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The Automated Social Networking service (ASN) has a blueprint for businesses to dominate their local area with social media internet marketing. Using a proven approach, ASN puts companies at #1 on Google and gets them mass Facebook exposure.
By HackCollege - http://bit.ly/wE54es
Ramen has been a staple in American student cuisine for quite some time now, because of how inexpensive and edible it is. Ramen can also be quite filling if you add some of your own signature cooking hacks to it.
This Infographic was created because we, like many students around the world are just so crazy in love with ramen.
Study up on these digestible ramen recipes as shown on this Infographic: http://bit.ly/wLoOjf
Robin Good: I think Sam Gliksman has a vital point here.
The point is this: there is no better way to learn something than to research, organize and build a personal framework of information, facts, resources, tools and stories around it.
And yes, if I do think about it, I can only confirm that my in my experience this has certainly been the case.
Rather than learn by memorizing and going through a predetermined path that someone else has arbitrarily set for me (and thousands of others), by curating my own learning path and curriculum, I am forced to dive into discovery and sense-making for the very start, two essential ingredients for effective learning.
The change is evident: from passive memorization of predetermined info, to personal exploration, discovery and sense-making of what I am interested in pursuing.
With such an approach, the replacement of classic teachers with curators who can act as guides, coaches and wise advisors to my exploratory wanderings may be vital to the success of many learners.
Curation can therefore be a revolutionary concept applicable both to learners and their approach as well as to the new "teachers" who need to become trusted guides in specific areas of interest.
Here's the text excerpt from this article, that sparked in me these ideas:
"Reliance on any type of course textbook – digital, multimedia, interactive or otherwise – only fits as a more marginal element in student-centered learning models.
It’s not the nature of the textbook as much as its reverence in the classroom as “the” singular authority for learning.
Lifelong learners need to be skilled in finding, filtering, collating, evaluating, collaborating, editing, analyzing and utilizing information from a multitude of sources.
Instead we could prioritize “content construction”. Textbooks are an important gateway - a starting point from which students can learn and then begin their exploration of information on any topic (although even on that point I feel we should encourage the “critical reading” of textbooks).
However the days when students could responsibly rely on any textbook as a singular information source are gone.
Also, the process of accessing, synthesizing and utilizing information is often as important as the product.
The skills developed are an essential component of education and life today.
We have access to an exponentially growing amount of information to process and apply [and] there are many excellent tools we can all use to help in constructing and organizing that content."
Insightful. Informative. 8/10
Full original article: http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/supplementing-textbooks
Via Robin Good
**** A new kind of business intelligence, valuable, immediate and telling. I've always wanted to find a way to find Gladwell's Mavens, Connectors and Salespeople. Not all people are the same, but what a great, creative way to find a new kind of BI. Thanks Robin - Marty
Robin Good: If you are trying to better understand what your fans, readers and customers like and appreciate from you the most, you may want to start considering Pinterest as a resource for valuable insight on this front.
That's all there is to it.
Go and try it out yourself.
Via Robin Good, Martin (Marty) Smith
By Tom Ewer - http://bit.ly/yaWEbl
Few of us have the time (or the inclination) to trawl through the WordPress Plugins Directory to find the best plugins.
All available data from the WordPress Plugin Directory has been extracted and sorted it to bring you a list of the top 100 plugins for your WordPress site.
These plugins have all been updated within the last 12 months, and are listed as being compatible with WordPress v3.0 and up (most of them are compatible with v3.3.x).
There is something here for everyone!
There have been various studies suggesting that if someone doesn’t see a tweet or a Facebook post within a few hours, they’ll never see it at all. Now link shortening service Bit.ly is out with another. After three hours, Bit.ly has found, links have sent about all the traffic they’re going to send. So start thinking about doing “second chance” tweets.
Bottom line: Tweet and tweet again. In moderation. And turn that half-life into an extended life.
You're a blogger and you spends a lot of time to write your blog posts. Maybe you would like make some money so that you could continued your blog, if it's the case, this excellent article will give you interesting information about how you can do it. [note mg]
Like most bloggers, you probably want to make some money from your blog. Chances are good you’ve tried things like writing product reviews or putting banners or links to affiliate products into your sidebar.
In this post, I’ll show you how you can re-purpose three of the most successful blogging strategies to get more out of your affiliate promotions. As a nice extra, these tactics will also have a positive effect on your blog. But more importantly, you’ll learn how you can merge them into a combined and even more powerful strategy for your affiliate promotions.
Read more: http://bit.ly/wRpcaz
Via Martin Gysler
By Jamie Tedford - http://bit.ly/Ao5TWV
Are you ready to make your company, your brand, your agency a better storyteller?
Spend that time to become the storyteller your brand deserves, because every brand has a story.
If you read between the lines, you’ll discover that the entire Facebook platform is organized around the generation and amplification of stories.
Marketers should be singularly focused to do both effectively.
Timeline helps brands become better storytellers and extends the reach of those stories to more customers and prospects:
Forbes is right on again. Like all social media, Facebook brand pages are about story telling. So is your story "Like us to get coupons?" How's that working for you?
Via maxOz, Martin (Marty) Smith, Mike Ellsworth
http://BasicBlogTips.com set up a YouTube channel, upload some valuable, funny or interesting videos and use this strategy to get backlinks and send traffic to your blog or website. Read the full blog post http://basicblogtips.com/traffic-from-youtube.html
Via Ileane Smith
My mother writes a blog on social media. Everyone you know has penned a grand treatise about Twitter and Facebook. If you Google “social media news,” there are 3 billion results.
But this is not enough! We need more. In that vain, I wanted to create a simple ten step plan for you too, to become a social media writer.
Via The New Company
"How to get insights about my Google Analytics data?" People approach me saying that they have a Google Analytics account for years, but they look only at page views or the number of visitors they get.
And this is wrong, this is so wrong when they have powerful free Web Analytics tools that they can leverage to learn more about their visitors and use those insights to better serve their visitors.
That is why in this article the author is going to tell you some Google Analytics tricks that you should use for your website.
You must use the latest Google Analytics interface and you can follow this article along.
1. Setup Goals...
2. Connect your Google Webmaster Tools account...
3. Enable Site Speed...
4. Enable Site Search...
5. Track Events...
6. Real-Time Reporting...
7. Multi-Channel Funnels...
8. Use Campaign Tracking...
9. Plot Rows...
10. Custom Dashboards...
11. Flow Visualization...
Every trick of this article has interesting details.
Check out the full article here: http://j.mp/AvH1Yy
Via Giuseppe Mauriello, Steven Hughes
Nearly two years after its initial release, the iPad has become a technological staple in the world of higher education. Many posters have reviewed the potential academic uses of the device, but some of the iPad’s more educational possibilities have been overshadowed by its popularity for entertainment and personal uses. Still, some well-known applications such as Dropbox, Diigo, Instapaper, and WordPress lend themselves nicely to academic tasks."
Via John Evans
How do small-business owners know whether they should keep the business open or close up shop?
Running a small business can be confusing. Many owners are just successful enough not to go out of business. The path forward is often unclear. Should they keep the business open in hopes of future success or close up shop?
What is that moment of truth that tells the small-business owner they will be successful? Here are 12 signs that you've got something going beyond survival.
1. Your company earns money while you're on vacation
Going on vacation and earning money at the same time means you have built a company, not just a job...
Via Martin Gysler, michel verstrepen
By Tony Karrer - http://bit.ly/zAOrmR
This great graphic and post on the Information Overload Paradox: http://bit.ly/yMsTYT
The post talks about the issue of overload:
"I can certainly consume more content than I could two decades ago, but no matter how much content is available, I can’t consume much more. And relative to the sheer volume of content available to me, I’m actually consuming a smaller percentage every day."
And talks to where they perceive to be the real opportunity:
"The real opportunity here, in my opinion, is to create – and curate – the best content focused on one specific area frequently enough that you become the one brand that consumers look to for this information."
Let’s assume that you believe that to be true and you want to essentially become a publisher of the best content focused on a specific topic.
How do you do it and what tools are available to you?
And let’s also assume that you don’t really have enough time to create that content – but you still want to be considered a thought leader in the space.
How do you do this in a time-efficient manner?
The answer is that you need to make smart use of: http://bit.ly/wzvol8
I have also made a PDF of this wonderful resource: http://bit.ly/zFs0yq
I also recommend reading the comments.
Sometimes, business owners can be too close to their business, and as a consequence fail to see opportunities that they could exploit, or system or process improvements they could implement, in order to improve business outcomes.
Taking advantage of insights offered through external parties, can often be a the right tool to deploy, to accelerate the growth of your business.
This good article, explains the advantages on offer when you engage external parties, and suggests that business owners should overcome their reluctance to seek external input.
Via Daniel Watson