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7 Ways to Find, Engage & Leverage Powerful Influencers

7 Ways to Find, Engage & Leverage Powerful Influencers | Social media culture | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Belinda Stinson for Jeff Bullas's blog

 

Jan Gordon: My commentary

 

This is one of the suggestions that was mentioned in tis article but I can't stress this enough, it should be #1

 

After you've discovered who the right influencers are, always look for ways you can sincerely contribute to them that is meaningful, then find ways to leverage the relationship and make it a win/win for both of you. 

 

Intro:

 

 "if you want to grow your business, you need to know who the influencers are in your field, learn from their expertise and build a productive professional relationship with them".

 

Why leverage influencers?:

 

"Influencers are hubs of information, they have many followers who respect their recommendations and opionions and being featured by them sends a powerful amount of targeted traffic your way - It's good old fashioned word of mouth recommendations on steriods"


Here are a few ways to discover influencers that I personally do myself:


**Twitter Lists - Twitter is a great untapped resource for finding influencers and keep track of what they are posting


**Groups and Forums - These are valuable sources of information.


**Podcasts and webinars - This is a great way to find key influencers - whether it's through interviews, presentations, information products of their own or curated information by others


Here are a few ways to build relationships that I've found very effective in finding influencers in my industry:

 

**Connect through the social media platforms they use

 

**Share the posts that are of value to your audience, retweet & quote their content, share, comment and like their Facebook posts

 

**Help promote what they are involved with, including charity causes, seminars, conferences, publiations and promotions

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering, "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

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Sterling Dee's comment, August 18, 2012 10:28 PM
you write the best summaries/commentaries, Jan!
janlgordon's comment, August 19, 2012 1:11 AM
Thank you so much Sterling, I really appreciate your feedback!
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The Curated 'me': How Millennials are forging the new world

The Curated 'me': How Millennials are forging the new world | Social media culture | Scoop.it

Now this is an eye-opener!  We all know that Millenials are leading the way in the digital world.  Well here is a must-see video from MTV, along with a very important article written by Steve Rosenbaum for mediaite.com. 

 

Introducing "The Curated 'me'".  The online persona that we portray to the whole world that is very likely different to how we show ourselves to our frriends and family.

 

"What’s changing for young people is changing for all of us. How we connect, how we share. How we present our digital selves."

 

"In some ways it is the evolution of our society from physical to digital. In the past we knew that we had to behave one way at work, another in a public park, and another at Church or Synagogue. Now those behaviors move online."

 

Here are some of the things that caught my eye:

 

**** The presentation was called ‘Millennials: Decoded’, and was broken into four findings. The Curated Me, Publicly Intimate, Like-A-Holism and Digi-Quette:

 

*** The Curated Me is almost like a prosthetic extension of ourselves:  “You are the author of what gets put out there.”

 

*** Publicly Intimate:  94% agreed that texts are private. While platforms like Twitter and FB Status are public, with FB being more Superficial, and Twitter more Real. Phone calls are the least welcome, because they can be ‘awkward.’

 

*** Like-a-Holism (Are you a likeaholic?): 79% of respondents said their generation expects feedback, and 58% feel more confident when others respond. 33% said they feel disappointed when others don’t respond, and 23% said they feel alone if they don’t get feedback.

 

*** Digi-Quette:  The etiquette of the always on web is emerging as a series of social behaviors. They can’t really be taught about it, because they know more about it than the older generation. Says one expert: “It’s like the air they breathe.”

 

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

 

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