Inspiration wants to be free — news for iPad users

Back in 2011, just a few months after the iPad launched, I was asked to moderate a panel on the future impact of the iPad. What new behaviors will it generate? What impact will it have on existing industries? As a way to do some research, I created a page (that I kept updating since then) and started to dig deeper on studies that had been published, experiments that had been made, etc… What struck me from this – and the panel discussion thereafter – was how much everyone discounted the creation capabilities of the iPad. At the January 2010 keynote, Steve Jobs himself defined the iPad as a device that would be better than a smartphone or a computer for browsing the web, doing email, watching photos or videos, listening to music, playing games and reading eBooks. In short, a device specialized in consuming content. Not creating any. Continue reading

#SXSW 2013 Events and Adventures

The team will be headed to SXSW this year and we’d love to see you! We’ll be checking out the programming, haunting community get-togethers, and riding around on the Hootsuite #HootBus, so keep an eye out! We’re hoping to interview some of our awesome users at the conference about their big ideas, favorite topics, and how they are using, so if you’d like to be immortalized in the annals of history, email and I’ll get you set up. Continue reading

Should Brands Have Newsrooms?

Brand newsrooms are a hot new trend in marketing. To believe the hype, every brand should be staffing up with journalists and going 24/7. In reality, the model’s not right for the majority of brands.

gdecugis‘s insight:

Brian Solis wrote “every brand should become a media to earn relevance“.  And the trend for companies to partially become media companies is strong. This interesting article looks at whether this means they should have their own newsroom because they can (as Virgin’s Mobile head of global marketing Ron Faris puts it “We created our newsroom for a fraction of what it costs to create a 30-second spot“), whether they should rely on an agency or whether they should simply pass.

While I would tend to agree with Saya Weissman’s conclusions that going all the way to a newsroom isn’t appropriate for all brands, I see a larger in-between opportunity around content curation for brands. Producing unbiased, relevant and engaging content on a regular basis is not only tough: it might be impractical. Building on external sources and 3rd-party content has always been an interesting way to enlarge any discussion.

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Reach escape velocity through lean content marketing

These are the slides of my talk at the Product Summit last week in San Francisco. Some say “good products don’t need marketing”. But from researching the problem you plan to solve to building the initial community around your product and evangelizing your market, content is involved all the way. So how can startups and small product teams be efficient and impactful with their content strategy?

Ally Greer‘s insight:

Some key takeaways from an awesome presentation by Guillaume on Lean Content Marketing:

Marketing Matters!

The myth that not all startups need marketing is simply untrue.

Marketing is more than just talking about your product.

Though publicizing product launches, updates, and new releases is a part of marketing, it doesn’t do the trick on its own, but content marketing can be costly and time-consuming. The solution?…


  • Leverage SlideShare presentations to share your vision
  • Guest post to distribute your ideas
  • Answer Quora questions that relate to your field
  • Curate content relevant to your expertise

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"Slugging it out:" Building A Consulting Firm in a New Market

According to small business consultant Elynn Fish (and almost every business owner out there), “slugging it out” as a small firm in a new market isn’t easy. Some of the most important things in building a consulting firm include getting and keeping clients, creating cash flow, and convincing your prospects that they need your services.

Last Thursday in the grand return of #scoopitchat, I teamed up with Elynn to discuss some best practices for developing a small consulting business in a digital world.
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Websites don’t kill newspapers, people kill newspapers.

The newspaper. One of the most sacred institutions of the publishing world and one of its oldest, most respected methods of knowledge gathering and collection of popular opinion, dating all the way back to the first printing presses ever created. There is something uniquely special about waking up, grabbing the paper from your front steps in your slippers, and reading about the world over a cup of coffee. Even your cat standing directly in front of your face so you must crane your neck while trying to read about a local celebration or tragedy is endearing. Continue reading

5 Key Lessons Learnt from 2 Years of Content Marketing

This evening, we were happy to host the co-founder of the awesome social media tool BufferApp, Leo Widrich (@LeoWid), who shared five awesome lessons that he’s learned over the last two years of developing his very own content marketing strategy.

At the time of its creation, Buffer App didn’t have any users and its two young founders tried relentlessly to get any tech blogs to cover them. When this didn’t work, the co-founders asked themselves, “if no one else will write about us, why can’t we just write about ourselves?”

Since Leo was the “marketing guy,” he was charged with putting out as much content as he could to spread the word about Buffer App. Two years and a highly successful social media app later, Leo has learned some of the most important lessons in content marketing:

1. Pick Quantity over Quality

2. The Hidden Power of Images

3. Copy and Steal

4. Help 1 other person with each piece of content.

5. Show your passion and culture


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