We have found it, the Entrepreneurs Bible! No not really but this is what it would look like if it was ever created. Here are the 20 Great Tips for the budding entrepreneur, taken straight out of the would be Entrepreneurs Bible.
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3 Books for Startups
Music For Startups
Crowdfunding may be the ultimate "in your face" DIY (Do It Yourself) disruption. Much like the CLASH's "punk ethos", so well described in The Future Is Unwritten the biopic documentary film about Joe Strummer, marketers must create content and community with authenticity and awesome, daring and original content.
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.
Interesting, funny & sad watching car dealers create web & social marketing. Getting better is easy, fun and CHEAP as Web Marketing For Car Dealers shares.
* Humanize your approach and thinking.
* Let THEM (customers and brand advocates) HELP.
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We have put together a list of tools that can help you create amazing visual content like infographics, memes, gifs, etc. Must read for every online marketer.
Great list mostly new to me. Missing one of my favorite visual marketing tools Haiku Deck: http://haikudeck.com/ . Haiku Deck is much more than a simple UI on the Creative Commons. If you are SMART you will use Haiku and some of these other #cooltools to create the kind of arresting visual marketing we all need and aspire to daily.
The linked post is important, but not for the reasons they think. The post mentions the factoid that most people wouldn't mind if 73% of brands disappeared. The post discusses brands like Tom's who wins hearts and minds with cause marketing.
We love Tom's too. Yes, what you do with customer money is important these days. We prefer the Cone Communications (http://www.conecomm.com/ ) "social good" study that shows a growing trend. Consumers what to know how your STUFF helps change the world.
People don't BUY brands they JOIN them.
Marketing guru Faith Popcorn's quote is a favorite. We would reposition the linked post toward the more important question - how is your brand creating sustainable community. Since most of http://www.Curagami.com customers are online merchants we would write the goal as, "How is your brand creating sustainable ONLINE community".
Online community is the secret to branding and engagement over time. We think of loyalty with two dimensions:
* Engagement over TIME (joining and visiting).
* Advocacy (willing to share with friends).
Every visitor can achieve #1, but a tiny % of your website's traffic will ever do #1 due to the 1:9:90 Rule. The 1:9:90 Rule explains the strange math of website visitors:
1% Contributors - 1% of your traffic will contribute content such as comments, reviews and the social shares such User Generated Content (UGC) generate.
9% Supporters - this group loves to share your content especially if it came from the 1%ers.
90% Readers - More important than their label makes them sound, Readders are the core of your visitors and so essential to SEO and your expanding web universe.
The trick to web marketing few discuss is converting that tribe of Contributors, Supporters and Readers into a sustainable online community. Branding creates the shorthand your Contributors and Supports use to ADVOCATE.
When you market by proxy, you are using Contributors and Supporters to reach their friends, you must encapsulate deep meaning into shareable "Made To Stick" bits and bytes. Your advocates can't share if your message is too complicated, so boil it down, mix it up and test, test and test some more. In there somewhere is the strange alchemy your brand needs to compel action (joining and advocating) and so win hearts, minds and loyalty.
BTW, I bent this post toward startups because every startup is tabula rasa when it comes to branding. Startups are blank slates written on by every piece of content, social share and tool created. We don't brand in order to create loyalty we win hearts, minds and loyalty in order to create brands and First Rule of Branding is what the linked post has backwards.
Great @Karen Dietz share on her favorite topic - storytelling.
SEO For Web Designers
Web designers shouldn't be SEO experts since keeping up with DESIGN is a full-time job. But web designers are where SEO rubber meets the Google Road so understanding a handful of ideas is critical to the online success of any designers creations.
This Haiku Deck includes a list of our favorite FREE SEO tools and how to use them to create a content marketing map. Content marketing maps help move your site to the first page of listings for keywords that matter (to your business or nonprofit).
Many of the tips included in SEO for Web Designers are universal and so helpful to anyone creating online communication...and who ISN'T creating online communication these days?
We design and develop custom web and mobile applications that Inspire. Innovate. Disrupt.
Started at Iron Yard Code Academy today and now hearing about strategic partnership with Smashing Boxes, one of my favorite development agencies located across the street from American Underground in Durham, NC.
Henry Copeland is a brilliant guy. His PullQuote app may be the most unknown cool tool out there. PullQuote allows you to grab a quote from a post and share it across your social nets.
Not unique....yet, but here is the rub - pull quote keeps an index of where the quote / tweet / Gplus post came from (link back to the very post and paragraph) AND you can see PullQuotes from friends.
PullQuote is such a cool tool I'm thinking of how to incorporate it into a friend's media startup. Always easier to mash something cool in than write it yourself.
Checkout Henry Copeland's PullQuote and see if you don't think is is the coolest unknown tool out there too:
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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 - Scoop.it!
I like the linked post's ability to create a list of social nets rated by their viral marketing POTENTIAL:
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What a startup company should avoid and what should imitate
10 Do’s and Don’ts for startups
AGREE Become a NOWIST (watch Joy Ito's TED Talk http://www.ted.com/talks/joi_ito_want_to_innovate_become_a_now_ist?language=en
2. Be Flexible
AGREE and don't let anyone tell you "startups do it this way" they are full of it. Startups do it every way.
3. Don’t imitate large companies.
AGREE small is the new BIG. Better to be nimble and fast these days. Trying to be something you are not is a fool's errand since everyone knows everything all the time.
4. Differentiation & USP Beat Innovation.
AGREE execution matters more than ideas no matter how sexy the idea.
5. No Org Chart Thinking.
AGREE, everyone needs to do everything all the time. Some roles and responsibilities need to be defined, but loosely so. Better to step on each other than create "not my table" thinking.
6. No Glam or Funky Titles
Agree, the Chief Party Hardy Man is dated and stupid. Don't go there and don't use big sounding titles. I prefer FOUNDER to CEO.
7. Don’t evangelize repeatedly your vision and strategy.
DISAGREE STRONGLY This is strange advice. I wear my startups logo DAILY and will give our elevator pitch to strangers and it gets a little better each time. Once I can do our pitch in my sleep and see recognition instead of a thousand yard stare upon reception then I will slow down the pitching practice.
8. Don’t look for extra skilled or over qualified personnel.
Agree there is no silver bullet and that includes people. If you get some massively talented guru level talent they will be too hard to work with in a startup environment. .
9. Don’t set numerous, unclear or unrealistic objectives.
Agree - see point #1 about becoming a NOWIST.
10. Don’t ignore the strength of the team.
Agree ad would add BECOME a team. You must be one for all and all for one with each member realizing and acting on the "sum of the parts is greater than the whole" idea. No I in team and that means sacrifice ego at the door of any startup. No one can do that 100% but TRY.
Got Busy and LAUNCHED Near There Now Today:
@NearThereNow on Twitter
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& promptly made a mistake calling Jack Reacher James Patterson's creation instead of Lee Child. sigh, all good since now I get to use iMovie to fix it and learn more about how to edit movies :). M
Oh, and drove 457 miles to Columbus. Amazing HOW MUCH is needed to launch even a little idea these days.
Biggest challenge to great web marketing may be learning to THINK like an Internet marketer. Here are 5 Secret Tips to help you become a great IMer:
* Hedge & Diversify.
* Know your Over / Under.
* Card Count & Double Down.
* Become A Nowist.
* 4 out of 5 = Hall of Internet Marketing Fame.
Photoshop 'wizard' ABVH out of Serbia has taken some of the recently highlighted works of Banksy while he was in New York City and transformed them into absolutely incredible and hypnotizing animated GIFs on his Tumblr.
I lifted ABVH's animation for our Curagami (http://www.Curagami.com) cover to our 10 Social Marketing Lessons From Banksy and couldn't remember where I found the great animated Gif. HuffPost to the rescue and thanks to ABVH for such amazing talent.
Here is a link to 10 Social Media Marketing Lessons From Banksy:
Here is the links to ABVH's amazing animations:
Startups are so pressed for time they often ignore or make a C priority developing content marketing. That is a huge mistake when it comes time to close a round of funding.
Startups with following have leverage and so may survive. In this excellent two part series Andrian Leighton shares tips on how to blog and how to recycle old blog posts into new content. With these tips every startup has the time to develop the most overlooked but important thing almost all startups overlook - effective content marketing.