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Will our self-programming computers send out hostile orders to the chips we've added to our everyday objects? Or is this just another disruptive moment, similar to the harnessing of steam or the splitting of the atom?

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Social Commerce Moves to Land Grab Phase at Warp Speed

Lee Traupel | Posted 02.19.2015 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

The face of sales is longer mired in the old school approach imprinted in the culture by David Mamet's culture defining "GlenGarry Glen Ross" - a tale of desperate men chasing the American dream, using outdated sales "methods."

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Content Marketing Best Practices for Business Focused Brands

Lee Traupel | Posted 02.05.2015 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

Defining great content is no easy matter. To some execs the definition may be similar to Potter Stewart's quote about porn, which was a bit ambiguous:...

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Awesome Blogs Every UX Designer Should Follow in 2015

Iva Turgut | Posted 01.30.2015 | Huffpost Code Read More: User Experience, User Experience Design, Web, Web Design, User Interface, Technology, Design, Career Advice, Professional Development, Education, New Year's Resolutions, Huffpost Code News
Iva Turgut

Still looking for that perfect New Year's resolution? Well, deciding to read more is a great one to get your 2015 up to a great start.

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Blood, Sweat and Tears Define Great Content: No More and No Less

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.29.2015 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

How do you make content that the visitor wants to share? Key attributes: useful, emotion laden, factual, practical, newsjacks (events, moments in time, perspective).

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Why Designers are Integral to All Marketing Activities

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

Embracing and inculcating design into your business starts with knowing you have an issue. It's like sobriety, until you admit you have a problem, you are not going to find the promised land.

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Critical Digital Marketing Strategies for Business Growth

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.16.2015 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

Pinterest rocks for any brand targeting consumers and the female demographics are stellar. Like other social channels, its morphing to a full blown eCommerce platform and with broader (mainstream and male) demographics.

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Beirut+ TV: Lebanon's Online Animated Satire

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2015 | Media Read More: Beirut+ TV, Lebanon, Lebanese, Satire, Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine, American, George Clooney, Amal Alumuddin, Hollywood, Venice, French, 2-D, Animation, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, France, Switzerland, U.S., Apps, Néstlé, Video, Social Media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Web, Wezank, Media News
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's tough being a satirist amid countless known and invisible threats, but that hasn't deterred Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine and their merry group from poking fun at all things Lebanese via Beirut+ TV.

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Social Media Economies of Scale Start With Your Staff

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

Every business needs to stand up and out in today's content drenched world. Social media economies of scale starts with your staff.Whether your five or five hundred strong, look around the office or review the org chart.

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5 Content Tricks to Lower Your Bounce Rate

Jose Vasquez | Posted 01.12.2015 | Small Business Read More: Content Marketing, Bounce Rate, Entrepreneurship, Web, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, 10Ksmallbiz Scholar, Small Business News
Jose Vasquez

A high bounce rate can kill your efforts to increase conversions on your site, but these five content tricks will keep your users around for much longer.

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6 Scary Stories That Will Make You Rethink The Black Hole That Is The Internet

Erin Kelly | Posted 01.08.2015 | Crime Read More: Scary, Internet, Internet Privacy, Catfish, Internet Dating, Internet Safety, Websites, Web, Craigslist, Crime News

The world is a scary place -- but the Internet can be even scarier. Between a simple Google search and scrolling through your Facebook feed, there ...

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The Road to Hell for Any Brand Is Paved With Guaranteed Marketing Results

Lee Traupel | Posted 02.19.2015 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

Great marketing is iterative and subject to lots of variables. "Guaranteed results" are inherently time limited and the negative economic bias that's set up at the outset means there is no budget or time for iteration.

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Some Internet Activists Say Obama Didn't Go Far Enough

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology Read More: Net Neutrality, Internet, Web, Obama, Title 2, Title II, Fcc, Obama Net Neutrality, Thom Wheeler, Structural Separation, Technology News
Tracy Rosenberg

Some Internet activists are saying the intensity of the fight over net neutrality has diverted attention from other steps that can be taken to keep the Internet consumer-focused and equally accessible to all. Particularly, they point to the idea of structural separation. So what is structural separation?

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Fight Content Smog to Win Fame, Fortune and Your Dog's Undying Love

Lee Traupel | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business Read More: Advertising, Analytics, Arts, Big Data, Blogging, Business, Business News, Content, Content Marketing, Crm, Crm. Business, Culture, Customer Service, Design, Digital, Digital Age, Digital Media, Facebook, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, Intelligent Design, Lifestyle, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Marketing, Microblogging, Movies, News, Newscred, Online Advertising, Online Shopping, Philanthropy, Pinterest, Powerful Women on Twitter, Public Relations, Small Business News and Trends, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Social Networking, Strategic Philanthropy, Technologists, Technology, Television, Twitter, UK Business, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Video, Web, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Business News
Lee Traupel

Scratch any millennial geek today and "disintermediation" will bubble to the surface immediately. For good reason. Our world is being redefined as never before. It's the new digital world order and here is quick review for brands in need of refreshment.

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Speed to Market is Essential for Success in the Digital Age

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

There's an old Gypsy saying heard around the campfire: "speed can be a friend or your enemy." This is so applicable to small to mid sized companies today. Rapid change and global markets are defining how business grow and compete.

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Gay Web Series Celebrates 'Found Families' on Thanksgiving

Leon Acord | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices Read More: Old Dogs & New Tricks, Web, Series, Gay, Sex, Comedy, Tv, Sitcom, Thanksgiving, Found Families, Families of Choice, Gay Voices News
Leon Acord

More than any other holiday, I think this one is made for "found families," i.e., families we form in adulthood from friends and neighbors. Since the show is all about a group of friends-as-family in West Hollywood, it seemed a perfect match.

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Great Content Is Embedded in Your Business DNA

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.25.2015 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Powerful Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

Involve your entire organization whether it's five or fifty people: great content ideas come in all shapes and sizes: admins, customers, channel partners, sales, support, customer service and/or exec staff.

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Come to the Virtual "Atlantis"!

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World Read More: Atlantis, Knowledge, Digital Diplomacy, Global Citizens, Mythology, Culture, Internet, Beijing, China, E-Commerce, Myanmar, Rohingya, Lgbt, Uganda, Isis, Nsa, Web, Muhamed Sacirbey, Plato, Athens, Social Media, Enlightenment, Age of Enlightenment, Dark Ages, Americas, The New World, Edgar Cayce, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Utopia, Synesthesia, Donovan, World News
Susan Sacirbey

Like the the Atlantis of lore, the digital-diplomat is not tethered to any hemisphere but rather links to the superiority of knowledge and empathy over geography and ideology.

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Fight Content Starvation With Savvy Publishing Tactics

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

So, you just uploaded some great content to your blog post and shared it across you social accounts expecting a signal back from the universe. But nothing: a ping with no echo.

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Four Critical Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Business

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.17.2015 | Small Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Small Business News
Lee Traupel

Digital Oxygen starts and ends with design, with smart content woven into the mix. What's on your critical short list and what can you pushback til...

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Tech Nirvana: Don't Take a Knife to a Gunfight

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

Today's shiny markets wrapped in social media and buffed with billion-dollar valuations are a false line on the horizon for non-tech-savvy brands. ...

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If Your Web Site Is Driving Marketing Strategy, You Are in Trouble

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

Too many businesses fail miserably at good web site design. Every web site is a living/breathing digital asset and has to be developed accordingly. Your business is just homesteading on social media platforms but you own your web site.

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4 Lies Small Business Owners Tell Themselves to Avoid Ecommerce

Ian Mills | Posted 12.31.2014 | Small Business Read More: Small Business, Web Design, Ecommerce, Online Marketing, Magicdust, Websites, Web, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Small Business News and Trends, Retail, Small Business News
Ian Mills

As your customers move online, are you hiding behind excuses to avoid investing in an ecommerce channel for your business? By avoiding and investing in ecommerce, you may be selling yourself short. If you find that you tell yourself the following four lies, it might be time to reconsider your position.

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Using Google Alerts for Brand Monitoring and Competitive Intelligence

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

In today's modern spy vs. spy world there is no better 1.0 tool than Google Alerts - the Swiss Army Knife for content sourcing, spying on competitor...

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Standing out in a Content Drenched World

Lee Traupel | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business Read More: Business, Business News, UK Business, Small Business News and Trends, What-Is-Working-Small-Businesses, Design, Intelligent Design, Digital Media, Digital, Digital Age, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Tips, Blogging, Microblogging, Video, Online Shopping, Online Advertising, Advertising, Public Relations, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Linkedin Tips, Pinterest, Technology, Technologists, Lifestyle, Arts, Philanthropy, Strategic Philanthropy, Content Marketing, Content, Movies, Television, Customer Service, Crm. Business, Analytics, Big Data, Crm, Culture, Fashion Trends, Google, Google Plus, News, Newscred, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Networking, UK Culture, Uklifestyle, Women in Business, Work-Life Balance, Web, Women on Twitter, Business News
Lee Traupel

Every business needs to stand up and out in today's content drenched world. Social media economies of scale starts with your staff. Whether your five or five hundred strong, look around the office or review the org chart.

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