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

Google CEO Eric Schmidt ~ Security Versus Privacy

Google Privacy
Too many wrongly characterize the debate as “security versus privacy.” The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that’s why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide. My Reaction to Eric Schmidt ~ Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier calls bullshit with eloquence: “For if we are observed in all matters, we are constantly under threat of correction, judgment, criticism, even plagiarism of our own uniqueness. We become children, fettered under watchful eyes, constantly fearful that — either now or in the uncertain future — patterns we leave behind will be brought back to implicate us, by whatever authority has now become focused upon our once-private and innocent acts.

Read the rest

12-5-14 Search + Mobile Marketing Research

eyes

Indian TV channels up digital spend
MUMBAI: India’s TV broadcasters have been ramping up their advertising expenditure in digital this past year to the point where it may now account for up to one quarter of the total http://tinyurl.com/o35tdl7

UK will take digital adspend lead
LONDON: More than half of all adspend in the UK will be spent on digital media in 2015, making it the first country in the world where the majority of adspend goes on digital, according to the latest data from GroupM.
http://tinyurl.com/q7hp9oq

Australian online adspend to double
SYDNEY: Australian online advertising expenditure is set to double over the next four years according to a new study, which highlights the growth of online video. And within this, it said online video was the fastest growing type of online general advertising inventory, with a growth rate of 60% during 2013/14.… Read the rest

BlackPhone New Ultra Privacy Phone Post Snowden

Girl Selfie
BlackPhone
Privacy is a right.
This may seem like something we can all agree on. But technology has made this an ideal that is increasingly hard to obtain. And it slips further away from us with each second.
https://www.blackphone.ch/

Silentcircle
The World’s Solution to Mobile Privacy
In a digital world with eyes and ears everywhere,
privacy is hard to find. Get in the Circle.
https://silentcircle.com/

Mobile Privacy Solutions
Encrypted Calling Plans
Unlimited Talk & Text Among Members Anywhere
Whether you’re across the globe or down the street, our network offers industry leading encrypted communication and secure access with no contract.
https://silentcircle.com/services

Groovy Man with Phone
PrivatOS
What is different about PrivatOS?
http://tinyurl.com/k3y2c5f

Disconnect Search
Search privately using your favorite search engine.
https://disconnect.me/search

Disconnect Secure Wireless

A new, smarter VPN that stops wireless eavesdropping over Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G
Stop the biggest mobile trackers from collecting your info
Protection from thousands of malvertising threats

https://disconnect.me/mobile/secure-wireless

Middle Eastern Woman with Phone

‘Zero-Knowledge’ Privacy
‘Zero-Knowledge’ privacy means the server never knows the plaintext contents of the data it is storing.… Read the rest

Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Latvia

Anti-Fascist 1500-2
Riga, Latvia – Second Case of Anti-Semitic Vandalism in a Week December 13, 2010

Riga, Latvia – Police in Latvia were investigating Monday after a second incident of anti-Semitic vandalism in less than a week.

A memorial to Zanis Lipke, a Latvian credited with saving more than 50 Jews from death during World War II, was daubed with paint in the early hours of Monday morning, police said. The memorial was quickly cleaned up by municipal authorities.

The incident came just days after 89 tombstones in the Jewish Cemetery in Riga were daubed with swastikas by vandals, (as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias).

Latvian Foreign Minister Girts Valdis Kristovskis was quick to condemn the latest incident, saying ‘recurrent acts of vandalism’ were unacceptable.

Lipke, who died in 1987, was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by the Holocaust memorial organization Yad Vashem.… Read the rest

Digital Font Foundries / Font Foundries

Foundry HDR-1200jpg
I have been a designer for my whole life.  My father was an industrial designer specializing in packaging graphics and corporate identity.  I spent my summers running a ‘stat camera’ and doing layout with letraset sheets in his design studio in Boston.  In whatever incarnation my life and career has taken, from actor, to photo assistant to NYC photographer to SEO guy to WordPress developer to Online Media Strategist, design has always been the boilerplate of reference.

The names of fonts were as familiar as the names of cars and hotrods on the street,  Franklin Gothic. Futura. Gil Sans. Goudy Sans. Helvetica Optima. Syntax. Univers. Bembo, Times New Roman, the names scroll on in my mind.

When I bought my first Mac (an LC II), it was in the quest to be able to print out a dynodex file into my swanky Filofax. … Read the rest

Search + Mobile Marketing Research 5-20-14

Gandalf Checking Email
We are going to see a huge increase in location-based marketing. With the rapid proliferation of devices, and the explosion of the Internet of Things, people will be carrying, utilizing, and depending on their devices more than ever. As part of the increased dependency, there is an increased expectation of services and personalization.

The social, mobile web has digitized information and allowed us all to connect with anyone, anywhere. When we need information, we can find it instantly. But digital disruption is about more than just information. As brands, we need to kill promotional marketing messages and start providing customer-centric information that is helpful to our target customers.

Smartphones and tablets have effectively become the center—and integrating components—of consumers’ multiplatform lives. In that sense, though, mobile is more than “the new desktop.” It has a role with far greater significance than simply serving as a substitute computing device.… Read the rest

Mobile Marketing Statistics 2014

 

Mobile Social Media Girl
Mobile Marketing Statistics 2014
http://www.smartinsights.com/mobile-marketing/mobile-marketing-analytics/mobile-marketing-statistics/

Mobile traffic up to 15 per cent of global internet traffic in May 2013 – up from 10 per cent in May 2012, and six per cent in May 2011.
http://www.smartinsights.com/digital-marketing-strategy/ccmary-meeker-2013-internet-trends-in-the-usa/#comments-section

Published May 2013 by Mary Meeker and Liang Wu
The latest edition of the annual Internet Trends
http://www.kpcb.com/insights/2013-internet-trends

Mobile marketing strategy guide
http://www.smartinsights.com/guides/mobile-marketing-guide/

Mobile marketing briefing
http://www.smartinsights.com/guides/mobile-marketing-briefing/

4th Quarter Online Mobile Traffic Up 40% Over Last Year
http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/217210/4th-quarter-online-mobile-traffic-up-40-over-last.html

April 2014 Report:
Small Business Rollercoaster Continues
http://www.nfib.com/surveys/small-business-economic-trends/

SEO & PPC Q1 2014 Trends: ‘(not provided)’, Mobile & Bing Ads All Grow [Reports]
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2340362/SEO-PPC-Q1-2014-Trends-not-provided-Mobile-Bing-Ads-All-Grow-Reports

The Search Agency’s State of Paid Search Report: Q1 2014
http://info.thesearchagency.com/StateofPaidSearchQ12014.html

RKG Digital Marketing Report Highlights Mobile Traffic Growth; Strong Impact of Product Ads in Paid Search
http://www.rimmkaufman.com/announcements/rkg-q1-2014-report-highlights-mobile-traffic-growth/

5 Tips for Using Facebook News Feed Ads
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2333625/5-Tips-for-Using-Facebook-News-Feed-AdsRead the rest

A Modern Mystic ~ Contemporary Guru

Fiery Meteorites raining down from Space

Eckhart Tolle    https://www.eckharttolle.com
Mary Anne Williamson    http://www.marianne.com
John Ruskan    http://www.emclear.com
Julia Cameron    http://juliacameronlive.com
Neale Donald Walsch    http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com
David R Hawkins    https://www.veritaspub.com
Miguel Angel Ruiz    http://www.miguelruiz.com
Thomas Moore     http://careofthesoul.net
Raymond Grace    http://www.raymongrace.us

Vaddy Ratner Site
http://www.vaddeyratner.com/
Don Miguel Ruiz Site
http://www.miguelruiz.com/
Marianne Williamson!
http://www.marianne.com/
Neale Donald Walsch Site
http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/
The Secret
http://thesecret.tv/living.html
Neale Donald Walsch (Google Search)
http://goo.gl/wpKxFD
Don Miguel Ruiz (Google Search)
http://goo.gl/oQUlVd
Dr Micheal Lennox Dreaming Interpretation
http://www.dreaminginterpretation.com/

“Are you a mystic? You’ve probably never thought of yourself as one. You’ll rarely find a mystic calling herself a mystic, though anyone who seeks to experience the Divine on a personal and intimate level could be on the mystic’s path. The path of a mystic is one of the heart; it’s for those who have fallen in love with the Creator or creation itself.”
http://www.sedonameditation.Read the rest

40 Great Content Tools

At The Beach
I was stunned to click the link to 40+ Tools & Tips to Execute a Winning Content Strategy by Chuck Price and to find so much great information and links to so many awesome tools.  Some of the tools I have used and use currently, but to have them all in one place on one web page is pretty awesome.  I will return to give deeper edits to this page, or even delete it entirely, but I found it useful, inspirational and too damn good to not to want to have it as a reference. I have put a huge no index, no follow on this post, in order to not have this appear as total duplicate content.

There really is no excuse for poor content in 2014.… Read the rest