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  • India’s New Prime Minister Wants to Remember Every ‘Congrats’ Forever

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    India’s newest prime minister has set up a a website to collect messages from anyone who has congratulated him on Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media.

    Plenty congratulated Narendra Modi on Friday, when he climbed to the top of India’s political ladder. Any tweet with the hashtag #CongratsNaMO will appear on an online “…

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  • Google Expands AdSense A/B Testing To Account-Level Settings

    Last fall, Google launched A/B testing for AdSense ad-level settings in beta. As of today, A/B testing in AdSense is now available for account-level settings. Publishers can launch A/B tests of account-level settings to allow or block: General ad categories (including first level sub-categories)…

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  • How to Drive Sales With User-Generated Content [Infographic]

    Social sharing is an extremely high-volume stream, and many consumers place great importance on recommendations from peers. To wit, Offerpop has created an infographic outlining a strategy to help you drive sales with user-generated content.

    Social media users upload 350 million photos to Facebook, they generate 500 million tweets and post 55 million photos to Instagram every single day. To tap into that potential, Offerpop’s strategy has three steps.

  • Incentivize customers to post about their purchases on social sites.
  • Promote a sweepstakes across all platforms, from social to in-store.
  • Collect the stream of user content (with permission, of course).
  • Once content has been aggregated, Offerpop suggests brands feature the content on their website, providing links back to the content through social, which should drive more site traffic and sharing. And there’s a very good reason to run this kind of campaign: Brand engagement increases 28 percent when consumers are exposed to user-generated content and professional content at the same time.

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  • Best Practices for Creating Auto-Play Video Ads on Facebook

    Over the past few months, Facebook has gradually introduced members and businesses to its new auto-play video ad unit. Officially announced in March, these premium video ads are designed to play automatically as members scroll through News Feed for 15 seconds without sound.

    That same month, more advertisers were given access to the ad unit. As the social network inches closer to a wider rollout, advertisers are understandably eager to take advantage. Although premium video ads are still limited, now is the perfect time to begin brainstorming and prepping for Facebook’s review process.

    Here are some best practices to consider when crafting your auto-play video ad campaigns. And don’t forget to take a look at the past year’s top-performing branded videos and samples of non-invasive video ads before you start filming.

    Don’t Recycle Content

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    While there’s definitely a time and place for cross-posting your content, we don’t recommend repurposing videos that people have already seen elsewhere. Keep in mind that anyone who doesn’t want to see your ad can just scroll past it in News Feed. Because of that, you’ll want to ensure that the video you paid to promote is something that people can’t find anywhere else — at least initially.

    By this, we mean Facebook auto-play video ads should be reserved for sharing exclusive content. Once the ad has run its course, you can feel free to republish it on other platforms. But as long as it’s running on Facebook, make sure that that’s the only place people can find something like it. For example, if you’re promoting a trailer for a movie like Lionsgate did for “Divergent,” then it should either be the first trailer or one with exclusive scenes from the movie that can’t be found in other existing trailers.

    Do Keep Videos Short

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  • Politics and NGO Veteran Brad Schenck on How He Uses Sprout Social

    Brad Schenck is the digital director for the Rainforest Action Network, and he previously spearheaded digital strategy at Organizing for Action, the Obama 2012 campaign, and Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration Committee. He’s been a leading figure when it comes to digital campaigns for NGOs, political campaigns, and nonprofits, and his teams have used Sprout Social to accomplish their objectives.

    We spoke with him about how different kinds of not-for-profit and activism organizations have different sorts of needs, what makes for a smooth-running organization, and how Sprout Social helped make his job easier.

    Rallying Around a Date

    When he transitioned from a campaign and an inauguration — both big events with set end dates — to ongoing advocacy in Organizing for Action, the transition was more challenging than some might think.

    “In the campaign world, your dates and deadlines are pretty prescribed to you by the calendar,” he says. “There are voter registration deadlines, there are end of quarter deadlines, there’s election day. There’s a termination point to your actual organization’s existence.”

    Having that event to rally around remained important even after the campaign. “You have to set that date. There will be a few dates on the calendar that make sense, but mostly you have to be forward-thinking enough to create dates. You have to create moments… It’s really important that everyone in the organization believe in the date as the most important thing the organization is doing that day. The supporters will never feel it unless everyone’s really together and unified.”

    Managing Large Networks With Sprout Social

    When he worked on the Obama campaign and later Organizing for Action, he said the scale of the organizations was vast, and that presented some unique problems. “One of the very unknown things about the campaign was that we had a pretty robust digital presence for all 50 states, …read more

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  • Crafting a story for your music the fans and media won’t forget

    One band’s story

    “We were a band of white boys from Ohio that hitch-hiked our way to New York to try and make it big. Needless to say, by the time we arrived we were completely broke. We had nothing but the gear we hadn’t pawned yet and the clothes on our back. So when it came to finding a place to stay we were limited by the budget of what we were able to scrape together by busking in front of Yankee Stadium and ‘donating’ plasma.

    Our first stroke of luck came in the form of a cab driver that was inspired by our tenacity and offered us the spare room in his townhouse in Queens. So we found ourselves the proverbial ‘fish out of water’ in a neighborhood that was racially, culturally, and financially worlds away from anything we had ever known.

    Honestly, we were scared and intimidated. We really weren’t sure we were in a position to find any success in such unfamiliar territory. What we discovered was that music is a bond that builds bridges across unknown expanses. Beyond the differences separating us from the community that had taken us in, we realized that we were all blue-collared Americans looking to blow off steam after a hard day’s work.

    We quickly established a reputation as the neighborhood good-time band by playing house parties and getting paid with fried chicken and cheap liquor. And from there it snowballed into steady gigs at the hottest clubs in the city and a national touring circuit that took us places we never imagined. We became more than just a band of musicians. We became cross-cultural ambassadors for sonic manipulation!”

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    It’s true that there are bands out there whose music is so compelling and instantly connects with such a mass audience that the story doesn’t …read more

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  • How The Second Machine Age Will Transform Marketing

    The incredible change we’re all experiencing these days is highly fractal. Similar patterns are emerging at many levels, and we can learn a lot by zooming in and zooming out. For instance, we can talk about how marketing technology is changing — which it is, at a phenomenal pace. But we can…

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  • Quora Top Writer Vanishes, Raises Questions of Broken Real-Name Policy

    We recently reported on Quora’s growing problem with misogyny. One of the issues contributing to the rise of sexism on Quora may be its real-name policy, as several instances of banned users reappearing to send sexist messages have been reported.

    While Quora allows users to ask, answer and comment anonymously, it requires that users sign up using their real names.

    In response to the Quora question “Why has there been an outcry against real names on Google+ but not on Quora?” Yishan Wong explains:

    Quora is somewhat further along this understanding than Google is (maybe due to its Facebook DNA? Unclear). Answers with real names attached can be reasonable authenticated to a known individual, thus adding value for all parties. At the same time, selective anonymity makes people comfortable sharing information they wouldn’t otherwise share. While this information can’t be identified, it still ends up being a net-positive sharing of information.

    But authenticating a user’s real name on Quora is apparently not as far along as Wong suggests. Top Writer Alia Caldwell is a case in point.

    Writing about sexism on Quora, one user made reference to Calwell’s recent disappearance: “The most shocking was Alia Caldwell’s situation, in which her online stalker actually moved near her and coerced her to leave her hard-worked-for home.”

    Shortly after Caldwell allegedly complained of being stalked on Quora, she vanished. Caldwell, now known as “User,” deleted all of her contributions to the site, leaving gaping holes in the site’s content and upsetting many of her friends and fans, who have lost all contact with her.

    Caldwell was vigilant about protecting her (persona’s) privacy. One anonymous user posted the following question in October of 2012: Why are people on Quora not obsessed with Alia Caldwell lately?

    Additionally, Caldwell’s website aliacaldwell.com, where …read more

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  • How the Older Generation is Embracing Social Media [Infographic]

    While the average age of social media users is fairly young, a large percentage of social media profiles belong to adults 55 and over.

    Did you know that one in five Twitter users are over the age of fifty? Or that of the 53 percent of
    of Americans 65 and older who use the Internet, 77 percent of them are active on a typical day?

    What’s more, the older generation has the most spending power of any age group and account for 80 percent of all online luxury travel spending. Baby boomers also contribute 43 percent of America’s philanthropic activity.

    The infographic below by Accredited Online College debunks the stereotype that baby boomers are not-so-tech-savvy. Rather, this generation of power consumers is embracing digital media.



    Source: Accredited-Online-College.org

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  • Vendors, Listen Up! Here’s How Your Marketing Software Can Stand Out

    The reality for the modern marketer is that while the discussion about SEO resources (in the form of software and tech tools) may be getting long in the tooth; it continues to occur and evolve as the market itself matures. Companies big, small and in the middle — not only in search but in…

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  • A Warts-and-All Guide to Kickstarter: What Works and What Doesn’t (Plus Where We Royally Screwed Up)

    You have your big idea, and now you need funding. Your idea is awesome — the kind everyone will immediately understand and get excited about. The world will see how amazing the idea is, and funding will rain down upon you. But guess what? It won’t. These are the lessons we’ve learned so far while […]

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  • 3 Steps To Factoring In Upper-Funnel Metrics & Predicting Revenue

    If you’re an online marketer that wants to improve conversions on your direct-response channel(s), this column will help you to create a multi-touch and multi-action predictive model for your conversion funnel that allows you to make better budget allocation and bid optimization-related…

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  • Chase Customers, Not Clicks

    You want to be a broke-ass blogger, don’t you?

    No!

    Good gracious, of course you don’t. (At least I hope not.)

    But if the first metric you look at is page views, not sales — i.e. clicks, not customers — then you’re well on your way to broke-ass bloggerdom.

    What’s sad is that a lot of of online business owners do pay more attention to vanity stats than fundamental business metrics. So if you can shift your mindset, you’ll be ahead of the curve.

    Fortunately, Tom Martin is here on this week’s episode of The Lede with straight talk that every online business owner will benefit from hearing, understanding, and acting on.

    In this episode, we discuss a variety of topics that Tom spoke about last week at Authority Intensive, including:

    • Has Tom recovered yet from Authority Intensive 2014?
    • Are Tom and Brian Clark still friends?
    • Why a click is a sign of interest, not a sign of intent
    • How your audience will make you famous, but your prospects will make you rich (and make your spouse happy)
    • Why does Tom think he caught hell for the “rich” comment?
    • Why you have to give before you ask to receive
    • What “second-click” content is, what it does, and how to use it
    • Why time is the only finite resource in the marketing toolbox

    And, finally … are Aggies and Longhorns actually more alike than they care to admit?

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  • Google Names Ivy Ross As First Head Of Glass Division

    Google has added another executive with retail experience to its Google Glass management team. Late Thursday night, the company announced that Ivy Ross will become the first Head of Google Glass — the person in charge of the overall Glass division. Ross will start at Google on Monday (May…

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  • Five Signs Your Organization Is Crippled By A Culture Of Fear

    Your company has a culture. This isn’t news. Some cultures express themselves consciously, written on signs plastered to hallways or found on your website. Others subconsciously, hidden away in the minds and work processes of its employees; an unofficial, unspoken, culture that permeates an organization.

    SME Digital (the agency arm of Social Media Explorer), prides itself on its “Work from Anywhere” culture. Our team is free to work from anywhere across the globe (provided they can find a strong internet connection and be available for client calls). I’m currently writing this post from a rental in Victoria, Canada, where I’ve been staying for the past couple weeks. Not going to lie, it’s a pretty wonderful experience and adds, for me, a unique level of value to the company. And that value-add is exactly why we have “Work from Anywhere” as part of our culture.

    Strong, positive organizational cultures bring with them a host of added benefits. They empower teams to produce exceptional work; they can reduce turnover rates and can even supplement lower salaries/bonus structures. Likewise, a negative company culture can flat out destroy a company. It can lead to low productivity levels, petty theft, negligence, apathy and other destructive behaviors or actions.

    Working in an agency environment, I have the privilege of partnering with some fantastic companies. Most of which have positive company cultures and a few others negative cultures. These negative cultures aren’t obvious on day 1. It’s not like any of these companies had a poster in their break room that said, “Only work as hard as you need to to not get fired.” Instead, the negative culture of a company would manifest itself through the everyday actions and conversations of team members, delayed responses, cancelled phone calls, missed project deadlines. Of these …read more

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  • Why Does Jesus Keep Showing Up in My Toast?

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    Is that potato a spitting image of Winston Churchill, or is my brain just playing tricks on me?

    In today’s Mashable Minute, Elliott Morgan uses his face to explain “pareidolia,” the sensation responsible for why we think we see faces everywhere

    Oh, and be sure to check out yesterday’s episode. It’s about killer robots, y’all

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  • What’s Pinned to Your Doomsday Survival Board?

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    Pinterest is best known as a destination where people can share affordable wedding ideas, dip recipes, and inspirational quotes pasted over photos of white sand beaches. But a small number of Pinterest users also swap how-tos on building bomb shelters, storing food, and emergency medical care—for “when there are no doctors.”

    Meet the preppers of Pinterest

    These are people who anticipate financial, environmental, or biological catastrophe, and are actively preparing by stockpiling food, medicine, weapons, and other tools for survival. There are pinboards for every type of prepper.

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  • 10 People Who Want To Be Forgotten By Google, From An Attempted Murderer To A Cyberstalker

    Who wants things removed from Google under the newly declared “right to be forgotten” in the European Union? A convicted cyberstalker, an attempted murderer, a politician, a business with bad reviews and a pedophile are among those making such requests to Google. Yesterday, the BBC…

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