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Well, what do you know, we just got a little bit of unexpected press, courtesy of How Magazine and designer Martin Oberhäuser, who has been pretty key in the development of Tickr since its inception. The terms you are looking for right now are complex information design and interface design. 

There’s probably an article about long-distance collaboration models begging to be written too, as Martin spends most of his time in Hamburg and we’re based in California.

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Martin’s philosophy, in his own words, basically boils down to this: “Information is beautiful, and life without information is impossible. But it needs someone to filter the mass of information around us and turn it into something readable and usable.” We couldn’t agree more.

Check out Tickr screenshots featured in the March 2013 issue of How. (Insert happy faces here.)

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If Martin’s work seems familiar, it’s because he’s also worked on projects for IPG Mediabrands, Deutsche Telekom, Magna Global, Labbler, Brockhaus, Airbnb, Cisco, and Popular Mechanics. Unless you have been living under a rock, chances are that you have already seen his work outside of our little world of digital monitoring and mission control centers.

You can check out Martin’s beautiful portfolio here. And if you aren’t already reading HOW, you really should add it to your reading list. It’s been on ours for years. We’re suckers for anything that deals with design and design thinking. In case you were wondering, we’re also big fans of Fast Company, Inc., I.D., Print and Dwell.

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While we have your attention, be sure to enter our Command Center beta/contest while you still can:

The categories are non-profit, journalism, and for-profit.

The way it works is simple: 1) Sign up. 2) Enjoy free access to Command Center. 3) Submit a brief case study or summary of how you used Command Center before mid-March.

It doesn’t have to be fancy. The most creative and/or interesting case studies/summaries will win. That’s it. We even have prizes and everything! So sign up here and have fun playing with Command Center.

Cheers,

The Tickr Team

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Over the last year, you told us what kinds of features you wanted us to add to Tickr and we listened. The result is Tickr Command Center, our most complete monitoring solution to date. It’s already being well received, but we want to shake things up a little. Instead of just inviting you to kick the tires in a standard beta-test, we want you to take Tickr Command Center around the track and drive it as hard as you want for a few weeks. What better way to do that that than to launch a little contest?

The rules are simple: You sign up, we grant you access to Command Center for a little while, and you submit a cool little case study or a summary of how you used it before March 15, 2013. Whoever comes up with the most original or interesting use of Command Center will win a year’s free access to Command Center.

The three categories of entries are:

    • For-profit
    • Non-profit
    • Journalism

Some examples:

For-profit:

- If you are a brand: How you integrated Command Center into your digital monitoring practice. How Command Center helped you improve customer service/tech support. How Command Center helped you generate more qualified leads. How Command Center helped you identify areas where your brand was receiving negative reviews, areas where your brand was receiving positive reviews, and how you solved the problem. How Command Center helped you with market research or business development. If you can throw in an ROI piece with real numbers, great. If you can’t, that’s okay too.

- If you are an agency: How Command Center helped you monitor a product launch or campaign. How Command Center helped you monitor reactions to an ad or event.

- If you are a PR firm: How Command Center helped you avoid or manage a potential PR crisis.

Non-profit: How Command Center helped you do research on a topic that is relevant to your cause/project. How Command Center helped you monitor conversations about key topics, then engage people directly about them. How Command Center helped you track and map the effectiveness of a campaign, message or hashtag across multiple channels.

Journalism: How Command Center helped you with research on a story or topic. How Command Center helped you monitor, track and map certain types of events or topics (natural disasters, elections, crime, acts of terrorism, political news, etc.).  How Command Center worked as a research tool AND and alert tool alongside Google, the AP wire, and whatever other tools and platforms you use.

You can copy those or come up with your own. It’s totally up to you. It doesn’t matter if you are a journalism student or a senior editor at a major publication, if your non-profit is a local after school program or a global charity, if your company is a small specialty retailer or a century-old brand. Agencies and PR firms of all sizes are welcome as well. The more the merrier, and the more diverse the entries the better. Let’s make this interesting.

Who can participate?

Anyone 18 or older (except where prohibited). See rules for details.

When does the contest start and end?

The contest opens January 22, 2013 at 9:00:00 a.m. US Eastern Standard Time (EST) and ends March 15, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST)..  How long and thorough you make your summary or case study is entirely up to you. Make videos, take pictures, create presentations, or just fill in the blanks in the form we’ll send you. You’re totally in charge of this thing.

What can I win?

Winners will enjoy one full year’s free use of Tickr Command Centerserious bragging rights, and maybe a few extra goodies. (More on that later.)

How does this contest work?

The short version:

  1. Sign up.
  2. Receive free access to Tickr’s brand new Command Center monitoring suite. (We’ll also send you the rules, some tips, and a registration form.)
  3. Use Command Center.
  4. Submit a summary or case study before March 16, 2013.

Go here and sign up. It only takes a few seconds.

You can also address questions to us via our Facebook account or our Twitter account, and if you have no idea what Tickr or Command Center are, you might want to watch this quick one-minute demo.

We can’t wait to see how you will use Command Center to make your world work better!

Feel free to share this with all your friends.

Cheers,

The Tickr Team

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Brand managers aren’t the only people using Tickr to monitor news, conversations and social sharing about their worlds. Event management teams, PR professionals and journalists do too. (We will take a closer look at how Tickr can be used as a  journalism tool in the coming week, so don’t stray too far.)

For now, let’s take a look at how you can follow most of the feeds about this year’s Emmy Awards on one screen:

1. Go to Tickr.com

2. Log into your account (or click the green  Try Tickr Now button).

3. Enter Emmy Awards or Emmys in your search box, then name your page. (The hashtag for the Emmy Awards is #Emmys, by the way, so you will probably get better overall results with Emmys.)

Or just click here. We already built a basic page for you.

Tip: Using Tickr to monitor news and social content for an event like the Emmys is a lot easier than trying to juggle multiple sources on top of following the #Emmys hashtag

Note: If you are currently using the free trial version of Tickr, you will only see a sampling of the stories, news and social content available on the web. It’s a nice summary, but the pro and enterprise versions will give you much richer, denser feeds.

By the way, subscribe our feed on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Not only do we share a lot of cool stuff about the worlds of digital monitoring, new tech, social business and market intelligence, we’ll answer your questions there too. ;)

So rumor has it that Apple might be coming out with a new phone soon, and there’s even scuttlebutt about an announcement of some kind this week. Unconfirmed rumors, we’re sure, but just in case, we’ve made you a Tickr page. You’ll be able to follow a timeline of all the most up-to-date news, blog posts, tweets, Facebook updates and Instagram photos on just one screen. If you’re into that sort of thing. (You’re welcome.)

To check out the iPhone 5 Tickr page, click here.

Thanks to so many of you for your kind words about our RNC Tickr page last week (judging by the activity graph, people are still talking about it) and the DNC Tickr page this week. It’s great to see Tickr being used for multi-channel monitoring in this context. Not just for brands but for events as well. Judging from the amazing response, we should create a separate product called Political Tickr! 

If you want to share the DNC Tickr page with friends, here is the link: (Democratic National Convention Tickr page)

And if you have built your own Tickr pages lately, definitely share them with us on Facebook. (Like us here.)

Cheers. :)

PS: if you haven’t created an account yet, it only takes a few seconds and it’s free. (You can always upgrade later.) Start here.

Interested in politics? Want to keep tabs on news, blogs, tweets, conversations and updates about the Republican National Convention in Tampa? Tickr has you covered. Open up and bookmark the RNC Tickr page on your mobile device, laptop, or PC.

And if you’ve built a Social Media Mission Control Center for work (or at home), make sure to dedicate one of your RNC monitoring screens to Tickr.

(You’re welcome.)

If you don’t have an account yet, sign up for one here and take a test drive.