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Likes and LIKES Of New Scoop.it User Interface

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I created a quiet riot with a post about my Likes and Dislikes of Scoop.it's new UI last week (http://www.scoop.it/t/curation-revolution/p/2151901287/likes-dislikes-about-new-scoop-it-ui ). How much we love this magical tool Guilluame and Marc created was clear. Poor Guilluame steps off a plane and someone hands him my bomb. Kudos to him and his team for their immediate response to bring back our beloved features (great job).

I spent the day working more extensively with the new, much more visual UI and LOVE IT. Here is the note I just added to the Likes and Dislikes thread:

Guillaume,

FYI, I just did something I've never done before - I drove a link into my profile page because it is a thing of magazine-like beauty. Figuring out how to get what I wanted in the window took a little figuring (largest image), but now I have it tuned AND I'm changing several aspects of my curation to support your new UI including:

* Shorter headlines as shorter works better in that space below the image (they work better anyway so your new UI helps do the right thing).
* Better visuals and in that 400 x 200 range. At first I was having trouble getting the image positioned where I wanted. Kept testing and found the sweet spot.
* Changed my titles to create an umbrella since now that I can see my Scoop.it sections like a magazine it makes sense to treat each section like a subsection of a larger idea (in my case Revolution).


Two things I wish I could do:

* Wish I could move boxes or create a more clear hierarchy by changing the size of 2 to 4 boxes. When everything is equal in size and the default order is yours then I can't react to the feedback loops I'm getting. This slows down my thinking of my Profile as the master magazine and the subsections, the revolutions, as pliable blocks capable of responding to what I see and what the community tells me in real time. Today I had Mobile Revolution blow up (get a lot of views real fast). If I could have moved it to top left I would have pushed traffic to the profile in the hopes of helping it blow up bigger (lol). Advantage to PROFILE traffic is it can go any number of places. In my tweet about the new scoops I picked pieces from each revolution and teased them into the Tweet. You can see why this works. People who follow me may or may not care about SEO, but everyone of them cares about at least one of these: SEO, ORM, F-Commerce, Twitter or Mobile. It is like pitching five balls instead of one. The reach goes up by an order of magnitude.

* I tied two scoops about Facebook together today by physically moving them. Problem is that doesn't last past the next update. These two scoops form an A and B version of an "article" and need to move together across time. Curation will split them and I have to use tags to pull them back together and I haven't figured out how to use the tags yet (though I suspect there is real power in there). This ability to tie scoops together into linked groups kind of like you can do with a PowerPoint presentation or with a graphics program would help create the threads within the subsections such as:

* Apple or Android within Mobile Revolution.
* Storytelling within Curation Revolution.

These threads form the magazine within the magazine and may, at some point, earn their way out of the subsection to become a section of their own. I would use analytics to know when such a move would increase reach not split it into too many disparate pieces.


Great job with bringing back our beloved features and with this new UI. The benefits to the new UI are amazing and we are just getting started. Thanks for fixing the issues with your CDN too (those can be a pain, been there, done that).

Great job! Thanks,

Marty

Late Night PS. G, I am going to hang a store off of this beautiful new UI of yours if it kills me (lol). You and your Scoopers may have done what I once thought impossible - found a way to help ecommerce merchantes bridge the content and commerce gap. In other words, Scoop.it may be able to do what Facebook CAN'T (See my Scoop on Magento Ecommerce Revolution on 3 Big Brands Giving Up on F-Commerce). Marty

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Therese Torris's comment, July 20, 2012 3:58 AM
Martin, I suggest you follow Robin:Good's practice to put your name at the beginning of your comments. Reason is: when re-re-re-scooped it becomes hard to tell who's talking among the author and the many curators. what' s your take?
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ASP Net Why SMBs Should Avoid

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ASP Net Storefront may be good for many things but online commerce for Small to Medium Sized Businesses is not one of them. Here's why.
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SMBs: Don't Learn SEO, Join the CIRCUS Instead via @Curagami

SMBs: Don't Learn SEO, Join the CIRCUS Instead via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

SEO Freakshow
Small to Medium Sized Businesses are caught in a vicious Chinese finger puzzle. The more they pull the more stuck they become. We say REJECT the CATCH-22 of trying to be us (SEOs, Internet marketers) and run away and join the circus instead. Here's why. 

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Epic? We Want You To Become An Owner: Scenttrail Goes Multi-Author

Epic? We Want You To Become An Owner: Scenttrail Goes Multi-Author | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
EPIC? We Want You

Imagine if you were one of the first contributors to Mashable, TechCrunch or the Huffington post. Life for those first contributors is good now. Life for those trying to elbow their way in is not nearly as good. Stop elbowing because we have a cool idea.

APPLY to be one of the first 5 Scenttrail Authors / Curators and Contributors, become an owner and find greatness...together. 


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Community Lessons: @Medium Is The Message: What eRetailers Sell via @ScentTrail

Community Lessons: @Medium Is The Message: What eRetailers Sell via @ScentTrail | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Medium Is The Message
We may have read a better explanation of Curagami’s raison d’être than Medium founder Ev Williams, but we don’t remember when. Ev’s discussion of the move from widget focus (adding features) to the Jungian thing – helping customers self actualize and so become more actualized in turn – is an ecommerce must read. 

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The Platform Revolution #infographic via @Curagami

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The Platform Revolution "
Google is all about big brands now," a frustrated customer said. The complaint was about how this Small to Medium Sized Business couldn't win organic listings anymore. We disagreed. Google isn't rewarding top organic listings to Big Brands. Big brands look and feel more like platforms and that is why they are winning in spite of themselves. 

Learn more about why you MUST think in platforms NOW: http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/new-seo/the-platform-revolution/  

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Why I'm Not An SEO - via @Curagami

Why I'm Not An SEO - via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Some finally "get SEO" as tactical advantage ends. Online marketing must win hearts, minds & loyalty. Brands must build online community SEO not so much anymore. Those and other reasons are why I'm not an SEO. 

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Why Amazon Prime is MONEY So Steal This via @ScentTrail Marketing

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More than a loyalty program, Amazon prime is ecommerce's future. Amazon Prime builds community, reduces customer risks, is easy and fun so steal this...
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People: 5 Ways People Fix Content Marketing - Curagami

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Content marketing must serve a higher purpose & featuring people not things is how websites win hearts, minds & loyalty creating online community.

Post includes a Fareed Zakaria interview with hedge fund manager Ray Dolio because Ray shares 5 tips for how to become a great web marketer:

* Think more about how "the machine" works (Google in our case).

* Be in the middle of it and expect to get banged up.

* Have great humility and FEAR.

* It isn't KNOWING that matters it is what you do when you DON't KNOW.
* Find smart people who disagree with you and LISTEN.

I couldn't summarize how teams I've led have made over $30M in online sales learn to think and be. Ray may be speaking of how to manage a hedge fund, but he may as well be outlining how to be a great digital marketer.

This post explores an eternal truth - people not things sell.
http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/marketing/5-ways-people-fix-content-marketing/

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oconnorandkelly's curator insight, April 30, 6:37 AM

A really excellent read - great points are made in here.

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Stop, Wait & Listen: 5 Easy Google Recovery Steps

Stop, Wait & Listen: 5 Easy Google Recovery Steps | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Everything Is Harder Suddenly everything online seems harder. Or there may be a slow drip with energy and value leaking out seemingly unrecoverable. Google’s algorithmic haircuts hurt no matter how realization dawns. This post is about how to recover, regain and reposition your website after traffic, conversions and money are dealt an injury by an algorithm:

Take These Easy Steps To Recover:

  • Stop, Wait & Listen.
  • Analytics Deep Dive.
  • Create New KPIs.
  • Back In To Blue Oceans.
  • Create Community.
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Context Conversations the Future of Marketing - Curagami

Context Conversations the Future of Marketing - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Digital marketing is moving to real time CONTEXT & CONVERSATIONS. Curagami's Predictive Analytics Engine (cPAE) creates relevant web, email & mobile context
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Story By Google Rocks

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Story by Google Rocks
Wow, what a cool new visual marketing aid. Google's new STORY grabs pictures from your iPhone and makes an editable visual "book" out of them.

Too good. Great visual marketing aid.

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The Rise of Social Shopping via @HaikuDeck

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Rise of Social Shopping
Blink an eye and big stuff happens. With valuations in the billions for sites such as +OpenSky and in the hundreds of millions for relative newcomer WaNeLo.com Don't get lost in the trap such valuations create.

Remember Arthur C. Clarke's quote:
Any sufficiently NEW technology is indistinguishable from MAGIC.

There are several forms of new ecommerce magic happening now including:

+Wanelo = gamified, social & mobile shopping.
MassDrop = social affiliate program.
+OpenSky = Social Shopping with a #crowdfunding or +quirkydotcom  feel.
+fab.com = social shopping.
+Etsy = +eBay for crafters.
+Woot = Daily Deal

We added a new section to our Ecommerce Questions Haiku Deck to reflect the rise of social shopping. We also noted how and why Amazon should be worried. New "social shopping" plays are hitting Amazon right where they are vulnerable - community, social and mobile.

Amazon is  "Search and Stab" and they are about to compete with savvy mobile game creators. Shopping as a social game will beat low prices created by scale. Didn't Amazon just prove that point by vanquishing Walmart from the king's ecommerce throne?

Amazon understands the ARBITRAGE of online commerce better than anyone, but what if arbitrage wasn't the driving force anymore? Going to be an interesting fight between SCALE and its many benefits and a new generation of "kids" who don't know any better than to question everything, assume nothing and have FUN.

Fun is contagious. Will follow with video notes soon.

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New Video Notes Added To Key Ecommerce ?s @HaikuDeck!

New Video Notes Added To Key Ecommerce ?s @HaikuDeck! | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Lots of questions after our presentation of asking the right Ecommerce questions last week to a group of about 40 Small to Medium Sized Businesses in Raleigh sponsored by FedEx. Instead fo writing more, we took a different approach and developed short "Video Notes" adding Curagami YouTube links to our Haiku Deck:

Find the Haiku Deck Here
http://shar.es/1gssvu

Find Introductory Video Notes on YouTube Here
https://youtu.be/T3KVhY_yK10 

Find Video Notes about creating online community here
https://youtu.be/KXmON4U1I_E 


Will add more video notes soon.  

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