Get a Free Smoothie from 16 Handles

UPDATE: As of 3:00pm all the free smoothie coupons have been claimed. Thanks all and enjoy the treats!

Good afternoon everyone!

You may have read my post on Social Fresh about the first branded Snapchat promotion that the good folks from 16 Handles put together last year.

In case you missed it, the brand created an account “Love16Handles” and was encouraging users to participate by visiting select locations at certain times and snapchatting photos of their friends enjoying the frozen yogurt.

Well the team at 16 Handles reached out to me this week to say thanks again for covering their company and asked me if I wanted to help them give away some free smoothie coupons in exchange for a free smoothie myself.

How could I resist? It’s hot, I’m in NYC, and there’s a 16 Handles literally on the corner of my street in Manhattan.

I win, you win.

So here you have it, the coupon below is good for one free smoothie through the month of July. Simply show this blog image on your smartphones at the 8 locations involved in this promotion (check for locations). If you do use it, you might as well snap a pic and tag @nickcicero and @16handles in it too, but you don’t have to.

Let the smoothies flow free from the UES to Tribeca!

UPDATE: As of 3:00pm all free smoothie coupons have been claimed. Thanks all and enjoy the treats!



Why Marco Arment Built A Podcast App

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Developer Marco Arment isn’t exactly a household name, but that could depend on your household. As a frequent podcaster and writer, he’s taken on a somewhat polarizing role as a commentator on the Apple developer ecosystem. As a developer, he was Tumblr’s first employee and went on to create the still popular Instapaper (now owned by Betaworks) and iPad periodical The Magazine (now owned and operated by Glenn Fleishmann).

After Tumblr’s sale to Yahoo, Arment went on to shed his other holdings and become an ironically-self-labeled ‘analyst’. His posts on are frequently upvoted on Hacker News, where he is then praised and/or vilified based on the current developer meta mentality.

But, over the past few months he’s been working on an app called Overcast, and it launched late last week. The app is a podcast player — which could sound like an odd niche to tackle —…

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Federal Student Aid Makes Fun of Poor People on Twitter

So FAFSA used a meme from the movie Bridesmaids in a tweet basically saying if you’re poor make sure you fill out our FAFSA form!

I’m just going to leave this here…come on FAFSA! Talk about a lack of empathy for your customer.

Here’s the thing, not everyone who completes a FAFSA is poor. But even if they were…federal student aid is supposed to help get you to college and have a better life, not make light of economic hardships.

Looks like FAFSA may want to look into putting their social marketing on deferment for a few months until they figure out their situation. fafsa poor tweet

This may be one of those times where they thought they were trying to be “cool” and talk to the hip young kids through Memes…but I doubt it.

When we find out the backstory from journalists who (hopefully) tear FAFSA apart in their articles, I’d imagine we find comparisons to the recent NYPD social media backlash a few weeks ago.

This is now two government organizations in just a few months who have experienced serious social fails because of poor planning and judgement.

When will brands (especially extremely volatile ones) learn that some things are better left off of Twitter.

This is just plain stupid.

By the way, in unrelated news the star of this meme is actress Kristen Wiig, who made $12 million in 2012 and can probably afford the loans on at least one degree.

The Top 25 Industry Media Content Sources Digital Marketers Share

I wrote a post over on Social Fresh about “The Top 50 People Most Retweeted by Digital Marketers” based on data I received from a report done by Leadtail and PunchTab.

It has been shared quite a bit today, as one would expect when you publish a list full of influencers. My mentions are through the roof.

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Putting the people aside, one of the more interesting stats they pulled from their data (all 57,009 shared links from 122,027 tweets) was that digital marketers are relatively split on where they share content from, 43% mainstream media and 42% industry media.

Since we love lists, and I’m not going to write two list posts on Social Fresh in one week…I decided to publish one of the other lists over here.

These are the Top 25 Industry Media Content Sources that digital marketers share links most from.

1. Mashable
2. Ad Age
3. TechCrunch
4. Business Insider
5. Adweek
6. VentureBeat
7. The Next Web
8. The Verge
9. MediaPost
10. Re/code
11. Business2Community
12. The Business Journals
13. Digiday
14. Hubspot Blog
15. Buffer Blog
16. Marketing Land
17. Social Media Today
18. Social Media Examiner
19. Gigaom
20. Search Engine Land
21. Econsultancy
22. ClickZ
23. MarketingProfs
24. Convince & Convert
25. (Tie) Moz, eMarketer

By contrast, New York Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, WIRED and Time are a few of the top shared “mainstream” content sources.

You can download Leadtail and PunchTab’s report here

How 50 music teachers are creating 5,000 musician-citizens across the US, thanks to a TED Prize wish

Nick Cicero:

Love everything about this

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Jose Abreu wished for these 50 musicians to

Jose Antonio Abreu made a TED Prize wish in 2009 to train 50 musicians to start youth orchestras in their community. The final class of Sistema Fellows graduated this month. Photo: El Sistema

On a drizzly spring day in Boston last week, three dozen musicians mingled in the President’s Library of the New England Conservatory (NEC), one of the most prestigious music institutions in the country. The weather did not dampen the infectious enthusiasm in the room. After all, 10 of these musicians were about to mark a milestone: graduation from the competitive Sistema Fellows Program, an initiative born out of El Sistema and made a reality by the TED Prize.

El Sistema is a network of youth orchestras founded by pianist and conductor Jose Antonio Abreu in 1975. Officially called the “National System of Youth and Children Symphony Orchestras of Venezuela,” El Sistema (“the system”) teaches orchestral instruments to…

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Twitter adding more options to encourage photo sharing and consumption

There has been a lot of talk about Twitter introducing new features to make photo sharing and consuming more prevalent. Aside from the new photo collages and profile redesign, I noticed this morning a little text CTA to “view more photos” in the bottom right corner of a tweet containing a photo which drives me to the the user’s photo gallery on their profile.


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Linkedin Encouraging Users to Share Photos

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Nick on the Social Pros Podcast – The Truth about Google+

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It’s time for another edition of the Social Pros Podcast. Each week, Jay Baer, Jeffrey Rohrs and I explore the world of social marketing by talking to some of the top industry leaders about how they’re getting real work done in social.

This week: The Truth about Google + for Business

This week’s podcast features Martin Shervington. As one of the world’s foremost Google+ authorities, we discuss Google+ as a social destination, Google+ as a social layer, and the future potential for Google+’s impact on other Google products, including search engine optimization and Google authorship.

While brands like Ford, Toyota, and Cadbury all have had success creating content and communities on Google+, others have seen limited success, sparking an industry-wide debate given the untimely news that Vic Gundotra is leaving the company.

Listen to the podcast here: Social Pros 115

Subscribe on iTunes here: Social Pros Podcast

This Mini Cooper Airport Ad is full of Junk in the Trunk

Talk about the perfect placement.


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Twitter is a Content Platform So Why is the Content Experience Lacking?

Nick Cicero:

Smart thoughts by Hunter Walk here.

Originally posted on Hunter Walk:

I blog about Twitter almost as much as I tweet because it’s a product, a company and a team that I’m fond of (and in one case, very very fond). Also, their strengths and weaknesses remind me so much of YouTube – expression and communications platform with worldwide base and wide variety of uses, where 99% of content is uninteresting to a given user but their 1% is gold. And most everyone’s 1% is different.

Over the last few months it’s become more fashionable to think of Twitter’s future as one around content – both consumption of and discussion around. If indeed this is true north for casual user growth, there are two opportunities I’d want them to move faster to solve.

1) Twitter Cards: Show Preview for All Content Links

Nothing frustrates casual users like inconsistent experiences. What happens today when I click on a tweet which has a web…

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