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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".

 

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


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 12, 2012 9:28 PM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
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janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 7:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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Curating People is As Important as Curating Content - Here's Why

Curating People is As Important as Curating Content - Here's Why | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

I curated and posted this a few months ago but feel it's relevant and timely today. (What brought this to mind was another important article written by Axel Schultze, which I have commented on below.

 

Here's what I said about Gideon Rosenblatt's post.

 

This is one of those gems that I love to share. It was written by Gideon Rosenblatt in response to an earlier article written by Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble", which is about the way algorithms (based on our personal searches) affect the results that are returned to us, as a result, we're not seeing the whole picture.

 

"Computer algorithms aren't the only thing contributing to the 'Internet Filter Bubble."

 

**In the world of the information networker, curating content is only half the game. The other half is curating the curators.

 

**In that power to choose our connections, rests our ultimate power to reshape our information filter bubbles and radically improve our perception of reality.

 

**Who we choose to connect with in our social networks deeply affects our ability to see a diversity of information.  

 

My takeaway from this is that whereas technology may restrict the results returned to us by search engines, the other, and perhaps more important half of the equation is controlled by us!  It is well documented that we are more likely to influenced by our circle of friends and associates than by anything else that we may find (or that may find us!). 

 

By effectively curating our circles of influence, we increase the value of this ever important means of discovery and therefore of our entire online experience. 

 

**This in turn can make us far more effective and informative consumers as well as curators, when we widen our own circles.

 

Great article by Axel Schultze CEO of xee.me

 

"Why SEO will Be Gone in 5 to 10 Years" as he talks about "Relationships and Recommendations Soon More Valuable Than SEO" (Robin Good)

 

Jan Gordon: "Here's what caught my attention:

 

Axel: As long as people search for a product not knowing their name or a technology, not knowing its source or a solution not knowing who is a potential supplier SEO is an important part of the marketing mix...

 

However, this is slowly and steadily changing.

 

**Today 60 – 80% of the so called educated purchase decision is based on recommendations by trusted individuals or groups that have no or no significant interest in the sale but helpful and experienced people using or knowing the product or service in need.

 

And the number of recommendation based purchases is steadily growing. I'm sure it will hit the 80 – 90% range in the next 5 to 10 years.

 

Now – what does that mean to SEO?

 

Why should a business invest in search engine optimization if most of the purchase decisions are based on recommendations?

 

Wouldn't it be smarter to invest into the "recommendation chain" instead in SEO?

 

Wouldn't it be more effective and successful to make sure people recommend a product than hoping to come up higher in the list of search results?"

 

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

 

Read the full article: http://bit.ly/AxRrEr

 

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

 

Image by Istockphoto  from an article by Social Media Examiner

 

Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/AxRrEr]


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janlgordon's comment, March 15, 2012 5:05 PM
Gideon.Rosenblatt
You made my day! I always love reading and curating your articles this was definitely no exception. Thank you for always raising the bar and making us pay attention to what's really important.
janlgordon's comment, June 17, 2012 12:53 PM
Thank you for this Robin, it's greatly appreciated. It's exciting to watch and be a part of all this change, I'm sure you agree:-)
Robin Good's comment, June 17, 2012 11:28 PM
Yes Jan... I don't know exactly what you are referring to, but this the only sure thing we have today: this is time of fast and continuous change... so I am certainly enjoying the ride.

On another note: I would humbly suggest to consider posting shorter stories, especially when you are also pointing to the original, as what I am looking for from you, is not a rehash of what's in the article - outside of a 1-3 para excerpt - but the reasons why you are recommending it. You are already doing both, but it is overwhelming for me. Too much stuff, and I haven't even seen the original yet.

I would also gently mute some of the visual noise you create by heavily formatting with asterisks, bolds and big font sizes. In my case that doesn't help much. It actually hinders my ability to rapidly scan and check whether you have something good there.

I suggest to limit greatly the formatting options you use and to highlight only what is really relevant, because when too many things are highlighted, bolded, asterisked, none has any more an effect on me. It's like a crowd screaming: who do you help? :-)
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58 Surfire Ways to Curate or Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love

58 Surfire Ways to Curate or Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece. There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.

 

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

 

*GREAT CURATORS Understand your readers. Know their fears, dreams, and desires. How can you engage with someone you don’t understand?

 

**Don’t write for a large audience. Choose one person, picture him, and write to him as if he’s a friend.

 

**Use a conversational tone of voice. Nobody wants to chat with a company.

 

**Be engaging. Using the word you is the most powerful way to be more engaging.

 

Be remarkable. So much content is out there, how can you stand out?

 

**GREAT Creation or Curation comes from CONTEXT Disclose your point of view, tell your personal story, and develop your own voice.

 

**If your readers feel they know you, they will connect with you.

 

**Use familiar language. Check Twitter, Facebook or Google’s Keyword Tool – and find the wording your readers use.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/HQj1vl]


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Beth Kanter's comment, May 27, 2012 10:57 AM
I love this post - thanks for finding
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Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web

Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
The world wide web is supposed to be just that: world wide.

Sometimes it simply isn’t, however:

This Guide, by author Jim Rion,  is a must-have for anyone looking for access to the complete Internet. 

 

This complete guide to the International web will show you: http://bit.ly/Joo3QB ;


**Which governments around the world restrict Internet access
**Whether its ethical to bypass such restrictions, and which tools to use
**Encrypting your web browsing and email for secure communications
**How to find Internet access while traveling by knowing where to look
**Buying a computer while abroad: an ex-pat’s guide
**Setting up your computer to display non-alphabetic languages
**Getting the most out of translation tools
**Accessing media blocked in your country using VPN and more

 

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'Social' Content Attracts & Engages More Customers - Here's How

'Social' Content Attracts & Engages More Customers - Here's How | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Patricia Redsicker for Social Media Examiner for two reasons -

 

**It's a great review of Lee Oden's new book Optimize: How to Engage Your Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing 

 

**The book is timely and relevant it's about optimizing content for customer and user experiences, rather than for search engines which is becoming increasingly important

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for an Optimized State of Mind

 

**Use words that matter most to your customers in titles, links and body copy in order to inspire your readers to take action

 

Chapter 9: Content Isn't King, It's the Kingdom - Creation vs. Curation

 

**mix curated content with original content. In fact,  curating is a great way to extend your own site, but only in addition to—not instead of—your original content

 

 

So many great tips on types of content to curate, here are just a few:

 

**Content created by influential people who are important to your target audience

 

**Aggregating the best comments from your own or others's blogs

 

**White papers, ebooks and case studies

 

**Tips, how-to's and best practices

 

Chapter 11 Social Networking Development - Don't Be Late to the Networking Party

 

**Listen, participate, create optiized content and understand the triggers that will inspire sales or referrals

 

**It's important to know which specific social networks are relevant to your customers

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/cycs5g4]


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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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50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz

50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

In case you missed this article, I'm reposting it today because it's definitely worth your while if you're using content to build your business. Conversationagent not only gives you some great tips for creating compelling content but also shares examples of people who are doing a good job with each suggestion.

 

These ideas can be used for content curators as well - to create buzz and build an audience, providing "context" is what sets you apart from others - these tips are ways to accomplish that.

 

"Connecting ideas and people -- how talk can change our lives".

 

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

 

**. Make digestible bits of advice in micro-interactions gain big impact. Kellye Crane built a community for #soloPR practitioners off a Twitter chat filled with useful advice.

 

** Create a new list. People like to see where things stack against each other. By far, the most popular list is still the one Todd And created and AdAge took over.

 

** Give away secrets and tips to help others become more effective. Adam Singer is very generous in that regard.

 

** Teach something new or from a new perspective. Kathy Sierra has been able to do that on a topic that for many was considered not quite appealing

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** Inspire people to take action and change the world. Entrepreneur Chris Guilleabeau is a good example of that.

 

** Be opinionated about future trends. That's a trait that is best exemplified by Robert Scoble.

 

** Track and review future trends from behind the scenes. A good guide is Louis Gray.

 

**Create a conversation around a social object. That's what Hugh MacLeod does.

 

** Become the expert hub on a subject matter. The consistent "go to" person for branding is the team at Branding Strategy Insider.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.conversationagent.com/]


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Barry Deutsch's comment, May 15, 2012 11:18 PM
Fully 1/3 of my business in executive search, speaking engagements, and consulting projects come directly from content curation and marketing.