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5 Free Photo Editing Websites Every Blogger Should Use

5 Free Photo Editing Websites Every Blogger Should Use | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There’s no denying how much easier it is to read lengthy articles when there are pictures and photographs interspersed throughout the text. Text alone can get overwhelming and boring, so having a pop of color or an interesting graphic to look at gives our brain a nice little break before we continue on throughout the article. However not all pictures come out exactly as we want them to, which makes photo editing an important part of the blogging process. And unless you’re a photo snob, you probably aren’t itching to spend a lot on photo-editing supplies. Luckily the Internet is stocked with free photo-editing websites, and some make photo-editing not only easy but also fun.


These five come out on top in terms of good, free photo-editing websites...

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I personally recommend use and recommend PicMonkey and LunaPic. 

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How to Get More Sales From Your Mobile Visitors

How to Get More Sales From Your Mobile Visitors | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Over the next few years, most of your traffic growth will come from mobile devices. Mobile is becoming so important that Google is making algorithm changes based on mobile device usage.

But what you’ll notice as your traffic increases from mobile is that your conversions and sales won’t increase as fast. Why? Because your website isn’t set up for mobile conversions.

In order to help you grow, I’ve created an infographic that will teach you how to get more sales from your mobile visitors....

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Neil Patel offers an important look at mobile and its impact on marketing now and in the future.

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Demand for How-to Content on YouTube is On the Rise

Demand for How-to Content on YouTube is On the Rise | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

According to the report:[


A]lthough we see these searches across age groups, it’s most pronounced among millennials. In fact, 67% of millennials agree that they can find a YouTube video on anything they want to learn.


Millennials aren’t the only drivers behind the increased demand for how-to content. In fact, the report notes that 91 percent of mobile users check YouTube for inspiration while working on a project. And brands are using this demand for how-to content to connect with consumers in useful and meaningful ways.


This is a key lesson for content marketers. While content marketers often talk about engaging customers with timely and relevant content, many miss the markwhen it comes to developing content that truly serves the needs of the target audience....

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Here's how YouTube presents a big opportunity for marketers who can provide how to videos for consumers.

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10 Surprising New Twitter Stats to Help You Reach More Followers | Buffer

10 Surprising New Twitter Stats to Help You Reach More Followers | Buffer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Since social media is changing so often. It can be really hard to keep up with stats and trends that affect how you use it. I quite often forget the facts that I’ve read, or I use Twitter based on stats that are outdated now.


In fact, when I recently looked at some of the latest social media statistics, it hit me that the fastest growing demographic on Twitter is is the 55–64 year age bracket. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s changed.


In case you’re in the same boat with me, I gathered up some really interesting Twitter stats that can help you improve the way you reach your followers....

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Kevan Lee shares new Twitter that stats can help you reach your followers with better wording, better timing and more engaging content.

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More Followers!

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Write Better Blog Titles Using Data-Driven Strategies

Write Better Blog Titles Using Data-Driven Strategies | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Your post titles are directly responsible for your click-through rate. Well-thought-out blog titles earn much higher click-through rates than poorly written ones. Your titles are the very first parts of your content that prospects come in contact with, so they can determine whether that prospect reads your content or skips over it in favor of another website.


Rather than simply advising you to write better titles, my company teamed up with HubSpot to show you how, in the infographic below. Learn what words you should use to improve content engagement, along with what title lengths work best for social, search, CTR, and post-engagement....

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Most people don't think twice about the blog titles they write. But a well-crafted title can make all the difference when it comes to click-through rates.

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Modern Influencer Strategy: Not Your Mom's Influencers

Modern Influencer Strategy: Not Your Mom's Influencers | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
In my first post, I summarized the shift currently taking place in corporate communications. We’re now ready to delve more deeply into the digital communications landscape, starting with the rise of the influencer. In today’s world, setting a solid influencer strategy means that we need to understand….
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Here are four key questions to ask when preparing your influencer strategy.
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4 Tips On How to Use LinkedIn To Build Powerful Influence

4 Tips On How to Use LinkedIn To Build Powerful Influence | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
We know that LinkedIn began as a place to literally park your resume and peruse job opportunities.  But in recent years it has evolved into a leading business to business marketplace and professional network.


Being present on LinkedIn is only the first step in exploring a number of tools and opportunities that the network provides for both individuals and brands.


Here are some tips on how to use LinkedIn to build powerful influence....

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Very useful basic tips for using LinkedIn to build influence.

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Tips for Linkedin.

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100 Best Vine Accounts (Viners) of 2015

100 Best Vine Accounts (Viners) of 2015 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

This is the Vine list to end all Vine lists—the one that actually counts. So far this year DailyTekk has rounded up and ranked the 100+ best Instagrammers, the 100 best YouTubers, the 100 best Pinners and the 100 best blogs and websites of 2015.


Today we conquer curate Vine, the site where people cram as much creativity, humor, information or idiocy into 6-second videos as humanly possible. And I will say this: Viners, you have a very, very unique community. It’s so different than the other social networks I just listed. The amount of effort that you have put into these short videos is nothing short of astounding. Kudos...

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Let this be kind of your guilty pleasure. Sort of like reality TV. Nobody admits they watch it but everybody checks in on it. Some fun, some profound, mostly silly.

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50 Mobile Facts & Stats Every Merchant Needs to Know - Payfirma

50 Mobile Facts & Stats Every Merchant Needs to Know - Payfirma | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
From Mobile payments to in-store mobile shopping, men, women, young and old are all embracing mobile technology in a big way. Merchants must implement mobile strategies in order to stay relevant and keep up with consumers demand for an amazing mobile experience. We’ve scoured the web for some of the most insightful mobile facts and stats to help you determine what strategy you must take....
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Multichannel merchants need to know these mobile facts and statistics so that they can start to establish mobile strategies. Learn more thanks to this epic post by Alicia Doiron at Payfirma. Highly recommended reading for all marketers. 10 / 10
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How to Calculate Your Content Curation ROI

How to Calculate Your Content Curation ROI | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As you can see, if you’re having trouble tracking ROI for content marketing, you’re definitely not alone. Only 21% of B2B marketers said they were successful at tracking ROI. Only 23% of B2C marketers said the same.

But don’t let those graphs get you down. And definitely don’t use them as an excuse for not even trying to track ROI. Maybe you’ll never achieve a perfect ROI measurement, but even a rough idea of whether you’re profitable or not is important. It’s especially important if you want to pitch your boss or senior staff for more budget, or maybe even a raise.

There are a lot of ways that ROI calculations can get painfully complex, but it’s better to have a flawed analysis than no analysis at all. Besides, you’re not launching a spaceship based on how perfectly accurate your ROI calculations are. All you really need to know is if you’re profitable or not....

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Pam Neeley offers tips on how to calculate your content curation ROI..

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Content Marketing: How To Adapt to the Rise of Big Content.

Content Marketing: How To Adapt to the Rise of Big Content. | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Last week, Gartner released the results of their study around the 5 top emerging trends in digital marketing, and one of the big 5 is around the “rise of big content”.

Most marketers understand how important content is for their audience and their overall marketing strategy, but they critically lack resources/skills to either create good content or source good content to curate.

The choice of words Gartner used was very wise: we all know “marketers understanding that” does not mean “CEOs understanding that”. So just like most marketers, you might be facing a situation where you and anyone within your company who can and would write has millions of other things to do with deadlines that can’t be pushed.  

In my opinion there are three answers you can bring to scale your content marketing and address the challenges created by the rise of big content:...

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Important reading for content marketers in this post from Julie Gauthier at Scoop it. 9/10

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I love these kind of article!

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This is what causes people to purchase.

This is what causes people to purchase. - Jobs To Be Done - Medium

As innovators, we are always chasing that question: What will cause someone to buy?


To get the right answer, you first have to be asking the right questions.Jobs-to-be-done is a theory, developed by Clayton Christensen at Harvard, that helps you ask the right questions.[Note: I’m broadly using the words products to include services and purchase to include “use” in the case of ad supported services and products.]


First let’s start with some examples....

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Jobs-to-be-done: an interesting theory from Clay Christensen and a must-read for marketers. 9/10

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How To Write The Ultimate Blog Post: A Blogger's Cheat SheetSheet | Blogging Wizard

How To Write The Ultimate Blog Post: A Blogger's Cheat SheetSheet | Blogging Wizard | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

What the heck do I write about this week?


Managing a blog content schedule is challenging enough, but throw in having no idea what to write about, and blogging suddenly becomes as hard as trying to live zombie-free in The Walking Dead.


To make blogging a cinch, here are three idea starters from the blogger’s cheat sheet you can use next time you’re thinking about blog post ideas:...

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Want to create blog posts that get shared, linked to and talked about? Find out how with this handy guide from Blogging Wizard.

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Anything that makes blogging a little easier is amazing!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Sketch Toy to Create Quick Animated Images

Free Technology for Teachers: Use Sketch Toy to Create Quick Animated Images | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Recently, I stumbled upon Sketch Toy - a web-based drawing tool and Chrome App that allows you to quickly create and share drawings from any browser.


What makes Sketch Toy different from other tools is the ability to not only draw, but also automatically convert your drawings into step-by-step animations that can be shared with a link. Additionally, anyone who accesses your drawing can then add on to it and generate a new link to share, allowing students to quickly iterate on each others' drawings WITHOUT needing an account!

Sketch Toy also lets you rotate your drawings as 3D models and includes a "vibration" setting which makes your drawings appear slightly animated - much like Squigglevision. You can also drag any image from your desktop onto the screen and incorporate it into your drawing.

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Cool tool worth a look for DIY video.

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Wibbitz Automatically Turns Publishers’ Article Content into Video Content

Wibbitz Automatically Turns Publishers’ Article Content into Video Content | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Wibbitz’s technology automatically creates video content from a publisher’s text-based article content. The text-to-video platform analyzes text for tone and content, which produces a summarize script. The script is then matched with appropriate visual content and a narrative voiceover....
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The text-to-video platform analyzes text for tone and content, which produces a summarize script. Could this be the Holy Grail for video content producers? Wonderful to contemplate.
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9 Ways to Meet and Understand Your Audience

9 Ways to Meet and Understand Your Audience | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Brand choices and purchases, after all, are often subconscious. And, given that there is "more than meets the eye" when marketers seek consumer insights, what's needed may be more of a journalistic approach to understanding one's product audience. Here are some ideas on how to achieve that understanding:...
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Have you had a close encounter with the people buying your product? Here are some valuable tips on how to get more insight into your consumers.
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Successful marketing means connecting with your potential customers. Remember when only high powered business types wined and dined potential clients?

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PR News Salary Survey: Writing Still Most Important Skill for Advancement

PR News Salary Survey: Writing Still Most Important Skill for Advancement | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

According to PR News’ 2015 Salary Survey, written communications (57 percent) and media relations (48 percent) are considered two of the top PR skills most important for advancement within an organization.


The survey, which took the pulse of 1,133 PR and marketing executives, also found that content creation (54 percent) trumped both crisis management (22 percent) and reputation management (32 percent) when it comes to skills most important for career advancement....

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According to PR News research, those skills deemed the most important for advancement within an organization are the kind of skills that brought PR pros to the dance in the first place: writing and pitching the media.Hmmm what about social media?

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Awesome Showcase of Creative Side Menus Websites | DesigniMag

Awesome Showcase of Creative Side Menus Websites | DesigniMag | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Here is an awesome showcase of creative side menu websites that we have prepared with the aim to provide you the dose of inspiration for your upcoming design projects. Other than coming up with a website that has side menus you can suggest other guys in your field too for them to take inspiration and work on coming up with the one for themselves.


I personally liked them all as these are visually stunning and creative. With the belief that you all will like them too let us begin with the compilation of creative side menus websites. Check it out!...

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DesigniMag showcases all the latest and creative websites featuring elegant side menus. Inspiration to help you create a side menu website.

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Tools: How to create awesome blog post images

So here it is, my ultimate list of image creation tools, image editors, free stock imagery sources, infographic creators, some miscellaneous resources, and the one premium tool that’s actually worth paying for. This isn’t just another list of every single image creation tool out there. These are the services and resources that I've handpicked. These have stood the test of time (at least until Saturday, May 16, 2015) and are the easiest to use....

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Daniel Cleveland shares an excellent list of image tools for bloggers, marketers and creative types.

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Awsome tools for image creation.

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Better Customer Engagement Could Be as Simple as Video | Loyalty360

Better Customer Engagement Could Be as Simple as Video | Loyalty360 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Brands that want to boost their customer engagement levels might want to think about incorporating video into their respective marketing strategies.


According to a new survey from Animoto, a leading online video creation application that empowers anyone to create and share extraordinary videos, four times as many consumers would rather watch videos about products than read about them.


The Animoto Online and Social Video Marketing Study surveyed 1,051 U.S. consumers. According to eMarketer, video advertising is expected to reach $7.8 billion this year....

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Think video - for marketing results.

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Top Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing - Smarter With Gartner

Top Emerging Trends in Digital Marketing - Smarter With Gartner | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
These tends are rising to the peak of inflated expectations and will reach the plateau of productivity in less than five years:Real-time marketing. This moves in customer time as consumers create links to each other and to brands.Quantified self. This includes IoT, wearable computing and is estimated to be a $5B market in less than 2 years.Digital marketing hubs. These hubs assemble all the data together to be used across the organization and in real-time.Multichannel attribution. This set of techniques link specific actions marketers take to consumer actions.Content marketing. Marketers need to build a content marketing supply chain and determine how to create, curate and cultivate content.Responsive design. This is especially important across mobile and after Google’s new mobile friendly search policy....
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Gartner highlights top emerging trends in digital marketing. Marketers must-read. 10 / 10
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Content Curation: The first step to building influencer relationships for your content strategy - Traackr

Content Curation: The first step to building influencer relationships for your content strategy - Traackr | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, we decided to work on our next eBook for Scoop.it by doing things differently than in the past. We had done eBooks and white papers in the past and we were proud of the value they delivered: good data, survey results, analysis, etc… But we did them on our own. This time, on top of delivering great content, we did one thing differently: we asked influencers to participate to its content.

The results?


Close to 2x more downloads of our latest eBook and 3x more shares of the blog post introducing it vs our previous ones. Plus a lot more mentions on top industry blogs such as Lee Odden’s TopRank. Nice influencer amplification, wouldn’t you agree?


There are many reasons why influencer amplification works. As Traackr’s Pierre Assayag puts it: rising above the noise is hard – even for established brands – so you need the help of credible, trusted, influential people in your industry....

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Guillaume Decugis takes a good look at how content cure ration can help you in your influencer relations strategies.

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Want to Make Blog Posts More Engaging? Apply These 15 Tricks

Want to Make Blog Posts More Engaging? Apply These 15 Tricks | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
The bad news is that most readers online are barely engaged with what they’re reading. But the good news is that there are plenty of ways to improve engagement, even to the point of getting people to read most of what you write.

There are two primary approaches to improving reader engagement. The first is to make your content scannable. Ie, to work with readers’ existing online reading habits. Second, create content so good that at least some users will actually slow down and take the time to read it word for word.

To make your content scannable, do these seven things:
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Pam Neely shares several interesting studies looking at how people read, or should I say scan, content online. Content marketers and bloggers take note.

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Pinterest Set to Surge in 2016: New Research

Pinterest Set to Surge in 2016: New Research | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Is Pinterest part of your social marketing mix?


Are your customers on Pinterest?


Research reveals that there are 47 million people using Pinterest and the audience is expected to grow.In this article you’ll discover the most recent insights from industry experts on Pinterest’s potential as a marketing platform....

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Social Media Examiner shares new research and insights from industry experts on Pinterest as a marketing platform.

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John Norman's curator insight, May 20, 11:13 PM

eff Domansky  is always quick to scoop the best topics. This is one to keep an eye on if you like using Instagram and graphical mediums. I suspect he is right in thinking the Pinterest's time is yet to come but is not far away.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, May 21, 12:41 AM

I have been using Pinterest for almost a year now, and would recommend it to discerning professionals who would like to keep separate boards for different things. Pinterest also helps drive collaborative work as it is more likely that similar minded people will check out your boards and follow them. Added to this is the fact that as Facebook and Twitter become over used, Pinterest is a fresher platform which promotes newness. The advantage of having different boards is that you can file away different stuff in them. Teachers could have one board for lesson plans, another board for infographics, and yet another one for research materials and resources. I would definitely recommend Pinterest to all professionals who want to try something new and refreshing! Happy Pinning!

Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, May 21, 5:02 PM

I do have 1.2K Pins at Pinterest. They are not linked or related to my daily Social Media posting. I know it is a necessity but I have to learn first.

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Best Fonts & Colors in the Most Shareable Social Media Images

Best Fonts & Colors in the Most Shareable Social Media Images | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A look at the psychology and research behind shareable social media images, and how to create your own.But, how much do you know about actually creating scientifically shareable images?


Turns out, there’s tons of actionable, research-backed advice on how to create social media images that get shared—the ideal colors, fonts, text, and more, all leveraging what we know about design, psychology and the Internet to get more shares and engagement. 


By the end of this article you’re going to be fully aware of how to make images that your readers can’t help but share. All backed by science....

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Epic tips from James Johnson at Buffer. Highly recommended. 10/10

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5 golden rules to ensure consistent branding | Creative Bloq

5 golden rules to ensure consistent branding | Creative Bloq | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

One of the biggest challenges of a new branding project is ensuring your design is consistent across all platforms, touch points and territories. The worst mistake you can make is to create a brand that is impossible and impractical for the client to implement and use.


So how do you do create the perfect branding in an increasingly complex world? Here are five tips from leading designers…...

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How to make sure your branding is consistent across different touch points, platforms and territories.

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