The Top 5 Techniques for Staying Up to Date in an Ever-Changing Field


 

Onextrapixel

It can often times be difficult to find the time to stay up to date in a technology-related field. With the growth of the web and of the web design and development communities as a whole, that also means that there’s far more to learn and it’s coming about at an exponentially faster rate each year. How can each of us possibly stay current on everything?

The Top 5 Techniques for Staying Up to Date in an Ever-Changing Field

It’s not possible to know everything, but it is possible to stay up to date in a niche. That’s what we as web designers and developers must do: focus on a specialty, and consistently learn more about it. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips for staying up to date, and keeping inspired in our fields.

Techniques for Staying Up to Date

1. Teach Others

The quickest route to learning something new and keeping up to date is to simply research it, of course. But, who’s there to make you get that research accomplished? A great way to force yourself into the habit of constantly keeping up with the latest technologies and trends is to teach yourself by teaching others.

Teach Others

If you can educate another in any way, you’re likely to go above and beyond to truly understand the relative concepts, to make sure you’re using best practices, and you’re likely to spell the concept out in a way that is truly understanding, both for the learner and yourself – the teacher.

Teaching can come in a wide variety of forms: blogging, writing tutorials, giving advice and feedback in forums, or doing private teaching consultations. It’s possible to turn many of these into additional income streams as well, so keeping up to date isn’t a chore, but rather can be more integrated with work.

One could even go the extra mile and create a course on Learnable, publish a podcast/screencast or write a book/eBook on a particular in-depth subject. Surely you’ll need to know something about the chosen topic to write something truly in-depth, but at any level creating learning material for others is a great way to begin to learn about a new topic, or for larger projects, a great way to expand one’s knowledge on a subject. Continuar leyendo «The Top 5 Techniques for Staying Up to Date in an Ever-Changing Field»

What Designers Can Learn From “Gangnam Style” | Onextrapixel


Onextrapixel

«Gangnam Style» is an extremely popular music video produced by South Korean singer and rapper Psy. The video has rapidly gone viral, and is being posted on all sorts of social media. In just two months, the original video has received over 290 million YouTube views and over 2 million likes.

It has been a trending topic on Twitter, and is posted on Facebook many thousands of times daily. When any video, image or trend goes viral, no matter how ridiculous, it benefits anyone who wants to learn the basic principles of marketing to observe why exactly a video like this might become so popular.

What’s Your Style?

It is very important that designers lead rather than follow, using creativity as a driving force rather than relying on overdone styles and designs. The uniqueness of «Gangnam Style» is part of why it is so popular both in Korea and in international markets.

If you haven’t yet seen the video and would like to see for yourself how your web design can be inspired, here is the video.

The same principles that drive trends to go viral also draw people to products and encourage them to make purchases.

What Designers Can Learn From «Gangnam Style»

The «Gangnam Style» video features Psy singing and rapping in a variety of scenes. He travels from the beach to the parking garage, the elevator, the sauna and, weirdly enough, the stable. The accompanying music has slick beats and a repetitive chorus including the chant «Hey, sexy lady,» aimed at female extras cast in the video.

Gangnum Style Video

Absurd occurrences, bright colors and attractive ladies are interspersed throughout the video. The tone maintained throughout the entire piece is one of silliness and frivolity, which connects with the concept of Gangnam style as the artist sees it.

The song and video are largely satirical of a sub-sect of Korean females who scrimp on basic needs like food in favor of more expensive luxury items like expensive coffees, makeup, handbags and similar items.

Humor of «Gangnam Style»

There are a number of ways in which the «Gangnam Style» video catches the eye of those who see it and makes them want to share it with other people, a key aspect of viral marketing. One of the main aspects is the humor of the video. The costumes worn by Psy and the absurd scenes in which he appears, like a disco tour bus and a toilet, are humorous and strange.

Humor

The viewer does not need to have a specific intellectual connection with this video. The fact that it makes them laugh is enough to make them want to pass it on and share it with their friends. This is one reason that Gangnam Style has gained so much popularity on humor websites and blogs. Continuar leyendo «What Designers Can Learn From “Gangnam Style” | Onextrapixel»

How Video Can Improve your Social Media and SEO Status | Onextrapixel – Web Design & Development Online Magazine

How Video Can Improve your Social Media and SEO Status

While SEO hasn’t been around long enough for a foolproof way to increase your rankings through Alexa or Google page rank; there are many generally accepted guidelines to follow. While taking these into consideration, it is also important to realize that Google is constantly updating their algorithms.

This was especially evident with the release of Google Panda and the increasing use of AI to return higher quality sites with a longer click through rate. On top of adding a longer click through rate to their algorithm, Google has also used their universal search feature to return videos and images on the first page of search.

With Panda, Google increased the importance of a longer click through rate for SEO. This in turn has placed a higher rating than ever before on pages that have visitors staying longer. Visitors generally will always stay longer and be more engaged when watching a video compared to when they are scanning a text page.

This is where videos began to become ranked higher than ever before when compared to a text page with a much lower click through rate. The longer click through rate, added with the higher likelihood of a video becoming viral, are both major reasons to begin using videos to increase your ranking and benefit your social media presence. In the end, it is all about driving people to your website and making revenue, not just creating meaningless buzz.


Via Scoop.ithuman being in – perfección

An in-depth study by Forrester in 2010 found that a page with a video on it is 53 times more likely to achieve a page one result on Google. This is considering that the page and video are both used in conjunction with typical SEO methods. In the world of marketing today, the fastest growing segments are social media and SEO. With these snowballing into the biggest tools used by online companies to market their products, videos are propelling some sites above others.

How Video Can Improve your Social Media and SEO Status

While SEO hasn’t been around long enough for a foolproof way to increase your rankings through Alexa or Google page rank; there are many generally accepted guidelines to follow. While taking these into consideration, it is also important to realize that Google is constantly updating their algorithms.

This was especially evident with the release of Google Panda and the increasing use of AI to return higher quality sites with a longer click through rate. On top of adding a longer click through rate to their algorithm, Google has also used their universal search feature to return videos and images on the first page of search.

With Panda, Google increased the importance of a longer click through rate for SEO. This in turn has placed a higher rating than ever before on pages that have visitors staying longer. Visitors generally will always stay longer and be more engaged when watching a video compared to when they are scanning a text page.

This is where videos began to become ranked higher than ever before when compared to a text page with a much lower click through rate. The longer click through rate, added with the higher likelihood of a video becoming viral, are both major reasons to begin using videos to increase your ranking and benefit your social media presence. In the end, it is all about driving people to your website and making revenue, not just creating meaningless buzz. Continuar leyendo «How Video Can Improve your Social Media and SEO Status | Onextrapixel – Web Design & Development Online Magazine»

The Anatomy of an Effective Homepage


http://blog.kissmetrics.com

As a general rule, your homepage will be the first encounter a visitor will have with your business. Great care, therefore, should be taken to design and structure your homepage so that readers will digest and act on your business message.

Below we’ve identified certain qualities that compose an effective homepage. We recommend you spend a few minutes with this infographic to see if your homepage’s current state is effective. Special thanks to@keanrichmond and @onextrapixel.

Click on the infographic below to view a larger image:

The Anatomy of an Effective Homepage

View an enlarged version of this Infographic »

GENTE COSMO

LIFESTYLE - by Esther Herrero

Being Your Brand

Branding and Strategy for Business and Life

Cruces, Sol y La Imaginación

Cuando la imaginación y la creatividad suman infinito

tranquicomix

fanzine bejarano de historietas hecho en los 80

A Stairway To Fashion

imagination is the key

Vinod833's Blog

This WordPress.com site is the bee's knees

Apasionada de las Redes Sociales

Compartir conocimientos 2.0 y Marketing Online

Zona de Promesas

Blog de Tecnología en Español - Internet - Redes Sociales - Entrepreneurship - Innovación

Top Master | Blog

LOS PROGRAMAS DE MBA Y POSTGRADO MAS INFLUYENTES DE TODO EL MUNDO

Unencumbered by Facts

Taking unsubstantiation to new levels

PsicoEmocions Blog

Un Pont entre la Psique i les Emocions

TEA PTLS NACHO

AUTISMO.TEA..PTLS

Comunicación & Marketing

De Lilian Lanzieri

Xtratexia

Dirección estratégica para la vida

StellarHIRE Partners

Founding Partner, StellarHire Partners - Executive Search Consultants. Recent engagements include Eloqua, SFDC, Tibco and Veeam.

ivanbrunpr's Blog

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this WordPress.com site

BLOGTEC

Noticias de Tecnologia.

T a l e n t o  en  E x p a n s i ó n

Gestión de personas y transformación digital para las organizaciones líderes de la Era del Conocimiento

Two Leaves Tea SPAIN

Great Organic Tea! ✫✫✫✫✫ Te Organico en Piramides

Ideas para la clase

Experiencias creativas en la clase de español.

Little Grey Box

Travel Well

No solo los 80's

La mejor música de la historia

Molly Balloon's Blog

Identity + Dressing + Colour

El OJO PUBLICO. / Глаз общественности

Ver para contar & contar para ver. / Чтобы рассказать

Think Creative Idea Growth Hacking

Expertos en estrategia y auditoria de marketing

The Coaching Alliance

El camino hacia el éxito

Erick Lovera

Mi Pasión en un Blog

Estampas de México.

“Un fotógrafo tiene que ser auténtico y en su obra, debe expresar emociones, provocar reacciones y despertar pasiones.” ~ Javier García-Moreno E.

Natalia Gómez del Pozuelo

Escritora y formadora en comunicación

aloyn

Alimentación, ocio y negocios, ALOYN, es un Grupo dirigido a Directivos y Propietarios de empresas, interesados en el mundo de la industria de alimentación y bebidas. Tanto por la parte de la industria productora como por la parte de la industria consumidora y/o distribuidora (Distribución Comercial, Horeca, Vending, Venta Directa, etc). También nos interesan las actividades ligadas al agroturismo y el enoturismo como magníficas actividades de promoción y difusión de la cultura gastronómica.

Blog de Jack Moreno

Un blog de Joaquín Moreno sobre recursos, literatura y ciencia ficción

Mashamour

Ensalada de Manjares

be.blog

be. Intelligent Multimedia Education

~~Mente en Gravedad~~

************************************************************************************************************

The Xtyle

Fashion Blog - Un Blog de Moda y Tendencias by Bárbara Sanz Esteban

aníbal goicochea

Tecnologías de la Información y Estrategia

A Waterfall of Sound

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words." Robert Frost

Health & Family

A healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit

Style & Design

Fashion Trends and News

U.S.

News, Headlines, Stories, Video from Around the Nation

NewsFeed

Breaking news and updates from Time.com. News pictures, video, Twitter trends.

A %d blogueros les gusta esto: