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How to Create an Effective Hashtag Strategy for Instagram

How to Create an Effective Hashtag Strategy for Instagram | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
To take full advantage of Instagram marketing, you need to incorporate hashtags. Here is how to create an effective hashtag strategy for Instagram.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Jenn Herman because I'm love Instagram and if you know what you're doing it can be very effective if it's appropiate for your particular business needs.


Hashtags here and on Twitter are a must to keep the conversation going, attract potential customers and/or a following, learn what your competitors are saying and doing........but if you don't use them properly it can work against you.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Hashtags

Instagram allows you to use up to 30 hashtags per post. But that doesn’t mean you should be using that many! Depending on your brand and your audience, you will likely find a sweet spot between 5 and 10 hashtags per post.


Using less than 5 hashtags limits the number of searches in which your post will appear. But using too many looks spammish and can annoy your followers.


Use Relevant Keyword Hashtags

Your hashtags should include relevant keywords that are associated with your post. If you sell jewelry, including tags like #gold, #jewelry, #fashion, and #gemstones would be considered relevant.

These should relate directly to the item or content in your post.


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Alex Watson's curator insight, August 27, 2014 9:56 AM

Thanks. Would like  to start optimising my use go #Insta an #Pin

janlgordon's comment, June 28, 2016 3:38 PM
Thank you @Stan Smith and @Skylly_W :-)
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30 Instagram Rules for Your Businesses that Drive Results

30 Instagram Rules for Your Businesses that Drive Results | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
If you're looking for help with how to use to Instagram, here are 30 Instagram rules for businesses!
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article by Jenn Hermann who is doing a 12 month series for Curatti on how to use Instagram to create amazing results for your business. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jenn on Instagram and she knows what she's talking about!


Here's an intro:


"If you’re struggling with how to use Instagram as part of your marketing strategy, it might be because you don’t know what to do and what not to do."


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


Complete your bio with relevant information


Include your website in the bio – this is the only place where you can include a hyperlink


Do NOT share every Instagram post to Facebook or Twitter. Give people a reason to follow you here


Do not follow everyone that follows you – follow only those with similar interests or engagement


Thank and engage with everyone who commented on your post and use the @ before their name otherwise they won't see it


If you like this topic, we will be covering this once a month - join us and stay informed on how to navigate the digital world - great articles written by professionals who area successful in their area of expertise  - Lots more coming.................join us


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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, May 6, 2014 7:09 AM

Instagram is een social fotoplatform dat een enorme groei heeft doorgemaakt. Een goed voorbeeld ook van de voortdurende trend en de waardering van mobiele gebruikers voor het delen van meer visuele informatie. 

 

Het artikel geeft een overzicht van alle do's en don'ts, en geeft goede tips hoe je Instagram voor je bedrijf kunt gebruiken.

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Madison Avenue Gains Deep Access Into Consumer Conversations

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Madison Avenue Gains Deep Access Into Consumer Conversations: Taps Into Phone, Chat, Other Personal Feedback - 03/06/2014
janlgordon's insight:


This post is from MediaPost, Why did I select it? Because it sparked ideas about how we as curators can use this new way of communicating to build our audience.  We all know there's a shift  in the way companies and Madison Avenue are tapping into their audiences through conversations, images and chats on Pinterest and mobile to name a few. It's a whole new way to engage and gain deeper insights into who these people, what's important to them and how you can help them as a marketer.


Jan Gordon:


Think about this in terms of curating, mix it up, using visuals, taking bits and pieces of your curation to various platforms with links back to your original piece is a great way of building an audience and increasing enagement.


Jan Gordon:


I personally use a mix of images and quotes to communicate with my audience. Some of them don't speak English but we all can relate to beauty.


I also found that quotes that are consistent with my brand are like sending smoke signals out to my "tribe" - it's a way of reinforcing insights. I have found this to be very effective, have made a lot of relationships and these people have been with me for over 5 years.


Yes, we're all trying to collect data on our customers but there's a definitely a positive side to doing this, as I already mentioned, it will help you to serve them better through your content and messaging as curators and marketers. 


Here's what caught my attention:


As a result, he says things like “visual memes” and emoji are becoming a new source of data about consumers, and that as other media formats -- such as Twitter, Vine videos, etc. --


As this becomes a more prevalent part of the way consumers express themselves about brands, marketers will need to figure out how to “tag,” organize and database that information


This is a whole other conversation, which will be covered in an ongoing series on Curatti - How to tell your story with Data, and much more, sign up and stay informed!!


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Juan Pablo Marroquin's curator insight, March 9, 2014 5:34 PM

This is an interesting article that talks about how Madison Ave. will be able to tap into our conversations to strengthen the bond between the consumer and brand. It is a new means of companies to attaining important data about spending habits. It is the closest thing to the "Holy Grail" that advertising agencies will get to.

janlgordon's comment, March 14, 2014 12:07 PM
Juan Pablo Marroquin I agree with you, this can be a good thing for advertisers and a good or bad thing for consumers - as long as there are ways we can opt in and out to protect our privacy things will be ok - but that is a whole other conversation.
janlgordon's comment, March 14, 2014 12:09 PM
M. Philip Oliver - Yes, this can be of great concern to us as consumers and we have to be mindful of how we share our information - gaining access to information and assets we don't own is the way we are lured into giving up our privacy - right now, it's a matter of being aware of this and being very selective about where and how we give it up.
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Why Google Plus Hangouts on Air are the Next Big Opportunity

Why Google Plus Hangouts on Air are the Next Big Opportunity | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
What if I told you that you could reach your audience using video WITHOUT them being a Facebook Fan, having a Twitter Handle, Google+ account, signing up for a teleseminar, webinar or your email list?
janlgordon's insight:

This piece was written by Nikol Murphy for Curatti on the power of Google Plus Hangouts on Air an how you can leverage this in your business.


Here's the good news........


Nikol says::


What if I told you that you could reach your audience using video WITHOUT them being a Facebook Fan,  having a Twitter Handle, Google+ account, signing up for a teleseminar, webinar or your email list?


Email and blogs remain important but Google+ Hangouts on air are more powerful.


Here are a few of the many gems from this dynamite piece:


Google+ Hangouts are a video call for up to 10 people total, or just yourself. This includes the guest. It is a free service. At minimum you need a phone to participate.


Google+ Hangouts On Air broadcast your video call live via the web and your YouTube channel. Then it records and stores it.


When you broadcast your Hangout on Air, your viewers have a “TV like” experience. They are also able to post comments under their view of the video. This is so powerful!


Now instead of talking at the TV, you can talk with the TV! Participants inside the hangout can answer questions and react to comments live! For free! Essentially, you have a TV truck inside your computer now.


Why is this better than any other platform?

You do not have to get the audience to commit to you before sending out your message! They can watch your hangout and ingest the message without ever signing up for something. Here is your foot in the door.

 

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What is The Value of Questions and How Can Your Business Benefit From Them?

What is The Value of Questions and How Can Your Business Benefit From Them? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
janlgordon's insight:

This post was written by Andy Capaloff for Curatti


I love this article because as curator and a business owner being a provacateur is essential in instigating conversation and taking a topic to another level which can lead to all kinds of opportunities. There's an art to asking questions and this just first of many pieces on this topic that you'll find on Curatti


Something to ponder.......


How can you use leverage questions to benefit your business?


Can monetary value be placed on questions?  Not really, as there are too many variables involved. But depending on the timing and manner of delivery, questions can be the ingredient that spurs innovation and growth.

 

Here's are a few highlights:

 

The rhetorical question can spur conversation and wake up a

slumbering ideas process


The joking question can lift a mood


The incisive question can take a brilliant idea into a different stratosphere


The personal question can tell a person struggling in solitude that someone in the world cares


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Do You Know Why Old Content is the King of Content Marketing?

Do You Know Why Old Content is the King of Content Marketing? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
You don't need more content. You need old content. I know, that's not what you usually hear, so stick with me and we will look at some numbers to see why it is so important.
janlgordon's insight:

Eric Whittlake has written a very important article about your old content - if it's relevant it produces results.


Here are a few highlights that caught my attention:


"Better content isn’t enough when your competitors have good old content"


Here’s how the 29 first page results break down:


  • Only 6 are current pages (content from within about the last month or fixed pages for this year, such as current award pages)
  • 8 are between 1 month and 1 year old.
  • 15 of the first page search results are for pages that are more than a year old

More than half of the search results were for content that is more than a month old, and less than 25% was for current content!


Increased Site Traffic


Not only does old content continue to capture search traffic, the library of content you have created over the years will become a key driver of traffic and growth. This is the real reason why it takes calendar time for your inbound or content marketing program to deliver on its full potential.


Does this mean quality doesn’t matter? Promotion doesn’t matter? Design doesn’t matter? Video doesn’t matter? Of course it still matters!


Everyone can, and will, follow the content marketing advice of the day. But old content is the one thing you cannot just create. It doesn’t matter how impatient you are, it takes time for your content to age.


Jan Gordon: Takeaway - We all know that there are many creative ways to repurpose old content, in addition to all the benefits in this article. Building on the collection of treasures you already have gives you plenty of amunition to create content that informs, invites commentary, drives discussions, builds relationships and communities.


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Albert Green's comment, September 11, 2013 9:43 AM
Although the idea is very interesting, I don't see any valid arguments that OLD content is the key to high rankings. You even can't say there's a correlation here because 14/30 pages are less then 1 year old and 16/30 are more than 1 year old.
The method for determining OLD website is also faulty since the age of domain is not the same as the age of the content itself. So if the page has been updated within this year, it should be labeled as new. To my mind, 90% of the TOP10 search results pages have been updated during last year, so this would mean that NEW content is the key to high rankings.
And since this is just a hypothesis, I must present an actual trend that has been spotted by SEO specialists recently. After latest Google Search engine updates, fresh content easily wins over old content with a lot of backlinks. If OLD content was the king, there would be NO fresh content (up to 1 month old) on first page at all.
Karen Tracey McCarty's curator insight, January 30, 2014 12:07 PM

Some things we know are better with age, like wine and wisdom, but content? Seriously? Read on to see stats showing why your old content can be a power horse for generating increased site traffic and search results.

SBESSCPA's curator insight, February 12, 2014 2:40 PM

Do something with your old data -- turn it into website and social media content.....

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The Anatomy of an Optimized Blog Post [Infographic]

The Anatomy of an Optimized Blog Post [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Back away from the "publish" button! Check out this blog post on how to optimize your blog posts before you ship them.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article and infographic from Hubspot because it's concise and has everything you need to create something that will provide value for your audience and give you the results you're looking from your content.


Here are some highlights:


Shorter Paragraphs


Also, part of catering to that whole people-love-to-scan-articles-on-the-web thing is writing short paragraphs. It’s much easier for people to scan when there are small chunks of content to look over -- so make sure you’re keeping your paragraphs short and sweet.


 Relevant Internal Links


Blog posts are often the first interaction people will have with your company, but you don’t want it to be the last. So make sure you’re including a reasonable number of relevant internal links to other pieces of your content throughout your post. These links could be helpful to your readers.



Smart CTA


Smart CTAs help you show tailored content to people in different lifecycle stages or lists in your database -- and because the content is more relevant to them, they’re more likely to convert.


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Social Media and the Value of Controlling the Conversation

Social Media and the Value of Controlling the Conversation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Social media marketing must be justified. Can we measure the value of social media and the conversation it promises?
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article by Andrew Osegi for Kunocreativ because it addresses a topic that  every social media marketer should be concerned about.


He asks a very important question:


"How do we give value to the fleeting micro engagements that make up social media interaction?"


Some insights to get you thinking and leveraging your messages and conversations online.


Here are a few highlights:


As the web grows, so too will the number of users invested in social media networking. In order for anyone (brand or individual) to reap the benefits of social, businesses must establish a reputable (i.e. searchable) presence in their niche or industry. This takes A) time and B) money.


Your social strategy must reflect, and adhere to, the measurable data produced when posting. This data will direct how you conduct future social media campaigns - where ROI really matters. More on that in this article.


He refers to social capital - In an article by Rig Dragon, social capital is difficult to predict and measure, but most definitely applicable in social media. Social media, like advertising, creates unseen impressions too important to ignore. - Good insights here!

 

Takeaway:


Think of your social media efforts as a transaction of energy. Reciprocal conversation, online or in person, is rewarding to all parties involved.


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Robin Martin, thanks for sharing, always appreciated!
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Digital Marketing: Pandora’s Box, Panacea or Global Equalizer?

Digital Marketing: Pandora’s Box, Panacea or Global Equalizer? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Digital marketing can either make or break a small business. If you do it well, you’re rewarded with a reliable and growing stream of customers.
janlgordon's insight:


This is the first in a series of planning and executing successful digital marketing campaigns by Michael Nelson, for Curatti
Jan Gordon:

Digital marketing can either make or break a small business.  If you do it well, you’re rewarded with a reliable and growing stream of customers.  If you do it poorly, you can kill your brand or your business with wasted time and blown budgets.


How do you give your business the best chance to be on the successful side of the equation?


Here are a few highlights:


Marketing is about generating sales for your business.  That is and should be the purpose of marketing regardless of whether you are building your brand or specifically trying to grow your revenue.  


We have inbound marketing, attraction marketing, email marketing, influence marketing, network marketing, content marketing, outbound marketing, affiliate marketing and so on.  


How do we pick one, especially if we are small business owners and not marketing experts?


The most important word in those phrases is “marketing.”  It’s the root of what we’re trying to do.  


If you charge ahead with digital marketing without a clear goal and way to measure your progress, then it doesn’t matter which marketing method you select.  


Begin with setting the theme for your campaign.  Your theme will be high level and visionary in nature.  You then create three (no more) goals that if reached will propel you towards your goal.  


Now you plan.  How will you reach your goals, what needs to be done, what level of resource will be committed to each action and so on.  


The next article will address creating marketing messages,

Circumstance Marketing, and crafting those messages for the digital world.  So stay tuned!


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GregoryBurrus's curator insight, March 5, 2014 2:18 PM

Growing stream of customers from inbound or attraction marketing works

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Curatti.com Launches Editors of Chaos ScentTrail Marketing

Curatti.com Launches Editors of Chaos ScentTrail Marketing | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
janlgordon's insight:

I want to thank you Marty Smith, who is one of the top scoopers, bloggers and amazing friend anyone could ever have. He wrote this   wonderful piece on the launch of Curatti.


Jan Gordon:


It has been a long time coming I have always been passionate about new media and technology and how it impacts our everyday lives. My purpose was to help others stay current and informed. My vision was Curatti, a place where you could go to find the best information, tools and resources all in one place. Lots more to come in the coming months.

 

I created Curatti because as we all know, there is just too much content, too many changes everytime we turn around, not enough insights and most of all business people need to understand what information pertains to their needs and how they can utilize it to build sustainable businesses now and in the future.


Curatti is committed to giving you only the best information and content from bloggers and curators that are doing outstanding things to shape the future of business.


We hope you will visit Curatti, we welcome suggestions on future posts, that address the concerns and challenges you're having in your business today. Now my journey can become our journey as we navigate the digital world together.


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Here's How to Get Your Message In Front Of Early-Stage B2B Buyers

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A recent article in BtoB Magazine highlights how marketing to the electronics engineering vertical is changing due to technological innovation and the demands of a more specialized (and time-constrained) workforce.
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Derek Edmond wrote this article for searchengineland - I selected it because in today's world there's too much noise - getting attention from the right people will require knowledge and strategy.


The focus of the article centers around content marketing designed to attract buyers at every stage of the buying cycle, particularly early-stage awareness. which is exactly where you want to be.


Here's what you need to know:


Search is one of the first places where buyers start.


According to Pardot’s 2013 State of Demand Generation Report, 72% of product research for a future business purchase beginning on Google.


But savvy search engine marketers understand that onsite content is only one destination buyers will look to find information, assuming that content is found in search engine results.


Here's something you need to do:


Where B2B Marketers Start Buying Research: Pardot 2013 State of Demand Generation Report


Placing content marketing assets in destinations that provide a good opportunity to be found in search engine results — and also represent locations where target audiences find and share information — which is a critical component of B2B SEO.


The direct correlation is through inbound link acquisition. The long-term opportunity is the association with trusted communities and places of industry influence and trust.


There are twenty different third party sites and sources B2B marketers should consider for placing content in their SEO strategy.


I have highlighted a few that caught my attention:


Google Properties (YouTube, Google+, etc) — unique, quality content throughout Google properties isn’t just about social networking. It should provide a direct association between an organization, its thought leaders, and keyword-related objectives to the search engine.


Industry-Specific Forums — for informational search queries, we often find forum threads in search results. Forum communities are an underrated resource for developing valuable discussions and establishing brand / individual trust.


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How Startups Can Gain Visability and Reputation by Curating Great Content

How Startups Can Gain Visability and Reputation by Curating Great Content | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this wonderful piece by Michael J. Fern of Intigi because it reinforces the importance of curation and has a lot of great insights.


In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble,who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.


He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence.


**Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:


Here's what especially caught my attention:


**Thought Leadership

   

If outsiders view your company as a key source of  industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.


**Hub of Information

    

By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.


**Collections

    

By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.


**Content with Commentary

    

Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000


One Takeaway: 


**Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content


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