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Time To Join The Humanity Revolt Is Now [Marty Note]

Time To Join The Humanity Revolt Is Now [Marty Note] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

We are efficient and machine-like now to a fault. Is it no wonder we (me, you, your customers) want CONNECTION and MEANING. We are so thirsty we will drink the sand if we think doing so will remove the boilerplate, the templae, the least common denominator, the petty, the small and the uninspired.


We want GREAT and great always implies human fraility, failure and redemption. No one gets GREAT Free or Easy. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Put On the Beret, Clinch the Fist and REVOLT
I love the linked article's feisty "pick a fight" attitude. I also agree that we've lost our way. I'm reading Seth Godin's new book The Icarus Deception and Seth doesn't mince words with how lost we've become. 

The irony of having so many "phone home" tools such as social media marketing and becoming even more distant isn't lost on me :). We featured The Great Social Customer Service Study a few weeks ago on Atlantic BT's Blog and the results to Tweets for help were miserable by most major brands. 

There are secrets in Seth's book including:

* YOU are the most important "product" you sell.

* YOU are exposed warts and all the time now.

* YOU are in control. 

YOU in the bullets above could be your personal brand or the work you do for your company. Your humanity, expressed in real and flawed ways, is what matters now.  Greatness is required and only available to those willing to risk, fail and risk more to earn the AWESOME badge. 

Internet marketing will beat the perfectionism out of you.


No one can afford perfection's tyranny in their Internet marketing. Sistine Chapel an Internet marketing effort and you lose. To "Sistine Chapel" means you take too much time and become obsessed with every detail. 


Create Sistine Chapels and you end up with beautiful chapels no one ever sees because, while you were busy creating perfection, competitors scaled and are now beating you senseless. 

The other day I explained the conundrum as, "As perfect as we can be NOW," as a way of defining an Internet marketer's philosophy. You must create great stuff FAST. 

The loop back to the REVOLT article linked here is it is impossible to cost reduce your way to greatness. IMPOSSIBLE. Greatness in Internet marketing comes from having the courage to fail, learn and fail bigger. 

And the only species willing to do such an incongruous thing is humans. When we do the crazy thing (fail, learn, fail bigger) we express our humanity and THAT is what creates connection in this crazy web world. 

Join the HUMANITY Revolt!

 

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 30, 2013 10:11 PM
I love your thought that the definition of perfect is the best that you can be NOW. This quote will be introduced to all of my students. Sincere thanks!
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, January 30, 2013 10:44 PM
Thanks Ken. Not sure how that translates to Korean, but bet they will get it right off. Marty
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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

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

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Stop, Wait & Listen: 5 Easy Google Recovery Steps

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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

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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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Triangle eCommerce Group: The New Ecom 6.9.15 6pm @RTPFrontier

Triangle eCommerce Monthly Meetup (Special Guest Marty Smith)

Tuesday, Jun 9, 2015, 6:00 PM

The Frontier
800 Park Offices Drive Durham, NC

5 eBusiness people Attending

Triangle eCommerce Group Meetup: We are all set to host