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12 #mustfollow Web Marketing Pros

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Follow & Learn From These 12 People
At the bottom of our Make Buffer's Social Failure Your Success Curagami post (http://www.curagami.com/buffers-social-failure-your-success/?v=7516fd43adaa ) we included a list of a few of our favorite web marketers. 

Each of these 12 people teach us things daily, and the list includes many from the Scoop.it community including:

@Guillaume Decugis 
@Kelly Hungerford 
@Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com
@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com 

Read about why Buffer's social "failure" can be your success and discover some of my favorite teachers so your online marketing wins customer hearts, minds and loyalty. 

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I'm a certified accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 10 years of experience as both a freelance and corporate accountant. I currently work with a wide variety of small business owners  internationally) providing services including financial planning, accounting, payroll and Business promoting

https://uk.fiverr.com/queenofgig

 

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Why I'm Not A SEO #3

Why I'm Not A SEO #3 | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Why I'm Not A SEO in 3 Parts

Why Not A SEO #1
Blue Oceans on Scenttrail Marketing 
http://www.scenttrail.com/why-im-not-an-seo/ 

Why Not SEO #2
Used Car Salesmen LinkedIn
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-im-seo-martin-marty-smith 

Why Not SEO #3
Confusingly Similar & the Psychology of Great Web Marketers
on Curagami
http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/new-seo/why-im-not-a-seo-3/  

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How Buyer Personas Come to Life with Content Creation

How Buyer Personas Come to Life with Content Creation | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Take a step-by-step look at how to quickly build relevant buyer personas and easily create resource-rich content aligned with your audience needs.


Via Pedro Da Silva, Os Ishmael
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Great post about how to connect two important dots: buyer personas and content marketing. Customers are different, but they are usually different in similar ways (lol).

This means we can form cohorts or groups of customers in order to increase the relevance of our messaging, marketing and communication. Relevance is an important idea.

Batch and blast days where the same message, usually SALE SALE SALE, is sent to everyone is over. Making sure you send relevant messages to your customers is now a CSF (Critical Success Factor). Sending non-relevant messages is NOISE and the world is noisy enough.

Add to the world's noise and you break the first rule of web marketing - permission means only relevant messages please. The web is so DATA RICH customers are USED TO relevant communication. So used to relevant communication they will not look on being spammed lightly or without action (leaving your list or worse discussing how non-relevant you are to their social nets).

Oh, and don't forget to CURATE content more than you CREATE content because curating sends the "we listen and care about others" signal and trust us you want that :).

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Burn Down The House: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto

Burn Down The House: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Burn Down The House: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto
Insufficient describes how I felt driving to Columbus, Ohio to visit the wizards at Ohio State Medicine. Yesterday I created an outline for a book via a new Haiku Deck and it sucked.

It was no Cluetrain Manifesto.

First piece I wrote arriving at The Blackwell Inn on the Ohio State University Campus built on a piece Eli Fennel wrote yesterday. BURN DOWN THIS HOUSE: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto is getting some great response so closer to the mark this time thanks to friends such as Mark Traphagen and great G+ voices such as David Kutcher and Eli Funnel.

Share your VOICE. Jump in with comments here, on G+ https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/Tf9GNsX35qn or email martin(at)Curagami.com.

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3 Trending Haiku Decks: Gamify The Clash For The Holidays

3 Trending Haiku Decks: Gamify The Clash For The Holidays | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

3 Trending Haiku Decks
Haiku Deck is a cool visual marketing tool we believe proves Slides are a new marketing channel. Haiku Deck isn't your father's slide deck template. Haiku Deck FORCES you to tell great stories and THINK about how to excite, lead and teach an audience even as you learn, think differently and rock a new content marketing channel.

Don't think Haiku Deck and slides are a new marketing channel? Take a look at some of these stats:

70, 216 = Total Views for team Curagami's 36 Haiku Decks 
7,963 = Views For Top Deck (Warren Buffett's Tips For Startups).
3,454 = views gained since 9.17 across all decks

T R E N D I N G

#1: Gamify Content Marketing (4,158 views +164% since 9.17)
http://shar.es/1aBtqW 
Now #5 overall and a Top Haiku Deck for us and the fastest to attain such heights. 

#2: Crowdfunding Tips From The Clash (1,223 views +128% since 9.17)
http://shar.es/1aBt5B 

#3: 5 Holiday Web Design Tips (845 views +113% since 9.17)
http://shar.es/1aBv3y 
 

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GAMIFY Content Marketing - Fastest @HaikuDeck to 4K (of 37 Curagami decks)

GAMIFY Content Marketing - Fastest @HaikuDeck to 4K (of 37 Curagami decks) | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Successful content marketing engages over time. Engagement needs online community and a role shift from content creators to community curators and GAME creators.



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This deck has been flying since we put it up. Being featured by @HaikuDeck really helps. The creation of an ecosystem capable of helping drive over 70 views as I suspect the have (was at 67K a week ago) is pretty amazing.
http://shar.es/1aCHqJ


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Content Strategy In An Age Of Semantic Search - @HaikuDeck by Harris Schachter

Content Strategy In An Age Of Semantic Search - @HaikuDeck by Harris Schachter | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
As semantic technology ramps up, how can marketers take advantage of this new age of content discovery? This deck touches on recent advances in semantic search and five disciplines to focus on for more effective SEO and Content Strategy. Full write-up & presentation notes: http://optimizepri.me/content-strategy-in-the-age-of-semantic-search

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GREAT Haiku Deck by Harris (@OptimizePrime). So good its no wonder it has over 50,000 views. What makes it great is how well it understands the "we are all media companies" now riff I laid down in Red Bull Branding Lessons on Curatti (http://curatti.com/red-bulls-branding-lesson-media-companies-now/ ).

The "new seo" and "everyone is a media company" work nicely together. Great and INSIGHTFUL deck by a new trusted SEO source for me.

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Why Mobile-only Shoppers are Changing Car Sales & Everything!

Why Mobile-only Shoppers are Changing Car Sales & Everything! | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

25% of consumers used ONLY a smartphone for automotive research & shopping before visiting a dealership. Find out why Mobile-only Shoppers are Changing Car Sales

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Great share by +Tim McLain that should be read by ALL #marketing pros for its #socialmobile implications. Mobile is SO MUCH MORE than making information look good on a #smartphone .

As we were building http://www.curagami.com I got that strange feeling you get when you take a wrong turn. About halfway in you realize something isn't quite right. If we could do our first attempts at creating a #gamified #contentmarketing engine for #ecommerce over (and we can and will) I would have gone #mobilefirstdesign .

There are many ways Mobile First changes your process and product including:

* More likely to limit functionality (cuts down on superfluous bells and whistles).
* Flatten the design.
* Limit the color palette.
* Change the #informationarchitecture (from long form to combined snippets).
* More social.
* More gamified (phones are game consoles).

What is true for car dealers is true for all #webmarketing - Mobile is HERE and we best get used to it and embrace this revolution as it picks up speed and fury.

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Invisible Giant: Why New SEO So Hard To See - Most Shared @Curagami Haiku Deck

Invisible Giant: Why New SEO So Hard To See - Most Shared @Curagami Haiku Deck | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
There is a new invisible giant, a giant using 5 "tricks" so the "new seo" is hard and harder to see and understand. This Haiku Deck and Curatti blog post is about how to see the invisible giant. How to win hearts, minds and loyalty online.

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From Brands To Communities - Understanding The Wiki-ization of Marketing

From Brands To Communities - Understanding The Wiki-ization of Marketing | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

As social media changes web marketint needw to inspire the kind of commitment, support and contribution made popular by Wiki-pedia. Market, create and communicate MOVEMENTS not simply SALES. Create and curate online community. Understand the Wiki-ization of Marketing.

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Can Subscriptions Smite The SEO Giant? - Curatti

Can Subscriptions Smite The SEO Giant? - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Can subscriptions help your online marketing smote the invisible SEO giant? Like Curagami subscriptions create immediate engagement with real customers.
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malek's curator insight, August 12, 2014 12:07 PM

Another intriguing piece of  ever-changing marketing. The car renting app is a case-in-point in online subscription magic. But you can't go without deeply looking at the "Creating Ambassadors" bullet,  details are still building the big picture

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Winning or Losing So Far This Year? A B2B Marketing Evaluation

Winning or Losing So Far This Year? A B2B Marketing Evaluation | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
It’s always not too late to reevaluate the efforts made by your marketing team, especially when it comes to establishing and maintaining the business reputation.
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Holidays happen NOW for most B2C businesses. This post is about doing a B2B checkin, but great tactics to steal and use B2C too.

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Social media marketing is dead - Triangle Business Journal

Social media marketing is dead - Triangle Business Journal | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
In today’s millennial-inspired economy, social media marketing is dead. I didn’t say social media is dead — just the idea that social media marketing is the most effective approach to win over millennials. Here's how you should react.

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At our Startup Factory funded startup Cuagami we agree. In fact we believe all tactical online marketing is dead or dying. What's next? Community, Friends-of-Friends Marketing & Content Curation.

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BANG...ouch - How I Blew Up Every SEO Link on My Blog #dontdothis

BANG...ouch - How I Blew Up Every SEO Link on My Blog #dontdothis | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

SEO Blow Up
I know better, but moving to Woocommerce just blew up every URL on my blog. This post explains how URLs are tricky. URLs get changed in many unintended ways.

Changes to your Wordpress categories, use of an add on like Woocommerce or re-publishing after changing the URL window all change your URLs and require 301 redirects to maintain continuity with Google. URLs aren't just YOURS as this post shares.  

After spending 3 days creating manual redirects so my URLs won't stay broken my advice is try not to do that :). Marty  

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Don't Make 10 Content Marketing Mistakes That Amateurs Make

Don't Make 10 Content Marketing Mistakes That Amateurs Make | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
consuming.

Do you often wake up in the middle of the night saying to yourself that it’s not worth the time and effort. We all do.

Blogs take time to write, those great images need to be found or created and those social networks meed to be managed and nurtured. It is often not done or persisted with because there are no apparent quick rewards. This is where the tortoise can beat the hare by slowly persisting. It is a marathon and a journey not a sprint.

One way of thinking about great content marketing is that you are building an audience before you need them. Content builds credibility, trust and followers over time. This earns you the right to then sell them something down the track.

When content marketing and social media emerged there were no tools. Today we have so many technology tools that it’s overwhelming.

But what is great with marketing tools is that you can scale your efforts. It was something I realized with Twitter early on. A few years ago I implemented one software platform that saved me 120 hours a month and it still does.

So what are some content marketing mistakes that many amateurs new to the game are making.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Great Scoop by @Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com. Loved the 10 Item List of mistakes "amateurs" make.

1. Not automating

2. Not optimizing for search engines

3. Not hustling your content

4. Not working on your headline

5. Not experimenting

6. Poor quality content

7. Email List Is Money

8. Not thinking like a publisher

9. Not learning from the innovators

We can even agree with #1 since they are "automating" things like social search and, to some lesser extent, publication. We shortened #7 based on their implication - email is money. So True.

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2M Views On G+: Why Google+ Helps Online Davids Slay Giants

2M Views On G+: Why Google+ Helps Online Davids Slay Giants | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

2M Views On GooglePlus
You may think, "2M views so what, many have more than that," and you would be right and wrong. Right because many friends including @Mark Traphagenand @Neil Ferree(to name just two) have many more G+ followers and views than little ole me.

The point of Social Media Marketing is not to win a horse race. The point is to communicate YOUR message in order to create scaled online community. Once your community more than pays for itself your "degrees of freedom" open up.

If you know of another "moderate effort, HUGE return" tool please share and I will use that one too. In the meantime G+ may be the best "do less, get more" online marketing tool ever created. G+ is Davids stone helping to slay giants - how else can a tribe the 4500 generate views of more than 2M?

So get out your sling and load up some G+ rocks today and your digital marketing will be slaying giants soon too :). M

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Social Media: It's the Conversation, Stupid via @HaikuDeck

Social Media: It's the Conversation, Stupid via @HaikuDeck | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Social Media It's The Conversation, Stupid is about the new rules of branding created by a social / mobile / connected world.

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Rise of the Storyteller / Analyst - via @Jgraymatter for Forbes

Rise of the Storyteller / Analyst - via @Jgraymatter for Forbes | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty Note
Wait long enough, or in my case live long enough, and it gets to be YOUR TURN (lol). I loved this Justin Gray post on Forbes explaining that MARKETING is the last thing an online play needs.

Couldn't agree more.

I was trained in a different kind of marketing than we practice now at our startup Curagami. I was trained to invade Russia in the winter. THEN messages were few enough and far enough between capturing territory and holding it was possible.

Not so much anymore.

These days capturing hearts, minds and loyalty is the game and everything is happening all at once all the time. The skills needed to play this game, as Justin so astutely notes, are different. Here is an excellent summary of those skills from his Forbes post:

  • Content creators. In an era of shrinking attention spans, the ability to craft compelling stories into engaging online content is key. That’s why marketers need the same skills as a journalist: ideation, writing and editing.
  • Analysts. Marketers need to know how to extract insights from data and use it to make meaningful decisions. They also need to create models to collect data and feedback easily.
  • Designers. Modern marketers must have an eye for aesthetics and be able to capitalize on trends in real time. Look for candidates who can create high-quality, consumer-facing assets at a rapid pace.
  • Planners. Marketers engineer a brand’s interface with the buyer, including when, how and where they’re interacting. That means creating workflows and campaigns based on buyers’ behaviors while paying attention to other messages and campaigns.


AGREE and not just because I'm benefiting from such an analysis. I imagine EVEN if I was still working for one of the largest Consumer Products companies as I did a lifetime ago (P&G, M&M/Mars) we wouldn't be invading Russia in the winter anymore.

UNLESS, we were invading with a tribe of brand Sherpas, telling the story as we went and watching our analytics and pivoting based on what we learn in near real time.



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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, October 1, 2014 8:05 AM
With companies like Facebook and Twitter leading the way on new marketing, where the ad/marketing message is tailored to the consumer's state of mind and interactions both online and off. Gone are the days one ad for all.
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Can't Buy Love And Other Painful New Marketing TRUTH

Can't Buy Love And Other Painful New Marketing TRUTH | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Can't Buy Love Rant
Are you as tired of the locust swarm offering 10, 000 or 100,000 followers for $5 as we are? We get it. We are AMERICANS damn-it and that means we get shit done FAST.

I used to be a Director of Ecommerce and worried about my job daily especially this time of year when plans moved from white boards to website and either came in or they didn't. Not coming in meant FAST pivots or look for work. My team and I got good at dancing for our means (lol).

EVEN if you could buy things that matter in today's new world of content is king, authority is queen and context matters you can't fool mother nature or Google. The math always wins. Think inflating your following by 10x in a few days might send up a red flag?

As much as I can RELATE and APPRECIATE our desire for a free lunch, better drugs, job security and love from millions I'm come today to bury Cesar not praise him. Cesar is old and left over and needs to GO.

Cesar is our belief in BIG IS BETTER even if big isn't real, true or honest. Cesar is our western belief in out ability to buy love. Our friends in the east know better.

Love comes from doing the no free lunch ditch digging that makes better people (we lucky few Internet marketers). We've long felt the real and most important "product" any website creates is a team capable of understanding how to win hearts, minds and loyalty online.

TRUST ME we keep looking for the shortcut too. The take this pill and lose 20 pounds or drink this magic potion, kiss a frog and become a prince is a powerful aphrodisiac.


Fairy tales were cool when we were 5. Believing in and subscribing to the most damaging fairy tale - that you can buy love - will hurt your marketing, brand and online trust.

If you can FOOL THEM, many still think, more power to you. The problem is the web is the world's biggest lie detecting amplifier. Would we love to have millions of connections, fans and supporters? Of course if only because such a following confirms our sweat equity and belief system - the karma of good people helping other good people.

We too can be tempted by the devil on our shoulder. We see and ascribe to the "Greater Good" theory instead of the Greater Fool theory. The greater good theory says karma gets repaid. Help others and you too will be helped. Treat others better than you want to be treated and you win the love you need to thrive.

The greater fool theory says a sucker is born every minute and so we should use the tools of mutually assured destruction or risk being left standing in the most important duck, duck, goose game of our lives.

The web is a daily battle between these two opposing armies. Hope you join team Curagami in the Greater Good army. If you are in the "Greater Fool" army you may win, but we still wouldn't want to live the SINGLE and ONLY life any of us are granted based on "a sucker is born every minute". Worked for P. T. Barnum until Cirque du Soleil leveled their circus karma so completely its never coming back (lol).M 

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GAMIFY Content Marketing via @HaikuDeck #gamification

GAMIFY Content Marketing via @HaikuDeck #gamification | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Successful content marketing engages over time. Engagement needs online community and a role shift from content creators to community curators and GAME creators.

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From SaaS To Movement & Community Is Where We Are ALL Headed - @HaikuDeck

From SaaS To Movement & Community Is Where We Are ALL Headed - @HaikuDeck | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Great Comment from Haiku Deck to our Curagami Why Haiku Deck Rocks post (http://www.curagami.com/featured/buffet-tools-conversations-top-haiku-decks/ ) prompted this riff about challenges faced by all online marketers.

The move from solipsistic lecturer to community and movement is the path we are all on whether we realize it or not. Haiku Deck has taken grat steps to move from SaaS to community and movement. Have you?

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The New Ecommerce: Current Best Practices - Curatti

The New Ecommerce: Current Best Practices - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
There is a new ecommerce creating new "best practices" such as: easy free shipping, new him, her, kids merchandising, social shopping & UGC conversations.

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Malcolm Gladwell’s classic book, Tipping Point,  identifies three unique kinds of people who make social movements possible: connectors, mavens and salesmen.

Brand advocates blend the strengths of a connector and a maven, 

  • a source of reliable information.  
  • ready to create content that influences a purchase.
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Cooking The 'Books': Why We Are Loving Curagami Scores

Cooking The 'Books': Why We Are Loving Curagami Scores | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Cooking The 'Books': Why We Are Loving Curagami Scores
We lucky few #internetmarketers have a problem. We are betwixt and between these days. What was OLD (seo) is GONE. What is NEW isn't clearly visible yet.

One hard won trick from over 13 years of Internet marketing is when the real world gets too weird make and model an artificial one. This G+ post shares how we are creating Curagmi Scores to evaluate exotic "ingredients" and cook the books.

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Filter Bubbles & Invisible Giants: Why Its Hard To See The New Seo via Curatti

Filter Bubbles & Invisible Giants: Why Its Hard To See The New Seo via Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Invisible SEO Giant
New SEO's invisible Giant uses magician tricks such as Google's floating filter bubbles, social media's disappearing act & friends you never knew you had.

Here are 5 Reasons Its So Hard To "See" the New Seo
* Google Floating Filter Bubbles.
* Social Media's Disappearing Act.
* Friends of Friends Marketing.
* Multi-Channel Online Marketing.

* Web Like "Fabric" of Space/Time.

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Crowdfunding Million Dollar Water Balloons @Curagami & @MajesticSEO

Crowdfunding Million Dollar Water Balloons @Curagami & @MajesticSEO | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Bunch O Balloons Featured on TODAY Show This morning!

Bunch O Balloons, an easy to use time saving water balloon invention, may make $1M on Kickstsarter thanks to great crowdfunding marketing and the new SEO. Team Curagami is in Charlotte at the Search Exchange Conference.

This Curatti post combines a fascinating new tool set capable of making "Editors of Chaos" come true and the story of how a crowdfunding project goes "mega-viral".





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malek's curator insight, July 31, 2014 11:39 AM

Curagami helps form the “Ambassador Layer” every website and brand needs these days. Ambassadors, people who’ve “bought in” to a brand’s mission and want to help, need to be given contextually appropriate “jobs”.

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