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This lack of artistic ability poses a threat to my marketing career, especially now that visual content marketing is the ticket to success. Even though I have other creative traits, I'm worried I'll get left in the visual storytelling dust.
I know I'm not alone.
Luckily, we non-artists have a few tools to mask our lack of design talent.
These tools are free, but often have advanced paid features for when you're ready to step up your game. They don't replace a designer's expertise, but you can use them for smaller projects, like blogs, social media graphics, or Slideshare templates....
Stop wasting time on content marketing tactics that don't deliver. This infographic reveals which types of content work best, and the metrics you should track.
At our startup Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) we had an epiphany. Most valuable content is THEIRS not YOURS. Testimonials rock. We knew that :). M
Guest Blogging Works Because
Guest blogging is not dead and most likely it will never die. We have the proof coming right from a guest blog post on Google. We also have proof from fiends at SalesForce who BLEW UP their blog by asking for guest posts.
SalesForce published 54% of the time from guests last year and their blog traffic went through the roof. Even better, they made more money. Strange that Matt Cutts would suggest sticking a fork in guest blogging when Google continues to ask guests to blog.
Guest blogging works, when done right, because your guest brings their social network to your content. This "friends of friends" marketing idea is at the core of our Startup Factory funded startup. Curagami believes in the power of THEIR content on your digital assets.
So, when Google's talk is one way and walk is another GO WITH THEIR WALK. And in the case of guest blogging Google's walk supports guest blogging.
The success of the ALS challenge has other nonprofits hoping to capture the viral wave.
Amazing Viral "Challenge"
WOW, any disbelief about how social / mobile turns marketing into movements should be answered by the now ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge. Here is what we love about the challenge:
* Videos are amazing.
* Celebrities laying down a TIME based, money and activity challenge (dumping ice water on your head).
* Plays great on SOCIAL.
That last bullet is where the real win is. Just as ToughMudder's CEO said they are as much a SOCIAL phenomenon as race this "challenge" spreads because its EASY, FUN and by accepting a "challenge" we join the tribe of previous challengers.
Now the question is how do we dump the equivalent of cold water on curing cancer?
Scoop.it Redesign Suggestions
Redesigning Scoopit sets a new stage for a favorite content marketing tool. Making Scoopit to be social & to createscommunity can help your web design too.
Things every website design can improve discussed in our Curagami post (www.curagami.com/featured/redesigning-scoopit-web-design/ )::
* Set your “stage” (webpages) to be aligned in a “hierarchy” of need.
* Create feedback loops and expose them (like nonprofits use thermometers to track donations).
* Don’t hide your analytics SHARE THEM.
* Double down on winners, leave laggards behind.
* KNOW what is winning so you can double down.
* Ask for and prize User Generated Content.
* Share MORE and then SHARE MORE.
@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
Brian is a great web marketer and one of the POWER users of Scoop.it. Here is a great comment he left on Curagami about this post:
Marty I agree, I never promote my Scoopit homepage as it has no real value for my visitor. My Google analytics show I get very few visitors to the homepage which makes since because most visitors to Scoop.it are not members so can’t follow us via Scoop.it, but they are following other ways because 48% of them are return visitors.
Looking further into the analytics not many go to the topic homepage either, so I’m testing new ways within my marketing strategy for Scoop.it to engage.
Eg. Pop up and slide up call-to-actions as seen on my hhttp://www.scoop.it/t/marketinghits topic. This pop up also show when someone is coming to a shared post on my topic not just the homepage. Right now it a newsletter sign up, I’m thinking of doing polls, follow me, and maybe even a context are two. On my newsletter sign up is see a 1.4 ctr%
It sure would be nice to have some customization options for the homepage.
** Brian is the MASTER of organization. Check out his Scoop.it presentation (@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com ). That is a PR6 webpage using OPT (Other People's Templates) and tool (so impressive). Team at Scoop.it really listens to Brian because he has accomplished a lot with their tool. The Scoop.it team is responsive in general, so, thanks to BY and others, we may get a "homepage" we can use.
Did you know that social media can generate almost 100% more leads than any other channel including; direct mail, telemarketing, trade shows or even PPC?
Yeah I've read that social media is an amazing lead gen tool, but there are some important ways to go about it outlined in this excellent infographic from @Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Free websites can become expensive fast. So called Free Websites can hurt brand, seo and marketing. If something seems to good to be true...it is.
5 Reasons To Avoid "Free Websites"
* You Lose Control.
* Limited Plugins and Addons.
* Slow Site.
* Migration Challenges.
Thanks to @malekfor his great summary (as always) that reminded me to put the bullet points into the Scoop. Not following Malek? You should because he SHARES, curates amazing stuff and helps a friend out (all the time). #toogood and a #mustfollow on my Top Scoopers list. Marty
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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
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
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.
As a small business owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate. With so many different hats to wear, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your best customers to do your marketing for you?
If only it were that easy, right?
Our epiphany was realizing the most socially shared and linked to content on our websites and blogs wasn't ours but THEIRS. When customers share content they support it with links from their social nets. This "Friends of Friends" marketing is how your brand breaks through to the other side of the filter bubble.
Filter bubbles, well outlined by Eli Pariser in a TED talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles?language=en, make it all but impossible for branded marketing messages to reach their intended audience.
Marketing today must be done by friends of your and friends of theirs where "theirs" are people your brand doesn't know yet. When your brand is introduced thanks to "friends of friends" marketing then trust and conversion aren't far away.
Going in cold is not something that works very often in a socially connected time like this.
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
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.
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?
Here are cool things I did TODAY thanks to recent Scoop.it revisions:
* Changed Design Revolution Template: http://www.scoop.it/t/design-revolution.
* Added a subscription form to Design Revolution.
* Changed Design Revolution "SEO Boost".
* Changed Social Shares for Profile & my 10 feeds (easily adaptable to each feed so can be selective with what Twitter / Facebook and G+ pages are connected).
New tools are amazing. What about you? What have you been playing with on the new Scoop.it?