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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Article: Get MarketMeSuite, The Free Social Media Dashboard for Business

Get MarketMeSuite, The Free Social Media Dashboard for Business

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Article: White Paper - An ERP Guide to Driving Efficiency

White Paper - An ERP Guide to Driving Efficiency

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Article: 6 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results

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Digital predictions for 2012

Rowan Heasley, founding partner at Naked Penguin Boy, gives his digital predictions for 2012.

According to the self styled experts on Mayan civilisation, their cosmic prophecy predicts an earth shattering experience that will occur on December the 21st, 2012. The experts argue a bit after this on whether it would be a sunspot storm, asteroid, rare line up of the earth, sun, mars and galactic centre or if the Galactic federation will finally come to earth and welcome us into the galactic fraternity.

So, besides suggesting that we all buy and give Christmas presents early, here are our other predictions for 2012.

1. Content marketing to increase – With Google's upcoming Panda update, marketers are going to have to focus more on the quality of content rather than quantity, and creating engaging experiences for their audiences will have a direct impact on their search engine results.

2. Mobile continues its expansion – After years of saying that it was the "year of the mobile", 2010/2011 was the first year it really kicked off thanks to Steve Jobs (RIP) and Apple, with Android following closely behind. Mobile continues its expansion with more and more brands looking for mobile solutions to their business issues while closely watching the rise of tablets.

3. Gamification - the hot topic (more among agencies than brands) of 2011 will start to get more serious and structured and be implemented in more campaigns. Though, by its very nature it will hardly be noticed. You will engage and "play" with a brand but not quite be able to put your finger on exactly why you are enjoying it as you admire your collection of badges and trophies.

4. Games – With the rise of mobile, social media, gamification and the stress on ROI, more marketers will be looking at using games as a tried and tested method of reaching their consumers (adver-games or games for content).
Seeding and promotion of the games will also gain more prominence in order to reach the target market more effectively.

5. Cloud computing – This is a bit like what mobile has been for years. Suppliers of cloud computing are starting to tout it as the big thing of the year but it has not quite taken off and probably won't until late 2012 either.

6. Social media continues expanding – Facebook trundles on with its privacy issues while users and brands wish it would improve its search engine and make finding new content easier. Google+ which has been off to a reasonably good start will allow its platform to settle in a bit and will then start to push and market it from the middle of the year. Expect to see some good celebrity related stories in the press to help this along.

7. Security – Slowly but surely the boffins have been winning the war against hackers making it more and more difficult for them. Unfortunately that is only in the PC world - with the growth of mobiles, tablets, cloud computing and with more employees taking work home with them, whole new areas have opened up to hackers and we will see some embarrassed companies in 2012 as data is stolen on both an enterprise and individual level.

8. Engagement strategies – closely tied with some of the above predictions, brands will realise the importance of developing an engaging and shareable brand. The most engaging brands will have the most brand advocates and will therefore be most liked by search engines. It's a win-win situation if you can get it right.

9. SMO and SEO – Social Media Optimisation will play an increasing part in your overall Search Engine Optimisation where using social activities to support your SEO and the overall effectiveness of all social media marketing.
Think: sharing, engagement, content, recommendations and conversations.

10. Strategy – Surprisingly most brands don't have a digital strategy in place and work on ad hoc projects instead. In 2012 more thought will be given to tying these projects together into a more effective strategy that will produce more gains and be more flexible over the coming years.

And in summary, 2011 was not the greatest of years with all the financial woes of Europe and the US, but 2012 should definitely be better; after all it will be at least one day longer.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Spool tool

What is Spool?

Spool lets you:

  • View Flash videos on your phone
  • Read articles without pinching or zooming
  • Save content for offline access

Here's how Spool works:

1) First, add a webpage to your Spool using your phone or computer. For computer access, go to

2) Next, we'll extract all text, images, and videos from that page and save them to your Spool. Videos are "recorded", just like a DVR or VCR records television, so they take longer to save.

3) Finally, once the page is saved, we'll notify you and download it to your phone.

For fun, try adding one of these pages to your Spool - a page on pandas, our favorite animal, a video on Cut Copy, one of our favorite bands, or a NASA video on lunar eclipses, our favorite type of eclipse.

Article: What is Spool?

What is Spool?

Sent via Spool, an easy way to save web pages and videos to your phone
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