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22 Cool Tools To Solve The CATCH-22 of Blogging - Great Blogging Takes TIME & Who Has TIME?

22 Cool Tools To Solve The CATCH-22 of Blogging - Great Blogging Takes TIME & Who Has TIME? | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to sneak into your favorite blogger's computer and see what tools and programs he/she uses to make her website look so awesome? Well, I have. And I've stalked other bloggers tr...

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Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

More than half these tools are new to me. The Infographic tools section (#5) is worth the price of admission.

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Nine0Media's curator insight, March 27, 2014 4:25 PM

#WebConsultants  #Nine0Media

Carole Borie's curator insight, March 28, 2014 2:37 AM

A must read !

Agora Abierta's curator insight, April 7, 2014 4:41 AM

Take into account to your blog!

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Apply 8 Visual Marketing Tips From Vogue To Your Personal Brand

Apply 8 Visual Marketing Tips From Vogue To Your Personal Brand | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

8 Visual Marketing Tips From Vogue
* Be Specific & Use BIG NUMBERS to help.
* Be Branded Use Known Brands.
* Be Welcoming (LI Pic should be looking right at camera).

* Be Topical - frame achievements in current keywords and trends.

* Use alliteration and rhythm in headlines.

* Create juxtapositions and contrasts like "street chic" or "power user".

* Use Action Verbs such as create, sell, develop, market.
* Simple colors (black, red, white).


If you are logged in and viewing my LinkedIn Profile (www.linkedin.com/in/martysmith1980vc/ ) you will see my fledgling attempt to adopt these 8 visual marketing tips to an important "personal branding" tool - my LinkedIn Profile. Use of big visual numbers and known brands helps wrap my brand in "known" and "trusted" while walking a fine line.

Personal brands that are too "known" can seem boring and not exceptional. Blending trusted messaging via keywords and brands with creativity and challenge is the fine line every "personal brand" must walk.

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Resumes Are so OVER - LinkedIn, Google & Personal Brands Rule New Job Market

Resumes Are so OVER - LinkedIn, Google & Personal Brands Rule New Job Market | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
The resume is dead (or at least it's jumped the shark ). The resume used to be the tool that would get you noticed. No more. It's a fading bit player, no longer the star of the show. Now, by the time someone has seen your resume, they've already Googled you. Your resume has become a "late to the party" confirmation of your Google results and LinkedIn profile, rather than the enticement to opportunity you expect it to be. move over resume, here's its replacement.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Agree, best way to get a great job is NOT TO NEED ONE!.

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How I Use Scoop.it To Find Content Marketing's Over / Under - @Scenttrail

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Visual Marketing Over/Under or How I Use Scoop.it
Friends like +Phil Buckley and +Mark Traphagen are curious about how and why I use Scoop.it.


This G+ post shares a detailed analysis of how Scoop.it helps reduce #contentmarketing risks, provides fast feedback to influence social media marketing and creates a safe envrionment to test assumptions, create validated learning and learn fast.

Added a great @Neil Ferreenote about how he uses Scoop.it to the GPlus post:
http://bit.ly/1l74lxC

What about you? How do you use Scoop.it? Share here or on G+ and we will curate in with thanks. Marty

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Ally Greer's curator insight, March 19, 2014 11:41 PM

We're always finding different ways to use Scoop.it, mostly coming from the intelligent community of curators that has manifested itself over the last few years.


Scoop.it Specialist @Martin (Marty) Smith wrote an explanation of how he's using Scoop.it to gauge interest in potential original content. When his posts on Scoop.it do well, he is able to see what his audience likes, and create content along the same vein.


He also explains some of the SEO benefits seen by other Scoopiteers like @Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com.


Read Marty's post to find new creative ways to measure the potential success of content using Scoop.it and share your thoughts in the comments!

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, March 20, 2014 12:06 AM
Thanks for the share @Ally Greer. Don't like the RISK FACTORS without @Scoop.it since each post puts modeled and valuable websites at risk. Better to test with the "fastest feedback loop in the west" :). Marty
LKGayton's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:52 AM

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Ultimate Guide To Epic Blogging FOr Personal Branding - NicheHacks

Ultimate Guide To Epic Blogging FOr Personal Branding - NicheHacks | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
Want to learn how to start a blog that's has incredible content, gets blog traffic on near auto-pilot, builds an audience, goes viral and more? Click here..
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Blogging is KEY to personal branding. There may be no greater CSF (Critical Success Factors) when it comes to your personal brand. Why?

Because each blog post builds a legacy, an oeuvre. As you tell stories they  define you. You become a brand - You Da Brand. 

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Mikko Hakala's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:21 AM

Super comprehensive guide.

malek's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:52 AM

Yoo, hoo...

Much like "Everything you always wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask". It's all there.

Stephen Van Delinder's curator insight, March 7, 2014 11:06 AM

Great how-to guide for building a personal blog from scratch. 

 

Blogging is the perfect way to build thought leadership, network, and build a personal brand. This guide gives the entire process some structure. 

 

The How to Get Endless Blog Traffic is full of great suggestions on raising visibility through SEO, other blogs, and social platforms. 

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Why Employers Care About Your Personal Brand

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In the new era of social networks, employees are the new face(s) of corporate culture. Personal Branding is being taken seriously by employers and is a better w
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Personal Branding & The Future
This article got me thinking about the future. What is a company if not the summary of the talent it can attract? Your brand is about to be very important to hiring managers. The tribe you create and the brand you project should and will be evaluated against the goals and aspirations of the companies you contribute to.

I'm an "all in" guy. When I work for someone I give them all I have, but these days it is important to reserve some energy and time for developing your personal brand. Instead of disloyal working on YOU is the most "loyal" thing you can do.

Most companies think of themselves as a thing apart from their people. They have a building and so an identity apart from their people. Not so much as it turns out.

In our not too distant social and connected future any company is the sum of its social and connected parts. Work on developing your brand daily and it will pay you big return in your next job interview or career change.

Added an interesting related story to GPlus
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/6qBfQdnr337


Great Stephen Van Delinder's insight:

Your company is comprised of the people you hire. Their influence, ideas, and professional character ultimately shape your brand. Social influence is extremely important, and it has never been easier to reach the masses with positive or negative news. I have mentioned this before but resumes are a thing of the past. More abundant (and frankly more accurate) info is available online and is updated in real time. 

 

I love Marty's insight about being "All in." I think (provided you are in the right job) there can be a tremendous overlap between person and professional brand-making your affiliation with an employer a symbiotic relationship. 

 

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Stephen Van Delinder's curator insight, March 3, 2014 12:12 PM

Your company is comprised of the people you hire. Their influence, ideas, and professional character ultimately shape your brand. Social influence is extremely important, and it has never been easier to reach the masses with positive or negative news. I have mentioned this before but resumes are a thing of the past. More abundant (and frankly more accurate) info is available online and is updated in real time. 

 

I love Marty's insight about being "All in." I think (provided you are in the right job) there can be a tremendous overlap between person and professional brand-making your affiliation with an employer a symbiotic relationship. 

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Build Brands & Drive Sales With 5 Video Marketing Tips

Build Brands & Drive Sales With 5 Video Marketing Tips | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
Content - Regardless of form or viewing device, video is an ideal medium to engage, inform, and entertain prospective buyers and clients. Here's what you need to know to get in on ...

Via malek
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Wrote a long note about my frustration with how videographers sell their services that got sucked into the great vortex. These are great tips and I need 20 to 50 videos BUT I need each video to cost HUNDREDS not THOUSANDS.

Feels like someone should be able to appify video creation like Piktochart just did for infographics (review here http://sco.lt/5Lv4dt ). Wish a video vendor would solve the PAIN since learning to create my own feels like a bridge too far even though the need is a simple and templated one.

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BlairEvanBall's curator insight, February 21, 2014 2:29 PM

In the near future Video will overtake photos for engagement on Social Media.

malek's comment, February 21, 2014 6:41 PM
@BlairEvanBall have a look at the sports page in any of the British newspaper, full of short videos
Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 21, 2014 11:53 PM

The technology is coming and every day there are new platforms to explore. The pace of change is getting faster. Thanks for the tips and shortcuts 

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Huggable People #11: Martin (Marty) Smith – What Does Crowdfunding, Riding A Bike Across America, Selling Worldly Possessions And Cancer Research Have In Common?

Huggable People #11: Martin (Marty) Smith – What Does Crowdfunding, Riding A Bike Across America, Selling Worldly Possessions And Cancer Research Have In Common? | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

Honored to be a "Huggable People" even if reading about my life feels more chaotic than living it was (I think lol). @Carla Deter is kind and generous to "hug" me like this. 

Hugs are VERY important to cancer patients and survivors, so Hug a cancer survivor today and remember to never take the magic carpet ride of life for granted.

Appreciate mentions of @Scoop.it  and forgot to thank @Guillaume Decugis and @Ally Greer. Thanks always to you and Marc for letting me play with your wonderful toy. Your toy is why I'm a Huggable People :). Marty 

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Millennials YOU Are Brands - Personal Branding & Millennials

Millennials YOU Are Brands - Personal Branding & Millennials | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
In the new world for Millennials, the paradigm is personal branding. And it's only becoming more personal.


Marty Note
I feel for the the Millenials. This "Generation Y" group born roughly in the 1980s to the early 2000s have LESS of almost everything. They have less investment in training by the companies they join. They have less opportunities by virtue of the digital economy and grinding recession. They must educate and brand themselves.

This is a great Curatti post. Here is my favorite section:

"Simon Sinek, author of “The Power of Why” and the TED talk everyone should see, explores branding from the perspective of “why”, not “what” as people traditionally are told to think. He cites Apple and their belief that great technology should be beautiful, easy to use, and be met with good customer service. Only after does Apple mention those strengths is there a call to action, as opposed to most other products which start with the reason, and hit on why later on in the conversation or advertisement."

Great perspective everyone must master since, like the Millennials, we are in charge of what we stand for and its expression in the world otherwise known as our personal brand.  

Great Point from Jan Gordon about Millenial Advantages
Thanks Marty, for the scoop, love your insights. Yes, the Millennials have their challenges like any other generation but they have the advantage of technology and social networking, no longer tied to a resume but a digital footprint that is a living breathing story of who they are - personal branding is a must today which puts them at an advantage if they do it right. 

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janlgordon's comment, February 15, 2014 6:53 PM
Thanks Marty, for the scoop, love your insights. Yes, the Millennials have their challenges like any other generation but they have the advantage of technology and social networking, no longer tied to a resume but a digital footprint that is a living breathing story of who they are - personal branding is a must today which puts them at an advantage if they do it right.
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How To Buy Web Design - ScentTrail Marketing

How To Buy Web Design - ScentTrail Marketing | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

After 2 years Director Marketing for Triangle, NC's largest web design CO Marty Smith left to start CrowdFunde. Here are his tips on buying web design something we all need to do these days.

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Bill Gassett Rocks Real Estate Content Marketing on Scoopit

Bill Gassett Rocks Real Estate Content Marketing on Scoopit | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
Bill Gassett is a nationally recognized Real Estate leader who has been helping people move in and out of the Metrowest Massachusetts area for the past twenty seven years. Visit http://www.maxrealestateexposure.com
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Bill is a friend as well as a leading realtor and Internet marketer. I convinced Bill to start using Scoop.it to augment his blogging and social media and darn if he didn't LISTEN (lol). 

Bill is smart and he GETS IT. When we look back on who revolutionized how we sell homes Bill's name is gong to come up. This link leads to Bill's three new Scoop.it feeds:

Bill
@Bill Gassett 

Social Media Engagement
http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-engagement-by-bill-gassett 

Real Estate Articles Worth Reading
http://www.scoop.it/t/real-estate-by-bill-gassett 

SEO tips for Realtors
http://www.scoop.it/t/search-engine-optimization-seo-tips-and-advice 
 

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Bill Gassett's comment, February 5, 2014 5:40 PM
Thanks very much Marty you are the man!!!
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Repurpose Existing Content for Easy SEO Links

Repurpose Existing Content for Easy SEO Links | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
We've all had clients (or bosses, etc.) who were tough to please or asked what seemed like too much of us.

Via Peg Corwin, luigi vico
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Like this idea but would warn against duplication of content. Make sure if you have content in more than one place you use a canonical URL to tell Google which one (of the multiple URLs) to index.

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, January 12, 2014 12:14 PM

Use existing CONTENT ASSETS for SEO wins. Find them in these ways:


- Old email campaigns
- Open Site Explorer or Followerwonk to see what is popular
- Old microsites
- ReverseInternet
- Misspelled domains
- ImageRaider to look for your logo
- Offline content like white papers
- GPlusData for subject matter experts on
- Upcoming speaking events they are doing
- Blog commenters to network with
Now use paid content discovery networks like Outbrain or Taboola, or on Twitter, to get it discovered.


If you like this scoop, please consider a thumbs up or share.

Bill Gassett's curator insight, January 26, 2014 11:45 AM

How to get your content seen by more people by re-purposing it!

Bill Gassett's curator insight, February 5, 2014 5:32 PM

Are you re-purposing your content in order to extend your reach online? If not you should be! Of course if you are using Scoop.it then you are doing content curation already but do you know some of the other ways as well? Take a look and see how you can make your internet presence grow. One of my personal favorites mentioned in the article is Outbrain.

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Why You Shouldn't Find A JOB [trending on G+]

Why You Shouldn't Find A JOB [trending on G+] | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
4AM Waking Dream About Startups, Content Curation & Why You Shouldn't Find A "Job"
Not sure if I slept last night (lol). Working on my +Triangle StartUp…
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After an allnighter I am paying for today I wrote about startups, waking dreams and why you are never "out of work". Sometimes you are paying yourself to do what you love, but you are never out of work since work is life and vice versa. 

The last thing you ever need is a "JOB". Jobs suck. Jobs are things you do for money and you shouldn't spend any longer than necessary trading something of HIGH value like your time for something of low value like money. 

Jobs are OUT, movements are in. Join movements. Contribute to movements. Love movements, don't get a "job". 

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Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide to Doing It Right [Infographic]

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Personal Brands
Personal Brands sound more selfish than they are. Developing a strong personal brand is a rising tide capable of lifting all boats including company, friends and ideas or memes you create This "Ultimate Guide" to how to create an effective personal brand shares great tips, insight and "how to" guidance.

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Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:14 AM

Si queremos demostrar ser buenos en Community, nuestra marca personal debe ser excelente.

Ted Peetz's curator insight, July 25, 2014 2:43 PM

A cool infographic on "personal branding". How will you separate yourself from the competition?

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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

I love the 92% of companies who blog multiple times a day have acquired a customer from their blog stat. You might wonder how that could work. How can a company blog multiple times a day?

Shorten up your blog posts and widen your content curation and creation path and creating multiple post a day is possible. Each post has a unique URL so they shouldn't step on each other too badly (and that is another good reason to create a wide swath of content).

Brain Pickings is a great example of the power of intense blogging for long periods. Maria Popova's blog has almost 11,000 pages in Google, a PageRank of 7 and almost 11,000 inbound links. Smart content distributed across a wide swath with multiple posts a day can create a powerful SEO position.

My blog writing tips:

* Write in present tense verbs (sounds FAST).
* Short sentences without connections (and, but, so hurt more than they help online).

* Bullet points are good, great visual support is better.
* Match written content to visual support.

* Avoid "stop words" like "him, her, it, they".

* Be specific (use keywords whenever possible).
* Don't sweat grammar but watch the spelling.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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Red Bull's Branding Lessons For Personal Branding via Curatti

Red Bull's Branding Lessons For Personal Branding via Curatti | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

This post is about the branding journey from Tide in 1958 to Red Bull now with one inescapable conclusion - We Are All Media Companies Now. What are implications of Red Bull's branding lessons for personal branding?

* Create community, don't try and create a "personal brand" on your own (and yes we realize that sounds strange).
* Find VISUAL and DYNAMIC ways to discuss your personal brand.
* Use recognizable logos that are relevant to your personal brand.
* Look for the AWESOME and OUTSTANDING and then take a risk and DO IT.
* More risk in being boring than taking risks.

Create community, get visual (pictures, graphics, video) riff recognizable relevant logos and take risks since the  biggest risk is not taking risks.

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Secrets of a Killer Blog Post #Infographic

Secrets of a Killer Blog Post  #Infographic | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
A blog post is a great way to add extra value to your website and it’s a proven strategy for attracting new customers. The catch is that you have to add new content all the time.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Some of these tips are excellent, some stink. Be Controversial is a good example of a stinker. If you are Morton Downey then yes be controversial, but if you are NOT naturally controversial putting that air on to game the system is stupid.

There are no secrets anymore and you won't be able to maintain a mask long enough to establish a brand so why do it? Best idea is to do what comes naturally to you, tell the stories you know and keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Next best thing to do is hand the keys over and let others write, curate and contribute. When people consistently help out GIVE THEM A JOB. Ask them to monitor a section of your blog or website, ask them to tweet or provide guest blog posts.

Asking for something may be the ultimate confirming signal. The web is a huge lie detecting amplifier. Never become something you aren't to get links, social shares or traffic. You won't be able to maintain the masquerade and life is too short anyway.

There are some good tips mixed in such as ask questions and communicate the value and who the post is for. More good tips than bad here :). M

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Start-up of You, Personal Branding Visual Summary

In commemoration of a year in print, we present the Startup of You in visual summary. The last year has continued to demonstrate how work and careers need a new entrepreneurial mindset for everyone, not just entrepreneurs.


Via ukituki, Fred Zimny, John van den Brink
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

The hardest thing to know is when an idea becomes TRUE. Personal Branding's tipping point is now behind us, but just because we aren't on the "bleeding edge" doesn't mean we can't find and share cool personal branding resources and ideas (like this one). M 

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Epic Personal Branding: 6 Tips - ScentTrail Marketing

Epic Personal Branding: 6 Tips - ScentTrail Marketing | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

There is only one way to break out of the rat race and eliminate all competing rats - create EPIC Personal Branding. Here's how..

* Create BHAGs NOW!
* Videos and Pictures.

* Think TEAM!
* Use Special SOCIAL Weapons.
* Fail Miserably.
* Give your Skills AWAY FREE.

Follow those hard won secrets, at least one of them tried to kill me several times, and your personal brand will be EPIC, your resume floats to the top and you win the promotion, can afford the G I Joe with the Kung Fu Grip and love the life you create.


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malek's curator insight, April 13, 2014 12:16 PM
#5: FAIL MISERABLY

Success is failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Maryse Rebillot's curator insight, April 14, 2014 5:39 AM

Refreshing reading that drives you to (re)think about what you really want in life and be at ease with who you are - upside and downside.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:13 AM

But can you get paid?

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Where worth Meets Worthy SMM Lessons From The Big C - ScentTrail

Where worth Meets Worthy SMM Lessons From The Big C - ScentTrail | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

Hearing "cancer" and my name in the same sentence helped create strategies proving helpful with managing the VEGAS that is social media marketing.

Cancer helped me create tactics I'm using now to keep Social Media in check. Tactics such as:

* Praise is great but rarely located in time where it belongs.
* Failure suffers a similar fate. Time changes failure to success.
* Forgiving myself helps forgive others.
* Loving myself, warts and all, helps love others.
* Each day has magic & pain, both are helpful and good (in the long run).
* When time is short, and it always is, do what you love with those you love.

What about you? How do you keep all that social stimulation in check? Share your strategies and I will curate into my Scenttrail Marketing post:
http://www.scenttrail.com/worth-meets-worthy-social-media-lessons-from-the-big-c/

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8 White Lies About Content Marketing You May Believe

8 White Lies About Content Marketing You May Believe | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

Here are 8 White Lies About Content Marketing you may believe:

1. Only publish your best work to YOUR blog.

2. Everyone Can & Should Be Writing Content.

3. Great Content Promotes Itself.
4. Content Marketing & Content Strategy Are The Same Thing.
5. One or two great posts will make all the difference.

6. Long content/short content is best.
7. More content is better than less.
8. Content marketing is the new link building.

Great post that explains each of these "little white lies" about content marketing and curation.


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Marilyn Moran's comment, March 1, 2014 5:35 PM
Whoever made the graphic used the logo of the band White Lies. I like them very much so I'm not sure how I feel about that. haha
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, March 1, 2014 9:18 PM
@Marilyn Moran sorry about using a logo from a band you like. I liked it too, but will be more careful going forward. Thanks for the feedback and no offense meant. Marty
Marilyn Moran's comment, March 2, 2014 10:01 AM
The only offense is that more people don't know about their talent. Anyways, it's all good Marty! :)
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Slow Day? Scoop.it Leaderboard One Great Use

Slow Day? Scoop.it Leaderboard One Great Use | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

Readers of My Scoops know how much I admire Scoop.it gamification. Their leaderboard is masterful and motivating because it only shows people you are "running" with.

If I saw Robin Good's daily views (usually in the thousands) I would be de-motivated. As it is it never feels like my curation on Scoop.it is futile

One great use for Scoop.it's My Community "leaderboard" is to check to see if YOUR views are slow or if the WEB is slow. Today is a good example. With the south snarled in ICE My Scoop.it views are down about 30% from where they are by this time of the day.

Quick check of the MyCommunity board shows my views are not significantly behind other curators in my group - translation is the web's views are "slow" today so no need to panic.

By creating such a valuable feedback loop Scoop.it becomes a valuable tool for Internet marketers who can answer a key question - is us US or the Web?

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Why You Should Learn To Code And How To Actually Do It - DIY Genius

Why You Should Learn To Code And How To Actually Do It - DIY Genius | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
In the Lost Interview with Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” I like to think of coding as applied math and sciences because it teaches us an iterative approach to solving problems and testing out our ideas. [...]

Via Jimun Gimm
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Yes I want to learn to code and this was helpful since I've been stuck on where to start.

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Scenttrail Race To 4K Is ON! Twitter 3,905, Pinterest 3,991 - Who Will Win?

Scenttrail Race To 4K Is ON! Twitter 3,905, Pinterest 3,991 - Who Will Win? | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

Who will win the race to 4,000? @ScentTrail or http://www.pinterest.com/scenttrail/. Pinterest, led by King & Queen of Pinterest deserves little engine that could build community in much less time than Twitter. Twitter deserves the "Big Bat" award since content shared there seems to go the furthest fastest. Both social nets help each other. Doubt Pinterest would have grown as fast without Twitter's help (or Scoop.it for that matter :). M

 

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 4, 2014 12:54 PM

There is so much to do with these platforms that it seems fun to turn getting these results into a game and then deciding where you are winning. Do you take this metric game to the next level and calculate your return on participation by figuring out how much revenue you can attribute to having earned as a result of being there and participating at the level you do ?

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Why I Write Out of FEAR and JOY Every Damn Day

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I write out of FEAR. Writing, ability so many take for granted is a magic carpet ride for me. I had dyslexia so bad in 2nd grade I had to draw stick figures above words I was trying to spell.

I write every day now to keep gears oiled, share discoveries and the joy of being alive. The second brick that fell into the dam for me was hearing "cancer" and my name in the same sentence.

"Wait," I remember thinking, "There was supposed to be more time. As it turned out there was more time, but getting into the habit of writing and sharing 1,000 words a day helps me feel I'm not taking TIME for granted nearly as much as before.

This note links to GooglePlus where two friends kid me about being verbose. I wanted to be sure and share WHY I write daily - because I'm scared if I stop writing or slow down rust will set in and I will regret not sharing something that needed sharing.

Both fears may, at this point, be irrational, but the habit is set and beneficial for me. Since reading may be the most voluntary of acts I'd always assumed my "verbosity" was understood (it wasn't) and my readers knew how much joy the ability to match words that float in my mind out through my fingers and to you creates (they didn't).

I write out of a desire to share and because every word reminds me how far we've come. The note on GPlus explains the role my mom played. Moms are amazing and mine wouldn't hear anything other than we had a problem (dyslexia) and for every problem there is a solution. If that meant a little more work then that is what we would do.

Moms are amazing and so are friends. Hope this note on GPlus explains why writing is such a magic carpet ride for me.

 

 

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