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Discovery Marketing A New Way To Start The Buzz Train – Bazaarvoice Blog

Discovery Marketing A New Way To Start The Buzz Train – Bazaarvoice Blog | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Everywhere consumers go, they are inundated with products and services – both local and global. We live in a time where everything is available all the
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Discover Marketing
This is an interesting article on "new to me" marketing channel. Discovery marketing creats a "buzz team" of people willing to see things first, provide feedback and start the word of mouth train. I couldn't tell if the people receiving the goods are on a subscription or are receiving the goods free.

This idea of a "buzz team" isn't completely new. We created a team of trained reviewers when I was a Director of Ecommerce. Amazon has thousands fighting to be one of the top 1,000 reviewers because you get free books once that status is achieved. 

Malcolm Gladwell discussed Mavens, Connectors and Salespeople in The Tipping Point. He also discussed how not everyone on your customer list is equal. Some have the ability to help DEFINE your messaging (Mavens), some can SPREAD the word (connectors) and some can help you WIN hearts and minds (Salespeople). 

Discovery marketing is an interesting idea that, here I agree with Bazaar Voice, needs more study and thinking before it is ready for prime time, but may be all kinds of startup fodder in here.  

 

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Creating Agile Tribes Doodle Revolution

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Creating Agile Tribes. My visual notes from @PrettyAgile & @jeantabaka session at #agile2014 #sketchnotes http://t.co/YfIr5b6G1n

Via Jose Luis Anzizar
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Very cool doodle process graphics a la Sunni Brown. Love it.

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Does Your Startup Need A Million Bucks? Here's How To Get It via Crowdfunding

Does Your Startup Need A Million Bucks? Here's How To Get It via Crowdfunding | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Bunch O Balloons Featured on TODAY Show This morning!

Bunch O Balloons, an easy to use time saving water balloon invention, may make $1M on Kickstsarter thanks to great crowdfunding marketing and the new SEO. Team Curagami is in Charlotte at the Search Exchange Conference.

This Curatti post combines a fascinating new tool set capable of making "Editors of Chaos" come true and the story of how a crowdfunding project goes "mega-viral".





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Curagami helps form the “Ambassador Layer” every website and brand needs these days. Ambassadors, people who’ve “bought in” to a brand’s mission and want to help, need to be given contextually appropriate “jobs”.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, Today, 2:18 PM

Thanks much to Justin Jones

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Why Startups Should Have At Least One Paper.li

Why Startups Should Have At Least One Paper.li | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty's Paper.li Story
About a week after starting as Atlantic BT's, largest web dev shop in Triangle area of NC, new Marketing Director my boss & founder / CEO Jon Jordan asked me, "What's this Paper.li" thing.

Jon's displeasure was obvious. I explained how Paper.li is a "get more, do less" content curation tool. Jon said, "It doesn't look like us," and I had to agree. My question back to Jon was, "Is 'looking like us' important," and you can guess his response.

To his credit, Jon asked me to do an analysis before shooting the limping horse. I also related our previous conversation about the "creation of a commons". On my second day as Marketing Director for ABT Jon and Mark Foulkrod, then COO, confessed a concern.

"We think you will steal from us," Mark said straight out (that is the way Mark is). The comment surprised me so I asked the right question. "Why are you worried and what do you think I will 'steal","I asked.

Jon shared the story of a previous employee who "blogged for himself on our dime". I never met the person, but I explained ABT had little or nothing I could "steal".

It was my turn to shock them. I shared how, at that time, ABT's Klout score was 19 while mine was 45. Together, I went on to explain, we were stronger than either apart. We would create a commons mingling my content, ABT's and curating in other content from gurus, thought leaders and ABT customers to create a "rising tide" sure to lift their online reputation boat and mine.

"You will gain more if only due to our starting points," I shared. At the end of my tenure (December 2013) ABT's Klout score was 50, a 233% increase. Mine was 65, a 44% bump.

Paper.li and Scoop.it were MAJOR contributors to the rising tide of ABT's commons. Scoop.it helped test content marketing ideas and Paper.li creates more community faster for LESS work than any tool I know or use (and I use a passel of 'em).


The brilliance behind Paper.li, that they present an algorithm filter of content you've already shared and or mashedup, makes it the GREATEST and most under utilized (and just about the cheapest) content curation tool.

Startups are so WIDGET FOCUSED they don't think about the day they want to share their widget with the world. Paper.li is guaranteed to make "sharing day" easier and for the cost of...well just about NOTHING a startup receives a powerful ally. If you are a starutp or Internet marketer and DON'T use my friends in Switzerland's coolest tool since sliced bread you are nuts.

Oh, btw, when I shared data showing Paper.li was the most powerful community creation tool we had Jon and Mark didn't care if it "looked like us" or not (lol).

** PS. Paper.lis great community manager @Kelly Hungerford  just pointed out that if Paper.li had CSS and templating options then ABT's Paper.li would have looked like them. M


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Marty, you're awesome! If only we had had custom CSS and branding options back then... we could have branded a paper to fit their look and feel. LOL. You continue to be one of our greatest champions of not only Paper.li, but how Paper.li and Scoop.it can work together in a marketing strategy to build presence, community and get some work done. Thank you for that. In fact, I think a post is in order. You always inspire Marty, thank you!
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Illusion of PPC and E-Mail Success Impacts SMBs & Startups via @Curagami

Illusion of PPC and E-Mail Success Impacts SMBs & Startups via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Never Ending Battle Truth, Justice & American Way
Tough "Dog Days" of summer for "Super Hero" marketing tactics. Here is a list of the dead and dying tactics:

SMB Marketing Tactics Costing More, Getting Less:

* Yellow Pages (near death). 
* Print ads (near death).

* Val-u-pak coupons (near death).

* Coupons of any kind (losing relevance with smartphone users)..

* Groupons (blows brands up almost beyond repair).
* Email marketing (sick due to social / mobile web). 
* Social Media Marketing (sick and getting sicker fast). 
* Content Marketing.(content shock sick).

* Ecommerce (too many stores, same offerings).
* PPC (paying more to get less). 
* Retargeting (cat out of bag, so sick efficacy declining).
* Video Marketing (steep learning curve, expensive). 
* Viral Marketing (everyone has that cold now & hit or miss). 
* Cause Marketing (not as unique as once was & live or die with partner).

* Celebrity Marketing (expensive and live or die with branded celeb).

* SEO (don't even get us started, all but gone, baby, gone). 

Many of these "SMB" tactics are in a startup's launch plan too. Good luck with that. Startups have to double down on asynchronous tactics since their money is tight and they have little or no brand awareness yet.

Favorite startup asynchronous tactics of ours include:

* OPN (tap Other People's Networks).
* OPM (tap Other People's Money via crowdfunding).
* Crowdfunding.
* Friends-of-Friends marketing.
* Community (start handing of the keys to your content early).
* Partnerships.
* OPC (Other People's Content via content curation with attribution(.
* Video Marketing (learning curve and expense scares most away).
* Events.
* Training.
* Contests & Games.

That last bullet can be especially powerful for startups. Remember to create tools needed to empower advocates, contributors and Sherpas. Make it easy to help you by providing graphical tools, listening and curating content into a social space (curation is a form of social reward).  

 

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Brief History of SEO via One of Best SEOs In The World & Why Every Startup Needs One

Brief History of SEO via One of Best SEOs In The World & Why Every Startup Needs One | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Brief History of SEO
I'm lucky enough to sit across from one of the best SEOs in the world. Latey #seo is much maligned. Don't be stupid. Google and the math always win in the end.

And that is why every startup should have a great SEO on their team or find one to help. Startups get so wrapped up in their widget they forget an important truth - without COMMUNICATION about what a hero your widget will make someone NO ONE WILL CARE.

Without a great SEO to help shape a stsrtup's communication there is a great chance SILENCE will be what happens when doors are finally open and a launch happens. Don't believe in the "better mouse trap" myth.

These days you can find better mousetraps falling from the sky. The KEY to startup success is shaping communication for maximum impact. The key to shaping communication for "maximum impact" is a great SEO.

I'm lucky enough to sit across from one of the best SEO on the planet and host of the largest SEO Meetup in the country - Curagami Co-Founder Phil Buckley.

What makes a great SEO? Here is how I described the characteristics of one of the best SEOs on earth on G+ this morning:

SEOs require a rare blend of talent including:

* Patience.
* As little EGO as possible.
* Einstienian Intelligence.
* Communication Skills of the TRANSLATION variety.
* Courage.

https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/P6AeQZfkN9y


Phil's Truth About SEO post on Curagami
http://www.curagami.com/featured/truth-seo/


So if your startup isn't fortunate enough to have a great SEO on the team like Curagami, find one or get lost in the widget junk yard.

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Can An Elephant Jump Over The Moon? Yes... as every Startup Knows

Can An Elephant Jump Over The Moon? Yes... as every Startup Knows | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Every Startup Is An Elephant High Jumper
Every startup entrepreneur reading this knows what I'm talking about. Everyday team Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) tries to make the graceful dancing and jumping elephants we see so well in our mind, dreams and brainstorms.

We rub the bottle hoping for I Dream of Jeanie.

We know ODDS and OBSTRUCTION are against us. In the boring world of limited possibilities elephants don't dance. In our world elephants sit at the table and worry about their hair before a night of Disco Inferno.

It is not that our dreams are unrealistic. All dreams are unrealistic. No, the real challenge is in turning the crank ONE MORE TIME. When we rode bicycles from Durham to Santa Monica there were days when that single thought was all we (really me since the rest of the team was 20 years younger lol) could think about.

Turn the crank one more time.

Don't give up. Never give up because you can ONLY discover what it looks like to see NO MORE ROAD by continuing to turn the crank. And on that day, the day when you see nothing but ocean, you will have achieved something NO ONE can take from you ever - the knowledge that YES Elephants can jump of the moon as every startup knows.

Here's hoping YOUR startup elephant is a jumper :).

Marty & Team Curagami,
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13 Teenagers Who Are Changing The World | Tech-shutter

13 Teenagers Who Are Changing The World | Tech-shutter | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Technology has always been the bastion of the young, and to celebrate our teen birthday, here are some impressive teens

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Don't know if I agree "technology has always been the bastion of the young" at least not exclusively, but I love these 13 teen entrepreneurs setting the hard course to change the world. 

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Curagami's "Friends Beta" Needs Your Help - via @Curagami

Curagami's "Friends Beta" Needs Your Help - via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

The Startup Factory fundeded startup Curagami launches its new content marketing roi tools into "friends beta". What's your Curagami Score? #helpastartup

& THANKS from Team Curagami


http://www.curagami.com/friends-beta/

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Hey Startups Stop Making Sense via @Curagami

Hey Startups Stop Making Sense via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

We are emotional people on a spiritual journey. Why is logic the most common approach to online selling? 5 Tips so your digital marketing makes less sense.

Startups BELIEVE in the widget. Talk to any Venture Capitalists and they will tell you they invest in teams not ideas. Ideas change. Teams capable of making the many pivots any new idea needs are worth their weight in gold.

Go to 100 startup websites and teams, if they are there, are pushed to the background as the WIDGET takes center stage. This is because we believe the way to "make a sale:" is to use logic.

Logic is tyranny when what we seek is emotional connection . This post shares 5 tips to avoid logic's tyranny:


* Listen More.

* Control Less, Collaborate More.

* As community forms listen and curate.

* Empower your advocates and Sherpas.

* MOVEMENTS not campaigns.


Startups need to forget the widget and remember we are spiritual beings having a human experience not the other way around.


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Startups Avoid the Talking To Yourself About Yourself Blackhole

Startups Avoid the Talking To Yourself About Yourself Blackhole | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Popping Startup Bubble
As we create our Triangle Startup Factory funded startup called Curagami (http://www.curagami.com) we operate largely in self imposed bubble. Books such as The Lean Startup explain the need to get OUT THERE working with customers to create validated learning as soon as possible.

We can see why. Problem solving can be solipsistic. Problems can create more problems on into infinity. Since our tool is about know what content matters and why the irony of falling into the problem black hole would be crippling. Here are a few ideas for how to break out of the startup bubble:

* Work with "beta customers" who are almost part of your team but running businesses your tool can help (such as Moon-Audio and Vestique for Curagami).

* Start forming community ASAP. We stumbled a little on this when our Curator Contest got swamped with my need to have chemo again. We ill get back on the horse because forming community is a CSF (Critical Success Factor).

* Create Key Performance Indicators for EXTERNAL validation metrics such as whitepaper downloads, unique visitors, time on site and email list growth.

* Curate content from a wide range of experts and sources because curation is easier and cheaper than content creation, more relevant to what is happening now and it helps your brand because you gain in authority by curating content from authorities.

* Define your "competitive space" BROADLY. Don't just look directly across the table discover who and what is competing for your customers mindshare and then steal the good stuff and lead with asynchronous marketing.

* Find a universal topic such as seasonality (locally "universal" and others can easily empathize with HOT and COLD) and the weather.

* Create asynchronous marketing and if that sounds disruptive and as if you should blow shit up you are getting the idea. Sometimes you should do some strange things JUST TO SEE how they blow up. Try not to blow up the good stuff :).

When startups do any two of those ideas they are less likely to fall into the talking to themselves about themselves black hole that can easily swallow a startup whole.

The link to Google Plus shares more information about how to use universal signals to create empathy and community:
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/JzD6DmrPWWa

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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 | Scoop.it

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" http://davidamerland.com/seo-blog/692-what-if-we-had-a-new-value-system-for-goods-and-services.html might collide with a few other favorite ideas such as:

* David Edelman on Aligning With the Customer Journey:  http://hbr.org/web/ideas-in-practice/aligning-with-the-consumer-decision-journey

* Mark Traphagen on Google Plus https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkTraphagen/posts

* Phil Buckley on overcoming FEAR:
http://www.curagami.com/featured/fear/

* @David AmerlandWhat If We Had A New Value System For Goods and Services
http://davidamerland.com/seo-blog/692-what-if-we-had-a-new-value-system-for-goods-and-services.html

* Me on @ janlgordonCuratti sharing lessons in the new #branding from Red Bull: http://curatti.com/red-bulls-branding-lesson-media-companies-now/

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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With Beats, Apple Buys A Quick Start On Smart Headphones

Apple purchased Beats By Dre this week, suggesting the company is looking at smart headphone technology — headphones that can sense what the body is doing.
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Fascinating idea "smart headphones" or like Google glass for your ears.

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Websites Will Follow @Spotify From Utility To Experience via @eldsjal

Websites Will Follow @Spotify From Utility To Experience via @eldsjal | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Great Daniel Ek +Spotify Founder Interview On Utilities As Experiences
Great conversation with Spotify's Swedish founder on +The Charlie Rose Show… - Martin W. Smith - Google+
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Startup Weekend Triangle Health 8.8.14 w/ @Curagami Founder Speaking

Startup Weekend Triangle Health 8.8.14 w/ @Curagami Founder Speaking | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Change The World, Save Yourself
I used to preach the need to THINK BIG, to change the world. Now I discuss the need to THINK BIG and change something more controllable - yourself. Next Friday 8.8.14 I'm speaking at the opening of the Triangle Startup Weekend about living a EULOGY instead of a RESUME life.

I came to the realization my life wasn't courageous the hard way - by having the Big C force courage on me. Entrepreneurs next weekend are signing on to making the world a better place and they will learn their main instrument is...themselves.

As we change, grow and see the world different movements are possible and our "virus" can be shared. Can a company started next weekend in Durham, NC change the world? You bet it can :). Marty

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Warren Buffet Startup Tips [Top @HaikuDeck Over 6,800 Views]

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Bill Gates To Warren Buffet, STICK 'EM UP
Warren Buffet's tips for startups as Bill Gates says, "Stick 'em up".
Buffet shares great tips for startups in my most popular Haiku Deck. Next closest deck has 5,200 views.

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30 Lessons In Startup Creativity via JODOROWSKY'S DUNE

30 Lessons In Startup Creativity via JODOROWSKY'S DUNE | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Greatest Movie Never Made & Lessons Learned
"To fail is only to change the way," says Topo and Holy Mountain director Jodorowsky in this must view documentary for anyone trying to create anything. Such an important documentary I'm double posting here in Startup Revolution and in Design Revolution.

Here is what I posted in Design Revolution, the 30 Lessons in Creativity from watching this magical film:

Greatest Film Never Made
"What is he purpose of life," the director Jodorowsky asks in this must view documentary film for any creative, "to create a soul". The amazing creativity and vision of El Topo's director is shared in a series of linked stories.

Much like any creative's mind, this film flies between the surreal, heroic, mystical and crazy. Stories about Orson Wells and Pink Floyd are rich in "sounds true" detail, but pales in comparison to the "I can't type that fast" advice shared.

Advice such as:

* Be all in.
* Be a prophet.

* When it comes to missions THINK BIG (something important for humanity).
* Start with clear ideas, but find and respect "light of genius".
* Challenge people to find their best.
* Give Morning Motivation speeches.
* Your VISION should become OUR IDEA.
* OUR Ideas become art.
* When you think you are looking at a rock its an object & vice versa.
* Lucky enough to meet a prophet FOLLOW HIM.
* Be supportive of others.

* Transport people. MOVE THEM.
* Look for and work with WARRIORS (life is too short for anything else).
* Imagine and then imagine again.
* No such thing as "too far".
* Let the work rule.
* One man's obsession is another man's art.
* MOTIVATE others.

* If you can Seduce Salvador Dali DO SO.
* Create enigmas.
* If chance puts Dali at your hotel, send him a strange note.
* When you find a clock in the sand discover who lost it.
* Create MOVEMENTS and ART with your life.
* If Dali asks you for a helicopter, GIVE IT TO HIM.
* Dali gets you Giger, Giger gets you Magma (and so on).
* If you can get a meeting with Mick Jagger, TAKE IT.
* If Andy Warhol invites you to the FACTORY, go there.
* Plan everything, Plan Nothing (chance).
* When you see Orson Wells in a Paris restaurant, send wine.
* Live a EULOGY Life not a Resume Life.


That last bullet picks up on a great David Brooks TED Talk I wrote about on LinkedIn yesterday: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140717125545-13925622-are-you-living-a-resume-or-a-eulogy-life 


Hope you are living a Eulogy Life. Jodorowsky sure did. I had to be shoved kicking and screaming on the Eulogy train by the Big C. Glad I got on this train even if it turns out to be the last train from Clarksville :). M

Are you a "plural being"?

If you FAIL it's not import. It's important to try.





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Startups, Crowdfunding, Content & Curing Cancer Podcast Interview with @Curagami Founder Marty Smith

Startups, Crowdfunding, Content & Curing Cancer Podcast Interview with @Curagami Founder Marty Smith | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Martin (Marty) Smith talks to Get Social Health about the radical change in his life when he heard the words cancer and his name in the same sentence. Here is what Marty's done since his cancer diagnosis:


* Rode a bicycle across America (Martin's Ride To Cure Cancer).

* Founded CureCancerStarter.org one of first crowdfunding cancer research platforms.

* Founded Curagami, marketing tools to help content marketers and online merchants create community.

* Founded Tech Cures Cancer Fund at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center.

Wide ranging interview with  an entrepreneur and cancer survivor whose life is dedicate to helping and giving back.

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Why Statups Should Create Shopify Stores

Why Statups Should Create Shopify Stores | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Startups & Stores
I almost forgot one of my rules (lol). Stores help any website, brand or idea get better faster. There are things you learn creating a store our #startup http://www.curagami.com can't teach.

We have over 30 years of ecommerce experience and creating one Shopify store will, over the course of the 2 - 4 days it takes, teach you half of what we know.

What Creating A Store Teaches Startups


* Content and copy writing.

* Webdesign.

* Product categorization, planning and business intelligence (#BI). 

* Social Media.
* Thinking about THEM (your customers).

* Learning to test & validate assumptions.
* Provides a new dimension for B2B and B2C products, companies and tools.

The new "perspective" the last bullet mentions is the gold. Getting out of your head and testing assumptions and ideas IRL (In Real Life) is more valuable than every brainstorm we've ever had.

Brainstorms and past experience create an assumption framework. Creating a store pushing assumptions into the deep end of the pool and they learn to swim fast or drown

Competitive Advantage
We work around 6 startups and NONE of them have or are likely to follow my advice to create store. Every startup here in Durham thinks they are selling a THING.

I've learned the hard way the first thing we startups sell is OURSELVES (you & people on your team). Next thing you sell is money making competency. If you know a better way to prove "money making competency" than spending $200 to create a Shopify store be sure to tweet @Curagami and share that idea and trust we will be creating your idea next :).


Marty & Team Curagami

PS. Will share HackHeadphones.Shopify.com when its live (probably Monday)

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What Content To Create & Why: What's Your Curagami Score?

What Content To Create & Why: What's Your Curagami Score? | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Curagami Scores
We've tuned our Curgami engine to evaluate three website and brand CSFs (Critical Success Factor):

* Content.
* Community.
* Conversion.

The tool creates unique metrics such as Link Efficiency Indexes (LEI) to evaluate a website, close competitors and it establishes "best practice" averages viral content, sustainable community and asynchronous conversion ideas (not going up against a competitor's strength).

We started our journey to answer a simple question:

What content should a website create and why?

That simple question has soaked up six months of our lives and tens of thousands of our investors' cash. Good news is we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Will your website WIN armed with a Curgami Score Report?

Yes :). Marty & Team Curagami

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Curagami Launches Into "Friends Beta" &Needs Your Help via @Curagami

Curagami Launches Into  "Friends Beta" &Needs Your Help via  @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Our Startrup Factory funded startup Curagami, a content marketing tool for merchants and content marketers who "get it", lauched into "Friends Beta" yesterday & we need your help.

We need help teasing out the good stuff and toss the trash. As any startup learns problems multiple. Easy to solve the problem for all the right reasons. Together we can create tools needed by merchants and publishers to KNOW what content matters to who and why.

LESS STRESSFUL is our goal after spending years gambling with millions we want to provide a MAP merchants and content marketers can use to enjoy the journey. Hope you will join our journey and visit our landing page at:
http://www.curagami.com/friends-beta/


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Curagami Launching Into Friends Beta 7.4.14 - Help A Startup on the 4th of July via @Curagami

Curagami Launching Into Friends Beta 7.4.14 - Help A Startup on the 4th of July via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Help A Startup Over The 4th of July Holiday
If you have 15 minutes you can help a startup over the 4th. We are trying to keep this, our first, ASK to 15 minutes or less. Click 3 links and answer 3 questions and your feedback will help a startup!

Will post our landing page link as soon as we finish making it (lol). In the meantime checkout our Evolution of Web Design & Marketing infographic: http://www.Curagami.com .

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Learn About The Startup Factory Experience via @Curagami & Apply Before Monday

Learn About The Startup Factory Experience via @Curagami & Apply Before Monday | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
What's it like to "graduate" from the Startup Factory at American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC? Amazing & highly recommended. Startups apply for Fall 2014.
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Monday is deadline for Fall 2014 applications for the Startup Factory incubator at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC. We highly recommend applying.

Half of our "class" of 4 startups came from outside of North Carolina. The Startup Factory looks to mentor cool new startups. They are agnostic about where they come from, but you do need to be HERE in Durham for the 12 weeks of the session.

The Startup Factory have invested in 24 companies, helped those companies raise over $4M and have invested over $2M of their own capital. The Startup Factory walks their talk.

Apply Here
http://thestartupfactory.co/start-the-application/

Learn More About Our Experience At The Startup Factory
http://www.curagami.com/featured/the-startup-factory-experience/

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Marketing's "Hero's Journey" Sourcing the World & Avoiding Filter Bubbles via @Curagami

Marketing's "Hero's Journey" Sourcing the World & Avoiding Filter Bubbles via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
True Quest of the new marketing is winning hearts and minds by creating friends of friends marketing and creating online community.
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5 Things You May Not Know About Crowdfunding [Big Brands & Startups]

5 Things You May Not Know About Crowdfunding [Big Brands & Startups] | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

5 Things You May Not Know About Crowdfunding
* 75% of funds typically come from person who launched the campaign's network.
* Roughly half of all campaigns succeed.
* Average ask for successful campaigns is below $10K.
* Campaigns with 25% or more raised in first week or less have an 80% chance of reaching their goal.
* See our exclusive market share and fees estimates http://sco.lt/5fBvov for the top 3 crowdfunding sites. 

Should your company create a crowdfunding campaign? Enterprise crowdfunding is different than entrepreneur or startup crowdfunding. Enterprise crowdfunding was one of the ideas fueling our Triangle Startup Factor funded startup http://www.curagami.com .

We see crowdfunding as a new marketing channel since no vote counts as much as money. We wouldn't recommend Big Brands place crowdfunding campaigns on existing platforms since they would be out of sync with visitor expectations.

We would recommend Big Brands think about how they can create their own crowdfunding channel and give Curagami a call to help.  

Should Startups CrowdFund?
I think the answer to this question is always yes. Startups have little to lose and everything to gain from crowdfunding. Crowdfunding creates an effective way to introduce your startup and it helps identify your 1%eers - those people willing to support your new idea with advocacy, social shares and money.  

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Curagami & Revolution Play Triangle Startup Factory Pitchday via @Curagami

Curagami & Revolution Play Triangle Startup Factory Pitchday via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Curagami & The Ecommerce Revolution Played Triangle Startup Factory's Pitchday today discussing how how to fix ecommerce marketing with Curagami.
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