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Likes & Dislikes About New Scoop.it UI

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A Few Days Later....

** Instead of erasing I will add to this thread so anyone who is curious can see the entire conversation. Guillaume and Scoop.it passed an important test with flying colors. They MUST continue to evolve their magical tool or its success will kill it. We, the rabid fan base, need to be heard. Both goals were achieved. Scoop.it recovered cherish features and connection to power users and the community was restored recovering any lost trust. My 3 concerns were successfully resolved:


* Loss of the leaderboard - http://www.scoop.it/leaderboard/users  (thanks to Stewart Marshal) is resolved.

* Loss of Daily Counts By Topic - True to his word Guillaume recovered this feature within hours of reading our thread. Daily counts have been added to the topic billboard.

* Not feelng valued or heard - Guillaume was eloquent and full of grace even when I wasn't, the true test of great customer service.

Well done Scoop.it! Well done Scoop.it Powerusers! Well done Scoop.it Community. Thanks to all.

Marty



***** Wow, what a fun day. If you want to see a great example of real time customer service and branding in the dgital age read the comments on this post. Appreciate Guilliaume, Robin, Michele, Stewart's magical leaderboard link and Brian's input. You guys rock so much I tossed a post up on my ScentTrial Marketing blog with my comments (in blue) for what may be the first near real time customer service branding operation ever (lol).

http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2012/07/likes-and-dislikes-about-new-scoopit-ui.html

Great comments all. Thanks. Marty


***** Note: I started this thread before sunrise Wednesday a day after Scoop.it's UI Changes. I haven't heard from anyone on the Scoop.it team, but some of the most followed and talented curators I know, trust and follow have weighed in with frustration and the kind of frustration not being included creates. I was more optimistic this morning than now at midnight, but that is the nature of most days (lol). I hope Marc's team responds soon with some desire to connect with the community that is trying to help Scoop.it become a critical tool, a magic wand with staying power. After 12 years of Interent marketing and almost 30 of marketing for companies including P&G and M&M/Mars I know that the best way to create real brand PAIN is arrogance combined with being deaf to feedback. I hope, and pray since that seems appropriate before going to sleep, Scoop.it has a better day tomorrow :). The most recent post on this thread is at the bottom. Marty

AM. Wednesday
Scoop.it is a favorite curation tool. It has rapidly become my social media hub, the place I organize the rest of my social media curation. This week Scoop.it changed their UI and won some important battles and lost a few. Here is a recap:

Winners

* UI - The new User Interface is more visual and engaging another example of visuals beating textuals and well done.

* Presentation Layer - The Scoop.it magazine format didn't change so what the customer of your curation sees remains the same also well done since changes there could rock the boat.

* SEO Layer - Scoop.it has real SEO strength. I've owned absolute #1 on Curation Revolution for over a year and you thankfully haven't changed anything there (that I can see on a quick pass). Kudos to understanding SEO as well as you do! The SEO advantage of a platform is lost on many, many are selfish about its benefits (FB and Twitter) and you aren't either SEO Stupid or selfish. KUDOS!

* Tool Layout - The functional layout of tools such as the Rescoop button is better, more clear and more visual. Harder now to get one button confused with another.


Overall I would say the behind the curtain admin experience improved with these changes.

Losers

* Trending Topics - No Visitor Counts On My Profile Anymore


Thought this was resolved, but it is not. The number is aggregate and what we need, and used to have, is today's visitor numbers by topic. That number helps manage across the 10 different topics I curate. Without knowing what is trending I might step on my own curation or not know when something is a laggard and I need to move on. Wish you would bring back the Today visitor count.


* Leaderboard - Don't See My Curator Set Anymore, Those With Visitor Numbers Around Me


http://www.scoop.it/leaderboard/users (thanks to Stewart Marshal for finding this magic link so we can all visit old friends)


One of the most motivating things was to see my immediate curation set, curators above and below my current viewer numbers. When you first launched I could see the top of the stack and that was DEMOTIVATING. Seeing how many visitors Robin or Michele have before I woke up can be intimidating and made my curation efforts feel small. I know that is goofystupid, but the human mind works in strange ways espcially regarding numbers. I used the leaderboard as a form of feedback loop too. If my day was down in viewers I checked to see if others in my set were down too. Sometimes the answer to that question was yes such as on a holiday weekend and sometimes I was lagging behind and needed to get going. I thought one of the most intelligent gamification move was showing me the views of the curators above and below as that helped motivate me to get moving without a sense of intimidation or the futility of it all. Removing that feedback has us back to the same place as when you started since My Community now shows the top of the Scoop.it stack (not where I am by far) and so it feels like the community is for uber-curators like Robin and Michele and not the little guys (like me LOL). Hope you can bring back one of the most intelligent leaderboards I've ever seen.


Summary
The fact this post is weighted toward losers is only because it takes more explanation to cover dislikes NOT because the new UI is more negative than positive. The new UI is net positive for sure, but the real time analytics and leaderboard encouragement have been harmed. Hope you can build back since my curation will be less effective and less motivated.

***** Midnight Wednesday
Robin and Michele have both checked in now and they are NOT happy. If Susan weighs in soon that it the trifecta of several of Scoop.it's top curators. I think Scoop.it is learning a tough but valuable lesson. When you create a community curation tool YOU don't own it - WE DO.

Believe me I know how confusing this can be. Sitting in your offices watching your traffic counts esclate is heady stuff, but don't be fooled. The only place Scoop.it exists is in the hearts and minds of people like Robin, Michele, Susan and me. If you make such sweeping changes without consulting the top of the stack, your power users, then the message to me is beyond clear - I matter not at all.

I pay for Scoop.it myself. My company has offered but I don't want a conflict if I leave to ride a bicycle across Canada in a year (I left my last job to ride a bicycle across America raising almost $30K for cancer research :). I view Scoop.it as important and valuable enough to pay for it myself. The $1,000 I pay you PALES in comparison to my most valuable treasure - my time. I can make more money, but making more time is impossible. As a cancer survivor when you disrespect my time, Robin's time and Michele's time you have done the equivelant of slapped me (and them) hard across the face.

I've been punched in the face before (http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2008/06/punched-in-face.html ) and it smarts and I got over it. This slap seems more painful because I'm so invested in something that apparently doesn't give a hoot about me :(. I pay you money I would otherwise donate to cancer research. I give you my most valuable non-renewable resource - my time. How is it Robin, Michele, me and others have no say, no membership worth consideration and care?

Come on Marc and Guillaume you are better than this, your team is better than this and we the users of this magic wand you've created deserve better than this. We live in a time of magic wands. The surest way to lose our hearts and minds is to slap us across the face. I would do less of that starting with NOW. I recommend creating an advisory group made up of the Robins and Micheles to help guide actions like the one you took a few days ago, guide future community revisions better going forward.

Marty


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 19, 2012 9:03 PM
Guillaume,
FYI, I just did something I've never done before - I drove a link into my profile page because it is a thing of magazine-like beauty. Figuring out how to get what I wanted in the window took a little figuring (largest image), but now I have it tuned AND I'm changing several aspects of my curation to support your new UI including:

* Shorter headlines as shorter works better in that space below the image (they work better anyway so your new UI helps do the right thing.
* Better visuals and in that 400 x 200 range. At first I was having trouble getting the image positioned where I wanted. Kept testing and found the sweet spot.
* Changed my titles to create an umbrella since now that I can see my Scoop.it sections like a magazine it makes sense to treat each section like a subsection of a larger idea (in my case Revolution).

Two things I wish I could do:

* Wish I could move boxes or create a more clear hierarchy by changing the size of 2 to 4 boxes. When everything is equal in size and the default order is yours then I can't react to the feedback loops I'm getting. This slows down my thinking of my Profile as the master magazine and the subsections, the revolutions, as pliable blocks capable of responding to what I see and what the community tells me. Today I had Mobile Revolution blow up. If I could have moved it to top left I would have pushed traffic to the profile in the hopes of helping it blow up bigger (lol).

* I tied two scoops about Facebook together today by physically moving them. Problem is that doesn't last past the next update. These two scoops form an A and B version of an "article" and need to move together across time. Curation will split them and I have to use tags to pull them back together and I haven't figured out how to use the tags yet (though I suspect there is real power in there). This ability to tie scoops together into linked groups kind of like you can do with a PowerPoint presentation or with a graphics program would help create the threads within the subsections such as:

* Apple or Android within Mobile Revolution.
* Storytelling within Curation Revolution.

These threads form the magazine within the magazine and may, at some point, earn their way out of the subsection to become a section of their own. I would use analytics to know when such a move would increase reach not split it into too many disparate pieces.

Great job with bringing back our beloved features and with this new UI. The benefits are amazing and we are just getting started. Thanks for fixing the issues with your CDN too (those can be a pain, been there, done that). Marty
Guillaume Decugis's comment, July 23, 2012 5:33 PM
Hi Marty. Thanks for the update on the post and the details on how you're using the new UI. I love the fact you're kind of "hacking" it to create additional meaning :-) Great food for thoughts for the team. I'm getting the first suggestion but the second one is unclear to me. Couldn't you do that by linking one post to the other using the permalink?
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 24, 2012 12:56 AM
Guillaume,
Instead of setting the world record for words in a comment box I posted my thoughts to ScentTrail Marketing: http://scenttrail.blogspot.com/2012/07/internet-marketing-secrets-taxonomy-seo.html .

I got into some things I've been thinking about HARD since your new UI. As a Ecommerce Director I always had trouble creating smooth transitions between content and commerce. Facebook is having much the same issue. I think Scoop.it's magazine approach could bridge the commerce / content Rubicon. Shared those thoughts as best as I could this late. Hope they help use see a piece of what I see since ye who solves this particular problem and makes it easy for content and commerce to play together stands to make a few bucks (lol). Night, Marty
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Will 3D Printing Change Our World? Yes How? Great Question...

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Print The Legend
Even if only HALF the potential of 3D printing is realized it will still be substantial. Print The Legend is a great documentary film about what may be the end of the beginning of 3D printing. The film is certainly one of the best and most accurate films about startups we've ever seen, a #mustwatch for entrepreneurs.

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Severe Marketing: How A Single Word Sells NyQuil via @Curagami

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No Trends or Fads Says Dieter Rams via @HaikuDeck by G. McGuickin

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Things that matter don't go out of style, but they can be HARD to find, remember and sustain...unless you are Dieter Rams.

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

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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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Martin, thanks for sharing!
malek's curator insight, October 15, 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 - www.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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Invisible Giant of the New SEO via @Curagami

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Invisible Giant of the New SEO shows why Google, appification, mobile and other trends are making the new SEO hard to see, understand or create tactics for.

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Red Bull Marketing Lesson: An Unfinished Sentence via @Curagami

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Red Bull Marketing Lessons
When I wrote Red Bull Branding Lessons for @ janlgordon's Curatti (http://curatti.com/red-bulls-branding-lesson-media-companies-now/ ) I had no idea Red Bull would keep teaching us how to create community and collaboration in a social / mobile / connected time.

Red Bull may be the strongest tribe creator in marketing. Why? Because they understand online community ground rules such as:

Red Bull’s Multi-Channel Content Marketing & Curation Strategy Summary

* Create community by focus on undiscovered heroes.
* Use publishing power to ntroduce and help establish new heroes.
* Tell great stories.
* Its about THEM (customers, extreme athletes, cultural icons).
* Tell amazing VISUAL stories.
* When in doubt create something new.
* Don’t worry about brand positioning.
* ASSUME audience intelligence, curiosity and technical proficiency.

Others are getting those lessons too. The Curagami post shares a West Elm example. And then Red Bull changed the game again.

Marketing To An Unfinished Sentence
In their 8/14 Red Bulletin Red Bull shows how to breathe new life into print, create multichannel marketing and engage their readers' curiosity, intelligence and technical proficiency.

Bet you love the Jenny Odell unfinished sentence as much as we did. One more important "new marketing" lesson to learn from The Bull.

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Crowdfunding: A New Marketing Channel - via @Curagami

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Crowdfunding is a new powerful marketing channel similar to what email marketing used to be - high profit, low cost with big social and UGC benefits.

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Building Links? Beware...

Building Links? Beware... | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

“Link building” as it is traditionally defined is fraught with risks, gray-hat techniques, and dangerous mistakes. Don’t approach link building in a let’s-build-some-links kind of way.

 

If you do, you’re headed for dangerous waters. Instead, consider link building as a byproduct of being a networker, a content marketer, a local expert, a personal brand, and a social animal.

 Read More: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/link-building-brand-new-website/115075/


Marty Note
When one of our friends shared his use of the disavow tool daily at a recent conference to our shocked and surprise. He went on to explain by alerting Google to spammy links coming into his content he was winning more and more SEO cred and suddenly we got it.

Acting proactively on the knowledge not all inbound links are equal or good can save some SEO PAIN.

Not all links are equal and some may be attempts to HURT your website. Knowing who is linking to you, thanking the good ones and alerting Google to your disdain for the bad ones is becoming an important "new SEO" tactic.

This post shares solid new ways to get good links in the first place and original great content is you best friend on that mission. What it doesn't share is the cost of bad unsolicited links. Treat all links with care and give them with even more care.

We suggest NOT letting the spider follow your links. No Follow links protect you from having the content changed or altered after you link. Even with No Follow Links ONLY link to trusted sources so you may become an authority too.



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aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, September 21, 10:52 AM

Always a worthwhile subject... and this fro a reputable source too.

Brian Fanzo's curator insight, October 13, 1:32 PM

Great resource here... thanks Marty! 

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Why I Stopped Curating From Top Content Blogs Like Mashable

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Neil's Note
Let start off with a question: Why would you share the most popular content from high traffic content sites that most people are already reading and sharing?

Marty 's Note: Why I Stopped Curating From The Big Boys
Interesting conversation broke out on @Neil Ferree's excellent share on G+. I agree with Neil's point and have long since stopped sharing posts from Mashable et al. I've stopped curating off of "big blogs" for several reasons including:

* Find these sites stop being BLEEDING edge and became more mainstream. My tribe and I live on the razor's edge of what's next.
* I share stuff that is too middle of the road and my curation reputation takes a hit and I lose audience.
* Mostly the BIG BLOGS BORE ME now (see note below about Gwen Stefani).
* No way to add value to curation from BIG sites because a. they start from some reasonable and KNOWN place and b. they are going to get 500 comments and a million shares anyway.
* My friends aren't there anymore.

That last bullet is the most telling. I'm part of a nomadic tribe of Internet marketers. Look at http://mashable.com/ homepage today:

* Apple & U2.
* CC hacks at Home Despot.

* Gwen Stefani gives Jimmy Falon a lap dance...

BORING and CELEBRITY BORING. I don't have time to watch Jimmy Fallon (unless there is a laptop on my stomach lol) and could care less about the latest BIG whatever. That is NOT where my tribe lives.

Where My Tribe Lives - In the Desert
Imagine a long, broad desert. The sand whirls and wraps like water. It feels like you could walk for a generation before seeing anything other than what you are seeing right now. Suddenly there is an ornate tent. Inside the tent the strange is mixed with the surreal as monitors glow and keys click.

This is my tribe. Far from the celebrity obsessed too big and boring (to us) now for their own good BIG blogs we compare notes about a semantic future, community, content shock and the implications of wiki-ification and appification.

We have our own publications. We have our own tools to publish too. Tools such as Scoop.it, Haiku Deck and G+ are used in creative ways daily if only so we can smile and cheer each other on. We know and learn about what matters to us from people we've come to know, trust and love.


We don't read Mashable or HuffPost unless one of US is writing or being written about.


We LIVE, BREATHE and THINK about little else than what is glowing now in that tent in the desert where our tribe is busy clicking, thinking and changing the web and Internet marketing. These are the things we care about.

While Mashable discusses what Gwen Stefani did to Jimmy Falon we are thinking about semantic web, content marketing, curation and what Mark did to Phil (or other way around). Unless Gwen created a new startup, app or is publishing something cool and different we could care less what she did to Jimmy.

Oh & U2's new album sounds cool and we are sure we will hear it one night LATE when the desert winds blow and the only sound other than U2 is the sound of a million fingers clicking, writing, thinking, collaborating and doing.

The future is different. In the future we collaborate more and care less about the lap dance someone named Gwen gave someone named Jimmy...at least in that tent far off in the desert.




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Why you should Share Content From Lesser Known Authors?


Social media has a considerable amount of “noise”.


If you are going to be successful using content curation, then you need to be able to cut through the noise effectively.


If you are curating the same content everyone else is, from sources that everyone is already reading and sharing themselves, you end up amplifying the noise, not cutting through it.


This is how to How to Increase Your Social Media Presence 

Marco Favero's curator insight, September 18, 4:43 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

momblogger's curator insight, September 20, 11:24 AM

Why would you share the most popular content from high traffic content sites that most people are already reading and sharing??

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4 Simple Steps To A Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

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If your current blogging strategy isn't growing your online business, learn a proven method for writing one blog post that turns readers into clients.

* Forget about lead generation.
* Stand out as a problem solver.
* Apply "authority enhancers" (quote experts, books, other confirming experts).

* Make readers fall in love with you.  


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Liked @Peg Corwin note, "First step is to forget about lead generation" and agree. 

My favorite tip is the last one - make readers fall in love with you. I like little things like present tense verbs, sharing personal stories (when relevant) and being present and accounted for in social media (not phoning it in). Great Scoop by Peg, a trusted source for me. 
 

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Hint - the first step is to forget about lead generation.  

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Movement Marketing with Orate.me - via @Curagami

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Movement Marketing With Orate.me
Why startups create movements & community from organic fuel such as narrowing focus, winning hearts, minds & loyalty and building online community.

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5 Reasons @HaikuDeck Rocks Visual Marketing

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Haiku Deck Rocks Visual Marketing
If you haven't used http://www.haikudeck.com yet you should. Mark Traphagen turned me on to it and it is the best visual marketing tool out there. Here are 5 reasons we love Haiku Deck:

* SO EASY - the creators of Haiku Deck may have made the easiest to use tool on the plant.
* Free - Amazingly the tool is FREE (at the moment).
* Visual Marketing - we use the tool to find images from the Creative Commons. Content marketing is hampered without great images & Haiku Deck helps you find 'em.
* Their Community - great marketers creating awesome decks makes the Haiku Deck community one of our favorites (right up there with Scoop.it).
* Their team - the Haiku Deck team is responsive, social and they want to help.

If you aren't using this awesome content marketing tool yet, you should be.

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Leveraging Influential Customers: Your Most Important Online Marketing #Infographic

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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!

Marty Note
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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Share Your Website Pain Story Burn Down Your Website via @Curagami

Share Your Website Pain Story Burn Down Your Website via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Mobile makes web design game-like & collaborative. Learn how mobile impacts web design & shoppers & marketers share your favorite website pain story.

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http://www.curagami.com/featured/burn-your-website-down/

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malek's curator insight, October 18, 10:16 AM

a novel idea for a chronic pain. Support group therapy on Curgami

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Content Marketing: Don't Over Plan - via @Curagami

Content Marketing: Don't Over Plan - via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Over Planning Can KILL Your Content Marketing
We see a lot of experts, gurus and people who should know better sharing yesterday's advice. We've read thousands of words about the importance of goal setting, planning and objectives for content marketing.

People talk about creating content marketing calendars and planning everything to within an inch of your life. Good luck with that. Might have worked 3 years ago, but today's social / mobile / connected world means you need to become a NOWIST.

This Curagami post embeds the influential Joy Ito TED talk about becoming a Nowist by pulling from the network to meet demand. Your content needs to do the same.

AND You need to digitally listen. We riff a few paragraphs about what it means to digitally listen such as FOLLOWING those who follow you, Retweeting and curating content from your customers and brand advocates.

Next time you read 1,000 words on planning your "content calendar" STOP and read this Curagami post so you don't over plan your content marketing.

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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, October 15, 1:29 PM

Great post and insight by @Martin (Marty) Smith sure to help you with your content marketing.

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QDF - Quality Deserves Freshness & "Fixing" An Editorial Mistake

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What Is QDF
Google has a favorite core concept - Quality Deserves Freshness. The concept changes content marketing in many ways such as:

* Content is publish & done.
* Content that sparks comments is prized.

* Content that promotes links and shares is good.

* Static Content is bad.

On Monday I made an editorial mistake. @Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.comwrote a great guest blog post for Curagami about content curation. My mistake was building a reference into an embedded slide deck in the title.

That editorial decision assumes too much. Any post MUST live up to its title and this one DID if a reader looked at Cendrine's great slides. If you didn't it was confusing. I added to the confusion by using a numbered list in the title and then NOT numbering the tips contained in Cendrine's slides.

We received a comment noting the dissonance my editorial decisions made. NOW WHAT DO YOU DO? Change the title back to Cendrine's better title and destroy the ripples the post earned. Change the blog title without changing the URL and Google sees and punishes the dispariety.

Better to ADD CONTENT IN because of QDF. I wrote in a couple of hundred words and re-shared the post on social as an object lesson in my need to become a better editor and QDF. NEVER take something away from Google they've indexed, has been shared or is inside your website's modeled evaluation.

Taking things away creates suspicion. Adding in new content helps with QDF and provides a new hook to share on social. QDF can be helped by:

* Comments.
* Feeds (if structured and embedded properly).
* Curation (of comments or other material).
* User Generated Content (UGC) such as social shares, comments, reviews and forms.

* Questions - great because "new to them" evergreen content promotes UGC for years.

* Polls - voting brings customers back and creates new social share hooks too.

If this information sounds like you really can't "fix" an editorial mistake as much as you create, curate and surf you way out of it you understand implications of QDF. Content in Google land is forever, but content in the new QDF world isn't static, unchanging and inviolate either.

Promise to write a post on QDF and how Google's search for the latest greatest and most relevant content means your content marketing needs to shift from "publish and done" to "publish, curate and publish again".


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When Future Knocks Answer Door via @CendrineMedia

When Future Knocks Answer Door via @CendrineMedia | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Thanks to @Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.comI got into a riff about how #contentcuration is leading a new train. The train's name is community and those who get on, or those who answer the future knocking, will succeed. Those who don't won't.

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Don't Get Sued! Use Canva To Create Creative Commons Images for Your Blog

Don't Get Sued! Use Canva To Create Creative Commons Images for Your Blog | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Find the best royalty free images for your blog posts and learn how to make them stand out from the crowd using the simple online graphic design tool Canva.

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Finding creative commons images can be a pain so I'm willing to give Canva a try.

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18 Apps Inspire Creativity In Your Everyday Life - Huffington Post

18 Apps Inspire Creativity In Your Everyday Life - Huffington Post | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Mobile devices like iPads and Androids have transformed the way we experience boredom. No longer is a wayward commuter forced to play Snake or Tetris, occupying themselves in a hardly satisfying, and utterly pixelated virtual reality. The tablet or smart phone-wielding travelers can now immerse themselves in an entire library of art and culture-related distractions, finding solace in everything from a Vincent van Gogh game to a digital version of the Louvre.




Via John Evans, massimo facchinetti, malek
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

I'm going to use Field (turns pictures into sound) and Geo Street App (find graffiti art). 


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Pavel Liser's curator insight, October 13, 3:51 AM
It's one of those #AutumnDays, when you need one of these apps :)
Techstore's curator insight, October 13, 6:35 AM

18 Apps that will Inspire Creativity in your Everyday Life.

#business #apps #technology

Kamian's curator insight, October 14, 8:53 AM

(ENG) 18 Impresionantes aplicaciones que convertirán tu Ipad en una genial herramienta creativa y artística.