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SEO: What Is THEIR Rank Telling You - Curagami

SEO: What Is THEIR Rank Telling You - Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

How Their Rank Teaches You SEO Lessons
SEO: Their Rank Talks To You, but are you listening, emulating category leaders and finding ways to disrupt your space to win hearts, minds and loyalty online is the "new SEO". 

So if your question is, "You talking to ME?" and you are asking Google the answer is YES.  

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Updated this post with a PageRank is Dead note from my friend Mark Traphagen. 

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Scoopit Makes Content Curation & Content Marketing Easy

Scoopit Makes Content Curation & Content Marketing Easy | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Why You Must Curate Content
Scoop.it is a great tool we've used for years. We finally had a chance to use the easy to use and understand feed embed tool. The ability to easily add feeds into your blogs and websites means content curation is easy to create and add into your content marketing mix. 

The linked post explains why content curation is a MUST. Content curation is less expensive, has more reach and develops more community than content creation alone. We seen the damage pushing more content with less support can create in engagement and SEO. 

Don't do that (push content at the expense of curation) is our best online marketing advice. 

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Neil Ferree's comment, June 14, 1:50 PM
You're so right @Martin (Marty) Smith and its especially true when you "marry" a SlideShare Deck to Scoop.it as I mentioned in this G+ Post https://goo.gl/YgR2j6
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Community Lessons: @Medium Is The Message: What eRetailers Sell via @ScentTrail

Community Lessons: @Medium Is The Message: What eRetailers Sell via @ScentTrail | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Medium Is The Message
We may have read a better explanation of Curagami’s raison d’être than Medium founder Ev Williams, but we don’t remember when. Ev’s discussion of the move from widget focus (adding features) to the Jungian thing – helping customers self actualize and so become more actualized in turn – is an ecommerce must read. 

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Stop Making Sense To Win Online via @Curagami

Stop Making Sense To Win Online via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Burn Down Your House
Talking Heads know an important internet marketing truth – sometimes you need to put on a big suit, jump around and burn down your web marketing house.


Watch David Byrne carefully. Everything happening is practiced but not stale, choreographed but spontaneous and crazy & planned. If there is a better example for where our near real time, content, community and commerce online world is going we don't know it.

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Discover Blue Oceans: FedEx Ecom Summit 4.16, Atlanta

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Journey To Unique & Uncontested
We are presenting ideas to a group of about 100 SMBs in Atlanta on 4.16. The BIG IDEA is don't attempt to play a sequential, incremental improvement game. That dog doesn't hunt anymore.

Discover BLUE OCEANS where you can create Unique and Uncontested business models that rule, evolve and win hearts, minds and loyalty fast and over time.

How can you discover Blue Oceans in your business vertical? We suggest "Disruption for Dummies" where you combine 2 or all of these surfable trends:

* Appification.

* Gamification.
* Social Shopping Nowists.
* Friends of Friends Marketing.

* Community.

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Hero Marketing: How SMBs Can Compete With Amazon - New @HaikuDeck via @Scenttrail

Hero Marketing: How SMBs Can Compete With Amazon - New @HaikuDeck via @Scenttrail | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Hero Marketing combines passion, customer focus, exponential thinking and the creation of movements to help Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) compete with Amazon.

Created this new Haiku Deck for a conference in Baltimore sponsored by FedEx on 2.26.

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Content Marketing's Soul: Twitter's Founder Gives Content Marketers Best Advice Ever w/ Thanks To @CendrineMedia

Content Marketing's Soul: Twitter's Founder Gives Content Marketers Best Advice Ever w/ Thanks To @CendrineMedia | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Content marketers tend to attack the work like kids at a sundae bar – scooping up as many toppings as they can to have the most or best creation. Avoid the ice cream sundae syndrome with these steps inspired by Twitter’s founder.

Marty Note
Thanks to my friend and uber-curator Cendrine Marrouat I found this excellent Content Marketing Institute post about the nature of content marketing revealed by startup master Ev Williams.

I agree the Ev Williams quote is an important piece of startup Zen, but find the post's laboring application to content marketing strained. I do agree we content / Internet markets have the shinny lure syndrome.

We (marketers) are like hungry trout clustered together in a fast moving stream darting out for the next new bait an action made all the more frenzied by its proximity to the judging chorus of other trout. Truth is rarely so shinny, easy to digest and so hard to throw off.

Truth is listening + learning + bold risk taking = success. Listening to customers has never been easier or done do badly. Listening thanks to our mobile / social / connected world is EASY to do and remains hard to BELIEVE.

Listening must be matched with learning. Learning too has never been easier or harder to believe. We SEE the patterns, hear the customer and yet we do not SEE or understand. As good as the post is it also provides an example into our greatest problem.

Content marketing is flawed. Content marketing speaks too much ans listens too little. Content Marketing hasn't received Mark Schaefer's Content Shock memo (http://www.businessesgrow.com/2014/01/06/content-shock/ ).

We marketers can't get there (sustainable online community) from here (content marketing). The challenge in creating an "institute" is the isolation and over emphasis such emphasis creates.

Agree Easier Than We Think
The beautiful thread the CMI post picks up from Ev Williams quote is business and life isn't as HARD as we imagine or think. Find a human desire, preferably one that has been around a long time, and use modern technology to make it easy and cool such as:

Need A Ride - Uber
Want to buy online instead of going to the mall - Amazon

Don't want to wait for your car in the cold - FlashValet
Social connection without computers - Android & iPhone
Social Connection - Facebook, Twitter GPlus

I would modify Ev's statement a tad:

Find a human desire and use modern MOBILE technology to make it easy and cool.

Williams "technology" was heavily weighted toward mobile, but at Curagami we see an increasing trend - cool isn't cool without some mobile aspect. Mobile First is becoming a more important statement than it original UI intent. If you are creating ANYTHING new it better play amazing on a smartphone or life will be harder.

Recently I purchased a wireless speaker from Amazon. The speaker is cool and I like having good sound when I travel. The speaker is controlled by an app on my phone.


Here's the killer thing to understand - the app DOESN'T DO ANYTHING that buttons on the speaker don't do better, but the app does NOTHING in a very cool way AND the app ties the speaker to my phone.

That tie means the speaker doubled its cool enough so that I'm mentioning it here. WITHOUT the app no way I mention it. With the app, the app that adds NOTHING, the package is cool enough to mention.

SO, lesson is find a DESIRE (by listening to customers), wipe some cool tech on it, listen to customers some more and don't forget if whatever you are making or marketing doesn't play on a smartphone then it won't exist (soon).

Thanks to @Cendrine Marrouat - SocialMediaSlant.com for curating a great post my way :). Marty

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10 Social Marketing Lessons From Banksy via @Curagami

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Banksy, a grafitti artist, is a powerful social marketer. Banksy's art blew up New York teaching ten online marketing lessons for those wise enough to see including:

  1. Live By A Single Rule: If Your Content Is Generating Shares DO MORE.
  2. Other “Control Rules” Are Gone.
  3. Use existing distribution systems, but turn them upside down.
  4. Create EVENTS and content people will CHASE and SHARE.
  5. Get THEM to do YOUR work for YOU.
  6. Keep some secrets as long as possible.
  7. Whatever happens is all good as long as Rule #1 still applies.
  8. Use the Internet and social media to amplify content & events.
  9. Define deadlines because deadlines heighten the web’s amplification.
  10. Rinse & Repeat


Are people racing around NYC to see your latest work? If no then steal some social marketing tips from one of the world's best - Banksy.

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Irina Mk's curator insight, November 25, 2014 5:16 AM

Le Marketing social selon Banksy... Règle 6 : garder des secrets le plus longtemps possible. La règle la plus importante ? Peut-être car nous avons tendance à vouloir "tout" dévoiler sur le web participatif. Mais gardons un peu de mystère.... Le mystère attire et attise la curiosité.

DareDo's curator insight, November 27, 2014 9:17 AM

J'aime bien l'idée de prendre quelqu'un de connu et d'exploiter son savoir-faire pour expliquer celui de la personne qui en parle ;-)

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6 Reasons Your Biz Blog Sucks & How To Fix

6 Reasons Your Biz Blog Sucks & How To Fix | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

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Great post by Scoop.it team. At our cool tools for ecommerce merchants startup http://www.curagami.com we see all six of these mistakes. Here are some of the ways we've helped clients fix reasons their biz blogs sucked:

  1.  No Subscription Form
    Agree with this mistake being #1 since it cuts off your Internet marketing nose to spite your face. BUT adding a subscription form can be tricky. If a client has a vast archive we always locate a large search box in their header. If NOT we  cross our fingers and put a subscription from up there.
    We HATE subscription forms in footers since it since the WRONG message. Footer forms say, "Sure you can join, but we don't care." Best location is left rail somewhere below your hero (largest image on the page is a hero) and that means your left column should be navvy (i.e. about 200 - 300 pixels and have other nuggets like social in there too). We don't like being forced right either since we read left to right so stuff on the left typically gets more "eye time". WE HATE popunders those annoying requests to join that must be cleared BUT they work with enough people that most online merchants use them. Our answer to that is if everyone jumped off a cliff would you too and then we realize we are sounding like our parents so we shut up (lol). If you have to popunder use http://rocketbolt.com/ as they are the least obnoxious popunder we've seen.

  2. Content Is Skinny & Stale
    Blogs are a commitment. The deal you make is you WILL be blogging several times a week. Break that commitment and your biz blog will suck, never receive links and so you may as well stay home and watch TV for all the good adding less than 300+ posts a year will do you. Blogging is a discipline, a habit, your routine must incorporate if you want your content marketing to mean anything to visitors not related to you. Daily blogging gets easier the more you do it, but do it you must as fresh content is a huge part of the bargain you are striking with Google when you put a website into its view. Google is important, but your customers are even more important and they believe in QDF too (Quality Deserves Freshness), so blog it out. 

  3. No Relevant CTAs
    Boy this is one of our HUGE pet peeves. If you don't have a BUTTON or LINK on your site that says the equivalent of CLICK ME THERE IS COOL STUFF HERE your biz blog sucks. CTAs are important, but you can have TOO MANY too, so strike a balance and ask for attention HERE and HERE.

  4. No Related Links
    Blogs are NASTY bad at building relevant next links. Without a plugin your blog will be backwards. Most default WordPress themes publish "archives" in reverse publishing order (most recent first). BTW, that sucks. You are better off to have related links at the bottom of a post AND create Top 5 lists across several dimensions such as popularity, most shared, most commented on, staff favorites and even bottom 5. Creating a priority list does wonders for content because it brings the MOB into play. We want to know what OTHERS think is interesting or bad or amazing. Lists work so USE 'em.
    We think of content as products. We want to merchandise, combine and suggest content just like an ecommerce merchant creates cross-sale and up-sale.

  5. Don't Leverage Analytics in PUBLIC
    I'm sitting at a Panera Bread writing this and there is a big sign sharing that the owners shared $19M with charity last year. Public feedback loops such as Top 5 ordered lists and Most Searched summaries help your visitors know you, your content and your tribe.

  6. No Social Shares or BAD Social Shares
    Wow we could write a mile on this one, but we will give you the quick version. 1. Make it easy to share every page 2. Remember you want some shares for your SITE and some for the content people are reading now and those are two different things and need two different social widgets. 3. ALWAYS include your @name in your auto-tweets and shares. 


Great post by the Scoop.iteers. Hope those ideas help you know how to fix six reasons your biz blog sucks. Time and web attention are way to valuable to ever SUCK. That is not to say we've never SUCKED (lol), but we try not to stink forever. Blog on :). M



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Marijo's curator insight, November 19, 2014 12:10 PM

Great tips to fix your blog.

If you didn't do it already do it now.

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THINK Like A Marketing Pro: 5 Secret Tips via @HaikuDeck

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Biggest challenge to great web marketing may be learning to THINK like an Internet marketer. Here are 5 Secret Tips to help you become a great IMer.
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Severe Marketing: How A Single Word Sells NyQuil via @Curagami

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Severe Marketing shares how P&G creates 360 degree brand marketing & how you and your website can too.
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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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Brand Sculpting: 5 Online Branding Tips & 10 Tools via @Curagami

Brand Sculpting: 5 Online Branding Tips & 10 Tools via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Brand Sculpting creates a brand's online community in alignment with User Generated Content, a growing tribe of advocates & trending keywords & content.

5 Tips
* 10 Tools including @Scoop.itPaper.li ( @Kelly Hungerford), Haiku Deck, G+, Pinterest & Others.
* Community & UGC.
* Digital Listening.
* Analytics.
* Moon Audio examples.

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