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Improve Your Communication Skills with These 7 Websites

Improve Your Communication Skills with These 7 Websites | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
It's true that the pen is mightier than the sword, and the same could be said of communication skills. Listening well is more powerful than speaking loudly. Known as a "soft skill," good communication is a subtle force that will open doors professionally, improve your relationships and increase your personal happiness. These 7 online resources will…

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iOS 9 Said to Emphasize Performance, Stability, & Bug Fixes - OSXDaily

iOS 9 Said to Emphasize Performance, Stability, & Bug Fixes - OSXDaily | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

OSXDailyiOS 9 will primarily aim for system performance and stability improvements, according to a new report from the well-sourced 9to5mac. Furthermore, iOS 9 will have a ‘”huge” focus’ on fixing bugs and bringing under the hood improvements to the mobile experience, while the new iOS version will have less of an emphasis on bringing new features to compatible iPhones and iPads.


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12 Twitter Stats to Help You Get More Conversions [INFOGRAPHIC]

12 Twitter Stats to Help You Get More Conversions [INFOGRAPHIC] | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
Want to get more conversions on Twitter? It’s not enough to simply tweet - you have to actively measure and analyse your performance. For example, did you know that images drive 18 percent more click-throughs, 89 percent more favourites and 150 percent more retweets than text-only tweets?

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, January 28, 2015 12:50 PM

Check out the visual 12 Twitter statistics to help you get more conversions

Don Sturgill's curator insight, February 4, 2015 9:28 AM

Very interesting ... check the stats.

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8 Types of Photos You Should Never Use on Your LinkedIn Profile

8 Types of Photos You Should Never Use on Your LinkedIn Profile | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
You could get passed over on LinkedIn if your headshot stinks. Put your best face forward on the popular professional networking hub by not making these common and comical profile faux pas.

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50 Big Ideas, Predictions and Trends for Small Business in 2015

50 Big Ideas, Predictions and Trends for Small Business in 2015 | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
Business owners and experts told us their predictions for small business in 2015.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, January 15, 2015 2:05 PM

Los dueños de negocios y expertos nos cuentan sus predicciones para la pequeña empresa en el año 2015

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6 free visual marketing tools

6 free visual marketing tools | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

This lack of artistic ability poses a threat to my marketing career, especially now that visual content marketing is the ticket to success. Even though I have other creative traits, I'm worried I'll get left in the visual storytelling dust.


I know I'm not alone.

 

Luckily, we non-artists have a few tools to mask our lack of design talent.

 

These tools are free, but often have advanced paid features for when you're ready to step up your game. They don't replace a designer's expertise, but you can use them for smaller projects, like blogs, social media graphics, or Slideshare templates....


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Two Pens's curator insight, September 18, 2014 2:27 PM

My fave is Recite:  let's you make any quote look art directed. Given Twitter's predilection for quotes, it's a no-brainer.

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 20, 2014 11:51 PM

Great share from Jeff and all new to me. Don't let Jeff fool you, if his artistic abilities are failing then I hope I can fail that good (he just past me the other day like a bullet on Scoop.it views). Great share here of new cool tools. 


lepidopt's curator insight, September 23, 2014 3:51 AM

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Apple's iWatch & iPhone 6 event from physician perspective

Apple's iWatch & iPhone 6 event from physician perspective | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
Apple's iPhone 6 and iWatch event could have a significant impact on health tracking depending on the integration of the iWatch with Apple's Health app.

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Social Media Design | Free Tools | Social Media Today

Social Media Design | Free Tools | Social Media Today | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
These seven resources can help turn your Social Media content from mediocre to professional.

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, June 3, 2014 10:48 AM

Design plays a major part of any web or social media presence. Even though you may not have been schooled in the Visual Arts, these resources can help turn your Social Media content from mediocre to professional. Once you choose your network and know the correct specs, read on to discover seven resources that can help you create amazing Social Media content.

malek's curator insight, June 3, 2014 2:12 PM

Simple and neat. I use Pixlr, good enough for the not-so-sophisticated editing function. 

#ForKeeps

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High quality copyright free images

High quality copyright free images | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

Free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects. Click on an image to download the high-resolution version. New awesome pictures added weekly!
All pictures were captured by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design and free of copyright restrictions.


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Charlie Dare's curator insight, July 9, 2014 12:51 AM
Great collection of really interesting and thought provoking images. ~
Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, July 22, 2014 6:36 PM

Thanks Nik for sharing this.

Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 2016 9:42 PM

Great collection of really interesting and thought provoking images. Great to get students using these in their projects.

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5 Maintenance Tips for iPhone & iPad: The Simple and Essential iOS Cleanup Guide - OSXDaily

5 Maintenance Tips for iPhone & iPad: The Simple and Essential iOS Cleanup Guide - OSXDaily | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

"Spring is well under way, which means it’s high time to do some essential maintenance for your iOS hardware. Yes, we know that cleaning isn’t the most fun thing in the world, but these are all simple tasks, and really it’s the type of regular maintenance that every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch user should develop into regular habits… but just in case you haven’t gotten there yet, we’re here to help.

 

So get out that iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and follow along to keep things running smoothly. Let’s get going!"

 


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How to Password Protect Pages, Keynote, & Numbers Documents in iOS

How to Password Protect Pages, Keynote, & Numbers Documents in iOS | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

"The iWork suite of productivity apps include Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, and each of them allow users to password protect individual documents. In practice, this means that a document created within iWork in iOS, OS X, or iCloud, can be safely locked with built-in encryption, and the document can not be opened or viewed without entering the defined password on any other device. For example, you can set a password to a Pages document on your iPhone, then open it again on the Mac from iCloud and it will require a password, and vice versa."

 


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VideoBlend for Mac

VideoBlend for Mac | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

VideoBlend for Mac is a free video editor and player designed for Mac OS X.
Key Features
- Split: Trim, split and combine video clips.
- Transcode: Change video formats, resolution, and quality.
- Download: Save video clips from Youtube and Vimeo to your computer.
- Effects: Add various effects to your video.
- Add Music: Add and edit background music.
- Rotate: Rotate video clips 90 degrees to any orientation.

-etc.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 21, 2014 12:44 PM

This looks like a very useful free download for Mac users. Great for doing video projects with students.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, April 26, 2014 12:13 PM

Great for student projects!

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5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement

5 Secrets To Better Employee Engagement | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, April 3, 2014 1:14 AM


A lot has been written in recent times on the subject of employee engagement, and business owners generally don't have the time to digest all the nuances embedded in the copious quantity of information available, so the essence of what is important is of more use to the average business owner.


Simply distilling  the information available relating to improving employee engagement levels, does not provide any form of guidance as to what to prioritise to make an earlier difference, therefore a different approach is needed.


This excellent article by a practicing global director of employee engagement, suggests that by connecting the brand and employees a business owner can make meaningful progress towards improving employee engagement levels, and it outlines the five areas of focus that are key steps to making this happen sooner rather than later.

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, April 3, 2014 6:47 PM

So true...

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27 Proven Best Minimum Budget Marketing Strategies

27 Proven Best Minimum Budget Marketing Strategies | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

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John Norman's curator insight, February 11, 2015 11:58 PM

A useful list but how useful is it? What have other individuals or small companies been using that would more effective? 

mokshastocks's curator insight, February 12, 2015 12:37 AM

http://www.mokshastocks.com

Carol Griffiths's curator insight, February 12, 2015 5:59 AM

nice reminder...

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Build a Successful Small Business Blog in Four Steps

Build a Successful Small Business Blog in Four Steps | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

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John Norman's curator insight, February 4, 2015 5:45 PM

There are definitely benefits to be had from writing your own business blog. Here a 4 step plan to help you get started 

Epsilon Business Credit's comment, February 5, 2015 12:39 AM
The key step here is working out the goal of the blog. If that's not well defined the blog will fail...
Cruise Master's comment, February 5, 2015 3:44 PM
Agree with all the comments. Truly a masterpiece article .....
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10 Graphic & Web Design Tools That Will Explode in 2015

10 Graphic & Web Design Tools That Will Explode in 2015 | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

Every designer has a collection of tools that they find indispensable to doing their job. Some of these tools are popular ones that you will likely find in every designer’s toolbox, while others are not so well known. In this article, we will take a look at 9 graphic and web design tools that are set to explode in 2015.


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Farah Jouffroy's curator insight, January 29, 2015 3:50 AM

Et vous, qu'utilisez-vous comme outils graphique ?

Debra Walker's curator insight, January 29, 2015 5:07 PM

Some great ideas and concepts here for getting stories out in the firnat that gets them told.

Jake Peters's curator insight, January 30, 2015 8:56 AM

We use a lot of these already. Definitely worth checking out if you're a designer/developer.

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Are Keywords Relevant to SEO in 2015?

Are Keywords Relevant to SEO in 2015? | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
Take a look at this analysis of onsite optimization factors that matter far more than keyword presence.

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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, January 22, 2015 2:49 PM

Keywords aren’t totally dead in the water — after all, Google still needs some kind of text to figure out what it is your company actually does. In that sense, you could say that keywords are simply informational tidbits for Google’s analysis, rather than having a quantifiable relationship and impact on your actual rankings.

Gina Tucker's curator insight, January 22, 2015 5:48 PM

What is an SEO myth compared with SEO reality? 

Andrew Wroblewski's curator insight, January 23, 2015 8:03 AM

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How to Create Social Videos With Your Smartphone

How to Create Social Videos With Your Smartphone | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

Are you using video to promote your brand?Do you want to create videos without having costly equipment?If you have a smartphone, you already have all of the tools you need to create fun and engaging social videos.


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Bonnie Burns's curator insight, January 7, 2015 12:01 PM

Find out how to shoot and edit videos to share on social media with your smartphone.

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The Rise of Purpose-Driven Social Marketing - Marketing Technology Blog

The Rise of Purpose-Driven Social Marketing - Marketing Technology Blog | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

You’ll often find me in some huge debates online on anything related to politics, religion and capitalism… all the red-hot buttons that most people avoid. It’s why I have personal and branded presences across social media. If you want marketing only, follow the brand. If you want me, follow me… but be careful… you get all of me.+

While I’m an unabashed capitalist, I also have a big heart. I believe we should help one another and not depend on bureaucracies that are inefficient and ineffective. I truly believe the way we change things is by taking personal responsibility and helping to be the catalysts for change. Our agency is always donating time, money and other resources to not just help charities… but to also help businesses that don’t have the resources but have promise. +

It’s no longer good enough to just have a social media presence. Marketing 3.0 will be won by those who become purpose-driven social brands, and to do so, the CMO, CSO, CSR, and Foundation leads must align to bring a cohesive brand story to life. Check out We First’s infographic below with some cold hard facts that make it clear the future of profit is purpose, and the most iconic brands of the future will be those that drive the most meaningful social change. Simon Mainwaring

It’s not just the right thing to do, being purpose-driven is also becoming an expectation of businesses, the motivation for employees and a growing buying habit by consumers. People want their money to go to businesses that are environmentally aware, treat their employees well, and invest time and energy in making the world a better place. +

I’m glad purpose-driven marketing is becoming a growing strategy and topic of conversation – I’ve written before about the frustration I have when people criticize cause marketing (we discussed this with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge… ugh). I’d encourage every company to promote the efforts they’re making to help those around them – this inforgraphic points to why!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, September 10, 2014 3:33 AM

Brian is SPOT ON here as usual. We've been watching the annual Cone Consumer Activism Survey for years. The number of consumes who want their brands to do the right thing about health, the planet and human rights has grown steadily for years.

Brian is right when he says it isn't enough to make a great widget anymore. Everyone makes a great widget now. Now we buy from those who are "like us" and who we love.

You can't buy love, but you can sure influence it by your deeds and actions. When I started selling bar soap for P&G a lifetime ago (1981) what a marketer SAID was important.

Marketing was about knitting SAYINGS together and repeating them enough to drill them into memory. Now marketing is about what we DO and any dissonance between what we DO and SAY is death.



Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 10, 2014 6:14 PM

Here's a handy infographic that addresses a shift happening in business: being purpose driven and sharing that story.


Being purpose driven means a company focuses on how their products/services not only solve a customer's problem or fulfills a need, but also positively contributes to fixing a social problem or makes a difference to humanity/the planet.


Certainly this infographic shows the consumer desire for this and the opportunity gap for businesses.


But hold on! If you name this activity "purpose driven marketing" you are already following the path to ruin. Why?? Because it will be a marketing project (re: a snow job) instead of the way the company fundamentally does business.


So be like Patagonia and a few other companies who really are purpose driven. There are far more companies today who are just jumping on this bandwagon but not walking their talk.


But if you can tell this kind of powerful story about your business, all kinds of rewards are in store for you.

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An Overview of iOS 8′s New Accessibility Features - MacStories

An Overview of iOS 8′s New Accessibility Features - MacStories | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

Since this year’s WWDC keynote ended, the focus of any analysis on iOS 8 has been its features — things like Continuity, Extensions, and iCloud Drive. This is, of course, expected: iOS is the operating system that drives Apple’s most important (and most profitable) products, so it’s natural that the limelight be shone on the new features for the mass market.

 

As I’ve written, however, the Accessibility features that Apple includes in iOS are nonetheless just as important and innovative as the A-list features that Craig Federighi demoed on stage at Moscone. Indeed, Apple is to be lauded for their year-over-year commitment to improving iOS’s Accessibility feature set, and they continue that trend with iOS 8.

 

Here, I run down what’s new in Accessibility in iOS 8, and explain briefly how each feature works.

 


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10 Things You Didn't Know Dropbox Could Do

10 Things You Didn't Know Dropbox Could Do | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
Between hosting webpages and emailing files straight to your folders, there's a lot you can do with Dropbox that you never knew before.

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Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 1, 2014 11:37 AM

Useful Dropbox list.

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Inside the 'iWatch': The technology Apple is looking at for your Wrist

Inside the 'iWatch': The technology Apple is looking at for your Wrist | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
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Inside the 'iWatch': The technology Apple is looking at for your wrist
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Apple's anticipated entry to the wearable devices market has taken on near-mythical status, with rumors reaching every corner of the technology map.

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, January 25, 2015 2:40 PM

The future is waiting for us

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How to Set the iOS Calendar to Start on a Monday Instead of Sunday - OSXDaily

How to Set the iOS Calendar to Start on a Monday Instead of Sunday - OSXDaily | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

"The iPhone and iPad Calendar app defaults to starting a week on Sunday, which is the generally accepted standard of most US calendars. Meanwhile, some other nations start the calendar week on Monday, and some users just prefer to start the week on the first weekday of Monday rather than the weekend of Sunday anyway. Whatever your choice, you can customize the way the iOS Calendar displays so that the week starts on a day of your choice."


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How to Run a Family Business Without Killing Each Other

How to Run a Family Business Without Killing Each Other | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it

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BSN's curator insight, April 22, 2014 9:35 AM

How to Run a Family Business Without Killing Each Other #business #tips

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Estelle Metayer's curator insight, September 30, 2014 2:01 PM

Great article

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Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch | Marketing and Creative Branding Solutions | Scoop.it
Apple on Tuesday issued a new update for its wildly popular mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1, which is available immediately over the air (OTA) and should show up soon as a download through iTune...

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