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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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Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption

Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This excellent article was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystems. 

 

After presenting some facts showing the immense and burgeoning amount of data available on the web, Romain goes into a little detail on the types of tools that use the Social Graph to filter content:

 

Social Networks Search Engines Discovery Engines

 

He then details 5 limitations to Social Media Discovery, opeing this section of the article:

 

**It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it.

 

What most caught my attention:

 

**Excessive attention to what is being said within the user’s circle of trust limits the scope of the information consumption.

 

**The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced

 

**Users generally follow people that they respect at a personal level.

 

**It is understandable that they don’t have the desire to follow people that they dislike or that have the opposite view

 

**Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise

 

**Following more people still equals a broader information scope and even more noise.

 

I agree wholeheartedly that it is our inclination to seek validation.  We must choose our sources and our curators very carefully to avoid seeing only what we are hoping to find.  But choose, we must!  The volume is just too great for anyone to do otherwise for a sustainable period of time.

 

If you're not careful you can escape the Google filter bubble to one of your own making. To avoid this, you may have to follow people who's views you may not agree with but at least you'll get the broader picture.

 

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

 

Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/yKZdG6]


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Karen Dietz's comment, January 11, 2012 7:49 AM
Excellent article and review Jan!
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Thanks Karen, loved our conversation on Google+:-)
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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 6:47 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 7:29 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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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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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.

 

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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.

 

http://www.fingertipsmusic.com/?p=7732


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Content Curation - Best Practices | E-Learning Council

Content Curation - Best Practices | E-Learning Council | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

Content Curation - Best Practices

 

Content curation has become a hot topic in 2012.

 

Corrine Weisgerber, an associate professor at St. Edwards University, has an excellent presentation on content curation.

 

She differentiates content curation from content aggregation--content aggregation can be automated but content curation requires the human touch for finding, evaluating and contextualizing information.

 

Gust MEES: Corinne is from Luxembourg (Europe), my country, don't know Luxembourg? Check out my curation about Luxembourg here: http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe


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Jenny Pesina's comment, January 12, 2012 1:28 PM
Great find, Gust - Corrine makes some great points on giving your own opinion on what you find and establishing a PLN. Really enjoyed this one, thanks!
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@JennyP,

Thanks Jenny, much appreciated your comment :)
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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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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 10:00 AM
@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 10:53 AM
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 11:32 AM
@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 Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Social Media Optimization &  Search Engine Optimization | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker

 

This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.

 

"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."

 

There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:

 

Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content

 

If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense

 

****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience

 

My Commentary:

 

I love this one!

 

Here's the tip

 

****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.

 

You can build on a topic in different ways:

 

**Beg to differ politely

 

**Provide additional tips and insights

 

**Ask clarifying question(s)

 

My Commentary:

 

This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.

 

**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sJs2I8]


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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 12:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
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Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 6:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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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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