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How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following

How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

Jeff Bullas wrote this piece and as always, he gives you some great ideas on how to strategically use content that adresses the needs of your audience.

 

He refers to blogging but the same applies when you're curating content and using 10 different addictive types of content that attracts readership like a magnet. 

 

This is when:

 

**You're providing solutions through content that addresses their pain points 

 

**When you consistently add your knowledge and expertise to the mix, you can become the "Go To Portal" for your subscribers.

 

Excerpt:

 

"One thing to keep in mind is that every business or reader has day to day challenges and problems that they want help in solving. Helping people find solutions and ideas is an easy way to provide addictive content"

 

Here are a few addictive content types.

 

**When you look at these and the others, be thinking about ways you can use these themes to find and curate content for your audience.

 

Mega Lists

 

**A long list of tips, tactics and answers that provide people with a resource that maps out many ideas that they can go back to as a reference have proven to work well.

 

Research

 

**The latest research provides signposts for future planning and validates and lends credibility to strategies.

 

**Research does need to be presented with well formatted articles that allow skimming and scanning for “time poor” excecutives!

 

****Bullet points, screen shots and subtitles are all important elements to provide easy reading.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering  "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

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Curation Plays A Major Role in Successful Content Strategy - Here's Why

Curation Plays A Major Role in Successful Content Strategy - Here's Why | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

This is an interesting article by Byron White, Founder of IdeaLaunch.


I love the way the author has positioned curation as a key element in content marketing strategy. He says that curation starts with the selection process of the right articles, then researching the assets of the competition.


In addition to adding context, also part of the process is learning how much content you need, how frequently to publish it and which channels of distribution, (social especially) required to capture organic market share.


Having said that, here are a few things the author said and my comments:


He says -"Who will win the content curation war of the web? The race to transform to high-quality publishing is officially on. It’s time to gather ideas, develop stories and publish quality content that keeps readers (and customers) coming back for more".


I say, I don't  think it's a war, I think it's an evolution, I think there will be many winners, it's not a race


He says, "We’ve all heard the expression Content is King. After all, content is the fuel behind the social media revolution currently sweeping the Web. Close examination of the art world, however, offers a solid case that curation, not content, may in fact be the ruler online."


I say:  I think it's a combination of both, original and curated content are both ruler online. I don't think it's either or.


What do you think?


Here's what caught my attention:


**The skill and savvy of a Content Strategist is equally as important as your Director of Marketing these days.


**Getting the right content to the right prospects at the right time is the key to content marketing success.

 

****But in the end, it’s not content that’s king. Instead, it’s the impact that the content has on us long after we pass it by.


****Great content is hard to create, curate, optimize and distribute. But when it all comes to together, it is the catalyst that makes your business better. And better than that.


Curated by Giuseppe Mauriello and Jan Gordon


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 21, 2011 4:46 AM
I have downloaded the free eBook, thanks for the share!
Shirley Williams (XeeMe.com/ShirleyWilliams)'s comment, December 21, 2011 7:33 AM
Nice find. Thank you for sharing.
janlgordon's comment, December 21, 2011 2:56 PM
Robin Good
This piece is excellent - thanks for sharing it!!
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Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models

Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

This great piece was written by Tim Kastelle - it is one of the best articles on curation, the observations and insights take this to a whole new level. So much to digest, lots to ponder about the possibilities that await us in 2012 and beyond.


Here are some of the highlights:


**"We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting." 

 

**"Filtering is what helps us deal with the vast amount of information available to us."

 

"...the real question is, how do we design filters that let us find our way through this particular abundance of information?

 

****And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everything is everybody." (Clay Shirky)

 

**We try to filter information so that we end up with something that is relevant to us – it helps us learn something, it helps us solve a problem, it helps us develop a new hypothesis about the world around us.

 

**These are all connections – and this is what really drives value creation.

 

**However, we can’t connect without some filtering going on. So filtering is important, and it’s a term that includes several different sub-types. I can think of at least five forms of filtering.

 

...we can use these ideas about filtering to help with business model innovation by changing where it takes place in the value network.

 

**One of Shirky’s points is that since Gutenberg, the economic logic of publishing required publishers (of books, music, movies) to act as filters in order to maximise their investment.

 

**As publishing and filtering has shifted out to human networks, publishers no longer need to fill this role.

 

**Someone (or some network) needs to, and since that creates value, it’s something that can perhaps be monetised.

 

This piece was curated by Robin Good brief commentary by Jan Gordon

 

Check this video: http://vimeo.com/8748509 

 

Read the full article by Tim Kastelle: http://timkastelle.org/blog/2010/04/five-forms-of-filtering 


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 9:12 AM
An interesting post, thank you for the share!
Beth Kanter's comment, December 30, 2011 10:47 AM
Thanks for picking this up out of Robin's stream. I personally love Harold Jarche model of Seek, Sense, Share - and have adapted as a framework to help those are just starting with curation ....
Karen du Toit's comment, December 31, 2011 1:42 AM
Thanks for this!
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How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results

How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Shel Holtz he has some good suggestions for companies to move curation beyond entry level and show them  how to create more innovative ways to use this powerful tool and that produces more targeted results.

 

Excerpt:

 

There’s plenty of evidence that business is adopting content curation, but the practice hasn’t been around long enough for organizations to understand how to us it in a way that will strengthen their content marketing strategy.

 

Here are some of the ways companies can apply curation that will give them more visability and beyond.

 

** To start applying content curation, communicators need to pay attention to how others are using the crop of curation tools that have found acceptance online.

 

**Curating news that the media isn’t covering can lead to media coverage. And, by extension, it can improve and expand on stories the media are covering.

 

The process would look something like this:

 

**Identify opportunity:

 

Any company news is a potential curated collection.

Think about a product launch, or financial events.

 

Select curators:

 

**criteria for selecting curators should begin with their familiarity with the topic. The key to a solid curation effort is the selection of the best, most relevant and representative posts.

 

**Monitor conversation:

 

**With the curator in place, it’s time to develop key words and set up a monitoring plan.

 

**This can be as simple as establishing a few Google Alerts or as sophisticated as tapping into a monitoring service the organization is already using, like Radian 6.

 

Select and comment on the best content:

 

**Curators need to cull through the many items people have posted in order to find the right posts to create an accurate overview of the news.

 

**Moreover, adding context is one more curation chore.

When appropriate, adding commentary improves the value of the collection.

 

Here's the takeaway:

 

Companies are increasingly focused on content marketing. Curating company news fits nicely into the content marketing bucket, where it can both fill a gap in mainstream media reporting and serve as an impetus to getting that coverage.

 

**It’s only a matter of time before some organizations move beyond entry-level curation efforts and start curating their news.

 

Curated by Giuseppe Mauriello and Jan Gordon

 

[read full interesting article http://qik.im/KTK]


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Content Curation Strategies to Boost your Online Business

This  very informative article was written by Shobha-Atre for Fulltraffic blog


"Content curation can and WILL  play a vital role in advertising your business and providing greater exposure to your products in the market."


Here's what caught my attention - a few takeaways:


Content curation helps in defining a niche target audience and providing content relevant to their needs.


It is a smart and an inexpensive marketing tool that can help in achieving amazing results for your online business.


In addition, it can assist in refining your content and sharing valuable information to provide greater online visibility to your company.


Brand building can be a huge exercise and also challenging for many companies at the same time.


However, with the use of content curation tools, it has become a lot easier to achieve successful branding results.


It saves valuable time and effort of the online users in searching for enormous amount of information on the web.


Content curation is the best method of providing purposeful information that may be extremely useful to the readers in addressing different issues.


Rather than looking at a variety of sources, they can get all the valuable information under one roof that can be immense value for companies.


Besides, it helps them to discover and find all the latest information about your products and services and encourages them to make a final purchase easily.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s1py23]


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Robin Good's comment, December 25, 2011 12:02 AM
Please note that the author of this original post, Shobha Atre, uses images stolen from other web sites, (the one appearing here is an image I have bought and personalized myself with those titles) without providing any credit or attribution. How can this person be a reliable curator if sHe behaves in this way?
janlgordon's comment, December 25, 2011 10:55 AM
Hi robin,
Thank you for pointing this out, I had no idea she used a stolen image in this piece. Will leave this up so you see my response. Taking it down tomorrow, not tweeting it. I don't support anyone who does this.
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How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following

How to Curate Addictive Content & Build a Loyal Following | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

Jeff Bullas wrote this piece and as always, he gives you some great ideas on how to strategically use content that adresses the needs of your audience.


He refers to blogging but the same applies when you're curating content and using 10 different addictive types of content that attracts readership like a magnet. 


This is when:


**You're providing solutions through content that addresses their pain points 


**When you consistently add your knowledge and expertise to the mix, you can become the "Go To Portal" for your subscribers.


Excerpt:


"One thing to keep in mind is that every business or reader has day to day challenges and problems that they want help in solving. Helping people find solutions and ideas is an easy way to provide addictive content"


Here are a few addictive content types.


**When you look at these and the others, be thinking about ways you can use these themes to find and curate content for your audience.


Mega Lists


**A long list of tips, tactics and answers that provide people with a resource that maps out many ideas that they can go back to as a reference have proven to work well.


Research


**The latest research provides signposts for future planning and validates and lends credibility to strategies.


**Research does need to be presented with well formatted articles that allow skimming and scanning for “time poor” excecutives!


****Bullet points, screen shots and subtitles are all important elements to provide easy reading.


Curated by JanLGordon covering  "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"


Read full article: [http://bit.ly/w1LWFC]


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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.

 

By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.

 

It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.

 

And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.

 

The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 

 

 

Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:

 

1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed

 

2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions

 

3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based

 

4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings

 

5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning

 

6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication

 

7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines

 

8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes

 

9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques

 

10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team

 

 

Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10

 

Curated by Robin Good

 

Executive Summary of the Report: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-work-skills-executive-summary.pdf 

 

Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapolloresearchinstitute.com%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Ffuture-skills-2020-research-report.pdf  


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Karen du Toit's comment, December 20, 2011 5:55 AM
Thanks! Great info!
Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 4:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 4:56 PM
Beth Kanter
Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Want To Be The 'Go-To' Brand in 2012? Curation & Creation is a Must!

Want To Be The 'Go-To' Brand in 2012? Curation & Creation is a Must! | HigherEd Technology 2013 | Scoop.it

This piece was written in May of 2011 by Pawan Deshpande, CEO of HiveFire for cmo.com. I'm curating this on 12/31/11,  my last post for 2011.


Great article, 2012 will be a signicant year for content curation!


Here’s what caught my attention:


****Industry experts and analysts have begun to focus on content curation as a key marketing strategy.


**** “Content curation has emerged as one of the highest potential enterprise tools for B2B marketers to draw and engage specific audiences,” said Susan McKittrick of the Patricia Seybold Group, who has conducted several in-depth reports examining the growth of content curation within the realm of marketing.


In February, 2011, **(It will be interesting to see what these statistics are today as we approach 2012). HiveFire surveyed more than 150 marketing professionals; our data supported McKittrick’s insights:


**Forty-eight percent of marketers are already employing content curation in some form or another


**58 percent of those surveyed who are curating content are mixing both original and third-party content, which solidifies the curator’s credibility among its audience


**Robert Davis, PJA Advertising’s senior vice president of digital marketing, believes that employing a content-curation strategy--in particular, curating third-party content--is essential for increasing a brand’s influence and position as a thought leader in its space.

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**You need to put yourself into the mindset of a publisher by writing blog articles, producing podcasts, and authoring e-books and whitepapers.


**It helps marketers find, highlight, build on, and share relevant, timely information of keen interest to an audience.


****Curated content becomes the source information for lead nurturing, social media engagement, thought leadership positioning, community cultivation, and drawing organic search traffic.”


**When creating content for your brand, you are helping to educate your prospects only through vendor content.


**Without content from outside experts and peer groups, they are left on their own, out of your reach, to find it themselves.


**While most marketers understand the need to produce content, there is more that can be done to position your brand as the “go-to” source for your industry.


**Curation can help marketers produce and share better, prospect-engaging content by presenting a broader selection of peer, vendor, and expert sources in the context of a company’s brand.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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