5 Marketing Technology stories you might have missed 11-3-12


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5 Marketing Technology Stories you might have missed

MT5 Edition: #60

Stories This Week: Apple’s e-wallet end around, Twitter’s election map, LinkedIn adds influencer discovery, 5 SEO tips and Summly keeps things short

1. Forget the E-Wallet — It’s Apple’s Passbook That Will Transform Retail

[AdAge] Although Apple is lagging in “Near Field Communications or NFC”, the technology that makes e-wallets possible, they are leap-frogging the competition with a software based solution that solves the underlying problems facing consumers and retailers.

My Take: Leave it to Apple to focus on Apps to solve the challenge. It’s perfect in it’s simplicity. People know how to use apps and they are already comfortable with online payments. This is genius. Google, your technology-based solution just became irrelevant.

2. Twitter Launches Election Map to Track Candidates’ State-by-State Messaging

[Wired] Twitter launched a new interactive map on Thursday that measures the effectiveness of President Barack Obama’s and Governor Mitt Romney’s tweets on a state-by-state basis.

Twitter Election Map

Twitter Election Map

3. LinkedIn Adds Discovery Tools for Influencers Network

[Mashable] LinkedIn is rolling out a couple new tools to make it easier for users to find celebrities, business leaders and personalities to follow from the social network’s roster of about 150 “thought leaders.”

My Take: As we’ve seen with other LinkedIn features, they are trying this feature out with a limited set of accounts, but don’t be surprised when this feature becomes available to all. Pair this with the recent release of “endorsing skills” and LinkedIn’s existing targeting system Voila! you’ve got yourself a influencer measurement system that is better than Klout.

4. 5 Steps for Building Links that Improve Search Results

[MarketingSherpa] Many marketers struggle to implement link building, especially with the myriad of consistently changing factors search engines use to rank pages. With the April launch of Google’s new Penguin update, new struggles and questions have emerged.

My Take: I selected this article because SEO optimization is a very technical topic and this is a nice primer on how to get starter. Yet I was left wanting more information about how to use your content to build links beyond the obvious options of your blog and social media outlets.

If you’re up for an hour of video watching…

5. Summly iOS App Delivers News in Screen-Sized Summaries

[Wired] Last year, then-16-year-old Nick D’Aloisio developed and released the app Summly to be a CliffsNotes for the web. Today the app grows up with an innovative redesign and a more focused set of summarizing skills.

My Take: I tested a beta version and here’s my take:

I like:

  • Putting the news in a “snackable” form is a novel idea.
  • The sharing animations are attractive but not distracting
What I didn’t like:
  • My initial test was sharing the wrong URL
  • I don’t find the swipe UI to be intuitive: Swipe up for more info. Swipe down to go to the main menu and side to side for more stories. I keep swiping up and down incorrectly.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

John Refford
Natixis Global Asset Management
John Refford is a Financial Service professional with 17 years experience including 13 years management experience. John writes about Marketing Technology at his personal blog refford.com and at his personal twitter account @iamreff. His writings reflect his own opinions and not those of his employer.


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