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The Future & the 4 Horsemen: Amazon, Apple, Google & Facebook - Curagami

The Future & the 4 Horsemen: Amazon, Apple, Google & Facebook - Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

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Excellent bricks vs. clicks rant here by Scott Galloway. We agree with about half of what he says and note our disagreements here: http://www.curagami.com/news/the-future-the-4-horsemen-amazon-apple-google-facebook/

Biggest disagreement is defining Amazon as a "e-retailing pure play". That is nonsense. Amazon is an INFORMATION pure play and they are agnostic about where information takes them. Professor Galloway is going against trend here.

Are we really all going to start piling in our cars and buying on our phones to ship to store? Maybe and I like his Best Buy example, but Amazon can zero out any advantage bricks and clicks brings in about a day.

As I noted in the post, we all can. There is so much SPACE out there waiting for stores we could start up a multi-point store system in a matter of days. We don't see bricks as the distinct advantage Scott does. Not by a long shot.

We see the world moving to digital goods and away from hard goods. That doesn't bode well for anyone NOT in the information business. Galloway even notes Amazon functions as a search engine as much as an e-retailer. That advantage doesn't erode fast. He needs to see my pagespread chart showing Amazon with millions of pages indexed vs. next closest competitor (Apple).

His points about mobile, search and Google feel correct. Search is changing and he gets one of the forces right - appification. Apps = search less, so appying up is a good idea. Run out and open 100 stores? Not so much, at least not unless the Renaissance Galloway preaches looks like a reality.

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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

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

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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Game On: Mobile Web Declines as Mobile and Social Media Slow Yr over Yr Search Growth

Game On: Mobile Web Declines as Mobile and Social Media Slow Yr over Yr Search Growth | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

3 Amazing Sign of the Times Facts
This post shows app growth cutting use of the "mobile web" or access of the web from mobile devices.

Apps cutting down use of the mobile web.

Smartphones & Organic Searches
I created a chart here
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/i8GsS6piTdz
that shows the impact of smartphone adoption on organic Google searches - organic searches are slowing.

Mobile 1/3 of All Organic Searches
Finally this Scoop http://sco.lt/8yX2rB shows mobile searches now 1/3 of all organic searches.

SO, mobile searches are increasing even as smartphones and apps are reducing organic searches. Why would mobile, smartphones, apps and social media reduce organic search volume?

* Apps = search less.
* Mobile is more social and so search less.
* Mobile is a "game console" where we "play" apps and connect so search less.

* Appification of the world continues.

* Apps are games so gamification of the world continues.

Doubt we are in the middle of a REVOLUTION?


Via Jesús Hernández
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Where Is Content Marketing Headed In 2014 | Internet Billboards

Where Is Content Marketing Headed In 2014 | Internet Billboards | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Great post here from Tom George at Internet Billboards.

Agree
* More content marketing.

* More content curation.

* Multi-screen.
* New SEO with Hummingbird leading to semantic web. .

Disagree
* Quality goes up.

I disgree with the last bullet since we don't have the tools yet to insure quality of content marketing and curation improves. Next year we will continue to muddle through. By the end of the year we may have better tools, tools capable of connecting top and botton of the funnel.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:02 PM

Thoughts as we move into a New Year and how they will impact your plans

malek's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:29 AM

But Marty,

Isn't ensuring quality a major target of Hummingbird?

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The Semantic Web: A Primer

The Semantic Web: A Primer | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

We all know the semantic web is coming, but what the heck is a "semantic web". The short course is machines understanding laguage in all its idiom and human vulnerabilities.


If "machines capable of understanding language" sounds a little Terminator 2 or confusing read this excellent primer from XML.com.

BTW, if you are thinking the semantic web changes everything from how we design and develop websites to how we think about information architexture and content marketer you are CORRECT.


If you have thoughts on what all of that means to how we did the ditches we need to actually create Internet marketing please share your thoughts, ideas and comments :). M

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QR Codes: Here, There and Everwhere

QR Codes: Here, There and Everwhere | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
This post is intended for newbies in the QR Code world; however, some creative ideas can certainly be useful for all.  Please comment and let me know the creative ways you have used your QR Codes t...
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Great suggested from Carla. I too believe QR codes will be everywhere and don't understand them nearly as well as that realization means they need to be understood. 

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Carla Deter's comment, May 30, 2013 7:21 PM
Wow, thanks Giuseppe. I'm new to Scoop It. Now, that I'm seeing how it works I realize a most worthy platform was missing in my life. Thanks again!
Carla Deter's comment, June 6, 2013 6:27 PM
Wow, thank all of you for the rescoop. I do appreciate it. Thanks for sharing this scoop! Would you like to connect on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/sociallyyourvirtualassistantcarla
Esther Coronel De Iberkleid's comment, June 6, 2013 7:29 PM
Great comments Carla!
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3 Trending Haiku Decks: Gamify The Clash For The Holidays

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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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Brands Under ATTACK By 5 Ninja Trends - ScentTrail Marketing

Brands Under ATTACK By 5 Ninja Trends - ScentTrail Marketing | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Brands are under attack by 5 Ninja:
* Death of Traditional Media.
* Mobile Me.
* Clean Slate Brands.
* Social Media is a Conversation.
* User Generated Content. and the rise of online communities.

What are the most powerful ninja attacking your marketing? How will you defeat attacking Ninja horde?


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malek's curator insight, August 25, 2014 8:39 AM

Coming from FMCG background, I can't help but notice the digitalization of Coupons.

  • Consumers are hunting high and low for coupons to load on a smartphone app, eliminating the need to carry slips of paper around.
  • Companies are actively catching up with social referral coupons
  • With geo-targeting, businesses are able  to learn when consumers are nearby, delivering coupons that entice them to stop by.
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Emerging Channels Challenge SEO for Marketing Dollars

Emerging Channels Challenge SEO for Marketing Dollars | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

As more consumers switch to smart phones, emerging channels are gaining importance in a marketing space that SEO has dominated. For years, brands have used SEO strategy to market their products, but it has become harder to find as an increasing number of search results are returning unrelated content.


Also, according to one entrepreneur, in 2013 organic search results made up only 13 percent of screen space. The rest of the screen was dominated by "ads and jun"


Problems with SEO-lead strategy are only magnified as more consumers view content on mobile devices. For instance, vertical and native search on mobile is continually threatening traditional search. Google’s traditional search traffic had declined 3 percent by the end of 2012.




Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Startups Think Mobile First
I got this lesson at Triangle Startup Factories Fall Showcase when more than half of the "graduating" startups were MOBILE focused almost to the exclusion of content on Google. 

These startups could have cared less about organic SEO. I'm not sure I would live all the way there YET but SOT (Sign of the Times) and yet another big wake up call to Google. 

It is possible via app stores and direct connection into what is rapidly becoming many people's #1 digital device - their SmartPhone - to build a substantial business and have NO top ranked keywords in Google. 

All things being equal I still want content in the Big G since a traffic source as valuable as that is stupid to ignore, but the brash thinking of next gen entrepreneurs DOESN'T INCLUDE GOOGLE. 

Google, for these brash mobile first entrepreneurs, doesn't enter in their field of vision. They aren't worried about winning organic SEO as much as they fear bad ratings on the app store (lol). 

After spending years tweaking, cajoling and pleading organic SEO I'm ready for something new and different. SEO feels played out, not worth half the time we used to put in it and OVER.  

 

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Free Shipping Out & Back TRENDING Holiday 2013 - Via Ecommies

Free Shipping Out & Back TRENDING Holiday 2013 - Via Ecommies | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Holiday Ecommerce Trends
First Holiday Ecommerce awards are in with REI.com and Williams-Sonoma winning top honors and L. L. Bean most improved from November to December.

Trends Include
Free Shipping All Orders especially in December.

Free Shipping Out and back (returns) is also trending with several majors.
Deal of the Day is trending with REI.com having the best example.
Williams-Sonoma's explanation of BMSM (Buy More, Save More) is the best we've seen. 
Bean wins kudos for its Holiday Shopping Made Easier graphic.

Overall creative performance was lackluster this year in the 36 ecommerce websites we reviewed with the overall grade going DOWN in December.

Report card is on Google Plus: http://bit.ly/1bPhwz3  

 

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QR Codes: Here, There and Everwhere

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This post is intended for newbies in the QR Code world; however, some creative ideas can certainly be useful for all.  Please comment and let me know the creative ways you have used your QR Codes t...

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Carla Deter's comment, May 30, 2013 7:21 PM
Wow, thanks Giuseppe. I'm new to Scoop It. Now, that I'm seeing how it works I realize a most worthy platform was missing in my life. Thanks again!
Carla Deter's comment, June 6, 2013 6:27 PM
Wow, thank all of you for the rescoop. I do appreciate it. Thanks for sharing this scoop! Would you like to connect on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/sociallyyourvirtualassistantcarla
Esther Coronel De Iberkleid's comment, June 6, 2013 7:29 PM
Great comments Carla!