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I chose this infographic and article from Blackbaud because it helps you go from social media to social business. It was written for non-profits but it definitely applies to any business as well.
By understanding how to evaluate people by their degree of influence and their ability to help change behavior in others can be invaluable to you and your organization.
**It's also important to use this information to understand how you and your organization fit into this mix. They say knowledge is power, once you have a clearer picture, you can shift what you're doing and take your business or cause to the next level for greater results.
"Understanding the Value of Your Social Media Influencers: How to Identify and Empower Those Who Can Engage an Entire Community!
(Download the White Paper Today!)"
Here are some highlights:
**Learn how to use the information your consitiuents are sharing to attract more people to your mission, campaign.
**Learn how to analyze your database and assign social scores to engagers that represents their ability to interact with and influence others across their online networks
**Based on the social score you assign to these individuals, you can then segment them into one of four categories, each of which plays a diferent role on social networks, relevant to your business
Here are the categories:
Key Influencers - They have a powerful impact not only the people they know but also others they don't know. Their posts are widely spread and shared by more people than many other people
Engagers - These people have well-established social networks and are strong influencers of people they know personally
Multichannel Consumers - They enjoy keeping up with social media conent and occasionally participate. Their influence is not a dominent part of their persona
Standard Consumers These engagers read and watc updates more than they create new content or make comments. They are more influenced by family and friends.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/N4a2Km]
Digital marketing isn't a fad - it's the future. And although it may be a notoriously difficult task to project the future; the most telling variable is what's happening in the present.
Look around you and you'll notice that the world is connected, communicating and constantly clicking.
There's no reason to believe that the demographic cohort that will follow Generation Y, will be any different. In fact, the next generation will be the first that cannot conceive a world that isn't defined and enabled by the Internet, mobile devices and online social networking. Still not convinced?
The following Infographic by ROI Media - http://bit.ly/JOOy40 - presents an overview of the digital landscape, and the changes pointing towards the need for social media marketing in commerce.
Download / Embed Here: http://bit.ly/JOOOA7 ;
Via maxOz, janlgordon
In his recent business trip to Australia, Edelman’s Steve Rubel discussed his thoughts on the future of the media with Yvonne Adele at Social Media Club Melbourne.
Here are some highlights from this article:
*** Content surplus as a bankable trend:
In an era of self-publication (for brands as well as individuals) and increased noise we’re all faced with the problem of too much content and not enough time. For media companies, scaling this information and providing value through quality curation is a great opportunity to solve this problem for the consumer.
Steve’s top tips for being a quality curator:
- Be knowledgeable and well read on your subject matter of choice;
***People want to connect with the human element of a brand and those that work for the organisation.
***Journalists and media are now community managers. They have to see their role not only as a reporter/journalist/presenter – but as a brand ambassador who is able to acquire consumers and an build an audience through these channels.
***Steve’s top three emerging trends for media?
1) Building business models that incorporate curation;
Read full article http://j.mp/H17F45
Moreover, Steve Rubel also moderated a News Limited and Herald Sun panel on the future of journalism.
If you have an hour to spare, I highly recommend checking out the full hour-long video discussion here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSRhDqeBtmg
Via Giuseppe Mauriello, janlgordon
This piece is written by Joe Fernandez for his blog socialmouths Infographic from ArgyleSocial
In this article, the author asks the question: Is social commerce the next big thing on the Internet but, is the consumer ready to make purchases from social networks?
What caught my attention:
**According to Gartner Research, by 2015 companies will generate 50% of web sales via their social presence and mobile applications
The author asks this quesstion and has some very interesting statistics to tell us about what's really happening.
**If you are here is because you are at least above the typical social network user, I know I am. You’ve probably purchase products online before.
**Have you purchase anything through Facebook? I have not.
So let’s take a look at this new infographic from ArgyleSocial, which perhaps brings a more realistic view of the state of social commerce.
The main points here are:
**Audience size doesn’t always translate into more revenue. Smaller brands tend to have bigger audiences and I think this is due to better communication strategies
**Only 17% of the brands included in the study feature products and 4% have integrate Facebook checkout features
****Brands are not asking for a sale. 49% never include calls to action in messages
**on Twitter. 44% on Facebook Only 29% include special offers/deals on posts
**(Even though we know most people “Like” brands to get access to them) -
**65% of the brands only share their own content
**91% do not use premium social media management tools and rely mostly on free solutions
**We, as entrepreneurs, have the advantage to become aware and adjust a strategy much faster than a big corporation.
**Are you already selling your products on Facebook?
**Are you planning to do so?
**Or from the consumer side, are you making purchases on social platforms like Facebook?
Curated by Jan Gordon covering, "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond]
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/ya5tFD]
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]
Via janlgordon, ABroaderView
Presentato nel 2010, il “social network delle ispirazioni” ha vissuto in questi ultimi mesi una crescita di accessi semplicemente vertiginosa, in grado di portarlo fianco a fianco di colossi ben più noti come Google Plus, LinkedIn e Youtube in quanto a traffico generato come sito referente.
Via Mauro Migli
I selected this post written by Elad Gil because not only was it interesting and timely, but the comments from his readers were equally as valuable. So many different social curation platforms emerging, Pinterest is one to watch.......
Social Content Curation As The Next Big Thing
The most interesting wave hitting the social web in 2012 is social curation. This was kicked off in 2011 as Pinterest's growth was noticed by Silicon Valley and a number of companies quickly followed suit -
**Snip.It launched as a social information curation platform, Quora adopted boards for a similar purpose, and Fab.com launched a structured social commerce feed.
There's so much information in this post, here's the takeaway. I would love to hear your comments about this next wave......
2012 Will Be The Year of Curated Sets
**Just as the first wave of social media has transformed the consumption of information, this next wave of social curation will fundamentally change how users find and interact with content over time.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/lK0ZHi]
I really want to tell you about my lingerie ... but I'm not going to.
It's true that I've found a certain line of women's underwear that I'm so excited about that, at times, I'm inclined to want to tweet and Facebook about them. But clearly, I don't—because I impose upon myself the common sense "10 second rule."
As a business owner as well as an individual who values some boundaries on her privacy, I take 10 seconds to ask myself, Do I really want the whole world to know this about me? Because in all the haste to seem social media savvy, I've seen a lot of smart people do, say and post a lot of things they may come to regret later...
Via Martin Gysler
Personal Branding With Social Media Infographic via Chris Voss
Why having the right social media tools matter:
"Social media tools have the tremendous power to put you in contact with thousands of people in order to build your online brand you need to know all of the possibilities, as well as how all of your activities are working together.
It's important to be consistent so that each part of your social media network is contributing positively to the brand you are trying to build.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Busines and Beyond"
See full infographic here: [http://bit.ly/JMXlS0]
This piece was written by Dave Copeland for Readwriteweb. There have been many articles about Pinterest but if you do nothing else, read the white paper by Engauge and report they're referring to. It is absolutely the best one I've seen to date. (more details below)
The most important thing in this piece is the report, here's what you'll see:
A new Engauge white paper breaks down:
**the make-up of the average Pinterest user
**shows that the end result of less reading is more of a focus on content curation than creation.
**The timing of that trend, combined with a stunning design when Internet users are focusing more on visual than text, has allowed Pinterest to explode in popularity.
This is what caught my attention - a quote from a user:
"When I'm looking for new trends on specific topics like fashion or birthday party themes, I now search Pinterest first -- not Google." - Karah Street
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
If you're in making Pinterest work for you, you might want to visit my other topic: Pinterest Watch.
Read full article here: [http://rww.to/yQtDNQ]
This piece (user chart included) was written and posted by Matt Silverman, contributing editor for Mashable, .
My commentary (I'm personally experiencing amazing results after being on Pinterest for about 4 months).
****Even with all the hooplah surrounding Pinterest, it's important to remember, that Pinterest is only a side dish in your business, paying attention to your main course and how Pinterest supports that is what is key. See article here: http://bit.ly/yXET4P by John Jantsch.
Having said that...........
This user engagement chart is astounding, as you see the rise in Pinterest users in a very short time.
**In my opinion, Pinterest gives you the opportunity to showcase your work without a lot of text anything that gives us a breather in that way is a blessing.
**Images speak a thousand words if you know how to use them properly.
**Showing other sides of you that are consistent with your brand message gives people a chance to see you beyond the text you post on other sites.
**Pinboards like favorite books, homes and spaces, etc. give people points of entry, a connection with you because they identify and like the same things, a great way to start a conversation, have them look to see what you do and who you are.
**Everything we do online tells a story about us, it's our digital identity, Pinterest is a place where you can tell your story in a whole different way.
**Pinterest is also a place where you can relax, fantasize about the wardrope you'd love to have, or the amazing car or cars you want to have. Let's face it, we're all plugged in 24/7, this is a place where you can lighten up and/or market your business all on the same site.
**Pinterest is not only gaining a ton of users, but those users are spending an average of 89 minutes on the site
** Facebook is still leading by 405 minutes along with Tumblr also 89 minutes but it's obvious Pinterest is moving up quickly.
**It's important to know how to use Pinterest to showcase what you do in a subtle but engaging way
Feel free to visit my topic "Pinterest Watch" a collection of articles from branding, case studies, metrics all in one place.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read article here: [http://on.mash.to/xNZoVj]
Posted by Michael Sebastian for PR Daily.
This is what’s happening on Twitter in 2012 so far, the history and the evolution of Twitter.
What caught my attention:
**465 million accounts and growing on Twitter
**175 million tweets a day
**How do you decide who to follow?
*suggested by friends - **Build your community, along with great content
*suggested by Twitter
This article by Athony Carranza for examiner.com details a recently released study by the internet marketing Research Company, comScore, which reveal the extent to which social media usage has skyrocketed on mobile devices in 2011.
Here's what you need to know:
**72 million Americans accessed social networking sites and blogs on mobile devices with 37 percent upsurge in access..
**“Social media is one of the most popular and fastest growing mobile activities, reaching nearly one third of all U.S. mobile users,” said Mark Donovan, comScore senior vice president for mobile.
“This behavior is even more prevalent among smartphone owners with three in five accessing social media each month,
**highlighting the importance of apps and the enhanced functionality of smartphones to social media usage on mobile devices.”
Here's what caught my attention:
**Social media and mobility have paved the way for innovation and transformed communications like no other time in history.
**Businesses and marketers will have field day continuing to aim their services through these new channels and capitalize on understanding its audience behavior.
Curated by JanLGordon covering "The Explosion of the Mobile Web & Beyond"
Every year at this time, ReadWriteWeb picks out the best of the Web over the past calendar year. Our annual Best Of series will be even bigger and better than ever in 2011!
Best social network of 2001: