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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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Content's New Life Cycle - 4 Important Steps to Build & Maintain Your Brand

Content's New Life Cycle - 4 Important Steps to Build & Maintain Your Brand | Social media culture | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Aaron Dunn for Content Marketing Institute.

 

These steps apply to your overall content marketing strategy whether you're creating or curating content.

 

The challenge:

 

**Companies are now left trying to make sense of which ones they should be paying attention to, what they need to be doing in these channels to gain a competitive advantage, and how it all ties into their overall content marketing strategy.

 

The solution:

 

**In today’s rapidly shifting web, it’s essential that companies start to take a more holistic approach to content marketing and connect more effectively with their various stakeholders across a number of web and social channels. 

 

Here are the four steps:

 

As we awaken to the new realities of content, here are four ways to rethink your content execution, and take advantage of the new content life cycle.

 

**Structure your content marketing strategy as a holistic system that allows you to connect more effectively with various stakeholders across a number of social channels, drive conversation, and influence customers.

 

**Open up content contribution to more users across the organization, providing more opportunities to connect with and engage customers in social channels, and extend your online reach.

 

**Be sure to remove any technology or process roadblocks that inhibit the expansion of your contributor pool — the more people who are able to contribute easily, the more content you will have to push across your channels.

 

**Deliver fresh, compelling and timely content that engages users and keeps visitors returning to your site, and then be sure to extend that content into your social channels.

 

**Be sure you are listening to the online conversations of your target audience, and optimize your content and content strategy based on the insights you gather from them.

 

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

 

"Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

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