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Covering the ongoing evolution of curation & beyond; the impact & innovation
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Why You Need To Curate Content and How To Be A Master At It

Why You Need To Curate Content and How To Be A Master At It | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This is a great piece by Heidi Cohen on why your marketing needs content curation and 12 attributes of a successful curation strategy.  This is one of the best articles I've seen on this topic in a very long time.

As I said, I've seen many pieces on curation but if you're like me, everytime I read about this, I always find something new or am reminded of ways I can polish what I'm doing.

Here are some of the highlights.........


Why Your Marketing Needs Content Curation

At its core, content curation is like a great editor or blogger who brings his unique taste and understanding of his target audience to his selection of the best content for his readers.

**He provides context for the content so that it's more than a collection of information

3 Reasons your content marketing strategy needs content curation:

1. Offering your audience a combination of original and third party content provides a branded context for your work

2. Curating other people's content positions you and/or your organization as a tastemaker in your field

3. Creating sufficient content is a marketing and business challenge

12 Attributes of a successful content curation strategy:

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

 *Has defined measurable goals

As part of your content marketing strategy and by extension

your marketing plan, content curation needs objectives that

are associated with your business.

**Targets a specific audience

. *Content curation like other forms of content marketing requires

understanding your readers' marketing persona

** Involves a community

*As with any social media or content marketing, your

audience should be at the heart of your content efforts.

**Clay Shirky says it best:

"Curation comes up when people

realize that it isn't just about information seeking, it's also

about synchronizing a community"

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, January 18, 2013 8:39 PM

This is a really good article about content curation. There is nothing wrong with doing content curation, as it provides insight from multiple sources. As this article points out, the trick is curating content that adds value to whatever it is that you are adding the content to. In my case, it's my blog. I've followed most of these guidelines instinctively, because I want to provide quality information to share with fellow technical communicators and e-learning specialists. 


Read this one carefully, as it's chock full of good advice.


Better Homes, Better Life's comment, January 26, 2013 11:31 PM
I see that you are making some of these into almost like blog posts too. Jan Gordon does the same thing. I think I am going to try it out...
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Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pinterest: Everything You Need to Know About the Hottest Niche Site [INFOGRAPHIC] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

I rescooped this from my topic Pinterest Watch, because I feel this infographic really gives you some insight into what's really happening on Pinterest and it's definitely something I want to bring to your attention.

If it makes sense, this site is a great mix in your marketing efforts. Niche sites, especially ones that are visual with less text are becoming more popular everyday and Pinterest is definitely leading the way. Take a quick look at what's happening.......


"How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there? This infographic lays it out.

**Pinterest has emerged as the runaway social media hit of early 2012. You probably knew that already. But did you know the company just has 12 people? Or that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women?

**, a visual marketing firm, took a deep dive into the data to catalog Pinterest’s stunning rise and produced the infographic below.

**What’s clear is that with 10 million users, Pinterest has already made its mark in terms of web design influence, if nothing else.

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

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To Pinterest, A Love Letter

To Pinterest, A Love Letter | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This wonderful piece was written by Lisa Barone on Outspoken Media. I loved reading this because her insights are right on the money. How do I know? Because I've been on Pinterest for a week and this social network takes you beyond all the buzzwords, the how to articles and lets you connect with others in ways that have the potential to create deeper engagement that can is definitely beginning to show ROI in more ways than one.

Feel free to follow me on Pinterest at

or visit my topic on content curation at

Here's an excerpt that captures the essence of what she is saying. I highly recommend you read the comments as well.


"Anyone who knows me will tell you: I’m completely commitment phobic. And nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of emerging social media networks. I cringe whenever a new one is released because I simply Can’t.

"For me, the social network doing that right now is Pinterest.Wait? Pinterest? Is that really anything more than an outlet for pictures of sleeping cats, fancy home décor and items deemed orange?

It is.

I’ll tell you why I love it and why, as a brand, you should love it too.

****One of the great things social media has done is that it’s undeniably changed the way businesses and consumers are able to interact.

****It broke through an imaginary wall that had long divided the two and allowed businesses to share parts of themselves which, in turn, allowed consumers to seek out businesses that are weird in the same way or that believed in the same things.

Last November I spoke at TEDx about how through the Web, weird became profitable.

****Weird became something businesses could leverage. To me, that’s where social media is most effective –

****when businesses use weird to be strategically authentic and show customers their essence. It’s when they let certain parts of themselves hang out so their customers can get to know whose behind the product or service that they love so much.

And that’s what Pinterest does really well. It epitomizes what is right and powerful in social media. Sure, Mashable may still use it to hoard marketing infographics for page views, but that’s not how it’s most effective.

**Pinterest works best when brands show customers what’s going on below the surface".

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

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janlgordon's comment, January 13, 2012 12:07 AM
Thank you for this wonderful post on Pinterest!
maxOz's comment, January 13, 2012 12:12 AM
I love it as well, glad you enjoyed it x Michele
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Welcome to your curated Web, courtesy of corporate America

Welcome to your curated Web, courtesy of corporate America | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

The amount of content online is growing, and with it comes the need for a new kind of information gatekeeper.


We all know there's content on the web is overwhelming and there are people who are organizing, aggregating and commenting on content to help make sense of the web. Now companies are getting in on the act.......




Companies, eager to find the most effective way to broadcast their message across the Web, have started to embrace digital curation as a means of staying relevant to consumers. In the process of creating this content, however, they are starting to blur the line between editorial and advertising — what folks in the marketing business call “advertorial” and “branded content.” A majority of the more popular branded, digital curation sites are in fashion and luxury goods, where it is possible — even desirable — to curate an aspirational lifestyle around specific products.


Here's what caught my attention:


Of course, there’s nothing wrong with corporations putting their content on the Web, but it does begin to raise questions about how these companies are starting to influence what we see, hear and read online. It’s getting harder and harder to tell "sponsored stories" from real stories and “promoted tweets” from real tweets. Sometimes browsing the Web is like watching a really clever infomercial or reading a magazine insert and not even realizing that you’re consuming little more than clever advertising.

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The Key Role Of Quality Curation in the Future of Media

The Key Role Of Quality Curation in the Future of Media | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

In his recent business trip to Australia, Edelman’s Steve Rubel discussed his thoughts on the future of the media with Yvonne Adele at Social Media Club Melbourne.





Here are some highlights from this article:


*** Content surplus as a bankable trend:

In an era of self-publication (for brands as well as individuals) and increased noise we’re all faced with the problem of too much content and not enough time. For media companies, scaling this information and providing value through quality curation is a great opportunity to solve this problem for the consumer.


Steve’s top tips for being a quality curator:

- Be knowledgeable and well read on your subject matter of choice;
- Save materials for later reading – it’s all an opportunity to be well informed and provide value to others;
- Focus on depth, not breadth. As Steve said, he knows a lot about a few things, and little about most things.


***People want to connect with the human element of a brand and those that work for the organisation.


***Journalists and media are now community managers. They have to see their role not only as a reporter/journalist/presenter – but as a brand ambassador who is able to acquire consumers and an build an audience through these channels.


***Steve’s top three emerging trends for media?

1) Building business models that incorporate curation;
2) Increased data mining and analytics about real-time engagement with media content;
3) The increased importance of facebook’s open graph.


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Moreover, Steve Rubel also moderated a News Limited and Herald Sun panel on the future of journalism. 

If you have an hour to spare, I highly recommend checking out the full hour-long video discussion here:

Via Giuseppe Mauriello
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Pinterest leads content curation boom

Pinterest leads content curation boom | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |
This piece was written by Mia Pearson.for The Globe and Mail.


To say Pinterest is growing quickly is an understatement.


Brands have opportunity to capitalize on new sites that celebrate online content in a personal way and Pinterest leads content curation boom


Here are a few highlights:


**According to a report from Shareaholic, Pinterest now drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.


**It recently became the fastest website to attract more than 10 million unique monthly visitors.


**Time magazine named it one of the 50 best websites of 2011 and Techcrunch named it the best new startup of 2011.


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janlgordon's comment, February 10, 2012 6:05 PM
Shinya Sakemoto Thank you for this piece, I really appreciate it.
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Digital Curation: What kind of curator are you?

Via Paulo Simões
Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:39 PM
I love this deck, thanks for curating