The illusion of audience ownership is becoming harder to sustain

The best way to succeed on a given platform is to write/film/record/aggregate with that platform explicitly in mind.

The next thing you learn is that doing so makes that content extremely weird when taken out of context, which makes it incompatible with other venues.

A Vine video might work on Facebook, if you’re lucky, but a Facebook video probably won’t work on Vine.

Quizzes that explode on Facebook seem strange on Twitter.

A tweet might seem powerful and informative in the Twitter timeline, but look small and pathetic embedded in a website; a tweeted joke might do decently on Twitter but function better as a screen-cap on Tumblr, if at all.

The article or video or object that functions well across all contexts is either transcendently newsworthy or shocking—and therefore rare—or extensively adapted.… Read the rest

Legacy Films

StoryKeep
StoryKeep specializes in conducting intimate interviews on film/video. They record and gather family stories to create personalized videos, books, and oral histories. Conversion of archival analog media (slides, silent films, and memorabilia) is one aspect of thier service.

Heirloom Lab – Tell Your Story
Very clean site, nice graphic landing page, nav is easy and unobtrusive.  Would be nice if could click landing page pics, but they’ve actually been created as a single image.  Solidly responsive display on mobile.  Could use more vid examples.  Ironically, it’s a SquareSpace site.

J&E Higham
Films and websites that communicate and showcase your vision
Good, clean site.  Feature vid big on landing page.  “Films” page easy to see at a glance what kinds of work they produce.  Well-organized, nice use of categories to offer related vids when viewing chosen vid. … Read the rest

Notes from the State of The Web

http://www.crimsonhexagon.com/
http://www.criticalmention.com/
http://www.meltwater.com/
http://sproutsocial.com/
https://www.brandwatch.com/
http://www.curata.com/

https://www.spredfast.com/
https://sysomos.com/

https://hootsuite.com/
http://www.hubspot.com/
http://www.ipreo.com/
http://kapost.com/
http://www.lithium.com/
https://www.pinterest.com/

https://globenewswire.com/
http://www.marketwired.com/
http://www.prweb.com/

http://www.businesswire.com/
http://www.prnewswire.com/
http://www.prunderground.com/

http://thomsonreuters.com/
https://www.google.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/

Work flow / collaboration tools
Writing services
Photography services
Video services
SEO optimization
Access to contact database
Specialty distribution
Social media posting
Mobile posting
Web posting
Webcast & conf. call
Newswire monitoring
Unified console
Print media monitoring
TV/radio monitoring
Social media monitoring
Monitoring and responding to customer reviews and comments
Keyword analysis
Measurement and reporting tools… Read the rest

WordPress Research

Automattic
We are a distributed company, democratizing publishing and development.

We are the people behind WordPress.com, which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month, as well as a host of other popular services, such as Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We are strong believers in Open Source, and the vast majority of our work is available under licenses like the GPL.

Our team members hail from nearly every continent and 43 countries around the world.
https://automattic.com/

WordPress

This article is about the blogging software. For the blog host, see WordPress.com.

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.[5] Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015.[6] WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web,[7] at more than 60 million websites.[8]

It was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg[1] and Mike Little,[9] as a fork of b2/cafelog.… Read the rest

Social Media + Search Trends 10/3/2015 Research

Social Media + Search Trends 10/3/2015 Research. Some more monthly research I did in looking into new happenings regarding paid search, paid social media, Google tools, Facebook ad tools.

4 Red Flags When Hearing a PPC Agency Pitch
Michelle Morgan  |  August 3, 2015   |  5 Comments

http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2420240/4-red-flags-when-hearing-a-ppc-agency-pitch

Paid Search (Aggregate)

Improve the effectiveness of your paid search advertising program on Google, Bing, and emerging platforms. In this column, learn about changes in bid management tactics and other trends in paid search and pay-per-click (PPC) advertising – and what they mean for your digital marketing program.
http://www.clickz.com/category/search/paid-search

SEM (Aggregate)
http://searchengineland.com/library/channel/sem

12 Biggest Things To Happen In PPC So Far In 2015
New ad formats for mobile users, big tests for PLAs, and a new search deal paves the way to managing three search platforms.… Read the rest

H2 – Hydrogen – Climate Change and the end of the earth as we know it…

Arnold Schwarzenegger: climate change is not science fiction

Terminator star calls global warming a ‘battle in the real world’ that’s bigger than any movie, at the first summit of conscience for the climate in Paris

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/21/arnold-schwarzenegger-climate-change-is-not-science-fiction

An energy expert’s love-hate affair with Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell Mirai

Toyota has had two hugely transformational technology plays in its history: just in time manufacturing, and the hybrid Prius. Now it is shooting for a third with fuel cells.

Interestingly, the same government institutions that helped drive the commercialization of hybrid and battery electric cars (the California Air Resource Board and Japan’s Ministry of Economics Trade and Industry) are also supporting the roll out of hydrogen vehicles despite the fact that there are huge gaps in the environmental, economic and infrastructure case for hydrogen.… Read the rest

Crowdfunding Clean Energy Research

Crowdfunding Clean Energy (NYTimes 3/6/13)

If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to green products, recycle, and speak up to companies and politicians. It hasn’t always been an easy sell. However, if the approach of a promising Oakland-based start-up takes hold, there may be another line of action that could become available to ordinary people: directly financing renewable energy.

In January, a company called Mosaic, made a splash in the renewable energy world when it introduced a crowd-funding platform that makes it possible for small, non-accredited investors to earn interest financing clean energy projects.… Read the rest

Hydrogen H2 Research

Here is a whole bunch of information outlining aspects of the current state of hydrogen (H2) relative to now and going into the future.

A hydrogen vehicle is a vehicle that uses hydrogen as its onboard fuel for motive power. Hydrogen vehicles include hydrogen fueled space rockets, as well as automobiles and other transportation vehicles. The power plants of such vehicles convert the chemical energy of hydrogen to mechanical energy either

An energy expert’s love-hate affair with Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell Mirai 5/13/15

But there’s, one more element that Toyota believes is on hydrogen’s side: the business model. For in terms of business model, hydrogen fuel cells are relatively similar to our current internal combustion engines. Just like an internal combustion engine, fuel cells will likely be manufactured in-house by automakers.… Read the rest

B2B Business to Business Social Media Research

Here are links and excerpts to some recent research I have been doing on social media marketing specifically for business to business. What was most interesting is that the use of social media for B2B and B2C is actually quite similar, which of course makes sense. The notion that you can only use one way messaging as in traditional marketing is as dead as dead can be.  The challenge of social media remains the same.

Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media in the Workplace

Thought leadership—social media is an ideal venue in which to establish your company as a thought leader. Many companies effectively utilize social media blogging sites to provide company-specific content. Not only does this show your customers that you are a thought leader, it also generates conversation on the topic you choose to blog about.… Read the rest

Social Media Trends + Paid Search Research 7/2/15

Organic and paid search is not going away, but things are definitely going through significant changes. Bing/Yahoo has started to get real traction, and Facebook continues to impact search with multiphased results. We have reached to crossing point of mobile in the US, past 50%, and the use of mobile apps is also creating huge changes, as we anticipated a while back. While the playing field goes through paradigm shifts, the challenge is to be able to adapt and change in a way that is positive as well as effective. Creativity is the missing element across the boards, even more so when it comes to mobile. To be able to research, create concepts, and up-sell the client to fund effective, creative advertising on mobile is where the rubber means the road in our next gen, mobile Web world.… Read the rest

email spoofing in WordPress forms 2015

Visual Form Builder
Setting user-provided email as From/Reply-To… (17 posts)
https://wordpress.org/support/topic/setting-user-provided-email-as-fromreply-to

email spoofing in wordpress forms
https://goo.gl/BFoLFK

Gravity Forms Notification Emails Not Working
http://adeptplus.com/blog/gravity-forms-notification-emails-not-working/

Gravity Forms is working fine for me unless…
person uses AOL or Yahoo… WHY?
this is a disaster, causing me hours of headaches so far. Haven’t resolved it yet.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2141120/yahoo-email-antispoofing-policy-breaks-mailing-lists.html
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/aol-imposes-stricter-email-rules-to-stem-spoofing-attack/

AOL imposes stricter email rules to stem spoofing attack
AOL instructs mailbox providers to reject any email allegedly associated with an AOL domain that didn’t originate from an AOL server.
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/aol-imposes-stricter-email-rules-to-stem-spoofing-attack/

Yahoo email anti-spoofing policy breaks mailing lists
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2141120/yahoo-email-antispoofing-policy-breaks-mailing-lists.html

A brief DMARC primer
April 7, 2014 by laura in Industry
https://wordtothewise.com/2014/04/brief-dmarc-primer/

Not receiving (or intermittently receiving) notifications via GravityForms
http://nefaria.com/2014/11/not-receiving-or-intermittently-receiving-notifications-via-gravityforms/
Sender Domain Policy and Spoofing
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Sender_Domain_Policy_and_SpoofingRead the rest

Thoughts on Social Media 2015

“Social media” is a bit of a misnomer, as the term is used to describe many different and diverse communities online.  An essential concept that gets lost is the fact that all these different online communities (social media platforms) have very different cultures.  The best way to grok each individual culture is to immerse oneself in a given community for a significant length of time.

The challenge in utilizing social media is understanding how to adapt the message and become part of the native conversation.  Being tone deaf to the unique social media culture in question can have sharply negative results.  Interactions on Facebook are very different from sending out a hashtag laden tweet.  Posting an Instagram photo with relevant hashtags takes a wholly different attitude than uploading a set of images into a Pinterest account. … Read the rest