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World-Class Engagement Tools Reach your audience across networks and promptly reply to your customers. Sprout makes it easy for teams to keep tabs on conversations and effectively engage at all times. More on Engagement » Unified Inbox Assign Tasks See who is available now & route messages to the appropriate person or department. Social Media Management, Twitter Tools, Social CRM | Sprout Social
We all know social media is an important tool for brand awareness and customer acquisition — but how exactly are you supposed to convert random Twitter and Facebook users into real-life customers? Well, that depends. Different brands have different challenges when it comes to customer acquisition: "If you’re our customer, you’ve signed up for a year-long service, unlike the Starbucks of the world, where you can be a customer by coming in for a cup of coffee one day," says Lisa D'Aromando, social media community manager at Equinox. Whether you're a clothing shop, a restaurant or a subscription service, you must tailor your strategy so that it makes sense for your brand. That said, there are a few universal ways to help your company attract new faces on the social web. 6 Ways to Acquire New Customers via Social Media
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How To Grow as a Designer By Building Your Own Network Being part of a web design and development community offers you many possibilities and chances for self-development. Each one of us knows about these communities and, at some point in time or another, wished or even was part of one of them. Knowing other individuals in your industry is something I recommend to everybody, as you can get a lot of help from such experts. Communities are not only created around people, but also around offline web design agencies, which give you even a better set of possibilities and a different network that you can use during your career. Design, development, social media, marketing or blogging (part of the web in general) are industries evolving a lot lately and this will not stop soon.
PLAYMOBIL(TM) Apple Store Playset Stylish technology nuggets made by Apple... we just can't seem to get enough. From iPod, to MacBook, to iPhone, to iPad. Even if we laugh our way through the announcement, thinking we'll "never buy an overgrown iPhone"... it happens again. So when we spotted this amazing Apple Store Playset from PLAYMOBIL™ we were admittedly in a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it's a product designed for children much younger than ourselves. On the other hand, it's a tiny representation of the store which sells us all the shiny Apple goodies we can't resist.
Impact is the key in design. Make the viewer take notice. Persuade them to stay. Turning propaganda poster images into modern web design
You have a website and you are building traffic to it, but what do you know about your visitors? Do you know where they come from, how engaged they are with your website or if they have converted as a reader, subscriber or customer? You can see all of these insights for free using Google Analytics. Why Google Analytics? Google Analytics allows you to see where your visitors come from and if they engage with your content or leave immediately. Additionally, you can set up goals that match your business goals and measure if visitors are meeting those goals. How to Track Social Media Traffic With Google Analytics
Today saw the arrival of one of the most anticipated Android apps in recent memory, with the launch of Instagram. The app is hugely popular on the iPhone and got some 430K signups on its pre-release signup page for Google’s OS. Now that it’s out, we decided to put it through its paces to see how the Android flavor compares against the one that iPhone users have grown to know and love. We found that much of the aesthetic had been ported over from iOS, with just a few concessions to Android user interface conventions. There are a few interesting details, however. The odd sizes of the screenshots are due to the differing sizes in the screens of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which I used to test Instagram for Android, and the iPhone. A Comparison of Instagram for Android and iPhone
Content-discovery tablet app Zite on Wednesday announced a twist on its wildly successful algorithm-driven platform that company executives say will be a big step toward bridging the divide between content creators and aggregators. The app's new Publisher Program creates publisher-specific sections to exist alongside its subject-based sections. The program is launching with a group of eight publishers including CNN, Bleacher Report and The Huffington Post. But the launch of publisher-specific sections won't tamper with the mind-reading algorithms that are Zite's secret sauce and have made it a hit with users and reviewers. Tablet News Aggregator Zite Introduces Publisher Partnerships
Shoutlet is the leading global, enterprise-level social relationship platform. We help brands leverage social channels to drive highly engaged customer relationships that result in measurable business impact. Our innovation is unrivaled because social is all we do. Shoutlet, Enterprise Social Marketing Platform
1inShare Jump To Close Georg Petschnigg throws his hands into the air as he traces the ages of human evolution that led us to develop the fragile wrists we need to use tools. Petschnigg locks his wrist into place and pretends to scribble on an imaginary piece of paper, in the process lamenting the user interfaces we've come to accept from computing platforms. "How do we get back to creating?" Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier
We've all gotten used to the idea of using Twitter, Facebook, and even YouTube for marketing -- even if the platforms aren't always as brand-friendly as they could be. And why should they be? They started as social networks meant for people to talk to people, not companies to talk to consumers. But in the struggle for monetization, they've had to adapt and continue offering ways for brands to market and make money using social media. Pinterest vs. Google+: Which New Social Network Is Worth Marketers' Time?
by Scott Witthoft and Scott Doorley | 11:52 AM March 28, 2012 Winston Churchill famously said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us.” The places we work and the ways we think are inextricably linked: a few changes to one inform the other. Five Ways to Make Corporate Space More Creative - Scott Witthoft and Scott Doorley
Responsive design has brought about a whole new list of challenges for web designers who have decided to take the plunge and leave static design behind. Creating a layout that works well at not one but several, or even all, possible widths requires patience, creativity and of course, lots of testing. Nothing replaces checking out your design on the actual devices that you’re targeting, but as you’re building, it’s nice to be able to get a quick peek of the layout at various widths right on your computer. You could resize your browser window manually, but this gets ridiculously tedious if you’re shooting for precise pixel dimensions. Fortunately, several talented developers have already built some great tools to aid you in this process. Join us today as we take a look at three of them. 3 Free Apps for Testing Your Responsive Designs Online
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How Instagram Will Help Facebook Monetize Mobile Facebook just spent $1 billion on a company with no revenue. Facebook doesn't make substantial revenue off of its own mobile apps and it's not clear how the addition of Instagram will help the company monetize its mobile offerings. That can't thrill Wall Street as the social platform heads toward its initial public offering.
Friday, April 13th, 2012 | Posted by Jon Kolko I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion at Union Square Ventures yesterday, organized by Gary Chou and Christina Cacioppo. The focus of the panel was on the topic of “what should I make”, and we bounced around to touch on issues of process, insights, founders, and funding. I spent a bit talking about insights, and here’s what I talked about. In the context of design and innovation, an insight is a provocative statement of truth about human behavior. Where do Design Ideas Come From? | Austin Center for Design
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Facebook Timeline Rolls Out to All Users (Whether They Want It or Not) | Gadget Lab
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Facebook Acquires Instagram: Is Your Best Friend Marrying THAT Guy?
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Jeff Bezos Plans to Recover Apollo 11 Rocket Engines From Ocean Floor | Wired Science