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Story About Storytelling, FedEx & Time via @Curagami

Story About Storytelling, FedEx & Time via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Story may be the most important but least understood online marketing word there is. Understand why storytelling is "beyond important" for web marketing.
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5 Web Writing TIps Create Trust, Loyalty & Conversations via @Curagami

5 Web Writing TIps Create Trust, Loyalty & Conversations via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Use These 5 Web Writing Tips To Crate Trust & Loyalty

1. Use Bullet Points To Introduce Sub-Heads.

2. Short sentences.

3. Small paragraphs.

4. Be Specific.

5. Ask questions & leave room for User Generated Content.

Great copy creates community and your website is about to need COMMUNITY most of all (why we are creating Curagami).

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, June 10, 2014 3:16 PM

"Web writing is more Hemingway than Faulkner."

malek's curator insight, June 10, 2014 6:26 PM

Using anchor text links is life saving on the web. Isn't it?

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, June 10, 2014 8:05 PM

Excellent post Malek!

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The $20M Content Review Opportunity No One Wants - ScentTrail White Paper

The $20M Content Review Opportunity No One Wants - ScentTrail White Paper | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

THE Content Review Goldmine
I love to debate the differences between B2C and B2B Internet marketing. When I left my Director of Ecommerce position to become Dir of Marketing for Atlantic BT, Raleigh's largest web and software development agency, I heard about how different B2C (what I knew) and B2B were from one another. 

Yeah not so much. 

Timing is different, but not as different as you think. B2C only SEEMS like their transactions are immediate. On the Ecom site I managed at this time of year we would expect 3 to 4 visits before a purchase. 

The summer is slow for most B2C Holiday-oriented websites, but Christmas happens on Google right now. The snap shot from the summer is what controls the fall so Christmas gets earlier and earlier for most ecommerce merchants. 

Big ticket B2B selling is more relationship based. You can translate that last sentence to mean more visits and so content plays a key role in building the relationship over time and converting the sale (even though connecting the top of a B2B websites funnel with the bottom can be a challenge). 

I developed this analysis for Bazaar Voice, still a favorite tool despite their turning down Cure Cancer Starter for assistance via their nascent foundation. I wanted to alert Bazaar Voice that there is a business AT LEAST as big as the one they are managing now (about $40M topline) in content reviews. 

They didn't buy it. I think they missed a huge new market. Content marketers have "products" too. Our products are the content we create. Reviews generated more engagement than "comments" and reviews are already half way to gamification. 

Why haven't B2B content marketers flocked to Bazaar Voice? Because they don't know what they don't know and, oh btw, B2B is so different than B2C. 

Yeah not so much. 

Read this "white paper" analysis and see if you don't think there is a sizable business sitting on the ground waiting to be picked up.  

 

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Thought Leaders Share Content Marketing & Curation

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Lee Odden CEO at Toprankblog interviewed 10 thought leaders on content marketing and curation. The article was published one year ago but is still really relevant, probably even more. I love the approach of Brian Solis who asks the good questions :

"Obviously you (as a company) have something to contribute, something to say, something of value to offer which is mostly likely why you’re in business. I need to hear about that."

 

Curation offers the opportunity to settle this dialogue between a brand and its users, becoming always more engaging. It's not enough to be here, you have to be here to say. As says Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at @marketingprofs, "All organizations are now publishers — meaning, the company with the most engaging and interesting content is the one who wins."




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janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 1:00 PM
@Internet Billboards
Getting ready to launch in the next couple of weeks - it's way more than a blog:-) I will be writing original articles as well as curating. Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it.
Robin Good's comment, December 4, 2011 1:53 PM
Hi Jan, thank you for sharing this. :-)

I wanted to let you know that your last link, the bit.ly one isn't good. It has an extra square bracket at the end making it unusable.

Also: I think it would be very appropriate when curating something that is over a year old to say so explicitly as it is an extra element of immediate evaluation for the reader.

Keep it up!
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:32 PM
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Hi Robin,

Thanks for letting me know about the link, I just fixed it.

I will add your revision to the post, you're absolutely right, an oversight here:-)
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Leveraging Influential Customers: Your Most Important Online Marketing #Infographic

Leveraging Influential Customers: Your Most Important Online Marketing #Infographic | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

As a business, one of the most effective ways to gain traction and visibility is through a strategically planned marketing and/or public relations campaign. But did you know that your customers can be just as effective?

Customers can be more influential than ever these days, thanks to social networks and the internet. In fact, the average customer has a reach of 42 people for each positive experience or engagement with your company online. That means if you have only 200 customers who are brand advocates, you have a potential customer reach of 8,400!

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An important Infographic and idea. At our Durham, NC based startup Curagami we see the next phase of web development as devoted to learning how to empower, listen to and benefit from the kind of leverage ONLY customers provide such as:

* User Generated Content - the most valuable content you can't buy.

* Social shares and its help with seo, traffic and profits.

* Brand advocacy and word-of-mouth advertising.

* Brand shaping via listening and curation of content created by influential customers.

Last night I realized I needed to order boxer shorts as all of this travel, I'm currently in Columbus Ohio, is putting a strain on a limited supply. Instead of buying Joe Boxer boxers I went to a site and made a cancer survivor design.

The first product I created, Poetryslam Magnetic Word Game (c. 1999), took six months and $10,000. Last night I created a line of boxer shorts for $100 and an hour of my time using drag and drop tools.

Put that experience in the context of this excellent infographic about the power of your influential customers to arrive at the game plan we suggest to B2C ecommerce and B2B content marketing partners daily:

* Create an Ambassadors Program as the foundation of online community.
* Empower Ambassadors with social tools.
* Feature great Ambassadors to create healthy competition.

* Reward Ambassadors with social listening, support and inclusion.

* ASK for help.
* Rinse and Repeat.

Find ways to listen, curate and feature your customer's input and social shares to make your online marketing easier, more fun and sustainable.


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B2C vs. B2B Marketing Myths ScentTrail Marketing

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Myths Cost Internet Marketers Money
I'm not a big myth believer. As a former Director of Ecommerce and now Marketing Director for Raleigh's leading software and web development company Atlantic BT I tend to believe in metrics and experience.

When I left e-commerce to become a B2B marketer I heard a persistent myth - that B2B marketing was dramatically different than B2C. After two years this post argues there is NO DIFFERENCE between the core of B2B and B2C marketing.

Just FEELS different :).

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Tuyo Isaza's curator insight, July 18, 2013 9:35 PM

LONG READ, BUT WORTH IT

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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

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This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.

 

 


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Rise of Great Content Curators

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This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.


Rian speaks for many of us who are overwhelmed, overloaded with content that gives us no value at all. This is the problem

 

"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"'


Here's what caught my attention:


****The wells of attention are being drilled to depletion by linkbait headlines, ad-infested pages, “jumps” and random pagination, and content that is engineered to be “consumed” in 1 minute or less of quick scanning – just enough time to capture those almighty eyeballs[2]. And the reality is that “Alternative Attention sources” simply don’t exist.


The Scoopit team agrees!


My input:


****The Opportunity: This is the time for all good curators to come forward - 2012 will be the year of the content curator -


**Know your audience

**Know their pain points

**Find and select the best content, add your own opinions, information or anything that will provide more value for your audience

**Select only the best content, don't just aggregate links that add to the noise

**Become a trusted resource - many opportunities will come to you, it's your time to shine


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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/tF0opI]



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Karen Dietz's comment, December 4, 2011 12:23 PM
Great post and comments Jan! Looking forward to 2012.
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:59 PM
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Thanks Karen! 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of us!!
Gust MEES's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:39 AM

Quality Matters!

A MUST read!!!

Check also:

http://www.scoop.it/webwizard

http://www.scoop.it/t/the-scoop-it-spotlight

http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/11/30/lord-of-curation-series-gust-mees/