Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool that could help you get your social and traditional marketing done quickly, easily, and inexpensively? If you said ‘yes’ (which surely you did), then today is a happy day indeed.

Over on the Pagemodo blog this week, we announced the latest release of the Post Designer tool, which is jam-packed with new features that make creating and sharing pro-quality graphics even easier – and it’s free! In addition to great enhancements like a newly designed interface, new themes, vector shapes and text, and the capacity to save drafts, this latest version includes a feature that really speaks to small business owners and marketers. That is, the ability to download your designs for use in other media.



Today’s post comes from Webs’ Lead Analyst, Alex Mitchell.

In the past year, you may have noticed that acquisitions by the Tech Giants have really picked up.  These acquisitions by Apple, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, and Facebook are usually made for several key reasons: Talent, Technology, and/or Customers.

Facebook’s monumental acquisition of mobile-messaging service WhatsApp for $19B several weeks ago was primarily to acquire WhatApp’s user population of over 450 million.  Even more incredible than this enormous user population is how rapidly the service has grown.



Today’s Webs user example site comes from a group of Tufts University undergraduates producing a “web-retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet”. Not only is the concept of JulesandMonty a lot of fun, the website they’re using to promote it is very nicely done!

One reason this site is so successful is the clean design. The layout is logical and well organized, and the colors are consistent and classy. This is so important for your website, because a cluttered look or overwhelming color scheme can cause people to abandon your website as quickly as they came to it. It’s so easy to hit that back button when your eye sees something that doesn’t agree with it.



It’s Friday afternoon, which means it’s the perfect time for a colorful and informative infographic! This one comes from LinkedIn – specifically their Talent Solutions brand – and it sheds some light on their December 2013 survey of 18,000 employees in 26 countries. (Love LinkedIn? Check out Monday’s post about Influencers)

One of the most interesting findings displayed in this graphic is the fact that of the 72% who said they were either “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with their jobs, only 18% said that the would not consider changing jobs. While ambition is great, some employers might find it a little disturbing to know that even their very satisfied employees might walk out the door if the right opportunity presented itself.



Have you been looking for a new strategy to add to your marketing plan? If you feel like you’ve already maximized your free options (SEO, social media posting, etc.) it might be time to consider venturing into paid promotions.

Ryan Bowman, a Certified Adwords Professional, recently said in a post on the subject:

 “Many small businesses shy away from trying Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising because it can be expensive. It could be a costly mistake NOT to try it because you may be missing out on a potential cash cow.”



What do you have in common with Richard Branson and President Barack Obama? Soon you’ll all be blogging and posting content on LinkedIn’s publishing platform!

That’s the idea, anyway. Since the late 2012, when LinkedIn introduced its publishing platform (which you might know as LinkedIn Influencers, LinkedIn Today, or Pulse), regular users like you and me have been able to glean wisdom from a collection of several hundred hand-picked thought leaders. Through the content hub we could find insights and long-form content that stood out from the links and status updates the rest of us could post.



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