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Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review]

Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce simple and high quality graphics. Create free infographics here.

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I used Piktochart yesterday to create an infographic to support my 5 Easy Email Marketing Tips (http://sco.lt/7T6pTF ). I am NOT a graphic designer, but I found Piktochart helped me think like one.

Creation of my first "infographic", and I put infographic in quotes not to offend any true infographic pro, took about two hours. Piktochart's User Interface is excellent, intuitive and drag and drop friendly.

At first I tried to do everything IN Piktochart. Then I noticed they have a robust import tool so I created a draft in the tool, took a screen shot, sized the screen shot up to their 600 x 400 and worked on it in photoshop.

Piktochart, if you are reading this, you may want to make an export tool that is as easy to use as your import tool. If I could export a block at a time it would be ideal. Even when I was finished and published I manipulated some spacing of the infographic by selecting and moving blocks in Photoshop.

The tool comes complete with icons like the bulls eye and pad. I couldn't understand how to color my fonts (their styling options seem to not come up the way they are supposed too) so I added the text color in Photoshop and important the resulting block overlaying what was there.

My process made the graphic HEAVY since I had 2 copies of everything, so it would be great to export, work on a block in Photoshop, import it back in and then overlay on a blank canvas. The only way I can see to do that now is start over.

Creating visual support for our blog posts is so important Piktochart is a great new tool for any content marketer / blogger. Interesting to note my infographic of 5 Easy Email Tips got 3x the views and shares of my written Scoop. We know the visual marketing revolution is upon us, so getting as good as someone like Mark Smiciklas (http://www.intersectionconsulting.com/ ).

Piktochart is a great and timely tool! Highly recommended. Marty

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malek's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:47 PM

A guided tour into Piktochart by a no-designer. You can't help but like the story behind the infographic. 

Raj Nadar's comment, February 22, 2014 5:35 AM
I had built my visual online CV on this and I'm a no-tech no designer guy, was very easy to create still, thank you for sharing
malek's comment, February 22, 2014 3:07 PM
@Raj Nadar great utilization of piktochart
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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

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

The Platform Revolution #infographic via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

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

Why Amazon Prime is MONEY So Steal This via @ScentTrail Marketing | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
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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