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PR Fail: Amazon Silent on ‘Keep Calm and Rape a Lot’ T-Shirt Scandal | PRNewser

PR Fail: Amazon Silent on ‘Keep Calm and Rape a Lot’ T-Shirt Scandal | PRNewser | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If there’s one trend we’d like to kill deader than the Harlem Shake, it’s “Keep Calm and Carry On”. Now comes news that will hopefully mark the end of this meme:Amazon is in a big pot of extra-hot PR water after briefly carrying a series of T-shirts bearing charming slogans like “Keep Calm and Hit Her”, “Keep Calm and Knife Her” and the winner, “Keep Calm and Rape a Lot.”

 

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While it's impossible to police all products for sale immediately, it's easy to apologize. A surprising PR fail from Amazon.

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How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy

How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Global delivery company DHL started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round-trip plane ticket to Hawaii.

Founded as a courier service in 1969, DHL used the spare capacity in travelers’ luggage to transport high-value documents. To understand why it made sense for DHL to provide free tickets to travelers, it helps to understand the massive changes entailed by the containerization of ocean cargo in the 1960s.
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Who knew? Fascinating DHL startup and disruption story.

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In Love With An Idea | Gaping Void

In Love With An Idea | Gaping Void | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When you’re young, you discover the power of the idea.The idea could be about anything- art, science, business, love, politics, technology. It could be somebody else’s idea, or it could be one you had yourself - it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it has grabbed you, it has elevated you, it has made your life worth living....

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Ideas DO matter!

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Bukowski on Love | If It's Hip It's Here

Bukowski on Love | If It's Hip It's Here | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Here’s some alternative Valentine’s fodder for you. Just published last week, this candid and brutally honest book of poems by the man known as ‘The Dirty Old Man of American Letters’, Bukowski on Love, will make you laugh, cry and reflect.


Bukowski On Love

A raw and tender poetry collection that captures Charles Bukowski at his fiercest and most vulnerable, on a subject that hits home with all of us. Charles Bukowski was a man of intense emotions, someone an editor once called a “passionate madman.”...

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A beat generation Valentine.

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America's 20 Billion Dollar Day Of Love

America's 20 Billion Dollar Day Of Love | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Last Sunday was an extremely lucrative day for the US economy with people spending a combined total of $15 billion on the Super Bowl. 


This Sunday marks Valentine's Day and this year, loved-up couples are going to spend $19.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Candy, greeting cards and an evening out are top of the gift list this year with men set to spend significantly more than women as usual. 54.8 percent of Americans intend celebrating in some manner on Sunday, and people are also going to spend an average of $26.24 on gifts for their pets....

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This chart shows the key numbers behind Valentine's Day 2016.

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Digital Media's Consumption Growth Slowing; So Is Traditional's Decline

Digital Media's Consumption Growth Slowing; So Is Traditional's Decline | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Digital media’s consumption growth rate in the U.S. continued to slow last year, while the rate of decline in traditional media use (dominated by television, of course) also slowed.


Driven by higher smartphone and tablet penetration, new gaming console launches, and the draw of major political and sporting events, U.S. digital media usage rose 7.1%, to 18 hours per week, in 2015, according to PQ Media’s Global Consumer Media Usage & Exposure Forecast 2015-19.


Tahat's lower than the 9.6% increase in digital media usage in 2014 (to 16.8 hours per week). Further, the projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 through 2019 -- 7.3% -- is barely above 2015’s growth rate. That CAGR will result in an average 23.9 hours per week of digital media consumption by 2019....

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Interesting digital and traditional media trends

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Uber, your new logo is a mistake and looks like JPMorgan's

Uber, your new logo is a mistake and looks like JPMorgan's | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Uber unveiled a new look, including, among other things, a new app logo. In a complete departure from its original icon featuring a stylized “U,” the new icon is a non-distinct image of a square embedded in a circle (in rider apps) or a hexagon (in partner apps). 


According to Uber, the square represents the bit (as in the basic unit of information in computing) — a concept central to Uber’s business philosophy.Uber argues that its new look would “…provide consistency, highlight information and make our brand easy to recognize.” While Uber’s new logotype and website design might be aligned with this goal, its new app logo is not; the new logo is far less recognizable as representing the Uber brand than the one it replaced....

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Some say: Don't replace the stylized white and black “U” for the “atom and bit.” I actually like it.

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An absolute beginner’s guide to setting up Google Analytics for your website | Search Engine Watch

An absolute beginner’s guide to setting up Google Analytics for your website | Search Engine Watch | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Our beginner’s guide to Google Analytics teaches you how to set up an account that is linked to your site and recommends a few basic metrics to look at.

Google Analytics is a free service that tracks and reports website traffic. Providing insight into the demographics of site visitors, the performance of a specific campaign, and how long people are staying on your site for, are just a few of the many things the program is capable of. 

This data gives you an all round better view of how your site is doing and allows you to understand what improvements can be made to make sure you’re optimizing different areas for maximum conversion. 

In the below tutorial, we will walk you through some basics of Google Analytics and what you need to do in order to get started....

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Just the basics of social measurement with Google Analytics.

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13 Conversion Rate Optimization Tools Compared

13 Conversion Rate Optimization Tools Compared | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Conversion rate optimization is the process of changing website elements to improve user experience. During this process, you can test elements like landing page design, images, call-to-action buttons, and content multiple times to see which give you more conversions. 


The main advantage of conversion rate optimization is that it'll increase conversions without affecting website traffic. Ultimately, conversions will boost your website's revenue. There are many conversion rate optimization tools available to help reach your goals.Choosing Conversion Rate Optimization ToolsHere I've listed the most important factors you should consider when picking the right conversion rate optimization tools for your website...

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Conversion rates are popular figures used in online marketing to analyze the percentage of users taking a desired action.

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Margaret Spencer's curator insight, February 12, 2:24 AM

It is really important to pay attention in your conversion rate. I have read that  on average, 96% of the people who visit a website will leave without ever converting to a lead or sale.

- www.contactdb.com

Marco Favero's curator insight, February 12, 3:46 AM

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Mike Allen's curator insight, February 13, 9:12 AM

Seems like all have good features and drawbacks but here's a quick summary

 

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The Essential Tools, Applications, And Extensions You Need To Stay Sane As A Marketer | NewsCred Blog

The Essential Tools, Applications, And Extensions You Need To Stay Sane As A Marketer | NewsCred Blog | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As a marketer, you’re pulled in a million directions at once. Explain this new tool, write next week’s tweets, negotiate a vendor contract, code and send out this email — the possibilities are endless. One second you’re creative and the next analytical. How can you be expected to keep your head above water with changing priorities and each day looking different than the last?

I’ve been on an endless journey to discover the best tools and tactics to help me be more productive, focused, and thrive day-to-day. At NewsCred, I’m frequently asked what the icons in my toolbar are or what a specific program/extension is, so I figured if these tools can help a few co-workers, hopefully they can help you as well. I’ve included a link to each tool below, a Windows equivalent where appropriate (I’m on a Macbook), and a description of how it can help....

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This is a really useful collection of social media tools and you may find a few that you didn't know before.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, February 12, 3:42 AM

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This is a common and growing problem...

Elizabeth Telson's curator insight, February 13, 9:38 AM

Try one!

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8 Email Marketing Case Studies That Contradict "Best Practices"

8 Email Marketing Case Studies That Contradict "Best Practices" | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

There’s nothing I love more than a universal best practice getting unequivocally bashed in by a niche case study.

“Best practices” are your baseline. They are the Wordpess theme template of your marketing efforts. If you stop at best practices, you haven’t really done any marketing yet.

That’s why today, we’re going to be looking at 8 email marketing case studies that contradicted best practices to get better results. We’ll look at why they worked and how they might apply to your business....

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Useful email lessons for marketers.

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How to Apply Lean Marketing to Your Content Based Business

How to Apply Lean Marketing to Your Content Based Business | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

I see many parallels between a startup as a whole and content marketing, and taking a lean approach to marketing could yield several benefits.

Most importantly, you’ll be able to get:

  • a better return on investment (ROI)
  • more consistent results from your marketing
  • less stress and frustration


In this post, I’m going to break down all the different ways that you can apply lean principles to your marketing—lean marketing....

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Smart content marketing tips from Neil Patel.

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Beacons Drive Mobile Coupons; 58% Redeem In Under 2 Minutes

Beacons Drive Mobile Coupons; 58% Redeem In Under 2 Minutes | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Beacons are driving mobile coupons and redemption rates are on the rise.

Several new studies are out indicating that the growth of beacons around the world is on the march and that when shoppers get a mobile coupon, offer redemption is right behind, sometimes in fewer than two minutes.

Beacons add a finer touch to location-based offers, since the small radio-transmitting devices can be located near specific products or in certain departments.

Brands have found that coupons with a location element typically enjoy far higher redemption rates than those without.

Many major retailers, including Macy’s, Target and Lord & Taylor, have installed thousands of beacons, many to learn the ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t....

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Mobile coupons work and beacons provide the engine for future growth.

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10 Simple Edits That'll Instantly Improve Any Piece of Writing

10 Simple Edits That'll Instantly Improve Any Piece of Writing | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Editing copy boils down to two key things: recognizing weaknesses and knowing how to fix them. It’s a critical part of the writing process and yet, one that’s all too often overlooked. After all, if you don’t know that there’s an issue to begin with, how can you fix it?

That's why, if you struggle with editing, you’re going to love this article ...
Because by the end of it, you’ll be armed with 10 powerful, uber-specific editing actions that’ll make your copy more addictive, engaging, and compelling than it was before you got to work revising it. Whether you’re writing a landing page, a blog article, an email, or a web page, making the following changes will have a profound impact on your readers.

Namely, these edits will make them more likely to do what you want them to do -- and that’s what great copy is all about....

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These writing and editing tips will make your work better.

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New Yorker Cartoons for Valentine’s Day - The New Yorker

New Yorker Cartoons for Valentine’s Day - The New Yorker | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

On Valentine’s Day, it’s important to tell the people you love that you don’t believe in the concept of true love, and that you expect your relationship to crumble with time, as all things do. Just kidding! You should tell the people you love that you’ll never leave their side, and plan to be buried alive next to them when they die. Actually, that’s probably not a good idea, either. Maybe just tell the people you love that you love them, and show them some Valentine’s Day cartoons.

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Colin Stokes shares a collection of Valentine’s Day cartoons from the New Yorker.

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The Minds Journal — In love with ideas of what Could Have Been...

The Minds Journal — In love with ideas of what Could Have Been... | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
I need to stop being in love with the ideas of what could have been. We could have slowly inched closer and held each other a little tighter. We could have laughed a little harder and fallen in love some more. There are so many things that could have happened, but didn’t. We almost were. We almost weren’t. We almost happened. Cupid almost won. But he didn’t. And we didn’t either.
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In love with ideas of what Could Have Been.
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Designing the Perfect Web Banner Ad: 50 Examples to Help You Get it Right

Designing the Perfect Web Banner Ad: 50 Examples to Help You Get it Right | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Banner ads – we see them everywhere.


Normally they’re bright, flashy, and encroach on your internet experience. We’ve all tried our best to become immune to them. It’s safe to say they’ve got quite a bad rap.


In actuality, web banner ads are great tools to spread a message to a large audience. But with so many terrible examples of banner ads pummeling us every day, how do you stand out (in a good way) and really make an impression?


To save you some time, we’ve taken the liberty of curating 50 great examples of web banner advertisements to help and inspire you to create your own....

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Banner ad design tips worth reading with grewat examples.

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Online Marketing Man's curator insight, Today, 9:13 AM

I'm not big on graphics, but here's a good reason to be.

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Influencer Marketing Is Rapidly Gaining Popularity Among Brand Marketers - eMarketer

Influencer Marketing Is Rapidly Gaining Popularity Among Brand Marketers - eMarketer | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

As concerns about ad blocking grow, influencer marketing is becoming more important to brands. YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat have become popular channels, and new tools are making it easier to work with influencers, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “Influencer Marketing for US Brands: The Platforms to Watch, and the Best Ways to Work with Creators.”


Digital agency executives also report rising interest in influencer marketing among their clients.“Influencers are such an important part of what brands are doing today,” said Greg Manago, co-president of content and entertainment for North America at Mindshare.


 “The question [from clients] isn’t, ‘We want to do something with influencers; what do you think?’ It’s, ‘What’s the influencer strategy for this program?’”...

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Giving influencers creative freedom and striving for a symbiotic relationship are keys to success.

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Mike Allen's curator insight, February 13, 3:47 AM

Influencers are the key 2% of the sector's people who are the gateway to the market but the next 12% of the market will decide if you succeed.

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Quartz Debuts New Format For News App

Quartz Debuts New Format For News App | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Quartz released its first news app Thursday, available exclusively on iPhones. The interface isn’t like your usual news app -- instead, it’s like iMessage for news.Quartz, the 4-year-old business news publication owned by Atlantic Media, announced in a post on its Web site  that the app is an “ongoing conversation about the news, sort of like texting.”


The app sends messages, photos, GIFs and links to users, who can tap to respond when interested in learning more about a topic. Each session lasts just a few minutes.


But Quartz’s app isn’t like Siri; it’s not an automated assistant. Instead, the responses are written by a team of Quartz writers and editors, led by Adam Pasick. According to The Verge, it’s the same team who are in charge of the company's "Daily Brief" newsletter....

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Quartz debuts new format for news app. Can't say I like it!

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Go Live: 4 Tools To Reach More Customers With Live Streaming Video

Go Live: 4 Tools To Reach More Customers With Live Streaming Video | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Have you experimented yet with the various live streaming apps out there?

This wonderful live television medium helps to create more intimacy and connection with your audience.

The closer your prospects feel to you and your brand, the more loyal and engaged they become. 

Here are four tools out there to help your business expand it's customer reach....

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Quick rundown of four popular life social streaming media channels by Mari Smith.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, February 12, 11:44 PM

Quick rundown of four popular life social streaming media channels.

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Top 52 Social Media Platforms Every Marketer Should Know

Top 52 Social Media Platforms Every Marketer Should Know | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Whether you’re using social media to build awareness for your business, to drive leads to your sales force or anything else in between, it’s important to be familiar with all of the social media platforms at your disposal.

With that in mind, below is a list of the top 52 social media platforms. They’re broken into 3 categories — social media platforms that help you network (like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.); social media platforms that help you promote (like YouTube, blogs, etc.); and social media platforms that help you share (like Buffer, Hootsuite, etc.).

Ready? Here goes....

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Comprehensive, all-in-one list of social media platforms.

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