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Facebook Backwards In Pictures, People & Conversion: A new study reveals

Facebook Backwards In Pictures, People & Conversion: A new study reveals | Social Marketing Revolution |

Mark Kelley, co-founder and CEO at Taggs (, a visual content marketing software provider, headed a study on how different types of pictures affect the way Facebook users respond to certain brand marketing posts.



Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Wow, this study was almost perfectly backwards from my predictions and experience designing a website. Fascinating to know you get more likes on Facebook by showing a hand holding a cup of coffee than a head shot - a little crazy but FB is crazy and so different. 

Only way to be successful on FB is to know the stated and hidden "rules of the road" like these for picture usage.  

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Why Your Content Marketing Must Disrupt To Win [ @CMIContent Research Report]

Why Your Content Marketing Must Disrupt To Win [ @CMIContent Research Report] | Social Marketing Revolution |
The Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs are excited to publish our third annual research results: The 2013 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America, spo...
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Disrupt To Win
If you are an Internet marketer who has believed and advocated content marketing for as long as I have (since 2002) there is good and bad news. Good news is everyone thinks content marketing is important now. Bad news is everyone thinks content marketing is important now.

Why Your Internet Marketing Must Disrupt To Win 

Teams I've managed have made over $30M online. How? By NOT doing what everyone else was doing the way everyone else was doing it. If you read this excellent Content Marketing Institute report as, "Time to change our content marketing approach," then you read it as I do. Anytime 45% of your peers are doing something you MUST do something else, something different and better. 

Sorry the answer to that question depends on your vertical so impossible to answer without you sharing your insights into how your ecosystem functions. Since it is a lousy thing to do to say, "You must be GREAT and Different," without sharing HOW I will be glad to help (for free as usual :). 

Descirbe your Internet marketing problem / opportunity, your major competitors and your ideas and I will take a look and do my quick 5 KPI thumbnail. 

Marty's 5 KPIs
These 5 Key Performance Inidcators tell me almost everything about a website:

1. PageRank of homepage and 3 key pages. 

2. # Inbound Links. 

3. # Twitter Followers and Facebook Likes.

4. Pagespread - how many pages is Google indexing now?

5. Top 10 keywords bringing traffic now. 

Use my work email: Martin.Smith(at) or personal MartinSellingZoe(at)aol. Offer is only good until end of 2013 as I leave to work on full time next year. 

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Eye Tracking, Banner Blindness, Website Design &

Eye Tracking, Banner Blindness, Website Design & | Social Marketing Revolution |
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
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

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:


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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