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Forrester report: How Social Media Is Changing Brand Building

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Social media is now an essential part of brand building. Get detailed explanations and real-life examples of the top 3 social branding strategies.


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We know branding, the act of creating transferable stories about companies, products and individuals, is being changed by social media marketing. Forrester, interestingly the same people who came out with a study saying social media wasn't impacting sales, just issued a report on how social is changing branding.

Forrester warns social by itself is insufficient to create a brand, an idea I agree with. Here is how this new report outlines changes sweeping branding:

* Redefines the relationship between consumers and brands.

* Forces marketing strategies to adapt.

* Amplifies brand building strategies (MS).

* Create emotional connection.

* Nurture fans.

* Helps create User Generated Content (UGC).
* Creates conversations that can inform brand strategies (MS).


Interestingly few marketers are integrating social into their branding see the chart on page 5.


There is a BIG section about the dangers of attempting to brand with social alone. Some of Forrester's points have merit. Social, by itself, doesn't scale, it is a poor campign medium (me) and it is only as good as the guiding brand strategy.

Put these two ideas together - that social will be critical to shaping brands and few are doing so and competitive advantage will go to those who embrace social media marketing as part of their brand building strategy.


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Fractals, Ecommerce & The Web - Finding and Using Your 80:20 Rule [video]

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How To Make $30M Online
When people ask me how teams I've managed made more than $30M online I say it's simple - find your 80:20 Rule, double down on winners, leave laggards and hire great people.

None of those things are nearly as "simple" as they sound, but you must know what NOT to do. Any website has an enduring and constant fractal called the 80:20 Rule. This post includes a video about the importance of your 80:20 Rule, how to use what you find and a link to an earlier post on how to find your 80:20 Rule. 

http://www.curagami.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/fractals-cover-image.png 

 

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Ultimate Guide To Creating A Great News Page via @mkramer

64 Ways To Think About a News Homepage - TheLi.st @ Medium - Medium

This has to be the most comprehensive, well thought out post we've ever seen on creating a news page. They focus on "news homepage", but the lessons apply well to a page every website needs - News. 

News is becoming increasingly important. We are drowning in information, but your ability to filter, curate and share what is really important builds following, increases traffic and shares. News pages need to be constructed in particular ways to as the post points out.

Build in some Feedly, Twitter widgets or Buzz Sumo (or other ways to make the page ping automatically. Don't go 100% feeds since that opts out of the principal benefit - showing your ability to filter, curate and influence by what you choose.

Best curator at exposing his filter preferences and building substantial following I know is Brian Yanish at Marketing Hits (@Marketinghits). 

Create a great news page, have some of it fire with a robot and curate the rest and your following, traffic and return will grow.  

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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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Trending Vs. Best Sellers via @Curagami

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Trending AND Best Sellers
Good idea to have TRENDING and BEST SELLERS categories. B2B SaaS companies may not have "best seller". "May not" because we believe every online marketing team should have an ecommerce store, but few B2B marketers take us up on that belief.  

Trending  is what is happening NOW. Best Sellers are what has happened over a longer period (say a month, quarter or year). Trending is a great word since it implies the influence of the "mob". 

The best "trending" is where the guts of the trending engine is shared and easy to see. Digg's voting engine or Facebook's thumbs up / down make it easy to SEE the tribe and their votes.

We added Trending as a category today, but are manually calculating what should be in the category form Google Analytics. Better to automate it all and then share what you automated. If you count sales, shares and subscriptions (immediately after)  TELL YOUR CUSTOMERS and they will give you the kind of feedback your system needs.

If you aren't that sophisticated yet do something like what we are doing. Share your GA results so customers know how you are calculating "trending" (reminds us we need to add that). Not as good as trending based on easy to SEE feedback loops, but trust creating nonetheless.  

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Community Shock Is Coming - Read Content Shock's Author Mark Schaefer's Comment

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Content Shock Author Comment
Mark Schaefer was generous enough to leave a comment on our Curagami post about Content Shock. We repaid that favor by purchasing Mark's Content Code book. As we noted in the post we will report back on Mark's book. If you've already read Content Code, please share your review.

Thanks to Mark for a great share.

http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/news/community-shock-is-coming/ ;

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Why Market Makers Are More Important Now

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Market Makers Matter
Janet McKean & Drew Baird Are Market Makers. Market makers see what is next a fraction before the rest of us. Janet's gift of vision is in the specialty gift space. Drew Baird is the founder of Moon-Audio.com and the creator of Dragon Audio Cables. 

Market makers matter now more than ever. Our advice? Become a market maker and learn from Janet and Drew.l 
 

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Einstein's Web Marketing Lessons - via @Curagami

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Einstein’s Web Marketing Lessons
We enjoyed the nerdy HBO Einstein and Eddington movie about how the Cambridge mathematician (Eddington) confirms Einstein's General Theory of Relativity by crushing the known and more predictable Newtonian universe.

The web has two camps too. There are Newtonians who believe in an absolute truth we were never able to find during our 7 years as a DIrector of Ecommerce or our 15+ years of online marketing experience. This post shares Einstein's marketing lessons.  

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New Ecommerce Meetup June 9 Six PM RTP Frontier Center

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The New Ecommerce
I've been asked to kickoff the first Triangle Ecommerce Meetup with a discussion of the New Ecommerce tomorrow night (Tuesday June 9) at the RTP Frontier Center in the Research Triangle Park.

Find details and RSVP here:
http://meetu.ps/2JCH9z 

Deck on Haiku Deck on Wednesday.  

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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

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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

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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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