Food for Thought: Part V

Ever since Google Reader was shunted, I haven’t been able to settle on a RSS reader. I did try out multiple other services and I am currently using Digg’s reader. Not having a good RSS software kind of puts a huge impediment on one’s reading, and this is probably my excuse for not posting more often!

Growth Hacking: What it Really Means

The team at Markerly has done an excellent job at phrasing this out. Sean Ellis did coin this term way back in 2010, however there are so many separate discussions that can be had around Growth Hacking that it’s best to point everyone to this one lengthy article. Grab a cup of coffee before you dive into it!

Having said that, if you are interested in a simple step by step guide to Growth Hacking, look no further, just follow the link (the heading).

Data APIs, design, and visual storytelling

I chanced upon this article while I was working on an API. No, I was not Googling for code! However, the main philosophy behind that article is pretty much what we at 13 Llama Studio espouse.

The reason why the MEAN stack is started to become a consideration against the XAMP, .Net and Java stacks is pretty much the reason why we should see a world full of APIs and data being exchanged across different platforms. I had blogged about this in 2008 when Yahoo Pipes had launched.

6 Creative Ways to Integrate Social Media and Email Marketing

When it comes to Email Marketing, we think that it’s an oft tried and tested practice. Such a mature practice has very little innovations left. That’s where the good folks at Vero prove wrong!

This insightful article on how to tie-in your social media activities to work hand in hand with your email campaigns is an absolute must for email marketers.

Spreading the Social Love: Getting Employees to Share Your Content

As a growing firm, 13 Llama Studio (and any start-up) looks at leveraging Employee goodwill to amplify it’s social media efforts. I know of agencies who make their employees like and share all the content that is shared on the official channels.

Whilst this might be draconian, here’s an article that allows organizations to easily introduce the sharing culture within the workforce.

Advanced Content Analysis in Google Analytics

I love Google Analytics. It keeps me on my toes and the amount of interesting things that one could do with it boggles the mind. This excellent article on how to do content analysis using Google Analytics is simply awesome!

It does involve scripting a bit, however that’s true with almost all GA hacks. If you want to be a power-user of Google Analytics, scripting has to be picked up. Do read through this article and try implementing some of these tips on your blog. I know I will!

On Being Trolled and 66A

Everybody who is on the internet has probably heard of this term. Trolls or being trolled is fairly common. In fact there are sites such as 4chan where the sole purpose of the community is to troll on different activities.

Reddit is also one such community, where a lot of users are actively trolling and are being trolled. Being a long time lurker on Reddit, I used to read through multiple posts where fellow redditors would make hilarious comments (often to diffuse a situation). Funny, but at whose expense?

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Notes from Pune Digital Marketers Meetup

March has been an exciting month so far, with multiple speaking opportunities both for 13 Llama Studio and me.

On the 1st of March, I was invited arm-twisted into speaking at Pune Digital Marketers Meetup. In case, if you are in Pune and are working in this exponentially growing industry, then this is one meetup which you should not miss!

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Dell Laptop Prices – Laptops That Offer Powerful Performance at a Reasonable Price

First came computers, the big giant ones that occupied a whole room; too much for an individual. Then came those mini desktops that were only to be found in work premises for extremely crucial work. Slowly the trend changed, technology improved, therefore reducing the size and they were welcomed into our homes. In the last few years, technology has sky-rocketed leading to the emergence of laptops.

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Correctly using the Read More tag

As a blogger who has been writing for the past 5 years or so, I was always confused about the Read More tag. This is a tag that you will find in your WordPress editor besides the Toolbar Toggle button.

Why would one want to insert their content with this tag? Wouldn’t it fill up your blog content with such intermediate tags and break the reader’s flow? Let’s go find out how to correctly use the Read More tag.

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Getting Bots to Increase your traffic, The Black Hat way

Saturday is the day when I take a hot steaming cup of coffee and start looking at how my blog has fared over the week. This is one time which I allot to all personal projects. As some of these projects come to a closure, I would be more than happy to talk about these here.

So, I open up Google Analytics and boom, I see a small surge in traffic. Curious to know the source, I look at the Source/Medium acquisition report –

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