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Tweets do affect Rankings [Study]

Tweets do affect Rankings [Study] | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

From the original article: "In the biggest study of its kind, we have found that there is strong correlation between the amount of tweets about a URL, and its Google ranking.

 

Key Stats

1) Study shows that URLs receive a significant boost in Google rankings when they are shared on Twitter

 

2) The effects of this boost seem to level out at around 50 tweets, and the subsequent benefit of gaining additional tweets is minimal until around 5,000 tweets

 

3) After 5,000 tweets the average ranking of URLs improves considerably
URLs receiving over 7,500 tweets almost always rank inside the top 5 results

 

4) Average rankings are heavily correlated to the number of tweets about each URL".

 

Full Article Here: http://www.branded3.com/tweets-vs-rankings


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Content Curation Sneaks Up on Marketers

There are many varying opinions of curation, but what most people don't realize is that they curating information every day. 

 

Adding commentary to content, however, is what establishes the difference between curation and simply sharing. Scoop.it aims to create a place where you can share all of your content while adding your own commentary, and then push this content to all of your different social media presences. This is where the value of curation truly lies.


Thanks to Ardath Albee for this insightful post.


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Magazine trends study finds increase in advertisements using sex

Magazine trends study finds increase in advertisements using sex | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"Some young men actually think Axe body spray will drive women crazy."

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Curator comment: although not specifically pertaining to the topic of additive/compulsive sexual behavior, this article highlights how our overall culture is increasingly sexualized, which obviously influences the prevalence of problematic sexual behavior.

 

Source: ScienceDaily, "Your source for the latest research news." June 5, 2012.

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The Bastardization of the Term Curator and What Museum Curators Think of It

The Bastardization of the Term Curator and What Museum Curators Think of It | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: "A throwdown about the term "curator"". This is the title that Suse Cairns gave to her recent article, in which she opens by writing: "Lately, questions about the bastardisation of the term curator have been emerging around the blogosphere.

 

The Hermitage Museum wrote An Open Letter to Everyone Using the Word ‘Curate’ Incorrectly on the Internet, and Digital Transformations recently asked whether DJs are curators, and vice versa.

 

Their opening volley caught my attention:

 

"The word ‘curator’ gets used liberally these days to talk about stuff people do on the web. But does that devalue the term?

 

Is there any way what someone does on Facebook is comparable to the years of training and knowledge which goes into curating collections in museums and galleries?"

 

I believe that if Suse Cairns had the opportunity to see the real work that goes into professional content or news curation, she would not hesitate an instant in recognizing how skilled and experienced a person must be, in several disciplines, to even consider attempting doing such a job.

 

On the other hand, I can't but agree with her colleagues who are pulling their hair in disgust when they see people proudly "picking" and republishing other people content "as is" while defining themselves as "curators".

 

I must also convene with her complaining colleagues that curation has little or nothing to do with personal expression and social sharing, two reputable and valuable activities, which can be carried out with similar tools, but which require very different skills and time, and which have very little in common beyond the immediate surface. 

 

If one does not look or pay attention at these small details it is very easy to get caught into misleading generalizations (content curation is useless, etc.).

 

I am actually pointing to this article, not so much for the good effort that Suse Cairns to reconciliate traditional museum curators with the new self-acclaimed content curators, but for the excellent series of comments that her short article did spark.

 

Among them, I have excerpted this little gem from Suse herself: "I’m reading Stephen E. Weil’s Rethinking the Museum, and there is a section that seems entirely appropriate to this discussion.

 

On page 53, Weil discusses the work of John Cotton Dana, and writes “In his 1917 book The New Museum, Dana urged that museums of the future make a special effort to attract the young and to interest them in making collections of their own – collections that they might ultimately share with the public. This development of the collecting habit, he wrote:


“...with its accompanying education of powers of observation, its training in handiwork, its tendency to arouse interests theretofore unsuspected even by those who possess them, its continuous suggestions toward good taste and refinement which lie in the process of installing even the most modest of collections, and its leaning towards sound civic interest through doing for one’s community a helpful thing – this work of securing the co-operation of boys and girls, making them useful while they are gaining their own pleasure and carrying on their own education, is one of the coming museum’s most promising fields.”"


With this idea in mind, maybe this idea of collecting or “curating” online – even if it were only simple list-making – can be seen as an interesting, useful and positive thing."

 

Inspiring. Sense-making. 9/10

 

Read the full article and ALL the comments here: http://museumgeek.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/a-throwdown-about-the-term-curator/ ;


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suse cairns's comment, October 13, 2012 3:05 AM
Hi Robin. I've held off on responding to this, but when it was rescooped today I decided that I would write in to chat about your interpretation of my initial post. It was not actually my original intention to "reconciliate traditional museum curators with the new self-acclaimed content curators", nor was I dismissing professional content "curation". Instead, I was speaking to the evolution in the nomenclature; to the fact that the word 'curator' is now being used widely beyond the borders of the museum sector, much to the chagrin of many within it. In fact, I was arguing that if people like yourself, professional content curators, want to use the term 'curator' to describe themselves, then that was a positive thing - something that not everyone in my sector would (or did) agree with. Your interpretation of my initial post is understandably coloured by your own perspective, but this also means you are reading into the discussion things that were not necessarily there.
Robin Good's comment, October 13, 2012 3:11 AM
Thanks Suse for your kind comments and for sharing your thoughts on this. As I have written there is plenty of good things you have written in your article, and our ability to understand and make meaning out of newly explored grounds like this one, is enriched by not having everyone agree and see things in the same way.

I am still thankful to your post which provided lots of valuable insight and some good sparks for extra discussion.
suse cairns's comment, October 14, 2012 3:32 AM
Fantastic to hear. One of the most enjoyable and interesting things about the Internet, I think, is the space it makes for conversation across all kinds of boundaries; sparks for discussion indeed. It's those new connections, across spaces, that open up room for new kinds of thinking and understanding.
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The Curated Shopping Experience: Great Examples at Work

The Curated Shopping Experience: Great Examples at Work | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The shopping experience is about to change as advertising messages keep losing efficiency, at least when compared with trusted social recommendations.

 

And some brands, having well understood this mechanism, are already banking on it. 

 

If you are curious to get a glimpse of what the online shopping experience is increasingly going to look like, look no further than the excellent examples portrayed in this article.

 

From Cloverleafinnovation: "To filter the noise, shoppers increasingly turn for advice to a “trusted source,” which might be a retailer, a manufacturer brand, a mass media source (e.g. magazine, TV), or close, personal contacts.

 

We just don’t have time to visit every store, research every product feature and benefit, and uncover the optimal “just right for me” product.

 

Instead, shoppers are now looking for trusted curators who will present us with a small, personally tailored set of choices.

 

Think of it like one of those major traveling exhibits of Titanic or Pompeii artifacts. The museum-goers trust the exhibit curator to choose the most exciting pieces to display, out of hundreds that might be warehoused; to organize them in logical fashion, ideally placing them in some kind of historical or environmental context; and finally to label or describe them so we can understand what we’re viewing and relate it to our own life.

 

Here are three current examples of curation in action:..."

 

Excellent. 9/10

 

Original article: http://www.cloverleafinnovation.com/blog/distributing-curating ;


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deviantART is applying to manage .art domain

deviantART is applying to manage .art domain | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

deviantART is applying to manage the new Top Level Domain (TLD) called .art "DeviantART is committed to have the .art TLD in the hands of representatives of the arts; people who know something about the Internet and the way art is presented and enabled by the Internet."

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Social Annotations in Search: Now Your Social Network = Rankings

Social Annotations in Search: Now Your Social Network = Rankings | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

From The Original Article: "For years, the best way to gain rankings in search results was to have:

 

1) Accessible pages featuring
2) Quality content
3) Targeting the right keywords
4) In a way that naturally earned external links

 

Now a huge social reach is a competitive advantage in SEO. If you're doing SEO today, I think it's no longer possible to ignore the growth of your social connections as a big part of your SEO strategy.

 

Honestly, I expect in 18 months, Twitter followers, Facebook connections, LinkedIn account size and engagement across these won't just be social metrics; they'll be KPIs for our SEO, too".

 

Full article Here: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/social-annotations-in-search-now-your-social-network-rankings

 

 


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SEO Is More Important Than Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

SEO Is More Important Than Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

According to research by BlueCaribu it is in fact Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO, that is still dominating businesses thoughts, with 9.1 million related searches every month.

 

The complete research carried out by BlueCaribu is presented in this awesome info graphic they have produced.


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There’s no such thing as an objective filter: Why designing algorithms that tell us the news is hard

There’s no such thing as an objective filter: Why designing algorithms that tell us the news is hard | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"filtering algorithm design is one of those wildly interdisciplinary problems. The challenge is to imagine systems that:
forward societal goals that we think are important, yet are precise enough to be phrased as performance yardsticks,
combine algorithms with humans in a productive way, and
can actually be built with available technology."

Great article explaining the different approaches that technologists and humanists take to deliver "relevant"news. The temptation of the "all technology" could be strong in a world where algorithms seem to solve many problems. But it's not only about "solving". Accessing news should be also about serendipity, exploration and "feeling" what people could like to discover. And human interactions stay key to be inspired. Curators of the digital age could be the link between these two different visions. Curation cor Scoop.it is a celebration of the humanrithm, to build a deep culture of exploration. Accessing knowledge is not enough anymore. Exploring the opportunity of collective wisdom is an amazing challenge.


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50: Rough Sketches - LA Times Magazine

50: Rough Sketches - LA Times Magazine | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"Noel Petter's concept paintings for 1930s consumer packaging sent a clear message to Depression-era shoppers -- forget your troubles, c'mon get happy"

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Facts & Questions on Blogging, Curating & Collecting

Facts & Questions on Blogging, Curating & Collecting | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

But what does curation mean? How is that really different from blogging? And why on earth would we need another means of adding to information overload?

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Ye Olde Comfort Hip Corset Truly Chaffes

Ye Olde Comfort Hip Corset Truly Chaffes | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

An antique advertising or trade card for the “Comfort Hip” corset by Helm, Snorf & Watson of North Manchester, Indiana. I’m not sure if we’re supposed to sing it… I cannot; for some of the lyrics make me gag...

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Vintage Father’s Day Ads Tell A Story About Dads

Vintage Father’s Day Ads Tell A Story About Dads | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"Father’s Day advertisements are a peek into what we think dads are all about. As cultures change, advertising shifts too, giving us a peek into the social construction of fatherhood."

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Clay Shirky on information overload versus filter failure - Boing Boing

Clay Shirky on information overload versus filter failure - Boing Boing | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

This Clay Shirky talk from Web 2.0 Expo NY ("It's Not Information Overload. It's Filter Failure") challenges the idea that we've got information overload problems (we've had more books than any human could read for hundreds of years), what we have is a series of filter failures, as our systems for managing information abundance are swamped by the growth of information.


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4 Reasons Why Content Curation Has Gone Mainstream - Forbes

4 Reasons Why Content Curation Has Gone Mainstream - Forbes | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
4 Reasons Why Content Curation Has Gone MainstreamForbesAll major brands today are online – providing their prospects with information, customer service and even e-commerce offerings.

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Making Choices in the Age of Information Overload

Making Choices in the Age of Information Overload | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Why are we listening to signals when we can do the research ourselves? (More on the Advertising as Cult theory)

 

The Internet was supposed to make us smarter shoppers. So why should we still listen to the signals that brands send us?


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Earn A Free Romney T-Shirt Or A Signed Photo By Making 300 Calls

Earn A Free Romney T-Shirt Or A Signed Photo By Making 300 Calls | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

First I was rolling on the floor lauging my a** off - but then I just gor really scared.

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The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation - NTEN:Change's Content Curation Issue

The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation - NTEN:Change's Content Curation Issue | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register). 

 

It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.

 

The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."

 

This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".


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You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
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Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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Hilarious Vintage Computer Ads

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Hilarious Vintage Computer Ads... Sexist too.

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How Brands are Creatively Using Technology to Make Print Advertising More Effective

How Brands are Creatively Using Technology to Make Print Advertising More Effective | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
Since industry estimates now peg the average time a reader spends looking at your ad at 3 to 5 seconds, a successful print campaign now hinges upon eye-catching presentations that are meant to capture and resonate with the audience.
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Rob Flowers Interview

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Early fast food advertising is a big inspiration to me & they usually involve anthropomorphised hotdogs, burgers & the like which invariably look awesome/weird/dark/scary/gross, which I find really interesting as the characters are supposed to make you want eat their face.

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Every media company is a media company ... and there's the rub

Every media company is a media company ... and there's the rub | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it

"Media companies are in trouble because they have to compete against a multitude of companies producing media as a loss leader."

 

This is an interesting analysis by Tom Foremski on ZDNet that shows how much companies have now invested in the Publishing space. Be it through Content Creation or Content Curation, Social Media makes every brand a publisher. And it's bad news for traditional media which have to reinvent themselves.

 

Great read.


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The Identity Spectrum – Identity Woman

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Google+ a Ghost Town as Brands Decamp for Pinterest | Digital - Advertising Age

Google+ a Ghost Town as Brands Decamp for Pinterest | Digital - Advertising Age | A Marketing Mix | Scoop.it
While the digital marketers say Google+ is an empty city where the masses go to set up a profile but then seldom return, Google doubles down on the investment.

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