chandra
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Can you change the PowerPoint measurement units from centimeters to inches (cm to in)? I was making this poster for a conference that required a poster size of 36 in x 55... Read more Read full original article at How to Change PowerPoint Measurement Units From Cm to Inches©2014 QuickOnlineTips. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4 Best WordPress Plugins to Stop Comment Spam

    P. Chandra
    6 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Which are the best WordPress comment spam blocking plugins. Probably most of you use the amazing Aksimet plugin which comes bundled with WordPress, but it is not enough to stop... Read more Read full original article at 4 Best WordPress Plugins to Stop Comment Spam©2014 QuickOnlineTips. All Rights Reserved.
  • 100,000 Facebook Likes!

    P. Chandra
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    A big thanks goes out to the amazing QOT community as we cross 100,000 Facebook likes today. It has been a long journey to 100K likes, but the QOT Facebook... Read more Read full original article at 100,000 Facebook Likes!©2014 QuickOnlineTips. All Rights Reserved.
  • HTTPS Secure Sites Will Rank Higher in Search Results

    P. Chandra
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:33 am
    Google has informed webmasters that they now consider HTTPS secure sites as a ranking signal for Google algorithms. HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure and is a protocol for... Read more Read full original article at HTTPS Secure Sites Will Rank Higher in Search Results©2014 QuickOnlineTips. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4 Free Tools to Track Google Algorithm Updates Daily

    P. Chandra
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    When is the next Panda or penguin update starting? There are several tools that track Google algorithm changes by analyzing search engine rankings and search results for thousands of websites and... Read more Read full original article at 4 Free Tools to Track Google Algorithm Updates Daily©2014 QuickOnlineTips. All Rights Reserved.
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    Web Strategy by Jeremiah

  • Timeline: Corporations in the Collaborative Economy (Ver 2, Oct 2014)

    jeremiah_owyang
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    The longest graphic in the history of my career is embedded below, some mobile devices may not properly render. As the Crowd Economy Rises, Brands Seek to Collaborate We’ve been tracking corporations in the Collaborative Economy, and released version 1.0 in April, 2014. Now, as we approach the Crowd Companies members-summit in NY next week, we’ll be dissecting and analyzing the different deployments large companies are rolling out to participate in sharing, marketplaces, as well as co-innovation with makers. The scope? This collaborative or crowd based economy continues to rise…
  • What It Means to Business When the Crowd Becomes a Company

    jeremiah_owyang
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The crowd is bypassing traditional companies by sharing goods, services, space, and money with each other in the Sharing Economy.  People are being empowered to build their own goods in the Maker Movement by crowd funding, tapping global marketplaces, and preparing to accelerate this with 3D printing.  You see, the crowd, is starting to perform like a company:  self-financing, self-designing products, self-manufacturing, and self-selling to each other. So, what does this growing trend mean for traditional businesses? In my closing slides to corporate audiences about the Collaborative…
  • Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers

    jeremiah_owyang
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    (Above pic: Thousands of HK protesters link their phones together using Bluetooth to become their own internet –overcoming the government ban on social media sites. Photo credit: Alex Hofford) If you thought peer-to-peer-based Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and Lending Club were disruptive, you haven’t seen anything yet. People are empowered –through commonly used technologies Previous revolutionaries have used pitchforks, wagon barricades, pamphlets, signs and drums. Today’s revolutionaries are using Firechat. It’s not just for revolutionaries, as I just downloaded Firechat. If you want…
  • Infographic: A Day in the Life of the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    See the original Honeycomb graphic, which spurred this “Day in the life” graphic. Data shows collaboration in the new economy is accelerating.  People are crowdfunding, making, sharing, collaborating, all kinds of their things in life. Some are getting food on-demand, rather than going to traditional grocery stores or restaurants. The world is speeding up, and people are transacting between each other, or rapid-delivery services. We expect this to continue to accelerate as the funding from VCs dwarfs many markets, adoption rates are doubling, and the media has endless coverage…
  • Disruption from the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    (Above: Read thefull article in the SF Chronicle, and, please, read the comments. There’s no mercy for the taxi industry from former customers. Here aremy recommendations to the taxi industryto lead this movement –not fight it)  The Collaborative Economy is a crowd commerce revolution. People are empowered to get what they need from each other, using now common, mobile technologies in their pockets. Several quarters ago, people told me it was a fad; it wouldn’t last; peer-to-peer commerce can’t happen at scale. Like social media was disbelieved in 2005 (I vividly remember the…
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    Future Visions

  • The book industry is missing television's boat

    Jonathan Burg
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    The industry press is replete with coverage predicting the fall of the book publishing industry. I disagree with this bleak forecast. But in order to stay alive, publishers are going to need to think beyond print to digital conversion. Book publishers must learn from television's tough lessons learned: the value of relationships, the economic potential of subscription and ad-sponsored distribution, the power of episodic content, binge viewing and the allure of free. While major book publishers struggle to combat Amazon's hold on their industry, they have failed to deliver a meaningful…
  • Stepping Up to a Better New Year

    Jonathan Burg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    Once a year I sit down to think about the last year, and make my goals for the next. This past year was a roller coaster. We kicked off the year with the birth of our third son. This was a particularly special moment for my family, as he was the first "Burg" born in our homeland in what was likely around 2000 years. But this year took a different turn as we approached summer. It began with the news that three of our boys were missing. Over the weeks that followed, I understood for the first time what it meant to be part of this great nation. Strangers gathered together in prayer and acts of…
  • Why are we taking the Ice Bucket Challenge?

    Jonathan Burg
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    We've all seen the videos and most of us have already taken the plunge. Why? I'm sure marketers are already hard at work trying to duplicate this remarkable phenomena. Most will fail. Because before we can consider the How we must understand the Why. In this case the key Why is: Why are people participating and sharing for a cause with which they did not previously affiliate? The chain letter effect.People share chain letters because they don't want to be the one that breaks the chain. Particularly when it comes to charitable efforts, people often take the desired action to gain the personal…
  • Telling fact from fiction in social media

    Jonathan Burg
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Social media is an incredible resource for learning the latest news and rumors. Unfortunately, just because something is trending on Facebook or Twitter doesn't make it true. And when we share inaccurate stories, we further obfuscate the truth.  Below are three basic criteria that will help you determine what is fact, what is fiction and what lies somewhere in between. 3. Consider the source Is this information coming from a reputable news source? If you are unfamiliar with the source, don't trust or share the article until you have verified this information with a trusted source. Don't…
  • Three ways to follow along with Israel from home

    Jonathan Burg
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    The scariest part of any war is the unknown. Here are the most reliable, free digital tools and resources that you can use to follow developments from Israel, no matter where you are in the world. Live BlogsI personally prefer live blog over at the Times of Israel, but the Jerusalem Post and Ynet are also reliable and free. Red Alert AppsAnytime a rocket is inbound for an Israeli city, the army issues a Red Alert to warn everyone in the city to head towards their safe rooms. Depending on one's distance from Gaza, we have anywhere from 15 seconds to almost two minutes to get to safety. My home…
 
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  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
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    Zac Johnson

  • How to Use UpCity SEO For Penguin & Panda Recovery

    Zac Johnson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Penguin and Panda recovery sucks! There’s no other way around it. SMBs and Bloggers look at the enterprise tools and have sticker shock, or get scared because of how confusing everything sounds. That’s why internet marketing veteran Dan Olson built a new SEO tool specifically for small business owners to help with all things SEO. Whether you want a new and affordable SEO management tool or need something to help track the progress of Penguin and Panda recovery, check out some of the tools from UpCity below and then click here to try it for free. Ranking report Backlink explorer Social…
  • ROTE 038: Carl Forrest and Selling Comic Books to Fund a Startup

    Zac Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Have you ever wanted to create a new business or raise money for a startup, but simply had no idea where to start? The good news is that there are plenty of options for people to access money when they are in need, or wanting to start a new business. From friends, family, banks and even pitching your idea to VCs in Silicon Valley, it’s all possible. However, all of these methods also have downsides and no one really ever wants to ask anyone for money. Your best bet would be to look your options around you, things you could possibly sell and how to use your expertise in the process.
  • 6 Smart Techniques That Will Triple Your Affiliate Earnings in 30 Days

    Zac Johnson
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Let’s just say that your monthly affiliate earning has never crossed $500. But the bills are on your neck. You want to buy that new training course but no extra cash to do that. Your web hosting provider is threatening to cut you off their server and you’re scared of losing your useful blog content. What is left for you? The only solution is to triple that income. So instead of expecting a $500 check, you can expect $1,500 – is it possible to increase your income in as little as 30 days? Absolutely yes! In fact, you would be so surprised to earn even more than that, just by applying a…
  • ROTE 037: Jeff Bullas and Blogging the Smart Way

    Zac Johnson
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    When it comes to blogging you have a lot of options. You can create a WordPress site and just start throwing content out there that you are passionate about, or actually put your blog to use and create something of value. This is where most bloggers get it wrong… There are currently over 100 million blogs in the world today and every time you put out a new article or try to get someone to your site, you are fighting against 100 million other sites. Blogging can make you rich, famous and even a millionaire on the process… but only if you look at blogging as a legitimate business…
  • My Story on “Entrepreneur on Fire” with John Lee Dumas

    Zac Johnson
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Over the past couple of years podcasting has just been on “fire“! It’s simply growing like blogging and WordPress was back when it was just catching on. Now everyone wants to be a part of it and it’s amazing to see how many bloggers, brands and experts are jumping in. This is exactly what I did several months back when I launched my “Rise of the Entrepreneur” podcast. I have to tell you… it’s not easy! Podcasting Overload! Podcasting is awesome… for both listeners and the people who are running shows of their own — however it’s…
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    Chad's Blog

  • Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Thought Leadership Traits

    Chad Barr
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Issue No. 94 October 22, 2014 Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Thought Leadership Traits This week’s reflection point: I am here in Palm Beach, Florida, participating in Alan Weiss’s Thought Leadership Symposium. Surrounded by 28 global thought leaders from 7 countries, one of the many topics we discussed today was identifying the traits of thought leaders. Here is what we quickly came up with. They: Are prolific publishers of great content Engage emotionally Are Contrarian and provocative Convey sincerity Are concise Care about their audience Help their audience see the future,…
  • How Productive Are You?

    Chad Barr
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Issue No. 93 October 15, 2014 Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: How Productive Are You? This week’s reflection point: Would you indulge me in answering the question: “how productive are you?” Most of the people I talk to often complain about the fact that they are busier than ever, they don’t have enough hours in the day to accomplish their tasks, and they feel a sense of being overwhelmed. It all comes down to having a clear focus on accomplishing what we plan to accomplish each day and also eliminating distractions that disrupt us from reaching our target goal. So much…
  • Presenting At The Million Dollar Consulting® Convention

    Chad Barr
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    I’m one of the global, expert faculty members at the Million Dollar Consulting® Convention in Atlanta, March 11-13, 2105. The keynoters are Alan Weiss and Dr. Martin Seligman. The 11 expert presenters and your colleagues from all over the world will create an experience that has never before been provided for solo practitioners and boutique firm owners. I thought you and your colleagues would be interested in attending what is a unique event in the world of consulting, coaching, and professional services. I’d be happy to introduce you to my colleagues during the event. You can…
  • Fun Innovation Through Videos

    Chad Barr
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Among quite a few new projects my team and I have been working on, one that we are getting ready to launch is the new web presence for my wife, Cantor Laurel Barr. With it is a new kids video channels we are calling “Kids Korner” and here is the video intro my brilliant team has just put together:   © Chad Barr 2014. All Rights Reserved.
  • New Web Presence Launch – Fulcrum ConsultingWorks

    Chad Barr
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Another amazing creation by our team. The debut of a brand new web presence for Becky Morgan, President of Fulcrum ConsultingWorks, Inc. Becky is a manufacturing strategy consultant, an expert at clarifying complex ideas, finding creative solutions to problems, and developing operational excellence. I urge you to check out her site and content. Simply brilliant!   And here is a short video testimonial expressing Becky’s experience of working with us:
 
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    @andrewchen

  • IAC’s HowAboutWe co-founder: How to Avoid Delusional Thinking in Start-up Growth Strategy (Guest Post)

    Aaron Schildkrout
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    [Andrew: Trying to build and launch dating apps is a favorite pastime of 20-something tech entrepreneurs. However, dating products are notoriously hard to grow because it requires people to be "in-market" and also they don't necessarily want their friends to know they're online dating. Today, we have a great piece from a veteran of the space. Earlier this year, IAC bought HowAboutWe, a new dating product that was trying to reinvent the entire experience so that it'd focus on activities rather than dating profiles. The cofounder, Aaron Schildkrout, contributed the following essay below,…
  • Mobile retention benchmarks for 2014 vs 2013 show a 50% drop in D1 retention (Guest post)

    Mack Flavelle
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    [Andrew: There's very little data out there on mobile, and so in the last few weeks, I've had guest posts on the % of users who opt-in to push notifications, as well as clickthrough rates of push. Today, I have some new metrics around retention, including for the first time, a systematic study of D1/D7/D30 retention for mobile apps. This is released by Mack Flavelle of Tapstream, who you can follow on Twitter] Mack Flavelle, Tapstream: As most app developers know, retaining new users is hard and some would say it gets harder every year. At Tapstream we wanted to test that notion so we looked…
  • New data on push notifications show up to 40% CTRs, the best perform 4X better than the worst (Guest post)

    Alli Brian
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    [Andrew: A few weeks ago, the folks at Kahuna released some great data showing that up to 60% of users opt-out of push notifications. Now they're releasing some new data on the click-through rates of push notifications, showing the differences between app categories and breaking down the reasons why some apps are so much stronger than others. They were gracious enough to share this data for the first time, as a guest post  on here - you can get in touch with the author, Alli Brian or Adam Marchick, Kahuna's CEO.] Push notification click-through rates via Alli Brian @ Kahuna The best…
  • Why Android desperately needs a billion dollar success story: The best new apps are all going iPhone-first

    Andrew Chen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Why startups are all going iPhone-first There’s been a number of articles over the last year that reiterate a simple fact: The best new apps are all going iPhone-first. Here’s three popular articles on this topic over the last few months: iOS First. Android Much, Much Later (Aug 2014) The Fallacy of Android-First (Apr 2014) Why Android First is a Myth (Oct 2013) At this point, going iPhone-first is a widely held best practice. It’s our generation’s version of “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” While there’s some debate on the margins on…
  • Early Traction: How to go from zero to 150,000 email subscribers (Guest Post)

    Noah Kagan
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    [Andrew: Starting up from zero is one of the hardest things you can do with a new product. Especially in the age of SaaS and content marketing, building up to the first 150k users is a key milestone that can prove out product/market fit, generate a revenue stream, and secure investment. This is a guest post by my good friend Noah Kagan (@noahkagan), who is previously from Mint (acquired by Intuit), Facebook, and now Chief Sumo of AppSumo. They are releasing some marketing tools focused on early traction companies, over at SumoMe.com Zero to 147,973 email subscribers by Noah Kagan, AppSumo…
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    brandflakesforbreakfast

  • tales of the soupernatural

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your mother always told you not to play with your food. Well, this Halloween, Campbell's Soup is telling you the exact opposite. On their Can Costume site, kids can print out a variety of ghoulish labels designed to fit their favorite Campbell's soup can. The result? It'll look like you're hoarding cans of Mummy Bandages and Mad Scientist Potion instead of Chicken Noodle. Just watch out for the MSG - pretty spooky stuff.
  • cussin' for feminism

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Don't you just love cute little kids? Don't you love when kids play dress-up? Don't you love when kids play dress-up and start swearing like sailors on behalf of the plight of women in modern-day America? We do, too. Check out this new video from the hilariously-named group FCKH8.
  • sitting down with the old spice robot

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When it comes to the title of Randomest & Quirkiest Brand, no one's touching Old Spice. The folks that brought you "I'm on a horse" have introduced a new sports talk show, 4th and Touchdown, featuring various NFL stars interviewing the bizarre, text-to-type voiced, humanoid robot from their recent TV commercials. The results are pretty great.
  • the creepiest ikea ever

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    While walking through Ikea looking for a night stand for under $30 we've all thought, "I could legitimately live here." Well, you probably won't think that anymore after you watch the special Halloween ad they put together this year. Somehow they managed to capture the creepiness originally from Kubrick. This does open up some interesting ideas... Ikea Haunted House... Hmmmm.
  • spooky snickers

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Spooky ads are a staple of the Halloween season. Since retailers seem to have forgot that it, and Thanksgiving, even exist any more, let's all take a moment to enjoy some head twisting parody action provided by Snickers. Enjoy.
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    Stowe Boyd

  • "A lot of what’s going on in American politics is, at root, a fight between democracy and plutocracy..."

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    “A lot of what’s going on in American politics is, at root, a fight between democracy and plutocracy - Paul Krugman http://t.co/7JWDEmlTGw— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) October 24, 2014 ”
  • Magic Leap's 'Light Field' Augmented Reality Display

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Tim Simonite, Augmented Reality Startup Magic Leap, Funded by Google, is Working on Super-Real 3-D “Light Field” Display  A Florida startup called Magic Leap announced Tuesday that it had received $542 million in funding from major Silicon Valley investors led by Google to develop hardware for a new kind of augmented reality hardware. The secretive startup has yet to publicly describe or demonstrate its technology, and declined an interview request. But patent and trademark filings reveal the kind of technology that Magic Leap plans to use to create what the company’s CEO and…
  • "There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary."

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    “There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary.” - Brendan Behan
  • popmech: Microsoft thinks it can make better Android apps Next...

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    popmech: Microsoft thinks it can make better Android apps Next Lock Screen is the company’s attempt to make a more efficient and productive lock screen for power users. Missed calls, calendar items, and messages appear on the lock screen. A new swipe dialing feature makes it simpler to join a conference call, while quick app launch allows users to jump into apps from the lock screen. Why are Microsofties making apps for Android? Because they own and use Android devices, I bet.
  • "After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas..."

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    “After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. This deficit is magnified if the task they are engaging in is quantitative and if it is done under time pressure. For an introvert, an innocent couple cups of coffee before a meeting may prove challenging, particularly if the purpose of the meeting is a rapid-fire discussion of budget projections, data analysis, or similar quantitative concerns. In the same meeting, an extraverted colleague is likely to benefit from a caffeine kick.” - Brian Little, Me, Myself, and…
 
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    Six Pixels of Separation

  • Where Does Amazing Work Come From?

    Mitch Joel
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Every brand wants amazing work. Every agency wants to create amazing work for the brands that they represent. It doesn't just happen. The cash register doesn't start ringing on its own. Having consumers talk about a brand is rarely something that starts as organically as it seems. People often ask me about where great ideas come from. There needs to be a root. A foundation. A beginning point. An agreement between the brand and the agency about where they must wind up. We live in a results-oriented world now. It's a place where every piece of creative can (and should) be tested and analyzed.
  • The New iPads Will Force Us To Redefine The Screen

    Mitch Joel
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather…
  • First There Was UnMarketing Now There Is UnSelling

    Mitch Joel
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Episode #432 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. Scott Stratten is back with a brand new book, UnSelling, that he co-authored with Alison Kramer. Over the past short while, Stratten has gone from trying to accumulate as many followers as possible on Twitter, to becoming an internationally sought-after writer and speaker on the topic of changing how businesses interacts with human beings. Seems simple enough, right? It isn't. Alison has been writing with Scott for a long while. They worked together on all of his  bestselling…
  • Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #226

    Mitch Joel
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must…
  • Content Is Not King

    Mitch Joel
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    It's a pretty bold statement, isn't it? Are we making the wrong assumptions about content? What works? What doesn't work? What makes something go viral? Do you think that BuzzFeed knows the answers to these questions, better than anyone else? Last month, I had the honor of leading a very in-depth conversation with BuzzFeed founder, Jonah Peretti, at an exclusive retreat for senior marketers. He was fascinating (and, I do regret not being able to record that session and turn it into a podcast). While we were hanging out and waiting for the session to begin, I remembered having a very…
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    Chris Pirillo

  • The Real First Audio Unboxing

    Chris Pirillo
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Last night, I was finally able to do my first live unboxing via audio. Have a listen and let me know how I did! Thanks to Gnomies and Super Gnomies for lending me their ears! The Real First Audio Unboxing Pirillo Vlog 907 – The Soundtrack of Our Life From LockerGnome and Beyond Zombie Garden... Read the full article on http://chris.pirillo.com/
  • When Baby’s Eyes are Smiling

    Chris Pirillo
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    What lights up a morning more than a baby’s smile? The sun isn’t even close with Pirillo Vlog 908. Read the full article on http://chris.pirillo.com/
  • Should TLDR Stay in Audio Format?

    Chris Pirillo
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Should TLDR stay in audio (aka “podcast”) format going forward? It was a happenstance — and originally intended as a temporary — solution when I was unable to do them in video format this week, but I’m finding it to be a refreshing change. I’m interested in your... Read the full article on http://chris.pirillo.com/
  • The Soundtrack of Our Life

    Chris Pirillo
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you tell us the soundtrack of our life, we’ll tell you ours in Pirillo Vlog 907! Or you can just watch it, I suppose. Read the full article on http://chris.pirillo.com/
  • The iMac 5k is Faster than a Mac Pro

    Chris Pirillo
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    The new iMac (with Retina 5k display) is faster than the low-end Mac Pro! Who’d have thunk it? I talk about this and many other things in today’s audio TLDR. Thanks, as always, to our Gnomies and Super Gnomies for keeping the lights on! TLDR – The iMac 5k is Faster than a Mac Pro... Read the full article on http://chris.pirillo.com/
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    Common Craft - Common Craft - Our Product is Explanation

  • Unleash the "Creatures" Lurking Around You This Halloween

    leelefever
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Learn how to turn digital photos of your pets, friends, kids and even spouses into "Creatures" that can be shared online.  Wait, what? As any subscriber to our newsletter knows, at Common Craft, we love our dogs. Recently we noticed something: Common Craft Cut-outs and dog photos can easily be combined to create funny creatures.  “Maybe the Dragon” was the original. Our friends loved it: The more we played with the Cut-outs the more we laughed. It's so fun! Soon enough Bosco became a (somewhat reluctant) vampire/devil: Then an idea was born... What if we created a LOT of these…
  • New Video: Instructional Objectives Explained

    leelefever
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    We just published a new video that's for all the instructors out there. It explains Instructional Objectives in about 3 minutes: Highlights from the video: About This Video: This video tells the story of an instructor named Mariam. She learns to use instructional objectives to plan her lessons so that her students can demonstrate what they learn in a measurable way. It teaches: Why instructors need measurable results Why instructional objectives are important How instructional objectives inform lesson planning The 3 main parts of instructional objectives Watch it now. Some Things You May Have…
  • Book Review - In a Common Craft Style Video

    leelefever
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I love this. Bruce Herwig, a reader of The Art of Explanation, decided to review the book by creating a Common Craft Style video. He even provided "5 lessons I Learned in Making a Common Craft Style Video" in the blog post. Thanks Bruce! Reading in email? Watch the video here. Learn more about Common Craft Cut-outs. 
  • An Animated Interview by GoAnimate

    leelefever
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    We're big fans of GoAnimate. They make it easy for anyone to create animated videos - even using Common Craft Cut-outs.   Recently they asked about doing an interview with me, but not just any interview. They wanted to make the interview look like an animated talk show. This is where their service really shines. We talked about my family's business in NC, how Sachi and I get along and of course, explainer videos. The video below was made with GoAnimate - and you can make videos just like it.   Viewing in email? Watch the video here. Learn more about how you can create Common Craft Style…
  • The War on Drugs Explained with Dragons

    leelefever
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    One of the tools we use in creating explainer videos is abstraction.  We look for opportunities to take the ideas that we want to explain out of their normal circumstance and put them into a new world. An example is our video that explains social media. It's a big analogy about ice cream.  Instead of talking about the details of tools and use cases, we showed what happens when everyone can make their own flavors.  By abstracting an idea, we work to free it of all the details, biases and baggage that comes with the real world situation. Instead, we use symbols, metaphors and analogies to…
 
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    :Ben Metcalfe Blog

  • The feasibility and governance concerns behind 5% contribution to WordPress Core

    Ben
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    As always on benmetcalfe.com: the views and opinions expressed here are solely my own and may not be opinions shared, supported, or endorsed in any manner by any other entity I may have other interests in. Indeed, these days I work in another realm, transforming the way we use bits to move atoms. Earlier today Matt Mullenweg (WordPress co-founder, Automattic founder & CEO) publicly stated that companies operating in the WordPress ecosystem should have 5% of their staff base working on the WordPress Open Source Project: “I think a good rule of thumb that will scale with the…
  • PaperKarma, Craigslist and unintentional disruption

    Ben
    10 Feb 2012 | 11:33 am
    I study and write a lot about disruption caused directly or indirectly by the Internet. It’s actually the key tenant that matured my wonder and fascination with the Internet beyond just the technical/geeky aspect but into the socio-economic. Most disruption is intentional, and it’s now a well-weathered story to hear about a genius young entrepreneur out-smart an entire stalwart old-school industry in a way that the big guys didn’t see until it was too late. Yay the underdog! Go the little guy! Fuck the establishment! But some disruption is unintentional, and often with…
  • From the notebook: musings about so-called ‘acqhire’ talent acquisitions

    Ben
    6 Feb 2012 | 3:22 pm
    So-called “acq-hires” (when a company will buy a startup solely/mostly for the talent rather than the product itself) recently came up in a discussion amongst friends and industry peers. In my consultancy practice I tend to work with larger corporate/enterprise technology clients who want me to help inject a bit of ‘startup mentality’ into their innovation and engineering processes. Having the right execution team is often crucial to anything I do so getting like-minded employees on board is often one of the challenges to be faced as part of a project. And so…
  • What visa type do you need, exactly, to legally participate in Y Combinator?

    Ben
    3 Feb 2012 | 1:27 pm
    Hacker News has been buzzing with the story of Canadian citizen Zak Homuth, who was refused entry earlier in the week by US Customs and Border Protection to participate in Y Combinator with his new startup Upverter. His own account of what happened suggests that Zak made over-reaching assumptions as to his ‘rights’ to enter the US, that he didn’t have his paperwork in order and that he gave misleading answers to some of the questions the CPB offier asked him. Plenty of discussion on that in the HN comments. However, the issue does raise a question that I’ve been…
  • Cease & Desist letter sent to Fotopedia, abuser of Creative Commons

    Ben
    21 Aug 2011 | 3:59 pm
    I was sad to discover that photos belonging to both Violet and I are being reproduced without our permission at ‘photo encyclopedia’ Fotopedia. I’m a firm believer in Creative Commons and copyright reform, and so I license practically all creative work I produce under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Use Share Alike license. This includes all photos I take (even with my pro equipment) and all blog posts I write, including this one… basically anything which isn’t otherwise covered under an existing agreement with a client/etc or a personal photo of a family…
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    Drew's Marketing Minute

  • Storytelling, storytelling, and more storytelling

    Drew McLellan
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Seems like every marketing book, blog and study is talking about how we should be using storytelling as a marketing technique. I couldn’t agree more.  Unfortunately, I think most attempts fall short. Marketers clearly believe that storytelling is a critical component of their marketing efforts.  It’s one of the most talked about topics in marketing circles today. So — no argument that marketing’s version of storytelling is critical to a business’ communications success. The question is — why are so many companies doing it badly and not experiencing the…
  • Are you social sharing to your best advantage?

    Drew McLellan
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    If your company is involved in social media, one of the elements you worry about is if you’re sharing in the best way. You want to maximize your company’s exposure but choosing the best social networks, the best way to communicate and even the best time of day. Your blog content: If you aren’t using your corporate blog to fuel your social media strategy, you are almost certainly not as effective and efficient as you could be. If you are sharing great content on social networks that doesn’t exist on your blog or content hub, you are missing out on a huge SEO opportunity. If your…
  • Plant some marketing seeds

    Drew McLellan
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    By the time a farmer is harvesting his crop, he’s already well into the planning of his upcoming planting season. We marketing types could learn a lot from those farmers. The fourth quarter is a very busy time for most businesses for several reasons: Lots of clients are spending the remainder of their budgets Customers are motivated to wrap things up before the year’s end Many companies are working short staffed and lose a lot of productivity around Thanksgiving and throughout December because of holidays and vacations Internal planning for 2015 budgets and work plans is typically done…
  • How cause marketing can be smart marketing

    Drew McLellan
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    In the last 20 years, the term “cause marketing” came onto the horizon. The whole idea was this: Many companies donate their time, their talent and their money to various charities, but it was done without anyone knowing about it or the company gaining any additional value from being a good citizen. Some would argue that to give without any expectation of reward or recognition is the true definition of giving. Perhaps that’s true. But it’s also very small. Another word for small in this instance might be isolated. If I give five dollars to a charity and don’t tell anyone about it,…
  • 5 tips for creating a company culture that connects with your sweet spot clients

    Drew McLellan
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    An area of marketing that is often overlooked is how important it is to be mindful when creating a company culture. You don’t build a culture to make a sale. But the culture you build, if you’re very clear about your organization’s values and beliefs, can translate your company’s personality and attract right fit prospects. It can also reinforce your current customers’ buying decision. Company culture doesn’t just happen. If you want it to really flourish, you need to make it a priority for your business. You need to build/strengthen the foundation of your culture and then…
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    latest solar news

  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
 
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    The Buzz Bin

  • BuzzLine: PadillaCRT Personality Quiz

    Melissa Mowery
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    After attending the PRSA International Conference and Career Expo last week and answering questions from eager students about how to succeed in getting an interview at PadillaCRT, we thought it was time for a little quiz. Agency life is all about culture. Working well as a team in brainstorms, meetings and office outings is almost as important when looking at prospective hires as great work experience or stellar recommendations. To vet potential new employees, 88 Creative, a design and marketing agency in Toronto, created a BuzzFeed quiz to help applicants figure out if they would mesh with…
  • Nice Numbers You’ve Got There. (So, what’s in it for me?)

    Kathy Blake
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    There was once a time when reader impressions ruled. Get a client’s product on the cover of Prevention magazine and you got carried around on a chair. As we made the shift from bragging about total impressions, we became pleased with ourselves when we could show a client their Facebook followers increased 230% and—hey, look at this—72 people repinned this photo! The client nods. Then asks the money question: Considering the hefty investment we’ve made in social media, can you show me how all this expensive activity affects my sales? Good question and one we can be prepared to answer.
  • Vodka vs Whisky: Top 3 Reasons for the Shift in U.S. Sales

    Rebekah Polster
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Sometimes, I feel I am the only advocate of vodka left. I’ve had some backup with U.S. sales and with the recent book by Victorino Matus, I didn’t feel so alone in the world. Or so I thought. That all changed this week when it was released that whisky has overtaken vodka in U.S. sales. Which makes this little tidbit all that more interesting: Vodka has overtaken whisky sales in the UK. While Whisky usually costs more than vodka and is driving the sales price up, the biggest volume drivers are large brands that cost less. If pricing isn’t the issue, what caused this shift of power? 1)…
  • The Impact of Social Media on Today’s Newsroom

    Ryan Lamont
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    It’s no surprise to anyone that we are in the midst of a digital era of news coverage and storytelling. Today we live in the real-time, personal web and the way we find news (or news finds us) is novel. From a PR standpoint, we now include social media metrics into recap reports, we develop hashtags for real time engagement at events, and we even pitch select reporters via Twitter. At the recent journalism session I attended at Social Media Week Los Angeles, however, I got an intimate view into the way social media has impacted the “other half”— as some of LA’s most respected…
  • BuzzLine: Lower Gas Prices

    Shalee Hanson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Gas prices across the country are dropping below $3.00 a gallon and with the U.S. oil industry producing its highest levels in 30 years, this could provide some long-term relief for American motorists. Currently, the lowest figure in the country is $2.877, and the prices could fall even lower. This brings us to today’s BuzzLine contest. In this week’s contest, you get to pick a side: If you were in PR for a national chain of gas stations and you were charged with promoting more fuel consumption with lower prices, tell us in exactly six words what your marketing messages might be: Full…
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    Greg Verdino's Marketing Blog

  • Digital Is the Answer. What’s the Question?

    Greg Verdino
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    We've Moved! Update your Reader Now. This feed has moved to: http://feeds.feedblitz.com/gregverdino Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • The Dark Side of Digital

    Ian Patterson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • 10 Questions Every CXO Must Ask About Digital

    Greg Verdino
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • Do You Have Digital Change Agent DNA?

    Ian Patterson
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
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  • A New Guide To Smart Strategy For the Digital Age

    Greg Verdino
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
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    SocialFish

  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Beginner’s Guide to Google Ad Grants

    Maddie Grant
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thank you Kate Miller for the share!  Any nonprofits reading this taking part in this program? Would love to know how it’s going. More like this...[Cool Infographic Friday] Management ConsultingBREAKING: LinkedIn is Shutting off the Jobs Tab for GroupsFive Web Design Trends to WatchHow Smart Nonprofits Do Blogger Outreach RightContent Strategy for AssociationsAssociation Social Media: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) The post [Cool Infographic Friday] Beginner’s Guide to Google Ad Grants appeared first on SocialFish.
  • 5 Reasons Your Social Media ROI Sucks

    Maddie Grant
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post by Brian Carter is so awesome, I’m reposting it here in its entirety with permission.  It originally appeared here at the Brian Carter Group blog. ————- There are several failure points you need to watch out for: 1. You Have Lame Goals. Choose Better Ones. Without a clear goal, you won’t know what to measure or if you’re successful. Sometimes your social media goal doesn’t relate directly to bottom line revenue or profits, so you aren’t able to tie social success to a bottom line number. Because of theat, we recommend making your goal…
  • 5 Social Media Tips for Social Good Companies That Will Get Your Message Heard (In Less Than 10 Minutes Per Day)

    Editorial
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Meg Rulli, Co-founder, ModMark Group. ———— “I don’t have time for social media.” “I don’t have the money to hire anyone to do our social media marketing.” “Social media? I wouldn’t even know where to start!” Do any of these above statements sound familiar? Well, you aren’t alone. Getting your organization out there on social media can be daunting… but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 quick tips that you can easily implement today to get your company dominating on social media (if you want even more tips, check out our book…
  • The future of customer service

    Maddie Grant
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thanks, Jason Falls for this one. The Future of Customer Service from Jason Falls ———— (photo credit) More like this...What to measure in social mediaContent Strategy for AssociationsCommunity Management FundamentalsAdapt Your Website to a Mobile WorldHow to Lead Your Way to a Social OrganizationAll You Need To Know About User Experience The post The future of customer service appeared first on SocialFish.
  • You’re Not Too Busy for Social Media Marketing

    Editorial
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Your website represents your products and services. Your Facebook page helps you connect with your customers. Your company’s LinkedIn profile connects you with vendors, industry contacts, and candidates. You’re so busy you can barely keep up with email and voicemail, and you can’t afford to hire another manager. So why would you want to add any other social media channels? Because it increases brand recognition, improves brand loyalty, multiplies opportunities to convert prospects to sales, creates valuable customer insights, and produces higher conversion rates – all for lower…
 
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    Christopher S. Penn

  • The long tail is longer than you think

    Christopher S Penn
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I left the world of financial aid and student loans way back in January 2010. I had created a ton of content for the company I was working for at the time, including the very first financial aid podcast, and I’m proud that kids paid less for college based on the work I did. But this should give you a sense of just how long the long tail of content is. I got this email today – October 23, 2014, almost 5 years after leaving the field: Quick question could you recommend where my daughter should go/apply for a student loan? I remember you were connected with a student loan site or was I…
  • Average, median, and marketing analytics

    Christopher S Penn
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    If you’ve never taken a statistics class, yet you’ve ended up being responsible for your company’s marketing analytics, then this blog post is for you. One of the core statistical concepts we rarely hear about is the median. We hear about averages all of the time: average revenue per user, average website traffic, average number of new followers gained. But here’s the thing about averages – and any statistic, for that matter – sometimes they don’t tell the whole story. About the only time the average person even hears the word median (besides when…
  • Avoiding being blindsided in marketing

    Christopher S Penn
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    When it comes to things that are going to impede your ability to be an effective marketer, there are three broad categories, made most famous by Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (hat tip to Tom Webster for continued reminders of the quote): “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we…
  • Tom Webster on what you’re not measuring in marketing analytics

    Christopher S Penn
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    At a recent Social Media Breakfast, Tom Webster, co-author of The Mobile Commerce Revolution, urges us to get out more and stop relying so heavily on digital marketing analytics data only. In this short 11 minute talk, learn why Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Hubspot, and other digital marketing tools only give you part of the whole picture. If you enjoy this, please pick up a copy of The Mobile Commerce Revolution, and learn how mobile devices are helping us complete the marketing analytics picture in the offline world. If you enjoyed this, go get The Mobile Commerce Revolution, as I have! If…
  • Justice and order

    Christopher S Penn
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the weekend, I was mulling a few different concepts over, and one got stuck and wouldn’t go away until I wrote it out. In the news, we see lots of stories about police brutality and the police state. We see lots of stories on social media about companies that rule over their employees with an iron hand or berate customers that step out of line. We see the United States government intruding on personal rights and privacy in countless ways, from NSA spying to the dispensing of military equipment to school districts. Why do we see these patterns? It’s easy to blame politics,…
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    Socialmedia.biz

  • SMS marketing: A good add-on for your social media campaigns

    MediaShower
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    SMS marketing is powerful and direct, but it can be intrusive if you don’t establish boundaries. The power of coupons to convert … and other mobile tips Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists. Post by Andrew Lisa Short message service (SMS) marketing is among the most direct and effective forms of marketing ever invented. It requires substantially less budget and technical know-how than other popular forms of digital marketing such as apps and social media marketing. At its…
  • How to maximize press coverage for your startup or business

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Photo by Niuton may on Flickr (CC BY) This article originally appeared on Moz and is republished with permission. Post by Chris Winfield Over the past 12 years, I have been featured in hundreds of major newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs (everything ranging from the NY Times, USA Today and CNN to TechCrunch, Entrepreneur and so on), and I can tell you first-hand that it has helped me and my companies in an enormous way. It’s brought me: Publicity (obviously) Clients Partnerships Links Traffic Improved Employee Morale Credibility Money Even more important, I have helped hundreds…
  • Build a better company by building an online community

    Guest
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Photo by Susanne Nilsson on Flickr (CC BY SA) Or, how to build an awesome brand that takes flight This article originally appeared on Moz and is republished with permission. Posted by Mackenzie Fogelson CEO, Mack Web Solutions Every day, things are changing in search engine optimization. If you’re not already working on adapting, today’s the day. It’s time. It’s not that SEO is dead or that links are obsolete, or whatever all that crazy talk is that’s been going around. It’s that there’s a way to integrate all the pieces into the big picture of building a better…
  • Top 10 social media tools for pro marketers

    Guest
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Mention, Zapier & Swayy should be in your marketing arsenal Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists. Post by Megan Totka Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.com With so many tools and strategies for social media out there, it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re looking for a way to refine the possibilities, this list focuses on social media tools that marketing professionals are using successfully to get more from their social marketing. These tools range from free to paid,…
  • Do you have a domain name registration strategy?

    Chris Abraham
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Get an edge in search by going for the long term with your domain Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists. What’s the first step in creating a domain name strategy for yourself, your business or your client? Step one is about brand brainstorming: thinking of a great domain name, registering it, perhaps buying it from its current owner, or perhaps registering it as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Step two is to make sure your online brand is locked…
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    Marketing Land

  • Twitter Redesigns Twitter For Business Site

    Martin Beck
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Twitter relaunched its Twitter for Business website this week, updating the look and reorganizing the content of its hub for marketing instruction and resources. “Whether your business is just starting to use Twitter or you’re a seasoned pro, you can find educational resources, research,... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
  • Air New Zealand Releases Sequel To Popular Hobbit-Themed Safety Video

    Steve Hall
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Air New Zealand has one-upped itself. Two years ago, the airline debuted a Hobbit-inspired in-flight safety video to promote the first movie in The Hobbit Trilogy. This video featured Hobbit and Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, along with actors and characters from the film. Since its... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
  • Marketing Day: Google Trusted Stores HTTPS Compatible, User Experience Myths & More

    Amy Gesenhues
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web. From Marketing Land: Google Trusted Stores Is Now HTTPS Compatible Earlier this month, Google said it was actively working on a fix for Trusted Stores merchants to be... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
  • Google Trusted Stores Is Now HTTPS Compatible

    Ginny Marvin
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Earlier this month, Google said it was actively working on a fix for Trusted Stores merchants to be able to display the program’s badge on secure pages. Google began notifying merchants enrolled in its e-commerce verification program that they can now display the Trusted Stores badge on HTTPS... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
  • Google AdWords Lets App Marketers Target Users That Have Made In-App Purchases

    Ginny Marvin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Google has added the ability to target users that have made an in-app purchase. In-app display ads powered by Google’s mobile ad network, AdMob, can be targeted in AdWords to people who have made in-app purchases through the Play Store. Recently Google rolled out ad targeting to reach users... Please visit Marketing Land for the full article.
 
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    Convince and Convert

  • What Happens in Vegas Stays in Social Media

    Jay Baer
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tweetable MomentsPeople just want to know that they’ve been heard.DerekSchoenTweet ThisEngaging through ListeningThere’s a new way to do “luxury” in Las Vegas. It doesn’t have to be over-the-top all the time or outlandishly theme-focused, and ARIA is that new look at luxury. Red velvet pancakes, world-class shopping, and a corner view in every room distinguish ARIA from the many other hotels and casinos in Vegas.“We have a thousand individual stories instead of one big one,” Derek Schoen says, and social media allows him to tell all of them. Even more…
  • How to Make Marketing Analytics Easier

    Chris Lucas
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tons of marketers hate data, so they only focus on the low-hanging fruit.These “vanity metrics” include data like total page views, Twitter followers, and other fluffy numbers. The strongest marketers are the ones who collect actionable data. Doing so leads to the most profitable outcomes.If you’d like to be more actionable with your analytics, start with the “so what?” question. For example, clickthroughs and blog views are nice to have, but do they impact revenue?When you frame your decisions through the “so what?” question, you’re beginning to dig deeper into analytics.
  • How a Foreign Advertisement is Gaining Success

    Jessica Gioglio
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Imagine this:You’re waiting for your subway train. Just as the train arrives, a seemingly static billboard of a young woman with long hair comes to life and starts to blow around. It’s as if the wind generated from the train arrival is propelling the action.Interesting, right? It gets better. To fully experience the message, watch the video below.The end result is powerful.As seen in the video, the element of surprise created an experience that was completely unexpected for the viewers. The video also succeeds in putting a human face on the issue of childhood cancer and offers an…
  • 10 Proven Ways to Get People to Come to Your Online Event

    Kristen Matthews
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    In my post yesterday, I talked about how virtual conferences are the dipping dots of marketing—marketing of the future and my current favorite outreach marketing tactic. If you missed this little run down you can check it out here.Online events, whether they are in the form of a conference, a webinar, or a Twitter chat are great ways to position any brand as a thought leader in a niche and acquire new followers and/or leads.Of course, you have to get people to actually sign up for said epic online event, right? Well lucky for you I have hosted a handful of these bad boys and am one of those…
  • What Did You Do To Get Better Today

    Jay Baer
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ladies and gentlemen, success isn’t owned. Success is leased, and rent is due every single day.J. J. Watt is widely regarded as the best defensive player in the National Football League. It’s been a tough stretch for the NFL. I’ve talked about why I think you’ll eventually abandon the NFL, but I’ve got to tell you there’s still a lot of great guys in that league, and one of them is J. J. Watt. Talk about somebody who is an inspiration, not just to other athletes and kids who want to play football, but to people like me.This is J. J’s quote, not mine:…
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    The Online Community Guide

  • Diffusing Member Anger

    Richard Millington
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    In any group, people will have problems. If you're the authority within that group, you're the first stop for problems. Don't deny the problem exists. Don't apologise (not yet). Don't claim you're doing your best. Don't claim you're covered by guidelines. None of these are helpful. Just focus on clarifying the problem.  Repeat the problem back to them. Literally, tell them the problem they just described in your own words.  "to make sure I understood this correctly, the problem is ....." Then ask further questions to clarify the problem.
  • The 4Chan/StackExchange Continuum

    Richard Millington
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Imagine moderation on a continuum. At one extreme is 4Chan. 4Chan allows pretty much everything that won't get Chris arrested. They wipe their database of conversations every night.  As a result they get a lot of activity. Most of it is gibberish. A large quantity is pornographic. Yet the sheer quantity of that gibberish creates a powerful sense of community and widespread cultural influence (in memes). At the other extreme is StackExchange. StackExchange has a strict moderation policy that aims to generate the single best response to any discussion. They want facts not opinions.
  • What Are You Trying To Achieve With A Community Newsletter?

    Richard Millington
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Are you trying to bring non-active members back into the community? Are you trying to encourage your existing, active, members to be more active?  Are you trying to build a stronger sense of community among members? Are you trying to get members to take a specific action?  Few pointers here.  First, the newsletter is strategic. You send it out to achieve a specific goal that helps the community. If it doesn't help, stop sending it.  The answer to the above will decide who the target audience. Only send the newsletter to that audience. The answer will also determine…
  • The Core Components Of A Compelling Community Narrative

    Richard Millington
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    One art of building a community is creating a powerful, shared, narrative. Note the key part of that story, shared. If members don't share that narrative, it's just another story. A story about the community that doesn't represent the community might repulse existing members.  You can't arbitrarily create a narrative in a word document and expect the community to accept it.  A history already exists. You can't change the past (although you can change the future to create a more compelling narrative). However, you can choose what to include, what to…
  • The Endless Quest For More Activity Is Killing Our Communities

    Richard Millington
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    For just over a year now, I've spoken to community professionals who bristle at the same problem. The way we make decisions for our community is wrong. We make decisions that will increase activity in a community. We're measured by our success in increasing activity (or member counts). If we succeed, we have a very active platform. But a very active platform isn't a community. You don't get the benefits that a community provides. In fact, many of the actions we take to increase activity destroy the sense of community.  Community professionals build communities We are…
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    Daily Blog Tips

  • How to Get An Average Of 10 Comments for Every Blog Post You Write

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Are you struggling to increase your blog comments? We all want more comments to increase blog reputation. Unfortunately most bloggers find it really hard to get more comments. It doesn’t matter whether you are a new blogger or not, you can still get an average of 10 comments for each post by following few tips that I’m going to share in this post. Let’s dive into the details. Why blog comments still matter? Here’s why getting more blog comments is important: Blog comments increase interaction with your readers. You can get blog post ideas. You can build a vibrant…
  • How to Get Started with a Business Dashboard

    Daniel Scocco
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Once your websites or online businesses start growing you’ll certainly find that managing all the information becomes quite a challenge on its own. Web analytics, email subscribers and delivery rates, affiliate marketing sales, revenue from your own products and assessing profits, customer support emails, and the list goes on. In addition, all these individual pieces of data make a lot more sense when you can see the relationships between all of them and how they tie together to impact your business. There are several solutions that might help you with this problem, and one of them is…
  • What’s in Words: The Power of Blogging

    Guest Author
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Seemingly, everyone has a blog these days. Barney Stinson. My mother. And pretty much, every company out there. And really, this should be a good thing — but all too often, it seems as though bloggers lose sight of their initial vision and land in a place with little readership and little to offer. There are plenty of reasons to blog — really, every company should have a blog — but to make that blog successful and relevant, it needs to stay the course and tie back to the reasons blogging is important. Build Your Brand Every company has a brand — and if it hasn’t been strategically…
  • 5 Tips To Realistically Build A Popular Blog

    Guest Author
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Knowing all of the things that you know and still not being able to take your blog to the next level. The level that’ll catapult you into “popular blogger” status. I mean, isn’t that the goal that we all have – aside from making money? Sure you know the things you thought you needed to know. Things like traffic tips. Both on and off page SEO. An enticing “bribe” to capture more readers. Sharing you content on social media platforms. But regardless of doing these things for months … even years … you’re still not at that point you want to be.
  • How to Never Publish a Post Before It’s Ready on WordPress

    Daniel Scocco
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Picture this: you are working on a really long post that you think your readers will love. The post will take a lot of work to get completed, so you decide to break the task in small parts, writing a bit every day. One day you are working late at a night, and after adding some new paragraphs and images to the post you decide to save it, but instead of hitting the “Save Draft” button you mistakenly hit the “Publish” one. Bam! The post is not ready, it’s not correctly formatted and it’s not even complete, but it goes live anyway. Unless you are fast to think…
 
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    Louis Gray

  • Fitbit Launches Challenges to Push You and Friends to Go Further

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The charm of Fitbit has always been more than just counting steps and seeing how far you've meandered in your day. Even more than the virtual badges you can collect for hitting new personal records, one of the most engaging pieces of this smart wearable has been informally competing with your friends for a place atop the leaderboard, learning who is the most active, and seeing just how much further you need to go to land a spot at the top.With a new feature rolled out quietly last week, Fitbit has formalized these challenges, encouraging you to take on your friends directly. New on Fitbit:…
  • What If We Redid the 2000 .Com Monopoly Edition for Today's Web?

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    In the year 2000, as the .com bubble was at its peak, it seemed new tech names were going to rapidly eclipse the old guard. Emails and downloads were new conversation topics, and if you weren’t still on AOL, debates would ensue over which ISP you should choose, or which search engine or portal was the best. Sun was the dot in .com and Linux seemed poised to take over the desktop. Obviously, not everything turned out that way, even if some of the names are still around, and even strong.The 2000 .Com Monopoly BoardOne of the fun collectibles that came out of this time was a .com edition of…
  • Cloud Powered Near Instant PC, Mobile Upgrades Are the New Reality

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Buying a new computer or getting a new phone used to be a huge pain. Even if everything was up and running right away, you had to plan for hours, or even days, of moving all your data from the old device to the new one. And if you didn’t successfully complete the data migration, or had sufficient paranoia, you could end up with old devices cluttering your home - just in case you might need to get that old content. But with so much of our data moving from local disks to the cloud, and new operating systems improving their sync and account setup, the day of hot swapping devices is here. As…
  • Automatic and Fitbit Data Show My Car Use Down 50% as Steps Are Up 33%

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    It seems fairly logical that if you walk everywhere, you're probably driving less. But even as I've been on something of a Fitbit kick since early 2012, I've reached even higher highs in the last month-plus, and increased my daily goal to 15,000 steps (from 12,000), thanks to one simple change - opting to leave my car at home each workday and benefit from one of Google's most visible perks, taking the company shuttle.Looking at the data from Automatic, my dashboard shows I'm on pace to have set a new low for both miles driven and money spent on gas, this month, a full fifty percent below…
  • Blogs Still Trump Streams for Longform Content With a Long Shelf Life

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Five or so years ago, the idea that one of the most visible bloggers would walk away from their website and completely move their presence to a third party network would have been a step short of scandalous. In fact, when top bloggers even took a month or two off before rejuvenating, that in itself was news. (See from 2007: Are Leading Bloggers Getting Blog Fatigue? and Robert Scoble's response) When the well-read and highly networked Jason Calacanis exited the blogging game in 2008, we all talked about it. When PR lead Steve Rubel deleted his blog in 2011, I was not happy.For many, the…
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    Firebelly Marketing

  • Facebook Messenger Is #1 Messaging App In The U.S.

    Chad Richards
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Despite their outcries about privacy and security concerns, Americans can’t seem to get enough of Facebook Messenger. A recent report by Parks Associates shows that 53% of Americans using messaging apps are on Messenger—putting it in the #1 spot ahead of Skype, Snapchat and iMessage. Is there any stopping Facebook in its battle for the backchannel?
  • Facebook’s Atlas Ad Platform: 5 Must-Reads

    Chad Richards
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Facebook has revamped and relaunched its Atlas ad platform. Learn all about it in these five must-reads. Meet the new Atlas By Erik Johnson Today, we are announcing the launch of Atlas. We’ve rebuilt Atlas from the ground up to tackle today’s marketing challenges, like reaching people across devices and bridging the gap between online
  • Firebelly Begins Working With DirectEmployers

    Chad Richards
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    We’re excited to announce that we have started working with DirectEmployers. DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit HR consortium of leading global employers formed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research and the development of technology. Firebelly will be providing a combination of owned, earned and paid social media marketing solutions to help
  • #BOLOCON: Next Generation Social Media For Agencies

    Chad Richards
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Here are the slides from Duncan’s Next Generation Social Media For Agencies presentation at the 2014 BOLO Conference. It focuses on emerging trends that will effect most agencies in the near future. Specifically, the real-time marketing opportunity, image-based listening, and other late breaking topics. [URL: http://slidesha.re/1ya2kEs]
  • Firebelly CEO Presenting “Next Generation Social Media” At BOLO Conference

    Chad Richards
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Our own Duncan Alney will be presenting “Next Generation Social Media For Agencies” at the 2014 BOLO Conference, a conference that brings together thought-leaders and change-makers of the agency world, in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 20th. Session description This session will focus on emerging trends that will effect most agencies in the near future. Specifically,
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    ConverStations: Small Business Improvements

  • Brand Identity: What It Is and How to Maintain It

    Mike Sansone
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    A brand identity or brand personality is the first and most comprehensive way to introduce your company to the customer. Household names maintain their notoriety by being noticeable and consistent. Some brands are hip and popular in a social media setting, while others are conscientious and dedicated to a cause. Below, we examine some tips for creating a brand personality or identity, and offer some ideas for how to maintain the consistency of your brand in communications. What is positive brand image? According to Management Study Guide, “Brand image is the current view of the customers…
  • Tips for Mobile Marketing: How to Bring Customers Into Your Store

    Mike Sansone
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    Guest Post from Heid Cardenas Shopping has gone mobile in a big way with the wild popularity of smartphones and apps. A Nielsen study found that 70 percent of people who use smartphones for shopping, use a store locator, and 56 percent of them use store locators in transit. That makes store locator links on websites one of the most effective ways retailers can get shoppers into their brick-and-mortar stores. Here are three tips to make sure your mobile marketing efforts are bringing customers into your store: Enhance Your Store Locator Vend Blog’s Francesca Nicasio has some important…
  • What’s Your Content Style?

    Mike Sansone
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    Years ago, a new district manager came into my store to do an audit. Looking at the negative space on wall displays and the placement of the rotunda tables on the floor, he barked, “Are we selling wall space and floor space this month?” While the previous district manager preferred displays with plenty of ‘white space’, our new leader preferred a crowd of selections and choice. His was a different style – and we worked within the style guidelines he implemented. Similarly, your presence on the web should have style guidelines. I’ve seen plenty of…
  • There is a Book Within You

    Mike Sansone
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Every business owner I talk with, be it an owner of a small business or a solopreneur, every single one of them should write a book. You should write a book. Maybe two. Your book doesn’t need to be the size of a Harry Potter novel. It doesn’t even have to go to print. It can be (and maybe should be) a print-on-demand or even a single Kindle book. It can be a free e-book you offer as a lead magnet. I once shadowed a hands-on business owner for two days and one night. The night included an on-site gathering he put on for his clients and vendors each month. During those 36 hours, of…
  • Sometimes the Most Productive Thing – is No Thing

    Mike Sansone
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    Sometimes, the most productive thing we can do in the next 15-20 minutes – is no thing. Re-Create: A 20-minute power nap can help re-create energy and focus. Read: A 15-minute fictional read or magazine article can spark imagination. Or find an interview of a favorite creative such as an actor or musician. Reflect: A 15-20 minute quiet time of reflection of the day thus far can kickstart a thought process (make sure to have pen and paper handy). These three “Rees” (Re-creating, Reading, Reflecting) can work wonders for your body, mind, and spirit. A few other 15-20 minute…
 
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    Direct Marketing Observations

  • Offline Expectations from Online Engagements are Unrealistic

    marc meyer
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Picture this: You’re at a stop light. It seems to be taking forever for it to turn green. You become impatient. You start yelling. You’re wondering why it hasn’t changed. Finally it does change and you peel out. You’re angry because it took entirely too long. It’s been an astounding and unfathomable 3 minutes. Here’s another scenario: You’re at your computer, you’re on Google and you’re searching for something…The screen freezes, you see the little “thingy” going around so you know it’s “working,” and…
  • Facebook Stickers- Bad Idea Good execution…

    marc meyer
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Did Facebook just jump the shark?  Or does it just seem like it? Back in April of 2013, Facebook launched stickers but only in private messages. Now they’re is rolling out the “stickers” feature to everyone’s timeline posts, enabling users to voice their opinions with a cat, a smiley, or anything else that’s in the Facebook’s Sticker Store (social commerce?) (virtual goods?) Initally only available in Japan, the feature appears to be rolling out globally. One has to ask the question why? Yes we needed something other than a thumbs up, but stickers?
  • What Does it Take to be a Senior Social Media Manager? [Infographic]

    marc meyer
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    Think just because you play on Twitter and Instagram, have a Tumblr page and have a Facebook account that you could “do” social media for a large company? You might want to rethink that.,,
  • Social Media is the Back Channel for Teen Angst

    marc meyer
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    First I want to quote a paragraph from the abstract of a 2011 paper by danah boyd, a renowned expert on teen culture and social media at Microsoft Research. The paper is titled, The Drama! Teen Conflict, Gossip, and Bullying in Networked Publics. Here’s the quote: “Drama is a gendered process that perpetrates conventional gender norms. It also reflects discourses of celebrity, particularly the mundane interpersonal conflict found on soap operas and reality television. For teens, sites like Facebook allow for similar performances in front of engaged audiences. Understanding how “drama”…
  • How do you Measure Success?

    marc meyer
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    I save way more than I need to. I’ll admit I do have a bit of a hoarder in me, not to the extremes that you see on TV, but only in the sense that the things that I save have a) some sort of lifetime business value or b) a sentimental family value. So, needless to say, there is a bit of an accumulation. That means not only do I occasionally print things out, but I also bookmark a lot of sites and I also write stuff down on anything and everything. Translation-stacks of paper, folders, random scraps of paper, bar napkins and the backs of envelopes are not an uncommon sight on my desk. For me,…
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    The Engaging Brand

  • Sure Fire Way on How To Hit Your Numbers

    Anna Farmery
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Are you scared of numbers? Do numbers run your life? Struggle to know how to hit your numbers? If so remember… “Numbers are there as guideposts along the way not the vehicle that gets you there” (Tweet this) There are four ways that people go wrong with numbers and these four ways can stand between you achieving your goals and you festering under a mire of charts, numbers and tables. Understand how to hit your numbers and you control the direction of your company. They ignore them because they hated maths at school! They are run by them because they loved maths at school!
  • Think Big and Act Small as an Entrepreneur

    Anna Farmery
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    For such a glamorous sounding word, entrepreneurship is not easy. Long hours, high levels of resilience and strong belief are all required to survive….not even thrive! So why do it? Why break free from a more secure corporate life? Because a business can get in the way of doing business. And therein lies the irony; people want to create a business and when they do, they find it is not the ideal structure to deliver a great experience. So what to do? How do you create a business that has the strength of process to achieve repeatable levels of outstanding service…whilst retaining…
  • Don’t Miss Out On Your Oprah Moment

    Anna Farmery
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    What if someone leaves negative feedback? What if employees abuse social media on work time? What if ….what if…what if…. For as long as new technologies have been unearthed, there have been people who shout..”Oh yes, but what if….” Remember some people thought travelling on a train would break your neck! No-one broke their neck, they just arrived sooner than all those naysayers…at break neck speed! There comes a time when you have to cut loose, when you have to turn your thinking from “What if we do…” to “What if we…
  • 508 – How harmony can help your leadership skills

    Anna Farmery
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    Is there a gap between the leader you are and the leader you want to be? Living in a 24/7 world of information, what specific leadership skills do we need? Stew Friedman is the founder and CEO of  Total Leadership. Stew is recognised as an innovator in both the leadership development and work/life fields, Stew has been a faculty member at the Wharton School since 1984 and in 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Programs. Today’s listener of the week is – Harry Bowden – who receives a goodie bag to say thank you for sharing this post with his followers. Today he…
  • Warning: Eliminate this Sentence to Make A Profit

    Anna Farmery
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    We would do X but….. The most overused sentence in business. The sentence that brings shivers down my spine. Now clearly there are difficulties in implementing any ideas, clearly we need to look at the risks……however, don’t we also need to see the opportunities and find ways around the issues to stand out from our competitors? Successful entrepreneurs replace that word ‘but’ with ‘and’…..they work their ‘butt’ off to find a way. If gaining new customers was easy then anyone could be in business. Business is hard work. Business…
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    Brass Tack Thinking

  • Where I’m Headed Next

    Amber Naslund
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Drumroll, please… I know you all have been waiting on the very edge of your seats to find out what I’m doing next, haven’t you? Ok, well even if you haven’t been sitting here hitting refresh, I wanted to finally give you the big update. Because I’ve been bursting to tell you since I’m already hard at work and having a blast. I’ve taken the role of SVP of Marketing for Sysomos, a social analytics and intelligence platform. It’s obviously an industry that I know and love, given my history with the fine folks over at Radian6. And I’ve been…
  • Why Social Media Engagement Numbers Suck (And What We Should Really Worry About)

    Amber Naslund
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    It’s not really a new topic, but it keeps cropping up. Social media “engagement” numbers and “conversations” just aren’t living up to expectations. This recent article on VentureBeat focuses on Facebook’s dwindling organic reach and paltry commenting and sharing activity, citing some research from Forrester that says that engagement is pretty abysmal overall for big brands (this is important, more on this later). What happens in the wake of this kind of discussion? The battle cry becomes “social media isn’t worth the investment”, littered with everything from the…
  • My Leadership Philosophy In A Nutshell

    Amber Naslund
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    As I’m on the verge of starting a new executive role, leadership has been on my mind a lot. It played heavily into the interview discussions I had, because great leadership is going to be critical in guiding the company’s next phase of growth. So, I thought a lot about my “take” on leadership, which has evolved a great deal over the past ten years or so. Here’s where I’ve ended up. Share the Credit. Harry S. Truman once said “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” I believe in this…
  • How I Balance Personal and Professional Online Today

    Amber Naslund
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    I’ve been visibly online since approximately 2004 or so, in varied media and communities online. Earlier if you count much more nerdy things. One thing has never changed: balancing what you share and with whom on the web is a delicate dance, and one that has no hard and fast rules. So, disclaimer: these aren’t rules either. It’s just how I have settled on doing things, for now, while I balance my desire to be very open, personal and vulnerable online while still maintaining a visible executive role with a great company (more soon on that, I promise). But I get asked about…
  • When Entrepreneurship Isn’t The Right Fit

    Amber Naslund
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Entrepreneurship these days is all the rage. There’s no question that entrepreneurship contributes a great deal to the US (and arguably global) economy, and although numbers have dipped slightly as the job market recovers, entrepreneurship is still a strong trend that I don’t see dying off anytime soon. If you spend any time in internet land, however, entrepreneur-iness is next to godliness, or something along those lines. It seems you can’t swing a cat video without hitting yet another blog focused on entrepreneurship or small business, or another startup conference, or…
 
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    NTEN

  • Things We Like (October 2014)

    Steph
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.In honor of this month’s Evaluation theme and the people who made it happen, here is what evaluators are thinking when they shop.What people in various countries are thinking when they think of corporations.Everyday sexism made visible: What we wish editors of tabloid headlines would think of when they report about women.You can make the visible invisible with this cloak of mirrors. A new transparent reality!Does foreign aid need more transparency? This and similar questions have…
  • Solving the Catch-22 of Volunteer Programs with Measurement

    Steph
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Shari Tishman Director of Engagement VolunteerMatch Volunteer programs: more than a "nice to have" and worthy of your evaluation efforts. Among the things that we, as nonprofit professionals, have to cram into our day, tracking and measurement generally sit pretty close to the top of the “I know it’s important but I never have time for it” pile. Don’t deny it. If only we had more time, we could implement all of the awesome strategies and tactics we learn by reading the NTEN Blog!
  • Weekly Event Round-Up (Oct. 20-Oct. 26)

    bethany
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events, such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round-up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month; we'd love to link up with you. In-person Events 10/20 PDXTech4Good (Portland,…
  • Evaluating Evaluation: Behind the scenes of NTEN's new worksheets

    Amy
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Amy Sample Ward CEO NTEN "Check your assumptions at the meeting room door" and other lessons learned from NTEN's meta-evaluation process. Evaluating our evaluation. I hear you, it sounds pretty meta. In creating the newly launched series of worksheets supporting data-informed nonprofits, that's exactly what we did. And in evaluating our evaluation process, we found that it was the people and not the data that needed to be addressed further.
  • On Transparency, Data, and Trust

    Steph
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Kord Davis Co-Founder Signal Workshop "What kind of relationship would donors and other stakeholders have with you if they knew your data handling practices?" Transparency in data handling practices is becoming a clear and valuable trend as organizations begin to realize the competitive advantage available to them as a result of developing that capability. The importance of transparent data dealings are particularly relevant for mission- and values-based organizations that depend in large part on deep engagement and trusting relationships with their partners, constituents, and…
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    PsyBlog

  • Alcohol’s Surprising Influence on Memory Loss in Later Years

    Jeremy Dean
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    How light to moderate alcohol intake affects memory for past events. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life The Surprising Power of an Emotional ‘Memory Palace’ The Facial Expression That Fights Memory Loss Green Tea Improves Working Memory
  • Season of Your Birth Affects Mood in Later Life

    Jeremy Dean
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Summer, spring, autumn and winter babies have different personalities when they grow up. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Brain Ultrasound: How Sound Waves Can Boost Mood Sense of Belonging Increases Meaningfulness of Life Yoga’s Powerful Influence on Mood The Lasting Impact of Early Life Stress on the Brain
  • The Familiar Food Which May Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

    Jeremy Dean
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Alzheimer's study finds that one ounce (30g) of this per day was enough to decrease anxiety and boost memory and learning. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: 10 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease Longevity Gene May Enhance Cognition Copper Pinpointed as Main Environmental Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease The Personality Trait That Doubles Alzheimer’s Risk This Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss Later in Life
  • How to Learn Better: Evidence for Well-Known But Little-Used Technique

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    The powerful effect of the right kind of learning technique. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: You Can Learn a New Language While You Sleep, Study Finds How to Learn Anything Better By Tweaking Your Mindset The One (Really Easy) Persuasion Technique Everyone Should Know How The Brain Works During The Two Main Types of Meditation Humming in Sync: How Our Brains Can Learn So Quickly
  • Brain Scans Reveal Why Up To One in Six People Get SAD in Winter

    Jeremy Dean
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    New research reveals why so many people are affected by the 'winter blues'. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles: High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Decay Does The Weather Affect Your Mood? Autism: Vital Link Found Between Vitamin D and Serotonin Production Debunked: ‘Right-Brain’ and ‘Left-Brain’ Personalities How New Ideas Change Your Brain Cells
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    Media Culpa

  • The New York Times launches crowdsourcing tool for identification of old ads

    kullin
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:52 am
    The New York Times opened up its vast archive some time ago with the launch of TimesMachine, an open archive where readers can browse old issues from 129 years of the paper’s history. But the TimesMachine lacks one ability and that is to search old advertisements, since these have not been scanned and identified. In other words, it is nearly impossible to find old ads without browsing manually through old issues. To solve this, the paper now launches Madison, an online tool where readers are invited to help out by finding, tagging and transcribing ads. “We have 163 years of what is…
  • Love without locks when Paris wants you to show digital love

    kullin
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    For some years it has been a tradition among tourists to express their love by locking a padlock to bridges like Pont des Arts in Paris. Typically lovers write their names on the lock and then throw the key in the river Seine. But this practice has become a big problem for the city of Paris. This summer, a cause rail on Pont des Arts even collapsed under the weight of the padlocks and the bridge had to be closed for a few hours. A lot of the rails on the bridge also appear to have been vandalized. Railings have been cut and the bridge has been protected by ugly wooden boards. The eyesore has…
  • Best social media responses to arrogant Layvin Kurzawa celebration

    kullin
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Last night, Sweden and France played the second leg of the play offs for the U21 European Championship in football. France had won the first leg 2-0 but now Sweden were heading towards the 2015 championships as they were up 3-0 at home. But in the last few minutes of the game, France scored the crucial 3-1 goal that would take them through. The goal scorer Layvin Kurzawa decided to celebrate the goal in the worst possible manner, running up the Swedish players like striker John Guidetti and mocking them with a gesture that said “see you later boys”. But justice was served just a…
  • Bob the Builder gets a remake. Twitter says “can you fix it?”

    kullin
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Toy maker Mattel yesterday unveiled a makeover of the character Bob the Builder, with a taller, slimmer and younger look. But the new computer generated Bob has not landed well with the social media audience. On Facebook, Bob the Builder has close to 2 million followers, but the page hasn’t been updated since January. Now would probably be a good time to start engaging with the audience again, since the page is attracting a lot of comments and most of them are negative. Some comments: “I like your new look as a deformed, child-faced freak.” “Bob plz don’t get…
  • Bed bugs a search problem for New York hotels

    kullin
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am currently searching for hotel rooms in New York for an upcoming trip and as many people do, I search on sites like Hotels.com and Bookings.com. But I often also want to double check the reputation of the hotel by doing a regular Google search. When doing this, I soon discovered that bed bugs in hotel rooms seem to be a great worry for people who are about to travel to New York. For many of the hotels I searched, the top suggested search terms by Google was related to bed bugs, meaning that this is one of the most used search terms. If you are only searching one or two hotels, you…
 
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    Regular Geek

  • Geek Reading October 24, 2014

    Robert Diana
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process. Formatting, and the information presented, is likely to change a bit as I develop my new process. Moving Past Default Charts | Flowing Data Malware in Ad Networks Infects Visitors and Jeopardizes Brands | Proofpoint A New Front…
  • Geek Reading October 23, 2014

    Robert Diana
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process. Formatting, and the information presented, is likely to change a bit as I develop my new process. Integration trick | The Endeavour Cynthia Brewer profile | Flowing Data Over 40? Data says you could be the perfect entrepreneur |…
  • Geek Reading October 22, 2014

    Robert Diana
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process. Formatting, and the information presented, is likely to change a bit as I develop my new process. The dreaded DefaultAbstractHelperImpl | Java Code Geeks Dew Drop – October 21, 2014 (#1881) | Morning Dew Staples…
  • Geek Reading October 21, 2014

    Robert Diana
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process. Formatting, and the information presented, is likely to change a bit as I develop my new process. Type Erasure with Merged Concepts | Andreas Herrmann Spring Boot and Spring Data REST – exposing repositories over REST |…
  • Geek Reading October 20, 2014

    Robert Diana
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my daily reading. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. You will note that some of the formatting has changed, and that is due to the change in my process. Formatting, and the information presented, is likely to change a bit as I develop my new process. 10,000 Range Indexes | MarkLogic Developer Community MongoDB Incremental Migration Scripts | Vlad Mihalcea’s Blog Validate…
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    Maggie McGary.com

  • Making Sense of Social Media Analytics

    Maggie McGary
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Whew, it's been a busy few weeks. At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure of finally going to (or at least *near*) Boston for the first time in my (long) life to present about social media analytics at NESAE's Technology Conference. It's a topic that I think is really important for associations, yet also a challenge for them. Whereas a few years ago in the association community, social media was a topic that dominated almost every event agenda, the topic has all but fallen off the radar in favor of this year's hot topics, content marketing, big data and the like. The good news is…
  • LinkedIn Drops Ability to Connect Via Groups

    Maggie McGary
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    A few months ago I wrote that it would not surprise me at all if LinkedIn dropped the groups feature. Now it appears that they've dropped one of the big attractions of groups for many people: the ability to connect with people via groups you're in together.As this post describes, a big plus of LinkedIn groups has been the ability to connect with people via a group you're both in. Now, however, and true to LinkedIn quietly dropping features with no explanation or notice, that feature has been removed. You'll notice that if you go to send a connect request to someone in a group, where there…
  • 5 Trends Impacting Association Social Media in 2014

    Maggie McGary
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Even though I'm not working in the association space right now, I still have strong emotional ties to the association world and am happy when I have a chance to step back into that world. Last Friday I had one of those chances, moderating a panel about association social media at an Association Trends Live breakfast. I gave a quick presentation about the top 5 trends impacting association social media in 2014. IMO, those trends are: ImagesA huge trend this past year has been the rise of visual content. As social media platforms and the internet as a whole have become more and more…
  • Is SSL Essential for SEO?

    Maggie McGary
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    With so much recent press about huge-scale data breaches (Target, Home Depot, Healthcare.gov, etc), cybersecurity is--or should be--a priority for any online business. But what about people like me who host websites or blogs that don't sell anything or capture any data? On the surface, it would seem like we don't need to worry about stuff like securing websites...but it looks like Google is about to make you need to worry if SEO matters to you.Google recently announced that they're going to start using site security as a search engine ranking factor. Rather than me trying to explain the whole…
  • Are The Signs Pointing to Google+'s Demise?

    Maggie McGary
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    As much as I liked the concept of Google+ (or is it Google Plus? There still seems to be no consensus), I can’t say I’ve used it a ton. When it launched three years ago, I was among the many who had high hopes for the platform, wishing it would replace Facebook. When that didn’t prove to be the case and its usefulness as a social networking platform never really seemed to take hold, there still were compelling reasons to use Google+, especially for businesses--the Hangouts feature, SEO and enhanced search listings for pages/people with Google+ profiles being the main ones. And for…
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    THE BLOGGER'S BULLETIN

  • Final Post At The Blogger’s Bulletin

    Chris Franklin
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    This is the final post at the The Bloggers Bulletin.  I want to thank all who have posted here in the last 5 years.  And I want to thank our readers. The site will remain up as will the nearly 330 posts we published during that time.  
  • Tips for Getting Your Small Business Site Noticed By Google

    Deb Lamb
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    You don’t have to be one of the multi-billion dollar companies in order to get your website noticed by Google. Even small businesses can find success on the search giant with the right content strategy. Keep the good content rolling What are people looking for when they turn to Google? Answers. Not just answers to questions, but solutions for problems they are having. They are looking for products that help fill a need and services that can help them. The link between your website, where you have those answers/ solutions/ products/ services, and Google is the content you have published on…
  • How to Create a Business Blog (Even If You Hate to Write)

    Deb Lamb
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    You’ve surmised that you need to maintain a well-written blog for your business, but you still find that work involved isn’t for you.  What do you do? Hire a ghostwriter Hiring a ghostwriter is what many businesses have started to do in order to produce quality content for their blogs and web pages.  And you can find writers for hire through many freelance websites or search for someone who specializes in writing on your specified topic. The most important factor in hiring a ghostwriter is to find someone who can capture your own tone and voice. This is someone who has to…
  • How to Drive Your Business With an eBook

    Deb Lamb
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    Building your brand in the age of social media is all about engaging with your customer. They want to interact with your business on Facebook, follow your tweets on Twitter and see the images you share on Instagram. Offering your customers free content created just for them is another way to forge a deeper connection. An eBook is a simple way to put out valuable content to your audience and it costs you little more than the time it takes to create. Since so few businesses have begun to utilize this form of content, the eBook, you may give yourself an edge over competitors when you offer your…
  • Why Your Business Needs to Have a Blog

    Deb Lamb
    24 Jan 2014 | 3:55 am
    One of the benefits of maintaining a business blog is that it gives your business more online visibility. Being found on the Internet is an important part of helping businesses thrive today. A blog will help your business show up in search results when people are doing a search for products or services related to your business. Here are some reasons that you need to start a blog for your business today (in bold, below): Blogs drive traffic Every business wants to get more visitors to its website. The way to do that these days is by having fresh content updated on your site often. This isn’t…
 
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    Social News Watch

  • Bringing Back the Social News Watching

    JD Rucker
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A hiatus. We went on one with this particular blog. It’s not that we lost any passion for the concept that launched Social News Watch back in 2007. We just got busy delivering automotive social media awesomeness to clients, but thankfully growth and strong hiring have allowed me to look back at the things I had to let go and put the right effort back into them. Social News Watch is one of those ancient projects that is about to see a rejuvenation. We’ve continued to post social media content on sites like DealerBar and DrivingSales, but now it’s time to get back to our…
  • New Look for Facebook Sidebar Ads Means We Can’t Ignore Them (as much)

    Michio Hasai
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    By default, advertising on Facebook puts your ads first and foremost in the sidebar from a desktop view. Experienced marketers know that these ads are inferior to the news feed variations when it comes to click-thru and branding, so the old “best practice” of situating your images to work within a rectangle in the news feed and a square on the sidebar was ignored by most. Whatever it looked like in the sidebar was fine. The news feed was everything. Now, Facebook is rolling out an update to the ads that kills two birds with one stone. First, it makes the sidebar ads more…
  • TIL It’s Illegal to Lie About Someone on Twitter

    Michio Hasai
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:44 am
    Perhaps I was just being naive. I always assumed that the things that you say on Twitter were protected under free speech and opinions could be posted without recourse as long as they weren’t designed to spread misinformation. With all of the fake death reports about celebrities and people calling each other names, it didn’t seem like there were really very many boundaries. The video below by Buzzfeed set me straight. Granted, I wouldn’t use Buzzfeed as an authority on social media or the internet, let alone the law, but it seems legit and it’s not important enough to…
  • Tesla is Playing the Media Perfectly

    JD Rucker
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:28 am
    It’s amazing when a spin doctor is able to make a good chunk of people believe in the wrong thing. The way that Tesla is playing their hand for the media, the consumer advocacy groups, and the consumers is nothing short of masterful. First and foremost, let’s make two things very clear: We do not condemn Tesla for what they’re doing. While it may end up hurting the automotive industry and consumers if they push too hard, the idea of them wanting to keep their chosen sales model in place is absolutely nothing that we object to or disrespect. In their shoes, we would probably…
  • Questions Rise About Chevrolet Commercial (that may not be a Chevrolet commercial)

    Scarlett Madison
    9 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    There’s a touching, artsy, and sad video making its viral rounds on the internet. It features the Chevrolet bowtie, a girl, and a dog. The video works its way backwards from what appears to be a final visit to the vet back through their lives together to the point that she first picked “Maddie” and then back to the sad final moments again. The thing is that other than the title and the branding on the video, there’s no other indication that the video actually belongs to Chevrolet. The company that published the video on Vimeo, The Herd Films, has no apparent connection…
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    Solar News DannyBrown

  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
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  • The Joy of CX: Why humanising data is the only way to succeed in today’s digital landscape

    Jenny Ellery
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    “We want to be human, not digital” – this was the opening line from Mel McVeigh, host at the Drum’s Joy of CX event at Bounce in central London last week. It’s a powerful statement and one that really should be at the heart of everything we as marketers do.  Sadly, it isn’t. But what is digital, if it isn’t about people?  The answer is nothing.  It is all too easy to get lost in the wilderness of digital data and to forget that what we are looking at is information about individuals, about people.  That at the other end of screen, that ‘click’ or that ‘eyeball’ is…
  • This week we’re humanising data at the Joy of CX

    Georgie Wright
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Data is all very well and good, but unless you are using it to draw actionable insights in order to understand your audience better and to ensure the best experience for your customers, then what’s the point? We’re spending tomorrow with the team from The Drum at their ‘Joy of CX’ event (cheeky), in London’s rather cool Bounce venue to look at exactly this. How can we use data? How can we make the most of it to directly improve our customers’ experience with us? And, how can we make data human? Our Head of Media, Sam Fenton Elstone, will be taking to the stage with Hearst’s…
  • What brands can expect from Google’s imminent Penguin 3.0 update

    Adam Skalak
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Google has announced that Penguin 3.0 – its new Penguin algorithm update – is likely to be released in the next few weeks. So, what can we expect from this latest update and what does it mean for brands? While Google is currently testing the new update they have said that they expect to “delight searchers and make life a bit easier for webmasters”. This means that at this moment in time we can only speculate what the new update will be able to do. What we do know is that Penguin focuses on manipulative and unnatural links leaving Panda to target low quality content. The last…
  • Three tips to help you get the most out of your Christmas affiliate campaign

    Kunal Patel
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
    Last week my inbox was flooded with media packs from affiliates with all the various opportunities to get clients involved in their Christmas promotions. There is everything from themed newsletters to social media coverage and all the costs range from a couple of hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds. With so many media packs and so many opportunities available to brands it can sometimes be daunting and difficult to decide exactly how to go about picking the right options with the right partners. How do you decide what to do? This is the tricky part as the tendency is to play it safe and do…
  • Glasto2015 tickets on sale this weekend, but who was most talked about in 2014?

    Sam Zindel
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:43 am
    A lot of tweeters believed this year was the turning point of Glasto moving from festival to TV show… and others were shaming those campers caught in compromising situations live on Telly! (I’ll leave that to your imagination!) Football fanatics thought it was the best weekend of TV since <Insert great football moment> as Kasabian played out the festival, Costa Rica battled on to beat Greece on penalties immediately after! Fast forward 4 months –  Michael Eavis is threatening to close Glastofest for good and tickets are about to go on sale, what better time to use some…
 
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    Ben Werdmüller

  • Your audience isn't your social network: it's time to start publishing for yourself

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Your audience isn't your social network: it's time to start publishing for yourself 6 min read The web is the most powerful platform for collective discussion in the history of human civilization. However, the form and content of these conversations are effectively owned by a small number of companies.The photo sharing service TwitPic shuts down for good on Saturday:It’s with a heavy heart that I announce again that Twitpic will be shutting down on October 25th. We worked through a handful of potential acquirers and exhausted all potential options. We were almost certain we had found a new…
  • Twitter Digits: decoupling identity from email is the key to a more equal web

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Twitter Digits: decoupling identity from email is the key to a more equal web 2 min read Dick Hardt has written a nice overview of Twitter Digits over on Medium:The email and password prompt popular for the last 20+ years of the web does not work for the emerging markets when their first computer is a mobile phone. The “digital” identifier they have and use to identify themselves to others is likely a phone number, and they are unlikely to have (or don’t know) an email address.I buy this. It's worth reading the whole article; he does point out, I think rightly, that using phone numbers…
  • What cards mean for the future of social web content

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    What cards mean for the future of social web content 4 min read Over on the Intercom.io blog, Paul Adams discusses the "end of apps as we know them":How we experience content via connected devices – laptops, phones, tablets, wearables – is undergoing a dramatic change. The idea of an app as an independent destination is becoming less important, and the idea of an app as a publishing tool, with related notifications that contain content and actions, is becoming more important. This will change what we design, and change our product strategy.Specifically, he discusses cards: containers that…
  • The web is your API: feeds and actions using HTML5 and webmentions

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    The web is your API: feeds and actions using HTML5 and webmentions A talk about some of the technologies that make Known work. Location: Moscone Center, San Francisco Time: October 21, 5pm Ends: October 21, 5:50pm Using modern web technologies, there's no need to build extra interfaces in formats like JSON in order to transmit data and build proprietary APIs. In this talk, you'll learn how to use easily-parseable microformats and indie web technologies like webmentions to build a fully social activity stream that lets you interact with each item from your own site. You'll leave with an…
  • Known 0.6.4 Release Candidate 1 is ready for testing

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Known 0.6.4 Release Candidate 1 is ready for testing 1 min read We've spent a long time on the next incremental version of Known, in order to reduce its technical requirements and improve compatibility with commonly-used shared hosts.You can download it as a .zip archive here.This is an incremental, early release for self-hosted users. A full release of 0.6.4 will follow.
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    Social Networking for Newbies

  • Anatomy of a great LinkedIn recommendation

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I recently saw an excellent post on the value of a LinkedIn recommendation. The author also had some great suggestions as to what makes a valuable recommendation. See below. Writing a recommendation lets you drill down into the how and why of your experience working with someone. The golden rule of powerful recommendations is “Show, don’t tell”. Wouldn’t it be more telling to read how Allison built and motivated her team to achieve stellar results instead of reading that “Allison is a great manager”? Always remember that the most compelling recommendations tell a story rather than…
  • How to find your tagged LinkedIn connections

    admin
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    If you’ve been following this blog you’ve know that I equate navigating LinkedIn to shopping at Costco! They’re constantly moving things around to get you to spend more time on the site. And this can be VERY frustrating. One of my clients asked about finding his tagged connections. The video below shows you how to do this.
  • Publishing your content on LinkedIn PULSE

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    If you’d like to publish your blog content on LinkedIn, LinkedIn’s PULSE will allow you to do this. On your Home page, in the field where you would type in a status update, look to the right of that box for a pencil icon. If you see the icon, you have the publishing tool. (If not, be patient…the tool is still rolling out.) Click on the pencil and a blogging space will appear.
  • How to tag your LinkedIn connections

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Tagging your LinkedIn connections allows you to organize your contacts. In this video I show you how to perform this task.
  • How do direct people to your LinkedIn profile

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    I tell my clients that your LinkedIn profile needs to be viewed as your sales page vs. your resume. If you have an effective profile then you’ll want to maximize it’s exposure. The short video below shows you how to find your LinkedIn URL so you can share it with people.
 
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  • Five Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Website Design

    MagicDust
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Businesses can invest a lot of money into their website and there are often situations where the website isn’t delivering the results which were originally planned for it. In a lot of cases there is a lot of unrealized potential, but in some cases a website may even become a liability. Here are five ideas that can breathe new life into the website design and start getting the desired results: Incorporate a Call to Action One of the most successful methods of converting traffic into actual customers is presenting them with an effective call to action (CTA). Each page of a website should have…
  • How to Get the Best Bang for Your Buck with Conferences

    Kristen Hicks
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    You know that to stay competitive in today’s marketplace you have to stay on top of newer trends like SEO and blogging, but some of the business tactics that pay off today are actually more old-fashioned.  So much of what works well online is all about making valuable connections with people and for that, there’s still not much that beats meeting in person. That makes conferences an extremely valuable tool for small businesses, but one that often comes with a pretty high price tag. Industry conferences bring the biggest concentration of the experts and influencers you want to…
  • 8 Best Active Social Networking Websites to Meet People Abroad

    Nishant Prajapati
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    Millions of people are using the internet and most of them have social media accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. But that is not enough for those seeking to meet people abroad and wanting to expand their friend circle globally. The great developments offered by the internet – with its almost universal availability – have brought new ways of reaching people around the world. Many people are seeking to expand their business internationally or to meet new friends from other countries because of the thrill it offers. These are 8 of the best,…
  • Biometric Time Clocks Change Payroll for the Better

    Dana Davis
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    There is still a very real need for companies to use time clocks. Using a time clock is still commonly regarded as the best way to keep track of the hours that employees work. However, it is very important to have a high degree of accuracy in using these types of systems. Many companies have switched to using a biometric time clock to eliminate problems with accuracy. Some older clock systems are prone to glitches that create delays and inaccuracies in employee payments. When your company switches to a biometric system, you’ll be able to leave issues with inaccuracies behind through use…
  • What Kind of Software Do You Need for Your Small Business? #smallbiz

    Dana Davis
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    If you currently operate a small business, you may think “Nah, I got this” with regard to your inventory and accounting. It’s simple, right? I’m here to tell you that mistakes will be made, and you are best served letting software do the heavy lifting when it comes to your vital record keeping. Small business accounting software is just one example of the kind of programs that can make your business life organized and on-the-level. We’ll cover types of software every business needs below. Ecommerce Software lets you make sales through your web site. This is a great option for…
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    Fast Wonder

  • The Past Few Months: A Recap

    Dawn
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Since I haven’t been blogging here on my own blog lately, I thought maybe a short post talking about what I have been doing would be interesting for at least a few people! While neglecting this blog, I have been blogging elsewhere and have been spending a lot of time traveling and speaking at conferences. I’ve also been busy with all sorts of other work, so I’ll try to give you the short recap of my activities over the past few months. A quick summary of a few things that I’ve been doing / blogging / whatever: Guest on The Ship Show Podcast, The Pulse of PuppetConf…
  • Lessons about Community from Studio Ghibli

    Dawn
    19 May 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Instead of my traditional Lessons about Community from Science Fiction (video) talk, I decided to do something a little different for LinuxCon Japan. The slides from my Lessons about Community from Studio Ghibli talk are available now (with speaker notes) for my presentation on Wednesday. Abstract Communities are one of the defining attributes that shape every open source project, and the people within them are what make communities so special, not unlike how characters like Totoro, Kiki, and Ponyo shape every Studio Ghibli film. The friendship between Ponyo and Sōsuke shows how people from…
  • Lessons about Community from Science Fiction

    Dawn
    30 Jan 2014 | 2:25 am
    If you think you’ve seen this presentation before, you’re wrong! In the spirit of making sure that every talk at Monki Gras is handcrafted and unique, I prepared a completely new set of slides and lessons just for Monki Gras. While it is probably obvious from the title, this talk focuses on community tips told through science fiction. While the topic is fun and a little silly, the lessons about communities are real and tangible. Here are just a few of the things that I explored in this presentation: Borg assimilation and bringing new community members into your collective for new ideas.
  • My Nerd Story: Ham Radio, Atari, and UNIX

    Dawn
    8 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    First, a huge thank you to Crystal Beasley for encouraging me, and others, to get organized and write our nerd stories in the aftermath of the recent comments from Paul Graham. My geek story started early, probably because my dad and grandfather were into amateur radio (ham radio) in a pretty hard core way from the time I was little. I remember my dad studying for one of the morse code exams when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old, and me being the little sponge that I was, picked it up pretty easily. Nothing like a mouthy toddler shouting the answers to motivate someone to learn. My parents got…
  • What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Building Communities

    Dawn
    17 Sep 2013 | 9:10 am
    At LinuxCon North America in New Orleans and at LinuxCon Europe in Edinburgh, I presented about “What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Building Communities“. You can download or view the presentation from Edinburgh or get the original version from New Orleans. Description Communities are one of the defining attributes that shape every open source project, not unlike how Asimov’€™s 3 laws of robotics shape the behavior of robots and provide the checks and balances that help make sure that robots and community members continue to play nicely with others. When looking at…
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • The 7 Deadly Social Media Sins

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Digiday, which is one of the places I go for social media wisdom, has a great breakdown of the 7 Deadly Sins of social media that may be committed by commercial brands. As often happens, I think it applies to NGOs just as well. See the whole post here (recommended, otherwise you'll miss the great Brunner animations). The 7 Deadly Sins of Social Media Speaking with multiple voices Paying for
  • 3 Free Webinars from Nonprofit Tech for Good

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Public Interest Registry stepped up to sponsor these, so they are all FREE. Take advantage! Check them out HERE.
  • Social Media and News Nonprofits

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    From PEW Research PEW Research has come out with a new study that shows refinement of the data coming through about how news is distributed via social media. While Facebook remains a place that a lot of people pick up news from, the new data shows that those people don't look at that news in an in-depth way, so if you're wanting to get people more involved with the news you have to share,
  • Where Your Content Marketing Went Wrong

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This slideshow by Rand Fishkin lays out a lot of what I've been trying to say about engagement and using social media to its most beneficial. Give it a look: Why Content Marketing Fails from Rand Fishkin Update on Adventures in Customer Service You may remember I said I couldn't recommend Readymag because their customer service wasn't up to par. Very soon after, I got a couple of emails
  • Here's An Interesting Tool For Your Small Nonprofit

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If you use Gmail, you might find this extension worth taking a look at. Even if you don't, the idea of creating different footers or signatures to add more context to your email is worth consideration. It's a subtle sort of marketing that might pay dividends. EmailFooterApp *Note: it does ask to access your tabs and browsing history and I don't know what it plans to do with
 
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    Corporate Eye

  • Which Brands Are Connecting with Millennials on Social Media?

    Susan Gunelius
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Brands are consistently challenged when it comes to connecting with millennials on social media. This is an audience that isn’t quick to like a brand on Facebook, but there are some brands that are succeeding. In fact, some of those brands might surprise you. According to a new study by Moosylvania, an advertising agency, millennials are willing to connect with brands on social media, but they’re very particular about the brands they let into their digital lives. Brands that offer high quality products are most likely to see millennials friending them and following them on social…
  • The Marketing Technology, Data, Strategy and Results Gap

    Susan Gunelius
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    There is a gap between marketing technology, data, strategy and results. For marketers who are in the trenches marketing brands every day, this statement isn’t surprising. It’s simply a statement of fact. Yes, there are tons of tools available to integrate technology into marketing strategy, leverage massive amounts of data, and drive big results. However, actually using those tools to attain those big results is a hurdle that most marketers are still far from surmounting. A new report from CMO Council and Tealium, Quantify How Well You Unify, shares input from 150 senior…
  • The Rise of Mobile for Brand Marketing in the U.K.

    Susan Gunelius
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Remember when you had to be very careful about the content and offers you displayed on your brand website because dial up speeds were so slow? Can you remember when mobile phones were analog only? How about when text messaging from one mobile device to another debuted, but the high cost of each message meant that many people still carried pagers? Remember? If not, then you’re too young and you missed out on having to search for a pay phone. To you, using a mobile phone is probably less about being able to call someone to pick you up from a friend’s house than it is about being…
  • Recruitment and Equality: Diversity and Inclusion

    Lucy Nixon
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    It is all too easy for statements about equality and diversity to become unread boilerplate on a corporate website. After all, not many can acceptably say that their company is institutionally discriminatory, or are going to say that they deliberately recruit only Oxbridge-educated white men. So how can you avoid the boilerplate text, and demonstrate that – for your company – diversity really is important, and that you truly do try to treat everyone equally? Companies take different approaches to try and communicate the importance of ‘diversity and inclusion’. Here are a few examples…
  • Social Login Improves User Registration and Provides Valuable Data

    Susan Gunelius
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Offering a social login option to visitors to your brand websites and mobile applications is no longer an option. It’s an imperative. If you want to meet consumer expectations, increase trust, boost convenience, collect demographic and psychographic data, and increase user registrations, then social logins should be integrated into all of your websites and applications. In its 3Q 2014 study of social login trends across the web, Janrain found that Facebook is the social login market share leader, and it is extending that lead (up 2% from the previous quarter). Google holds the second…
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    Technology & Marketing Law Blog

  • Court Rejects Argument That ECPA Does not Apply to Spousal Interception of Email–LaRocca v. LaRocca

    Venkat Balasubramani
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Eloisa LaRocca alleged that her former husband installed spyware on her computer and intercepted emails she sent. The ex-husband moved for summary judgment on the basis that ECPA did not apply to spousal interceptions of electronic communications. The ex-husband also challenged Eloisa’s argument that the computer that she used to access the email was her separate property, and that she had any expectation of privacy in the emails on that computer. The court denied the husband’s motion. Although prevailing Fifth Circuit law (see Simpson v. Simpson from 1974) doesn’t impose ECPA…
  • Congress Is Considering A New Federal Trade Secret Law. Why? (Forbes Cross-Post)

    Eric Goldman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    [Two brief introductory notes: (1) the trade secret bills have been dormant in Congress pending the November elections, but don't rule out the possibility of them roaring back immediately thereafter, and (2) I have uploaded an expanded version of this post, with extensive citations, to SSRN, so you might prefer reading that version.] Trade secrets usually don’t grab headlines the way that patents or copyrights do, but don’t let that fool you about their importance. Studies regularly show that most businesses care more about trade secrets than either copyrights or patents. In fact,…
  • When Does Online Criticism Become “Stalking”?–Ellis v. Chan

    Venkat Balasubramani
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    This is an online harassment dispute. Ellis, the plaintiff/petitioner, is the author of a poem called “The Dash”. She has achieved some degree of public figure status through the poem’s notoriety. The poem is about a person who speaks at a funeral, and Ellis encourages people to recite (but not publish) the poem. According to Chan, the defendant/respondent, Ellis also engages in scorched-earth copyright enforcement tactics, sending threat letters and extracting settlements from a wide-ranging group of people or entities who post or publish her poem without permission. In other words,…
  • Q3 2014 Quick Links, Part 2 (Content Regulation)

    Eric Goldman
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Photo credit: 3D Quick Link Crossword // ShutterStock * United States v. Valle, 2014 WL 2980256 (S.D.N.Y. June 30, 2014). The highly unusual facts of this case reflect the Internet age in which we live. To prove the kidnapping conspiracy alleged in Count One, the Government relied on numerous Internet “chats” in which Valle and three alleged coconspirators discuss in graphic detail kidnapping, torturing, raping, murdering, and cannibalizing women. Valle and his three alleged co-conspirators “met” on Dark Fetish Network or darkfetishnet.com (“DFN”), which bills itself as a fantasy…
  • Call for Papers/Participation, 5th Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress Conference, SCU, March 7, 2015

    Eric Goldman
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Taken before any characters got mauled at D&D nightWe invite your participation in the Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress conference at Santa Clara University School of Law on March 7, 2015. The conference series is co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at the New York Law School. The work-in-progress event was created for Internet law scholars to receive feedback about their papers and projects from their academic peers. We take a broad view of the topics that fit under the…
 
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    LJ Jones's Blog

  • Nancy Duarte: The secret structure of great talks

    LJ Jones
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    This is a wonderful talk by Nancy Duarte on using stories to present an idea.
  • Topher Grace, Seth Green and Mark Hamill kidnap George Lucas.

    LJ Jones
    23 Aug 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Movie Idea. Need Help. The movie takes place at Comicon in San Diego, where George Lucas is the headline attraction/speaker. Upset by StarWars 1,2 and 3, Topher Grace, Seth Green and Mark Hamill kidnap George and attempt to force him to re-edit the 3 movies into one decent movie, destroy the originals and remove all mention of midichlorians from StarWars cannon. In his old age, Mark Hamill thinks he's Darth Sidious. Darth Hamill is the mastermind of the plot and has the entire 501st as his Royal Guard. Not wanting to miss their only chance to meet George Lucas a rag tag bunch of geeks dressed…
  • When I was a kid......

    LJ Jones
    3 May 2012 | 5:49 pm
    When I was a kid........ vital Nintendo knowledge, like how to beat a boss or a cool cheat code, was passed from one kid to another at school. You couldn't look it up on the internet when you got stuck. You just figured it out and it worked pretty well. Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Select Start..... you kept a tape in your "BOOM Box", ready to hit record when your favorite song came on the radio so that you could savor that song over and over again. Sometimes you waited for days just so you could get the entire song..... you had to rewind and fast forward things. Cassette tapes.
  • Scientist Identify Geek Gene

    LJ Jones
    26 Apr 2012 | 1:49 pm
    Geek GeneScientists have finally identified the geek gene. That all important part of our DNA that makes us love things like Star Wars, Comic Books, Sci-Fi and Video Games. It explains why full grown men are willing to dress up in red tights and pretend they have Super Speed.Scientist theorize that this gene is also responsible for most social awkwardness and also inhibits men and the occasional woman from talking to the opposite sex.Geek ChromosomeOften large chains of the geek gene are woven together to form an actual geek chromosome, creating super geeks. Geeks so geeky, they rarely see…
  • Math With Friends

    LJ Jones
    27 Feb 2012 | 12:42 pm
    I have never been very good with word based games like Scrabble, so I came up with a game that is a little more my speed and one I can beat my wife at.  I call it Math With Friends.  It's more fun than a spelling bee.  It's based on word games like Scrabble but way more fun because it uses math.
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  • My LAST EVER Get OUT There–Live! Workshop is Just Weeks Away!

    Christine
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    These days, people aren’t going to the Yellow Pages to find the services and products they need, right? And, as a business owner or aspiring business owner, you may already have a presence online–but it’s not translating to dollars and cents. I’m holding my 3-day live event this November 13-15 just outside Philadelphia called Get OUT There–Live… and I’ll be walking you through step-by-step how to build a profitable, fun online business, be seen as a respected go-to expert, and create an irresistible online presence that makes you money 24/7 AND allows you to impact…
  • I’m Going on Tour to See You!

    Christine
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:27 pm
    I’m going on a “mini-tour” to see you! Registration is now open for my Get OUT There—Live! Tour! What does it mean? I’m visiting a couple of cities to teach my process for growing a business that’s aligned with your values and allows you to serve many more people… by leveraging the Internet and using authentic, engaging marketing to attract your most ideal clients and get out there in a really big way. It’s something I’ve never done before! One of the coolest things about it? We’re making it very easy and affordable for you to get this information! You’ll spend a…
  • Pre-Registration for the LAST Ever Get OUT There–Live! Workshop is Now Open!

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Get OUT There–Live! is a unique 3-day experience, now in it’s 4th year. It’s a high-content, high-value experience for business leaders-entrepreneurs, small business owners and corporate business leaders who want to enjoy not only more clients, but more credibility and visibility, more referrals, more raving FANS, and more consistent income than ever before. This exclusive “Pre-Registration” ONLY opportunity to secure your seat at the best rate expires August 15th, 2014 at midnight Eastern. At it’s core, the purpose of this 3-day experience is to teach you not only the…
  • How to Make Savvy Decisions in 5 Simple Steps

    Christine
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    Last year I had the pleasure of having dinner with Daymond John, founder of FUBU and judge on the hit show Shark Tank. He mentioned that he believed the #1 skill of successful entrepreneurs was the ability to make quick decisions.  I wholeheartedly agree that being DECISIVE will move you forward faster than anything. Successful people take decisive action, but how do you make savvy decisions while also tapping into your intuition? Watch the video above to find out my foolproof 5 step process. How to Make Savvy Decisions in 5 Simple Steps is a post from: shesgotclients.com
  • The Energy of Clutter—and How it Affects Your Business

    Christine
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    The phrase “cluttered environment, cluttered mind” took on a whole new meaning once I became an entrepreneur. It became abundantly clear that clutter–and holding on to things in general—was affecting me energetically. I decided to create space, in order for new and exciting things to fill it. Now I suggest my clients do this too. File what you can, put things in piles or do a combination of both. When in doubt, throw it out. Currently in my business, we’re looking into a storage unit, for items like signage that I don’t use all year round. I also love to use the big eight-foot…
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  • Online Marketing News: A Squeaky New Penguin, 2015 Content Trends, AdWords Declines

    Ben Brausen
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    9 Mistakes Most Businesses Make on Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] - Getting into social is so easy, many business jump right in without a second though. Everyone is doing it, right?  Check out these 9 mistakes many businesses are making on social and how you can make sure you aren’t making them. Social Media Today Google Releases Penguin 3.0 — First Penguin Update In Over A Year - Google confirms that a new version of its Penguin filter aimed at fighting spam went live on Friday. Search Engine Land Study: Marketers Increasingly Opting For Facebook Video Over YouTube - Facebook has been…
  • Better Business Blogging – 7 Lessons Learned from Writing 1 Million Words

    Lee Odden
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Blogging for over 10 years has been quite a journey to say the least. During that time, I’ve had my share of challenges, opportunities, disappointments and surprises. Back when I started, there’s no way I would have imagined having so many things to say for so long or anticipated what impact ongoing content creation would have on me personally and for our digital marketing agency – TopRank. It’s true that a blog is not for every business, but every business that blogs, sees numerous advantages. For many, there are roadblocks and unrealized opportunities. Businesses…
  • 3 Ways to Optimize Your Brand’s Social Media Marketing Success

    Lee Odden
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    While nearly 90% of companies are using social media for marketing, the distance between “using” and “succeeding” is of Grand Canyon proportions. In the early stages of social media marketing maturity, business use of social media tends to go through a series of phases from not doing anything to beginning to monitor social channels to sharing content and building community. Eventually, they find their way to some form of social sales or social commerce. To jump start the move towards a social media marketing strategy that starts to align with measurable business…
  • Online Marketing News: Safety Check Everyone, Content Marketing in 2015, Golden Triangle Downfall

    Ben Brausen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Twitter vs Facebook: Key Statistics, Facts & Figures [INFOGRAPHIC] - How do Twitter and Facebook compare?  Who wins in a no-holds fight between the two?  This infographic has the answers you seek. AllTwitter Facebook Introduces Safety Check - In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news. Facebook Study: 86% of B-to-B Marketers Now Use Content Marketing - The vast majority of b-to-b…
  • New Report: How Content Co-Creation With Influencers Beats Information Overload #MastersofCX

    Lee Odden
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Creating remarkable marketing isn’t just about the flash and dazzle of big ad spends. It’s about creating great experiences for your customers whether they’re early stage prospects researching solutions or satisfied clients looking for ways to better engage with the brand. One of the best marketing investments a company can make is in the experiences they create through content. The challenge is, we live in an age of information overload where there’s more information created every 2 days than since the dawn of time to 2013 (Eric Schmidt).  While content plays an…
 
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    FUEL LINES

  • The Best Pitching Guide Book for Agency New Business

    Michael Gass
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The Levitan Pitch. Buy This Book. Win More Pitches. is the most comprehensive guide for developing a winning pitch management system that I have ever read. Pitching for new business is costly. A lot of time, money and morale are lost because of poor decisions, bad planning and a lack of adequately managing the pitch process.“Approximately half (47% of respondents) of advertising professionals surveyed, by Provoke Insights, say they are dissatisfied with the current internal approach to pitching.”Pitching doesn’t have to be a crapshoot. If your agency is losing more pitches…
  • The Anatomy of Content Marketing for Ad Agency New Business

    Michael Gass
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    A SMALL agency won BIG business through a strategic content marketing strategy. Despite their tradition with print-based content marketing, advertising agencies are struggling to understand and convert their content-marketing efforts into actual new business success. Why? Most are doing it wrong.Though many agencies now maintain blogs, the content usually highlights things like awards, hires and client news. It tends to be all about the agency. A primary reason the blog does little to create new business opportunities.The core of your content strategy should be to consistently deliver…
  • Learn to Say NO for Ad Agency New Business

    Michael Gass
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    To be more successful, you’ll need to be less accessible.Owners of small to midsize agencies are a key to new business. You must manage your time wisely.  Learn to say “no” to the wrong requests and “yes” to the right ones. This reminds me of the following quote from Michael Hyatt,  author of the New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.Every time I say “no” to something that is not important, I am saying “yes” to something that is.I have always had a difficult time saying no to people.  Like Michael Hyatt, I’m a…
  • Ad Agencies: An Infographic On the History of Social Advertising

    Michael Gass
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    In less than a decade, social media has emerged as a great marketing channel providing opportunities for both agencies and their clients.My business was made through social media. It was a critical element in building awareness, appeal and opportunities for my services internationally. I started my new business consultancy in 2007, only a year before Twitter was created. This was only a short 2 years after YouTube, 3 years after the launch of Facebook, and 4 years after LinkedIn was founded.It’s hard to believe that social media didn’t really exist just a decade ago. It has…
  • Content Marketing: Ad Agencies Should Resist the Urge to be self-promotional

    Michael Gass
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Content marketing is the fuel for an inbound marketing strategy for new business, if done the right way. It is now one of the most effective tactics to attract prospective clients, build their trust and gain a positioning of expertise.According to a research report by DemandGen, from a B2B buyer survey, 82% of surveyed senior executives said that content was a significant driver in their buying decisions. With the rise of content marketing, agencies have jumped on-board creating articles, infographics, photos and videos. But, few are finding new business success.  One of the primary…
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    Kneale Mann | Leadership

  • Detached From the Outcome

    Kneale Mann
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    You really want the job. You are qualified, the phone screen call went well, you nailed the first interview, and waiting for the results of the second. You can hardly sleep. You know it’s yours. And then the call comes in – they made another choice, they picked someone else, you didn't get the gig.Sure you’re upset, but is your desire for the position any different now because you didn't get it? On the surface, you may begin to poke holes in the company, how dare they be so stupid, they made the wrong choice, and actually you didn't want that job anyway, you’re way better off without…
  • Never a Good Time

    Kneale Mann
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    There’s never a good time to spill your dinner on your nice shirt. There’s never a good time to start that business. There’s never a good time to have another child. There’s never a good time to move. There's never a good time to act on that idea. There’s never a good time to make any decision in our lives.We can use that as an excuse, a reason not to move forward, or face things head on. I can’t speak for you, but there are countless times in my life I haven’t had the bravery to make the call. And whatever happened was what I safely accepted as what was supposed to happen.I was…
  • Finding the Quiet

    Kneale Mann
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Here are some interesting facts about how we spend our lives from Distractify.Twenty five years is for sleeping. We’ll work about 10-12 years in real time. This is discouraging, only 48 days having sex – keep in mind, it’s an average. We’ll watch about 9 years of television. Close to 3 years cooking, another year cleaning, and just over 4 years driving our cars. We’ll drink 12,000 cups of coffee, 48 pounds of tea, and a measly 14 days kissing. Tack on another year of our lives deciding what to wear, 8 years shopping, 5 years sitting at a desk, and we’ll swear about 2 million…
  • What is Authentic?

    Kneale Mann
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The simple definition is something that is genuine; of undisputed origin. But we human types aren't simple. Or perhaps we make it complicated.At an early age, we are told to set goals and focus on results as if life is simply a recurrent process of projects and tasks. It makes sense in the business world, I suppose, because we want a return on investment to show those who watch the outcome. And without revenue, business grinds to a halt. In our fast-paced never satisfied reach for the next thing even if we haven't defined it world, is there room for authenticity? There are two sides to…
  • The Memes of Risk

    Kneale Mann
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Manage risk, financial risk, reputation risk, market share risk, relationship risk, shareholder risk, the risks of risks, the risk of focusing on risks, the discussion of risks, the endless what if's that stall our journey. Perhaps we perceive it will be difficult or worse, not successful. We often fear our own abilities and guts to take that ride. One of the worst emotions I think we can possess is regret. The idea we didn't act on can often be the one that stops the flow. The safety of inaction becomes our comfort zone.Risk often focuses on what will, would, or could go wrong. It's a…
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    The Fresh Peel

  • Six Steps to Successfully Promote an Event Using Any Social Media

    Dave Landry
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Social media can be a wonderful tool to plan events, but can also be overwhelming as to where to start. Which site works best? Is this hashtag going to work? Let’s get rid of the chaos and break down each step into manageable pieces that can be applied to any social media site. Image Source: ShutterStock.com     Step One: Create an Events Page, 3 months before. Think of this as the mothership of the event. All social sites are connected through it, and all information about the event is on it. Contact information, engaging content, as well as bios of all the participants should be…
  • Changing Consumer Behaviors: Michelin’s Road Usage Lab

    AC
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Michelin’s most recent campaign wants you to think differently about winter and driving. In fact, everything you know about driving in the winter elements is wrong. Well maybe not everything you know, but everything you know about your tires in winter weather. With a series of videos and infographics focusing on winter driving myths, Michelin is trying to put the idea of winter tires into the minds of consumers, ultimately changing consumer behaviors. Depending on where you live, there are a lot of ideas on how you should drive in the winter elements. But as Michelin does a good job of…
  • Your Brain on Social

    Dave Landry
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
      This is your brain … AND THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SOCIAL! Any questions? Who can forget the image of eggs frying in a pan from the public service announcement offered by The Partnership for a Drug Free America. That commercial launched their multi-million dollar advertising campaign back in 1987 and overall it was considered a success even named the number eleven best commercial of all time by TV Guide.   PLEASURE OR ADDICTION? The comparison of something frying in a pan to the effects of narcotics and other drugs on the human brain was meant to bring awareness of the dangers of…
  • The IKEA Time Travel Continues #IKEAtimetravel

    Chris Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    IKEA’s time traveling experiment and edgy advertianment series continues with a new experience. This time hypnotist Justin Tranz guides young couple Jeff and Beth through the next big stages of their life. Be sure to check out the first video in there series if you haven’t seen it already: IKEA Hypnotizes Shoppers Into the Future #IKEAtimetravel.
  • IKEA Hypnotizes Shoppers Into the Future #IKEAtimetravel

    Chris Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    IKEA probably isn’t a brand that you think of when you think of extreme or edgy when it comes to advertising, but their latest campaign exactly that. The brand teamed up with hypnotist Justin Tranz to hypnotize young couples and then guide them through a journey into their future. The whole thing is entertaining and well… a little weird. You’ll have to watch it for yourself and let us know what you think! And be sure to lookout for yoga instructor George the next time you are in IKEA.
 
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    Social Networking Watch: News on the Social Networking and Social Media Industry

  • Twitter Unveils Its New Developer Toolkit Called "Fabric"

    Mark Brooks
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    READ WRITE - Oct 23 - Twitter has announced a new developer toolkit aimed at helping developers build and make money off apps on the Twitter platform. Called Twitter Fabric, the bundle of services includes Twitter's Crashlytics app crash detecting service, and MoPub, the ad exchange network. by Selena LarsonSee full article at Read Write See all posts on Twitter
  • 23andMe Partners With MyHeritage To Trace Family Members Using DNA

    Mark Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    SILICONBEAT - Oct 22 - 23andMe, the biotech company company that sells personal DNA kits, partners with the Israel-based ancestry research company MyHeritage to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetics testing and documented family history. by Heather SomervilleSee full article at SiliconBeat See all posts on 23andMeSee all posts on MyHeritage
  • Facebook Sues Lawyers Of Paul Ceglia

    Mark Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    CNET NEWS - Oct 20 - Facebook claims DLA Piper and other law firms knew Paul Ceglia was lying about his ownership stake in Facebook, but went forward with the case anyway. That's the crux of a lawsuit filed by Facebook against DLA Piper, one of the world's largest law firms. by Ian SherrSee full article at CNet News See all posts on Facebook
  • There Will Never Be A ‘Dislike’ Button On Facebook

    Mark Brooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    BUSINESS INSIDER - Oct 20 - Facebook’s ex-CTO and creator of the Like button, Bret Taylor, said there will probably never be a “Dislike” button — despite many calls from users for one. He explained that a Dislike button would draw too much unwanted negativity. While some people might use it to express sympathy, for example, it could also encourage cyberbullying. by Lara O'ReillySee full article at Business Insider See all posts on Facebook
  • Mark Brooks Speaking At Wearable Computing Conference In London

    Mark Brooks
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    SNW - Oct 20 - Mark Brooks, Publisher of Social Networking Watch, will be hosting a panel on marketing strategy and crowdfunding, and speaking about the state of the wearables industry at the GLAZEDcon London event this Wednesday 22nd October. It brings together the most inspiring and innovative executives in Wearables, Internet of Things, government, gaming, health and fitness, and lifestyle industries to discuss the future of wearable technology. Mark believes the social networking industry needs to learn and share and work with wearable technology companies. You can register at…
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    HighTalk

  • Mine is Longer Than Yours

    gfsnell3
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
      There is endless debate about how long marketing content needs to be. Most people fall into the camp that it needs to be short. Why? Attention spans. The fast and furious pace of the Internet The way social networks work (Twitter, for example) But conventional wisdom on going short may be wrong. There is […]
  • Deal With It: News is a Commodity, a Worthless One

    gfsnell3
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    The Guardian posted a recent story called “Can Twitter Make Money Off of Breaking News or is it a PR Platform?” I nearly choked on my coffee. The article notes: “Twitter’s behaviour over the last few months suggests it doesn’t think it can.” Well of course Twitter doesn’t think it can make money off of […]
  • 3 Reasons Why Facebook Communities Are Dead

    gfsnell3
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    When Facebook started to pop and roll, brands got very excited about the prospect of creating online communities of customers, prospects and fans. The idea was a powerful one: cluster like-minded people together, share information and engage. Brands flocked to Facebook. They hired community managers and social media experts. They posted daily as if they were […]
  • Fewer Choices, Please…

    gfsnell3
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Let me set the stage: Amazon Instant Video has more than 40,000 movies and TV shows Kindle offers more than one million book titles Google Play has 1.5 million apps Spotify offers 20 million songs (including 4 million that have never been play even once) There are 157 “white” colors available from Benjamin Moore (and if […]
  • Going Live is Really, Really Hard

    gfsnell3
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    For the last two years, I’ve co-led a live broadcast offering for Weber Shandwick. It’s called – ta da! – GoLive. GoLive differs from a regular “live stream” in that it is a produced TV-quality show – scripted, multi-camera and with high-quality roll-in content. A GoLive is interactive and embedded within social media. It’s a […]
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    Jeff Korhan - New Media and Small Business Marketing

  • LinkedIn Influence: How to Build a Profitable Digital Presence

    Jeff Korhan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:37:24) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 14 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Are you overwhelmed with digital and social media? Then maybe you need a fresh approach. In this episode Stephanie Sammons shares her secrets for establishing your LinkedIn Influence, while also building a profitable digital presence across every other social media channel that makes sense for you and your business. The practices…
  • How Storytelling Grows Your Social Media Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Are your social media profiles glorified resumes, or do they tell people what they really want to know – who you are and why they should care about you and your business? In addition to technology changing, everything about people and business is changing too. This means your social media has to meet new expectations. Media that markets these days does much more than create awareness. It makes meaningful connections, which means it inspires. The easiest way to accomplish that is by telling stories. Everyone is a Storyteller Don’t think that you are not a storyteller, because you have been…
  • Business Niche: How to Build a Predictable Income Model

    Jeff Korhan
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:38:31) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 13 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Mike Rorie is the founder of one of the largest landscape management companies in the United States that employed 550 employees at its peak, before selling to a national firm in 2006. To grow and manage a business of that magnitude requires a lot more than had work. In this episode Mike shares why it’s vital to find a business model that…
  • How to Be Famous for Your Business Content

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    As a marketer you no doubt are familiar with the expression “Content is King” – but do you know who is credited with first coining it? I posed that question to my audience at a recent content marketing conference here in Chicago. To my surprise, nobody knew the answer. While it is sometimes disputed, Bill Gates is most often credited for one simple reason: He published it. This is why your business needs to get serious about publishing business content. Claim Your Signature Content New ideas often slowly emerge from everyday circumstances. This is why they seem common to those that are…
  • Community Value: How to Grow Your Business Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:25:52) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 12 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. John Lee Dumas has built a spectacularly successful online business in a very short period of time. He is best known as the founder of EntrepreneurOnFire, a daily podcast show launched just two short years ago that is now approaching one million monthly downloads, not to mention earning millions of dollars in annual revenue. Out of that…
 
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    Social Media University, Global

  • Google Ad Sales Double All U.S. Newspapers COMBINED

    Lee Aase
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    That’s the most stunning statement in a Brookings Essay “The Bad News about the News” by Robert G. Kaiser, who worked for a half-century as a writer and editor at The Washington Post. He outlines the fundamental problem of the challenge digital presents to “legacy” media: Overall the economic devastation would be difficult to exaggerate. One statistic conveys its dimensions: the advertising revenue of all America’s newspapers fell from $63.5 billion in 2000 to about $23 billion in 2013, and is still falling. Traditional news organizations’ financial…
  • Bringing the Social Media Revolution to The Last Frontier

    Lee Aase
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    I’m excited to be at the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood Alaska today to speak to the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. The trip here helped me understand just how big Alaska is, and how far it is from the lower 48. One little-known fact (at least I didn’t know it): The flight from Seattle to Anchorage is the same length (about 3 hours and 15 minutes) as the flight from Minneapolis to Seattle. Once I got to Anchorage, it was a relatively short, but amazingly scenic, trip down AK-1 to the Alyeska Hotel. The highway has lots of places to pull over for photos, and…
  • Why Ice Buckets are Contagious

    Lee Aase
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    I’ve recently been listening to an audiobook by Jonah Berger called Contagious: Why Things Catch On. It’s based on Berger’s Ph.D. research into why some ideas or products get lots of word of mouth, while others don’t. It’s about a seven-hour audiobook that condenses his more academic work, and it’s good listening for workout time. Berger describes six key principles that helps products or ideas go “viral.” Those six characteristics are: Social Currency – How does it make people look to talk about a product or idea? Does it make people look…
  • Illustrating the Health Care Social Media Revolution

    Lee Aase
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Association of Medical Illustrators is holding its annual conference in Rochester, Minnesota this week, and my colleagues in Mayo Clinic Creative Media asked me to be part of the program, discussing our growth and application of social media at Mayo Clinic. Here are the slides I’m using: Illustrating the Social Media Revolution from Lee Aase I had stopped by the conference briefly yesterday and was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm in the room. It will be a quick ride; my presentation time is 20 minutes…so I want to have the slides here for review. I look forward to the…
  • 3 Chart-Topping Lessons from “Weird Al”

    Lee Aase
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    It was great to see this morning that one of my personal heroes and role models, “Weird Al” Yankovic, officially has his first #1 album after 30 years in the music business. “Mandatory Fun” is topping the Billboard Charts after Al’s #8songs8days campaign. Of course I love “Word Crimes” But my favorite is “Foil” because of the surprise mid-song twist: The projections I had seen indicated that he would hit #1 if he sold 80,000 albums in the first week; he blew past that with 104,000. What lessons can we take from this? There’s no…
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    The Tyler Hayes

  • staff: A new video player (for web and mobile): Pop-out video...

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    staff: A new video player (for web and mobile): Pop-out video player. Watch videos while scrolling through your dashboard for more videos to watch. Auto-playing. You only have to decide whether or not you want the sound on. Vine and Instagram. Properly embed your favorite six- and fifteen-second videos. Looping. Watch once, twice, forever, whatever. Works. Finally. A “Finally” that actually makes sense.
  • Vote Neal

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Vote Neal
  • yienyip: I did a fan poster of Terra or Tina Branford from...

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    yienyip: I did a fan poster of Terra or Tina Branford from Final Fantasy VI. She is my favourite Final Fanatasy character ever!!! Available here
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    21 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
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    Social Networking Watch: News on the Social Networking and Social Media Industry

  • Twitter Unveils Its New Developer Toolkit Called "Fabric"

    Mark Brooks
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    READ WRITE - Oct 23 - Twitter has announced a new developer toolkit aimed at helping developers build and make money off apps on the Twitter platform. Called Twitter Fabric, the bundle of services includes Twitter's Crashlytics app crash detecting service, and MoPub, the ad exchange network. by Selena LarsonSee full article at Read Write See all posts on Twitter
  • 23andMe Partners With MyHeritage To Trace Family Members Using DNA

    Mark Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    SILICONBEAT - Oct 22 - 23andMe, the biotech company company that sells personal DNA kits, partners with the Israel-based ancestry research company MyHeritage to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetics testing and documented family history. by Heather SomervilleSee full article at SiliconBeat See all posts on 23andMeSee all posts on MyHeritage
  • Facebook Sues Lawyers Of Paul Ceglia

    Mark Brooks
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    CNET NEWS - Oct 20 - Facebook claims DLA Piper and other law firms knew Paul Ceglia was lying about his ownership stake in Facebook, but went forward with the case anyway. That's the crux of a lawsuit filed by Facebook against DLA Piper, one of the world's largest law firms. by Ian SherrSee full article at CNet News See all posts on Facebook
  • There Will Never Be A ‘Dislike’ Button On Facebook

    Mark Brooks
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    BUSINESS INSIDER - Oct 20 - Facebook’s ex-CTO and creator of the Like button, Bret Taylor, said there will probably never be a “Dislike” button — despite many calls from users for one. He explained that a Dislike button would draw too much unwanted negativity. While some people might use it to express sympathy, for example, it could also encourage cyberbullying. by Lara O'ReillySee full article at Business Insider See all posts on Facebook
  • Mark Brooks Speaking At Wearable Computing Conference In London

    Mark Brooks
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    SNW - Oct 20 - Mark Brooks, Publisher of Social Networking Watch, will be hosting a panel on marketing strategy and crowdfunding, and speaking about the state of the wearables industry at the GLAZEDcon London event this Wednesday 22nd October. It brings together the most inspiring and innovative executives in Wearables, Internet of Things, government, gaming, health and fitness, and lifestyle industries to discuss the future of wearable technology. Mark believes the social networking industry needs to learn and share and work with wearable technology companies. You can register at…
 
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    prTini

  • Tools Every PR Pro Should Know + Other Links You Might Have Missed (The Weekly Cocktail)

    Heather Whaling
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like a good cocktail, this mix of news — hand-crafted by Team Geben — will enlighten, inspire and educate. Cheers and happy reading!  Content Creators Flee From YouTube, Flock to Facebook for Videos A Masterclass in Social Marketing: 7 Tips from the Experts Cision Continues Acquisition Spree and Snaps Up Gorkana (client) U.S. Marines Tap Female Executives For Advice On Growing Women In Ranks How Facebook and Google Now Dominate Media Distribution Solving The Skills Gap; Central Ohio Career Technical Education Partnerships Are Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce Today (client) 20 Tools Every…
  • Analytics Resources for Communications Pros + Other Links You Might Have Missed (The Weekly Cocktail)

    Heather Whaling
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Like a good cocktail, this mix of news — hand-crafted by Team Geben — will enlighten, inspire and educate. Cheers and happy reading!  So You’ve Made Content, Now What Do You Do With It? 6 Simple Habits of Successful Social Marketers Want to Improve Your Social Media Sharing? Harness the Power of Positivity in Social Media 6 Small Changes to Your Morning Routine Will Transform Your Entire Day 10 Storytelling Tips for PR Pros How to Avoid Social Media’s 4 Most Common Pitfalls Toms Founder: 3 Killer Advantages of Social Impact Businesses ‘Invite a Weirdo to Lunch’ and Four…
  • My Bad Blogger Confession (and Reboot)

    Heather Whaling
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Hi, my name is Heather. And, I have a confession. I’ve been a bad blogger. Like, a tragically bad, absentee blogger. If I’m being really, really honest, I fell out of love with blogging. When I first started blogging, it was fun. I wrote about whatever I wanted and didn’t really care if it tied back to my business. I was just exploring the medium. That quickly changed: In the early years of my company, I was tracing 75% of all of my business back to relationships that began online — and much of that was directly or indirectly tied to this blog. So, then I felt…
  • The Weekly Cocktail: Creativity Edition

    Heather Whaling
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Like a good cocktail, this mix of news — hand-crafted by Team Geben — will enlighten, educate and inspire your creativity. Cheers and happy reading!  The Source of Creativity 5 Ways to Keep Your Team’s Creativity Flowing 10 Quotes on What Inspires Creativity, and What Most Definitely Does Not 12 Ways to Instantly Boost Your Creativity Do These Things Before Bed to Hack Your Creativity While You Sleep Why Marketers Can’t Afford to Separate Data and Creativity Not Just for Toddlers: Give Yourself a Timeout to Boost Creativity 100 Motivational Quotes that will Inspire you to Succeed 5…
  • Ways to Create Content Your Customers Love + Other Links You Might Have Missed (The Weekly Cocktail)

    Heather Whaling
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Like a good cocktail, this mix of news — hand-crafted by Team Geben — will enlighten, inspire and educate. Cheers and happy reading!  How Skype Uses Storytelling to Be the Most Human of Tech Companies 5 Lessons To Learn From Derek Jeter’s Brand Management Legacy The 10 Tech Terms You’re Mixing Up Victoria’s Other Secret: The Low-Key Billionaire Behind The Lingerie Giant 3 Tips for Winning the Facebook News Feed Battle 5 Ways to Jumpstart a Sluggish Morning How to Run a Facebook Contest, Analyze Your Page, and More: 11 Ideal Facebook Tools for Marketers 7 Habits of the…
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    Tech in Asia

  • St. Games’ fire: how these two 31-year-olds turned console gaming into an events startup

    Mary-Anne Lee
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    If you’re old enough, you’ll probably remember how your local mom-and-pop store had an NES console you could rent. Those services disappeared as convenience store chains and affordable home consoles appeared, and disposable incomes rose. Yet these two 31-year-olds have preserved that age-old tradition of “social” gaming – and no, they don’t run an indie arcade. Lee Ming Wei and Lee Teck Hou are co-founders of St. Games Cafe, a retail outlet where customers can rent video game consoles for on-site play. Situated in The Cathay mall in Singapore, St. Games Cafe is part of a…
  • Alibaba’s online mutual fund Yuebao is actually shrinking

    C. Custer
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Alibaba’s mutual fund Yuebao garnered a lot of attention when it first launched last summer, and at first, it grew extremely fast. But by this July, it had begun to stagnate, and now according to the latest numbers, investment in Yuebao is actually dropping. Back in July, Yuebao held RMB 574 billion (US$92 billion) in assets, making it the fourth-largest money market fund in the world. But this past Friday, Tianhong Asset Management Co. (which manages Yuebao’s funds and which is also owned by Alibaba) announced Yuebao’s latest numbers: RMB 534 billion (US$87 billion). That…
  • Uber drops the ball with free ride promotion in Singapore – again

    Daniel Tay
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. An apt choice of words for Singaporeans who decided to give Uber’s free ride promotion a second try two days ago, many of whom came away unhappy again. This time, it was because Uber had seemingly reneged on its offer and charged those who had taken it up anyway, triggering a flood of angry comments on its Facebook page: The offer was live on Thursday, and promised up to two free UberTaxi trips per rider, with each ride being capped at S$35 (US$28). Despite the price cap being clearly stated on the taxi app’s blog, many reported…
  • Here are the top 3 startups from Innovation Weekend Osaka

    J.T. Quigley
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    The final stop of SunBridge Global Venture’s Innovation Weekend pitch contest series took place in Osaka this evening. After four prior events – held in Singapore (May 9), London (July 4), Tokyo (June 20), and Boston (September 24) – the fifth startup was chosen to compete at the grand finale in Tokyo this December. SunBridge Global Ventures co-founder and CEO Ikuo Hiraishi said that more than 100 startups have joined Innovation Weekend events since its inception in 2011 – with 25 percent of them receiving funding since presenting. Without further ado, here were the…
  • Thai startup goes into top gear with crowdfunding for car analytics gizmo

    Steven Millward
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    Now that people are getting used to viewing analytics about their health, a number of startups are taking the notion of “quantified self” and useful data to our cars. The latest to do so is a fledgling Thai startup called Drivebot that recently emerged from the Dtac Accelerate program in Bangkok. The startup is now seeking crowdfunding for its gizmo, which provides data and feedback on the health of your car – and on you as a driver. Drivebot is seeking US$35,000 in crowdfunding on Indiegogo and has already amassed over US$12,000 with 37 days to go. Like similar app-connected…
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    Room 214

  • Social Media Roundup: Facebook Atlas Capabilities, Skype Qik & Phonio

    Megan Moran
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Hey there Social Media Gurus! Here’s your roundup of social networking updates that are making headlines this week! Facebook Relaunches Atlas  In 2013, Facebook bought Atlas, an ad server from Microsoft, for $100 million. Facebook recently announced that they are relaunching Atlas and we’ve learned what Facebook intends to do with it. Facebook aims to use this ad server to measure ad campaigns across multiple devices more effectively as well as give advertisers access to Facebook’s targeting precision across the entire web. This is big news for marketers as this means digital…
  • 3 Tips for SaaS Scriptwriting

    Fleetwood Mathews
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    When potential customers visit your website, they’re looking for quick information about the services your company offers. Your SaaS company has a great deal of competition, especially with the advent of marketing automation. There are more emails and subsequent communications than ever before. In order to cut through the plethora of verbose uselessness, you have two tools. 1) Written Communication. 2) Visual Communication. A video is a way to sell your services with appealing visuals and a memorable message to your audience. An imperative part of creating this video is writing an…
  • #COTW: MeUndies’ “The 90’s”

    Katie Leitner
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How exciting is it that we live in a world where our underwear can be delivered to us? MeUndies is an online clothing company that focuses on the comfort of their product and convenience of purchasing it. Not only does MeUndies utilize a newly emerging business model, but they are finding interesting and different ways to keep their fans engaged digitally. Customers can purchase MeUndies products just like any other traditional online retailer: when they please, as often as they please. Or they can sign up to receive their undies every 1, 2, or 3 months on a subscription basis. This…
  • 6 Unconventional SEO Tips for High-Tech Companies

    Josh Hill
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Today’s high-tech companies are overflowing with digital talent. Because of this it seems like digital marketing should come naturally and sales pipelines should always be bursting with qualified leads. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. This is especially true with SEO. Even if you have a talented team, SEO can be dumbfounding. There’s an inconvenient wealth of conflicting ideas and tactics online. Even if you have ideas regarding what might increase organic traffic, your confidence in these ideas is likely to be shaky at best. Because of this SEO is frequently put on the…
  • Productivity Apps for Agency Survival

    James Clark
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    I’ve been using a few apps for scheduling and communications which have made a positive impact on my personal productivity. Scheduling We’ve all been subjected to the pain and suffering associated with managing our own personal, family, team, client and agency schedule. It’s a nightmare with endless frustrations. Assistant.to – Gmail Assistant.to works with personal and corporate Gmail and Google Calendar accounts and has given me hours of my life back. Assistant.to eliminates the back and forth, and potential for double booking. In the past if I was to send an…
 
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  • #MakeInIndia smashes the -Billion impressions mark on Social Media

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    #MakeInIndia made a huge splash globally with social media updates from over 100 countries, capturing the world’s imagination and a large chunk of influencer mindspace. Digiqom, a growing digital agency, and Simplify 360, a leading Social Business Intelligence Company, have come together to measure the impact of #MakeInIndia by listening in on the conversations and making sense of the voluminous data. The stats are staggering. To give you a perspective, #MakeInIndia trended worldwide at no. 2 between 10.30 am and 11.30 am on Thursday, September 25—the day of the launch. Since then, there…
  • The Social Media Spread of Ebola Virus

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    The Ebola outbreak of 2014 has been by far the largest one in the entire history of West Africa.  The deadly disease has a fatality rate of 90%, i.e 90% of the victims die when the virus attacks them. Simplify360 today released an interesting analysis to catch a glimpse of how the virus is spreading on social media:                                                                                …
  • Why these TOP 15 IT training resources are considered the best

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Are you one of those people who have registered for a certification or a course but do not have the required resources to prepare for it? Well, do not worry as this has happened to a lot of people. Either there are not any credible resources available to you or you are not able to find any over the internet. This is a problem which needs to be eliminates, as most people do require IT Training resources which will help them in the process of training. However, not all of the vendors out there will provide you with the most reliable and credible training resources. Yes, you are new to this…
  • Celebrate Independence Day with Twitter Chat on #BrandIndia

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Simplify360 has planned to celebrate India’s Independence in a unique way. The company is doing a Twitter chat today at 3 PM themed “#BrandIndia with Bhupendra”. Bhupendra, CEO for Simplify360, is talking to some prominent brand experts from around the World regarding India as a brand. The topics to be covered are: 1. How is #BrandIndia today? 2. What did India as a nation missed in last 6 decades? 3. How to build India as a brand of trust and quality? 4. #BrandIndia should be about people or product 5. Role MNC and foreigners play in building Brand India and more. The panel…
  • IBM unveils chip that emulates human brain

    Priya
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
      The International Business Machines Corporation or IBM is an American consulting corporation and a multination technological enterprise.  It is headquartered in Armonk, New York. IBM not only markets but also manufactures computer software and hardware and also provides infrastructure, consulting and hosting services in various areas starting from mainframe computers up to nanotechnology. Recently, IBM revealed a computer chip which is about the size of a postage stamp and is claimed to spur up the functions of the synapses, neurons and other characteristics of the brain to carry out…
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  • Effective Ways of Improving Your Business Using Local SEO

    Rajkumar Raju
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Local SEO is becoming one of the most essential components of every business or brand that wants long-term success across search engines. Location-specific searches and the results that go along with them suggests that local business owners need to step up their game in terms of local SEO. At present, Google alone has to manage more than 100 billion searches per month from around the world. Among them: 4 billion queries generated from desktops per month in the United States alone have local intent. 50% of all the mobile queries have local intent. Local SEO is a great way to target customers…
  • The Google Penguin Algorithm is Reborn

    Laxman Kamath
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    After more than a year, Google has officially come up with a streamlined version of the Penguin algorithm which is being referred to as the Penguin 3.0 Update. The Google Penguin Algorithm was initially announced in April 2012. It was basically a deterrent mechanism for webmasters who indulged in Black Hat SEO techniques. These include but not limited to, deviously increasing the ranking of a web page by manipulating the number of links pointing to it. These tactics are commonly called link schemes which are in violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines. Google penalizes such websites…
  • Apple iAd Offers Retargeting Sans Cookies

    Laxman Kamath
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Apple, a company that revolutionized cutting-edge gadgets is now trying to get a foothold in the lucrative mobile ads market that was hitherto dominated by industry giants like Google and Facebook. With the re-launch of iAd (Apple’s mobile ad platform), advertisers can now better target audience across the iOS mobile platform letting them have a shot at a bigger customer base. Apple for long was actively striving for cross-device ad serving and retargeting via the iAd platform without much influence. But this renewed attempt from Apple will help open the floodgates for advertising…
  • The Google Tag Manager gets an Update

    Team Position²
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    The Google Tag Manager is a very useful tool not only for the IT fraternity but also for the digital marketers. You can make the whole process of tag management more predictable and tailor-made for your specific needs. Some of the features associated with the just released Google Tag Manager update are as follows: Customizing the Tag Manager to your unique needs using new APIs A user friendly interface that can launch and edit your tags quicker and more efficiently. A host of other third party templates that makes tagging easier than before. A tag is an HTML code that executes on a web page…
  • Content Marketing, ROI of PPC Advertising and much more…| Best of the Week

    Team Position²
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    This week’s hot news, events and videos from the online marketing and social media world. From the Position² Blog This Week: Effective Ways of Measuring Your Content Marketing Efforts Content Marketing is gaining unparalleled traction today. This has led Digital Marketers to accord special emphasis on the quality of content being created. An effective Content Marketing strategy will give you a definitive edge. Read this incisive blog to learn more now. Why Change Management Comes into Play in B2B Marketing 3 Major B2B Marketing Fears: What’s Holding You Back? When do B2B Tech Companies…
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  • Hailo Chairman: ‘Uber can spend money like drunken sailors’

    Paul Sawers
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:08 am
    Hailo unfurled the white flag on its American adventure earlier this month, leaving Uber and Lyft to slug it out between themselves. Now, Hailo chairman Ron Zeghibe has said that Uber blocked potential investors by putting a caveat in their own investement terms: ‘You can invest in us, but only if you don’t invest in our rivals’, is the general gist of the claims. While Uber hasn’t commented on the claims, it’s not the most outrageous expectation – you would want your investors fully on board with you and not dividing their time and resources with your direct competitors,…
  • The PS4 will soon let you share games with friends online, here’s how it works [video]

    Paul Sawers
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    The PS4 is getting a system software update (v2.00) next Tuesday (October 28), and Sony has given gamers a glimpse of one of the key new features. First revealed back in August, Share Play is what Sony refers to as a “virtual couch,” insofar as it lets you invite friends to play games with you through the internet, even if they don’t own a copy of the game. You can share your screen so they can watch, hand over your controller so they can help, or give them access to a secondary controller to join in a multiplayer. But it’s... This story continues at The Next Web
  • Beats Music is down [Update: It's back up]

    Roberto Baldwin
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Amid a report from The Wall Street Journal that Beats Music will be tied into iTunes starting in 2015, the music service is currently unavailable to some users. The Apple-owned music service throws up an odd message in the app and via the browser that indicate the service is experiencing a large number of sign ups. Maybe everyone decided that since the service will be reportedly ingrained into iTunes next year, they might as well sign up now. Maybe everyone forgot about Dre and just today remembered the man and the company he founded and decided to sign up for that... This story continues at…
  • Uber is launching in three cities today, including strictly-regulated Las Vegas

    Napier Lopez
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Residents of Sin City rejoice: Uber today announced that it has started offering its service in Las Vegas, sharing up some estimated fares as well. In subsequent blog posts, Uber also added Reno, Nevada and Monterrey, Mexico to its coverage. As with any other cities, all you need to do is download the Uber app, tell it where you want to be picked up, and wait for your driver. Uber is constantly adding cities to its coverage, but Vegas is notable for its relatively strict taxi regulation. For instance, taxis can’t just pick up someone walking down the street unless at a designated taxi…
  • Google’s Sundar Pichai to become head of product amid major staff reshuffling

    Napier Lopez
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    According to a report by Recode, Google CEO Larry Page sent a staff memo denoting some major changes at Google HQ, including handing the reins of several key Google products over to Sundar Pichai. The Next Web has independently confirmed the report. Picahi is currently a Senior Vice President at Google, overseeing Chrome, Android, and Google Apps. Recode’s report notes his new role would give Pichai control over research, search, maps, Google+, commerce and ads, in addition to the products he already handles. According to the report, Page hopes the move will help Google maintain a sense…
 
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  • JSMM Utilizes Large Database To Land Press Hit And Large Numbers Of Impressions For MotoVox Before AIMExpo Motorsport Show

    Josh Ridgway
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Jennings Social Media Marketing recently planned out a social media engagement and public relations strategy to help APT MotoVox, Inc. promote its appearance at the AIMExpo Motorsport show in Orlando. By using public relations techniques, JSMM promoted MotoVox’s appearance at the show to a database of 1.6 million and helped MotoVox reach two million social media impressions a week leading up to the show. JSMM also landed MotoVox a press hit in Torqued Magazine which detailed MotoVox’s plans to unveil seven new products at the AIMExpo. MotoVox left the show a big winner, going home with…
  • JSMM Grows US Coachways Impressions By 1,500% In One Week

    Emily Ward
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    In just one week, Jennings Social Media Marketing (JSMM) took its client US Coachways’ weekly social media impressions from 50,000 to over 800,000, up by a staggering 1,500 percent. Specials that JSMM created for the website generated over 3,000 leads in one month, 136 leads from Facebook in a week and 130 calls from Facebook in a week. US Coachways, a national bus charter company, retained JSMM in June when its social media channels were very small. Most of the growth has been organic besides a small advertising budget on Facebook.     Find out more about the success below-…
  • APT MotoVox Group, Inc. Retains JSMM for Social Media & PR

    Josh Ridgway
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    APT MotoVox Group, Inc., a technology company building Mini Bikes, Pit Bikes, Go-Karts, and Scooters from the ground up, has retained Jennings Social Media Marketing. APT MotoVox Group is a publicly traded company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. APT MotoVox Group recently acquired MOTOPED®, a lightweight and fuel efficient amalgamation of a motorcycle, moped, and bike. Motopeds are designed to go where a standard bicycle or motorcycle can’t by utilizing a patented jackshift pedal drive system and various low-displacement engine packages. These features create a 115-pound Motoped that can…
  • Frank Ancona Honda, RAZ Mobile & City Union Mission Combine Forces Thanks To JSMM

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    JSMM has been working with RAZ Mobile over the last several months to build cause marketing programs and public relations outreach for its clients and JSMM clients. Together RAZ Mobile and JSMM were retained by City Union Mission for social media and mobile fundraising on the nonprofit’s 90th anniversary. Recently, JSMM introduced its client Frank Ancona Honda to the Mission to develop cause marketing programs and raise money for #FeedKCNow. Frank Ancona Honda now has its own mobile fundraising page via RAZ Mobile, using a campaign page feature that is branded for #FeedKCNow. JSMM will…
  • JSMM & RAZ Mobile Retained by City Union Mission; Frank Ancona Honda Raises Money for #FeedKCNow

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    JSMM was retained by City Union Mission to elevate the Mission’s social media presence throughout its 90th year serving the Kansas City community. JSMM client RAZ Mobile was also retained for its mobile fundraising technology. The kickoff campaign is a charity music concert, Celebrating 90 Years: More Than A Soup Kitchen, at First Baptist Raytown on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 with musical performances by Lynda Randle and Paul Land and Ray Hildebrand. Buy tickets now or make a donation via the RAZ Mobile site. Additionally, a Facebook auction is going on now until Friday on the Mission’s page…
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    Jason Yormark

  • 5 Tips To Book A Baller Vegas Trip Affordably That You Haven’t Heard

    Jason Yormark
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Okay, maybe not celebrity baller, but there are ways to experience an upgraded Vegas experience. I love Vegas. I do. It’s not for everyone. But for me, 2 times a year is standard. There’s just something about a city that’s always on. It’s a place I can go and really do whatever the hell I want and not have to worry about it. The ultimate adult playground. There was actually a time where you could practically get everything super cheap and free, Unfortunately those times have changed quite a bit. Vegas is much more touristy. In fact, over the years I’ve seen more…
  • You Need To Own Your Online Identity

    Jason Yormark
    7 May 2014 | 11:06 am
    I was inspired to write this blog post based on an article that surfaced in my Facebook feed about Appetas, a restaurant website service, that up until now, offered restaurants a turn-key solution to having a website with useful integrated features such as menus, online ordering etc.  It’s not the worst idea in the world by any means, an affordable, easy solution for an industry that typically has low margins, and little to no internal resources for such a thing. But today’s announcement is exactly why I’ve consulted not only restaurants, but all businesses to stay away…
  • Why Sometimes You Have To Say No To New Business

    Jason Yormark
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Not every lead is a good one. In my first year of starting my company, while few and far between, I’ve actually had new business prospects that I’ve turned down. For a startup, that seems a bit crazy, but sometimes, it’s unavoidable. I was inspired to write this blog post by something that literally just happened in our office that is driving me nuts. What initially started out as a very promising lead for our company, turned into the most ridiculous showing of disorganization and disrespect I’ve faced since launching my business. A week or so ago, I was delighted to…
  • How To Guarantee Your Facebook Page Content Reaches Your Fans

    Jason Yormark
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Times are changing. The good ‘ol days of free advertising on Facebook have pretty much disappeared. You can’t blame Facebook entirely for this as it was just a matter of time before they really needed to monetize all those users and all that data. There’s plenty of uproar over this as organic Facebook reach is starting to dip into the single digits, and companies are scrambling to figure out what’s next. Some are proclaiming they are leaving the platform, while others have begrudgingly bit the bullet and started paying to promote their posts. While I certainly enjoyed…
  • Social Media Isn’t Going Anywhere

    Jason Yormark
    24 Feb 2014 | 9:22 am
    I often get asked from folks whether there will ever be a “social media crash”. Similar to the 2000 dot com bust, will all these social channels just crash and burn at some point. My simple answer is always no. The fact is, social media at its core isn’t some newly formed concept that just popped up over the last few years. As a society, we’ve always been “social”. It’s the technology that has changed that has allowed us to do so differently. So while I’m sure there will be a fair share of social channels that will come and go, our social…
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    Adam Sherk

  • The Best Tools for Keyword Research, Competitive Analysis and Trending Topics

    Adam Sherk
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Editorial teams and content creators are always on the lookout for useful tools for keyword research and content planning. To help with that, I’ve put together a list of the best options for keyword research, competitive analysis and monitoring search and social trends. There is a wide universe of tools out there and my intention is not to cover them all. Instead I’ve highlighted the ones I like best and regularly recommend to editorial teams. I’ve also focused primarily on tools that are free or relatively inexpensive. If I haven’t included something that you…
  • Not a Bad Gimmick: The World’s Highest Press Release

    Adam Sherk
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    London-based Houston PR is blasting out (yes, that’s an intended pun) a gimmicky press release to announce its relocation and rebranding. It has put out what it believes to be the world’s highest press release: While I’m not a particular fan of PR gimmicks or shotgun pitches I like this one, so I’ll bite. I also think if you manage to get your press release 27 miles above the earth that deserves a shout-out. And it gives me a chance to point out that the release is free of links with optimized anchor text, which is something you want to watch out for these days (when…
  • Take Advantage of Additional Google News Opportunities for Publishers

    Adam Sherk
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Google News continues to be an important source of traffic for publishers, in particular from the news OneBoxes that are frequently included in regular Web search results. While most news search optimization efforts rightly focus on editorial best practices and avoiding Google News errors, there are some additional opportunities that are worth taking advantage of. If you aren’t utilizing each of these I recommended adding them to the mix. 1) News_keywords tag – Use the news_keywords tag to provide up to 10 defining phrases for each article. While not as impactful as key news search…
  • The Best Social Media Analytics Tools for Publishers

    Adam Sherk
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    What are the best tools for publishers looking to track social media activity at the content level? There are a lot of options for social monitoring, tracking and analytics, with prices ranging from free to very expensive. I thought I’d share some of my favorites that are well suited to editorial content sites. The primary focus here is on social media analytics and share count tracking, along with identifying content and topics with the potential to go viral. I have intentionally left off most of the wider-ranging management platforms and enterprise suites to try to limit the scope.
  • How Much Search and Social Media Traffic Do Publishers Get?

    Adam Sherk
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    On average, what percentage of referral traffic to publishers comes from search, social media, links and direct navigation? That’s a question I’m commonly asked by organizations that are attempting to establish benchmarks and assess their current performance. To get an idea of where things currently stand, I pulled 2013 referral data for a selection of 52 magazine and content sites, all well-known brands from major publishers. Here are the averages for the year, according to each site’s Referrer Types report in Omniture: Search 37.8% Social Media 10.2% Other Web Sites 22.3%…
 
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    The Blog of Matthew Loop

  • New Chiropractic Marketing Strategy Ranks You #1 on Google

    Matthew Loop
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    This newer chiropractic marketing strategy is AWESOME and I’m happy to be sharing it with you! It’s a super easy way to rank #1 on Google this year. The method is very powerful, “out-of-the-box” and hardly any chiropractors are using it. Everyone knows that better rankings online equals more new patients through the doors. However, a big problem is that it’s becoming harder and harder to stand-out in the noisy social world now that the gatekeepers are back. This secret “loophole” you’re going to discover has worked time and time again for…
  • Social Media Business Consultant Shares Inspiring Message

    Matthew Loop
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    There’s so much opportunity this year for those business owners who are willing to prepare well, work hard, and persevere. Keep grinding and moving forward. Your time is coming, my friend. This video was filmed at Half Moon Bay in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos.     Did you like this post? If so, click the Facebook “like” button below to share it with your friends! Related Blog Posts: It Ain’t About How Hard You Hit The 5 MOST Powerful Facebook Advertising Tips The Life Success Secret NO ONE Talks About Before You Work Another 12 Hour Day, WATCH THIS 
  • The 5 MOST Powerful Facebook Advertising Tips

    Matthew Loop
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Based on extensive market research, careful observation, and personally spending over $250,000 in Facebook ads (not to mention an extra half million dollars my company has managed for clients), here are the 5 most powerful Facebook advertising tips you can learn and profit from today! You’ll also discover arguably the most costly mistake  marketers and small businesses make when advertising on the social network. Click the play button below to watch.     Did you like this post? If so, click the Facebook “like” button below to share it with your friends! Related Blog…
  • Before You Work Another 12 Hour Day, WATCH THIS FIRST

    Matthew Loop
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    This one single mistake can CRIPPLE your business and life if you’re not careful. In terms of priority, it should be #1 or else everything else falls apart. It’s probably not what you would immediately think either. This video was shot on the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos in Grace Bay.     Did you like this post? If so, click the Facebook “like” button below and share it with your friends. Related Blog Posts: The Social Media Revenue Summit (highlight reel) Selling Products Online? Watch This FIRST The 5 Pillars of a Successful Internet Business How to Start…
  • The 2014 Social Media Revenue Summit (highlight reel)

    Matthew Loop
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Held at the luxurious Ritz Carlton in Buckhead, this top tier advanced training was designed to help attendees build a 5 figure per month PASSIVE income machine around doing what they love. It was also for brick and mortar business owners wanting to profitably integrate social marketing into their existing business model, product, or service. As you’re about to see from the highlight video, there is NO OTHER experience like this in the social media marketing world! If you missed-out on this years event, keep your eyes out for the 2015 dates. To learn more about the Social Media Revenue…
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    Diva Marketing (Blog)

  • Is Your Personal Brand Attracting the Right Audience?

    Toby
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    This week it was my honor to present at South Wired 14, formerly known as Digital Atlanta. South Wired is the longest on-going social media/digital marketing conference in Atlanta. It was my pleasure to share the stage, as co-presenters, with Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe. South Wired is 5 days packed with smart people talking about issues of how to succeed in the ever changing and challenging world of digital marketing. Dorothea and I spent hours discussing what we could bring to the party that might be a little different and add value for the attendees. Our conversations led us to explore the…
  • Interview With American Marketing Association CEO Russ Klein

    Toby
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    There's a new dude in town. Well in the world of the American Marketing Association. Russ Klein recently accepted the role of CEO for AMA and with that he now leads North America's largest professional marketing association. Of course, AMA dropped a media release which details Russ' credentials (impressive!). I was curious about the man-behind-the-logo. I felt I had a bit of a vested interest since my AMA affliation has a deep and long history from chapter president, to serving as facilitator of interactive and social media workshops and managing AMA's first virtual communities. One might…
  • Why I Write - Blog Hop "Old Fashion" Meme

    Toby
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    When BBF Yvonne DiVita, author/founder of Lipsticking and BlogPaws, asked me to play along on an 'old fashion' blog meme or blog hop, I immediately said yes. Blog memes were popular before blogs were social media. So this post is not only fun but a bit nostalgia. I've always wanted to be a "Writer." However, I never really knew I was until I started Diva Marketing. Funny because I wrote all the time. I've always had/and have a little note book with me to jot ideas, impressions, thoughts. I write in coffee shops, on planes, on trains, in parks, in a car. I write most everywhere. With…
  • The Waffle House - A World Cup Battle To A Social Media Win With Meghan Irwin

    Toby
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    The U.S.A. won against Belgium in the World Cup game. Well .. not really .. but sort of. The Waffle House, an American, iconic, southern, restaurant company, walked away with the social media trophy. Paying not one of the 75k dollar sponsorship fees, the Waffle House's followers organically helped score them the win via a social media waffle battle: sweet versus Belgium waffles. Many saw the battle unfold on Twitter but I wondered ... what was the back-story? How did it begin and what course of action did the Waffle House plan? Meghan Irwin, Waffle House, agreed to tell us what it was like…
  • Beyond The Ink Smudge To Digital Relevancy

    Toby
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    "Always in motion is the future”– Yoda She was the daughter. That meant she was a second generation newspaper publisher. Diane Everson, publisher of The Edgerton Reporter in Edgerton, WI wasn’t the only one whose newspaper spanned generations at the 2014 Inland Press Mobile and Social Solutions Conference last month. In the room, where I had the pleasure of talking about social media in newspapers, were people who had a passion for their papers and their industry. As I quickly learned, running a weekly or small community newspaper is not unlike owning a small business. Except ...
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    3net Search Engine Marketing Blog by Social Media Systems

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    14 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    A new 1 $Billion+ Venture Fund Seeks: Best Regional Company Commercial   Best Travel Show Spokesperson Exotic Destinations Travel show Spokes Models Best Regional Actress Best Regional Actor.. TV shows for the Travel Industry.   Free Advertising, Huge prizes, Travel, Careers and even Capital Offered to Contest Winners! Resources Include:   Live Event Broadcasting / Streaming Arts & Entertainment Community […]
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    313-277-0800 | List of Clowns in Michigan – Children’s Entertainment Things To Look For When Hiring A Clown in Michigan By, Shayna Lynn When you search for a clown for hire, whether it’s for birthday parties, theme parties or children’s special occasions, there are some things you must know first. Not every clown for hire […]
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  • The Psychological Toll of Moderating Social Media Content

    Mona Zhang
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Wired‘s Adrian Chen takes a look at what goes on behind the scenes of social media: legions of content moderators who look at child porn and beheadings so social media users don’t have to. According the report, the number of content moderators is estimated to be over 100,000 — “twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.” Much of the time, content moderation is outsourced to the Philippines, though tech firms do hire content moderators in the U.S. Chen talked to one former YouTube moderator, who told him: “Everybody hits the wall,…
  • Report: How Real-Time Marketing Can Boost Campaign Engagement

    Kimberlee Morrison
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Real-time marketing can be tricky. In fact, a tweet from Oreo during a blackout in the 2013 Super Bowl has been hailed as one of the biggest real-time marketing successes. In an attempt to better understand how best to position your marketing teams, digital trend marketing agency Taykey has released a detailed report [PDF]. Taykey analyzed data from more than 60 trend-targeted campaigns that ran between July 1 and Sept. 30. In order to provide consistent points of comparison, engagement metrics for trend-targeted ads were measured against estimated industry benchmarks, including…
  • Google Introduces USB Encryption Device

    Kimberlee Morrison
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Privacy has become paramount in the minds of users, as well as tech companies. Last year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt noted that encryption was the only real way to keep user data out of the hands of governments. With the release of a Google USB security key, that’s a possibility. Google already uses two-factor authentication to protect its users. However, that system isn’t without its problems, so Google has decided to add an additional layer of encryption to the process by replacing a text message and input code with a USB device. It checks for an authentic connection to Google…
  • Friday Morning Laughs: Murray Talks Tinder, Conservation Officer Dances

    Sonja Hegman Andras
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Happy Friday! This week we have Bill Murray showing how Tinder works for him, a wildlife conservation supervisor dancing, an older boxer sparring with a young boxer and a couple of other gems. Hope you enjoy them as you welcome another weekend. Bill Murray on Tinder It’s difficult to deny Bill Murray’s awesomeness. Here he is explaining how Tinder works.   Old Boxer Knocks Out Young Boxer It’s probably safe say that age is nothing but a number. In this video, an older gent proves he’s still got it while sparring with a much younger man in the boxing ring.   Ripple the…
  • Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Rooms App | Finding Influential Customers

    Tim Sohn
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
     Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Facebook’s Rooms App Is a Flashback to Internet Bulletin Boards (The New York Times) Facebook took the wraps off an app, called Rooms, on Thursday. And it is far more like Reddit or Ning (remember that?) than Whisper or Snapchat. The Telegraph Rooms lets users interact on Facebook without using their real names. The aim is for people to feel free to discuss sensitive issues, when normally they would not be comfortable doing so. TechCrunch It’s a bit like forums inside an Instagram-style vertical feed. Rooms doesn’t…
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  • 10 Great Examples Of How Sports Use Vine

    Laurens Bianchi
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Vine offers sports a great opportunity to engage with their audiences, in just 6 seconds.   When social network tool was launched in january 2013, many sport teams were one of the first professional users. In the beginning, their content was a bit boring: panoramic shots of an empty stadium or someone leafing through a match programme in six seconds. As micro content is becoming more popular and important within content marketing, sports teams and brands are becoming more creative, using the network tot engage with fans, reach promotional goals and leverage their sponsorships. Here are…
  • 4 Ways To Make Your Presentation Viral

    Daniel Glickman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Most people create content in the hopes that someone will see it. Yet when it comes to presentations, how do you get it out to the world, or, even better, how do you make a presentation go viral? Many of us remember presentations that have been informative, engaging, interesting, and make us want to share them – so how do you create one that will have the same effect on viewers? Here are four of our top ways to create a presentation that catches on like internet wildfire. 1. Don’t tell a topic; share a story. Presentations that simply share information on a topic don’t go viral.
  • Top 5 Videos In Viral Friday: God Only Knows – BBC Music

    Martin Michalik
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Viral video marketing used to be an art, now it’s a science. We curate the millions of videos that are uploaded every week. In our flagship format Viral Friday we show you the top 5 viral videos. This week, we selected the following video top 5 for you… Enjoy and share. Viral Video #1. God Only Knows – BBC Music An amazing video from BBC Music, a remake of Beach Boys’ masterpiece God Only Knows by The Impossible Orchestra. This week’s viral number one with almost 4,7 million views in just four days. 2. Dear Kitten: Regarding The Dog Cat and kitten are back in yet…
  • Meet the Google Street View Camel

    Paul van Veenendaal
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Google has embarked on new territory with an unusual vehicle, in its quest to visualize the world for its Street View project. While cars are used to capture the majority of Street View imagery, Google’s Street View Trekker cameras have been carried also around on bikes, snow mobiles, boats, people, and now camels to capture more ‘off grid’ locations. To map parts of the Liwa desert in the United Arab Emirates, the company from Mountain View, hired a 10-year-old camel to take one of its 360-degree ‘Trekker’ cameras on a trip across the dunes. Click here to…
  • Top 5 Videos In Viral Friday: Assassin’s Kittens Unity

    Martin Michalik
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Viral video marketing used to be an art, now it’s a science. We curate the millions of videos that are uploaded every week. In our flagship format Viral Friday we show you the top 5 viral videos. This week, we selected the following video top 5 for you… Enjoy and share. Viral Video #1. Assassin’s Kittens Unity New Assassin’s Creed game is about to hit the shelves (on 11. 11. 2014), promising a CO-OP game and a lot of fun. To give you a sneak preview, well sort of, here come a version featuring kittens! Cuteness overload, with over 5.5 million views in a week. 2. GoPro…
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  • 12 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy

    Pam Dyer
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Do you need some help to get started with your social media marketing plan? If you want to attract and engage social-media fans and followers — and convert them into paying customers — you need to map out a clear, goal-oriented social media plan. If you don’t, it will be obvious to your fans and target market that you are disorganized. In addition to damaging your brand, you’ll risk losing sales by sending your audience to your competitors. If you’re starting from scratch, it can feel overwhelming. You know that others have been successful at social media…
  • 5 Mistakes That Prevent Your Content From Going Viral

    Pam Dyer
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Why isn’t your amazing content going viral? You do everything you’re supposed to do. You write great blog posts, film interesting videos, and take amazing photos. You share them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and your other social media channels. You wait for something to happen, and then … *crickets*. Why aren’t people sharing your content? What pushes someone to not only to view it, but to pass it on? There is a science to creating viral content The goal of content marketing is to inspire people to spread your message for you, and there is probably…
  • 8 Tips for Managing a Social Media Crisis

    Pam Dyer
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:28 pm
    How in the world could this have happened?! It’s the middle of the night where you are but it’s early afternoon someplace else, where a group of angry customers is mounting an offensive against your brand. Negative videos have gone viral and a barrage of inflammatory tweets and Facebook posts are being hurled in your direction. Rage spills over to other social networks and influential bloggers are decimating your reputation. The social media crisis is quickly spreading, but you are silent. The damage is widespread by the time you get to the office. Furious calls are pouring…
  • 20 LinkedIn Mistakes That Turn Off Potential Customers

    Pam Dyer
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Are you getting good results on LinkedIn? The professional social network is a force to be reckoned with. It’s a great tool for businesses looking to increase traffic and leads, as well as for people searching for new career opportunities who want to market their expertise. It’s an easy-to-use portal that facilitates the exchange of ideas whose primary purpose is to cultivate professional relationships, and its mentality and etiquette are vastly different than on Twitter and Facebook. Social media is unique in its ability to communicate with large audiences. This one-to-many…
  • How to Increase YouTube Engagement [Infographic]

    Pam Dyer
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Is YouTube marketing worth it? More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. It is the second most popular search engine and the third most popular site in the world. Nielsen says that it reaches more U.S. adults ages 18-34 than any cable network, a sweet spot for advertisers. Mastering the art of YouTube marketing will help your target audience discover you in an entirely new way. Many businesses are daunted by the prospect of using the platform because of the perceived complexity. Getting started with filming and production can be perceived as intimidating, and brands often…
 
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  • 20 Most Important Stats from the 2015 B2B Content Marketing Report

    Jeffrey L. Cohen
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs released their annual benchmark report on B2B content marketing. It is based on surveys of 1820 North American B2B Marketers across all industries and company sizes. This is the fifth year that they have released this report, and it continues to improve each year. The entire report is embedded at the end of this post. The first, and most notable stat in this report is that number of B2B marketers using content marketing has gone down from 93% last year to 86% this year. That is because they changed the definition of content marketing to…
  • Professors Share Observations on the State of B2B Marketing

    Jeffrey L. Cohen
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently participated in a project with the Oracle Marketing Cloud where they interviewed marketing professors about the state of B2B marketing and how they are using that knowledge to develop curriculum to train the marketers of the future. It was an esteemed panel of professors, including: Barbara Kahn, Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Josh Murdock, Professor of Educational Technology & Social Networking, Valencia College Mark Schaefer, Marketing Consultant, College Educator and Author, Rutgers University Peter…
  • B2B Companies Use Twitter for Customer Support No Matter Their Size

    Shankar Ganesh
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The days when B2B companies picking up the phone or answering emails was good enough are long over. Now, customers take to Twitter even before they call you. They’re tweeting about how terrible your hold music is even as they’re waiting, ripping apart the scripts your agents use even as they’re working on solving their problem and publicly pushing you to deliver a quick fix for a bug they spotted minutes ago. And things are only going to get worse if your B2B company isn’t on Twitter. When you’re small, having a single touchpoint is definitely enough, but it’s inefficient as…
  • 5 Ways to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Attract Inbound B2B Leads

    Jeffrey L. Cohen
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    My friend Tom Skotidas and I are at it again and this time we talked about how anyone, but especially B2B sales pros, can use their LinkedIn profile to attract inbound leads. Tom calls this inbound social selling. He is the founder of Skotidas, Asia Pacific’s leader in B2B Social Media Lead Generation. We have been talking about the intersection of sales and content marketing for B2B companies. A lot of people call this social selling, but there is more to it than just that. 1. Re-Think the Purpose of Your Profile Rather than just create a profile that shows your job history and…
  • Do B2B Companies Really Need to Be on Facebook?

    Jeffrey L. Cohen
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    Many B2B companies start their social media efforts by gravitating to the large, common platforms and setting up profiles. Step 1: Twitter. Step 2: Facebook. Step 3: LinkedIn. And once these boxes are checked, they struggle to find the right content to post to each of these platforms. And marketers wonder if they should even be on all these platforms, especially Facebook, as organic reach has deteriorated. This approach ignores several important marketing questions that B2B marketers should be asking about Facebook. 1. What are you trying to accomplish with social media? B2B companies need to…
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  • Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!

    Mark
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you enjoyed this infographic and would like to use it on your own blog or publication for free, you can download your own copy here: 10 Reasons to Blog Infographic And for more blogging inspiration, be sure to buy Born to Blog, the number one book on blogging in the world. The post Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist! appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}.          CommentsLove this list, Mark! #3 is my favourite, there's no better ... by Giuseppe FratoniIt did for me. I now have a sacred blogging…
  • The Un-Tapped Value of Employee Social Capital

    Grow Community
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Konstanze Alex Brown, {grow} Community Member Why should any business owner like social media? Because social media connects people – employees to other employees, employees to customers, business and IT decision makers and vice versa, customers to customers, and so on. Let’s forget the public giants, Facebook and Twitter, for a moment and focus on the social media technologies that connect employees of large companies to each other, inside the company. In this scenario, social paradise is when your social technologies (think company blog and micro-blog), are adopted by your employees…
  • Can Marketers Predict and Measure Influence, Down to the Dollar?

    Kerry
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist Social scoring and ROI are two hot topics for marketers, and right now they’re largely separate considerations. But what if you could know which people were truly influential in terms of driving revenue for your brand? Instead of guessing based on follower counts or shares, what if you could dig deep into customer data and predict which customers would drive more spending through social media? Marketers have been wondering about this for years. In his 2012 book Return on Influence Mark Schaefer predicted that companies would seek to assign…
  • Mobility, mobile commerce, and the worst apps in the world

    Mark
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It seems at the end of every year, pundits predict that “this is the year of MOBILE!” And perhaps it is finally true. But as my podcasting partner in crime Tom Webster writes in his new book The Mobile Commerce Revolution: Business Success in a Wireless World (with co-author Tim Hayden), it is mobility, not just “mobile”, that is changing the world. You are not going to want to miss this insightful discussion on the new Marketing Companion podcast about Tom’s new book. You also do not want to miss our discussion of the world’s worst mobile apps, which…
  • Social selling, social business, social employees and other hype

    Mark
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s always interesting to see the parade of buzzwords march through the old blog reader. Just reading headlines day by day is a pretty good way to watch the waves of social media buzz crash on the shore! Here are three “trends” that I believe are severely over-hyped. I am NOT saying they are without value. I am saying that a lot of the buzz is being generated by over-simplified guru-speak that is out of step with business reality. 1. The social enterprise Let’s say you walk into France one day and announce that they need to be more like Russia. No more wine and…
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  • Sigma Systems Gets Exciting New Brand with Distility

    Axle Davids
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Sigma Systems, a global provider of catalogue-driven software solutions for communications, media and high tech companies, approached Distility to refresh its brand in late 2013. The Toronto-based software solutions firm had just acquired Tribold Limited, a younger UK company. As a result, they needed a brand that reflected where they wanted to be in the marketplace moving forward. Sigma Systems Case Study Up Now The new brand strategy refocused the core messages of Sigma Systems, merging the best brand attributes of both Sigma and Tribold. For a full look at the process, check out this case…
  • Toronto Branding Agency Distility in the News

    Axle Davids
    20 May 2014 | 11:52 am
    This month, Distility CEO Axle Davids was quoted in some interesting articles by both The Globe and Mail and The Canadian Press. Here’s the roundup! Distility on Tim Horton’s 50-Year Anniversary via The Canadian Press Tim Horton’s is at a crossroads fifty years into its life – how can it keep its solid brand intact while expanding its offer in an increasingly competitive quick-service market in Canada. Distility comments on the legacy of the brand. See the article here. Distility on SEO in The Globe and Mail It can be tough for a new business to cut through the noise on the…
  • Key Brand Design Elements for a Website: The Checklist Revealed

    Axle Davids
    1 May 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Once you have your brand strategy, it’s critical to know how to talk about brand design elements. Friends of Distility often ask us what the key brand design elements for a project are. Commonly enough, they (or their clients) lack the budget to define a brand that works across all media. So they instead create their brand’s visual identity through one substantial application – usually a website – and they want to know what bases to cover in terms of must-have design elements. What We Tell Them Last week, we avouched that you need more than a checklist of design elements to create…
  • A Descriptive Name Is a Pain to Trademark, Even if You’re Google Glass

    Axle Davids
    28 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    “Glass” is a tough name to trademark when “Google” isn’t tacked on. As you may have noticed, the internet has been buzzing with updates regarding a disputed U.S. trademark application filed by Google, for their yet-to-be-made-public wearable computing device, Google Glass. Given that part of our work at Distility is naming strategy, we’ve found this story to be pretty interesting. What’s Been Happening? Since last year, Google (which owns the federal claim to “Google Glass”) has been trying to lock down a U.S. trademark for the shortened product name…
  • Key Brand Design Elements for a Website

    Axle Davids
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Your brand design elements won’t create a full brand experience without strategy. Friends of Distility often ask us what the key brand design elements of a project are. Since they (or their clients) can’t invest in defining a brand that works across all media, they instead define their brand’s visual identity through a single application – often a website – and they want to know which key design elements they should keep in mind before diving in. What People Wish Was True Many people who approach us are hoping for a sort of checklist: “Select your fonts, colours, style of…
 
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    360i Digital Agency Blog

  • 4 Insights into Consumer Indecision & Choice Paralysis

    360i
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Have you ever gone to a shoe store and been unsure which sneakers to buy? Have you ever debated with coworkers what you should eat for lunch? If so, you’ve experienced one of the most common and understudied phenomena impacting a consumer’s pathway to purchase: Choice Paralysis. 360i’s Insights & Planning team recently investigated choice paralysis by listening to organic social media conversations to explore why consumers experience this inability to choose, and how brands can best navigate this crucial barrier to purchase. While choice paralysis does not affect all brands or all…
  • Uncovering Global Twitter Trends Part II: India

    360i
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    We’re excited to share a new research paper from 360i’s Insights & Planning group, entitled “Global Twitter Trends: India.” This whitepaper is the second of a multi-part series in which we explore the social media habits of three emerging global markets: Brazil, India and South Korea. It follows a 2013 report that compared Twitter habits across the U.S. and U.K. This whitepaper explores the role of culture when it comes to how, where and with what purpose people in India engage on Twitter, and how their engagement compares to other markets. These findings can be used as an…
  • Influencer Spotlight: Catching Up with Ryan Fitzgibbon

    Joy Glass
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Ryan Fitzgibbon is the creative trailblazer behind Hello Mr., a new-age print & digital magazine that’s redefining gay media culture for the millennial generation. Frustrated by the unending clichés and misrepresentations in gay lifestyle publications, Ryan launched a Kickstarter campaign aspiring for a more authentic, diverse portrayal. The project struck a chord with users, and his exploration of modern gay life is thriving through visual, written and digital submissions from around the world. We caught up with Ryan as part of 360i’s “Influencer Spotlight Series” to chat about…
  • 360i Goes Purple in Support of LGBT Youth & #SpiritDay

    360i
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Today, thousands of individuals, companies, celebrities and organizations will show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying as part of a cause called #SpiritDay. In partnership with the Dentsu Aegis Network, 360i will be joining in this cause, to send a message of solidarity and acceptance to LGBT youth by “going purple,” a color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. #SpiritDay, which began in 2010, occurs every year on the third Thursday in October during National Bullying Prevention Month. Founded by GLAAD, an organization focused on working with entertainment,…
  • Report: Alibaba & The Future of Global Marketing

    360i
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    While Alibaba Group, one of the world’s largest ecommerce companies, recently made financial headlines for its historic IPO, the emergence of the group also has substantial implications for the future of global online marketing. Unlike other ecommerce networks, Alibaba Group consists of subsidiaries that encompass the full purchase cycle: an online destination where consumers discover, shop for, and purchase goods and services. Its ecommerce platforms span C2C, B2C, B2B and wholesale, providing a level playing field for small businesses and consumers to compete with major global suppliers.
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    Mindjumpers

  • Snapchat as a platform for branded content?

    Stine Haarløv
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    With the growing number of social platforms, businesses have numerous ways to communicate with their customers.
 Today we are taking a look at the mobile app ‘Snapchat’, that allows for its users to send images that automatically delete themselves a few seconds after being viewed. It seems like Snapchat has gotten a lot of attention in the tech world lately. Around 200,000 private Snapchat images were hacked which, of course, raises the question of user security. Furthermore the social network’s Chief Executive, Evan Spiegel, announced last week that the service will no longer…
  • How to secure your Facebook Page from being hacked

    Stine Haarløv
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    The hackers are upon us. Over the past few weeks hundreds of Dropbox passwords seem to have been leaked, and almost 100.000 Snapchat photos were hacked and published online. Yesterday the hacking threat felt even more real and physically close, since we in Denmark experienced Facebook brand pages being hacked. We therefore needed to take the necessary security measures, and will advice you to do the same. It’s easy – and it really can be worth it!   (Thank you, Mikael Lemberg for sharing the image)   First of all The form above is fake. Make sure that you or your colleges…
  • How to handle a shitstorm – before, during and after

    Stine Haarløv
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    With brands increasing their presence on social media regular crisis are to be expected. Lately ‘shitstorm’ has become a term often used, whenever a brand ends up in an online crisis that turns into an online attack, because of the social media’s ability to spread rapidly to unlimited amounts of users. The key to get properly through a shitstorm is to be prepared and to acknowledge the problem. Here’s how your company should act before, during and after a social shitstorm.   Before the storm: Listen and prepare. In the first place you need to make sure, that you are up-to-date…
  • Research-Driven Ideas for Social Data

    Christopher Zimmerman
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:08 am
    Attending the European Conference of Information Systems in Tel Aviv last week, I was happy to find that areas such as data visualization, predictive analytics, social CRM and ROI etc found their way into the conference. These areas have been somewhat excluded in the past by more traditional information systems research. This shift in mindset also shows a warming towards potential industry topics on the program that can be far more relevant to practice. Industries such as marketing now rely heavily on a new field of social data science to make sense of the large quantities of information…
  • ECIS2014 – New Views on Social Networks

    admin
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Our industrial PhD Christopher Zimmerman has been attending this year’s European Conference of Information Systems (#ECIS2014) in search of freshly revealed research on social media, and in particular contributions to the emerging field of socialbusiness intelligence. This is what he had to report.  As an industrial PhD working in this field at Mindjumpers, I was not only down in Tel Aviv for the academic networking and the sun, but to hunt down the social media topics of interest to social media marketing agencies like our own.   In this blog post, let me first report back to you…
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    The Next Web » Social Media

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses students in Chinese

    Roberto Baldwin
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg used to be extremely awkward during presentations. He’s still no Steve Jobs, but he’s gotten way better. In fact, he’s gotten so good, that he’s conducting interviews in Chinese. Post by Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO surprised the audience at Tsinghua University in Beijing when he answered questions in Mandarin. Clearly if you want to connect on a global stage, you need to know more than just a few pleasantries.
  • Google’s Penguin is flapping again – but what about the much-feared guest post penalty?

    Rohan Ayyar
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rohan Ayyar works at E2M, a premium digital marketing firm specializing in creative content strategy, Web analytics and conversion rate optimization for startups. The long awaited and widely anticipated Penguin 3.0 update from Google is finally here. It’s nearly finished rolling out as I write. Penguin 1.0 targeted sites with backlinks that had anchor text overly optimized for money keywords. Penguin 2.0 went deeper and attacked sites that engaged in “black hat” practices – comments, directory listings, articles, internal pages of blog networks and mass link buying of pretty much…
  • How to integrate social media into unexpected parts of your business

    Ritika Puri
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    This post is part of a new series titled “Business Social,” and is brought to you by Hootsuite.It’s hard to believe that Facebook is now more than a decade old. In a few short years, the platform evolved from a small network of Ivy League students to an identity management resource for people around the world. Today, Facebook touches the lives of more than 1 billion people worldwide. Consumers rely on Facebook to discover new content, stay in touch with loved ones, express themselves, and share their major life milestones. It’s no surprise that brands have ventured into this…
  • What’s on your home screen? Checking in with HowAboutWe co-founder Aaron Schildkrout

    Courtney Boyd Myers
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io. “What’s On Your Home Screen” is presented by Fueled, a New York and London-based mobile app development company that produces award-winning apps for big brands like Barneys to hot startups like QuizUp. Online dating isn’t easy. Finding a match, and getting said match to go out on a date is tough enough. Then figuring out what to do? So much pressure! HowAboutWe, a New York City online dating service, launched in 2010, to solve this very problem. Aiming to take the initial friction out of date planning, founders Aaron Schildkrout…
  • The content marketing trends your business should be implementing

    JT Ripton
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    JT Ripton is a business consultant and freelance writer. Through proper content marketing, businesses can build their brand, raise awareness, and engender trust. This type of marketing positions businesses as credible and reliable information sources. Sharing and promoting content related to your particular industry attracts people to your social media and digital platforms as well as your product lines. With so many potential benefits from content marketing, here’s a look at the trends that your business should consider implementing: “Director of Content” is the new highly recruited…
 
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    Courtney Engle Robertson

  • WordPress WordCamp Baltimore Liveblog

    Courtney Engle Robertson
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    WordCamp Baltimore is a great opportunity for WordPress web development consultants to stay on the bleeding edge of their skills.  I’m live-blogging my notes today here. As an odd issue, the firewall on the wifi during WordCamp blocked access to my site. I took notes using twitter, as shown below. WordCamp Baltimore The post WordPress WordCamp Baltimore Liveblog appeared first on Courtney Engle Robertson.
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    Courtney Engle Robertson
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    WordPress 4.0 will be released this week. While there are no drastic changes to come, lots of great tweaks have been made.  WordPress 2.9 -> 3.0 was a big change, but 3.9.2 -> 4.0 is “business as usual”, in that good changes have been made without overhauling nearly everything.  Take a look at what new features you can expect: Insert Media from URL Preview While we have had “insert media from URL” since 3.9, the ability to preview media inserted this way was lacking.  We now can see the preview in the media uploader, as well as in the post editor: Media…
  • WordCamp NYC Liveblog

    Courtney Engle Robertson
    2 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    While attending WordCamp NYC, I’ll keep my notes here. The post WordCamp NYC Liveblog appeared first on Courtney Engle Robertson.
  • WordCamp NYC

    Courtney Engle Robertson
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Today’s task: packing for WordCamp NYC . Getting excited! Also, testing omitting status post format from RSS. The post WordCamp NYC appeared first on Courtney Engle Robertson.
  • Print Settings in WordPress Websites

    Courtney Engle Robertson
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    While your WordPress website may not be printed often, you can help the visitors that do want to print articles and offer them a few settings. Without styling, the printed page may have a weird layout and use all the colors of your blog.  This isn’t ideal for printing purposes. Print Friendly and PDF Button The WordPress plugin Print Friendly and PDF Button will make quick work of displaying your website content in a printer friendly mode when a visitor clicks the printer button on your site. In the settings, I actually don’t display this printer button within the posts on my…
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  • Planting Your Feet Firmly in Your Social Media Strategy

    Michael Cohn
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you “dabble” in social media, you may not realize how much more you can be doing for the benefit of your business. Of course, sometimes, you don’t know what you don’t know. However, there sure is an awful lot to know. Your approach First of all, there is a lot to learn and to maintain when it comes to social media and incorporating it into your marketing strategy. In addition to learning how to use the parts of social media for the benefit of your social media marketing strategy, you will also have to capture analytics, which will are also essential to the success…
  • Matching Social Relationships with Social Channels

    Richard Larson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Business Relationships with Social Connections   Social relationships and social media channels must have a synergy so that each person in those relationships gets the most out of them and is able to bring their businesses to the next level. It is not enough to simply form connections and then let them sit without actually developing those relationships. Social media is an extremely powerful tool that can enhance the social media experience and truly add value to those connections. This article is the 2nd in our series on Business Relationships…
  • Your Staff May Be Your Best Online Tool Yet

    Michael Cohn
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You may be sitting on a pile of rich resources in your business and you may not even be aware of how good you have it. One thing that may be obvious to you is that technology is so advanced at this stage that you can pretty much leverage any tool that you want to advance your social media marketing efforts. However, there is one tool in your social media repository that you may not even realize you should be using. What is this amazing social media marketing tool and why haven’t you figured it out so far? It actually is no great mystery. The amazing social media marketing tool that you…
  • The Effectiveness of Adding Videos to Your Brand

    Michael Cohn
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Enhancing your professional brand with videos will make a giant positive difference to what you are doing and to how far you can go in a short amount of time. The truth is that your personal and your professional brand are, in many ways, one brand and videos will serve to enhance both very effectively. The visibility of your brand First of all, it is extremely important for you to get yourself and your business in front of the people with whom you wish to share a relationship. You can accomplish that in one of several ways, including written content, graphic images, and videos. Videos can be…
  • Making Your Social Mobile Strategy Sing

    Carolyn Cohn
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you own a business, you are in a position of having to market your brand to some extent. You may be heavily involved with the marketing or you may be less involved. However, either way, you must market in several ways, including marketing for mobile devices. You have to really make sure that your efforts push your brand to great heights. Working your social mobile strategy until it sings You have a choice of two ways to look at the situation. You can either consider it a chore or you can consider it an opportunity. The opportunity is actually staring you in the face. Basically, every…
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  • [Podcast] Episode #25: When Is Social Media A Bad Idea?

    Stan Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Click Here to Subscribe to the Pushing Social Podcast Laura and I earn a living from offering our social media expertise to clients. So you can imagine how nervous this episode of the Pushing Social podcast made us. But, we didn’t hold anything back and shared our insights on what type of businesses shouldn’t try social media. I think you’ll be surprised by our answers. Along with the main event we offer up a few Quick Tips and this episode’s Social Shout Out. Enjoy. Show Notes Zirtual CoSchedule Laura’s Social Shout Out: @omaze Stan’s Social Shout Out:…
  • Offering Free Tools to Increase Your Social Reach

    Marie Williams
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Giving away a free report, whitepaper or case study has long been a staple in the content marketing world. In an effort to build credibility, spread your message and build your email list, you create a free piece of content that is packed with value. Next, you add an opt-in form to your website to collect leads when someone wants to download your content. I know I’ve taken my turn being on both ends of that equation. I’ve downloaded more special reports than I can count and I’ve also created more than my fair share of said reports. My guess is that you have too — has…
  • What Ragnar Taught Me About Grassroots Content Marketing

    Stan Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently ran 14.1 miles over 24 hours through the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York. Before you dismiss this as just something “runners” do, you should know that before to this event the longest distance I have ever run was 3 miles.A few weeks ago I was, according to my wife, “sedentary.” Now I love my morning run. It took a torturous and life-changing event called the Ragnar to flash-transform me into a passionate athlete chasing the next runner’s high. (Listen to Laura and I talk about the run on the PS Podcast). On the 12-hour drive home to Michigan I tried to dissect…
  • [Podcast] Episode #24: Are You Using A Shotgun or Rifle Social Media Strategy?

    Stan Smith
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Click Here to Subscribe to the Pushing Social Podcast Several weeks ago Jay Baer delivered a sharp kidney shot to content strategists. His post “Why It Might Be Time To Completely Change Your Social Media Strategy” charged that you and I might be executing the wrong social media strategy. I read the post…and had a few thoughts that I wanted to share with you. But that’s not all, I invited my friend and new co-host! Laura Click on the show to discuss Jay’s post and some other cool stuff that you’ll enjoy. Make sure you check out Laura’s thoughtful and…
  • Why Your Editorial Calendar Isn’t Getting the Job Done

    Stan Smith
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’m a devoted advocate of using editorial calendars. They have been a essential tool for Pushing Social for the last three years. I look forward to my quarterly ritual of brainstorming 3 months worth of weekly posts.  I’m hooked and my calendar habit will be tough to break. But, even though my editorial calendar is a cherished tool it still stands behind my editorial strategy. If you look back through our post archives you’ll see that I haven’t referred to “editorial strategy” – ever.  Why?  Well friend, it’s my Secret and since I practice what I preach I thought you…
 
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  • A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    While solar energy is most often associated with the production of electricity, heating is also a major platform. While heating isn’t particularly difficult, efficiency in doing so is the key to saving wear and tear on your system. A Key Element In Solar Panels – Efficiency The sun produces a ton of energy, but solar panel systems have historically been very inefficient at converting it. With improving technology, efficiency has improved to the point where most panel systems can easily produce enough energy to heat water for the home and pools. There are efficient and inefficient ways…
  • A Bright Future for Solar Energy: An Alternative Energy Source

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    I was first introduced to solar energy in the movie, Race the Sun with James Belushi and Halley Berry in the lead. It was a story about low- income and under achieving Hawaiian students encouraged by their teacher to join the Solar Car race. In the movie, a car shaped like a cockroach and covered with solar panels used the sun’s rays as an alternative energy source to run the car. Solar energy is the light and the heat from the sun. Solar energy is free and its supplies are unlimited. There are n air and water pollution caused about by using solar energy. But there is still some impacts on…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:36 pm
    Do you want to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy? alternative energy like solar energy is starting to turn into known as the longer term energy source, and i am satisfied to mention that i am alable harnessing solar energy in my home. With the upward push of electricity and heating gasoline prices anticipated in the near long run, it is likely that more other folks will start having a look at sun and other forms of renewable energy to run their properties. 1. What Are the main disadvantages of the usage of solar energy? solar energy methods is also tricky to put…
  • A Peek on How Folks View Home Vitality

    9 Dec 2013 | 12:10 pm
    Once you hear the phrase “dwelling vitality” what first involves your thoughts? So that you think you’re alone in your view of what dwelling vitality is? Do you think that one way or the other, you need to know more and expand your views about dwelling vitality? Well, listed here are some completely different views on dwelling vitality and a critique of them: 1) Costly – That is the most agreed upon view of dwelling vitality today. Folks think that dwelling vitality and financial savings do probably not go together. As people will let you know, living a snug life costs cash, and never…
  • The Disadvantages of Solar Energy

    9 Dec 2013 | 7:42 am
    Despite the fact that solar energy has been used for many years, the technology is still generally considered again. As people focus too much on the benefits , therefore , the disadvantages of solar energy are often overlooked , and many fall pray difficulties , investing a lot of money on a solar panel might not even work properly , for one reason or another . If you are really serious about solar energy to provide your home with electricity , so you will see that a deep understanding of its disadvantages is crucial. Thus, if you do your research properly , and weighs each point carefully ,…
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    33 Charts

  • Can a Patient Teach Medical School?

    DrV
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Of course, according to The Mayo Clinic. They’ve been leading medicine for decades, so why wouldn’t they lead here? Today, The Mayo Clinic announced that e-Patient Dave deBronkart would serve as the 2015 Visiting Professor: Patient engagement and empowerment is a natural extension of Dr. Will Mayo’s vision of a medicine as a cooperative science. We are therefore honored to announce Dave deBronkart (aka “e-Patient Dave”) as our 2015 Visiting Professor to help spread this powerful message. We look forward to his March, 2015 visit! This represents a milestone for the medical profession…
  • The Public Physician is Public

    DrV
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    The Public Physician – Practical Wisdom for Life in a Connected, Always-On World, has landed. Here’s the problem I’m trying to fix:  While every doctor with a smartphone can publish their ideas to the world, we are completely unprepared to deal with what this all means.  When it comes to public dialog, most of us know what the tools are, few of know the boundaries.  Hopefully you’ll pick up a copy to help smooth the way. Here are a few ideas about how I’m approaching this project: Who’s The Public Physician for?  Doctors new to social media, blogging and public…
  • Doctors and the Private-Professional Divide

    DrV
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Video and communications expert Drew Keller spoke this afternoon at the 6th Annual Health Care Social Media Summitat the Mayo Clinic. He described the experience of working with doctors and suggested that they have two modes of communication: private and professional. In private, and with patients, they have natural, easy ways of using language, expression, and metaphor to explain conditions.  But in front of a camera or onstage they become quite public in their behavior. Given concerns with the permanence of media and the potential for peer and public judgment, they behave and communicate…
  • Repurposing Content | What’s Old is New Again

    DrV
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Those of us who write things for public consumption all face the same challenge: what do we do with it after it’s published? Once something hits the information stream it passes along from public view never to be seen again. But it can be repurposed. Today at The Mayo Clinc Center for Social Media Residency, Meredith Gould delivered a comprehensive overview of blogging for health care. Shaped for a hospital marketing population, she drove home the point that the stuff we write and create shouldn’t be left to die in the archives. And what goes for hospital marketers goes for public…
  • Announcing edX Medicine in the Digital Age

    DrV
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    In 2012, the Medical Futures Lab offered Medicine in the Age of Networked Intelligence, a powerful 50,000 foot view of medicine and its radical disruption.  The course was huge success and drew the attention of the social health community well beyond the confines of Rice University and the Texas Medical Center.  I was thrilled to co-teach and co-create this course with my Medical Futures Lab co-founder, Dr. Kirsten Ostherr. I’m now thrilled to announce that, through a novel collaboration between Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine, this course will be globally available in May…
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    Wave: "tracking how people and brands use social media"

  • Mining online consumer purchase narratives can uncover and demystify the consumer purchase journey

    Jason Hardman
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There are millions of comprehensive accounts online written by consumers detailing their purchase journeys, from why they started looking for a new product/service, up to what led them to their final purchase decision. By mining these accounts, brands can gain a detailed picture of the different steps in the consumer purchase journey. This is vital information: by understanding the purchase journey, brands can align their marketing with the process to maximise their chances of selling. The importance of understanding the consumer purchase journey is well understood. However, building up a…
  • Going granular: human analysis gives detail automated tools can't

    Jason Hardman
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    One of the biggest complaints we hear about automated tools is their lack of detail. They simply aren’t able to give the insight researchers need to answer burning business questions. However, consumer posts online are filled with opinions that provide the detail needed to help businesses. By using human analysts to extract granular detail at the individual opinion level, WaveMetrix's pioneering approach overcomes this problem and gives researchers insight that makes a difference. We frequently hear of the shortfalls of automated tools in giving granular details. Because their…
  • Going beyond the tip of the iceberg: getting more than just the mentions and sentiment automated tools give you

    Jason Hardman
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Many hold the misconception that the extent of insight that can be extracted from social media research is just mentions and sentiment, as this is how automated tools frame it. This simply isn't true. WaveMetrix's social insight iceberg model shows that there is more to be gained from examining online discussions than from what automated tools deliver. The real value of using social media as a research tool is frequently missed. Consumers are, as we speak, writing in-depth about millions of different topics online. They are writing responses to many of the questions market researchers are…
  • Brands' premium positioning undermined by e-retailers who ignore naming and pricing guidelines

    Dan Cotton
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Brands’ potential sales are impacted by third-party retailers who do not comply with brand guidelines on their product listings. Our previous article analysed how online partners fail to follow brands’ imagery and video guidelines (link). This article will examine how third-party retailers ignore pricing and naming guidelines, which undermines brands’ positioning and affects how consumers perceive the brand.  Premium watch brands differentiate their products with sub-branding that is echoed across their marketing and own eCommerce sites. This is often…
  • Brands lose sales because e-retail partners fail to meet imagery and video guidelines

    Dan Cotton
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Brands are struggling to ensure that third-party retailers match their own high standards. E-retailers frequently let down brands by failing to follow listing guidelines, leading to sub-par product presentation that can impact sales potential.    In this forthcoming series of Wave articles, we will explore how brands can increase sales on third-party retailers by improving their listings and ensuring that online partners follow brand guidelines. This article will assess imagery and video inconsistencies between brands' own best practice guidelines and third-party retailers. We will…
 
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  • TDA Group Content Happy Hour: Tips for becoming a social media beast

    Paul Gustafson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Want to reach a bigger audience on social media and boost engagement? This week’s news digest looks at five stories that provide tips and tricks for succeeding on popular social networks. Learn how to create the ideal personal profile on LinkedIn, which industries you should target on Twitter to increase interactions, and the seven keys to leveraging social media at conferences. You’ll also discover how to easily track what your competition is up to on Facebook. How To Create The Ideal LinkedIn Profile By Laura Shin at Forbes Should you keep your personal LinkedIn profile short and sweet…
  • Radical Self Love: Gaining Wisdom To Help You Conquer With Latham Thomas

    Natalie MacNeil
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    There’s a secret ingredient to the “special sauce” of building a business that so many of us tend to overlook as we hustle our way to success, but without it we risk never reaching our business goals and, even worse, losing touch with ourselves in the process. What is it? Radical self love. Self love. It’s sumptuous, simple to put into practice, and shores up your feel-good reserves so you can power through those tough situations. And in this week’s Conquer Summit interview, fitness and lifestyle expert Latham Thomas is going to share her advice on practicing a…
  • TDA Group Content Happy Hour: Hey, look at me!

    Paul Gustafson
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Having trouble getting prospects to focus on you? This edition of our content marketing news digest serves up recent items about getting audiences to pay attention to what you have to say. See lessons to be learned from the way mobile devices are driving new demand for digital newspaper content. Observe tips for clearing up visitor confusion to improve website conversions. Gaze at best practices for making your content the key driver for better search visibility. Digital Newspaper Readers’ Eyes Shift to Mobile eMarketer Staff Report Delivering the right message is important, but your…
  • Feel-Good Money Making

    Natalie MacNeil
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Guess what? If you think you’re not working hard enough or doing enough, you’re buying into a myth. So many mega successful entrepreneurs know a little secret about this: Earning money shouldn’t be hard work. In fact, this week’s Conquer Summit guest, Tara Gentile, believes making money should be a beautiful and easy thing, which I absolutely love. Tara, who’s the author of The Art of Earning Beautifully and the founder of Kickstart Labs, joined us for last night’s Summit session where we talked about: The simple perspective shift that can transform your…
  • TDA Group Content Happy Hour: Looking good while juggling tasks

    Paul Gustafson
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Face it: Most content marketers are expected to perform a growing number of tasks simultaneously—and look good at it. This week’s news digest examines stories about appearing polished and assured while juggling critical tactical and strategic tasks. Read on for video marketing strategy tips, ideas for optimizing web content with social intelligence, and a primer on the future of SEO. Plus, see the ways you can boost content effectiveness by learning a few basic coding skills. Five Steps to Creating a Video Marketing Strategy By Michael Litt at MarketingProfs How do you give video a…
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    David Meerman Scott - Web Ink Now

  • Grain Surfboards Builds Success by Following the Grateful Dead

    David Meerman Scott
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Several days ago I wrote about how Grain Surfboards turned their products into an experience. Besides selling wooden surfboards, Grain Surfboards also offers classes in how to build your own board. I took the 4-day class this past long weekend.
  • How to Turn your Products into Experiences

    David Meerman Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    In recent years, I’ve enjoyed a number of amazing experiences – many shared here on my blog - like when my wife and I went on an Antarctic Expedition. I’ve got most everything I need product wise.  Sure, I got the new iPhone 6 plus because I wanted the larger size screen and better camera. But I normally don’t spend a lot of money on “stuff”. But I do spend money on experiences!
  • Sales Managers Must Adapt to the New Rules of Selling

    David Meerman Scott
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    In my past roles as a salesperson and later as a marketing executive at a handful of different companies, I interacted on a daily basis with sales managers up to the vice president level.
  • Cold Calling is Dead

    David Meerman Scott
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    My first sales job required me to make cold calls to bond traders and convince them to buy our economic consulting services. We had lists of names and numbers to contact that came from directories of people who worked in banks, securities companies, savings and loan associations, fund managers, and government agencies. My sales colleagues and I would psych ourselves into the right frame of mind each morning by drinking a few cups of coffee, maybe telling each other a few off-color jokes (common in the 1980s testosterone-fueled Wall Street markets portrayed in the recent Wolf of Wall Street…
  • WaterField Designs great products and great web content

    David Meerman Scott
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Michael Kane alerted me to a company called WaterField Designs, saying: “I know you like to write about interesting companies. You should check out WaterField Designs. They make all kinds of bags and sleeves for just about any device. I own several of their products and the workmanship and quality is outstanding. The coolest thing about their products is that they all made in the United States – in San Francisco!” Mike was right to turn me on to WaterField Designs. The moment I reached the WaterField Designs site I was hooked
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  • We’re The Best Large Agency

    James Nester
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Last night was another good night for We Are Social. On the back of a recent great run of awards success, we went along to the UK Social Media Communication Awards feeling hopeful. We were in contention for three awards; including the most prestigious prize of the night: Best Large Agency, with only We Are Social and Holler making it through to the shortlist. As, of course, the biggest awards are saved till last, we spent a little time populating the event’s live Twitter wall with The Most Mundane Twitter Conversation Broadcast On A Big Screen Ever. @James_Nester Still or sparkling?
  • How technology won the Rugby World Cup

    Tom Ollerton
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    A small part of me dies every time I go to a conference and someone says how important “Big Data” is. It’s as if the size of the data alone is interesting. It’s not. Data without context means nothing, like a flickering LED on a server. What is interesting is the insight that any data gives, or as Cindy Gallup puts it: “Big data is people in disguise”. Gallup was speaking at DigitasLBI’s UK New Front event alongside ex-England rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward. Clive’s presentation was on Big Rugby Players and data which provided useful social media metaphors with a…
  • A #NewJacket from Armani Exchange

    Kristie Matfus
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    By the time summer fades to fall, people are excited to trade in their sundresses and flip flops for layered looks. Stemming from the days of back-to-school shopping, fall is often a time when people re-evaluate their wardrobe — and look for new pieces to define their personal style. It was this insight that drove the concept for Armani Exchange’s #NewJacket campaign. Armani Exchange selected a group of global influencers to create a photo diary that captured their take on the season, inspired by their new Armani Exchange jacket. Actors, writers, musicians, models, and directors curated…
  • The Social Media Smackdown #5

    Sophie Fitzgerald
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    *Ding Ding* Round 5. The bell is ringing for the fifth round of our Social Media Smackdown series in London. We have a knock out line up of HSBC, Sony Playstation and F&F presenting at the event, going head to head with an overview of their most recent social media successes and learnings in front of a brand only audience. Each brand will give a punchy ten minute presentation, which will be followed by three intimate roundtable discussions giving attendees a chance to ask the presenters questions about their work and their wider social media strategies. It will take place on Tuesday 28th…
  • We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #233

    Nick Mulligan
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Teenagers like, totally hate Facebook Facebook looks set to join pogs and yoyos (does this blog post make me look old?) on the teenage scrapheap. A survey by finance folk Piper Jaffray has found that only 45% of teens admitted to using the network this autumn, compared with 72% in spring. There’s certainly fear that, if trendsetters deem the network ‘uncool’, their friends will follow (and where they go, so will the marketers). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna strap my Heelys on and head over to Tumblr. Organic Facebook reach keeps plummeting Adobe, a Facebook…
 
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  • Tracking Urls: Analytics Best Friend

    dcyphers
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    No one needs convincing when it comes to the value of analytics in digital marketing. Of all the mediums, digital ads clearly have the most powerful tools to directly track your spend, analyze results and measure ROI. To use digital analytics to the full, make sure you’re using all the tracking mechanisms available to you. One super simple way to add to your analytics is to make sure you always use tracking urls. No matter where you’re placing a click through link, be it an email, PPC ad or a banner ad, it shouldn’t look like this: Click thru url: www.thecyphersagency.com It should look…
  • What The Ello?

    Sarah Irish
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    If you have been on the Internet in the last few weeks then you have probably heard of a new social media site called Ello. This new platform is being referred to by some as the “anti-facebook” because of their aversion to advertisements – naturally I had to check it out. Ello is currently in Beta, which means you can only join if you are invited ( see below). I was able to obtain an invite from a fellow social media enthusiast (thanks!) I had the opportunity to play around a little- here is what I can tell you. 1.  Ello boasts simplicity, and simple it is. The current features…
  • Growing Your Email Subscriber List

    Christina
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Getting people to sign up for your email newsletter is an easy way to keep them engaged with your content. Use these best practices as a way to encourage more signups. Put Your Email Sign Up Form Everywhere On Your Website – Put it on every page of your website at or near the top. Also, add a checkbox to opt in to your newsletter to every form on your site. On A Popup – Use a popup signup form on your home page. Make sure not to overdo it and use a nicely designed form that can be closed by the user. On Your Email Signature – Make sure everyone at your company is promoting the email…
  • In the Wake of Tragedy: Where Do Brands Draw the Line?

    Sarah Irish
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    It’s been a rough couple of weeks for social media marketing. If you were on the Internet at all then you are aware of the major backlash brands received for chiming in on 9/11. While social media is an integral part of many marketing campaigns, the events of the last couple of weeks leave me wondering where and when brands should draw the line. Capitalizing on trending topics is nothing new; in fact it is common practice. As marketers it is our job to search for topics that make our clients relevant to their audience – holidays and events are super easy to plan ahead for. Many times,…
  • 10 Things That Crossed My Mind During Today’s Apple Keynote

    Sarah Irish
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I love Apple, always have, always will. I got my first Apple product in 2004 when they came out with the iPod Mini. It was green, and it was glorious. From there I have owned a 5th Generation iPod, iPod shuffle, iPhone4, 2nd Generation iPad, a white (but man did I want black) Macbook, a Macbook pro, a Macbook Air and finally an iPhone5s. I know this seems a little overboard, but I am truly a brand loyalist. Needless to say, I was PRETTY excited for today’s iPhone6 release. I set up my Macbook , and my iMac and awaited the magnificent announcement. Here are 10 thoughts I had during the Apple…
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    Social Media Network - Marketing

  • How Many Characters Does Twitter Have? - Social Media

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    Twitter is probably the only Social Media Platform that makes us think in 140 - how to summarize Connect. You know that 140 Characters worth Space is all you have - however what is the number of Characters after an Image is attached onto your Twitter 'Compose New Tweet'?Below is an example of the Number Of Characters Before And After Image Being Attached To Twitter:I work as Freelance Social Media Network Online Professional. My Business Page is on Facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/pervarakapadia Do join me.
  • Ello Converted To A Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) - Social Media

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:38 am
    The latest buzz in Social Media is Ello! Ello is Social Media Platform that has all the plans to be 'Ad-Free'. This may be strange to many. However as per what #Ello Mentions there are many ways to set-up a Social Media space and earn as well - without having to divide the Real Estate Space towards Advertisement!. It is 2014 and not 2004 - the world has changed !- says Ello!. 
  • New Social Media Networking Site

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Many new Networking Sites are coming up. Some of them remain while many close down. The Main Features and Functions remain the same reason being the basic purpose of Networking Sites is so that people can Socialize, Share and generally engage. Ofcourse this becomes a great opportunity for Brands and Business Houses. Ofcourse Social Media is a space that needs to be walked on with utmost caution at Business level and at Personal Level as well. One such New Site has similar advantage as many other Famous Social Networking Sites with good Main Features and Functions. This Site has…
  • The Never Ending Problem In Social Media

    9 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Never Ending Problem in Social Media = ContentThe Never Ending Solution To This Problem = UGC [User Generated Content]Agree? 
  • The 10 Most Used Social Media Websites As Of October2014

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Let's see if you can name The 10 Most Used Social Media Websites As Of October2014You will be able to name many - Like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn ... but did you think of Vine? What about Tumblr? and VK?  [VK stands for the Russian Social Media Platform. Originally VKontakte. VK is the largest Russian Social Networking Platform in Europe. It is available in several languages and is popular among Russian-speaking users around the world, especially in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.]Here goes the list for The 10 Most Used…
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    Social Nerdia

  • Social Nerdia Podcast: ZIRX is On-Demand Parking

    socialnerdia@gmail.com (Social Nerdia)
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Shmulik Fishman is the co-founder of ZIRX, a startup that wants to solve the problem of parking. Shmulik and his 3 co-founders met at Adap.tv, an adtech company that sold to AOL. After being immersed in a world of digital inventory, the four friends and colleagues decided to address a problem in the physical world - and ZIRX is the result. Despite being in a completely different side of the transportation equation, some have already compared ZIRX to Uber. If you search for ZIRX online you will find messages like 'Parking Sucks' and 'Never Park Again.' Word is starting to get out about…
  • My Favorite Quotes from Peter Thiel's Zero To One

    socialnerdia@gmail.com (Social Nerdia)
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    I had already read Blake Masters' notes for Peter Thiel's now famous CS183 class when I pre-ordered Zero to One. In fact, these were the very reason why I wanted to read the book.I would highly recommend that anyone interested in business, tech and startups, to read both Masters' notes (available for free online) and this gem of a book. Both reads contain powerful business principles and interesting stories.In the spirit of Masters' note-taking efforts and Thiel's openness to such notes, I have compiled a few notes of my own from Zero to One: Here are some of my favorite quotes from the…
  • Want To Sell Your Startup to Facebook? Infographic: Facebook Acquisition Analysis

    socialnerdia@gmail.com (Social Nerdia)
    27 Apr 2014 | 3:05 am
    Facebook acquired Protogeo Oy, the company behind fitness app Moves, last week. Following the purchase of WhatsApp and Oculus VR, this was Facebook's fifth acquisition this year.Since 2007, Facebook has acquired nearly 50 companies. While many of the early acquisitions were deemed "acquihires," some of Facebook's more recent purchases point towards a new strategy focused on both immediate value and long-term bets on the future. I've speculated about Facebook's moves since I started "watching" the company back in 2006. Their acquisition strategy has evolved over the years and it is…
  • Facebook is a Pay-to-Play Marketing Channel, So Play Wisely

    socialnerdia@gmail.com (Social Nerdia)
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    FACEBOOK CHANGED ITS ALGORITHM... WHAT ELSE IS NEW?I've been placing ads on Facebook - with all kinds of budgets and diverse objectives - since 2006.Over the years, I've seen Facebook's UI, sales organization and ad units evolve. Some changes have been good; others, not so much. The only thing consistent about Facebook is that it is always changing.With approximately 1.2 billion monthly active users and a plethora of activity happening on News Feeds all over the world, Facebook is a powerful marketing channel that has become a key strategic element for most mass brands.Unlike other…
  • Q&A with Sonic Notify Co-Founder Alex Bell

    socialnerdia@gmail.com (Social Nerdia)
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    Esteban Contreras: Sonic Notify's technology seeks to transform how people interact with brands in physical locations. Tell me about how your CMS, audio and beacon technologies are enabling this transformation.Alex Bell:  Exactly, Sonic Notify wants to connect people to locations, and over the last 3 years, we have created all the pieces that are required to really connect a person to a location.First, there is the transmission, telling the smartphone “You are Here;” our transmission methods include our patented inaudible audio as well as our dual mode bluetooth low energy, both of…
 
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    Pam Marketing Nut

  • CEO and Employees Must Have Skin in the Game for Employee Brand Advocacy Programs

    Pam Moore
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Have you tried implementing an employee brand advocacy program only to find you are constantly hitting internal road blocks? Do you struggle with getting the buy-in from key stakeholders? Do you feel like you are herding cats getting even your pilot program off the ground? A successful employee advocacy program requires more than a fancy slide deck, and lip service approval from the c-suite. If you want real results with your employee  brand advocacy program, everyone from the CEO and c-suite, executive directors to employees must have skin in the game. You must earn their buy-in, support…
  • Surprise and Delight Customers to Earn Brand Loyalty – #Delta Airlines Case Study

    Pam Moore
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    What human being doesn’t love a delightful surprise? An unexpected and positive brand experience can create memories that last a lifetime. It’s not the status quo of life and business that we remember and want to shout from a mountain top and tell our friends and colleagues about it. Why is it so many brands focus only on status quo? I really do wish more brands would choose to delight me and give me something more than what I expect and what all of their competitors deliver. Brand leaders must embrace the need and importance of creating positive customer experiences. Surprising…
  • 10 Reasons Employees are Your Best Brand Advocates

    Pam Moore
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Did you know that 41% of people believe employees of an organization are more trusted than the CEO, founder or public relations department, according to  Edelman Trust Barometer? Your employees are the front door, back door and window to your brand. They know what is inside your brand and are the people who make the authentic delivery of your brand promise to your target audience, customers and social online and offline communities a truth or a myth. Your employees are already active on the social networks today regardless if you want to acknowledge it or not. They are already making…
  • Free Webcast – Employee Brand Advocacy 101 w/ @EveryoneSocial October 15th #SocialZoomFactor

    Pam Moore
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    We are thrilled to bring to you a free webcast co-hosted and sponsored by Everyone Social. Eric Roach, the CEO and Co-Founder of Everyone Social will be joining us to discuss Employee Brand Advocacy 101. I will be co-hosting this event with Eric, who has a simply amazing background. Prior to founding Everyone Social Eric’s work included leading Elance Inc. as the CEO and running marketing at Morgan Stanley as Executive Vice President. This webcast is part of the Power Up Your Brand conversation and educational series we are doing in partnership with Everyone Social. Over the course of…
  • Hello Ello or Goodbye Ello?

    Pam Moore
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    There is a new social kid on the social networking block. This kid goes by the name of Ello. Many are jumping on to the new social network and saying hello Ello by the thousands per hour. However, the real question is how long will they stick around? As I always say, what happens after the like is far more important than the initial like, or in this case “hello.” Are the people jumping onto Ello doing anything more than saying hello? Ello touts itself as the anti-Facebook and plays against the Facebook business model of advertising, privacy issues and now requiring real user…
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    Jessica Malnik

  • The Number 1 Mistake You Are Probably Making When Growing Your Online Community (And How To Fix It)

    Jessica Malnik
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Every community has lurkers. They usually average between 60-80% of all members. That’s a significant chunk no matter how you slice it. No matter how great of a community manager you are, you will never get even half of these lurkers to be regular, active contributors. So, why does just about every community manager (including myself) obsess at some point in time over the next tactic or full-blown strategy to convert more lurkers into active contributors. All you are doing is thwarting your community’s growth by obsessing over the wrong tactics and metrics. By catering all your…
  • Is Ello Just Another Bright, New, Shiny Social Media Object? (A Community Manager’s Perspective)

    Jessica Malnik
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Community managers, marketers, PR pros and yes even journalists all have a collective obsession with new and shiny things. Over the last couple of weeks, a new social network started to create some buzz. The social media site is called Ello, and it’s claiming to be the “anti-Facebook.” Ello says it is “free-to-use,” “ad-free” and they even have their manifesto right on their homepage. So as the curious community manager that I am, I decided to buck up, put my personal thoughts aside (with how contradictory those three phrases are) and test out this new social media site.
  • Why We Should Embrace Honesty and Vulnerability On Social Media

    Jessica Malnik
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    It’s rare when you come across a post that echoes the sentiments that you been thinking for awhile, but haven’t been able to articulate into words. That’s exactly what I felt after reading this post from C.C. Chapman. Only he articulated it 3 billion times better than I ever could. C.C. talks about the power of portraying vulnerability and “being real” online. I think this is something that gets lost on social media sites. Think about it. We’re more connected than we have ever been before, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and insert your social media site du jour.
  • 15 Tweets You May Have Seen If Twitter Was Around In The 1990s

    Jessica Malnik
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    For those who don’t know, I have a bit of a 90s nostalgia theme going on in this blog, with posts like this and this. I also may be slightly addicted to Twitter. I wanted to have a little fun with a new 90s inspired post. This time, it’s about 15 tweets you may have seen if Twitter was around in the 1990s. 1. Oh man! I just forded the river. Both of my friends died of dysentery. #OregonTrail 2. Gas prices just hit $1.59 a gallon. #ImGoingToGoBroke 3. I wonder how much my beanie baby collection will be worth in 20 years. #GoingToBeAMillionaire 4. NSYNC or BackstreetBoys? Pick one.
  • What Does It Really Mean To “Surprise And Delight” A Client?

    Jessica Malnik
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    There’s a good chance you have seen this video from TD Bank floating around the Interwebz over the last week. They essentially rigged an “ATM” for a short period time to say, “Thanks!” and dispense meaningful gifts to some of their loyal customers. On the surface, this seems really awesome. A big brand- a bank nonetheless- going out of their way to give back and show that they care about their customers. This isn’t something terribly new or innovative. Coke has been doing similar things with their Happiness Machines. And, many other brands have produced…
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    PISM Blog

  • Burning Man VS. Dussehra

    pismadmin
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    Every year in September, a temporary city comes alive to welcome a cosmopolitan, experimental crowd to celebrate the vibrant Burning Man event in Nevada. Miles away in another part of the globe the Hindu community gathers to celebrate the glorious festival of Dussehra. Two rituals at two ends of the world, so similar yet so different – let us explore them more. How they’re the same: 1. The “Man” Burning man stands for progress, creativity and goodness of mankind. Dussehra represents the evil being that needs to be burnt down to maintain social harmony. 2. Burning of the Effigy…
  • Move on Facebook Like-gate: Time to Engage, Not Incentivise

    pismadmin
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    Just when you found the perfect incentive for your beloved fans, what does Facebook do? It plays social media big brother and puts up a giant road block to wipe out your slate. Yes, we are talking about your forced break-up with the like-gate button. Now that you can no longer incentivise fans, let’s take a look at what goes in your favour in the apparently unimpressive deal! Facebook plays disciplinarian for brands that bribe fans: “You must not incentivise people to use social plug-ins or to like a Page. This includes offering rewards, or gating apps or app content based on whether…
  • Social Media Tool Review: LikeAlyzer

    pismadmin
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Do you want to analyse the performance of your brand on Facebook and improve your social media strategy? LikeAlyzer is a great social media tool that provides useful insights and suggestions to expand your reach and engagement. Here’s how LikeAlyzer can benefit your brand: 1. Simple, Fast and Free – LikeAlyzer is a free third party tool that assesses your page. No need to sign up. Just type in the URL. 2. Strategy Improvisation – LikeAlyzer provides useful insight and feedback after evaluating your current page strategy, pointing out any mistake. It also provides suggestions to help…
  • Formula One Singapore Grand Prix 2014 – The Social Circuit

    pismadmin
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:46 am
    The Singapore Grand Prix completed its seventh heart-racing year in September 2014. Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel lost the coveted title to Lewis Hamilton. Incidentally Hamilton also dominates the social networking sites with 2,568,647 likes on his Facebook Page and 2.29 million Twitter followers. Singapore GP enjoys a huge fan following on social media with 95,326 Facebook Page likes and 11,400 followers on Twitter. Let’s take a look at some fun facts from the social media centre of Formula One Singapore Grand Prix 2014:
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Deconstructed for Universal Digital Success Hacks

    pismadmin
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Deconstructed for Universal Digital Success Hacks Tom (Cruise), Bill (Gates), Mark (Zuckerberg) and David (Beckham) have done it already. In all likelihood, so have Tom, Bill, Mark and David from your neighbourhood. Yes, we’re talking about the ALS ice bucket challenge. Even here in Singapore, we have our very own Rebecca Lim, Shigga Shay, Fandi Ahmad, and George Young dumping icy water on themselves for charity. So how did the ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge create such a social media storm and generate widespread awareness about a disease not very well…
 
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    Smedio - Business Ideas Worth Sharing

  • How to Make Print Marketing Work for You in the Digital Age

    Guest Writer
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Print marketing seems like a dying species to many observers. The explosion of digital marketing in recent years has made print seem obsolete. A dinosaur that once ruled the advertising world, print is no longer cost-effective, useful or deserving of consideration for businesses seeking to attract the attention of potential customers. Or maybe not. In fact, it’s far too soon to write off the power of print. Newspaper readership may be shrinking, but most people still value print both in their everyday lives and when it comes to marketing…
  • An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Simplified Tech Tools

    Douglas Idugboe
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Tech tools made to simplify your business could be catalyst for growth in today’s business environment. The fact is, mall businesses are growing. In fact, 54 percent of all U.S. sales come from our 23 million small businesses, and the number of small businesses in the U.S. increased 49 percent since 1982, according to The Small Business Association. We live in culture where small companies and startups are revered and innovation is rewarded. But that doesn’t mean entrepreneurship and running a business is simple, let alone easy. While every…
  • The 6 Immutable Laws of Effective Copywriting

    Tracy Vides
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail Effective copywriting can move mountains. Well, maybe not. That’s hyperbole. At least, it gets people to take action. But the old-school thinking that “written copy” ought to be “salesmanship in print” is quickly losing sheen. Just as fast as traditional sales is. Something changed. A new movement is up. Customers have too much content to handle. Your copy – I am sorry to douse your fire with ice water – is just “more” content for your potential customers. You’ve got to do something else. You may continue to write copy but you’ll…
  • 7 Time Proof Ways to Simplify and Strengthen Your SEO

    Alex Miller
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail SEO can be confusing for new site owners who only have time to sell and no time to deal with the minutia of good and bad search engine optimization. Even the smallest tweak to your code or site organization can help search engines better understand your goals and what you should rank for. Before you give up on SEO or put it aside for other site aspects, here are seven tips to help you get started with simple, future-proof SEO techniques that you can perform without much hassle. Focus on Great Content and Not Keywords The search engine optimization…
  • 4 Things the Pope Can Learn from Justin Bieber’s Twitter Profile

    Scott Masson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Share on FacebookShare on TwitterE-mail What can the Pope learn from Justin Bieber’s Twitter profile? Since becoming Pope in March 2013, Pope Francis has become one of the most beloved public figures in the world. His renowned humility and concern for the poor, as well as his outspoken stance on gay and women’s rights has endeared him to even the most militantly atheistic liberals. Saving our eternal souls aside, however, there is one area in which even Pope Francis falls behind: his social media profile. In order to help Francis spread his message of love and tolerance further…
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  • Online Video Views Jump 43% in One Year, Internet TV by 388% [Report]

    Carla Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    The growth of online video continues, as the latest benchmark report from Adobe confirms that we watched 38.2 billion videos in Q2 2014, an increase of 43% year-on-year. Thanks to major sporting events, online TV views increased by a staggering 388%.
  • Translate Your Closed Captions & Reach a Wider Global Audience

    Contributor
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    80% of YouTube views come from outside the U.S., and nearly 70% of views come from non-English speaking countries. If you want to reach an international audience, then translating your closed captions into other languages gives your brand a huge opportunity to expand your potential share of the global market.
  • How To Use Remarketing to Generate YouTube Subscribers [Creator's Tip #165]

    Carla Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Remarketing is a very powerful marketing tool that you can use to track viewers around the Internet after they watch one of your videos on YouTube. It is also a very effective way to build up your YouTube subscriber base. We tell you how in this week's Creator's Tip.
  • How Activision is Crushing it with YouTube Influencers & Fans

    Contributor
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:28 am
    Activision's 'Call of Duty' YouTube channel has more than 2.3 million YouTube subscribers, and has generated over 500 Million views. 'Call of Duty' has also earned its parent company a 9.4% share of voice on YouTube with owned media. But 'Call of Duty' influencer videos (earned media) have been viewed 9.7 billion times, almost 20x the number of views for the brand's owned videos.
  • Why Mobile Video is The New Makeup Counter for Generation C

    Greg Jarboe
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Did you know that searches on Google for makeup hit a high in October as millions of people search for inspiration and ideas in the run-up to Halloween? And that Generation C turn to YouTube for their makeup tutorials, and their mobile devices to get product reviews as they shop for cosmetics? We bring you the latest on how video is changing the way we search and shop.
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    Social4Business

  • How to share more than one photo at a time on Twitter

    Kathy Colaicovo
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Did you know you can share more than one photo at a time on Twitter? Earlier this year, Twitter opened an option that few people know about… the ability to share more than one picture at a time – to make a collage of sorts when posting directly on Twitter. You can share up to […] The post How to share more than one photo at a time on Twitter appeared first on Social4Business. Related posts: How to Share an Image on Twitter for Business New Changes to Twitter on the Way Share those Images on Twitter too!
  • How to Figure Out your Ideal Writing Time

    Kathy Colaicovo
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whether writing for your blog, newsletter, or social media networks, how do you figure out your ideal writing time? What makes it an ideal time? When you are fresh with ideas and distractions are at a minimum. For me this is the first hour of the day. When I go in my office every day […] The post How to Figure Out your Ideal Writing Time appeared first on Social4Business. Related posts: Blog Tips to help you Focus and Get the Job Done Twitter Tips for Writing Tweets Easy ways to Write an Article
  • How to Share an Image on Twitter for Business

    Kathy Colaicovo
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What is the best way to share an image or photo on Twitter for business? Make the Images an actual Image, not a Link! Recently I shared about how you should be taking your images that you are all posting on Facebook and using them directly on Twitter too. But in watching people doing this, […] The post How to Share an Image on Twitter for Business appeared first on Social4Business. Related posts: Share those Images on Twitter too! How to use Twitter Lists in Hootsuite Facebook – Photo tagging for Pages
  • Have you Installed the Facebook Messenger on your Smartphone?

    Kathy Colaicovo
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Someone recently asked me what I thought of Facebook’s new Messenger app and the fact that they are forcing people to install this to get their private messages from Facebook. Apparently many people are outraged and upset because Facebook is forcing them to install this app and that, of course, comes with warning of sharing […] The post Have you Installed the Facebook Messenger on your Smartphone? appeared first on Social4Business. Related posts: How to find the Messages area on your Facebook Business Page Facebook Messages and Email Why has Facebook Business Pages Reach Dropped…
  • Blog Tips to help you Focus and Get the Job Done

    Kathy Colaicovo
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Blogging is one of the best tools you can do to help boost your Search Engine Rankings – or how your website comes up in online search results. The block for many people is making the time to write the blog articles. There are several tips that can help you make certain you can achieve […] The post Blog Tips to help you Focus and Get the Job Done appeared first on Social4Business. Related posts: Blog Formatting Tips to help Attract more Clients Easy ways to Write an Article Write Blog Posts that bring in Traffic to your Website
 
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  • 10 Habits of Character and Leadership in Social Media

    Blair Evan Ball
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    What characteristics do you desire in leading your social media efforts? What if you reached your goals and objectives without the virtues and qualities that you most admire and aspire to? Would your victory lose some of it’s luster? “The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.” (Aristotle) The ultimate aim of human life and activity is the development of character, according to Aristotle. The most important goal that you accomplish in the…
  • How to Massively Increase Shares on Your Next Blog Post [Infographic]

    Blair Evan Ball
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Do you blog? If not, have you thought about blogging? Did you know that blogging can really move the needle for your business? Some of you may be asking what is blogging? Should I be doing this for my brand? WHAT IS BLOGGING According to Wikipedia, a blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual occasionally of a small…
  • 4 Success Habits of Social Media Marketing

    Blair Evan Ball
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    What are the habits of successful Social Media Marketers? What makes them more profitable than others? “All business success rests on something labeled a sale, which at least momentarily weds company and customer.” (Thomas J. Peters & Robert H. Waterman, Jr) Over the years, many thousands of companies close down, merge, or go bankrupt. THE REASON FOR SUCCESS OR FAILURE Dunn and Bradstreet took all the statistics that they had generated on failing companies over the years and ran them through a supercomputer. This program sorted out all the variables and distilled business success and…
  • Organic Reach Surpassing All Other Methods for Website Traffic

    Blair Evan Ball
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    Would you like more traffic to your website? How would you like more brand awareness that attracts new clients? Your next customer could be a click away! CUSTOMERS ARE LOOKING FOR YOU 93% of people today are searching the internet for a product or service. How will you be found? Is your website optimized and search engine friendly? Search is a rare marketing method, because your customers are looking for you or a product like yours. With SEO, you scientifically target the people who are already looking for what you have to offer. With other marketing efforts, you basically throw your money to…
  • How to Showcase Your Brand With LinkedIn Publisher

    Blair Evan Ball
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Have you tried LinkedIn Publishing to gain more exposure? Would you like more business people to see what you publish? Top influencers like Richard Branson and Tony Robbins are already publishing on LinkedIn, so people are seeking out content on the platform to read. This cannot be said about your typical blog.  Recently LinkedIn made the decision to open up the publishing platform to all users. Despite its awesome content marketing potential, the LinkedIn Publishing Platform is still new and understanding what makes a post on the platform perform well is in it’s infancy. The potential…
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  • Why Listening Communities Belong in Your Marketing Strategy

    Vanessa DiMauro
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Your content is well-written and well-produced, engaging, even useful. But is your audience really paying attention? We all know what it’s like when someone won’t stop talking — it’s very hard to stay engaged. Have you tried listening to your audience instead? Online communities are primordial (pre-web, even) discussion, content-sharing, and collaboration applications. While many brands use online communities for bottom-line-focused activities such as lead generation, others focus on listening, which helps them uncover powerful sources of customer insights, content, and industry…
  • The Future Of Social Business [Video]

    Vanessa DiMauro
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    At the Social Shakeup conference in Atlanta (hosted by Social Media Today) I was delighted to participate in a keynote panel with Jeff Dachis and Renee Ducre to talk about the future of social business. A video of the session was just posted online so I am sharing it here as I think we covered some interesting ground. Our panel discussed where social has been and where it’s headed. Many smart people have been saying for years that at some point in the future we would no longer distinguish “social” business from ordinary business. Now we find social expertise in many enterprise…
  • Gender vs. Generational Divide Tops Findings From The Social Consumer Study

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Don Bulmer and I are thrilled to share the findings of our  latest study, The Social Consumer,  and we think this is the most exciting one yet!  We researched the factors that inform, impact and shape trust, loyalty and preferences of the digitally connected consumer. We tested the belief that brands which can tap into the emotions about and awareness of their values (human/social) are most likely to inspire positive action and loyalty from consumers.  This is our third research collaboration since 2009, as part of our fellowship with The Society for New Communication Research. We were…
  • Big List 2.0: The Top B2B Online Customer Communities 2014

    Vanessa DiMauro
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am thrilled to share the most comprehensive directory of B2B online customer communities on the web and perhaps even the planet! We published our first Big List in 2011 and just finished an exhaustive period of research and review to bring you the following 106 dynamic communities. From IT pros and CIOs to plumbers, baristas, and dentists. From frequent fliers to small business owners, you’ll find them all and more, right here. The Big List functions as a much deserved acknowledgment of B2B communities and their dedicated community managers, fierce executive champions and collaborative…
  • Spotlighting *Your* B2B Online Community – Call for Participation

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Calling all B2B community builders, the Big List is back! In 2011 Leader Networks, a well known social business research and consulting firm, researched and published a list of the top 71 online customer communities –drawing attention to thriving, dynamic, communities that didn’t receive much fanfare due to their focused audiences and limited public exposure. It holds true today that little is known about many of the most vibrant and visionary B2B communities due to their role as competitive advantages and their importance to their company’s strategic mission. In fact some of the…
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    Digital Pivot RSS News Feed

  • #FanGate Takes Center Stage at Florida Governor’s Debate

    Jennifer Graber
    25 Oct 7645 | 6:13 am
    Summary: The election season is upon us. Television programs are interspersed with political commercials attacking candidates. We also cannot go one day without telemarketing calls touting political parties. This season also means it is time for televised debates. It is a time for candidates to duke it out on important issues that affect our communities, states, and the nation.
  • HBO Launching Standalone Service

    Jessica Cherok
    25 Oct 7458 | 6:13 am
    Summary: For all of those who have left cable and satellite television behind, HBO&rsquo;s announcement to sell its service online in 2015 is great news. For years, many have complained about the high cost of cable, yet it&rsquo;s hard to give up because of the quality shows airing on some cable channels.
  • Facebook's Year of Birth Not Working for 114-Year-Old

    Jessica Cherok
    25 Oct 3586 | 6:13 am
    Summary: When you get to be 114 years old, you would think you wouldn&rsquo;t have a need to lie about your age. Not so for Anna Stoehr. The 114-year-old woman had to lie about age in order to join Facebook. Facebook&rsquo;s age count tops out at 99 years, well shy of Stoehr&rsquo;s age.
  • PhotoMath App Solves the Equation

    Jennifer Graber
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    Summary: Think back to your school days and reminisce about your math classes. Do you ever remember staring at an equation, wishing there was some magic way to solve it? Were there times your calculator simply was not enough? Yes, the calculator gives you an answer, but you have to know how to plug in the equation...
  • Ello Promises to Be Forever Ad-Free

    Jessica Cherok
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Summary: Ello is committed to never becoming anything like Facebook. So committed, in fact, that the social site has secured a multi-million dollar backing from investors. Ello sent out an announcement detailing its promise to remain ad-free: "There has been some speculation in the press since our launch 11 weeks ago that will someday be forced to allow paid ads on our social network...."
 
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  • #MakeInIndia smashes the -Billion impressions mark on Social Media

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:47 pm
    #MakeInIndia made a huge splash globally with social media updates from over 100 countries, capturing the world’s imagination and a large chunk of influencer mindspace. Digiqom, a growing digital agency, and Simplify 360, a leading Social Business Intelligence Company, have come together to measure the impact of #MakeInIndia by listening in on the conversations and making sense of the voluminous data. The stats are staggering. To give you a perspective, #MakeInIndia trended worldwide at no. 2 between 10.30 am and 11.30 am on Thursday, September 25—the day of the launch. Since then, there…
  • The Social Media Spread of Ebola Virus

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    The Ebola outbreak of 2014 has been by far the largest one in the entire history of West Africa.  The deadly disease has a fatality rate of 90%, i.e 90% of the victims die when the virus attacks them. Simplify360 today released an interesting analysis to catch a glimpse of how the virus is spreading on social media:                                                                                …
  • Why these TOP 15 IT training resources are considered the best

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Are you one of those people who have registered for a certification or a course but do not have the required resources to prepare for it? Well, do not worry as this has happened to a lot of people. Either there are not any credible resources available to you or you are not able to find any over the internet. This is a problem which needs to be eliminates, as most people do require IT Training resources which will help them in the process of training. However, not all of the vendors out there will provide you with the most reliable and credible training resources. Yes, you are new to this…
  • Celebrate Independence Day with Twitter Chat on #BrandIndia

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Simplify360 has planned to celebrate India’s Independence in a unique way. The company is doing a Twitter chat today at 3 PM themed “#BrandIndia with Bhupendra”. Bhupendra, CEO for Simplify360, is talking to some prominent brand experts from around the World regarding India as a brand. The topics to be covered are: 1. How is #BrandIndia today? 2. What did India as a nation missed in last 6 decades? 3. How to build India as a brand of trust and quality? 4. #BrandIndia should be about people or product 5. Role MNC and foreigners play in building Brand India and more. The panel…
  • IBM unveils chip that emulates human brain

    Priya
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
      The International Business Machines Corporation or IBM is an American consulting corporation and a multination technological enterprise.  It is headquartered in Armonk, New York. IBM not only markets but also manufactures computer software and hardware and also provides infrastructure, consulting and hosting services in various areas starting from mainframe computers up to nanotechnology. Recently, IBM revealed a computer chip which is about the size of a postage stamp and is claimed to spur up the functions of the synapses, neurons and other characteristics of the brain to carry out…
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    Sean Clark

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Automation

    Rebecca Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Social media automation – don’t be a robot As your business grows and your presence on social media increases, it can seem like a daunting task to keep up with posting every day, especially when you have so much of the ‘real’ work of your business to get done. This is why more and more business owners are moving towards social media automation tools to save on time throughout the working week. Online apps such as Hootsuite and Kurasie allow you to manage your social media platforms on one dashboard. As well as being able to easily access and compare what is happening across…
  • More Intelligent Marketing With Facebook Data [Podcast]

    Sean Clark
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:48 am
    Episode 46 of The Small Business Marketing Report Podcast It isn’t about using the Facebook to market to people. It is about using the data that Facebook collects about people to inform your own marketing. In this episode Sean & Robert cover how to mine Facebook’s OpenGraph data and Ad tools so you can: Take out the guess work out of marketing Know who you are trying to reach Know what interests your audience Know how many of them there are This discussion is based on a presentation recently delivered by Sean on Mining Facebook Data for Marketing, you can grab the slides and…
  • Creating A Simple Social Media Strategy That Works

    Rebecca Miller
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Create a social media game plan Business owners understand the importance of creating a strategy when considering their business development, sales and promotion, yet few realise the importance of creating a strategy to manage social media efforts too. Social media is such as new yet burgeoning part of the overall package, it’s easy for businesses to fall into the trap of using a scatter gun approach to social, putting out posts across networks without really considering the ‘what’ and the ‘why’. This laissez-fair attitude to social media can at the least cause more…
  • How To Write An Effective Business Blog

    Rebecca Miller
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    The benefits of blogging for business The inclusion of a blog on your business website will keep your content fresh and relevant. It can act as a tool to drive traffic to your website, encouraging customers to return to your site more often, and stay on it longer. A quality blog can demonstrate to your readership the knowledge you have about your market sector, helping build trust in your brand, integrity and positioning you as a leader in your field. It can also be used as a tool to increase subscribers to your mailing list, giving you an audience who can potentially be…
  • Homepage Horror Shows & How To Avoid Them [PODCAST]

    Sean Clark
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    Episode 45 of The Small Business Marketing Report Podcast Your websites homepage is a valuable asset, yet many businesses treat it like a dumping ground for every marketing message they have. Sean and Robert discuss many of the mistakes businesses of all types make when it comes to designing their homepage. How you need to have focus and a clear understanding of your business objectives. But, first they have a quick chat about the impact of Google dropping Google+ Authorship from the search results. Listen in to the show, and if you have any questions then please feel free to comment on our…
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    L2: Business Intelligence for Digital

  • E-Tailers Pushing Brands Aside in Search

    Homa Zaryouni
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    L2’s Digital IQ Index®: Personal Care | UK finds that 73% of UK consumers expect leading brands to be at the top of search results. But securing top spot is not as easy as it was before, as the landscape has become crowded with Google’s new features: Shopping/Product Listing Ads (aka PLAs) and Knowledge Graph (carousel on the upper right corner). Additionally, retailers are buying against brand terms and leaving just 4% of Index brands without paid search results. PLAs from e-tailers account for 54% of paid results for UK Personal Care brands, and 61% of results are e-tailers purchasing…
  • UK Personal Care Brands Not Working With Retailers

    Homa Zaryouni
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Online baskets in the UK are on average 5x the size of offline carts, and online shoppers are more loyal than online ones. The graph above shows that 47% of Tesco’s online shoppers are loyal to the brand vs. just 29% of the Tesco shoppers. Therefore, brands have every incentive to make online shopping a convenient option. Yet, most brands shy away from e-commerce and opt to hand off to retailers. The following graph from the Digital IQ Index®: Personal Care | UK finds that Boots dominates; 40% of brands that link to e-tailers choose Boots. Retailers have won the loyalty and large shopping…
  • UK Personal Care Continental Divide

    Homa Zaryouni
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    In this new video, L2 researcher Giulia Prati speaks about the great divide in the UK Personal Care market. Retailers of Personal Care items, mainly supermarkets, have been incredibly innovative in e-commerce fulfillment and site sophistication. As a result of their efforts 35% of UK shoppers used click-and-collect in 2013, a higher percentage than in the US or Germany. Supermarkets are innovating by building lockers in unexpected but highly trafficked locations such as train stations and airports. Meanwhile, personal care brands have been slow to integrate e-commerce. For more on the digital…
  • How to Be More Like Michelle Phan on YouTube

    Homa Zaryouni
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Beauty Vlogger Michelle Phan has over 7 million subscribers for her YouTube channel, while the average Personal Care brand in the L2 Index has just 5,747. That means brands have a lot to learn from the 27-year-old head of a beauty empire. Personal care brands are trying. Eighty-two percent have a YouTube channel and 64% have a dedicated UK one. But as this graph from L2’s Digital IQ Index®: Personal Care | UK shows, their dedication to creating and posting videos yields no direct path to results. So what can brands do? A few suggestions based on the L2 report: Be visible. L’Oréal…
  • Pampers UK’s Amazon Reviews are 10x the Average

    Homa Zaryouni
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    L2’s Digital IQ Index®: Personal Care | UK finds that Pampers has significantly more reviews than its average personal care counterpart on Amazon.co.uk. Pampers’ top ten listings have more than 10x the reviews of the average Index brands’ top ten listings, 543 vs. 53. Much of those reviews are due to the existence of an interactive community of moms sponsored by the brand. Pampers Village provides new moms with tools to interact with each other and track their baby’s progress. Participants also receive coupons and advice from pediatricians. Pampers’ Amazon investment goes beyond…
 
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    Dave Linabury, LLC

  • False Arrow Image Galleries are Black Hat

    Dave Linabury
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Deliberating deluding the public through shady advertising practices is one of the reasons advertising is consistently one of the least respected industries. False Arrow Image Galleries are Black Hat One online tactic that I find particularly disturbing is the use of false image gallery arrows. Most meme and viral sites now have image galleries of […] The post False Arrow Image Galleries are Black Hat appeared first on Dave Linabury, LLC.
  • Reflecting on 16 Years of Blogging

    Dave Linabury
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:15 am
    After reading Charlene Li’s wonderful post Reflecting on 10 Years of Blogging this morning, I was inspired to write my version. I started blogging in 1998. That’s 16 years of blogging. Think about that. That’s longer than I’ve been married. Longer than I’ve stayed at any career. The only thing I’ve had in my life last […] The post Reflecting on 16 Years of Blogging appeared first on Dave Linabury, LLC.
  • 5 Things You Can Do to Win Over a Tough Client

    Dave Linabury
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:49 am
    “What kind of presentation was that? I’m not seeing what I’m looking for. This entire meeting was a waste of my time.” Have a client like that? Relax, you’re not alone. Everyone has a tough client at one point in their career that the entire team dreads meeting with. Although… there is always one person […] The post 5 Things You Can Do to Win Over a Tough Client appeared first on Dave Linabury, LLC.
  • Five Things Vendors Always Get Wrong

    Dave Linabury
    2 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Hi Vendors! I love meeting vendors and startup founders. I really do. But (most of) you haven’t quite mastered the social skills necessary to properly contact an executive, or what to say to us to keep our attention. But there are (at least) five things vendors always get wrong. So here’s some free advice… 1. […] The post Five Things Vendors Always Get Wrong appeared first on Dave Linabury, LLC.
  • Case Study: Artisan Plating

    Dave Linabury
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    CASE STUDY: Artisan Plating This month’s case study is about Artisan Plating, an interesting company in that they specialize in electroplating all kinds of precious metals. While they specialize in plating designer work, they also electroplate for government and military applications, which means they reach military-grade tolerance levels. They’ve even plated parts for NASA’s space […] The post Case Study: Artisan Plating appeared first on Dave Linabury, LLC.
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    Digital Diva

  • All Saints Dress & Christian Louboutin Wedges

    Digital Diva
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    I’ve had this All Saints dress for years…it’s an old faithful. I love the way it falls, it creates a nice silhouette but doesn’t overly cling. The straps are made of rope…making it quite heavy at the top, easy to wear…but hell trying to keep it on a hanger! On holiday in Santorini recently, I paired the dress with some Christian Louboutin wedges. I love the ballet style ties, they are fairly easy to walk in…but admittedly not for a long time! I don’t usually get on well with peep toes, my toes are too wussy and sensitive. I love these though.
  • Michael Kors Mosaic Dress

    Digital Diva
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I bought this Michael Kors Mosaic Dress specifically for our holiday in Santorini recently. I spotted it in the window of the Michael Kors store in Leeds shortly before we went away and fell instantly in love! I ran inside…only to be told they had just one left, in a size extra small. Extra small?! That, I am not. I promptly went online to stalk the dress but could not find one left anywhere in the country! Finally, I managed to find the last one seemingly available in the world in a small boutique in Monaco (yes….Monaco…) on FarFetch.com. Michael Kors Mosiac Print Dress //…
  • DvF scarves, friends and trying to take it easier

    Digital Diva
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Hey all…how’s your week been? I kept the promise to myself of taking it a little easier…only a little though. I met up with my brother in London for some much needed chatter and drinks, attempted to tidy my dressing room (I was not blessed with great tidying skills), saw a friend I haven’t seen for a few years for a catchup to talk about his adventures around the world and had fun in Bundobust and Friends of Ham for someone’s birthday. I donated a bit of money to the Leeds Indie Food Festival – see Amy Liz’s blog post for more details on that.
  • The Pit Breakfast in Chapel Allerton

    Digital Diva
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    This morning we tried The Pit breakfast in Chapel Allerton. We used to have breakfast in our lovely ‘village’ of Chapel Allerton quite a bit on a weekend, but we’ve been so busy and away recently that we haven’t for ages. I’m making a big effort to spend more time at home on weekends…we’ve had a fun few nights out drinking with friends and so Sunday called for a good breakfast! I had a look at The Pit’s website to see what they offered and it sounded good…so off we went. When we got there, we were a bit confused because there were no…
  • X Factor, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet & Silver Skechers

    Digital Diva
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Morning! Wow….it’s feeling Autumnal today, isn’t it? Brrrrrr………..    Did you watch X Factor this weekend? I’ve got Lauren Platt and Only The Young in the office sweepstake. I did also have Blonde Electra, but they went out last night. It was a shame, because I liked their kookiness, I can really see them as a band…but I guess they were a bit too bonkers for the general public. Why did I have three? Well, I kept paying my £1 for a choice till I was hoping I’d get Andrea! I didn’t. Dammit….he absolutely killed Earth Song…
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    ansarada » M&A News

  • M&A bankers may have to take a long view on bonuses

    Brett Cole
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    M&A bankers in the City of London must be sending boutiques of roses to George Osborne, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Osborne is challenging the European Banking Authority rules that bank bonuses should be no more than 100 per cent of salary – or 200 per cent with shareholder approval. Amid the best […] The post M&A bankers may have to take a long view on bonuses appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A welcomed at mid sized, private companies

    Brett Cole
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Almost half of the mid sized, privately held companies polled by Deloitte say there are prepared to entertain a M&A offer from a “perfect buyer.” “As company valuations, share prices and cash-on-hand liquidity are generally on an upswing, many sellers have more options today than in the past five years to extract value from their […] The post M&A welcomed at mid sized, private companies appeared first on ansarada.
  • Mining M&A led by Ivan Glasenberg, Mick Davis?

    Brett Cole
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    Global mining M&A is just a sliver of the best deal environment since 2008. In the year to date there has been just $44 billion worth of M&A among mining companies, according to Mergermarket data. That’s just 1.7 percent of the total M&A volume so far in 2014 that currently stands at $2.65 trillion, says […] The post Mining M&A led by Ivan Glasenberg, Mick Davis? appeared first on ansarada.
  • M&A study: beware deal making, dominant CEOs

    Brett Cole
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Beware the well connected, M&A hungry chief executive. So says a study conducted by a team from the University of Arkansas, Suffolk University and Zayed University. CEOs with individual authority and dominance over others because they are the center of their social networks have mostly a negative impact when they pursue M&A. Such M&A deals […] The post M&A study: beware deal making, dominant CEOs appeared first on ansarada.
  • 5 tips: make your M&A due diligence easier

    Brett Cole
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:37 pm
    ansarada’s Joel White has been advising on M&A due diligence since 2007. After speaking to many senior investment bankers, Joel has gathered five tips these bankers wished they knew when they started out as analysts running their first sell-side M&A deal. Tip 1 Before M&A due diligence starts, set value expectations and timeline expectations with […] The post 5 tips: make your M&A due diligence easier appeared first on ansarada.
 
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    Being Cheryl: Cheryl Harrison

  • Settlers of Catan Costume

    Cheryl
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    This year, instead of recycling the same Amy Pond costume I’ve worn for the last two Halloweens, I had the foresight to combine my loves of board gaming and funtivities* into a costume, and thus Scott and I were The Settlers of Catan… and you can too. * (fuhn-tiv-i-tees, plural noun, the condition in which shit like sparklers and sprinklers and parades exist) Step 1: Some sort of brownish shoulder bag ($12-$15) I purchased this Medic Bag for around $13 on Amazon, but received notice that it wasn’t going to show up on time, so instead I went to my local Army/Navy surplus…
  • Playing model

    Cheryl
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    Since I first wrote about Gwynnie Bee back in June I haven’t posted anything else about the plus-sized clothing rental service on this blog, so I’m updating you now because I recently became an affiliate for Gwynnie Bee after several people were like “you talk about that Gwynnie Bee place a lot – do they, like, pay you?” and I was like “NO BUT THEY SHOULD” so now they will if you click this link and do stuff. ANYWAY, the first time I blogged about Gwynnie Bee I was just testing it out and had mixed feelings, but I’ve been using the service for…
  • Shit I Did in September

    Cheryl
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    IS THERE ANYTHING CUTER THAN BABY PUMPKINS?! AND NO I DON’T CARE IF THEY ARE REALLY “GOURDS” THEY LOOK LIKE GODDAMN BABY PUMPKINS AND I PREFER TO PRETEND THAT A MOMMY PUMPKIN AND A DADDY PUMPKIN FELL IN LOVE AND CAME TOGETHER IN A MOMENT OF PASSION TO MAKE A BABY PUMPKIN, CAUSE SCIENCE. I’m sorry for yelling but I have very strong feels about baby pumpkins. Shit I wrote here: Move ALL the things Her name is Reno Shit I wrote other places: (614) Magazine: Pretty in Plus (614) Magazine: California Dreamer – West Coast Wine by way of Columbus Stock & Barrel…
  • Move ALL the things

    Cheryl
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    In the past month I moved out of my condo and into my boyfriend Scott’s house, and also moved my business into real office space. The best part of moving is coupons. I had to change three addresses with the postal service – my personal address, Drink Up Columbus and speechbubble. That means three times the coupons – but wait, there’s more! When you file to change your address online, you can print coupons to awesome places like Target, Pier 1 Imports and Lowes. BUT THEN when they send you the confirmation packet in the mail you get ANOTHER SET OF COUPONS TO THOSE…
  • Her name is Reno

    Cheryl
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Thanks to my boobs I recently won a trip to Reno to attend craft beer festival CANFEST and relax for a few days. I also got come home with two ear infections, a sinus infection and bronchitis so I guess you can’t win ‘em all. As part of the contest Scott and I got picked up at the airport in a limo for a 10 minute ride to the casino where they were putting us up. Necessary? Absolutely not. Kind of badass having one of those dudes waiting at the airport with my name on a sign and then getting to stretch out on leather couches while contemplating how many airplane-sized bottles of…
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    Blog - Digital Jungle

  • How to Improve Your Google Ranking: Penguin 3.0 Update

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Latest Penguin 3.0 Update According to several key sources at Google, we can expect an update to the Google Penguin algorithm in as little as a week. While no set date has been given Webmaster Trends analyst John Mueller commented;…
  • 11 ways to get indexed By Baidu the Largest Chinese Search Engine

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
      In this post, we are going to tell you how you can get ranked and indexed by Baidu. There are many differences between Google and Baidu. In order to be ranked in Baidu, you will need to meet requirements…
  • A Birthday Gift From CloudFlare

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Happy 4th Birthday CloudFlare Happy birthday CloudFlare! On September 27th CloudFare turned 4 and they have decided to mark the occasion for their team and customers. This is not the first time CloudFlare have done something special to mark their…
  • How to Recover From the Panda 4.1 Update

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Panda 4.1 what does it do? Google have announced that the latest Panda update, which has already been launched, is a filter dedicated to penalizing poor content and prevent it from ranking well. The logic behind this latest update is…
  • The Older Social Media User

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:13 am
    Social Media Population of China With an approximate population of roughly 597 million active users, Chinese social media is obviously a dominant online force. When it comes to age, 51% of social media users are over the age of 31.…
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    For Free Blog

  • HOW TO: 7 Ways to Get More From Twitter

    Mike Johansson
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    Wish you could get more from your time on social media? Is that especially true on Twitter? Well, have I got a post for you.7 Ways to Get More from TwitterLists as a way to get a lot more from Twitter: Lists are probably the most under-appreciated, most-useful feature of Twitter. They are a way to manage the "firehose" of tweets come from large numbers of people you follow. Lists are best organized around your interests (this could mean the industry you work in, family and friends or even competitors). When you open a list you only see tweets from those people. It is important to remember…
  • 13 Very Useful Twitter Infographics

    Mike Johansson
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Twitter can be confusing to some and even baffling to those who have not fully embraced it.With so many great resources out there it can be hard to know where to start. But, wait … let me present for your Twitter enlightenment…. A Baker’s Dozen of Great Twitter ResourcesShould You Use Twitter? This old-but-still-useful flowchart can help you decide whether Twitter is even the right place on social media for you.The infographic 7 Effective Ways to Engage on Twitter will help you maximize the time you do spend on Twitter.As will this the useful Maximize Your Tweets…
  • Social Media for Small Business: A Page o’ Links

    Mike Johansson
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Social media is everywhere and yet many businesses are still not using it or not using it well.Sometimes it is a time issue. Sometimes it’s a feeling of "Where do I begin? Sometimes it’s simply a feeling of intimidation or having bene left behind.My hope with this page of links is to offer some useful resources for any small business owner at any stage of their social media evolution:Platforms:Hubspot, probably the best champion of inbound marketing – attracting customers – has a useful post for those starting on Facebook: How to Create a Facebook Business Page in 5 Simple…
  • Social media offers big benefits to small business

    Mike Johansson
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    One thing all small business owners can agree on: They don’t have unlimited resources to put into marketing and other customer outreach.This is where social media can be a big help. What does social media allow your small businesses to do?Listen for opportunities: Possibly the most-overlooked benefit is simply being on social networks as a way take the pulse of a marketplace or to hear people discussing a need … a need you may be able to meet.Vertical Response surveyed small business andfound which platforms they preferred to useOffer better customer service: Customers using…
  • 10 Social Media Resources for Small Businesses

    Mike Johansson
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Any small business owner knows that it’s always about being short on money and short on time … which is why social media can be such a good investment.  By carefully choosing a few social media platforms and allocating a little time each day small businesses can reap rewards including new customers/increased sales, competitive intelligence, better customer relations and greater word-of-mouth marketing. The question is where and how to begin. To help here are 10 resources for small business owners. 10 Resources for Small Businesses on Social Media1. Your Guide to Benefitting…
 
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    Hypertext

  • Sharper Images: 3 Tips That Make Your Photograph Pop

    Laura Mossteller
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    The following is the second part in an ongoing series of graphic design tips that focus on images, graphics and interactive media for integrated communications projects. Image resolution is one of those terms that everyone knows, but not really. That’s because the concept can quickly plunge into complicated details that cause the brain to file the subject away for later and then promptly forget. The goal of this post is to stick to the basic, yet vital, parts of image resolution in the hope of keeping the subject more concrete and easy to apply when needed. That way, a photograph or other…
  • Why Webinars and LinkedIn Can’t Substitute For Real Conferences

    Vince Abbate
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Webinars and LinkedIn aren't as fun as actually meeting your idols and connecting with real people. Who'd have thought? In the age of social media and content marketing, some people may argue that webinar conferencing and networking on LinkedIn is the new norm for experiencing thought leadership and making professional connections. They may even go as far as to say traditional conferences have gone the way of the Dodo. I say they're wrong. Or, at least somewhat misguided. Webinars are broadcast online for just about anyone, in any part of the word. You don’t even need to miss work. That…
  • Funny Memes For Your Next Content Campaign? Don’t Laugh

    Vince Abbate
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Less than two years ago, funny memes were nothing more than a novelty and means to either emphasize an emotion (see Grumpy Cat meme) or berate public figures (see “Eastwooding”). And they still are. But even though most of these funny pics with captions may be considered nonsensical and devoid of purpose, there’s no doubt about their virility. Some top Internet memes can get tens of thousand of views on social media and even find themselves in the annals of funny memes history. So can these so-called "Internet phenomena" be used as part of your social media marketing strategies?
  • How To Speak Social Marketing In Your Boss’ Language

    Lewis Webb
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Ever had to sell your bosses on social media marketing, and they have no idea what you’re talking about? If the answer is “Yes,” you’re not alone. Social platforms such as Snapchat, Tinder and Yo! are often aimed at a younger, mobile friendly generation and can be greeted with a mixture of skepticism and bemusement by many in the C-suite — especially when it comes to developing social marketing strategies. With that in mind, we gathered with experts from IBM, Microsoft and CorpComms Magazine for a discussion panel on September 25 at Social Media Week London. The panel, “The…
  • Sell Your Boss On Social Media Marketing (SMW14 panel video)

    Vince Abbate
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Social Media Marketing Experts Hold Social Media Week London Panel We gathered together with experts from IBM, Microsoft and CorpComms Magazine on September 25 at  Social Media Week London to pick their brains about social media marketing and how to get the C-suite to buy-in on the concept. Of course, it can be difficult when trying to convince your boss of adopting new online marketing tactics — especially when it comes to B2B content marketing — which is why we hosted The Cynics’ Guide to Social In the B2B Space,” a special panel at the yearly event that focused on social…
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    Sprout Social

  • 40 Incredible Websites Powered By WordPress

    Jennifer Beese
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Over the years, WordPress has grown from a basic blogging tool to an exceptional content management system. Today, more than 74.6 million sites are using WordPress, including some of the world’s biggest brands. Flexible and easy to customize, the platform boasts an impressive library of tools, making it a great choice for businesses. But WordPress is capable of so much more than just hosting your traditional company blog. Businesses of all sizes across industries are building on top of the platform to create rich and engaging web experiences for fans and customers. Whether you’re rocking…
  • 4 Ways Educators Can Take Social to School

    Anna Washenko
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:19 am
    The latest Sprout Social Index revealed that the field of education ranked fourth for highest volume of inbound engagement. Despite that large number of social messages, education was No. 11 in terms of responsiveness. What’s keeping that field from taking better advantage of all those possibilities for engagement? Part of it is the nature of the field. Many educators are working with kids, and depending on the age groups of their classes, students may not even be allowed on certain social networks. Also, schools and universities often have strict rules about when and how students and…
  • Do You Need a Separate Business Social Account?

    Elizabeth Harper
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    As social media becomes increasingly popular for both work and play, many employees run into a conundrum: do they need separate social accounts for their professional and personal lives? With some networks, the answer is fairly clear-cut. LinkedIn, for example, has a singular business focus and it would be unnecessary and somewhat silly to create an account for strictly personal use. However, with networks such as Facebook and Twitter, the lines between professional and personal use can become blurred. There are no steadfast rules and the right solution depends on your business and…
  • 6 YouTube Alternatives and Video Hosts

    Anna Washenko
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    For most people, the word “video” immediately conjures up the name YouTube. The more artistically inclined might also think about Vimeo, another top video service. Each of these two services has a lot to offer businesses looking for a hosting platform, and we’ve already conducted a head-to-head comparison of their pros and cons. However, not every business will want to go with one of those more familiar options for its video needs. Whether you want more personalized attention from a video client, something tailored for businesses or just like to support the underdogs, there are…
  • Engage Fans and Followers With Google+ Polls

    Jennifer Beese
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    One of the quickest and easiest ways to engage fans is with a question. Whether you’re soliciting feedback on Facebook or initiating a conversation on Twitter, questions can spark interactions across social platforms and strategies. But while status updates and tweets are sufficient vehicles, sometimes you need a more organized approach — and Google+ can help. Google+ recently gave Pages and Profiles the ability to create and share polls. Not only do polls make it easy to collect opinions from fans and followers, but they can also provide deep insight into your customers and improve upon…
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  • Content Marketing lessons from Spacey, O’Brien, C.K. and Silent Bob

    Francisco Rosales
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Who are you taking content marketing lessons from? Kevin Spacey has been the center of the content marketing conversation lately, after speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival and recently at Content Marketing World 2014. But he’s not the only one to drop wisdom about the present and future of content, that’s why in this post, I decided to go back and revisit the learnings I’ve had over the last few years from guys like Louie C.K., Kevin Smith and Conan O’brien. Anybody wants to do the Hip Hop version? Let’s do it baby! =D Kevin Spacey: Story Kevin…
  • 10 Writing Tips for Great Social Media Posts

    Cari Bennette
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    It’s hard to keep up with the latest techniques for social media posting, isn’t it? In the constantly changing world of best blogging practices, it seems we’ve just learned how to craft the short and sassy snippet posts when a growing trend appears urging longer posts for more engaged reader experience.  But take heart, crafting a longer post can be expertly achieved without too much effort and will pay handsome dividends. While the limited number of characters should be used for tweets and Google headlines, writing short posts is important for some social media, platforms such as…
  • 9 Things You Should Be Sharing on Facebook but Probably Aren’t

    Aaron Lee
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Don’t know what you should be posting on Facebook? You’re not alone! This is one of the most common questions asked by small business owners. Many business owners don’t know what they should be posting on their Facebook page other than posts about their products. Not only is thinking what to post can be tough, business owners need to compete with over 30 million Facebook pages of businesses. It’s not easy stand out. With that in mind, we need more than just our products for us to stand out. We need a variety of content. So how do you stand share things and stand out? Let’s go…
  • How to Incorporate Social Media Into Your Product Packaging

    Britt Klontz
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Twitter. Facebook. Email. Spend any amount of time browsing the internet, and you’re destined to stumble over countless social advertising and marketing schemes. In fact, while some companies do still rely on direct mail to spread the word about their products and promotions, the vast majority of marketing today happens in the far more abstract, social and intellectual space of the internet. That’s a good thing for many reasons — social media is cheap, has a broad reach, and humanizes brands — but there’s something that’s lost in this transition: a direct, physical…
  • After 1.5 Million Posts Analyzed, Here is the Perfect Facebook Post

    Francisco Rosales
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Do you know how to craft the perfect Facebook post? Being on the Facebook News Feed has become as hard as being on Google’s first page. The fierce competition and recent changes in the algorithm are turning this almost impossible, and what makes the difference often times comes down to small details, testing and optimizing every single aspect of your content. TrackMaven analyzed more than 1.5 million pieces of content on 6,000 Pages, here is what they said… “We found that when the various elements of a Facebook post are strategically crafted, the viral reach of posts is…
 
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  • Taking Your Online Reputation Seriously

    David Chism
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    I Am Impressed with My Clients The review above has another side of the story to this too! There are a lot of negative vibes online these days. I believe we have online review sites to thank for this. Companies today are plagued with 1 and 2 star ratings, typically from people who have overly demanding expectations. If you forget to return a phone call, chances are, sooner or later, you’ll be receiving a low star rating on a site like Yelp. Yet, if you do a good job and serve the customer well, it is very difficult to get consumers to write a positive review on their own. Typically,…
  • A Few of My Favorite Apps for My iPhone

    David Chism
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    I thought it was time to share a screenshot of my iPhone to help those of you who are wondering what apps I use and why. I use my iPhone and iPad primarily for business and a little pleasure. I rarely play any games, so you’ll notice my main screen is mostly for business with a few personal apps sprinkled in too. The most-used apps you’ll find at the very bottom. The ones at the very top are the second most-used, with the ones in the middle getting used a little less. All other apps are on the second screen, which I’ve not included in this blog. Those are all misc. apps…
  • Should You Fire Your Business Coach?

    David Chism
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Working Out Note: Last November, I joined a 3-day a week intense workout program (12 weeks) at a BJJ & MMA studio called Clinch Academy. I sort of went into it thinking I’d do the 3 month challenge and go back to my old routine of light exercise when I had the time! One of the reasons I had to do something is that I was not doing much physical exercise. I was playing basketball 1-2 times a week and that was about it. It was around that time, just before I joined, that my blood pressure was quite a bit higher than normal. I was told by the doc, “You’ve got to do a bit…
  • Early Thoughts on iPhone 6 and Software Updates

    David Chism
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    As I write this, we are awaiting the arrival of Apple’s latest and greatest iOS 8 upgrade. This will happen in about 1 week (September 17th or 19th). I’ve been testing iOS 8 for the past 3 months and really like it. The best part about iOS 8 over the current version is yet to come. What I mean is that iOS 8 is supposed to be the best update for iOS developers. Apple has supposedly made it much easier for developers to create far greater features than ever before. If this is true, business users of the iPhone and iPad can expect some updates as early as this fall that will…
  • Will Having a Nicer Looking Website Bring Me More Leads?

    David Chism
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Responsive Websites If I told you my website was based on Responsive Design, some of you might actually know what I was talking about more this year than last year. It is a fairly new way to design a website. Those of you who do not know what Responsive Website Design is just yet, I’ll explain. In short, a responsive website basically means the website can be displayed on most computers, tablets and mobile device screens. In other words, it responds and adapts to the screen of the end user. Before responsive coding, most websites had at least two web designs: one for the desktop and a…
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  • Your Curated Awesome for 10.24.14

    LizJostes
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Yes, Uber Drivers are Rating You. Welcome to the Future of Reviews. If this trend continues, the online review aspect of conducting business will suddenly become a much more level playing field. 10 WordPress Backup Plugins You Need to Know About No matter your CMS, you really need to set up a backup for your website. If you are on WordPress, this process can be pretty easy. We use BackupBuddy on our site, and it’s one of the 10 listed here. LinkedIn’s Backdoor to Connections Call it a “hack” or a “workaround”, this handy trick is helpful when trying to…
  • Is Your Customer Data Up-to-Date?

    KristinZaslavsky
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Years ago, I gave some money to the American Red Cross. Then, because I realized that there are always disasters and always a need, I decided to give to them monthly. I set up a recurring donation on our credit card so I could set it and forget it. Except I couldn’t. Because they called me 2-3 times a month, every month, to ask for donations. While I likely wouldn’t have minded a call twice a year asking for additional funds, and may have even donated, 2-3 calls a month was both frustrating and began to feel a little insulting. Finally, I said to a call center employee “I…
  • The Problem with SEO Plugins & Tools

    LizJostes
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Search engine optimization is a scary term to many people. Most business owners know it’s important for their website and overall business, and that you have to implement SEO correctly in order to not get in trouble with Google (or Bing or Yahoo). But unfamiliar terms like “meta data”, “title tags”, and “SERPs” can make it seem like conquering the SEO world is too technical for the average person to achieve without significant amounts of help. Enter: SEO plugins & keyword research tools There are several paid and free tools, and website plugins…
  • Your Curated Awesome for 10.17.14

    KristinZaslavsky
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s Friday already and this year is just flying by. I haven’t bought Halloween costumes yet, so it’s time for me to get in gear. How about you? Whether you’re on top of the season or not, here’s so awesome articles from around the interwebs this week. Comcast Told My Employer About Complaint, Got Me Fired It’s not unusual for people to shrug off privacy concerns when it comes to the Internet. However, this is a really great example that it’s easier to find out information about you than you think. Social Media Country Club This new social media platform has a $9000 price tag…
  • How to Compare 2 Date Ranges with Google Analytics

    LizJostes
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to All Things Online Marketing, we strive to make them as simple, straight-forward, and practical as possible. We work with small businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals, and being small business owners ourselves, we know that there are only so many hours in a day! Google Analytics is one of the most intimidating online marketing tools out there. For starters, stats tend to scare people. Next, Google Analytics is considered the most accurate, in-depth tool there is. You could spend all day, every day, looking at the data every which way. We try to guide our…
 
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  • Ikea's horror

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Remember The Shining?Halloween is approaching and Ikea Singapore created a themed advert to promote late-night shopping by using one of the most famous scenes of the 1980 horror movie starred by Jack Nicholson. Watch the video and your late-night shopping will never be the same again...
  • Social media unhappiness

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:18 am
    Social media in Oman is used by hundreds of thousands people and therefore, if monitored, it can be a very useful tool for the government. With so many people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, forums, etc. there’s a good chance to find out what the population, or at least a part of it, is happy or unhappy with.I’m taking two examples but there's lots more out there; both examples are related to civic education which seems to be an unknown matter to many here in Oman.Like what you saw? These are very common sights unfortunately. People Animals go for picnics or camping and leave…
  • Enter if you dare

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Great opportunity for all geoscience and petroleum engineering students at Sultan Qaboos University. Here is your chance to enter a very cool contest with a total cash prize of 20,000 Euros (that's nearly 10,000 Rials).The MOL Group, a leading international oil and gas company headquartered in Budapest, has launched a new talent acquisition and development program that offers qualified top talent the opportunity to join MOL Group’s Upstream division.Not interesting enough? Think again. These guys at MOL have done things the proper way by inviting students from selected universities in 15…
  • State of the Omani blogosphere

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    Over the years for different reasons we lost several great local bloggers; I’m thinking of the father of all bloggers Muscati, as well as Oman Expat, Muscat Jet Driver, Muscat Confidential, Linoleum Surfer (even though he did not blog for very long), Blue-chi and several others including Andy in Oman.We still have a small bunch of excellent bloggers but I believe the overall scene is lacking more targeted and detailed info. There’s no really good blogs or bad blogs since blogging is something personal and we all blog about whatever we like but somehow I feel that back in the days…
  • Omani print media goes online

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:12 pm
    In Oman we have four English dailies; when it comes to their online and mobile presence they seem to follow two very opposite approaches: on one side we have publications, like Times of Oman and the Oman Observer, who want to be everywhere, whether Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, mobile apps, etc., and on the other side publications, like Oman Tribune, who’d rather stay in the prehistoric ages. So how are they doing online? How has the print media in Oman responded to ongoing technology changes when disseminating news? Are they searchable and findable? Are they creating interest and…
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  • We Can’t All Follow Our Passion, Can We?

    Melissa Reyes
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    If you’ve ever been a little confused about your career path, you’ve probably had someone ask you about your passion. Because if you do what you love to do, you’ll be happy and successful and motivated and you’ll live happily... Continue Reading →
  • Why I Hate Your Stupid Slideshows

    Melissa Reyes
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Slideshows are a fun was to display photos, graphics and lists in a visually appealing way. But I'm begging you to stop using them.
  • 6 Lessons From My Father on Being a Successful Businessowner

    Melissa Reyes
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Like most pre-teens and then teens, I didn't think much about my father's role as a businessowner or how he managed to build a successful business on the side.
  • Just Write

    Melissa Reyes
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When I was young, I would write constantly. Poems, songs, short stories, essays. I would write for hours every day. Going into journalism felt natural, and getting great writing jobs after college was easy. Writing made me feel alive. But life has twists and turns, and things change.
  • Uh-Oh. She’s Got a Case of UOL (Unnatural Outbound Links).

    Melissa Reyes
    19 May 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Unnatural outbound links. It kind of sounds like some sort of communicable disease – “Oooh, did you hear? Melissa has unnatural outbound links. UOL. Ewww.” And the truth is that it is kind of an icky thing. It feels like I’ve been caught doing... Continue Reading →
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  • Introducing London Midtown

    Laurence Borel
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I was  surprised the other day to find out that the triangle of Bloomsbury, Holborn and St Giles area has been dubbed London Midtown. I happen to work Midtown and my university is also based in this eclectic and exciting area. The Evening Standard and  Inmidtown.org recently highlighted a number of exciting talks taking place Midtown in the coming months. Enjoy! The Virtues of Modern Business, The Bloomsbury Ballroom, 29 October 6-9pm  The School of Life’s Alain de Botton discusses the joys and challenges of contemporary modern working life. _______________________ 10 things you…
  • From 140 characters to 20K words

    Laurence Borel
    4 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    This is it! I handed in my hashtag research thesis a couple of weeks ago after working on it from 6 months full time. Going back university to study towards a Masters by Research was something which I wanted to do for many years and it’s been a hell of a journey. I have now discovered myself a brand new passion for academic research and I really hope to be able to continue studying towards my PhD. Onwards and upwards! [&amp;lt;a href="//storify.com/laurenceborel/the-hastag-project-as-it-happened-hashtagldn" target="_blank"&amp;gt;View the story "From 140 characters to 20K words…
  • Star Paws – Cute emotionally engages viewers

    Laurence Borel
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:32 am
    Did you know that a staggering 15 percent of all internet traffic is cat-related? Animals on the internet have become big business, with some pets attracting more fans than Hollywood celebrities. Think about Grmupy Cat, Three Mobile’s #DancePonyDance or #SingItKitty ads, Budweiser’s #BestBuds 2014 Super Bowl ad, the Dulux dog or the Andrex puppy. Animals are big business. Inspired by this online animal revolution, advertising agencies are on the hunt for cats, puppies and an array of other animal stars to front their campaigns and boost the profits and profiles of the biggest…
  • Student accommodation in the heart of trendy East London

    Laurence Borel
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    If you have read my top tips for new students, you will have noticed that I mentioned that finding the right accommodation is crucial to your students’ wellbeing. I personally did my undergrad outside of London in Canterbury and lived in Halls during the first year of my undergrad. I had the time of my life. Of course, as a mature Postgrad student, things are a little different for me as I live on my own in Clapham. So I asked myself, where would I live if I were an undergrad moving to London? East London for sure, which is where I my London adventure began before leaping South of the…
  • UK clearing is almost over; a few words of wisdom to future students

    Laurence Borel
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:58 am
    I am finding it hard to believe that we are now in mid-August and that my Masters of Research is almost over. Things have been busy at my end finishing off my hashtag project thesis, authoring a book chapter, turning said thesis into an article and applying for a PhD. Phewww! I sit uniquely on both sides of the academic fence, part lecturer and part research student. When I lecture at my former university down in Kent, I often hear students complaining about the cost of education and the perceived value of studying towards a degree. As someone who went back to university ten years after…
 
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  • Social Marketing Part 2: How to build a social media advertising campaign

    Tamsin Oxford
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Précis:  Social advertising can be the most powerful weapon in your corporation's marketing arsenal In the first part of this series we examined how social media has continued to evolve and adapt to fit the mercurial needs of the market it serves, and how it can potentially be harnessed to support your corporation’s brand. In this second installment, we are looking at what factors your corporation must consider when building a rich social media advertising campaign and some examples of how this has worked successfully.   Related Content:  The value of social media…
  • The USM News Roundup: Latest Social Media News

    Liam Dowd
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Précis:  Engaging social media content, social TV and why marketing to Millennials is flawed Social TV continues to engage Related Content:  Social TV: Expanding the Conversation Why It's Time to Rethink Your Content Marketing Strategy B2B content marketing focuses on social media Image:  Primary Event:  The Social Media for Customer Service Summit 2014 Premium`:  No read more
  • Why It's Time to Rethink Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Nick Rojas
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    Précis:  With the proliferation of search engine penalties, marketers are moving away from illicit online-marketing strategies and towards content marketing Gone are the days where buying links, getting listed on article directories, or forum spam can get your site to rank safely in Google. In the absence of these cheap and quick tactics, companies are focusing on creating vast amounts of content -- both written and visual, to improve their visibility in Google. As a result, we’ve entered a stage of “Content Shock.” Related Content:  B2B Content Maturity Social…
  • Social Media Marketing Trends to Avoid

    Russel Cooke
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    Précis:  3 trends to avoid When GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons shared a personal video on social media, his initial plan was leverage. He wanted to show his audience that he was more than just a CEO. He wanted to show that he was human. Related Content:  Social Marketing Part 1: What is social advertising? Social Brands: The Future of Marketing Turning Social Data into Actionable Intelligence - 7 Top Tips Image:  Primary Event:  The Corporate Social Media Summit Europe Premium`:  No read more
  • USM News Roundup: Latest Social Media News

    Liam Dowd
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Précis:  How to integrate social media with email marketing, the growth of social ad spending and improving social customer services Social shows growth with ad spend According to the latest stats from the IAB and PwC, social media showed a 73% increase in ad spend for the first half of 2014. The report from last year revealed that 32% of digital ads are on social networks with 48% of mobile display ads appear on social platforms. This year’s report from IAB/PwC also predicts that digital consumer spending will outstrip traditional retailing with digital advertising moving past TV…
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  • Role of Experiential Learning in Evolving Classroom

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:25 am
    I had already mentioned about the importance of ‘Experiential Learning’ in my blog post titled ‘Enhancing Learning through various Experiential Learning Strategies’. Today I wanted to share with you how, The George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., has offered Experiential Learning environments in certain disciplines, that help both students and faculty realize their objectives by considering the needs for flexibility and meeting the pedagogical and learning demands. Their experiential learning spaces include: ·         Award-winning, 6,300-square-foot School…
  • Game based Approach to Teacher Educators

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    We have come across incorporating game based learning to various subjects such as Maths, Science, Social studies  and Corporate /Business studies. So how about incorporating game based approach to Teacher Education? It would be wonderful if teachers identify areas that require additional inputs before experimenting directly in class. Quest2Teach fulfills your requirement. Quest2Teach offers game infused curricula for teacher education so as to reduce the gap between educational theory and application. The teacher educators evolve their professional identity in various narrative 3D role based…
  • My Recent Updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    4 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    My recent updates in Educational Technology and Social Media Marketing can be accessed by visiting the following links: Educational Technology Social Media Marketing
  • Have You Explored Twitter with Animated GIF?

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    In this post I am going to tell how to convert your slideshare presentations into animated gif and how to promote that using Twitter. Step 1 Visit http://gifdeck.in/ and write your slideshare URL in the box provided and click ‘submit’ button. Click the gearbox icon and choose the time interval in which the slides have to be played and the No of slides to be converted into animated gif and in what size it should be shown. The following screenshot explains the above concepts. Step 2 After submitting the URL, you’ll be asked to save the file. Save the file and visit your Twitter page and…
  • SRecoder for High Quality Video

    EduTek_SocialMedia Consultant
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Today I came across SRecorder free software that records your PC desktop at a high audio and video quality. The entire instructions for downloading and installing the software can be accessed by visiting the URL http://srecorder.com/home I have not explored the software yet, but those interested can explore by visiting the above link.
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  • The Eyes Have It…The Impact of Visual Media!

    Kathy F. Catoe
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Did you know that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual or that the human brain processes visuals 60,000X faster than text?People relate to visual media!  At the October meeting of Social Media Dallas, Ekaterina Walter educated and entertained us with her presentation, “Make Your Marketing Memorable with Visual Storytelling and Real-Time Marketing.” Ekaterina began her social media career at Intel and worked to engage an audience composed largely of “geeks and nerds” by experimenting with visual content.  She learned that by posting a photo of the desk of an…
  • Visual Storytelling, Social Giving & Jingle Mingle Cap off 2014 Events

    Laurie Shook
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Our 4th quarter 2014 events will give you a chance to learn, give and mingle with the area’s social media practitioners and enthusiasts. Ekaterina Walter, Author, International Speaker & Social Evangelist You do not want to miss our October event! This Thursday, October 16th, SMC Dallas is proud to host Ekaterina Walter, an international-caliber speaker and author visiting us from the Portland, Oregon area. She’ll speak on making your marketing memorable with effective visual storytelling. Ekaterina led strategic and marketing innovation for Fortune 500 brands such as Intel and…
  • Slideshare and the Long-Tail Effect

    Featured Author
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Most presentations on Slideshare are not designed to achieve the long-tail effect, where new people continue to like, share, and comment on the slides. Instead, people upload their presentations to quickly engage customers rather than create a meaningful impact. Offensive images and titillating titles compete for the attention of the Slideshare audience. You can create presentation with a lasting impact, if you design for the long tail effect. A Short Tale about My Long-Tail Experience on Slideshare At SxSW Interactive 2013, I presented a talk called Design Like Da Vinci: Sketching Secrets of…
  • Social Media Specialist

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Social Media Specialist will assist in implementing the Overall Online Marketing Strategy across various Angmar Companies brands. This entry level role coordinates with the internal IT and Marketing teams to support their respective missions, ensuring consistency in voice and cultivating strong online web presence and communities for all Angmar Companies. Additionally, this particular position will also be required to assist in website administration, primarily for WordPress based sites. A knowledge of WordPress, blogging and basic web development skills are preferred. Responsibilities…
  • Community Program Manager

    admin
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Community Program Manager Department:  Marketing                                    Reports to:  Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager FLSA Status:  Exempt Position Objective The primary responsibility for this position is to manage and develop strategic partnerships and community outreach at Nerium International. This is a high-visibility position that will be responsible for extensive coordination across several areas and levels of the organization growing global community outreach through the Nerium Ripple program. Specific…
 
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  • Running Flask in Cloud9 with Virtualenv

    Jorge Escobar
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’ve been playing with Cloud9 lately and wanted to get a Flask application up and running. In case you don’t know about it, Cloud9 offers virtualized Ubuntu instances where you can develop applications and install libraries without paying anything. Even though Cloud9 offers a ready to go Django environment, I wanted to see how I could get a Flask application up and running. I ran into some issues, specifically with the Python “runner”. Runners are basically servers that allow you to see your application in a browser. Here’s what I did step by step.
  • Is There a Future for Hybrid Apps?

    Jorge Escobar
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    There’s been a long standing debate in the past few months on the feasability of developing mobile applications using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. Facebook’s founder went as far as partly blaming their initial hybrid approach as the reason they had failed in their mobile strategy. “I think the biggest mistake we made as a company is betting too much on HTML5 as opposed to native,” he admitted, acknowledging his company’s difficulties in piecing together a coherent mobile strategy. Today Basecamp announced on their blog the release of their new iPad app, which follows a…
  • Why Use a Static Site Generator Instead of a Blogging Platform

    Jorge Escobar
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    When I started using Wordpress, I thought it was an awesome solution for blogging. It was easy to install and seemed like by just using plugins, you could augment your blog with a lot of features easily. That was until I got hacked not only once, but twice. Wordpress and any other database-backed Content Management System suffers from the same security vulnerability: you store the content behind an authorization scheme. There are ways to prevent this (and I even wrote a blog post about it in the previous incarnation of my blog), but the complexity of keeping up to date with all the…
  • My Blog Reboot

    Jorge Escobar
    10 Jun 2014 | 1:54 pm
    For the third time in its history I’ve decided to relaunch my blog. This time around, I have a new approach that I think will allow me to work on it on a consistent basis. After all this time, I still firmly believe it’s important that we have independent voices and not let the major blog portals own all the conversation. Blogging is important for me I’ve felt the need to blog for a long time. There are many excuses to not blog — dozens of more urgent things, work, family obligations. And yet, it’s an important acitivity that allows me to look back…
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  • Write Your Manifesto, Find Your Tribe & Fire Up Your Business.

    Ernest Barbaric
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    What I’m about to share with you is a powerful exercise. It provides you with clarity in life and business. Some of my e-mail subscribers who were here from the beginning even had their husbands, wives and kids go through it. This exercise came out of necessity: to clarify who I am, what I stand for and who I work with. I’ve been digging into my brand for over two years now, trying to make it clearer to myself and to those considering working with me. Ideally, we would share similar beliefs and values. This exercise is like a flag you stake your territory with. Those who see it…
  • Love As a Marketing Strategy

    Ernest Barbaric
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    I work in marketing, and sometimes… I’m ashamed of our industry. If you were to judge the marketing field by the articles and books being produced, consumed and promoted these days you’d think we’re all parasitic wastes of skin. From oversimplified, vague and useless content like the “Top 5 ways to increase your followers” and “3 things you didn’t know about Kim Kardashian’s ass”, to books on using the latest psychology and neuroscience to manipulate customers into buying MORE STUFF – it’s hard to believe marketing…
  • Second Act: Are You Making a Living Or Making a Difference?

    Ernest Barbaric
    14 May 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Have you ever heard of the Taiwanese Monkey Trap? It’s a device used to capture monkeys, to make what I imagine is pretty swell monkey stew (maybe also Louisiana-style monkey ribs? I don’t know. </digression>). Hunters build a box with open wooden slats, and place a banana or a piece of similar sized fruit in it, and make sure it’s clearly visible. They also cut a hole in the box, just big enough for the monkey’s open hand to reach through and grip the bait. Inevitably, a passing monkey smells or sees the banana and reaches in to pull it out – and the trap…
  • The Science And Psychology Behind Viral Articles In Your Social Feeds

    Ernest Barbaric
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    A symphony of psychological triggers orchestrated a chemical soup in your brain and within a split-second signalled the amygdala (part of your brain that performs emotional processing) to sound the alarm in your hypothalamus (brain’s command center). It activated and synchronized your nervous system, muscle fibres and bone structure – finally instructing your finger to click or tap on THIS headline. Only to find this: You clicked. Because of fear. Because your “information gap” was exploited (sounds kinda dirty, doesn’t it?). Because we’re wired this way.
  • These 3 Small Businesses Are Rocking Instagram (And How You Can Too)

    Ernest Barbaric
    28 Jan 2014 | 8:10 pm
    I’ll admit it… I’m a casual Instagrammer. For me, it’s mostly pictures of Jazz, gym and motorcycles. However, I’m seeing a really interesting social dynamic developing there, which presents a great opportunity for the right kind of small business to connect with customers and grow their brand. Aside from running a couple contest campaigns, I haven’t had much of a chance to use it in the marketing mix for most of my clients. So I reached out to a few Instagram rockstars for some tips and advice. I asked why they chose Instagram to be one of their marketing…
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  • How to avoid the most over-used phrases in media interviews

    Ann Bird
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    I’m beginning to think that somewhere on a Whitehall building there’s a shiny brass plaque with the words, “Ministry of Hollow Phrases” on it. (It’s probably next door to the Ministry of Silly Walks.) Sadly, the former is nowhere near as amusing as its neighbour. Instead it’s a byword for incomprehensible nonsense, or, to be more succinct, clap-trap. It’s surely the place where politicians and civil servants etc are taught to spout an increasing number of vacuous phrases in media interviews, phrases they believe allow them to sound positive and fill some airtime, but are…
  • Why Nick Clegg should stop rabbiting on

    Ann Bird
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Party Conference season so far has been memorable for politicians’ performances, rather than their policies. Ed Miliband’s speech will ironically be remembered for what he forgot (that small matter of the deficit), whereas the Prime Minister’s will be recalled for what he remembered with painful passion: taking his very sick child to be treated by the NHS. Now it’s Nick Clegg’s turn. But if the Lib Dem leader’s performance at his conference this week is anything like his efforts on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, when he was interviewed by Mishal Husain, it too…
  • Farage enjargonised

    Graham Leach
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:29 am
    Firstly, I would like to apologise for the hideous title of this blog. The word “enjargonised” does not exist in the English language but I’ve used it on purpose. I apologise if it sends your computer’s spellcheck into a frenzy. This concocted term is not untypical of the way poor communicators can corrupt words with the aim, as they would see it, of making the person using them sound grander, important and more serious.  Unfortunately for them, the result is the opposite.  They are either unintelligible to the general public or leave them stone cold or indifferent. This is…
  • Miliband’s missing moments

    Graham Leach
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:29 am
    In interviews this morning, the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband demonstrated one of the great faux pas that interviewees often make when questioned about something they’ve messed up. On this occasion, the interviews followed yesterday’s speech by Mr. Miliband at his party’s annual conference. Rather than speaking from a written script or an autocue, Miliband chose to deliver his speech from memory. Some might applaud this approach as it departs from the often-stifling requirement to gaze at screens on either side of the speaker’s podium. However, this approach yesterday by…
  • Scotland – what comes next?

    Andrew Harvey
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    At precisely seven minutes past six this morning came the result from Fife that clinched it. Scotland had rejected independence. But within minutes the focus had switched from a clear result to a very misty future and for the leaders in the campaign the challenge was now how to deal with what comes next. Alex Salmond’s speech following the Yes campaign’s defeat betrayed one or two of the characteristics that might have turned off many Scottish voters. There was not one expression of humility, nor any note of congratulations for the winning side. Whereas other spokespeople were speaking of…
 
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  • 11 Keys Of Persuasion For Social Media Marketing

    Steve Farnsworth A.K.A. @Steveology
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Social media has been the answer that marketers have been looking for to elevate their efforts. Since the advent of the internet, they consider it as a quick marketing ground to be influential—with a single click, their content can reach a wider scope around the world, their message can be repeatedly executed and delivered in a creative manner. Click To Tweet >>> 11 Keys Of Persuasion For Social Media Marketing Marketers use social media actively for their various marketing efforts. According to the Social Media Examiner’s 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, 92% of…
  • Creating A Powerful Content Marketing Framework Part 1

    Steve Farnsworth A.K.A. @Steveology
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    A content marketing framework (a standardized process) is basically something that will allow you to create as close to a close-loop system as your business will let you get. It’s the thing that allows you to develop a process that can be duplicated, not a like mechanism that just stamps out cookie-cutter content but are repeatable framework for any type of content to be better utilized. Click To Tweet >>> Creating A Powerful Content Marketing Framework Part 1 Findability expert Erin Robbins O’Brien, the COO of GinzaMetrics in an interview explained, “It needs to…
  • Creating The Perfect Content Marketing Dashboard

    Steve Farnsworth A.K.A. @Steveology
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    The dashboard. It’s something we’re used to seeing, whether as a casual blogger or a marketer at a midsized organization. For the latter, to have an advantage over larger competitors it’s essential to have a dashboard interface that is well-organized, intuitive and contains relevant resources. Click To Tweet >>> Creating The Perfect Content Marketing Dashboard After all, the dashboard is suppose to help you analyze data and execute different actions like publishing, inventory editing, and marketing strategies. Having said that, how do you identify what to track so that you will…
  • Map Your Content to Your Buyers

    Steve Farnsworth A.K.A. @Steveology
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I work with B2B technology companies that have more complex sales. What a lot of people don’t get about content marketing is that content is great if it’s relevant; yet a lot of people don’t map their content to their buyers in the buying process. Click To Tweet >>> Map Your Content to Your Buyers The first thing I ask a new client is who they sell to. You can have somebody who’s going to use the product, you can have somebody who’s tested it out, you can have a recommender someplace in there, and you might have influencers, too. Or maybe it’s someone who signs off on the…
  • Too Much Content; Not Enough Eyeballs

    Steve Farnsworth A.K.A. @Steveology
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    We all know that the internet is constantly exploding with new content and new marketing strategies. However, the population, literacy rate, and the amount of time that people have to pour over new content is not increasing at even close to the same rate. Thus, marketers need to face the fact that the number of eyeballs available to read their content is now vastly outmatched by the sheer amount of content. Click To Tweet >>> Too Much Content; Not Enough Eyeballs In short, this means that each piece of content or individual social media outreach may become less and less potent as the…
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  • 34 Tips and Tactics to Rapidly Grow Your Social Networks

    Jeff Bullas
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Social media marketing is in essence just two things. Distribution (social networks) and content (media). Get them right and the rest follows. Increased traffic, brand awareness and sales. But creating the content is one thing but making it move is another. That is why growing your social networks is so important. It puts the power in your hands. That is what excited me when I saw the potential of social for  the first time. Access to a global market in real time at high speed. Beyonce and her marketing gurus got it right when in December 2013, she bypassed mass media to launched her new…
  • Confused by Hashtags. 5 Expert Tips for Marketing with Hashtags

    Sandeep Sharma
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    When hashtags first emerged they were seen as only for geeks. The rumblings and rumours suggested that they would never catch on. But they did. Twitter was the first social network that adopted this strange habit in 2007. Today the hashtag is used almost everywhere. They are even now appearing on TV, billboards and on the backs of buses! But identifying the right hashtag is complex when it comes to social engagement and monitoring. It allows us to search conversations where our target customers mostly hang out. When you want to reach a large audience by launching a visual social campaign,…
  • 10 Smart Search Engine Marketing Tactics To Get Free Google Traffic

    Irina
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Search engines on average will drive 300% more traffic than social media. So how do you let Google know you exist? One tactic is to put more focus on quality content. But content on its own can’t make you rank in “Top 10″ search results. You should also take into account the importance of link building. Link building is the most significant but also the most challenging aspect of optimizing your blog or website for search engines. It has significant effects on how your website ranks in search engines. But what is “link building“? “It is the process of…
  • 10 Ways To Create Contagious Content for Your Social Media Marketing

    Vinay Koshay
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you want to create posts that people can’t but share? Do want to maximize the social media ROI for your posts and stand out among the sea of content being churned out every day? Creating shareable content boils down to understanding the mind of your audience. You can then understand exactly what makes them tick…or not. What elements cause them to share? The better understanding you have of the mind of your audience, the more effectively you’ll be able to create shareable content. It’s important to remember that there is still a person behind that computer. Understand how they…
  • The 10 Pillars To Creating a Personal Brand in a Digital World

    Jeff Bullas
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Ever Googled yourself? What did you see? Did you like your web “you”? That’s the only way some people see you today in a digital world. You are defined by your online content, brand and persona. Sometimes a personal branding focus can be seen as an overt attempt of self promotion. In crowded job market and a competitive business world some packaging and promotion is essential. Does your job define “you”? For many people their career can be their primary building block that provides major personal meaning and purpose outside of their family. Lose your job and the…
 
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  • Roundup Of 3D Printing Market Forecasts And Estimates, 2014

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    3D printing’s potential to revolutionize manufacturing is quickly becoming a reality. From relatively simple make-to-stock to complex, engineer-to-order production strategies in aerospace, defense, discrete and industrial production, 3D printing technologies are redefining the manufacturing value chain.  Investors including venture capitalists, wealth management firms and nearly every market research firm covering high technology has published 3D printing forecasts or market estimates. A summarized list of 3D printing market forecasts and estimates is provided below: Canalys predicts…
  • Ideal Customer Experience

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    Our Contributor Fifth Gear developed this infographic to help businesses with their order fulfillment process to ensure a great customer experience. It's as easy as making sure the right customer gets the right products at the right time. It may seem obvious but shipping mistakes happen all the time and you can potentially lose customers because of it. Give your customers the option of getting status updates so they can track where their package is. Also, look at their buying history to see if you can include a free sample in their package or a discount on a complimentary product. Following…
  • The Visual Side of Customer Service {Infographic}

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    The human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text. Accordingly, 90 percent of all information that comes to the brain is visual. On the web, it’s estimated that 55 percent of all traffic will be video by 2016, and mobile video traffic will increase by 1800 percent. YouTube, Instagram and Vine are currently the best platforms to maximise video engagement. However, I recently discovered an interesting video engagement enablement that engages your audience by making your online videos easier to browse, view, share and track at http://www.vinjavideo.com/… something I…
  • Stop thinking….Start Giving…..A Smile…{Weekend Writing}

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    I recently discovered the below two great piece of work on YouTube… We….or at least I have always made an attempt to learn from my heroes or rather the “successful” heroes…Somehow I always managed to mix these two words quite unintentionally – “Success” and “Hero”…but never realized that there is no relevance between these two words. If there is any then it has to be only about how you can be successful in making a small difference for the better in someone’s life, years, months, day or that single moment. There are many millions of heroes out there of which one may be…
  • E-Commerce Emergence in APAC

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Let me starts with a big picture – Few days ago Flipkart (India #1 online e-commerce site) announced a $1 billion fundraising and incidentally Amazon announced additional $2 billion investment into its India expansion which suggests something brewing in the India market with a growth potential similar to China, where consumers spent almost $300 billion online last year and India where consumers are widely accepting the entire ecommerce way of life. Further, the two emerging markets both have massive populations of over one billion, buoyed by a rising middle class, rapid GDP growth and…
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    Windmill Networking Blog on Social Media Strategy [Full]

  • 10 Ways to BOOST Your Social Media Traffic

    Lilach Bullock
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Social media can be an incredible source of traffic. And best of all, it is traffic that you can count on, day after day. However, it also requires lots of constant hard work and usually it can take some time before you can actually see the results. One of the best things about social media is that you get […] Author information Lilach Bullock This monthly Social Media Traffic Generation column is contributed by Lilach Bullock. Lilach is highly regarded on the world speaker circuit and has graced Forbes and Number 10 Downing Street with her presence. In a nutshell, she’s a hugely…
  • 5 Steps to Build a Community of Engaging Fans through Social Media

    Neal Schaffer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Full Tilt. All opinions are 100% mine. Because social media and how businesses leverage it is always evolving, some brands are now beginning to shift their social strategies away from the traditional “churn and burn” approach in order to deliver tailored and more personalized messages […] Author information Neal Schaffer The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professionals strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social…
  • How to Personalize Customer Interaction on Social Media With Data

    Sofie De Beule
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    To personalize your experience with your customers and create meaningful, one-on-one conversations, collect as much information as you can about them. Beyond knowing what people say about your brand, tracking conversations and analyzing sentiment data, gain more access into the data of your individual customers to customize the experience and provide even better support. Social […] Author information Sofie De Beule This monthly Social Media for Customer Service column is contributed by Sofie De Beule. Sofie is Community Manager at Engagor.com. She blogs to show brands how to use social…
  • Customer Experience Strategy: Who Are You Talking To?

    Joe Ruiz
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    When this question popped into my mind, I had a flashback to one of my parents scolding me for an impertinent comment. But seriously, as a marketer, who do you think you are talking to? While this may seem a very basic question, in a recent Razorfish study of marketing executives only 38% said they […] Author information Joe Ruiz This monthly Social Customer Experience Marketing column is contributed by Joseph Ruiz. Joseph is President of Strategic Marketing Solutions, a full-service marketing and consulting firm specializing in web-based integrated Relationship Marketing. Joseph…
  • 3 Free Tools to Create an Awesome SlideShare Presentation

    Ann Smarty
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Last month I was sharing some Slideshare content ideas including re-packaging screenshots, collecting quotes, curating content and re-using your presentations from events you are visiting. This time let’s share some tools that will make a presentation creation a breeze! First of all, a few words about PowerPoint which I am not including into the list […] Author information Ann Smarty Ann Smarty contributes a monthly column on Slideshare. Ann is the brand manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas, founder of MyBlogU and co-founder of Viral Content Buzz. She has 7 years of experience in…
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    Social Media DDS

  • I Am, I Can

    SocialMediaDDS
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
      There’s a daycare center that I pass everyday on my way into work.  From the outside,  it looks like every other day care center I’ve seen.  Except for the name. The sign outside the center proudly announces the business name… I AM I CAN It may sound a bit hokey in this world of […]
  • Here’s to the Power of Email

    SocialMediaDDS
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you keeping current with the email information of your patients or customers?  If so, are you making use of your email list effectively enough?   In the hurry-up, get-on-board world of social media, we often forget one of the best forms of engaging with our customers.   Email! “Well we use email to remind […]
  • Rewarding Loyalty with Good Content

    SocialMediaDDS
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
      As small businesses, we try to find the best way to market our brand/business.  We may be utilizing the power of social media as part of our marketing strategy and putting time and effort into growing our online presence in the hopes of increasing traffic through our doors.  And that is great! It’s what […]
  • Let’s Get Real: How to be Authentic with Social Media

    SocialMediaDDS
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
        I don’t know about you but I am a big fan of authenticity in my life.  I look for my culinary experiences to be authentic.  I am drawn to books that incorporate authentic information thereby enriching the readers experience. And I am most certainly drawn to authentic relationships in my life.  Why then, […]
  • When Does Social Media Become Stagnant Media?

    SocialMediaDDS
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      I was honored to present #LetsGetSocial to the Burlington Dental Society, a chapter of the Wisconsin Dental Association, last week.  Besides meeting great people and experiencing one of the prettiest views of Lake Geneva through the windows of the Lake Geneva Country Club that I have ever had in any of my previous presentations, […]
 
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  • Wine down Wednesday: An amateur’s guide to reviewing wine

    Rachel Eng
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Every once in a while, our Analytics team has a Wine Down Wednesday (or Thursday or Friday…) where we chat over a glass of wine either in the office or at the restaurant across the street for Happy Hour.  I’m no wine connoisseur, but I do like to sound like I know what I’m talking about when it comes to tasting my wine. I believe the name of the game is #fakeittillyoumakeit. The key here is knowing your wine vocabulary. Now I can’t tell you how wine is made, the different kinds of grapes, or where the wine comes from, but I can tell you how over 15,000 reviews describe wine, and thus…
  • Review volume & authenticity matter to online travel customers

    Erin Gentry
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever booked a hotel or rental property without getting a recommendation? I never have. I’m known for this too. In fact, my mom and brother exploited this habit of mine last summer while on a road trip, calling me when they were an hour outside of a city to find them a hotel. I was able to quickly make three hotel recommendations based on customer images, reviews, and price. Then, I lectured them on doing research beforehand so they are never stranded and know they are going to stay in a good hotel by booking ahead of time. Recommendations from friends and consumer reviews are how I…
  • Digital goldmine: Using data to strike it rich with consumers

    Lisa Pearson
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    In a recent video “open letter,” Fast Company’s Jason Feifer issued a challenge to Facebook: “I will give you all of the data you want about me…and, in return, I want a screen full of ads that I actually want to see. Can you do that? I don’t think that you can.” His point is more nuanced, though, than simply pointing out that the advertising most of us see on Facebook—indeed, across much of the Web—often misses the mark of our interests. “Do not worry about these people collecting your data because, quite frankly, they have no idea what to do with it,” he says. There is…
  • Video: Bazaarvoice CMO Lisa Pearson at Advertising Week

    Brent Robinson
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    On October 2nd, Bazaarvoice Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Pearson was invited to speak at Advertising Week. During the session, Jim Joseph, Chief Branding Officer for Cohn & Wolfe, sat down with Lisa to discuss the notion of  'frictionless commerce.' The title of this talk was Shopping in 2020: The Future of Connected Commerce. As we enter a new era in commerce, consumers have new expectations of their experience. In a word, they want it to be frictionless. To deliver truly frictionless commerce – a customer journey with no road blocks or inconveniences – businesses must focus on…
  • Why festival mobile apps stink more than the porta-potties

    Summer Daoud
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Having just come off 3 fun, but exhausting days at the Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival, I shouldn’t be losing any of my precious Sunday night slumber thinking about how I could have “fested” more efficiently. Yet as a tech marketer, I find myself awake and irrationally angry at the money spent on ACL, when they clearly phoned it in - pun intended - on the official mobile app. I’m not just picking on C3 Presents here, as they used the same technology that powered the Olympics and SXSW, and no one has truly harnessed the power of 75,000 phones moving about a festival or large…
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    Building Social Bridges

  • 5 Easy Ways to Promote Internal Advocacy and Retain Top Talent

    Ekaterina Walter
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google’s new London office is due to open in 2016 – and the internet is already buzzing about what looks like one of the most VIP workspaces in the world. Mashable reports that it will have an open-air swimming pool, an indoor football pitch, a climbing wall and a roof garden – all in the very heart of London. Add to that free lunches and a design that allows employees to cycle right into the building to store bikes, as well as the major transport hub of King’s Cross station on its doorstep, and you will have some very happy Google staff. So why is this 5-star luxury so important to…
  • 5 LinkedIn Tips for B2B Brands

    Ekaterina Walter
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    B2B businesses and brands are increasingly waking up to the fact that LinkedIn can seriously boost their profile. It’s by far the most business-focused social media platform. In fact, according to LinkedIn, more than three million companies have LinkedIn company pages. If you’re on LinkedIn, there’s a good chance your clients are too. These tips could open up a whole new world of possibilities. 1. Get connected: start a group LinkedIn claims its members are sharing insights and knowledge in more than 2.1 million LinkedIn Groups. Instead of joining a group, why not start your own based…
  • Do You Include A ‘Don Draper Clause’ In Employee Contracts?

    Ekaterina Walter
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
    I was backstage in Bucharest, Romania, after my keynote at a large tech conference discussing the challenges of building the culture of excellence with a few fellow speakers, when one of them proposed simply: “Highly suggest adding a Don Draper clause to your employee contracts.” “A Don Draper clause?” I asked, baffled. “Oh, absolutely,” replied Lexi Mills in her charming British accent. “Our employees love it!” Lexi is a Head of Digital at Dynamo PR, an award-winning PR and digital consultancy in London. The story that followed surprised and delighted me at the same time.
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    BSitko

  • Executing Quick Marketing Wins

    bsitko
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    This is from a post on Apartminty in their ongoing “Quick Marketing Wins” series. The opinions expressed in here are mine. At first they called it the Now Generation, but I guess that had too many letters in it, so they officially named it the Y Generation but Google prefers you to call them the C Generation. Whew. Either way you look at it, these Millennial‘s want things NOW and are used to getting it that way. I speak as if this Generation is outside of my own. Err, let’s change the subject. If you’re under 35, you’re used to YouTube, getting things…
  • In search of that shiny new penny

    bsitko
    10 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    Over the years, I’ve always felt that industry marketers have always been on the lookout for the shiny new penny. They lift rocks, scrape off the moss, roll it around in their hand, stare at it and hope it’s the next thing that will bring the new residents in. If you think I’m just being curmudgeonly by saying these things, think about the new concepts that have been discussed over the years: Should you go all in on the ILS’s? What about SEO? Are there any more acronyms we can make up? How do you utilize email drip campaigns? Is posting to Social Media the answer? Will…
  • The most anti-industry multifamily post you will ever read

    bsitko
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:21 am
    This industry is the best one ever, filled with great people who love to share with others the great things they are doing. If you stepped outside of this industry and talked to others, those other industries would probably all say the same things about themselves. Heh. Still, we know that we’re the cool kids who steal the other industries’ lunch money. Plus, we’re much better looking as a group. All the types of people in this industry ARE awesome. There’s the leasing agent who answers the phone, grills prospects on their needs, and generally looks amazing while…
  • An Anonymous Donor acquires The Owl

    bsitko
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:27 am
    (June 27, 2014) – In a recent move that caught the entire multifamily industry by surprise, an anonymous donor (The Donor) from a popular multifamily industry blog, acquired the Owl from the “BSitko foundation for the technologically challenged”. The owl supplants the original non-descript logo for the website with a fancier design, inspired by the acquisition. Make it rain. “I’m still counting all the funds. I do know that $2.3 million in Monopoly money will keep us playing for years to come.” ~ Bill Szczytko“It proves the point that we will really buy…
 
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  • Tell Your Company Story through Your Blog: Here’s How

    Sazbean Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    57 percent of companies with a blog have acquired a customer from their blog, according to HubSpot’s 2012 State of Inbound Marketing Report. But those numbers skyrocket to 92 percent when companies post to the blog multiple times per day. You’ll be hard pressed to find a company who doesn’t agree that blogging can give business a boost. But not all blogs or content prove effective. Effective blogging strikes a balance between promotional, usefulness, fun and engagement. Take a look at a handful of companies with blogs that work. Whole Foods Whole Story Whole Foods has always been a…
  • Best Business Uses for Instagram

    Sazbean Team
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Short break for a small craft project… (Photo credit: sazbean) They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it rapidity of this modern world, social media suggests that a photo might be worth much more than a thousand words. The right photo at the right time might be worth 10,000 words. Heck, a snap on a smart phone could carry the weight of War and Peace for your business, should everything work out right. The popular image-sharing app Instagram is an oft-overlooked opportunity for businesses hoping to connect with customers. While sponsored…
  • Customer Service Kings: 3 Strategies All Businesses Can Employ

    Sazbean Team
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Comcast profits were $1.99 billion for Q2 2014, up 15 percent from a year earlier, according to the company’s website. But the nation’s largest Internet and cable provider could be in for a rude awakening when third quarter earnings are released due to a bad summer of customer service. Ryan Block, a San Francisco resident, recorded and uploaded the first customer service call heard round the world this past July. Block called to have his service cancelled, but was instead belittled for more than eight minutes by a retention agent. A few weeks later Youtube user Tim Davis uploaded…
  • Going the Extra Mile: How to Use Twitter to Boost Customer Satisfaction

    Guest Post
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Image Courtesy of Youssef Rahoui on Flickr.com Social media has completely changed the way brands communicate with their customers. Consumers are no longer trapped on their phones, either on hold or cycling through ridiculously long menus just hoping and praying a customer service rep would soon pick up the line. Instead, a customer can hop on his computer or pick up his smartphone to fire off a quick tweet voicing dissatisfaction with a company. Twitter is a breeding ground for customer concerns, questions, complaints, and (sometimes) compliments. These customers expect to be given something…
  • How and Why to Get Started with Video Advertising

    Sazbean Team
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Print ads, online display and text ads, video ads. My how advertising has progressed. If you are still depending on the written word and photographs to drive your marketing campaigns, you really need to keep reading. This article can change the face of your business. It can help you get more customers and attract better customers. You do want more and better customers, right? Why has video advertising boomed? There was a time when magazines were widely read — cover to cover. That is NOT the norm today. Sales of magazines have plummeted in recent years, notes a study by the Pew Research…
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  • LXRSEO Review – Getting an Edge on Competitors in Search

    Kristi Hines
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    You know it when you’ve seen it. It’s that competitor appearing on the first page of Google who changes you. You are so affected that you can’t help but take measures to rank higher than him. We’ve all experienced situations like this. But do we know a way around it? That’s the question. Because achieving a good search engine rank is what it’s all about when it comes to online success. You probably understand well the case for SEO (search engine optimization). But what many individuals and companies are less clear about is how to optimize their sites. You can embark on a journey…
  • Blinkist Makes Sure You Always Have Time To Read Non-Fiction

    Kristi Hines
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Does reading a non-fiction and learning a bunch from it sound good to you? What if you could read a non-fiction, wherever you are, in whatever time you have? And even better – what if you had a chance to cover a book’s key insights in 15 minutes? This doesn’t need to be a ‘what if’ situation for you, because a Berlin-based startup wants you to have all this and more. What is Blinkist? Blinkist is a catalog of non-fiction books summarized down to ‘blinks’, or key chapters, accessible on your desktop browser or via mobile apps. There are synopses for…
  • 7 Awesome eCommerce Platforms For Small Businesses

    Kristi Hines
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The ‘click and order’ trend is undergoing a major shift. As consumers increasingly turn to their PCs, smartphones, tablets, etc. to make buying decisions, small businesses are starting to realize the need to keep up with online operations to cope with the plunges and peaks of consumer demand. The solution? An online store. Take a minute to think about it now. Where would your customers shop after closing hours? What’s the one thing you could do to please customers? What’s the one step that you think would change everything? Most successful businesses today sell…
  • SendinBlue Review – Small Business Pricing with Enterprise Features

    Kristi Hines
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Just recently, I saw a long conversation on Facebook where someone asked if there were any good email marketing platforms outside of the top two or three that everyone seems to be using. This person was looking for a platform that had not been pummelled by hackers lately, keeping well-known email marketers down for days at a time. Around the same time, I was contacted about a sponsored post from an interesting email marketing platform. If you’re that person, then here is an email marketing platform that you might not have heard of yet, but should definitely consider. SendinBlue…
  • How to Choose (and Use) the Best Tools for Your Business

    Kristi Hines
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    I must confess – I am a tool junkie. Apps, services, platforms – I like them all. I love trying out various analytics tools, SEO tools, social media tools, and so forth. Tools have the power to either make your life simpler, or more complicated, depending on what you choose. That is why making the right choice is important. Here are my top tips on finding what tools are right for your blog or business. Start by defining your needs. Most people look at price or features, and just assume if the price is low and the features are numerous, they will be set. But that’s not always…
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    Cendrine Marrouat Photography

  • Venice, Italy

    Cendrine Marrouat
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
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    Cendrine Marrouat
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    Cendrine Marrouat
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    Cendrine Marrouat
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  • A beach in Maui, Hawaii

    Cendrine Marrouat
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
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    Financial Social Media

  • Avoid Scary Social Media Ghost Towns this Halloween

    Amy McIlwain
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    At Financial Social Media, we see it happen all the time. A new advisor comes in, deciding to jump on the social media bandwagon, all excited about creating an online presence. We set up sparkly new social media accounts and build a website to match their brand, everything goes live, and everyone is happy! The client decides they want to manage their social media within their firm, and does a great job creating new content and posting for a while, but then eventually lose interest or can’t find the time. Now they have resorted to the bare minimum…  Maybe they post on their…
  • Your Social Presence: Diamonds & What Happens on the Internet Are Forever

    Advisor Websites
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Understanding Your Social Presence Back when it was more commonly known as the ‘World Wide Web,’ the internet was seen as an ‘other’ space, one that existed beyond the reaches of The Real World. What happened on the internet wasn’t to be taken seriously – it wasn’t real. Within the last few years this rather strange concept of what the internet ‘is’ seems to be changing, due in part the rise of social media. While some continue to miss the tweet, there is a growing consensus that what is said or done online has a direct and measurable impact on the physical, tangible world.
  • Measure the ROI of your Social Media Marketing Campaign [CHECKLIST]

    Katie Malone
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
      We hear it all the time… social media ROI is hard measure, but it is possible! When you run a new marketing campaign for your financial firm, whether it be a local/online event promotion or a lead-generating whitepaper give-away, there are ways to track your social media return on investment. Below is a checklist of metrics to measure on each social network to evaluate the value of your next social marketing campaign.   Author informationKatie MaloneDigital Marketing Director at Financial Social MediaKatie Malone is the Digital Marketing Director and Graphics Department…
  • Get Busy Living [digitally], or Get Busy Dying

    Victor Gaxiola
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Anyone familiar with the masterpiece movie “The Shawshank Redemption” with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman will remember this quote, with a slight modification. I added the “digitally”  to the title, and it’s what kept echoing in my head as I read the annual World Wealth Report released by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.  The annual report is an industry leading benchmark for tracking high net worth individuals (HNWIs), their wealth, and the global and economic conditions that drive change in the Wealth Management Industry. So why the quote? Well simply, if you check out…
  • Make Your Original Blog Content Worth Your While

    Amy McIlwain
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
      Now that you have written optimized, relevant, original content for your audience (15-Point Blog Optimization Checklist), today I want to help you not only maximize the reach and exposure of this content, but also learn how to stretch this content as much as possible to benefit and grow your business. There are 2 crucial ways to do just that: Pre-Plan How You Will Promote Your Blog As a general rule of thumb, you should spend as much time promoting and sharing your blog as you do writing it. We all know the most obvious promotion technique… share your blog on all the major social…
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    Digital Royalty

  • Let’s give ‘em something to tweet about

    Lauren Vosbein
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Not too long ago I was traveling with a friend on her birthday. Hoping to help her make the best of it – and for a my own personal amusement – I planned to coerce the flight attendants into announcing my friend’s special day over the PA system, and maybe even sing. The plan was to capture it all on film and send it out on social where the rest of our friends could share the moment. About an hour into the flight, armed with an excuse to use the restroom and a good dose of gumption, I trekked to the back of the plane where the flight attendants gathered in the galley. To my…
  • Not A TLDR Type? MEDIUM is for you!

    Graham Kahr
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    As consumers take in more content daily than they ever have, there has been an arms race of sorts to make social engagement easier and simpler (see YO). While social platforms with limits like Snapchat, Twitter, and Vine continue to proliferate, where are users going for meatier pieces of content? Enter Medium. Twitter cofounder Ev Williams launched Medium for people to share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters. The folks at Medium crafted a beautiful platform with limited distraction and removing the idea of “friends” from the equation helps maintain…
  • Big Brands: You Have The Floor. Now Give It To Your Audience.

    John Schumacher
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Marketing has never been just about the brands themselves. And brands are finally starting to realize it. Forward-thinking marketers are doubling down on storytelling with campaigns that put humans in the driver’s seat, while actual products and logos sit in the back. At the end of September, Starbucks launched their first-ever brand campaign with a series of YouTube videos called “Meet Me At Starbucks.” The premise: tell the stories of people all over the world who use Starbucks as a meeting space for the things that are important in their lives. Families, friends, clubs, and…
  • Hello Ello )

    Erinn Ray
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    There’s a new kid on the social block and his name is Ello. The current version of the social network launched in April, but was privately used for the last year by a small group of only about 100 artists and designers. Invitations were opened up beyond this initial 100 in May. And then this article happened last week and people are flocking to Ello at a rate of 31,000 requests per hour! The invite only model has certainly driven demand, causing people to even sell Ello invites on eBay. With its minimalist black and white design, users can post statuses, change profile pictures, add…
  • Facebook Mentions

    Megan Porteous
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Social media – it’s more like the telephone and less like the TV. Meaning, it’s place for two-way dialog between people, brands, and public figures to take place. A large volume of this exchange is taking place on Twitter – it’s just naturally more conversational. When Twitter was in it’s infancy and celebrities started utilizing the platform around 2007/2008, fans couldn’t believe that their favorite celebrities were tweeting at them. Seriously, people didn’t believe it, so twitter had to come up with a “verification” process – that’s when the blue…
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    Uncrunched

  • Who’s Lying About Whisper?

    Michael Arrington
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Separately, Whisper has been following a user claiming to be a sex-obsessed lobbyist in Washington DC. The company’s tracking tools allow staff to monitor which areas of the capital the lobbyist visits. “He’s a guy that we’ll track for the rest of his life and he’ll have no idea we’ll be watching him,” the same Whisper executive said. – The Guardian As far as I can tell from what The Guardian has alleged, and from Whisper’s denials, what happened is this: 1. When talking to potential partners, Whisper hypes its ability to track users so that those partners will know…
  • Picture Of Kevin Rose’s First App From North

    Michael Arrington
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Kevin Rose was just backstage at TechCrunch Disrupt and gave me a brief preview of his first app, called Tiiny, from his new development company North Technologies. He said it’s going through the app review process now and should be released shortly. Image is terrible but this is his story to tell when he’s ready. Website describes it as “Share tiny little photos that disappear after 24 hours” but it’s more than that. Pretty slick though.
  • The Three Skills Needed To Become A Legendary Tech Blogger

    Michael Arrington
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Every once in a while someone asks me who I think the best tech bloggers are and why. It happened today, in fact, back stage at TechCrunch Disrupt. I also have blogging on the mind in general after reading Jason Kincaid’s new book today. Here’s my short answer – A great tech blogger needs to be exceptionally good at (1) breaking big stories, (2) writing powerful thought pieces, and (3) doing live interviews. In my mind, there are just three or four great tech bloggers in the world. The average tech blogger, which is just a commodity, probably isn’t good at any of these…
  • Jason Kincaid’s New Book Is A Must-Read For Founders

    Michael Arrington
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I had the pleasure of reviewing former TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid’s new book The Burned-Out Blogger’s Guide To PR today for Techcrunch. It’s a must-have book for entrepreneurs, and laugh-out-loud funny. Read my review here, and buy the book here. Kindle only for now, but you can get a printed version in a couple of weeks.
  • Regarding Alexia’s Mind

    Michael Arrington
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Alexia Tsotsis, the editor of TechCrunch, interviewed Peter Thiel yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt. Pando editor Paul Carr has this to say: Alexia is the editor of TechCrunch. And that means she’s a competitor to the sites that regularly call out sexism, subtle or overt, that pops up in our industry. So she goes without defense. Not only does she go without defense from her peers in the industry, it’s actually one of her peers calling her stupid. Which is fine, she’s very tough. But if you see her today, let her know how much you respect her. She won’t show it, but…
 
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    BarnRaisers

  • 10 best competitive intelligence tools from 10 experts

    Rob Petersen
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
          Sun Tzu’s wisdom in The Art of War is as true today as it was in 500 B.C. Competitive Intelligence is the gathering of publicly-available information about an enterprise’s competitors and the use of that information to gain a business advantage. The goals of competitive intelligence include discerning potential business risks and opportunities and enabling faster reaction to competitors’ actions and events. If Sun Tzu were with us today, he would probably be using digital competitive intelligence tools to understand his adversaries. Which ones would he…
  • What makes a great SEO proposal? 11 ingredients

    Rob Petersen
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    54% of consumers find a website through natural search (source: Forrester) 31% click through to the websites in the first position of natural search (source: MOZ) 95% of clicks to a website occur on the first page of nature search (source: MOZ) This facts indicates, if your business is on the internet, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is an important part of doing business. This video from Search Engine Land explains what matters with simple examples. SEO is the approach to optimizing a brand’s web presence for organic search including the website, social channels, blogs, articles and…
  • 4 reasons value of Facebook Fans goes up but reach goes down

    Rob Petersen
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
        What goes up must come down according to Sir Issac Newton. But Sir Issac never had to buy Facebook advertising. The gravitational pull on Facebook is not quite as simple. According to Syncapse, who has measured the value of Facebook Fans since 2010, the value of a Facebook Fan went up to $174, an increase 28% in 2013 from 2010. Yet, the organic reach of Facebook went down at a greater rate to 6.53% per Fan according to TechCrunch. To understand, you should know Facebook measures reach in the following ways; Organic reach is the number of unique people, Fans or Non-Fans, who saw…
  • 10 studies show writing helps health and well-being

    Rob Petersen
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
        This is my 239th blogpost. That may be more than some, but not as many as other bloggers I know. Like others, this blog began as an outlet for expression. I was starting a business. Like others who have followed this path, I said if not now, when. Only the when was in the midst of the worst recession since the great depression. This blog became a way of coping and putting values and beliefs out there when not much was coming in. Writing helped me through hard times. Circumstances improved. Today, this blog is one of our most valuable assets for a full service digital (digital,…
  • 7 core criteria to create a digital marketing plan

    Rob Petersen
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
        Digital marketing planning is no different than any other marketing planning. In fact, companies shouldn’t separate plans for ‘digital’ and ‘offline’ since that’s not how your customers perceive your business. But we’re often required to have plans for “digital” based on the way teams and reporting is structured within companies. A way of aligning the two needs to happen at the start. It’s likely to facilitate buy-in for both that way. To get you going in the right direction, here are 7 core criteria when creating a digital marketing plan. FOCUS THE…
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    Windmill Networking is Now Maximize Social Business

  • 10 Ways to BOOST Your Social Media Traffic

    Lilach Bullock
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Social media can be an incredible source of traffic. And best of all, it is traffic that you can count on, day after day. However, it also requires lots of constant hard work and usually it can take some time before you can actually see the results. One of the best things about social media is that you get […] Author information Lilach Bullock This monthly Social Media Traffic Generation column is contributed by Lilach Bullock. Lilach is highly regarded on the world speaker circuit and has graced Forbes and Number 10 Downing Street with her presence. In a nutshell, she’s a hugely…
  • 5 Steps to Build a Community of Engaging Fans through Social Media

    Neal Schaffer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Full Tilt. All opinions are 100% mine. Because social media and how businesses leverage it is always evolving, some brands are now beginning to shift their social strategies away from the traditional “churn and burn” approach in order to deliver tailored and more personalized messages […] Author information Neal Schaffer The Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Maximize Social Business, Neal Schaffer is a leader in helping businesses and professionals strategically maximize their use of social media. Neal is the author of three social…
  • How to Personalize Customer Interaction on Social Media With Data

    Sofie De Beule
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    To personalize your experience with your customers and create meaningful, one-on-one conversations, collect as much information as you can about them. Beyond knowing what people say about your brand, tracking conversations and analyzing sentiment data, gain more access into the data of your individual customers to customize the experience and provide even better support. Social […] Author information Sofie De Beule This monthly Social Media for Customer Service column is contributed by Sofie De Beule. Sofie is Community Manager at Engagor.com. She blogs to show brands how to use social…
  • Customer Experience Strategy: Who Are You Talking To?

    Joe Ruiz
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    When this question popped into my mind, I had a flashback to one of my parents scolding me for an impertinent comment. But seriously, as a marketer, who do you think you are talking to? While this may seem a very basic question, in a recent Razorfish study of marketing executives only 38% said they […] Author information Joe Ruiz This monthly Social Customer Experience Marketing column is contributed by Joseph Ruiz. Joseph is President of Strategic Marketing Solutions, a full-service marketing and consulting firm specializing in web-based integrated Relationship Marketing. Joseph…
  • 3 Free Tools to Create an Awesome SlideShare Presentation

    Ann Smarty
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Last month I was sharing some Slideshare content ideas including re-packaging screenshots, collecting quotes, curating content and re-using your presentations from events you are visiting. This time let’s share some tools that will make a presentation creation a breeze! First of all, a few words about PowerPoint which I am not including into the list […] Author information Ann Smarty Ann Smarty contributes a monthly column on Slideshare. Ann is the brand manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas, founder of MyBlogU and co-founder of Viral Content Buzz. She has 7 years of experience in…
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    Heidi Cohen

  • 27 Super Easy Tactics To Boost Your Twitter Strategy

    Heidi Cohen
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twitter Tactics 201 Twitter accounts for roughly 9% of all social media shares, about a tenth of the amount of activity on Facebook, according to analysis by BuzzSumo and Frac.tl . YET Twitter’s contribution to lead generation and sales—marketers’ key metrics—ranks last in terms of being the initial, final or only social media platform touched, because its content and interaction occur in the middle of the purchase funnel, based on AOL Platform research (Chart). This makes Twitter’s contribution difficult to track. Many marketers just set up a Twitter strategy and leave it on…
  • Does Your 2015 B2C Content Marketing Plan Include These 3 Elements?

    Heidi Cohen
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    2015 B2C Content Marketing Trends: Research and Charts Content is essential to B2C marketing in today’s always-on, information-filled world. 77% of B2C marketers use a content marketing strategy to consistently create and distribute information that provides value to a well-defined target audience, according to Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs’s 2015 B2C Content Marketing Trends. Given the preponderance of B2C marketers using content marketing, you’d think that they’d all be content wizards. But that’s not what 2015 B2C Content Marketing Trends reveal.
  • Viral By Design: 3 Social Media Secrets

    Heidi Cohen
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How Upworthy Crafts Viral Social Media Success Want to create a viral social media success? Then, take a page from Upworthy’s viral playbook. Upworthy averaged 60,000+ shares per article, roughly 5 times Buzzfeed’s rate as noted in How To Improve Your Content Based On 2.6 Billion Social Media Shares. Here’s how Upworthy’s content stacks up. 56% of Upworthy posts don’t break 10,000 views. 5% of Upworthy posts broke 100,000 views. 0.3% or 5 of Upworthy posts broke 1 million views. Understand that not every post is going to be a viral social media success. Luck and timing DO influence…
  • Steal These 5 Awesome Content Marketing Tips

    Heidi Cohen
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2014 Lessons Does anyone, except maybe Ann Handley or Joe Pulizzi, produce content so amazing that they couldn’t benefit from some awesome content marketing tips? Live events like MarketingProfs B2B Forum 2014 are what LinkedIn’s Jason Miller calls “Big Rock Content”. Live events are epic content you can re-imagine and adapt for other audiences, needs and venues. They’re a prime example of Rebecca Lieb’s Thanksgiving turkey analogy. Steal these 5 awesome content marketing tips If you want to improve your content then steal these 5 awesome content marketing…
  • How To Dominate LinkedIn Publishing

    Heidi Cohen
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    10 LinkedIn Publishing Tips (With Charts And Examples) LinkedIn publishing provides B2B marketers with a highly targeted combination of content publishing platform and social network. Likeable Local’s CEO Dave Kerpen saw the value of LinkedIn publishing when it was only available to select influencers. For 2014, Kerpen predicted: “LinkedIn will become far and away the most important platform for short form and long form content marketing.” B2B Marketing sweetspot LinkedIn reaches 1 out of 3 professionals by providing them with relevant content. LinkedIn content pages attract 7 times…
 
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    The Future Buzz

  • Complaining About Cell Phone Usage Makes You Sound Ridiculous

    Adam Singer
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    We live in a world more open and connected than ever before. People globally have conversations with others in their field or with those who share their passion, hobby or art with ease. Collaboration on projects and ideas of all types is happening at an unprecedented scale. Communication among smart, active people has never been better.But don’t tell that to some people nostalgic for a past that never actually existed, who seem to ignore all the barriers technology has broken down in communications and connection. What am I talking about? The anti-technology or altogether unhappy…
  • Gawker Story Bashing Stubble Flies In The Face Of Actual Data

    Adam Singer
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Gawker decided to troll the Internet with a story bashing guys who maintain short facial hair (aka stubble). The diatribe is a 100% subjective, if not impassioned plea for men everywhere to not maintain stubble.I’ll quote just a quick bit from the article that gets at the heart of his argument. And by argument – isn’t actually an argument, it’s some random guy’s opinion (emphasis mine):Men’s facial hair can take three basic forms. You can be clean shaven. That’s fine. You can have stubble, meaning you haven’t shaven for a little while and a…
  • More Data Proves Our Thesis On Soda Being The New Cigarettes

    Adam Singer
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Although this isn’t a health blog, I like to cover all types of future trends and make predictions on them. One such trend I’ve written up repeatedly is the harmfulness of sugar, and how an excessive amount of refined sugar (like in a soda) is killing you.In a post written last year I made the analogy that sugar will one day be viewed upon as we now view cigarettes. The comparison is simple: there was a point in society when smoking was an accepted social behavior and generally promoted everywhere, similar to how drinking soda is today. The only difference in this analogy is…
  • Dear McDonald’s: No One Wants To See How The Sausage Is Made

    Adam Singer
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I’ve written up brilliant strategic plays by McDonald’s in the past. But I’ve also shared that they’re completely and totally misguided in their recent tactic of showing “how the sausage is made” and how their “food” is created in a laboratory / factory.The previous example was the gag-worthy chicken goop. The latest was one I stumbled upon was just released today. They’re apparently paying (ex) Mythbuster Grant Imahara as their new celebrity corporate shill, who goes inside of a McDonald’s beef supplier to show you how their…
  • Even Cable TV Providers Realize TV Is Over

    Adam Singer
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Smaller cable providers are waking up to the fact that cable TV itself is irrelevant while focusing on the actually relevant and desired broadband Internet. This is the smart way forward and plays to the reality of our world instead of clinging to the past.As BGR sums up:Big providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable may want to cling to the past but it looks like smaller cable providers seem to know that cord cutting is actually the future.The Wall Street Journal reports that smaller cable providers are increasingly placing more emphasis on their broadband offerings and less on TV…
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    SPEAK SOCIAL BLOG | we get people talking about your brand

  • Brad Bogus’ Guest Interview on The Creative Web Podcast

    Stephanie Bogus
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
          The post Brad Bogus’ Guest Interview on The Creative Web Podcast appeared first on SPEAK SOCIAL BLOG | we get people talking about your brand.
  • The Speak Social Mission has a New Home!

    Stephanie Bogus
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
        Welcome to the new Speak Social office. https://t.co/Vxysr7sjYb — Andy Gonzalez (@GoGoGonzilla) September 29, 2014 The post The Speak Social Mission has a New Home! appeared first on SPEAK SOCIAL BLOG | we get people talking about your brand.
  • Traditional PR Lacks Trackability, but is still Necessary for a Successful Campaign

    Andy Gonzalez
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Back in the day, when you needed to spread the word about your business, you sent out a good ol’ fashioned Press Release. It was the media that had the power to “reach” the masses, and you needed them to make sure your message was heard. Well in 2014 you still need the media, and … The post Traditional PR Lacks Trackability, but is still Necessary for a Successful Campaign appeared first on SPEAK SOCIAL BLOG | we get people talking about your brand.
  • Au revoir, West Anderson Lane

    Brian Kendall
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    “The house you were born in.” It’s a romantic sentiment that equates to an eternal fondness for the place where one takes his or her first breath of life. One visits the place later in life, perhaps during one’s mid-life crisis, and the memories of where one learned to walk, talk and chew with his … The post Au revoir, West Anderson Lane appeared first on SPEAK SOCIAL BLOG | we get people talking about your brand.
  • Measuring Customers with ‘Last Touch Attribution’ is like Sharing Vacation Photos of only the Airport

    Brad Bogus
    20 May 2014 | 2:20 pm
    The biggest challenge in measuring the impact of marketing is drawing the line between advertising and sales. It’s the illusive dragon that most companies continue to chase. Unfortunately, like a mythical creature, you will never find a perfectly defined path between your sales and marketing. This is especially true of companies utilizing the Last Touch Attribution … The post Measuring Customers with ‘Last Touch Attribution’ is like Sharing Vacation Photos of only the Airport appeared first on SPEAK SOCIAL BLOG | we get people talking about your brand.
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    My Community Manager

  • #CMGRHangout presents: How to Handle the Holidays in Your Community (Storify)

    Sarah Mordis
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Every time a holiday hits we see brands shamed across the net. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, New Years, Hanukkah and so many others approaching, how do you know when it’s appropriate for you to start the conversation and what do you say? Check out what our panel had to say on the topic. [View the story "#Cmgrhangout presents: How to Handle the Holidays in Your Community" on Storify] The post #CMGRHangout presents: How to Handle the Holidays in Your Community (Storify) appeared first on My Community Manager.
  • #CMGRHangout presents: How to Handle the Holidays in Your Community (Preview)

    Sherrie Rohde
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Every time a holiday hits we see brands shamed across the net. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, New Years, Hanukkah and so many others approaching, how do you know when it’s appropriate for you to start the conversation and what do you say? Interestingly enough, when I did a google search on “how should community managers handle holidays,” the only thing I found for a few pages was a question from Sprout Social on their Facebook page asking if brands shut down their social teams for the holiday or split shifts. After modifying my search, I found another article on…
  • How to Cultivate Passionate Communities with Strong Brand Ambassadors

    Kimbe MacMaster
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Passion. It can be the tiny spark that lights the cozy, crackling fire that warms you up on a fall day or the fuel that turns that comfortable fire into a full-blown, roaring, out-of-control, house fire. In community management, passion can bring your community to the next level, making it more engaging and a more interesting place for members to visit, but it can also be dangerous. Passion can turn healthy discussions into edgy debates or excited community members into irate visitors. Jeremiah Owyang defines passionate communities as: “one that contains highly focused brand and lifestyle…
  • A Community Management Lesson from Thespians

    Dom Garrett
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ah, the life of agency community management. With multiple brand voices, and in some cases multiple voices within a brand, there is never a dull day. As our fearless leader Brew put it, sometimes you wonder how you keep it all together. Well, if that is you, fear not! Our recent #CMGRHangout panel on Agency Community Management consisted of many community manager panelists who have been knee deep in this world for a while and have your answers to make sense of this dizzying world. Getting Organized is Important No matter how many team members you have, one of the biggest issues you run…
  • #CMGRHangout presents: Managing Passionate Communities (Storify)

    Sarah Mordis
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Do you have a ridiculously passionate community? How do you celebrate wins with your community members? Are there challenges that arise from passion? Check out our (fittingly) passionate hangout and Twitter chat on the topic! [View the story "#CMGRHangout presents: Managing Passionate Communities" on Storify] The post #CMGRHangout presents: Managing Passionate Communities (Storify) appeared first on My Community Manager.
 
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    Shoutlet Blog

  • Build a Winning Social Customer Care Program in 5 Steps

    Emily Zei
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s easier than ever for consumers to voice their experiences with a brand. Whether good or bad, your customers can reach into their pockets and connect to your... Intrigued? Click the headline to read more of this post on the Shoutlet blog.
  • Practical Ways Social Data Can Immediately Benefit the Enterprise

    Kara Martens
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    As social marketers we’ve been focused on drumming up engagement, building relationships, and creating experiences in social campaigns that boost awareness and reinforce loyalty – important work... Intrigued? Click the headline to read more of this post on the Shoutlet blog.
  • The Truth About Social Customer Care — 5 Stats You Can’t Ignore

    Emily Zei
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    In a world where one bad experience is 140 characters away from costing you customers, ignoring feedback — negative or positive — is not an option. Gone are the days when customers are willing to... Intrigued? Click the headline to read more of this post on the Shoutlet blog.
  • What Web Analytics Can Tell You as a Social Media Manager

    Kara Martens
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Tracking social media can be, well, tricky. There are a lot of layers to it. Engagement and reach metrics give you a sense for how well you’re resonating with your community, but tying that to the... Intrigued? Click the headline to read more of this post on the Shoutlet blog.
  • 3 Emerging Social Media Trends in Restaurants

    Greg Gerik
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    This week I had the opportunity to meet with a few brands in the restaurant industry to discuss the value of social engagement to businesses in quick serve and casual dining. There are some... Intrigued? Click the headline to read more of this post on the Shoutlet blog.
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    The Technology Cafe

  • VIDEO: Taking The Sony Xperia Z3v Underwater

    Samir Saleem
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Find out what happens when you put the Sony Xperia Z3v’s waterproof ability to the test. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: Taking The Sony Xperia Z3v Underwater appeared first on The Technology Cafe.
  • VIDEO: Commute like George Jetson

    Samir Saleem
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The flying car is no longer science fiction, but it’s not likely to put minivans out of business. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: Commute like George Jetson appeared first on The Technology Cafe.
  • VIDEO: How Apple’s OS X Yosemite tracks you

    Samir Saleem
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Apple’s increased location tracking in its newest operating system, OS X Yosemite, has alarmed many Mac users. Security expert Ashkan Soltani explains the updated Spotlight search function and the privacy concerns. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: How Apple’s OS X Yosemite tracks you appeared first on The Technology Cafe.
  • VIDEO: The HENDO Hoverboard Proves They’re Real

    Samir Saleem
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A new Kickstarter campaign aims to garner funding for a product that comes straight out of Back To The Future. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: The HENDO Hoverboard Proves They’re Real appeared first on The Technology Cafe.
  • VIDEO: iPad Mini 3 vs the Galaxy Tab S 8.4

    Samir Saleem
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Yahoo Tech’s Daniel Howley explains how Apple’s iPad Mini 3 compares to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 8.4. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles. To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage. The post VIDEO: iPad Mini 3 vs the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 appeared first on The Technology Cafe.
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  • Social Cubix’s Top 7 App Picks – October Issue #1

    Umar Khan
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    At Social Cubix, we quite simply love apps that are fun to use, make lives easier, and just make getting through the work day tremendous fun. We’ve been bringing you the latest stuff on apps for quite a while now, and here is our very first bi-monthly issue of October’s top mobile apps you just gotta have. Push – iOS Want to turn your phone into a highly personalized news source? Most folks have a bunch of social media apps whose sole purpose is to send notifications to locked screens on a daily basis. Push lets you aggregate notifications from a variety of news sources, and curate…
  • 5 Great Ways to Design Your App for Today’s Tech-savvy User

    Umar Khan
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Creating a great app is a lot like engineering an automobile: it involves great attention to detail to ensure all moving parts are grinding away smoothly in unison. Every time users download apps for their preferred Smartphone, all they want is to make life easier in some shape or form, a means or gateway to fewer complications, and getting more done in less time. However, most of us app users end up getting disappointed. Why? Many developers are not really on the same boat when it comes to getting the basics of user-experience right. The next-gen user does not believe in app fandom, and is…
  • How to Beat Everyday Challenges of Mobile App Development

    Umar Khan
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Software development is often considered the backbone of innovation for any technology driven business. Unfortunately, many programmers and app developers are inevitably side-tracked by common hurdles that plague the development process early on. Here’s how you can avoid them. Appeasing Your Target Market Do your research thoroughly and you’ll know exactly which platforms are going to generate sizable returns. Unless you’ve zeroed in on your demographic, you’re putting a lot on the line for nothing. In addition, fleshing out a detailed plan of attack to tackle the various challenges…
  • 5 Top-notch Resources for Multi-platform Mobile App Development

    Umar Khan
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most developers today understand what a painstaking and cumbersome task mobile app development on multiple platforms can be. Every platform presents to you a set of hurdles and challenges on a nice and shiny silver platter. You’re potentially dealing with unique capabilities, behavior and features for each one. Multi-platform apps are all the rage these days. Staying current on resources for mobile app development is a top priority for every app developer. It also pays to give heed to the fact that you must roll out apps which function smoothly on all platforms. Ride high on the…
  • How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing the Mobile Apps Industry?

    Amber Atif
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    Did you ever think that you could access your files on your personal computer from just about anywhere in the world? No wonder, the ‘cloud’ (which represents the internet in the cloud computing term) has started to become an integral part of our daily lives. Not only does it allow businesses to utilize software and hardware remotely; but also provides miraculous memory size to store official or personal data. Social Cubix believes that cloud technology will evolve the mobile industry in breathtaking ways and will continue to serve mobile users globally. Here, we have discussed…
 
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    Geeks Zine

  • Download Free Halloween Monster Illustration – Free Halloween Art Design

    Kiran
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today we are sharing a free Halloween illustration with our users. This is a cute Kitty monster for Halloween. Feel free to download this Halloween illustration freebie on your website, print it for commercial use or use it in your other design work. Read more: Download Free Halloween Monster Illustration – Free Halloween Art Design
  • JQuery Infinite Scroll within a DIV Without Pagination

    Moazam
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    I got a task today to add an infinite scroll within a DIV without pagination. I checked several JQuery plugins but none of the plugin fit on my requirements. So, I decided to write a small hack. Here is the code: Few Notes Change this code divPlacement -= 300; if you to load contents before […] Read more: JQuery Infinite Scroll within a DIV Without Pagination
  • Top 5 Games Based On Black History

    Godfrey Wambani
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    Video games go beyond just fulfilling entertainment needs. There is a touch of reality as seen in the Black History games. The games are considered educative as they turn back the hands of time to give you a test of history. Read more: Top 5 Games Based On Black History
  • Collection of Free WordPress Bootstrap Admin Themes Collection to Download

    Moazam
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Because of its popularity its also being used by NASA and in CNBC. Today we are sharing a number of free WordPress Bootstrap admin themes for download. Read more: Collection of Free WordPress Bootstrap Admin Themes Collection to Download
  • Classic Titles That The Video Game History Has Cruelly Overlooked

    Christopher Austin
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:40 am
    2013 was an epic year for gamers all around the world. I was over excited about the release of Battlefield 4. I have spent hundreds of hours playing Battlefield 3 and I don’t think there’s a single map I haven’t played yet or a single vehicle I haven’t gotten in yet. It was legendary. Well, […] Read more: Classic Titles That The Video Game History Has Cruelly Overlooked
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    EarnedWeb | Digital Business + Strategy

  • True Passion is Contiguous

    Bilal Jaffery
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    True trait of a leader is to invoke and inspire others to join in a movement.  The ability to communicate, influence and persuade others to do things is indispensable to everything one accomplishes in life. Check out how a Celtics fan, Jeremy Fry, shows his passion and leadership by truly being part of a moment. […]
  • Is your self-worth defined by your likes/follows?

    Bilal Jaffery
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    How you use internet and the social web depends on you. The time we spend on social networks can be a waste, or it can make us smarter, connected, empathetic, and aware. It can amplify the good as well as the bad. You can use it to form deep emotional connections or ignore the person […]
  • Where is your media buy cash best spent? 

    Bilal Jaffery
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
      On Facebook, click-through ratios (CTRs) and share of spend is dominated by News Feed ads, despite a declining CTR for mobile feeds, says a Social Bakers report. Accordingly, advertisers are shifting more and more spend to the News Feed, resulting in higher costs per click (a 40% rise for desktop News Feed ads versus Q1). […]
  • This is how Jerry Seinfeld Won the Internet

    Bilal Jaffery
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    The whole internet is buzzing with Seinfeld’s brutally honest acceptance speech on Soulful Materialism. “I love advertising because I love lying.” Jerry Seinfeld was given an honorary award at 55th Annual Clio Awards. The Awards are defined to be, “world’s most recognized international awards competition for advertising, design, digital and communications”. Naturally, he began his […]
  • How Steve Jobs responded back to Michael Dell

    Bilal Jaffery
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Another video has recently emerged that should make your weekend. Back in 1997, Michael Dell of Dell Computers was asked what he would if he was given a chance to run Apple. His (albiet, bit arrogant) response was that he’d shut it down and give the money back to shareholders. Now let’s see how Job […]
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    Social Web Thing

  • Customer Experience is The Future of Marketing

    Ben Cotton
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    What is a brand? Is it what an organisation says or is it made up of what people think, feel and most importantly, experience? I believe it’s the latter. On the face of it, this may not seem revolutionary, but I disagree — adopting a marketing-led mindset promises to change how we think about business and organisational design. Most meaningful brand experiences do not happen when you’re browsing online, watching TV or reading a newspaper. They happen, when you’re using a product, talking to a sales rep or listening to a customer service agent. While marketing campaigns make the…
  • 5 Ways to Achieve Inbox Zero

    Ben Cotton
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Inbox Zero: two tiny words that represent the pinnacle of personal technological accomplishment. We receive so many emails every day that if we don’t check them for a few days they can pile up and make our lives a nightmare when we try to sift through them to find the ones we do actually need to read. From promotional emails from all of the providers (and their third parties) that you signed up to access free WiFi on your phone, to offers and reminders from online retailers, your inbox can quickly become overwhelming – and that’s without work, personal messages and random spam that…
  • Reflecting on Five Years of Blogging & Working: Looking to the Future [PART 5]

    Ben Cotton
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    In November 2013 I started at Indeed, the world’s #1 job site. Although, I’ve been working in various content roles for the last decade, this was my first pure content marketing position. My job is to develop content that raises awareness of Indeed, helps generate leads for our sales team and improves retention of existing clients. There’s a lot of discussion around whether content marketing overlaps PR, and while I would say there’s similarities and we share many of the same tactics, our goals are often different. A content marketer wants to raise awareness so people do (buy)…
  • Reflecting on Five Years of Blogging & Working: Going it Alone [PART 4]

    Ben Cotton
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    In August 2012 I joined Chill Insurance, Ireland’s fastest growing insurance broker. The role was newly created and I had the opportunity to run a team — albeit a team of one. It was an exciting time with more responsibility and the chance to learn about a new industry. The team structure was new to me too. I worked with an experienced sales and marketing director, two marketing executives and an SEO, design and lead generation expert, Jim Durrant. It was a departure from the large agency environment I had been used to. Not only was I moving to a much smaller team, but my…
  • Reflecting on Five Years of Blogging & Working: The Emerald Isle [PART 3]

    Ben Cotton
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Living and working in Dublin has been a whole lot of fun, but the recession hit the Emerald Isle a lot harder than London — I went from the buzzing London PR scene to the retrenching and spluttering Dublin one. It was a big shock, but I was delighted to simply be there and grateful to have a job. And I always will be. To recap quickly, the Edelman team kindly allowed me to move to its Ireland office. I had a unique arrangement in that I would work remotely from Dublin for the London team four days a week, and the remaining day I would work with my new Irish colleagues. This arrangement…
 
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    Pro Blog Service

  • Screw the Long-Term Strategy! Smart Content Marketing is Agile

    Erik Deckers
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Screw the Long-Term Strategy! Smart Content Marketing is Agile There’s an old story about an architect who was hired to design an entire campus of buildings surrounding a large empty quad. When the buildings were done, the administrators asked the architect to lay out a series of sidewalks between buildings. He decided to wait instead. As he waited, people walked between the buildings, finding their own way, eventually wearing the most efficient paths into the grass. Then the architect had the sidewalks installed on the paths the people had made, saying they were more efficient and…
  • Five Steps for Surviving Google Authorship’s Death

    Erik Deckers
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five Steps for Surviving Google Authorship’s Death I was pretty pissed when Google canceled their much-loved Authorship. For one thing, they did it less than a week before an advanced content marketing seminar I was leading, which killed about 25% of the entire presentation, which sent me scrambling for another solid 15 minutes. I mean, I had a great graphic with Chuck Norris, bacon, and a cartoon of a bear riding a shark, and They. Killed. It. Second, this was the one thing that was going to make honest writers out of all the meh-diocre hacks and spammers. Rather than allowing…
  • Five Lazy Words To Cut From Your Marketing Copy

    Erik Deckers
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five Lazy Words To Cut From Your Marketing Copy Many marketers suck their readers into the bog of humdrum with over-used words and industry jargon, hoping no one will notice they’re just coasting on properly spelled words and grammatical sentences. It’s a sign of writing laziness to trot out the same old phrases and buzzwords, using them just one more time, in the hopes of getting out of yet another copywriting jam. These words aren’t even buzzwords anymore. They’ve had the buzz driven right out of them. They’re words that every good copywriter must stop using if…
  • Louisville Digital Association’s 6th Annual Digital Media Summit Schedule

    Erik Deckers
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Louisville Digital Association’s 6th Annual Digital Media Summit Schedule I’m very proud to be one of the speakers at the 6th annual Digital Media Summit in Louisville on October 16. it’s a single day event held in Frazier Hall at Bellarmine University, and it’s sponsored by the fine fols at Brown-Forman and Bellarmine University’s School of Communication. You can get tickets here. With the tagline, Improve your business and marketing through technology, several of us will be talking about how to do social media marketing better, including my two co-authors,…
  • What “Write Drunk, Edit Sober” Means

    Erik Deckers
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    What “Write Drunk, Edit Sober” Means I have to correct a long-running bit of misinformation I’ve passed on for the last several years: Ernest Hemingway did NOT say “write drunk, edit sober.” This is something I’ve said in my talks on writing, and it’s one of my most popular tweets of the day. My Klout score will jump two points after a good “write drunk, edit sober” slide. Except, it does not appear that Ernest actually said it. Peter De VriesIt may have been said by noted American novelist Peter De Vries, the author of The Blood Of The…
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  • Continuing Education Courses for Fitness Professionals

    Gil Admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Even if you have undergone fitness trainer qualification leading to the award of recognised fitness certifications, you should earn a minimum of 20 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) every couple of years to keep your registration with Fitness Australia alive. Over 900 programmes offered by various institutes and professional bodies are approved by Fitness Australia for CEC credits. The allocation of CECs is dependent upon the duration and quality of an education programme. CEC Courses Available Personal trainers have the opportunity of selecting from a wide variety of continuing education…
  • Reasons Why Women End up With Belly Fat Post 30

    Gil Admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    Women the world over are never happy with aging. The fear of putting on weight with age, getting wrinkles and losing their youth hounds them for years. However, if you understand why these things happen then it is easier to deal with it or maybe even try to ensure it is delayed as much as possible. On the same note, it is also important to keep in mind that certain changes will take place irrespective of what you do because it’s the law of nature. When it comes to belly fat though, here’s why most women after 30 have more difficulty in dealing with or facing the bulge. Lower Metabolic…
  • Common Exercises That Help You Recover After a Fracture or Sprain

    Gil Admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    It is no secret that people who suffer a fracture or sprain require complete bed rest for a period of a month itself. The duration will depend on the extent of the injury. Severe fractures may require more time to heal while normal sprains may take up to three weeks. Either way, once your cast or bandage is removed, it is important to start some kind of exercise so that your muscle, ligaments or bone heal faster. You cannot begin your old exercise routine immediately because you will have to give your body time to get used to physical activity again. But certain light exercise with a group…
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  • No Switching for You! AT&T Locks the Apple SIM to Its Network

    Robot
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    If you use your LTE iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with AT&T, you’d better be prepared to stay with the network. AT&T will lock the Apple SIM card in the device, even though the card is intended to allow users to switch networks at will. See also: Don’t Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home Users began reporting the SIM lockdown as the iPads went on sale Friday, MacRumors first reported. When a user first activates the iPad on AT&T, a message will appear warning them that once they connect to the network they won’t be able to switch to another. To switch networks —…
  • No Switching for You! AT&T Locks the Apple SIM to Its Network

    Robot
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    If you use your LTE iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 with AT&T, you’d better be prepared to stay with the network. AT&T will lock the Apple SIM card in the device, even though the card is intended to allow users to switch networks at will. See also: Don’t Try Bending the iPad Air 2 at Home Users began reporting the SIM lockdown as the iPads went on sale Friday, MacRumors first reported. When a user first activates the iPad on AT&T, a message will appear warning them that once they connect to the network they won’t be able to switch to another. To switch networks —…
  • Sony Introducing PlayStation Feature That Will Let Users Share Games Over Internet

    Robot
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    A software update coming next week to Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming console will give users the ability to share their games over the Internet with friends, even if their friends don’t own that game themselves. The new feature will be called “SharePlay” and is part of the ‘Masamune’ — Version 2.0 — update to the operating system on the PS4, Venturebeat reported this week. Other features in the update will include the ability for PS4 owners to customize the look and feel of their dashboard and also the ability to insert a USB stick loaded with…
  • Sony Introducing PlayStation Feature That Will Let Users Share Games Over Internet

    Robot
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    A software update coming next week to Sony’s PlayStation 4 gaming console will give users the ability to share their games over the Internet with friends, even if their friends don’t own that game themselves. The new feature will be called “SharePlay” and is part of the ‘Masamune’ — Version 2.0 — update to the operating system on the PS4, Venturebeat reported this week. Other features in the update will include the ability for PS4 owners to customize the look and feel of their dashboard and also the ability to insert a USB stick loaded with…
  • Is It Possible to Have Good SEO Simply by Having Great Content – Whiteboard Friday

    Robot
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Posted by randfish This question, posed by Alex Moravek in our Q&A section, has a somewhat complicated answer. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, Rand discusses how organizations might perform well in search rankings without doing any link building at all, relying instead on the strength of their content to be deemed relevant and important by Google. For reference, here’s a still of this week’s whiteboard! Video transcription Howdy Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. This week we’re chatting about is it possible to have good SEO simply…
 
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  • GMail iOS App 3.1415926 with iPhone 6 Support Released

    Mohamed Rafiq
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    GMail team today has released an updated version 3.1415926 of its popular iOS mail app with support for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones. GMail iOS Mobile App 3.1415926 New Feature Support for iPhone 6 Support for iPhone 6 Plus Install or Update the iOS mobile app from App Store.The post GMail iOS App 3.1415926 with iPhone 6 Support Released appeared first on Google Plus News.
  • Google+ Android App Version 4.6.0.76970369 Released

    Mohamed Rafiq
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Google+ Android team has released an updated version of the android app with couple of important new features. Google+ Android App 4.6.0.76970369 Two New features Now Stream Photos, Videos and Links to your TV directly from your Google+ App Edit Auto Awesome Movies on your device Besides above new features there are other performance improvements and bug fixes. Install or Update Google+ app from Play Store. Try out the new features and share your thoughts through comments below. Popular termsgoogle 4 6 0 76970369vercion 4 6 0 76970369The post Google+ Android App Version 4.6.0.76970369…
  • Google Doodle Today Welcomes Autumn 2014

    Mohamed Rafiq
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Google Doodle today in the US welcomes the start of Autumn season (also know as Fall) for 2014. If you visit Google.com today in the U.S. you’ll be greeted with a beautiful and nice animated Google doodle that welcomes the First day of Autumn season i.e 23rd September 2014. Find below a recording video of the entire doodle animation. Google Doodle in US for Autumn 2014 Video Check it out by visiting Google.com!The post Google Doodle Today Welcomes Autumn 2014 appeared first on Google Plus News.
  • Google Chrome on Android Goes New L Material Design

    Mohamed Rafiq
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    During the last Google I/O 2014, Google broke the news about the upcoming version of Android with a brand new and flat look and feel called Android L Material Design. While Android L with Material Design is still in works, people already started applying material design in apps, themes, etc. To everyone’s surprise, now Google has updated its popular Chrome browser for Android with the beautiful and new L material design. Chrome 37.0.2062.117 changes (from play store) Signing in to Chrome signs you in to your favorite Google sites Updated look and feel with elements of Android’s…
  • Google Chrome Updates Privacy Error for Invalid SSL Certificates

    Mohamed Rafiq
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Latest version of Google Chrome has updated its privacy error page and prevents you from erroneously visiting websites with SSL certificate errors (unless you choose advanced and continue). When you access a website via SSL i.e https:// the server returns a SSL certificate which must be valid so that you’re assured that you’re talking to a trusted website. Once valid it also ensures all communication between you and the website is securely transferred over an encrypted connection. Up until now Chrome just warns you when a certificate is invalid but makes it easy to ignore…
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    Social Samosa

  • Cadbury’s #LeChaloKhushiyan Campaign Leverages Social Media for an Integrated Campaign

    Siddharth Das
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    To strengthen their relevance with Indian festivities like Diwali, Cadbury has launched another campaign, this time focusing on the Indian Army through #LeChaloKhushiyan. The brand’s core idea is to make Diwali special for the Indian Army who don’t get the opportunity to celebrate Diwali with their loved ones as they are dedicated to their line of duty. The execution was held online as well as offline. The Cadbury vans would start their journey by collecting all the people’s wishes for the Army by halting at three major cities in India and end their route at the Army base camp…
  • WD Builds an Online-Offline Connect With ‘Around The World With My Passport Wireless’ Campaign

    Meera Rai
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    With people travelling the world over & staying connected on the go, the digital age demands a storage device that helps keep photos, information & data safe and in one place and easy to access.  With the campaign ‘Around The World With My Passport Wireless’the WD brand successfully engages its target group of attendees at Broadcast India 2014, Professionals from music and film productionhouses, entertainment industry and photographers were attendees at the event. WD’s effort in making the dream of photographers,travel enthusiasts and professionals, who are on-the-go come…
  • Salman Khan’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ Campaign Buzzes On Social Media

    Maulik Kalamthekar
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Salman Khan is a Twitter star  with 8.7m followers. He has been active on Twitter and Facebook, regularly engaging with his fans and coming up with various online contests to interact and bring in participation for a number of social causes. This one is latest on Bhai’s list. It all started with this.   Committing to the cause Salman Khan has generated quite a buzz about the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign on Social Media. The Bollywood Superstar contributed to the nationwide campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by cleaning a part of Karjat in Mumbai on Tuesday.
  • How to Use Two Whatsapp Accounts in a Single Phone

    Aditya Soni
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Ever since its inception, Whatsapp has gained enormous popularity as a social messaging platform and has become a miniature version of social media sites like Facebook. Most people these days have resorted to sending and receiving messages through Whatsapp. People have almost stopped sending SMS and this is for genuine reasons. Unlike text messages, you can send images, videos and other files on Whatsapp along with your written message. Also, if you have minimum phone balance, you can continue chatting on Whatsapp with an internet connection. However, a few questions have been floating in the…
  • Star Movies Secret Screening: Generates Over 30 Million Impressions

    Social Samosa
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Brand Name Star Movies The whole concept of Secret Screening came from the principle that everyone loves a secret, whether it is telling a secret or keeping one. The whole idea was to launch a screening platform with ‘Secret’ as its main element to showcase movies that would excite the audience, especially films that probably won’t get released in India. The objective was to celebrate popular and fun movies which are relevant to our audience. So, Star Movies collaborated with Fox StarStudios and selected a few movies. In the two hours of…
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    Justice Mitchell

  • Social Content Marketing Planning for a Live Event

    Justice Mitchell
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I find it interesting and a little bit confusing that social media professionals often fail to exploit a live event for all its opportunities. It seems like "in real time" reporting of live events has become somewhat of a speciality, or subset, inside social media marketing. Let's take a closer look at what it takes to properly develop and deploy social media/content marketing for a live event...For the remainder of this article click here:
  • Darwin's Inbound Marketing Clover – It's More Than Owned, Earned & Paid

    Justice Mitchell
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Over the past half a dozen years or so, all I've heard about in my circles is "owned, earned, and paid" media types. Marketing professionals love ... and I mean LOVE ... terms they can drop with clients as a way to sound smart. And although I'm a little weary of the ubiquity of these terms, it's true that media types are an important part of any integrated campaign conversation. However, it can be an amazingly cost-effective or expensive conversation, depending on the types of media you choose or create. Let's define this marketing vernacular:Owned Media: Owned media is content and…
  • The Content Marketing Mantra: “Create Once, Use Many”

    Justice Mitchell
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    When developing social media messaging, there is often a knee-jerk reaction to constructing a post per channel. This is not an unfounded best practice. We often see good social media marketers crafting unique posts for each channel based on network constraints such as character count, media limitations and so forth. However, the best-case scenario is to construct content in way that it can be utilized across your social graph ... [ read the remainder of the article here ]
  • The NFL — A Brand in Turmoil

    Justice Mitchell
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    As a marketing professional, I preach that you must always adhere to and represent the core values of your brand. Stepping left and right of those values will incur not only disconnect, but loss of trust and allegiance. This is FACT – not opinion. And apparently it's a fact the National Football League doesn't SEEM to want embrace at this moment.[ NOW WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO CLIP FROM ESPN ] There's no better way to alienate your audience than to introduce a consistent negative perception. Kicking your cash cow is a bad idea regardless of the day.NO brand can survive an ongoing onslaught…
  • The Problem With Massive Brand Acquisitions

    Justice Mitchell
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The 800 pound gorilla Microsoft devours yet another company — Minecraft – for $2.5 billion. Some of you who will be excited about this acquisition and others will hate it. Why the polarity? It all comes down to "brand equity" on both ends of the spectrum. If you live any kind of digital lifestyle (and obviously you do, or you wouldn't be reading anything written by moi), you probably have an opinion positive or negative regarding Microsoft. This opinion informs a perception of the brand's essence to you and holds brand equity. In many cases, the acquisition of a lesser…
 
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  • Refracting Light Life | Kakie’s Corner

    KakieF
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Interpreting "Refraction" and how life, full of metaphors, imitates art | Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge
  • Quantum Creativity and the Power of Intention

    KakieF
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:57 pm
    What does it mean to live with intention? How often do we find ourselves slipping into "automatic thinking" ? What does our window of direction look like and how do we frame it? Doing vs. Being | Acting vs. Reacting | Ideal vs. R