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How to Identify Relevant Online Influencers with These 3 Tools

How to Identify Relevant Online Influencers with These 3 Tools | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

In case you missed this article, plus infographic by Adam Vincenzini , there are some great tools for finding key influencers that can help your search in a whole new way. 

 

Here are some highlights:

 

Instead of focusing on the subjectivity of this process (and how this insight is deployed) Here's how you can use a combination of free tools to narrow your search.

 

Where do online influencers operate?


**They are active everywhere:

 

     Most popular are:

     blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Online

     communities, discussion boards

 

Assumptions:

 

**Influencers are active on Twitter

**Influencers operate some for of blogging hub

 

Focus on the intelligence you can glean from Twitter initially then verify this initial sweep with blog (or relevant hub) data

 

The initial steps involve:

 

1. Search by keyword

2. Search by location

 

3 tools useful in the process: The first two you can also search by location:

 

**followerwonk.com - then run this through another influencer tool -   

     tweetlevel to give it even more relevance (this isn't fool proof)

**locafollow.com

**twingulate.com

 

There are more suggestions in this piece having said that:

 

**No matter how hard we try, a 100% fool proof influence rating is near on impossible because influence is not a science, it can't be.

 

** this can help narrow things down, significantly

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/7humubp]


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Following 'Geography Education'

Following 'Geography Education' | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

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Just a short note to say thank you for all your great 'scoops'; I rescoop almost everything and really enjoy getting your updates!
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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 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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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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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 16, 2012 2:18 AM
Fully 1/3 of my business in executive search, speaking engagements, and consulting projects come directly from content curation and marketing.
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Take A Hike: 7 Great Social Media Tools for Outdoor Enthusiasts - Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily

Take A Hike: 7 Great Social Media Tools for Outdoor Enthusiasts - Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Any hiker will tell you: there’s nothing better than reaching the summit of a mountaintop, after hours of maneuvering treacherous terrain and, in some ca - sponsored by the social media professionals MyLife...

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How Your Brand Colors Impact Your Audience

How Your Brand Colors Impact Your Audience | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

This article and infographic posted by Chelsey Kilser and Daily Infographic and is about the of findings from Entrepreneur, TheLogoFactory and Logodesignworks. 

 

Jan Gordon:

 

Effective social business requires a strong brand message,  great content and the ability to build community through deeper engagement and is first and foremost. However, the way you package your services matters and the colors you use are very important.

 

Excerpt:

 

"Colors matter and they are one of the factors that keeps your company standing out, gives your company a voice and gives you leverage over other similar companies."

 

Here are a few takeaways:

 

**The true colors of the world's top brands:

   

     *29% use red

     *33% use blue

     *13% use yellow

     *28% use black or grayscale

 

**Good information about how people respond to different colors

 

     Here are just a few:

 

      *Red is agressive, provacative, attention-

        grabbing

 

      *Purple signifies royalty, sophistication, mystery

 

      *Black means prestige, value, timelessness

 

      *Brown is earthlike, natural, simplistic

 

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

 

See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/OjaJjM]  


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John van den Brink's comment, July 3, 2012 1:02 PM
Thanks Jan!
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12 free social media tools to make your life easier

12 free social media tools to make your life easier | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
From sharing content for your client or company to learning about tomorrow’s weather, these tools will save you time and—because they’re free—money.

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Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, July 1, 2012 5:42 AM
Glad you're finding some good stuff Steve.
steve batchelder's comment, July 1, 2012 6:22 AM
Hi Susan, Yes many thanks you find some great stuff and its great to be able to share 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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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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How to Use Social Media as a Portfolio Tool

How to Use Social Media as a Portfolio Tool | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it
Social Media is the great equalizer, and social media as a portfolio tool is a strategy you need to adopt now. (How to Use Social Media as a Portfolio Tool - There's no doubt about it.

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Are Brands Wielding More Influence In Social Media Than We Thought?

Are Brands Wielding More Influence In Social Media Than We Thought? | Creativity as changing tool | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Steve Olenski  for Forbes because it's good for B2C marketers to see the results of their social media campaigns.

 

This article is specifically aimed at B2C marketers where their consumers want instant gratification - promotions, giveaways, etc. Having said that, part of the purchasing cycle can include content in some cases depending on what you're selling and who your audience is.

 

Here are findings of a survey recently conducted by Market Force - a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions.

 

12,000 consumers in the US and UK were asked how they engaged with varying industries via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**81% of US respondents indicated posts from their friends directly influenced their purchase decision

 

**80% of respondents “tried new things based on friends’ suggestions.”

 

**78% of respondents said the posts by companies they follow on social media impact their purchases.

 

**consumers are not all that interested in content but rather want something i.e. a promotion, giveaway, etc. when it comes to social media and their favorite brands.

 

Are Brands finally "getting it" when it comes to social media?

 

**They are getting more and more cognizant of the fact that what they post, share and so on can and will impact what the end user does – in this case, make a purchase decision.

 

**out of the 12,000 who participated 75% were women. This is incredibly significant given the fact that women account for 85% of all consumer purchases

 

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

 

See full article here: [http://onforb.es/KQTqAR]


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How to use Buffer to manage your social media

How to use the buffer app to manage your social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.

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