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What is Content Curation?

What is Content Curation? | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it
I selected this piece by Dino Joannides for Lingospot because it tackles a much asked and frequently tackled answered of "What is Curation?" in the most appropriate manner possible. That is to say, he answers the question with an excellent example of curation, complete with multiple links to articles that prove his points.

 

Some points that caught my attention:

 

**Content curation means different things to a variety of stakeholders, be they journalists, editors, bloggers, business executives or marketers.

 

**Fred Wilson the Venture Capitalist and blogger sees curation as an essential element in today's media landscape as indicated by one of his posts here

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**Some argue that curation could actually save media.

 

**Others have argued that there is a new type of curation that is in effect the New Search.

 

**Most people inadvertently already act as curators whenever they decide to post a link or video to their social networks to show their friends they have found great or topical content.

 

He closes by suggesting traditional editors make decisions based only upon content that was produced internally, whereas the newer Curation mixes this with external content. The determination of what is given prominence remains the same.

 

The difference is that now, this role is undertaken by professional journalists, content marketers, bloggers" or in reality, anyone that publishes online".

 

What do you think?

 

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

 

Read full article: [http://bit.ly/w81bwP]


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Robin Good's comment, January 20, 2012 12:49 PM
Thank you Jan, excellent work, as always.
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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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28 Major Trends for 2012 and Beyond – Part 1

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Futurist Thomas Frey gives us some fascinating predictions for the very exciting year ahead. It's a great post with essential information to shift your thinking and get ready for 2012.

 

My intro:

 

There were so many things that I could comment on but my primary focus in 2012 is the future of content curation, the evolution and its impact on how we utilize and digest data in our business and personal lives. How will curation be perceived in 2012 and what will the monetary value be for content curation? 

 

Having said that, this is what particularly caught my attention:

 

Information Doesn’t Want to be Free– In 1984 at a Hackers Conference, Silicon Valley futurist Stuart Brand was the first to use the phrase: “Information wants to be free” in response to a point made by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak but continued

 

“On the other hand, information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.

 

**"The right information in the right place just changes your life."

 

**This set the stage for an entirely new era of free-thinking “free” advocates"

 

****My commentary: One of the reasons trusted content curators will become a very valuable asset to the information economy:

 

****"There is always a cost to “free.”

 

****While it may not extract a payment from your bank account, there is always a “time” cost involved.

 

****Without some amount of friction, the volume of information you have to sift through skyrockets and even with good search technology, your time-costs climb dramatically.

 

****The days of “free” thinking are numbered. Look for this mindset to shift over the coming years. More details here. This article is from 9/2/2011 - Two things that caught my attention....

 

**While it is true that the Internet is eliminating many of the gatekeepers, people trying to break into a field without going through gatekeepers find it far harder to gain credibility and foster a “trust” relationship with their audiences.

 

****In the end it still boils down to trust. Can I trust the person I am reading or listening to? Are they an accurate source of information? Will it be worth the time and brainpower I’m investing?

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sreMX5]


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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
@Robin Good
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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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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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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Bundlepost - A Content Management Tool That Creates Results

My friend Robert Caruso has created Bundlepost, an amazing tool to help you find relevant, interesting, and valuable content.

 

This video tells you how Bundlepost works. It helps you to manage and post content effeciently so you can spend the rest of the time engaging and doing business.

 

He explains how it works, how to set it up, what is  what is isn't and the many benefits it provides.

 

This tool is definitely something you should take a look at.

 

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

 

See Video here: [http://bit.ly/wegCAI]


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 19, 2012 12:29 AM
Ah, this is the tool you shared!
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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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Two Types of Curation You Can Monetize: Here's What You Should Do

Two Types of Curation You Can Monetize: Here's What You Should Do | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

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"

 

Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/vT1ITT]


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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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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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Dea Elmi's comment, November 28, 2011 5:21 PM
Riding the wave...
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Learn Great From 6 Leaders in Content Marketing

Learn Great From 6 Leaders in Content Marketing | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This is a great piece from the Curata.

 

Not only can you learn from these amazing people, you can find wonderful content there too!

 

When it comes to diving into the world of content marketing, you don’t have to go it alone. There are people who have come before you, learning what works and what doesn’t.

 

Because they are content writing masters, not only can you gain tips and tricks while reading their blogs, you can see examples of their work.

 

Learn from these experts to increase the success of your online marketing techniques

 

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See who they are:


http://www.contentcurationmarketing.com/articles/56724/6-leaders-in-content-marketing/


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Content Curators Playing A Larger Role Online

Content Curators Playing A Larger Role Online | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Curated story by janlgordon.

 

Tony reminds us that content curators play a role in information overload - they take time to sort, select, comment on good content that helps keeps you current on your topic of interest.

 

Tony says:

 

"With the ever increasing amount of online information from social networks, the need for organizing it has never been greater. Look around and there’s no shortage of aggregation tools to help us filter out the important stuff."

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**In this world of information overload, there’s now a new layer in the media ecosystem: the curator. If it wasn’t for that person who retweeted the story in the first place, you probably wouldn’t have seen it.

 

**So naming the retweeters in daily promos is the right course of action. Twitter is like a fire hose and Paper.li is selecting random tweets that would have otherwise been missed.

 

**Yes, they’re randomly chosen but I find a lot of value in them because they praise others for their contributions.

 

**It reminds me that they’re part of my network and I can appreciate their contributions that much more. I know when I’m named in someone’s newspaper it motivates me to continue sharing that type of content.

 


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