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21 crazy buildings in China - china-underground.com

21 crazy buildings in China - china-underground.com | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Chinese website 163.com, compiled a list of the 21 craziest buildings built in recent decades in China.

 

In recent years, cities urban development become a hot topic because these constructions are related with a large amounts of money. Many times, mainly because constructors and local authorities to distinguish these buildings from classic skyscrapers, they present whimsical shapes, which also lead to an increase in construction costs. In this gallery there are public buildings, Chinese private companies buildings and also copycat of famous western architectural designs.

 

[Friday fun: You simply must see these strange buildings. A-mazing ~ Jeff]

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The Most Trusted Channels for Branded Content

The Most Trusted Channels for Branded Content | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Consumers say Facebook is the channel in which they are most likely to trust content created by a brand/company, according to a recent report from The Acquity Group.


The report was based on data from a survey of more than 2,000 consumers in the United States.Respondents gave Facebook an average score of 4 as a trusted content source from brands (1=most trusted; 10=least trusted). Magazines and newspapers ranked second (4.4 average score), followed by email and television (5.3 average score each).


Younger generations are more likely to trust social channels than their older counterparts are: Some 29% of consumers age 18-22 and 32% of consumers age 23-30 rank Facebook as the most trusted content channel, whereas only 16% of consumers age 52-68 do so. Older consumers are more likely to trust traditional media, such as print (27%)....

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How to Calculate Social Media ROI: A Delightfully Short Guide

How to Calculate Social Media ROI: A Delightfully Short Guide | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If the concept of social media ROI feels rather enormous, you’re not alone.


I am amazed—and sometimes astounded—at the breadth of the topic.


So that’s made the exercise of writing a “delightfully short” guide to social media ROI all the more fun and challenging. I’ve given myself under 1,000 words to provide an overview of social media ROI and how to apply it to your social media marketing efforts. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!...

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Step-by-step instructions on how to calculate social media ROI for your marketing from Kevan Lee.

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How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Plan From Scratch | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If you’re starting from square one, it might feel equal parts thrilling and overwhelming. You know what you want to do and why. You can see that others have climbed the social media mountain; you’ve got few ideas how to get there yourself.


It’d help to have a plan.


We’ve shared before about different parts of a social media marketing plan—the data and research and personal experience behind what works on social media. Now we’re pleased to put it all into a cohesive, step-by-step blueprint that you can use to get started. If you need a social media marketing plan, start here.


Oh, and our friends at online infographic maker Venngage  were kind enough to wrap all that follows into a comprehensive infographic that’s easy to keep, share and reference:...

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Kevan Lee shares the complete beginner's guide to creating a social media marketing plan, for those brand new to social media and looking for a straightforward way to start.

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Why Marketing & Advertising Is Storytelling

Why Marketing & Advertising Is Storytelling | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You can primp and polish almost anything to make it gleam and glimmer, but making something beautiful doesn’t make it unique and doesn’t make it effective.


The same can be said with advertising and PR. You can devise the most astounding campaign that implements every creative tool in the book and then some, but if your message doesn’t resonate with people, you have lost.


This summer I had the privilege of attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, where I absorbed the knowledge and advice advertising and PR professionals had to give about the ever-changing field in which they work. In the seminar “Nailing Jelly to a Tree & Other Wild Goose Chases” Dr. Itiel Dror joined Nir Wegrzyn to discuss how to make your advertising messages stick with your audience and have the effect that you desire.


Dr. Dror, a cognitive neuroscientist, stressed three points: making your messages into memories, encode those messages in the appropriate parts of the brain, tell a relevant story and tell it well. All of these components combined make it possible for us as advertisers (or aspiring advertisers) to divulge into human insight and to connect with our audience in a transparent and effective way....

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All about the craft.

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"...making your messages into memories, encode those messages in the appropriate parts of the brain, tell a relevant story and tell it well. All of these components combined make it possible for us as advertisers (or aspiring advertisers) to divulge into human insight and to connect with our audience in a transparent and effective way"

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BuzzSumo Review: Ultimate Guide for Content Research

BuzzSumo Review: Ultimate Guide for Content Research | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Are you buzzing with BuzzSumo?


I don’t know what that means, but what I do know is that BuzzSumo is a very valuable tool to have in your social media toolbox.


In this article, we talk about buzzing with BuzzSumo… eh actually no! We talk about the super features it has as a tool. So hang on in there and enjoy the ride. You’ll be glad you did!...

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Are you looking for a great tool to research content on your site or your competitors? Ian Cleary says BuzzSumo is an excellent tool and well worth checking out.

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15 Sales Email Opening Lines That Put "Hi, My Name Is" to Shame

15 Sales Email Opening Lines That Put "Hi, My Name Is" to Shame | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You know what tips buyers off that the email they're reading is a sales pitch?


"Hi, My name is John Smith, and I'm a sales rep at Company."


Yup. That'll do it.


While you should never actively hide the fact that you're a salesperson from buyers, there are far more creative and engaging ways of opening sales emails than the standard name-and-company introduction. "Hi, I'm a salesperson" encourages readers to hit "delete" immediately, which is a shame because you probably have something valuable to offer. Changing up your opening lines to position yourself as a consultant, business expert, or interested party will do you justice and keep the prospect reading.


If you're struggling to think of alternatives to the standard opening line, take one of these for a spin and see how they perform for you. ...

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Opening your sales email with "Hi, I'm a salesperson" prompts your prospect to delete. Get 15 creative opening lines that keep buyers reading.

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10 Ways to Create Picture Perfect Posts on Instagram

10 Ways to Create Picture Perfect Posts on Instagram | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A practical Slideshare presentation by Peg Fitzpatrick to help you create a memorable and exciting Instagram presence. Jam-packed with actionable tips.

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Useful tips to spice up your Instagram posts.

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16 of the Best Examples of Mobile-Friendly Website Design

16 of the Best Examples of Mobile-Friendly Website Design | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

While some of the commotion was certainly a bit extreme, the update was a big deal, is a big deal, and will mean billions in revenue gained or lost in the coming years. This is especially true now that mobile search queries have already begun to surpass desktop.


Many brands across the globe have been working to improve their mobile website experiences. To help inspire your own mobile web design, the team here at Crayon has compiled 16 companies that are doing a great job with their mobile optimization. Let's take a look at the designs of their mobile websites and go over what makes them so great....

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Check out these 16 examples of mobile-friendly website designs to inspire your own mobile web design efforts.

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How to Write a Headline People Will Want to Click

How to Write a Headline People Will Want to Click | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Your headline will determine the success of your article.This is something that Vincent Musetto, a former editor of the New York Post who passed away in June, knew to be true -- even when newspapers were only products of paper and ink. He was a master at structuring sentences and organizing words into wacky, surprising, and memorable ways. 


Consider his most famous headline: Headless Body in Topless Bar


Or his personal favorite from his work: Granny Executed in Her Pink Pajamas


I wouldn't hesitate to click. According to a study from Upworthy -- a site with a polarizing headline formula -- traffic to an article can vary by 500% based on the headline. ...

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Learn how to cut through the clutter by writing better headlines.

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12 About Us Pages That Are Probably Better Than Yours

12 About Us Pages That Are Probably Better Than Yours | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When you’re building a website, it’s tempting to get distracted by all the bells and whistles of the design process and forget all about creating compelling content. But having awesome content on your website is crucial to making inbound marketing work for your business.


So how do you balance your remarkable content creation with your web design needs? Why, with your 'About Us' page, of course! For a remarkable about page, all you need to do is figure out your company's unique identity, and then share it with the world.


I know ... easier said than done.


Still, there's no excuse for you to neglect one of the most important pages on your website -- which also happens to be one of the most commonly overlooked pages. Let's read on to discover some companies with awesome 'About Us' pages and see how you can emulate them on your own website. By the end of this post, showing off how awesome your company is won't seem like such a challenging feat...

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Get inspired by these awesome 'About Us' page examples from real companies.

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Boost your skills with these fun typography games - The Creative Edge

Boost your skills with these fun typography games - The Creative Edge | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Typography, like any expertise, can only be truly mastered with practice – but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! What better way to spiff up your design skills than with some fun online games?


We’ve compiled a collection of entertaining typography games sure to test your knowledge. Pair typefaces at rapid speed, identify fonts in the blink of an eye, improve your kerning and ragging, and learn the history behind some of your favorite typefaces.Best of all? Nearly all these games are free to play!...

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A fun collection of entertaining typography games sure to test your knowledge in font styles, typefaces, kerning and design history. Recommended playing for creatives! 10/10

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How SEO is Stealing PR Business : A Case Study

How SEO is Stealing PR Business : A Case Study | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

By adding in the content part of their offering they make an excellent case to the client for having an ongoing billable relationship rather than simply overhauling the SEO as a one-off project and then moving on.


But it means an SEO agency is getting work which might otherwise have gone to a communications or marketing company. This is the heart of the issue....

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Paul Sutton highlights an interesting dilemma and PR case study where the SEO industry is making a real effort to take a slice of the PR pie. In this case study, one comms professional reveals how she's fighting for her life.

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Marketing in the Netflix Era: Accommodating Your Buyer’s Appetite to Binge - Kapost

Marketing in the Netflix Era: Accommodating Your Buyer’s Appetite to Binge - Kapost | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When’s the last time you watched just one episode of House of Cards in a sitting? As marketers, we’ve entered a new era of content engagement—one in which interested buyers consume content much in the same way they “binge-watch” their favorite shows on Netflix.


We’ve put together a new infographic to help you understand, at a glance, what the Netflix era means for marketers and why leading brands are shifting from scheduled to always-on marketing. Here’s a quick summary of the key takeaways....

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Can binge marketing be far behind binge consumption in the Netflix era? Good read.

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2015 Online Marketing Industry Survey

2015 Online Marketing Industry Survey | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Let's dig in. Almost half (49%) of our 2015 respondents involved in search marketing were in-house marketers. In-house teams still tend to be small – 71% of our in-house marketers reported only 1-3 people in their company being involved in search marketing at least quarter-time. These teams do have substantial influence, though, with 86% reporting that they were involved in purchasing decisions.


Agency search marketers reported larger teams and more diverse responsibilities. More than one-third (36%) of agency marketers in our survey reported working with more than 20 clients in the previous year. Agencies covered a wide range of services, with the top 5 being...

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Social marketing survey highlights trends.

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Steps To Take For A Social Media Strategy

Steps To Take For A Social Media Strategy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Business Insider estimates that Americans spend more of their time on social media than any other online activity, including email.


Because of this user engagement, using social media to promote your business can be one of the lowest cost channels in your marketing toolbox — but realizing a business benefit from it demands that you have a plan. Here are the steps you need to devise an impactful social media strategy:

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Just the social marketing basics.

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5 PR Tools for Building Better Relationships

5 PR Tools for Building Better Relationships | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

But making contact with someone is just the first step. You can’t go a year between emails with someone and still expect them to care about your clients. You need to keep in touch.


Unfortunately, we have a double edged sword here. The larger your network of contacts is, the more of an asset you are. But on the other hand, the larger your network is, the harder it is to stay in touch with everyone.


Fortunately, we live in the world where there’s an app for everything. Sign up for these networking tools to build a stronger professional network for your PR agency...

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Try these networking and PR tools to build better relationships with journalists.

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4 Marketing Analytics That Matter for Driving Higher Revenue

4 Marketing Analytics That Matter for Driving Higher Revenue | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Too often marketers talk about activities instead of outcomes—for example, how many campaigns  they ran, how many trade shows they participated in, how many new names they added to the lead database. These are metrics that reinforce the perception that marketing is a cost center, not a revenue driver.


To change that perception, marketers need to start talking about how their programs impact the whole sales process, with revenue being the core focus.


Instead of seeing marketing activities in isolation, marketers need an end-to-end view of buyer engagement. It’s not about the first “touch” that brings a prospect into the sales funnel, or the last “touch” before signing a deal. It’s about tracking all the touch points at which a prospect connects with your marketing programs, and measuring those multi-touch impacts.


So how do you do it? Here are four marketing analytics for demonstrating marketing’s ability to drive revenue:...

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Here's what matters in measuring social marketing success.

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Don’t Send Another Cold Message on LinkedIn Until You Read This

Don’t Send Another Cold Message on LinkedIn Until You Read This | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There are many advocates of using a mutual LinkedIn connection as the basis of reaching out to a prospect, but I think the process in practice is flawed. There are far more direct ways to get into a conversation with a prospect with far better results.


To recap what the LinkedIn connection outreach process typically looks like:

-  Build a list of prospects you want to talk to.

-  Mine their profiles for mutual connections.

-  Email the mutual connection and ask them if you could use their name in a message to your prospect, or even ask them to make the recommendation themselves.

-  Send an email to the prospect saying you have a shared contact that trusts you, and therefore the two of you should talk.


I have tested this extensively. I’ve had some successes and quite a few failures too. After reflecting a bit, there are three main reasons I’d suggest this is no longer an effective strategy....

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Sales prospecting on LinkedIn is no longer an effective strategy unless you change your strategy.

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wearable marketing

wearable marketing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

I heard recently that the average person checks their mobile 150 times a day. From a marketer’s perspective, that’s a lot of potential touch points — both in collecting data and in messaging. But it pales in comparison to the staggering world of wearables.


Technology is giving unparalleled access for marketers to understand consumers, and to reach them in a highly relevant and targeted way. But we’re going to be in the Wild West for a while. It’s not clear what marketing will be welcome and what will be considered invasive. There’s a fine line between relevant and creepy. If you think retargeting ads that follow you across the web after viewing a lamp on Amazon are annoying, just wait for when wearables are mainstream....

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Tom Fishburne wonders if it's wearout or wearables in this Marketoon.

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Tom Fishburne wonders if it's wearout or wearables in this Marketoon.

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Quality vs. Quantity: 6-Month Analysis of the Age-Old Blogging Debate

Quality vs. Quantity: 6-Month Analysis of the Age-Old Blogging Debate | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

And then, late one night in January, my colleagues Kieran and Joe had a Twitter conversation with Rand Fishkin about the HubSpot Blog's editorial strategy. It got me thinking: With all these new tools and resources at our disposal, was the Marketing Blog's current high volume strategy still best for our readers, thus best for us?


Keeping our headcount and resources constant, what kind of posts should we be publishing -- and at what frequency -- to grow faster?


Funny enough, we weren't the only ones interested in finding out this answer. After Joe and Kieran chatted with Rand on Twitter, we reached out to Trevor Klein at Moz to see if he wanted to run a similar experiment with their audience. He did -- and you can head over to their blog to read their findings.


Six months after starting this experiment on the Marketing Blog, we've uncovered some compelling insights that will transform how our section operates. Here's what we did to figure out our optimal editorial strategy -- and what we're going to do about it.  ...

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Epic research report by Hupspot and invaluable recommendations to help every blogger succeed with better content. Highly recommended reading for bloggers. 9/10

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The 8 Most Effective Link Building Tactics For 2015

The 8 Most Effective Link Building Tactics For 2015 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Although there haven’t been any new tactics for link building in a while, some proved to more effective than others in 2015. Plus, you can always find ways to improve each of the tactics.


What I’m about to show you are the 8 most effective link building tactics that work well right now as well as ways to implement them better than, or at least as well as, anyone else....

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Do you ever wonder if you’re wasting your time building links? Neil Patel shares epic link building tips and strategies.

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How to Generate Leads Through Content Marketing

How to Generate Leads Through Content Marketing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Are you struggling to generate leads for your business? I’m about to show you a way to do that easily, using high-quality content.


In modern SEO, there is a huge demand for high-value content from users. If you meet that need, your users will trust you.


No matter what your business model is, content is still king. One research study a few years ago revealed that many B2B marketers have documented plans to increase their lead generation budgets by up to 50% the following year. That investment is still on the rise overall....

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High value content, according to Neil Patel, really delivers marketing results.

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No More Tricks: 5 Ways to Create Content That Google Wants to Rank

No More Tricks: 5 Ways to Create Content That Google Wants to Rank | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Google in particular has made incredible strides in the last few years. Recently, there was a huge Phantom update that caused huge shifts in rankings. This update was the result of Google changing its core algorithm once again. It’s only going to keep improving from here.


I know that some of you are frustrated and angry because of those changes. It sucks if your traffic declines because your pages now rank lower.


I understand that, but in all honesty, does your content deserve to be #1?It probably doesn’t. Maybe it did before, and maybe it got surpassed. Regardless of why, the good news is that you can get your rankings back.


How? Create the best damn content out there. There are no secrets at this point.


Considering organic search still makes up about 64% of referral traffic, it’s worth it....

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You might not want to hear this... ...but the fact is that your content may not deserve to rank #1 in search engines. Neil Patel shares how to rank better.

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Content marketing is a must. Good content marketing is vital. 

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How to Craft an Inbound Twitter Marketing Strategy

How to Craft an Inbound Twitter Marketing Strategy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Inbound Twitter marketing is strategic calls-to-action, driving targeted web traffic, lead capture, audience engagement, and follower building.


In this post, I talk about major considerations (content and strategy) for the process of executing the business mechanics of inbound marketing on Twitter. With major consideration on achieving the scale needed to achieve your desired results and then measuring, reporting and improving....

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Here's an epic post to help you create a super Twitter marketing strategy. Highly recommended for beginners and pros alike. 9/10

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9 great color resources | Creative Bloq

9 great color resources | Creative Bloq | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Take a look at these top online resources on the subject of color and color theory.


Colour is an integral element of design. And the web is full of endless resources and tutorials covering it. But, sometimes too much choice can be confusing. So we've picked this selection of the best resources that will really help you to get to grips with the subject....

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Here's some useful and colorful tools for choosing color in your design, marketing and blogging.

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