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At what point does the exponential increase in content production make the cost of trying to grab and hold attention no longer cost-effective?
Quite a stir was made a week ago, when Mark Schaefer published his Content Shock article on the businessesgrow blog.
A paraphrasing of the question he asked was, ‘At what point does the exponential increase in content production make the cost of trying to grab and hold attention no longer cost-effective?’
The topic resonated me as well as many others and the responses were swift, including Shel Holtz, Sonia Simone of Copyblogger and Marty Smith, the first two of which are discussed in the piece published in curatti.com (Marty’s piece was published too late to be included).
We don’t feel that Content Shock is something that any of us need to be concerned over.
Let’s not forget that
“As content continues to grow, search keeps pace by constantly improving. “
“Semantic Search may be beyond most people now, but it will become a part of everyone’s life even if in the same mysterious way that a car engine helps that wonderful machine convey us from point A to point B.”
And amongst those who stand to gain from the situation are:
“Discerning Curators who understand the needs of their readers because they are consumers of the same content, only sharing what blows them away!”
… a statement which is at least partly backed up here by an end user perspective:
“When I need to research something, I go to a few trusted sources and get what I want, when I want it.”
The message to readers is: “If someone is out there filtering the deluge of articles that you might otherwise have to work your own way through…. it removes the burden of you having to deal with the ever growing content mountain.”
So is Content Shock real? With all the excellent curators and filtering tools available ....... Only for those who insist on reading every source for themselves
Reviewed and written by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond
How do you get your headlines to inspire a click? I’ve created a cheat sheet that spells out nine effective tips based on the word H-E-A-D-L-I-N-E-S.
Useful list, good reminders. And there are headline evaluators out there using the emotion principle. Here's one:
As we all know there's so much content flying by especially on Twitter, being able to grab someone's attention is key. Learning how to craft a headline that draws the reader in is a must.
There are great tips in here
Here are a few that caught my attention:
E is for empathy.
Jay Baer, author of the great marketing book “Youtility,” points out in social media today, your messages are delivered alongside those of your reader’s friends and family. To earn their attention and trust, you too have to achieve friend status. The best way to accomplish this is to show your reader you understand their problems and care.
"You’re Going to Love These Free Analytics Apps"
S is for success
The oldest and most proven approach to headline nirvana is delivering a little bundle of success.Of course, you need insights into how your readers define success. When you have them, speak to them.
"Nine Headline Tricks Sure to Boost Your Leads"
A is for ask
The question headline is enormously effective—provided you ask a question your target audience wants to know the answer to.
"How Do You Write More Magnetic Headlines?"
Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti coveringCuration, Social Business and Beyond