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The Secret to Going Viral: Why BuzzFeed Has 8x More Readers Than the New York Times

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It’s happened to you before. You post a status to Facebook and, unexpectedly, it takes off. Instead of the usual 5 or 10 likes, you get 50 or 100. You find yourself checking Facebook a little too often and each time you are thrilled to see another comment or share. Eventually, though, the attention peters out. You find yourself thinking, “I’d like to do that again!” But to your surprise, it’s not so easy. More

#B2BTalks Breakfast – Marketing Automation Workshop

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Marketing automation, a product aimed at marketing specialists, possibly bears the most misleading and underselling name for one of the most useful technologies out there.

So what exactly is marketing automation? Join us for a special #B2BTalks Breakfast Workshop Tuesday, January 21, at Deca in Tel Aviv. Enjoy a full breakfast buffet at 9am followed by a session led by Kfir Pravda (of Pravda Media Group). For a primer, please download our in-depth paper. More

YouTube Takes the Subscribe Button to the Next Level

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YouTube rolled out a shiny new feature: embeddable Subscribe buttons. This has been done in an effort to get viewers to subscribe to more channels (thereby spend more time on the service).

According to the YouTube Developer Doc, “The YouTube Subscribe Button lets you add a one-click Subscribe button to any page. The button lets people subscribe to your YouTube channel without having to leave your site to either log in to YouTube or confirm their subscriptions” In practice, this is just as easy as embedding videos onto ones site, only in this case it will be a one-click Subscribe button that makes it easier for fans to follow on YouTube.

This could work wonders for B2B’s and B2C’s, as it would help boost subscription rates when used effectively. Thankfully, this is available for both free and paid YouTube channels. What’s more- users can choose between basic buttons, and fancier ones which feature company logos.

In typical Google/YouTube fashion, they are staying one step ahead of the game by discouraging channel owners from dishonestly inflating numbers on YouTube. Channel owners can’t offer or promote prizes or rewards of any kind in exchange for clicking on a YouTube Subscribe button – so there goes that tactic.

What do you think about embeddable Subscribe buttons?

Why B2B’s Should Consider Using LinkedIn Sponsored Updates

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In an effort to position itself as the leading destination for B2B content, LinkedIn started to roll out Sponsored Updates in late July. These are similar in fashion to sponsored posts on Twitter, and promoted pages on Facebook – allowing sponsored content to be pushed to specific audiences. Sure, it may get pricy for smaller B2B’s, but it would be worth the investment nonetheless.

LinkedIn takes pride in offering “content marketing in the world’s only professional feed,” and it would certainly be beneficial for B2B’s to consider using this as a part of their marketing and outreach efforts. In addition to the typical geo-targeting options, publishers can also select audiences by company, title, job function, and seniority levels. These updates could be promoted in 20 languages across 200 countries, with the potential to reach 225 million active members who regularly update their profile/feed.

Sponsored Updates will work wonders for brand awareness, and directing traffic towards press releases, job postings, and product pages on company websites. It would also increase the reach of thought-leadership pieces on company blogs, white papers and webinars. B2B’s could also strategically use Sponsored Updates for crowdsourcing purposes, and for lead generation. Targeted audiences would have access to social options to comment/like/share the post, in addition to follow the company in one click.

What do you think about Sponsored Updates? Do you think it would take off? Some big names already have their fair share of success stories. Here is the official link to get started with Sponsored Updates.

Ad:Tech Summit Buzz

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I had the pleasure to be a partner of and attend the first Ad:Tech Summit in Tel Aviv today.

The event was probably the best social and ad tech event in Israel. The lineup was great, with many insightful sessions.

Here are some of the voices from the conference: More

What Happens When A Company Loses Credibility?

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WAZE, a social navigation application for your Smartphone is one of Israel’s favorite apps for navigation on-the-go. With user-generated reports, this app helps drivers avoid traffic jams and find more durable roads. And it worked well – with almost no hitches. But then on Valentine’s Day 2012, the company upgraded the Software. While the upgrade should have been seamless, it had several bugs and users soon found themselves directed straight into traffic jams, or off-course by several kilometers. (Imagine you want to take your sweetheart out for a romantic dinner at a new restaurant, and you end up at the cement factory in Ramle instead.)

Anyway, in a recent interview with The Marker, Kfir Pravda, the CEO of Pravda Media Group, explains the implications of this loss of credibility for WAZE : “The greatest challenge for WAZE is to regain the users’ trust. If the problem is localized and the company apologizes and explains, this will ameliorate things. But if malfunctions repeat – that’s another story.”

This is an important lesson for companies everywhere. Mistakes happen. Period. And owning a previous error — accepting responsibility, and taking measures to ensure that these mistakes don’t happen again — is a true sign of leadership.

For the full article in Hebrew, please visit: http://www.themarker.com/hitech/1.1649716

Coffee Break: Superbowl commercials, Israeli start-ups, Facebook's Clay Feet and Google's (Potential) Greek Tragedy…

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We’ve been reading some great stuff at Pravda Media Group that you might enjoy as well.  So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit down, and get your read on — you’ll feel more productive than if you’re just trawling Twitter.  Unless you’re Robert Scoble.


Super Bowl 2012: 10 of the best commercials from this year’s Big Game

What was favorite commercial the Superball?  We’re (still) loving the Seinfeld Acura ad.

10 Israeli Startups With Huge Potential

We love startups, especially when they are lean, responsive and building something useful we love. Ben Lang wrote a great post @ Epic Launch featuring top 10 Israeli startups with huge potential. We agree with his assessment.

Facebook: Here Are the 35 Things That Could Kill Our Company

Now that Facebook has gone public, it has had to disclose the top 35 things that could destroy the company.

It’s Not Whether Google’s Threatened. It’s Asking Ourselves: What Commons Do We Wish For?

John Battelle makes an interesting case for the future of the web, and claims that the web as we know it is under severe, long-term attack by forces of our own creation.  Think Greek Tragedy.  Only Postmodern.

Coffee Break: Startup Branding, Apple and the American Middle Class, Killing Hollywood, Textbooks and the Future of education

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We’ve been reading some great stuff at Pravda Media Group that you might enjoy as well.  So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit down, and get your read on — you’ll feel more productive than if you’re just trawling Facebook.

Startup Branding: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs

http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/76648/Startup-Branding-A-Practical-Guide-for-Entrepreneurs.aspx

 

This is a fantastic post by  Mike Troiano about branding, and why startups should invest more time and clarify  the emotional value of their brand.

 

 

Apple, America and a Squeezed Middle Class

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html

 

New York Times offers a fascinating look at the changes in economics and manufacturing which have caused America to lose almost all its manufacturing labor and have severely damaged America’s middle class.

 

Killing Hollywood Will Require Learning Hollywood’s Game

http://pandodaily.com/2012/01/20/killing-hollywood-will-require-learning-hollywoods-game/

 

With the SOPA fiasco, Y Combinator’s Paul Graham wrote an interesting piece  Just kill Hollywood. The point of his post is that it’s not piracy that will kill the movie business, instead it’s different forms of entertainment that will emerge in the upcoming years and gobble up the old paradigm.   Lacy claims that in order to actually “kill” or compete with Hollywood, start-ups need to learn their game and let go of the mindset that eyeballs equal quality.

 

Why textbooks of the future are not books

http://gigaom.com/apple/why-textbooks-of-the-future-are-not-books

 

Erica Ogg wrote a post about Apple’s new foray into education with textbooks. (rightfully!) claims that these new textbooks are not books at all, but are instead interactive learning experiences: You have text, of course, but you can drag in image galleries, embed videos, 3D models, presentations and slideshows. You can touch and swipe and watch instead of just reading and taking notes.

 

 

PrimeSense LIVE at CES 2012

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Our client, PrimeSense is getting ready for CES 2012 which begins Tuesday, January 10th.

For real-time coverage of the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show, we hope you’ll visit PrimeSense LIVE at CES 2012.

Coffee Break: Four Articles Worth Reading

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We’ve been reading some great stuff at Pravda Media Group that you might enjoy as well.  So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit down, and get your read on — you’ll feel more productive than if you’re just trawling Facebook.

 

Eight Ways To Go Viral

http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/26/eight-ways-go-viral/

Uzi Shmilovici, CEO and founder of Future Simple, explains virality and demonstrates some great tools companies use to boost theirviral factor.

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Why Android updates are a mess: it’s the business model

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/why-android-updates-are-a-mess-its-the-business-model/4300

Ed Bott explains why The Android business model practically guarantees that updates will be a mess.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2011/12/22/the-amazing-power-of-deflationary-economics-for-startups/

Mark Suster argues that the most succesfull internet companies are the ones that offer amazing value  at high volumes which  makes it nearly impossible for high-cost incumbents to compete.

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The year in mobile apps: Where we’ve been, where we’re going

http://gigaom.com/2011/12/25/the-year-in-mobile-apps-where-weve-been-where-were-going/

Erica Ogg gives a nice overlook at the year we’ve had of mobile apps and has some great predictions for what’s ahead.

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And we’re curious:  What have YOU been reading?