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Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review]

Piktochart Infographic & Graphic Design Tool for Non-Designers [Scenttrail Review] | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce simple and high quality graphics. Create free infographics here.

Marty (@Scenttrail) Review
I used Piktochart yesterday to create an infographic to support my 5 Easy Email Marketing Tips (http://sco.lt/7T6pTF ). I am NOT a graphic designer, but I found Piktochart helped me think like one.

Creation of my first "infographic", and I put infographic in quotes not to offend any true infographic pro, took about two hours. Piktochart's User Interface is excellent, intuitive and drag and drop friendly.

At first I tried to do everything IN Piktochart. Then I noticed they have a robust import tool so I created a draft in the tool, took a screen shot, sized the screen shot up to their 600 x 400 and worked on it in photoshop.

Piktochart, if you are reading this, you may want to make an export tool that is as easy to use as your import tool. If I could export a block at a time it would be ideal. Even when I was finished and published I manipulated some spacing of the infographic by selecting and moving blocks in Photoshop.

The tool comes complete with icons like the bulls eye and pad. I couldn't understand how to color my fonts (their styling options seem to not come up the way they are supposed too) so I added the text color in Photoshop and important the resulting block overlaying what was there.

My process made the graphic HEAVY since I had 2 copies of everything, so it would be great to export, work on a block in Photoshop, import it back in and then overlay on a blank canvas. The only way I can see to do that now is start over.

Creating visual support for our blog posts is so important Piktochart is a great new tool for any content marketer / blogger. Interesting to note my infographic of 5 Easy Email Tips got 3x the views and shares of my written Scoop. We know the visual marketing revolution is upon us, so getting as good as someone like Mark Smiciklas (http://www.intersectionconsulting.com/ ).

Piktochart is a great and timely tool! Highly recommended. Marty


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malek's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:47 PM

A guided tour into Piktochart by a no-designer. You can't help but like the story behind the infographic. 

Raj Nadar's comment, February 22, 2014 5:35 AM
I had built my visual online CV on this and I'm a no-tech no designer guy, was very easy to create still, thank you for sharing
malek's comment, February 22, 2014 3:07 PM
@Raj Nadar great utilization of piktochart
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20 Favorite Content Curators on Scoop.it Are #MustFollows

20 Favorite Content Curators on Scoop.it Are #MustFollows | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

20 Scoopiteers who've taught me more than I can repay in one lifetime about #contentmarketing and #contentcuration are #MustFollows :

@Robin Good

@maxOz(Michele)
@Ally Greer

@Ana Cristina Pratas

@ janlgordon

@Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com

@Karen Dietz

@malek

@Thomas Faltin

@Jeff Domansky

@Alex Butler

@The Fish Firm

@massimo facchinetti

@Giuseppe Mauriello

@Mariano Pallottini

@Jesús Hernández

@Guillaume Decugis

@Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com

@Neil Ferree

@Jesús Hernández


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malek's curator insight, June 24, 2014 11:18 AM

@Neil Ferree You made my day again.

massimo scalzo's curator insight, June 25, 2014 3:56 AM

Marty Smith gives us a list of persons who know HOW....We can take a look at thema and see how they curate Content. Thank you Marty!

Rémy Ginoux's curator insight, July 10, 2014 6:21 PM

Possible Inspiring readings for Summer Vacation...

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The Future of Mobile: Visual Search

The Future of Mobile: Visual Search | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
On November 6th, 2013, América Móvil, the Latin American telco giant led by billionaire Carlos Slim, led a massive $60 million investment round in mobile image and video sharing platform Mobli.
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Fun Video Friday: Hoverboards, Keyboard Cats and Raspberry Pi Hair

Fun Video Friday: Hoverboards, Keyboard Cats and Raspberry Pi Hair | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
In our pick of the best videos of the week we learn that hoverboards are completely fake but we still want one anyway, marijuana advertising goes mainstream and Kevin Spacey was born to play Keyboard Cat.
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Getty Images for Free? Getty Embed Makes it So

Getty Images for Free? Getty Embed Makes it So | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Every new blogger has the same question, “where can I find decent legal images for my blog?” They want to play by the rules but it’s tough, especially if you’re covering fashion, celebrities or breaking news.
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Пътуването на потребителя при онлайн покупка | Блогът на ...

Пътуването на потребителя при онлайн покупка | Блогът на ... | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Как различните маркетингови канали влияят върху потребителските решения? mediastart ... Как е възможно да отказвате клиенти? # 13 Видео маркетинг: Какво не е видео маркетингът? This entry was posted in ...
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REVIEW: Google+ Pro Tips: Strategies for Posting and Sharing on Google+ by Stephan Hovnanian

REVIEW: Google+ Pro Tips: Strategies for Posting and Sharing on Google+ by Stephan Hovnanian | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Strategies for Posting and Sharing on Google+, is a masterpiece combination of both style and substance. Hovnanian deftly combines real-world examples and techniques, with innovative tips and business best practices, to deliver a Google+ Handbook that no business marketing department should be without.

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Mike Allton's curator insight, February 17, 2014 11:46 AM

BOOK REVIEW: Google+ Pro Tips: Strategies for Posting and Sharing on Google+ by Stephan Hovnanian

+Stephan Hovnanian has released his first in a series of books that encapsulate his Google+ Pro Tips, and it does not disappoint. Focused on one of the core aspects of Google+, posting status updates and content, Strategies for Posting and Sharing on Google+ is a must-read.

"Hovnanian also shares some truly advanced, insider tips, like first posting into a community, and then sharing that post from the community to your profile, to bring added visibility and interest to your community. Even long-time Google+ users will learn from this book! I know I did."

Read the full review: http://owl.li/tHVMK 

#GooglePlus #GooglePlusTips #BookReview 

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Google Plus Coaching, Training, Consulting Directory

Google Plus Coaching, Training, Consulting Directory | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
The Plus Your Business community is a thriving hive of ideas being put into action.
We have a broad range of members, skills and locations.

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A guide to Google Plus notifications

A guide to Google Plus notifications | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

Google Plus notifications explained and explored!Your settings on Google+ are central to your experience, and you notification settings can transform who/what punctuates your attention by dingalinging Mr Jingles for you.


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Ray Hiltz's curator insight, March 5, 2014 8:46 AM

Matin Shervington gives a detailed explanation of Google+ notifications settings. 

I had to sit down for a few seconds midway as I was getting dizzy from all the "circles".

Worth the a couple passes though as managing your settings impacts greatly on your overall G+ experience.

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The Future of Search: Search IS The Future

The Future of Search: Search IS The Future | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

What is coming for SEO? 2014 and the few coming years will be dedicated to improving the quality of search and SEOs/digital marketers will need to expand their reach in order to remain ahead of search.

 

To summarize successful SEO will rely on:

 

- A better understanding of audiences at both global and personal levels;


- An optimized user journey across devices;

 

- Less and more user-centered, personalized content;

 

- The development of “real” expertise and authority;

 

 -Being proactive in semantic web standards adoption and optimization.

 

Read More: http://moz.com/ugc/the-future-of-search-search-is-the-future


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Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, March 5, 2014 3:12 PM

I agree that Search is going to be the wave for business as well, we must make sure we have our keywords working for us.

9Dotstrategies's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:50 PM

Search future in 2014

 

Anamaria Mocanu's curator insight, March 6, 2014 2:50 AM

Challenging.

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The World of Social Media Monitoring & Analytics [infographic]

The World of Social Media Monitoring & Analytics  [infographic] | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
This infographic looks at the growth and future of analytics tool marketing and recommend 14 best social media analytics tools that will assist you to make accurate, insightful predictions.

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:43 AM

All the tools to monitor and analyze your social media activities. Nice infographic

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:28 AM

Let Others Stay Up On Social Media

Carole Borie's curator insight, April 2, 2014 10:44 PM

Analytics tools to improve your business on the Web

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Video Content Marketing: 4 Tips to Enhance Production Value

Video Content Marketing: 4 Tips to Enhance Production Value | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Creating and producing video in the past was very time consuming and expensive. Fast forward to today and everyone carries HD camcorder in their pocket.
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Web Curation And New Professions: The Content Curator

Web Curation And New Professions: The Content Curator | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article on Mashable:
"Today, however, curation encompasses a whole new catalog of professions, brands and tools — and most revolve around the web.

A curator ingests, analyzes and contextualizes web content and information of a particular nature onto a platform or into a format we can understand. In other words, a curator is like that person at the beach with the metal detector, surfacing items and relics of perceived value. Only, a web curator shares those gems of content with their online audiences.

Some believe "curator" to be a reappropriated, throwaway term, one that simply elevates marginally focused web users.

Some media sites choose to curate articles already published and reported by other sites. For instance, Boing Boing and The Awl feed links that reference news reported by other sites around the web, tailoring content that will resonate with their readership.

More and more people are taking the reins into their own hands. Consumer curators are flocking to sites like The Fancy to browse products and silo them into categories. Other curation tools aren't as consumer-driven but nonetheless help users organize and structure web content that matters to them.

As much as the term gets criticized, curation requires patience, resourcefulness and a keen editing eye. It means becoming fluent in one particular dialect of the web, versus trying to speak its entire language. It's the reason journalists have beats, and the reason you chose one major in college, instead of seven.
Perhaps the best part? Curation is a never-ending job, and it never gets boring..."

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http://mashable.com/2013/05/09/curator/

 


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Víctor V. Valera Jiménez's curator insight, May 10, 2013 10:51 PM

Excelente artículo en Mashable de Stephanie Buck que nos habla de este nuevo perfil profesional que está irrumpiendo con fuerza en el marketing de contenidos, el Content Curator.

Emily at Two Pens's curator insight, May 29, 2013 10:39 PM

Love this. Debunked and clarified.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 12, 2014 2:28 PM
Web Curation And New Professions: The Content Curator
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Rise of the Content Marketer

Rise of the Content Marketer | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Most of the recent “Get ready for 2014!” posts included a section about content marketing and how important it will be this coming year. Google’s recent em

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Stefano Principato's curator insight, February 23, 2014 2:37 PM

Many of the content marketer positions (also occasionally called Blog Editor or even Content Engineer) are the first position of their kind within the company, showing a new trend in hiring someone to focus solely on content.

Lynn Pineda's curator insight, February 24, 2014 4:52 PM

As the article suggests, content marketing is huge for 2014.  Large and small companies are embracing it's importance. When you compete  for business in 2014, you're wise to have the creation of content on your checklist.  


Content marketing isn't just for the Big Boys, it's also suits well to the individual business owner, like myself, as a South Florida Real Estate Agent.  If you choose not to sink, you'd better start swimming in the sea of content and start putting out content.

Lynn Pineda's comment, February 24, 2014 7:24 PM
My pleasure @Martin (Marty) Smith ! and glad to have you following my topic.
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12 Essential Plugins for WordPress Developers

12 Essential Plugins for WordPress Developers | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
As the current most-used CMS, WordPress has numerous plugins that enhances its capabilities.
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12 Creative Barcode Designs That (Amazingly) Work

12 Creative Barcode Designs That (Amazingly) Work | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
The barcode is one of the most unexplored designs right after QR code, due to the misconception that the design is immutable and just plain boring to look at.
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What's More Social Than Sports?

What's More Social Than Sports? | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Even if you don’t like sports, it’s likely that your Facebook and Twitter feeds get fairly clogged with comments like “Did you see that call????? #unbelievable”, or something to that effect, whenever some big game is on.
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The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: High Wit Me

The Weirdest Thing on the Internet Tonight: High Wit Me | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
I'm pretty sure this is what Snoop Dogg sees every time he opens his eyes.
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Three years later, Facebook is bringing back its F8 developer conference to San Francisco on April 30

Three years later, Facebook is bringing back its F8 developer conference to San Francisco on April 30 | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
At SXSW today, Parse co-founder and CEO Ilya Sukhar announced Facebook’s F8 conference will be held this year on April 30 at the San Francisco Design Concourse.
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18 Content Marketing Myths and How to Bust Them

18 Content Marketing Myths and How to Bust Them | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

As much as content marketing has grown in awareness and popularity over the past several years, people still have many questions and doubts about its viability as a successful discipline.


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What is Google Authorship? Tips and Resources

What is Google Authorship? Tips and Resources | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Last week, Scoop.it announced its integration with Google+ Pages and Google Authorship. As CEO Guillaume Decugis explained, “we actually believe curation is a form of creation.

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Mike Allton's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:07 PM

What is Google Authorship?


A great summary that includes lessons and quotes from five experts.

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Best SEO Practices For Your Business in 2014

Best SEO Practices For Your Business in 2014 | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

"SEO in 2014 is still all about ‘great content’ such as relevant and interesting articles and entertaining and/or educational videos which are likely to create social shares and generate natural links online.

 

Overall, SEO is moving toward integrated marketing campaigns and away from online-only strategies such as guest posting and embeddable infographics"


Read more at: http://www.business2community.com/seo/best-seo-practices-business-2014-0762436#!uzFJg


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Treathyl Fox's curator insight, February 6, 2014 4:36 PM

An informative article on the value of the Google Analytics tool, among other things.

Marilyn Moran's curator insight, February 6, 2014 10:06 PM

Nice article here about SEO strategy in 2014.

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How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic]

How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic] | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it

Social media is fast becoming one of the main destinations for news online. An infographic created by the University of Florida Online, explores the evolution of the news industry and the way news is consumed.

In 2012 there were 2.4 billion Internet users, and 1.4 billion of them were using social media. Nearly 50 percent of Internet users surveyed said they regularly or occasionally heard about a breaking story on social media before it broke on mainstream sources. In fact, since 2009, social media buzz has resulted in a 57 percent increase in traffic to news sites.

Now online dominates the news market, with 64.5 percent of people going to official sites like The New York Times to get their news. Surprisingly, nearly 30 percent of people still get their news from the papers, but social media is hot on print’s heels with 27.7 percent of consumers.

Find more details at the link.


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BlairEvanBall's curator insight, February 21, 2014 4:38 PM

Social Media is closing in on print media as consumers choice for news. Online news has exploded, and is probably one of the reasons why Facebook continues to push NEWS in their news feed.

We as consumers seem to be hungry for news as it happens, and Social Media plays a big role in the delivery of content.

Mr Tozzo's curator insight, February 26, 2014 4:12 AM
How Social Media Changed the Way We Consume News [Infographic]
Sara Prendergast's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:00 PM

Social media is incredibly important for the exchange of news. This infographic shows the evolution of news in social media, and what made it the important source of information it is today.

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The Anatomy of Viral Content [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Anatomy of Viral Content [INFOGRAPHIC] | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
We share more content from more sources with more people more quickly and more often than ever before. Sharing plays a vital role in information discovery and management.
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5 Tips for Smarketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

5 Tips for Smarketing [INFOGRAPHIC] | SpisanieTO | Scoop.it
Smarketing unifies the two typically opposing groups to create common, overreaching goals for them to achieve together. They can share the sales funnel and work in alignment to create a seamless transition for leads and customers within that funnel.
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