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The New Ecommerce - 5 Crucial Trends

The New Ecommerce - 5 Crucial Trends | Startup Revolution |

New Ecommerce Trends
New Ecommerce: Search For Blue Oceans is about the disruptive impact smartphones, ubiquitous connection and retailer innovation are creating in ecommerce.

  • Smartphones and ubiquitous connection to the web
  • Impact of videos and unboxing creating “gift box retailers”
  • Social Shopping and slouching toward real-time
  • Buying personas, web analytics & dynamic personalization
  • Google and the New SEO where content is KING and social content QUEEN
Discover the trends shaping a new online commerce on Curagami: 

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15 Viral Marketing Social Nets For 2015 via @jitsalunke

15 Viral Marketing Social Nets For 2015 via @jitsalunke | Startup Revolution |

Startups & Social Media (Marty Note)
Startups are so widget focused they often forget communication about their widget is just as important as creating the thing itself. Here are 15 "viral" social nets for 2015.

If you are going to spend a fraction of your time creating content and social marketing use the best tools. Several of these social nets are new to me and even though I believe setting out to create viral marketing is a fool's errand some of these "new to me" social nets look interesting.

I agree with the focus on VISUAL MARKETING this list implies too. Why is seeking to create viral marketing a "fool's errand"? Viral marketing HAPPENS. Trying to make viral marketing happen usually REDUCES your chances.

Best way to create viral marketing is to create great MARKETING or marketing that consistently earns more shares, likes and links.One day you will create something that goes BOOM and it will only be half a surprise.

They forgot one of my viral marketing faves -!

I like the linked post's ability to create a list of social nets rated by their viral marketing POTENTIAL:

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Web Marketing 101 For Car Dealers via @Curagami

Web Marketing 101 For Car Dealers via @Curagami | Startup Revolution |

Interesting, funny & sad watching car dealers create web & social marketing. Getting better is easy, fun and CHEAP as Web Marketing For Car Dealers shares.

We think of car dealers as "startups" because they need to start over and pivot their THINKING. Many of the tips shared in this Curagami post ( ) such as:

* People not THINGS Sell.
* Stories and People, People and Stories...matter.

* Humanize your approach and thinking.

* Let THEM (customers and brand advocates) HELP.

apply to stsrtups too so killing a pair of birds with a single blog post today. Picture is of me (left) and Travis Lunsford in front of a ROGUE (seemed appropriate lol).

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Free Genius Lunch Columbus, Ohio November 16 - December 3

Free Genius Lunch Columbus, Ohio November 16 - December 3 | Startup Revolution |

Free Genius Lunches in Columbus Ohio
I'm living in Columbus, Ohio at the Blackwell Inn on the Ohio State University's campus from now until December 3rd (being treated by Dr. Byrd at the James Cancer Center). I love meeting, discussing and learning from fellow startups, entrepreneurs, artists and cool smart people.

I'm stealing @Phil Buckley Genius Lunch idea to see what is happening in Columbus. Team Curagami stands ready to answer Internet marketing questions and learn new tips, tricks and ideas. If you would like to have a Genius Lunch in Columbus check the calendar and email when you would like to meet. 

Lear More Here  

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The New E-commerce Must Tell Stories - Interview w/ @Scenttrail

The New E-commerce Must Tell Stories - Interview w/ @Scenttrail | Startup Revolution |
Two years ago, we published a two-part post on social media marketing safety with Internet marketer, curator, cancer survivor, entrepreneur and Friend of, Marty Smith.

Well, guess what? Marty is back. And this time, he will share his journey and thoughts on entrepreneurship, e-commerce, social media and how his battle against cancer has shaped his thinking.
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What's Next: Thoughts On Big TVs & The New Ecommerce

What's Next: Thoughts On Big TVs & The New Ecommerce | Startup Revolution |

What's Next?
What's next may be the most important and urgent mystery.. Late last night I wandered around in the future a little thinking about how David Amerland's call for a "New Value System" might collide with a few other favorite ideas such as:

* David Edelman on Aligning With the Customer Journey:

* Mark Traphagen on Google Plus

* Phil Buckley on overcoming FEAR:

* @David AmerlandWhat If We Had A New Value System For Goods and Services

* Me on @ janlgordonCuratti sharing lessons in the new #branding from Red Bull:

Somewhere in there somewhere late at night and when its HOT is where the future starts and every thing changes...again.

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Top 10 eCommerce Marketing Trends For 2014 [+ @Scenttrail Take]

Top 10 eCommerce Marketing Trends For 2014 [+ @Scenttrail Take] | Startup Revolution |

In last 15 years, eCommerce marketing has evolved a lot. It's no longer confined to keyword stuffing or PPC. In 2013, website optimization, guest blogging and responsive design was in vogue.

* Mobile optimization: Agree!
* Mobile advertising: Agree!
* Targeting wearable devices: Too Early (talk about more than target in 2014).
* Long-form content: Agree! (stories are about to rule the world).
* Social and search ads: Agree!
* Authorship branding: Agree!
* Omni-channel user experience: Agree!
* Better delivery: Agree!
Local SEO: For some this makes sense.
* Marketing automation: Harder to imagine in Ecom, but open to the idea of it.

Via YDeveloper
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Social Business Trends 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Business Trends 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Startup Revolution |
Imgur is home to the web's most popular image content, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.

Via Salah ALhaj Ahmed, Luciana Viter
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

File this infographic under "stats to help sell social to the c level" and good luck.

Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, April 1, 2014 2:36 AM

Social Business Trends 2014...

StrutturaFine | pl's curator insight, April 4, 2014 12:33 PM

Numeri, tendenze, stats | il #Mobile su tutto

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Content Marketing Shares For Startups - Trending on Curtti

Content Marketing Shares For Startups - Trending on Curtti | Startup Revolution |

Content Marketing For Startups
Content marketing authority is something everyone wants yet few realize the fastest way to achieve what they want is to share, share, share. The 4 Sharing Tips:

* Give Expertise Away, but not 100% (find a way to create ROI too).

* Following Is Currency, So SPEND IT.
* Presence Makes you REAL.
* Trust in KARMA of the SHARE.

Post is trending on Curatti after going live on Tuesday. This "bean stalk" is an important content marketing one for startups to climb. Being a startup is solipsistic and self referential when it needs to be open kimono authentic and all about sharing. Share EVERYTHING.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 22, 2014 8:07 AM

Some universal truths here: the more you share, the more you gain.

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New Money: Startup Investment Criteria - via @CrowdFunde

New Money: Startup Investment Criteria - via @CrowdFunde | Startup Revolution |

Don't Ask The Wrong Questions
Statup Investors Often Ask The WRONG Questions in the WRONG ways. Here are examples of GOOD questions to ask startup entrepreneurs:

* How many unique visitors will your site get daily in the first year?

* How many downloads (or sales) will your site make daily?

* What is projected cost of customer acquisition first through third years?

* Where will your website’s traffic come from? Top 3 – 5 sources?

* Who are you disrupting and what is the PageRank PageSpread and number of inbound Links.

Complete list is included in the linked post on CrowdFunde

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10 Reasons Why You Ignore Google+ At YOUR Peril

10 Reasons Why You Ignore Google+ At YOUR Peril | Startup Revolution |

Why should you use Google+?There are lots of good reasons to pay attention to Google+, but for me it comes down to these three:

  • Search is becoming social
  • Google+ Authorship is becoming a filter for quality content
  • Google+ has the best user experience of any social network

Visit the link to find additional insights, resource links, and useful Google+ information.

Via Lauren Moss
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

I agree with all three of those reasons and would add these 7 ideas about why you can no longer afford to ignore GooglePlus:

  • Google Plus is NOT a social net per se, it is a "revolution in online communication" and a "tool" says B. L. Ochman. 
  • If you don't figure out how to use this new tool your competitor is sure to do so and then PAIN will result.
  • Other social nets are becoming endless tit for tat smackdowns (you gain 1,000 followers they gain 5,000) so why play that losing game when GPlus is almost always a blue ocean?
  • No better conversation tool than GPlus (period) and this time is all about the social conversation.
  • No one has millions of followers yet on GooglePlus (or very few do) so your chances of being followed back are excellent AND GooglePlus promotes conversations not just follows.
  • Since GooglePlus is a TOOL it is invested in making YOU the publisher successful not requiring you to make it successful like most social nets.
  • Its's Google.

One final thought. I've lived through several major tipping points such as the move to commerce from brochureware, the mobile revolution and the social revolution RIGHT NOW feels like the GPlus Tipping point.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:00 PM

Protecting content and getting benefits of authorship become more important. Here's some good information.

Hanin Abu Al Rub's curator insight, November 18, 2013 2:56 AM

I believe so...

Jim Doyle's curator insight, December 6, 2013 1:13 AM
3 Compelling Reasons Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Google+
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Social Branding Is Inevitable & Possibly Painful: How To Recover Infographic via @Kissmetrics

Social Branding Is Inevitable & Possibly Painful: How To Recover Infographic via @Kissmetrics | Startup Revolution |

Social media disasters can happen to the best of them. Today’s infographic goes over some social media bombs and how to recover from them.

Marty Note
The world is social. You can't avoid it, wish social away or delegate it to only certain silos. Your company, brands and services will be more social next year than this and so on. The evolution of social and mobile mean you MUST risk the "sticks and stones" of inevitable failure and learn how to recover.

This Kiss Metrics infographic can help.

Via Wes Thomas
Jeremy Barton's curator insight, April 8, 2015 4:11 AM

Some interesting things to look out for when we market on Social Media

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Are We Too Excited By Excitement? via @Curagami

Are We Too Excited By Excitement?  via @Curagami | Startup Revolution |

Maybe our web marketing needs to slow down, build online community and curate more? Thomas Hellum's slow TV provides valuable lessons in what's next online.

Here are a few of Slow TV's valuable lessons in the creation of sustainable online community:

  • Social media + mobile = powerful community building tools combination.
  • Happening NOW creates an “event-like” atmosphere especially if you don’t edit the timeline.
  • Pre-sell community with an ASK, “What do you want to see”.
  • Use the web for support before, during and after event.
malek's curator insight, December 24, 2014 8:06 PM

More stats confirm the trend

  • Mobile sharing is double PC sharing
  • Almost 75% share on mobile
  • 1B Facebook users on mobile
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Social Media Profiling: A Marketing Must

Social Media Profiling: A Marketing Must | Startup Revolution |
Your business or brand has been an early adopter or late adopter on social media… good for you! It goes without saying that today social media is and should be part of any marketing and sales strat…
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great share by @Brian Yanish - and boy do I agree with this statement:

With social media profiling… niche is where it is at.

2015 is about LOYALTY and loyalty comes from deeply winning customer hearts and minds with great experiences. Social Media Profiling shifts metrics toward the future where MORE isn't as important as BETTER. 
BogDan Wrzesinski's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:34 AM

:) — ♛♥♪♥  Well done. Come Invite URL @GodSent247 #tsu

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Importance of DIY Customers

Importance of DIY Customers | Startup Revolution |

DIY Customers Are Important
Do-It_Yourself customers may be the most important customers on earth. Here are a few ways DIY customers create benefits for digitial marketers and websites:

* Social Shares on Facebook, Twitter and +Google+.
* Creates #ugc (User Generated Content) or the best content you can't buy.
* Drive links into their content on your site.

We are working on a series of posts on how to engage and benefit from DIY Customer Marketing. If you have tips, ideas or experiences you think would help please share (martin(at)

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Always Be Converting: 9 Ways to Increase Business Conversions

The ABCs of business have had a makeover. Instead of always be closing, today it's always be converting which is essentially the same thing but requires different tactics in the digital era: 

1. Optimize the navigation


2. Diversify your payment options

3. Speed up load times

4. Manage your reviews

5. Use outreach carefully

6. Stay on top of social media

7. Show gratitude

8. Keep quality in mind

9. Target the right demographics


Jean-Marc Fraiche's curator insight, September 3, 2014 8:32 AM

The Chief Happiness Officer

« Travaillons Ensemble à votre Bonheur & à votre fortune »

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Startups NOT Using GooglePlus Are NUTS, Here's Why...

Startups NOT Using GooglePlus Are NUTS, Here's Why... | Startup Revolution |

Wow, this post is TAKING OFF fast. Its about something I keep talking about and no one seems to HEAR. GPlus is the place to create your Internet marketing and I use numbers from @Crowdfundeanalysis.@CrowdfundeFind An Amazing G+ Analysis here:

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Could A New Candy Company Disrupt Emperors of Chocolate? A: Yes - via @CrowdFunde

Could A New Candy Company Disrupt Emperors of Chocolate? A: Yes - via @CrowdFunde | Startup Revolution |

Emperors of Chocolate & New SEO
How would my former employer M&M/Mars or our arch rival Hershey react to the new SEO? Not so great. This is how the door gets opened for "clean slate" brands savvy at social media and who don't have a hundred years of built up animosity.  

Could a new candy company focused on social media and the web survive? Might be a long time before the giants even knew an upstart was around. First company to become the Emperor of online CONTENT wins :). so YES a new candy company could disrupt the space.  

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Facebook vs LinkedIn [infographic]

Facebook vs LinkedIn [infographic] | Startup Revolution |
Choosing between Facebook and LinkedIn might not be an easy choice. You probably know both platforms as a user. Let's try to analyze those two systems in order for you to decide which one to use.

Via Georgina Lester, Mark Gittos
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Each social net has it own rhythm. Matching your marketing and brand position to the right social net is important. This helpful infographic discusses how and when to use LinkedIn vs. Facebook.

Nicoletta Gay's curator insight, March 29, 2014 3:47 PM

The standard answer usually is: Facebook is for B2C while LinkedIn is for B2B. It is actually more complex than that.    

Victor Juarez's curator insight, March 31, 2014 5:55 PM

Facebook or  Linkedin? Mejor las dos pero si hay que elegir...

Dawn Jensen's curator insight, April 8, 2014 5:59 PM

For those who are looking to see how they would reach a potential client or prospect, here's a great way to see top-tiered social networks side by side.

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How Startups Can Use Power Of Social Media (Infographic)

How Startups Can Use Power Of Social Media (Infographic) | Startup Revolution |

"Startups face tremendous pressure while competing with their bigger counterparts. They neither have large manpower nor big infrastructure. Social media can become an effective solution in helping them grow. This infographic shows how startups should utilize the power of social media."

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Startups are "too busy" to create and publish content on the web. I understand. There was a time when I felt guilty about how much time I spend on social media. 

One day I realized the time I spend on social media IS MY JOB. I'm a marketing guy. I've been selling one thing or another for thirty years starting with bar soap for P&G and now our CrowdFunde startup.

Social media is where relationships start and all selling is relationship selling today since we don't buy anything from someone we don't "know" and trust. Despite the fact it makes startups feel like Willy Loman at some point they need to sell something to someone. 

Selling something to someone means startups must embrace social media marketing as visualized in this infographic.  

lorrinda's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:19 AM

Micropreneurs can use the power of social media for selling because " media is where relationships start and all selling is relationship selling" [so that you are known, liked and trusted]... enough that people feel comfortable buying from you or based on your recommendation.

Matty Bdn's curator insight, February 20, 2014 4:23 AM

Comment les médias sociaux peuvent-ils devenir une solution au développement des startups ?


Voici un exemple d'infographie efficace pour montrer comment les startups doivent les utiliser. 

Samuel Pavin's curator insight, February 21, 2014 6:16 AM

Social Media for startups. Not just communication but a major tool for advertising, sales, marketing and customer service. 


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SEO For Content Marketers: 5 Quick Tips - via @Curatti_

SEO For Content Marketers: 5 Quick Tips - via @Curatti_ | Startup Revolution |
SEO for content marketers shares 5 "Quick Tips" to avoid SEO bear traps like: dupe content, keywords as friends, little things, & it's a SoLoMo world.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Turns out the only QUICK thing about writing 5 SEO Tips for Content Marketers is reading it (lol). I quickly realized I'd bitten off more than I can comfortably chew (a familiar state). Each of these 5 tips could command several thousand words to fully 'splan it

Every startup entrepreneur is a content marketer whether they realize it or not. Startups need to do content first, but they rarely do. Trying to explain every aspect of SEO for thoe new to content marketing like startps would take 10,000 words.

So I didn't try to explain content marketing SEO soup to nuts. Instead of getting deep in the weeds I shared experience with each tip and links to learn more.

No one should attempt to do all 5 at the same time anyway since any 2 of them will be a full time job for a 3 to 5 person Internet marketing team for several weeks to a month.

BUT, do any 2 of these tips and your website's traffic, conversions and profits go up. Want to know why conversions go up? Read my GPlus intro:

janlgordon's comment, December 17, 2013 12:49 AM
Marty, this is excellent, going to definitely apply a few of these to Curatti immediately! Great to have you on the team!!