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This piece and infographic is from Adam Vincenzini on his blog.
I selected this article because it's another way for you to find key influencers and these tools will help to narrow your search
Here are some highlights:
Instead of focusing on the subjectivity of this process (and how this insight is deployed) Here's how you can use a combination of free tools to narrow your search.
Where do online influencers operate?
Most popular are:
blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Online
communities, discussion boards
**Influencers are active on Twitter
**Influencers operate some for of blogging hub
Focus on the intelligence you can glean from Twitter initially then verify this initial sweep with blog (or relevant hub) data
The initial steps involve:
1. Search by keyword
2. Search by location
3 tools useful in the process: The first two you can also search by location:
**followerwonk.com - then run this through another influencer tool -
tweetlevel to give it even more relevance (this isn't fool proof)
There are more suggestions in this piece having said that:
**No matter how hard we try, a 100% fool proof influence rating is near on impossible because influence is not a science, it can't be.
** this can help narrow things down, significantly
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/7humubp]
If you want learn more about social media curation and/or start your own scoop.it you should read this excellent and detailed blog post from Shirley Williams. [note mg]
Are you asking the following questions: “What is social media curation?” and “How does it add value?” Are you like many business owners trying to get your head around curation and the associated benefits? Well I have come to realize, you are not alone!
In an earlier post I defined curation. In this post I would like us to revisit that definition and share how value can be gained by demonstrating how to use Scoop.it.
Reminder of What’s Social Media Curation?
With the exponential growth of social networks and blogs, the amount of information on the internet can be overwhelming and time consuming. Consequently, the role of the social media curator has become increasingly more attractive. Social media curation is when you filter, select, review and reposition quality content on the web for a specific audience and/or topic...
Read more: http://bit.ly/IRXDad
Via Martin Gysler
This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.
Rian speaks for many of us who are overwhelmed, overloaded with content that gives us no value at all. This is the problem
"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"'
Here's what caught my attention:
****The wells of attention are being drilled to depletion by linkbait headlines, ad-infested pages, “jumps” and random pagination, and content that is engineered to be “consumed” in 1 minute or less of quick scanning – just enough time to capture those almighty eyeballs. And the reality is that “Alternative Attention sources” simply don’t exist.
The Scoopit team agrees!
****The Opportunity: This is the time for all good curators to come forward - 2012 will be the year of the content curator -
**Know your audience
**Know their pain points
**Find and select the best content, add your own opinions, information or anything that will provide more value for your audience
**Select only the best content, don't just aggregate links that add to the noise
**Become a trusted resource - many opportunities will come to you, it's your time to shine
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/tF0opI]
Via axelletess, janlgordon, Robin Good, maurage christophe
Robin Good: If curation is all about finding and sharing great content, what's the difference with what so many bloggers have been doing until now?
Here is a key passage from her article: "Many bloggers spend their time selecting what they consider the best of what other people have created on the web and post it at their own sites, just like a magazine or newspaper.
Or they provide a mix of this along with writing or otherwise creating their own content. Not to split hairs, but curation involves less creation and more searching and sifting; curation’s more a matter of focused filtering than it is writing.
Because content curation is expected to be based on such focused filtering, it begins far more based on topic selection.
This is much different from blogging, where bloggers are often advised to “just begin” and let their voice and interests accumulate over time to eventually reveal a primary theme.
Some collectors just collect what they like as they stumble into it. …Sometimes, collectors just keep piling up stuff, no matter what it is. Even if this isn’t hoarding, it’s not-so-much of a purposeful pursuit.
But professional curators, those who manage collections for museums or other organizations, and serious collectors, they maintain a specific focus.
And rather than stumbling into items, they continually seek for specific items.
The definition dictates the curation — and everything from funding to their continued employment is based on how well their collection meets the collection’s definition.
While blogging success may be thought of in many different ways, the success of content curation lies in how well you define, search/research, and stick to your subject."
Via Robin Good
I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.
Here are some highlights:
Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.
**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”
The author says and I agree with him:
**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".
There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:
**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.
**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC
**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article: [http://bit.ly/kmZvJg]
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.
**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"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/rOEnZG]
Content curation seems to be the only sanity-saving cure to information overload! Still, content marketers often face the dilemma of weighing the pros and cons of content creation versus content curation.
We have been looking at curation and creation as a two separate practices. Yet I beg to differ: content curation can give a huge boost to content creation and that is the key point I want to make in this article.
Content curation can help in refining created content in three different ways.
2. Build On Curated Content To Create Your Own Content...
3. Use Curated Content As A “Teaser” To Drive Traffic To Your Own Content...
I can’t think of a better way to sum up this article than sharing the following quote:
[read full article http://j.mp/u6IJ4p]
Via janlgordon, Giuseppe Mauriello