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HubSpot has introduced a new, free tool called Signals, which sends you real-time notifications when someone opens your emails.

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Since its launch in 2010 Pinterest has grown at a rapid rate: 50 million users viewing 2.5 billion pages per month! These kinds of numbers are making Pinterest an increasingly valuable tool for individuals and brand managers to share themed photos.

Like any popular social media channel (ie. Twitter, LinkedIn) there is some etiquette involved in order to get the most out of Pinterest:

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Yahoo acquires email and contact management startup Xobni.

Xobni (“inbox” spelled backwards), is a San Francisco-based company that specializes in making software applications & services, including products for Microsoft Outlook and mobile devices. Its services can offer “a full view of each contact, complete with their photo, job title, company details, and email history -- as well as updates from Facebook and Twitter.

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David Skok is a well-known and respected serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist who runs an excellent blog "for Entrepreneurs" that I read often, recently published a benchmark report on SaaS (software-as-a-service) companies.  If you run a SaaS business, I'd highly recommend checking out this post, among others on David's blog:

http://www.forentrepreneurs.com/2013-saas-survey/

 

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Infogram releases new app: "Infogr.am Charts," which takes raw data from an Excel spreadsheet and transforms it into a colourful, interactive chart. 

The app features 30 different chart types and various designs, which can be easily published online, shared on social networks and embedded in articles or blog posts.

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Foursquare is under pressure to generate more revenue, and has responded by gradually rolling out post check-in advertisements. The ads pop up based on the type of venue a user checks into.

The ads work based on the type of venue users check into. Take Captain Morgan rum for example. If users check into bars, an ad for Captain Morgan will pop up; suggesting the user order a rum & coke.

Foursquare has laid out some ground rules when it comes to competitors; you won’t see an ad for KFC when you check into McDonalds.

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Similar to McDonald’s display of billions of customer’s served; French start-up Smiirl launched Fliike, which allows small businesses to display a real-time running tally of Facebook likes in their storefront window.

Smiirl will ship its first limited-edition batch of 500 units at the end of November at a price of $390 per unit, plus delivery, before the price goes up.

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When Facebook-owned Instagram launched video-sharing on June 20th many thought this would mean the end for Twitter’s Vine (the original video-sharing app).

On launch day alone there was a 64% dip in Vine links shared on Twitter while Instagram experienced an increase and has remained steady ever since.

This may be due to the fact that Instagram allows users to capture 15-second videos vs. only 6 seconds with Vine.

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Need a 5 minute break to get inspired? Check out these awesome quotes from some amazing thought leaders, artists and philosophers.

Do you have any quotes that inspire you to do your job everyday?

 

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Brian Halligan, CEO & Co-Founder of Hubspot wrote a great article on how Millennials think, and what entrepeneurs and thought leaders need to do to adapt their companies in order to attract them.

A few key points from Halligan's article:

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Check out this case study where Nordstorm retailers engage their 4.5 million Pinterest followers by promoting their most pinned items in-store.

http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14778.aspx#

How are you using Pinterest?