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Join the #GivingTuesday Movement on November 27!

#Giving Tuesday??? happens on Tuesday, November 27.??Its a national day to think of others that will hopefully be institutionalized as an antidote to the more commercial Black Friday and CyberMonday that follow Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday is the brainchild of New Yorks 92Y, and they attracted many wonderful partners to advance the campaign to??

Retweeting Sandy Relief Agencies to our Readers

  We retweet all civic groups, rescue missions, nonprofit agencies and good causes for the benefit of Hurricane Sandy victims. Please give us your Twitter information below and well set it up within 24 hours to retweet your tweets to our communities.

Supporting the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

  Here are three ways the Breaking News Network is helping out those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 1) Weve curated the best media resources involved in the relief effort FEMA, New York Cares, Red Cross in a breaking news visual display at Sandy Relief Resources.

Breaking News on #Hurricane #Sandy and how we all can support relief efforts

Were watching #Hurricane #Sandy very closely. We set up Hurricane Sandy Watch that curates and aggregates #Sandy updates in real time, all with visuals using the Rebelmouse platform. Weve also set up Hurricane Sandy Relief??to display all the ways you can support those in need during and after the storm.

25 Online Video Marketing Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind1

25 Online Video Marketing Statistics That Will Blow Your Mind

Are you considering adding online video into your marketing efforts? Do you need some statistics to convince your boss that using online video in your marketing efforts is worth the investment?

Or do you need some pickup lines because your crush is a filmmaker? Hey babe, did you know that two-thirds of the worlds mobile data traffic will be video by 2016? Why dont you buy me a drink?

 

25 online video marketing statistics that you should know

  1. YouTube attracts 136MM unique viewers per month.
  2. YouTube users watch more than 3B hours of video per month.
  3. 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  4. 75% of online video viewers have interacted with an online video ad in the past month.
  5. 80% of online video ads are abandoned within the first half of the ad.
  6. 86% of colleges and universities have presences on YouTube.
  7. 147.4MM Americans watch video on the internet.
  8. Roughly 74% of the online video market now supports HTML5.
  9. Animated explainer videos increase conversion rates by 20%.
  10. 36% of online consumers trust video ads.
  11. 87% of online marketers use video content.
  12. 76% of marketers plan to increase their use of YouTube and video marketing, making it the top area marketers will invest in for 2012.
  13. 49% of the top 20% of B2B marketers in generating leads through social media integrate online video with social media, compared to the industry average of 32%.
  14. Video ads make up 35% of total online ad spending, up from 27% in 2011.
  15. Digital video advertising spend will reach $5.4B by 2016.
  16. 49% of U.S. marketers plan to boost video ad spending in 2012, and 65% have larger mobile ad budgets.
  17. Comedy is the most popular form of online video content among all viewers (39%), followed by news (33%) and music (31%).
  18. Rich media ads with video generate 6 times as many post-ad site visits as standard banner ads.
  19. Online video advertisers prefer pre-roll ads by a 3:1 margin over the next most favored format.
  20. 30 second in-stream mobile video ads have an 88.3% completion rate.
  21. Combining video with full page ads boosts engagement by 22%.
  22. 4 out of 5 online users will click away if a video stalls while loading.
  23. 22% of U.S. small businesses plan to post a video to YouTube in the next 12 months to promote their businesses.
  24. Enjoyment of video ads increases purchase intent by 97%, and brand association by 139%.
  25. Two-thirds of the worlds mobile data traffic will be video by 2016.
21 Startup Quotes Every Founder Should Read

21 Startup Quotes Every Founder Should Read

I love startups. I love everything about them. I love building a product from nothing and seeing it become something much more than you ever expected.

Just today we saw a SmartShoot request that was accepted within??20 minutes after being posted. Incredible! The project ended up having 3 bids within that 20 minute span.

However, startups are hard.?? They wrote a great blog post about Why Startup Founders are Always Unhappy. Great insight on the ups and downs of startup life.

Thats why we rounded up 21 startup quotes from the amazing founders behind them to give a little inspiration during the down times of startup life.

21 Inspirational Startup Quotes

I dont look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over

Sweat equity is the best startup capital.

If you have a strong, loyal community, you can do anything.

You have to be ready for hard work and frugal spending to get the idea off the ground.

 

Global vision, local win.

 

Dont worry about failure; you only have to be right once.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader.

 

Patience, drive and very little fear.

A business model that hasnt been tried before is always interesting, even if its likely to fail.

Its hard to do a really good job on anything you dont think about in the shower.

You have chosen the wrong path if its not fun. And you are probably not taking enough risk if its not hard and rocky sometimes.

We are really competing against ourselves, we have no control over how other people perform.

We did anything possible just to get revenues so that we could grow and be a real business.

Its very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better.

Recessions are great because they unlock the best people.

Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress.

Timing,??perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.

Its more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you.

The essence of profound insight is simplicity.

The lean startup method is not about cost, it is about speed.

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10 Startup Videos You Should Copy1

10 Startup Videos You Should Copy

Dont worry about failure; you only have to be right once.

Did you know that before Drew Houston wrote a single line of code, he made a video explaining the service he wanted to build?

And the result? Pages of feedback from all the people that watched the video that allowed him to build the product we all love today.

Weve all heard that video is a great marketing tool for sales. However, its also a great tool to get feedback before you even launch.

In todays world, to be a viable startup you must have more than just a landing page, you need a video that explains your product and services.

How does it solve a users problems? What can users do with your service that they currently cannot? Video helps answers all those questions in a medium that users actually want.

We scoured the web to find the best startup videos ever created and here are 10 you wish you produced. Okay best ever created is a stretch, but it sounds cooler, right?

1. Clear for iPhone

Clear is designed to help you manage your life without adding clutter. Its a beautifully-designed, gesturally-driven app that weve created to improve on a pencil and notepad for flexibly keeping quick, simple todo lists.

2. Square Register

Square Register aims to help you grow, run, and start your business by providing you everything.

3. Branch

Turn your coffees into a great conversation with Branch. A new way to talk with someone you knew. Join a branch today and let the conversation begins.

4. AccessHive

From bare wires to mobile phones, AccessHive lets you have the key for all and freedom to access everything in the internet. With AccessHive, there???s no place you can???t access.

5. Color

What do you do when you raise $40MM? Make one great video! With Color share LIVE video Broadcasts from your phone to your friends phones and your favorite social networks. Watch the action as it happens. Free for iPhone and Android.

6. Cash Out

There is nothing cooler than Cash Out. Pay your bills and compute the total of your bills for you to determine the real score.

7. Bump Technologies

This startup video introduces the flock app of Bump Technologies. Flock finds all the photos you have taken with your friends and family and bring them together in one album.

8. Xero

Wanting to have ease in accounting? Then, start from Xero. A beautiful app that will help you count numbers.

9. Pinnatta

An awesome startup video that will make you share interactive messages using your Android or iPhone.

10. Summly.com

Get great news from your pocket. A new way to read news with Summly.com.

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