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Create Dynamic Headlines to Draw Your Readers In - Here's How

Create Dynamic Headlines to Draw Your Readers In - Here's How | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
How do you get your headlines to inspire a click? I’ve created a cheat sheet that spells out nine effective tips based on the word H-E-A-D-L-I-N-E-S.
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This article is by Feldman Creative  on a topic that is near and dear to my heart - the headline.


As we all know there's so much content flying by especially on Twitter, being able to grab someone's attention is key. Learning how to craft a headline that draws the reader in is a must.


There are great tips in here


Here are a few that caught my attention:


E is for empathy.


Jay Baer, author of the great marketing book “Youtility,” points out in social media today, your messages are delivered alongside those of your reader’s friends and family. To earn their attention and trust, you too have to achieve friend status. The best way to accomplish this is to show your reader you understand their problems and care.


"You’re Going to Love These Free Analytics Apps" 


S is for success


The oldest and most proven approach to headline nirvana is delivering a little bundle of success. Of course, you need insights into how your readers define success. When you have them, speak to them.


 "Nine Headline Tricks Sure to Boost Your Leads"


A is for ask


The question headline is enormously effective—provided you ask a question your target audience wants to know the answer to.


"How Do You Write More Magnetic Headlines?"


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:15 PM

Useful list, good reminders.  And there are headline evaluators out there using the emotion principle.  Here's one:

http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/


~  Deb

janlgordon's comment, December 11, 2013 1:00 AM
Deb Nystrom Thanks for your comment and for this link, very helpful, I really appreciate it!
harish magan's curator insight, December 23, 2013 9:24 PM

As we all know there's so much content flying by especially on Twitter, being able to grab someone's attention is key. Learning how to craft a headline that draws the reader in is a must.

 

There are great tips in here

 

Here are a few that caught my attention:

 

E is for empathy.

 

Jay Baer, author of the great marketing book “Youtility,” points out in social media today, your messages are delivered alongside those of your reader’s friends and family. To earn their attention and trust, you too have to achieve friend status. The best way to accomplish this is to show your reader you understand their problems and care.

 

"You’re Going to Love These Free Analytics Apps" 


S is for success


The oldest and most proven approach to headline nirvana is delivering a little bundle of success.Of course, you need insights into how your readers define success. When you have them, speak to them.

 

 "Nine Headline Tricks Sure to Boost Your Leads"


A is for ask


The question headline is enormously effective—provided you ask a question your target audience wants to know the answer to.

 

"How Do You Write More Magnetic Headlines?"


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How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence

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

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


Here are some highlights:


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


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


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


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


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


Propiinquity theory tells us:


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


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


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


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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 5:59 AM
yes...some people are worthy of respect; others less so...
Therese Matthys's comment, July 16, 2013 12:34 PM
Caroline - so true!
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 9, 2013 11:48 AM
You're all totally true. I really agree with you. I would add that "followers" are (normally, except for fake profiles...) persons. And persons MUST be respected. I agree too with you, Sigrid, concerning the fact that influence could be better mesured by interactions. Thx a lot for your reactions. It's very kind from you! Have a great week. Best regards :) Philippe
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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
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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!
Joe Winpisinger'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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58 Ways to Curate or Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love

58 Ways to Curate or Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece.


There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


*GREAT CURATORS Understand your readers. Know their fears, dreams, and desires. How can you engage with someone you don’t understand?


**Don’t write for a large audience. Choose one person, picture him, and write to him as if he’s a friend.


**Use a conversational tone of voice. Nobody wants to chat with a company.


**Be engaging. Using the word you is the most powerful way to be more engaging.


Be remarkable. So much content is out there, how can you stand out?


**GREAT Creation or Curation comes from CONTEXT Disclose your point of view, tell your personal story, and develop your own voice.


**If your readers feel they know you, they will connect with you.


**Use familiar language. Check Twitter, Facebook or Google’s Keyword Tool – and find the wording your readers use.


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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"


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Barry Deutsch's comment, May 16, 2012 2:18 AM
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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The Key Role Of Quality Curation in the Future of Media

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

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

 

 

 

 

Here are some highlights from this article:

 

*** Content surplus as a bankable trend:

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

 

Steve’s top tips for being a quality curator:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Read full article http://j.mp/H17F45

 

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

If you have an hour to spare, I highly recommend checking out the full hour-long video discussion here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSRhDqeBtmg


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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.


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 26, 2012 12:26 PM
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 1:10 PM
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 1:23 PM
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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Want To Be The 'Go-To' Brand in 2012? Here's What You Should Do

Want To Be The 'Go-To' Brand in 2012? Here's What You Should Do | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written in May of 2011 by Pawan Deshpande, CEO of HiveFire for cmo.com. I'm curating this on 12/31/11,  my last post for 2011.


Great article, 2012 will be a signicant year for content curation!


Here’s what caught my attention:


****Industry experts and analysts have begun to focus on content curation as a key marketing strategy.


**** “Content curation has emerged as one of the highest potential enterprise tools for B2B marketers to draw and engage specific audiences,” said Susan McKittrick of the Patricia Seybold Group, who has conducted several in-depth reports examining the growth of content curation within the realm of marketing.


In February, 2011, **(It will be interesting to see what these statistics are today as we approach 2012). HiveFire surveyed more than 150 marketing professionals; our data supported McKittrick’s insights:


**Forty-eight percent of marketers are already employing content curation in some form or another


**58 percent of those surveyed who are curating content are mixing both original and third-party content, which solidifies the curator’s credibility among its audience


**Robert Davis, PJA Advertising’s senior vice president of digital marketing, believes that employing a content-curation strategy--in particular, curating third-party content--is essential for increasing a brand’s influence and position as a thought leader in its space.

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**You need to put yourself into the mindset of a publisher by writing blog articles, producing podcasts, and authoring e-books and whitepapers.


**It helps marketers find, highlight, build on, and share relevant, timely information of keen interest to an audience.


****Curated content becomes the source information for lead nurturing, social media engagement, thought leadership positioning, community cultivation, and drawing organic search traffic.”


**When creating content for your brand, you are helping to educate your prospects only through vendor content.


**Without content from outside experts and peer groups, they are left on their own, out of your reach, to find it themselves.


**While most marketers understand the need to produce content, there is more that can be done to position your brand as the “go-to” source for your industry.


**Curation can help marketers produce and share better, prospect-engaging content by presenting a broader selection of peer, vendor, and expert sources in the context of a company’s brand.


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


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How To Transform Blog Comments into More Conversations

This post was written by Mack Collier, founder of #blogchat who has a very successful blog, and really knows what he's talking about.


Intro:


One of the big concerns for so many bloggers is getting more comments on their blog. There have been a gazillion posts written on how to get more comments, I have written a few myself.


****But I think an important distinction we need to make is that getting more comments does not necessarily equal getting more CONVERSATIONS on your blog.


At the end of the day most bloggers say ‘I want more comments on my blog!’ what they REALLY mean is ‘I want more conversations on my blog!’


This is what caught my attention:


****Help connect commenters that make complimentary or opposing points. This is a great way to cultivate conversations that I don’t think enough bloggers focus on.


****If one blogger makes a point, then another follows up with a comment that either builds on their point or offers a differing point of view, try to connect the two.


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http://mackcollier.com/getting-more-blog-comments-vs-cultivating-more-blog-conversations/


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Conversation Agent Reviews TweetRiver Mass Relevance Curation Tool

Conversation Agent Reviews TweetRiver Mass Relevance Curation Tool | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

More than a tool, Mass Relevance is a wish many media companies and brands turned publishers express: That of scaling their conversation strategy to the point where the best content from participants is embedded right into the TV program and live..."

  

Next generation CEO Sam Decker, a veteran in digital marketing, word of mouth, and user generated content, gave me a tour of the platform recently. Sam previously grew Dell.com (consumer) to $3.5B and was founding CMO at Bazaarvoice, the leader in social commerce

 

From its beginning brainstorming sessions to build the first tool, TweetRiver, Austin-based Mass Relevance currently serves media organizations and brands like NBC Sports, Cisco, Samsung, and Xbox.

 

With a 14-people team and 40 clients, the company is a preferred partner of Twitter media and is working on adding more services and custom technology around the TweetRiver platform.

 

http://www.conversationagent.com/2011/08/mass-relevance-tool-review.html

 

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The Science Behind Word of Mouth and Why Things Go Viral

The Science Behind Word of Mouth and Why Things Go Viral | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Tweet About Jonah Berger is a Marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and author of the New York Times bestseller Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

janlgordon's insight:

Jonah Berger has written a very informative piece on what triggers word of mouth and what factors have to occur to make this happen. This appeared on the wordofmouth blog.


There are many factors that make content, a campaign, a person go viral. Lately I've become very interested in influence marketing and how that plays a role in this.


Here are some highlights:


Triggers have a big impact on human behavior


Triggers shape the choices we make, the things we talk about, and the products we buy.


For example: Playing French music at the grocery store makes people more likely to buy French wine, and playing German music makes people more likely to buy German wine.


But the best part about triggers? Anyone can apply this concept. By linking your product or idea to prevalent triggers you can help your own initiatives succeed.  


Here is a post by Marty Smith. He has written many articles but 5 of those posts went viral", or about 1% of all the posts that he wrote at that time, he took a moment to see why these went viral and what they all had in common.


Here's what caught my attention:


5 Magical Curation Tools Analysis

Let’s start by looking into why “5 Magical Tools” might have received so much social support:


  • Power Twitter Accounts are Critical to Going Viral.
  • Shorter is better (more of a gut feeling than in the data, but all 5 are on the shorter side).
  • Visuals are Important.
  • Scoop.it Plus Twitter is more powerful than either alone.


Here is the link to an intro and the article: http://bit.ly/18Dxn0q


I think Influence marketing plays a big role in making things go viral, here's an article from Forbes The 'Ws' Of Influence Marketing  http://onforb.es/1a0ss8o that talks about the importance of leveraging influencers in a niche that relates to your product or service. 


"If you understand why people talk and share, you can get the word out about any product or idea. From BtoC to BtoB. From recycling initiatives and logistics management software to political causes and new products"Jonah Berger


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Tim Fernback's curator insight, October 22, 2013 6:42 PM

Great insight into why things go viral.  "Why Things Catch On" is a must read for online marketers.  Not so much about social media valuations, but an interesting read none-the-less.

Edwin Tam's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:46 PM

Triggers. Hmmm... That's like lighting the fuse yes?

internetdoctor's curator insight, March 7, 9:41 AM

Something "triggers" us to make a move.  It is something in the environment...in psychology we call it a "stimulus" that elicits a "response".  What is that stimulus that triggers so many responses in people that make word of mouth really work.  Perhaps there is a science to it...but why does Rebecca Black's Friday video have millions of views, and your YouTube video that has amazing information has 10?  Clearly Rebecca has a trigger that you and I do not have...what is it?

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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.
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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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'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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58 Surfire Ways to Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love

58 Surfire Ways to Create Persuasive Content Your Audience Will Love | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece. There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


*GREAT CURATORS Understand your readers. Know their fears, dreams, and desires. How can you engage with someone you don’t understand?


**Don’t write for a large audience. Choose one person, picture him, and write to him as if he’s a friend.


**Use a conversational tone of voice. Nobody wants to chat with a company.


**Be engaging. Using the word you is the most powerful way to be more engaging.


Be remarkable. So much content is out there, how can you stand out?


**GREAT Creation or Curation comes from CONTEXT Disclose your point of view, tell your personal story, and develop your own voice.


**If your readers feel they know you, they will connect with you.


**Use familiar language. Check Twitter, Facebook or Google’s Keyword Tool – and find the wording your readers use.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing and Beyond"


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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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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.


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


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/wVK9j0]

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22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You're Stuck [Infographic] |

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You're Stuck [Infographic] | | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This is the first infographic from Copyblogger based on an earlier piece he did entitled 21 Ways to Create Content When You Don't Have a Clue.   

It's an excellent presentation, consistent with all of his wonderful content many of us have been reading for a long time and he even gives us one more .


Here are some highlights from the original article:


"If you're coming up flat and you can't think of what to do try some of these ideas":


**Curate content. Find your ten favorite websites, and then find your favorite post on each of them.


**Publish a post listing these top ten posts, and explain why you like them. You don’t even have to think about being creative, and everyone you feature there will appreciate it.


**This is what we do with our Best of the Web feature, and there are lots of other examples.


**Ask friends for ideas. If you’re tapped for ideas, then reach out to your friends and colleagues, and ask them what they’d like you to write about.


**You can do this with offline friends, or with like-minded online entrepreneurs.


**If you’re not already part of a mastermind group, then reach out to a few bloggers that are about as big as you are, and suggest starting one.


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


See infographic here: [http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-infographic/]


See article here: [http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-ideas/]

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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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Slideshare: A Perspective On the Ethics of Curation & Content Strategy


Interesting Slideshare presentation by Margot Bloomstein on content creation and curation. Margot is a Brand and content strategist at Appropriate, Inc.


Her focus is Industry Design About Living at the crossroads of content strategy, brand strategy, and brand-appropriate user experience.

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What are the most common content marketing mistakes?

What are the most common content marketing mistakes? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Great suggestions not only for content creators but curators as well. Nothing like having advice from some of the best content marketers in the business:

Here's an excerpt:

While there is no right way to do content marketing, there are definitely some wrong ways. Learn what not to do from some of the best content minds around.

What are the most common mistakes companies make when executing against a content marketing program?

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