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Trending Vs. Best Sellers via @Curagami

Trending Vs. Best Sellers via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Trending AND Best Sellers
Good idea to have TRENDING and BEST SELLERS categories. B2B SaaS companies may not have "best seller". "May not" because we believe every online marketing team should have an ecommerce store, but few B2B marketers take us up on that belief.  

Trending  is what is happening NOW. Best Sellers are what has happened over a longer period (say a month, quarter or year). Trending is a great word since it implies the influence of the "mob". 

The best "trending" is where the guts of the trending engine is shared and easy to see. Digg's voting engine or Facebook's thumbs up / down make it easy to SEE the tribe and their votes.

We added Trending as a category today, but are manually calculating what should be in the category form Google Analytics. Better to automate it all and then share what you automated. If you count sales, shares and subscriptions (immediately after)  TELL YOUR CUSTOMERS and they will give you the kind of feedback your system needs.

If you aren't that sophisticated yet do something like what we are doing. Share your GA results so customers know how you are calculating "trending" (reminds us we need to add that). Not as good as trending based on easy to SEE feedback loops, but trust creating nonetheless.  

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10 Tips To Increase Content Marketing Engagement via Biznology [+7 @Scenttrail tips]

10 Tips To Increase Content Marketing Engagement via Biznology [+7 @Scenttrail tips] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Marty Note
I like Biznology's 3 Tips to increase engagement so much I added a few:

Biznlogy

1. Ask Questions, Respond to Answers

2. Personalize

3. Test ‘Em

Scenttrail
4. Curate Simple (i.e. not mean) controversy.
5. Curate Social Content.
6. Tap Branded Content (manufacturers or gurus).

7. Polls and Surveys.
8. Guest Posts.
9. Ambassadors.
10. Test for Engagement with new KPIs

Controversy
When Moon-Audio.com ask their customers Fostex or Audese? They got headphone lovers to weigh in on what they like about their favorite brands and why. This kind of simple controversy is great for creating online community since it doesn't destroy the "we are in this together" feeling.

Curate
When site sponsors and owners use THEIR content (User Generated Content) that action says, "We listen" more clearly than words. Follow those who follow you on social media and curate their content into your streams, websites and blogs with permission and attribution to increase engagement. Nothing like using what they've shared in a material way to prove the value you place in sharing.

Tap Branded Content
When you use a Seth Godin riff or TED talk you increase authority and authority helps promote engagement.

Polls & Surveys
When in doubt ASK and publish results. We are bench mark seeking machines we humans so always share results and incorporate results into blog posts and website content to reinforce value you place in those who vote (see #5).

Guest Posts
When you ask someone to help out you prove how much you value others. Your community grows when its open to outside influence. Salesforce increased blog traffic by 1,000% when they asked for guest posts. Guest posts have high built in engagement too since the writer is sure to share with his/her social net.

Ambassadors
We are big believers in ASKING FOR HELP. Inside your traffic 1% wants to share high value UGC, 9% will vote and share that content too so find your 10% Ambassadors and ask for their help.

Testing for Engagement
We need new Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that value UGC, shares, likes and links. If your content is creating engagement double down. If not review these 10 tips and test something new. Make sure your "winner" metrics include KPIs that speak to core content marketing and engagement values such as time on site, shares, comments, likes and links.





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Thomas Faltin's comment, October 13, 2014 3:24 PM
Martin, thanks for sharing!
malek's curator insight, October 15, 2014 6:42 PM

People intuitively perceive the strength in numbers, and take comfort in the company of others. Did I mention Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter...?

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Content Curation Next Big Thing or Temp? Content Curation Survey 2014

The results of the content curation survey 2014. Get the insights on the content curation industry. 282 people took part in this survey.

Marty Note
I contributed to Christian's survey and love seeing the results. Scoop.it is the clear "tool" favorite and it was interesting to see how other content curators treat something team Curagami (http://www.Curagami.com ) believes will be a huge help because:

Why Content Curation Rocks
* Ability to test content before risking it on model websites.
* Creates community.

* Great source of UGC (User Generated Content).
* Proves you listen at least as much as you talk.
* Increases social shares and so SEO.

* CHEAP when compared to content curation.
* Greater reach faster than content creation.

That last bullet is an idea we stumbled on. Content creation always starts from zero. YOU have to push the ball up the hill. Content curation starts further because you are using someone's content. Your share already has momentum since it has been shared before.

@Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.comjust wrote a great post for Curagami about why content curation is critical for B2C merchants: http://www.curagami.com/featured/content-curation-7-things-merchants-must-know/

Appreciate being included in Christian's survey and found results fascinating and true to my online content curation experiences.

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A Vs. B Conversations = Simple Social Enagement via @Moon_Audio

A Vs. B Conversations = Simple Social Enagement via @Moon_Audio | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Time for a game of Versus!

Fostex versus Sennheiser... Who makes the best headphones? GO!


Friends at http://www.Moon-Audio.com make the best audio cables in the world. Their cables connect to headphones and earphones and passions run HIGH where people's music and gear are concerned.

See Moon Audio's Fostex vs. Sennheiser Question Here
on.fb.me/1uOFvEv

That link takes you to Moon Audio's Facebook page where use of vs. prompts passionate shares and stories of experience and joy. Great simple idea to promote engagement, garner User Generated Content and learn how your customers really FEEL about the brands you sell.

We are working on a vs. tool for Curagami (http://www.curagami.com ) our marketing tool suite meant to create exactly the kind of community Moon Audio is generating right now thanks to a simple "vs." question.

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Evolution of Web Design & Marketing Infographic via @Curagami

Evolution of Web Design & Marketing Infographic via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Pushing web design forward too fast blows up trust from internal stake holders and visitors. There is an organic path the journey to online community takes.
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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, July 3, 2014 12:07 AM

Marty I agree. So many businesses still think "Build it and they will come".
The website gets built, they spend thousands promoting it and doing social media and yes the visitors come. One small problem no one discussed with the website development company or budgeted for follow up analytics and review of the design and content to see what changes can be made to improve the ux. So many visitor never comes back and that's where the problem is with most websites. Percentage of return visitors is key.

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Create MOVEMENTS Not Yet One More Meaningless Promo - Here's How and Why

Create MOVEMENTS Not Yet One More Meaningless Promo - Here's How and Why | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Movements THEN Campaigns within Movements
http://www.crowdfunde.com
 earned its first paycheck today as we begin to help our friends at http://www.moon-audio.com create an "umbrella" movement to create online community, improve SEO, win hearts and minds and convert more visitors to customers and customers to advocates and supporters. 

This G+ post shares much of what we discussed today about the advantages of creating a movement in a socially connected mobile time. If you love music hope you will jumpin and help us create Music Is A Movement's pieces such as:

* Our ASK for UGC (User Generated Content) such as what is your favorite music? Why? What is your favorite gear? Why? 
* Stories are going to be important. What is best way to ask for them?
* Arresting visuals are going to be important, where to we find them. 
* How can we create CONTENT to support an abstract, personal and short lived (music) to shareable content (vids, pics, stories)?  
* What is best way to connect tribe members.
* What are our KPIs. 

Going to be fascinating to use our new tools for the first time to help Moon Audio change the world a little by developing a MOVEMENT and then positioning their marketing inside the movement's context and ever evolving User Generated Content boundaries.  

What about you? How do you win hearts and minds with your #Interntmarketing.  

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Brands Under ATTACK: 5 Ninja - ScentTrail Marketing

Brands Under ATTACK: 5 Ninja - ScentTrail Marketing | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Brands are under attack by 5 Ninja: clean slate, social media, death of old media, mobile & User Generated Content. How can you defeat attacking Ninja horde if your brand is a leader? How can you add speed and fury to the attack if your brand isn't the leader? 

Added an introduction from my friend Mark Traphagen.

Ninja are attacking brands NOW on Scenttrail Marketing:
http://www.scenttrail.com/brands-attack-5-ninjas/  

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How To Create Binge Worthy Content & Why That's Important

How To Create Binge Worthy Content & Why That's Important | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Netflix data shows a propensity for "binge watching". How do we create content marketing to encourage a binge?


This Haiku Deck shares tips on how to make your content marketing "binge friendly". 

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Tagmotion's curator insight, January 15, 2014 6:33 PM

Great insight that binge viewing is a big part of 'how we watch'. Could be an opportunity for Tagmotion, to promote multiple programs quickly by  opening up highlights (within programs) for sharing..

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Creating Hero's Journey Websites: Using Storytelling To Improve Your Online Marketing

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An introduction to the "Hero's Journey" method of storytelling Your product or services will likely solve a problem for your customers,  

No matter how boring you view this product, it sits within a ‘story arc’ that can always be made interesting to consumers facing the challenges that it solves.


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Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Creating Hero's Journey Websites
I'm a big Joseph Campbell fan and this piece does a good job of explaining and then applying the Hero's journey to business narrative. The hero's journey is all around us all the time (as the piece implies).

UGC (User Generated Content) is my favorite place to find the hero's journey. Customers will share the same kind of dragon fighting stories faced by our young hero in the example in this post IF you ask for feedback, prize the feedback you receive and gamify UGC enough so that it is clearly important.

Gamification is  another favorite tactic to solidify the hero's journey. Nothing like a little competition to increase the challenge and produce amazing results fast. The other point this piece misses is WHO is the hero of your journey.

I like to design websites where YOU (the visitor) are the hero. Visitors become heroes by sharing, finding "like me" tribes and figuring out the environment well enough to suggest improvements. The more your website creates a hero's journey the more fascinating and experiential it becomes.

If fascinating and experiential sound like good things congratulations you are on a hero's journey.

More On GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/apVB5CabhxB

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Nick Simonton's curator insight, September 24, 2013 12:42 PM

Old as time, the "Hero's Journey" has guided many in writing screenplays and books. It's the standard story we all know and love -- perhaps injecting some of it into your routine isn't a bad idea.

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, September 24, 2013 5:24 PM
Great Malek Scoop and Nick Simonton comment. This is a favorite topic. Nick I was scheduled to attend McKee's Story seminar last year and then got sick and could go, but still on my bucket list to attend. Marty
Bad Spoon's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:21 AM

Une nouvelle présentation pas à pas du "Voyage du Héros", la technique de storytelling la plus efficace à ce jour

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Other People's Content WINS [VIDEO]

Other People's Content WINS [VIDEO] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
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Community & OPC
After a great #CMGRhangout with @AllyGreer from Scoopit and Tim McDonald (@tamcdonald) from the Huffington Post on Friday I followed up with this post about OPC - Other People's Content.


Tim made an interesting distinction in our Hangout between UGC (User Generated Content) and OPC (Other People's Content). This post follows up with notes on places to find OPC and its overwhelming value.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, May 26, 2013 2:14 PM
Thanks for the Rescoop Michel. Marty
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SEO and The New Now

SEO and The New Now | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Thinking of the increasing importance of NOW I set out in search of the New Now. The New Now changes the way we think about content.


Instead of working from evergreeen conent OUT to NOW we must move backwards because NOW is the biggest gear in any content marketing engine now. This piece explores the implications of the New Now on SEO and content marketing. 

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