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10 High Profile Influencer Marketers

10 High Profile Influencer Marketers | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Here are 10 high profile Influencer Marketing case studies. No, they aren't 'typical'. But there are lessons to be learned fro
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I selected this article from Curatti written by Shane Barker because it provides information on successful influencer marketing case studies.

 

Learn from top marketers in your industry on how to build better influence online.

 

Understand How Influencers Reach an Audience

 

Brand building comes through generating trust with your community. I agree that you can glean a lot from the experts who already have a well established following.

 

Barker goes over influencers from various niches who have run a successful marketing campaign.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

  • Two different bloggers used sponsored posts to generate more sales and interest. They also offered incentives which further grew their website subscribers.

 

  • In order to gain trusted reviews from an online only company one business partnered with micro influencers to attract interested buyers. Readers were also given a coupon code for their next purchase.

 

  • A wine maker chose to hire a marketing agency to help generate a buzz about their products. Influencers included bloggers in their niche who could help spread the word.

 

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Digital Marketing: Pandora’s Box, Panacea or Global Equalizer?

Digital Marketing: Pandora’s Box, Panacea or Global Equalizer? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Digital marketing can either make or break a small business. If you do it well, you’re rewarded with a reliable and growing stream of customers.
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This is the first in a series of planning and executing successful digital marketing campaigns by Michael Nelson, for Curatti
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Digital marketing can either make or break a small business.  If you do it well, you’re rewarded with a reliable and growing stream of customers.  If you do it poorly, you can kill your brand or your business with wasted time and blown budgets.


How do you give your business the best chance to be on the successful side of the equation?


Here are a few highlights:


Marketing is about generating sales for your business.  That is and should be the purpose of marketing regardless of whether you are building your brand or specifically trying to grow your revenue.  


We have inbound marketing, attraction marketing, email marketing, influence marketing, network marketing, content marketing, outbound marketing, affiliate marketing and so on.  


How do we pick one, especially if we are small business owners and not marketing experts?


The most important word in those phrases is “marketing.”  It’s the root of what we’re trying to do.  


If you charge ahead with digital marketing without a clear goal and way to measure your progress, then it doesn’t matter which marketing method you select.  


Begin with setting the theme for your campaign.  Your theme will be high level and visionary in nature.  You then create three (no more) goals that if reached will propel you towards your goal.  


Now you plan.  How will you reach your goals, what needs to be done, what level of resource will be committed to each action and so on.  


The next article will address creating marketing messages,

Circumstance Marketing, and crafting those messages for the digital world.  So stay tuned!


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GregoryBurrus's curator insight, March 5, 2014 2:18 PM

Growing stream of customers from inbound or attraction marketing works

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The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers

The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
What will be the impact on your business of changing global trends such as: shifting macro economics, social and geopolitical trends, globalization, the increasing influence of the BRIC nations, climate change, food/water and other resource...
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This article is from Globaltrends - I selected it because I thought they did an excellent job of examining the emerging influence landscape, some of its potential implications, how businesses can leverage this information and raised some thought-provoking questions to ponder as we move forward.......


Influence is Power


Essentially influence is about power, the ability to shift the actions, attitudes and behaviors of others, to be a compelling force leading the way towards a goal, an aspiration or a way of living or working.


Jan Gordon comment:


Curators of content, news and information who provide insights and context will play an important role in shaping the future of influence.


Here are a few highlights: 


Identifying who are the shapers and influencers is just the start of mapping the influence landscape. 


*In today's world knowledge and skill are never enough--unless you possess the influence to make the world take notice.


There are three other key elements to understand:


  • the organizations and communities, which interact with the shapers and influencers to determine the rules of engagement
  • the networks, channels and aggregators through which influence travels  
  • the individuals and their roles who are shaped by influence

 

Making Sense of the Influence Landscape: Implications for Business

Understanding the landscape of influence and its shifting power structures is critical for businesses today and will become more so in future. 

Businesses that actively understand and manage influence have tremendous opportunities

Here are an example:
 
Tap into the value of entire networks, rather than that of individuals alone, e.g. pricing products or services according to an individual’s influence power, to maximize potential network value versus individual value.


What’s Next?


The influence landscape is dynamic.  The one certainty is that it will continue to shift more rapidly, raising the question of what’s next? 


How will power bases shift if we learn to manage the landscape and its underlying technologies better? 


Who will be the next generation of shapers and influencers – and how do we connect with them?


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Global Trends Team's comment, October 3, 2013 4:27 AM
Thanks to all for sharing. Just came across this article on influence which may also be of interest: http://blogs.imediaconnection.com/blog/2013/10/01/is-influence-dead/
Sebastien Caron's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:10 PM

The Social Business transformation have brought to the enterprise, properties of political systems. Therefore, mapping and monitoring your network of influencers should become part of your operations. 

Matthew Quetton's curator insight, October 21, 2013 12:25 PM

Insightful article of how you can map and manage the influence within your business ecosystem.

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Do You Know How Social Currency Influences Behavior?

Do You Know How Social Currency Influences Behavior? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Conversation Agent quotes on Influence from Valeria Maltoni It's the age of the connected customer and people are now comfortable using technology to share -- privately or in public.


Here are some highlights:


How social currency influences behavior


**Social influences include peer pressure and social exchange. The latter is stronger than an economic motive.


**Most human interactions consist of an exchange of value. From a psychological standpoint, actions like sharing signal desire for self expression, need for validation, and social status recognition, and also simply altruism and affinity with a group or cause.


**Both social influences are amplified in public settings.


Psychologist Robert Cialdini documented six principles of ethical persuasion:


**social proof


**authority


**affinity


**commitment


**consistency


**reciprocity


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Thomas Wooldridge's comment, April 19, 2013 7:17 AM
social Proof.. It is what we all seek
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7 Ways to Find, Engage & Leverage Powerful Influencers

7 Ways to Find, Engage & Leverage Powerful Influencers | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Belinda Stinson for Jeff Bullas's blog


Jan Gordon: My commentary


This is one of the suggestions that was mentioned in this article but I can't stress this enough, it should be #1


After you've discovered who the right influencers are, always look for ways you can sincerely contribute to them that is meaningful, then find ways to leverage the relationship and make it a win/win for both of you. 


Intro:


 "if you want to grow your business, you need to know who the influencers are in your field, learn from their expertise and build a productive professional relationship with them".


Why leverage influencers?:


"Influencers are hubs of information, they have many followers who respect their recommendations and opionions and being featured by them sends a powerful amount of targeted traffic your way - It's good old fashioned word of mouth recommendations on steriods"


Here are a few ways to discover influencers that I personally do myself:


**Twitter Lists - Twitter is a great untapped resource for finding influencers and keep track of what they are posting


**Groups and Forums - These are valuable sources of information.


**Podcasts and webinars - This is a great way to find key influencers - whether it's through interviews, presentations, information products of their own or curated information by others


Here are a few ways to build relationships that I've found very effective in finding influencers in my industry:


**Connect through the social media platforms they use


**Share the posts that are of value to your audience, retweet & quote their content, share, comment and like their Facebook posts


**Help promote what they are involved with, including charity causes, seminars, conferences, publiations and promotions


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Sterling Dee's comment, August 18, 2012 10:28 PM
you write the best summaries/commentaries, Jan!
janlgordon's comment, August 19, 2012 1:11 AM
Thank you so much Sterling, I really appreciate your feedback!
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How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the 'Experts'

How to Spot True Social Media Talent Amongst the 'Experts' | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

These days, it appears almost anyone can declare him or herself an expert at social media content. But falling for the self-promoting hype can be costly to your campaign — and your business". 

janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Content Marketing Institute written by Jonathan Crossfield because it is highly relevant in this day and age when so many are claiming to be social media experts.


"There is a massive difference between the ability to do something and a real talent for doing something well. Yet, the two are often confused" Jonathan Crossfield.


The Myth of the social media expert


This term in itself is silly because it implies authority over something that refuses to stand still says Jonathan Crossfield and I'm in complete agreement with him.


 Having said that, there are some qualities you should look for that distinguish some from the rest of the pack.


Here's what caught my attention:


1.  Social media content marketers are skilled multitaskers, able to dip in and out of their networks throughout even the busiest of days. They naturally update, reply and interact in real time.


2. Social media is a relaxed medium, so the best practioners have a sense of humor and a casual style that's more "backyard barbecue" than "bank manager's letter" It can take a great skill to balance professionalism with personality.


3. The best social media marketers focus far more on content, messaging and strategy than they do on technical details and gimmicks


Reviewed by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond


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Darius Douglass's curator insight, April 16, 2014 5:51 PM

Talent usually separates itself from the crowd.  Social Media is no different.  When you have become informative and dependable, people will begin to rely on your judgement.

janlgordon's comment, April 17, 2014 11:58 AM
Darius Douglass, you are so right - all you have to do is look at someone's digital footprint, it's all there for you to see beyond the facade - if someone is truly demonstrating not talking about social media, that's all you have to know
Michelle Gilstrap's comment, April 17, 2014 1:59 PM
Jan, I agree with you I do try to comment on my social media sights with my followers when I have the time. That is the key, reading the content and finding the time to communicate. It is a hard balance.
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What is Influence Marketing and Why is it So Important to Your Business

What is Influence Marketing and Why is it So Important to Your Business | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The reason people say, "it's not what you know, it's who you know" is that human relationships are essential for getting things done. P
janlgordon's insight:

This article was written by Evy Wilkins for Curatti on one of my favorite topics - the power of influencers and how marketers can leverage them to spread their message across social channels. Evy will be doing a series on Influencers for Curatti so be sure and follow this to stay informed on how you can can leverage this information in your business.


Jan Gordon:


We all know about social scoring, Klout, PeerIndex, Kred and they serve a purpose but don't help you pinpoint your potential audience.

It's important to find those people who influence people that would read your blog, purchase your goods and services.


Here are a few highlights: 


Who matters most to you?



To succeed in influencer marketing, you must recognize that influence is contextual. Without context, there is no influence. Your influencers depend entirely on what you are trying to accomplish.


Context depends on things like:


•    topics you care about
•    your intent or goal
•    the timing and location



These elements are different for everyone. So your influencers will be unique to you. To identify your influencers, start with your goal and work backwards.


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janlgordon's comment, November 15, 2013 3:41 PM
John van den Brink, Thank you!
Kimberley Vico's curator insight, November 27, 2013 6:39 PM

Your definition to Influence Marketing...!

internetdoctor's curator insight, March 7, 2014 9:35 AM

This is a bit of an over-simplification when it comes to influencers and marketing.  Identification of the influencer is an extremely difficult task, but getting the influencer to influence for you and your business...ahhh...that may friends is the "Holy Grail".  

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30 Ways to Build the “Know, Like, and Trust” Factor that Grows an Audience

30 Ways to Build the “Know, Like, and Trust” Factor that Grows an Audience | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Your content is good. You know your material. You know how to put words together in a way people want to read. You're nearly there. But the game isn't
janlgordon's insight:

I loved this article by copyblogger, it's one of those pieces that is full of great insights and strategy to help you focus on why you're online, who you're speaking to and how to create an impact and build a vital community.


Everyone of these suggestions is great, here are the ones that caught my attention:


10 Ways to Get Known Online


Great high-quality content marketing attracts attention, builds your reputation-it lets people see who you are and why you're worth listening to.


**Get a clear on who you're talking to: Identify your buyer personna and tightly position your content for that buyer.


**Be relevant: Listen, research, and ask questions to discover your audience’s pinch points. Package your ideas into thought-provoking blog posts, share solutions on a webinar, or drip ideas through an autoresponder.


**Get your social media ratio right. Remember the 95% relationship building, 5% selling formula.


**Be generous: Share content and promote other people. Don’t expect people to share your stuff if you don’t demonstrate a commitment to do the same.


**Initiate a two-way conversation: Invite your audience to engage and interact with you. Invite comments on your blog posts


10 factors that build trust with your audience


While you’re delivering your truly valuable content, you’re not selling, but you are paving the road to eventually selling a product that’s related to your content down the line.


**When it comes to selling online, authority and likeability alone are rarely enough — you need to become truly trusted.


**Give away (some of) your best stuff: The web is swamped with free content. If you want to stand out, even your free offers must be remarkable.


**Be consistently good: Train your audience to expect a certain level of quality from you and constantly deliver. When you do, they’ll come to you first rather than going elsewhere.


**Give your audience space: Use content to allow your audience to choose you — in their own time. Whether they come to you in a day, a week, or a decade, you’ll get far more respect than that sleazy salesman who just won’t go away.


Takeaway:


**When you combine the elements of know, like, and trust to your content and actions, magic ignites.


**You become an authority on your subject, and you build a tribe of fiercely loyal followers who can ultimately become loyal customers.


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Jeff Domansky's comment, January 17, 2013 2:48 PM
Jan, I always enjoy your curation. Keep the great material coming.
janlgordon's comment, January 19, 2013 12:36 AM
Thanks so much Jeff Domansky, I really appreciate your kind words!
Better Homes, Better Life's comment, January 26, 2013 11:19 PM
Outstanding article... blogging is harder than most people think and that is why so many quit.... My blog is finally starting to pay off after a long while.... have to keep going even when only a few are reading... thanks...
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What's the Real Truth About Social Scoring and Peer Influence?

What's the Real Truth About Social Scoring and Peer Influence? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Geoff Livingston.  In today's online world social scoring systems like the new Klout matter, unfortunately. For example, some jobs are tied to scores now


 What's The real truth?  


When real researchers parse influence: they found true influence comes from those who are closest to us in our on and offline social networks, our peers".


As the old adage goes, "You are who you hang out with".


**Peer pressure influences us more than a person with a high Klout score. It's when peers start discussing an idean en masse that they feel safe in discussion that often leads to action.


What about the influencer, the big time blogger you ask?


**they may be communication channel for ideas, and their take on those ideas can sway loyalisst fans who serve as peers.


**Generally, their writings serve as a credibility point for readers, just like Consumer Reports and nothing more


**True meaningful interactions beyond social platitudes don't scale after a certain point.


**Dunbar's theory which states that an individual can only sustain stable social relationships with a community of approximately 150 people.


**Applied, it’s not that a person can’t have more friends than 150, but the more relationships someone maintains they become increasingly superficial.


We choose to be Influenced


**By choosing our friends, we're also choosing to be influenced by their ideas, beliefs and behavior systems. Often their ideals are close to or similar to ours before we spend time together


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Karin Sebelin's comment, August 21, 2012 10:21 PM
".......but the more relationships someone maintains they become increasingly superficial."

Interesting to think about - thank you!
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The Rise And Rise Of Influence

The Rise And Rise Of Influence | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

 This piece was written by Kit Eaton for Fast Company


Jan Gordon:


This article, along with the surveys and their findings, helps you to see  the power of influence.  You can see how it looks like from these perspectives and how you can leverage it individually and as a business :


**Brands as influencers


**Identifying influencers in your community and converting them to brand advocates


**influence measurement companies like Klout are here to stay and why it's important to be aware of them and how they measure you as an individual and/or a business


**What advantages influencers are starting to have as future employees, consumers purchasing products and services and what  the future may look like


Excerpt:


We're no longer living in the day when TV & newspaper ads told you what to buy. Today people are more inclined to make an informed opinion about purchases and many other new discoveries - based on the views of people we connect with online and through social media influence.


Here is a new survey by Initiative


The results are kind of amazing:


A huge 99% of the "top 10%" of influencers reported that their friends quiz them before making a big purchase.


This top 10% has a disproportionate influence on the opinions of others--because


72% of them access content in print, online and mobile form more than once a day, compared to just 18% of the bottom 10% of influencers.


A different study by Market Force underscored the fact that brands are leveraging social media to promote themselves


Embedded in the study were stats on the power of the average user to spread brand-related messages:


81% of U.S. respondents said posts from their friends directly impacted their decision on purchasing something


80% or respondents said they'd tried new things based on suggestions of friends.


Takeaway:


 Klout is contentious to say the least, however, and its algorithm (not unlike Google's) is both mysterious and controversial--leading to debates like this extended thread on Google Plus.**


But even if Klout falls by the wayside, measuring influence is such a powerful idea you can bet a different company will try to make it work.


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