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Social Media: Financial Services That Tweet

Social Media: Financial Services That Tweet | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
When it comes to social media financial services have been slow to join Twitter. These banks are growing their follower base fast with these tricks.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who tweet. Twitter gets results in the form of social media followers for banks and financial services. How?  They  use it to launch products, enhance communications, and improve customer service.

When it comes to social media, financial services are often accused of missing the boat on Twitter,  or giving up after some half-hearted effort. Bad move. Here’s a look at some banks heading in the right direction  through multiple forms of customer engagement.

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Definitely something to learn here. Banks have the funds and make these choices. Check it out, good article.

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StartupVitamins, cool quotes to stay focused...

StartupVitamins, cool quotes to stay focused... | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Startup Vitamins provides inspiration and motivation for startups - and supports them too!Startup Vitamins is a recently launched project, which offers inspiring posters with sayings from industry leaders such as Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Jason Fried, and more.Profit from sold posters goes towards supporting various organizations, which develop and bring value to the startup community. Currently profits are split between StartupWeekend and Garage48, both of which help ideas come to life around the world.



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The human mind has the ability to pop out of simplicity and start making the issue complicated. Stay balanced, walk that fine line of focus and being 'on'. As soon as you feel getting lost in too much detail or doubt, regain that focus by getting back to basics. Tune in again.

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Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com

Billion-Dollar Startup Club - WSJ.com | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
The Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking companies that are valued at $1 billion or more by venture-capital firms. Today there are more than 30 such companies in the U.S., Europe and China.

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Dazzling numbers. Which ones are profitable?

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Womenabler's curator insight, January 27, 12:01 PM

Any of 'em female-founded, I wonder? Hope so!

Romain Baudot's curator insight, January 29, 11:08 AM

Companies to follow

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How I Got My First 250 Google+ Followers

How I Got My First 250 Google+ Followers | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Most people will agree getting your first several hundred followers is the hardest. Here's EXACTLY how I got my first 250 Google+ followers.

Earlier this week I crossed the 250 follower milestone on Google+ (at time of writing I am marching towards 300) and I wanted to share with you exactly how I got there so you can learn from my mistakes, experiments and successes.

Now for me this is a big deal, I’ve never had 250 followers in anything. I have tried building a following on Twitter and have a modest collection of connections on LinkedIn (hell, I’ve even got a Facebook Page).

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This is a very personalable story. Rick makes some excellent points. We all have to start small, and focus our efforts there. Doing it with Google+ is a great idea. In the social media scene Google+ is getting more important every day. And, Google has the power and means to keep on doing that. I like Google+ and will definitely give it more attention.

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Simply Friday's curator insight, December 20, 2013 1:35 PM

Really clear and easy "How to" for people just starting out on G+

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What Happens in an Internet Minute? #infographic

What Happens in an Internet Minute? #infographic | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

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Wow ... 1 minute!

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In time...the internet world!

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What Is Snapchat?

What Is Snapchat? | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

A primer on the photosharing service that Facebook reportedly offered to buy for $3 billion.


.... How does Snapchat actually work?


Once you've found your friends on Snapchat, you can simply start taking pictures and sending them out to as many friends as you want.The app has a couple of distinguishing features in terms of photo taking. One, users can draw on their photos. So that's funny sometimes. Two, you can caption any photo. Three, you get to set how long — from 1-10 seconds — the photograph will be visible to receivers. Crucially, too, the app tells you when your snaps are opened by the receiver. You know they saw it....

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Focused around mobile and 'just having fun', this proves that the position of big social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are not the end, but just the beginning. Creative, and full of new challenges.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:58 AM

In-depth look at app success story Snapchat.

Linda Allen's curator insight, November 19, 2013 8:48 AM

Thank you Jeff, I need this explanation!

 

Social media test's curator insight, December 9, 2013 6:33 PM

The new trend: small talk and short attention spans.

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How to Master Story and Completely Transform Your Business

How to Master Story and Completely Transform Your Business | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
What’s the secret to standing out online?

How do you build authority and find those prize customers you covet?

How do you really make it in the online jungle?

If you deliver a consistent, helpful, engaging narrative with a core message and a specific audience in mind, you’ll blow past the competition.

Because story done right makes you likable, trustworthy, and helpful. And people buy from those they like, know and trust.

Of course, but where do you start?

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Want to know the secret of business success? Tell the right story. It's all spelled out here in this article, great, great, great.

Read if a few times, re-think your marketing, and just do it!

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Why Should A Startup Have A Social Media Presence?

Why Should A Startup Have A Social Media Presence? | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

SHARE First & Worry About Everything Else Second
This Business 2 Community post is written for "business" but certainly applicable to startups. Startups must realize that "process is product". 
Process is product means everything you are doing right NOW is a product. 

The soon a startup begins publishing, broadcasting and sharing the easier it gets, the richer the fast feedback loops become and the more chances for success they create. 

Many startups think what they have is so amazing that it can't be shared. With few exceptions (biotech) it is NEVER the case that your thoughts are unique or so unknown that your share will quake the world. 

Any business is created in the execution developed for the idea. To worry about someone stealing your idea is to worry about the tide. Focus your energy on getting as much information out and in as many hands as you can as fast as you can. SHARE. 

Realize that the most important "product" you build is the team capable of building something, pivoting on a dime and responding to what they hear with meaningful and amazing results.  

If you don't have a way to capture your journey find one (write, video, infographics, animation, stories). Your goal should be to create the means of production - the framework where you can easily harvest UGC (User Generated Content) anytime needed. 

UGC is more important to a startup than oxygen. UGC helps gauge reaction, shape your product and determine a startup's future.  


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It's very obvious that every company needs a social media presence, not just startups. However, if you can build a following for your company before it gets launched, the more chance for success you will have.

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Haley Evans's curator insight, November 14, 2013 11:34 AM

Social media is one of the main forms of communications in today’s society. Whether it is between publics, consumers, or businesses, social media is an essential way of communicating with one another.  Business are able to use social media in many different ways to help there company and to expand the company to different publics.  By using social media companies are able to not only reach more publics, but have a better chance at becoming a well-known and successful company in the business and consumer world.  One reason why social media is important for a business is advertising.  In Adventure in Public relations, Guth and Marsh explain how much advertising can be done on social media and how affective it is in comparison to other Medias.  Advertisement on social media can be run twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  It also shows the best of all types of media. The advertisement can show pictures, video, sound, and text. By using social media to advertise, your business has potential to reach consumers worldwide.  When you are reaching consumers worldwide the chances of your company making it big increase significantly. 

On top of the advertisement being able to reach so many people, it is extremely cost-effective as well.  Using cost-effecting is another important reason why social media is so important.  It can be extremely expensive to print off thousands of flyers and brochures, or to place ads in a newspaper.  A company can launch a new product on a social media site for free!  To add to this by using social media the company is also able to be time efficient.  When advertising or simply working to reach target consumers and publics, it is made easy with social media.  On social media sites a company can advertise their products and launch dates on the screen, if a user likes a link or an add on their page they are able to follow the company and receive more promotions and ads to that company on their other social media sites.  These platforms help to target the business’ audience and consumers more easily and efficiently. Lastly a huge perk of using social media for your company is that you are able to get timely feedback from consumers.  Guth and Marsh explain that it is important to keep and a close following on the feedback that is given from consumers and when the company receives feedback, make sure to respond quickly and efficiently.

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7 Big Facebook Changes You Should Know About for a Better Facebook Strategy

7 Big Facebook Changes You Should Know About for a Better Facebook Strategy | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Facebook changes so fast, I often miss new features or updates to existing ones. Since there have been a few changes recently, I thought it would be helpful to do a bit of a wrap-up of what Facebook’s been up to.

1. Images are now bigger and wider – Here are the right sizes to use

Some recent changes to how Facebook displays thumbnail images mean that we need to be more aware of the size and aspect ration of any pictures we post. Because Facebook will automatically resize images that don’t match its specifications, we really need to remember these details for our images to look right.

The aspect ratio is very specific: image widths need to be 1.91 times the height. This will mean the image scales perfectly in both the desktop News Feed and on mobile. Images are now larger when shown in the News Feed, so keeping the aspect ratio right will make sure your images look great wherever the user sees them.

Recommended image sizes have also changed for Facebook’s desktop News Feed and mobile views. For the News Feed, Facebook recommends thumbnail images of 400×209 pixels. Images that are smaller than these dimensions will be resized to either 154×154 or 90×90 pixels.

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Facebook is important in many people's lifes. As a company you need to keep up with the technicalities, what are the changes that apply to you and that are important for your FB presence.


There are even some tips here that are important for our own personal FB usage.


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Ally Greer's curator insight, October 1, 2013 3:51 PM

From the ability to edit posts to auto-play for videos, lots of new changes to Facebook's News Feed are coming. They're mostly important to people using it in strategic ways, but could also be of interest to those wondering how FB decides what you see in your feed.

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5 Easy Ways to Connect With Online Influencers

5 Easy Ways to Connect With Online Influencers | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Following these tips to meeting influential people in your niche can help you get the exposure for your startup you've been looking for.

Having even just one relationship with an online influencer can have a significant impact on your business. Online influencers are people who have a dynamic personality that comes across online and they command the respect of other key players in their niche. Relationships with influencers are sought after by business owners because these people help shape consumer decision making by popularizing products and ideas, and promoting things across multiple channels.

The good news is that many top influencers also happen to be fairly accessible, even when you think it's impossible to connect with them. Here are five relatively easy ways to connect with powerful influencers who can hopefully help your business get to the next level:

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Not that easy, but good tips to keep in mind.

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Does your digital strategy fit your business plan? | Business Tas blog

Does your digital strategy fit your business plan? | Business Tas blog | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

What do most small-to-medium businesses do when they try something new?

Generally, they fail to set clear objectives for reaching their goals. They fail to plan and as Winston Churchill said “failing to plan is planning to fail”.

As a business owner, you should start by understanding what you are trying to achieve and why. It’s important to ask yourself whether everything you do  moves you closer to your goals. If you are doing something that doesn’t then why do it? There are some things in business we can’t avoid (like bookwork), but it is vital that we think critically about everything we do.

Your digital activity is no different. Every business needs to ask why they are doing this? There must be a reason. A clear objective is essential to the success of the digital strategy.

Before you decide what your digital objectives are, look at your business plan (you do have one, don’t you?). What goals have you set? Are you achieving your current objectives?

Having a business plan reminds you why you are in business and what you are trying to achieve. Without a business plan, you will be playing hit and miss with anything you do, including your digital activity.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 26, 2013 7:32 PM

"You do have one, don't you?" It's a given, no plan, no direction, no goals, no results.

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Rise of the grey entrepreneur: meet the over-50s starting their own businesses

Rise of the grey entrepreneur: meet the over-50s starting their own businesses | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
With pension pots shrinking, many retired people are starting a small business. We meet three older entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Sam Taylor was 63 when he retired. He'd worked hard all his life, had a company that floated on the stock market and made enough money to live a life of leisure in southern Spain. So why, eight years later, did he swap sipping sangrias in the sun for starting an online art business in his native Scotland?

"Six months into retirement, I couldn't really hack it. I was bored and I missed the buzz of business," the founder of Creative Arts Gallery explained. After a brief spell as a business angel and directorship roles in Edinburgh he realised the only way he was going to enjoy his later years was to return to self-employment.

He said: "During that time my wife was doing textile art and we got to a position where she had built up a considerable amount of material. We were talking one night and decided we needed to start selling some of it. We recognised that online retail was becoming much more acceptable and thought, let's put my business experience and her artistic talent together and set up an online art gallery."

The site now boasts more than 200 individual pieces by over 30 Scottish contemporary artists. But the couple are not alone in choosing to be their own boss. According to the Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise, there are currently 4.17 million self-employed workers in the UK, of which 42% (1.75 million) are over 50. That's up from 38% in 2008. About 1.4 million are between 50 and 64, and 375,000 are 65-plus.

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Online Presence

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There are a few commonsense ways to help protect your reputation online. Some companies offer such a service for a fee, but you can do …


There are a few commonsense ways to help protect your reputation online. Some companies offer such a service for a fee, but you can do a lot yourself to keep your reputation sterling.

The first step for anyone should be reviewing their own social media accounts. Embarrassing photos, status updates, or even the use of foul language can reflect negatively on a person looking for employment, promotion, or business partners. In certain situations, a photo or comment could even cost someone the job he already has. Everyone should be aware of what their social media accounts say about them, and take action to correct anything that could reflect negatively upon them.

The next step is to familiarize yourself with the various privacy policies of social media websites. These vary from one site to another, and while avoiding having embarrassing material show up online should be the top priority, it is also a good idea to be aware of who can see what sections of a person’s pages. Adjusting settings to allow certain things only to be seen by certain people would be a wise step for those who don’t want to revamp their pages completely.

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It's easy to ruin your reputation online by negative remarks or just plain stupid responses. This article gives you some ideas on how to prevent that.

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, August 1, 2013 7:45 PM

Very true !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks,

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Three Dead Simple Tips To Building Meaningful Twitter Relationships

Three Dead Simple Tips To Building Meaningful Twitter Relationships | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

They are the backbone of business and are a key aspect of our own lives. Whether we like it or not, relationships have shaped us as individuals. Whether it’s the relationships we had with our parents or classmates as kids or the relationships we’ve developed with peers and colleagues throughout our careers – They’ve shaped us. They’ve impacted our biases, our opinions, our beliefs and who we are as a whole.


It’s shocking to some people to think that you can build a strong relationship with someone through the internet. We all know that online dating has taken off over the past decade but that’s not the type of relationship I’m talking about. I’m talking about relationships that are completely professional and/or platonic.


Over the years, I’ve established many relationships solely through forums, Twitter, email and Facebook. I’ve connected with people all over the world and recognize that these relationships have given me new insight, new opportunities and new perspectives. Here are three dead simple tips that will help you in developing meaningful and authentic relationships through Twitter:


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Relationships are the first thing. Lead generation opens the door. Now shake people's hands and get to know them.

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Tips for Startups on Raising Old Money and Crowdfunding - SiliconHills

Tips for Startups on Raising Old Money and Crowdfunding - SiliconHills | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Old real estate and oil money in town invested in San Antonio’s Rackspace early on, said Stephanie Chandler, partner with Jackson-Walker.

It was one of the first cases of old San Antonio money backing a startup technology venture here, she said.

Now with Geekdom, a technology incubator and accelerator in downtown San Antonio, the goal is to get even more local investment into startups, Chandler said.

“Over the last ten years there’s a much more significant uptick in what families are doing,” in investing in startup deals, she said. “Five years ago, we didn’t have the Rackspace founders looking at deals.”

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Here's a good look at an upcoming startup hub: Austin/San Antonio, and the funding situation for startups there as seen by an insider.

The new opportunities created by crowdfunding and the eagerness of 'old money' to play into new trends and profits. Combine that with the new requirements of equity crowdfunding, and you have a good and informative article.

Interesting read for any startup to see how 'smart money' thinks.

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How to Create a Great Startup Blog and Stand Out from Competition - The Next Web

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How to Create a Great Startup Blog and Stand Out from Competition -
The Next Web
Beside giving your startup a platform, having a blog can help you establish thought leadership, build SEO, and promote things that central to your brand's messaging.

Blogging is like the modern day welcome mat, showing passers-by that someone is home and will probably answer the doorbell if you ring it.

For startups, this is particularly important as you strive to establish your voice and brand point of view. Beside giving your startup a platform, having a blog can help you establish thought leadership, build SEO, and promote things that central to your brand’s messaging.

But not all corporate blogs are created equal. When it comes to starting a blog, there are a few basic parameters to consider.

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Your Blog connects you with your public. The better information you provide, the more you will be respected, listened to, and considered an authority in what you do. Whether that information is original or curated and shared, that's not important. You're the place to go to where that information can be found.

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10 Razor-Sharp Blogging For Business Tips in 2014 #Blogging

10 Razor-Sharp Blogging For Business Tips in 2014 #Blogging | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Blogging for business tips is a method used in social media and content marketing that utilizes the power of community in order to create multidimensional blog posts. Today I am going to share some incredible tips with you on how to get this right in the New Year, so that you can gain more traffic, readers and brand advocates for your small business.

Crowdsourced blogging is when you invite members of your community to contribute ideas, concepts or quotes in the comment section – that you will later turn into a high value blog post. Different voices and perspectives can make for amazing information for your blog.

Leveraging The Power of The Crowd in 2014

By now, you should have several different social communities huddled around your brand online. Your blog community, Facebook community – Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest communities are all existing assets that you can convert into great content for your blog.

Here’s how to get your readers contributing content for your blog next year!

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These are some good tips for blogging. It's always hard to get your 'crowd' to contribute. Take a look.

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14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
From the Ngram Viewer to Google Dart, check out some of these lesser-known Google applications.
1. Google Ngram Viewer

Google's Ngram Viewer lets you search keywords in millions of books over the span of half a millennium, a useful tool for finding trends over time. For power users, the Ngram Viewer also has advanced options, such as searching for particular keywords as specific parts of speech or combining keywords. Just in case you ever wanted to see how big cocaine was in Victorian times, now you can.

Screenshot courtesy of Google Ngram Viewer.

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Amazing, what an incredible amount of information.

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Jose Gonzalez's curator insight, December 1, 2013 6:19 PM

Wow

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To fulfill you with more information and availability through Google...

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Need more tools...

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How to launch a startup without knowing a line of code

How to launch a startup without knowing a line of code | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

There is an unspoken rule: to launch a startup, you need to build a product, and to do that you need someone that can write code.

Whether that means chasing down a technical co-founder, learning to code, or even building that “Lean MVP” – the conventional wisdom is that without tech abilities you’re nothing more than a dude (or dudette) with a Powerpoint.

A growing number of startups, however, are quietly disproving this assumption.

They’re getting their first customers with minimal technology, and often no code at all. Instead of building fancy technology from the outset, they’re hacking together inexpensive online tools such as online forms, drag-and-drop site builders, advanced WordPress plugins, and eCommerce providers.

They’re jumping right in to serve customers in any way possible – heading right for their first paying customers.

Most importantly, unlike the majority of their peers, by the time they start building a product, they already have a humming business.

How are they doing it?

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It's become fashionable to create Startups and use Developers. But anyone can start a business online, there are too many good tools around, and not only WordPress as the article suggests.

I built my site with SBI/Sitesell, and am very happy to see hundreds of visitors every day checking on funding information. SBI has many, many tools, all integrated in one package at $29.90/month or $299.00/year, less than a dollar a day. Take a look:http://www.sitesell.com/welcome23.html


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Dennis Staples's curator insight, January 15, 2:37 PM

Knowing how to get your project coded is as important as knowing how to code!

 

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Ten Benefits of Using Infographics - SiteProNews

Ten Benefits of Using Infographics - SiteProNews | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

According to 3M Corporation and Zabisco, 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. The Internet has taken visual marketing to the next level and infographics are becoming a major part of that growth.Here are 10 benefits to using infographics in your marketing and on your website....

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More and more infographics are telling great stories. Explore a great tool of 'visual' communications.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:33 AM

Just the basics. 10 tips for infographics success.

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8 of the worst tips about content marketing and going viral

8 of the worst tips about content marketing and going viral | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

I have heard some really bad advice about content creation, content marketing, and brand journalism. While the internet is filled with some great advice, there’s a lot of awful advice as well that I’ve overheard, read online, or been directed to do by clients that I’ve strongly advised against.

Here are my least favorite pieces of advice on content production:

“It’s all about video”

“You have to create video. Everything is video now.” This is uttered as if television hasn’t existed for 85 years. Video? What is this “video” you speak of? If video was the end all be all it would have rendered text, audio, and images as worthless. They’re not, and that’s why video is not the only way to communicate your story and message.

The irritation of this advice as is the problem with most of the listed advice is it’s uttered without inquiry into the goals or desires of the company and its audience.

Yes, video is valuable, but it’s not necessarily for everyone. What’s the best way to convey your story and information? Is your business visual? Do you have really interesting stuff to show? Would a picture of your product and its workings be a far easier way to demonstrate what it is you do? Do you have dynamic and smart people who work at your company that are great on camera? If yes to any and all of these, then create video. If not, then you don’t need video.

“Create viral content”

I have a video on my old YouTube channel that has almost 400,000 views.

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Some common sense information. If you want to become viral, be relevant first.

What's your idea about videos or trying to get your content going viral?



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Mapping The Internet

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The internet is a worldwide network of computers, but it seems very intangible to most of us. In a general sense, the internet is made up of a lot of different components: Websites, users, servers, browsers, networking cables, and more. Some of these things have a physical component, and some of them do not, but even the ones that do have a physical component can be hard to conceptualize spatially. These maps help to lend that spatial component to the Internet.

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The coolest maps ever from Visual.ly. Check it out.


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Keep Your Small Business Blog Working for You

Keep Your Small Business Blog Working for You | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

The purpose of writing a small business blog is simple. When done correctly, it establishes and reinforces your brand and products, connects you directly to your customers, and drives traffic to your website.

However, one of the most difficult parts of writing a blog is keeping your ideas fresh, interesting, insightful, and relevant. If you find yourself struggling to develop the best blog content for your website, here are three tips to help you keep your small business blog working for you.

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Having a Small Business Blog is not a luxury, it has become a necessity, a communication tool between you and your clients/visitors/prospects.

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In defense of the niche: content marketing and the rise of the smart web

In defense of the niche: content marketing and the rise of the smart web | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Author and entrepreneur Seth Godin once said that “Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” Even for those folks who’ve never so much as heard of lead-gen or nurture programs,

the importance of relevant content and compelling narrative has never been so necessary as it is today — especially because the digital sea is brimming with the wreckage of too many voices with far too little exposure.

That doesn’t seem to stop the superfluousness from spreading, though, and quickly drowning out a lot of the more substantial content that arguably deserves a bigger platform. The Internet is a minefield, and discovering anything worthwhile is often an accident (which is, of course, why the content curation movement started up in the first place).

But what is it, exactly, that makes content more globally valuable, shareable, accepted, meaningful, or engaging?


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 14, 2013 8:29 PM

Directly from the Scoop.it Blog.

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The 5 Cornerstone Values that Build an Authoritative Online Presence

The 5 Cornerstone Values that Build an Authoritative Online Presence | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

You've seen us talking a lot about authority -- authority with your audience, with search engines, with colleagues, with other web publishers.

Why do you want it? Because given the noisy, cluttered state of the web right now, it’s the authoritative site that earns the business.


  • It’s the site that delivers credible, effective solutions to customer problems.
  • It’s the site that attracts links from other authoritative publishers.
  • It’s the site that earns plenty of social sharing from an audience that wants to share high-quality, user-friendly content.
  • And it’s the site with a confident, ethical sales process that converts attention into business.

There are a lot of components to authority — site design, intelligent SEO, strategic content promotion.

But behind all of these is a single, non-negotiable element that every authoritative site needs. You’ll find a clue in the graphic that accompanies this post.

The “secret sauce” — the magic ingredient that makes the others work — is the intelligence and skill set of a talented, well-trained author.

In other words, the secret sauce is you.

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Essential to know this, good article.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, August 2, 2013 11:49 AM

Some good essential things to keep in mind, good article.