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Just Read It: Magazine Publishers Push Minimalist Apps Without Fluff | MediaShift

Just Read It: Magazine Publishers Push Minimalist Apps Without Fluff | MediaShift | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

"Internet Users Demand Less Interactivity," read the headline of a recent article at The Onion. A (fictional) Internet user commented:

"Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don't need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience...I don't want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open a free account, become part of a growing online community, or see what related links are available at various content partners."

Are magazine app users starting to feel the same way? Faced with floods of online content, readers open magazine apps for a cohesive, relaxed reading experience -- only to cope with massive file downloads and confusing, complex interfaces.


A new batch of magazine publishers wants to move in a different direction. Drawing on the concept of "subcompact publishing," recently articulated by Craig Mod, and often mentioning Marco Arment's The Magazine as inspiration, these publishers are creating minimalist magazine apps that do just enough -- and no more -- to provide a focused, deep, quality reading experience....

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Sometimes simple is still the most effective!

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20 Fascinating Topics That Every New Blog Should Tackle

20 Fascinating Topics That Every New Blog Should Tackle | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Gone are the days of blathering on ad nauseam about anything your heart desires.

 

Content marketing via blogging is one of the best ways to increase the online visibility of a brand. These days, though, the posts you create must be engaging, informative, interesting, and generally high in quality to get you anywhere.

 

Contrary to what you may have heard, quantity does not exceed quality here. Even so, coming up with fascinating topics for a blog is often difficult for business owners. Here are 20 topics and ideas to get you off to a great start....

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Neil Patel offers 20 blog topics to help you generate content.

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Everything You Need to Know About Twitter Moments

Everything You Need to Know About Twitter Moments | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

The ability to create Twitter Moments is being rolled out to all users.

 

Twitter Moments enable users to stitch together multiple tweets into slideshow-like stories. When they originally launched, Moments were intended to help Twitter users keep up with what the world is talking about at any given time without having to follow loads of new people or watch trending topics closely.

 

The below video from Twitter explains a little more about how Moments work:...

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Buffer shares all you need to create your own Moment on Twitter.

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10 Awesome Places to Find Background Music for Video – The Mission

10 Awesome Places to Find Background Music for Video – The Mission | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

IConsumers find video engaging, compelling and convincing — so much so that they’re anywhere from 64% to 85% more likely to buy after watching a product video.

 

In fact, video on a landing page can boost conversions by an astonishing 80%. Already, companies that use video on their website get 41% more traffic from search results than those that don’t, and by next year, you can expect 74% of all web traffic to be video.

 

Sure, every smartphone worth its salt has a decent video camera, but the highly competitive content arena today demands top quality content in all formats — including video.

 

There’s a lot to think about, from actually shooting the video to post production, finding copyright free music and more. Equipment quality, lighting expertise, editing skill and audio optimization still matter a great deal (more than ever, in fact).

 

So while the barriers to entry for video creation have been reduced, the barriers to creating exceptional video have actually skyrocketed.In this column, we’re going to explore some really useful places to find one element that can make your marketing and product videos way more professional and polished: background music....

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Video content has exploded in popularity, and it’s no wonder.

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The new era of brick and mortar: not business as usual

The new era of brick and mortar: not business as usual | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Retail marketers have long focused on perfecting their omnichannel strategies; however, the rules of consumer engagement have changed. Many major anchor stores are either closing or redesigning their approaches, and the overall mall landscape is changing to meet the needs of a new audience.

And while shoppers can be reached on a variety of platforms, they remain individuals and prefer a unified experience that engages them in unique ways. Business is not as usual. And, as this year’s holiday shopping season approaches, there are important lessons to learn.

Unique experiences build on brick and mortar’s strength
Even though online sales continue to grow, a recent Deloitte study confirms that consumers still prefer in-store shopping, choosing to make more than 90 percent of all transactions in store.

The fact remains — brick-and-mortar retailers offer shoppers something they want that online retailers just can’t provide: a hands-on experience with products and the ability to take them home immediately. That’s why today’s retail landscape is fertile for brick-and-mortar retailers to nurture shoppers, seeding growth with unique shopping experiences....

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The retail landscape is now omnichannel.and consumers are setting the table with new demands.

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How to create more fun and playful typography - 99designs

How to create more fun and playful typography - 99designs | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Good typography may be hard work, but designers shouldn’t forget to have some fun with it! While crafting fonts and typographic characters can sometimes feel stiff and overly mathematical, we want you to help you find the joy in creating more expressive and playful typography.

Of course, this approach is great for children-oriented design projects—but let’s not limit ourselves. After all… not every coffee shop, ice cream store and logo needs to look posh. Let’s find the more creative side of typography and get goofy!

In this article, we’ll spotlight some examples of playful typography and show you how to join in the fun with your own work....

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Lots of creative inspiration here  and tips on how to use fun and playful typography in your design..

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10 ways to make bright color pop in your next design - 99designs Blog

10 ways to make bright color pop in your next design - 99designs Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There’s no denying it… Bright, bold colors have been a huge trend this year—not only a 2016 web design trend, but across all mediums. This color palette is popular with good reason; when bright color pops in design, it can conjure excitement, joy and intrigue. For that reason, it’s a great skill to master as a designer.

There are many different ways to incorporate bright color into your designs. This article takes a close look at 10 different examples which accomplish just that. Enjoy!...

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Looking to add some design creativity to your blog? Lots of inspiration here. Recommended reading. 9/10