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

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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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Why Content Gets Shared: Content Marketing Social Mentions Study

Why Content Gets Shared: Content Marketing Social Mentions Study | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Content Marketing 101 "Wow you create a lot of content," a friend said at lunch yesterday. I felt the need to apologize (again). "I love Internet marketing,
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Why Content Gets Shared
Turns out our gut instincts about content marketing are correct. The TOOLS we use and the content we curate and create make a difference in the amount and velocity of our social shares.

Tools such as Scoop.it and your blog are indispensible say the results from a 30 day in depth view of @ScentTrail mentions on Topsy. Type of content also matters.

Infographics, SEO and my trusty ScentTrail Daily Paper.li generate the most mentions. Friends also matter.

#4 on the mentions list is group tweets from friends with thanks or best wishes for the weekend. Staying connected and sharing are critical to successful content marketing.

Interesting bottom line is a confirmation of what all content marketers know to be true. Confirmation of the fact that content gets shared is in the numbers. I don't curate or create 30 pieces of content a day (well not on most days lol) and I've certainly NEVER created 66 (most mentions in a single day in this study.

These numbers confirm what we know - content gets shared and explains what types of content is most likely to generate shares and what tools to use to promote shares.

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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:34 PM

Marty thanks for sharing this study. In the world of online social sharing we need to rethink of the role as content providers. 


My thoughts on how old content media producers need to evolve.


Interesting to see how newspapers, tv and radio are starting to figure out the "value added" model of internet marketing.  People will pay for digital content, and the great thing for the publishers is the low cost of distribution. Online marketers have done it for years using micro websites with targeted content and now apps. I don't see why a newspapers,etc. should be any different.

 

The way I see it is the newspaper and their website should be the teaser to the value added content. Right now it's like they tell the story and move on, then cry the blues, no one will pay us for our content. Now if they extended the content or partnered with someone (eg health or fitness) for value added content people would pay. 

 

The newspapers, tv, etc, need to become the advertiser of the content, instead of depending on advertisers to support the media.


They have a reader base that many bloggers would love to have, but they need to rethink the connections they make with the reader.

Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, July 13, 2013 7:23 AM
Great analysis by Brian. I go even a step further in Saving The News&Observer http://sco.lt/4rBAOH and suggest that newspapers become part of their own rehabilitation by embracing the CROWD in real time by throwing off their "we are here to guide you" ethos. The editorial-centric model is over. Brian's idea about promotion-centric is a good one, but I want more. I want these organization deep in the weeds on things so WEB marketing they can't NOT understand how DIFFERENT life is and will always be from that magic time when a newspaper could take down a President, we could only watch 4 TV channels and exciting programming was a show about a boy named Beaver :). M
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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

Marty Note
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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Websites vs. Blogs – Which One is Better and Why?

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harish magan's curator insight, December 9, 2013 9:05 PM

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Cees van Dijk's curator insight, December 11, 2013 7:11 AM

I prefer reading blogs. And you?

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Social Nets Are Cool, But Blogs Are Content Marketing's Work Horse

Social Nets Are Cool, But Blogs Are Content Marketing's Work Horse | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Great post from @TMGmedia correctly defining the work horse of any content marketing - your BLOG. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:

Don't Be Fooled, Blogs Rule Influence and Conversion

Social nets form a vibrating membrane of marketing communications. Social nets vibrate and bang off each other like bumper cars. Social signals are the confirming truth of the new SEO and so very important, but when it comes to conversion and sharable influence your BLOG rules. 

This post from @TMGmedia is very specific and helpful in reminding content marketers that blogging is about money. Social nets are moths to a light, needed and important but you won't be the only moth attracted to that flickering light. 

Blogs, especially blogs well supported by social media, create distinction and voice. There is only ONE company that sounds like YOU (hopefully that is true even if you have multiple authors writing for you). 

Resist the corporate tendency to smooth out all the edges and create a zombie voice. Distinct beliefs voiced with strength and confidence promotes shares and relationships. Be a human or accurately voice your company's human character.  

Remember to share as much as you preach and balance your approach (not all long posts, not all short posts). Do what fits the content and your discovery / message and do so with authenticity and honesty and your tribe will grow. 


Note: yes those are Magnetic Poetry Kit words, the cool gift item created by David Kapel the gift company I co-founded brought to market all thos years ago :).M

 

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