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The Illusion of PPC and E-Mail Success - via @Curagami w/ Phil Buckley Video

The Illusion of PPC and E-Mail Success - via @Curagami w/ Phil Buckley Video | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
If you're still betting the farm on Email and PPC delivering you customers and revenue, you're falling behind.

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4 Missing Digital Marketing Ingredients

4 Missing Digital Marketing Ingredients | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty Note
Agree with every one of these "missing" ingredients:

* ROI Driven Metrics (what we are working so hard to create at our Startup Factory funded startup Curagami.
* Behavior Based Marketing.

* Complete goal alignment.

* Willingness to FAIL.


The last bullet is the one that really registers. When I started creating websites in 1999 we had nothing to lose and everything was new. As things grew we became more cautions. "More cautious" is a RX for disaster in Internet marketing.

Google may have done us a great favor by shuffling the deck so violently reminding us control is an illusion so taking RISKS makes sense.

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Toy Story's Creator Shares Magical Storytelling Tips [TED Talk Video]

Toy Story's Creator Shares Magical Storytelling Tips [TED Talk Video] | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ... (Note: this talk is not available for download.)
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We are entering a time when STORY is paramount. Anyone and everyone can share content. Few can tell great stories. Fewer websites will tell great stories. 

Andrew Stanton shares great tips every Internet marketer and web designer should take to heart as we enter "the time of online stories". Loved this explanation of why stories are so important for humans:

"We all love stories. We're born for them. Stories affirm who we are. We all want affirmations that our lives have meaning. And nothing does a greater affirmation than when we connect through stories. It can cross the barriers of time, past, present and future, and allow us to experience the similarities between ourselves and through others, real and imagined."

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"In 1998, I had finished writing "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life" and I was completely hooked on screenwriting. So I wanted to become much better at it and learn anything I could. So I researched everything I possibly could. And I finally came across this fantastic quote by a British playwright, William Archer: "Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty." It's an incredibly insightful definition. "|

I love the idea of Story as affirmation. Reviews are affirming stories. Comments and other forms of User Generated Content (social shares) also feel like "affirming signals".

Affirmation goes in two directions as my friends at Bazaar Voice taught me years ago. I asked, "Why would someone write the 251st review of a product?" "To join the tribe," was their simple and beautiful explanation.

One VERY important role for User Generated Content (UGC) is to confirm the contributor as a member of the tribe. The other is to confirm the content being reviewed or commented on. More than affirmation UGC can help reset a company's branding and positioning.

As marketers we have our own language and the "curse of knowledge". We know too much about the stories we tell. UGC helps confirm our story is consistent with the experience our products create.  

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Scoop.it & Curagami Record Views Analysis: Find & Invest In Get More w/ Less Tools

Scoop.it & Curagami Record Views Analysis: Find & Invest In Get More w/ Less Tools | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Scoop.it & Curagami Record Day
Thanks to Curagami's Evolution of Web Design & Marketing Infographic (http://www.curagami.com/featured/evolution-web-design-marketing-infographic/) and post we had record views on 7.3.14. We wanted to look inside our record day so we created a series of charts & Graphs.

Since we can't share multiple images on Scoop.it we've pinned images to http://www.pinterest.com/scenttrail/curagami/

Chart 1 Traffic Pie Chart
66% of Curagami.com's record day visitors came from Scoop.it. My Scoops just passed 150,000 views. Views are helpful especialy for testing but conversions rule. In this context I would count a click from Scoop.it to the Curagami blog as a "conversion".


Find Charts Here
http://www.pinterest.com/scenttrail/curagami/


Chart 2 ROI By Traffic Source Chart

ROI v Work bar chart shows traffic over the work investment required. Scoop.it's "work units" of 6 were behind Twitter's 9 and ahead of G+'s 4. Scoop.it generated 6.5 "conversions" (traffic into Curagami.com.

I combined G+ and Google Search and Google is the next closest in work efficiency generated 2.5 conversions per unit of work. This means Scoop.it was 260% more "efficient" on Curagami's record day. than Google.

Google was 500% more efficient than Blog Links.


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http://www.pinterest.com/scenttrail/curagami/

One Day Doesn't Make A Trend
While one record day doesn't make a trend the idea of creating an "efficiency index" for "Social conversions" is an important new metric we are working on at our Startup Factory funded startup called Curagami.

Social media requires INPUT, MONITORING and TUNING. Finding "get more with less" tools like Scoop.it are becoming increasingly important for digital marketing success. We don't have our Curagami Paper.li set up yet. Paper.li is another favorite "get more with less" tool.

We encourage marketers to think their INPUT, MONITORING and TUNING cycles with an eye for efficiency. Efficiency, how much RETURN comes from how much "work", is the great equalizer. TIME isn't infinite, but social demand is.

Given this contradiction, the amount of content you could create is always infinite while content you should create based on return is TINY. Efficiency like the one Scoop.it showed on Curagami's record day is something to watch.

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Is Your Website A Tease? It Should Be, Learn Why via @Curagami

Is Your Website A Tease? It Should Be, Learn Why via @Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Is your website a tease? It should be since teasing, promising and delivering is how trust forms. Right after trust is community. How to become a web tease.
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