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Mark shares how social media influence impacts businesses today. You’ll learn how businesses are using social scoring platforms to engage with their audiences, and how to improve your influence.
Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.
Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this video:
- How to create influence through your content
- When brands consult your Klout scores
- How businesses leverage word-of-mouth influencers
- What businesses can do to use social scoring
- Three things to improve your influence scores
- The content formula RITE: Relevant, Interesting, Timely, Entertaining content
- Why Twitter is now being adopted by new demographics
- How to use Twitter as a “building block” to start growing your social influence today
What do you think? Do you track your Klout scores? What tips do you have to share about growing your social influence? Please leave them below.
It’s been about eight hours since our big Disrupt Hackathon kicked off, and all of our intrepid hackers have been busy letting the code (and the caffeine) fly ever since. I managed to tear a few of them away from their work (these folks are pretty motivated, so it took a bit of doing) to tell us a little bit about themselves and what they be trying to crank out during the wee hours of the morning.
Devon is a senior at Rutgers University (and the newly-minted president of the school’s undergrad CS club). As you might imagine, he’s no stranger to hackathons either — he can’t quite put his finger on it, but he’s probably in the “double digits” at this point.
He’ll be spending the night working on a mobile web app that allows users to find their friends in a crowd through sort of a hot-and-cold approach — if all goes well, a phone will vibrate when it’s pointing in the direction of a user’s friend, and will vibrate even stronger as the two people get closer to each other.
He and his team specialize in creating those 3D apps for the iPad, but he’s looking to spend his time at the Hackathon bringing that 3D experience to the iPhone. The app he’s working on tonight deals with slightly less gruesome fare — instead, it aims to walk users through the process of putting together Ikea furniture.
“If Ikea had a good app, this would be it,” he told me.
This is Dasara’s second Hackathon (her first was a photo-centric event), and this time around she and her partner Ronn have decided to spend their night building a web app that uses a computer’s built-in webcam to analyze a user’s face and suggest places for them to go in real time.
“If you look sad, it’ll tell you to go to a comedy club,” said told me.
Their project makes pretty extensive use of the faceAPI, but there’s still plenty of work to do — they’re both still looking at pulling in new data from different APIs, to make the service more robust, but thankfully the night is still young.
Jared is a 14-year old hacker who attends Bergen Academy, and he’s quite excited to stay up and have fun here at his very first Hackathon. His project of choice? Nothing less than an ad delivery service, of course.
“If I weren’t doing this, I’d be doing homework,” he said.
His hacker idols include Mark Zuckerberg as well as seasoned iPhone cracker George “geohot” Hotz, who just so happened to attend Bergen back in the day as well.
Pavan and his teammates are cranking away on an iOS app that will tell you what sort of music people in different cities are listening to – a noble and clever goal. Cities that tend to listen to faster-paced music on Rdio are labelled ‘hot,’ while more laid-back cities (Chicago in their mockup) are tagged with the “chill” label.
His team’s mockups look pretty darned solid, but we’ll soon see if the finished product lives up to their ambitions. When he’s not hacking, Pavan works at Bloomberg and (like Jared) looks up to Mark Zuckerberg as his own hero hacker.
Jon works for Twilio (during the day) and dons his hacker cape when night falls. He and his buddies are working on a system for A/B testing Amazon products tonight — not the sexiest idea the in the world sure, but that system is only part of his team’s plan.
They hope that their testing system can be used to determine consumer desires, and use that information to whip up a subscription service — Thingscription — that’s focused on delivering those goods to people on a regular basis.
The royally-named Octavian (or Vivi, as he’s also known) and his teammates are working on a second-screen app that provides users with additional context they watch Game of Thrones, which is probably one of the geekier endeavors we’ve spotted today. Need to figure out why that guy just got stabbed? Or some lesser-known facet of some clan’s convoluted family tree? Keep your eyes peeled on this guy.
Incidentally, he is totally in love with the Khalisi (because of the dragons, not the other thing) and his Twitter is Okvivi.
Karina goes to Rutgers (there’s a pretty large contingent of Rutgers kids, it would seem) and is spending her summer interning for Refinery 29. She studies Computer Science and Math and she says the student parties are real ragers.
She and her team are working on a app that helps people come up with names for their Hackathon projects. It’s not quite ready for primetime yet, but when it is, it aims to inspire people by providing synonyms and rhymes for words that embody their particular project’s spirit.
She and her team are working feverishly on an app that helps users find the hottest clubs in town (and not the hottest clubs in Ontario, as it sounded when we first heard the pitch). They aim to accomplish that be posting images and videos of the clubs’ exteriors so people will be able to quickly determine how popular a particular venue is.
You’ve heard it before so we’ll say it again, big data is the new black. New Jersey based Connotate helps companies like AP, Reuters and Dow Jones to scour and analyze unstructured data from thousands of web sites in real time. Last month it made its first acquisition, competitor Fetch Technologies, and added a new CEO. Today announced a $7 million series B led by Castille Ventures, Prism VentureWorks, and .406 Ventures.
Connotate is going after the much hyped big data market, pulling in massive volumes of information and combing through it to spit out a the few nuggets of valuable data. Thompson Reuters, for example, has a team of more than 100 analysts using Connotate to pull in real time data in over 50 languages that they can use to break news and update their market perspective.
“Connotate’s unique and differentiated technology has positioned it to capitalize on the explosion of Big Data and enterprises’ growing appreciation of the value that highly scalable data monitoring and collection can bring,” said Nina Saberi, Founder & Managing Partner of Castile Ventures.
Part of the appeal of Connotate’s technology is the wide array of industries that can put it to use. It can be used to create a database of physicians, mine property listing for real estate deals, extract automobile details from classifieds for car dealers, and monitor breaking court websites for breaking news. As the volume of information produced each day on the web continues to skyrocket, it seems like investors appetite for big data firms is keeping pace.
Here’s a look back at our coverage of Connotate’s $5.25 million series A round in 2010. And for all your Turnpike travelers out there, not only is the company based in Jersey, but its built on top of technology developed at the local Rutgers University.
Connotate, which aims to help companies collect data and content from the Web and transform this unstructured data into actionable enterprise intelligence, has acquired fellow competitor Fetch Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fetch Technologies helps companies access massive amounts of real-time Internet data, especially in the areas of retail and background checks. The company pulls in everything from pricing data for retailers and shopping engines to criminal background history or news stories. Customers include Shopzilla.
Based on technology developed at Rutgers University, Connotate provides customized real-time Web information extraction capabilities that help organizations transform data into actionable intelligence, in order to create new revenue streams, increase productivity and track Web sites with automated processes.
Connotate, which has raised $5.25 million in funding, helps organizations detect changes, collect and organize data from more than 3 million Web pages per day. This data can then be transformed into what the company refers to as “high-value information assets”, to feed content products, grow market and business intelligence, enable mass data aggregation, migration and integration. Customers include Reuters, Dow Jones & Company, Associated Press and McGraw-Hill.
The merger, says Connotate, will expand the company’s offerings into new verticals.