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For this #SaxSaturday I'm sharing a clever homage by Ron Blake to the classic "Mister Magic": http://t.co/5DH0jfEpiq
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New Twitter Mobile App Analytics feature!

You can now see a tweet's analytics right in the mobile Twitter app!

Several data points such as how many clicked to expand your tweet + how many actual tweet views, too! And data updates in real time!

Excellent news for measurement. I'm going to be staring at my phone more. Heh.
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Just because you're a small business with limited resources doesn't mean you can't make a content marketing impact.

I share some tips on how to get content marketing done authentically in this interview with +Ronell Smith on +AuthorityLabs.

http://authoritylabs.com/blog/ways-make-content-rewarding-less-daunting

#contentmarketing  
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Great points, Ronell. Taking a "just keep producing" approach to content marketing is grounds for failure. Planning for success takes work, and that's something that's so undervalued in a world where minutes are increasingly treated like hours.

Thanks for the excellent questions!
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How the Microsoft HoloLens Will Become the Future of Personal Computing

http://www.bigfishgames.com/blog/microsoft-hololens/

The skepticism is rampant and we're all leery of "revolutionary" tech coming out of Microsoft, but I think this has legs. My latest on +Big Fish Games.

What do you think? Fad or the future?

#hololens  
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+Lauren Hall-Stigerts If nothing else, I like that Microsoft is choosing to chart a (slightly) different path, not walk down one already colored by skepticism.

Google Glass's demise has given even the staunchest wearables supporters pause. If Google couldn't (or simply didn't) make it work, who could? Apple?

I think the real issue is companies are placing to much emphasis on what the technology enables people to do instead realizing what people (prospects) are trying to accomplish, then beating them to the spot. (The iPod and the iPhone are apropos examples.)

Companies, in so many ways, are like marketers: They spent too much time listening to/looking at/copying one another that they forget the real needs of the customer.

Great piece, Lauren.
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The social media guide to broadcasting conspicuous donut consumption. (Sorry, G+.)

Seen at +Blue Star Donuts.
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A web marketing colleague launched Storyform this week. It gives long form content a beautiful, media-rich layout to be displayed and enjoyed over the web. I took a look around the website, demos, and examples. Here are my first impressions:

THE FORMAT FOCUSES ON THE STORY 
True to the name, the clean and simple format with minimalist touches pulls your attention onto the page. The user interface emphasizes leisurely intake instead of hasty scanning through a mechanic that feels like you're flipping a magazine page instead of scrolling down a website.

Storyform has taken what writers have loved about Medium (focus on the content), added more formatting capabilities, and removed the biggest hurdle: being able to host this beautiful content on your own domain.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE PAST BLOG FORM
Content creators are free to create whatever content they want, in whatever voice they want, and at whatever quality level they choose. However, Storyform's top-shelf design demands more than the everyday piece of content. 

The demo on Storyform's website is spot on: the quality of images and the written word are high. Professional photography and third-person expositional writing showed what's possible. Then I switched over to early examples of how others use the tool; the fractures in amateur photography, emoticons, and casual blog-style writing were magnified. The design and content were incongruent.

Perhaps there's a learning curve to finding how your content fits in the context of this tool, or maybe Storyform should be reserved for the best we have to offer as content creators.


I have yet to give the tool a whirl but I'm looking forward to trying it out. You can create a free account to give Storyform a try, and their premium memberships are very reasonable.

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I'm on +Max Minzer's #MaxImpact  Hangout this Thursday! I'm going to share some insight on finding your biggest fans through social media and empowering them to get the word out about your product or service.

#socialmedia   #marketing  
 
+Lauren Hall-Stigerts, marketing consultant with www.marketinggal.com, is back on #maximpact  to discuss leveraging social media for advocacy. We'll learn how Lauren helped raise $1.3M for a Kickstarter through social media and how to find your biggest fans and empower them to get the word out about your product or service.

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Still looking for a #Halloween costume? Here are a few last-minute ideas to jog your brain, inspired by video games.

http://www.bigfishgames.com/blog/halloween-costume-ideas-video-games/

#costumes #videogames
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I'm still wrapping my head around this post - it's a very thorough account from +Mike Arnesen about using semantic analytics to track ROI. #smart  
 
Rarely do I use the notification option in Google+, but I really would love for you to check out my latest post on +Moz.  

I've been experimenting with some crazy ideas lately about using Google Tag Manager to bring semantic data into Google Analytics as custom events and dimensions. Not only does this let SEOs like us track the ROI of implementing structured data (this makes it easy to segment out pages w/ semantic markup vs. those w/o) but it allows us to leverage the semantic markup we already have in place to make our analytics data more valuable. 

I'd love for you to check out the post and let me know what you think.
Mike Arnesen shares how to use Google Tag Manager to track the ROI of your site's structured data. Plus, learn how to leverage your markup to produce "semantic analytics."
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Online Marketing Consultant
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  • Marketing Gal Consulting
    Owner, 2012 - present
  • SEOmoz
    Marketing Communications Manager, 2010 - 2011
  • Talisma / nGenera / Moxie Software
    Marketing Communications Manager, 2008 - 2010
  • ChemPoint
    Marketing and Sales Intern, 2006 - 2007
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Marketing, clarinet & sax, golf, dressing up in superhero costumes. Not simultaneously. Usually.
Introduction
Hi! I'm Lauren, a native of the Seattle area and outgoing geek. Some stuff about me:
  • My background is in marketing, and specifically, marketing communications.
  • I've been cosplaying at anime/video game/comic conventions for over ten years now and have portrayed more than 15 characters.
  • I've been playing the clarinet and saxophone for >20 years and play in the Washington Wind Symphony. My favorite music to play is jazz (especially latin).
  • It's okay... you can call me a loose-leaf tea snob. I love tea from the far east and have even taken a Japanese tea ceremony class in college. I want to return to it someday. I'm particularly fond of sencha and matcha.
  • I'm a lifelong gamer. I bonded with my brothers over NES when I was 5 years old, and I met my husband in an MMO puzzle adventure game. I don't have as much time these days to play games as I did when I was younger, but I try to find time where I can.
  • I don't have a lifestyle that's conducive to owning a pet, but when I do, I want a pug. I REALLY want a pug. They're adorable and have fantastic personalities.
Education
  • University of Washington
    BA, Business Administration and Marketing, 2006 - 2007
  • Bellevue College
    Associates, Business Administration, 2001 - 2005
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My go-to tea shop. I trust the knowledge and quality of the owner and staff. Jason, the owner, is a real teamaster who grew up working on a tea farm in Taiwan. He takes pride in what he does and is generous to everyone who walks through the door. A great spot to relax with a pot of tea or take a tea latte and tea sweet (baked in-house) to go!
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Ordered on the mobile app for pickup. Store sign says open until 11pm but it does not state that's only for delivery - I was told when I arrived the lobby closes at 10pm. I was turned away - not sure why they couldn't deliver my pizza outside to the parking lot.
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I purchased my Toyota from another dealership but have used this dealership for recall fixes. Friendly service and nice perks like shuttle service and baked goodies in the wait room. However - I wish I could take it all back. I would've never taken my car here for recall fixes if I knew what was in store after I walked off the lot: I'm bombarded with emails, mail fliers, and phone calls. Car buy backs. Coupons. Seasonal sales. Upgrades. It never ends. They're constantly marketing to me despite my many requests to be taken off of their lists. I've called them and requested to be removed. I've submitted non-mail requests through an app called Paper Karma. I've tweeted at them. I've reported them for spam. I've gone into my online profile and have opted out across the board THREE TIMES. I don't know what it's going to take for them to stop contacting me. I'm a marketer who knows how to market well. This is horrible marketing. Perhaps the only thing that will make it stop are negative reviews - but I doubt it. PROVE ME WRONG, TOYOTA OF KIRKLAND.
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Mindy at Ming's Zen Gallery was extraordinarily helpful and friendly - she's doing exactly what she's passionate about. Ask her about Asian culture and she'd be happy to share the knowledge she has accumulated. She gave me tea, was warm and friendly, and invited me to browse the large and airy shop in Totem Lake. I bought a 1920's Japanese chabako (tea tool transportation box) filled with tea bowls, a water ladle, mizukashi (water vessel), natsuke (tea powder caddy), and more. She even gave me a special figurine on my way out the door. I'll definitely be back!
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SCREAMIN' fast service! I ordered four pairs of socks and they were at my door in less than 24 hours. WITH FREE SHIPPING. Now THAT'S service!
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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