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Covering the ongoing evolution of curation & beyond; the impact & innovation
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How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence

How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
If you define influence by the size of your Klout score, you can stop reading this right now. If you believe influence is driven by the creation of a re
janlgordon's insight:

This is a great article by copyblogger on how to gain true influence and the "science" behind leveraging relationships.

Here are some highlights:

*. Influence is driven by creating a relationship between two parties - where one sees the other as truly knowlegable about a prticular product or service.

* Establishing influence is a multi-step process that moves the influenced through four key stages

There is a "science" or method to doing this effectively he uses the term Propinquity - the dictionary defines this as:

Propinquity - Noun
  1. The state of being in close to someone or something; proximity.
  2. Close kinship.

There is physical propinquity and psychological propinquity - being that most of us use content to reach, engage and build relationships, he uses content creation as a means of creating influence an building trusted relationshiops.

Propiinquity theory tells us:

* the more often people see your content, the better they get to know you.

*Each time someone is exposed to your content, they are interacting with you, your thoughts and beliefs.

*This leads to a feeling of knowing you, because it mirrors how we get to know people in the real world.

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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 5:59 AM
yes...some people are worthy of respect; others less so...
Therese Matthys's comment, July 16, 2013 12:34 PM
Caroline - so true!
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 9, 2013 11:48 AM
You're all totally true. I really agree with you. I would add that "followers" are (normally, except for fake profiles...) persons. And persons MUST be respected. I agree too with you, Sigrid, concerning the fact that influence could be better mesured by interactions. Thx a lot for your reactions. It's very kind from you! Have a great week. Best regards :) Philippe
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How to Give Your Brand a Voice that Keeps Them Coming Back

How to Give Your Brand a Voice that Keeps Them Coming Back | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This wonderful piece is from Ignite who has given us some excellent tips on how to develop a voice for your brand that is clear, unique and speaks to your clients, customers or audience in a way they understand.

Whether you're new to social media or have been around for a while, this article can help you polish and  clarify who you are and why people should buy your products or services, read your blog and be part of your community.

Do a Self-Evaluation

Here are a few good starter questions:

*What are the qualities/attributes that I want to be associated with my brand?

*What are my goals for communicating with fans on social channels (forming favorable impressions, providing technical expertise, etc.)?

*What are some of the strengths of my business/why does my product appeal to consumers?

Here are some highlights:

Compile Your Brand Lexicon - Terms or Phrases that you (the brand) use to talk about yourself.

The list should include:

*Current Advertising taglines & trademarked phrases

*Terms you use as a brand to describe your product

*Words you would like the consumer to asociate with your product

 Listen to your fans & adapting your communication strategies will be key in the evolution of your brand voice over time.


A successful brand voice will be one that stays true to your core values & messaging while encoraging dialogue from your fan base

After engaging with your community, your brand voice should adapt based on feedback from them but always be a reflection of your brand identity.

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janlgordon's comment, November 5, 2012 3:08 PM
Thank you John van den Brink - much appreciated!!
John van den Brink's comment, November 5, 2012 5:22 PM
You're welcome Jan. Great post!
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Is Content the New Currency?

Is Content the New Currency? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
Between the endless Euro drama and the Bitcoin brouhaha, currency has been much in the news of late. Most people would probably name the US Dollar as the dominant currency in this day and age.
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Interesting article from Fast Company written by Geoffrey Colon.

Today the word currency is being used frequently - in this context - the new currency is content in the online world. It has particular meaning to me and many of us who curate or create content to engage, inform and build communities for a variety of reasons.

Content that has substance, informs, meets the needs of the audience gains trust - trust builds relationships, relationships can lead to commerce, communities with shared interests, knowledge networks, innovation and much more.

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

Content creates equity much like stocks and bonds. The more subject matter expertise a brand brings to the table, the more business they can create. This expertise is displayed in the form of content

Financial transactions ussed to buy status. Now, content buys earned trust.

Content has meaning beyond the data it contains. It can be shared and exchanged with others to acquire additional knowledge—much like a traditional currency.

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janlgordon's comment, June 19, 2013 12:38 AM
Mithu Hassan Sorry I'm so late in getting back to you - you're very welcome, happy you liked it!!
santina kerslake's curator insight, September 5, 2013 3:11 PM

Do people actually read the content? Will it keep them following you?