Social Media

Is All Attention Good Attention? (Or, How One TV Personality Increased Their Twitter Followers 20,000% in 24 Hours)

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There’s an old adage web marketers love to follow: “all attention is good attention.” In the marketing and advertising worlds, any attention to a brand is traditionally thought to help the brand out. After all, it brings the company into the spotlight, so more people hear about it and eventually buy their products… right?

We all know how dangerous assumptions can be. So, recently, I was able to test the aforementioned publicity theory.

Psychology

Psychology Behind Cold Reading: Why are Psychics Always Right?

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Have you ever been to a psychic? If not, I’m sure you can point to a friend who has. Furthermore, I’m sure you have a friend who is an extreme believer in the power of psychics. Whether it’s foreseeing our future, telling us how a deceased loved one is handling the afterlife, or detailing the mistakes we’ve made in the past, psychics usually tell us things we want to hear (and believe are correct). Well, how did the psychics know this? This article breaks down all the details on the psychology behind psychics and cold reading.

Bodybuilding

Book Review: The 4 Hour-Body (Plus a Free Giveaway!)

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Although focusing on body/nutrition/fitness optimization, Tim’s book has important implications for learning anything. In essence, his message is: cut the fat and extra bull when trying to learn something new and you’ll be rewarded.

So, with that message in mind, let’s dive into Tim’s book. This book review will be a little different than the other ones you may have read. Additionally, below you’ll find a nice surprise — a content/giveaway I’m running.

Psychology

The Power of Defaults: How One Small Change Impacts 10,000,000 People (Plus Twitter’s New Home Page!)

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Defaults are incredibly interesting. Behind every default choice on a major website, there’s an angry room of people yelling at each other. “Why can’t we move up the image two pixels?!” a Product Manager may say while pounding her fist on the table. “We should move the image down two pixels!!!” a Strategy Manager may counter. Then chimes in the VP of the Digital team, “why do we even need an image?”

For sites like Facebook and Twitter, defaults aren’t just interesting, they’re the lifeblood of the entire company. The things a user first sees when they navigate to a website channel the user’s behavior and their interaction with the site. In some instances, 95% of users don’t change or configure anything; they leave the page or application exactly how they found it.

Therefore, when Twitter launched their new homepage (their second homepage change in the past year), I was interested to examine the pages at a microscopic level: what changed, and what implications does this have for users navigating to twitter.com? Furthermore, an understanding of defaults may have dramatic effects on how you interact with pages online! Twitter isn’t the only company that does this: some of the most popular website you use–like Facebook, Google, ESPN, and Wikipedia–test defaults all the time.

Advertising

How-To: Create Kick-Ass Facebook Ads and Grow Your Fan Page

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Advertising is the lifeblood of online content websites. How does Google manage to stay in business? Online ads. Mashable? CNN? That random blog you frequent? The vast majority of online content is paid for by advertising. In this article, I show you how to create a Facebook Ads campaign from start to finish (including how I managed to blow through a few thousand dollars worth of ads in 72 hours!)

Psychology

Studies in Weird Human Behavior: How to Create a Better Craigslist Ad

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Moving is always a hassle. When the summer heat comes to the northeast, so do the increased rent prices (which makes renting out an apartment a pain!).

But, as with most things, there’s a way to beat the system. After reading Nudge, I was inspired by the examples of little changes that produce huge results.

Thankfully, the perfect opportunity arose. Recently, I decided I wanted to move from my apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to an apartment in a different area with a good friend. In order to move from this apartment, though, I needed to find someone to take my place. Anyone who lives in a large city knows what a pain getting rid of an apartment can be. However, in order to separate myself from the million other people trying to leave their place, I decided to test some ad variations. Below, you’ll see the four different advertisements I ran, the results, and the funny unexpected result to this process.

Advertising

The Changing Face of Advertising: An Experiment with Facebook Ads

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Are the social media advocates right? Is social media really the advertising platform of the future? Or maybe the traditional crowd is in the green, and social media is a nothing but a blip that will inevitably burst. To determine the benefits of social media advertising I took Facebook Ads to the chopping board. With a multi-thousand dollar budget, I ran an experiment. How did it hold up?