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Learn From These 6 Blogging Blunders

Learn From These 6 Blogging Blunders | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
In the upcoming Summit for Content Marketing, I was asked to discuss Blogging Blunders. I've always believed there's much to learn from others
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Andy Capaloff because it provides insights into common mistakes made in blogging.

 

We learn by seeing what other content curators have done.

 

Content Marketing Blunder Lessons

 

Many marketers make mistakes when it comes to publishing blog articles. I agree that you need to take a look at the mistakes of others in order to have a good understanding of what works.

 

Capaloff explains what to look for when it comes to a great blog post versus a poor one.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Poor spelling and grammar can be a turnoff for readers. You shouldn't write your posts too quickly -- take the time to edit them before they are published.

 

  • Stay away from writing too much text and go with a conversational style instead. This will encourage people to want to read your articles.

 

  • Don't make the reader work hard to understand your blog posts. You don't need to set out to prove brilliance.

 

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The 'Content Illusion' Affect on Marketing

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Another thought-provoking piece by Tony Zambito. More people and companies are falling for the ‘Content Illusion’. You already know about it, but this is a particularly interesting perspective. It is another installment in our “Great Articles You may have missed” series. What Is The ‘Content Illusion’? In the past five years, the often-unquestioned hymnal hasMore
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Tony Zambito because it explains the illusion of publishing too much content in order to stand out.

 

The right way to approach your audience is through high-quality content, not high quantity.

 

Correct Misguided Thinking for Your Content Strategy

 

The current thought is to put as much content as possible in front of your readers in order to grow online. I agree that we can lose focus on the quality of the articles by doing this.

 

Zambito explains the different misconceptions related to content planning and marketing.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Organizations have taken their eyes off of what is taking place in the digital world. The customer experience can get missed when we do not pay attention to this.

 

  • The customer journey is not the same as the content journey. Businesses need to focus on the interactions and experiences instead.

 

  • As content producers we need to move away from a broadcasting mentality. This includes how we personalize what we write.

 

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Improve Your Blog Writing With a Positive Focus

Improve Your Blog Writing With a Positive Focus | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Avoid your blog writing going round in circles by having a positive purpose for your posts that actually helps you achieve your goals and objectives.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Alice Elliott because she explains how to improve your blog by planning ahead.

 

Use some brainstorming to create a positive focus for your content.

 

How to Create a Perfect Post

 

You need to have a game plan for each week of content that you publish. I agree that this will help create a better direction for your blog.

 

Elliott explains how to improve your blog posts by mapping out your content strategy.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • You need to write your articles with the reader in mind. Your audience is in the driver's seat when it comes to blogging success.

 

  • Write blog posts that educate your audience. Share your knowledge and expertise in order to help make improvements in their lives.

 

  • Become a thought leader by writing from a voice of authority. This will be done in your chosen target market or niche.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 31, 2:59 PM
Writing for the readers was hard to learn.
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Improve Your Post with an Awesome Headline

Improve Your Post with an Awesome Headline | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Readers won't necessarily see a new post on your blog, but by its awesome headline designed to attract passing traffic to lure them in from almost anywhere.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Alice Elliott because it provides insight into how to improve your blog posts with a great headline.

 

The purpose of your headline is to draw in and hook your readers.

 

How to Create an Attractive Headline

 

You can keep your audience interested and engaged by writing catchy titles. I agree that this will help attract more attention to your blog blog posts.

 

Elliott explains the different types of headlines and how to be most effective in reaching your readers.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Craft your headlines to be relevant, suitable to your audience, and relatable. Use attractive wording that stimulates curiosity.

 

  • You should convince the reader that your content is a must-read and better than other articles out there. Headlines should recognize and relate to your audience's needs.

 

  • Offer a solution, secret, or success strategy that will make a difference in your reader's life. Be honest with your promises in your post.

 

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Curatti Best Articles of 2016 – Part Two

Curatti Best Articles of 2016 – Part Two | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The second of 3 retrospectives where we thank our great Curatti contributors who wrote 2 or more articles this year.
janlgordon's insight:

This article on Curatti written by Jan Gordon features Part Two of the best our contributing writers in 2016.

 

Here's what's highlighted

 

Since our launch 3 years ago, Curatti has evolved into a crowd-sourced blog. Was this intended? Probably not! But it’s quite a journey, and one that we lightly guide , but ultimately go along with.

 

In any given week, we will get several inquiries by potential new guest bloggers. There are also no shortage of requests for us to curate around great Infographics – something we’ve also been happy to bring to our readers.

 

Ultimately, the way we have evolved, we owe a debt of gratitude to each and every one of our contributors and supporters. Let’s not forget all of the great writers who gave us permission to republish their articles. The list of those names reads like a who’s who of established thought leaders, and will be published at the end of this retrospective series.

 

For now, we will present you with excerpts from one article by each contributor who has posted 2 or more articles this year. There are so many, we must break this into 3 parts.

Before and after each excerpt, you’ll find links so that you can read the rest of the article, if you desire. Some very interesting and helpful stuff here!

 

Read the full article to get the scoop from 8 featured authors on Curatti.

 

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How to Craft Unique Content

How to Craft Unique Content | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Many content marketers and content creators stress out about trying to come up with unique content that no one has ever seen before
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Scott Aughtmon because it explains creative ways your business can publish unique content without the stress.

 

There's "nothing new under the sun" when it comes to creating original articles.

 

Write Blog Posts That Stand Out And Are Fresh

 

How you present an idea will determine its originality. I agree that in order to stand out from the rest you need to take the pressure off of creating something that is completely new.

 

Aughtmon shows us that we need to be focused more on the 'how' rather than the 'what.' Find a way to present your ideas with your own original flare.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • The 'how' factor comes in the form of six things -- personality, the types of stories used, what kind of examples are included, the structure, your attitude, and the perspective.

 

  • The 80/20 principle applies also to content creation. 20 percent is generating ideas and the 80 percent should be in presenting those in a unique way.

 

  • Focus your energy on being creative. Only then will you be able to overcome your fear of creating something entirely new and create an original message. 

 

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janlgordon's comment, August 2, 2016 10:42 AM
Thank you @Anna & @dotConverse :-)
Mohd Nafees's curator insight, August 3, 2016 1:13 PM

content marketing

janlgordon's comment, August 3, 2016 5:45 PM
Thank you @Mohd Nafees :-)
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Create Dynamic Headlines to Draw Your Readers In - Here's How

Create Dynamic Headlines to Draw Your Readers In - Here's How | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
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.
janlgordon's insight:

This article is by Feldman Creative  on a topic that is near and dear to my heart - the headline.


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?"


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:15 PM

Useful list, good reminders.  And there are headline evaluators out there using the emotion principle.  Here's one:

http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/


~  Deb

janlgordon's comment, December 11, 2013 1:00 AM
Deb Nystrom Thanks for your comment and for this link, very helpful, I really appreciate it!
harish magan's curator insight, December 23, 2013 9:24 PM

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?"


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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 to Create Content that is Meaningful, Provocative and Keeps them Coming Back

How to Create Content that is Meaningful, Provocative and Keeps them Coming Back | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The Internet is full of people sharing interesting things all day. From liking pictures on Facebook to retweeting cool articles, sharing is something everyone enjoys doing in one way or another. Yet receiving likes and retweets can seem impossible.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this post by Dashburst because I thought the suggestions were very helpful. We read tips and strategy about how to make your content stand out everyday but the most important thing is to focus on the needs of your audience.


Here's what caught my attention:


1, Value Exchange


Listen, engage and find out the interests and what sparks the passions of your audience then provide value in these areas on a consistent basis.


2. Disruptive Ideas


People will take notice, engage with you, if you post something that challenges their understanding of the way the world works. It's a good way to stir up the dust, invite others to share their opinions. This is a great way to elevate the conversation and act as a catalyst for new ideas, ways of doing things and whatever comes next.


3. Great Story


A story becomes worth sharing if it inspires emotions, creates points of entry where people can find places where they identify with you. This is a great way to start conversations, all relationships begin there. As Simon Sinek says "“People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it".


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janlgordon's comment, June 18, 2013 3:01 PM
Anastasia M. Ashman Great to see you, so sorry I'm late in responding, sooooooo busy, hope you're doing well!!
Pushpa Kunasegaran's curator insight, June 18, 2013 6:24 PM

So true!

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:23 AM

Amazing

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10 Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on Content Marketing & Curation

10 Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on Content Marketing & Curation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Lee Odden CEO at Toprankblog interviewed 10 thought leaders on content marketing and curation over a year ago, but it is still timely and relevant today. They share their insights, questions and observations.



 

****One thing is for sure, 2012 is the year for content curation!


Intro:


Companies are realizing the value in brands as publishers and are making real commitments to the creation of content in their online marketing mix. Content curation is going to be an equally important element in their content strategy.


Here are just a few things that caught my attention:


Paul Gillin - @pgillin

Consultant, Author of "The New Influencers & Secrets of Social Media Marketing"


**Marketers can build trust with their constituencies by providing focused curation in areas that matter to their constituents.


**Original content will always have value, but curation is coming to have nearly equal value.


**The key is to stake out unique topic areas and to become the most trusted source in those areas.


**You don’t need a lot of money to do this. You just need to know the subject matter very well.


Erik Qualman @equalman

Author of Socialnomics:


**Today, everyone is a potential media outlet.


**A curator understands their audience and is able to package created content in a digestible manner for them.


**Creators need to view curators as distribution points for their content rather than as pirates.


**Content creators and curators that will thrive in this new world understand the importance of this symbiotic relationship. But is it symbiotic?


**In the end, almost every person is a little of both (creator & curator).


After all, there is no such thing as a new idea and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.


**These clichés symbolize the irony of the topic being discussed.


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janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 1:00 PM
@Internet Billboards
Getting ready to launch in the next couple of weeks - it's way more than a blog:-) I will be writing original articles as well as curating. Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it.
Robin Good's comment, December 4, 2011 1:53 PM
Hi Jan, thank you for sharing this. :-)

I wanted to let you know that your last link, the bit.ly one isn't good. It has an extra square bracket at the end making it unusable.

Also: I think it would be very appropriate when curating something that is over a year old to say so explicitly as it is an extra element of immediate evaluation for the reader.

Keep it up!
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:32 PM
@Robin Good
Hi Robin,

Thanks for letting me know about the link, I just fixed it.

I will add your revision to the post, you're absolutely right, an oversight here:-)
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How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker


This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.


"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."


There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:


Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content


If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense


****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience


My Commentary:


I love this one!


Here's the tip


****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.


You can build on a topic in different ways:


**Beg to differ politely


**Provide additional tips and insights


**Ask clarifying question(s)


My Commentary:


This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.


**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.


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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:22 PM
Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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Editing Tips That Will Improve The Quality Of Your Writing

Editing Tips That Will Improve The Quality Of Your Writing | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Careful editing can make such a difference to your writing, as there is so much more to think about than just spelling, grammar and sentence construction.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Alice Elliott because she explains the importance of carefully editing your blog posts.

 

Improve your writing with quality content.

 

How to Effectively Edit Your Articles

 

It's tempting to hit the publish button right away after writing a blog post. I agree that in order to make the best of it you need to carefully look your copy over first.

 

Elliott explains the process of how to edit your articles and improve your writing at the same time.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • It's important to first do planning and research before the writing begins. Use an outline of the structure with a beginning, middle, and end.

 

  • After writing a post give yourself some time to process it. Save the editing process after you have completed your article.

 

  • Read your completed work out loud to yourself. Notice the flow of the piece, and whether there were any mistakes you may have missed.

 

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Ante Lauc's curator insight, April 20, 3:03 AM
With curatti.com GAU will be better project.
Lee Hall's curator insight, April 20, 9:54 AM
This is the last of a series, but there are links to the others so you can read those too. 
Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 21, 9:48 AM
From curator~ " Elliott explains the process of how to edit your articles and improve your writing at the same time. Here's what caught my attention: It's important to first do planning and research before the writing begins. Use an outline of the structure with a beginning, middle, and end. After writing a post give yourself some time to process it. Save the editing process after you have completed your article. Read your completed work out loud to yourself. Notice the flow of the piece, and whether there were any mistakes you may have missed.
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How to Create Winning Infographics

How to Create Winning Infographics | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Over the last 5 years, the popularity of infographics in marketing has continued to climb. Thinking of creating one? Read these helpful tips
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Susan Gilbert because it helps you improve your visual marketing with shareable infographics.

 

Visual graphics can be both fun and informative for your niche audience.

 

Create Infographics That Grow Your Following Online

 

People are drawn to appealing content that grabs their attention right away. I agree that infographics can help attract more subscribers and followers.

 

Gilbert shows you how to create graphics that audiences are more willing to share.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Find out what is on the minds of your target market the most before designing your infographic. Make sure the content is both timely and relevant.

 

  • Focus on a specific group inside your niche and appeal to their pressing problems and needs. Make good on what your title promises to them.

 

  • If you have a study or a lot of data put it into a fun infographic. This is a great way to turn boring content into something interesting.

 

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The Transition from Blogger To Business Owner

The Transition from Blogger To Business Owner | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
When I started out blogging back in 2013, I never thought I would call myself a business owner. This is my journey from blogger to business owner
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Ashley Faulkes because it explains the process of running a blog and then turning it into a business.

 

The story of how one blogger became a businessman.

 

Going From Blogger to Business Owner

 

Starting a blog can involve a lot of learning curves along the way. I agree that content marketers need to fully understand digital marketing in order to be successful in business.

 

Faulkes provides his own perspective on what it takes to run a successful blogging business.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Start by learning as much as you can from leading blogging experts. Then brush up on your digital marketing skills in areas like social media, SEO, and email marketing.

 

  • It is not enough to just have a blog. Your business needs to be running your content, not the other way around. If you lack skills you just need to learn more.

 

  • When attending a conference hang out with a few like-minded individuals who will push you to grow. Read as much as you can about the topic of blogging for business.

 

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Chuck Bartok's curator insight, March 23, 10:25 AM
Blogging is and has been a rewarding effort .

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Content Marketing Tools for Success

Content Marketing Tools for Success | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Meet Tom Jager, previously published in Huffington Post. For his first Curatti article, he writes about 6 of the best tools for content marketers. It contains a mix of some of the same apps you’ll have seen in other articles, and perhaps 2 or 3 that you may not have seen so often…
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Tom Jager because it shows you great tools to improve your content marketing strategy.

 

Increase awareness for your brand with the use of content tools and apps.

 

6 Winning Content Marketing Tools

 

In order to improve your reach you need to have the right strategy and resources. I agree that if you'd like to attract an interested audience your business should first produce great content.

 

Jager provides the six top tools and apps to help make your content strategy become successful.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Stay up to date on the latest trends in your industry with Trendspottr. Use this tool to find influencers, hot hashtags, and the right content at the right time for your community.

 

  • Once you attract new subscribers the next step is to nurture them through email. MailChimp a powerful email marketing automation tool that has a user-friendly interface for the best functionality.

 

  • You don't need to have design skills to create great graphics for your blog posts. Canva makes it very easy to create professional images in an easy-to-use format.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

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Give Your Content Marketing a Boost with 12 Tools

Give Your Content Marketing a Boost with 12 Tools | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
This article contains 4 helpful business tools around each of Content Marketing Process, Content Generation and Visual Content
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Susan Gilbert because it provides the best resources that will help you build a successful content marketing strategy.

 

Build a larger audience and increase visibility with better content.

 

12 Tools to Build a Blog Online

 

When it comes to building more leads and sales you need to have build authority in your niche with compelling copy. I agree that taking advantage of the right resources will help you become more successful.

 

Gilbert recommends the best tools and apps that are the most commonly used for content marketing. You will be able to better reach your community who will want to share your articles.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Find out what how your content is performing while keeping track of the latest trends with Content Launch. You can use this tool to both organize and produce articles for your readers.

 

  • Gather the latest news to share with your community with ContentGems. This smart resource provides ideas along with targeted keyword search and filters.

 

  • Create a story of your brand with Slidely. Share your content on social media and produce a promo piece for your business.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond

 

Image: Courtesy of Pixabay.

 

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janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2016 10:51 AM
Thank you @Negotei Elena
nicoleta susanu's curator insight, November 17, 2016 11:18 AM

4 helpful tools around a specific area of your business.

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How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the 'Experts'

How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the 'Experts' | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

These days, it appears almost anyone can declare him or herself an expert at social media content. But falling for the self-promoting hype can be costly to your campaign — and your business". 

janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Content Marketing Institute written by Jonathan Crossfield because it is highly relevant in this day and age when so many are claiming to be social media experts.


"There is a massive difference between the ability to do something and a real talent for doing something well. Yet, the two are often confused" Jonathan Crossfield.


The Myth of the social media expert


This term in itself is silly because it implies authority over something that refuses to stand still says Jonathan Crossfield and I'm in complete agreement with him.


 Having said that, there are some qualities you should look for that distinguish some from the rest of the pack.


Here's what caught my attention:


1.  Social media content marketers are skilled multitaskers, able to dip in and out of their networks throughout even the busiest of days. They naturally update, reply and interact in real time.


2. Social media is a relaxed medium, so the best practioners have a sense of humor and a casual style that's more "backyard barbecue" than "bank manager's letter" It can take a great skill to balance professionalism with personality.


3. The best social media marketers focus far more on content, messaging and strategy than they do on technical details and gimmicks


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Darius Douglass's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:51 PM

Talent usually separates itself from the crowd.  Social Media is no different.  When you have become informative and dependable, people will begin to rely on your judgement.

janlgordon's comment, April 17, 2014 11:58 AM
Darius Douglass, you are so right - all you have to do is look at someone's digital footprint, it's all there for you to see beyond the facade - if someone is truly demonstrating not talking about social media, that's all you have to know
Michelle Gilstrap's comment, April 17, 2014 1:59 PM
Jan, I agree with you I do try to comment on my social media sights with my followers when I have the time. That is the key, reading the content and finding the time to communicate. It is a hard balance.
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Why The Future of Curation is Evergreen

Why The Future of Curation is Evergreen | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
janlgordon's insight:

Angela Dunn has written a great piece on one of my favorite topics, curation - it was the lead post on our launh of Curatti last night.


What makes a good curator?


"You need to have the eye of an editor, a sense of taste like a chef, and your own unique Point of View. It is this Point of View – your taste – that can lead to authority and influence".


Jan Gordon:

 

Curators who are driven by passion and purpose will be very important to the business community in their chosen niche - it's crucial that we preserve this information for the future. That is why the future of curation is definitely evergreen.


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


The amount of content is growing exponentially, but our time is limited. Curators are our filters for information overload – the editors of chaos.


The slew of content curation tools that emerged gave way to algorithms. Can a machine have a Point of View? Machines can influence your Point of View. The danger is they can also create a filter bubble.


It is human insight coupled with machine results that can define the very best information edited from a trusted curator’s Point of View.


Evergreen posts, such as “Curating Content for Thought Leadership”,, written by Angela in 2010 are important in that they stand the test of time.  All good blogs need some such articles.


The above, along with all of Angela's posts on the now defunct Postereus, have evergreen links due to a new tool for archiving the web  – Permamarks.


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How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence

How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
If you define influence by the size of your Klout score, you can stop reading this right now. If you believe influence is driven by the creation of a re
janlgordon's insight:

This is a great article by copyblogger on how to gain true influence and the "science" behind leveraging relationships.


Here are some highlights:


*. Influence is driven by creating a relationship between two parties - where one sees the other as truly knowlegable about a prticular product or service.


* Establishing influence is a multi-step process that moves the influenced through four key stages


There is a "science" or method to doing this effectively he uses the term Propinquity - the dictionary defines this as:


Propinquity - Noun
  1. The state of being in close to someone or something; proximity.
  2. Close kinship.


There is physical propinquity and psychological propinquity - being that most of us use content to reach, engage and build relationships, he uses content creation as a means of creating influence an building trusted relationshiops.


Propiinquity theory tells us:


* the more often people see your content, the better they get to know you.


*Each time someone is exposed to your content, they are interacting with you, your thoughts and beliefs.


*This leads to a feeling of knowing you, because it mirrors how we get to know people in the real world.


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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 5:59 AM
yes...some people are worthy of respect; others less so...
Therese Matthys's comment, July 16, 2013 12:34 PM
Caroline - so true!
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 9, 2013 11:48 AM
You're all totally true. I really agree with you. I would add that "followers" are (normally, except for fake profiles...) persons. And persons MUST be respected. I agree too with you, Sigrid, concerning the fact that influence could be better mesured by interactions. Thx a lot for your reactions. It's very kind from you! Have a great week. Best regards :) Philippe
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How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker


This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.


"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."


There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:


Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content


If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense


****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience


My Commentary:


I love this one!


Here's the tip


****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.


You can build on a topic in different ways:


**Beg to differ politely


**Provide additional tips and insights


**Ask clarifying question(s)


My Commentary:


This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.


**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.


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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
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Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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Is Content Curation Stealing or a Shrewd B2B Marketing Practice?

Is Content Curation Stealing or a Shrewd B2B Marketing Practice? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This very timely article was written by Andrew Hunt, founder of Inbound Sales Network, for Business2Community.

 

It raises an issue between original Content Creators, Content Curators and people who repost these articles.

 

Commentary by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

The reason I was moved to do this commentary is because I see a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community and help shape the future of curation. Content Curation is in its infancy and there’s a lot of misunderstanding about its potential. As I see it, it’s a brilliant B2B marketing strategy for anyone who is selling a product or service if done responsibly.

 

Content Curators are providing a very valuable service for the original author and their own audiences.

 

 

Here is what ethical, responsible curators are providing for content creators:

 

1. Syndicating content and introducing it to new audiences, which is excellent PR if it is being curated by a “trusted source”

 

2. A good headline grabs the attention of a reader and gets them into the piece quickly. A curator who can tailor the headline to grab their audience will inevitably send more traffic to the original article

 

3. A curator who is skilled at adding commentary and context to the original piece also broadens the audience of the original work

 

4. Curation is one of the building blocks of collective intelligence

 

5. If a curator fully accredits both author and article, authors might have a whole new area of exposure/distribution channel that they wouldn’t have had before

 

6. People get paid to market and open up new business for brands. Curators do this free of charge while building their own audience. Each party gains. It is a new and exciting form of symbiosis in business

 

 

I know that there are people out there who are just taking people’s work. I have spent time adding commentary only to find it has been published on Facebook and other sites without giving credit to me or the original author. They use it for their own gain but I think and hope this will become more the exception as Curation matures.

 

I like many of my colleagues are building our brands and want to be known for selecting only the best content that informs and educates our audience. We want authors to want us to curate for them and feel that we’re working in concert not on opposing teams. We want them to be happy that we're taking the time to find the essence in what they’re saying and take it to a whole new audience. It is a part of our job to bring authors to the attention of people who would not otherwise know of them.

 

 

This was a Q & A at the end of the original article in Business2Community:

 

(q) How is content curation different from stealing?

 

(a) Great question! Part of the genesis of Aggregage was my experience with “curators” who would take my content, put it on a page with no link or a link that had an anchor tag that said “link” or something similar. They would change the title and URL for my post on their site. The goal of that person was to get SEO value from my content.

They also allowed commenting on their sites. The reason I would write the post is for people to find me and my content and to engage with me in conversation.

These types of curators were definitely taking away from that. Aggregage takes a very different approach. Our goal is to be THE launching point out to all the great content getting created on particular topics. We specifically do not have pages that compete with the original source. We only show snippets.

We provide full links with the original title. We don’t have commenting on our site. Basically, we are doing everything we can to get readers to go to the original source and engage with the content. Many of the participating bloggers find that we become the second biggest referral source behind Google search.

 

 

My take is that we're still in the early stages of curation and while I understand resentment to curators who do not fully attribute their work. However, it is incorrect to assume that changing headlines and URLs automatically means that people are stealing your work strictly for their own gain. That's not how this works with people who are serious about curation.

 

The end goal  and my vision is for us to build community and broaden the audience of the content producers who we promote while building a niche audience of our own who trust that we are cutting through the noise to bring them the few articles they will hopefully find relevant. My community is the authors whose work I curate, the audience I bring their work to and other curators. I appreciate and nurture each relationship equally.

 

There are so many of you who could add brilliant insights, would love to hear your thoughts.

 

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janlgordon's comment, November 28, 2011 4:30 PM
@bethkanter
Would love to meet you in NY! In the meantime, let's do connect next week and start the conversation, really looking forward to it, lots to talk about:-)
Liz Wilson's comment, November 29, 2011 3:17 AM
Jan, Thank you for this commentary - I completely agree with you. I would also emphasise that a curator must (in my opinion) take responsibility for ensuring what is curated is true/honest/accurate/fair, which involves thoroughly checking the source article's credibility.

Great piece - thanks again.
janlgordon's comment, November 29, 2011 1:08 PM
@Liz Wilson
Thanks for your comments. I absolutely agree with everything you said here.
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Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom

Make Your Audience Your Newsroom: Civicboom | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Civicboom is an online platform designed to facilitate content-driven organizations and individuals to work together in generating rich media content.


Content-seekers can place a request for specific content. Then, by using the Civicboom mobile app (Android), or by uploading to the plug & go site, a content-creator can respond with rich-media directly to that request.


All incoming rich-media content is then managed by the content-seeker, and directed to a customizable plugin to be embedded on a website."

Read more about it here: http://thenextweb.com/media/2011/11/12/civicboom-this-open-platform-lets-organizations-request-content-from-their-audience/


Sign-up here:  https://www.civicboom.com/


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janlgordon's comment, November 15, 2011 4:28 PM
This is great Robin!