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Be A GREAT Content Curator: 6 Content Curation Tips From @ScentTrail and @Gdecugis

Be A GREAT Content Curator: 6 Content Curation Tips From @ScentTrail and @Gdecugis | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

"once you start gathering content to share, you begin to realize it’s a bit more complicated than you thought. It takes a bit of focus and creativity to find good content and then organise it."


Via Guillaume Decugis
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Backing Into Great Content Curation Greatness
Since the goal of every Internet marketing team should be creating a sustainable system of content marketing with an ever increasing return let's agree on a few important curation ideas: 

* Curation creates more reach faster than creation.

* Creation is still important, > than 20% is risky. 
* Curation is never random, strongest clearly themed.

* Scale means you do more with less, so scale = ROI.

* Real time is where the HEAT of content curation lives.

* The more you curate the better at it you become.

 

The second bullet is ironic. Even gurus I LOVE tire me out when they don't pick up other people's threads or react to mine. "Tire me out" is another way of saying I leave and reduce advocacy. 

This means EVEN if you have resources needed to create 90% and only curate 10% I would NEVER suggest that as a winning strategy. Create more than 20% and you risk "talking to yourself about yourself". I've come to the conclusion that the optimal ratio is 90% curation to 10% creation, but Argyle Social did a somewhat related study that came down 50% creation (promotion of your own stuff) and 50% curation. 

I think promotion is different than either curation or creation, so let's put that study aside for the moment.  

1. Define Your Curation THEME
Note that I use the singular "theme". Any beginning content plan should focus on ONE meme; one idea set, and devote all energy to that single theme. Don't go too broad either. Not Internet Marketing, but Internet Marketing / Email Marketing (if you are @Bronto) or Internet Marketing / New Ecom (if you are @Atlanticbt my employer). 

2. Research Your Theme's Ecosystem - Picking Gurus 
Who are the gurus of your theme? How social are these gurus? Do they respond when use @GURU? Pick a mix bag of 5 gurus to follow with 3 in the "approachable" camp and 2 in the uber-guru camp (pick the two with either the biggest following or that are most aligned to your thinking or both). 

 

3. Create A Content Map For Your Theme

Use the 10% creation and 90% curation rule to guide what kind of content you create and put where. Creation is best on OWNED properties. Curation moves easily between OWNED and SHARED (social nets). Don't only do ONE or the other tactic exclusively on one platform. Mix it up. Create short blog posts that are hybrid curation. Create themed Tweets that are almost like a blog post in 20 tweets. Others would tell you to use a blog to do X and a tweet to do Y. I disagree, surprise and serendipity keeps your content marketing alive. 

4. Create A Schedule, Stick To It
Leave 20% of your plan for "response", but do create s publishable schedule of daily, weekly or monthly features. Schedules = TRUST and you can never have enough trust. If you miss a scheduled date explain why and, "Dog ate my homework," is not a good excuse. 

5. Schedule Reviews & Summary Presentations
Watch 5 Key Performance indicators every single day of the MACRO (traffic) and MICRO (forms completed by Google visitors on keyword X) variety. Schedule a quarterly review with senior management since that too creates trust and makes you SMARTER due to the preparation and questions you will need to answer. 

6. Practice, Practice and Practice More
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice. The old cliché is true. Yes it will take getting used to the idea your "practice" is seen by OTHERS, but get used to it. I use Scoop.it as my practice field. I allow for a higher degree of errors (WHEN is Scoop.it going to add spell check for God's sake :) and stumbles because Scoop.it is about FEEDBACK and SPEED in our ecosystem. 

When something looks PRIME TIME on Scoop.it I tighten down the bolts (i.e. hire my great editor) and increase the investment. I move a longer and more keyword dense take to our owned properties such as our blog or website.


Our process doesn't have to be yours since there are infinite variations on the curation theme. The important idea is to curate a LOT of content daily, define a platform that is your "practice field" and always increase the speed of curation while reducing errors and increasing shares (what you are curating for).  


BTW, learned these tips from GREAT curators such as @RobinGood and @maxOz and others I listed on Google Plus: 

https://plus.google.com/u/0/102639884404823294558/posts/MzpAzkLAFfx 


Link is to an excellent Guillaume post linked to another great curation post. 

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, March 1, 2013 7:54 PM

Sarah Arrow gives interesting tips in that post but the bigger point she makes is that content curation requires some organization and works best when integrated within a workflow that makes it easy. Whether you're using organized RSS feeds, iPad readers like Flipboard or platforms like Scoop.it, the whole system should make it efficient for you to scan through content without distraction and publish your best picks in a way that feels natural. 


And as I commented on her blog post, I’m a big believer of using your idle time for curating content using your mobile: on top of making this time useful, the mobile platform also addresses the “Shiny Object” temptation she's describing and unchains content curation. Don’t you find the smaller screen and the use of the mobile format lots of blogs and media are now using also helps being less distracted and more focused?

Neil Ferree's curator insight, March 2, 2013 4:20 PM

A good Read on what you need to know before you launch your 2013 Content Marketing strategy. You can see the Top 5 CM Planning Guides by Click Here or just Google DiY Conent Marketing

Maddog Social Media's comment, March 6, 2013 12:34 PM
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How to Sell Online Without A Huge Following

How to Sell Online Without A Huge Following | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know before you can start to sell digital products online even without a large following.
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Selling Stuff Online
This Jurij Burchenya post includes excellent tips and demonstrates one very cool content marketing idea. We love the big green "click this button to get a list" riff in this post.

Your content needs to appeal to readers and scanners. Jurij's big green button will encourage scanners to quickly get and use the essence of his article. Well done. 

 In addition to Jurij's tips we would add:

* Magazine Your Content - create expectations about what will happen each week, month or quarter and then exceed those.
* Create stores on scaled sites like Amazon, eBay and Etsy.
* Use PPC to teach you how to form offers and what content is gold. 
* Gamify your content (see our Haiku Deck on the topic here: https://shar.es/1vgyKm ) with contests and games.

Do any two of those ideas plus the ditch digging Jurij's post describes and you will build a following, sell things and have fun. How do I know? I'm a former Director of Ecommerce who managed teams who made more than $30M online during my tenure :). Marty 

 

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Why PageRank Matters

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PageRank Matters
We love it when goofy stupid people say stupid things. But we hate it when friends who should know better say goofy stupid stuff. The other day at a lunch with SEOs and web marketing friends from around my Durham, NC home a friend who should know better said, "PageRank (PR) doesn't matter anymore". 

I pointed out that PR is one of the few FREE and universal metrics. I went on a bit of a rant about how any metric can be modeled into significance. The new PR is a valuable, universal (everyone is treated equally by Google more or less) and FREE metric capable of helping anyone's we marketing. 

This post discuses why PR is important and what THEIR (competitor) PR can teach you Google uses PR the way an instructor uses a pointer. They hold up and reward examples of what they want. If your competitor's have PR 2 to 4 points higher than you then emulate what they are doing.

Never stop at emulation. Once your site's "emulation" "cost of poker" feet are under it DISRUPT and reset your industry's deck. Emulation + disruption is one of the formulas teams I've managed made more than $30M in B2C commerce sales.

I paid for lunch to show my friend his momentary brain fart was okay (lol). M  

**** Added a correction from my friend Mark Traphagen. PR, at least what you can access with free tools, is DEAD. Mark recommends the paid tool we use (MOZ.com). Shouldn't be a huge surprise that FREE is gone. All great FREE things cost money now. We've used MOZ.com for customer work, but thought we could model with PRChecker too. Not so much as it turns out sadly. Appreciate Mark's note. M 

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Community Shock: When Adding New Members Costs MORE not LESS & Its Coming

Community Shock: When Adding New Members Costs MORE not LESS & Its Coming | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Community shock, diminishing return on adding new members, is coming like a marketing tsunami. Create community today to avoid community shock tomorrow.
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Why I'm Not A SEO via @Scenttrail Now #1 on Google! TY Readers & Sharers

Why I'm Not A SEO via @Scenttrail Now #1 on Google! TY Readers & Sharers | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Why I'm Not A SEO
Thanks to readers and those who share the first part of our 3 part Why I'm Not A SEO triptych is now #1 on Google for the term. THANKS!

Why I'm Not A SEO on Scenttrail Marketing
http://www.scenttrail.com/why-im-not-an-seo/  

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Klout Getting Better & Better

Klout Getting Better & Better | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty Note
If you haven't checked your Klout score recently you should. Not just because your Klout score is a good indication on your "ding the universe" mission, but also because the Klout-ers are building some cool tools.

I just used their content scheduler for the first time. I liked the ease of putting 3 Tweets into queue and their content suggestions were excellent. I have to dig around mountains of ants and termites to find content half as good.

Also like their people suggestions. Going to be interesting to see if their people recommendations follow back or if they are so big following back little munchkins (like moi) is beyond them. The recommendations were relevant and cool, so, much like their content suggestions, easy and powerful people to follow suggestions.

The tool is improving at a rapid rate (Kudos) and their focus on EASY and painless is much appreciated. So go check your Klout score and ping me and I will send you Klout Perks or kudos or whatever the hell we trade in there (lol). M

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Real-Time A/B Testing vs. Traditional A/B Testing in Email Marketing

Real-Time A/B Testing vs. Traditional A/B Testing in Email Marketing | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
In the world of email marketing, an A/B test is one of the most important tactics for delivering the best possible email to your audience. A tiny difference in a subject line or a slight change in ...
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Love this since we are slouching toward real time analytics as outlined in our latest Curagami post (http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/marketing/context-conversations-future-of-marketing/ ).

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Our Favorite Gamification Tools Added To Ask For Help & Share Tools You Love @HaikuDeck

Our Favorite Gamification Tools Added To Ask For Help & Share Tools You Love  @HaikuDeck | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

We Added a page on top gamification tools such as SweetToothRewards.com (affordable gamification), Badgeville and Bunch Ball.

We now have pages for our favorite Analytics (just added Marin Software to that list), Content Curation and Gamification tools. We will develop a "gallery" of profile pages on http://www.Curagami.com to share how and why we like THESE tools over others.

What about you? What are your favorite online marketing tools? Email to Martin(at)Curagami.com or tweet using #favtools

Thanks, Marty

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Unselling A Marketing Must Read - via @Curagami cc. @UnMarketing

Unselling A Marketing Must Read - via @Curagami cc. @UnMarketing | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Active vs. Passive
Scott Stratten & Alison Kramer have written a marketing #mustread. I listened to Unselling driving to Columbus to go to my monthly appointment at the James Cancer Center and that seemed appropriate in retrospect.

Unselling: The New Customer Experience
Scott Stratten & Alison Kramer

Appropriate because my favorite section of the book is the intelligent discussion of passive (pull) vs active (push) sales and marketing. Stratten and Kramer argue the active era is dead and gone. The key to this next era is creating such magical content seeks carry on wind provided by advocates, fans and members.

Appropriate because dropping the Kabuki theater of one's life is one of cancer's big lessons. Life is too short for BS. Marketing is too valuable for BS, so begin to ween yourself off of it Unselling explains.

WOW, perfect tie to team http://www.Curagami.com's pursuit of the ever elusive tool to make creation of online community easy for merchants. We agree with Scott's rant against automated social media.

We also agree with his stance on the ruination of social media by brand PUSH ( see another Scoop I just shared about Buzzfeed pushing brands beyond the web i.e. the ruination of social (http://sco.lt/5qettp ).

If the ONLY section you read, believe and act on is Unselling's discussion of the value of magical content as the key to market making going forward and the necessary letting go of PUSH you will be ahead of the pack when the "push is dead man walking" ax falls.

Great and highly recommend marketing & sales read.



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Book Discussion on The (Honest) Trust About Dishonesty Dan Ariely via @Booktv

Book Discussion on The (Honest) Trust About Dishonesty Dan Ariely via @Booktv | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Professor Dan Ariely talks about his book, [The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves], in which he discusses different examples of dishonesty and looks at…
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Great new book from Predictably Irrational author Dan Ariely that shines the same light on contextual honesty.

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3 Easy Metrics To Find Your Site's 80-20 Rule via @Curagami

3 Easy Metrics To Find Your Site's 80-20 Rule via @Curagami | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
This post shares 3 simple web metrics to help find the 20% of stuff controlling 80% of your online business because online only Pareto can hear you scream.
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Web Analytics For Non Quants - via @Curagami

Web Analytics For Non Quants - via @Curagami | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Web Analytics for non Quants demystifies web metrics with simple questions, easy to understand ideas & proven lessons. Want to understand web metrics?


Marty Note
Driving home from Columbus today thought I would return to this post in a Khan Academy-like way.

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Four Marketing Secrets New Web Designers Should Use • 1stwebdesigner [w/ 1 Scenttrail Dissension ]

Four Marketing Secrets New Web Designers Should Use • 1stwebdesigner [w/ 1 Scenttrail Dissension ] | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

What separates the newbie web designers from experienced ones? It is these 4 marketing secrets every newbie web designer should know. Read all about it here.

Marty Note
The four tips shared are:

* Build Microsites (disagree)
* Create Freebies (really believe in this one).
* Develop a Niche Blog (agree).
* Business Cards.

I would change "microsites" to landing pages. In a post Google Panda / Penguin algorithm change SEO era sites or pages without social support don't fly. Build a website and try and drive traffic to it. NOW tell me you want to build more than one.

That's crazy talk these days because one is more than most can handle. Liked the other 3 tips.


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5 Trending Haiku Decks: Crowdfunding to the Clash

5 Trending Haiku Decks: Crowdfunding to the Clash | BI Revolution | Scoop.it


Total Haiku Deck Views: 73,549
% Increase: 5% (10-2 - 11-4)
+ Views: 3,324 (in a month)

Trending Decks

#1 Crowdfunding Tips From The Clash http://shar.es/10JzN6
+127% views gain 330


#2: Gamify Content Marketing http://shar.es/10JzyC
+115% views gain: 618

#3 Tomorrow's Ecommerce http://shar.es/10Ji5W
+115% views gain 248


#4 Invisible Giant of the New SEO http://shar.es/10Jiw0
+113% views gain 428

#5 Five Holiday Design Tips http://shar.es/10JiIE
+112% views gain 92

Top Deck
Startups Tips From Warren Buffett http://shar.es/10JiM2
total views 8,100

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Start With Why: 2 Minutes With Simon Sinek - Curagami

Start With Why: 2 Minutes With Simon Sinek - Curagami | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Start With Why because people don't buy what or how you do whatever you do they buy who you are as these possibly the most disruptive two minutes from Simon Sinek's TED Talk share.

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Best Online Store Game VOTE NOW - Curagami

Best Online Store Game VOTE NOW - Curagami | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Vote For Your Favorite Stores
There is a good chance we MISSED your favorite online store as someone just pointed out (we missed WaNeLo.com). Point out stores we missed and vote for your favorites. 

Play the Best Online Stores Game!
http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/news/best-online-store-game/ ;

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What Organic #1s Teach About Content Marketing via @Scenttrail

What Organic #1s Teach About Content Marketing via @Scenttrail | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
SEO #1 organic listings are great, but not all keywords are equal - of Scenttrail Marketing's top posts the most promise comes from a Google #3 because ...
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3 B2B Content Ideas That Aren't Boring

3 B2B Content Ideas That Aren't Boring | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
A lot of B2B companies in boring industries are intimidated by content marketing or just skip it all together. So what you’re not writing about the newest tech gadget that appeals to the mass market? Your content might not matter to most of them, but it does matter to some—your customers and your potential customers.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Year But We're Boring
I hear that complaint as the chief excuse for everyone from HVAC to Lawyers when it comes to content marketing. This post shares 3 ideas any B2B site can use to win hearts, minds and loyalty with content including;

* Take A Stance.

* Tell A Story.

* Make someone's life easier.

Of those three ideas we favor the last two and particularly like Q&A content as a way to accomplish #3.

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Good Stuff!

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Google Is About to Make Your Wireless Carrier a Lot Less Relevant | WIRED

Google Is About to Make Your Wireless Carrier a Lot Less Relevant | WIRED | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Google's new wireless service will automatically switch you between T-Mobile's network and Sprint's network depending on which signal is best.
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Thank you God and Google! Sooner we divest away from AT&T et al the better.
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Aboard The Good Ship ROI Discovering Ecommerce Blue Oceans via @HaikuDeck

Aboard The Good Ship ROI Discovering Ecommerce Blue Oceans via @HaikuDeck | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Asking the right questions in the right way is key to online marketing success. How SMBs can compete with Amazon isn't as important as what is their why and how are they learning from Amazon's web marketing power.

Surf These Waves To FIND Your Blue Oceans:

* Appification & Gamification
* Wiki-ization.

* Social Shopping Nowists.
* FofF Proxy Marketing

& Find other surfable marketing trends on our Discover Blue Oceans Haiku Deck: http://shar.es/1gQgRb

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SMB Ecommerce: Fighting The Ama-Khan via @HaikuDeck

SMB Ecommerce: Fighting The Ama-Khan via @HaikuDeck | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Asking the right questions in the right way is key to online marketing success. How SMBs can compete with Amazon isn't as important as what is their why and how are they learning from Amazon's web marketing power.

Fight the power. Fight the Ama-Khan like OpenSky, WaNeLo and Etsy.

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BuzzFeed Pushing Brands Into Post-Website Era, But There's A Problem

BuzzFeed Pushing Brands Into Post-Website Era, But There's A Problem | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

"...inspired by the fact that much of the traffic to #TheDress story came from a single tweet, Buzzfeed cofounder Jonah Peretti told SXSW this week that he has his eyes on a much bigger prize: the 18.5 billion impressions available through publishing direct to social media. Video, meanwhile, generated more than one billion views last month—and that's not just on Buzzfeed.com but on YouTube and social media.

Marty Note: The Problem Is...
The problem with finding new ways to use old ideas (interruptions and push) into the social space is efficacy gets destroyed. Brands can take over social and push message and lower connection and content value but to what end. Doesn't that path lead right back to where we are now?

I realize the challenge, but publishers need to read UnSelling by Strattten and Kramer. The book's discussio of active )push) content and media manipulation vs. passive (pull) is worth the pric of admission.

Yes, the problem is how to make a market and UnSelling makes a convincing case that your CONTENT is the way you make a market. Crate great content and people find you. It doesn't matter WHEN you publish it or where. Greatness will out and push be damned.


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Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers Niraj Dawar

Moving Downstream
The factory became a self fulfilling prophecy Niraj Dawar's great book explains. We focused mass marketing on selling more not winning customer hearts, minds and loyalty.

To win tomorrow in a social / mobile / connected world our strategy and thinking must move downstream. We must become truly customer focused Dawar shares asking two great questions:

* Why do our customers buy from US?
* What more do our customers need?

If that sounds like we need new Key Performance Indicators we are thinking the same thing. Knowing and tracking why customers really love us feels like a great way to know what to create next and why.

Great book and SO RIGHT!

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Is 2015 The Year Of Content Marketing?

Is 2015 The Year Of Content Marketing? | BI Revolution | Scoop.it
Why is Content Marketing key for 2015 Conventional, single-thread, one-way, disruptive mass communication – like the television commercials that brands have long subsidized – is on the way out. T…

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Yes 2015 is the year of content marketing, but be sure to read Content Marketing's Unfinished Symphony on Curagami:

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Trending Haiku Decks: Warren Buffett, Content Curation & Holiday Web Design

Trending Haiku Decks: Warren Buffett, Content Curation & Holiday Web Design | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

Haiku Deck Stats
Haiku Deck (http://www.haikudeck.com ) continues to be one of our favorite visual marketing tools. We believe slide decks are a new marketing channel and our Haiku Decks views prove the point.

Total Views: 78,940  +107% in a month for a gain of 5,641 views across 37 Haiku Decks

Trends
Warren Buffett Tips for Startups still #1 with 8,521 views
http://shar.es/11m9Bx
(gained 105% in a month or 428 views & is a Featured Haiku Deck).

7 Reasons You Must Curate Content

Fastest TRENDING Deck
http://shar.es/1XRPV7
(2,571 views in first week & now a Featured Haiku Deck)

Holiday Web Design
Next fastest trending deck
http://shar.es/1XRLb1
(1,087 Views or 116% gain in a month)

Gamify Content Marketing
Broke 5,000 views & continues to grow faster than Buffett
http://shar.es/1XRMgv
(5,091 views #4 and up 106% vs Buffett's 105% & A Featured Haiku Deck)

Top Ecommerce Trends 2015 (new today)
http://shar.es/1XRN6k
Has 188 views in three hours

As our content works its way into Haiku Deck's community we see faster lifts for new content. 7 Reasons You Must Curate Content was our fastest deck to clear the 2,000 views hurdle beating Warren Buffett's Tips For Startups. Our Ecommerce Trends Deck, published this morning, may break 500 views its first day.

The team at Haiku Deck are great content curators and they support their "power users" with social shares and mentions. They do such a great job creating online community we created a deck about them too (http://shar.es/1XRNN8 ).

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Content Curation: 7 Reasons Why You Must via @HaikuDeck

Content Curation: 7 Reasons Why You Must via @HaikuDeck | BI Revolution | Scoop.it

We shocked a SEO Meetup suggesting 90% curation to 10% content creation. This deck explains why you MUST curate content. Content curation is a CSF (Crtical Success Factor) for online marketing.

7 Reasons You Must Curate Content
* Can't Create Sustainable Online Community Without Curating.
* Reach.
* Costs.
* Digitally Listening (is different).
* Authority.
* Tribes.
* Sustainable Online Community (so important its worth two listings).

Content curation is how you TEST and so protect your site's content creation. Content curation lowers your content creation costs and insures your current SEO ranks. Bet you agree, after flipping through this Hailku Deck (slides) content curation is a CSF (Critical Success Factor) for digital marketing.

Promise to follow with a deck on our favorite tools for content curation with @Scoop.itat the top of the list.

WOW, over 500 views in six hours thanks to Haiku Deck making Content Curation: 7 Reasons You Must a Featured Deck:
https://www.haikudeck.com/gallery/featured

Go directly to the deck
http://shar.es/1X0Rrc

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