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5 Best Practices For Implementing Cloud Collaboration In 2014 | CloudTweaks

5 Best Practices For Implementing Cloud Collaboration In 2014 | CloudTweaks | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
5 Best Practices For Implementing Cloud Collaboration In 2014 - With more than 12 years spent in the enterprise collaboration space, I've worked with customers
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The cloud changes everything from how we manage cache to mobile readiness. Here are 5 cloud "best practices" for 2014. 

* Stakeholders on board (always a good idea). 
* Solve one problem at a time (also always a good idea when possible).
*  Understand issues in moving from Freemium to paid. 

* Create training and onboard strategies 

* Have a backup plan. 

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The Collaboration Economy Video via @Visually

The internet is igniting a boom in the collaborative economy. From homes to food, just about everything is being shared. This video explains how it isn't onl...
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Great video, but beware. Sound is LOUD at first.

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Top Online Marketing Tips From 20 Real Estate and Social Media Pros

Top Online Marketing Tips From 20 Real Estate and Social Media Pros | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Top Marketing Tips From 20 Real Estate and Social Media Professionals that will help get a home sold for the most money in an expeditious fashion.

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Was fun to contribute to Bill Gassett's post on how to sell a home online. Bill and I are friends thanks to Mark Traphagen. I keep tellng Bill what he and I do for a living is running together fast and these great tips prove the point.

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Own The Conversation, Own The Traffic

Own The Conversation, Own The Traffic | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Conversations not tools are what matters. Own the conversation, own the traffic means curate key conversations no matter where they happen. Be tool agnostic and conversation-centric.

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Haiku Deck One of 5 "Secret" and Disruptive Content Curation Tools - Atlantic BT

Haiku Deck One of 5 "Secret" and Disruptive Content Curation Tools - Atlantic BT | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

5 Secret & Disruptive Content Curation Tools
* Scoop.it.
* Haiku Deck.
* Paper.li.
* Pinterest.
* GooglePlus.


http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/5-secret-content-curation-tools-and-how-to-use-them/

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Queen of Pinterest

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Share your Holiday PINS on Queen of Pinterest community board.

1. Request An Invite To Pin.
2  By Pinning This Pin.
3. Follow King or Queen of Pinterest.

4. Pin what you want for holidays.
5. Be KING or QUEEN of Pinterest for a Day.

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Content Marketing: Content Is Media, Marketing The Point

Content Marketing: Content Is Media, Marketing The Point | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Great rant I can related to from  @Ammon_Johns here. When I insisted our online catalog marketing would be better off with CONTENT in 2003 I was almost tarred and feathered and run out of town. 

Ammon's point that content marketing is not new resonates, but his point that content marketing is TWO things not one is truth. The Black Friday door buster rush toward content marketing by THE MOB is mindless and stupid. 

Ammon points out that content without marketing is a tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it. Noise it may make, but who cares. The content marketing tree is falling ON many teams. Teams, who do the one, content, without fully understanding the other, marketing, are soon to say content marketing sucks, is over promised and under delivered. 

Funny how that works. When we don't understand something, execute it poorly and then lick our wounds we rarely turn inward and see our mistakes. Instead we howl and the moon and say concepts Ammon and I have believed in since we started clicking on Mosaic - content matters true but without a marketing mind connecting it to brand, purpose and mission all is moot and quiet.  

 

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Stephen Downes On Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes On Connective Knowledge and Open Resources | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Brilliant guy, great read. Stephen's twitter is @Downes

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, December 18, 2013 7:17 AM

Stephen Downes answering a wide range of questions.

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Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

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In 2010 Nancy Duarte published a fantastic book: Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences. Now you can access a FREE digital multimedia version of her book or download the digital iBook version by following the insight link below. 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Great Nancy Durate piece (she is amazing) here. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:24 AM

Nancy wrote a blog post on LinkedIn, where she elaborates on the motives for giving away her book for free. You'll find it here: This Changes Everything: I'm Giving My Book Away.


You can follow Nancy on Twitter here: @nancyduarte.



David Hain's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:45 AM

Great share Kenneth - this could be the future of publishing!

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Using Scoop.it to build traffic to your website. My #1 referral

Using Scoop.it to build traffic to your website. My #1 referral | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
Build traffic to your website using Scoop.it. As I'm working on the new Scoop.it Marketing 101 course (sign up link) I wanted to share a couple of Google analytics screen shot.
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Great post by power Scooper Brian Yanish (@MarketingHits) on how he uses Scooplit (a great "do more with less" content curation tool) to drive converting traffic to his blog.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, October 28, 2013 8:29 PM

I have been following Marty for about two years. His curation site is simply top notch with great information that I read several times a week.

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The Lean Design Movement Book Project - Publishing A Book In 3 Weeks (Submission Deadline 10.31)

The Lean Design Movement Book Project - Publishing A Book In 3 Weeks (Submission Deadline 10.31) | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
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My 3 post-cancer BHAGs are DONE! We launched the last of my triptych last week when http://www.curcancerstarter.org joined http://www.curecancerstore.org and they join my 2010 bicycle ride to "cure cancer" across America. 

So now that I'm a man of leisure I've decided to print a book about the Lean Design Movement in 3 weeks. Today I had an epiphany.


Thought it was a stroke at first, but nope an honest to goodness epiphany. Here are the links that will explain the Lean Design Movement:

http://sco.lt/5LGxl3 Scoopit Overview
   https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/XHXxCn5qgEb 

https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/DTLgQM8a9Kk 

https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/3jFjeERF4uv 

 
I’ve invited great friends and writers to draft off of the concept feeding it into their particular expertise or loves. I asked @RobinGood to write about cool tools, Guillaume and Ally to share how creating a cool tool like Scoop.it helps the movement (asked Kelly and Paper.li team too). 

I am paying all printing costs and profits will go to the Story of Cancer Foundation. Will probably have my friend Meredith Pratt do the book design and print with LuLu (they are here in Raleigh, NC). 

Goal is to have a book about how the Lean Design Movement changes everything. I left an open chapter. If you would like to contribute 1,000 words by Halloween jump in and send your thoughts to Martin(at)StoryofCancer.org. 

If we receive more than one submission for the open chapter we will create a social poll or something. Here is your chance to be a published author and have your contribution along side some great writers and Internet marketers. 

I'm paying all publishing costs and profits, if there are any, will help cure cancer so jump in, write 1,000 words on how something you love and know well will be changed by the Lean Content Movement. 

Deadline 10.31
Send your submission to Martin(at)StoryofCancer.org  

 


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45 Free Responsive HTML5 Templates

45 Free Responsive HTML5 Templates | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
The web is constantly evolving. HTML5 is sure to be a big hit this year as far as web design trends go, and rightfully so. It works on just about every platform, is compatible with older browsers, and handles errors gracefully.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Great FREE and RESPONSIVE HTML templates here.

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Game-Changer = Cool New Scoop.it Feed from @jorgebarba

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Marty - Game-Changer is a cool new Scoopit feed from @jorgebarba. He is an excellent curator. 

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The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I

The Future Of Content Curation Tools - Part I | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Excerpt from article written and curated by Robin Good and first published on MasterNewMedia:
"Content curation tools are in their infancy. Nonetheless you see so many of them around, there are more new curation tools coming your way soon, with lots of new features and options.

Enormous progress has been made since the early days of the first news curation tools to what is available today, but yet, I feel we have only barely scratched the surface.

To illustrate what I expect to see on this front, here is a panoramic tour of the traits, features, patterns and trends that I expect will characterize the future of digital content curation tools, organized into specific feature areas.

1) Display Formats of Curated Content Collections
The first area in which I expect to see lots of improvement and innovative ideas is the one of how a curated collection or stream can be displayed to the user.
This is one of the most underestimated and underutilized areas of improvement for content curation tools.

2) Slicing and Dicing
Some of the present-day content curation tools, including Scoop.it, Spundge and several others, do allow you to tag and filter content but none provides a direct facility to easily create sub-sets that gather together collection items with the same characteristics.

3) Micro - Macro
One other badly needed feature, that I hope will see its way in some of the leading content curation tools, is the ability to instantly switch from a bird’s eye view of a topic to the detailed view of a specific information item.

4) Recurate
Another area that offers great opportunities for innovation and for the introduction of new useful features is the one covering the ability to assess, managing inventories, organize and curate one’s own existing assets.

5) News Discovery
The main problem with news discovery arises from the fact that quality filters and algorithms capable of both fully understanding the topic of interest, not just by way of a keyword or a hashtag but by semantic inference, and capable of identifying the relevant sources among so many noise-making content marketers reposting other people stuff, are not easy to build.
The best way to uncover, identify and identify new quality sources and content items may be to employ a balanced mix of automated search filters augmented by human curators that can supervise, edit, refine and improve on what is gathered by the algos.

6) Ownership
The main benefit offered by content curation platforms that require you to curate and publish first via their systems (Scoop.it, Pinterest, etc.) is that they provide you with an existing broad audience readily interested in your content. For someone just starting out online, this can be a huge booster.
The con side of the equation is that your rights on what you have curated as well as the physical ownership of that content is not under your control anymore. And for those already having good visibility and reputation online, this may not be the most attractive proposition.

7) Credit and Attribution
For professional curators the need to properly and systematically credit and attribute the content and sources utilized is not a secondary matter. Discovery of new interesting content is at the heart of the curator job, and facilitating the exchange on meta-data that provides credit and hints as to who has been of help in discovering something will increasingly be a highly valued activity..."

Each point is analyzed with more information and external links. Read full, interesting and detailed article here:
http://www.masternewmedia.org/content-curation-tools-future-part1/

 

 


Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Jim Lerman
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I would add

8) Ability to connect top of funnel traffic generation to bottom of the funnel conversion for B2C and B2B. 

9) Tagging content so analytics can tunnel into themes, headlines and voice patterns (that work, convert, go viral). 

10) User Generated Content generation, a MUST and vastly overloaded as important in either social support, comments or reviews. UGC is cheapest content that is the hardest to get, but once the fire hose is open life is good.  

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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, December 19, 2013 2:20 AM

Thanks!

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, December 20, 2013 4:49 PM

Scooping this to basically reference it for more tips on curating. We are all works in progress.

Russell Yardley's curator insight, December 25, 2013 4:01 PM

With billions of people connected through social media and directly connected with email traditional curators of news and other content have had their business models destroyed but it has not surprisingly taken many years for better models to emerge. 

 

The widsom of crowds is well known but so is their stupidity (stock market crashes, group think, lowest common denominator in election outcomes...). Better curating tools and systems are beginning to show that valuable curators of the worlds content are able to find their audience and enrich the world with deep insight that replace the extremely low numbers of curators of the past (news paper barons).

 

Some of these curators will be paid and others do it just for the joy of it. Collectively they will reshape thinking and ultimately the world. 

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SEO For Content Marketers Curatti.com Preview

SEO For Content Marketers Curatti.com Preview | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Content Marketers Beware Bear Traps Ahead
Realized so many newbies are creating content sharing 5 hard won tips from the SEO wars might help keep friends from falling in as many SEO bear traps as I've visited. Here is a sneak preview of next Tuesday's Curatti.com Post:

5 Quick SEO Tips For Content Marketers

* Use of canonicals to avoid dupe content especially with WordPress.
* How to safely "copy" or "curate" content into your blog or website.
* Paying attention to Titles & Tags or little things that matter.
* Keywords are your friend.
* How to use SoLoMo (Social, Local, Mobile) as a content marketer.

If you have other questions or tips you would like me to write in let me know before Sunday night and I will include. Look for the full post next Tuesday on Curatti.com.

Read my previous posts here:
http://curatti.com/author/martinsmith/

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Is Ecommerce Stuck In The Mud? A: Yes & 2014 Ideas To Fix

Is Ecommerce Stuck In The Mud? A: Yes & 2014 Ideas To Fix | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
After creating the first Ecommie Ecommerce Awards for Holiday 2013 its clear online retailers are stuck in their own mud. This deck explains why and what can be different in 2014.
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6 "Could Tell You, But Would Have To Kill You" Internet Marketing Secrets SHARED

6 "Could Tell You, But Would Have To Kill You" Internet Marketing Secrets SHARED | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Happy Thanksgiving
As intriguing as the "cold tell you" title is the real reason sharing web design and Internet marketing secrets like these is difficult is how automatic the thinking becomes after 15 years.


Since it is Thanksgiving I wanted to SLOW DOWN and share 5 "inside baseball" secrets about how to create a new kind of real estate design for my realtor Stephanie Lane.

*Five Inside Baseball Website Design Secrets*
1. Use Wordpress Themes.
2. Solve the Umbrella Brand Problem.

3. Tease The Click Don't Drown it.
4. Test Video marketing.

5. Align nonverbals.

6. People and stories sell not cool tech.

Hope these ideas share the "inside baseball" reasons we start with a certain design to achieve objectives. Every idea BEFORE people are visiting a website is worth LESS the moment real people are clicking, so you want that day to happen as soon as possible.

https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/aRn9V8dXVg4 

Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Haiku Deck Not Just An APP Anymore! Great Content Curation and Creation Tool!

Haiku Deck Not Just An APP Anymore! Great Content Curation and Creation Tool! | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

Haiku Deck is a completely new kind of presentation software -- it’s simple, beautiful, and fun.

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Haiku Deck is one of my favorite content creation tools. Based on a simple brilliant idea - how to make the creative commons accessible - Haiku Deck finds amazing images and you won't get sued when you use them.

That description is really the tip of how I use Haiku Deck. Their UI is so clean, so NOT PowerPoint, I use it to help create TED-like slide decks (i.e. storytelling, visual and no death by bullet points lol).

If you havent used Haiku Deck yet don't miss its many FREE benefits as they move from APP to full fledge software tool that WORKS. Guaranteed you create better content WITH Haiku Deck.

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https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/WV1Hh31hJS6

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3 Ways Hotels Win With Social Customer Service - Business 2 Community

3 Ways Hotels Win With Social Customer Service - Business 2 Community | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
3 Ways Hotels Win With Social Customer Service Business 2 Community Here at Sol Wave, hashtags are the key to communication; rather than seek out a staff member or call the front desk, guests use hashtags to convey their requests from fresh towels...
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Must be dreaming to be reading about hotels that actaully want to help road warriors get online. Usually, even at high end hotels, I have to go to the lobby to logon (PAIN) without paying a year's worth of usage in three or four days.

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More Thoughts On Online Audience Optimization vs. SEO

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Beware The NEW Acronym Isn't Same As The Old (SEO)
There was a summer night sitting on the beach watching fireflies when we knew something had to change. Directors of Ecommerce like I used to be learned how to balance a website between the technical aspects of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and the functional and practical aspects of what is now being called OAO (Online Audience Optimization).

Sometimes the new boss is the same as the old, but this isn't one of those. This new acronym seems strained and way to general to ever attain the universal meaning of SEO. Problem is SEO really became the one term everyone knew but didn’t really understand. 

Even if you sort of maybe worked on a website a little years ago you knew SEO, but no your really didn't. SEO was a complex set of rules for using Google's algorithm math against it. They set up the game so using it against them seemed fair. 

Problem is fair to whom. Obsession with Google required ignoring customers and finding the balance beam between them (Google and customers) became larger the longer someone managed a website. Google is like Kool-Aid the longer you drink it the more it took over. 

Now with Google's new emphasis on heuristics, the data showing how many HEARTS and MINDS you influence, Kool-Aid is replaced by whatever is working now. "Working" in this context is winning the signals that confirm growing LOVE and ADVOCACY. 

Fewer rules and more variables mean those who know themselves best, listen better and pivot faster win. If you can do that best by using a new three-letter acronym OAO should work. Just don't fall in love with the wrong thing (again), don't drink this Kool-Aid.    

 

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Improve Your Pinterest Marketing In 4 Unique Ways

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Start thinking outside of the box with these 4 unique ways to improve your Pinterest marketing strategy.

Via Kelly Lieberman
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Wouldn't be surprised at all of Pinterest adn pinning are the big winners in the end since they ride the visual marketing wave so well. 

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Help Animate Special Mission of CureCancerStarter.org via 99Designs

Help Animate Special Mission of CureCancerStarter.org via 99Designs | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

We've received a lot of great feedback in CureCancerStarter.org's first 10 days. Some of that feedback tells us our current homepage video works better as an About Us video than an explanation of what crowdfunding cancer research is about and why the new cancer research revolution is so important.

If you are a graphic designer who can animate we hope you will apply and win our 99Designs contest.


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Curation as a Business Model in Abundance and Commodity Markets

Curation as a Business Model in Abundance and Commodity Markets | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it

 

 


Via Robin Good, Ken Dickens
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This is a great read and what I'm betting on heavily at our crowdfunding cancer research website and nonprofit http://www.curecancerstarter.org. I love this quote:

?No longer do we rely on a few experts and advertisers to dole out information according to their own priorities, and passively consume that information. On the contrary, content can be created and curated by literally thousands of ‘average’ people with above average interest and insight, and spread across huge aggregations of likeminded people."

Frames my belief and our bet well.

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Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:23 AM

Interesante propuesta de negocio mediante la curación de contenidos

Prof. Hankell's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:19 AM
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Mitch Free writes on Forbes about the unique business value that curation can bring to those markets where there is already an abundance of choices.

 

"The web has revolutionized access to information. If you travel to a new city, you don’t have to wait to ask a hotel concierge or local contact which restaurants are worth your time: that information is at your fingertips long before you arrive.


The web’s universality and ubiquity are also its weaknesses, however: even if all are listed online, choosing from the 25,000 restaurants in New York City still requires a local’s advice.


While “curation” might bring to mind the image of a red-jacketed museum staffer scowling at you for taking flash photographs, in the digital age it’s becoming an increasingly critical – and lucrative – business model.


No longer is access to information precious in itself. Information is overwhelmingly available, and those in a position to tame the tidal wave into a useful format offer a valuable service."

 

The articles uses as a reference example the case of a new restaurant listing site that curates the best 100 restaurants in 100 cities by charging qualifying restaurants.

 

 

Rightful. Interesting. 7/10

 

Full article:http://www.forbes.com/sites/mitchfree/2013/08/05/curation-by-connection-one-hundred-tables/

 
Ken Dickens's curator insight, August 7, 2013 1:00 PM

Non-Profits are a commodity. There are over 1.5 million of them in the US alone, all with great causes, all with their hands out to ask for money. Enter Donor Fatigue.  Want to stand out? Become "the" source of information on your cause. In other words, give to get.  You will stand out. You will gain trust.  And, you will raise money. 

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Community Management Around The World via Gladys Pintado (@gtpintado)

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Community - Management - Human Resources - Leadership


Marty - Love this Scoop.it magazine from my friend Gladys Pintado showing different ways community managers around the world approach the task of building community, one of the hardest things to do well on God's green earth :). 

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15 Inspiring Design Quotes | Visual.ly

15 Inspiring Design Quotes | Visual.ly | Collaborative Revolution | Scoop.it
We all need a bit of design inspiration from time to time. If you're stuck in a creative cul de sac, take a read through these inspiring design quotes


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My fav is design is the silent ambassador of your brand, but all 15 quotes are great.

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