The Startling Portraiture of Mary Ellen Mark (10 photos)

Known for her humanistic black-and-white portraits, Mary Ellen Mark made it her life’s work to photograph those who didn’t quite fit in. Whether that meant capturing the day-to-day life of Indian circus performers, the peculiarity of twins, or the loneliness of celebrities, she was drawn to people with pronounced personalities. “Attitude,” a new exhibition at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, explores this idea through 40 of the late photographer’s images. “She was passionate and compassionate. Life mattered. Animals mattered. People mattered,” said Melissa Harris, the show’s curator. The images focus on “self-possession,” Harris said, and highlight Mark’s ability to make viewers “feel, without telling you what or how to feel.” The gallery has shared a selection of these images with The Atlantic, presented below.

Jarv Advantage Water-Resistant Smartwatch is your mobile personal assistant

The Jarv Advantage Water-Resistant Smartwatch is one such development, the perfect workout companion and life assistant.

An ultra low-power three-axis accelerometer keeps track of your motion, with a rechargeable Li-polymer battery that lasts up to ten days on a two-hour charge. Your smartphone app will deliver a signal from up to 33 feet, even alerting you when UV levels are getting high.

So. Much. Tech.

Health and fitness has never been more popular in our society, and we’re seeing some tremendously exciting breakthroughs in tech to aid our self-betterment.

At just $69.99 from TNW Deals, the Jarv Advantage is your ideal smartwatch and fitness tracker, helping you conquer your fitness goals without breaking the bank.

Track all of your fitness goals with the Jarv Advantage, a stylish and sturdy smartwatch with a thin, ergonomic design and a comfortable, bio-compatible TPU wristband.

Track your steps, calories burned, sleep and so much more, while enjoying standard smartwatch notifications such as incoming calls, texts and social media alerts, with your own Jarv Advantage at 30 percent off from TNW Deals.

It weighs less than an ounce and is an ultra-slim 0.3-inches thick, as unobtrusive as they come in the field of smartwatches. It’s waterproof, able to withstand up to one meter of immersion for up to 30 minutes, so you don’t have to think twice about heading straight to the showers after an intense workout.

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How to maximize the marketing potential of any social media network

The below graph from Social@Ogilvy’s “Facebook Zero: Considering Life After the Demise of Organic Reach,” highlights this demise:


So. Much. Tech.

Now, in 2016, there are still tremendous opportunity to market your business on Facebook, but it’s shifted from organic to paid, and those who have been maximizing the value of Facebook dark posts and the social network’s other advertising products over the past year-or-so have seen significant results.

From a brand and business perspective, it’s worth paying attention to, understanding the user behavior and experimenting with platforms at the early adopter stage ready for when if it hits the mainstream. But the vast majority of time and dollars should be focused on mainstream and mature networks where you can reach a larger number of your audience.

Key takeaway: If you start to see encouraging results from a social network as it moves towards the mainstream, go all in and try to drive as much ROI as possible as it progresses towards the organic peak

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The two peaks of opportunity on any social network

When a product first hits the mainstream, there tend to be huge opportunities to grow an audience organically – great content still standsout, and organic clicks and views are high. Eventually, though, as the platform becomes more crowded, organic reach will plateau and gradually drop.

Products at this stage:

Key takeaway: Put effort into maintaining the community you’ve built on a mature platform, but switch to a paid marketing mindset when it comes to key business goals. Think about how campaigns can drive sales, downloads or whichever key metric is most important to you

Products at this stage:

This post originally appeared on Buffer.

Over the past few years, social media marketing has shifted a great deal, and we’ve almost reached a point where what works to drive engagement and clicks on a social network one day, may not the next.

From 2012 to 2014, as Facebook matured as a business, organic reach plummeted so much so that in 2014 organic reach had dropped to around six percent for all pages and for large pages with more than 500,000 likes, the number was just two percent.

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When any new social network launches, it’s first and most important challenge is to find product / market fit and at this stage, many of the users will be techies, marketers and the early adopters who jump on all the latest products and trends to test the water.

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The three stages of social network growth (and the tactics you need at each stage)

When a network becomes mature organic reach is next to zero, and for brands and businesses, this means to reach anyone aside from your biggest fans you’ll need to pay.

Early adopters

If you’ve built up a good following during the early adopter and mainstream periods of growth, you can still test and optimize organic reach on a mature platform. But the vast majority of clicks and traffic will come from paid marketing.

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If you look closely at the evolution of the biggest social networks out there, a trend emerges and two clear periods of opportunity stand out for marketers.

Key takeaway: When a promising new social network emerges, start testing the water to figure out how your business could use the platform if it continues to grow

When reach hit as low as two percent in February 2014, Facebook had all but become a pay-to-play advertising platform and the below chart from Business Insider shows the rise of Facebook’s desktop and mobile advertising revenue:


This fast paced movement and rapid change isn’t an accident. It’s an essential part of any social network’s progression.

Products at this stage:

As organic reach starts to drop, a good strategy is to transition from ad spend focused on growing your following and concentrate more on clicks and conversions.

  • Content overload: As networks grow our feeds become increasingly cluttered, making it hard for us to find the content that matters to us most. If advertisers want their content to appear next to important updates from those closest to us, then they’ll need to pay (and make their advert relevant).
  • The business is maturing: As startups grow, they need to start bringing in revenue, and most times, their most valuable resource is user eyeballs.

As with any advertising platform, Facebook will gradually become more and more saturated (there are already over three million advertisers on Facebook) and the late adopters probably won’t see the same disproportionate success as current advertisers. But it’ll still be one of the most powerful advertising platforms we’ve ever seen.

This happens for a couple of reasons:

When a network is at the early adopters stage it’ll usually go one of two ways: it’ll disappear, or continue growth towards mainstream popularity. And it’s only when platforms begin to march towards the mainstream that they’re worth fully investing in (for example, how Snapchat has grown in the past 12 months).



As networks grow, they tend to have a pivotal moment where they become ingrained within pop-culture. For example, Twitter had the Hudson River plane landing, and recently, Snapchat had DJ Khaled.

We call it the law of the double-peak, and it’s a transition every social network goes through:

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When a social network is emerging and growing towards mainstream popularity, the key opportunity for brands tends to be organic reach (Facebook circa 2009, Instagram in 2015, Snapchat in 2016).
At this stage, individuals and brands who want to build an audience are usually focused on figuring out the platform (what do users want to see? which metrics matter?) and creating engaging, unique content that carries their brand message.
During the organic growth phase business KPIs often focus on building an audience, engagement, and amplification (shares, RTs, for example).
As a social network matures, organic reach and engagement will start to plateau and eventually begin to drop. The tactics that helped you build an audience will become increasingly less efficient and what you have now is a system that works a lot more like Google Adwords, or any other more established form of advertising, where reach is paid for.
The transition from organic to paid is an emotional one for marketers, and it takes some adjustment. Not everybody gets to find you organically anymore, and the tactics you’ve honed to increase organic reach are no longer as successful. But when you take a step back, there’s also an enormous opportunity to drive even greater value for your business through paid channels.
As networks transition towards the paid peak, business KPIs tend to become far more focused on driving clicks, conversions, downloads, and sales.
The law of the double-peak in action
From around 2009 to 2012, Facebook was the place to build an audience organically. With an understanding of what content people were craving and engaging with on Facebook; some creative ideas and brilliant execution you could build a substantial audience without directly paying for it.
That’s not to say it was easy to build an audience organically between 2009 to 2012, but it was certainly doable, and a large number of brands had a ton of success with brilliant, creative content (and tiny advertising budgets).
Between 2011 and 2012, Facebook hit the organic peak. And starting around April 2012, Facebook’s organic reach begun to plateau at around 16 percent as the social network began to edge brands into sponsoring posts to increase reach.

Based on a survey, 78 percent of social marketers told Forrester they’re very satisfied with the value Facebook ads provide.

Photos of the Week: 5/14-5/20 (35 photos)

The ruins of ancient Roman barracks discovered in Italy, a toddler tied to a rock in India, flooding and mudslides in Sri Lanka, scenes from the Cannes Film Festival, the South Sudan Wheelchair Basketball Association, a nude Shakespeare performance in New York’s Central Park, and much more.

A Full-Service Funeral Home for Pets (15 photos)

In Belgium, Reuters photographer Yves Herman recently visited Animatrans, a funeral home that claims to be the first in Belgium designed exclusively for pets. Animatrans handles a number of arrangements for pets that have passed on, from funerals and burial, to death masks and taxidermy—for customers who seek a more tangible reminder of their beloved companions.