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8 Tips to Get Your Brand on the Social Curation Boom and Beyond

8 Tips to Get Your Brand on the Social Curation Boom and Beyond | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

This post was written by Melonie Gallegos for iMediaconnection

 

In this piece, there are 8 tips to help marketers get in on the social curation boom in a meaningful way - that means Pinterest and beyond!

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

"Curation is a long-standing tradition of collecting, saving & organizing objects. Today it takes on a different meaning. Organizataions have evolved from collecting artifacts to digital curation of media and content"

 

When human behavior shifts and it certainly has, (more about that in the article), brands are quick to follow suit.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

There are a lot of websites offfering curation-type services

 

To get a clear sense of how a brand might leverage curation in this article, they have broken them down into categories.

 

**social bookmarking and news

 

**sharing

 

**Aggregation and syndication networks

 

**There are 8 ways your brand can get in on the action

 

Here are a few that caught my attention:

 

Become a curator creator

 

**Create your own Pinterest board and it's more than just slapping images, it takes thought, strategy, being part of the community and continually showing up

 

**appreciating other people's content and having two-way conversations

 

Create an Interest-based content strategy

 

**Focus on the interests of your audience, not your products and services!

 

**Allign their real-life interests with your brand position

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

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


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36% Trust Brands More When They Have A Social Presence #Infographic

36% Trust Brands More When They Have A Social Presence #Infographic | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

By Pivot Conference - http://bit.ly/wkNX8s 

@pivotcon

 

Does a brand’s social presence impact your purchase?

An Infographic published by Mr. Youth  - http://bit.ly/zgjXLd , a word of mouth marketing firm, polled 4500 adults to uncover the impact of social media on purchases.

 

They discovered that social media not only influences brand reputation and PR, but often can lead directly to a sale.

Over 90% of respondents either received or made recommendations to friends and families on Facebook. 65% of these social recommendations directly led to a purchase.

On top of that, 80% of those who received a response to a social media post by a brand made a purchase as a result of that interaction.

 

With numbers as striking you’d think businesses would be quick to comprehend. Yet according to the study, brands only respond to half of their social media posts, divided almost equally between Facebook and Twitter. 

Download herehttp://bit.ly/AcwkmT 


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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.

 

He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:

 

The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold

 

Avoid Self Promotion:

 

"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".

 

Here are the takeaways:

 

My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.

 

**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.

 

**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.jeffturner.info/pinterest/]


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Why Pinterest is Like No Other Social Network

Why Pinterest is Like No Other Social Network | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Reb Carlson for 360 Digital Connections.

 

Why Pinterest Is Like No Other Social Network?

 

Here's the answer:

 

What Google did for organizing information, Pinterest does for curating inspiration.

 

****Pinterest differs from social networks like Facebook and microblogging platforms like Twitter and Tumblr because its focus is not a real time, up-to-date stream of status updates, but rather a curated collection of content that inspires a user enough to think “must pin this.”

 

**There is no paid advertising or media (yet), so all engagement has been purely organic.

 

**Pinterest also ties into multiple current social trends: image sharing, tagging, mobile, curation, visual self-expression and browser plugins.

 

**It has the same content marketing potential as Tumblr for community and ease of sharing and is similar to Google+ in terms of link aggregation.

 

**Beyond amplifying brand presence within search, Pinterest can also build community among people passionate about inspiration and self-expression.

 

Here's a takeaway

 

****This platform provides a rich opportunity for people to share life’s most important events, and therefore gives marketers a chance to create emotional connections with people around their brands.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/Af9VMa]


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Why Startups Should Curate Content

Why Startups Should Curate Content | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

I selected this wonderful piece by Michael J. Fern of Intigi because it reinforces the importance of curation and has a lot of great insights.

 

In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble,who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.

 

He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence.

 

**Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:

 

Here's what especially caught my attention:

 

**Thought Leadership

   

If outsiders view your company as a key source of  industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.

 

**Hub of Information

    

By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.

 

**Collections

    

By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.

 

**Content with Commentary

    

Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000

 

One Takeaway: 

 

**Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zTGY37]


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How B2B Content Curation Can Skyrocket Your Business

How B2B Content Curation Can Skyrocket Your Business | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

If you're still on the fence about the signifigance of content curation and how it can propel your business, this piece from Search Engine People addresses the 7 most common B2B content curation myths and offers bulletproof answers to them.

 

Intro:

 

B2B content curation is not a fad! It's a fact. According to a recent study conducted by MarketingSherpa:

 

**84% of the surveyed B2B buyers indicated that they are very likely to click through industry news and articles from vendor sources.

 

 

****Still, many B2B businesses fall prey to some ethical and SEO related myths that force some of them to avoid content curation altogether!

 

Here is one myth and the real truth that caught my attention:

 

B2B Content Curation Myth 2: Content Curation Is Unethical

 

****There is a huge difference between curating content and "pirating" content!

 

****Here are some ethical guidelines to help you out:

 

**Give tribute to the original content owners by mentioning their names linking to their content sources

 

**Do not republish an entire third party story and make it your own. Simply quote few paragraphs or summarize parts of the content, making a clear reference to the content owners

 

****ALWAYS create DO FOLLOW links to their content and rest assured that your SEO will remain intact 

 

****Intelligently building on curated content makes your final output authentically yours. I love that thought!

 

Key Takeaways:

 

****More B2B businesses are starting to realize the questionable significance of content curation to their overall marketing strategy.

 

****If done right, content curation can create massive branding and SEO rewards for your business.

 

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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/rrE3VO]


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Pinterest: A Tool to Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience

Pinterest: A Tool to Curate Relevant Visual Content for Your Audience | Mediaclub | Scoop.it

This piece was written by my friend and fellow curator, Beth Kanter for socialmediatoday. It's one of the best articles because she really understands Pinterest and is using it effectively.

 

Here's what she had to say:

 

My Pinboards on Pinterest...

 

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images and videos you discover on the web. Think of it as social network of visuals – where you can find images from other people with the same interest or use it to curate your own visual “interest space.”

 

The clean interface and simplicity of its features make it easy to use and gives you a calm feeling which perhaps accounts for its popularity.

 

**At first glance, the site attracts people interested in using it for non-work interests, such as wedding planning, decorating, scrapbooking, and family photos, but brands and nonprofit professionals are also using it to curate information related to professional and organizational topics in a visually pleasing way.

 

****But if you want to be successful, you must curate and share relevant content.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/xNUU6H]


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 21, 2012 1:11 PM
Thanks so much for curating this post also published on Social Media Today. The original on my blog: http://www.bethkanter.org/pinterest/ got the most retweets - probably because of the wide interest. I noticed you were curating a separate pinterest collection too. I put together small curated collection of resources about Pinterest for Nonprofits as I will be teaching it in workshops this year in the Middle East - http://socialmedia-strategy.wikispaces.com/Pininterest