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An 8-Step Social Media Marketing Strategy For Brands [INFOGRAPHIC]

An 8-Step Social Media Marketing Strategy For Brands [INFOGRAPHIC] | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook come with a pretty steep learning curve – certainly when used for business marketing – and to maximize return on investment it’s essential that you implement a winning strategy.


It's important for businesses to select the right individuals to manage social channels and to use specific metrics to analyze feedback and success.

Learn more about social media strategies from this infographic, which presents an 8-step strategy for successful social media marketing...


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AndySernovitz's curator insight, May 3, 2013 6:59 AM

 

It's important for businesses to select the right individuals to manage social channels and to use specific metrics to analyze feedback and success.

Learn more about social media strategies from this infographic, which presents an 8-step strategy for successful social media marketing...

Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 29, 2013 7:14 PM
Thank you for your interesting and constructive reactions :) Philippe
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 29, 2013 7:14 PM
Thank you for your interesting and constructive reactions :) Philippe
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7 Attitudes That Make You More Relationship Centric

7 Attitudes That Make You More Relationship Centric | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Relationships are the new currency, especially now with social media giving us another world to mine and harvest great people, in addition to meeting people in person.

 

Here's some quick food for thought: are you and your business all about relationships -- or all about transactions?

 

Working with stories in business well is all about relationships. So are you on the right track and what attitudes go along with this?

 

This article is a quick read and a good barometer to know if you need to up your biz relationship game.

 

And I love this at the end of the article: "Remember, the WE in Your Social ME-dia works. . ."

 

Read the full article here: http://smallbiztrends.com/2012/06/7-attitudes-make-you-relationship-centric.html ;

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Read Small Message, Big Impact to Get Your Message Out in a Big Way: Stories & Elevator Pitches

Read Small Message, Big Impact to Get Your Message Out in a Big Way: Stories & Elevator Pitches | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Wanna know a secret?  I’m a marketing expert and my elevator pitch STINKS.  Come to think of it, I don’t really have a good elevator pitch.

 

What a great article about Elevator Pitches -- how they don't work and how to rethink them -- and how to actually start sharing a story.

 

There are lots of good tips here and I love how the author shares his own struggles with this. The article is also reviewing a new book out on this topic. But the author of this post gives such good tips that I was happy to curate it. I'll probably even buy the book :)

 

Now dump that elevator pitch, get the insights and tips here, and start engaging people about your business in meaningful ways. You will gain more business!

 

Review written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Four Examples of Successful Long-Form Branded Content (Stories)

Four Examples of Successful Long-Form Branded Content (Stories) | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
In a world where audiences consuming media have a fleeting attention span, one would think that long-form branded content wouldn't stand a chance. Wrong.

 

LOL -- in the nano-second world of today's advertising, this article talks about long-form branded content that is 2-5 minutes long. Too funny!

 

But the video examples shared are great stories and one is a complete sports back-story that lasts 28 minutes.

 

And I love the main point of the post:  that when you give a compelling story for someone to view, listen to, or read you can capture and keep their attention.

 

Of course, that means you need excellent storytelling skills that lead to excellent stories. 

 

I bet these videos give you great ideas about the biz stories you can tell, and how to craft + share them. Enjoy watching them!


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7 Ways to Be a Successful Social Marketer

7 Ways to Be a Successful Social Marketer | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Social marketing is an advertising art that is widely utilized but less widely successful, forcing marketers who are looking for real, measurable results to hone their tactics. Review our list of seven ways to be a successful social marketer to help give you a leg up on the competition!

 

1. Build strong, targeted social media accounts.

Your social media accounts are only as useful as the friends and followers connected to them, making the first step of building those accounts absolutely crucial. Instead of simply working to obtain as many connections as possible, work instead to connect with like-minded people who are more likely to have an interest in what you have to offer.

 

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CharacterLab :: Figuring Out Your Brand Story Persona

CharacterLab :: Figuring Out Your Brand Story Persona | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

While it may not have been popular marketing theory at the time, the most successful brands figured out decades ago that it takes character to turn a product into a brand. When a brand has character, it takes on an identity of its own. Its every word, gesture, action, became natural expressions which make the brand instantly recognizable.

 

What is the character or persona of your brand? The company Added Value has a tool called CharacterLab that helps you figure this out.

 

There is a free demo to try at this site. The demo will give you a series of photos and characteristics to rank. At the end it will give you the character/persona of your business -- if you are a sole proprietor.

 

Give yourself some time to work through the demo -- it will get you thinking and the sorting isn't easy. But I was very pleased with my results!

 

Turns out my business is characterized as the Creator/Sage. Just make sure you take notes at the end. I tried to bookmark my results, but when I tried to view that page again, it led me back to the original demo page. Bummer! But understandable.

 

Once you have your results then the real work begins -- crafting your brand to be in alignment with your character/persona. That includes aligning the language you use, your colors and graphics, web design, and marketing materials to your character/persona.

 

Knowing your character/persona really takes a lot of the mystery out of creating your brand and telling your stories.

 

So go have fun!


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The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile App Marketing

The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile App Marketing | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Getting your app discovered is the fundamental challenge every app marketer faces. With millions of apps across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and other platforms, standing out in the boundless sea of available apps is becoming increasingly difficult.

 

The best app marketers will pursue a comprehensive, well-rounded app marketing strategy that includes pre-launch work and post-launch work. The best strategies will include organic and paid app marketing channels.

 

Here’s the complete guide to app marketing that every app owner needs to follow.

 

Before Launch

 

Contrary to popular belief, your marketing strategy needs to start well before your app goes live in the app store. Like any successful product, understanding who your customers are and where you can find them is one of the most important pieces of the app marketing puzzle. There are a few steps you need to take before you launch your app:

 

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Just Story It - Scoops

Just Story It - Scoops | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.

I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.


I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!


I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.

 

How To Find A Topic: Click on the Tags tab above, and then click on one of the tags. All the articles on that topic will appear.

 

I may occassionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over.  If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.

After doing biz story work for over a decade (and with a PhD in Folklore) I hope you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!

 

And I hope you will also visit my website for more tips and tools, & take the free Story IQ assessment so you can see how well developed your storytelling skills and knowledge is: http://www.juststoryit.com/storyiq  ;

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 13, 2013 12:03 PM
Thank you!
Karen Dietz's comment, August 14, 2013 5:18 PM
Hey Bart! Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I'll let the tech folks at Scoop.it know. In the meantime, here's the correct link: www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 7, 2013 8:15 AM

Karen is dedicated to the art of Storytelling as a key tool in running a business or any other type of endeavor.  Here at ManufacturingStories.com we fully support this art form as the best way to generate positive and effective change.  Thanks Karen for all of your dedicated and tireless work! It's a tood Story!!

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Content Is Not King - Storytelling Is - Forbes

Content Is Not King - Storytelling Is - Forbes | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Content marketing is all the rage for 2013. I think it might have been the rage in 2012, too. It is a buzzword, for sure, but it is essentially focused on how to tell a story. More so, it is about how to engage with your customer or prospect.

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Clayton Bye's curator insight, January 6, 2013 9:13 AM

Good selling has always involved story. It is what draws the prospective buyer in and helps them to see what problem(s) you are offering to solve.

Rick Grant's curator insight, January 6, 2013 8:17 PM

Well, yeah, content is what you pay to get into the game, but its the stories that make it work for you.

Karen Dietz's comment, January 7, 2013 4:54 PM
Thank you Rick, Clayton and Marty for your comments! It takes work to bring stories into online content and any kind of selling activity but the rewards are immense. And of course, we get better at it over time. Happy storytelling!
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The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You

The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register). 

 

Jan Gordon: I agree with Guillaume, Beth Kanter knows what she's talking about and her article is definitely worth reading.

 

Guillaume Decugis wrote this commentary:

 

"It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.

 

The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."

 

This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/75ucphe]


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 13, 2012 12:28 AM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
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janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 10:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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The Most Powerful Thing About You -- Your Story

The Most Powerful Thing About You -- Your Story | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

The most powerful thing about you is your story. But don't talk about yourself all the time; you'll be a bore.

Well, that all depends on whether it is all about you bring the "center of attention" or the "center or exposure". "Exposure" mesans being vulnerable and also being willing to be changed by the story. That is what this article is really all about. And it is also the essence of the talk I am on my way to give at the Pacificaa Graduate Iinstitute's conference on transformational leaderships this weekend.

The questions posed here will help you keep on track and avoid situations where you end ups telling your story from your ego instead of the place of service. It is a great checklist to keep in your back pocket.

Happy story telling!

Thank you Richard Andrews for recommending this article :)

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it


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Ken Morrison's comment, June 7, 2012 6:11 PM
I love the Leadership Freak blog. Thanks for sharing.
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Glad you like it Ken! Thanks for re-scooping the article. Have a great weekend :)
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The Power of Storytelling; What Marketers Can Learn From Casey Neistat and Google

The Power of Storytelling; What Marketers Can Learn From Casey Neistat and Google | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

And, last Saturday morning, before I got up and on with my day, I watched his short film entitled ‘Guthrie Beach Raft’ and it got me thinking about the power of storytelling in marketing.

 

Yes, successful marketing is all about emotions -- not facts.

 

There are two videos to view here that make the author's point. The first video is OK -- for whatever reason it didn't really grab me.

 

But the second video about Google Chrome is a hit! That's because it tells a very engaging story about how someone uses Google's integrated suite of tools. It's brilliant.

 

Enjoy both of these -- and take these lessons to heart. When creating your content, decide which emotions you want to evoke in your audience and then craft your material to evoke those. 

 

As the author says, "Sometimes, facts and figures are great, but if you’re really looking to create loyalty and build a relationship with your audience then creating an emotional bond is the way forward."


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Content Curation: What it is and Why it's So Hot!

Content Curation: What it is and Why it's So Hot! | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

This piece came to my attention by Judy Gombita  who shared it on Google+. It was written by Bob Geller and it's one of the best articles on content curation that I have seen in a long time.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

**Blow Out Content Marketing and Lead Social Conversations with Content Curation...

 

Great tips for Effective Content Curation

 

**Great content curation is part science and art.

 

**To do a good job, you need to have an understanding of your market space and how to make best use of the search and publishing tools.

 

**It requires a keen eye and instinct for topics that align with the expertise of executives, brand attributes and customer interests.

 

Tom Riddle, CEO of CIThread, a hosted content curation platform, says

 

"great content curation happens when three elements come together:

 

**SME - subject matter expertise 

 

**a focused objective and a strong voice in response to an article

 

**tweet or post that happens to be at the nexus of your expertise and the objective. If this happens, you will find yourself writing the right words.

 

Takeaways:

 

**if you are in marketing, you should care about content curation because it just works!

 

**There are a range of tools, as you will see, that can help you transcend casual efforts to help boost organizational social media and content marketing efforts.

 

**Content curation gives marketing and social media teams the tools they need to turbo charge social media publishing and engagement efforts; it is an increasingly critical function, and an area that should be understood and mastered.

 

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

 

Read full article here [http://bit.ly/GM2tmg]

 


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The Bridge Is Out - Epic Stories In Presentations

The Bridge Is Out - Epic Stories In Presentations | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Do not undervalue the benefit of a longer, more detailed story in providing learning experiences. Anecdotes and “training fables” can be very effective and they do have their place. If you can work in a longer story, though, you can have greater emotional involvement. That is the most effective memory resource of all.

 

Here is what I love most about this post -- its reminder that longer stories are just as important to share as short anecdotes.

 

In today's short-attention span world, the prevailing notion is that people have no tolerance for longer stories -- especially online. Balderdash, I say!

 

What anyone needs to pay attention to is finding the right places for sharing those longer stories. A few questions to ask yourself are: 

What is my purpose in sharing this story? What work do I want this story to do? What is the best channel (on-line channels & off-line channels) for sharing this story? If this longer story is going to be shared on-line, how do I need to prep my audience so they are ready to listen to it?

 

Read this short article to discover how the author crafted and shared his longer story. And don't sell yourself (or your audience) short by only going for those quickie stories!


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64 Pinterest Marketing Tips and Tactics - Infographic

64 Pinterest Marketing Tips and Tactics - Infographic | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

Pinterest over the last 6 months has become the social network with buzz and it provides a visual platform that offers an ecosystem to experiment and play with images as a means of marketing and engagement and even selling.

 

I walked into an electronics store the other day and happened to pass the television department.

 

The 70 inch televisions with high definition flat screens were displaying videos so compelling that for a minute or two I just stood there watching images so sharp and mesmerizing that I just stopped and watched.

 

The vibrant colors and high contrast were almost hypnotic.

 

It was only ten years ago and a flat screen TV half that size was $20,000.

 

Now everyone has at least a 42 inch plasma or LCD screen and that is in the smallest room in the house!

 

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