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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."

and ...

"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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Value, Experience & The New SEO - Conversation With Robin, Brian and David

Value, Experience & The New SEO - Conversation With Robin, Brian and David | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Value, Experience & The New SEO
I'm having five related conversations across three social nets right now about  #contentmarketing  ,  #contentcuration  and #SEO with @Robin Good@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.comand @David Amerlandthis post pulls these threads together in a single place.

"David's idea is all of factors will align at some point in the not very distant future. Points such as:

* What makes money.
* The value of an experience NOW and over time.
* Value as a function of Uniqueness / Scarcity.
* The social REPUTATION and AUTHORITY of a brand or curator."


Brian suggested we have a debate and I think that is a great idea. Will see if we can put together a HOA on content marketing, engagement and the new SEO soon. In the meantime I'm sure everyone will chime in on this G+ post.

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Heather Koroll's curator insight, March 9, 2014 7:46 PM

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Your Customer Is Mobile, But What Does That Mean? - Curatti

Your Customer Is Mobile, But What Does That Mean? - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
It’s obvious that we as consumers have taken a liking to our smartphones. It’s our on demand connection to anything we could possibly need when it comes to information. Which means, as a business owner, we need to pay attention to how our customers engage with our content and us. How. Where. When. What Device. …
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Wow, I feel like crap today and reading these Greck Hickman posts from Curatti.com may be the only productive thing I do but glad I got this done since they are BOTH great reads and timely as we try and go MOBILE FIRST on http://www.CrowdFunde.com :

First great mobile post

http://curatti.com/customer-mobile-mean/ 


Second
http://curatti.com/mobile-users-want/  

 

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Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, March 11, 2014 10:07 AM

More and more, Mobile is the way to reach our customer on personal level

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Content Marketing's Magic Beans: 4 Sharing Tips - via Curatti

Content Marketing's Magic Beans: 4 Sharing Tips - via Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Sharing is the "magic beans" of content marketing. Sharing starts the train,but there are ways to share that help generate more shares. This post includes 4 Sharing Tips:

* Give Expertise Away.
* Following Is Currency, Spend It.
* Presence Makes You Real.
* Trust in Karma of the Share.

If you plant these magic beans your content marketing will reach for the clouds. Just make sure to run for the hills if you year, "Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum".

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Therese Torris's comment, February 19, 2014 4:14 AM
Great post, Marty, thanks !
Therese Torris's curator insight, February 19, 2014 4:19 AM

Excellent. Sharing is vital to content marketing and it's not as easy as it seems: "Trust is hard"

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Internet Marketing's 3Cs: Content, Community, Conversion - Curatti

Internet Marketing's 3Cs: Content, Community, Conversion - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Internet marketing's "perpetual motion" machine is based on content creating community and, after winning hearts and minds, community becomes conversion.
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Content, Community and Conversion dance a particular ballet. They are partners each contributing movement and beauty to the other. This Curatti post shares how one dancer supports the other with a simple yet complex goal - the self-perpetuation machine that happens as if by magic and helps create MORE from LESS.

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How Beyonce's SURPRISE Marked Social Marketing's ROI Tipping Point

How Beyonce's SURPRISE Marked Social Marketing's ROI Tipping Point | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Social media has been with us for over a decade. Its impact started small but it's now significant. We have passed a social media marketing tipping point

Via Mike Ellsworth
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POST NOTE
I Scooped this amazing Jeff Bullas article and thought about it more. The tipping point is bigger than just Social Media Marketing. Beyonce worked the album to make it VISUAL. This took 18 months, but she succeeded (not hard when you are Beyonce).

As you read the amazing stats below how Beyonce BLEW UP social media and commerce with her Surprise album read Jeff's post about how she changed her approach too since there may be more than one tipping point here - Social Media Marketing & Visual Marketing on SMM.
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Great Scoop by Mike of a Jeff Bullas post noting how Beyonce may have marked our social marketing roi tipping point. Here are quotes from Jeff's post:
 

The tipping point?

With the evolution of the web there are some events that are small but significant. One of those happened on December 13, 2013. It was when Beyonce launched her latest album with an update on Instagram just captioned as “Surprise”

This broke convention.
 

Normally millions are spent on traditional media. Lady Gaga hyped her latest album by spending millions on bus advertising, billboards, 2 pop up stores and performed countless interviews. The result. She sold 305,000 copies in 2 weeks.

Beyonce, who has 8 million Instagram followers and over 53 million fans on Facebook decided to go straight to her fans. She decided to give the bus a miss. It was launched directly to iTunes and social media. She invoked the power of  ”World of Mouth”


The results

* It sold 828,773 copies in 3 days

* Twitter reported 1.2 million Tweets in 12 hours

* It was the largest single week ever in the Apple iTunes store

* It was iTunes fastest selling album worldwide


Jeff notes implications including

The lessons and what can you do

You may be not a Lady Gaga, Beyonce or a famous singer but the lessons are there. Start building your “own” digital assets. The world has changed. It is digital and it is social.


*Take control of your own digital future and build your own online assets and authority.

Grow your social networks now. The priorities are still for the most part Facebook and Twitter. It will also depend on the demographic, audience personas, media preferences and industry. So you will also need to consider Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Slideshare and YouTube. It will also be determined by whether you sell to business (B2B) or to consumers (B2C).

Create the best content you can. Repurpose it in a range of media including visual.

Publish and promote it everywhere on social media.

Don’t forget your other digital assets. This includes a blog, search engine optimisation, continue to increase your email subscriber list and keep up your content creation. It also means using content marketing in your mix.

* Boost your marketing with paid and targeted social media advertising. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You may need to get marketing traction fast and can’t wait to build the social networks from day one.


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I agree with Jeff's points, would go easy on the paid stuff until you know what works, and would add these:


* Use G+ Author Rank as a great way to carry your klout with you.
* Crowdfund content - find ways to create community around your content and best way is to put THEIR content on YOUR websites.

* Contests and Games - great social content you can create with low costs and high User Generated Content (UGC) & social value.

* Be SOCIAL on Social Media - say congratulations, thank you and ask for favors. 

* Create video content because it is engaging, highly social and easy to move around the web. 
* Do Hang Outs On Air because they are fun and LIVE and so a little dangerous. 
 

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Mike Ellsworth's curator insight, February 3, 2014 6:59 PM

Social media: Be on the wave or under it.

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Searchlight Is A Great Enterprise SEO Tool from NY based Conductor

Searchlight Is A Great Enterprise SEO Tool from NY based Conductor | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Enterprise SEO with Conductor Searchlight the world's leading natural search platform. Benchmark your performance against competitors, find the best keywords to target, uncover your competitors backlink strategies and more.

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This is one of the best #SEO tools I've seen combining the best elements of other tools such as SpyFu and SEOmoz. Searchlight by Conductor creates an SEO tool for content marketers and curators and who isn't a content marketer these days? The tool is agency friendly too!

Strengths of this impressive tool include:

* Keyword management (for you and competitors). 
* Paid and organic search data.

* Templated and easy to private label "work spaces" to share reporting with clients.

* Reasonable price / value.

* Sliders to manage prioritization based on dimensions such as difficulty of the task or ROI. 

Searchlight by Conductor is a great SEO tool built for content marketers and curators.  

Will write more about why this tool should be a MUST for any Internet marketing team on http://www.scenttrail.com  over the weekend. 

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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
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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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Quirky Email Marketing Makeover: Good To Great

Quirky Email Marketing Makeover: Good To Great | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Quirky Email Marketing Makeover TIps
Quirky.com is new to email marketing. They haven't won the hard won lessons 7 years as a Director of Ecommerce teaches such as:

* Less is more in email marketing.

* Never forget your Call-To-Action.
* Selling more than one idea in an email is crazy.

Quirky started strong with a cold weather hero (hero is largest image on an email or webpage), but made a common "new to email marketing" mistake - they thought their content is as interesting to US as it is to THEM.

Not so much (lol).

Best to apply some Occam's razor to your email marketing cuttting down to a single relevant idea. Quirky's BEFORE makeover email could become 6 or 10 emails. Showed how I would change their email and bet those changes woud increase conversioins 10x.

 

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6 Reasons to Create Great Visual Content Marketing in 2014

6 Reasons to Create Great Visual Content Marketing in 2014 | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Big Data has been a theme for 2013, and it poses the threatening question of how one can possibly interpret all the data that is available to take in.


As consumers of data, we’re constantly deciding whether to “bookmark” a particularly interesting file, or make an entry in Evernote to come back to read it later. There is so much data being generated every single minute on the Internet that it becomes increasingly time-consuming to make decisions such as: Should I read it now? Should I make a note of it in my Moleskin notepad? Should I email the link to myself?


In short, we spend more time sorting through, curating and organizing data that already exists. In doing so, we create more data about data!


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com, John van den Brink
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

If we are smack in the middle of a digital marketing revolution one of the most important wheels keeping that revolution turning faster and faster is VISUAL marketing. Friends @Scoopit call this "lean content", content that conveys complexity quickly, simply with visualization.

Mobile is another wheel turning the marketing revolution faster and faster AND being accelerated by little screens with their swiping, snipping and spinning of "mobile content".

What is "mobile content"? Some say there is no such thing ad "mobile content". I think there is an opportunity to create "mobile first" websites where content flows evenly, smoothly and in many directions at once.

Content is why the "mobile revolution" is about more than phones. Once we re-imagine content that creates engagement across all platforms (social and owned) we see the need for arresting visuals, great headlines and content snippets.

We are smack in the middle of a revolution. Visual marketing is a monster flywheel driving this revolution faster and faster, better and better. Find ways to make your content leaner and more visual in 2014 to stay up with the game.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, January 5, 2014 1:59 AM

Big Data has been a theme for 2013, and it poses the threatening question of how one can possibly interpret all the data that is available to take in.

 

As consumers of data, we’re constantly deciding whether to “bookmark” a particularly interesting file, or make an entry in Evernote to come back to read it later. There is so much data being generated every single minute on the Internet that it becomes increasingly time-consuming to make decisions such as: Should I read it now? Should I make a note of it in my Moleskin notepad? Should I email the link to myself?

 

In short, we spend more time sorting through, curating and organizing data that already exists. In doing so, we create more data about data!

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 20, 12:39 AM

Big Data has been a theme for 2013, and it poses the threatening question of how one can possibly interpret all the data that is available to take in.

 

As consumers of data, we’re constantly deciding whether to “bookmark” a particularly interesting file, or make an entry in Evernote to come back to read it later. There is so much data being generated every single minute on the Internet that it becomes increasingly time-consuming to make decisions such as: Should I read it now? Should I make a note of it in my Moleskin notepad? Should I email the link to myself?

 

In short, we spend more time sorting through, curating and organizing data that already exists. In doing so, we create more data about data!

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5 Tips for Mastering the Art of Brand Storytelling | Business 2 Community

5 Tips for Mastering the Art of Brand Storytelling | Business 2 Community | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

"One thing that many business owners and newcomers to social media have a difficult time grasping is the importance of a powerful story behind your brand. This isn’t just flouncy language and big words; it’s finding a legitimate, interesting and engaging way to put a personal spin on your brand’s conception, creation and journey to what your customers know it as today. Bringing your brand to the masses through a relatable and well-written story is one of the quickest avenues to capturing customer and fan loyalty."


Read the full article to find out more about these tips to provide a relatable and personalized story for your customers:

  1. Understand the art of fiction writing
  2. Know your story
  3. Create characters
  4. Create tension
  5. Give your customers the room to interpret

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), massimo facchinetti
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Love these writing tips applied to Internet marketing. Perfect. 

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 26, 2013 10:23 PM

Having spent time working the for Walt Disney Company I know storytelling and characters help capture customers and a loyal fan base.

Alisha Shibli's curator insight, December 28, 2013 8:12 AM

A lot has been written and spoken about this. So may articles and paper and stories about how to tell a story. It is indeed one of the most crucial part of brand building and getting this right is most essential.

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How Canonicalization Can Save You: Guide To Canonicals In WordPress

How Canonicalization Can Save You: Guide To Canonicals In WordPress | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Welcome To Content Marketing
Many "new to content marketing" are blasting content out on new WordPress blogs, creating categories and loving life. Glad to have you and if you are reading this post then you know it is time to learn some "inside baseball" content marketing and SEO tips. 

Google doesn't like content to be duplicated. Problem is we bloggers and merchants MUST duplicate content since some of our readers care about SEO while another set wants to learn about social media marketing. 

An article like my Websites vs. Blogs post for Curatti.com (http://curatti.com/websites-vs-blogs/ ) could be categorized into web design, social media and Internet marketing. WordPress makes setting categories so easy the full ramification of that tag isn't fully understood. 

If I categorized my Websites Vs. Blogs piece in more than one category it appears equally duplicated to Google. The fact I know the piece MAINLY belongs in Internet marketing is something I can share with Google by using a canonical URL. 

I think of the canonical URL as the MASTERBLASTER URL, the URL I WANT Google to think of this content in. Other categories, any category NOT deemed the single MASTERBLASTER category, aren't "indexed" by Google's spider for that piece of content. 

Google sees your intent and understands your instructions to mean "don't index the same content twice" and that makes Google's spider get all warm, fuzzy and happy. You just saved Google TIME and time in the Google algorithm is truly MONEY so chances for your website to gain in authority just went UP. 

Chances to gain in authority when you have the same content in many categories goes DOWN. Your duplication costs Google money and time because they have to sort out if you are good and true or a spammer. Oh, btw Google NEVER sorts out if you are a spammer or good and true (and I wrote that sentence to make my SEO friends laugh :). 

Google ASSUMES you are spamming and treats your dupe content with disrespect and annoyance. Should you create many categories and place content in them? Sure, but when you do so be sure to use canonicalization to send the right signals to Google and so they don't assume you are spamming. 

Promise to write my next Curatti.com post on canonicalization and other important "SEO Ideas For New To Content Marketing". Marty 

BTW, geat @Tomewer post with one of the most clear and concise explanations of a difficult topic I've read. Well done Tom! 

 

 

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Mobile Is The New Black: Make Your Social Media Mobile Friendly

Mobile Is The New Black: Make Your Social Media Mobile Friendly | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Are you reading this on your mobile device? The probability is likely, considering there are currently 6 billion (and growing!) active mobile devices in the world, and companies continue to tailor their marketing to the small screen of your iPhone.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Great mobile / social Tips Scooped by Brian Yanish (@MarketingHits) including:


* Resize your Facebook posts No bigger than 620 x 320

* Choose Facebook Ads wisely

* Make it visual

* Turn up the content

* Get smart about couponing

* Take advantage of Twitter

* Upload to Instagram

* Utilize Email Marketing

My favorite is getting smart about couponing as that tip can make a real difference to your bottom line especially at this time of year.


Be careful not to have "battling coupons" where one deal wipes out another an check coupon websites like Retail Me Not to make sure they are up to date and don't have old coupon codes that don't work anymore since there is nothing more frustrating than trying to get a deal that is dead.


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Joachim Scholz, PhD's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:24 AM

The first phase of the trend towards mobile is in full swing, and it is time to adapt your marketing strategies for it. Resizing facebook ads, making it more visual and so on are the obvious things to think about, but there is also a second revoultion wrapped in the first: The move to (mobile) content marketing.

 

To oversimplify: Consumers watch big screens, but they touch small ones!

 

So the marketing communications you put on consumers' phone screens needs to be much more content oriented, something your consumers will voluntarily seek out. Being a service star in getting consumers the right coupon is a first thing to do, but also add levels of engagement and play. Coke did a great example during the London Olympic Games (on Marketing in Motion, use the Find buttom) for which they created a music DJ/mixing app that allowed consumers to build their own soundtrack to the games and send it to their friends.

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Red Bull's Branding Lessons: We Are All Media Companies Now - Curatti

Red Bull's Branding Lessons: We Are All Media Companies Now - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
BANG Branding Changed Figuring out why branding changed is moot. Understanding HOW branding has changed is important. Brands used to create aspirations for customers as this 1958 Tide commercial demonstrates: Flash forward to this video from Red Bull TV: What happened? A: The web, Smart Phones, We Changed, Branding Changed. There isn’t ONE thing moving …
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BlairEvanBall's curator insight, March 12, 2014 4:30 PM

Small company or large brand, we've morphed into our own media company.

The challenge especially for small companies is too develop a daily regimen to find, curate, and produce great content for their customers and audience. While at the same time running a profitable business.

 

FOCUS on those things that give you the highest return for your time.

 

The hugh upside for them, they like control and this gives them control to amplify their brand.

 

For those that don't like the fast pace of change, they'll like irrelevance even more.

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Mint Social Currency: 3 Insider Tips - Curatti

Mint Social Currency: 3 Insider Tips - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Why Contagious? You could read Jonah Berger’s Contagious: Why Things Catch On as an update to Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, but I wouldn’t (lol). 

Berger’s assertion that Gladwell is mostly wrong seems moot. The Tipping Point is philosophy. Berger’s book is ditch digging psychology based on his empirical research at Wharton.

Berger shares 3 key ideas to create viral marketing:

  • Find or Create Inner Remarkability.
  • Leverage Game Mechanics.
  • Make People Feel Like Insiders.


This Curatti.com post shares my favorite examples for each of Berger's Contagious traits including Red Bull for "Inner Remarkability", Scoop.it for leveraging game mechanics and Rue La La for making people feel like insiders.

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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:14 AM

Great post @Martin (Marty) Smith a must read for all marketers!

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5 Easy Steps To EPIC Content Marketing - Curatti

5 Easy Steps To EPIC Content Marketing - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

If you are going to create #contentmarketing these days it better be EPIC. There is way too much noise. Only Epic Content will do. Here are 5 Easy Steps To Create Epic Content Marketing:

* Get your C-level executives to BELIEVE.
* Think Mobile First.
* Work with customers and creating a "commons".
* COPE (Create Once Publish Everywhere).
* Write a Content Marketing Mission Statement.

Set the stage with those easy steps and EPIC is possible, epic content marketing is probable IF your commitment is strong, you learn fast and you don't mind failing a little. Remember the content you write is NOT about you.

Epic content marketing is always about CUSTOMERS. Answering questions, solving pain points and finding innovative ways to be "of service" are all great ideas for your EPIC content marketing.

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Content Marketing Terms A to Z You Should Know

Content Marketing Terms A to Z You Should Know | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Our A to Z of content marketing helps you get a handle on one of the most important aspects of digital marketing. Content marketing is becoming increasingly important (just check out our piece on how content is going to be dominant for 2014).


Via Gwenaël Bonnafoux, Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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This is a cool post format - important content marketing terms with short explanations. The format has more editorial control than it appears because the writer is selecting the terms. I would probably arrange in order of priority. They arrange by alphabetical which makes all terms feel equal...they aren't :). M

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Carmen Troche's curator insight, February 16, 2014 4:54 PM

Great marketing tools

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The Video Marketing Tsunami

The Video Marketing Tsunami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it


Online video picked up speed in 2013 and will continue to gain significant momentum in 2014. A simple Google search taps into a pile of data that underscores the importance of video in marketing collateral.

 

Intermediate/ Digest...

-- >  73% of B2B marketers say they will focus on video as a content marketing solution in 2014. In an industry saturated with whitepapers and e-books, the rise of online videos has come as a relief for B2B marketers, providing them with a new and exciting platform to market their products and services.

-- >  Choose HTML5 over Flash. Here’s why:

-- >  Optimizing and uploading videos on sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, and embedding them on your website, boosts your search rank standing.

-- >  Some of the popular video distribution websites include:

     * TubeMogul

     * OneLoad

     * Vimeo

     * Viddler

 

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Video's Unique Stone Skipping via Widgetization
Videos skip across the surface of the web thanks to easy SHARES via links and embed codes. Be sure to HOST some of your own videos since the only people you are making rich by using Vimeo or YouTube is THEM.

When you host your videos make sure you offer the same easy ratings (thumbs up or down), views feedback metrics and easy link or embed options made popular by YouTube and Vimeo.

This "stone skipping" nature of video makes it HIGHLY VIRAL. Video engagement can be HIGH too (if the video doesn't drive visitors away which many do). Keep your videos short and "Daisy Chain" them together  like TV episodes (hanging threads at the end with the promise of resolution in the next video on into infinity :). M


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marketingIO's curator insight, February 5, 2014 9:06 PM

Some solid information in this piece that I wanted to pass along to you.

marketingIO's curator insight, May 20, 2014 9:25 AM

Some solid information in this piece that I wanted to pass along to you.

Mike Power's curator insight, May 21, 2014 6:19 AM

Interesting but "Marketing Collateral"?   Please cut the meaningless jargon! 

To make matters worse, the link doesn't work! 

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Why There Is A Curatti In Your Future - Curatti

Why There Is A Curatti In Your Future - Curatti | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Great conversations with Guillaume Decugis, Mark Schaefer, Phil Buckley, Mark Traphagen & others last week convince me there's a Curatti in our future.

Curatti is an example of the HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Mashable multi-author, multi-thread held together by content curation model. I've noted to own the conversaton is to own the traffic. This model is best way to "own the converation" today and that is why there is a Curatti in your future.

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Content Curation: Learn Content Curation From Great Curators via @Curatti_

Content Curation: Learn Content Curation From Great Curators via @Curatti_ | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it


Best way to learn content curation is from cuators such as Jan Gordon, Brian Yanish, Robin Good, Ana-Cristina Pratas, Cendrine Marrouat & Scoopit team.


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This post is about five lessons learned from favorite Scoopiters such as


@Guillaume Decugis   @Ally Greer


@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com


@ janlgordon


@Robin Good& @Ana Cristina Pratas

@Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com


Tips include:

* Gamify.
* Customization of social nets and tools.
* Pulling value out of social nets and tools.

* Curating what you love.
* Curating across the tapestry of tools we must use as content curators.

@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com

@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com


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Olivier Milo's curator insight, January 21, 2014 12:23 AM

Love these tips by @Guillaume Decugis@Ally Greer, @Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com, @ janlgordon, @Robin Good, @Ana Cristina Pratas@Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com.

malek's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:02 AM

Some of the best tips you'll find around

Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, February 1, 2014 7:05 AM

Nunca viene mal compartir conocimientos de expertos. Evitemos el "nadie aprende en cabeza ajena"

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What You Need to Know About Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk [Infographic]

What You Need to Know About Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk [Infographic] | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

I'm all about Infographics these days, so I decided to break down my new book into some fun stats. Take a look!

 

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Gary Vaynerchuk's latest book is excellent. Gary describes the Thank You Economy as a great "jab" book. He wanted to right a great "right hook" book too, a book about conversion and how to finish the social marketing fight we are all in. 

He is aware, via his consulting work, that many view social media as a fad. He wishes them well as they fade off into obscurity (lol). I love his 3 characteristics of a great "right hook":

* Easy to understand (and present) Call-to-Action (CTA). 
* Crafted agnostic and beautiful on any receiving device.

* Respects the nuances of the social network for which you make the content. 

That last bullet should be the eye opening moment for many Internet marketers. Marketers who have one-sided conversations that don't respect the subtle and not so subtle nuance of platforms they use to communicate their stories will be treated like the spammers they are. 

It is not enough, Vaynerchuk explains, to have awesome content. Content must be massaged to the medium. Where once the medium was the message now the medium influences the shape, form, tone and syntax of our stories. To be heard your marketing must speak the right language at the right time. 

Will be writing a more extensive review, but BRAVO and KUDOS to Gary for creating writing another groundbreaking book a true "right hook".  


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malek's curator insight, January 9, 2014 1:18 PM

Looks interesting. Infographic is a visual leap, add some fun and you have a great resource to read and SHARE

Neil Ferree's curator insight, January 9, 2014 2:38 PM

What we need to know as Internet Marketers


Where once the medium was the message now the medium influences the shape, form, tone and syntax of our stories.


To be heard your marketing must speak the right language at the right time.


 What are your Top Performing Social Media Profiles?

Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:39 PM

Gary is keeping us up on the latest trends in the marketplace. You can always learn something from his books  and blogs. Great use of infographics and his ways of explaining was we need to know for our businesses about social media.

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7 Common Video Marketing Mistakes To Avoid via Visual.ly

7 Common Video Marketing Mistakes To Avoid via Visual.ly | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
It’s every marketer’s dream: producing a company video that goes viral or gets nominated for an Emmy Award. But if we have to be realistic, it should, at
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Video, especially great video marketing, is hard. I've created a handful of videos and have come away from the experience changed (lol). Best to avoid these BIG mistakes:

* Overlook importance of the script (AGREE).
*  Information overload, remember the KISS idea. 

* Too long - Vine is 6 seconds and that is the direction we are headed. 

* Bad Music or Music That Sits Up too Much (too loud or distracting).

* Animation is too fast (they always are). 

* No clear goal for the video in the first place (AGREE). 

* Bad VO (voice over). 

I got a lot of grief for insisting on a second to second mapped script by my last boss. Too much planning felt like selling used cars to him. Problem is time is literally MONEY on a video shoot. Even if you are doing you own shoot, something I would NOT recommend, you have people and resources tied up so PLAN IT OUT I say and so disagree with my old boss (lol).

Good luck, video is HARD but necessary. Video is an important bridge between your written and graphical content. Video creates personality and warmth (done right) and anger and frustration (done wrong). Angry customers don't typically BUY anything so avoid these seven video marketing mistakes.  

BTW, you want to HOST your videos inside your techncial "stack", see my note on this GPlus post: https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/MmbfSSdopz5  

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Coca-Cola's Bottle is Half Full [cool Infographic & forgotten SMM]

Coca-Cola's Bottle is Half Full [cool Infographic & forgotten SMM] | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
With rising unit volume sales in emerging markets, Coca-Cola’s third quarter earnings were in line with analysts’ estimates, despite the decline in net revenues as a result of currency fluctuations
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Loved this extensive analysis of some very positive Coca-Cola results. Well said here:

"Coca-Cola did not give any guidance for the next quarter, and said that its overall strategy to grow in emerging markets while embracing the shift to healthier beverages remains unchanged.

The company also mentioned that it has repurchased almost $2.8 billion worth of stock so far in 2013, and will buyback a further half a billion dollars’ worth of shares by the end of the year. Share repurchases in 2013 represent almost 2% of the company’s market cap."

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Any company that buys its stock back, increases unit sales, has a well articulated and better-executed strategy is one to follow. What this analysis left out is how GREAT Coke is getting at Social Media.

Coca Cola's consistent social creativity is re-contextualizing an "old line" brand. Steve Jobs was dismissive of "sugar water" when he hired Scully away from Pepsi.

Social media provides ways to create new conversations about old brands. "New conversations" keep brands alive and relevant. In fact, of the two, Apple vs. Coca Cola, my social marketing innovation vote would go to sugared water ;)M.

 

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Blue Dog Passing: Tips In Viral Marketing via @HaikuDeck

Blue Dog Passing: Tips In Viral Marketing via @HaikuDeck | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Artist George Rodrigue painted his last iconic portrait last week, but his blue dog lives on and can teach Internet marketers how to create viral content.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Artist George Rodrigue painted his last iconic portrait last week, but his blue dog lives on. He lives on to teach lessons in how to create viral marketing for Internet marketers:

  • Arresting visual images help.
  • When you find the icon let it get GOOD to you.
  • Fun mixed with mystery and irony works well.
  • Good creation story is important.
  • When in doubt, paint it BLUE.
  • Let your icon become THEIR icon.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Turn a pattern on its head a little.

 
Use any 3 of those tips to increase chances of creating viral content for your website, blog or personal brand.  

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"Crowdfunding Game Changer" - A Haiku Deck by Martin Smith

"Crowdfunding Game Changer" - A Haiku Deck by Martin Smith | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Crowdfunding is about to BLOW UP bringing vast changes to every functional department for SMBs and Fortune 1,000 companies. This deck explores the implications of crowdfunding on marketing, sales, B2B content marketing, customer service and loyalty. 

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