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How Starbucks Built an Engaging Brand on Social Media

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How Headphones, Miles Davis & Friends Saved My Live

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This link is to a true story about how headphones, a friend's amazing product that makes headphones sound insanely great (Black Dragon audio cable) and Miles Davis saved my life. Is your product saving anyone's life?

Are you THINKING in terms of how your product helps change the world?

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Top 10 BI Trends 2015 - @Curagami Riffing @Tableau

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 Riffing Tableau
I have great respect for Tableau Software. Solid team producing cool tools and the content needed to sell them. Their analysis of 2015 BI trends was so good I’m using it as a template to riff and add my thoughts.

Top 10 BI Trends 2015
1. Death of Gate Keepers.
2. Social Arbitrage Creates Competitive Advantage. !!!
3. Analysis Not JUST For Analysts Anymore.
4. Rise of the Sustainable Online Community (our #1).
5. Everything Integrates (BELIEVE).
6. Cloud Things is REAL.
7. Near Real Time DOMINATES.
8. Data & Journalism Finish MERGING.
9. Mobile Matures. !!!
10. Smart Analytics Begin.

http://www.curagami.com/featured/top-10-bi-trends-2015/
Team Curagami riffed the first 5 today and will finish up tomorrow. So much great content we had to STOP and think about it again tomorrow or melt down (lol).

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Content Marketing's Soul: Twitter's Founder Gives Content Marketers Best Advice Ever w/ Thanks To @CendrineMedia

Content Marketing's Soul: Twitter's Founder Gives Content Marketers Best Advice Ever w/ Thanks To @CendrineMedia | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Content marketers tend to attack the work like kids at a sundae bar – scooping up as many toppings as they can to have the most or best creation. Avoid the ice cream sundae syndrome with these steps inspired by Twitter’s founder.

Marty Note
Thanks to my friend and uber-curator Cendrine Marrouat I found this excellent Content Marketing Institute post about the nature of content marketing revealed by startup master Ev Williams.

I agree the Ev Williams quote is an important piece of startup Zen, but find the post's laboring application to content marketing strained. I do agree we content / Internet markets have the shinny lure syndrome.

We (marketers) are like hungry trout clustered together in a fast moving stream darting out for the next new bait an action made all the more frenzied by its proximity to the judging chorus of other trout. Truth is rarely so shinny, easy to digest and so hard to throw off.

Truth is listening + learning + bold risk taking = success. Listening to customers has never been easier or done do badly. Listening thanks to our mobile / social / connected world is EASY to do and remains hard to BELIEVE.

Listening must be matched with learning. Learning too has never been easier or harder to believe. We SEE the patterns, hear the customer and yet we do not SEE or understand. As good as the post is it also provides an example into our greatest problem.

Content marketing is flawed. Content marketing speaks too much ans listens too little. Content Marketing hasn't received Mark Schaefer's Content Shock memo (http://www.businessesgrow.com/2014/01/06/content-shock/ ).

We marketers can't get there (sustainable online community) from here (content marketing). The challenge in creating an "institute" is the isolation and over emphasis such emphasis creates.

Agree Easier Than We Think
The beautiful thread the CMI post picks up from Ev Williams quote is business and life isn't as HARD as we imagine or think. Find a human desire, preferably one that has been around a long time, and use modern technology to make it easy and cool such as:

Need A Ride - Uber
Want to buy online instead of going to the mall - Amazon

Don't want to wait for your car in the cold - FlashValet
Social connection without computers - Android & iPhone
Social Connection - Facebook, Twitter GPlus

I would modify Ev's statement a tad:

Find a human desire and use modern MOBILE technology to make it easy and cool.

Williams "technology" was heavily weighted toward mobile, but at Curagami we see an increasing trend - cool isn't cool without some mobile aspect. Mobile First is becoming a more important statement than it original UI intent. If you are creating ANYTHING new it better play amazing on a smartphone or life will be harder.

Recently I purchased a wireless speaker from Amazon. The speaker is cool and I like having good sound when I travel. The speaker is controlled by an app on my phone.


Here's the killer thing to understand - the app DOESN'T DO ANYTHING that buttons on the speaker don't do better, but the app does NOTHING in a very cool way AND the app ties the speaker to my phone.

That tie means the speaker doubled its cool enough so that I'm mentioning it here. WITHOUT the app no way I mention it. With the app, the app that adds NOTHING, the package is cool enough to mention.

SO, lesson is find a DESIRE (by listening to customers), wipe some cool tech on it, listen to customers some more and don't forget if whatever you are making or marketing doesn't play on a smartphone then it won't exist (soon).

Thanks to @Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com for curating a great post my way :). Marty

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Durham to Columbus with Jack Reacher - NearThereNow YouTube Channel Launch

Heading to the James Cancer Center in Columbus from Durham, a 457 mile drive, shot this Near There Now Video with Lee Child's Jack Reacher playing as we trav...

Got to Columbus and Launched a handful of NearThereNow sites including:

NearThereNow.com
http://wwwNearThereNow.com


@NearThereNow on Twitter
http://www.Twitter.com/NearThereNowVid

NearThereNow on G+
https://plus.google.com/113212081720123811399/posts

NearThereNow on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Neartherenow

NearThereNow on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnzztUoK1i_v1w6BEENGO8g   


Be sure to share your Near There Now.

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20+ Tips to Zoom Cyber Monday and Holiday Sales with Social Media Marketing via @PamMktgNut

20+ Tips to Zoom Cyber Monday and Holiday Sales with Social Media Marketing via @PamMktgNut | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Tap into the power of mobile marketing, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest you can really turn up the volume in
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Great podcast by a trusted source on ecommerce.

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Iceberg Effect - A Marin Must Read Sentence

Iceberg Effect - A Marin Must Read Sentence | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Iceberg Effect is why you may not know what you don't know when marketing online. This Curagami post shares how to avoid becoming an online Titanic.

Learn about The Iceberg Effect on our latest Curagami post:
http://www.curagami.com/featured/iceberg-effect-internet-marketing/

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DareDo's curator insight, November 27, 9:25 AM

I'm not sure I understand everything here. But I'm sure we should explore this more in depth.

 

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Burn Down Your Website: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto

Burn Down Your Website: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Why we need to become the best Sisyphusian stone rollers in the world:

* Internet marketing means change at ever faster rates forever.
* The Web IS so changing US is what we control & no more.
* Internet marketing isn't what you think.
* Most important idea is to KEEP testing, trying and listening.
* Master objective is & will always be creation of sustainable online community.

What about you? How has working online changed you? Share on G+, in comments on Scoop.it or email martin(at)Curagami.com.

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Leaving the "Tweak Wonderland" is the first step
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Social Shopping: Why Internet Marketing Is A Game - New @HaikuDeck & Book Outline

Social Shopping: Why Internet Marketing Is A Game - New @HaikuDeck & Book Outline | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Social Shopping
This new Haiku Deck is an outline for a book we hope to write over the next few weeks. I'm headed to Ohio State for several weeks of treatment at the james Cancer Center and NO WAY I sit on the bench during November (not going to happen).

If you would like to help PLEASE DO SO (lol). Many ways you can help including:

* Writing content to be included.
* Suggesting resources.
* Suggesting great interviews.
* Reading and editing (need lots of help there :).

I'm lucky to have smart, giving friends who I regularly TEST, a test they've never failed. Hope you will join me for the Social Shopping book writing journey. Writing and publishing a book is on my bucket list and I get things on that list DONE :). M (with help, lots of help) 

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3 Myths About the Efficacy of Gamification - Gamification Co

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There's a lot of misinformation on how gamification is supposed to work and I'm going to dispel some of those ideas.
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THINK Like A Marketing Pro: 5 Secret Tips via @HaikuDeck

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Biggest challenge to great web marketing may be learning to THINK like an Internet marketer. Here are 5 Secret Tips to help you become a great IMer.
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Story About Storytelling, FedEx & Time via @Curagami

Story About Storytelling, FedEx & Time via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Story may be the most important but least understood online marketing word there is. Understand why storytelling is "beyond important" for web marketing.
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Leveraging Influential Customers: Your Most Important Online Marketing #Infographic

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As a business, one of the most effective ways to gain traction and visibility is through a strategically planned marketing and/or public relations campaign. But did you know that your customers can be just as effective?

Customers can be more influential than ever these days, thanks to social networks and the internet. In fact, the average customer has a reach of 42 people for each positive experience or engagement with your company online. That means if you have only 200 customers who are brand advocates, you have a potential customer reach of 8,400!

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An important Infographic and idea. At our Durham, NC based startup Curagami we see the next phase of web development as devoted to learning how to empower, listen to and benefit from the kind of leverage ONLY customers provide such as:

* User Generated Content - the most valuable content you can't buy.

* Social shares and its help with seo, traffic and profits.

* Brand advocacy and word-of-mouth advertising.

* Brand shaping via listening and curation of content created by influential customers.

Last night I realized I needed to order boxer shorts as all of this travel, I'm currently in Columbus Ohio, is putting a strain on a limited supply. Instead of buying Joe Boxer boxers I went to a site and made a cancer survivor design.

The first product I created, Poetryslam Magnetic Word Game (c. 1999), took six months and $10,000. Last night I created a line of boxer shorts for $100 and an hour of my time using drag and drop tools.

Put that experience in the context of this excellent infographic about the power of your influential customers to arrive at the game plan we suggest to B2C ecommerce and B2B content marketing partners daily:

* Create an Ambassadors Program as the foundation of online community.
* Empower Ambassadors with social tools.
* Feature great Ambassadors to create healthy competition.

* Reward Ambassadors with social listening, support and inclusion.

* ASK for help.
* Rinse and Repeat.

Find ways to listen, curate and feature your customer's input and social shares to make your online marketing easier, more fun and sustainable.


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Share Your Website Pain Story Burn Down Your Website via @Curagami

Share Your Website Pain Story Burn Down Your Website via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Mobile makes web design game-like & collaborative. Learn how mobile impacts web design & shoppers & marketers share your favorite website pain story.

Shoppers, Web Designers & Marketers Share Your Story:
http://www.curagami.com/featured/burn-your-website-down/

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a novel idea for a chronic pain. Support group therapy on Curgami

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Millennials Experiences Over Anything [study]

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According to The Drum, they will account for 75% of the UK workforce in a decade. And with it a huge amount of the consumer spending in the UK. So what do millennials want? For many companies in the UK, it’s quite literally the billion-pound question.


Via IMEX, oconnorandkelly
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great and timely Scoop from @oconnorandkelly (thanks guys). Ties beautifully to post we just wrote about car dealer & startup web marketing (Scooped here: http://sco.lt/90NmSX ).

Both of these great curators will be featured in our new "Curators of the Month" spotlight on http://www.Curagami.com. #toogood #thanks

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David Hain's curator insight, December 11, 11:56 AM

Study shows millennials turning from materialism & trad measures of success to focus income on experiences. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 11, 2:25 PM

The research makes interesting points. What does it mean for teaching and learningÉ

 

@ivon_ehd1

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Six Heartfelt Truths of Social Media via @NickKellet & @CendrineMedia

These are 6 hard earned heart felt truth I've learned about Social and Digital Media.
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This great share from @Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com of the founder of List.ly's desk about social media includes the best discussion of the 1:9:90 Rule I've ever seen. A #mustread!

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When Everything Is Social Community Rules - Curagami

When Everything Is Social Community Rules  - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Building Online Community

As we work on creating a new tool, a tool capable of helping ecommerce merchants and content marketers validate their social media and content marketing. We’ve identified five community pillars and share them in this Curagami post:

http://www.curagami.com/featured/everything-social-community-rules/

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Giving Tuesday? Tech Cures Cancer A Gift For You, Me & Everyone We Know

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Giving Tuesday? Tech Cures Cancer
Want to do something for me, you and everyone we know this #givingtuesday ? Your deductible contribution to UNC Lineberger and the Tech Cures Cancer Fund my family and I set up may be the magic money that cures cancer.

Appreciate the support of @Scoop.itteam (Ally, Guillaume & Marc) and hope you will read the story of Tech Cures Cancer on Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/c2umbwPzd6e

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10 Social Marketing Lessons From Banksy via @Curagami

10 Social Marketing Lessons From Banksy via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Banksy, a grafitti artist, is a powerful social marketer. Banksy's art blew up New York teaching ten online marketing lessons for those wise enough to see including:

  1. Live By A Single Rule: If Your Content Is Generating Shares DO MORE.
  2. Other “Control Rules” Are Gone.
  3. Use existing distribution systems, but turn them upside down.
  4. Create EVENTS and content people will CHASE and SHARE.
  5. Get THEM to do YOUR work for YOU.
  6. Keep some secrets as long as possible.
  7. Whatever happens is all good as long as Rule #1 still applies.
  8. Use the Internet and social media to amplify content & events.
  9. Define deadlines because deadlines heighten the web’s amplification.
  10. Rinse & Repeat


Are people racing around NYC to see your latest work? If no then steal some social marketing tips from one of the world's best - Banksy.

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Irina Mk's curator insight, November 25, 5:16 AM

Le Marketing social selon Banksy... Règle 6 : garder des secrets le plus longtemps possible. La règle la plus importante ? Peut-être car nous avons tendance à vouloir "tout" dévoiler sur le web participatif. Mais gardons un peu de mystère.... Le mystère attire et attise la curiosité.

DareDo's curator insight, November 27, 9:17 AM

J'aime bien l'idée de prendre quelqu'un de connu et d'exploiter son savoir-faire pour expliquer celui de la personne qui en parle ;-)

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6 Reasons Your Biz Blog Sucks & How To Fix

6 Reasons Your Biz Blog Sucks & How To Fix | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

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Great post by Scoop.it team. At our cool tools for ecommerce merchants startup http://www.curagami.com we see all six of these mistakes. Here are some of the ways we've helped clients fix reasons their biz blogs sucked:

  1.  No Subscription Form
    Agree with this mistake being #1 since it cuts off your Internet marketing nose to spite your face. BUT adding a subscription form can be tricky. If a client has a vast archive we always locate a large search box in their header. If NOT we  cross our fingers and put a subscription from up there.
    We HATE subscription forms in footers since it since the WRONG message. Footer forms say, "Sure you can join, but we don't care." Best location is left rail somewhere below your hero (largest image on the page is a hero) and that means your left column should be navvy (i.e. about 200 - 300 pixels and have other nuggets like social in there too). We don't like being forced right either since we read left to right so stuff on the left typically gets more "eye time". WE HATE popunders those annoying requests to join that must be cleared BUT they work with enough people that most online merchants use them. Our answer to that is if everyone jumped off a cliff would you too and then we realize we are sounding like our parents so we shut up (lol). If you have to popunder use http://rocketbolt.com/ as they are the least obnoxious popunder we've seen.

  2. Content Is Skinny & Stale
    Blogs are a commitment. The deal you make is you WILL be blogging several times a week. Break that commitment and your biz blog will suck, never receive links and so you may as well stay home and watch TV for all the good adding less than 300+ posts a year will do you. Blogging is a discipline, a habit, your routine must incorporate if you want your content marketing to mean anything to visitors not related to you. Daily blogging gets easier the more you do it, but do it you must as fresh content is a huge part of the bargain you are striking with Google when you put a website into its view. Google is important, but your customers are even more important and they believe in QDF too (Quality Deserves Freshness), so blog it out. 

  3. No Relevant CTAs
    Boy this is one of our HUGE pet peeves. If you don't have a BUTTON or LINK on your site that says the equivalent of CLICK ME THERE IS COOL STUFF HERE your biz blog sucks. CTAs are important, but you can have TOO MANY too, so strike a balance and ask for attention HERE and HERE.

  4. No Related Links
    Blogs are NASTY bad at building relevant next links. Without a plugin your blog will be backwards. Most default WordPress themes publish "archives" in reverse publishing order (most recent first). BTW, that sucks. You are better off to have related links at the bottom of a post AND create Top 5 lists across several dimensions such as popularity, most shared, most commented on, staff favorites and even bottom 5. Creating a priority list does wonders for content because it brings the MOB into play. We want to know what OTHERS think is interesting or bad or amazing. Lists work so USE 'em.
    We think of content as products. We want to merchandise, combine and suggest content just like an ecommerce merchant creates cross-sale and up-sale.

  5. Don't Leverage Analytics in PUBLIC
    I'm sitting at a Panera Bread writing this and there is a big sign sharing that the owners shared $19M with charity last year. Public feedback loops such as Top 5 ordered lists and Most Searched summaries help your visitors know you, your content and your tribe.

  6. No Social Shares or BAD Social Shares
    Wow we could write a mile on this one, but we will give you the quick version. 1. Make it easy to share every page 2. Remember you want some shares for your SITE and some for the content people are reading now and those are two different things and need two different social widgets. 3. ALWAYS include your @name in your auto-tweets and shares. 


Great post by the Scoop.iteers. Hope those ideas help you know how to fix six reasons your biz blog sucks. Time and web attention are way to valuable to ever SUCK. That is not to say we've never SUCKED (lol), but we try not to stink forever. Blog on :). M



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Marijo's curator insight, November 19, 12:10 PM

Great tips to fix your blog.

If you didn't do it already do it now.