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Medium Rocks: New Mobile Micro-Blogging Tool Is A MUST USE via @Scenttrail

Medium Rocks: New Mobile Micro-Blogging Tool Is A MUST USE via @Scenttrail | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

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Why do we need another blogging tool? Reasonable question. If Medium was simply and only another micro-blogging and content curation tool then the answer would be in the negative.


We don’t need another blogging tool no matter how cool, efficient and mobile-ready the new tool’s User Interface. That’s why Medium isn’t a micro-blogging tool. Medium is a community forming NOW and that has many benefits including:


Grow with the network while not as crowded as Medium will become.

Fill the hole between your blogs and social nets.

Curate across your owned properties easily into one place.

Create and curate mobile ready content.

 

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5 Ways People Fix Content Marketing - Curagami

5 Ways People Fix Content Marketing - Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Content marketing must serve a higher purpose & featuring people not things is how websites win hearts, minds & loyalty creating online community.

  • Ask for HELP.
  • Create An Ambassador Program (with some gamification).
  • Curate 90%, Create 10% (make your content about THEM).
  • Reward, Value, Encourage & Listen to PEOPLE.
  • Create a Weekly, Monthly and Yearly CONTEST to Reward Contributors.
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malek's curator insight, May 1, 8:14 AM

Another great piece from one of the "Marketing Illuminati", and his daring exposition of the "Tyranny of Perfection". 

You're  placing too much focus on achieving perfection, you lose track of exploring a project's full creative potential. 

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The Game Is The Thing: Finally @SweetTooth Creates Affordable Gamification via @Curagami

The Game Is The Thing: Finally @SweetTooth Creates Affordable Gamification via @Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Does your website have game? It is going to because gamification and games are how you win hearts, minds and loyalty over time online. This Curagami post welcomes SweetToothRewards.com, a new add-on to Magento, Shopify and others, and affordable gamification. Gamification is in your website's future because its benefits win hearts, minds and loyalty over time and help create sustainable online community. 

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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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Will Hubspot Change Moribund CRM Landscape? Yes

Will Hubspot Change Moribund CRM Landscape? Yes | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Posted by Serge Salager on TechCrunch Editor’s note: Serge Salager was formerly CEO of OneMove Technologies and a marketing manager at Affinnova and Procter & Gamble.   After several years of relatively stagnant waters, what was a dull CRM landscape dominated by one player is heating up dramatically. Salesforce officially put its $3.5 billion market …

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WOW and WOW. Hubspot confirms what web marketers already know - distance between CRM, CMS and Content Marketing / Curation is short. As distinctions between tools blurs because it must we will gain.

Perhaps a new generation of tools will actually WORK without needing to string a ten tools together, bridge five analytics ecosystems and answer the questions we need to know in near real time.

Pigs flying yet? HubSpot's CRM entry could be ALL GOOD though :). M

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Content Curation: 7 Reasons Why You Must via @HaikuDeck

Content Curation: 7 Reasons Why You Must via @HaikuDeck | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

We shocked a SEO Meetup suggesting 90% curation to 10% content creation. This deck explains why you MUST curate content. Content curation is a CSF (Crtical Success Factor) for online marketing.

This Haiku Deck is the fastest to 2,000 views we've ever created. Discover the 7 reasons you MUST curate content:
http://shar.es/1XxuSs

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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

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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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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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How To Get Your Best Customers To Do Your Marketing For You

How To Get Your Best Customers To Do Your Marketing For You | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

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?


Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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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.  

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Matt Rogers's curator insight, September 14, 2014 11:16 PM

This article presents an interesting five step process for effectively creating brand ambassadors.  The process consists of creating goals, recruiting a small group, creating a community around your product, rewarding the ambassadors, and adjusting it based on what works and doesn't.  Brand ambassadors can be vital to the success of a company and potential superiority over competitors.  Getting customers involved can also create a greater sense of loyalty than just doing business as usual.

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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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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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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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Why BOXING Is OVER!

Why BOXING Is OVER! | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

While Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were duking it out on Saturday, another battle was going on in the background: Periscope versus illegal live-stream...

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K, let me see if I have this right. I pay $100K to watch a mediocre fight and the venue is going to tell me I can't @Periscope it (real time video streaming). WHAT?

Boxing needs to learn the music business lesson - try to deny or sue the future out of existence and YOU lose long term not them. Periscope is on the side of the angels. We #contentcurators are GOING to create content with their very cool tool.

Whether we will keep watching BOXING is the question.


And NO would be my answer unless we can create a tribe as we watch. If boxing's promoters want to KILL their golden goose they won't be the first. Instead of being happy they created an event people felt compelled to share and embracing the share and helping (the share) boxing wants to put genie back in bottle.

Yeah, good luck with that. I love it when ostrich-like industries like this one wrongly believe their CONTENT is what creates the primary value. HUBRIS goes before a monster fall in our business - web marketing - and it doesn't get much more arrogant than believing we HAVE to have a fight.

NO, we HAVE TO HAVE the connections such an event creates, so if you don't like it then find a way to support it or MAKE LESS MONEY and watch your relevance slowly decay to the point where NO ONE CARES because we can't share the expression of that care or see that our friends do too.

Lesson to boxing AND ALL OTHERS - we WILL curate your content and the proper response is. "WOW, that's great how can we help". Any other response and YOU LOSE. Sue and YOU LOSE FASTER and WORSE.

I wanted to watch the fight, but I'm not paying 100 bucks and I'm not going to a smoky bar with a bunch of drunk a-holes I don't know. So boxing's message to me is F-Off. My message back to boxing is I love Periscope WAY MORE THAN YOU. If you force me to choose that decision is easy...and YOU LOSE.

Never ceases to amaze me how really STUPID people believe they are capable of turning back the tide. Yeah, not so much just ask the music industry that goes from your money for nothing and chicks for free to WHO CARES or if it isn't free WHO CARES.


Ask those bands trying to pay for the sins of previous greedy generations if they wished the industry "leaders" knew a little bit more about what I do for a living (web marketing) and a little less about being huge a-holes (lol). Bet they vote for more of one and a lot less of the other. M

PS. May seem strange to say boxing is dead on its biggest $$ night ever, but that is precisely when businesses die lately. When they are so full of themselves they don't see the train that has in fact already hit them.

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Luke I Am Your FATHER! Surviving Google via @Curagami

Luke I Am Your FATHER! Surviving Google via @Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Everything Is Harder Suddenly everything online seems harder. Or there may be a slow drip with energy and value leaking out seemingly unrecoverable. Google’s algorithmic haircuts hurt no matter how realization dawns. This post is about how to recover, regain and reposition your website after traffic, conversions and money are dealt an injury by an algorithm change by the Google Gods.

Follow these 5 Easy Steps to Recover:

  • Stop, Wait & Listen.
  • Analytics Deep Dive.
  • Create New KPIs.
  • Back In To Blue Oceans.
  • Create Community.


Possibly "easy" is the wrong word (lol). First STOP whatever you've been doing since "old SEO" tactics don't work anymore. Next figure out where to go that new and start testing. This Curagami post shares several Haiku Decks and explains each of those 5 "Recovery" tips.

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Always great posts to read and learn something new from Marty!

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Invisible Giants Curating Content - 3 @HaikuDeck via @Curagami

Invisible Giants Curating Content - 3 @HaikuDeck via @Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Invisible Giant of the New SEO
http://shar.es/1fwYBl
4,974 Views

7 Reasons Must Curate Content
http://shar.es/1fwjnY
6,745 Views

Gamify Content Marketing
http://shar.es/1fwjfa
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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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Must read if you are using G+...

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Curagami New Look Includes 3 Favorite Content Curators Every Month

Curagami New Look Includes 3 Favorite Content Curators Every Month | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Content Curators Added To Curagami
Content curation may be the ultimate team sport. Together we are smarter than alone. As we changed our startup http://www.Curagami.com look and feel today we added a place to share 3 favorite content curators each month.

December's Must Follow Content Curators:

@Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com


@Neil Ferree

@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com

Significant curators across every social net these special marketers sift a mountain of content daily so we their lucky followers are smarter, wiser and better informed. If you are NOT following Cendrine, Neil and Brian on Scoop.it, Twitter, Gplus and wherever else they contribute (blogs and company sites) you are missing the easiest way to learn content curation and Internet marketing we know.

Happy holidays to three of our favorite content curators, Scoopiteers and people. We will share 3 curators a month and won't have a problem filling up our 2015 content curation dance card.

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Thanks @Martin (Marty) Smith for including me on your must follow list. You the best!!! Brian

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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.
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UGC = Content Gets Best Marketing Results (Great Infographic)

UGC = Content Gets Best Marketing Results (Great Infographic) | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

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.

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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

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Guest Blogging: Google Not Walking Their Talk

Guest Blogging: Google Not Walking Their Talk | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

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.

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Redesigning Scoopit and Your Web Design Too - via @Curagami

Redesigning Scoopit and Your Web Design Too - via @Curagami | Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

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.





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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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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