With an ever-growing supply of mobile apps, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd—both in functionality and design. With that in mind, we sloshed through app stores to handpick 30 beautiful mobile apps that designers and design enthusiasts will love.
We’ve organized this article into seven sections, so you can easily find the mobile app that fits your needs best. It’s time to turn your phone into your own little robotic personal assistant! Let’s begin....
This e-booklet contains a collection of ten lesson plans to help you develop students' digital literacies and critical thinking skills. Based around authentic infographics the lessons start by using discussion to help students access what they already know about the topics and then move on to comprehension and a range of tasks that help students to explore the validity and authenticity of the information they find. They finish with structured research and presentation tasks that encourage students to work collaboratively and share what they have learned.
This free, one-day introductory event will be delivered by AWS Education's technical instructors. This event is ideal for business and technical leaders, as well as IT Pros and developers who are eager to learn more about cloud computing and be trained on the AWS Cloud.
There are nearly 700 million internet users in China, and they don’t let their connections go to waste. The country is a downloading, WeChatting, ecommercing powerhouse, and it has the statistics to prove it.
We sorted through the numbers put out by some of China’s biggest internet companies, and brought them down to scale. This is an internet minute in China. The country does in 60 seconds what some would only do over a day, week, or more. Not too shabby....
Popular wisdom says that everyone hates advertisements. It’s why Netflix is so popular, cable subscriptions are steadily declining, and ad blocking has grown from 21 million users in 2009 to 198 million in 2015.
Infographics are such a fun and effective visual way to display information. We at Buffer have certainly used them quite a few times to share information.
There are so many tools being released every day allowing us to easily create better and better images— including infographics—to share and use in our marketing efforts.
Even folks (like me!) who never thought it possible to create one ourselves!I had a lot of fun researching and testing out a handful of different infographic makers, and I’d love to share the seven tools I liked best to easily create beautiful infographics....
While at Google’s offices recently, I had the pleasure to hear a Google Product Manager present the company’s view of how information retrieval has changed with the rise of mobile and smartphone adoption.
They are calling it “micro-moments,” the premise being that as smartphone adoption and use continues to skyrocket, consumers increasingly have small bursts of interaction with their phones across search, social, video and email, as opposed to prolonged periods in front of a desktop.
This viewpoint represents a shift from the linear “sit, search and act” desktop mentality that characterized the early days of the internet, in which research and action were typically performed in one sitting while in front of a connected internet device.
These days, according to Google, more searches are done on mobile than on desktop in many countries, including the United States, Japan and United Kingdom.
Google’s micro-moment perspective posits that discovery and action are decoupled as discovery comes in multi-session bursts, across channels, on a mobile device, while action (conversion/purchase) often takes place later on a larger screen, a laptop or tablet device....
If your brand is targeting 20 to 30 year olds, using video as a communication tool is key. You might find that your business, like many others, are failing to fully engage the millennial demographic.
Did you know that millennials (or Generation Y, as they’re also called) will spend more than $200 billion annually starting from 2017? Did you know that millennials are primarily visual buyers? Or that there are approximately 80 million millennials in the US? Needless to say, there’s a lot of money and loyalty to earn if you get your communication strategy right.
Luckily, Animoto created an infographic with the key statistics you need to know in order to understand why, and how, the Gen Y are interacting with online videos. Below are the key take-aways....
Which domains have the most engaged audiences in five verticals: women, politics, business/finance, science, and technology?
To determine the top publishers, we used BuzzSumo to retrieve the sharing metrics on more than 30,000 relevant articles between May 2014 and April 2015 relating to the five verticals mentioned above. In total, these articles earned more than 58 million social shares. We used BuzzSumo to retrieve the top 1,000 articles in each vertical that were published between May 4, 2015 and April 30, 2015 as well.
With this data, we identified the 10 publishers in each vertical with the highest number of total shares -- and learned a lot about content promotion along the way. In this post, we’ll walk you through six key takeaways from our findings that'll help you maximize outreach during your next promotions cycle...
Everything you need to know about the visual web and assesses the impact today's image-centric culture has on marketing and advertising, if you're an advertiser, publisher or simply interested in what heck the 'visual web' is.
Via Jeff Domansky
VideoNot.es is a great tool for building your students’ digital literacies and their abilities to use video to study online. It enables students to take time stamped notes while they watch video content and save them alongside the video file.
Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch. Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.
I get it. The last thing you want to do when you’re sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over… and over… and over again. It’s actually a pretty helpless feeling, asking strangers to decide on the fate of your new venture. If it’s your first or second venture, there can be a real learning curve, too. It takes time and feedback to get it right. Presentation guru Guy Kawasaki has put together an infographic that can help make your pitch both more effective and less painful....
This is where it gets tricky. The answer is that there’s no one singular solution. As frustrating as that sounds, it really does depend on your brand, service, product, or business, and it involves a lot of testing.
Often we get asked: How did you grow your Twitter followers to such impressive numbers? Why do my accounts not grow as much as I want them to? Why do I get nothing out of all my marketing efforts? Why do people not talk about my product in social media?
And most of the time the answer is: It’s the Content – or the lack thereof.
What do you post if you do not have interesting content?If you have no good content to share on social media, you either cannot post as often as you want to (and should be) or you sound like a self promotional tout. Social Media Marketers can only post as often as they want if they have the amazing content to share that makes their posts powerful enough.
And when your social media updates fail to be useful (like interesting content) – why should others care or even share them?
Of course social media is also about conversations and interaction and not only about sharing content. But your options in social media are very limited if you yourself cannot start the conversations you want to have with the right content....
Apple’s in a bind. The FBI wants them to crack the encryption on a San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone. Apple believes that’s a dangerous precedent. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter is breathtakingly simple and clear. Learn from it.
Here’s Apple’s logic: Breaking encryption creates a “back door.” Any such back door would inevitably get out. Thieves and foreign governments could use it. And then none of our data would be safe. Financial flows and everyday privacy use similar encryption — this precedent would threaten the same problems in those domains.
This is an unpopular position. Gloss over the details and it seems like Apple is protecting a terrorist. As Donald Trump, as always articulating the simplistic view, said, “Who do they think they are?”
In this situation, a press release would be useless. Instead, Tim Cook published an 1,100-word, plain-language open letter explaining the company’s position. I’ll take it apart and show you how and why it works. Excerpts below, with my comments in brackets....
Today, what we say and ask Google starts to matter less and less.
Google tries to understand us before we even ask. It’ll morph or results based on our location, device we’re using, previous behavior, and more. It’s truly an engine of matching intent vs. matching keywords these days.
Minimalism is the new trend. And, today we will focus on best free minimalist WordPress theme. They are plenty and we want to only focus on the best.Website design is important for any website. The design should also concur with what you have to offer. Any website with content should focus more on typography based design rather than bling-bling. If you are trying to build a portfolio, things get more focused on images and how important information can be highlighted.
Minimalistic design, on the other hand, is user-friendly and also offers great SEO leverage to the website. Minimalist WordPress themes are light-weight and offer a great loading time. Less loading time means a great boost in Google rankings.
Another important aspect of minimal design is the way content is showcased.
Without wasting more time, let’s get started with the best free minimalist WordPress themes for 2015....
Are you looking for the ultimate list for design resources online?
If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect pattern, the finest font, and the coolest color combo. What if you could bookmark one page that contained all of the design resources and references you’ll need?
That’s this page. Don’t worry, Princess, you won’t have to kiss any frogs here. On this page, you’ll find the best resources on the web (and we’ll continue to update this list and keep it fresh). Whether you’re looking for podcasts or image inspiration, YouTube videos or design communities, we’ve got you covered. We scoured the ‘net to find the best and brightest resources available....
Fullscreen background images are a way to send a powerful message in web design. Whether you want your user to feel an atmosphere, to have a message they can’t miss, or simply to make your website more beautiful, fullscreen backgrounds are the way to go. In this post we have some inspiration of designers mockups that found how to do it the right way.
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How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.