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Luxury Hotels & Social Media: Trump Hotel Collection - Business Insider

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Luxury Hotels & Social Media: Trump Hotel CollectionBusiness Insider. We're entering a new age in luxury hotel marketing.


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Ageing baby boomers, boost to Singapore businesses

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Singapore ranked third out of 15 Asia Pacific countries in the first ever Ageing Asia Silver Economy Index – and that signals a welcome boost to business.

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Trending to $1.1M: THE 10-YEAR HOODIE: Built for Life, Backed for a Decade!

EVERY STITCH TELLS A STORY: A Premium Sweatshirt Designed for Life, Guaranteed for a Decade and Backed with FREE Mending!

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Forget "big box" Pandora. Slacker Radio blows it away.

Slacker is the most complete music service on earth. Enjoy millions of songs and hundreds of expertly-programmed stations for free - on demand, online and on mobile.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:27 AM

Slacker blows away Pandora. Go ahead. Prove me wrong in the comments section below.


I’ve been listening to radio over the internet since, well, the internet began. Online music has come a long way since the days of downloading indie songs from a dial-up BBS or searching on gopher.  


“Today’s music listeners are consummate curators of their own music experience.”


Forget iTunes and downloading MP3s. I did that for years. No longer need to. I’ve got a 500 gigs of music I’ve bought and listed to over the years that just sits there unnoticed and unused by me these days.

  • Much, much larger music library – like 40M vs Pandora’s 10M and iHeart’s … who knows.
  • Too tight restrictions on number of skips or thumbs up/down per hour.  Pandora has 6 skips per hour per station limit, even on my paid version. 
  • They both play directly on my Home Theatre A/V Receiver very nicely. I think Slacker sounds better.
  • Pandora uses some algorithm to put together their stations based on your choice. Slacker’s stations are actually put together by people.
  • Slacker has stations that music celebs put together. Listen to a station built by John Mayer himself.
  • Via headphones (at least on my high quality Bose ‘phones) Slacker definitely sounds better than Pandora.
  • On my computer with cheapie little speakers and sub, Slacker sounds much better than Pandora.

 

“Slacker has artists come and play in their own studio. Where’s iHeart and Pandora’s studio? That tells me they care about their listeners enough to pay attention to what I want a station to do.”

 

  • Slacker has contests.
  • Slacker creates stations like “Cocktail Madness” for fans of Mad Men.
  • Pandora says it’s got a 192 Kbps bit rate, but I’m an audiophile and doesn’t seem to sound any better that Slacker. In fact, Slacker sounds better to me.  
  • Slacker’s new User Experience is well thought out, and makes sense. Easy to find exactly what you want with the fewest clicks.
  • Slacker customer support rocks. They are responsive when you have a question or problem. Their ticketing system is easy to use and works well.
  • Slacker has a station called “Favorites Mashup Station” that plays all my faves and adds a few more suggestions here and there.
  • Pandora has no on-demand. Slacker is pretty much all on-demand – like radio in the year 2013 should be.
  • Mobile app has a high bit rate setting if you need it. I haven’t needed it.
  • One each station, Slacker lets me dial in the fine tune settings by age, related artists, favorites, and popularity. Not even sure what Pandora can do, but it’s probably not that super-fine tuning.
  • On Slacker I can listen to songs, albums and playlists whenever I want.
  • And the BIG ONE: Slacker lets me find an album and play just the album. You can’t do that on Pandora.
  • And a BIGGER ONE: Slacker lets me find an artist I like, and play only songs from that artist. A Single Artist Station. Good luck trying to do that on Pandora.


I have premium paid accounts for Slacker and Pandora. The only reason I bought Pandora was to compare it to Slacker. I’ll drop that after my subscription runs out.


I stopped using iHeart radio, since it kept bothering me to pay for their service without giving me any idea of what I would get for my money. They started to play so many commercials I got sick of their pushiness to make me pay. Plus, its run by Clear Channel - the radio equivalent of “Wal-Mart meets the NYTimes.”

 

If you are a big box music mentality, then go for Pandora an limit you music listening experience. If you want a service that focuses on the music listener, get Slacker Radio.

 

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Paul K Saunders's curator insight, April 13, 2013 7:37 AM

I will be checking it out for sure

Two Pens's curator insight, April 13, 2013 9:35 AM

For your listening pleasure, an alternative to Pandora.

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The eight faces of the Intrapreneur: the re-imagineer

The eight faces of the Intrapreneur: the re-imagineer | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
Innovation can start anywhere, anytime...

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Portland-based Crowd Supply democratizes independent product manufacturing and sales.

Portland-based Crowd Supply democratizes independent product manufacturing and sales. | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
VC and serial entrepreneur Lou Doctor wanted to make crowdfunding friendlier for product inventors and gadget developers, and people who want to buy cool and unique products.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 9, 2013 7:50 PM

Now this is a smart, vertically integrated business model for crowdfunding. 

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The Power of Business Origin Stories + Tips

The Power of Business Origin Stories + Tips | GinaFrede | Scoop.it

Get ready for a great example of an Origin Story. This is one of the most important stories to have in your storytelling quiver ...


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, April 16, 2013 5:34 AM

Great concept.

Official AndreasCY's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:53 PM
Colleague David Lee once again comes through with a great blog post all about business origin stories. Here he gives us the origin story of the Make A Stand Lemon-aid. It is a terrific example of the power of an origin story. Don't have a social cause that got you started? Not so fast -- sure you do! You were passionate about some problem you wanted to solve. That's what we want to hear about. This goes for whether you are an entreprenuer or a huge enterprise. We all have our origin stories. They are the lifeblood of organizations. Follow the tips Lee talks about in the article, watch the video for inspiration, and let your passion show!
Karen Dietz's comment, April 21, 2013 10:45 AM
Thank you for all your comments/additions Mike, Alison, and Andreas.
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Crowdfunding Success: Smart Herb Garden by Click & Grow

High technology meets your house plants. This smart garden lets everyone grow fresh herbs at home.

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A big SO WHAT. Facebook adds emoticons to status updates

A big SO WHAT. Facebook adds emoticons to status updates | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
Action icons also added, including eating, reading, watching, and drinking

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 12, 2013 10:17 AM

To me, this is a big "SO WHAT." MySpace-era is so 1990's. 

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Portland-based Crowd Supply democratizes independent product manufacturing and sales.

Portland-based Crowd Supply democratizes independent product manufacturing and sales. | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
VC and serial entrepreneur Lou Doctor wanted to make crowdfunding friendlier for product inventors and gadget developers, and people who want to buy cool and unique products.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 9, 2013 7:50 PM

Now this is a smart, vertically integrated business model for crowdfunding. 

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Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Trends in the property market: students in Glasgow

Increase in the supply of student accommodation in Glasgow.


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infozone's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:22 PM

Home to the UK’s second largest student population and no less than four universities, Glasgow is home also to a high proportion of tenants demanding excellent value and unique terms based around student living from their landlords, be they buy to let investors or Glasgow property agents.


While demand for university places remains relatively buoyant, especially for undergraduate courses, and supply in the housing market is not yet plentiful in Glasgow, commitment from property developers and newfound will on the part of banks, incentivised in part by pledges of public finance by the government, are slowly but surely increasing the supply of flats and houses available to the city’s student population.


http://www.totalstudents.com/student-guide/glasgow/


As young families and recent entrants to the jobs market begin to take up places on help to buy schemes and banks find themselves compelled by the governments who bailed them out at the height of the global financial crisis to raise capital and provide safe credit to the taxpayers who require mortgages and have been unable to find them, moves out of city apartments and house shares to new builds, particularly in the East End, are leaving increasing numbers of city properties available to let.


Given the likelihood of demand in the rentals market remaining comparatively stable, despite hard times for students and the decision of a percentage to decline university offers and student loans in favour of school leaving employment, this leaves everything to play for when it comes to the student tenant and landlord relationship.  Competitive landlords will want to ensure they are providing the best value Glasgow property and service to their tenants.  This means being up to speed with the new student lifestyles, finances and budgets facing both undergraduates and postgraduates.


http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/tuition-fees/


For postgraduates, cuts to research grants across arts, sciences and humanities means that there are fewer funded degrees available.  Those who are fortunate enough to secure funding will be more likely to work part time, if not full time while pursuing part time research.  The same goes for undergraduates, who are facing a number of socioeconomic and financial factors that have dramatically altered the landscape of undergraduate life.

 

The importance of these changes for landlords letting student tenants is to appreciate the opportunities associated with the student population.  For instance, with students forced to enter employment much earlier than on graduating and to go the extra mile to maintain job security with demand for employment being so unmet in the current economy, 12 month leases, as opposed to leases excluding the long academic summer vacation, are the norm. 


Home, EU and international students are all less likely to travel home during their vacations and reading weeks, not only in light of the increased pressure to keep their jobs and to take on hours in order to cover the cost of student living, but also in light of the fact that travel fares are increasingly seen as an expensive luxury, rather than a necessity.

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Smarter Engagement: Bypass Biases in Social Media – Think Insights – Google

Smarter Engagement: Bypass Biases in Social Media – Think Insights – Google | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
Brands use social media to engage and deepen relationships with consumers. But Wharton School’s Pinar Yildirim warns of the risk in sensational content and minority opinions when it comes to user-generated content (UGC).

 

Digest...

 

We know it’s good to engage your customers. It’s not true, however, that any engagement is good engagement. Brands should not have blind faith in high numbers. Instead, media managers’ goal should be meaningful interactions that deepen relationships with their best customers.

 

The right metrics in social media are crucial, but interpretation is just as important and this is where I’m going to focus. When it comes to social media content, there are two tendencies to be wary of — sensationalism and extreme opinions.

 

So, my first piece of advice for managers is: do not to fall into the sensationalism trap and be careful how you interpret social media. Emotional, controversial, or exaggerated messaging might attract attention — and even boost your social media fans or followers’ number in the short term — but are people really buying into your brand? Moreover, could it be harmful in the long term? If brand-related content is going to chime in on the topic of the moment, make sure it does so in a way that ties back to your brand and what it stands for.

 

This brings us to my second piece of advice. When social media’s most active users are consumers with polarized opinions, managers must carefully interpret the data they gather from it. It can be detrimental when companies – and big data analysts – treat the opinions of a small, and possibly polarized, vocal group as representing the opinions of the rest.


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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:26 AM

Dr. Yildirim is spot-on: we can all get excited about the minority opinion, be it good or bad. That's the void you risk falling into without proper metrics in place. Stay away from the most vocal and stick with the fundamentals.


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B2B Marketers Embrace Expanding Roles - DestinationCRM

B2B Marketers Embrace Expanding Roles - DestinationCRM | GinaFrede | Scoop.it

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A study conducted by Forrester Research and the Business Marketing Association has revealed that 97 percent of business-to-business marketing leaders are taking on responsibilities they have never had to before, including managing social media on a regular basis.

 

The findings, released Wednesday, also revealed that more than 70 percent of the 117 B2B marketers surveyed are concerned about brand integrity and execution in social media, and 60 percent admit they are looking to hire young talent to help them navigate new and ever-changing technology. The problem that marketers face, however, is that the talent is hard to find—about 47 percent say they can't find people with the right skill sets, and 28 percent say it's nearly impossible to fill important positions.

 

As a result, the role of the traditional marketer has expanded significantly. According to the study, 87 percent of marketers have found that peer departments seek their input and data much more; 78 percent claim the marketing organization's influence on corporate strategy is much greater; 77 percent believe the stature of marketing's seat at the executive round table has risen; and 56 percent say they spend more time in front of the company's board of directors than in the past.

 


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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, June 4, 2013 8:30 AM

Technology, data and social media have opened up a brand new seat at the table for Marketing, especially if there is attribution and ROI metrics.


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Go places with new Google tool for business

Go places with new Google tool for business | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
What does the new Google Places dashboard mean for business? If you learn how to navigate the tools it can be a new opportunity to stand out and engage with your customers.

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Emmanuel 'Manny' Gigante's curator insight, April 12, 2013 8:29 AM

is this good or bad you'll need to answer for yourself

Gary Goel's curator insight, April 12, 2013 8:53 AM

I still have to Roll with Android unless Apple made a deal with ADOBE yet? Anyone know? I love the smooth interface and camera but I still see blank spots where there is " FLASH" from Adobe. Meaning as a person in Business I don't get full Web. But if anyone knows an app or can update me on that I would buy the ever fashionable IPHONE. But Google is Google and Google has the Open Source Lanquage that give the power of the world to download and create. Apple remains Proprietary and you have to buy their apps or a limited to their apps right? Or do they let people download and build what they  want? 

Emmanuel 'Manny' Gigante's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:38 PM
mmmm google triumph? or overkill
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The Importance of Scheduling Nothing

The Importance of Scheduling Nothing | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
If you were to see my calendar, you'd probably notice a host of time slots greyed out but with no indication of what's going on. There is no problem with my Outlook or printer. The grey sections

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Val&co's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:14 AM

Et une bonne leçon de management dans le même temps

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Hyperrealistic Animals Created by Painting on Layers of Resin - My Modern Metropolis

Hyperrealistic Animals Created by Painting on Layers of Resin - My Modern Metropolis | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
Singapore-based artist Keng Lye meticulously produces three-dimensional works of art with acrylics and epoxy resin that lie somewhere between painting and scu…

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:28 AM

Will be interesting if 3D printing can do this sometime in the future. 

Israel George's curator insight, April 11, 2013 8:11 AM

Decorative meets Different.

Marty Koenig's comment, April 12, 2013 9:08 AM
No doubt, Israel. Very different.
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Crowdfunding Success: Smart Herb Garden by Click & Grow

High technology meets your house plants. This smart garden lets everyone grow fresh herbs at home.

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What is a Natural Storyteller?

What is a Natural Storyteller? | GinaFrede | Scoop.it

"You know that feeling, when you can’t wait to get home to tell your significant other about the crazy thing that just happened at work? The second you walk through the door, even before you kick off your pinchy-toe shoes, you’re saying, “You’re not going to believe this . . .” as you launch into the story, complete with revealing hand gestures, passion, and well timed pauses that effortlessly build to the riveting climax."


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Karen Dietz's comment, April 16, 2013 9:37 AM
And many thanks to Denyse, Comeja, Two Pen's, and Os's additional comments pointing out the value of this article.
Ally Greer's curator insight, June 10, 2013 12:29 PM

Anyone who knows me knows that I love telling stories. (Usually more than once.) The above excerpt essentially describes every single day of my life. Sharing life experiences with people who mean something to me is what makes these experiences that much more exciting.


Read below, as Karen Dietz sums up my thoughts way better than I ever could. Thanks Karen and Gregg!

Dawn Mullen's curator insight, July 4, 2013 6:11 AM
I am a Realtor not a writer. I still have to use the story in both pictures and words to tell the story of a home I am selling. It is true a picture is worth a thousand words and together a picture and a caption should be not just information but a story. Call me. I can show you the difference.
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Marketing learns to speak the C-suite’s language

Marketing learns to speak the C-suite’s language | GinaFrede | Scoop.it

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Facebook Slices, Dices Consumers, Refines Ad Targeting to 500 Groups

Facebook Slices, Dices Consumers, Refines Ad Targeting to 500 Groups | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
Facebook added another level of targeting to its advertising strategy Wednesday with the introduction of partner categories, a self-service feature that uses data collected from other channels to deliver ads on the social network.

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Marty Koenig's curator insight, April 11, 2013 9:34 AM

Awesome, Now you can really target your ideal customer on FB like never before.


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Yep, LinkedIn Acquires Newsreader Startup Pulse for $90 Million

Yep, LinkedIn Acquires Newsreader Startup Pulse for $90 Million | GinaFrede | Scoop.it
We knew it was coming. Now it's official.

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