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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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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 our first meetup! Our first meeting will have three interactive programs: • Curagami Founder & Former Director of eCommerce Marty Smith shares a short presentation about eCommerce trends. • Q&A with Marty so bring your SEO, site conversion, which shopping cart to use, mobile & social commerce ...

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I'll be speaking at the first Triangle Ecommerce Meetup at the RTP Frontier Center on 6.9.15 at six pm. Will be discussing connection and the new ecommerce covered not long ago in a @HaikuDeck: 
https://shar.es/12HWyn  

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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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The Collaboration Imperative - Video Notes After #DSCLT15 Today

Seeing Moon and Lola today at Charlotte's Digital Summit helped us realize we didn't discuss platform thinking, curating not creating content and how those ideas develop online community. 

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Hey Man, You Got The Stuff? Shocking White Papers @Curagami

Hey Man, You Got The Stuff? Shocking White Papers @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Question: What is a revolution without a white paper?

Answer: A book club.

Want easy access to our 2 shocking white papers? Click on the links below OR join us by visiting http://www.Curagami.com

Why Ecommerce Marketing Is Broken

The New SEO: How Conversations Became The New Links

Get the stuff, join the revolution.

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Content + Commerce: The New Customer Journey | Mozu

Content + Commerce: The New Customer Journey | Mozu | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The New Customer Journey Map
Mozu is the content arm of Volusion and they've hit something just right - how the future of commerce is about smooth integration of content. Their New Customer Journey map echoes David Edleman's influential HBR post Branding In the Digital Age: https://hbr.org/2010/12/branding-in-the-digital-age-youre-spending-your-money-in-all-the-wrong-places .

Well done and a must read for #ecommerce teams.

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Holidays Are Hot: 5 Holiday Website Design Tips via @HaikuDeck

Holidays Are Hot: 5 Holiday Website Design Tips via @HaikuDeck | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
This holiday selling season (2014) will happen as close to real time as any thanks to the social / mobile web. Listening and curating are going to be important, but so is tapping the nostalgia and spirit of the season in creative and collaborative ways.
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Marketing Triptych via @HaikuDeck BUZZING

Marketing Triptych via @HaikuDeck BUZZING | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

3 Internet Marketing Haiku Deck Triptych is BUZZING:

Invisible Giant: Why It's So Hard To See The New SEO (1,726 views 2wks)
http://shar.es/1nY2gX

Get Hired or Bought By Warren Buffet (132 views in 12 hrs)
http://shar.es/1nY2qu

Connection: The New Ecommerce (1,094 views in a week)
http://shar.es/1nY27I

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Why Your Website Needs A MacGuffin - via @Curagami

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Websites Need MacGuffins
Website MacGuffins are different than film MacGuffins, an idea important to moving the plot along that may never be fully disclosed to viewers. Website Macguffins move customers along a journey to conversion.

Website MacGuffins Include:

  • Free Shipping.
  • Prevalent & Easy To Find Email List.
  • About Page.
  • Relevant Content.
  • Reviews.
  • Trust Marks (Visa, MasterCard for example) in cart.
  • Terms of Use.
  • Satisfaction Guarantee.
  • Social Share Buttons especially Twitter and Facebook.


What are your website's MacGuffins?

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eCommerce Websites Convert Better With Modern Web Design Techniques

eCommerce Websites Convert Better With Modern Web Design Techniques | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

You probably heard about the modern web design term at least once, but how can be used correctly with an online shop? What are the requirements?

Marty Note (here is how I shake out on each of these recs)

Big Hero Or Sliders Agree With Caveat!
Depends on what you do immediately to the right or under your large hero. Hero's create HOT SPOTS on the right and immediately below, hot spots that convert and hot spots NO ONE uses (goofystupid). If you are running an ecommerce site you aren't selling the picture, but you do need the attention it can grab. Make sure you put a Call-To-Action to the right or immediately below. People don't like to click within a hero (especially a big one), so CTA below even if it is a restatement.

http://www.charitywater.org/
Does a good job with a large static hero and a "can't miss" CTA with 3 critical links almost directly below the hero. & I DO NOT like sliders.

Warmer Colors - AGREE!
Websites are inherently COLD so warming them up with strong accent colors is a must. Remember to figure in the images you like to include. You can use more warm color if your images always have white backgrounds. If not, you may achieve "warmer" with images instead of needing to modify your design.

Interesting Grids - AGREE!
Thanks to Pinterest the GRID is getting creative. Grids are a great way to share a lot of information fast.

Flat Design - Agree!
The web doesn't do 3D well (yet), so flattening out your design can help make buying decisions easier. Include zooms if applicable and remember to ask your customers to share pics of your products on them or in their homes (great User Generated Content).


Animation
Vine has me convinced there are ways to create animations that help and don't hurt, but be careful. An animation that doesn't stop (like Vine videos) can be obnoxious. I prefer giving control of animations to the click over auto-play. If someone ASKED to see the animation its different than if you just start playing it and it doesn't stop.


Mobile Friendly UI - Agree!
Your responsive design must master the swipe, spin and scroll of the mobile experience. If your site isn't FUN and easy to spin, snip and buy from your customers won't. Spoke with a friend at lunch in the craft space today and her traffic is now HALF mobile, so make sure your content is FUN to use on a phone or pad and takes advantage of the mobile UI.

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Top 10 Reasons Amazon Kicks Ecommerce Butt In 2014 & What To STEAL - ScentTrail Marketing

Top 10 Reasons Amazon Kicks Ecommerce Butt In 2014 & What To STEAL - ScentTrail Marketing | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Top 5 Reasons Today (5 more tomorrow)
This post got so good to me I had to break it into two. The top 5 reasons Amazon will be kicking ecommerce butt and taking names next year:

* Content Curation (they are better at riffing, snipping and spinning content than anyone). 
* Understand INFORMATION = more than half the "profit" of an online transaction. 
* Price Arbitrage (no prices is ever static on Amazon). 
* Arbitrage Everything (Amazon will trade anything and everything). 
* Amazon Thinks in web "scale" and that is BIG and BIGGER, Fast and FASTER. 

Don't despair. Yes Amazon will be kicking all of our butts for quite a long time online, but that doesn't mean we can't grab bull by horns and narrow the gap in 2014. Knowing what Amazon is so good at is a great place to figure what you can STEAL. 

Doesn't cost much to CHANGE your thinking and may win the day! 

 

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malek's comment, December 30, 2013 5:13 PM
"mortal combat" in ecommerce, thoughtful.
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CrowdFunde Taps Crowd Wisdom To Lower Risks, Increase Profits For Ecom Merchants

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CrowdFunde Helps Ecommerce Merchants Tap Crowd Wisdom to "Test Before They test". Ecommerce merchants test everything all the time. Problem is testing costs money and time.

CrowdFunde is a new tool created to help ecommerce teams "test before they test". Testing everything from promotions to capital formation helps lower costs and increase profits.

CrowdFunde is brand new. Sign up for our mailing list if you are interested in lowering your website's risks and increasing your profits.

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Trust Is A CATCH-22

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Creating trust onine is such a strange dance. The more you WANT trust the less you earn. Failure ot sell a big expensive itemon eBay brings the "trust and klout" economy to the front.


The tought lesson is we don't buy from those we don't trust and we don't trust anyone who wants to be trusted. How will we build trust? One careful step and service at a time.

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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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