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Eye Tracking, Banner Blindness, Website Design & REI.com

Eye Tracking, Banner Blindness, Website Design & REI.com | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
An article on Banner Blindness which explains the physcology behind it and enlists common techniques to reduce it and improve ad revenues.

Via Peg Corwin
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Interesting post and definitions that is true to my experience designing high converting ecommerce websites. There are ways to manipulate eye tracking with images and call-to-actions, but that area on the right the "strong fallow area" was a GUTTER.

REI is my favorite example at how to manipulate the "gutter" tendency to be a black hole or a roach motel (visitors check in but never out). REI takes a link they know everyone is looking for, their SALE link, they color it different than the rest of their menu (red).

REI defeats the "roach motel" aspects of the right gutter with intelligence and design. In my experience the SALE area shopper will ferret that link out no matter where you put it.

By taking an area that is normally a dead end and putting something the sale shopper will surely find they kill the proverbial two birds -

* Their SALE shoppers can beeline right to their favorite place to check BEFORE they do anything else.

* The SALE curios can easily find the link too so they lose nothing and gain an active link in an area that is typically weak. Just one reason why REI is one of the best-crafted ecommerce website:

http://www.rei.com

 

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, February 22, 2014 3:51 PM

Take advantage of how people read web pages to get your message across with design, color, layout, etc.


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How to Build and Operate a Content Marketing Machine

How to Build and Operate a Content Marketing Machine | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Content Marketing is hot. White hot. SEO and digital marketing thought leaders are declaring that Content Marketing is the next big thing. Even Rand is touting its importance...
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Building vs. Operating
Great SEOmoz post on how to build a content marketing machine, a machine we all need these days. One of my favorite posts on the How Tos of content marketing. Don't make any mistake either. Building and Operating at two very different things. 

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Nick Peperell's curator insight, May 1, 2013 4:12 AM

This article just shows how much is involved in a good content marketing strat. We are at toaster stage for our own business but are starting to develop a deeper stronger proposition for our clients using a model similar to this. Quick insightful turnaround of quality content, now there's a challenge...

AdriM's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:33 PM

Many clients resist content marketing. They think their product is for "everyone" and don't see the point of building personas. The more you know about the subject the easier it'll be for you to make your custumers gravitate toward it and finally be on board.

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Social Benefits of Blogging via Social Media Today

Social Benefits of Blogging via Social Media Today | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Getting results from social media can mean more traffic for your website, a bigger fanbase, more sales for products, or more awareness for your brand. Every company that is considering social media needs to define their own goals.
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Mary makes great points about social benefits of blogging. I loved her idea about putting Facebook likes in the middle of a post since it breaks up the text and is an attention getter. Blogging is the bicycle riding of our content marketing times.

Had someone tell me in a meeting the other day they couldn't write due to a learning disability. Suggested they video blog or use Tumblr instead. We are moving to a more visual time anyway so there are always ways to support your content with blogging even if you can't write.

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Angie Mc's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:09 PM

This article is reason and motivation to keep on blogging. I especially like the idea of blogging as a way to thank my followers and increase engagement on other social media platforms like Twitter.

Valerie van S's curator insight, January 21, 2014 6:30 AM
How Blogging Has Helped My Social Results

From the article...I often get asked how to get more likes on Facebook. While the fastest way to get more fans is to use Facebook advertising (yup I said it) my best results have come from blogging. When I see a spike in my numbers on Facebook, it is almost always right after a blog post I wrote has gotten a lot of exposure.