New Top 100 Image Generator

You asked and we provided – you can now generate a Top 100 image from your Rise Board for sharing far and wide.

I’ve started including it in my release announcement Tweets too, with immediate good evidence of higher engagement than previous tweets with similar content.

For instance this post scored over 400 impressions and 26 engagements

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While a similar tweet in May with only the top 10 scored only 200 impressions and one engagement…

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I hope you enjoy the new image feature.

 

How to add competitor tracking to a Business Dashboard with Cyfe & Rise

Rise Boards can fit very nicely with your existing business dashboards.

Cyfe for instance offers a business dashboard tool where you can get up and running quite easily and very cheaply – you get up to 5 widgets on their free plan.

Adding a Rise Board to a business dashboard is a great way to bring a bit of competitive interest by showing, on a weekly basis, where you stand versus your competition.

Rise now has a new feature that lets you easily add a leaderboard powered by Rise to a Cyfe business dashboard either as a list or a table.

I’ve been using Cyfe as a way to monitor the development of my personal brand online. I’ve been charting my Klout influence score and my current number of Twitter followers – two of the key personal brand metrics I’m interested in at the moment.

However, I don’t want these metrics in isolation and, since Success Tracking is all about community and stories – it’s much more interesting to see where I stand versus others on the same journey.

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To this end, I’ve added the Gamification Gurus Power 100 leaderboard  to my Cyfe dashboard. I can now see I’m number 20 this month, so a bit of work to do to maintain my top ten spot.

I’ve also created a Rise board with a selected 10 accounts whose key metrics I’m tracking. I see them as my peers when building a personal brand – the top people are aspirational (I’m a while off their reach!) but it also includes people nearer to me who I hope to nudge past every so often!

How I added my Rise boards to my Cyfe business dashboard

Using Cyfe I added each Rise board as a widget using the ‘Custom – Private URL – table’ widget type:

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Once I had the widget on my dashboard I configured it by giving it a name, pasting in the URL from Rise for the Cyfe Table widget and setting the refresh rate to 24 hours.

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By adding Rise leaderboards,  I made my business dashboard that little bit more interesting!

If you’d like to try it, then why not create an account on Cyfe (you can use the code: risedotglobal for a cheeky 20% discount if you find yourself subscribing) and then add a Custom Widget – Private URL. Configure it by adding the Rise Online Influencer board to your Cyfe dashboard. The embed URL to paste in is:

https://www.rise.global/display/online-influencer/latest/embeddable/cut/cyfe_table

Please do share screenshots of how your dashboard with Rise Boards embedded look – I’d love to see them!

New “Mug This!” feature to turn your Rise boards into fabulous Zazzle mugs

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Rise loves celebrating your success with you. That’s why we’ve added aa “Mug This!” button for board admins.

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It’s a feature for board managers to instantly create coffee mugs with their latest Rise board results printed proudly on them.

To use it you’ll need to be a paying board subscriber with Bronze access so you can use the image generation sharing channel. On that page is now a “Mug This!” button. Click the button and instantly you’ll be taken to Zazzle with the opportunity to purchase your amazing creation:

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The Gamification Gurus Power 100 top 10 now on a mug!

We look forward to seeing your photos of your mugs!

Zazzle prints on all sorts of wonderful items, feel free to get in touch and suggest other “Mug This!” style buttons you’d like to see on Rise.

 

New: Join the conversation feature for every Rise board

We’ve added a small new feature to every Rise board – it’s called “Join the conversation“.

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Any Rise Board manager can now add a social platform section to the About page explaining how and where to join the online conversation about the board.

The conversation channel could be something as simple as a Twitter hashtag to use when discussing the board, a what’s app group invite URL or a dedicated Facebook Group.

One of the perennial issues with any new network like Rise is deciding what parts of the overall experience happen on our site (platform features) and what happens elsewhere (application features).

This feature represents a clear step in the application direction. While Rise lets you build a social graph around success tracking, we won’t be offering further community features for your 4C discussions (cheering, celebrating, commiserating and calibrating) – we’ll leave that to the dedicated social  apps that do that better.

In this update, we’ve provided integration initially for Twitter hashtags, Facebook groups and raw URLs which we show on your board’s about page. Over time we’ll surface the choice of social platform and channel elsewhere in the audience and player experience.

If there’s another social platform you’d like to see deeper support for then let us know.

 

Automate your life with the Rise.global Zapier app

Automation is one of those things that makes life a little bit easier.

I’m certainly someone who likes to automate wherever I can, and nowhere more so in my digital notifications.

As a Rise.global regular I look out for updates to my score on Twitter Followers Club and Twitter Activity Club. I am actively trying to improve my use of Twitter at the moment so I find both boards provide helpful analytics for me to optimise with.

However, the updates come via email and I’m also someone who gets a deluge of email so the updates are sometimes missed.

risezapierThis is where Zapier comes in for me – Zapier is a kind of bridge between different software systems. If something happens on one system, it can then trigger activity on another.

Wonderful” I thought, “perhaps Zapier can help me get notifications direct to my mobile phone?

Adn Indeed it does, Zapier supports “Pushover” a dedicated notifications service for my mobile.

So all I needed to do was to get Zapier to look out for releases of the boards I’m interested in and then get Pushover to notify me of my latest score directly onto my phone.

Here’s the result:

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Now you can see, alongside my other phone notifications I get my latest Twitter Followers Club score.

Because this is Zapier, I could have done this for a whole host of others services too such as adding a new to do item to Asana or a new card on Trello. I can even configure it to post out to Twitter on my behalf, letting my followers know my awesome new score.

Automation made that bit easier with Zapier.

If you’d like to use the Rise.Global Zapier app then follow this link to gain access to the beta. You’ll then be able to use Rise as an app on your own Zapier account.

 

How I did it

If you’re interested in copying me and setting up a notification for yourself then here’s how I did it, step by step. You’ll of course need your own Zapier.com account to do it.

  1. Sign up with Zapier.com
  2. Add the Rise.global app
  3. On Rise.global, sign in, go to Edit Profile then API key and click the button to generate your api key (you’ll need this later on)
  4. On Zapier create a zap
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  5. Choose Rise as the Trigger
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  6. In the options you’ll need to use your API key to connect Zapier to your Rise.global account
  7. Now choose which Rise Board you want to be the trigger for activity each time it releases (typically weekly for most Rise Boards).
  8. Now set up the Action. I chose to use Pushover but you could use a different app you’re more familiar with.
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  9. Now inside your notification, and this is the fiddly bit, you need to define the message that you want to send, each time the release occurs.

    Here you can see I am using Board Name, the name of the release, my score and my rank as the merge fields.
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  10.  That’s it, test your zap and then turn it on. Now sit back and wait for your personal analytics news to come to you!

 

How to use your Rise profile when requesting a Twitter verified account

Twitter verified accounts are all the rage, especially for senior influencers across the web: using your Rise.global profile will help you justify verification.

Now Twitter has opened up the verification program to allow self nominations, it’s time for you to request verified status for yourself.

As part of verification, Twitter requires you to provide site URLs that:

“help express the account holder’s newsworthiness or relevancy in their field.” – Twitter verification guidance

An excellent URL for doing exactly this is your Rise profile.

Your Rise profile shows the fields you are influential in, and your current score or ranking within those fields. Because your score is regularly being updated, the team at Twitter can be assured that it is an accurate and up to date reflection of your influential status across one or more fields.

Copy the URL from your profile and include it on your twitter verification form, as I’ve done below:

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Here’s my current Rise profile that will be seen by the team at Twitter.

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For each Rise Board you are participating in, you can configure how your score / rank is displayed to the world at large using the Settings for each board:

Getting Going as a Blogger

If you haven’t got a Rise profile yet then it’s easy to get one. Simply sign up to Rise and connect your social media accounts. Then, if you haven’t been added to any boards yet, search the Public Boards to find relevant communities, then use the Join button to request inclusion on the board.

If you’re looking for inspiration, why not visit the profiles of some other senior influencers who’ve also set up their Rise profiles e.g.  Justin Matthew:

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Gary Arndt

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Siddharth Chatterjee

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UPDATE – 19/Sep/2016

Please note that Twitter alone is responsible for grading whether your account is suitable for verification. Your use of a Rise profile as a submission URL should accompany other materials showing you to be a figure of public interest.