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In case you missed this article, I'm reposting it today because it's definitely worth your while if you're using content to build your business. Conversationagent not only gives you some great tips for creating compelling content but also shares examples of people who are doing a good job with each suggestion.
These ideas can be used for content curators as well - to create buzz and build an audience, providing "context" is what sets you apart from others - these tips are ways to accomplish that.
"Connecting ideas and people -- how talk can change our lives".
Here are a few things that caught my attention:
**. Make digestible bits of advice in micro-interactions gain big impact. Kellye Crane built a community for #soloPR practitioners off a Twitter chat filled with useful advice.
** Create a new list. People like to see where things stack against each other. By far, the most popular list is still the one Todd And created and AdAge took over.
** Give away secrets and tips to help others become more effective. Adam Singer is very generous in that regard.
** Teach something new or from a new perspective. Kathy Sierra has been able to do that on a topic that for many was considered not quite appealing
** Inspire people to take action and change the world. Entrepreneur Chris Guilleabeau is a good example of that.
** Be opinionated about future trends. That's a trait that is best exemplified by Robert Scoble.
** Track and review future trends from behind the scenes. A good guide is Louis Gray.
**Create a conversation around a social object. That's what Hugh MacLeod does.
** Become the expert hub on a subject matter. The consistent "go to" person for branding is the team at Branding Strategy Insider.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://www.conversationagent.com/]
I rescooped this from my topic Pinterest Watch, because I feel this infographic really gives you some insight into what's really happening on Pinterest and it's definitely something I want to bring to your attention.
If it makes sense, this site is a great mix in your marketing efforts. Niche sites, especially ones that are visual with less text are becoming more popular everyday and Pinterest is definitely leading the way. Take a quick look at what's happening.......
"How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there? This infographic lays it out.
**Pinterest has emerged as the runaway social media hit of early 2012. You probably knew that already. But did you know the company just has 12 people? Or that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women?
**Lemon.ly, a visual marketing firm, took a deep dive into the data to catalog Pinterest’s stunning rise and produced the infographic below.
**What’s clear is that with 10 million users, Pinterest has already made its mark in terms of web design influence, if nothing else.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Robin Good: Chill, the video sharing and discovery site, has just introduced a new feature that allows anyone to clip and share, on a Pinterest-like thematic board, all of the video clips he finds on the web.
The new Chill bookmarklet works very much like the Pinterest one. When you click it, a page shows you all of the video clips found in that page and offers you to clip and "post" the one you want, with your comments.
It's as easy as that.
The generated "curated" Chill video boards are easy to scan and browse, though, in my view, a great boon would be the ability to check a few of those videos and to click a play button that plays them full screen back to back. This way I have the best of curated content, my own selection, and the final lay-back and watch gratification option.
Go try it out now: http://chill.com/bookmarklet
Via Robin Good
Robin Good: Facebook has introduced a new curation feature designed to allow its users to collect and organize their favorite "products" into so-called "Collections".
According to Hubspot "the new feature called 'Collections,' allows marketers to add “Want” or “Collect” buttons to news feed posts about products."
The new FB "Collections" is publicly available to everyone, and it is being tested "with 7 retail partners -- Pottery Barn, Wayfair, Victoria’s Secret, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus, Smith Optics, and Fab.com."
(you need to go to those FB brad pages to test it).
It also seems that the feature can be activated in at least three different ways by one of these three upcoming action buttons:
a) "Want": adds the product to a Timeline section of a user's profile called “Wishlist”
b) "Collect": adds the item to a Collection called “Products”
c) "Like": a special version of the standard "Like" button that also adds the item to “Products”
N.B.: While Collections are free for business pages to use, they're only visible to the page's fans. You have to "Like" the page in order to see these types of posts.
Via Robin Good, Miguel Gajete, Jimun Gimm, Jose H. Flores, Gerrit Bes
This post was written by Melonie Gallegos for iMediaconnection
In this piece, there are 8 tips to help marketers can 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
**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]
Via janlgordon, Jekaterina Cernobrovaja, Jose H. Flores
I selected this piece was written by Chris Sietsema for convinceandconvert blog because the post plus the infographic lays out a very clear and concise plan to create your content marketing strategy.
**Whether you're creating or curating content, this is something I think is very useful. This is why I rescooped this from my content marketing, social media and beyond topic.
Here are a few highlights from the article:
He compares selecting and producing content to what he calls "bricks" and "feathers".
Bricks are referred to as research reports
**are larger content productions such as research reports, events, white papers .
video series, mobile apps, etc
**have the potential to make a larger splash when executed and promoted correctly.
Feathers are comprised of simple text and photo content published via popular social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc.
**Less intensive than bricks from a production budget standpoint, feathers are created consistently to maintain an ongoing stream of communication between a brand and its audience.
The infographic shows you how to discern what content to use and illustrates the how, what, why and when to use it.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering, "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"
Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/A6NhFb]
Lingspot is an enterprise level content curation platform capable of automatic content aggregation, filtering and in-depth content editing.
The Lingspot platform is made up by two key components:
The Editor, which makes it easy even for the non-technical publisher to turn the curated content streams into complete self-updating pages. More info: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/editor/
a) Through a variety of third party relationships, Lingospot can aggregate topic-targeted multimedia, including photos and videos from professional sources (such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, Forbes, etc.), as well as user generated photos and video, such as from Flickr and YouTube.
b) Whether it's books on Amazon or auction items on eBay, Lingospot can aggregate product information related to a specific topic. This topic-specific merchandise can be purchased by your readers with only a few clicks.
c) Lingospot allows your readers to initiate a conversation about a specific topic on the page where you are aggregating content about the topic. This turns every Topic page created by Lingospot into a micro community, where readers can connect with other readers interested in that topic.
Key features and tech specifications: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/specs/
Case studies and examples and examples of companies using Lingospot: http://corp.lingospot.com/customers/casestudies/
Pricing: a basic account starts at $500/month.
See more info here: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/pricing/
Find out more: http://corp.lingospot.com/products/algorithmicpublishing/
(Reviewed by Robin Good)
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