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When considering whether to invest in a company, bankers and venture capitalists look first at the entrepreneur, then at the plan. They invest in people, not plans. It’s not the content of the plan that matters, but rather what it says about the entrepreneur — how she thinks, how she collects confirming and disconfirming data, how she uses it to build a strategy for success, how she builds a team.
We hope by now everyone is aware of the importance of SEO in gaining success through Internet. SEO includes ‘n’ number of ways to enhance the recognition of your website. Social Bookmarking is also one those easy and efficient methods used to promote your website across the Internet.
In a move that could raise some charges of anti-competitive behavior, Google has begun integrating Google+ brand page information in primary search results. The inclusion, noted by researcher BrightEdge, appears only for some brands at the moment.
Capture anything you see on your PC screen! SnapIt is convenient for bloggers who capture and crop images for ther posts, for tech writers who need to describe menus and interfaces of applications, web designers and those who work with graphics every day.
This piece was written by Megan O'neill in Socialtimes today. It should be very interesting to watch it's progress, if it's successful, lots of new and creative shows could emerge on Tumblr as a result.
"What happens when two guys that are constantly wearing plaid shirts get together for a few beers? Well, they come up with the idea to do a talk show all about plaid that’s shot entirely on iPhones, of course".
The show is called Plaid Forever and it launched today on Tumblr.
Plaid Forever is the brainchild of Michael Krivicka of Thinkmodoand his friend Andrew—two plaid loving guys that live in New York. Michael told me via email, “It all started with Andrew and I.
We are great friends and are constantly wearing plaid shirts. One day we thought: let’s do a plaid themed website! The idea was very broad at first and then we narrowed it down to a talk-show type format that will live on the web.”They launched the show today.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
"Mention the term SEO and what do you think of? Websites? Blogs, Google? They’re all correct, but what most people don’t consider is that it’s not limited to just sites.
Social media profiles and pages can be optimised as well. We put so much work into them that it’s easy to forget that there are many other little things that improve the chances of your page appearing in search engines.
While optimising your site is an important part of any SEO strategy, make sure you bring your social media pages into the mix as well.
Search engine optimization has not been dependent on a minimal number of factors for a long time now, such as number of times a keyword appeared on a page, and it continues to become a more complex web of on and off-page factors every month.
One of the more recent factors that has had an impact on search ranking is social media.
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
Venessa Miemis is a pioneer and change agent, and every one of her posts is part of a mindset that is essential for anyone who wants to thrive in this new world. I selected this piece because it is something that I am struggling with now, perhaps you are too. There are great insights, and suggestions on how to create relationships that are empowering and productive.
Here's an excerpt:
**we embrace the gifts, skills and capacities of the individuals in the community
**We pursue common goals and not the goals of just one or two people who come forward but find a way to let everyone be heard
Only in the past few months have I heard this term “asset mapping” as a needed tool to surface hidden but available value, bootstrap communities, and get things done.
I could go on and on but want you to read the article.
I personally belong to private groups on Facebook, have various affiliations on other networks and I am continually struggling with the following:
**the ability to manage time constraints, (how can I possibly be on 10 networks, be on tweetchats at night)
** do my work which is very time consuming
**find time to eat and sleep and still have time for my wonderful life offline
**come together with these people and create something meaningful. I'm living in the question, what comes next........
I feel a responsibilty to other members to do my part and contribute in ways that I feel can help move things forward.
**As a content curator, I can bring articles like this to the attention of others
**It is my hope this will stimulate discussions
**introduce new ways of looking at things
**create tools and resources for us to function in a more cohesive manner
**make a difference in whatever way we see fit and create dynamic, meaningful relationships both within and outside of these communities
**Work together to help others grow and change
Selected and curated by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
One of the hottest as well as most fantasticways to increase your company is by using social media advertising. There are countless methods to utilize social media to grow the tiny business as well as increase the customer base.
Below are some of the expected trends this year about Content Marketing.
- Crowdsourcing for Content Creation:
It became a valid business model to tap into people's willingness to create content for free or for low pay in return for online exposure. Now, companies of all sizes are eager to try such crowdsourcing to generate content.
- Content Curation, Aggregation and Syndication:
Content curation also will be hot in 2012, but content aggregation and online syndication are losing some heat with the release of the Google Panda Farmer algorithm changes last year.
Unlike aggregation and syndication that simply republish links or content, human beings select what they consider the best content in their areas of expertise, share links to the original content and add their own commentary. It's such added value, along with convenience, that is giving content curation momentum.
- Brands as Media:
More companies are beginning to understand that social media sites and tools aren't the place for their usual marketing pitches. Instead, companies realize they need to think like publishers, not marketers, to connect their brands with online audiences.
- Content Marketing Integration:
Silo marketing is out in 2012, and complete marketing integration is in. There has never been a more pivotal year for companies to take off their blinders and fully mesh all aspects of their marketing--online and offline, traditional and social.