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Top 20 Trends in 2013 Forecast - 2013 Trend Report from Trend Hunter

Our 2013 Trend Report Forecast is now available at http://www.trendhunter.com/trendreports - The top 20 trends video is annually our top video, profiling some of the trendiest, most insightful trends and ideas from the trend reports. The top 20 are just 20 of our PRO Trends, so if you'd like to browse 1600 more PRO Trends or create a custom trend platform, visit the site! FIND BETTER IDEAS, FASTER at TrendHunter.com! ( narrated by innovation keynote speaker, Jeremy Gutsche...

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5 Social Networking Promotions That Backfired Spectacularly

5 Social Networking Promotions That Backfired Spectacularly | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The great thing about social media is that it allows whatever stupid thing you want to say to reach your audience instantly. The terrible thing about social media is that it allows whatever stupid thing you want to say to reach your audience instantly. It takes about 30 seconds of thought to accurately gauge whether your brilliant marketing gimmick will build brand engagement or be prosecuted as some kind of hate crime in certain countries in Europe.


The folks on this list did not take those 30 seconds......

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These are spectacular marketing failures proving once again that marketing should never be left in the hands of kids or adults who haven't grown up yet.

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23 Facts About Women and Advertising - TheInternetVision.com

23 Facts About Women and Advertising - TheInternetVision.com | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Marketers spend most of their time trying to appeal to their target demographics, but when it comes to women, many of them are missing the mark. Given that women make up half the population and have a disproportionate amount of purchasing power, isn’t it in your best interest to try to understand them?  


Here are 23 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about women and advertising.

-  Women account for 85% of consumer purchases (She-conomy)

-  Despite this, 91% of women say advertisers don’t understand them...

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Hey marketers, women don't think we're listening. And they're right.

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WorldwideAlliances's curator insight, Today, 4:25 AM

She-conomy! ~LOL

 

This is very interesting, but I wonder how many arrogant, male marketing-gurus will sit up and take notice.

 

"91% of women say advertisers don't understand them..." Wow, that's amazing. Gave me ideas for a few different products ;)

 

It's time to start talking TO women rather than AT them.  What do women want? Hmmmmmm. I am sure big marketing companies throw millions trying to find answers to that question. But they still don't get it. Why? Because they look at women as walking ATMs, as potentials buyers as a whole rather than individuals.

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How did Marks And Spencer make £150 million mistake? - No Pork Pies - The Conversion Agency

How did Marks And Spencer make £150 million mistake? - No Pork Pies - The Conversion Agency | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

On July 7th Marks and Spencer revealed that their online sales were down 8% v(compared to their typical 20% increases previously). What was conspicuously absent was any mention of the £150m investment in the site that they had been eager to boast about on launch in February.


M&S have a team of 50 software developers along with a graduate scheme and a specialist ‘digital lab’ dedicated to fostering a ‘start-up’ culture around the project, accompanied by management from the likes of Laura Wade-Gery – ex-head of Tesco.com and Tesco Direct. Together this seemed like a recipe for success, complimented by a generous budget that appeared to reflect M&S’s determined ambition to be taken more seriously by the modern world.


It’s difficult to pick apart where M&S might have faltered with the limited details and metrics they have made available, however it is possible to create a list of suggestions as to where they may have had problems. Should you want specific examples of broken links, error pages, incompatible browsers, unexplained changes to orders, and a whole host of other issues, simply check out the posts from customers to the M&S facebook page. From those communications alone, you could write a ‘how not to do e-commerce’ book!...

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What a nightmare example of bad planning and poor execution of an ecommerce website. And a budget of £150 million!

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People Would Actually Rather See A Banner Ad Than Read A Sponsored Story

People Would Actually Rather See A Banner Ad Than Read A Sponsored Story | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A study from Contently reveals that people don't get what sponsored content is and they don't seem to trust it either.


A new study from Contently reveals that people really don’t understand what it means when they come across a post online that’s tagged with the term “Sponsored Content.”


Plus, many participants said a site loses its credibility when it runs a post like this. Contently surveyed 542 people and found that many readers could not even agree on a definition for the term....

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Done right, content can be powerful but it appears consumers aren't quite ready yet.

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Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, Today, 11:40 AM

Enough said short and brief-

#MariaCatania

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Which Brands Rule Twitter? | Social Media Delivered

Which Brands Rule Twitter? | Social Media Delivered | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Ever wary of customer dissatisfaction, brands big and small have taken notice. Many companies now have Twitter accounts dedicated solely to customer service.


...even in a world where tweets have become a part of every successful brand’s marketing toolkit, some individuals and companies have managed to elevate Twitter to something of an art form, leveraging customer service, marketing savvy, and good old-fashioned personability to dominate the Twittersphere. Some, such as JetBlue (@JetBlue), American Airlines (@AmericanAir), and Rackspace (@Rackspace), make customer service a priority and dedicate significant resources to addressing customer questions and concerns in record time.


Other brands are more focused on boosting the bottom line through sales and eCommerce—including online fashion retailer ASOS (@ASOS), whose #BestNightEver campaign helped push the company’s sales to £78 million ($127,413,000) in December 2012 alone.


In the non-profit sector, organizations such as the American Red Cross (@RedCross) and Movember (@Movember) used strategic partnerships and promotional hashtags to raise serious funds for their respective causes....

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Lots of valuable social media lessons from these brand leaders on Twitter.

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Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, Today, 11:43 AM

Twitter is more consumer friendly-

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10 Real Time Content Discovery Tools for Curation, Engagement and Sharing

10 Real Time Content Discovery Tools for Curation, Engagement and Sharing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The influence of search on content beyond Google, Bing and Yahoo is pretty amazing. Just think of all the social media monitoring platforms that have launched – they’re all essentially search engines.


Another category of online tool that relies on search are content discovery tools (just like Google is a content discovery tool).  Except this category of content discovery weights content shared on social media channels more heavily and often provides the ability to organize and flavor search results based on an analysis of what your own social networks are posting and sharing links to.Real-Time content discovery tools are handy for a number of reasons, namely being able to identify upward trending content aligned with topics or entities you are tracking.


The idea is that if you can be part of sharing upward trending content early and even add to the conversation, you can capture the draft of that upward swing in attention – reaching new audiences and better connecting with those you are already engaged with....

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These tools are a great selection to add to your curation and content discovery toolkit.

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Americans Can't Even Focus On TV Anymore

Americans Can't Even Focus On TV Anymore | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Much has been written about the distractibility of the modern American. In the past decade, diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders have skyrocketed, the listicle conquered the internet, and there was even a report that goldfish now have longer attention spans than the average American.


Now it appears that watching television, itself a diversion, requires more focus than we can muster.


Forbes reports that a new study from the consulting group TNS found that 56% of Americans engage in another digital activity (playing with their phones, tablets, or laptops) while they are watching TV. That puts the U.S. ahead of the global average, which is 48%, but well behind Japan, where 79% of TV viewers are using a different device while they do it...,

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Integrating social media with TV offers great ROI potential for marketers.

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Rein Hof's curator insight, July 11, 4:15 AM

56% van de Amerikanen gebruikt dus een mobile device terrwijl e aan het tv kijken zijn. Da's veel, maar een wereldwijd gemiddelde van 48% vind ik toch ook best hoog! 

Nu moet ik ook zeggen dat menig tv programma alleen maar leuk is om naar te kijken wanneer je ondertussen via je mobiel of tablet Twitter en Facebook volgt om te lezen wat er allemaal over gezegd wordt.. Met name de verschillende (muziek) talenten programma's zijn pas weer echt bezienswaardig geworden nadat het gebruik van Twitter en Facebook gemeengoed is geworden. 

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Meet the 'young olds', or YOLDs, revolutionising marketing to mature consumers

Meet the 'young olds', or YOLDs, revolutionising marketing to mature consumers | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

"There are many tricks being missed by marketers where older people are concerned."


These were the thoughts of one of the panellists who took part in our live discussion at Marketing’s Older, Richer, Wiser conference, aimed at helping brands and marketers better understand over-55s. With more time and money to spend than most, the over-55s are a desirable market – so why are brands still missing the mark when targeting this group?


Another panellist summed up the reason: "Sometimes I feel quite angry that the whole of the older generation is lumped into being over-55." Put simply, the ‘over-55s’ are not a homogenous group and marketers, advertisers and researchers should not treat them as such....

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Forget the stereotypes. The 'young olds' - YOLDs - are shaking up marketing to 55+ consumers.

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Where to position key messages in your email marketing campaigns - Campaign Monitor

Where to position key messages in your email marketing campaigns - Campaign Monitor | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Correct positioning of your key messages in your email marketing campaigns can help them get noticed and remembered. But what's the correct position?


Have you ever jotted down your grocery list and driven to the store only to realize you’ve forgotten it? Have you then tried to recall the items on your list? Chances are, you remembered the first items on the list, the last items on the list, or a combination of the two.


What you forgot, on the other hand, were the items in the middle. This is due to the serial position effect.


To summarize, the study found that when you are presented with a piece of content, in this case a list of words, you are more likely to remember the first words (the primary effect) and last words (the recency effect)....

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Here's some really valuable research on where to place messages inside your email marketing campaigns for best results. Recommended reading for marketers.

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idweaver's curator insight, July 11, 5:32 AM

Où placer les messages clés de vos campagnes lors de la composition de vos emails. A lire absolument !

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12 tips for producing a killer news release

12 tips for producing a killer news release | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...Rob Nance, director of content marketing at Inovautus Consulting in Boulder, Colorado, said that if there’s any doubt that journalists and others will care about a press release, then you shouldn’t send it. Nance recalled that when he was working at an online media company covering the accounting business, he received a press release from an accounting firm announcing that it had a new sidewalk in front of its building. 

“Funny, yes, but it’s not news or timely, useful information,” Nance said. “It’s a game of quality over quantity with press releases.” 

Here are 12 tips that will help ensure your releases win the battle of quality over quantity....

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Done right, press releases still work. 

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How Much Energy Is Appropriate For Media Interviews? | Mr. Media Training

How Much Energy Is Appropriate For Media Interviews? | Mr. Media Training | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

After concluding on-camera practice interviews with our clients, I often ask them to rate how much energy they thought they had, on a scale of 1 to 10. “Oh, around an eight or nine,” the trainees usually guess. “That was probably a bit over-the-top, right?”


I then ask the other people in the room to rate their colleagues’ energy during the interview. They usually rate it a 4 or 5. The trainee is always shocked....

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Sage advice from Brad Phillips.

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10 Time-Saving Social Media Tools for a Productive Summer | Buffer

10 Time-Saving Social Media Tools for a Productive Summer | Buffer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A list of 10 new, free, time-saving social media tools that can help power up your productivity for marketing and sharing on social media....
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Kevan Lee at Buffer shares an excellent list of social media tools. Recommended for your toolbox.
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One Marketeer's curator insight, July 11, 5:45 AM

SAVING TIME...  on your Social Media? WELL YES, you could nurture your channels on a daily basis while you are away. Have a read. #tools #socialmedia #automate #schedule 

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Over 1000 journalists now exploring scraping techniques | Online Journalism Review

Over 1000 journalists now exploring scraping techniques | Online Journalism Review | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Last week the number of people who have bought my ebook Scraping for Journalists passed the 1,000 mark. That is, to me, incredible. A thousand journalists interested enough in scraping to buy a book? What happened?When I first began writing the book I imagined there might be perhaps 100 people in the world who would be interested in buying it. It was such a niche subject I didn’t even consider pitching it to my normal publishers....

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Scraping is a valuable tool for bloggers, writers and PR pros. Well worth exploring, especially the half dozen stories that show how journalists are using the technique.

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With This App and Gadget, Google Glass Can Read Your Mind

With This App and Gadget, Google Glass Can Read Your Mind | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A London-based startup has created an app that lets users take pictures simply by concentrating.


Created by design studio This Place, MindRDR uses both Google Glass and a brain activity-monitoring device to take photos and then post them to social media without ever touching a screen.


The brain activity device — known as the Neurosky EEG biosensor — tracks the kind of neural patterns the brain exhibits when it's focusing on something. MindRDR then translates those patterns into actions — telling Glass to take a photo and then post it, all powered by thought....

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Kind of cool! Where is Spock when you need him?

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, Today, 3:09 AM

Cool app for Google glass. Let's see where this development goes.

Keepamericaheard Maria Catania's curator insight, Today, 11:37 AM

#Googleglass 

concentrates on the mind to produce data results-

#Keepamericaheard #global

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The Way We C It – 5 Infographics To Help Improve Your Social Media Strategy

The Way We C It – 5 Infographics To Help Improve Your Social Media Strategy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

We love visual content. In an ever-changing world of digital marketing, visual content can help provide a look into quick tips and tricks around engaging topics in one colorful and compact package.


With this in mind, what’s better than an infographic?


There are many varieties of infographics available that surround the topics of Digital Marketing and Social Media. To help sort through the volume, we’ve picked out five infographics your brand can use for developing and improving your content strategy....

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What a great collection of social marketing data for marketing, content and PR pros. Recommended reading. 9/10

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, Today, 2:42 AM

This is a must-read collection of social marketing research and data for marketing, PR and content pros.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, Today, 3:59 AM

Using social media to promote your brand is very important whether you are a business, school or library it is still important to make an impact. What is your strategy? 

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How To Grow Your Blog In Record Time - It’s Easier Than You Think

How To Grow Your Blog In Record Time - It’s Easier Than You Think | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
You have a blog but don't have a thriving base of readers (yet). You need to grow your blog and this post will show you how. It's easier than you think. You have a blog.But, you don’t have a thriving base of readers (yet).You want to accelerate growth and get more readers.The big question is how?I’ve been there, frantically trying to figure out how to get more readers and grow my blog to the point that I want it to be....
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Adam Connell shares good advice on blogging and how to grow your audience quickly.
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Is It Good Enough That People Trust Sponsored Content More Than Fox News and BuzzFeed?

Is It Good Enough That People Trust Sponsored Content More Than Fox News and BuzzFeed? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

... Most people feel like they’ve been tricked at some point by advertiser content. They thought a story was by a publication they know and trust and then suddenly found out it came from an advertiser instead. This chart triggered a few headlines yesterday about the content marketing industry being doomed, etc. Fortunately for media companies and advertisers, that’s a hasty generalization.The next two charts illustrate why....

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Good look at the ins and outs of content marketing and native advertising and how consumers respond.

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Rotating Banners: Why Image Sliders Kill Conversions

Rotating Banners: Why Image Sliders Kill Conversions | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Digital marketers and web designers love rotating banners, which allow multiple pieces of content to occupy a single prominent space on a web page. (Synonymous terms include image sliders, carousels and animated sliders.)


On the surface, the idea seems like a great way to keep several competing departments happy, giving them all a piece of prime real estate on the page. But there’s just one problem: your visitors probably won’t consciously pay attention to them. The evil truth of rotating banners is that they do the opposite of what’s intended, distracting users away from your most important content.


If you’re still using an image slider on your homepage or landing page, here’s a quick roundup of research that may help you better understand how this popular design solution could be killing your conversions....

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This research really surprised me. Marketers and web designers should note the negative impact from sliders and moving banners.

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​QR codes aren't useless after all, study says - CNET

​QR codes aren't useless after all, study says - CNET | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Nielsen's latest report on mobile payments isn't too surprising, save one tidbit: people like using QR codes.


The study, released Thursday, found that mobile payment users actually prefer methods involving quick response (QR) codes or bar codes.


Almost half, 45 percent, of the nearly 4,000 people surveyed by Nielsen said they use the method to check out with their smartphones.Akin to bar codes, QR codes are blocks of printed code used to store large amounts of digital information. For a time, they were showing up everywhere -- on product packaging, ads, marketing campaigns -- but were seen as unnecessary or gimmicky. In mobile payments, cashiers can simply scan the codes displayed on a customer's smartphone as they would any bar code....

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The research may be true but the applications of QR codes by marketers and designers have been abysmal.

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10 Ways to Convert More Customers Using Psychology | BUZZmetrics

10 Ways to Convert More Customers Using Psychology | BUZZmetrics | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The more you know about your customers, the better. If you know what makes people tick, the better off your business will be. Having at least a basic understanding of consumer psychology and why they buy specific products is a valuable asset for marketers.


As an online marketer looking to improve conversions, you need to learn why people purchase your products or services. Viewing case studies can provide ideas on tweaks that have worked for others, but if you don’t actually learn or hypothesize why one tweak increased or decreased conversions, you’ll never actually become better. Good A/B tests require proper documentation and a “post analysis” when the test is complete.


Today’s infographic lists 10 psychological studies that have been proven to convert consumers to saying “yes”....

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Valuable insight and recommended reading for marketing, PR and social media pros.

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best free seo tools | web-revolt

best free seo tools | web-revolt | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

A lot of SEO tools & internet marketing tools will be quite expensive if you’re simply starting out.


You can take an advantage of these best free seo tools and internet marketing tools that are available....

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Here are the best free seo tools and internet marketing tools you can find today

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How Upworthy gets its branded content to outperform editorial | Digiday

How Upworthy gets its branded content to outperform editorial | Digiday | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

...After two years of building its traffic numbers, the mission-driven viral publisher is bringing that same level of performance to its branded content. Not only has its 4-month-old native ad business already attracted big brands like Unilever, Skype and CoverGirl, but Upworthy says that many of the brands’ native ads have outperformed its regular posts. 


Content from brands typically gets three times the shares and 3.5 times the pageviews, the site says. The numbers are similarly impressive on the engagement side, where branded posts get 2.9 times the attention time as regular editorial content....

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Publishers and brands struggling with the performance of their native ads could take a few lessons from Upworthy. Lots of content marketing and native advertising lessons here.

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The Buyers Journey and Why Content Marketing is a Thing | Sword and the Script

The Buyers Journey and Why Content Marketing is a Thing | Sword and the Script | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
By the time a customer talks to sales, they are 90% through the buyers journey, and are close to a decision; content marketing more important than ever.
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Frank Strong makes the case for content marketing.

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Seth's Blog: Thirty years of projects

Seth's Blog: Thirty years of projects | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There's a difference between signing on to someone else's project and starting your own. The impresario mindset of initiation and improvisation are at the heart of the project. It's yours, you own it. Might as well do something you're proud of, and something that matters, because it's your gig.


Over time, the project world has changed. Thanks to digital tools, it's cheaper than ever to build and launch something based on content. Distribution is far faster and cheaper as well. We used to need a publishing partner or a partner with a platform (a record label, a media company...) to get the word out; now, in many cases, this adds time and hassle without creating sufficient benefit. Because it's easier to launch, we can spend more time focusing on what the audience wants, as opposed to merely pleasing (and pitching) the middleman. On the other hand, that makes it a lot harder to dig in and create, because there isn't that moment where someone says, "yep, I'll publish it..."


For me, the trick is not to represent the client, or the publisher, or the merchant. The trick is to represent the project, to speak up for the project, to turn it into what it needs to be. And over the years, I've found the each project gets just a little more personal than the one that came before....

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Seth Godin is an inspiration and what a legacy!

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The Most Influential CMOs On Twitter | Forbes

The Most Influential CMOs On Twitter | Forbes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As the necessity of CMOs’ taking center stage in social media for the sake of their companies–and their personal brands–solidifies, so too do rankings of their stature in the social sphere. The latest is from social-media analytics firm PeerIndex, which has created a list of the most influential big-brand CMOs on Twitter TWTR -2.05% based on PI score. A PI score includes an executive’s activity score, audience score and authority score.

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Excellent list of follows on Twitter as indicated by PeerIndex and Forbes. Recommended reading.

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