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Charles Nicholls is an expert in ecommerce, web analytics, social media marketing and online buyer behavior. He is also founder and chief strategy officer at shopping cart recovery company SeeWhy. You can follow Charles on Twitter @webconversion and read his blog. Many marketers have heard of Pinterest, but despite this, most brands have yet to hop on the hottest new social network. In this article, we’ll look at why Pinterest is important to brands and provide seven simple steps for leveraging brand presence on Pinterest. Pinterest has quickly become one of the top five referring traffic sources for several apparel retailers. A study by Shareaholic in January showed that Pinterest drove only a fraction less referral traffic than both Twitter and Google, and more than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined. Despite the powerful numbers, most brands and merchandisers are not present on Pinterest. There’s no DKNY, Macy’s, Walmart, Target, etc.
If social media sites ceased to exist, you would miss them — unless you’re a man living in the U.K., according to a recent survey by British Telecom. More than 2,000 Brits were questioned for a survey commissioned by BT about the social media habits of men and women. The results showed that more than half of the women surveyed (54%) use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, compared to 34% of men. And of those social media users, more women than men reported they would miss those sites if the Internet ceased to exist.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has disappointed people who expected him to make a product announcement at D10, the high-powered tech conference taking place this week in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. In a keynote interview Tuesday night, Cook teased the crowd by mentioning "the things I cannot talk about today," according to AllThingsD's liveblog of the event. "We have some incredible things coming." Pressed by cohosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher on what to expect at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference, Cook replied: “That’s a great question. I’m not going to answer it.” In recent years, Apple has almost always introduced new products at its own events like WWDC. Seems like Cook is making his D appearance no exception.
UPDATE: Tim Cook spoke tonight at All Things D's big tech conference. This was his first time taking the stage as CEO. And probably his first time doing an unscripted public interview with journalists. Overall, Cook was excellent winning a number of tributes from people on Twitter. He didn't reveal too much, but the nuggets he did drop were interesting. Below are live notes we took during Cook's interview. We've already peeled out some of the highlights: We Are Going To Blow You Away In 2 Weeks At WWDC When Steve Jobs Died It Was The Saddest Day Of My Life People Aren't Happy With Their TVs, And We Think There's Something There We Can Do More With Facebook, Stay Tuned!
Yesterday around midday I discovered that I could no longer post status updates to my Facebook page. This was no big deal, and would have represented the elimination of a major weekend time-suck, except for one thing. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening, which sets off a little alarm in my brain that Something Might Be Wrong, Something That Might Represent A Bigger Problem.
I don’t worry about being hacked. On the other hand, I never worried about identity theft until my debit card was canceled because someone managed to duplicate it at a gas pump that had been bent to this purpose in West Philadelphia: the next day I went out and bought a shredder. Similarly, before now, despite legendarily sloppy password use for many years, I have never been hacked. And yet, I thought uneasily as I fiddled with a Facebook that was behaving strangely, there’s always a first time.
I’m not going to get into why you might want to get more followers on Twitter, maybe you want to increase your traffic or because it represents more business opportunities… I’ll leave that to you.
I will mention the word “Organic” as a starting point in this post. There is nothing healthier than getting results in an organic way. For example, in search is always better to get organic results than paid results, inbound marketing always gets you better results than chasing business and pushing sales. You can sleep better too.
The same mentality should apply on Twitter, it will take longer but a good foundation will give you a solid following that grows on its own.
A lot about drawing reminds me of how the creative process works with writing. If your goal is to loosen up and shut up the inner critic while you get something on paper, both artists (including those drawing for fun only) and writers (ditto) are more likely to find flow with the right environment. Providing such an environment—one of permission to play at being creative—is the purpose of the interactive workbook The Drawing Mind: Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Creative Spirit, by Deborah Putnoi, an artist and educator.
What happens when you put a Chromebook in a box? You get a Chromebox, natch. Not content with launching its new Chromebook Series 5 550, Samsung's adding the Chromebox Series 3 -- a diminutive $329 desktop system -- to its lineup. Like its mobile cousin, the box runs version 19 of Chrome OS and features an Intel Core processor. Though it's clearly targeted at the education and enterprise markets, could Samsung's Chromebox be a compelling option for the Engadget reader? Can it transcend its cloud-based workstation origins? Is it a better choice than an entry-level Mac mini?
A drunk passenger who hurled racist abuse at fellow tube travellers in a tirade that was posted to the internet has been jailed for 21 weeks.
Jacqueline Woodhouse, 42, from Romford in Essex, launched an expletive-laden rant at passengers on the Central line, telling those seated near her: "I used to live in England and now I live in the United Nations."
A seven-minute video of the verbal assault was uploaded to YouTube and viewed more than 200,000 times.
Condemning her actions, district judge Michael Snow at Westminster magistrates court in central London said: "Anyone viewing it would feel a deep sense of shame that our citizens could be subject to such behaviour who may, as a consequence, believe that it secretly represents the views of other white people."
Pinterest may not allow advertisers on its platform yet, but that’s not stopping some third-party publishers from hosting campaigns on the rapidly growing social network.
On Friday, Women’s Health will launch its first advertiser campaign on Pinterest. The magazine, which attributes a whopping 25% of its referral traffic to the site, will invite readers to create “Sparkling Summer” Pinterest boards incorporating images from the advertiser, Forevermark Diamonds. Participants will be eligible for a chance to receive a trip to a Women’s Health party in the Hamptons later this summer.
We’ve seen a number of these kinds of contests on Pinterest in the past, but never on behalf of another advertiser.
Social media has proven difficult territory for many advertisers. Followers and fans often react negatively to the kind of blatant sponsored messages that appear in other media, such as print and radio. As such, magazines’ social media accounts have remained largely in the hands of editorial departments, which use those accounts to build their audiences and drive traffic to their websites.
Even if you don’t use Instagram, we’re guessing you’ve encountered an Instagram image somewhere on the web — even if you didn’t realize it.
Instagram’s calling card is the photo filter, a digital layer that, when added to a standard photo, gives it the appearance of professional editing. Some filters enhance the colors in a photo, while other dull the light to a soft glow for an aged, vintage appearance.
But while Instagram’s filters revolutionized mobile photo editing, they’re only a portion of the appeal. The mobile app boasts over 50 million users, despite only living in iOS and Android devices. Instagram launched on Android just this year — it quickly earned 5 million downloads in six days.
Its success caught the eye of the most valuable social network in the world. Facebook acquired Instagram in April for $1 billion. Although we’ve only just begun to witness Facebook’s plans for the photo sharing app, the social giant recently launched its own filter-friendly photo app, dubbed Facebook Camera.
Curt Finch is the founder and CEO of Journyx, a company that offers time-tracking and resource management software. Connect with him and Journyx on Facebook and Twitter.
As the new kid in town, Pinterest is poised to make some major waves in the social media scene. Facebook, Twitter and Google+, watch your backs.
Launched in 2010, the site grew from 1.6 million visitors in September 2011 to a whopping 11.1 million visitors in February 2012.
A cursory examination of Pinterest site statistics reveals some interesting demographic information: Women are engaging on the social site with much more veracity than men. Currently, women make up about 82% of active users on Pinterest, according to Google Ad Planner.
As a general trend, women engage more on most social sites, including on Facebook and Twitter. Comscore says women are the majority of social networking users, and spend 30% more time on sites than men. Plus, mobile social network usage is 55% female, according to Nielsen.
It's been a week or so since Yahoo booted its CEO Scott Thompson for lying on his resume, and replaced him with Ross Levinsohn. Levinsohn's title is "interim" CEO, but the impression we get is that it is his job to lose. So, what's his plan? We spoke to sources close to Yahoo and its board, and we think we have a pretty good idea. These sources asked to remain anonymous because they don't want to be fired and they would like to remain close to Yahoo .... Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/exclusive-ross-levinsohns-plan-to-turn-around-yahoo-2012-5#ixzz1wMCvGJID
Siri has been pretty disappointing so far, but Apple isn't giving up on the product anytime soon. In fact, the company's CEO Tim Cook says that Apple is "doubling down" on Siri. "There's more that [Siri] can do," Cook said last night at All Things D's big tech conference, according to a transcript on MacRumors. "We have a lot of people working on this. You'll be really pleased with the things you'll see over the coming months. Cook added: "We've got some cool ideas about what Siri can do. We have a lot going on on this."
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Being successful online requires that you beat a pretty long learning curve and while I try to contribute with my 2 cents, there are amazing bloggers out there that you should be reading on a regular basis.
These people put their amazing talent and knowledge into blog content and deliver it to their online communities week after week.
I have to advise you that if you see that I’m not going with the obvious is for 2 reasons, one because I like helping you discover stuff that you might have missed (there is just too much content out there…) and two, not that I don’t occasionally read the usual suspects, but this is the stuff I visit frequently. Also let me say that this is not a ranking so don’t pay attention to the order.
I often get questions about how to do things to get better results in social media.
Some of those questions go a little like this: What’s the proper length for a video? Is a 2,000-word blog post too long? Should I use third-party apps to post to my Facebook Page? Should I have a Twitter Feed on my sidebar?
Sure, best practices say a video will keep more viewers engaged if it’s under two minutes. Usually posts over 1,500 words are a bit heavy. According to Facebook, there is no difference between posting directly or from an external source. Twitter feeds on your sidebar are not always a good idea.
But those are the wrong questions.
If things like these are determining how you operate in social media, you are putting your focus in the wrong places. Hear me out, I’ll give you 3 reasons:
Why do some break ups hit us so hard when others don’t?
The most obvious answer is that we’re hard-hit when we’re heartbroken, missing our lost lover. But I don’t think that’s the whole story. It’s perhaps the most self-honoring way to describe our devastation, but it’s more complicated than that
The next most obvious answer is that sometimes we’re left and sometimes we leave. If your partner is the one to say, “I’m done,” then you’re left undone, but if you’re the one to say you’re done, well…then you are.
That’s perhaps part of the story, but a confusing part. Often who says “I’m done” first is a function of who is bold enough to broach what’s in the air, more than a function of who is most done. Have you ever been with a partner who made you say it? They were as good as gone but refused to admit it, so they just acted badly until you were forced to bail first.
from Darin--the connection here to social media here is mine. My thought is that social media is all about social relationships--strong ones that bind people to us, and us to others.
The Google Search of the future is here. Now. Today. The long-talked-about semantic web — Google prefers “Knowledge Graph” — is rolling out across all Google Search tools, and our most fundamental online task may never be the same again.
Starting today, a vast portion of Google Search results will work with you to intuit what you really meant by that search entry. Type in an ambiguous query like “Kings” (which could mean royalty, a sports team or a now-cancelled TV show), and a new window will appear on the right side of your result literally asking you which entity you meant. Click on one of those options and your results will be filtered for that search entity.
To understand the gravity of this change, you need to know about the fundamental changes going on behind the scenes at Google Search. As we outlined in our report earlier this year, Google is switching from simple keyword recognition to the identification of entities, nodes and relationships. In this world, “New York” is not simply the combination of two keywords that can be recognized. It’s understood by Google as a state in the U.S. surrounded by other states, the Atlantic Ocean and with a whole bunch of other, relevant attributes.
As Ben Gomes, Google Fellow, put it, Google is essentially switching “from strings to things.”
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Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.