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Strengthen Your Brand with a Great Website

Strengthen Your Brand with a Great Website | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
Creating a website is not the same as creating a brand. Your website might have a million dollar look, yet still not reflect your corporate identity
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Helen Miller because it shows you how to boost your brand with a stand-out website.


Branding and website development and design are not the same thing.


Promote Your Brand with a Strong Website


You can take your business image to a new level with the right design and content strategies. I agree that it's not just one method that will make this successful.


Miller provides examples and advice on establishing a brand identity that gets seen.


Here's what caught my attention:


  • If your website is outdated there are new templates you can try in WordPress. Use a new design to help tell your brand story and establish your brand name.


  • Before telling the story of your company find out first what your core values are, the strengths of your skills, what you want to be known for, the personality of your brand, and how you will stand out from the rest in your industry.


  • Optimize your LinkedIn profile to make it more professional. Use a custom headline with a clear summary of what you have to offer your prospects.


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This post was sponsored by Template Monster (in case you hadn’t guessed!)


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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 |
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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.

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

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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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7 Powerful Ways Stories Connect You with Your Customers

7 Powerful Ways Stories Connect You with Your Customers | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
I was visiting a company the other day and chatting about stories. I mentioned how tough it is for any business to gather their customer stories and the two principles snorted, threw their hands up while rolling their eyes, and said, “That’s for sure! We’ve tried it.” So this blog post is all about how …
janlgordon's insight:

This article was written by Karen Dietz, it is her latest piece in a series for Curatti. Every time I read one of her reviews here on Scoopit or her original articles, I come away with ideas and great takeaways that I can use in my business immediately. Karen is a master at capturing the essence of a great story.

Here are some highlights:

This blog post is all about how to ask for stories – and get them — in authentic ways without sounding manipulative. 

Doing so will enhance your understanding of your customer’s world, you’ll be able to ‘walk a mile in their shoes’, and it will boost your relationships with them.

Karen suggests, we make the stories about our customers, not about our products and services.

Here are a few prompts to get them to tell you about their experience,.

Story Prompts

Whether you are meeting with a customer in person, are on the phone, or are using social media, deliberately use story prompts instead. You will save lots of time and energy, and get better results.

So what are great story prompts that you can use?  These are some of the best story prompts out there that are known to work:

  1. Tell me about …
  2. Tell me about what happened when . . .
  3. Enlighten me about a time when …

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Paula Silva's comment, March 3, 2014 3:21 PM
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Wanda J. Barreto's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:22 AM

Cuando el curador de contenido expresa su opinión sobre el contenido y su razonamiento para compartirlo, además de informar, desarrolla confianza y credibilidad.  El punto de vista también es una oportunidad de establecer contacto con el lector, de contar su propia historia, demostrar autenticidad y trasparencia. Algunas veces, si el contenido es muy técnico, el lector necesita información adicional o quizás algunos ejemplos adicionales para comprenderlo.


En este artículo, +Karen Dietz recomienda incluir un about post antes del contenido, para explicar la historia sobre el material que se comparte.  Además, provee instrucciones sobre cómo hacerlo y buenos ejemplos que podemos imitar.  Yo también lo estoy practicando.

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What is The Future Of Online Community? Why You Should Care

What is The Future Of Online Community? Why You Should Care | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This is a great post, very insightful, observations are right on target, by Vanessa DiMauro, CEO Leader Networks

Lots to digest here but what particularly caught my attention as a content curator was this:

What is the role of content in creating value in communities?

How will that change? Will value come in other ways?

People come for content and stay for community.

Access to valuable content (content that people can’t get elsewhere) is the single most compelling driver for participating in an online community.

****Content serves as the trigger to join, and fuels the community over time by providing contexts for conversations between peers / members.

****Through the use of social media, and especially online communities,

****professionals now have the ability to reach, connect with, learn from and influence other professionals who share an interest or a passion in the topics of interest.

****Sounds like this community - Scoopit!

Thought leadership is the new currency of credibility.

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