As you well know, the internet is incredibly oversaturated with low quality content. It seems like every business in the world is pumping out an endless stream of noisy content, which makes it more difficult for your brand to stand out. The good news is there’s at least one reliable strategy for standing out in today’s market. [Read more…]
Once, a good blog was defined by its text alone. It didn’t matter too much what it looked like as long as it had useful information. Then the digital age exploded, and it was easier than ever to upload images onto your blog. From there, photography was not only a good idea for your blog, but it was also expected. [Read more…]
Many people outside of the blogging world, especially those unfamiliar with the fast-paced world of freelancing, think that posting content to the web is done in a relatively freeform way without much of a schedule. It’s a self-scheduled, unattached life. [Read more…]
It is official – virtual currencies today are as big as ever. Do yourself a favor and check an online currency converter to find out how much 1 bitcoin (BTC) is now worth in dollars. Convinced yet?
Bitcoins are probably the most popular virtual currency on the internet today. It can be used to make online payments, buy physical products, or even withdraw cash from a bitcoin ATM. You may also be interested in mining for bitcoins, blogging about them, or simply investing in virtual currencies to leverage the increasing price of bitcoins. [Read more…]
You’ve likely seen advertisements or read articles all over the web from people saying that they make $30,000 per month blogging. Is it really possible, or is it a scam? It is possible, but it’s not as easy as many people make it sound. It’s an extremely involved and complex process that must be approached in the right way for it to be successful. [Read more…]
Viral videos are pretty hit or miss, and not many brands can match the virality of independent series like Awkward Black Girl. Still, the brands who try can end up winning big: Old Spice and Progressive are just two brands who’ve used humor, silliness and social media to achieve virtually instant name recognition. Videos that are useful or entertaining are the most shared, but there’s no real formula to making a viral video. That doesn’t mean, however, that brands won’t try–and some of them succeed.
For the first few seconds of Till Dance Do We Part it’s not hard to think this is a real show. It’s flashy and gaudy and just weird enough to be plausible: big audience, technically skilled dancers, and a judge who looks like a cross between Liberace, David Alan Grier and Prince. So, when the camera cuts to a female dancer smacking sidelong into a washing machine, the viewer’s surprised. We’ve just been tricked into watching a nearly pitch-perfect pastiche of reality show–and when the punch line comes, the viewer feels a little cheated. That’s what makes it compelling: for a split second, the viewer is left squinting at their laptop screen, not in on the joke.
But that doesn’t last long, and the punch line becomes genuinely funny. It shouldn’t be, because laughing at people who hurt themselves isn’t nice; but the slapstick element is a reminder of just how absurd the reality television industry has become. With the appearance of appliances comes the relief that a dance competition this crazy isn’t actually real. It’s what makes this video both entertaining and shareable. This month-old Sears commercial is proof that virality sometimes doesn’t happen. But Sears’ brand is recognizable enough that it doesn’t need an instantly measurable ROI, and this commercial will eventually become a gamble that pays off.
Blogging is hard to scale: Sometimes you feel inspired and you just go and write a cool article. Sometimes you feel swamped and stressed to blog but you need to. There are just a few professional bloggers among us. For the majority of us blogging is a hobby which makes it even harder to organize.
In an ironic twist that has always amused me, productivity apps are seemingly getting more and more complex. With expansive features, complicated installation instructions, thorough sign up policies and a millions steps for setup, it is hardly worth it.
After all, isn’t the point of getting the app in the first place to be more productive? How can it call itself that when it waste so much time and energy just getting the thing up and running? It doesn’t exactly instill confidence in the product.
But there do exist some nice, simple productivity apps out there that get the job done, and with minimum fuss. [Read more…]
Social media is now the main tool for the vast majority of charities and good causes for getting their message out, raising awareness and funds. All of the top 200 Forbes listed charities use at least one of the main social media platforms for their fund raising campaigns.
Tweetathon, Tweetsgiving and Twestival have all used the social media tool Twitter with great success for their charity drives.
Even though email and IM are still the two important communication channels, social media channels are rapidly increasing for our communication and we are dedicating more and more of our time online to social media.
Infographiclabs have collected and visualised the most recent data on Social Media usage in infographic below, enjoy!
The Rise In Popularity Of Instagram
With the increasing popularity of social media communication, here comes another application that’s been creating a huge buzz around the internet for a while now: the image uploading app. Instagram. Instagram is so popular that it has gained more than 4.5 million users in less than a year. Like Twitter, members can follow your posts but instead of words, you get to post photos and then your follower can “like” your photos and leave you comments, for whatever reason, many people are fascinated by this. But what’s even more amazing about Instagram is that even professional fashion photographers and Hollywood celebrities are getting hooked by its immense popularity. It has even caught the attention of the number one social media site: FaceBook.