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Covering the ongoing evolution of curation & beyond; the impact & innovation
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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 |

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

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

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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 Brands Cannot Ignore Content Curators

Why Brands Cannot Ignore Content Curators | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This piece was curated by Robin Good and it is an outstanding example of why content curators are going to be so important in the future.  With the slightest shift in emphasis, Robin has us look at a year old article and points out why it's still important today and why brands need to pay attention to curation.

**After reading this I agree with him - it's brilliant.

Robin Good: "This classic visual information manifesto, first published a year ago, is as relevant today as it was when it first came out. 


It contains so much intelligence and insight, that for me it represents one of the best self-contained content pieces explaining to traditional media marketers, what is truly changing and why brand ambassadors, social media mavens and ultimately "content curators" are going to be so incredibily important to big brands. 


BrandPilgrim never really uses the term "content curators" in her manifesto, but if you replace the term "social media maven" with "content curator" you will see by yourself how fitting it can be, in describing the emerging curation trend unrolling now."

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Social Media Strategy: Why Insight and Evidence is So Important

Social Media Strategy: Why Insight and Evidence is So Important | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
janlgordon's insight:

This great piece was written by Jeremy Waite for his blog. 

I selected it because his insights and direction are right on target.

Jeremy Waite:

"It’s been said that 85% of the people who work in social media have been in the industry for less than two years. I think it was LinkedIn who first suggested this, but it often explains why there are so many failed social media campaigns"

Here are some highlights from the author that caught my attention:

The problem here is that this lack of experience often causes a misunderstanding of what an actual social strategy is. In my opinion, the misunderstanding isn’t complicated, it is simply this…

“Strategy Does NOT Involve Emotion”

Quote from Jonah Berger Professor from Wharton: "Emotion has everything to do with social psychology and why people behave the way they do but that has nothing to do with strategy"

****It’s easy to confuse an “emotional strategy” that will raise awareness, with a business strategy that drives sales

In the article there are two illustrations of the right way to aproach a successful social media campaign and the wrong way. They show you the distinction between building a campaign on emotion and creating one on a solid foundation with the right criteria.

Here's the takeaway:

Strategy Shaped by Data and insgihts are a solid foundation to build your campaign...........  

1. Look at the data

2. Find out exactly what it is telling you

3. Build your strategy on that rock instead

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Daniel Maina's comment, June 4, 2014 7:36 AM
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Daniel Maina's comment, June 4, 2014 7:36 AM
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Daniel Maina's comment, June 4, 2014 7:37 AM
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