Gaming platform SCVNGR has teamed up with American Express and Levi’s to create the first paperless daily deal redemption system.
If you’ve ever purchased a Groupon or LivingSocial daily deal, you’ve probably gone through the awkward process of redeeming your coupon. You have to print out the daily deal, remember to bring the printout with you and give it to the cashier, who may or may not be trained on how to redeem it. Plus, pulling out a coupon isn’t necessarily something you want to do on a date.
SCVNGR and American Express believe that they have found the solution. Starting today, SCVNGR’s daily deal platform LevelUp now features an option to sync your LevelUp account to your AmEx card. Once synced, all you need to do to redeem the daily deals you purchase through LevelUp is swipe your card. There’s no need to bring a coupon with you.
Has your company embraced inbound and content marketing yet? If not, this inspiring and telling story will….There is a movement afoot in businesses around the globe folks. And frankly, this is a movement that excites me more than anything I’ve seen in a long, long time—and it’s going to change the world of business as we know it. Looking Within for Change
More and more, younger employees of companies all over the world are taking it upon themselves to introduce the power of content and inbound marketing to their CEOs and managers. Because the idea of social media, blogging, etc is so much more prevalent with the ‘younger generation’ (not always though), these 20 and 30 somethings are doing their best to convince their bosses that there is a better way of marketing than the methods that have been used over and over again for the past 50 years.
From Andy Sernovitz's Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!: The simple way to get more followers for your brand: just ask. Before you burn out your time and money on some ultra-clever campaign to get Facebook and Twitter followers … did you try to just ask your customer to follow you?
I love this photo of a soda machine at Wahoo’s Fish Tacos that asks you to follow them — while you’re standing there filling a soda with your phone in hand.
NEW YORK, United States — The history of the internet is a story of two counter-balancing forces: the explosive growth of information and the rise of new systems that help us sift and make sense of this information. Back in the early 1990s, human editors at companies like Yahoo! compiled curated lists and directories of useful information. As the rising volume of information overwhelmed these human filters, hand-curation gave way to algorithmic search à la Google. But today, as consumers become their own media outlets, producing staggering amounts of user-generated content every day, and savvy marketers reverse-engineer Google’s algorithm to game the search results, separating signal from noise is once again becoming difficult.
“Search results in many categories are now honey pots embedded in ruined landscapes — traps for the unwary,” wrote investor, writer and entrepreneur Paul Kedroksy. As a result, we’re seeing a shift back towards human filtering and hand-curation. But this time around, instead of professional editors — who could never hope to sift through the quantities of content the world currently creates — it’s consumers themselves who are doing the curating.
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1. Facebook: - Popular Social Networking site of the world - Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Facebook allows anyone who declares themselves to be at least 13 years old to become a registered user of the website. Alexa Traffic Rank: 2 2. Twitter: – General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates - Twitter is a website, which offers a social networking and microblogging service, enabling its users to send and read messages called tweets. Alexa Traffic Rank: 11 3. LinkedIn:- Business and professional networking -
scrible lets you highlight and annotate web pages and easily save, share and collaborate on your web research with others. Sign up for free! We launched into public beta this morning! Simultaneously, we announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded scrible with a $500,000 SBIR Phase II Grant. We’ve been blessed to have our big news day covered by three titans of the startup and technology blogosphere: Robert Scoble, VentureBeat and TechCrunch. Check out their posts below. Robert’s post contains a ~10 minutes interview of our Co-Founder Vic and a demo of scrible. How fun!
Wall Street is taking a greater interest in social media to help gauge sentiment. But is social data reliable when it comes to investing? (@andrew_graham Excellent article about the intersection of social media and trading.
Invented by HP Labs, HP's central research facility, MagCloud takes on the heavy lifting for content publishers by providing automated ordering, print management and distribution services all free of charge.
Do you like your wallet? Too bad. Pageonce, the one-stop shop for managing your financial accounts, wants to turn your smartphone into the wallet of the future. Though, the last time I checked, Apple wasn’t planning to offer the iPhone in leather. Or snakeskin. We’re still getting excited over the fact that it comes in white. But that’s not slowing down Pageonce, which allows you to track your bank accounts, credit cards, investment and travel plans, monitor bills and manage your money, from your mobile phone — and the Web, if you’re old school like that.
In this brave new media world, content curators reign supreme. And dozens of websites have sprung up online promising to help you curate all the content that’s fit to publish. Steven Rosenbaum, founder and CEO of Magnify.net, just recently wrote “Curation Nation: How to win in a world where consumers are creators.” I’m reading it and I’ll post a review next week. Meanwhile, all of this talk of curation inspired this Slideshare presentation on the top 20 websites for curation. If you’ve got others, please mention them in the comments section.
Startup's software offers identification and recommendation tools, as well as easy-to-build apps for galleries. Of the startup pitches I've heard in the past five years, ArtFinder must be the most ambitious yet believable of them all. Art, the co-founders tell me, is a sector that seems to have defied the rise of consumer internet services and remains almost entirely unexplored. Given that perspective, it's not surprising that armed with a substantial chunk of funding from venture firms Wellington and Greylock – and a crack team of some of London's best developers – ArtFinder is preparing to stake out a major chunk of this space for itself.
There's barely a startup that doesn't offer a parallel of some part for ArtFinder's plans. Think of movie details site IMDB, music recommendations service Last.fm, gig tracking site Songkick, online mixture site Muxtape (RIP) and Shazam, the music identification service all as shorthand for some aspect of ArtFinder is trying to do.
Our trusty CMI contributors weigh in on tools for social media monitoring, collaboration. productivity. Here are their favorites. Using tools to make your life easier sounds great in theory, but with the myriad of options available, and the time it takes to learn each one, which are the ones you should consider?
We asked our trusty CMI contributors to weigh in on tools for social media monitoring, collaboration, productivity and distribution. Here are their favorites. Social media monitoring tools
You know you need to monitor your brand, but there are so many platforms on which these conversations are taking place. Here are some tools to help.
A discussion on curation. What is it, and why is it important? The late-nineties analogy of "surfing the Internet" no longer works. The explosion in digital content makes the experience less of a breezy ride on a wave of crafted material, and more of an attempt to cut through a leafy jungle with a blunt scythe. And blindfolded.
As a result, filtering has become more and more important as a way to establish quality and relevance to a personal experience of consuming digital content. The concept that underpins this, is curation – a hand-picked selection of material.
Why is curation now so important? Why has it become so interesting, so quickly, and what can be done to ensure that with curation comes quality? We asked three digital content leaders for their thoughts.
Following on from our post on the top tricks and tips for LinkedIn, we bring you the Twitter apps, sites and tips that you might not know. We’ve compiled what we think are some of the best tools available to help you get the most out of your Twitter activity. Please share your thoughts and let us know the top tools, apps and tips you think should be on the list. Find out when you were unfollowed and why
This is an excellent tool both for business and personal use on Twitter : Tweeteffect. By searching for any Twitter username, you can see a summary of how many follows/unfollows that account gained over the past 30 days. Where it gets really clever though, is when you scroll down you can see a full summary of your tweets and which ones caused you to gain or lose followers, and how many.
Yesterday was Marcel LeBrun’s first day working for Salesforce. His company, Radian6, was just acquired for $340 million (Techcrunch reported it was $326, but LeBrun told me that was wrong and that $340 was the correct number).
By a fun coincidence last night I was hanging out with Empire Avenue and Seagate execs at the Ritz firepits — you can see a Photosynth I made last night with my iPhone of that area here — when I got a phone call from JP Rangaswami, Salesforce’s Chief Scientist. He said “look up” and I saw him standing in a window.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.