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Social Media in Higher Ed Alumni Relations | Merge

Social Media in Higher Ed Alumni Relations | Merge | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

We'll discuss best practices for higher education alumni social media and which colleges are getting it right.

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This is a slideshare from @mattmcfadden. Matt spoke at Raleigh Internet Summit today about social and SEO. He mentioned MergeWeb.com, his company, figured out how to put social shares directly in an email. I've Tweeted for more on this as it sounds cool. Matt admitted they are still testing, but the ability to fire social shares without consumption of the content behind the link sounds cool.

Thoughts this slideshare was well done. I like the idea of social as only as good as the fit for your audience. I think this is true and points to the need for persona and segmentation work.

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Iceberg Effect - A Marin Must Read Sentence

Iceberg Effect - A Marin Must Read Sentence | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The Iceberg Effect is why you may not know what you don't know when marketing online. This Curagami post shares how to avoid becoming an online Titanic.

Learn about The Iceberg Effect on our latest Curagami post:
http://www.curagami.com/featured/iceberg-effect-internet-marketing/

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Burn Down Your Website: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto

Burn Down Your Website: Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Why we need to become the best Sisyphusian stone rollers in the world:

* Internet marketing means change at ever faster rates forever.
* The Web IS so changing US is what we control & no more.
* Internet marketing isn't what you think.
* Most important idea is to KEEP testing, trying and listening.
* Master objective is & will always be creation of sustainable online community.

What about you? How has working online changed you? Share on G+, in comments on Scoop.it or email martin(at)Curagami.com.

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Leaving the "Tweak Wonderland" is the first step
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Social Shopping: Why Internet Marketing Is A Game - New @HaikuDeck & Book Outline

Social Shopping: Why Internet Marketing Is A Game - New @HaikuDeck & Book Outline | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Social Shopping
This new Haiku Deck is an outline for a book we hope to write over the next few weeks. I'm headed to Ohio State for several weeks of treatment at the james Cancer Center and NO WAY I sit on the bench during November (not going to happen).

If you would like to help PLEASE DO SO (lol). Many ways you can help including:

* Writing content to be included.
* Suggesting resources.
* Suggesting great interviews.
* Reading and editing (need lots of help there :).

I'm lucky to have smart, giving friends who I regularly TEST, a test they've never failed. Hope you will join me for the Social Shopping book writing journey. Writing and publishing a book is on my bucket list and I get things on that list DONE :). M (with help, lots of help) 

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3 Myths About the Efficacy of Gamification - Gamification Co

3 Myths About the Efficacy of Gamification - Gamification Co | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
There's a lot of misinformation on how gamification is supposed to work and I'm going to dispel some of those ideas.
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THINK Like A Marketing Pro: 5 Secret Tips via @HaikuDeck

THINK Like A Marketing Pro: 5 Secret Tips via @HaikuDeck | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
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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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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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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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.

Shoppers, Web Designers & Marketers Share Your Story:
http://www.curagami.com/featured/burn-your-website-down/

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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.

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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
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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.

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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, 12:10 PM

Great tips to fix your blog.

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

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Burn Down The House: Tapping Marketing's Big Bang

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Burn Down The House
Driving to #columbusohio to go to +OhioStateMed again tomorrow I realized my idea for a book based on social shopping sucks. What we need is a new Cluetrain Manifesto, a no holds barred howl at the moon riff on the marketing revolution happening NOW. Apologize for being such a wimp yesterday, won't happen again :). M

Marketing's Big Bang Manifesto
https://plus.google.com/102639884404823294558/posts/Tf9GNsX35qn

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Visual Guide for Social Media Networks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Visual Guide for Social Media Networks [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

This great infographic features tips for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr,  Pinterest, Instagram, and Vine.


Check it out at http://www.pagemodo.com/blog/the-2014-visual-guide-for-social-media-networks-infographic/


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Via Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Great tips and factoids in this SMM summary infographic.

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No Boxes's curator insight, November 10, 1:35 PM

Tips for using #social media platforms.

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#SEOLocal #SocialMediaTools

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, November 11, 3:27 AM

Some of the figures in the data can be mind boggling. 350 million photos a day?

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Holidays Are Hot: 5 Holiday Website Design Tips via @HaikuDeck

Holidays Are Hot: 5 Holiday Website Design Tips via @HaikuDeck | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
This holiday selling season (2014) will happen as close to real time as any thanks to the social / mobile web. Listening and curating are going to be important, but so is tapping the nostalgia and spirit of the season in creative and collaborative ways.
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Don’t Just Curate Content, Harvest it | Sandhill

Don’t Just Curate Content, Harvest it | Sandhill | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Harvesting Content via Curation
This is a great if somewhat complicated (to understand) post via my friend and great G+ curator @MarkTraphagen. I'm working on creating a matrix of their suggestions in order to show how I use Scoop.it to achieve them with ease and efficiency.

Stay tuned. Marty

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Will 3D Printing Change Our World? Yes How? Great Question...

Will 3D Printing Change Our World? Yes How? Great Question... | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

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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malek's curator insight, October 30, 7:21 AM

What a great story of the startup in pursuit of printing the legend, turning myth to reality.  

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

Severe Marketing: How A Single Word Sells NyQuil via @Curagami | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Severe Marketing shares how P&G creates 360 degree brand marketing & how you and your website can too.
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No Trends or Fads Says Dieter Rams via @HaikuDeck by G. McGuickin

No Trends or Fads Says Dieter Rams via @HaikuDeck by G. McGuickin | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

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]

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

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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!
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