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30 Instagram Rules for Your Businesses that Drive Results

30 Instagram Rules for Your Businesses that Drive Results | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
If you're looking for help with how to use to Instagram, here are 30 Instagram rules for businesses!
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article by Jenn Hermann who is doing a 12 month series for Curatti on how to use Instagram to create amazing results for your business. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jenn on Instagram and she knows what she's talking about!


Here's an intro:


"If you’re struggling with how to use Instagram as part of your marketing strategy, it might be because you don’t know what to do and what not to do."


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


Complete your bio with relevant information


Include your website in the bio – this is the only place where you can include a hyperlink


Do NOT share every Instagram post to Facebook or Twitter. Give people a reason to follow you here


Do not follow everyone that follows you – follow only those with similar interests or engagement


Thank and engage with everyone who commented on your post and use the @ before their name otherwise they won't see it


If you like this topic, we will be covering this once a month - join us and stay informed on how to navigate the digital world - great articles written by professionals who area successful in their area of expertise  - Lots more coming.................join us


 Stay informed on trends, insights, what's happening in the digital world become a Curatti Insider today


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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, May 6, 4:09 AM

Instagram is een social fotoplatform dat een enorme groei heeft doorgemaakt. Een goed voorbeeld ook van de voortdurende trend en de waardering van mobiele gebruikers voor het delen van meer visuele informatie. 

 

Het artikel geeft een overzicht van alle do's en don'ts, en geeft goede tips hoe je Instagram voor je bedrijf kunt gebruiken.

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Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In the World

Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In the World | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The most detailed study of social media ever conducted
janlgordon's insight:

This piece by Globalwebindex has some amazing new information about Twitter, once seen as more of a niche social network according to research in 2009, but not anymore!

 

Jan Gordon: Note, Globalwebindex hasn't revealed the source of their data to date - here is a link from October 2012 with some findings and sources on Twitter and what's going on: http://huff.to/Vw9Pqc - scroll to the bottom of the page.


Here are some highlights from this article:

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**GWI.8, the Q4 2012 dataset from GlobalWebIndex, shows that the number of active Twitter users grew 40% from Q2 2012 to Q4 2012.


**This is equal to 288 million monthly active users (claimed to have used or contribute to Twitter in the past month) across the 31 markets currently


**researched by GWI (representing nearly 90% of the global internet population aged 16 to 65). That marks a whopping growth rate in active users of 714% since July 2009.


An incredible 21% of the global internet population now use Twitter actively on a monthly basis.


 What Does This Mean for Brands?


Using Twitter is becoming more relevant than ever, but we need to be aware of how any given audience engages with Twitter. Difference in usage patterns will reflect the local market norms, generational gaps, and privacy concerns


**it impacts the nature of the target audience who are active and the type of brands for which it would be relevant.


**All of this, of course, is dependent on running detailed analysis of your target audience and the local market context.


We also need to consider the changing nature of usage. The growing interaction with brands makes customer service and staff interaction a must if Twitter is employed as a communication channel.


**Also, the growing usage of Twitter as a discovery tool means that content is absolutely critical for brands.


**Overall, content is the ever growing mega opportunity of the new social landscape.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/14wdC8x]

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 15, 2013 9:22 AM

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence?tag=Twitter

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Twitter

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, February 15, 2013 9:24 AM

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence?tag=Twitter

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Twitter

 

Gaurav Pandey's curator insight, February 16, 2013 5:34 PM

Great study on Twitter!

Here's another link to help you better engage on this platform https://business.twitter.com/en/basics/best-practices/

Also, download their Twitter guide for small businesses, the link's on the top right hand side of the page. The guide comes from Twitter and is very helpful if you want to use Twitter to spread the word on your business.

And finally, thank you Gust MEES (http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence) for sharing some really meaningful stuff! Do follow the guy for some great tips and insights. 

Cheers! And if you like if, please share 'coz social is all about sharing and caring :) 

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'Social' Content Attracts & Engages More Customers - Here's How

'Social' Content Attracts & Engages More Customers - Here's How | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Patricia Redsicker for Social Media Examiner for two reasons -


**It's a great review of Lee Oden's new book Optimize: How to Engage Your Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media and Content Marketing 


**The book is timely and relevant it's about optimizing content for customer and user experiences, rather than for search engines which is becoming increasingly important


Here's what caught my attention:


Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for an Optimized State of Mind


**Use words that matter most to your customers in titles, links and body copy in order to inspire your readers to take action


Chapter 9: Content Isn't King, It's the Kingdom - Creation vs. Curation


**mix curated content with original content. In fact,  curating is a great way to extend your own site, but only in addition to—not instead of—your original content



So many great tips on types of content to curate, here are just a few:


**Content created by influential people who are important to your target audience


**Aggregating the best comments from your own or others's blogs


**White papers, ebooks and case studies


**Tips, how-to's and best practices


Chapter 11 Social Networking Development - Don't Be Late to the Networking Party


**Listen, participate, create optiized content and understand the triggers that will inspire sales or referrals


**It's important to know which specific social networks are relevant to your customers


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Social Media & The Always Connected Consumer - What You Need to Know

Social Media & The Always Connected Consumer - What You Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Brian Solis about what he refers to as Generation C - the "always connected" generation.  


There are a lot of relevant insights and suggestions in this article. I've pulled out some points that caught my attention:


Excerpt:


What is the future of social media? Do you think it will pull ahead of classical media?


**Social media has given birth to a different type of customer, the connected customer or otherwise what I refer to as Generation-C where “C” represents “connected.” Gen-C is not bound by age. They’re not defined by income or education.


Here are some highlights:


** They live the digital lifestyle and traverse across all demographics. These consumers do not surf the web like other customers. They don’t learn nor make decisions like that of their traditional counterparts.


**They live and breathe in social networks and rely on smartphones or tablets as their windows to the world.


**when you compare the size of the market for traditional consumers vs. Generation C, only one of the two segments is growing while the other is shrinking over time.



**If you had to invest in the future of your business to earn attention and ultimately relevance, the greatest ROI is tied to the connected customer


Here are some takeaways:


The goal is to have a process and a supporting system for recognizing opportunities and piloting them as they arise.


**The trick is to understand the difference between emerging and disruptive technology


**only focus on those that will deliver and not distract.


How can social media activity increase the revenues and profitability of a company?


**To activate social commerce requires that you define an experience around the transaction where the outcome is of course the sale


**the journey is in its own way engaging and fulfilling.


**You must define a click path from a social network to a destination that facilitates a transaction but is also in alignment with the expectations of a social consumer


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Change Through Ongoing Discussions"

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Are Brands Wielding More Influence In Social Media Than We Thought?

Are Brands Wielding More Influence In Social Media Than We Thought? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Steve Olenski  for Forbes because it's good for B2C marketers to see the results of their social media campaigns.


This article is specifically aimed at B2C marketers where their consumers want instant gratification - promotions, giveaways, etc. Having said that, part of the purchasing cycle can include content in some cases depending on what you're selling and who your audience is.


Here are findings of a survey recently conducted by Market Force - a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions.


12,000 consumers in the US and UK were asked how they engaged with varying industries via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+


Here's what caught my attention:


**81% of US respondents indicated posts from their friends directly influenced their purchase decision


**80% of respondents “tried new things based on friends’ suggestions.”


**78% of respondents said the posts by companies they follow on social media impact their purchases.


**consumers are not all that interested in content but rather want something i.e. a promotion, giveaway, etc. when it comes to social media and their favorite brands.


Are Brands finally "getting it" when it comes to social media?


**They are getting more and more cognizant of the fact that what they post, share and so on can and will impact what the end user does – in this case, make a purchase decision.


**out of the 12,000 who participated 75% were women. This is incredibly significant given the fact that women account for 85% of all consumer purchases


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See full article here: [http://onforb.es/KQTqAR]

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50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz

50 Great Content Ideas to Create Buzz | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

In case you missed this article, I'm reposting it today because it's definitely worth your while if you're using content to build your business. Conversationagent not only gives you some great tips for creating compelling content but also shares examples of people who are doing a good job with each suggestion.


These ideas can be used for content curators as well - to create buzz and build an audience, providing "context" is what sets you apart from others - these tips are ways to accomplish that.


"Connecting ideas and people -- how talk can change our lives".


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


**. Make digestible bits of advice in micro-interactions gain big impact. Kellye Crane built a community for #soloPR practitioners off a Twitter chat filled with useful advice.


** Create a new list. People like to see where things stack against each other. By far, the most popular list is still the one Todd And created and AdAge took over.


** Give away secrets and tips to help others become more effective. Adam Singer is very generous in that regard.


** Teach something new or from a new perspective. Kathy Sierra has been able to do that on a topic that for many was considered not quite appealing

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** Inspire people to take action and change the world. Entrepreneur Chris Guilleabeau is a good example of that.


** Be opinionated about future trends. That's a trait that is best exemplified by Robert Scoble.


** Track and review future trends from behind the scenes. A good guide is Louis Gray.


**Create a conversation around a social object. That's what Hugh MacLeod does.


** Become the expert hub on a subject matter. The consistent "go to" person for branding is the team at Branding Strategy Insider.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://www.conversationagent.com/]

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Barry Deutsch's comment, May 15, 2012 11:18 PM
Fully 1/3 of my business in executive search, speaking engagements, and consulting projects come directly from content curation and marketing.
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Marketers Must Become Curators to Help Internet Users Who Are Drowning in Data

Marketers Must Become Curators to Help Internet Users Who Are Drowning in Data | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it


This piece was written by Jean-Paul De Clerck for Selligent. I selected it because it reconfirms what we already know as consumers of content and as content marketers trying to reach their audiences.  


Magnify's  "Digital Lifestyle" research shows that it's becoming more difficult for so-called professional web users to:


**cope with the stream of communication and


**to distinguish essential information from less important information.


A massive tidal wave in figures


**64% of the participants said that the information they receive had increased over 50% in comparison to the previous year


**Nearly 73% of the respondents described the information overload with superlative terms souch as a "roaring river" or a massive tital wave


It is simply becoming more difficult for people to filter information. And it's very important to realize that this is not caused by technology only, and that it will not be solved by technology.


**In their interactions with consumers and customers, companies have a responsibility to make it as easy and valuable as possible for people.


Here are some takeaways:


**Simplify your cross-channel messaging: improve and personalize your communication


**Marketers must ensure that their messages are targeted and synchronized.


**They should avoid overlapping communication and marketing fatigue. Read white paper 


**They should also let people choose their own communication channels more.


**Provide alternatives, because people will increasingly search for them in their quest for coping with information.


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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/x46IR4]


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Here's A Content Marketing Plan That Delivers Results! [Infographic included]

Here's A Content Marketing Plan That Delivers Results! [Infographic included] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece was written by Chris Sietsema for convinceandconvert blog because the post plus the infographic lays out a very clear and concise plan to create your content marketing strategy.


**Whether you're creating or curating content, this is something I think is very useful. This is why I rescooped this from my content marketing, social media and beyond  topic.


Here are a few highlights from the article:


He compares selecting and producing content to what he calls "bricks" and "feathers".


Bricks are referred to as research reports


**are larger content productions such as research reports, events, white papers        .

    video series, mobile apps, etc


**have the potential to make a larger splash when executed and promoted correctly.


Feathers are comprised of simple text and photo content published via popular social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc.


**Less intensive than bricks from a production budget standpoint, feathers are created consistently to maintain an ongoing stream of communication between a brand and its audience.


The infographic shows you how to discern what content to use and illustrates the how, what, why and when to use it.


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


Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/A6NhFb]

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Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 9:26 AM
I like this analogy/metaphor. It is easy and quick to make feathers from your bricks, but the bricks take time. Can a curated collection of feathers be made into a brick? :-)
janlgordon's comment, February 26, 2012 10:10 AM
Beth Kanter
I'm glad you liked the article! I love your question, I do think a curated collection of feathers around a particular theme can be turned into a brick. What comes to mind, if you're distilling the comments from the posts (feathers) it's possible that this could evolve into a (brick) research reports, white papers, the possibilities are endless:-)
Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 10:23 AM
What comes to mind is that a smashed brick is a lot of feathers .. and that you can lead them back to the brick ... for example, I work with some advocacy folks who have these huge bricks called policy papers. They could tweet key points w/links back to the papers on Twitter. Have them cued up for a month in advance .. as you say the techniques are endless .. What I found most helpful was the objectives and metrics ..
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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.


He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:


The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold


Avoid Self Promotion:


"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".


Here are the takeaways:


My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.


**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.


**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"


Read full article here: [http://www.jeffturner.info/pinterest/]

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Do You Know Why Old Content is the King of Content Marketing?

Do You Know Why Old Content is the King of Content Marketing? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
You don't need more content. You need old content. I know, that's not what you usually hear, so stick with me and we will look at some numbers to see why it is so important.
janlgordon's insight:

Eric Whittlake has written a very important article about your old content - if it's relevant it produces results.


Here are a few highlights that caught my attention:


"Better content isn’t enough when your competitors have good old content"


Here’s how the 29 first page results break down:


  • Only 6 are current pages (content from within about the last month or fixed pages for this year, such as current award pages)
  • 8 are between 1 month and 1 year old.
  • 15 of the first page search results are for pages that are more than a year old

More than half of the search results were for content that is more than a month old, and less than 25% was for current content!


Increased Site Traffic


Not only does old content continue to capture search traffic, the library of content you have created over the years will become a key driver of traffic and growth. This is the real reason why it takes calendar time for your inbound or content marketing program to deliver on its full potential.


Does this mean quality doesn’t matter? Promotion doesn’t matter? Design doesn’t matter? Video doesn’t matter? Of course it still matters!


Everyone can, and will, follow the content marketing advice of the day. But old content is the one thing you cannot just create. It doesn’t matter how impatient you are, it takes time for your content to age.


Jan Gordon: Takeaway - We all know that there are many creative ways to repurpose old content, in addition to all the benefits in this article. Building on the collection of treasures you already have gives you plenty of amunition to create content that informs, invites commentary, drives discussions, builds relationships and communities.


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Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/154BVZ1]

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Albert Green's comment, September 11, 2013 6:43 AM
Although the idea is very interesting, I don't see any valid arguments that OLD content is the key to high rankings. You even can't say there's a correlation here because 14/30 pages are less then 1 year old and 16/30 are more than 1 year old.
The method for determining OLD website is also faulty since the age of domain is not the same as the age of the content itself. So if the page has been updated within this year, it should be labeled as new. To my mind, 90% of the TOP10 search results pages have been updated during last year, so this would mean that NEW content is the key to high rankings.
And since this is just a hypothesis, I must present an actual trend that has been spotted by SEO specialists recently. After latest Google Search engine updates, fresh content easily wins over old content with a lot of backlinks. If OLD content was the king, there would be NO fresh content (up to 1 month old) on first page at all.
Karen Tracey McCarty's curator insight, January 30, 9:07 AM

Some things we know are better with age, like wine and wisdom, but content? Seriously? Read on to see stats showing why your old content can be a power horse for generating increased site traffic and search results.

SBESSCPA's curator insight, February 12, 11:40 AM

Do something with your old data -- turn it into website and social media content.....

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How to Maximize the Reach of Your Posts on Social Networks

How to Maximize the Reach of Your Posts on Social Networks | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This article and infographic was posted by Ted Nguyen for his blog.


Intro:


One of the most pressing questions whether you're new to social media or a social media maven is: What's the best way to post information or share content to optimize your reach


Compendium, a content marketing firm conducted a study of more than 200 companies to determine how social media professionals may optimize their engagement with both business-to-business-to-consumer conversations.


What they found is consistent with what Ted Nguyen has experienced and he has demonstrated that he clearly knows what he's doing

Here are some highlights:


"My experience in sharing more than 21,000 tweets and Facebook posts to my more than 82,000 Twitter followers and Facebook friends is consistent with the study’s findings"

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**I recommend the hours between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pacific Time) or 1 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) are the best times for Twitter and Facebook to optimize social engagement engagement.


**I find that tweets shared earlier in the week do better than those sent later in the week. I also have discovered that Facebook posts do best Wednesday early afternoon.


**if you look at Ted's social shares, they run around the clock. he tries his best to engage with people in real time or near real time.



Selected by Jan Gordon covering: "Curation, Social Business and Beyond


Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/VG0xGL]


Infographic by DKNewMedia


Survey by Compendium

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The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You

The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register). 


Jan Gordon: I want to thank Beth not only for another outstanding piece but for the mention, it's greatly appreciated.


I agree with Guillaume, Beth Kanter knows what she's talking about and her article is definitely worth reading.


Guillaume Decugis wrote this commentary:


"It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.


The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."


This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".


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Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/75ucphe]


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 12, 2012 9:28 PM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
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janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 7:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web

Information Liberation: Your Guide to the International Web | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The world wide web is supposed to be just that: world wide.

Sometimes it simply isn’t, however:

This Guide, by author Jim Rion,  is a must-have for anyone looking for access to the complete Internet. 

 

This complete guide to the International web will show youhttp://bit.ly/Joo3QB 


**Which governments around the world restrict Internet access
**Whether its ethical to bypass such restrictions, and which tools to use
**Encrypting your web browsing and email for secure communications
**How to find Internet access while traveling by knowing where to look
**Buying a computer while abroad: an ex-pat’s guide
**Setting up your computer to display non-alphabetic languages
**Getting the most out of translation tools
**Accessing media blocked in your country using VPN and more

 

Download Guide [PDF] Herehttp://bit.ly/Joo3QB 


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Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic]

Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Personal Branding With Social Media Infographic via Chris Voss


Why having the right social media tools matter:


"Social media tools have the tremendous power to put you in contact with thousands of people in order to build your online brand you need to know all of the possibilities, as well as how all of your activities are working together.


It's important to be consistent so that each part of your social media network is contributing positively to the brand you are trying to build.


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Make Your Business the Go-To Resource by Curating Great Content

Make Your Business the Go-To Resource by Curating Great Content | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece is from senseiblog. I selected it because it reaffirms the importance of using content curation as a part of your content marketing strategy.


Here are some highlights:


"Content doesn’t always have to be content from your organization, your clients just need to be able to access it through you. Let’s be honest, creating enough content to fulfill demand is a daunting task".


**Quality content is a sustainable competitive advantage


**the ultimate goal of your online presence should be to become a “Go To” source of information that your stakeholders log onto with increasing or sustainable frequency.


**Once achieved, the differentiation this status gives you becomes widespread generating respect, appreciation and business from both new and existing customers.


 **in the grand scheme of things, content curation is an essential part of carving out a position for your brand.


**The best strategy is to curate or create content that best meets the need of your stakeholders.


**What’s missing most of the time is the incentive to be social. What is the best incentive?


It is the ability to contribute in a meaningful way



**Great content starts conversations which leads to engagement and relationships.


**by adding context, some examples are links to other sources who provide more insight on the topic, expressing your viewpoint, asking questions, inviting others to comment and continue the dialogue.  


Content creation, content curation and the ability to give meaningful feedback on it effectiveness is a highly engaging way to involve hundreds, if not thousands of internal staff.


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The Rapid Rise of Pinterest's Blockbuster User Engagement [CHART]

The Rapid Rise of Pinterest's Blockbuster User Engagement [CHART] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece (user chart included) was written and posted by Matt Silverman, contributing editor for Mashable, .


My commentary (I'm personally experiencing amazing results after being on Pinterest for about 4 months).


****Even with all the hooplah surrounding Pinterest, it's important to remember, that Pinterest is only a side dish in your business, paying attention to your main course and how Pinterest supports that is what is key. See article here: http://bit.ly/yXET4P by John Jantsch.


Having said that...........


This user engagement chart is astounding, as you see the rise in Pinterest users in a very short time.


**In my opinion, Pinterest gives you the opportunity to showcase your work without a lot of text anything that gives us a breather in that way is a blessing.


**Images speak a thousand words if you know how to use them properly.


**Showing other sides of you that are consistent with your brand message gives people a chance to see you beyond the text you post on other sites.


**Pinboards like favorite books, homes and spaces, etc. give people points of entry, a connection with you because they identify and like the same things, a great way to start a conversation, have them look to see what you do and who you are.


**Everything we do online tells a story about us, it's our digital identity, Pinterest is a place where you can tell your story in a whole different way.


**Pinterest is also a place where you can relax, fantasize about the wardrope you'd love to have, or the amazing car or cars you want to have. Let's face it, we're all plugged in 24/7, this is a place where you can lighten up and/or market your business all on the same site.


**Pinterest is not only gaining a ton of users, but those users are spending an average of 89 minutes on the site


** Facebook is still leading by 405 minutes along with Tumblr also 89 minutes but it's obvious Pinterest is moving up quickly.


**It's important to know how to use Pinterest to showcase what you do in a subtle but engaging way


Feel free to visit my topic "Pinterest Watch"  a collection of articles from branding, case studies, metrics all in one place.


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


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How B2B Content Curation Can Skyrocket Your Business

How B2B Content Curation Can Skyrocket Your Business | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | 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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To Pinterest, A Love Letter

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

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  http://pinterest.com/jangordon/


or visit my topic on content curation at http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-social-media


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


Excerpt:


"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 12, 2012 9:07 PM
maxOz
Thank you for this wonderful post on Pinterest!
maxOz's comment, January 12, 2012 9:12 PM
I love it as well, glad you enjoyed it x Michele