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4 Smartwatch Predictions for Local Search | Bernadette Coleman

4 Smartwatch Predictions for Local Search | Bernadette Coleman | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
We’re guessing the smartwatch is much easier to use than Google Glass. They also seem pretty similar to a smartphone, with a screen-based UI interface. Personally, I’m reminded of Dick Tracy and his watch, with his two way radio and such.

While you may not be interested in looking like a spy or a private detective, as a marketer you’re probably thinking of how this will impact local search. The real question is, what kinds of marketing opportunities exist, and will it change the way people navigate local search?

While we can’t really tell how it will change the search landscape now (unless you’re a fortune teller!), we can only do our best to guess what is going to happen.
Tom George's insight:

Wearable technology is going to be absolutely huge. Positioning your company to consider how something like a smart watch will work with your local marketing is prudent. A great article on what's to come in a very short amount of time. Do you own a piece of wearable tech yet? Let me know in the comments.

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7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own

Very few founders, startup CEOs, board members, investors, and others supporting the entrepreneurial community actively pursue and advocate disciplined, professional leadership development. This is an enormous missed opportunity.

Entrepreneurs, especially founders and startup CEOs, need not wait to be encouraged to do this work. They should not consider their own development as a nice-to-have, an indulgence, or an unnecessary expense. They certainly should not delay until their jobs are threatened by their poor performance.

Here are seven reasons (among many) that every founder and entrepreneurial CEO should actively develop their leadership, and a question about each.

1. Leadership development works

Studies consistently demonstrate that organizations with a developmental mindset and holistic leadership programs out-perform organizations that do not. (See the Center for Creative Leadership for some excellent research.)
Tom George's insight:

One of the better articles I have read on leadership in a while. Yes leadership is something that must be worked on and developed. Imagine that! Just imagine for example how your attitude and responsibilities will change as you go from an emerging and budding entrepreneur, to team member, to being responsible for a larger organization. How will you learn the tools of leadership? Here are several great steps. 

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London

London | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
About London

Visit London
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Best Lunch/Dinner Spots

Oslo Hackney
Foxlow
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Salt Yard Tapas Bar
Jimmy's Underground Pop-up
The Happenstance
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Fancy a Drink ?

Peters & Co. Gin Palace
BrewDog Bar Shoreditch
The Dolls House
White Lyan
Sager + Wilde
Portside Parlour
The Crown and Shuttle
Stories

Live Music

CLF Art Café
Power Lunches Ltd.
The Nightjar
The Shacklewell Arms
Roundhouse
Cafe OTO
Union Chapel
The O2

Feeling Peckish ?

Taylor St Baristas
Bill's Restaurant
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The Icecreamists
Snog Soho
Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar
Shoreditch Grind

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Hotels and Plane Tickets
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Completely rocks! Home run for Zeef! Also at http://www.zeef.com

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Eleven ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule

Eleven ways to fit exercise into your busy schedule | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
If you were told there was a new drug on the market that could help you live longer, make you feel better mentally and physically, help you lose weight, improve your sleep, increase your confidence, give you a better sex life and make you more efficient at work – all without negative side effects – would you not want to be the first to try this drug?
Tom George's insight:

No leader can perform their duties to the best of their abilities without feeling healthy and energized. The best way to accomplish this is through exercise, and a proper mental attitude. As a professional fitness trainer for over 15 years, the author makes some very good suggestions, (eleven to be exact) about how to get your exercise done. You can learn more about what I do at http://www.shapeshifterfitness.com

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Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between Tech firms & the US government

Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between Tech firms & the US government | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Stewart Baker said that Apple and Google could be restricting their business in markets like China and Russia by encrypting user data Continue reading...

Via TechinBiz
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Meaningful insight into the future struggle for control for technology between governments and the technological companies themselves.

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The End Of Apps As We Know Them - Inside Intercom

The End Of Apps As We Know Them - Inside Intercom | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. And that changes everything.

 

How we experience content via connected devices – laptops, phones, tablets, wearables – is undergoing a dramatic change. The idea of an app as an independent destination is becoming less important, and the idea of an app as a publishing tool, with related notifications that contain content and actions, is becoming more important. This will change what we design, and change our product strategy

 

.NO MORE SCREENS FULL OF APP ICONS

 

This is such a paradigm shift it requires plenty of explaining. Whilst it may not transpire exactly as I’m about to describe, there is no doubt what we have today — screens of apps — is going to dramatically change. Bear with me as I run through the context....


Via Jeff Domansky
Tom George's insight:

I find myself wanting to be on the cutting edge of technology, and this post from Jeff is definitely on point. A very interesting article.   

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William Burney's comment, October 24, 2014 3:06 PM
I find myself wanting to be on the cutting edge of technology, and this post from Jeff is definitely on point. A very interesting article.
Jeff Domansky's comment, October 24, 2014 7:21 PM
Hi all, glad you found this article interesting. It's really a fascinating look at mobile design and usability. Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Darlene Tate's comment, October 25, 2014 2:23 AM
Thanks Jeff!
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Monitoring a Brand Online Is A 24 Hour 7 Day A Week Job | Internet Billboards

Monitoring a Brand Online Is A 24 Hour 7 Day A Week Job | Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
The best way to monitor your brand online, is a combination of free tools like Google Alerts, and using a paid service such as Brand 24 or Sprout Social.
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My latest work.

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Laurie J.Greene's curator insight, June 15, 2014 9:44 AM

This is the cost of doing business.

Tom George's comment, June 16, 2014 3:22 PM
Thanks @Laurie J.Greene How long have you been on Scoop.it?
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HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHER: In 16 Years Of Teaching, Nothing Has Disrupted My Classroom More Than Snapchat's New Update

HIGH-SCHOOL TEACHER: In 16 Years Of Teaching, Nothing Has Disrupted My Classroom More Than Snapchat's New Update | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
When Snapchat introduced its new update, the school day became a wash.

 

Yesterday, Snapchat released a huge update, its biggest in months. 

Now, instead of just sharing snaps and clips that disappear at a moment's notice, the update lets you text inside Snapchat for the first time, and once you leave a conversation, the messages disappear. The new Snapchat lets you video-call a friend.

No one was more excited about the update than Snapchat's target demographic: teens. And no one could have used a warning about the huge in-app changes more than high-school teachers, such as Tracie Schroeder, who tweeted this out yesterday afternoon:

  

Tom George's insight:

It is just amazing the speed in which social apps like Snapchat are disrupting the learning, and sharing landscape

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How Publishing With Content Curation Can Increase Your Brands Results | Internet Billboards

How Publishing With Content Curation Can Increase Your Brands Results | Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Even major brands are moving into curation. So what exactly is it? And how can publishing with content curation help to increase your brands bottom line? By bottom line I mean, site traffic, engagement, and finally customer acquisitions.
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My latest article on content curation for publisers

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8 Brilliant Landing Page Examples You Need to See

8 Brilliant Landing Page Examples You Need to See | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Get inspired by these 8 brilliant landing page examples.

 

Learning how to put together an A+ landing page is tricky.

There are so many elements that a top-notch landing page needs, and making those elements the "best" they can be often depends on what your landing page goals are. 

Take form length for example. It's just one of the many components you need to optimize, but best practices will tell you that both short and long forms perform well -- it all depends on whether you want to generate a lot of overall form submissions, or a smaller number of quality submissions.

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Alan French's curator insight, April 1, 2014 1:59 PM

Some great examples here to model. It's an essential skill for those who rely on growing their leads online.

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Facebook Continues To Dominate Driving Engagement Social Sales and Traffic – Social Media

Facebook Continues To Dominate Driving Engagement Social Sales and Traffic – Social Media | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Interesting to note that this is traffic being driven to Shopify and their study. I would love to have seen a little more insight from Jeff, logically my initial questions are. 1. What is Shopify doing so well with their Facebook marketing and engagement? 2. What is the percentage across the board for companies driving traffic and sales to their products and services from Facebook? - See more at: http://socialmedia.internetbillboards.net/2014/03/16/facebook-continues-to-dominate-driving-engagement-social-sales-and-traffic/#sthash.uCla8YsO.dpuf
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Some interesting Facebook posts.

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Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, March 16, 2014 3:23 PM

Facebook is where at least 70% of my business gets done and comes from.

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What do you think are the best sources to monitor and curate from? | Internet Billboards

What do you think are the best sources to monitor and curate from? | Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

A little Q&A What do you think are some of the best sources along with Scoop.it to monitor and curate content from?

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The new Questions and Answers section on Internet Billboards and I would love to know your answers.

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Tom George's curator insight, March 9, 2014 2:09 PM

New questions and answers section on Internet Billboards,and I would love to know your answers.

Tom George's curator insight, March 9, 2014 2:13 PM

Our new Questions and answers section on the site. I would love it if you could answer the question for me. Other then Scoop.it of coarse.

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The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women

The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits Of Women | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
It’s impossible to respect, value and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great. Because of this, the identity crisis I have written about that exists in today’s workplace is something that women leaders in particular have been facing for much too long. While the tide is changing and more women are being elevated into leadership roles, there is still much work to do. As of July 2013, there were only 19 female elected presidents and prime ministers in power around the globe. In the business world, women currently hold only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and the same percentage of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. As women continue their upward trajectory in the business world, they have yet to be fully appreciated for the unique qualities and abilities they bring to the workplace.
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A very interesting article.

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Deciding When It's Time for a Virtual Assistant

Deciding When It's Time for a Virtual Assistant | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
It’s been one of those weeks. Your once clean and shiny desk is now piled high with towering stacks of miscellany. You can’t even remember the last time you actually saw its surface. Your calendar has been missing for weeks, so it isn’t surprising you missed a deadline and a meeting so far this week – and it’s still just Wednesday. Much like your desk, your email inbox is a virtual pile of unread emails, and you have no idea when you’ll get to them. And you know you jotted a prospect’s contact information on a Post-it… if only you could find it.

If your weeks are starting to resemble that scenario more often than not, perhaps it’s time to admit to needing a bit of help. Running a business is hard work, and it’s tough to do it alone. Even if you are a one-man or one-woman show, you don’t have to wear every single hat.

Still not convinced? Here is a list of warning signs that you just might be ready for a virtual assistant:
Tom George's insight:

So I have been thinking of getting a virtual assistant lately, and like with any other decision you must collect the facts, and learn the right questions to ask. This is a great article that will help you decide if it's time to hire a virtual assistant for your business.

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11 Things To Invest in Right Now to Grow Your Business Online

11 Things To Invest in Right Now to Grow Your Business Online | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
There is a seismic shift in how you as a business should be creating, thinking and evolving in the 21st century.

It revolves around the virtual world that cannot be touched but it is as real as any physical object. It is such a big shift that many business owners are ignoring it because they either don’t get it or are afraid of it.

It’s also called digital technology.

Here is a tale of two retailers. In it we can see a glimpse of what the implications are of either embracing the digital world or just playing at the edges.

In the USA Nordstrom is a brand that is investing heavily in technology and building its online brand assets. Over the last 3 years it has invested more than $2 billion in technology primarily aimed at making it easy for customers to buy online. That is 50-65 per cent of its cash flow. But sales have increased 50%. Its share price is up 200%. It is obvious that they get this social digital web.

The department store Myer on the other hand has invested very little in its digital presence and assets over the last two years in comparison. Its sales are flat and the share price is down 50%.

Which one would you invest in? Is business extinction a real possibility for one of them?
Tom George's insight:

Jeff Bullas is spot on in this article. Here he speaks about the importance of digital marketing for any business that wants to succeed in the 21st century. Do you know the difference between your owned media and earned media? Read this article, it's a very informative post.

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Tom George's curator insight, November 12, 2014 5:07 AM

Do you know the difference between your owned media and earned media? A very helpful and informative article.

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#JayToday: Expert 3 Minute Digital Marketing Video Tips | Internet Billboards

#JayToday: Expert 3 Minute Digital Marketing Video Tips | Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
In this podcast which is part of an amazing ongoing series of highly informative short digital marketing videos from Jay Baer, from his excellent digital marketing podcast series called “Jay Today”, Jay Baer discusses the importance of having high quality images in your posts and content marketing.

I like the series, and what I especially like about it, is that each one provides such high value and deep insights into digital marketing in only around three minutes.
Tom George's insight:

My insight is in the post. I don't want to be redundant here.

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Tom George's curator insight, November 9, 2014 8:25 AM

Great videos! I cannot say it enough. Watching these short 3 minute videos from Jay Baer about Digital Marketing is proceless.

Tom George's curator insight, November 9, 2014 8:29 AM

Just an amazing series on digital video marketing from Jay Baer. Watching these short three minute videos about marketing in the digital age with Jay is priceless.

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Marketing Through the Eyes of the Customer

Marketing Through the Eyes of the Customer | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

Marketing through social media, content marketing or even email marketing requires a sense of creativity.

Even if you’re not exactly the creative type, marketing to your target audience is easy because you imagine what they would want or what kinds of ads they would like to see and you create them, or so you think.

With the help of surveys and questionnaires, you can get to the bottom of what it is your customer truly wants but are you really showing things the consumer can relate to or are you only relating your marketing through your eyes?

 

What the customer wants?

Tom George's insight:

A very interesting perspective on marketing from Tabitha Naylor of TabitahNaylor.com She goes on to explain why it's important to begin to understand your company through the eyes of the consumer, and explains how to get started.

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From Le Marche the Smartest bag; Piezo and Photovotaic Bag – charging 24 hours on 24

From Le Marche the Smartest bag; Piezo and Photovotaic Bag – charging 24 hours on 24 | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

It recharges various battery devices such as; mobile, MP3, GPS, camera, netbook and many others while you are in trip away from home.
A new system integrates three sources: solar energy, energy from diffuse light (indoor lighting such as neon etc.) and movement (piezo).
Personal computer, Tablet, Smartphone, Navigatore, Mp3, camera, Mobile… How many times have you been without power just when you needed? Now your bag has the proper energy you need, having the high quality materials and Italian design.
A leather bag realized by one of the most popular areas of italian leather, giving care to choice of the best materials, in union with Solar and Piezoelectric technology. Zenobika recovers energy and charge through solar ray, interiors diffused light and from simple movements with a piezoelectric devices.


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Top Bloggers Are Now Making $1 Million a Year

Top Bloggers Are Now Making $1 Million a Year | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that certain fashion bloggers are making big bucks by commanding top dollar for everything from appearances to collaborating with designers. Just how much they’re raking in, though, might come as a bit of a shock: Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that certain top-tier bloggers are now earning upwards of $1 million a year. Let that sink in.

 

Some examples of how fashion bloggers are pulling in that kind of cash:

 

According WWD, Stuart Weitzman reportedly paid The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni about 30,000 euros, or more than $40,000, to attend its Milan flagship opening last year. Bryan Grey-Yambao, better known as Bryan Boy, meanwhile received $15,000 for attending the same event. Coty Inc. reportedly paid $1,000 to $2,000 to various bloggers to write a post about Marc Jacobs’ Daisy fragrance campaign....


Via Jeff Domansky
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Amazing that top bloggers in fashion are making over $1 Million Dollars per year.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 16, 2014 9:35 AM

Top bloggers in the fashion industry are commanding top dollar. Here's a useful look at who is influencing and earning big time.

Laura's curator insight, August 7, 2015 7:00 AM

Top bloggers in the fashion industry are commanding top dollar. Here's a useful look at who is influencing and earning big time.

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New: Best Online Collaboration Tools - 370+ Tools Organized and Ranked By Category

New: Best Online Collaboration Tools - 370+ Tools Organized and Ranked By Category | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

Software tools, web apps and services for online collaboration


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Always great information from Robin Good and @rtoppi

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Noel Bernabed Cruz Hernandez's curator insight, February 3, 2016 1:20 AM

añada su visión ...

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 28, 2016 11:34 PM



If you are looking for a bird's eye view on what alternative collaboration tools are now available for different kind of projects and purposes, I do have what you are looking for.


The new Best Online Collaboration Tools 2014 directory is now public. It contains over 370 collaboration tools organized in over 25 different categories ranging from video-conferencing to screen-sharing, collaborative reviewing and many more.


The tools listed have all been checked and verified and represent my own personal census on what is available today for each one of the categories listed. There is no attempt (yet) to provide individual evaluations or recommendations, though I have tried to subjectively rank tools in each category according to their value and importance.



The directory is updated weekly.

New suggestions, comments and request for revisions and changes are highly welcome.


Free to use.


Try it out now: https://best-online-collaboration-tools.zeef.com/robin.good (370+ tools)



Previous editions:


Best Online Collaboration Tools 2013 (250+ tools)
 Best Online Collaboration Tools 2008 - 2012 (277 tools)





Alex's curator insight, August 1, 2016 10:45 PM
Wow! That's a whole lotta tools.....
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Change or Die

Change or Die | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it

Changing the behavior of people isn't just the biggest challenge in health care. It's the most important challenge for businesses trying to compete in a turbulent world, saysJohn Kotter, a Harvard Business School professor who has studied dozens of organizations in the midst of upheaval: "The central issue is never strategy, structure, culture, or systems. The core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people."


Via David Hain, Jose Luis Yañez
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Any headline that says change or die will get my attention. Change is an important part of the equation. How will you get your organization to change for the better? Great post!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 27, 2014 1:38 AM

The importance of framing as a trigger for behavioural change.

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New Program DeepFace Will Allow Facebook Amazingly Accurate Facial Recognition | Internet Billboards

New Program DeepFace Will Allow Facebook Amazingly Accurate Facial Recognition | Internet Billboards | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
As you might well know, Facebook has the largest stockpile of photos in the world. Soon they will be able to find and identify a photo with remarkable accuracy with a new program called DeepFace.
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What do you think? Are we crossing into privacy and other concerns with Facebook facial recognition?

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Successful Social Media Depends on Good Content Strategy – Social Media

Successful Social Media Depends on Good Content Strategy – Social Media | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
Online marketers depend on social media to help them get their messages to their audiences. Having a strategic plan for your social media posts can go a long way towards growing your brand, your online presence, and eventually your business.

The author of this article, Leigh Fowler, states it well:

- See more at: http://socialmedia.internetbillboards.net/2014/03/16/successful-social-media-depends-on-good-content-strategy/#sthash.dEZ7D1VC.dpuf
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From fellow curator Jennifer Hanford.

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Facebook Keeps Changing: Are You Keeping Up? – Social Media

Facebook Keeps Changing: Are You Keeping Up? – Social Media | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
It’s hard to believe that Facebook has been around 10 years. Without a doubt, the Facebook platform we use today is vastly different than the original. If you have been using it for a while, or even if you’re just starting out as a social media marketer, you know Facebook still rolls out changes on a regular basis. - See more at: http://socialmedia.internetbillboards.net/2014/03/14/facebook-keeps-changing-are-you-keeping-up/#sthash.ncmUoM9f.dpuf
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A great piece from a fellow curator. 

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How To Keep Your Team And Make Your Startup Acquisition Succeed - TechCrunch

How To Keep Your Team And Make Your Startup Acquisition Succeed - TechCrunch | Futurism, Ideas, Leadership in Business | Scoop.it
How To Keep Your Team And Make Your Startup Acquisition Succeed
TechCrunch
Editor's note: Tomio Geron is head of content at startup Exitround and was previously a staff reporter for Forbes and Dow Jones VentureWire.

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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17