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10 Moleskine Journals From Some Of The Most Interesting Creatives Alive | Fast Company

10 Moleskine Journals From Some Of The Most Interesting Creatives Alive | Fast Company | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Despite the ever-encroaching digital world, the popularity of Moleskine, those utterly dignified black notebooks that can be carried in your pocket, seems to only have increased.

The many 20th-century cultural heroes who carried Moleskines, from Oscar Wilde to Pablo Picasso, have lent the brand an aura of creative genius.
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Wonderful creative inspiration and an iconic brand.

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Best Free WordPress Themes Available in 2015 | Elegant Themes

Best Free WordPress Themes Available in 2015 | Elegant Themes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As one of the most successful premium theme shops in the business, Elegant Themes is best known for its top of the line themes and plugins. Even on this blog, we tend to talk about how best to use those themes and plugins (or themes and plugins like them) to get the most out of WordPress. But today, I’m going to do something a little bit different. I’m going to roundup some of my personal favorite, free WordPress themes.


The Best Free WordPress Themes Available in 2015The themes I’ve collected below are all available via the official WordPress plugin repository. I selected most of them based on a combination of their popularity, user rating, and design. Those that do not have particularly high download counts or that are relatively new and untested made the cut due to unique design and/or standout plugin compatibility....

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Awesome roundup of best FREE WordPress themes by Nathan Weller in the Elegant themes blog.. Terrific resource for blogging, marketing, storytelling, publishing and PR pros. Recommended tools and valuable reading!  10/10

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Super list. Highly recommended.
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Why Your Platform Must Be Built with Content - Jesse Wisnewski

Why Your Platform Must Be Built with Content - Jesse Wisnewski | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You can rise above the noise, cut through the clutter, and connect with your audience without having to take out a television ad during the Super Bowl, a billboard in Time Square, or conduct a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign.


You can build an audience of people “who will rely on your for information, advice, and help, and will seek out your expertise” with nothing more than a blog. Individuals, non-profit organizations, and even startup companies have developed highly engaged audiences who place them in a position to launch a career, further a cause, or establish a profitable company.


But, in order to do this, you have to first understand how today’s media-rich environment has forever changed the way we obtain information and make purchasing decisions....

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Jessie Wisniewski shows why you must build your marketing platform on content to not only help you project your message to people, but to help people find your message.

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Lessons learned from Dubsmash, Meerkat and Periscope

Lessons learned from Dubsmash, Meerkat and Periscope | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

With over 1.4 million apps available on Google Play and over 1.2 million on the App Store, the idea that smartphone users are spoilt for choice is an understatement. And it’s not just free apps that are crowding the stores. January 2015 was the App Store’s most profitable month ever, with users spending about half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases in the first one week alone.


Think about that figure for a moment. Half a billion. That’s more than the entire budgets of the Titanic and Avengers: Age of Ultron combined. And that’s what people like you and I spent on our favorite yoga app or must-have game in just one week.


There’s a je ne sais quoi about apps that go viral that every app developer would like to lay their hands on. I don’t claim to be have all the answers, but an analysis of the flavors of the season – Dubsmash, Meerkat and Periscope – might help us distill the secrets behind building apps that drive fanatic downloads and sky-high engagement rates....

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Dubsmash enjoys pride of place at number five on the App Store as well as Google Play store charts. More important are the marketing lessons learned all three apps.

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How to Get 8,958 Email Subscribers in 90 Days | ProfitBlitz

How to Get 8,958 Email Subscribers in 90 Days | ProfitBlitz | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
When I started the email list in January my main goal was to use the list to increase sales through the autoresponder sequence. I have been somewhat successful at that, but to be honest the percentage of subscribers that convert into customers could use some improvement. The good news is that traffic to the site has increased and so has the revenue of the site, so even without any improvement in the conversion rates the site is still doing pretty well considering it takes very little time to manage or promote.Back in March when I wrote the original post I had reached 5,273 subscribers in the first 90 days with the list. I was able to do that with a simple and not-that-time-consuming approach of:x- Creating a lead magnet (which is a sample of the products for sale on the site)- Creating a landing page to display the offer- Creating a popup with OptinMonster to show on other pages aside from the landing page- Publishing 4 guest posts at other blogs....
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Smart content marketing blueprint.
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7 Important PR Lessons Every Content Marketer Needs to Learn

7 Important PR Lessons Every Content Marketer Needs to Learn | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

I tried to explain public relations to my grandmother once ...


This was many years ago, back when PR pros cut press coverage from publications we could actually hold in our hands, and few marketers talked about SEO in everyday conversation.


“So, it’s advertising,” she’d say, and I’d try again to explain that, no, it’s not.


“Advertising is about paying for attention; PR is about earning it.”


I don’t think she ever got it, and she’s not alone. Most people still think PR is some kind of black magic flacks work on the press -- you sprinkle a little witch’s potion, and TA-DA! You’re in The Wall Street Journal. But PR is a more strategic, sustained practice than that, and it’s a field content marketers need to understand as owned, earned and even paid media continue to intersect.


Below are seven PR lessons for content marketers (and for my relatives who still don’t understand what I do).....

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Explore seven PR lessons that content marketers need to understand as owned, earned, and paid media continue to intersect.

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Evolution of retail: The rise of value-centric e-commerce

Evolution of retail: The rise of value-centric e-commerce | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

How much is your customer worth?


One approach would be to re-focus acquisition strategy based on the Customer Lifetime Value or CLV. According to the 2015 RJ Metrics Benchmark report, a new e-commerce customer is worth, on average, $154 in their first year. This number varies by type of retail. For instance, the categories of housewares, food and drugs tend to be above this average.


What is more interesting is that only 32 percent of these new customers are likely to make a second purchase in their first year. The report also reveals that the top 1 percent of customers are worth 18 times more than the average customer, which equals about $2,772.


Armed with this information, an e-tailer can easily calculate ROI on programs targeting new customers vs. programs targeting your biggest fans—the top 5 percent....

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Ultimately, people will not remember how they chose your product or where they bought it, but they will remember how it made them feel. what' your CLV?

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Small Business Online Solutions - Patant Consultants's curator insight, July 3, 3:11 PM

Very insightful and thought provoking article

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10 examples of website mockups with fullscreen backgrounds

10 examples of website mockups with fullscreen backgrounds | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Fullscreen background images are a way to send a powerful message in web design. Whether you want your user to feel an atmosphere, to have a message they can’t miss, or simply to make your website more beautiful, fullscreen backgrounds are the way to go. In this post we have some inspiration of designers mockups that found how to do it the right way.
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Creativity with your coffee. Impressive website designs!
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LaurentHinard's curator insight, July 3, 5:09 AM

Very impressive Web Design!

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AÑADA su visión ...

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How to Start a Successful Blog... Today!

How to Start a Successful Blog... Today! | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Aristotle said it best. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."


No one knows this better than blogging superstar Diana Adams. With over 4100 blog posts under her belt, Diana knows what consistency can do for a blogger.


With numbers like those, we had to invite her to #ViralChat to find out how she did it. And it seems you were dying to know too!....

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Want to build a successful blog for your business? No worries. Aaron Lee offers a step-by-step instruction to help you start a successful blog...today!

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Everything We Had Wrong About Pinterest Marketing

Everything We Had Wrong About Pinterest Marketing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

I’m a bit embarrassed to share my early Pinterest Pins. But here they are anyway.


A pin loaded with hashtags, a really odd-sized image, an image with a one-word description, a Pin with no description at all.I’ve made a lot of mistakes with Pinterest, both in the Pins I’ve created and in the strategies and plans I’ve set forth. And I’ve come to discover that Pinterest is wholly unique from Twitter and Facebook, and that I’ve had things quite wrong from the start.


All these mistakes have been a wonderful opportunity to learn. I’m grateful for the chance to keep improving my Pinterest strategy, and I’d love to share with you all my mistakes and the new perspectives I’ve gained from researching and experimenting with the best ways to Pin on Pinterest....

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Kevan Lee shares all the mistakes he made in his Pinterest marketing strategies and the changes he made since. Excellent tips and recommended reading.  10/10

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Kevan Lee shares all the mistakes he made in his Pinterest marketing strategies and the changes he made since. Excellent tips and recommended reading.  10/10

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Top 5 Best Twitter Tracking And Analytics Tools

Top 5 Best Twitter Tracking And Analytics Tools | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

With over 302 million monthly active users, about a Billion registered users, yet many don’t know about the various tools that can track and display the various Twitter stats in graphs and charts. Today we listed 5 awesome Twitter tracking and Analytics tools....

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Five best Twitter tracking and analytics tools that can track and display the performance of your Twitter account.

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Five best Twitter tracking and analytics tools that can track and display the performance of your Twitter account.

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Top 5 Best Twitter Tracking And Analytics Tools | @scoopit via @ThePRCoach http://sco.lt/...

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Content Marketing Strategy Stats: 2015

Content Marketing Strategy Stats: 2015 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Is content marketing effective?


Most respondents felt their content marketing efforts were effective. Highlights include:

- Only 1/3 of respondents said they hadn’t found a new brand through the brand’s content marketing efforts.

- Nearly 60% of respondents said their ROI from content marketing is increasing (30%) or staying the same (29%).

- Less than 10% say they’re losing money on content marketing

- 73% say content marketing creates improved brand awareness

- 67% say they’ve received increased leads from content marketing

- 64% say they’ve increased traffic due to content marketing...

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Is your content marketing working for you?

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This is what I should learn

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Quelques stats intéressants.

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12 Tools You Didn't Realize Could Send You More Blog Traffic

12 Tools You Didn't Realize Could Send You More Blog Traffic | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Now let’s look at 4 things you could be doing to get more traffic from these sources.  Plus 12 free tools (because who doesn’t love free things?) that will help you get there.

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This post looks at 12 free tools you didn't realize could get you more traffic.

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This post looks at 12 free tools you didn't realize could get you more traffic.

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10 Stupidly Simple "Hacks" To Win At Content Marketing

10 Stupidly Simple "Hacks" To Win At Content Marketing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Content marketing is hard. But it doesn’t have to be boring.Lately I’ve been trying my hand at testing smart little tactics — or what I call “hacks” — to get better results out of the content marketing strategy I oversee. And I’ve been amazed at what tiny, innovative tests can do to drive some serious results. Plus, it’s pretty fun!


I was first inspired by researching the idea of “growth hacking” for a presentation I’ve done at a couple of conferences called, in short, “Hacking Human” … which doesn’t involve body parts and machetes, I swear. The gist of it is that marketers can optimize their content for what humans want and are looking for online, and then use growth hacking principles to test their assumptions and get the most out of their efforts....

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Quinn Whissen shares easy tactics to help you get the most out of your content marketing strategy.

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Quinn Whissen shares easy tactics to help you get the most out of your content marketing strategy.

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Why I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo; it's all about the bangs

Why I switched from Google to DuckDuckGo; it's all about the bangs | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Google is fun to say, but DuckDuckGo — at least for me — is a lot more fun to use. While I can’t repeat the name as a verb (I can ‘Google it’ on Google; I don’t know what I’d say for a DuckDuckGo search), the upstart search engine has quickly become my go-to on a day to day basis.


While its main draw is privacy, DuckDuckGo has another killer feature you may not have heard of. In fact, it should cause you to consider ditching your existing search engine for DuckDuckGo — yes, even Google. I’m talking about bangs.


No, not 80s hair bangs (but they would look cool on their mascot, Dax). Bangs are simply exclamation points ahead of site tags, which redirects you to that page....

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I really love using DuckDuckGo for search too. And "bangs" are a useful feature for faster finding.

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I really love using DuckDuckGo for search too. And "bangs" are a useful feature for faster finding.

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What Does It Mean to Be Mobile First? And Why Should Marketers Care?

What Does It Mean to Be Mobile First? And Why Should Marketers Care? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

While most marketers understand what a mobile app is, and also likely have heard or gone through the exercise of creating a responsive website, far fewer have sat down to map out what a mobile-first customer journey looks like.


Of course, it has become table stakes to ensure that one’s company either has a mobile application (I don’t recommend this approach for most brands) or has updated its website to be responsive. This latter technique requires elements like simple navigation, easily clickable links — by either a finger or a mouse — optimized text readability, and images that either scale or are dynamically replaced by larger or smaller images and icons.


But more important in mapping out this journey is to take a step back and think through how, where and with what one’s customers interact with their favorite brands. This journey will differ by user, but behavior will tend to cluster around factors like.....

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As millennials overtake Baby Boomers as the biggest demographic of consumers, marketers need to think more than ever about mobile first, explains columnist Aaron Strout.

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Want to Spy on Your Competition? Here’s How to Do It with Twitter Lists!

Want to Spy on Your Competition? Here’s How to Do It with Twitter Lists! | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Lists can help you discretely observe what your competitors are doing, allowing you to gather data around untapped opportunities.


With Twitter lists, you can view tactics in action, analyze strategy and keep watch on your industry.So what do you say? Want to know how to use Twitter lists as YOUR secret weapon?...

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Looking for ways to get more info on your competition? No problem. Here's how you can use Twitter lists as your secret weapon to business success

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Up Your Social Strategy with Periscope - SEMrush Blog

Up Your Social Strategy with Periscope - SEMrush Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There’s a great deal to consider when building a social strategy. New social networks are popping up all the time, so it’s essential that marketers stay in the know.


Well, the next big thing is here.W


ith service providers expanding 4G networks and wifi available almost everywhere you go, live streaming is where it’s at now. And no app does live streaming better than Periscope.


The possibilities for marketers are endless; you have the opportunity to define the uses of this new application for your own business purposes....

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Shauna Armitage shares how you can improve your social media strategy with Periscope. Innovation ahead!  9/10

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How to Use Vine: A Simple Guide to Building an Effective Social Video Strategy [Infographic]

How to Use Vine: A Simple Guide to Building an Effective Social Video Strategy [Infographic] | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Vine, the video-looping app released back in January 2013, has proven itself to be much more than a passing fad. As a result, many brands across all sorts of industries continue to use the platform as a visually creative way to connect with fans and followers.


But, for some marketers, Vine is still somewhat of an unknown.The time limit is intimidating: For each Vine video, you have just six seconds to convey a message to your audience. What are best practices for planning out a six-second video? What equipment should you use? Which formats work best? How can you incorporate a call-to-action? How can you cross-promote on other social media networks?


To help answer these questions and more, check out the infographic below from SurePayroll. It'll help you perfect your Vine strategy so you can enhance your social media presence beyond photos and words....

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At the corner of Video and Vine, a chance for visual impact.

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How to Win on Mobile: Understanding Micro-Moments and Consumer Behavior

How to Win on Mobile: Understanding Micro-Moments and Consumer Behavior | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Tips to help you make the most of the psychology of mico-moments and how it impacts mobile marketing.

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Here's why micro-moments matter and how to use them in social marketing.

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Aurélie Dunier's curator insight, Today, 12:54 PM

"The full customer experience doesn’t start when people land on your site or start using your tool. It starts when they’re sitting on their couch, riding on the train, walking down the street, and they have an idea."

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9 Different Blog Post Types and How to Use Them

9 Different Blog Post Types and How to Use Them | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It doesn't matter if you're just starting your first blog or are a veteran blogger, there will come a time where you will have writers block. It could be because it's Friday afternoon and your brain has already started the weekend, or, it could be that you can't figure out what you should write about.


Often times people stick to the same blogging style for every post forgetting that there are so many types of blog posts that can help them mix things up. Not only will mixing up the blog posts help conquer your writers block (I've even included tips below on how you can pass off your writing duties to somebody else) but changing things up will also keep your readers engaged since you won't be so predictable from post to post.


Instead of listing every single type of post imaginable (the list would go on and on), I've included a list of my favorite blog post types below that are truly beneficial for increasing your visits and leads. Here's how....

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Carly Murphy offers a list of her favorites blog post types to get you started. Practical!

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How to Use a Content Pillar to Create Brilliant Microcontent | Kapost

How to Use a Content Pillar to Create Brilliant Microcontent | Kapost | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

This blog will detail how you can use a content pillar as your launchpad for microcontent.


First, let’s do a quick refresher about what microcontent is and what it can do.Think of microcontent as bite-sized information that counterbalances your high-value evergreen assets like whitepapers, eBooks, and case studies. Microcontent ensures a steady stream of original, real-time, and snackable content sandwiched between your content heavy-hitters. It’s meant to be super shareable and trackable.


Exceptional microcontent allows you to not only contribute to an ongoing and engaging conversation, it helps you own it, moving you closer to achieving your marketing and sales goals....

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Great look at microcontent and tips to develop content that gets results.

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PR rep to reporter: 'No no no no'

PR rep to reporter: 'No no no no' | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

You can bet that this tactic is probably not part of any public relations textbook.


St. Louis reporter Elliot Davis tried to score an interview with the city’s comptroller, Darlene Green. The request was denied via email, so Davis went to City Hall to speak with her about the city-owned car she drives, which costs taxpayers $26,000.


That’s when Green’s spokeswoman, Melanie Streeper steps in. Watch what happens....

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A St. Louis TV reporter approached the local comptroller for an interview about spending. Then her spokeswoman stepped in. Has to be one of the best/worst bad PR examples in ages. Cringeworthy! Recommended viewing. 10/10

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Using Twitter Analytics To Decode Your Target Audience

Using Twitter Analytics To Decode Your Target Audience | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Did you know that Twitter users with certain characteristics are twice as likely to click through on your Twitter Ad campaigns? Or that it is possible to match personality with brand preferences?


These powerful insights into yourtarget audience can help boost the performance of your campaigns. With data-driven marketing on the rise and 77% of marketers currently confident in the use of the data-driven approach, marketers need to take note of the data available from Twitter analytics. Twitter analytics plays a major role in Twitter campaign management, especially in planning, executing and analysing the performance of campaigns. 


We list ways in which you can use Twitter Analytics to decode your target audience for better campaigns, and better results, whether organic or paid....

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Here's how to use Twitter Analytics to decode your target audience for better campaigns, and better results, whether organic or paid. Worth reading. 9/10

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Here's how to use Twitter Analytics to decode your target audience for better campaigns, and better results, whether organic or paid. Worth reading. 9/10

Deborah Spector's curator insight, July 3, 11:57 AM

Meaningful insights that are applicable for your nonprofit marketing initiatives. Twitter analytics help identify audience characteristics that will make your Twitter campaigns more successful! 

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The Power and Promise of a Microcontent Strategy - Kapost

The Power and Promise of a Microcontent Strategy - Kapost | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As marketers, most of us have learned the hard way—through failed campaigns and wasted budget—that audiences will reject content that does not respect their intelligence or thirst for cleverness, originality, and authenticity. For your strategy planning, here’s a quick reminder about what microcontent is not:

- It isn’t self-congratulatory messaging that touts the brand for the brand’s sake     

-  It isn’t about the hard sell     

-  It isn’t solicitously pushed onto audiences    

-  It isn’t an overt “pitch” of your products and services.


And, for your strategy planning, here’s a quick reminder about what microcontent is...

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Here's the skinny on microcontent.

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añada su visión ...

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Blog Stories: 20 Ideas For More And Better Content

Blog Stories: 20 Ideas For More And Better Content | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

That is a problem many bloggers face. When you have a favorite blog you probably have already figured out what is the favorite type of blog story this bloggers likes to use. Often the reasons why one type of story is chosen over and over again has the simple reason that they work with the audience and the blogger feels comfortable with creating them.


But sometimes it is a simple lack of ideas for other types of blog stories you can use. To change that, I have compiled a list of ideas for types of stories you can use on your blog to have a little more variety in your posts....

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Mixing up different types of blog stories makes a blog more interesting, gives more opportunities for new stories and provides more value to the audience.

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