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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

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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
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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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How Can 'Blue Ocean Strategy' Help You Soar in 2014?

How Can 'Blue Ocean Strategy' Help You Soar in 2014? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Cirque du Soleil redefined “circus” creating a “blue ocean” where their value proposition could stand alone. Before Cirque du Soleil “circus” meant animals, brave performers and a nomadic tribe.
janlgordon's insight:

Marty Smith has done it again, written for Curatti a great artilcle with insights, strategy and takeaways that can literally help you to stand above the crowd.


I don't usually make these kinds of statements but after reading this more than once and (you will want to do this too), what he's saying makes perfect sense!


 “blue ocean strategy” in the book by Kim and Mauborgne. The book is an important read for Small To Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs), but practical and immediate needs may make adoption of a “blue ocean process” difficult.


Here's just a sample of what you'll find in the piece:


Start With A SWOT


Creating an honest Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis for your website and 3 to 5 competitors is a great place to start a “blue ocean” search.


Create a spreadsheet - See in more depth in the article


Creating a “blue ocean strategy”


Recognize WHERE you are strong, evaluates competitor strengths and then turns all previous assumptions about your business on its head just enough to find a unique value proposition,a value proposition that exists in uncontested - see how to do this in the aritlce


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Russell Yardley's curator insight, December 25, 2013 3:50 PM

Same camera, even same lens but never the same eye! 

Giuliano Rinaldi's curator insight, January 2, 2014 12:30 PM

Esci dalla mischia... NON ENTRARCI!

Alfredo Erba's curator insight, January 2, 2014 12:33 PM

Per gli appassionati della "Strategia Oceano Blu" suggerisco anche degli approfondimenti sul Business Model Canvas.

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

Here's How to Get Your Message In Front Of Early-Stage B2B Buyers | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
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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Does B2B Content Curation Have Value Beyond Marketing?

Does B2B Content Curation Have Value Beyond Marketing? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece from the Curata blog because I thought it had great insights and reinforced some of the reasons why content curation is a very valuable tool to add to your content marketing strategy. 


Here are some highlights:


**Most B2B marketers likely would agree that the primary purpose for content marketing, and hence content curation, is its role in stimulating revenue.


**Like all other marketing activities, content curation aims to build a sales funnel, directly or indirectly.


Although it may be hard to measure, content curation also has value for other parts of the enterprise, typically taking the form of enhanced organizational efficiency.


Here are some of the ways:


**content curation improves collaboration between:

**content creators

**thought leaders

**product development,

**R&D,

**marketing

**content consumers

**potential customers   

**organization service

**support 

**sales

**product development staffs 

**channel partners 

**prospects and customers 


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