[Note: If you click on the “more” tab in the presentation above and select “autoplay” it will eliminate the need for clicking through the entire presentation]
As I’m sure you’ve noticed we’re trying something a little different this week. Lee tasked me with creating a weekly news round up to share on the TopRank Blog. Who doesn’t love news? I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with our readers some information that has been released this week that we think is newsworthy. I also convinced Lee to let me try something a little different which is why there is a Prezi presentation which provides highlights of the overviews and links to articles listed below. I’m curious to know what you think of both the means of communicating the news as well as the articles themselves. Happy reading (and watching).
Belly up to the New Google Bar:
“The Next Stage In Our Redesign” Over the past six months Google has been working on transitioning the look and feel for a bunch of their products. Google has now announced the next stage of their design which includes a new Google bar that will enable users to navigate quickly between services and sharing on Google+. This article also includes a sneak peak of what the changes will look like. Via the official Google Blog
All the Fun of Shopping Without the Pepper Spray:
“Cyber Monday Spending Hits $1.25 Billion to Rank as Heaviest U.S. Online Spending Day in History” The 2011 holiday season has already generated over $15 Billion dollars in online sales. Cyber Monday alone reached an estimated $1.25 in online spending which is 22% increase from 2010. This marks the second day on record that online sales have surpassed the billion-dollar threshold. This report provides a wealth of information on online spending for 2010 and 2011. Via comScore.
Speedy Link Tools Are Good To Find:
“18 Tools to Speed Up Link Building” Anyone who has done link building knows that it can become a very time consuming task. SEO Consultant Justin Briggs has compiled a list of tools that if used correctly can speed up this monotonous task. Via Justin Briggs Blog.
Good Ads Come to Those Who Wait:
“Twitter Tests Self-Serve Ad Platform – Finally” A group of select marketers are now able to test Twitters long awaited Self-Serve ad platform. The launch of Twitters initial platform in 2010 was a waiting game and left many marketers wanting more. The process involved filling out an online form an waiting to hear back from Twitter’s sales team. With ad revenue estimated to reach $400 Million in 2013 it’s a good thing Twitter is creating a platform to improve usability. Via ClickZ.
“Biggest Digital Transformation Hurdle: People, Not Tech” A recent report by the MIT Center for Digital Business and GapGemini Consulting found that people not technology is the largest hurdle to making the transition to digital. The study focused on analytics, social media, mobile, and embedded devices. Of all of the executives who were surveyed for this study not one of them felt that their innovation culture was as strong as it could be. Via InformationWeek.
What were some of your favorite news stories this week? What do you think of this format? News is new to TopRank’s Online Marketing Blog, so we’d love your feedback.
Byron Fernandez says
Haha, “Damn Humans.” What is it with the “lizard-brain,” visceral knee-jerk we have toward change, pain or uncertainty? There’s nothing more badass, or beautiful, as a human being doing what they were meant to do. Lost in “flow.”
Been reminded lately of John Holt’s “How Children Learn”:
“Birds fly, fish swim. Man thinks and learns”
The presentation confused me. Partially because it took a while for me to find the More tab, then I wasn’t sure what I was watching, plus the videos would start for a second and then stop as the presentation moved on to another slide, and finally, I couldn’t find the shut up button. 🙂 It was just confusing. Love the news list, however. I can imagine it might be useful to put the slide images as thumbnails next to the text news items, however, to add the visual interest. I just don’t think it works (for me, at least) in the presentation format. Thanks for the news. Found a couple in there I didn’t already know about.
Thank you for your feedback. Usability is very important! I want this to be a pleasant experience not one that makes it more difficult to get the information. Thanks for reading.
Human intelligence is really improving nowadays. I’m a little confused to the video I’ve watched but then. I learned something new. We always need to improve our businesses so that people can notice our products. Thanks for the info.
I’m happy to share. Thank you for your feedback.
Noel Worli says
This is good news for twitter users with many followers.