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Amazon Prime Is Money SMBs Can STEAL - via @Curagami

Amazon Prime Is Money SMBs Can STEAL - via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Amazon Prime is brilliant online tribal or "club" marketing with great "stealable" lessons for small to medium sized online retailers (SMBs) such as:


* Importance of "movement" marketing. 

* Create CLUBS.

* Empower advocates. 

* Ask for help.

* Be social, mobile and unique. 

Lots of book recommendations and a riff on Rafi Mohammed's "Logic Behind Amazon Prime" shares online marketing tips for SMBs.l  

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The Collaboration Imperative - Video Notes After #DSCLT15 Today

Seeing Moon and Lola today at Charlotte's Digital Summit helped us realize we didn't discuss platform thinking, curating not creating content and how those ideas develop online community. 

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Why Haiku Deck May Be Most Important Internet Marketing Tool You AREN'T Using via @Curagami

Why Haiku Deck May Be Most Important Internet Marketing Tool You AREN'T Using via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Haiku Decks Create Shares & Community
If we told you there was a tool that would generate 3,200 views of your content on average and produce almost 60,000 views and over 700 shares for 34 uses (of the tool) you would USE IT right? This Curagami post shares why Haiku Deck is a powerful Internet marketing tool you should start using NOW.


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Social Media Publishing is dead - SMB Survival Guide: 3 Rays of Hope via @Curagami & @gdecugis

Social Media Publishing is dead - SMB Survival Guide: 3 Rays of Hope via @Curagami & @gdecugis | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Lions, Tigers, Bears & Content Shock & SMB Survival
Small to Medium Sized Businesses are overwhelmed. The clearest message we've received during our first six months creating our Startup Factory funded startup called Curagami is a clear protest. "Overwhelmed" is the most common adjective SMBs use to describe their situation.

Not hard to see why SMBs are feeling overwhelmed. Tactics that used to insure consistent yearly growth are sick. Tactics are drying up faster than ever.

SMB Marketing Tactics Costing More, Getting Less:

* Yellow Pages (near death).
* Print ads (near death).

* Val-u-pak coupons (near death).

* Coupons of any kind (losing relevance with smartphone users)..

* Groupons (blows brands up almost beyond repair).
* Email marketing (sick due to social / mobile web).
* Social Media Marketing (sick and getting sicker fast).
* Content Marketing.(content shock sick).

* Ecommerce (too many stores, same offerings).
* PPC (paying more to get less).
* Retargeting (cat out of bag, so sick efficacy declining).
* Video Marketing (steep learning curve, expensive).
* Viral Marketing (everyone has that cold now & hit or miss).
* Cause Marketing (not as unique as once was & live or die with partner).

* Celebrity Marketing (expensive and live or die with branded celeb).

* SEO (don't even get us started, all but gone, baby, gone).

3 Rays of Hope

1. Content Curation
Discussed by Scoop.it CEO @Guillaume Decugisin Social Media Publishing Is Dead As We Know It ( http://blog.scoop.it/2014/06/18/social-media-publishing-is-dead-as-we-know-it/ ).

2. Community
Banding and binding tribes of contributors, advocates and supporters to your cause.

3. Friends of Friends marketing.
Reaching new customers via WOM (Word-of-Mouth) supplied by fans, brand advocates and social marketing Sherpas willing to sacrifice and help your cause.

Curagami (http://wwww.curagami.com ) is focused on helping SMBs create sustainable community via the Friends-of-Friends marketing community generates.  

Am Scooping Guillaume's post to use in our Curagami board meeting tomorrow and we are working on 3 cool ideas:

* Curagami SMB Survival Guide - one page "action focused" recommendations on the tapestry of marketing tools and tactics needed to know where online "success" lives these days.

* Curagami $25,000 SMB Survival Contest - Help in seo, content marketing and community building to make this holiday online selling season great.

* Curagmai SMB Survival School - 1 day training to support SMBs at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC.