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15 Sites for Creative Inspiration in 2015

In the fight to stay creatively stimulated, you need to give yourself a constant stream of inspiration-- a funnel for creative fuel. Well I've put together a list of websites that help me fight creative fatigue and shared them below.

If you have your own resources for creative inspiration, I'd love to hear them in the comments!

Some of the sites I've listed include:

> Abduzeedo
> VSCO Grid
> Stuck In Customs
> Niice

I've even got a section in there that covers how to turn Google+ into a great inspiration feed with Collections, Communities, and Circles!

So what about you? Where do you go online to stay inspired?

#creativity #inspiration
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If You Ever Want to Do a Twitter Chat-- READ THIS!

I thought about naming this The Ultimate Twitter Chat Checklist... but after I surpassed 2,000 words, I knew it was much more than a simple checklist. 

Read it here: http://wealmedia.com/twitter-chat-strategy/

This is a comprehensive, tactical guide to help you plan and execute a kick-butt Twitter chat. In it you'll get 8 phases:

Phase 1: Planning
Phase 2: Landing Page
Phase 3: Target Audience
Phase 4: Promote, Promote, Promote
Phase 5: Scheduling
Phase 6: Game Time
Phase 7: Follow-Up
Phase 8: Rinse & Repeat

There is no better way that I know of to generate buzz and connect with your audience on Twitter than a Twitter Chat. And if it weren't for +Brian Fanzo (mentioned in the article), +Peg Fitzpatrick, and +Rebekah Radice turning me back on to them again I wouldn't have realized how powerful they are! 

Are you a part of any Twitter chats? Let me know in the comments below!

#twitter   #twitterchat   #strategy  
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Crush Your Content Marketing with an Editorial Content Strategy
Because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

The demand for a constant stream of content is ever growing. The problem is that too many people are just flailing around trying to keep their head above water-- sharing whatever, whenever they have time. 

That's not a strategy. And being successful isn't an accident. 

If you want to crush your content marketing, and editorial calendar is where you should start! I've laid it all out for you in this post. 

HT to +Matthew Kaboomis Loomis who inspired me to finish this. Further reading included in the article from +Peg Fitzpatrick, +Content Marketing Institute, +Ralph M. Rivera (of Web. Search. Social), +Buffer and +CoSchedule

Do you currently use a content editorial calendar? If so, what do you use? 

#contentmarketing   #blogging   #socialmedia  
A simple editorial calendar strategy for your social media workflow can greatly increase your productivity and effectiveness. A great man once said that
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Intern Staff is Standing by to Test +Post Ads

Unfortunately we can't try out the new +Post ads until we have 1,000 followers. So yes, this is a shameless attempt at using a cat gif to help make that happen! 

But hey, +Ben Fisher  and +Aaron Wood said to do it and it seems to work really well for the great +martin shervington so why not?

U kno u luv teh kittehs anywayze. 

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Google+ is gaining ground on Facebook faster than any other network out there! 

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Social Media Active Users 2013

After a bit of extensive research gathering numbers from sources that were as official as I could find, I've finally finished the most up-to-date list of active social media user numbers for 2013. 

However theres more to these numbers than just knowing them. In the full post I cover some insights about what the numbers mean, and what the really important metrics are. 

See the full post here: http://dustn.tv/active-users-2013/

As of December 2013, here's the social networks with the most active users base:

Facebook - 1.19 Billion active users
Google+ - 540 Million active users
LinkedIn - 259 Million active users
Twitter - 232 Million active users
Instagram - 150 Million active users
Pinterest - 70 Million active users

As I say in the full post, Know and understand the numbers, but focus on and add value to the people.

Were any of these active user numbers surprising to you?

#socialmedia   #statistics   #infographic  
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In a way I'm surprised to see gain so many users so quickly. But when considering the fact that the G+ app (on Androtd) makes using Gogle + so much more easier than using the website, the numbers are not very surprising.
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Dustin W. Stout originally shared to Google+ Tips:
 
Google+ Circles: Making Your Connections Relevant
Updated for 2015

This post goes through and outlines everything you need to know about Google+ circles and how to make the most of them. Here's the bottom line:

If you understand the power of circles, you can turn Google+ in to the most efficient social stream and relationship management network. 

Circle Management Tips:
Beyond the standard circles you can gain a lot from creating specific circles around:

> Industry news / Thought leaders
> _Team members_
> _Customers / Clients_
> _Target Audience_

More advice on effectively using circles in the full blog post. Just click below! 

And be sure to share this post-- there are lots of new users who still haven't gotten accustomed to the power of circles yet! 

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dustn.tv originally shared to Google+ Tips & Tricks:
 
Everything You Need to Know About Google+ Collections
This is going to be HUGE!

This is probably the biggest feature update in a long time for +Google+. Essentially you now have a proper way to categorize your Google+ posts and people can follow those specific categories (or _Collections). 

This is something that users have been wanting for a long time! 

Read my full breakdown by clicking the article below. 

BONUS: I've included a downloadable template for customizing your collections covers! Enjoy! 

#googleplustips   #googleplusupdate  
Google+ Collections: A new way to curate your digital life. Google just released it’s newest addition to Google+ and it’s called Collections. So what in th
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Content Creation Tips from Improv Comedy
Notes from Tim Washer's session at SMMW15
 
You know a talk is going to be good when it leads with a quote from John Cleese:
 
"Creativity is not a skill it's a state of mind, being in the open state."
 
As an actor trained in improv comedy myself, I understand exactly what +Tim Washer is getting at in his talk. It resonated with me on many levels and spurred me to start thinking more creatively about how to bring more comedy into my storytelling. 
 
Read the full notes here: http://dustn.ws/1aYGDRd
 
Can you think up any great examples of how a brand has used comedy as an effective part of their content marketing? 
 
#contentmarketing #creativity #quote #tf
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Grow Your Network Using Live Social Media Events
Utilize strategic social media events such as Twitter Chats and Hangouts On Air to make powerful connections

If you're a business, brand, or even a solopreneur looking to grow your online reach-- LIVE social media events are a great way to discover meaningful relationships.

Read the full article here:

What are some of your favorite live social media events to meet people?

We're big fans of +Buffer's #bufferchat and +Brian Fanzo's #SBizHour on Twitter. And we are quite fond of +Mia Voss's Mia Connect Power Chat and +Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv's Social Theory.

And of course, we have a particular place in our hearts for The Relationship Marketing Show with our very own +Wade Harman.

Add your favorites in the comments and maybe we'll see you there!

#socialmedia #marketing #networking
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The Best Places to Find Free Images Online

I've scoured the internet searching relentlessly for the best resources for free images. I can tell you-- there's a lot of crappy sites out there. I've done my best though to save you time and potential frustration by listing the 16 best places online. 

Read the full list (and a special bonus) here: http://dustn.tv/find-free-images/

Some of the listed resources include:
> PicJumbo
> Unsplash
> Gratisography

At the end of the post I also reveal a new project that allows me to ensure you have the highest quality resource for images online. I hope you enjoy.

Got any resources you'd add to the list?

#freeimages   #socialmedia   #dustntv  
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What Is An Icontastrophe?

I have a pet peeve. Okay, maybe I have a few. But one thing that really bugs me is when I visit a website and see that the social media icons are outdated. It drives me nuts! 

Yea, I know... #firstworldproblems  right. Well, I'm a designer and #SocialMedia  professional, so when I see this sort of thing it's more than just a #facepalm  for me. 

See the depths of my disdain and some real life examples of #icontastrophe  here: http://dustn.tv/icontastrophe/

I'm not just sitting on my high horse complaining though. I've actually created a simple solution to the problem. Visit the link above to see what I mean. 

Are you or someone you love a victim of an #icontastrophe ? You may confess or convict in the comments below! ;)

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What Are Social Signals and Why Do They Matter?

After a number of recent interviews I've done and discussions about social signals I realized that many people are confused about what they are or why they even matter. So, I felt it was time to put my thoughts down in writing. 

Read the full post here: dustn.tv/social-signals

In a nutshell, here's my working definition:

social signal - visible activity or actions taken by other people on a given subject

In the full article I give a real life analogy that should make perfect sense if you're struggling to grasp the subject. 

What are your thoughts on social signals? Would you have defined them differently?

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