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22 Beautiful Portfolio Websites To Inspire You, Me And Lee

22 Beautiful Portfolio Websites To Inspire You, Me And Lee | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

From time to time, we like to showcase how designers and studios are presenting their work.

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When I need inspiration I look at design, just pure design. Design is a palette cleanser. It shakes the assumptions out, when it is good, or moves you to change ever so slightly. These designs are great cleansers since they strive for design's most pure source - impact, statement and connection.

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Museum Roundup Spring 2016 - Curagami

Museum Roundup Spring 2016 - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Museums & Art As Web Dev Inspiration
We use art and museums to inspire our web development, so once a quarter we summarize what we want to see in American museums.

Spring is tough in the art world. In NYC everyone is about to depart for the beaches leaving the town to the tourists, and LA is already HOT and crowded. Most spring art exhibitions reflect the art world's holding pattern. 

We did find two NOT TO MISS shows. The International Pop exhibit n Philly closes in 5 weeks. Head to the cityof brotherly love if you can. 

The Kerry Marshall Masterful painting exhibition opens at the MCA in Chicago next week. Marshall is an African American artist who is BLOWING UP and rightly so as his paintings are indeed masterful. 

We included a link to our Scenttrail Art & Music Flipbook and will talk more about that later. 

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BruceClay - SEO Silos - how to build a website silo architecture

BruceClay - SEO Silos - how to build a website silo architecture | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
How to Silo a website by the original inventors of Siloing - silo architecture and theme building through directory and virtual silos.
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I took Bruce's SEO class in Mill Valley, CA years ago. His conversation about siloing was fascinating and felt right. Now I'm working on siloing and it continues to feel RIGHT though HARD (lol). Given and perhaps especially because of the SEO changes siloing feels even more "right" than ever. 

If you've "siloed" a site please share tips and ideas and we will do the same on Curagami.com 

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Don't Add This Image To Your Website - Learn Why

Don't Add This Image To Your Website - Learn Why | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Web Design Tips - Image FIles
The questions we ask are often wrong on their face. In this case a website owner was asking how best to put the detailed image of rug, pillows and sofa on their website. The answer is they shouldn't. 

The detailis so HEAVY it will need a jpeg or compressed file to look good and NOT slow down page load times. The text on the right is the real problem. When you use jpegs text looks horrible because the compression makes everything fuzzy. 

The human eye doesn't notice fuzzy in the rug and pillows, but in things we're trying to read fuzzy sucks. That is why this image shouldn't be loaded to any website. An image of the rug, pillows and sofa can be loaded as a jpeg and the text should be written in with a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). 

CSS will write the text into the html and so be readable. At this point designing with CSS is so common anyone asking for money to design a website should be able to create a layer with the text in it. The little point might be a tad tricky, but not so tricky most designers shouldn't be able to handle it. 

The serif font is a whole other issue (lol), but the answer to how to put this image up is already wrong. This image shouldn't go up to the web as we explain on Stack Exchange.  

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Personal Profiles Done Right - Curagami

Personal Profiles Done Right - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Personal Profiles Done Right shares how close Forbes is to having the perfect key to building online community - a great personal profile. You need one too so steal this from Forbes. Be sure to improve the biggest bummer though (explained on Curagami.com). 

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Social Conversations You Must Have - Curagami

Social Conversations You Must Have - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Why We Added Behance, Dribble & Tumblr Today
Social Conversations You Must Have shares why you can NEVER not be part of a relevant online conversation & why we added Behance, Dribble and Tumblr today.

Curagmai on Tumblr
http://curagami.tumblr.com/ 

Curagami on Behance
https://www.behance.net/martinsellingzoef5bd 

Curagami on Dribble
https://dribbble.com/Curagami 

Curagami on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/curagami/ 

Our post discusses the "overwhelming" feeling trying to manage 10 or more social nets can create while gently reminding ourselves that everything is overwhelming until it isn't. Get in there and dribble, Instagram and Behance while you are Tumblr-ing away. 

 

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Great Typography in Promotion Design - HOW Design

Great Typography in Promotion Design - HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Across all the categories in HOW's Promotion & Marketing Design Awards, we see a number of projects featuring great typography. Check out these selected projects for some typography inspiration.
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Great Type Design
Type is hard to get right. That is why we like looking at how the pros use type to make amazing designs like these. 

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Great Type Design
Type is hard to get right. That is why we like looking at how the pros use type to make amazing designs like these. 

Antonios Bouris's curator insight, March 9, 10:00 PM

Great Type Design
Type is hard to get right. That is why we like looking at how the pros use type to make amazing designs like these. 

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Adding Flipboard to Curagami Was Easy, Here's How

Adding Flipboard to Curagami Was Easy, Here's How | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

"Adding Flipboard to Curagami.com Was Easy
Adding Flipboard to our blo was easy. Grab the embed code, put the code into a page and you generate the small linked chip in the post. We decided to create a large image and link that too. 

We wish the flipping experience was on WP, but there are plugins that provide a flipping experience. 

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Web Designers Beware - 5 Reasons We're Leaving Wordpress #infographic via Curagmai

Web Designers Beware - 5 Reasons We're Leaving Wordpress #infographic via Curagmai | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Web Designers Beware

If you can make Wordpress sing like a fine violin we applaud you. We're leaving Wordpress because it's promise of publishing well-designed content to the web feels false, spoiled and crushed. 

Crushed under the weight of battling plugins, poorly supported themes and the false belief that beautiful design beats SEO basics (like not putting a rat;s nest of code into your HEAD). Ugly and Google friendly gets more traffic than beautiful and Google nasty. 

We've proven the point. Our ugly Blogger site (Scenttrail Marketing started in 2008) had 100,000 visitors. Curagmai.com looks great, but Wordpress is crushing us for 5 reasons:

* Spam, Attacks and Potential for HARM

* Unrealized Promise
* Crap Overload

* BAD SEO and poor site performance (load times)
* No Easy Multi-Platform Content Curation

Let's Compare to @Scoop.it where we've spent LESS TIME to get more results including:

45,000+ followers
276,000 Views
204,000 visitors 
95,000 reactions 

WINNER = Scoop.it (as you can read on our Curagmai post). And the horse race isn't even CLOSE!!!

When we started using WP six years ago the platform was full of promise. But there is a problem. Ugly and Google friendly gets more traffic than beautiful and Google nasty. That sentence is worth repeating. If you are a designer who can make WP sing don't forget the ultimate goal - creation of RETURN for your customers. 

Beauty and great design is ONE ASPECT of creating online ROI. Make sure your WP designs overcome the 5 reasons we are leaving, out, history, see ya :). Marty 
 

Ugly and Google friendly gets more traffic than beautiful and Google nasty. 

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Flexible Screen Smartphones Future UI Implications Brainstorm & Video via @Curagami

Flexible Screen Smartphones Future UI Implications Brainstorm & Video via @Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Our Bendy Future 
Flexible Screen Smartphones Future UI Implications brainstorms implications of bendy screen technology sharing a FastCodeDesign.com riff, short video and brainstorm of User Interface (UI) implications. 

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Scoop.it CEO's 12 Step Program To Know If You're Content Marketing Matters

Scoop.it CEO's 12 Step Program To Know If You're Content Marketing Matters | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Content Marketing Is Key
Important post from Scoop.it CEO @Guillaume Decugis because the 12 step program he outlines clearly cleaves content marketing pros from everyone else. We share this post in our Design Revolution Scoop.it feed because we would add 2 more items to a solid list:

13. You aren't designing for content curation and content marketing. 14. You are building community in

Designing for content curation means incorporating the automated feeds Guilluame discusses and leaving room for community and collaboration.  

Community's pillars such as user profiles, timeliens, following, comments, wikis and blogging have to be fuilt into a design or you are talking to yourself about yourself even if you follow many of Guillaume edicts. Guillaume's 12 Step Progam: 

 

1. You’re not tracking your results.

2. You’re not repurposing your content.

3. You aren’t automating at least part of your social media activity.

4. You aren’t automating some of your email marketing.

5. You’re only sharing your own content – you’re not adding any content curation to the mix.

6. You aren’t testing.

7. You don’t have a content strategy that’s tied to business goals and your buyers’ journey.

8. You haven’t defined your buyers’ personas or their typical journey.

9. You aren’t creating content strategically.

10. You don’t have a centralized “vault” of all your company’s content assets.

11. You aren’t promoting your content, either via social sharing or by making it visible to the search engines.

12. You have nothing to show for your work.

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How To Add Haiku Decks To WordPress Blog via @Scenttrail

How To Add Haiku Decks To WordPress Blog via @Scenttrail | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Adding Haiku Decks To WordPress

I love  Haiku Deck tool and figured out a way to add our decks to our blog:

http://www.curagami.com/marketing-haiku-decks/

I've been prodding  Adam Traitt, one of Haiku's founders, for a user profile (done) and more control over display (Haiku Deck team is working on it). In the mean time I decided to add my decks to Curagmai's  blog. Here's how we did it. 

*How To Add Haiku Deck To Your WP Blog*

1. Create a new Haiku Deck category on your blog. 

2. Create posts for every Haiku Deck to be added. You may want to use a date from last year or the year before to fool WordPress into moving your new Haiku Deck posts to the back of your stack. 

3.Create a grid we used WP Ultimate Post Grid and we upgraded to premium for the ability to filter by category. 

4. Redirect your WP posts to your Haiku Deck (we cheated and used the Twitter links, better to grab the nasty URL you can find in the embed area since we will drive up our Twitter share numbers artificially) we used Redirection plugin by John Godley. 

We wrote copy into this page mostly for   reasons. You can see a grid without copy here; http://www.curagami.com/magazines-2/ ;

We also use embedded  feeds behind the "Magazines" link. Each "Magazine" is firing from our Scoop.it feeds. This is how we see "websites" changing. Instead of a place where you creating everything tomorrow's sites will share your creations from all over and encourage visitors to collaborate and share too. If that sounds like we suggest you create online community you win a cookie (and I'm writing this from  so just tell me what kind you want :). Marty 

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26 Outstanding Social Network User Profile Layouts Inspire via SpyreStudios

26 Outstanding Social Network User Profile Layouts Inspire via SpyreStudios | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

The Internet has given rise to a slew of networked communities. User profile pages have become the norm for cloned systems such as Facebook, Digg, Twitter, and others. This trend has converted even the most basic websites into social havens for users.

Below I have cataloged 26 of the best profile designs found on the web. These feature tons of advancements including block stats, avatars, profile names, and a few other nifty features. Let us know your thoughts on the design gallery in our discussion area below.

Mary Note 
 

User Profiles & Community

Community is a CSF (Critical Success Factor) for e-commerce success in today's crowded and noisy web. Sharing your site with customers is a great way to begin to build an online community. 


 These 30 designs share best practices in user profiles today and some don't suck (Plurk, Vimeo). None is breathtaking or outstanding. Common and important elements for community building include:

* Picture
* Following / Follower Stats
* Bio
* Links out to social nets
* Summary of user actions on  the site
* Badges or other social status definitions


If you have a favorite user profile please share as we're working on creating one for a client now. Thanks, Marty 

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User Profiles & Community

Community is a CSF (Critical Success Factor) for e-commerce success in today's crowded and noisy web. Sharing your site with customers is a great way to begin to build online community. 


 These 30 designs share best practices in user profles today and some don't suck (User Profiles & Community

Community is a CSF (Critical Success Factor) for e-commerce success in today's crowded and noisy web. Sharing your site with customers is a great way to begin to build online community. 


 These 30 designs share best practices in user profles today and some don't suck (

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Burn Your Website Down - 3 Reasons - via Curagami

Burn Your Website Down - 3 Reasons - via Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Burn Your Website Down
Our recent Burn Down Your Website Haiku Deck confused several loyal Curagami customers.

“That’s crazy,” one customer said. Crazy to burn down something so expensive to create and so dangerous to imagine burning down. Surely competitive flood waters, waters our client worked so hard to keep at bay, would overwhelm, drown and end their brands. 

3 Reasons To Burn Your Website Down

* Cardboard Vitual Reality
* Smartphones
* Friends of Friends

 http://www.curagami.com/burn-down-your-website-3-more-reasons/


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3 Great Apps to Help You Add Subtitles to Videos  - via @medkh9

3 Great Apps to Help You Add Subtitles to Videos  - via @medkh9 | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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We are all videographers now whether we realize it or not.

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Tao of Marty: Web Marketing Secrets

Tao of Marty: Web Marketing Secrets | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
The Tao of Marty summarizes the OVER (gain) versus UNDER (loss) philosophy we used to make over $30M in online sales with hundreds of thousands of orders.
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75 Content Marketing Tools You Can’t Live Without & Scenttrail Comments 

75 Content Marketing Tools You Can’t Live Without & Scenttrail Comments  | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Must Have Content Marketing Tools
We thought we would add out 2 cents on tools we know, use and love:

Quora
Agree, if you can't create a "knowledge base" or Q&A engine on your site use Quora until you can. Q&A content is beyond important that is why we are answering a marketing question a day on Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Martin-Smith-153 )

Reddit
We can't figure Reddit out. If you have, please write and tell us the secret. As an outsider Reddit isn't weloming or friendly. Make a mistake and they yell at you and all you do at first is make mistakes. We have had content shared there and it does blow up, but finding ways to play within the rules have left us out of Reddit so far. 

Inbound.org
New to us and sounds cool. We will join today. 

Alltop
Wouldn't be on our list. Too much work, too little reward. 

Buffer
We don't use it anymore preferring to be live at all times on social media. Is that decision hurting our traffic? Maybe, but "being present matters. 

Hootsuite
We use TweetDeck (purchased by Twitter and so closer to Twitter's APIs now). 

SlideShare
We prefer Haiku Deck, but SS still gives great SEO. Wish they would make their profile template look better (looks like a train wreck now and no way to fix I know of short of hiring a programmer). 

PRWeb
Yeah, Yeah...wouldn't have been on our TOP list. Who reads press releases anymore if they aren't related to you? Answer: NO ONE. 

BuzzStream
We prefer BuzzSumo

Analytics
We use GA (who doesn't), SpyFu and Moz

Dasheroo
Sounds interesting will report back.

SimpleReach
We used to prefer Topsy but don't what has happened to them so may take another look at this if we get obsessed about our social content reach again. No analytics tool does a great job reporting the multi-layered nature of social media marketing. 

Simply Measured
Okay, you had us at "more to socila media than publishing", so we will check out and report back

Zuum
We prefer SpyFu

Traackr
Now THIS looks worthy and cool. Finding influencers is a bear, anything that makes that nasty task easier we are interested in trying. 

Klout
Use it, like it and wish it did more. 

Storify
Used it but prefer Medium now

Visual.ly
Used it, liked it but fell off and not sure why. Infographics are KEY and this is one of the better tools to make, share and discover infographics. 

Uberflip
Don't know, but will check out.

Canva
Waste of time. 

Pardot
Cheaper Marketo now owned by Sales Force. Cheaper doesn't mean affordable if you aren't enterp;rise level. 

Marketo
Have used this inboud tool and prefer it to Hubspot or Pardot or Eloqua

 

Salesforce
Have used it but very much an "enterprise" beast of a CRM

Optimizely
Used it, liked it and recommend it for A/B testing

Zapier
Trying to figure out this feed master tool now. Feeds are in all of our future so finding out how to use Zapier can pay many dividends 

Basecamp
Used it, liked it and good value for money if you need project management support (and you only need that if you have too many planes up in the air at any one time)

HARO
Help A Reporter Out = great idea and I've used it, but boy they will be spamming your ass to death

Email Marketing
We prefer the dinosaur (Bronto), but many of our SMBs don't need that nuclear weapon yet so Mail Chimp or Constant Contact will do (and that is the order we would recommend with Mail Chimp about half better than CC). 

 

Wordpress
We are leaving Wordpress because it has gotten too complex for what we need it for (simple blogging). 

Yoast
If you use WP you need Yoast for SEO and because it makes complex WP things easier to understand 

Google Keyword Planner
YES YES and YES you should be using this tool whether you use Adwords or not since it provides reads on search volume by keywords. 

Feedly
Saved one of our favorite "future of publishing" and content curation tools to the last one. YES you should master Feedly and Zapier since you must process more content than you are doing now and you need to find ways to automate as much as possible.
Curagami (us) on Feedly:
http://www.feedly.com/curagami/

 

WAIT, There's More
If we didn't weigh in it is because we don't know and don't care about some of the goofy tools on this list. How a list so exhaustive could have forgotten these content marketing tools tells us whoever created it isn't as DEEP in content marketing as our friends and us:

Paper.li
Best community builder for least amount of effort ont he planet. 
Our Paper.li
http://paper.li/ScentTrail/1316928951 

Scoop.it
Best community builder for more effort on the planet. Best place to test content before you blog about it too. 
Me on Scoop.it
@Martin (Marty) Smith 

Medium
Best storytelling tool on the planet and strong community of smart curators and writers. 
Curagmai on Medium
https://medium.com/@Curagami 


Haiku Deck
Not as good at SEO as SlideShare, but much better tool with their Creative Commons overlay and TED-like way of insuring you don't kill your audience with PowerPoint. 

https://www.haikudeck.com/presentations/Martin.Smith 

 

Flipboard
We lost Flipboard for a bit, but now that streams are coming back we powered it back up and have liked the experience:
https://flipboard.com/@curagami/curagami-ros0t46qy 

 

Tumblr
Same with Tumblr. We lost it there for a bit, but the visual marketing nature of this tool and the ease of use once you are used to the strange UI makes Tumblr a must add. 

http://curagami.tumblr.com/ 

 

Be
Behance may be a "portfolio" manager technically, but it is a great place to tell visual stories. We are using it to help script our videos. 
https://www.behance.net/martinsellingzoef5bd 


Photoshop
Hello, you are going to need to put some time in with the world's most advanced photo editing software unless you do everything by phone and we don't suggest that since the phone is hard to resize to fit social networks preferred sizes.

Illustrator
We are still babes in the woods on Illustratrator, but there are times when vectors win and we are always confused and have to attempt to pick our way through (to little success). 

Agile by WTE.net
We are moving from Wordpress to our friend Eric's "Agile" content marketing platform because....well read our reasons for leaving Wordpress on Curagami. 

We could go on with tools like Vine and Snapchat, but you get the idea. Even at 75 tools the their list is not exhaustive. It does have a lot of thigns we've never heard of and don't care about, a few things we will check out and many tools we've used. 

If you are new to content marketing DON'T READ that post (lol). You need a blogging platform (and blogger would do to start and it is very easy), the "usual suspects" in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Gplus) and a good community where you can learn (so Scoop.it, Medium, Stack Overflow or something you've found). 

Why learn to play golf with 75 clubs? You need a putter (blogging), a driver (Twitter), a few irons (GPlus, Facebook) and a sandwedge (community where you can learn). Other than that you are wasting time...at least at first. 

Good luck, Marty 

 

 

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Content Marketing the Broad Museum - Curagami

Content Marketing the Broad Museum - Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Content Marketing the Broad Museum
Content Marketing the Broad Museum is a Tour de Force lesson in how to create arresting content, content that tells stories visually and slows readers to a different pace. We didn’t know about the Broad museum, a museum four years in construction. The results of tose...Read More
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How Designers Can Get More Comfortable with Data - HOW Design

How Designers Can Get More Comfortable with Data - HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Lisa Woods of argodesign explains the role data science plays in product design 6 data-driven design tips.
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Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

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Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 9, 1:20 AM

Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

Diana Ries Sheldon's curator insight, March 9, 12:14 PM

Great tips here for anyone wanting to get comfortable with data. 

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5 SEO Problem Recovery Steps Infographic

5 SEO Problem Recovery Steps Infographic | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Five Penguin SEO Problem Recovery Steps is a summary of creative steps you to take when your website's traffic gets hammered by seo problems.
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Gravity Wireframe Toolkit from @_senorcastillo #webdesign #toogood

Gravity Wireframe Toolkit from @_senorcastillo #webdesign #toogood | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Best $28 Bucks You'll Spend
The simple ideas often have the greatest impact on your productivity, life and sense of accomplishment. Anyone who has designed a website, and someday soon that will be all of us (lol), knows how frustrating creating the "site storyboard" or wireframes can be.

@_senorcastillo's  Wireframe kit may be the best $28 bucks you spend. Wireframes create a common ground between geeks, marketers and designers. Wireframes force a common language on often dissonant and groups. If that sounds like wireframes can put down rebellions you aren't far off. 

Once everyone is on the same page on the look and feel coders know how to code, designers learn how this design needs to go and marketers feel like they are in Santa's workshop. 

Chris' masterstroke is mocking up just about every variation of page we've ever created and we've developed about 10 sites and made over $30M in online sales(mostly for other sadly enough lol).


 Why we didn't hesitate to pull out the CC and buy Chris' wireframe design kit - that and  because we are in the middle of creating the Community In A Box project where clients, programmers and designers need to be on the same page yesterday. 

http://chriscastillo.me/gravitykits/wireframe?ref=producthunt

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Storytelling - How To Work Backwards From Landing Pages via Curagami

Storytelling - How To Work Backwards From Landing Pages via Curagami | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

2016 The Year of the Story
Storytelling may be the most important and least understood online marketing craft. This Curagmai post shares a 5 Tip "How To" craft a story working backwards from your landing page.

Tips included:
 

  • Create A Landing Page and Work Backwards
  • Place your offer in context
  • Repeat 3 to 5 key brand specific themes
  • Share your creation story
  • Define your audience
     

http://www.curagami.com/online-marketing-5-storytelling-tips/

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Tools For Creating Web Designs of the Future via Smashing Magazine

Tools For Creating Web Designs of the Future via Smashing Magazine | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Future Tools
This is a great web design post. Don't worry if you don't know or understand only about half of it. Importance is in the tools suggested to test, design and pivot toward a future of more flexible web design.

But there's a problem.

I created my first highly static website in 1999. Not static in the sense we didn't update it since we updated it all the time. Static in the servers and code we used. Today and especially true tomorrow your websites will need to fly around the web curating information from the 4 corners of the web.

The more "flying around" your website does the greater the stress on your backend serving architecture and the more the need for the cool web design tools outlined in this Smashing Magzine post.  

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Won't Find A Better UI Share Than @edumicro @Feedly Share on Medium

Introducing feedly's New Explore Experience - Coming up in feedly - Medium

Marty Note - Great Lesson In User Interface
The user interface is the great overlooked design element. Overlooked because lousy UI can literally cost millions or worse. Tick off today's mobile empowered surfers and they may make letting their friends know how bad your site sucks their mission for the day. 

Eduardo is fixing what is becoming a favorite tool - Feedly. Feedly is how I discover content now their current UI notwithstanding (it is bad). Eduardo's full share tells everything he and Feedly are thinking. Much of it is brilliant and should be copied. 

His post was so inspiring I had to weigh in leaving a comment about not presuming too much how I / we use their tool. Best to ASK FOR HELP :). 
 

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Voice Search Is The New SEO As World Keeps Coming Up Schema via Search Engine Watch

Voice Search Is The New SEO As World Keeps Coming Up Schema via Search Engine Watch | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Voice Search = Next Big Thing
As of 2014 we know 55% of teens and 41% of adults use voice search on a daily basis. Now with virtual assistants like Siri, Alexa and voice recognition. 

Marty Note:
The way you get your content into their voice box is all about how you structure DATA. This post gives a great overview of schema and how to use it to win hearts, minds and loyalty as Siri shows your stuff instead of theirs.  

Might want to sprinkle a little predictive analytics and  AI-like branching too. Read this post and understand the new SEO. 

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Burn Down Your Website: 5 Web Design Implications

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Burn Down Your Website
As we noted on G+ (Inevitable Lightness of Being) websites are a tyranny few will be able to afford soon. Let's follow the rules of improvisation (always a good web marketing idea) and say, "Yes, and" to the issue of burning down your website. What are the web design implications of embracing the next generation of consumer marketing?

* Build for Curation Not Creation

* Remember about THEM (customers) not you so build community in
* FAST, FLAT and FURIOUS
* Don't forget profiles, timelines and shares
* Read behavior THEN create the page (i.e. More Google-like)

Curation Not Creation
Friends @Scoop.itsuch as @Guillaume Decugisand @Marc Rougierare sitting in the cat bird seat. After the latest Google changes, and the last time we will know when Google makes algorithm changes, the curate don't create rule is strong.

Strong because you can't afford to put content on owned properties that isn't insanely great. In a world where the NY Times gets gigged for poorly supported content you need to test BEFORE you write.

Scoop.it is our favorite, "Test before you write" tool. Content curation is more democratic tool. Nothing like finding a cool post, sharing it and explaining why you think it is cool with rich snippets to create relationships. Doubt that? I have 45,300 followers on Scoop.it. Curate don't create and build your next site to make your curation easy, sticky and shareable.

Them Not You
One of the wooden stakes in the heart of tactical web development is it assumes too much control for the creators. As a creator I can attest where the power lives - THEM (your customers) not you. Your future web development needs to build community, make your curation of your user's content, the User Generated Content (UGC) every web miner needs to win today. If you don't have a plan to create user profiles, timelines and following better get one.

Fast, Flat and Furious (in Real Time)
If you haven't watched Joi Ito's TED talk about Nowism do so. The web only has one time - NOW. We've noticed anything we do, share, or create close to NOW does better. Figure the need to share and have content pinging (updating and being shared) constantly will be a huge need in tomorrow's web development.

Building flat and fast sites influenced by mobile's less is more philosophy is highly recommend. If your dropdowns are War and Peace novels you need to reconsider. EASY, simple and beautiful works better in a mobile, connected, and FAST world.


Profiles & More
Changing your role from creator to curator opens your thinking. If your site is about what THEY (your customers) do with it include them in your web design. Create profiles, timelines and make it easy for your customers to speak to and interact with each other. 

Gamified and Predictive
No one gives things for long without reinforcement. We agree with Daniel Pink's great book Drive. Paying = jobs. Don't pay money, but do find ways to share your legitimacy. 

Share your position and site and your community will help build it. Make sure to curate too. When you find great content THEY (customers) gave you, share and elevate the example everyone learns. 

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