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How B2B Content Curation Can Skyrocket Your Business

How B2B Content Curation Can Skyrocket Your Business | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

If you're still on the fence about the signifigance of content curation and how it can propel your business, this piece from Search Engine People addresses the 7 most common B2B content curation myths and offers bulletproof answers to them.

 

Intro:

 

B2B content curation is not a fad! It's a fact. According to a recent study conducted by MarketingSherpa:

 

**84% of the surveyed B2B buyers indicated that they are very likely to click through industry news and articles from vendor sources.

 

 

****Still, many B2B businesses fall prey to some ethical and SEO related myths that force some of them to avoid content curation altogether!

 

Here is one myth and the real truth that caught my attention:

 

B2B Content Curation Myth 2: Content Curation Is Unethical

 

****There is a huge difference between curating content and "pirating" content!

 

****Here are some ethical guidelines to help you out:

 

**Give tribute to the original content owners by mentioning their names linking to their content sources

 

**Do not republish an entire third party story and make it your own. Simply quote few paragraphs or summarize parts of the content, making a clear reference to the content owners

 

****ALWAYS create DO FOLLOW links to their content and rest assured that your SEO will remain intact 

 

****Intelligently building on curated content makes your final output authentically yours. I love that thought!

 

Key Takeaways:

 

****More B2B businesses are starting to realize the questionable significance of content curation to their overall marketing strategy.

 

****If done right, content curation can create massive branding and SEO rewards for your business.

 

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


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Content Curation Strategies to Boost your Online Business

Content Curation Strategies to Boost your Online Business | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This  very informative article was written by Shobha-Atre for Fulltraffic blog

 

"Content curation can and WILL  play a vital role in advertising your business and providing greater exposure to your products in the market."

 

Here's what caught my attention - a few takeaways:

 

Content curation helps in defining a niche target audience and providing content relevant to their needs.

 

It is a smart and an inexpensive marketing tool that can help in achieving amazing results for your online business.

 

In addition, it can assist in refining your content and sharing valuable information to provide greater online visibility to your company.

 

Brand building can be a huge exercise and also challenging for many companies at the same time.

 

However, with the use of content curation tools, it has become a lot easier to achieve successful branding results.

 

It saves valuable time and effort of the online users in searching for enormous amount of information on the web.

 

Content curation is the best method of providing purposeful information that may be extremely useful to the readers in addressing different issues.

 

Rather than looking at a variety of sources, they can get all the valuable information under one roof that can be immense value for companies.

 

Besides, it helps them to discover and find all the latest information about your products and services and encourages them to make a final purchase easily.

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s1py23]


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Robin Good's comment, December 25, 2011 3:02 AM
Please note that the author of this original post, Shobha Atre, uses images stolen from other web sites, (the one appearing here is an image I have bought and personalized myself with those titles) without providing any credit or attribution. How can this person be a reliable curator if sHe behaves in this way?
janlgordon's comment, December 25, 2011 1:55 PM
Hi robin,
Thank you for pointing this out, I had no idea she used a stolen image in this piece. Will leave this up so you see my response. Taking it down tomorrow, not tweeting it. I don't support anyone who does this.
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8 Small Business Social Media Tips From the Pros

8 Small Business Social Media Tips From the Pros | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Small business owners who have yet to embrace social media are doing a disservice to their businesses and jeopardising their future customer acquisition rates. Social media is here to stay and those that ignore the low cost marketing benefits are doomed to become less competitive in their markets and eventually see their market share diminish. This excellent article provides great tips that you can implement to make social media work for your business.


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10 Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on Content Marketing & Curation

10 Thought Leaders Share Thoughts on Content Marketing & Curation | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Lee Odden CEO at Toprankblog interviewed 10 thought leaders on content marketing and curation. The article was published one year ago but is still really relevant, probably even more. I love the approach of Brian Solis who asks the good questions :

"Obviously you (as a company) have something to contribute, something to say, something of value to offer which is mostly likely why you’re in business. I need to hear about that."

 

Curation offers the opportunity to settle this dialogue between a brand and its users, becoming always more engaging. It's not enough to be here, you have to be here to say. As says Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer at @marketingprofs, "All organizations are now publishers — meaning, the company with the most engaging and interesting content is the one who wins."

 

 


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janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 1:00 PM
@Internet Billboards
Getting ready to launch in the next couple of weeks - it's way more than a blog:-) I will be writing original articles as well as curating. Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate it.
Robin Good's comment, December 4, 2011 1:53 PM
Hi Jan, thank you for sharing this. :-)

I wanted to let you know that your last link, the bit.ly one isn't good. It has an extra square bracket at the end making it unusable.

Also: I think it would be very appropriate when curating something that is over a year old to say so explicitly as it is an extra element of immediate evaluation for the reader.

Keep it up!
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:32 PM
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Hi Robin,

Thanks for letting me know about the link, I just fixed it.

I will add your revision to the post, you're absolutely right, an oversight here:-)
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YouTube Changes: Everything You Need To Know

YouTube Changes: Everything You Need To Know | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Aaron Biebert wrote this timely and very helpful piece on his blog 8pmWarrior about all the new changes on Youtube.

 

YouTube announced changes to channels that feature a news feed integrated with Google+, Twitter, and Facebook for videos shared on other platforms.

 

Here's an intro:

 

"I’m sharing from experience as a producer of several online shows and video productions that were created to build community and sell a product in a social savvy way".

 

Video changes the game.

 

Here’s why YouTube matters:

 

**YouTube is the #2 search engine in the world (think SEO)It is the largest video-based social network

 

**Google+ is now integrated even closer with YouTube for additional community building (more on the way)

 

**YouTube is simple to use and even offers a free video editing feature Video is perfect for the Attention Era

 

Lots of valuable "how-to" information here.

 

Aaron says:

 

"If you have any questions about the new YouTube upgrade, feel free to post the questions below, on the 8pm Warriors Facebook discussion forum, or on twitter @Biebert I'll do my best to answer or point you in the right direction".

 

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Aaron Biebert's comment, December 5, 2011 4:19 AM
Jan, once again...thank you for sharing my post. You are so helpful and thoughtful. I really appreciate it.

Hopefully it gets folks thinking more about video. Now's the time.
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It's a pleasure to share your articles thank you for always posting quality information and inspiration. Yes, video is a very important part of the media/marketing mix. Would love to chat with you offline soon, let's DM and set something up.
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How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me

How Content Curation Changed Everything For Me | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This blog post was written by Robert Dempsey at Dempsey Marketing Blog

 

Firstly, I want to thank you Robert for your kind words and mention in this article. Coming from you, it means a lot.

 

There are really good tips and resources about content curation

 

Here is my commentary:

 

****Whether you curate or create content remember, this is what it's all about:-)

 

** it starts conversations

**builds relationships

**creates community

**Can lead business & referrals

**collaboration

**support

**expands your knowledge

 

Along the same line, here's what particularly caught my attention:

 

Never forget the social part of social media

 

**Always reply back to people that initiate contact

 

**Be proactive don’t only follow people but initiate contact, and not using an auto-DM message either

 

**Thank people for sharing your content and mentioning you

 

Here's a real life example, I met Robert a week ago after curating his relevant and timely piece "Measuring Online Influence & It’s Impact On Social Media" http://bit.ly/sLc2el. He thanked me, we've been communicating ever since.

 

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

 

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What’s the #1 thing people are doing online? [Infographic]

What’s the #1 thing people are doing online? [Infographic] | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

What are you doing on the Internet? Shopping? Tweeting? Checking Facebook?

 

**71% of you are watching videos on Vimeo or YouTube

The infographic covers the PEW survey for the past

three years on what adults are doing on the Internet.

 

I love that 81% of us are using the Internet to check the weather. This is my favorite site to check the weather btw.

 

So what’s the #1 thing people are doing online?

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"

 

Check it out here: [http://tnw.co/v5Ixp1]


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Emocean Club's comment, November 20, 2011 9:14 AM
Interesting. I'm surprised at the shopping numbers. I thought other sources of data had the % of people shopping online similarly high, but a much smaller % of people actually "buying" online...
janlgordon's comment, November 20, 2011 1:48 PM
Hi Darcy, I agree with you, it is a bit surprising - you would think the percentage was higher - there may be some hidden #'s they're not capturing, It'll definitely be interesting to see how how this looks after the holidays.
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Social & Mobile—Central to the New Marketing [analytics]

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Mike Ricci wrote this piece for Webtrends Blog

 

On the heels of a recent study that Webtrends undertook with Forrester comes another riveting piece of research from eMarketer that focuses on the current fracturing of the Internet and the explosion that is taking place in social and mobile.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

****The fact that 82% of all the CMOs polled for the study revealed that they are increasing the use of social media should cast aside any illusions that this emerging new medium is a passing fad or merely a tactic to reach the highly prized 18-24 demographic. 

 

****68% said they were unprepared for the explosion of Social Media

 

****Analytics fared almost as well, with 81% saying they would increase their spend.  The same amount as will devote more funds to Customer Relationship Management!

 

****80% identified mobile apps and 72% stated that tablet apps are priorities going forward

 

****71% of these same marketers revealed that it is the data explosion that these new mediums are generating that keeps them awake at night while 72% will increase their spend on Content Management.

 

 

There are also categories for Marketing Priorities and Priorities for Managing the shift towards Digital Technologies.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "The Explosion of the Mobile Web and Beyond"

 

Lots of other interesting findings can be seen here: [http://bit.ly/uM5Snf]


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Time to cut the Clutter on Facebook & Twitter says David Shing AOL's 'Digital Prophet'

Time to cut the Clutter on Facebook & Twitter says David Shing AOL's 'Digital Prophet' | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Lisa O'Carroll posted this in the Guardian UK

 

Content curation is going to be a huge trend and a great opportunity for many who understand their market, their needs and how they consume information.

 

Intro:

 

"David Shing, AOL's 'digital prophet' tells Dublin Web Summit that defriending and unfollowing will be the next trend among social media users..."

 

"People are going to start defriending people who constantly tweet and post on Facebook with rubbish info," he said.

 

Similarly for brands, he said it's very dangerous for companies to get involved on social networks unless they can guarantee a meaningful conversation.

 

"If I invite a brand into my home, there better be a good reason for them to come in."

 

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People Optimization vs Search Engine Optimization - A Business Success Story

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I enjoyed reading this interview with Michael Stelzner, founder & CEO of Social Media Examiner and Sparksheet.

 

I remember when Michael first started this company and have watched him successfully package information and solutions to a very hungry audience wanting to understand social media and how to use it in business.

 

There are so many so called "social media gurus" telling us what we should or should not do, but here is someone that has achieved a 100,000 person emailing list in a mere 20 months!

 

The following is an except from the interview which highlights a few things Michael has done to build community and a successful business around the topic of social media:

 

Sparksheet:

 

"Many of your headlines include a question, a number (“4 Tips,” “5 Steps”), or a  “How to,” making them very SEO-friendly. How much do search engines factor into your editorial process? Do you create content based on what people are searching for?"

 

Michael:

 

"No, we do not. We only get 15 percent of our 900,000 page-views per month from search. We do not try to make things that appeal to search engines. We don’t ignore search engines, but it’s not our primary focus. Our primary focus is to appeal to people.

 

I have a background in copywriting so I know what a good headline is. We write headlines that people want to share, that people want to click through on Twitter or Facebook to read."

 

Sparksheet:

 

"In your latest book, Launch, you discuss the “elevation principle,” which goes something like this: Great content + other people – marketing messages = business growth. Why are “marketing messages” subtracted from this equation?"

 

 

My input:

 

I have always said that if you want to emulate a person's success, watch and learn from what they do (but don't try to be them!). 

 

If you have followed Michael's meteoric rise as I have, you will know that he has set the standard for success in Social Media by, as he puts it, marketing without marketing . 

 

I can think of no better role model for anyone wishing to achieve their own success.

 

http://sparksheet.com/marketing-without-marketing-qa-with-social-media-examiner%E2%80%99s-michael-stelzner/

 

 


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Content Curators Will Change The Way We Consume Information On The Web

 This is a great article on curation from Finger Tips Music. There is much confusion out there, some people say content curation is just a buzz word, it is so much more and what I've highlighted below is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering  Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Curating is not just filtering

 

****Curators must keep selections to a rigorous minimum.

 

**One long-running model is the site Very Short List, which selects but one thing a day to inform you about.

 

****The difference between filtering and curating is, however, more than quantitative.

 

******A curator aims to present web content in a manner that removes it from the medium’s inherent endlessness as well as its relentless robotic-ness.

 

****** This can be done only with the care and attention of an individual intelligence.

 

*******A curator, alive to context and nuance, has a voice, a sensibility, a vibe; there is something inherently idiosyncratic about curating.

 

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How to Prepare Your Business for Google+

How to Prepare Your Business for Google+ | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

 

Lots of good information and observations in this article.

 

Excerpt:

 

What's Coming for Business in Google+?

 

Google is preparing Google+ for businesses, as Christian Oestlien, Product Manager for Google+, explains in the video below. Rich analytics and the ability to connect to AdWords will be among those features.

 

What Edge Will Google+ Have Over Facebook?

 

Google+ will have a hard slog against Facebook. It will directly compete with the social network that has consistently gotten it right, especially when it comes to business use. Facebook's recently launched business portal is a great all-in-one tool for businesses to manage their presence on Facebook.

 

Google+ also lacks Facebook's user base of 800 million, although the Google+ user base has blown through 20 million so far and is steadily increasing.

 

Google's biggest ally against Facebook is Facebook itself. Facebook users have been getting ornery about its massive makeover rolled out this week, to the point where many may look at Google+ as a viable, pared-down alternative.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**There is also the issue of demographics. Google+ is young-adult rich. This is the golden demographic that most marketers want to reach, and being able to reach it through a campaign that can be tracked through Google Analytics is a very attractive value proposition. In addition, there are other tie-in services Google could build into its features for business, which we have covered here.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/240494/how_to_prepare_your_business_for_google.html


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Online Ads To Become More Integrated Into Content

Online Ads To Become More Integrated Into Content | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Mark Walsh from Mediapost, wrote this piece based on Fred Wilson's keynote address at OMMA Global on Monday.  Mr. Wilson is Co Founder of Union Square Ventures.

 

Intro:

 

Traditional banner ads have long been the whipping boy of the online ad world. Ubiquitous but ignored, the display ad on the right side of the page has given way to a new generation of social-media formats blurring the distinction between advertising and content and promising higher levels of interaction.

 

 Gearing advertising to specific platforms to improve performance also increases reach; users migrate away from Web portals to social-networking sites, blogs and more narrowly crafted content niches online. 

 

Takeaway:

 

It's important to embrace emerging digital formats as the Web audience continues to splinter across more specialized and socially driven forms of media. "There's no single channel any more. That's just the way the world is going ... and marketing opportunities are fragmenting equally", Wilson said.

 

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=159291


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How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results

How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Shel Holtz he has some good suggestions for companies to move curation beyond entry level and show them  how to create more innovative ways to use this powerful tool and that produces more targeted results.

 

Excerpt:

 

There’s plenty of evidence that business is adopting content curation, but the practice hasn’t been around long enough for organizations to understand how to us it in a way that will strengthen their content marketing strategy.

 

Here are some of the ways companies can apply curation that will give them more visability and beyond.

 

** To start applying content curation, communicators need to pay attention to how others are using the crop of curation tools that have found acceptance online.

 

**Curating news that the media isn’t covering can lead to media coverage. And, by extension, it can improve and expand on stories the media are covering.

 

The process would look something like this:

 

**Identify opportunity:

 

Any company news is a potential curated collection.

Think about a product launch, or financial events.

 

Select curators:

 

**criteria for selecting curators should begin with their familiarity with the topic. The key to a solid curation effort is the selection of the best, most relevant and representative posts.

 

**Monitor conversation:

 

**With the curator in place, it’s time to develop key words and set up a monitoring plan.

 

**This can be as simple as establishing a few Google Alerts or as sophisticated as tapping into a monitoring service the organization is already using, like Radian 6.

 

Select and comment on the best content:

 

**Curators need to cull through the many items people have posted in order to find the right posts to create an accurate overview of the news.

 

**Moreover, adding context is one more curation chore.

When appropriate, adding commentary improves the value of the collection.

 

Here's the takeaway:

 

Companies are increasingly focused on content marketing. Curating company news fits nicely into the content marketing bucket, where it can both fill a gap in mainstream media reporting and serve as an impetus to getting that coverage.

 

**It’s only a matter of time before some organizations move beyond entry-level curation efforts and start curating their news.

 

Curated by Giuseppe Mauriello and Jan Gordon

 

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Two Types of Curation You Can Monetize: Here's What You Should Do

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This is part 2 of a 2 part series by Jack Humphrey for CurationSoft, in which he tells us that there are many types of Curation but only two that can be monetized. 

 

Part One deals with Realtime Curation, the realm of people like Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, and Mari Smith  they are followed on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ by so many people because of their ability to surface and post content their readers appreciate, enjoy, and spread around their own networks.

 

This piece deals with 'Curated Hubs', "which is just a fancy name for blog curation".

 

This is what captured my attention:

 

A well curated hub will include

 

***trackback links from cited sites, which improve search rankings for the curator, and

 

***monetization through traditional methods of paid advertising, affiliate sales, list marketing, or products and services you provide directly

 

The Value Proposition in a site must

 

***create a knee-jerk reaction in first time visitors to want to bookmark, subscribe, or somehow make a note that this is a site they must visit regularly and

 

***The person behind the curation is not just an aggregator of content, but someone with opinion and insight to add to the discussion and the outside sources they curate into their posts

 

The crux of the article is summed up as

 

****Getting hub curation right means providing a value in the marketplace that is sought after by a significant portion of the ideal reader demographic you wish to attract. Get this down, and you’ll have the traffic, rankings, and discussion on social networks to provide you with monetization opportunities out the wazoo.

 

And the bottom line?  You control the entire process, up to and including whatever action you want your readers to take that makes your content marketing profitable.

 

Under the sub-heading "Whose Castle are you Building", which means, you have to build your own platform the author writes:

 

****This you cannot do on a third-party site owned by someone else.

 

****In every instance where someone has built a third-party, hosted solution for publishing it has been an utter failure for the publishers in terms of maximizing profitability of all the eyes they attract.

 

****It is always better for the owner of the network than it is the publisher. Always!

 

****So neverput your business in the hands of anyone else.

 

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

 

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janlgordon's comment, December 7, 2011 9:47 AM
Jack Humphrey
Hi Jack
Robin Good has a question and I'd like to know too:

Can you sight some examples of this "well curated hubs" that monetize as described. That would be very helpful.
Yes, I do see Techmeme, Engadget and the others, but I was looking more for real-world ones built by passionate individuals, and not by startups that have been at it for years with VC money behind it.

Are there examples of this model working also for small independent publishers?
Karen Dietz's comment, December 7, 2011 10:29 AM
Yes, I'd like to the answer too -- inquiring minds want to know! Very interesting post. Thanks for curating this piece Jan.
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YouTube Changes: Everything You Need To Know

YouTube Changes: Everything You Need To Know | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

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Aaron Biebert's comment, December 5, 2011 4:19 AM
Jan, once again...thank you for sharing my post. You are so helpful and thoughtful. I really appreciate it.

Hopefully it gets folks thinking more about video. Now's the time.
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It's a pleasure to share your articles thank you for always posting quality information and inspiration. Yes, video is a very important part of the media/marketing mix. Would love to chat with you offline soon, let's DM and set something up.
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The Zero Moment of Truth: How Search and Social Are Changing The Way To Market

"The traditional world of business we know is changing.

 

Well-known brands are struggling to get anywhere in the new economy precisely because they are not getting what it is they must do in order to talk to their customers.

 

A number of global brands, in 2011, suffered humiliating PR disasters because they failed to understand how to use social media.

 

The picture which is emerging is that transparency in communications with potential customers, responsiveness and the personal touch always win over corporate slickness."

 

These the critical priorities to attack: 

 

1. Make SEO part of your company’s DNA: It’s not enough to optimize part of your website or your products or your social media presence. You really need to have optimization as a standard stage of your everyday work. This means that it should be the responsibility of more than one person and everyone in your company should understand what it is they need to do.

 

2. Employ social media as a stimulus platform: Use social media to inexpensively help your company and brand become known. This means establishing a presence on social media platforms.

 

3. Make social media marketing part of your company’s work: Again, social media marketing cannot be the responsibility of just one person. They are never enough. It has to be the work of everybody which means that everyone needs to understand what it is they must do and why. This requires that you make social media marketing training part of your internal processes.

 

4. Create a conversation: Stop thinking about social media marketing as a new format of the traditional broadcast platform and see it for what it is, a stage whereupon you get the chance to foster lasting, relationships with your customers.

 

Read more: http://helpmyseo.com/seo-tips/571-how-search-is-changing-the-online-purchasing-process.html 

 

Find out more: http://www.zeromomentoftruth.com 

 

(curated by Robin Good)


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janlgordon's comment, December 5, 2011 12:33 AM
Robin,
This is a great piece, thanks for sharing it!
Robin Good's comment, December 5, 2011 1:53 AM
Thank you Marty.
James A Smith MCIM's curator insight, March 19, 2013 4:56 AM

SEO needs to be focussed upon and understood to make a difference, keyword stuffing and all the old tricks are dead. Understand how you can aid your situation by using content, getting noticed by other sites and utilising long chain SEO

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10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now

10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it
This guest post is by Neil Patel of KISSmetrics. Google+ had a hot start, but has since cooled down. For ...

 

Lots of good suggestions - here's the takeaway:

 

Whether Google+ takes off or not, you can still use it to accomplish many productive and profitable things for your business. Besides, in the long run I believe that Google+ will play a large part in Google’s search algorithm, and when it does you’ll be ahead of the game!

 

What productive ways are you using Google+ to promote your business, your blog, and yourself?

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Google+ Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s0upHV]


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Set up your Google+ Brand Page the right way

Set up your Google+ Brand Page the right way | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

 

Chris Abraham wrote a piece last week, Max SEO with 8 simple Google+ steps before Google opened up G+ Brand Pages, so first go read what he wrote in the previous post(because all of the advice still applies).

 

I selected this piece because it's information you need to know to put your stake in the ground on Google+:

 

Excerpt:

 

In this post, we'll work on setting up your brand page right away in the right way. If you follow these steps, you'll be as well-placed as possible.

 

**First, did you notice that there's a new button on your Google+ profile? Go ahead and click "Create a Google+ page" and we'll get started.

 

Your first option is to create a page. Be careful here, because it isn't simple to change the sort of page you have.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Google+ Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.socialmedia.biz/2011/11/16/set-up-your-google-brand-page-right/]


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Research Shows Divergence in Social Media Uptake

Research Shows  Divergence in Social Media Uptake | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Research shows the use of social media at Fortune 500 has stalled, or perhaps even re-trenched.

 

This article for 'Grow' presents Data  provided by the Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.

 

What particularly caught my attention is:

 

***The almost universal uptake of Social Media by Universities and Charities.

 

***The divergence in uptake between Fortune 500 companies - the "titans" of American Business, and the INC 500, comprising America's fastest growing companies

 

A perhaps even more interesting divergence among the Fortune 500 where:

 

***The top 100 companies are the most active blogging companies.

 

***Only 17% of the next 400 companies blog.

 

It would be easy to conject as to the reasons for these stark differences, but I choose to let the numbers speak for themselves.  I will, however, be on the lookout for further pieces and more in-depth Data on this intriguing puzzle.

 

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

 

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How to Make Marketing That People Love [Gapingvoid Cartoons]

How to Make Marketing That People Love [Gapingvoid Cartoons] | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it
Gapingvoid's take on inbound marketing [cartoons].

 

As explained by Pamela Vaughan for Hubspot, Gapingvoid "is a website created by Hugh MacLeod, who creates cartoons around 'social objects,' which Hugh believes are the "hard currency of the internet."

 

In his words, "social objects are the reason two people talk to each other, as opposed to talking to somebody else...

 

That reason, that “node” in the social network, is the social object." So basically, gapingvoid makes these awesome social objects in the form of cartoons."

 

In this article, Pamela curates 6 gapingvoid cartoons on the subject of Inbound marketing. 

 

All very clever and very amusing at the same time.  She also gives us a quote from gapingvoid.com, just to give you a taste:

 

"Traditional advertising doesn’t work very well. Sure, it tries, and tries hard, but most of the time, it fails."

 

See the full article, complete with 6 cartoons: [http://bit.ly/sXiiMN]

 

 


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Crowdsourced Kyoo Turns Social Media Buzz Into 24-Hour News Channels That Companies Can Curate

Crowdsourced Kyoo Turns Social Media Buzz Into 24-Hour News Channels That Companies Can Curate | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Announced today, Kyoo is a social media aggregator that intelligently finds, indexes and displays social content on any topic.

 

The business versions of Kyoo allows organizations to aggregate and display content on their own sites, with moderation tools, in a similar fashion.

 

It features hot topics bubbling up in U.S. News, World News, Business, Science & Tech, Entertainment, Politics, Sports, What’s Viral and Lifestyle sections.

 

You can browse sections or search for topics of interest.

 

Each topic page is an amalgamation of topic-related tweets, public Facebook status updates, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, Delicious bookmarks, and top news stories from Digg and Reddit.

 

With a broad spectrum of channels, Kyoo provides a real-time, contextual glimpse at what’s happening in the world based on the updates pouring in from social media sites, making it akin to a crowdsourced 24-hour news network.

 

Kyoo is free to use for consumers, though it does offer a separate business product for companies that starts at $349 per month. 


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92% of Marketers Agree: Content Is Critical for SEO [Infographic]

92% of Marketers Agree: Content Is Critical for SEO [Infographic] | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Pamela Vaughn posted this on hubspot.com

 

Lots of good information here:

 

Intro:

 

"In inbound marketing, consistent content creation can be beneficial for quite a few reasons."

 

Here's what you need to know:

 

**One of the most powerful roles content can play in inbound marketing is in search engine optimization.

 

**Regularly creating optimized and interesting content is the best way to improve your search engine rankings for your target keywords, increasing your ability to get found online and generate more traffic to your business' website.

 

And what can more traffic lead to? Simple: more leads! Still not convinced that content plays a major role in SEO?

 

**Then take a gander at the following infographic created by Brafton:


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How Google Plus Could Impact Online Advertising and SEO

How Google Plus Could Impact Online Advertising and SEO | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Interesting post, makes perfect sense, great observations.

 

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 Since the arrival of Google Plus, marketing analysts all over the Web have had a lot to say about the potential implications of the new social network.

 

 Relevant, Highly Targeted Advertising With Google Plus, Google is poised to fuse search intent (what traditional search engine advertising is based on) and user behavior (social indicators from users). But with Google Plus there is a lot of new potential for extremely specific targeting based on user-submitted data, too.

 

 As Michael McEuen noted, search engine advertising on Google is a good way to “target user search intent and content on websites, but there is a lot of grey area to know for certainty that you are truly reaching your intended audience.”

 

 One of the major advantages of advertising on Facebook, one of the most popular social networks, is the ability to zoom in on the ideal consumer by age, gender, location, or other details users provide in their profiles. While there is currently no advertising on Google Plus, many analysts are quick to point out that the abundance of user data may signal big marketing opportunities.

 

http://timothyhughes.visibli.com/share/49Ht6T


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11 Guraranteed Ways to Make Your Content Click

11 Guraranteed Ways to Make Your Content Click | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Dawn Boshcoff, new media PR specialist, writer and trainer her company is BOSHnewmedia.com

 

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

 

Great strategy for leveraging your created or curated content........

 

Intro:

 

**On average, a visitor is most likely to just scan a website and will spend less than five seconds reading any given page, once they arrive.

 

If your goal is to inform and educate your visitor about your product, service or brand, you will definitely need to keep them on the page for longer than five seconds.

 

According to a study on reading behaviour, by Dr. Jacob Nielsen, your audience will simply not read and retain your message in such a short span of time.

 

We do know, however, that when people participate on your page, you are more likely to elicit a response —

 

**hopefully, one that matches your website’s purpose and one that is favorable to your brand.

 

As a content creator, I help my clients come up with

 

**innovative ways to develop messages that involve the reader. Each message is aligned with the client’s overall marketing goal.

 

**While focusing on a desired outcome, we also come up with creative ways to deliver each message.

 

**So think about it…what action do you want your visitor to take on your web pages?

 

http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing/moving-your-messages-11-ways-to-make-your-content-click-066754

 

 


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