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Social Startups: TAPPD Personalizes App Discovery

April 23, 2014 by Shay Moser

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With more than 1 million apps in the App Store and more than 1 million on the Google Play store as of late last year, it’s tough to find new apps to try. That is, unless you see them promoted by experts, or hear about them from a friend, relative, or coworker. Well, guess what? There’s an app for that. TAPPD is the app that personalizes app discovery.[read more]

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Social Startups: PopNod Connects Your Spring Shopping with a Cause

April 16, 2014 by Shay Moser

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The crowdfunding startup PopNod puts all the spring shopping and charitable giving eggs into one basket. It gives access to nearly 300 popular stores online, including big brands like Nordstrom and Best Buy as well as small boutiques. Then it gives you a chance to turn cash back savings (typically from 1 to 10 percent) into donations to 100 charitable organizations.[read more]

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Social Startups: SMPLE Is the Personal Social Media Consultant for Small Businesses

April 9, 2014 by Shay Moser

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There are hundreds of great tools built for small businesses to build their online presence. But if you put a hammer in front of someone, all you’ve done is given them a tool. With SMPLE, the goal is not to provide just another tool, but to also provide the coaching to use it effectively.[read more]

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Social Startups: Written.com Takes the Guesswork Out of Content Marketing

April 2, 2014 by Shay Moser

“More and more companies and brands are investing in content and making it an increasing part of their marketing mix, but they are finding that building an audience for that content, and having it reach the customers that will find it most valuable, is increasingly difficult,” says Josh Kerr, co-founder and CEO of Written.com.[read more]

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Social Startups: Circa Modernizes the Mobile News Consumption Experience

March 26, 2014 by Shay Moser

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Instead of trying to fit a square peg in a round hole, co-founders Ben Huh, Matt Galligan, Arsenio Santos, set out to create the first born-on-mobile news experience. “It's insane the way most news organizations still produce news as if smartphones don't exist or as if people read news on their phone the way they read it on desktop or in print.”[read more]

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Social Startups: Quip Redefines Work on Mobile, Touch-Screen Devices

March 19, 2014 by Shay Moser

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“Our goal as a company is to do what Microsoft Office did for the PC era, but for the era of phones and tablets,” says Molly Graham, head of business operations for the modern word processor, Quip, which launched in July 2013. “We want to define what productivity on a touch-screen device looks like and embrace the realities of the mobile era."[read more]

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Social Startups: SocialRest Measures Social Shareability of Your Website Content

March 12, 2014 by Shay Moser
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“SocialRest competitors measure the social shareability of website or blog content, but miss out on the most crucial piece of the equation, which is understanding how users convert and influence others to convert,” Neatherly says. “SocialRest kicks in to see how that user’s followers react."[read more]

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Social Startups: Pie Is Your Company’s Social Pinboard

March 6, 2014 by Shay Moser
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The free Pie app is designed to help teams collect, organize, share, and discuss the business-related links, visuals, content, and more that they find in and out of work every day. “Social media agencies and ad agencies are among our most active users on Pie,” says Pieter Walraven, co-founder and chief product officer.[read more]

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Social Startups: Brainly Is the Customer Community for Student Support

February 27, 2014 by Shay Moser

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“Kids have helped each other with homework since forever. Why shouldn’t they do so with the use of the newest technologies?” says Michał Borkowski, CEO and co-founder of Brainly, the free social homework help platform. “Kids will use technology to get help with their school problems—and trying to stop them seems foolish."[read more]

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Social Startups: Nimble Helps You Build and Maintain Your Social Capital

February 20, 2014 by Shay Moser
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“Personal branding is the key to your professional success, and we believe that your relationships make or break your business success,” says Eric Quanstrom, CMO/VP of Marketing and Sales of the leading social relationship management software. “Nimble transforms who you know into how you grow."[read more]

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Social Startups: SocialSignIn Aims Close and Hits the Local Social Media Mark

February 13, 2014 by Shay Moser
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If you are like millions of consumers worldwide, you voice your complaint on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, or your favorite social media site of the moment. You may also look up the brand’s Twitter handle to include in the critical post. Perhaps a hashtag of the company name with “fail” after it will be included, too.[read more]

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Social Startups: Screen-Bridge Connects Production Companies with Fans for Best Social TV Experience

February 6, 2014 by Shay Moser

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“We plan the audience's social television experience before the show is sold and package it as part of the show’s story,” Witkower says. “If the show is picked up, we arrange time throughout the production to film and photograph additional content while using the resources already paid for on set."[read more]

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Social Startups: PeopleLinx Improves Employees' Social Business

January 30, 2014 by Shay Moser
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You can't afford to overlook social networking that leads to new business. With PeopleLinx, companies are creating a culture of ‘It’s OK to use social networks at work, and here’s some support.’ Employees appreciate getting involved with the company’s online presence and getting the latest tools to do so.[read more]

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Social Startups: StarGreetz Attracts Customers with Personalized Video Messages

January 23, 2014 by Shay Moser
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StarGreetz is on the fast track helping brands build stronger customer relationships, and increase engagement, activation, and revenue. “We are about disrupting a $508 billion, broken advertising industry,” founder and CEO Eric Frankel says, pointing to declining TV ratings, among other things.[read more]

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Social Startups: Centscere Simplifies Charitable Giving, One Cent at a Time, Through Social Change

January 16, 2014 by Shay Moser

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Centscere fosters a frictionless donation pathway that caters to the millennial lifestyle. “We give users the choice of who to give to, when to give, and how much to give, and we allow that through the social media behaviors that are deeply engrained in their lives," says Ian Dickerson, a co-founder.[read more]

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Social Startups: TinyTorch Lights Up Facebook Pages with Relevant, Engaging Visual Content

January 9, 2014 by Shay Moser

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TinyTorch improves content discovery by offering the scheduling and posting capabilities of Hootsuite combined with crowd-sourced visual content similar to Pinterest. Businesses can log in to TinyTorch to find and schedule a month's worth of industry-relevant and engaging visual content to post to their social pages.[read more]

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Social Startups: Updates from the Startups We Covered in 2013

January 2, 2014 by Shay Moser
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In 2013, we profiled several of the newest and most innovative social companies. Today, with social business ever changing, a look at what some of them have been up to since we last wrote about them. We've also listed all of the pertinent details to the social startups we covered, as well as what they are looking forward to in 2014.[read more]

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Social Startups: Total Socials Lets You View Social Media Profiles for All Businesses in One Place

December 26, 2013 by Shay Moser
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For many people, it can take hours to find all of a business’s social media channels. “It is a very long process when searching in Twitter, for instance, because it picks up on keywords in users’ profiles,” says Jake Tipper, founder and CEO of Total Socials, the world’s first social media business directory.[read more]

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Social Startups: Wefunder Helps Everyone Get a Piece of the Startup Pie

December 19, 2013 by Shay Moser

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The JOBS Act allows small businesses to raise up to $1 million in crowdfunding by easing federal regulations and allowing regular people to become investors. The Wefunder portal allows startups to quickly, easily, and publicly raise funds from accredited investors through a free plan or choose from one of three paid plans.[read more]

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Social Startups: Crowdly Helps Brands Find, Rank and Activate Superfans on Facebook

December 12, 2013 by Shay Moser

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“Brand communities can inherently be great communities, and it is the people in these communities that make it happen,” says Dan Sullivan, the founder and CEO of Crowdly, the leading social advocate management platform for Facebook.[read more]

 
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