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Creative Branding – The Process to Making Your Mark

Creative Branding – The Process to Making Your Mark | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what it takes to create a good brand identity?
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Are You A Headphone Hacker? Hack Your Headphones @Moon_Audio

Are You A Headphone Hacker? Hack Your Headphones @Moon_Audio | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Headphone Hacker?
What is the difference between men and boys? Price of our toys. The desire to tinker, change and build never leaves. Now friends at Moon-Audio.com help bring out our inner-tinkerer with their Hack Your Headphones page. #toofun #toogood

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SEO For Web Designers (9,972) Beats Buffett's Startups Tips (9,050)

SEO For Web Designers (9,972) Beats Buffett's Startups Tips (9,050) | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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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 | Scoop.it

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.


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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, April 8, 4:11 AM

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

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Zillow-ification Of Content: How Startup Disruptors Roll Up Online Content

Zillow-ification Of Content: How Startup Disruptors Roll Up Online Content | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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The slide shares a common problem. Regional industries from banking to real estate have feedback loops that reinforce their regional-ness. They are big fish in small ponds.

Along comes startup entrepreneurs who understand the "socket layers" of information architecture in a platform world. They create a platform, roll up the regional content, tag, filter and package information that WAS free but held in a thousand places and SELL the package back to the proprietary and once powerful big fish in their small pond.

Google's only "boundary" is the web their only VOTE inbound links and the social and search clout earned. Google thinks and acts differently. Google fishes the world's oceans and will think about fishing on Mars should such a possibility present itself.

Information is free doesn't mean what you think. Information is free means information is boundless and so able to be formed and reformed in an infinite variety of ways. The power distribution of everything is something Google and their roll up students know and regional once powerful big fish learn the hard way.

How do I know so much about this? Some of my best friends are roll-up artists capable of hiding the pea or the red queen in ways so clever and adroit those paying for their information don't even seem to realize or know how badly they've just been zillow-ized :).

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Yes, And... How Improv Reverses, "No But..." Thinking

Yes, And... How Improv Reverses, "No But..." Thinking | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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Great book for startups because it shares secrets to improvisation comedy that apply to the high stress need to be creative world of startups beautifully. If you are in the business of creating something out of nothing approaching the challenge with, "Yes, and..." thinking and process becomes the "secret sauce" to open the doors to creativity.

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Zero To One = Startups Must Read by Peter Thiel

Zero To One = Startups Must Read by Peter Thiel | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

PayPal's Peter Thiel's book is a #mustread for startups. We love Peter's advice to NOT be BORG and follow but to imagine, think and go BIG. Life is too short to do anything else. Book's tone is as valuable as the writing. It is honest, true and cuts through the BS of some things people love (Lean Startup, MVP). Great read, great advice.

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The Communicators: PayPal's Peter Thiel Discusses Zero to One Book via @BookTV

The Communicators: PayPal's Peter Thiel Discusses Zero to One Book via @BookTV | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Peter Thiel, co-creator of PayPal and Palantir, discusses his book [Zero to One] and about creating groundbreaking tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple. PayPal was the first to combine…
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Just purchased Peter's book for my next drive to Columbus next week. Will report back on findings.

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At New Billion Dollar Startups, People Are ‘New Infrastructure’ via WSJ

At New Billion Dollar Startups, People Are ‘New Infrastructure’ via WSJ | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Keywords: For the first time in decades, billion-dollar startups are being built not on gains in productivity made possible by eliminating humans, but by the wholesale recruitment of people.
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Great share at Startups Lunch with Eric Garrison from WTE.net yesterday. Thanks EG. M

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Norman Peires's curator insight, March 12, 10:45 AM

Will be interesting to see how we're working in the next 10 years.

 

Samuel Pavin's curator insight, March 12, 11:21 PM

One talk I did at a startup conference, back in 2012, was about the main factor of success for startups : Humans. 

This is the secret sauce for startups. 

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Bold Book Interview on GPS with Fareed Zakaria - YouTube

Discussion of BOLD: How To Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World with authors Kotler & Diamandis. Yes that is my noisy cat Lucian screaming how much he ...
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3 Must Read Books for Startups: Bold, Tilt and Start with Why

3 Books for Startups
This is the order we would read these books in AND we would read them all since each speaks to a different aspect of a startup's journey.

Bold: Go Big or Go Home
We are starting this list of 3 books for startups with Bold: How To Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the world because it has the best crowdfunding summary we've ever read.

Since finding money is usually the #1 issue most startups face and many have questions about crowdfunding read Diamandis & Kotter's book first. Chances are, if you are a startup, you are already "thinking exponentially", but this is a great and inspirational read.

The section on preparing your psyche for the exponential startup journey is another standout mustread for startup entrepreneurs.

Tilt: Shifting Your Business From Products To Customers
Tilt is another great startup read. Niraj Dawar has the shift from products to customers SO RIGHT. He even knows why its so hard to change our thinking from How Much More Can We Sell to What Else Do Our Customers Need. If Bold has the best crowdfunding summary we've read Tilt describes marketing's hard to change muscle memory. Go downstream if you want to win.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action
Every business starts with a passionate why. Some like Tom's shoes, Zappos and Amazon know and don't lose their why. Some companies such as Walmart, Kodak and Xerox lose or have their why get fuzzy. A bad rain falls when your lose your WHY or your why doesn't evolve, respond to feedback and grow. Just as important as the Lean Startup by Ries Start with Why should be a compulsory read for any startup.

The common elements to all three of these books are:

* Share your honest passion and be all in.
* Think BIG and DIFFERENT and prepare yourself for pain such thinking brings.
* Focus on customers and LISTEN and don't get too attached to anything.

Remember Ferris Beuller's words:

Ferris: Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism's in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus. I could be the walrus. I'd still have to bum rides off people.

Stay OPEN and read, read and read some more. Good luck. Marty and team http://www.curagami.com

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Content Curation: ScoopIt Content Director Rocks via @Curagami

Content Curation: ScoopIt Content Director Rocks  via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Content curation is key for Small To Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) online success & Scoop.it's new Content Director makes curation a marketing reality.
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malek's curator insight, February 9, 8:25 AM

thought provoking, the Content Shock is worth further studying.  Hard to argue about how production is far exceeding supply

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Startups Start With Why [book] via Simon Sinek TEDTalk

Music For Startups
Listening to Simon Sinek read Start With Why during my drive to the James Cancer Center in Columbus it struck me that this book may be more important for startups than Eric Ries' Lean Startup.

I'll use our founding of Curagami as an example. Had I read Sinek's book before reading Ries I would have altered my startup's (http://www.Curagami.com ) process. We jumped right into the HOW and WHAT of the company giving up our WHY much too easily.

This means more WHY work was required. A company''s WHY, the reason it exists, needs to inform everything from strategy and tactics (it's HOW and What) to who the company hires. Sinek notes how companies with clear WHYs such as Southwest and Apple KNOW WHO TO HIRE.

He discusses something called The Celery Test. Imagine you are at a party and four people suggest products your new company should sell:

* M&M's.
* Rice Milk.
* Oreos.
* Celery.

You follow your friends' advice and buy all of those items in order to do market research. Someone observing your checkout wouldn't know what YOU or by extension your company was after. Now imagine your WHY is to create a company that promotes health.

Instantly we know your visit to the grocery store will only include 2 of the four products. Your WHY defines the boundaries needed to focus your research. Your WHY informs or should inform every aspect of what you do.

Sinek's ideas are so clear and consistent with Curagami's vision we will be sharing more details about the collision of favorite ideas (Gladwell''s Tipping Point, Moore's Chasm and Kim's Blue Oceans) soon. If you are creating or thinking about creating a new company read Start With Why AND The Lean Startup.

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Paul Ka's curator insight, January 29, 2:52 AM


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Crowdfunding Tips from The Clash

Crowdfunding Tips from The Clash | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
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.
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50 Tools Turbocharge Your PPC b/c Adwords Is Too Complex & Fast Now

50 Tools Turbocharge Your PPC b/c Adwords Is Too Complex & Fast Now | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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Adwords is crowded, fast and dangerous these days.

When I was an Ecommerce Director we made the decision to give our $1M in PPC spend to the robots. Robots, business rules and predicitve analytics was the only way we could make what little money we made from PPC.

Attribution is a BITCH.

I remember our CFO saying, "Cut spend on everything above this line, " pointing to every branded term we were buying. Cut the top of the funnel off and you lose the bottom of the funnel. Trying to explain that to a web doubter was impossible so I ignored the demand.

Instead we tested or ROAS (Return on Ad Spend). $6 to $1 ROAS looked great...at first. As time went on we realized tighten the valve that tight cut our email list growth and the LTV (Lifetime Value) it produced in dangerous ways.

Next we tested at $1 to $1 and bleed red ink. At the time I worked for Direct Marketers (DMers) who don't believe in losing money...ever. The complex attribution math meant we were probably making solid return IF attribution was fully valued and agreed upon.

It was not. Attribution was controversial and the more immediate, the more Stimulus to Response it was the more my bosses liked it. The idea that three generations ago we built a PPC campaign that grew our list 15% and thus made us $3 To $1 was a bridge too far.

That is why I wanted to bring Marin into the mix. Marin is the best self tuning / business rule based PPC DIY Algorithm we could find. No Sale since adding Marin's "costs" seemed to lower ROAS. Once again full attribution would show Marin was going to pay for itself in no time, but didn't make that sale either.

Today's PPC market is an order of magnitude more complex. If you are still buying PPC by hand good luck with that. Too much UNDER (costs) and not nearly enough OVER (benefit) for our risk / reward palette. Better to hire an agency OR, for about the same money, DIY with a predictive management tool like Marin.

We looked at several and liked Marin the best. Its UI was understandable, installation was easy and commitment was low. We just added Marin to our list of Cool Tools in our Ask For Help Haiku Deck:

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Marketing Master Class: Tapping Friends of Friends A Startups CSF [video] via @Curagami

Startups Must Tap Friends & Friends of Friends
Replace "ecom" with "startups" in this YouTube Video to understand the Critical Success Factor (CSF) that is Asking For Help for startups.


Find the Haiku Deck for our 4.16 FedEx Ecommerce Summit presentation here: http://shar.es/1gJeZE Online merchants must tap their networks, empower brand advo...

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FedEx Ecommerce Conference Atlanta 4.16: Agenda & Details via @Curagami

FedEx Ecommerce Conference Atlanta 4.16: Agenda & Details via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
I'm discussing Ask For Help: the New Collaborative, Curated and Community based Ecommerce at the FedEx Ecom Summit in Atlantic on 4.16.
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Inspirational Startups & Publishing Talk w/ @RedHatSoftware & @LuLudotcom Founder Bob Young #DSCLT15

Inspirational Startups & Publishing Talk w/ @RedHatSoftware & @LuLudotcom Founder Bob Young #DSCLT15 | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Bob Young At Digital Summit Video
Great talk with always inspirational +Red Hat and +Lulu.com Self-Publishing founder Bob Young at #DSCLT15 (Digital… - Martin W. Smith - Google+
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Cool Tools Arranged By Category of Use by Tool Master @RobinGood

Cool Tools Arranged By Category of Use by Tool Master @RobinGood | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Comprehensive list of cool tools from @Robin Good. Robin is the best tool reviewer on the web and this exhaustive list of tools arranged by category of use is invaluable.


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Cool Aggregate the Aggregators: List Hunt #8 - New Startups Millennials Care About - via UpStarted

Cool Aggregate the Aggregators: List Hunt #8 - New Startups Millennials Care About - via UpStarted | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

There are literally hundreds of new products released every day from every corner of the web. With that many ideas being marketed and released daily it is hard to keep up with everything. Even with great aggregators like Product Hunt, StartupLi.st, Gadget Hunt  and Beta List it is easy to get

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Great Idea. You can never have too much aggregation in this world and UpStarted is right - too much cool stuff happening all over to keep track. Put some personal filtering (Digg like) on this bad boy and HUGE WINNER.

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Internet of Things Meets Internet of Senses at Wearable Tech Show

Internet of Things Meets Internet of Senses at Wearable Tech Show | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
With apparently perfect timing – one day after Apple launched its very own watch to an expectant world – this year’s Wearable Technology Show kicked off at
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Going to be cool when Internet of Things meets wearable technology meets Terminator (lol).

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Renea Hanks's curator insight, March 13, 8:37 PM

Watch out for wearables. They are the hottest thing trending. Good time to look at tech startups on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. 

Richard Platt's curator insight, March 13, 11:16 PM

Companies like Samsung Semiconductors, Intel, Silicon Labs and LM Technologies focused on combining multiple functions onto single chips, emphasising how closely silicon design now needs to be integrated much more tightly than ever before into overall systems.
QuickLogic showed its ArcticLink processor and sensor hub, specifically designed for low power operations, while Irish company Shimmer demonstrated its range of wireless sensor platforms that include ECG (Electrocardiography), EMG (Electromyography) and GSR (Galvanic Skin Response)

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Social Media Analytics: 9 Free Tools - Curagami

Social Media Analytics: 9 Free Tools - Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Want to know what's working on social media? These 9 free analytics tools can help!

Tools discussed:

  1. Followerwonk (New to us, but plan to use).
  2. Buffer (Use and like).
  3. SumAll (New but plan to test).
  4. Quintly (New)
  5. Cyfe (New)
  6.  Keyhole (New)
  7. Klout (Use and like)
  8. ViralWoot (New)
  9. Addictomatic (New)
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3 Must Follow Content Curators for March, 2015 via @Curagami

3 Must Follow Content Curators for March, 2015 via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

Two of my 3 #mustfollow content curators will be familiar to many Scoopiteers:

@Guillaume Decugisand @Marc Rougierare visionary startup entrepreneurs and content curators. I'm learning how to use their latest tool - Content Director - tomorrow and can't wait. If you don't follow both Guillaume and Marc on multiple platforms you should.

Denis Labelle is a great G+ curator (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DenisLabelle/posts ) and a March #mustfollow too. Denis has a great eye, understands what is happening online and his growing G+ community is proof of his skills.

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Developing The Habit Of Noticing Stories + Free E-Book

Developing The Habit Of Noticing Stories + Free E-Book | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it
Visit one of Australia's top rated business blogs. The team at Anecdote share insights on business strategy, storytelling, leadership and collaboration.

Via Karen Dietz, Os Ishmael
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Great @Karen Dietz share on her favorite topic - storytelling.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 11, 1:52 PM

Article Link: http://www.anecdote.com/2015/02/vital-habit-of-noticing-stories/ 


This Monday I was working with a client. Their company is littered with stories. Yet the CEO was lamenting, "What stories do we have to tell??!! I can't think of a single one!"


The problem was quickly fixed, and it is a common one my clients tell me about. So imagine my delight when this morning I receive the latest newsletter from my biz story colleague Shawn Callahan, CEO of Anecdote. His latest blog post is all about how to notice stories.


He's got some great tips in this quick article. Even better, scroll down to gain additional insights addressing other issues in business storytelling.


But wait wait! Don't go yet! Shawn also announced that his latest free e-book is now available for download: Character Trumps Credentials: 171 questions that help leaders tell great stories that influence, inspire and engage.


In coaching and workshops I always spend time on "the art of the question". Shawn has developed a great resource. Some of the questions use classic story prompts. Others might take an additional question or two to get to the story. Regardless, go grab this now and start using it.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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3 Must Follow Content Curators via @Curagami

3 Must Follow Content Curators via @Curagami | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

@Kelly Hungerfordand @Ally Greermay be the best community managers on the planet. We included our favorite storyteller / teacher ( @Karen Dietz since online communities will become more and more about stories (yours and THEIRS where theirs = customers and brand advocates).

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Thank you Marty! What an honor being mentioned next to Ally and Karen. You ROCK!
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Thank you Marty! What an honor being mentioned next to Ally and Karen. You ROCK!
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Our Favorite FREE SEO Tools In SEO For Web Designers @HaikuDeck

Our Favorite FREE SEO Tools In SEO For Web Designers @HaikuDeck | Startup Revolution | Scoop.it

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?

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