Ten Years of "Shoes," the Story of the First Great Viral Music Video, Betch

On April 16, 2016, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Ten Years of "Shoes," the Story of the First Great Viral Music Video, Betch

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[Techie Tuesdays] The story of Rani Paruchuri and the 25 watt light bulb

On December 31, 2015, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on [Techie Tuesdays] The story of Rani Paruchuri and the 25 watt light bulb

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Death of an Affiliate Marketer: A Story That Can Be Prevented

On October 26, 2014, Posted by , In AMAZON, tagged in ,,,, , With Comments Off on Death of an Affiliate Marketer: A Story That Can Be Prevented

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Invest, learn, teach: Tips on how to leverage your own story and experience to create and grow a successful business. – Kate’s Take: The EntrepreneurOnFire Audio Blog

On October 24, 2014, Posted by , In BLOGGING, tagged in ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Invest, learn, teach: Tips on how to leverage your own story and experience to create and grow a successful business. – Kate’s Take: The EntrepreneurOnFire Audio Blog

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– Creating a Story (Wallwisher, Google Docs, Blog)

On September 10, 2014, Posted by , In BLOGGING, tagged in ,,,,, , With Comments Off on – Creating a Story (Wallwisher, Google Docs, Blog)

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The Inside Story Of How Facebook Got Oculus VR

On March 27, 2014, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,, , With Comments Off on The Inside Story Of How Facebook Got Oculus VR

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A Story on Why You Need Web Hosting

On February 4, 2014, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,, , With Comments Off on A Story on Why You Need Web Hosting

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VSN Extreme Affiliate Success Story – Constance Petot

On January 31, 2014, Posted by , In AMAZON, tagged in ,,,,, , With Comments Off on VSN Extreme Affiliate Success Story – Constance Petot

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Curing the Pitfalls of Speed Blogging

On July 14, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Curing the Pitfalls of Speed Blogging

Anyone can come up with a 350 word post on any topic in 15 minutes or less.  But then again, that 350 word post can be 340 words too long or 350 words too short.   Really, just like gifts, it’s the thought and skill that goes into the post that really matters. Often, well […]

Matina Jewell – Caught in the Crossfire

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5 Tips For Stay At Home Bloggers

On June 6, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on 5 Tips For Stay At Home Bloggers

One of the greatest aspects of blogging is the fact you can do it wherever you like. With this type of freedom however, blogging may interrupt other activities we enjoy. By learning how to blog faster we can plan our schedule accordingly. The process for becoming an efficient blogger takes time. Here are some really […]

Which is the best affiliate program? Share your story?

On May 26, 2011, Posted by , In AFFILIATE MARKETING, tagged in ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Which is the best affiliate program? Share your story?

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Organizing An International Festival: The Back Story At IJF Perugia

On May 10, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Organizing An International Festival: The Back Story At IJF Perugia

Though I am not a great fan of conferences and events (as I find them still utilizing old-fashioned delivery formats, which keep and increase the separation between audience and presenters) there are key factors that can make me become a most passionate event fan.

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Photo credit: Mlenny Photography

Specifically:

  1. Venue: The event is designed around a special location or place, where the “being there” is not just the same as sitting inside an anonymous auditorium chair. In the best cases, the event topic and interest extends gracefully in the locales, hotels and streets hosting the event.
  2. Duration: The event spans a number of days offering the opportunity for getting to know the venue, having enough extra time to relax and enjoy the place, and to establish new connections without needing to rush from one session to the next.
  3. Interaction-Networking: The space and the venue support easy meeting and exchange with other people. There are many break-out areas and the atmosphere feels cozy and welcoming. Logistics, tools and services are designed to facilitate to the max the meeting of new people, networking activities, groups discussions and open learning circles.
  4. Program: The event program is rich in lectures, presentations and other types of sessions, allowing me ample choice of topics, locations and speakers to attend. It doesn’t force me to follow any specific session or speaker.
  5. Formats: The types of delivery formats utilized innovate and break new ground. The audience is as important as the presenters, and there are opportunities for discussion, brainstorming and exchange, rather than just for top-down information delivery.
  6. People: The people participating are very diversified, in terms of expertise, competence, professional experience, age and origin. That makes for such a much more interesting environment and for a great possibility to learn from others.
  7. Food and Lodging: The event venue offers opportunity to eat unique original foods and location specialties. There is a variety of restaurants and the event has partnered with many of these to offer special rates and discounts to the event attendees. Hotel and accommodation places offer themselves a unique experience as they are immersed in the culture of the place and offer services and amenities unique to them.
  8. Learning: I like to learn. The more an event offers me the opportunity to go away with tangible advice, practical information, and tools that I can put to use right away, the happier I am. In fact, this is one of the two things that most people go to events for: learning something new, getting inspired, finding out new ways and solutions to solve their problems.
  9. Organizers: The organizers are “accessible“. Humble, friendly and always open to new suggestions and ideas. The organizers are the heart and soul of the festival and their personal attitude and availability broadcasts and represent the true spirit of the event.
  10. Event Design: The event is made, conceived and realized by the participants themselves. Individual participants, as well as companies and public organizations are invited in large advance to submit and propose their ideas for the event contents, panels, workshops and sessions. Everyone has a voice and can contribute to the shaping of the next year program, lineup of speakers or topics covered.

In Italy, there is one yearly event that comes very close to having all these characteristics, while being completely free to attend. It is the International Journalism Festival, which is held in the beautiful city of Perugia during the month of April.

I have had the luck, thanks to Media140 and to Vittorio Pasteris of having been invited to this event for the last two years, and for many of the reasons I have listed above, I have become an instant fan of IJF.

In this light, this year, I decided to organize an interview with the festival organizers, Arianna Ciccone and Chris Potter, to find out directly from them, how they had first arrived at the idea of creating a festival and which were the key obstacles they had encountered in their journey.

Here’s their passionate replies, vision, concerns and hopes for the future, as I have collected them in a series of very short video clips, I shot, right during this year festival, in Perugia.

If you are interested in improving the quality of your events, understanding what goes on behind the scenes during a festival, or what it takes to bring over 450 media and journalism speakers to one of the nicest corners of Italy, here is some interesting things Arianna and Chris shared with me.

3 Sites to Get Free News-Related Images

On May 6, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on 3 Sites to Get Free News-Related Images

The social impact of Bin Laden’s recent death has been incredible and it also became an incredible force across blogs and other Web sites. Countless bloggers, even those who usually don’t cover news-related topics, felt the need to peak out on the breaking story and, along the way, dip their toes into news and political […]

How To Create An Explanation Whiteboard Video Tutorial: Key Principles And Approach

On May 3, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on How To Create An Explanation Whiteboard Video Tutorial: Key Principles And Approach

How do you create a professionally-looking explanation video that illustrates in simple words what your company does and how it solves its customers problems? Given the wide number of options on the market, the little time available to choose and the little familiarity a new client may have with your business and the services it provides, if you cannot explain rapidly and in simple words what you and your company do, you may be definitely leaving lots of business on the table.

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On the other hand, putting together a simple video explanation, that helps your company explain in simple terms what may otherwise require lots of writing, is increasingly a better way to go than publishing long, heavy and difficult to understand texts.

As humans we relate more easily and immediately with someone that has an interesting story to tell, rather than to a set of ten pages of content to read. And if the story-teller, has the ability to orchestrate his explanation with appropriate tools, and some simple tactics, the results can be far more effective than what you have been used to.

In this guide to the creation of an explanatory whiteboard video, Dr. Matthew Dunn, co-founder of SayItVisually illustrates what are the key steps you need to make to obtain some tangible results.

Here is his simple seven-steps strategy, that you can immediately put to use.

Facebook To Bloggers: All Your Comments Now Belong To You

On April 12, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Facebook To Bloggers: All Your Comments Now Belong To You

After receiving criticism over their commenting system, Facebook has refreshed their commenting system in a bid to appeal to bloggers resistant to outsourcing their communities. Aside from adding permalinks (via the timestamps) and making comments SEO friendly, Facebook is also launching one feature that may appeal to bloggers. We are introducing a modified Comments Box News Feed […]

Entrepreneurship: The Full Story Of SEOmoz Told By Rand Fishkin

On April 8, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Entrepreneurship: The Full Story Of SEOmoz Told By Rand Fishkin

This is the story of SEOmoz, as I have heard it by sitting in the first row of a small but very attentive audience at the LUISS University in Rome, Italy. The storyteller is Rand Fishkin himself, the father and founder of an SEO company which has become synonym of high value tools and services, competence, and a natural inclination to share valuable information before asking something in return.

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As Rand himself announced at the beginning of his presentation, this is the first time that the full story of SEOmoz is being told publicly, in front of an audience and the first time that he his sharing some of lesser known stories, anecdotes as well as the data and numbers that have characterized his unique online adventure.

And being this a story full of valuable lessons, I am truly grateful to him for having given me and MasterNewMedia permission to record and publish this story in full without any editing or censorship.

I must also say, that while watching Rand recount the story of how his company became what it is now, I was humbled by Rand’s own honesty and transparency in sharing his own failures and mistakes, as much as I did admire him for the perseverance and determination which he has painted all along his value-creation path.

Having recorded Rand’s full SEOmoz story presentation from start to end, I have split the material in twelve relatively short video clips (which I have also transcribed in full), which cover everything from the early times before SEOmoz existed to the financing times, and up to today success. In these videos you can also see Rand Fishkin sharing some of the key lessons learned as well as the strategy and tactics he has utilized to drive his company to his fast increasing value.

STRUGGLING with Your (Online Affiliate Program) and Internet Marketing? (My Story)

On March 21, 2011, Posted by , In AFFILIATE MARKETING, tagged in ,,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on STRUGGLING with Your (Online Affiliate Program) and Internet Marketing? (My Story)

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The 1520 Words Guide to Dominating the Blogosphere

On March 16, 2011, Posted by , In BLOGGING,NEWS, tagged in ,,,,, , With Comments Off on The 1520 Words Guide to Dominating the Blogosphere

TweetBlogging is becoming more popular and competitive and every single day there are thousands of new blogs created so at this rate it becomes very difficult for new blogs to gain traction. While you can easily visit a lot of blogs and read a lot of posts on building a successful blog the truth is […]

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Sharing Is Liking: Facebook Like Buttons Replacing The Share Feature

On February 27, 2011, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Sharing Is Liking: Facebook Like Buttons Replacing The Share Feature

Since the advent of Social Bookmarking, share buttons have reigned supreme and have made sharing content much easier. As Social Networks evolved so did their share buttons. Facebook is taking a new step in how sharing is defined by retiring its share button and replacing it with the new like feature. Facebook has introduced a […]

Q&A: where can I buy light up jewelry?

On February 2, 2011, Posted by , In BLOGGING, tagged in ,,,,,,, , With 1 Comment

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Facebook Approved For Yet Another News Feed Patent

On November 4, 2010, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Facebook Approved For Yet Another News Feed Patent

Facebook has been approved for a news feed patent which allows them to generate a personalized story feed for users, the patent in many ways is similar to the news feed patent they received earlier in 2010. The patent, named Generating a feed of stories personalized for members of a social network is described as: […]

Will Users Digg The Return Of The Bury Button?

On November 3, 2010, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Will Users Digg The Return Of The Bury Button?

In an attempt to regain relevancy among the masses, Digg has announced that the company is bringing back the bury button to the celebration of Digg fans everywhere. I am happy to announce that we’ve made a few changes to our story list design, including bringing back the bury button. When burying a story, the […]

The History of Youtube

On November 2, 2010, Posted by , In NEWS, tagged in ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on The History of Youtube

We recently have published the excellent The History of Online Video infographic and some months ago already had the Google’s timeline so it is no surprise that our next infographic the story of Youtube visualises. The startup, launched in April 2005 was sold to Google only 18 months later for the sum of USD1.65 billion. […]

Socializing over social media

On October 3, 2010, Posted by , In YAHOO, tagged in ,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Socializing over social media

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