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Jan Gordon: I selected this wonderful piece by Michael J. Fern of Intigi because it reinforces the importance of curation and has a lot of great insights.
In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble, who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.
He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence. Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:
Here's what especially caught my attention:
a) Thought Leadership
If outsiders view your company as a key source of industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.
b) Hub of Information
By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.
By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.
d) Content with Commentary
Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000
Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: http://bit.ly/zTGY37
Via janlgordon, Robin Good
This post was written by Melonie Gallegos for iMediaconnection
In this piece, there are 8 tips to help marketers get in on the social curation boom in a meaningful way - that means Pinterest and beyond!
Here's an excerpt:
"Curation is a long-standing tradition of collecting, saving & organizing objects. Today it takes on a different meaning. Organizataions have evolved from collecting artifacts to digital curation of media and content"
When human behavior shifts and it certainly has, (more about that in the article), brands are quick to follow suit.
Here are some highlights:
There are a lot of websites offfering curation-type services
To get a clear sense of how a brand might leverage curation in this article, they have broken them down into categories.
**social bookmarking and news
**Aggregation and syndication networks
**There are 8 ways your brand can get in on the action
Here are a few that caught my attention:
Become a curator creator
**Create your own Pinterest board and it's more than just slapping images, it takes thought, strategy, being part of the community and continually showing up
**appreciating other people's content and having two-way conversations
Create an Interest-based content strategy
**Focus on the interests of your audience, not your products and services!
**Allign their real-life interests with your brand position
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/IXNQQB]
Via janlgordon, Cyndee Haydon www.SandbarsToSunsets.com
My fellow curator and colleague, Beth Kanter has once again given us a wonderful post full of insights and resources.
****I also want to point out that what she has done in this article is an excellent example of providing "context" and adding depth to what she's saying.
In this piece Beth talks about Transdisiplinarity which means literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines which you will notice, she has clearly demonstrated in this post.
Read full article: [http://bit.ly/ACNJik]