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Social Media and Digital Marketing Resources, Tips, and News for Business Owners, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs from @dawnrjensen, @virtualoptions http://www.virtualoptions.net
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50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz

50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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

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** 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/]


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Barry Deutsch's comment, May 16, 2012 2:18 AM
Fully 1/3 of my business in executive search, speaking engagements, and consulting projects come directly from content curation and marketing.
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Are Content Marketers & Brands Missing the Mark with Pinterest on Mobile?

Are Content Marketers & Brands Missing the Mark with Pinterest on Mobile? | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Lauren Johnson for Mobile Marketer I have rescooped this from my other topic, Mobile Marketing Strategy and Beyond because I think there are some suggestions that B2B content marketers might want to think about.

 

One of the most obvious is, if brands are using Pinterest, they need to have two main focuses - mobile and search.

 

Is your site optimized for mobile? Is there a way you can repurpose your content to keep your audience engaged, wherever they are and keep them coming back for more?

 

Intro:

 

Pinterest is quickly becoming a social media star for brands and retailers to showcase and share their products with a reported tenfold increase in traffic over the past six months.

 

Here are some highlights that caught my attention:

 

**Given the site's value on sharing content one-on-one relationships is an example of how a retailer can tie an in-store experience to Pinterest

 

**"Brands need to set an example for users to engage with them while they are experiencing the brand" Kerri Smith iProspect

 

**Once a user pins something, they can tap on it to view more infomation about it via the web, making a mobile-optimized web site crucial to keep mobile Pinterest users engaged with content.

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/ys0jFw]


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Here's A Content Marketing Plan That Delivers Results! [Infographic included]

Here's A Content Marketing Plan That Delivers Results! [Infographic included] | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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]


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 12:26 PM
I like this analogy/metaphor. It is easy and quick to make feathers from your bricks, but the bricks take time. Can a curated collection of feathers be made into a brick? :-)
janlgordon's comment, February 26, 2012 1:10 PM
Beth Kanter
I'm glad you liked the article! I love your question, I do think a curated collection of feathers around a particular theme can be turned into a brick. What comes to mind, if you're distilling the comments from the posts (feathers) it's possible that this could evolve into a (brick) research reports, white papers, the possibilities are endless:-)
Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 1:23 PM
What comes to mind is that a smashed brick is a lot of feathers .. and that you can lead them back to the brick ... for example, I work with some advocacy folks who have these huge bricks called policy papers. They could tweet key points w/links back to the papers on Twitter. Have them cued up for a month in advance .. as you say the techniques are endless .. What I found most helpful was the objectives and metrics ..
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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 | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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

 

**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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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, May 2, 2012 2:58 PM
"thank you"!
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Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC] | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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.......

 

Intro:

 

"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"


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