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Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic]

Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Personal Branding With Social Media Infographic via Chris Voss


Why having the right social media tools matter:


"Social media tools have the tremendous power to put you in contact with thousands of people in order to build your online brand you need to know all of the possibilities, as well as how all of your activities are working together.


It's important to be consistent so that each part of your social media network is contributing positively to the brand you are trying to build.


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The Social Media Lifecycle [Infographic]

The Social Media Lifecycle [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

 

I selected this article, posted by Pam Dyer on socialmediatoday for its comprehensive Infographic and because it gives you great criteria for implementing a strategy that you can measure, tweak and get the best ROI.

 

Summary:

 

We all know the purpose of any data is supposed to help us make business decisions faster while getting better results.

 

**When implemented correctly, social media campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks enable brands of all sizes to track sentiment, spot trends, filter and analyze data, collaborate with fans, and improve ROI.

 

**These tools empower companies to start and maintain conversations, deliver first-class customer service, and drive sales — immediately, at the click of a button.

 

What you will find in this piece:

 

**How to use the Social Media Lifecycle: The key steps that get you from monitoring to decision, action, and results

 

**Best practices for monitoring, analytics, engagement, reporting and collaboration, modeled after the most successful brands in social media

 

**What Social Media ROI is, how to think about it, and ways to measure it

 

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How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following

How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Jeff Bullas wrote this piece and as always, he gives you some great ideas on how to strategically use content that adresses the needs of your audience.


He refers to blogging but the same applies when you're curating content and using 10 different addictive types of content that attracts readership like a magnet. 


This is when:


**You're providing solutions through content that addresses their pain points 


**When you consistently add your knowledge and expertise to the mix, you can become the "Go To Portal" for your subscribers.


Excerpt:


"One thing to keep in mind is that every business or reader has day to day challenges and problems that they want help in solving. Helping people find solutions and ideas is an easy way to provide addictive content"


Here are a few addictive content types.


**When you look at these and the others, be thinking about ways you can use these themes to find and curate content for your audience.


Mega Lists


**A long list of tips, tactics and answers that provide people with a resource that maps out many ideas that they can go back to as a reference have proven to work well.


Research


**The latest research provides signposts for future planning and validates and lends credibility to strategies.


**Research does need to be presented with well formatted articles that allow skimming and scanning for “time poor” excecutives!


****Bullet points, screen shots and subtitles are all important elements to provide easy reading.


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Social Media Revolution - Look Who's on Social Networks Now?

Social Media Revolution - Look Who's on Social Networks Now? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Sara Toth for explorehoward.com


**15.5 million Facebook users in the United States over the age of 55.


**That’s an increase of nearly 60 percent in just one year, up from 9.7 million users over the age of 55 in 2010.


During the 1960s, baby boomers were a part of social revolution. Almost a half-century later, they’re a part of another social revolution, but this time it’s social media, as older generations are turning to sites like Facebook and Twitter in record numbers.


More than 800 million people worldwide use Facebook, its founder Mark Zuckerburg announced in September, and nearly half of all Americans have accounts.


According to data collected by iStrategyLabs, a social media marketing firm, at the beginning of 2011 there were


****Does this give you ideas to cater to a whole new market? They have more leisure time and will probably spend more time on social networks.


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Infographic Reveals How Content Goes Viral

Infographic Reveals How Content Goes Viral | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Megan O'Neill for SocialTimes based on some great research by ProBlogger.


Intro:


Striking it viral can be difficult.There’s no exact recipe or formula and going viral requires luck (and frequently money as well), but ProBlogger has done a little research and asserts that, even if you can’t guarantee virality, understanding the the key components of what makes content go viral can help you ensure that your great content gets “the attention it deserves.”


The ProBlogger research has been compiled into an awesome infographic called Understanding Viral Content Marketing.


The infographic covers everything from Metcalfe’s Law of viral marketing to the types and anatomy of viral content, the reasons we share, design, execution and more.


**There is tons of great food for thought in the infographic, 


**The biggest takeaway is the idea that “Viral content relies on two things.


**The content itself is worthy of being shared


** the content is shared widely enough to reap the benefits of the networks they are shared on.”...


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, December 5, 2011 9:26 PM
Very cool and helpful. Marty
Beth Kanter's comment, December 6, 2011 12:16 PM
I like having the motivations for sharing in a compact form - really useful
janlgordon's comment, December 6, 2011 2:26 PM
Hi Beth,
I do agree with you about that, glad you found this useful:-)
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34 Stunning Infographics To Understand The World Of Social Media

34 Stunning Infographics To Understand The World Of Social Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Smashingapps shows us how the world spends its time online.


Intro:


Infographics is a new way of showing information through graphical representation. We recently posted some interesting posts on infographics that you can also find on the net.


Great demonstration on how infographics can increase your understanding of the interlinking world of social media and it’s impact on the global internet users.


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Before You Post Remember "Timing Maximizes Engagement" - (infographic)

Before You Post Remember "Timing Maximizes Engagement" -  (infographic) | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Adam Covati - Founder of Argyle Social shares some very important information for marketers -timing is everything, as the old saying goes.


**Before you post anything, make sure you know when your audience is online and which networks they're on.


Social media marketing: timing maximizes engagement (infographic)...


He’ll talk about measuring, managing, and monetizing social media.Get everyone on the same page


His first piece of advice is to   “Get everyone in marketing on the same page."


**Use the same platform. Aggregate your efforts in one place and use consistent web analytics or third party tools.


**Once you’re organized, you can really measure things and then you can figure out how to do more of what’s working.”


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Are Content Curators the power behind social media influence?

I posted this piece by Neicole Crepeau some months ago but if you're like me, you can capture something you didn't see before the second time around.


This was worth a second read and I did come away with some takeaways that seem more like a possibility rather than just words because curation is going to heat up in 2012 and this is exciting news for all of us who are curators.


There are also some questions and answers that will reveal themselves in the coming year.


**Pay attention to the comments, Lots of good discussion in the original post. (I like that):-)


Here's what caught my attention:


Why are these folks important? Because they are influencers.


If the Curator is the new Google,


**we can expect businesses to optimize for the Curator just as they optimized for Search on the web.


****In this new world, Curators become a commodity and they have value that will be sought after.


**Marketers will seek curators in specific topic areas and with specific traits.


Marketers will want to know:


**The topics this person curates and the networks and communities he/she curates to.


**Curators who are plugged into niche communities and forums may be even more valuable.The number of connections on those networks. The volume or following always counts.


**The types of connections the curator has

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**Reshare value. How many of this curator’s followers reshare the content, and how wide a net do they cast?


As this kind of information becomes more readily available through tools, the question is what happens when marketers seek and court Curators?


**Do Curators find a way to monetize their services, as Google did?


**Would that lessen their impact?


**How do Curators change what they do as they become a valuable and sought-after resource?


**What kind of markets, businesses, and products revolve around the new commodity of Curators?


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Five Social Media Trends for 2012

Five Social Media Trends for 2012 | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

 Stephanie Schwab wrote this article for Social Media Explorer


It's that most wonderful time of the year ... time to predict the future as we close out the year!


Stephanie Schwab has given us some great observations about the year ahead.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Social Media Influence


2012 is not going to be the year that a perfect tool emerges, but it will be a year for broad adoption of the ranking tools and lots of C-suite talk about “influence” in general.


Convergence of Marketing & Technology & Data


Marketers are going to take technology into their own hands and either train or hire people within their own departments who can move much more nimbly and creatively than traditional tech departments can:


Gleaning insights out of Google Analytics, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; they use the data generated to determine:


****what content to provide within each of their platforms, to develop better promotions and events


****to figure out which products are resonating within various consumer communities


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10 Business Blog Posts You Should Write NOW

10 Business Blog Posts You Should Write NOW | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Kipp Bodnar for Hubspot


I read this post a while ago and I'm guessing you might even have seen this online but I have a question for you -


How many times do you actually process and utilize the information you read about? 


Kipp has some great strategy for blog posts to build traffic, community and sell your product or services.


**These ideas also apply to curating content. You can select articles that address these tips and most importantly, you can add you own context to the mix.


Here are a few suggestions that you might find useful:


**The Data Story - As a business, you are working on selling an idea as well as a product or service to your customers.


Use data to help you. Gather data either internally or from third-party sources.


Use this data to sell your big idea using your business blog.


** The Controversial Stand - Sometimes you have to take a hard stance on an issue to get attention.


In a blog post, argue one side of a controversial industry issue in an effort to get prospects and industry thought leaders talking about your business

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4. The Big List - Sometimes readers don't want to read through endless paragraphs for practical advice


 Instead, they want a long list of industry resources that they can bookmark and easily access again and again.


Aggregate practical advice and resources for an important industry topic, and compile it into one long and easy-to-scan list.


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How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following

How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Jeff Bullas wrote this piece and as always, he gives you some great ideas on how to strategically use content that adresses the needs of your audience.


He refers to blogging but the same applies when you're curating content and using 10 different addictive types of content that attracts readership like a magnet. 


This is when:


**You're providing solutions through content that addresses their pain points 


**When you consistently add your knowledge and expertise to the mix, you can become the "Go To Portal" for your subscribers.


Excerpt:


"One thing to keep in mind is that every business or reader has day to day challenges and problems that they want help in solving. Helping people find solutions and ideas is an easy way to provide addictive content"


Here are a few addictive content types.


**When you look at these and the others, be thinking about ways you can use these themes to find and curate content for your audience.


Mega Lists


**A long list of tips, tactics and answers that provide people with a resource that maps out many ideas that they can go back to as a reference have proven to work well.


Research


**The latest research provides signposts for future planning and validates and lends credibility to strategies.


**Research does need to be presented with well formatted articles that allow skimming and scanning for “time poor” excecutives!


****Bullet points, screen shots and subtitles are all important elements to provide easy reading.


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Majority of Millennials Value Social Media Over a Steady Paycheck

Majority of Millennials Value Social Media Over a Steady Paycheck | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

For her blog, Marketing Pilgrim, Cynthia Boris brings us some eye-opening findings from Part Two of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report.


This part of the report is based upon interviews with 100 young professionals in their 20s, from each of 14 countries.  (Part one was based upon the same sample size but using college students).


The results are at the same time somewhat unsurprising yet very eye-opening.


Here are a few of the findings:


***56% of college students said that if they encountered a company that banned access to social media, they would either not accept a job offer or would join and find a way to circumvent corporate policy.


***40% of college students and 45% of young employees said they would accept a lower-paying job that had more flexibility with regard to device choice, social media access, and mobility than a higher-paying job with less flexibility


***27% of college students said that staying on Facebook was more important than partying, dating, listening to music or hanging out with friends.


(Cynthia's son suggests that these numbers are two low and that the real diehards were too busy on Facebook to respond!)


***66% of students and 58% of employees cite a mobile device (laptop, smartphone, tablet) as “the most important technology in their lives.


The takeaways here from a marketing perspective are:


***GenYers are always on. 


***The line between work and leisure hours are being erased.


***"Young professionals now choose their lunch location based on the instant coupon that shows up on their phone at 11:00 am. They’re shopping for holiday gifts while sitting in a meeting and they’re making weekend getaway plans in the middle of the week."


Food for thought for all of us in business or embarking upon new ventures.


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Content Curation (Real Time) vs. Automation - The Value Differential

Content Curation (Real Time) vs. Automation - The Value Differential | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Robin Good found this wonderful piece


A short article by Jay Pinkert, but pointing to an increasingly critical issue for anyone interested in curation. The value differential.

From the article: "The essence of curation, then, is the curator’s informed and discriminating point of view and active participation.

 

As with most endeavors that require extra personal attention and effort, there’s strong temptation to look for shortcuts – that means you, Paper.li and Summify.

 

It’s worth noting that Twitter ranking/management clients like TwitCleaner classify tools that auto-aggregate and auto-tweet your content feed as “app spam.”

 

Over-reliance on those tools can negatively impact your social media profile and rankings, and those items are less likely to be stichared than ones you’ve clearly considered and bundled on your own."


However, there are other applications that help make the work of genuine curation more manageable.


Four of the most promising content curation tools are:


*Storify

*Scoop.it  (Jan)   I love Scoopit! Easy to use, online community, looks good

*Curated.by

*Pearltrees


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, November 2, 2011 2:39 PM
Thanks for pointing this out Robin: we totally editorial control is key as that's what brings the essential human touch needed when curating.
janlgordon's comment, November 2, 2011 3:17 PM
Thanks for posting this Robin, it's something that I think we all need to pay attention to - part of curating is having conversations, stimulating new thought, collaboration and opinions - it's hard to do that if you're automating your content. Having said that, many of us are on different time zones, kind of hard to converse in real time. Curation is a work in progress....
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82% B2B Marketers Use Curation - Find Out Which Methods Work Best

82% B2B Marketers Use Curation - Find Out Which Methods Work Best | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

By Pawan Deshpande, CEO, HiveFire.  "Last year my company, HiveFire Inc., shared the results from our B2B Marketing Trends survey".


Here's what they found and found:


**82 percent are incorporating content curation


Click through to this recent post titled “Content May Be King” for more content curation definitions and trends.)


**The fact that this represents a notable increase (up from 48 percent) from the Content Curation Adoption survey that we issued earlier that year sent a strong message that curation is gaining favor amongst marketers.


For our Curation Habits Report, we analyzed over one million articles curated by our customers to identify:


which curation methods drive the highest engagement rates and identified some interesting trends.


Here are a few things they found:


Original Content vs. Third-Party Content


On average, approximately 87 percent of curated content are third-party articles and 13 percent are original content.


**Additionally, on sites where there is a mix of original and third-party content


**original content receives approximately 17 percent more click-thru activity 


**Curated sites that have between 16-30 percent original generate the most pageviews.


Capturing Reader Attention


Throughout the analysis, it became clear that there are several ways that curators can draw attention to their content.


**For starters, articles that included a picture generated 47 percent more click-thru activity than articles without. 


Medium snippets (between 141 and 1,200 characters) generate 20 percent more click-thru activity than small snippets (140 characters or less) for any given curated site.


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Content Marketing Stats: Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends for 2012

Content Marketing Stats: Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends for 2012 | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece, [research report] by Joe Puluzzi from his blog Content Marketing Institute because it is full of important information for your business if you use content marketing/content curation to  sell their products and services.


There's alot to digest but it's well worth your time as we approach 2012.


Intro:


Understand how marketers are using content marketing with this new report: B2B Content Marketing: 2012 Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends.


Here's what you'll see in this extensive report:


**It was no surprise to us that content marketing remains a top priority for marketers in 2012.


**Many of the statistics and results are consistent with what we saw last year:

9 out of 10 organizations market with content marketing.


**On average, B2B marketers employ eight different content marketing tactics to achieve their goals.


**Marketers, on average, spend over a quarter of their marketing budget on content marketing (see the full budget breakdowns in the report).


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21 Captivating Social Media Stats: How People Interact With Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

21 Captivating Social Media Stats: How People Interact With Brands [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Pamela Vaughn posted this on Hubspot - and there are some pretty interesting statistics on how people are interacting with brands on social media with an infographic and 21 amazing statistics.


Intro:


Inbound marketers understand the value of maintaining a presence on social media sites as a way to connect with prospects and customers and generate new business leads.


But how exactly do people interact with brands in social media?


On which social sites do they tend to be more interactive with businesses, and how do they prefer to engage?


ATYM Market Research put together an awesome infographic based on its research into how internet users interact with brands on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and they came up with some pretty captivating statistics.

 

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Interview with Andrew Grill CEO of PeopleBrowsr (Kred): Timely and relevant

Interview with Andrew Grill CEO of PeopleBrowsr (Kred): Timely and relevant | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I posted this piece a few weeks ago and thought I'd do it again today because it's definitely something to watch in 2012.


I was on a tweet chat last night with the people from Kred and from what I heard, these people really are going to play a very important role in  reputation measurement. They seem to be transparent, willing to answer questions and respect the fact that we want to know how they come up with our scores.  They have a completely different system from their competitor.


Great interview by my friend, Robert Dempsey!


Robert Dempsey of Dempsey Marketing interviewed Andrew Grill, CEO of PeopleBrowsr, the developers of Kred.


Measuring online influence seems to be pretty hot in the marketing world these days.


The interview is split into 2 Youtube videos and will take 37 minutes of your time to watch them both, but


**I can assure you that if you have an interest in Influence Metrics, your time will be very well spent!


Here's a synopsis:


PeopleBrowsr pays Twitter for their Firehose.


For better or worse, this means that they have access to EVERY Tweet dating back to 2008 – a total of 55Bn (from approx. 100m @names) at the time of the interview, raising by approximately 1 billion each week, or 10,000 a second.


Each of us can imagine some possible negative ramifications for Twitter selling our Tweets to whoever pays the fee,


**but this particular project is all about helping people and businesses.


Grill sets up his thoughts on Influence by relating the difference between him being at a Networking event and traditional

advertising.


He would scope the crowd looking for people who look interesting, stand near them and listen for a while, finally interjecting himself into the conversation when he feels he can add something.


This, contrasting with the traditional method of advertising: going into a crowd with a megaphone!


Kred currently has two measurements:


Influence score by local community, It will create communities based around locale and sphere of influence.


He defines Influence as changing people’s minds or getting them to take an action.


Outreach score: This shows your generosity of sharing and thanking people for their tweets or recommendations


People will be able to go back any number of days to see tweets of people who interest them.


Kred will train people, not necessarily in how to raise their scores, bu]t in how to make use of what their numbers are telling them.


**Another aspect of Kred is that people can be awarded points for ‘offline influence’, such as awards they may have received



**Grill admits that it will be a couple of years before scoring platforms are able to bring people everything they might wish to see, but feels that we are on the right path.


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Content Curation for Fun (and Profit)

Content Curation for Fun (and Profit) | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jean M. Gianfagna for LifeHealthPro


We've all read many articles on content curation. We may even have seen this list of how to curate content several times before. I wanted to highlight a few things that I think are really important when you're curating content.


Excerpt:


By being a great content curator, you help customers, prospects and colleagues find the “good stuff” online and know what to read. This not only makes you an informative and influential social-media contributor, but it also helps attract new followers.


Here's what caught my attention:


****Look for patterns that could indicate potential trends.


****Follow top researchers and share findings that could indicate a shift in your industry or your market.


****Add your point of view so people know why you’ve selected content to share. Include comments such as “A great demonstration of…,” “Helpful tips about…,” “Important news…,” “A can’t-miss conference,” etc.


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Inbound Marketing on the Rise [Infographic]

Inbound Marketing on the Rise [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Charu Dwivedi for Mind Jumpers brings us an excellent Infograghic by Voltier Digital on the differences between Outbound and Inbound Marketing and why Inbound is gaining in importance.


Charu encapsulates the shift as "Inbound marketing focuses on earning, not buying, a person’s attention"


In pointing to the ascendancy on Inbound Marketing, it's worth first noting the ongoing demise in traditional marketing with a couple of statistics from the Infographic:


***84% of 25-34 year olds have left a favorite website because of intrusive or irrelevant advertising.


***44% of Direct Mail is never opened


***86% of people skip television ads


***200m Americans have registered their phone numbers on the FTC 'Do not call' list


On the added allure of Inbound Marketing:


***Leads cost 62% less than tradional marketing methods


***People are in control of the information they receive


For me, the Takeaway is that the shift in power from marketers to consumers has gone from being a trend to a juggernaut.  There is no turning back. 


People will always need to buy things, and companies that can engage their potential consumers and who produce quality products or services that will pass the all important peer test, will thrive.  Shouldn't it have always been this way? :)


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Marketing, Branding & Beyond"


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What’s the #1 thing people are doing online? [Infographic]

What’s the #1 thing people are doing online? [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

What are you doing on the Internet? Shopping? Tweeting? Checking Facebook?


**71% of you are watching videos on Vimeo or YouTube

The infographic covers the PEW survey for the past

three years on what adults are doing on the Internet.


I love that 81% of us are using the Internet to check the weather. This is my favorite site to check the weather btw.


So what’s the #1 thing people are doing online?


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Emocean Club's comment, November 20, 2011 9:14 AM
Interesting. I'm surprised at the shopping numbers. I thought other sources of data had the % of people shopping online similarly high, but a much smaller % of people actually "buying" online...
janlgordon's comment, November 20, 2011 1:48 PM
Hi Darcy, I agree with you, it is a bit surprising - you would think the percentage was higher - there may be some hidden #'s they're not capturing, It'll definitely be interesting to see how how this looks after the holidays.
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Social Media Trends for 2012 - Content Curation Leads the Way

Social Media Trends for 2012 - Content Curation Leads the Way | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Sue Reynolds for Carmine Media


Sue says:


"Based on the trends I’ve seen in 2011, the conversations I’m having with clients and the widening gap between what we need and what we have, here are my thoughts on what will be trending in social media in 2012."


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Content Curation


As social spaces become more crowded and filled with noise -


**content curators will become a more important part of the stream.


****Curators that take the time to review, show patterns, themes, give statistics on user's habits adding  context to the content before passing it on will become a valuable resource for peer reviewed articles.


**Taking cues from these curators, brands will become part of the de facto news media as they curate and stream relevant content to their followers.


integration of marketing and IT


Many businesses struggle with where to house the social media team. Many land in the marketing department, which can cut them off from access to the technology they need to do their jobs effectively, not to mention run the risk of becoming too “marketing” in their messaging.


**As social media becomes more integrated into business I believe we’ll see an integration of marketing and IT.


**In my corporate position I’m housed with IT, which I believe is crucial. I have access to designers, SEO analysts, programmers and WordPress developers, so if I need a Facebook tab, help with optimizing a blog or the latest keyword research, I can just turn around and ask.


Many social media professionals are housed in marketing departments, siloed away from IT functions.


Some are dealing with an IT department housed offsite or even overseas. Time differences and lack of access to data make it difficult for these professionals to work quickly and effectively so I think we’ll start to see a convergence of IT and marketing as we increase our social technology.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"


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Content Curation: Why Detecting Emerging Patterns Is Crucial?

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Romain Goday, wrote this piece for Darwin Ecosystems I've had some great discussions with Romain and he truly understands what it takes to be a relevant curator.


He lists the top reasons why content curators need to pay attention to them.


We all know the service Content Curators provide in cutting through the noise on the Web, and new tools that are coming out will enable more and more people to become curators.


This is what caught my attention:


** Successful Curators will need the tools that enable them to latch onto new trends in their area of expertise. 


Those who are able to discern patterns and report on them in a timely manner will


***Link together pieces of the information puzzle so that others may see what had previously been missed


***Provide insights on the significance of events


***Demonstrate how those events evolve


***The emergence of patterns is a sign that something is happening


***The ability to understand and Curate new patterns and generate buzz around them, is what stands Expert Curators above the growing crowd


Romain's own takeaway is that Patterns should be the starting point for Curation.


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Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media

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Robert Dempsey of Dempsey Marketing interviewed Andrew Grill of PeopleBrowsr, the developers of Kred.


Measuring online influence seems to be pretty hot in the marketing world these days.


The interview is split into 2 Youtube videos and will take 37 minutes of your time to watch them both, but


**I can assure you that if you have an interest in Influence Metrics, your time will be very well spent!


Here's a synopsis:


PeopleBrowsr pays Twitter for their Firehose.


For better or worse, this means that they have access to EVERY Tweet dating back to 2008 – a total of 55Bn (from approx. 100m @names) at the time of the interview, raising by approximately 1 billion each week, or 10,000 a second.


Each of us can imagine some possible negative ramifications for Twitter selling our Tweets to whoever pays the fee,


**but this particular project is all about helping people and businesses.


Grill sets up his thoughts on Influence by relating the difference between him being at a Networking event and traditional

advertising.


He would scope the crowd looking for people who look interesting, stand near them and listen for a while, finally interjecting himself into the conversation when he feels he can add something.


This, contrasting with the traditional method of advertising: going into a crowd with a megaphone!


Kred currently has two measurements:


Influence score by local community, It will create communities based around locale and sphere of influence.


He defines Influence as changing people’s minds or getting them to take an action.


Outreach score: This shows your generosity of sharing and thanking people for their tweets or recommendations


People will be able to go back any number of days to see tweets of people who interest them.


Kred will train people, not necessarily in how to raise their scores, bu]t in how to make use of what their numbers are telling them.


**Another aspect of Kred is that people can be awarded points for ‘offline influence’, such as awards they may have received



**Grill admits that it will be a couple of years before scoring platforms are able to bring people everything they might wish to see, but feels that we are on the right path.


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Research Shows Divergence in Social Media Uptake

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Research shows the use of social media at Fortune 500 has stalled, or perhaps even re-trenched.


This article for 'Grow' presents Data  provided by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.


What particularly caught my attention is:


***The almost universal uptake of Social Media by Universities and Charities.


***The divergence in uptake between Fortune 500 companies - the "titans" of American Business, and the INC 500, comprising America's fastest growing companies


A perhaps even more interesting divergence among the Fortune 500 where:


***The top 100 companies are the most active blogging companies.


***Only 17% of the next 400 companies blog.


It would be easy to conject as to the reasons for these stark differences, but I choose to let the numbers speak for themselves.  I will, however, be on the lookout for further pieces and more in-depth Data on this intriguing puzzle.


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Social & Mobile—Central to the New Marketing [analytics]

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Mike Ricci wrote this piece for Webtrends Blog


On the heels of a recent study that Webtrends undertook with Forrester comes another riveting piece of research from eMarketer that focuses on the current fracturing of the Internet and the explosion that is taking place in social and mobile.


Here's what caught my attention:


****The fact that 82% of all the CMOs polled for the study revealed that they are increasing the use of social media should cast aside any illusions that this emerging new medium is a passing fad or merely a tactic to reach the highly prized 18-24 demographic. 


****68% said they were unprepared for the explosion of Social Media


****Analytics fared almost as well, with 81% saying they would increase their spend.  The same amount as will devote more funds to Customer Relationship Management!


****80% identified mobile apps and 72% stated that tablet apps are priorities going forward


****71% of these same marketers revealed that it is the data explosion that these new mediums are generating that keeps them awake at night while 72% will increase their spend on Content Management.



There are also categories for Marketing Priorities and Priorities for Managing the shift towards Digital Technologies.


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Dea Elmi's comment, November 28, 2011 5:21 PM
Riding the wave...