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Klout Bought By Lithium Tech & Why Klout Matters - The Next Web

Klout Bought By Lithium Tech & Why Klout Matters - The Next Web | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Klout is reportedly being acquired by the social marketing company Lithium Technologies. Sources tell Re/code that the deal is in the “low nine figures” for the company that help tells users how influential they are.

Via Rami Kantari, massimo facchinetti, malek
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Why Klout Matters
Interesting development. Klout is the great undervalued asset of the social marketing revolution. Problem with Klout is no one trusts it. When I tried to explain why trust is MOOT to my previous employers they didn't get it. 

Trust is moot because in the absence of anything else some metrics always beat no metrics. My previous employer was arguing the "Where's the ROI" argument when the content marketing we created raised their Klout score 292%.

As an Internet marketer debate over whether 2 + 2 = 4 is moot because so what (lol). If something tells me WHY 2 + 2 = 4 or how I can get the social shares and viral lift I need from it then we can make money.

The other point I made is when something goes up 292% ASSUME there was ROI benefit. THAT is the correct debate to have - the attribution debate. I could argue 50% of new business was influenced by our content marketing and they would argue something less.

But at least we would be having the right argument in the right way (lol). M  

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Use Content to Shorten Your Sales Cycle - 6 Simple Tips

Use Content to Shorten Your Sales Cycle - 6 Simple Tips | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Content, when used right, is an incredible sales tool. It can also dramatically shorten the sales cycle. Here’s how…



Via Brian Fanzo
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Agree with Brian's note: Great Teaching + Helpful Information = Trust and the faster you get to trust the more likely you are to sell something. Repetition is important too. Most people give up, go away and blame YOU (the receiver).

I always try to HANG IN, KEEP SHARING and tune the only engine I can = ME :). Great tips here on sharing, teaching and building trust to shorten the sale cycle.


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Brian Fanzo's curator insight, August 18, 4:33 PM

Great teaching + Helpful Information= Trust


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Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes

Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Ten Benefits of Social Media Marketing

1. Increased Brand Recognition.

2. Improved brand loyalty.

3. More Opportunities to Convert.

4. Higher conversion rates.

5. Higher Brand Authority.

6. Increased Inbound Traffic.

7. Decreased Marketing Costs

8. Better Search Engine Rankings

9. Richer Customer Experiences.

10. Improved Customer Insights

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

I agree with 9 out of 10. I don't think social media, done right, lowers your marketing costs (#7). Maybe eventually, and eventually is in three years or more when your social engine is really tuned, you might sort of lower costs.

More likely you costs will shift from paying for robots to paying for people. We think that is a GREAT trend consistent with the say we see he web moving (from traffic acquisition to creating cherished and valued experience).

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Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes

Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, August 12, 7:23 AM

Social Media Marketing's Top 10 Benefits via Forbes

Stephen Van Delinder's curator insight, August 12, 8:43 AM

I agree with Marty (@ScentTrail) on this one. Social Media Marketing will probably not lower your costs if you are doing it correctly. The rest of this is spot on. Your competition may or may not already be utilizing social, but either way it is something you need to be doing. The real beauty is customer availability, whether your competition is social or not, virtually all of your customers are. Social gives you the opportunity to start a dialogue with them in real time where they already are in a non-intrusive way. When used correctly, the results can far exceed this list of 10. 

 

Companies also have more opportunities to be creative when outreaching on social. Traditional email outreach open rates are typically around 20% depending on the industry (http://support2.constantcontact.com/articles/FAQ/2499); but I've conducted guerrilla outreach on social platforms that exceeded 90% response rates. There's really no reason not to utilize social in a B2C model. 

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Lessons In Creating & Protecting Scaled Community TED Talk via Twitter's Del Harvey @delbius

When hundreds of thousands of Tweets are fired every second, a one-in-a-million chance — including unlikely sounding sounding scenarios that could harm users...


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When a 1 in a million thing happens 500 times a day, there are not 500,000,000 tweets a day, you have to think in scale as Del Harvey explains in her excellent TED Talk. Community demands a proactive stance or, as Harvey explains, having someone think about and prevent catastrophe.

"I pause and think, how could all of this go horribly wrong?" The idea of visualizing catastrophe is a must when one in a million happens 500 times a day.

Great example of how a community manager must think "in scale" and create "smart protections" that help without hindering.


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5 Social Media Marketing Safety Tips: Part 2

5 Social Media Marketing Safety Tips: Part 2 | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
In Part 2 of his social media marketing safety tips, Marty Smith shares how organisations can act to help prevent themselves being hit by a crisis on the internet.

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Building Consumer Trust With Pinterest

Building Consumer Trust With Pinterest | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Find out how to build consumer trust with Pinterest. Written by Vincent Ng of MCNG Marketing.

Via Kelly Lieberman
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great tips here for the mystery wrapped in an enigma social network - Pinterest. Pinterest is the most asynchronous of social nets meaning its hard to map putting in 2 and taking out 3. 

Love the multi-channel nature of the tips here. Pinterest is an important community builder. Here are a few tips I would add:

* Pinterest is most focused on Pinterest and pinning.

* Pinterest demographics are 6 to 4 women.
* Pinterest community boards are amazing because they take care of themselves lowering your social media costs and increasing results.  

The other reason Pinterest creates trust is its is so beautifully visual. Does put pressure on your visual marketing, but get used to that as all of our visual marketing is under pressure now whether we fully realize it or not :). M 

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Vine for Business [Infographic] | Social Media Delivered

Vine for Business [Infographic] | Social Media Delivered | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Handy infographic with stats, tips on how to use Vine for business
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Determine to figure Vine out.

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Power of Community: World Online Time Infographic - AllTwitter

Power of Community: World Online Time Infographic - AllTwitter | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
How The World Spends Its Time Online [INFOGRAPHIC]
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I assume by "portals" they mean Yahoo, Wikipedia & dating sites such as eHarmony. Portals are part search, part social and part community. The power of community in the new ecommerce and content marketing can't be over estimated.

This is why our Triangle Startup Factory funded startup called Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) is so focused on conversations and the future value they bring.

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KPCB Internet trends 2014

“ The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends report includes: 1. Key Internet trends showing slowing Internet user growth but strong smartphone, tablet a...”


Via Frank Delmelle, massimo facchinetti, Suvi Salo
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great charts, graphs and stats here as one would expect from Mary Meeker (one of the better analyst in the world). 

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Does Your Business or Brand LOVE Social Marketing? Take The Test via @HaikuDeck by Martin Smith

Does Your Business or Brand LOVE Social Marketing? Take The Test via @HaikuDeck by Martin Smith | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Does your business LOVE social media marketing OR are you simply complying with lowest requirements. Take the test to find out and discover tips to learn how to love social media marketing.
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5 Content Marketing Tips For Startups & SMBs via @HaikuDeck

5 Content Marketing Tips For Startups & SMBs via @HaikuDeck | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Whether you realize it or not you are already creating content and social marketing. These 5 quick and easy content marketing tips help startups and Small To Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) create maximum return from content curation and cration.
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Social Media Is About Being SOCIAL..Who Knew via @HaikuDeck

Social Media Is About Being SOCIAL..Who Knew via @HaikuDeck | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Social Media It's The Conversation, Stupid is about the new rules of branding being created by a social world. If you aren't creating LOVE and winning hearts and minds online this Haiku Deck may help you join the revolution (in a good way). 

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social media is social services too and they are bent

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3 Simple Online Marketing Tactics | Ping! Zine

3 Simple Online Marketing Tactics | Ping! Zine | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
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LOVED that this post tells you lots of online marketing can take TIME. Not this post though. They are going to share the low hanging fruit. Only problem is then they suggest social media and blogging. Both very important but TIME is needed.
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Social Media Frequency: How Often to Post to Facebook, Twitter

Social Media Frequency: How Often to Post to Facebook, Twitter | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
If guessing is required for finding the optimal frequency, then at least we can be making educated guesses. Here's our research on the ideal amount to post.

Via Official AndreasCY, John van den Brink
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Frequency is not as important as WHAT you post, but helpful study here. This post shares how often Buffer submits to each social media network. Marty

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, April 13, 4:22 AM

How often should you post on social media?

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Serendipity of TIME Finding @AlexeiVella via @MuseumModernArt & Suggesting To @RedBulletinUSA

Serendipity of TIME Finding @AlexeiVella via @MuseumModernArt & Suggesting To @RedBulletinUSA | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Sticker Bomb Book Journey
Feeling CRAPPY and DOWN one day last week I went wandering around museum sites to cheer up. I found a great book in MoMA's Store. Sticker Bomb  (bit.ly/1pyfxES ) is a book of carefully printed stickers from cool graffiti artists such as Alexei Vella (http://www.alexeivella.com ). Alexei's work was new to me, but LOVE IT!

Sticker Bomb is best $25 bucks I've spent in a long time (great for kids too). THINKING about where I'm going to "bomb" these stickers is fun. I wrote Alexei a quick email saying how much I like the work and got to thinking about places I know where the work could would fit.

So I sent a Tweet to one of the few publications I will read NOT on a computer - the RedBullBulletin (http://www.redbulletin.com/us/us ) - and hope they use Alexei.

Thinking about ways we can employ Alexei on Curagami our Durham, NC based startup too. Great stuff!!!

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Social Media: It's The conversation, Stupid - via @HaikuDeck

Social Media: It's The conversation, Stupid - via @HaikuDeck | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Social Media It's The Conversation, Stupid is about the new rules of branding being created by a social world.
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How Do You Create 'Heroic Content'?…

How Do You Create 'Heroic Content'?… | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

How Do You Create 'Heroic Content'?
You create heroic content by knowing that is what you are trying to do. You create heroic content by RISKING things (reputation, your brand, your ideas). You create heroic content by rejecting the lemmings rush toward the next Internet marketing tactic and embracing them all IN SERVICE to some greater idea.

What's your company, brand or website's movement, manifesto and who is in your tribe? Immediately after you create heroic content that gets you in the game (your About page for example), then begin asking for help. Don't wait or hesitate.

It will be slow going at first, but hang in there and keep asking. One thing we've learned the hard way is people want to help especially those willing to risk all, to share the "inside baseball" content only they know and people who want to help first and are worried about returns a distant third.

One way you create heroic content is to be a hero and beginning is easier than you think AND much easier than mastering one more soon to be diminishing return tactic. Helping create Heroic Content is our Startup Factory funded startup's mission (http://www.curagami.com). Hope you will join us, help us, criticize us and care.

We are all in. The boats have been burned and we want to make Curagami HELPFUL and WISE beyond its years. Hope you will help.
http://www.curagami.com/featured/social-media-marketing-dead-yes/

& we built on that post on LinkedIn
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/ffq4jhbRZbv

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3 Tactics That Fail At Social Media Marketing

3 Tactics That Fail At Social Media Marketing | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

"Being active in social media platforms does not mean that you are guaranteed to get higher rankings and better exposure. Sadly, most companies are failing at social media marketing as they are either not implementing the right tactics to market themselves properly.

 

And when told to classify the different types of people who are failing at social media marketing, I came up with 3 categories."

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

This post was titled "3 People Who Fail At Social Media". I thought these three mistakes were more tactical than personal:

* Let's Create A Facebook Account (and then never use it).

* Let's post some stuff and hope (have to be smarter than that).

* Let's like and comment.

The post makes the correct point that being present and real on social media is the key to winning no matter what kind of person you are.  

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Thanks for the great insight, Martin...
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9 Great Things To Know About Social Login - via @GrowthHackers

9 Great Things To Know About Social Login - via @GrowthHackers | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
[Optimization] Forward-looking businesses are using social logins as a method to help increase conversions, improve user engagement and user experience, and gather more accurate data about users.


If you're using social logins - or plan to use them - here are nine things you should consider:


  • 86% of Users Report Being Bothered By Having To Create New Accounts On Websites.
  • 77% of Users Believe Social Login Is A Good Registration Solution.
  • 92% of Users Will Leave A Site Instead Of Resetting or Recovering Login Info.
  • 88% of Users Admit to Entering Incomplete or Incorrect Data on Registration Forms.
  • 100% of The Blue Research Poll Participants Reported Receiving Irrelevant Information & Promotions.
  • 78% of People Say They’ll Post Messages to Their Social Network About Products & Services They Like
  • Better Data Means (Potentially) Better Marketing Decisions.
  • 82% Of Users Said They’d Consider Trying A New Product If Someone In Their Social Network Recommended It.
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Social Media: It's The conversation, Stupid A a @HaikuDeck

Social Media: It's The conversation, Stupid A a @HaikuDeck | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Social Media It's The Conversation, Stupid is about the new rules of branding being created by a social world.
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Social media is about being social...who knew :).

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Master This Content Formula To Dominate Any Social Media Platform - Copyblogger via @_bradmiller

Master This Content Formula To Dominate Any Social Media Platform - Copyblogger via @_bradmiller | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
When you master copywriting fundamentals you can take those skills anywhere. Take the Problem-Agitate-Solve formula for example ...
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Great post with "inside baseball" secrets from a trusted source. 

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Klout: How Social Media Helps Build Your Business

Klout: How Social Media Helps Build Your Business | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Klout has become a valuable resource for major brands and businesses looking to maximize their influence through social platforms. Here are some reasons your business should consider using this free online service.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great share from my G+ friend Mike Alton. Many cast aspersions on Klout as an idea. I don't. Klout is what helps us SEE into the social radar. Like any "modeled" number your Klout score will go up and down, but THAT is valuable information.

To deny Klout is to deny the importance of social media and such denial is becoming increasingly crazy.

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Creativity From Brain Pickings via @HaikuDeck

Creativity From Brain Pickings via @HaikuDeck | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
Content Curation, Maria Popova, Combinatorial Creativity, Patterns, New Value Systems, Multi-Directional Curation
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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, August 9, 12:27 AM

Popova's idea ties to thoughts about conversations. I believe conversations not platforms or tools are our "frameworks". Own the conversation own the traffic doesn't mean "own" literal sense. Own is a curator's ability to be part of the conversation. Owning in the web's new value system is collaborative, open and authentic not zero sum, proprietary and exclusive.

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Our KINGDOM for A NAME - Help A Startup NOT Jump Off The Roof!

Our KINGDOM for A NAME - Help A Startup NOT Jump Off The Roof! | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it
CrowdFunde moved away from where we started. We need a new name and hope you will VOTE for your favorite name or share ideas of your own.
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I swear beating cancer was easier than finding this darn name (lol). Marty

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Life After Google: Why Google Isn't Growing & More PAIN Ahead [ + exclusive chart link]

Life After Google: Why Google Isn't Growing & More PAIN Ahead [ + exclusive chart link] | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

"Google’s growth is ultimately limited by the population of users and that itself is a predictable number."

Marty Note
We wrote about this last week on G+ (https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/i8GsS6piTdz ) with a graph showing Year over Year Google search growth slowing as smartphone and social media adoption goes crazy.

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Life Goes To The Dogs: Congrats Friends @Dognition On Great NYT Mention

Life Goes To The Dogs: Congrats Friends @Dognition On Great NYT Mention | Social Marketing Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty Note - Life Going To the Dogs
Congrats to our friends at Durham, NC based Dognition for yet another amazing mention in last Saturday's New York Times. Dognition is a cool product. It's a Myers-Briggs personality profile for your dog.

How can you find out your dog's personality? Easy, you play with your dog just like you normally would, but this time you take some notes. Dognition is reporting amazing benefits from knowing a dog's personality including:

* Helps get rescue dogs adopted.

* Helps owners know how to interact with their dogs better.

* Trains owners (lol).
* Helps dog owners thinking about adopting another dog understand what kind of dog might be best.

We are helping out at Dognition and may be developing a IndieGoGo campaign to see how many rescue dogs we can get adopted (love that crowdfunding). Stay tuned and check out
https://www.dognition.com

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