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Photography Posing Guides: Sample Poses to Get You Started

DPS Groups of People Posing Guide

DPS Groups of People Posing Guide

Digital Photography School has created a great mini series featuring ‘posing cheat sheets’ for taking pictures of people. When shooting photos of people, it’s useful for them to have a look at the cheat sheets, to pick a pose and visualize the shot. They’ll feel more comfortable and relaxed modeling that awesome pose. (more…)

Mind Blowing Dance

Because dancing is awesome. These are a few dance videos that had every cell in my body wishing they were in sync.

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A Shocking Mobile & Social Media Landscape Difference in 4 Years

We all know mobile and social media has exploded recently, but have you seen any data studies that portray the impact on a global event like the Olympics? Check out this iProspect infographic on Mashable.

Olympics Mobile & Social Media Landscape 2012 by iProspect

Olympics Mobile & Social Media Landscape 2012 by iProspect

Instagram Style Lightroom & Photoshop Filter Presets

Instagram Style Lightroom & Photoshop Filter Presets via Casey Mac Photos

Instagram Style Lightroom & Photoshop Filter Presets via Casey Mac Photos

I love Instagram’s photo filters and wished my camera’s photos could be as cool. Luckily CaseyMac Photos has created all 17 Instagram filters and actions for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. They aren’t free, but well worth the $5 charge.

The Short 3 Hour Lifespan of Social Media Links

Bit.ly: Lifespan of Links in Social Media. Distribution of half-lifes over four different referrer types. Facebook, twitter and direct link (links shared via email, instant messengers etc.) half lifes follow a strikingly similar distribution.

Distribution of half-lifes over four different referrer types. via Bit.ly

There is a lot of noise on social networks these days with real friends’ updates getting lost in the chaotic streams of advertising and social media marketing. This is great for businesses but quite annoying as a friend.

Research at bit.ly analyzed a 1000 popular links to find: ‘In general, half life of a bitly link is about 3 hours, unless you publish your links on youtube, where you can expect about 7 hours worth of attention. Many links last a lot less than 2 hours; other more sticky links last longer than 11 hours over all the referrers. This leads us to believe that the lifespan of your link is connected more to what content it points to than on where you post it: on the social web it’s all about what you share, not where you share it!’.

So popular links live around 3 hours with an initial burst of attention within the first 30-90 minutes which slowly fades away while other links lose interest within minutes!

2012’s Best Apps & Programs for Windows, Mac, Android, iPads & iPhones

 

Every year Lifehacker creates a list of their favorite, most popular must-have applications for each popular platform. The apps are divided into categories of productivity, internet/communication, location-aware, music, photos and video, utilities and more.

If you’re setting up a new device or looking for a reliable recommendation check these out.

Android Pack

iPad Pack

iPhone Pack

Linux Pack

Mac OSx Pack

Windows Pack

 

Why Text Message Marketing isn’t Aging

While you can reach out to large audiences through social marketing, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of sending tailored content targeted at a select audience. Engaging and conversions, When your pitch to the consumers is meets their desires, you’re far more likely to drive engagement and conversions.

According to this study by Mashable, Mogreet has found ‘84% of Facebook news feed stories aren’t viewed, 71% of tweets get ignored and 88% of emails go unopened. Meanwhile, 98% of text messages are opened, and therefore, companies that market through SMS/MMS have a far truer reach.’

Text Message Marketing - Narrowcasting by Mogreet via Mashable

Text Message Marketing – Narrowcasting by Mogreet via Mashable

Facebook & Twitter Users in Arab Countries, an Infographic

Facebook Users in Arab Countries May 2012 via visual.ly

Facebook Users in Arab Countries May 2012 via visual.ly

Active Twitter Users in Arab Countries March 2012 via visual.ly

Active Twitter Users in Arab Countries March 2012 via visual.ly

Google PPC’s Strategic War on Free Clicks

Google’s main revenue source is advertising and it only makes sense for them to bury organic search results under paid advertising. A recent study carried out by Wordstream found “Clicks on paid search listings beat out organic clicks by nearly a 2:1 margin for keywords with high commercial intent in the US.”

Does this mean the end is near for business SEO?

Google Ads and the War on Free Clicks. via Wordstream

Google Ads and the War on Free Clicks. via Wordstream

Keeping Calm Won’t Change the World

Keep calm and carry on? No thanks. I'd rather raise hell & change the world.

Keep calm and carry on? No thanks. I’d rather raise hell & change the world.

You can purchase the print via etsy and check out other keep calm quotes on this pinboard.

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