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Collector or Curator? Becoming a Social Connoisseur

Collector or Curator? Becoming a Social Connoisseur | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
It used to be that you were a wine or art collector to be considered a connoisseur. These curators of their personal taste and beauty would search for pieces that fit a collection they would be proud
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I selected this article by Bryan Kramer because it absolutely speaks to me and many of you!


Today’s modern day curator is a curator of knowledge. We have come to rely on the best to tell us what is good and what isn’t. Their history of shares heightens their status in some cases to social connoisseur, a title not easily earned.


Bryan asks this question: Have you ever read something that made you stop and think... and you saved it? You're a collector. The question is, how do you move from collector, to connoisseur?


There are 5 great takeaways in this piece......


Here's what caught my attention:


Understand the Shelf Life - News will always serve a purpose, but today’s news only last seconds. To build a story around something that drives a different perspective is what drives new opinions, conversations and communities. What you share reflects on your beliefs, so add something that lasts longer than a retweet.


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malek's curator insight, June 16, 2014 4:09 PM

Thought provoking article.

I had to stop and read "Goosebumps" twice, the down-to-earth notion of human touch mixed with quality content, is something to ponder and keep trying.

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How Can Curation Tell Your Story? 6 Steps to Finding Your Voice

How Can Curation Tell Your Story? 6 Steps to Finding Your Voice | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
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This great article was written by Karen Dietz for Curatti.


Jan Gordon:

 

I always get so much out of reading Karen's curation and reviews here on Scoopit and this is no exception. No matter how long I've been reviewing or curating content, I am always reminded of something I should do to make my work better for my brand and for my audience.


Here's what caught my attention:


"When you’re curating content you are telling a story–your story–through the material you curate, the reviews you write, and the voice you bring to your topic".

 

When think of your curation as an ongoing story, you too can realize similar benefits.


So how can your curation reflect and tell your story?


Here is one of her six great tips:


What kind of a voice do you want to bring to the table? How do you want to be perceived? What is important to emphasize? 


Finding your voice is critical when curating content.    


Have a point of view. People want you to have a point of view.


* Your point of view will help others think critically about the content to offer them.


* Your voice and the tone you bring to your curation also reflect your personality. Your readers want you to be real, authentic, and fallible.


*They want to know who you are.


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janlgordon's comment, December 8, 2013 3:18 PM
Intriguing Networks, Great to meet you here! You are so right, whether an individual or a business curates, it's the story that is woven throughout your topic or niche that gives readers a chance to connect with you at different entry points along the way. I agree with you, Scoopit is a very vibrant and generous community. Look forward to sharing more with you in the future!
janlgordon's comment, December 8, 2013 3:21 PM
Vicki Hansen, Thank you for your comment! Happy you found it valuable. Keep coming back, we will be covering curation in an ongoing series on Curatti.
janlgordon's comment, December 9, 2013 12:19 AM
Karen Dietz - I had a great weekend, hope you did too! Loved your article, it definitely got traffic and comments, so happy to have you on the team. Looking forward to your next article. Have a wonderful new week!
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B2B Social Marketing: Anatomy of a Successful Campaign [Infographic]

B2B Social Marketing: Anatomy of a Successful Campaign [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece and infographic was posted by Jason Miller for Marketto.  The infographic helps you to examine the elements of a successful B2B social marketing campaign. If you're new to social media or need a refresher, this will be very useful.


Understanding each social network and what your business can gain from each one is essential.


It’s a business-eat-business universe and B2B marketers today must utilize social media channels if they want a chance at surviving alone in the deep recesses of space.


**Businesses that understand the importance of adding social elements to their marketing campaigns empower customers and prospects to share with their networks.


**This peer-to-peer word of mouth messaging is highly trusted and very effective in amplifying the impact of your campaigns.


In the following infographic, we examine the elements of a successful B2B social marketing campaign to help you learn how to make your business move at the speed of light.


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Social Media & The Always Connected Consumer - What You Need to Know

Social Media & The Always Connected Consumer - What You Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Brian Solis about what he refers to as Generation C - the "always connected" generation.  


There are a lot of relevant insights and suggestions in this article. I've pulled out some points that caught my attention:


Excerpt:


What is the future of social media? Do you think it will pull ahead of classical media?


**Social media has given birth to a different type of customer, the connected customer or otherwise what I refer to as Generation-C where “C” represents “connected.” Gen-C is not bound by age. They’re not defined by income or education.


Here are some highlights:


** They live the digital lifestyle and traverse across all demographics. These consumers do not surf the web like other customers. They don’t learn nor make decisions like that of their traditional counterparts.


**They live and breathe in social networks and rely on smartphones or tablets as their windows to the world.


**when you compare the size of the market for traditional consumers vs. Generation C, only one of the two segments is growing while the other is shrinking over time.



**If you had to invest in the future of your business to earn attention and ultimately relevance, the greatest ROI is tied to the connected customer


Here are some takeaways:


The goal is to have a process and a supporting system for recognizing opportunities and piloting them as they arise.


**The trick is to understand the difference between emerging and disruptive technology


**only focus on those that will deliver and not distract.


How can social media activity increase the revenues and profitability of a company?


**To activate social commerce requires that you define an experience around the transaction where the outcome is of course the sale


**the journey is in its own way engaging and fulfilling.


**You must define a click path from a social network to a destination that facilitates a transaction but is also in alignment with the expectations of a social consumer


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Images Make Social Media Marketing Unforgettable - Here's Why

Images Make Social Media Marketing Unforgettable - Here's Why | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Bullas, I selected my own image from Thomas Hawk's collection because it's gorgeous and when I posted this on Pinterest many people were drawn to it, repinned it and several of them started following me there, here, and everywhere, it works! It has happened to me over and over again.


I'm retweeting my friend, Robert Caruso but thought I'd put my own spin on it. Jeff Bullas is talking about something that is on the minds of many due to the overwhelming success of Pinterest, Facebook's purchase of Instagram a few days ago and more events to follow in the future because images are hot! as Jeff says:


"It's a well-known fact that people are visual.


**They like things that attract their eyes. Color, images, movement, all these things bring them in and make them stay and brings them back".


Here are some highlights and things we should all be doing to keep our audiences coming back


Drive Traffic from Pinterest


**Everyone can see everything on Pinterest, which makes it ripe for the picking. All you need is one great image and people will come flocking, click on the link and end up on your website -


Generates Likes and Comments


**Facebook likes and comments are great. They get attention, they add to each other and they get the word out.


Promotes Shares


**They take comments and likes and get your name out there in a way t]hat says 'valid'


Gets Attention


**To simplify, pictures get attention and keep it. It takes only a split second to look at an image, versus a few to read a summary or small paragraph


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Social Demographics: Who's Using Today's Biggest Networks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Demographics: Who's Using Today's Biggest Networks [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

In case you missed this from Mashable last week, great information on 845 million active users on social networks. 


**More than 66% of adults are connected to one or more social media platforms, but who exactly are these people?

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5 Digital Tools to Boost Your Brand in 2012 Infographic

5 Digital Tools to Boost Your Brand in 2012 Infographic | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
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The Rapid Rise of Pinterest's Blockbuster User Engagement [CHART]

The Rapid Rise of Pinterest's Blockbuster User Engagement [CHART] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece (user chart included) was written and posted by Matt Silverman, contributing editor for Mashable, .


My commentary (I'm personally experiencing amazing results after being on Pinterest for about 4 months).


****Even with all the hooplah surrounding Pinterest, it's important to remember, that Pinterest is only a side dish in your business, paying attention to your main course and how Pinterest supports that is what is key. See article here: http://bit.ly/yXET4P by John Jantsch.


Having said that...........


This user engagement chart is astounding, as you see the rise in Pinterest users in a very short time.


**In my opinion, Pinterest gives you the opportunity to showcase your work without a lot of text anything that gives us a breather in that way is a blessing.


**Images speak a thousand words if you know how to use them properly.


**Showing other sides of you that are consistent with your brand message gives people a chance to see you beyond the text you post on other sites.


**Pinboards like favorite books, homes and spaces, etc. give people points of entry, a connection with you because they identify and like the same things, a great way to start a conversation, have them look to see what you do and who you are.


**Everything we do online tells a story about us, it's our digital identity, Pinterest is a place where you can tell your story in a whole different way.


**Pinterest is also a place where you can relax, fantasize about the wardrope you'd love to have, or the amazing car or cars you want to have. Let's face it, we're all plugged in 24/7, this is a place where you can lighten up and/or market your business all on the same site.


**Pinterest is not only gaining a ton of users, but those users are spending an average of 89 minutes on the site


** Facebook is still leading by 405 minutes along with Tumblr also 89 minutes but it's obvious Pinterest is moving up quickly.


**It's important to know how to use Pinterest to showcase what you do in a subtle but engaging way


Feel free to visit my topic "Pinterest Watch"  a collection of articles from branding, case studies, metrics all in one place.


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Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I rescooped this from my topic Pinterest Watch, because I feel this infographic really gives you some insight into what's really happening on Pinterest and it's definitely something I want to bring to your attention.


If it makes sense, this site is a great mix in your marketing efforts. Niche sites, especially ones that are visual with less text are becoming more popular everyday and Pinterest is definitely leading the way. Take a quick look at what's happening.......


Intro:


"How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there? This infographic lays it out.


**Pinterest has emerged as the runaway social media hit of early 2012. You probably knew that already. But did you know the company just has 12 people? Or that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women?


**Lemon.ly, a visual marketing firm, took a deep dive into the data to catalog Pinterest’s stunning rise and produced the infographic below.


**What’s clear is that with 10 million users, Pinterest has already made its mark in terms of web design influence, if nothing else.


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New Data: Pinterest Referring More Traffic Than LinkedIn, Reddit, Google+

New Data: Pinterest Referring More Traffic Than LinkedIn, Reddit, Google+ | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jason Heath for Socialfresh


"The latest Pinterest referral traffic data reveals that Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+ combined".


That is pretty significant for a social network that most marketers still do not even know exists. And yes, they are still an invite only community.


This data does not include EVERY referral source out there on the web. But it does put Pinterest into context compared to other major social sites. And it can give anyone doing business online a good sense of where strong referral opportunities might exist for their business.



The Highlights of the Data

Here are a few key takeaways from the Shareaholic findings:


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Thanks Michele, this is a great one!
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Can Curation Help Brands Build Powerful Audiences?

Can Curation Help Brands Build Powerful Audiences? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This article was written by Josh Sternberg for digiday. I selected this piece because it definitely addressed this question and provided some very good insights and strategies that brands need to know.


Excerpt:


It's very difficult for brands to amass sizeable audiences on their own nowadays says Neil Chase, SVP of editing and publishing at Federated Media.


**If a brand is an expert in a certain topic, their reputation might make them a credible source of information,”


Here are some of the takeaways:


**The best way to do it is to identify a high-interest topic that you want to be perceived as an expert in,” he said.


**“Curate that topic and provide some context around it. If you’re curating a lot of content in a topic area, over time that leads to expertise and credibility.”


**brands have to know each of their customers and have the credibility in their field to get consumers to trust the content they spread


**“Brands have a content story to tell,” said Colleen DeCourcy, CEO of Socialistic, a social media agency.


****“Some brands have data and research they have gathered in the creation of their products that can be contextualized and turned into content — which can give them both real authority on the topic and some real ROI for their effort.”


**Brands need to be careful in not only what, but how much they curate. 


**Brands need to make sure they’re not just regurgitating content, but instead offering readers/followers valuable information


**Steve Rubel, Edelman’s evp of global strategy and insights, suggests brands start by having an editorial point of view and deciding where the content will live — the brand’s site or aggregation sites like Tumblr or Pinterest.


**The plus side is that once you do figure out how you want to curate and it becomes part of your broader communications strategy — it’s pretty easy to establish a voice.


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Engagement Publishing is the New Content Marketing - Here's Why

Engagement Publishing is the New Content Marketing - Here's Why | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece today because it is timely and relevant, social media is part of the equation but the focus should be on social business, which is the bigger picture. It's important to package your content and repurpose it to fit the social network(s) where your audience resides. 


In this interview with McKinsey and Compay, John Battelle, founder & chairman of Federated Media Publishing says.....


**Marketers need to shift their mindset from being a publisher to engaging an audience.


To paraphrase:


Marketers are starting to see an ecosystem of paid, owned and earned media that they're very interested in feeding through social interactions and content marketing.


Here's what caught my attention:


Marketers have always created content, print and radio ads, 30-second spots, display banners


****But they never have really seen these elements as an integrated corpus of content living in a digitally driven ecosystem


**Marketers need to become engagement publishers


**"Increasingly, [marketers] are realizing that this social media space involves an ongoing conversation. Assets never really go away."


**Building conversation “inventory” at scale


I agree that all brands probably should be on Facebook, but what you really need is an integrated strategy that has – at its root – the brand's own domain, independent from any platform other than the Internet itself.


Measuring the success of conversational engagement


These things are very hard to directly measure from a simple click. And often, as we know, the people who click are not the people you want as customers anyway.


**So you need a bridge to that kind of insight that gives a media buyer the justification to say that this new technology is worth the investment.


**Marketers have been very interested in understanding how their content is amplified in the past few years


**Now there is technology that allows us to automatically collect and present this data (More in detail in interview)


**The best companies create communities of interest that are independent:


**they are rooted in the independent Web, with expressions on Facebook, or as an iPhone or Android app – those all become instances of their brand.


** Companies should create a circulatory system through which they can promote different aspects of their messaging and interactions with their community.


**If you're going to be a brand with a publishing approach to marketing, you must have an independent taproot that isn’t controlled by anyone but you. 


Put out your branches and feelers everywhere. Integrate that experience and let your content and messaging flow through it.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full interview here: [http://bit.ly/x7mHwm]

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Pinterest: There's Something here For Everyone - [video] Inspiring!

This is another compelling story about Pinterest - the video says it all. It's a deaf woman's story about how she's using visuals to communicate her story. There's something for everyone on this network and this is just the beginning.


Please feel free to follow "Pinterest Watch" for continuous news coverage on this hot new network. You can also follow me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jangordon/


Intro:


I'm discovering new ways to use social media to show I can integrate and make noise in the masses. I love how versatile Pinterest is. It serves many purposes..


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Madison Avenue Gains Deep Access Into Consumer Conversations

Madison Avenue Gains Deep Access Into Consumer Conversations | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Madison Avenue Gains Deep Access Into Consumer Conversations: Taps Into Phone, Chat, Other Personal Feedback - 03/06/2014
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This post is from MediaPost, Why did I select it? Because it sparked ideas about how we as curators can use this new way of communicating to build our audience.  We all know there's a shift  in the way companies and Madison Avenue are tapping into their audiences through conversations, images and chats on Pinterest and mobile to name a few. It's a whole new way to engage and gain deeper insights into who these people, what's important to them and how you can help them as a marketer.


Jan Gordon:


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


Jan Gordon:


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


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


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


Here's what caught my attention:


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


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


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


Stay informed on trends, insights, what's happening in the digital world become a Curatti Insider today


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

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

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

Social Network Tribes Gaining Momentum - The Latest Findings [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is by Jeff Bullas and infographic by Go-Gulf.com


Intro:


There is one thing we do know and that the era of one social network that fits all is gone. The social network tribes are splintering onto different social media platforms because they now have real choice.


What you'll find in the infographic is demographics, monthly visitors on each network, who's on what network


So Who is Using What?


Here are a few findings on 5 major social networks:


Time spent by Average Social networking user per month


**Facebook 405 minutes


**Pinterest  405 minutes


**Twitter        89 minutes


**Linkedin       21 minutes


**Google+         Why You Shouldn't Ignore G00gle+

                               Updated information


There are lots of links to other articles about social networking in this piece that will give you more data on demographics


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Beth Kanter's comment, July 5, 2012 6:14 PM
This post caught my eye the other too .. thanks for curating it
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8 Tips to Get Your Brand on the Social Curation Boom and Beyond

8 Tips to Get Your Brand on the Social Curation Boom and Beyond | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by Melonie Gallegos for iMediaconnection


In this piece, there are 8 tips to help marketers get in on the social curation boom in a meaningful way - that means Pinterest and beyond!


Here's an excerpt:


"Curation is a long-standing tradition of collecting, saving & organizing objects. Today it takes on a different meaning. Organizataions have evolved from collecting artifacts to digital curation of media and content"


When human behavior shifts and it certainly has, (more about that in the article), brands are quick to follow suit.


Here are some highlights:


There are a lot of websites offfering curation-type services


To get a clear sense of how a brand might leverage curation in this article, they have broken them down into categories.


**social bookmarking and news


**sharing


**Aggregation and syndication networks


**There are 8 ways your brand can get in on the action


Here are a few that caught my attention:


Become a curator creator


**Create your own Pinterest board and it's more than just slapping images, it takes thought, strategy, being part of the community and continually showing up


**appreciating other people's content and having two-way conversations


Create an Interest-based content strategy


**Focus on the interests of your audience, not your products and services!


**Allign their real-life interests with your brand position


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, May 2, 2012 2:58 PM
"thank you"!
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6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction

6 Reasons to Visualize Your Data in the Age of Distraction | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was posted by Loren Sorenson for Hubspot, I selected it because as she says "If you aren’t prepared for the visual content revolution, you may be left in the dust.


Not convinced? Let's take a look at exactly how visual contentis positively contributing to marketing strategies -- it may just give you the push you need


"Learn why visual content is a critical part of your content creation strategy.


Here are some highlights:


**People remember only 20% of what they read


**83% of learning is visual


Condenses and Explains Large Amounts of Information


**Today, there is too much information on the Internet you have about 3 seconds to catch someone’s eyes so they'll consume your information.


Gives Your Brand an Identity


**Visual content draws people in, letting viewers better understand your brand's identity


Drives User Engagement


**If you've ever read a book with a child, you probably know they find pictures more interesting than words; but are adults really that different?


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janlgordon's comment, April 11, 2012 3:21 PM
Beth Kanter
Thank you for adding me to the wiki and for your kind words, it's greatly appreciated. Yes this is the conversation of the moment so to speak. I'm sure your presentation was amazing. Would love to hear it if you have a replay.
Beth Kanter's comment, April 11, 2012 10:08 PM
Jan: There's a link in the wiki to the live stream of the session - and a lot of notes and resources ... I love this topic! I'm holding myself back from created another scoop.it on it ...
janlgordon's comment, April 13, 2012 10:05 PM
Beth Kanter
Thanks for looking forward to seeing this info. Knowing you, I can imagine that you want to start another scoopit on this topic but it's not necessary because you're already doing a wonderful job covering it now.
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The Explosion of Pinterest and Why You Should Read This Report

The Explosion of Pinterest and Why You Should Read This Report | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Dave Copeland for Readwriteweb. There have been many articles about Pinterest but if you do nothing else, read the white paper by Engauge and report they're referring to. It is absolutely the best one I've seen to date. (more details below)


The most important thing in this piece is the report, here's what you'll see:


A new Engauge white paper breaks down:


**the make-up of the average Pinterest user 


**shows that the end result of less reading is more of a focus on content curation than creation.


**The timing of that trend, combined with a stunning design when Internet users are focusing more on visual than text, has allowed Pinterest to explode in popularity.


This is what caught my attention - a quote from a user:


"When I'm looking for new trends on specific topics like fashion or birthday party themes, I now search Pinterest first -- not Google." - Karah Street


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


If you're in making Pinterest work for you, you might want to visit my other topic: Pinterest Watch


Read full article here: [http://rww.to/yQtDNQ]

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Alessio Manca's comment, March 15, 2012 1:12 PM
nice thought "People aren't really reading anymore": sounds people are becoming parasites
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What Happens Every 60 Seconds In Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Happens Every 60 Seconds In Social Media? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest – What Happens Every 60 Seconds In Social Media?


Some very interesting information:


**Did you know that every 60 seconds Twitter sees (on average) 175,000 new tweets?


**Over that same time period, Pinterest receives 1,090 visitors


**LinkedIn absorbs 7,610 searches


**Flickr users upload 3,125 photos?


 **If you think those numbers are impressive, how about this: each and every minute of the day, 700,000 messages are sent on Facebook


** two million videos are watched on YouTube.


What caught my attention - sometimes the comments are just as interesting if not more than the actual content itself:

 

****Sarah Upton says: February 28, 2012 at 11:23 pm - This is a comment from one of their readers:


Misleading and inaccurate.


You cite an article on Foursquare from AUGUST, then round DOWN. They get over five million check ins per day: http://mashable.com/2012/02/28/foursquare-hq-tour/ — so double what you’ve presented here.


Jumpstart was very apologetic and said they're trying to be as accurate as possible. Point being, these infographics are great to look at and give us an approximation of what's actually happening, trying to keep the facts straight, not an easy task for sure:-)


This data is courtesy of a new infographic from marketing consultancy firm Social Jumpstart, which takes a closer look and tries to be as accurate as possible at what happens in social media every 60 seconds.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"



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You Curate Your Own Experience - 5 Reasons Niche Social Networks Are Winning

You Curate Your Own Experience - 5 Reasons Niche Social Networks Are Winning | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this article by Matthew Knell for Socialfresh because it relates to the other pieces I've  posted regarding information overload and being able to filter out what's important through all the distraction. 


Let's face it, we have too many choices, whether it's content, social networks, and the like. It's like going to a particular restaurant that has a certain cuisine, you have a menu, you select what appeals to you.  With niche sites it puts you in charge not the other way around, you're curating your experience.


Here are some things that caught my attention:


**one constant through the many evolutions of Internet platforms is the fickleness of human beings.


**Especially when asked to make quick decisions.



**Successful products have been driven by the combination of:


**The “right” feature set


**Clarity in purpose


**most importantly, the vibrant nature of communities and how accessible they are to the user.


**They’re running into too many choices of types and places to share their content.


**Increasingly, they’re also running into one parameter that’s impossible to change – the number of hours in the day.


**It's no wonder Pinterest leads the way in niche sites......You can pick and choose what you want to look at, it's better than bookmarking and it's visual for starters.


The author talks about Facebook and Shopping Malls, trying to be too many things to too many people.


How this relates to curation and information overload:


In a quantity vs quality comparison, on a per piece of content basis, quantity almost never wins no matter  what you're comparing it to.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Feel free to browse my other topic: "Content Marketing, Social Media & Beyond"


Read  full article here: [http://bit.ly/x1sjgU]

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Alessio Manca's comment, February 26, 2012 10:32 AM
Thanks so much. In my opinion niche networks are working better because they are still free from the effects caused by the desire to increase friends (or followers and so on). The other way: people are demanding more interesting content from non friends.
janlgordon's comment, February 26, 2012 11:23 AM
Alessio
Good insight, I agree with you:-)
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Are Content Marketers & Brands Missing the Mark with Pinterest on Mobile?

Are Content Marketers & Brands Missing the Mark with Pinterest on Mobile? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Lauren Johnson for Mobile Marketer I have rescooped this from my other topic, Mobile Marketing Strategy and Beyond because I think there are some suggestions that B2B content marketers might want to think about.


One of the most obvious is, if brands are using Pinterest, they need to have two main focuses - mobile and search.


Is your site optimized for mobile? Is there a way you can repurpose your content to keep your audience engaged, wherever they are and keep them coming back for more?


Intro:


Pinterest is quickly becoming a social media star for brands and retailers to showcase and share their products with a reported tenfold increase in traffic over the past six months.


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


**Given the site's value on sharing content one-on-one relationships is an example of how a retailer can tie an in-store experience to Pinterest


**"Brands need to set an example for users to engage with them while they are experiencing the brand" Kerri Smith iProspect


**Once a user pins something, they can tap on it to view more infomation about it via the web, making a mobile-optimized web site crucial to keep mobile Pinterest users engaged with content.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.


He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:


The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold


Avoid Self Promotion:


"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".


Here are the takeaways:


My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.


**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.


**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"


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Pinterest: A Tool to Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience

Pinterest: A Tool to Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by my friend and fellow curator, Beth Kanter for socialmediatoday. It's one of the best articles because she really understands Pinterest and is using it effectively.


Here's what she had to say:


My Pinboards on Pinterest...


Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images and videos you discover on the web. Think of it as social network of visuals – where you can find images from other people with the same interest or use it to curate your own visual “interest space.”


The clean interface and simplicity of its features make it easy to use and gives you a calm feeling which perhaps accounts for its popularity.


**At first glance, the site attracts people interested in using it for non-work interests, such as wedding planning, decorating, scrapbooking, and family photos, but brands and nonprofit professionals are also using it to curate information related to professional and organizational topics in a visually pleasing way.


****But if you want to be successful, you must curate and share relevant content.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch" For more articles, tips, strategy and resources. Find out what others are doing.


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 21, 2012 1:11 PM
Thanks so much for curating this post also published on Social Media Today. The original on my blog: http://www.bethkanter.org/pinterest/ got the most retweets - probably because of the wide interest. I noticed you were curating a separate pinterest collection too. I put together small curated collection of resources about Pinterest for Nonprofits as I will be teaching it in workshops this year in the Middle East - http://socialmedia-strategy.wikispaces.com/Pininterest
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To Pinterest, A Love Letter

To Pinterest, A Love Letter | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This wonderful piece was written by Lisa Barone on Outspoken Media. I loved reading this because her insights are right on the money. How do I know? Because I've been on Pinterest for a week and this social network takes you beyond all the buzzwords, the how to articles and lets you connect with others in ways that have the potential to create deeper engagement that can is definitely beginning to show ROI in more ways than one.


Feel free to follow me on Pinterest at  http://pinterest.com/jangordon/


or visit my topic on content curation at http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-social-media


Here's an excerpt that captures the essence of what she is saying. I highly recommend you read the comments as well.


Excerpt:


"Anyone who knows me will tell you: I’m completely commitment phobic. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of emerging social media networks. I cringe whenever a new one is released because I simply Can’t.


"For me, the social network doing that right now is Pinterest.Wait? Pinterest? Is that really anything more than an outlet for pictures of sleeping cats, fancy home décor and items deemed orange?


It is.


I’ll tell you why I love it and why, as a brand, you should love it too.


****One of the great things social media has done is that it’s undeniably changed the way businesses and consumers are able to interact.


****It broke through an imaginary wall that had long divided the two and allowed businesses to share parts of themselves which, in turn, allowed consumers to seek out businesses that are weird in the same way or that believed in the same things.


Last November I spoke at TEDx about how through the Web, weird became profitable.


****Weird became something businesses could leverage. To me, that’s where social media is most effective –


****when businesses use weird to be strategically authentic and show customers their essence. It’s when they let certain parts of themselves hang out so their customers can get to know whose behind the product or service that they love so much.


And that’s what Pinterest does really well. It epitomizes what is right and powerful in social media. Sure, Mashable may still use it to hoard marketing infographics for page views, but that’s not how it’s most effective.


**Pinterest works best when brands show customers what’s going on below the surface".


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"


Read full article here: [http://outspokenmedia.com/about/lisa-barone/]

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janlgordon's comment, January 13, 2012 12:07 AM
maxOz
Thank you for this wonderful post on Pinterest!
maxOz's comment, January 13, 2012 12:12 AM
I love it as well, glad you enjoyed it x Michele