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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


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janlgordon's comment, April 16, 12:44 PM
Thank you Michelle Gilstrap, happy you liked this as much as I did!
Darius Douglass's curator insight, April 16, 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, Today, 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
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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

Is Content Curation the New Community Builder? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.


I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.


Here are some highlights:


Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.


**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”


The author says and I agree with him:



**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".


There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:


**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.


**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC


**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them


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


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Alessio Manca's comment, May 23, 2012 4:36 AM
What a truth! TY!!
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Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free

Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I’m sure a lot of you guys have looked into curation software available ...

Obviously with the radically different price points they all do different things, but here’s the gist – a whole lot of this you can do for free.


Step OneDefine your Parameters

Define your parameters by where you want the goods to go. Make sure everything is accessible from the beginning so you can leverage your curated content efficiently from the start.


Step TwoChoose your Weapons

e.g. Timely.is; G+ and FB


Step ThreeBe Intentional with your Schedule

I can’t speak to your industry/niche but I can tell you that when I do my curation at somewhere between 6 and 8am EST I find a goldmine of posts that are brand-flipping-new


Step FourBe Crazy Time Sensitive

I make sure to only curate content that is timely [less than 1% of the time curate something more than 24 hours old]

Open up a google search and type in “content marketing” at the beginning of my day, and set it to the last 24 hours.


Step FiveBe Consistent

As long as you are curating the same general stuff over and over it will work for you.


Notice: Steps 1-5 are all about the setup or protocol. Steps 6-9 are the actual daily work.


Step SixPrepare for Battle

Open windows to the following places:

Google search
Timely.is
WP dashboard to my curation site
Google +
Facebook
Twitter
I also have a Word document open


Step SevenGet Rolling

e.g. search for the term “content marketing” in the last 24 hours as shown above; grab 5 or 6 posts that are relevant and make tweets about them and put them on timely/buffer/scoopit


Step EightNatural Overflow

Doing twitter first thing after curation is great, if you have the time.

20-30 minutes after you have your automated posts in place to interact with your feed, clean out the spam tweeps, follow back the real people, etc.


Step NineUse what you Learn

Use your curation is as the basis for your own blogs

Not regurgitation, but rather letting your new-found knowledge fuel your next post. Or, add to the list of blog ideas you have on a running list somewhere.


Setting aside this 45 minutes a day to get the most relevant pieces of content your industry has to offer can not only fill your feeds, but it can also fuel your entire day. And it should, because you should be talking about the latest things in your industry.


Great ideas by Amie Marse - http://bit.ly/HfET6B 


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Matmi's comment, April 5, 2012 8:16 AM
Some great tips. Would you also spend the time commenting on the curated posts? I know there are some who believe that it is a necessity and others who feel there is no need as you are merely helping others to filter the noise. I try to mix it up depending on time available.
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Is Content Curation the New Community Builder?

Is Content Curation the New Community Builder? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Eric Brown for social media explorer.


I selected this article because it reaffirms what many of us already know but it's still good to see this in writing: Content curation and Media Curation (a mix of  machine aggregation and Human Curation) are starting to pick up steam.


Here are some highlights:


Curation comes up when search stops working,” says author and NYU Professor Clay Shirky. But it’s more than a human-powered filter.


**“Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community.”


The author says and I agree with him:


**"The value will be in the expertise of the curator, people will not read junk, and the best of the best curators will create digital domination with vibrant communities".


There is also a great quote from Fred Wilson's AVB blog in which he details what he would do if he were starting the Village Voice now:


**I would not print anything. I would not hire a ton of writers. I would build a website and a mobile app (or two or three). I would hire a Publisher and a few salespeople.


**I would hire an editor and a few journalists. And then I’d go out and find every blog, twitter, facebook, flickr, youtube, and other social media feed out there that is related to downtown NYC


**and I would pull it all into an aggregation system where my editor and journalists could cull through the posts coming in, curate them, and then publish them


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


Read full article: [http://bit.ly/kmZvJg]


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Alessio Manca's comment, May 23, 2012 4:36 AM
What a truth! TY!!
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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"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/rrE3VO]

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What is Content Curation?

What is Content Curation? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
I selected this piece by Dino Joannides for Lingospot because it tackles a much asked and frequently tackled answered of "What is Curation?" in the most appropriate manner possible. That is to say, he answers the question with an excellent example of curation, complete with multiple links to articles that prove his points.


Some points that caught my attention:


**Content curation means different things to a variety of stakeholders, be they journalists, editors, bloggers, business executives or marketers.


**Fred Wilson the Venture Capitalist and blogger sees curation as an essential element in today's media landscape as indicated by one of his posts here

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**Some argue that curation could actually save media.


**Others have argued that there is a new type of curation that is in effect the New Search.


**Most people inadvertently already act as curators whenever they decide to post a link or video to their social networks to show their friends they have found great or topical content.


He closes by suggesting traditional editors make decisions based only upon content that was produced internally, whereas the newer Curation mixes this with external content. The determination of what is given prominence remains the same.


The difference is that now, this role is undertaken by professional journalists, content marketers, bloggers" or in reality, anyone that publishes online".


What do you think?


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Robin Good's comment, January 20, 2012 12:49 PM
Thank you Jan, excellent work, as always.
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Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager

Content Curation: One More Role for an Enterprise Community Manager | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece from ID and other Reflections on blogspot because the future is on our doorstep and this article has some very good information.


Intro:


Faced with the tsunami of information, we are all floundering to find our way to content that actually matters. From setting up filters--both of the automated and human variety--to trying to make sense of what we find, we are in a fix, so to speak.


****Hence, we see the rise of content curators as a breed who will help us to make sense of this world of worldwideweb that has suddenly gone amuck.


Enterprises who want to survive in 2012 and beyond must be on the cutting edge of their field, they need to be adaptive and make the right decisions quickly. They will need to:


**Be able to connect the dots to make sense of the underlying pattern.


What role can an enterprise community manager play?


**Surface useful and interesting content


**This entails listening to the community, being aware of the needs and drivers, and keeping a keen watch on the different contributions and conversations taking place on the platform.


**One needs to develop a nose for useful content just like an experienced editor develops a sense for what could be breaking news.


**This skill cannot be automated and requires constant engagement with the community to develop.


**By surfacing hidden gems, community managers enable users to make those serendipitous discoveries that could lead to breakthrough innovations, more engaged

participation and a sense of commitment to the community.


**The greater the benefit users derive from their membership to the community, the higher will be their involvement and engagement.


The community manager's role would be akin to that of a museum curator. Curators at museums lay out the best pieces in a manner that:


**Catch the viewers attention


**Tells a narrative that makes sense to the viewer  


**Gives a sense of the bigger scheme of things


**Makes it easy for viewers to "jump" to the sections that interest them


**Have enough metadata for viewers to understand the context


Here are a few takeaways that definitely caught my attention:


A good curator will seek, sense, synthesise and then share in a manner that adds value to a specific user group.


**Curation is not just a collection of links and resources--it is a synthesis that reveals the pattern behind the links and list of resources


**By revealing the patterns, a curator can help an organisation make breakthrough finds.


****The key here is to remember that each content piece is a social object around which conversations will evolve, further content will be generated and ideas surface.


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


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

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Content Curation Strategies to Boost your Online Business

This  very informative article was written by Shobha-Atre for Fulltraffic blog


"Content curation can and WILL  play a vital role in advertising your business and providing greater exposure to your products in the market."


Here's what caught my attention - a few takeaways:


Content curation helps in defining a niche target audience and providing content relevant to their needs.


It is a smart and an inexpensive marketing tool that can help in achieving amazing results for your online business.


In addition, it can assist in refining your content and sharing valuable information to provide greater online visibility to your company.


Brand building can be a huge exercise and also challenging for many companies at the same time.


However, with the use of content curation tools, it has become a lot easier to achieve successful branding results.


It saves valuable time and effort of the online users in searching for enormous amount of information on the web.


Content curation is the best method of providing purposeful information that may be extremely useful to the readers in addressing different issues.


Rather than looking at a variety of sources, they can get all the valuable information under one roof that can be immense value for companies.


Besides, it helps them to discover and find all the latest information about your products and services and encourages them to make a final purchase easily.


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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s1py23]

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Robin Good's comment, December 25, 2011 3:02 AM
Please note that the author of this original post, Shobha Atre, uses images stolen from other web sites, (the one appearing here is an image I have bought and personalized myself with those titles) without providing any credit or attribution. How can this person be a reliable curator if sHe behaves in this way?
janlgordon's comment, December 25, 2011 1:55 PM
Hi robin,
Thank you for pointing this out, I had no idea she used a stolen image in this piece. Will leave this up so you see my response. Taking it down tomorrow, not tweeting it. I don't support anyone who does this.
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Robin Good's Keen Observations on Curation, Timely and Relevant

I originally posted Howard Rhinegold's wonderful interview with Robin Good several months ago. However, as we approach 2012, I must share it again, as it seems more timely now than ever.


If you have just listened to this for the second (or in my case probably 4th) time, you will find so many things you may not have digested several months ago.


Here is just one gem that caught my attention this time:


**A group of curators create an alternative to Google "A Google for the people by the people". Instead of relying on secret algorithms, they create their own ecosystem of curated rankings where THEY decide what is relevant for them.


**Curators collaborating together - Trusted People who are gateways to relevant information for each other as they tap into each others discovery, perspectives, opinions, expertise, different points of view so they can find meaning and make sense of it and pass it on to their audiences.


**My input - this can lead to a collective intelligence that we've never experienced before.


Lots to ponder, so much to look forward to........


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Full interview here [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1IeOzIoRDs]

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Curation is the New Creation

Curation is the New Creation | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This excellent article was written in September, 2010 by Paul Gillin for BtoB Magazine. It is more timely and relevant today than ever before because more businesses are recognizing the need for good curators to help them sort through and make meaning out of important information they need to stay on top of things.


Here are a few of the things that particularly caught my attention:


**As information providers B2B companies are uniquely positioned to take advantage of curation.


**In most cases, their customers have highly specific information needs-such as business analytics, chemistry or manufacturing.


**Engineers don't want to spend time combing through search results, so they appreciate those suppliers that provide that value for them.


The author also anticipates and answers a question that has been posed by some people in recent weeks:


****You might think that trading on other people's content would raise intellectual property problems, but quite the opposite has occurred, Mike Graney (Senior VP of Business Development at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts) said.


****“We're a great content driver for the publications,” some of which now actively court the council for visibility because of the traffic boost they receive.


****Done right, the process is a win-win for both creator and curator.


One point I would like to make here regarding the definition of content curation being stated here and elsewhere as: "the discipline of filtering and organizing knowledge."  Museum curators put little plaques under paintings or sculptures that they have 'filtered and organized'.  This provides context, which is an aspect of curation that is no less important for the modern, content curator.


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


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

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:32 PM
This points to another value of curation - that it gives your content a longer shelf life!
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:50 PM
Beth Kanter
It also is a great new career path for people who are looking to reinvent themselves and help companies filter, organize and contextualize content for their audiences.
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Digital Curation: What kind of curator are you?


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:39 PM
I love this deck, thanks for curating
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How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation”

How to Use “Curation” to Boost Content “Creation” | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Heba Hosny, a guest blogger for Lauralee Walker


This article is full of wonderful tips for taking your curation to the next level and embellish your original content.


"Content curation rewards are not limited to branding and SEO; it can also enhance the visibility and the quality of your own content."


There are many things that caught my attention, here are just a few gems:


Curated Content Can Inspire Topics For Created Content


If you don't master this one, all the other tips won't make any sense


****Understand which topics are irresistible to your target audience


My Commentary:


I love this one!


Here's the tip


****Instead of taking the easy route of sharing the topic with your audience, write a blog post to "build on" it.


You can build on a topic in different ways:


**Beg to differ politely


**Provide additional tips and insights


**Ask clarifying question(s)


My Commentary:


This is a great way to add "context" it can start conversations, which invites others to add their comments, bring new observations and more information about a particular topic.


**A perfect segue to building relationships, community, doing business and increasing knowledge.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sJs2I8]

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janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:21 PM
Hi Beth,
I agree with you, I love the feeling of community and the collective wisdom, and you know "curation resonates with me":-)
janlgordon's comment, November 22, 2011 3:22 PM
Thanks so much for rescooping and sharing on twitter:-)
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project's comment, November 25, 2011 9:17 PM
This has me thinking critically about how we are integrating social media. Inviting interaction has been a huge challenge. We are stimulating new conversations in real world time, but that's not reflected in comments and so forth. I like using Scoop.It widgets to get the newest scoop onto the bog in a timely manner and take some time to reflect on post content.
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Two Types of Curation You Can Monetize: Here's What You Should Do

Two Types of Curation You Can Monetize: Here's What You Should Do | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This is part 2 of a 2 part series by Jack Humphrey for CurationSoft, in which he tells us that there are many types of Curation but only two that can be monetized


Part One deals with Realtime Curation, the realm of people like Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, and Mari Smith  they are followed on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ by so many people because of their ability to surface and post content their readers appreciate, enjoy, and spread around their own networks.


This piece deals with 'Curated Hubs', "which is just a fancy name for blog curation".


This is what captured my attention:


A well curated hub will include


***trackback links from cited sites, which improve search rankings for the curator, and


***monetization through traditional methods of paid advertising, affiliate sales, list marketing, or products and services you provide directly


The Value Proposition in a site must


***create a knee-jerk reaction in first time visitors to want to bookmark, subscribe, or somehow make a note that this is a site they must visit regularly and


***The person behind the curation is not just an aggregator of content, but someone with opinion and insight to add to the discussion and the outside sources they curate into their posts


The crux of the article is summed up as


****Getting hub curation right means providing a value in the marketplace that is sought after by a significant portion of the ideal reader demographic you wish to attract. Get this down, and you’ll have the traffic, rankings, and discussion on social networks to provide you with monetization opportunities out the wazoo.


And the bottom line?  You control the entire process, up to and including whatever action you want your readers to take that makes your content marketing profitable.


Under the sub-heading "Whose Castle are you Building", which means, you have to build your own platform the author writes:


****This you cannot do on a third-party site owned by someone else.


****In every instance where someone has built a third-party, hosted solution for publishing it has been an utter failure for the publishers in terms of maximizing profitability of all the eyes they attract.


****It is always better for the owner of the network than it is the publisher. Always!


****So never put your business in the hands of anyone else.


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Read the full article: [http://bit.ly/vT1ITT]

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janlgordon's comment, December 7, 2011 9:47 AM
Jack Humphrey
Hi Jack
Robin Good has a question and I'd like to know too:

Can you sight some examples of this "well curated hubs" that monetize as described. That would be very helpful.
Yes, I do see Techmeme, Engadget and the others, but I was looking more for real-world ones built by passionate individuals, and not by startups that have been at it for years with VC money behind it.

Are there examples of this model working also for small independent publishers?
Karen Dietz's comment, December 7, 2011 10:29 AM
Yes, I'd like to the answer too -- inquiring minds want to know! Very interesting post. Thanks for curating this piece Jan.
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How to Create Content that is Meaningful, Provocative and Keeps them Coming Back

How to Create Content that is Meaningful, Provocative and Keeps them Coming Back | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The Internet is full of people sharing interesting things all day. From liking pictures on Facebook to retweeting cool articles, sharing is something everyone enjoys doing in one way or another. Yet receiving likes and retweets can seem impossible.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this post by Dashburst because I thought the suggestions were very helpful. We read tips and strategy about how to make your content stand out everyday but the most important thing is to focus on the needs of your audience.


Here's what caught my attention:


1, Value Exchange


Listen, engage and find out the interests and what sparks the passions of your audience then provide value in these areas on a consistent basis.


2. Disruptive Ideas


People will take notice, engage with you, if you post something that challenges their understanding of the way the world works. It's a good way to stir up the dust, invite others to share their opinions. This is a great way to elevate the conversation and act as a catalyst for new ideas, ways of doing things and whatever comes next.


3. Great Story


A story becomes worth sharing if it inspires emotions, creates points of entry where people can find places where they identify with you. This is a great way to start conversations, all relationships begin there. As Simon Sinek says "“People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it".


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janlgordon's comment, June 18, 2013 3:01 PM
Anastasia M. Ashman Great to see you, so sorry I'm late in responding, sooooooo busy, hope you're doing well!!
Pushpa Kunasegaran's curator insight, June 18, 2013 6:24 PM

So true!

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:23 AM

Amazing

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Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web

Content Curators are the New Superheros of the Web | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Steven Rosenbaum has an interesting article on Fast Company, outlining the reasons why curation is here to stay and the importance that curators will play in your information consumption diet.

 

He writes: "...So anyone who steps up and volunteers to curate in their area of knowledge and passion is taking on a Herculean task.

 

They're going to stand between the web and their readers, using all of the tools at their disposal to "listen" to the web, and then pull out of the data stream nuggets of wisdom, breaking news, important new voices, and other salient details.

 

It's real work, and requires a tireless commitment to being engaged and ready to rebroadcast timely material.

 

While there may be an economic benefit for being a "thought leader" and "trusted curator," it's not going to happen overnight.

 

Which is to say, being a superhero is often a thankless job.

 

The growth in content, both in terms of pure volume and the speed of publishing, has raised some questions about what best practices are in the curation space."

 

He also has some pretty straightforward advice on what, as a curator, you should never do:

 

"1. If you don't add context, or opinion, or voice and simply lift content, it's stealing.

 

2. If you don't provide attribution, and a link back to the source, it's stealing.

 

3. If you take a large portion of the original content, it's stealing.

 

4. If someone asks you not to curate their material, and you don't respect that request, it's stealing.

 

5. Respect published rights. If images don't allow creative commons use, reach out to the image creator--don't just grab it and ask questions later."

 

And he definitely has a point on all of these. 

 

Recommended. 7/10

 

Read the full article: http://www.fastcompany.com/1834177/content-curators-are-the-new-superheros-of-the-web?partner=rss 


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Jonathan Rattray Clark's comment, April 18, 2012 1:14 AM
Scooping it .........thanks Robin I really like your curation .... And value your wisdom ......it seems there is purpose to my constant information minning as and educator artist and passionate information collector .......I find it incredibly exciting to find fresh thinking and response to the living world around us and in particular our individual passions. Thank you for your wisdom
Robin Good's comment, April 18, 2012 1:16 AM
Thank you Jonathan. Glad to be of help and inspiration to you.

Tony Gu's comment, April 20, 2012 1:30 AM
I am really enjoying reading this article.
I found that the way Robin Good curate this article truly practice the ‘No Stealing’ rules. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. Big up!
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How Startups Can Gain Visability and Reputation by Curating Great Content

How Startups Can Gain Visability and Reputation by Curating Great Content | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

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:


**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.


**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.


**Collections

    

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.


**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


One Takeaway: 


**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"


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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 | Scoop.it

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.......


Intro:


"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?


**Lemon.ly, 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.


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7 Roadblocks To Content Curation - What You Need to Know

7 Roadblocks To Content Curation - What You Need to Know | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This post was written by Romain Goday from Darwineco. The insights and suggestions in this article are excellent because they articulate the problem so clearly.


When you can see something in this light, it makes it easier to create a plan of action that is effective. This takes time but it can be done. More about this in the weeks to come, stay tuned.


Excerpt:


We all want to be sure we are not missing important information. This post explores 7 roadblocks that are an impediment to curation.


**What differentiates successful professionals is their ability to take action before competitors so as to mitigate a risk or act upon an opportunity.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


**Finding timely and relevant information on an ongoing basis about a specific subject is very challenging


Circles of Trust


**Today's information consumption is largely dependent on whom users "follow" online: social media connections, news sites (groups of publishers), bloggers and other information providers.


****It is easy to forget that critical information might come from outside those circles of trust.


**Most information is available on the Web, but focusing on the right information requires users to combine various tools in very creative ways


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


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How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results

How Businesses Can Use Content Curation to Get More Targeted Results | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Shel Holtz he has some good suggestions for companies to move curation beyond entry level and show them  how to create more innovative ways to use this powerful tool and that produces more targeted results.


Excerpt:

 

There’s plenty of evidence that business is adopting content curation, but the practice hasn’t been around long enough for organizations to understand how to us it in a way that will strengthen their content marketing strategy.


Here are some of the ways companies can apply curation that will give them more visability and beyond.

 

** To start applying content curation, communicators need to pay attention to how others are using the crop of curation tools that have found acceptance online.

 

**Curating news that the media isn’t covering can lead to media coverage. And, by extension, it can improve and expand on stories the media are covering.

 

The process would look something like this:

 

**Identify opportunity:


Any company news is a potential curated collection.

Think about a product launch, or financial events.

 

Select curators:


**criteria for selecting curators should begin with their familiarity with the topic. The key to a solid curation effort is the selection of the best, most relevant and representative posts.

 

**Monitor conversation:


**With the curator in place, it’s time to develop key words and set up a monitoring plan.


**This can be as simple as establishing a few Google Alerts or as sophisticated as tapping into a monitoring service the organization is already using, like Radian 6.

 

Select and comment on the best content:


**Curators need to cull through the many items people have posted in order to find the right posts to create an accurate overview of the news.


**Moreover, adding context is one more curation chore.

When appropriate, adding commentary improves the value of the collection.

 

Here's the takeaway:


Companies are increasingly focused on content marketing. Curating company news fits nicely into the content marketing bucket, where it can both fill a gap in mainstream media reporting and serve as an impetus to getting that coverage.


**It’s only a matter of time before some organizations move beyond entry-level curation efforts and start curating their news.


Curated by Giuseppe Mauriello and Jan Gordon

 

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Content Marketing Stats: Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends for 2012

Content Marketing Stats: Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends for 2012 | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece, [research report] by Joe Puluzzi from his blog Content Marketing Institute because it is full of important information for your business if you use content marketing/content curation to  sell their products and services.


There's alot to digest but it's well worth your time as we approach 2012.


Intro:


Understand how marketers are using content marketing with this new report: B2B Content Marketing: 2012 Budgets, Benchmarks and Trends.


Here's what you'll see in this extensive report:


**It was no surprise to us that content marketing remains a top priority for marketers in 2012.


**Many of the statistics and results are consistent with what we saw last year:

9 out of 10 organizations market with content marketing.


**On average, B2B marketers employ eight different content marketing tactics to achieve their goals.


**Marketers, on average, spend over a quarter of their marketing budget on content marketing (see the full budget breakdowns in the report).


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation Social Media and Beyond"


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Curation Plays A Major Role in Successful Content Strategy - Here's Why

Curation Plays A Major Role in Successful Content Strategy - Here's Why | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This is an interesting article by Byron White, Founder of IdeaLaunch.


I love the way the author has positioned curation as a key element in content marketing strategy. He says that curation starts with the selection process of the right articles, then researching the assets of the competition.


In addition to adding context, also part of the process is learning how much content you need, how frequently to publish it and which channels of distribution, (social especially) required to capture organic market share.


Having said that, here are a few things the author said and my comments:


He says -"Who will win the content curation war of the web? The race to transform to high-quality publishing is officially on. It’s time to gather ideas, develop stories and publish quality content that keeps readers (and customers) coming back for more".


I say, I don't  think it's a war, I think it's an evolution, I think there will be many winners, it's not a race


He says, "We’ve all heard the expression Content is King. After all, content is the fuel behind the social media revolution currently sweeping the Web. Close examination of the art world, however, offers a solid case that curation, not content, may in fact be the ruler online."


I say:  I think it's a combination of both, original and curated content are both ruler online. I don't think it's either or.


What do you think?


Here's what caught my attention:


**The skill and savvy of a Content Strategist is equally as important as your Director of Marketing these days.


**Getting the right content to the right prospects at the right time is the key to content marketing success.

 

****But in the end, it’s not content that’s king. Instead, it’s the impact that the content has on us long after we pass it by.


****Great content is hard to create, curate, optimize and distribute. But when it all comes to together, it is the catalyst that makes your business better. And better than that.


Curated by Giuseppe Mauriello and Jan Gordon


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 21, 2011 7:46 AM
I have downloaded the free eBook, thanks for the share!
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Nice find. Thank you for sharing.
janlgordon's comment, December 21, 2011 5:56 PM
Robin Good
This piece is excellent - thanks for sharing it!!
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Quora Expands Beyond Q&A, — Great for Curators - Here's Why

Quora is taking a step beyond Q&A this morning with its latest product launch, boards.


**Users can now set up their own personal-themed bookmarking boards, sort of like a Pinterest for text-based information.


Board onboarding (heh) is easy. Users who want to create a board will now see a “Create a board” option at the top right of Quora and on their header dashboard.


**Anything can be posted to a board, whether it be links to web content like news and video, images, stuff on Quora like Questions and answers or text commentary.


**Users can post content directly from Quora by clicking on the ‘Repost’ option under every question.


**Board Owners can add Authors and Followers to a board, as well as pay to add Topics.


**They can also set up the board in a grid or list format.


****The most interesting feature of boards, from a utility aspect, is that Authors can set up following granularity to public — i.e. everyone who follows the board Author will see content or limited only board followers.


**Boards will also now show up on Topics pages, as well as on your personal Quora profile page.


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Great Content Curation Models: E-learning Examples by David Anderson

Great Content Curation Models: E-learning Examples by David Anderson | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to content curation, here is a great example at work.

 

Elearning Examples is a curated collection of "examples" from the real world of online communications in the areas of "multimedia journalism", "infographics" and "html5" among others.

For each one of these categories the author has written and edited a specific information card containing relevant information, images and links to the work being referenced.

 

The design of the site and the quality of the work "examples" being showcased make this a good example of what good "content curation" is. 

 

Clearly, the work produced by this site, produces no noise or regurgitation of information, but rather offers a better way to make sense and discover the communication areas being curated on the site.

 

Thanks to David Anderson, an e-learning designer & community manager at Articulate for having created this excellent curated set of galleries.

 

Inspiring. 9/10

 

Look: http://elearningexamples.com/ 

 

David Anderson's blog: http://multimedialearning.com/ 

 

His Twitter channel: https://twitter.com/#!/elearning 

 

(Reviewed by Robin Good)


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Content Curators Compete In Game-Like Forum While Making Newsroom Contributions

Content Curators Compete In Game-Like Forum While Making Newsroom Contributions | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was posted by Tim Ryan a contributor for PSFKI thought this would be of interest to anyone who is curating content. Digg is doing something very clever and it's a whole new forum where you can contribute and curate and possibly find new audiences for your brand.


"Digg Newsrooms is a new channel introduced by the online content curator that uses bot's are all the channels by topic: http://digg.com/newsrooms


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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This great piece was written by Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute 


There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 


He says:


"So many organizations are getting caught up in content curation, but the real power of content marketing lies in original content creation."


Curation is more than a tactic, it is coming to forefront because


**people are overwhelmed with too much information.


If you're going to create content, I say mixing that with curated content might be a better way to go, again this depends on many factors,  but that's only my opinion.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Y0ur 2012 Checklist -


He says, yes, you can and should use content curation techniques, but this should be secondary.


I say, Curation is more than a technique and will go beyond a buzz word in 2012 as people learn new techniques.


He says:


"Focus on the true pain points of your customers and start planning content series around answering those pain points".


**I definitely agree but this can be accomplished by curation as well. It's not an either or, a curator can add more vital information, another perspective. provide resources or any number of things beyond the original article.


He says:


"Find the content curators in your industry and form relationships with them. They’ll help you spread the word about your great content".


I say:


I believe content creators will want to seek out good content curators  to curate their work.  I watched a six minute video yesterday, the title was "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? Now that's a shift in thinking and a very interesting question to ponder, I say, stay tuned........


I think both are necessary in different proportions for different types of businesses.


What do you think?


Commentary by Jan Gordon "Covering Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.