30 Instagram Rules for Your Businesses

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This is the fourth post in a 12 month series on the use of Instagram for businesses. If you're struggling with how to use Instagram as part of your marketing strategy, it might be because you don't know what to do and what not to do. To help you out, I've put together a list of my top 30 Instagram rules for businesses. Use these to help guide your strategy and help you see greater success using Instagram. Complete your bio with relevant information Include your full business name (or … [Read more...]

Sharing Your Process With Customers Is Your Product

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Process Is Product In 2009 I wrote: An eye of our collective Digital Marketing Storm settled briefly today. It is the day before Thanksgiving. Our web site is speeding up even as staff and friends hit the road. During a mid afternoon lull a thought settled in too. Process is product I thought. What does that mean? What are you doing right now? Whatever you are doing, no matter how seemingly insubstantial, your actions are product. Pema Chodron in her book The Wisdom of No Escape explains we … [Read more...]

Why Big Data Needs Big Collaboration

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Yesterday's Wisdom Applies As Much As Ever Today “You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created” Albert Einstein “Judge a man by his Questions rather than his Answers” Voltaire Data, Analysis and Questions The dictionary definitions of Data, Analysis and Questions show the clearest of synergies. Indeed, the first two are always identified together.  But Data Analysis is more the victim of inbreeding than most fields, so the most in need of fresh infusions of … [Read more...]

The State of Social Media: – What B2B Marketers Need to Know

It’s been a very active spring this year in the social media industry as well as for businesses. The winter that gripped the nation for the while it did has finally come to a close, and here we are: Mid-April. With the exception of a few rainstorms and snow flurries around the country, things are finally warming up! The last few months have been telling for the industry landscape. Whether you’re a marketer, analyst, investor, end-user, or enthusiast of social media, there’s a little bit of … [Read more...]

Playing Serious Games For Business With Author Phaedra Boinodiris

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"Gamification is every bit at important as social media," IBM's Serious Games Manager Phaedra Boinodiris said this morning at Triangle Startup Factory. "I worry about the Trough of Disillusionment because gamification is about more than badges," Phaedra continued. The fear is gamification is over hyped. Hype creates the illusion of simplicity. When gamifying a business process turns out to be more difficult  the "Trough of Disillusionment" sets in. Reason and understanding gets thrown out in … [Read more...]

The Power of Question Circles and Why You Need Them [Infographic]

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What is a Question Circle? In an age where so many new businesses flood each new niche to an extent far greater than the market can possibly sustain, it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd in a unique manner.  I believe Question Circles provide one such means of achieving distinctiveness. The concept of circles is far from new.  There are Book Circles and Knitting Circles and yes, a couple of different concepts for Question Circles (facilitator.com and co-intelligence.org … [Read more...]

Great Visual Storytelling Tools to Make Your Content Go Viral

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In my last article we talked all about visual storytelling -- why it's important for your business, how to think about it so it will work for you, and then I shared examples of companies doing visual storytelling really well -- and being successful as a result. Yahoo! At the end, I promised that my next article would focus on the cool visual storytelling tools I've found. Well, this is it! Tools To Make Your Stories Come Alive To start us off, here's an article that was written for journalists … [Read more...]

Why You Need to Question the Answers

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Whereas the title of this post is borrowed unashamedly from a superb Mighty Mighty Bosstones album, the concept came from Greg Satelli (Digital Tonto) in his thought provoking 2010 post, The Stupidity Of Crowds.  He was talking about how the greatest success is for those who buck trends as opposed to following them.  How true is this I’d like to present a different take in support of the above assertion. First to defend trend following: We all do it from time-to-time and that’s fine!  Who … [Read more...]

Commere + Content Revolution: Why CrowdFunde Is Hiring Content Curators

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Great Content Curators Needed Working with Jan and Curatti's amazing "Editors of Chaos" convinced us - CrowdFunde needs great content curators. CrowdFunde is our Durham, NC based startup being "accelerated" at Triangle Startup Factory. CrowdFunde's mission is simple - help websites, brands and companies tap wisdom of crowds so commerce and content can help one another. Creating CrowdFunde In Response To: How Social Media Marketing is changing the web. Our inability to make someone love … [Read more...]

The World Outside Of Our Bubble [Infographic]

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This is a light-hearted follow-up to my article, How Do We Find Our Way Out Of The Content Echo Chamber?  This time, the simple goal is to get you to think about who ’everybody’ is, as in, the everybody who knows almost everything about almost everything that we content writers purvey. Did you know that as of March 26tt, 2014, the US Census Bureau estimated the world’s population to be 7.154 billion?  In actual numbers, that’s 7,154,000,000. Did you also know that there were 1,150,000,000 … [Read more...]