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Dumbing down the Internet of Things with Spark OS | Colin Neagle | NetworkWorld.com

Dumbing down the Internet of Things with Spark OS | Colin Neagle | NetworkWorld.com | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

A little over a year ago, the people behind the Spark system for connecting everyday devices to the internet launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking a modest $10,000 in funding.

 

Today, the company announced $4.9 million in Series A funding, The Next Web reports. Maybe they’re onto something.

 

The funding coincides with the announcement of the Spark OS, which aims to make it easier for anyone – from seasoned network engineers and developers to hobbyists and designers – to build internet-connected devices.

 

The Spark Core, which has been available in beta since November and is already featured in a couple of commercial products, is a $39 board that runs Arduino code and provides connectivity to a previously disconnected device. The new cloud-based Spark operating system aims to make Core-enabled devices truly smart without becoming too expensive. Some examples, as shown in the ironic but sufficiently illustrative promotional video below, include programming lights to turn on automatically after sunset or doors to lock themselves after they've been shut.

 

The idea is not just to make it easier to connect the devices that people want to connect, but to make the best possible use of that connectivity. A cloud operating system, as pointed out in the above video, means this connectivity can extend beyond just the ability to control a light switch with a smartphone, and can make these newly connected devices communicate with each other in a way that makes them more useful.

 

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Google’s New Showcase Ads: Everything Marketers Need to Know

Google’s New Showcase Ads: Everything Marketers Need to Know | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
In a recent announcement, Google unveiled showcase ads, a new product listing ad (PLA) format which will go live on select mobile inventory traffic in Q3. Building off of Google’s other extension o…

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Best practice for repurposing your content

Best practice for repurposing your content | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Content is still king in the world of marketing, and if you’re trying to have an impact with your target audience, you should be focusing on the creation of engaging, dynamic, interesting content, to bring in leads and convert browsers into buyers.

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AMP now supports A/B testing and other experiments

AMP now supports A/B testing and other experiments | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Check out the new amp-experiments component that lets you easily test different variations of your AMP pages.
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Digital Marketing Should Focus on Trust over Traffic

Digital Marketing Should Focus on Trust over Traffic | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
If you’ve been using digital marketing to develop relationships with clients, you’ve probably spent a lot of time and effort on optimizing your content.
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malek's curator insight, August 25, 8:23 AM

focus on content that builds trust, instead of worrying about boosting website traffic.

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Is Content Marketing Actually a Thing?

Is Content Marketing Actually a Thing? | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss a contrarian article that claims content marketing is a meaningless buzzword. Its author also counsels marketers to ignore the continuing evolution of marketing, which is flat-out bad advice. A companion article reminds us that we ought to focus on the needs of our customers, not on writing to justify the practice of content marketing to our peers. Next, we ponder the emergence of a new position at large publishers, the e-commerce editor, and explain how it fits into the evolution of media business models. Finally, we interpret BuzzFeed’s disastrous last quarter. Does it point to fundamental problems at the huge online publisher or simply a market correction for an over-valued company? Rants and raves include Dan Lyons’ tell-all tale about BuzzFeed and a must-read HBR article about the end of solution sales. This week’s This Old Marketing example: Ripley’s Believe It or Not....
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 24, 11:30 AM

Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose ponder a contrarian’s view, the industry’s path, publishers in e-commerce, BuzzFeed’s prospects, and much more in this Content Marketing Institute podcast.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, Today, 4:18 AM
Content marketing is actually a thing! In a world that has taken up to the internet for almost all of its transactions, content marketing has become a big necessity for business houses that need to stay afloat! Companies need to create the post of a 'Content Marketer' whose job would be to market and publicise content in a way that would draw attention to the company's products.
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Is Customer experience a reflection of employee engagement?

Is Customer experience a reflection of employee engagement? | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

Customer experience is one of the largest points of focus in the new era of loyalty marketing, and continues to prove its value to a brand’s perception and, consequently, its bottom line.


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Eric_Determined / Eric Silverstein's curator insight, August 4, 2:08 AM

“Employees are the backbone of a brand's values and help solidify the relationship consumers have with the brand,” said Brad Marg, COO of Clutch

 

Employee engagement is not a one time event, it's a journey!

Sue Duris's curator insight, August 24, 6:08 PM

Loved this post because I have always touted that great employee engagement drives great customer experience which drives strong corporate growth.

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The Best Tools for Consumer Insights: Lessons From Google BrandLab

The Best Tools for Consumer Insights: Lessons From Google BrandLab | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Learn more about the Google tools that make it easy to find research that can inform your marketing strategies.

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SEO Link Building: The Definitive ‘No Technical Expertise Required’ Guide

SEO Link Building: The Definitive ‘No Technical Expertise Required’ Guide | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

'Link building also happens to be the most difficult element of search engine optimization (SEO) as voted on by a recent survey of 357 marketers that we conducted.


Furthermore, unless you’re an SEO guru, you probably don’t have much technical expertise.


So how in the heck are you going to build good links for SEO'?


Here’s your definitive guide for doing so – with no technical expertise required: http://www.audiencebloom.com/2016/06/seo-link-building-ultimate-step-by-step-guide/




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The 12 Best Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking Tools

The 12 Best Competitive Intelligence and Benchmarking Tools | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

When evaluating the results of marketing and PR efforts, it’s vital to consider two perspectives: what is the trend of results (e.g., increasing social engagement, website traffic over time, etc.) and how do your results compare to your closest competitors? Top compeititve research, intelligence and benchmarking toolsThere are a wide range of monitoring, listening, and analytics tools available to answer the first type of question. To answer the second, here are the 12 best tools for comparing your brand’s performance to your top competitors in terms of web traffic, social media brand mentions, target keywords, online advertising, organic search visibility, and other factors.


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Facebook Ads vs. Google AdWords: Which Is Better for Your Business?

Facebook Ads vs. Google AdWords: Which Is Better for Your Business? | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Do changes to Facebook's News Feed algorithm make Google AdWords a more viable advertising spend?

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malek's curator insight, August 19, 8:57 AM

Time to look at the differences between Facebook ads and Paid Google Search (PPC)

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It is a struggle to determine where to put your precious marketing dollars - Facebook Ads vs. Google Adwords? Now with Twitter & LinkedIn offering similar ad spends where should a small business invest? Unfortunately "it depends" on the audience you are attempting to reach and your budget.

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Designing Structured Stories

Designing Structured Stories | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

"Stories are everywhere, from newspapers to TV drama, fact to fiction. By deconstructing stories into fundamental, structured building blocks we can present them in new and powerful ways."

— Medium


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Selling With Story: How to Make Your Customer the Hero

Selling With Story: How to Make Your Customer the Hero | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
Social Media Marketing Podcast 211. In this episode Donald Miller explores how to use story to sell.

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malek's curator insight, August 19, 8:42 AM

story comes from within. People self-identify as the hero in a story that’s trying to accomplish something and overcome challenges.

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11 SEO myths to forget in 2016 | Search Engine Watch

11 SEO myths to forget in 2016 | Search Engine Watch | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
1. SEO is dead

2. SEO is about adding the right keywords

3. SEO is about ranking #1 on SERPs

4. The more webpages you have, the better the ranking

5. Image optimisation is not necessary

6. Mobile optimisation is overrated

7. SEO is not working for me

8. Link building is dead

9. Social media does not affect SEO

10. Local SEO is not for everyone

11. Don’t worry about SEO just create good content

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