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Top 10 Zombie Website Designs Just In Time For The Holidays

Top 10 Zombie Website Designs Just In Time For The Holidays | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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If we are moments from a zombie apocalypse then we need to make sure there 10 great zombie website designs.


Hey, it is Thanksgiving I'm tired and need a fun break ;). This list runs from zombie dating sites and zombie portraiture to how to arm oneself for the coming invasion.


No matter what your zombie fascination here are the top 10 Zombie Website Designs: 


  1. http://zombieseatus.com/
     
  2. http://www.wickedzombies.com/
     
  3. http://www.buyzombie.com/  
     
  4. http://www.topsite.com/goto/zombieharmony.com
     
  5. http://bestzombiegifts.com/
     
  6. http://www.topsite.com/goto/urbandead.com
     
  7. http://zombiekillersunlimited.webs.com/
     
  8. http://www.killthezombies.com/ 
     
  9. http://andredefreitas.com/Zombie-Portraits 
     
  10. http://zombiecardgame.tumblr.com/ 
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100 Minimalist Website Designs Inspire

100 Minimalist Website Designs Inspire | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Minimalism has been a popular website design style for years. It has so many benefits; minimalist sites load faster, take fewer server resources, and are often faster to develop than more graphically complicated designs.


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Love these clean, clear lines and a handful of these sites such as Feze would even convert well. Clean and simple is the hardest design to create, so steal from these.

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50 Beautifully Dark Web Designs Inspire

50 Beautifully Dark Web Designs Inspire | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
In this collection, you’ll find some of the best dark-themed web designs. This is the second part of the Beautiful Web Designs series that starts off at 30 Beautifully Blue Web Designs.


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I like white websites with color as accent, but these 50 beautiful examples of dark websites might get me to see the light or dark or something (lol).

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35 Rock Band Website Design Examples With 5 Conversion Problems

35 Rock Band Website Design Examples With 5 Conversion Problems | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

You can’t imagine your life nowadays without the internet. We all spend hours and hours doing various things, like work, research, entertainment.

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Sometimes it is good to look at a group of websites. This link includes 35 examples of rock band websites. The convention is clear. Rock band staged photo looking out directly at the camera, lots of texture and dark colors in the designs. Here is how any one of these sites could increase conversion 3x or 4x:

* Lighten Up - all that dark texture and color lowers conversion.
* Calls To Actions - few CTA's (BUTTONS) hurt conversion.
* Scream Less - visitors are fans, so scream less convert more.

* FANS - where are the fans (testimonials, games, contests).

* Games & Mobile - scream to download the app.


Of these 35 designs Metallica and Incubus would convert the best. I understand branding must be done, but this much screaming branding is obsessive and damaging to conversion. Sometimes the best brand strategy is to make it easy for fans or supporters to JOIN and CONTRIBUTE.

Everyone of these band sites feels like a lecture NOT a conversation. Funny concerts aren't like this. Concerts are a give and take between the crowd's energy and the band's performance one contributing to the other. Web, at its best, works that way too but not here so much.

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30 Amazing and Inspirational Website Designs From DeviantArt

30 Amazing and Inspirational Website Designs From DeviantArt | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Today I have compiled a list of amazing web design interfaces from the extremely popular design website, DeviantArt. These designs are seriously inspirational. They all have a special something added to them that makes them clean and stand out.
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3 Essential & Easy To Implement Conversion Design Ideas [+ 5 Marty Examples]

3 Essential & Easy To Implement Conversion Design Ideas [+ 5 Marty Examples] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Great article on 3 easy to implement ideas to increase your website's conversion. Examples of websites I love that use these conversion ideas include:

* REI.com
* Schwans.com

* LandsEnd.com

* BassPro.com

* BlueNile.com  

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Look Inside and Steal From The Top 10 Converting Websites

Look Inside and Steal From The Top 10 Converting Websites | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Great article sharing similarities and differences in the approach to ecommerce used by the Top 10 converting websites. When you look at these websites with your, "I want beautiful," glasses on you may be depressed. Don't be, learn from the tactics these high converting sites use such as remarketing. In fact, steal them blind since better conversion is the next web revolution.

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Texture And Web Design: 30 Beautiful Textured Website Designs for Inspiration

Texture And Web Design: 30 Beautiful Textured Website Designs for Inspiration | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Creating a sense of texture is not easy online. We want to engage the world with all five senses. The problem with the web is it is mostly visual. The web can become a museum. We can look but we can't touch. Using textures can promote a tactile sense, a sense of touch.

Language is the other way to promote a sense of touch. Language alone can seem out of place or like you are trying to hard. Language needs to be backed up with visual support and these 30 examples of creating texture provide new visual dimensions to support copy and branding online.

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Levis Channels Patti Smith Controversy Sells Jeans [video + Revolutionary Most Popular]

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Reviewing Analytics this post earns a Revolutionary Most Popular award.

This is a pair of Levi's®, buttons and rivets and pockets and cuffs, and the thread that holds it together. When the road gets rough and the sky gets jumpy a...


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Woe is me to the great American brand that was Levis. Levis was more than jeans. Levis was America, apple pie, hamburgers and home. Levis became exportable culture. You could go to Russia with a suitcase of jeans and come home with a pile of cash. Then Brooke Shields didn't let anything come between her and her Calvin Klein jeans. Jeans moved from working class hero to downtown vogue Sheik.

Q: How does a brand recover cool? A: You can't. Once cool leaves the building it runs and you never catch it in the same way again. Power to the marketing team at Levis. Instead of a miserable grubbing beg they broke their own mold and spoke UP to us. First they used Walt Whitman and now they channel Patti Smith.

I am a Smith fan. There is a controversy about how dare Levis channel the singer/songwriter and poet without paying her. People who say that don't really know Patti Smith. Patti wasn't going to sell her work to Levis in this lifetime. Patti was married to Robert Mapplethorpe and she huddled on cold bare floors with little to eat, drink or wear in sacrifice to her art.


That Patti is experiencing a final act uplift in interest, praise and homage is a tiny spark of HOPE in the universe of Justin Bieber (no offense meant). Her estate might sell Patti's work to Levis, but Patti's appeal could be moot by then (though I believe Smith's tone poems will have staying power).


What about the reaction that these ads are trite or hamfisted? I say that too is nonsense. These ads are expressions of the hero with a thousand faces, Joseph Campbell's famous work. Campbell believed all cultures are guided by a handful of similar myths. A hero goes on a journey, discovers enlightenment and returns to change us. These ads are expressions of an ancient well, one that never goes dry.


Here is the thing that those outraged for Patti can take to heart. Patti is being talked about more now than before the ad. Patti will be paid in renewed interest and people wanting to know what all the controversy is about. Since this is the only way to channel Levis money to Patti I am all for it. We support ART in strange ways in this country. Best to chalk this latest example up to our American inability to be seen as listening to or supporting poetry. Music is all good, but poetry is unacceptable.

What about Levis stealing Patti's style? Nonsense, the ad is as much homage as outright theft and, as Picasso said, "Great artists steal, bad artists imitate." There is no stealing from Patti. She was and is much to distinct to ever be stolen from. If these "tributes" introduce an important voice to a new generation because of wearing some denim then I raise my gloved fist into the air in support of an American brand in the hopes they recover their cool.


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Another Cool WordPress Theme For ScentTrail Marketing, Suggest Your Favorites

Another Cool WordPress Theme For ScentTrail Marketing, Suggest Your Favorites | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Here is another cool Wordpress Theme I Iike for ScentTrail Marketing's facelift and content tuck. I could see categories in that area directly below the hero and breaking content below that.

Working on design all weekend, so if you have a favorite content website or blog look and feel please share so I can include in my search.  Have any good resources for WordPress themes? Please shre those too. 

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How To Out Design Competitors: Impressive Case Study Examples in Web Design

How To Out Design Competitors: Impressive Case Study Examples in Web Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Case studies are marketing components used to analyze and communicate how you perform a certain work. It should describe the process and methodology used to solve a specific challenge, resulting in a set of benefits. A great case study really helps potential customers to understand what they can expect - and sometimes act as awesome inspiration and education for others. Here are a few impressive examples.

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Case studies put context around the beautiful portfolio pictures so common in an agency's gallery. Anyone can create pretty pictures. The question of business problems and the ROI generated is where the rubber meets the road.  


Via Hans, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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The Top 10 Converting Websites Share One Thing, Find Out What [Marty Note]

The Top 10 Converting Websites Share One Thing, Find Out What [Marty Note] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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Some of the conversion numbers here from Nielson will knock your socks off. The article points out that many of these sites are hard to navigate, have long and arduous shopping carts and generally don't make it easy to buy. All Top 10 converting site has one thing in common - DM roots.

Direct Marketers live and die with RFM and conversion. Recency, Frequency and Monetary is a value that helps separate VIP wheat from costly chafe. They calculate and know the value of their acquisition vs. a newly acquired customer's LTV (Life Time Value). These are not simple calculations, but essential to knowing the source of profit and loss.

The focus of DMers is on making money. They will hold on buying a new chair until the ones you are sitting on are broken or bare. All energy is to their shields, to refining the process of making money online. I worked with Direct Marketers as a Director of Ecommerce and struggled for years insisting design mattered to conversion and profits.

All things being equal, the online shopper buys the "deal". The online shopper buys predictably irrationally (great book by Ariely) to be sure. The smallest friction or concern and the sale is lost. Gain and keep buyers with great offers.


FOCUS on campaigns and offers. What is an offer? An offer has these parts:

* Something special that reduces costs in all its forms.

* Time limited.

* Creates new value.

* Reinforces the brand proposition of the site.


Special Offers

TIME is the most valuable commodity we can't create more of, so saving time saves costs. Reducing fear increasing social acceptance can also be cost dimensions in the hands of a skilled marketing team. Women, especially older ones, don't sleep well. Reduce their stress so they can and you've saved an important and often hidden cost. How do I know women rate sleep as a problem? I look for and download great studies like the APA's Stress in America study:


http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/03/workers-stressed.aspx


Know your customer and you can have a larger conversation about VALUE instead of PRICE because you will understand their challenges and needs.

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Levis Channels Patti Smith, Creates Controversy, Sells Jeans [video, Marty Note]


This is a pair of Levi's®, buttons and rivets and pockets and cuffs, and the thread that holds it together. When the road gets rough and the sky gets jumpy a...


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Woe is me to the great American brand that was Levis. Levis was more than jeans. Levis was America, apple pie, hamburgers and home. Levis became exportable culture. You could go to Russia with a suitcase of jeans and come home with a pile of cash. Then Brooke Shields didn't let anything come between her and her Calvin Klein jeans. Jeans moved from working class hero to downtown vogue Sheik.

Q: How does a brand recover cool? A: You can't. Once cool leaves the building it runs and you never catch it in the same way again. Power to the marketing team at Levis. Instead of a miserable grubbing beg they broke their own mold and spoke UP to us. First they used Walt Whitman and now they channel Patti Smith.

I am a Smith fan. There is a controversy about how dare Levis channel the singer/songwriter and poet without paying her. People who say that don't really know Patti Smith. Patti wasn't going to sell her work to Levis in this lifetime. Patti was married to Robert Mapplethorpe and she huddled on cold bare floors with little to eat, drink or wear in sacrifice to her art.


That Patti is experiencing a final act uplift in interest, praise and homage is a tiny spark of HOPE in the universe of Justin Bieber (no offense meant). Her estate might sell Patti's work to Levis, but Patti's appeal could be moot by then (though I believe Smith's tone poems will have staying power).


What about the reaction that these ads are trite or hamfisted? I say that too is nonsense. These ads are expressions of the hero with a thousand faces, Joseph Campbell's famous work. Campbell believed all cultures are guided by a handful of similar myths. A hero goes on a journey, discovers enlightenment and returns to change us. These ads are expressions of an ancient well, one that never goes dry.


Here is the thing that those outraged for Patti can take to heart. Patti is being talked about more now than before the ad. Patti will be paid in renewed interest and people wanting to know what all the controversy is about. Since this is the only way to channel Levis money to Patti I am all for it. We support ART in strange ways in this country. Best to chalk this latest example up to our American inability to be seen as listening to or supporting poetry. Music is all good, but poetry is unacceptable.

What about Levis stealing Patti's style? Nonsense, the ad is as much homage as outright theft and, as Picasso said, "Great artists steal, bad artists imitate." There is no stealing from Patti. She was and is much to distinct to ever be stolen from. If these "tributes" introduce an important voice to a new generation because of wearing some denim then I raise my gloved fist into the air in support of an American brand in the hopes they recover their cool.


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41 Sleek Single Page Websites Inspire For Specific Kinds Of Marketing

41 Sleek Single Page Websites Inspire For Specific Kinds Of Marketing | Design Revolution | Scoop.it


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Have you seen those commercials promising to build a website, host it and get it "listed" with search engines for $19.95 a month? Love those ads. 

I have 30,000,000 reasons why I know they are BS. That is the amount of money my excellent fighter pilot Internet marketers raked from the Internet over seven years I was Director of Ecommerce. It was NEVER easy, uncompetitive or a tall cold drink in the shade. 

This time of year we didn't sleep much and the rest of the year we were setting up for this time of year. No rest for the weary and no website that matters for $19.95 UNLESS you are Oprah or Penn or Teller or a football player or Justin Bieber.

You see it right? If you have a SUBSTANTIAL engine developed offline in some other way or media you can live with a one page website built to convert the heck out of your efforts elsewhere. Some mobile plays MAY be able to get by with so little too.

The problem with the mobile boys is they ONLY think mobile and they have the same problem as outlined above. The market has to START somewhere. The market you start has to be NURTURED somewhere. Without content, community and campaigns you can't capture, arm and convert the brand advocates needed to scale. 

Throw one of these one page sites in front of the bulls my old marketing team could get to run and it would be swept from the field into permanent irrelevance, so use this idea ONLY when you are just converting traffic already primed by some other effort. 

 

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30 New "Dark" Website Designs Inspire Again

30 New "Dark" Website Designs Inspire Again | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Here is a showcase of 30 dark designs that feature as diverse of a selection as possible for your benefit.

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Here are 30 more exmaples of the dark arts, how to use dark backgrounds and foregrounds in web design to make foreground elements really fly off the page.

See also 50 Dark Webiste Designs Inspire: http://www.scoop.it/t/design-revolution/p/3367426513/50-beautifully-dark-web-designs-inspire

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18 Of The Most Beautiful Website Designs

18 Of The Most Beautiful Website Designs | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
This is a really subjective topic, however, we have chosen some of our favorite layouts, color combinations and aesthetically pleasing designs. Pin your favorite!
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25 Hot Female Web Designers

25 Hot Female Web Designers | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

When it comes to the web industry (or computer industry for that matter) men generally rule the roost.

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I have 3 favorites here, but want this Scoop to cook for a bit before I weigh in and ruin everything (lol). What are your 3 favorite designers from these leading designers?

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25 Beautiful Examples of Illustration in Web Design

25 Beautiful Examples of Illustration in Web Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

A collection of beautiful web design illustrations. Examples range from character illustrations to fully illustrated backgrounds, and more.

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There are 3 of these examples that work for me from a beauty and will convert standpoint. The problem with illustration is a little goes a long way, so an entire website of illustration can wear out illustration's welcome.  

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How To Design A Seductive Website [Slideshare]

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Websites start cold and off putting. We buy from people we trust and who entertain and share. Entertainment has and will always be a form of seduction. How do you move a cold medium such as a website to the warmth necessary to entertain and seduce? Great tips in this slideshare. 


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20 Examples Of Beauty Killing Conversion In Web Design

20 Examples Of Beauty Killing Conversion In Web Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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I love beautiful websites. They seduce, charm, hypnotize and rarely convert worth a hoot. Conversion is about clear signals and obvious paths (read Krug Don't Make Me Think). I agree mystery plays a role, but every website element must pass the five second rule.

If you can't understand what to do in five seconds neither can your customers and you have infinitely more patience than any customer. Conventions such as large heroes and four columns of products stacked up one on another exist because they work. A "hero" is the largest image on a webpage. 

These examples make for beautiful films, but they sacrifice conversion for beauty. Some websites can afford to sacrifice cash for beauty most want both. Beauty is important. My first website, was created in 1999 (you can see it here: http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2010/02/martins-first-web-site.html ).


That site created all those years ago could look rougher and more "garage band" than any website I would create today or than the large ecommerce site my team and I managed for seven years when I was a Director of Ecommerce. We had numbers we had to beat every day or seek employment elsewhere :).   

Design and beauty influence trust and trust influences conversion. These 20 examples create a boatload of trust, but frustrate a visitor's desire to invest that trust in action. Don't do that is the best advice I can give you (lol). Don't do that UNLESS your site is art and not commerce.  

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Beauty, Warmth and Color In Website Design [50 Examples + Marty Note]

Beauty, Warmth and Color In Website Design [50 Examples + Marty Note] | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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I am looking at a lot of sites right now to help refine my ScentTrail Marketing blog. Color is tough online. A little color can go a LONG way. Websites start cold. Our job as Internet marketers is to warm them up. Here is how I like to warm up a website's design:

* Color.

* Images (with people).

* Copy (especially teaser headlines).

* Clear navigation.

* Tagging the brand (helps create a sense of being in right place).

* Clear and omnipresent contact information.

* Testimonials (quotes from others that aren't ME or US lol).

* Heroes that match the seasons (can be tough if you are a global brand).

The last one is worth discussing. Time doesn't really exist online. Lack of a sense of time is what makes websites feel like Vegas where there are no clocks; weather and you rarely go out (lol). One way you connect to emotions and feeling is to feel like Christmas when it is Christmas.

If you are a global brand a picture of snow and trees turning may not work. Instead use images that address the IDEA of fall such as people in sweaters or displace your heroes (largest images on the page) to a location that suggest fall (mountains). You can also create interesting juxtapositions - winter in the desert.

The last example uses language to connect to time. Words with time IN THEM such as Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer are POWERFUL warming words when used in connection with the calendar.

 

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27+ Free and Premium Left Menu Wordpress Themes | Crazy Pixels

27+ Free and Premium Left Menu Wordpress Themes | Crazy Pixels | Design Revolution | Scoop.it
Left menu Wordpress theme will fit to any portfolio or blog. As a rule, such themes have a left menu and a picture (or a collection of photos) on the right side.


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Great share from Pasha Shmit. I prefer left menu stacks for SEO and ease of use reasons. Thanks.

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Looking At Cool WordPress Templates For ScentTrail Marketing, Jump In and Help

Looking At Cool WordPress Templates For ScentTrail Marketing, Jump In and Help | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

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ScentTrail Marketing (http://ScentTrail.blogspot.com) needs a facelift. I am looking hard at WordPress Templates. Here are 2 I like so far:

http://templates.entheosweb.com/template_number/36612.asp

 

http://templates.entheosweb.com/template_number/36893.asp

Got any favorite website looks and feels? Share anything I should see before making a final choice? Feel free to share favorite content sites too. ScentTrail Marketing is about to become more like Mashable with many authors and feeds.

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Top 10 Websites For Designers - September 2012 | HOW Design

Top 10 Websites For Designers - September 2012 | HOW Design | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

Every month HOW scours the web to find the best design websites. Then we compile the top promo sites, design tools, resources and sites for creative time-outs.

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How tends toward the love of the self promotion since most of their readers are designers, but there are some great "steal this" examples in here.

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15 Examples of Cool Twitter Header Images, Adding More Daily For Cool Header Contest

15 Examples of Cool Twitter Header Images, Adding More Daily For Cool Header Contest | Design Revolution | Scoop.it

September 26 Update
Added 10 more examples of cool Twitter header treatments. Will update daily and be sure to ENTER your new twitter header when you have it so we can help promote it as part of our Cool Twitter Images Contest. 

http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/coolest-twitter-header-image-contest/ 

Enter: Tweet anything but include via @Atlanticbt and #TwitHeadContest to enter.

Follow @Atlanticbt: We confirm entries with a dm and follow back those who follow us. 

Deadline
is Monday October 1st.  

Contest Page: http://www.atlanticbt.com/blog/coolest-twitter-header-image-contest/ 

Our "contest' is more like a curation poll to share cool uses of this new Twitter feature. The contest is not assoicated with Twitter the corporation or brand in any way.  

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GranGoddessa's comment, September 25, 2012 7:55 PM
Thank you, Marty for the nudge to get my profile in order. Saw the examples afterwards and not worthy of an award, but at least my profile is not an eyesore anymore. Instructions were great...even Granny could do it!

http://twitter.com/djGoddessa



Liz Wilson's comment, September 26, 2012 3:39 AM
Thanks for including me Marty - blown away to be on your shortlist!