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The Devastating Effects of a Weak UX Research and User Testing Process

Stumble Upon Social Media Traffic via Mashable

Stumble Upon Social Media Traffic via Mashable

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, StumbleUpon was awesome, it actually drove more traffic than Facebook. Then their UX process failed somewhere. The graph above was featured from a study carried out in the first three weeks of August 2011. It showed StumbleUpon drove more than 50% of social media referral traffic, while Facebook had almost 39% and Youtube, Twitter, Reddit and others had less than 4% each. Driving more traffic than Facebook? Nobody could argue against its throne of awesomeness. (more…)

Is modern Marketing more Science or Art?

It’s not a new question. It isn’t even restricted to marketing.  In times of austerity, with widespread cuts to public education and the ever increasing competitive job market for fresh graduates, the debate over the value of arts and humanities degrees vs. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees is a hot topic. You’ve also probably heard about how an individual’s personality is dependent on whether they are right-brain or left-brain dominant. The idea is that a right-brain dominant person is generally more emotional, creative and artsy while a left-brain dominant person is more logical, data-driven and scientific. While this idea has been shown to be a myth, the fact that it is such a commonly held notion is symptomatic of this dichotomy between art and science.

As with most debates, arguments and generally pretty much everything, it’s not all black and white. The modern marketer requires skills that fall into both areas of expertise in order to be successful. Marketing as a discipline can and usually does embrace ideas from both scientific subjects such as psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience; as well as art disciplines such as design, typography and creative writing. (more…)

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

‘Growth Hacker is the new VP Marketing’ via Andrew Chen

Traditional mass marketing is dying. There is a new breed of badass marketers coming up in the world; these guys are a mix between marketing and engineering. Conventional marketing campaigns take time to yield results, while engineering an experience built for growth or engagement is newer, faster and the future of marketing. Growth hackers manage to leverage ‘superplatforms’ and acquire millions of users within an extraordinarily short time.

These guys understand and see past technical capabilities and limitations. For them there are no dead ends, but exciting opportunities to get their hands dirty to start making, coding, hacking and delivering. When these guys integrate user experience, analytics and a viral marketing mechanism within the use of the product itself they expose their product to millions of users. Andrew Chen’s article supports this growth hacking revolution by an impressive case study of Airbnb and a Craigslist hack integration.

The Craigslist integration for Airbnb is geniusly integrated into the user flow, a simple bridge between the old and new way of finding a place to stay. Integrating a bridge between the old (your potential users) and your new service within a user’s flow, creates a viral engine of growth that operates every time your service is used.

How do you become a growth hacker? Read Andrew Chan’s follow up post here.

Exposing your service to these superplatforms is the key to quickly increasing your reach. But how did these superplatforms grow themselves? Contact importing was a key contributor. The most successful and fastest growing social networks in the world leveraged the superplatforms of their era – email contact lists.

A main acquisition priority is getting existing users to send invitations and referrals by enabling them to import their contacts then collecting, analyzing and tweaking each stage/action of the invited user until they sign up. A member of the Facebook growth team, Andy Johns, provided some valuable insight to the strategies they used over on Quora: Facebook Growth & Traction: What are some decisions taken by the “Growth team” at Facebook that helped Facebook reach 500 million users?. Another interesting answer by Andy summarizes the core expertise behind the growth team’s approach to the challenge, 1 billion or more active monthly users.

Finally a useful list of some great strategies recommended by Andy Johns for conversion optimization, also on Quora. Grow much and prosper. ;p

Viral Marketing: Integrating NFC tech with Social Media

I believe in a bright future of integration of NFC technology with social media marketing by bridging the gap between the offline and online world. First give your flock incentives to allow social privileges to an NFC device. Next, have them tap this NFC device to gain access to events, products, services, features or functions instead of using tickets, vouchers, coupons and IDs. Every time they tap for access, the system will write to their social circles, and if you get creative by adding a live photo booth, video or other catchy creative/feature – their network will start interacting with that media. It’ll definitely add to the feed chaos, but your presence will spread virally, and unfortunately, that’s what matters at the moment. Check out the examples and links below.

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