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Why a Mobile Website Is Part of Any Business Plan [INFOGRAPHIC]

Why a Mobile Website Is Part of Any Business Plan [INFOGRAPHIC] | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

57% of mobile web users will end up not recommending a website if they had any trouble visiting it on their phones. If a business has a bad website for mobile devices, 34% of visitors will end up going to a competitors’ website.

According to WebpageFX, businesses should use CSS for the layout and not tables. They should code with XML or XHTML, and put all the important information on the top of the landing page. ”Mobile website users are usually busy doing something else like waiting in line, walking through town, or spending time out with friends,” reports WebpageFX. “Their main focus is not necessarily your website so information needs to be quick and easy to access.”

By 2015, mobile sales in the U.S. are expected to reach $31 billion (right now they’re at $6.7 billion). Businesses have to get ready and have a solid mobile site, since that’s where many sales will start taking place...


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I can actually say I'm one of the 57% that feels this way.

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Beyond Your Borders: Promoting Your Business Internationally Using Social Media

Beyond Your Borders: Promoting Your Business Internationally Using Social Media | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

The aptly named world wide web has opened up new methods of marketing for businesses both great and small. The benefits of localizing company websites to target foreign markets are now widely recognized (Common Sense Advisory studies suggest an average return of US$25 for every $1 spent on localization) and many businesses now use social media platforms for domestic marketing, but very few appear to be using those platforms to promote their services abroad.

 

For example, Econsultancy’s 2010 Social Media and Online PR Report reported that 83% of marketers were planning to increase their spending on social media this year, yet only 26% had plans to run campaigns in more than one country.

 

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25 Awesome Free Google Tools for Marketers

25 Awesome Free Google Tools for Marketers | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Whether you love Google or love to hate Google, you have to admit one thing. Google offers a lot of free tools to use with the convenience of being able to access them with one login.

 

Marketers in particular should take advantage of these tools to get more out of their search engine and social media marketing experience. The following are some of the top Google tools marketers should embrace from A to (almost) Z!

 

1. Google AdSense

Ever created a niche website for linking purposes, affiliate marketing, content development, or another reason that never panned out? If the website gets even a moderate amount of traffic, and you have no other use for it for the time being, why not earn a little income off of it using Google AdSense? By simply placing some ad code in the header, content, and sidebar of the website, you can earn some passive income. The amount you earn will depend on the topic of the website and the amount of visitors it receives.

 

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Twitter Content Strategy Guide

Twitter Content Strategy Guide | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Twitter has quickly become a favorite part of content marketing strategies employed by most businesses. The 140 character limit means that it doesn’t take much work, users have little inhibition about following quality profiles and it’s already optimized for mobile. Curating a quality Twitter feed lends itself to an answer for so many marketing questions that it would be hard to list them all here.

 

Still yet, lots of users have no idea how to make 140 characters count. What we end up with is Twitter feeds consisting primarily of links and quotes. Quotes are an obvious place to start when you want concise snippets of text that convey wisdom and evoke strong emotions. In fact, the most successful Twitter users are almost always inspirational, funny or educational in nature. However, followers don’t want to follow a copy of someone that’s already in their feed, and as an online influencer you don’t want to be pigeonholed.

 

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Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day

Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Content marketing can be an extremely complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I came up with content options for the time-starved!

 

Let’s face it. Content development can be a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I started thinking about this in the context of my friends and small business customers who simply can’t afford that kind of effort. It led to this idea: micro-content, or creating small bits of marketing content when you don’t have time to blog, create videos or spend all day on Facebook.

 

Let’s examine ideas about using micro-content for your social media strategy, assuming you are testing the water and only have 15 minutes a day to devote to this activity. Hey, I’m up for a challenge!

 

Preparation

Like any marketing initiative, you must have a firm idea of your strategy, selling points, and target audience...

 

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Reddit: A Beginner's Guide

Reddit: A Beginner's Guide | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Spend some quality time with Reddit -- you'll find it an essential resource, a self-correcting marketplace of ideas. Get started with our guide.

 

To the uninitiated, Reddit looks like a mess — text links, comment threads, points, upvotes, downvotes. At best, posts seem contextless — at worst, totally random.

 

But spend some quality time with “The Front Page of the Internet,” and you’ll find it’s an essential resource, a self-correcting marketplace of ideas that’s nearly impervious to marketers.

 

Simply put, Reddit is a message board wherein users submit links. What differentiates it from a real-time information network like Twitter is that the stream of content is curated by the community. Items of value are “upvoted,” and those deemed unworthy are “downvoted.” This determines a post’s position on the site, and items that hit the front page are seen by hundreds of thousands of people (consequently, sending boatloads of traffic to the linked website).

 

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The New Content Life Cycle: 4 Steps to a More Strategic Approach to Web Content | Content Marketing Institute

The New Content Life Cycle: 4 Steps to a More Strategic Approach to Web Content | Content Marketing Institute | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Every day we are flooded with information about the latest and greatest social and mobile platforms where people hold conversations, voice opinions, or influence others. Whether it’s Instagram, Google+, Path, or Pinterest, people are flocking to these new social networks.

 

But companies are now left trying to make sense of which ones they should be paying attention to, what they need to be doing in these channels to gain a competitive advantage, and how it all ties into their overall content marketing strategy.

 

On today’s rapidly shifting web, it’s essential that companies start to take a more holistic approach to content marketing and connect more effectively with their various stakeholders across a number of web and social channels. This “pressure to extend” has created a new strategic online content life cycle that is imperative when competing on today’s unpredictable social web — especially in light of recent changes in Google search algorithms and how they might affect established SEO strategies.

 

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5 Insights on Facebook vs Pinterest in Driving Sales - Infographic

5 Insights on Facebook vs Pinterest in Driving Sales - Infographic | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Pinterest has been grabbing the headlines recently as its network approaches 20 million users per month.

 

In March compete.com reported that Pinterest had received 18 million unique visitors with AppData reporting that the visual social network had received a record 4.4 million daily active users on March 18.

 

There are reports that Pinterest’s growth is slowing but just like Twitter and Facebook reports of its demise maybe slightly premature.

 

The Power of “Low Friction” Photo Sharing

 

Pinterest’s value to marketers is that it provides an easy to use platform for “pinning” images, photos and videos to your Pinterest account while also posting and sharing to your networks to Facebook and Twitter in the same process.


Pinterest reduces the effort and friction to share images on the social web which crowd sources your marketing and the spreading of your brand images.

 

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39 Web Apps and Tools We Use to Create Websites

39 Web Apps and Tools We Use to Create Websites | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Probably not unlike you, we use a cadre of different tools to help us create websites and products we’re proud of. Every year it seems that this list morphs, evolves, shrinks and grows. So we thought, ‘Hey, it might be valuable to some people to get a look at how we build things and the tools that we use to get the job done.’ We looked at every step of our development process and highlighted our favorite technologies every step of the way. These divisions aren’t meant as hard and fast rules; but rather groupings that can help you if you’re looking for a tool to find efficiencies, process improvements or work product for a particular phase.

 

39 WEB APPS AND TOOLS WE USE TO CREATE WEBSITES

 

MEETING, BRAINSTORMING, STRATEGY
Our initial planning phases are all about collaboration. Here’s what we use to communicate, ideate and put the plan together.

 

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Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media

Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
How small business can perform better than brands in social media by focusing on simple goals, being human, ensuring satisfaction and measuring ROI...

 

I currently have the fortune to experience two different fronts of digital marketing. Under Plural, I work with brands and, with SocialMouths I mostly jam with small business, personal brands, and bloggers.

 

One of the reasons I absolutely love this setup is that they are two different worlds in how the social web is approached, how it’s handled and how success is measured.

 

So I’m here to tell you that, despite the ridiculous budgets and unlimited resources, small business has a huuuge advantage over brands when it come to social media.

 

Here are my thoughts:

 

Strategy. Or Not?

 

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Talent That Scales: Make Yours An Organization Of Entrepreneurs ...

Talent That Scales: Make Yours An Organization Of Entrepreneurs ... | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Startups expect a lot of their people. They need to be able to work within the confines of a small company--be creative with tight budgets, willing to wear multiple hats, and eager to put in long hours.
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An 8-Step Social Media Marketing Strategy For Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

An 8-Step Social Media Marketing Strategy For Brands [INFOGRAPHIC] | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook come with a pretty steep learning curve – certainly when used for business marketing – and to maximize return on investment it’s essential that you implement a winning strategy.


It's important for businesses to select the right individuals to manage social channels and to use specific metrics to analyze feedback and success.

Learn more about social media strategies from this infographic, which presents an 8-step strategy for successful social media marketing...


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It's important for businesses to select the right individuals to manage social channels and to use specific metrics to analyze feedback and success.

Learn more about social media strategies from this infographic, which presents an 8-step strategy for successful social media marketing...

Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 29, 2013 7:14 PM
Thank you for your interesting and constructive reactions :) Philippe
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 29, 2013 7:14 PM
Thank you for your interesting and constructive reactions :) Philippe
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In Innovation Today, The Smartest Companies Collaborate With Enemies

In Innovation Today, The Smartest Companies Collaborate With Enemies | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

"[T]he brands that will have the greatest impact on all our lives are those that see themselves not as citadels that need defending but as causes that need joining. The most important, most effective, most impactful brands are those that have put petty competition behind them and embraced collaboration as an operating principle--it is their core DNA. These brands are clear about their ambitions and are not shy about seeking out others who share those ambitions.


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How to Cultivate a Company-Wide Social Media Culture

How to Cultivate a Company-Wide Social Media Culture | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Learn how to create a company culture that encourages the use of social media among its employees.

 

The workplace as we once knew it -- post-it notes, memos, fax machines -- that's all gone. Today, it's all digital, baby.

 

Gone are the days when it was innovative to have a website. And creating a Facebook page for your business is no longer an advanced social media strategy. In fact, now that social media has picked up steam in its conquest of the digital realm, the companies coming out on top are not just those that send out some pre-scheduled tweets; the successful companies actually adapt their entire corporate culture to our social media-oriented world.

 

Some companies have found the transition to a social media culture easy, especially those which have already integrated social media into their marketing strategy. 

 

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ratzelster's comment, June 10, 2012 10:18 AM
This was an excellent find for me...thanks for scooping this.
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Cool ratzelster, you're welcome :)
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Facebook and comScore: “This is how to do social marketing”

Facebook and comScore: “This is how to do social marketing” | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

ComScore released a new study with Facebook today explaining “how social marketing works.” If that sounds to suspicious minds like the fox explaining how to guard the chickens, that’s because it pretty much is. However, the study does contain a huge amount of useful information for social marketers.

Here are some highlights.

 

You’re more popular on Facebook

 

Social profiles on Facebook routinely get more attention than brands’ own websites. The example comScore gives is Skittles, which had 320,000 visitors to its Facebook page in March 2012, versus only 23,000 visitors to its corporate website. And that’s just visitors to the brand page; it does not count impressions of the company’s updates in fans’ news feeds.

 

The clear message from Facebook: pay attention to your Facebook presence.

 

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Content Marketing Beginners Suggestions for Businesses: Where to Start

Content Marketing Beginners Suggestions for Businesses: Where to Start | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Did you know there is a lot of work that has to happen before one begins creating a content marketing strategy? There is and I am going to give you some strategies that will help you begin and also explain some important “non-negotiables”, as I call them.


First, Create a Team

 

Your business will need at the least a team of two people. This is especially true when your are writing/rewriting the content for the main pages of a website. They need to work together to create the content you need. There should be brainstorming and as they say, two brains are better than one. Seriously, this task is a two person job at a minimum.

 

There is Work to Be Done Before Your Team Begins:

 

There are no short cuts for effective and organized content marketing. The non-negotiables below have to be completed before writing begins. They apply to the writing of main content pages of a website and all other forms of content marketing.

 

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John van den Brink's comment, June 14, 2012 9:52 AM
Great posts Martin, thanks!
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You're welcome John, great you like it!
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7 Ways to Be a Successful Social Marketer

7 Ways to Be a Successful Social Marketer | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Social marketing is an advertising art that is widely utilized but less widely successful, forcing marketers who are looking for real, measurable results to hone their tactics. Review our list of seven ways to be a successful social marketer to help give you a leg up on the competition!

 

1. Build strong, targeted social media accounts.

Your social media accounts are only as useful as the friends and followers connected to them, making the first step of building those accounts absolutely crucial. Instead of simply working to obtain as many connections as possible, work instead to connect with like-minded people who are more likely to have an interest in what you have to offer.

 

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The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business

The Recession is A Great Time to Start a Business | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Are you ready for the fight?

 

Recessions are created for people who want follow this trend... why wouldn't you make your own trend and start your own business? An excellent post with some interesting insights and examples. [note mg]

 

Recessions are the perfect time to start a business: FedEx, Microsoft, Burger King and even GE were started during the recessions the U.S. has experienced over the last century and a half. If you’ve been thinking about starting a new business, the fact that the economy is down should not stop you. In fact, there are many reasons why the national economic situation should encourage you to start a new business now.

 

You Have Motivation...

 

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Big List of Online Productivity Tools

Big List of Online Productivity Tools | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Note mg: You search a productivity tool in various categories, maybe you'll find it in this list:

 

Categories

Online Office Suites Online Calendars Online Documents Online RSS Readers Startpages Invoice Managers Time Tracking Services Goal Tracking Services Project Management Services To-do Lists Personal Organizers- calendars, to-do’s, etc. all rolled  Sticky Notes GTD Tools Mind Mapping Tools Online Collaboration Tools Web-Based Operating Systems Misc. Productivity Applications Music


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John van den Brink's comment, May 7, 2012 8:32 AM
Martin, thank you!
Martin Gysler's comment, May 7, 2012 11:23 AM
It's my pleasure John. Yes it's a cool post with interesting tools :)
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The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile App Marketing

The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile App Marketing | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Getting your app discovered is the fundamental challenge every app marketer faces. With millions of apps across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and other platforms, standing out in the boundless sea of available apps is becoming increasingly difficult.

 

The best app marketers will pursue a comprehensive, well-rounded app marketing strategy that includes pre-launch work and post-launch work. The best strategies will include organic and paid app marketing channels.

 

Here’s the complete guide to app marketing that every app owner needs to follow.

 

Before Launch

 

Contrary to popular belief, your marketing strategy needs to start well before your app goes live in the app store. Like any successful product, understanding who your customers are and where you can find them is one of the most important pieces of the app marketing puzzle. There are a few steps you need to take before you launch your app:

 

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About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This

About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

It used to be that it was just us writer people that were responsible for publishing blog posts. But, my, how times have changed. As business owners, marketers, and social media mavens, we’re all responsible for publishing content on a regular basis. We publish posts to our own blogs to build our authority and search engine happiness, and we publish guest posts on other blogs to increase your readership and gain new eyes. With all the time we now devote to writing great content, we want to make sure we’re getting the most out of it that we can. And that means taking the time to optimize your content before you ever hit the publish button. Because search engine optimization always works better when it’s a priority, not an afterthought.

 

Before you hit publish on that post, make sure you’re hitting seven important points. They may just make all the difference.

 

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