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The Rise of Social Shopping via @HaikuDeck

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Rise of Social Shopping
Blink an eye and big stuff happens. With valuations in the billions for sites such as +OpenSky and in the hundreds of millions for relative newcomer WaNeLo.com Don't get lost in the trap such valuations create.

Remember Arthur C. Clarke's quote:
Any sufficiently NEW technology is indistinguishable from MAGIC.

There are several forms of new ecommerce magic happening now including:

+Wanelo = gamified, social & mobile shopping.
MassDrop = social affiliate program.
+OpenSky = Social Shopping with a #crowdfunding or +quirkydotcom  feel.
+fab.com = social shopping.
+Etsy = +eBay for crafters.
+Woot = Daily Deal

We added a new section to our Ecommerce Questions Haiku Deck to reflect the rise of social shopping. We also noted how and why Amazon should be worried. New "social shopping" plays are hitting Amazon right where they are vulnerable - community, social and mobile.

Amazon is  "Search and Stab" and they are about to compete with savvy mobile game creators. Shopping as a social game will beat low prices created by scale. Didn't Amazon just prove that point by vanquishing Walmart from the king's ecommerce throne?

Amazon understands the ARBITRAGE of online commerce better than anyone, but what if arbitrage wasn't the driving force anymore? Going to be an interesting fight between SCALE and its many benefits and a new generation of "kids" who don't know any better than to question everything, assume nothing and have FUN.

Fun is contagious. Will follow with video notes soon.


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5 New SEO Secrets that Will Shift Your Business into High Gear - Curatti

5 New SEO Secrets that Will Shift Your Business into High Gear - Curatti | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it
"New SEO" based on content & social marketing spins different than old "optimize everything" SEO. Here are 5 New SEO Secrets to help your content WIN.

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malek's curator insight, February 4, 2014 9:13 AM

Eye opener on the ever changing SEO world

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5 Reasons Crowdfunding and E-Commerce Are Stronger Together

5 Reasons Crowdfunding and E-Commerce Are Stronger Together | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

In 5 New Ecommerce Lessons on ScentTrail Marketing I explained why everyone should have a store. This post goes further insisting everyone should have a store AND a vialble crowdfunding platform.

Haiku Deck for this post
http://www.haikudeck.com/p/XdSgR5zOax/crowdfunding-and-ecommerce


Post + Haiku Deck
http://martinmartysmith.com/5-reasons-crowdfunding-and-e-commerce-are-stronger-together/


If my advice about adding a store was confusing and now this post feels like a bridge too far Don't Worry. AtlanticBT.com and I are creating a crowdfunding platform Software As A Service tool that can easily adapt to any business vertical or cause marketing.

We happen to be creating the platform for CureCancerStarter.org, but our intent is to build a flexible framework that can be easily adpated to other applications.


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10 BI Trends For 2014 & 2015 via @TDWI [5 from @CrowdFunde)

10 BI Trends For 2014 & 2015 via @TDWI [5 from @CrowdFunde) | AtDotCom Social media | Scoop.it

Marty Note - 10 BI Trends
Business Intelligence is breaking out all over. It is as if we've reached some magic tipping point where things that were hard are not easier and our BI imagination is being sparked as a result. Here are 10 BI trends for this year and next (6 - 20 are from team at http://www.crowdfunde.com )

* Enterprise gets a handle on unstructured "Big Data".

* Search Will Improve Dramatically (agree).
* Mobility becomes bi-directional (you GET and GIVE via mobile).

* Enterprises come to terms with Big Data.

* Analytics Tools Vendors see importance of FAST and EASY.

CrowdFunde's Additions

* New Key Performance Indicators helps connect traffic and lead gen to conversion (what we are working on at http://www.crowdfunde.com ).

* How Social Media is changing everything become more clear (less search, more mobile and social).

* Expect a new flurry of WAZE.com-like crowdsoure apps.
* Expect more gamification for engagement and loyalty.
* Loyalty becomes LESS fickle as brands discover how to BE online creating community that wins hearts, minds, engagement and loyalty.



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When is the best time to launch a crowdfunding campaign?

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What time of year, week, day is best? This is a question I am often asked at workshops. There is of course no one answer but here are some questions you should ask yourself. When do you need the mo...

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:36 AM

Agree with this post. You might think crowdfunding around Christmas would be great. Not so much since there is so much NOISE and competition for every dollar.

Can you tell a great story and still get crowdfunded in 4Q? Sure, but exceptions make rules. The possible exception may be nonprofits whose donations would be tax deductible.

Even then every nonprofit is aware of the end of the year rush to take advantage of tax deductibility and because people feel good will toward each other during the holidays (or that is the theory :).

My preference would be to come in after the first of the year. Wait too long and you miss planning cycles, go too soon and you can get caught up in New Year's resolution and post-holiday assessments.

My second time would be dog days of summer. That timing may seem strange, but after July fourth nothing much happens until back to school begins in mid-August.

The other lesson I learned by launching http://www.curecancerstarter.org, our crowdfunding cancer research website, is to seed your campaigns. Launch when you have 25% of the funding set.

Seeding creates a sense of momentum and excitement. Most crowdfunding campaigns start strong, bow in the middle and then finish up strong (as they head into deadlines). Saw a stat on Kickstarter that campaigns with at least 25% in by the end of the first week have an 80% chance of being funded.

Have a "funding party" and line up your donors on a "roll call" count basis. If you are asking for $10K, and most Kickstarter campaigns are funded for $10K or less, then make sure you have $3K (or so) in the campaign in the first few days.

YOUR list is very important too. Your list is the key to reaching "friends of friends" (or people you don't know). Great to think your idea would be picked up by the NYT, but better to work your list and ask for two things:

$ MONEY.
Advocacy (with their friends).

Make giving both of those as easy as possible.

Find more #crowdfunding tips on GPlus:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/LtuwAmMpcF3

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