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The Influence Landscape: The Evolving Power of Shapers & Influencers

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


Influence is Power


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


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


Here are a few highlights: 


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


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


There are three other key elements to understand:


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

 

Making Sense of the Influence Landscape: Implications for Business

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

Businesses that actively understand and manage influence have tremendous opportunities

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


What’s Next?


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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What is Google+ & Why is it so Important to Curation & Social Business?

What is Google+ & Why is it so Important to Curation & Social Business? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This slideshare is by Gideon Rosenblatt  and as always Gideon's perspective and presentation is relevant to anyone who participates online for business, (non-profits, education, brands).


Gideon Rosenblatt: Excerpt from a few highlights below:


Writers and information curators strongly influence readers

**and that led to people using social networks to connect information networks - We became "information networkers"


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


**The web is an information network connected by web links



**A community is a social network connected by relationships


**Google+ used our web links to make it easier to use our information networks


**Google+ made it easier for us to use social networks to find people we never would have known though interest graphs


**Our social networks subtly changed - they were no longer just connections with friends - they now included other people with interesting information to share


**Writers and information curators strongly influence readers


**and that led to people using social networks to connect information networks - We became "information networkers"


**To fulfill its mission, Google needed a social network to help organize informtion networks - Google+ was born


**Google+ isn't competing with Facebook to build the world's best "social graph" - It's using the social graph to build the world's best interest graph


**The "Influence Graph" Map the flow of content through our social connections and you find the interest graph


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Why Don't Companies understand Real Digital influence?

Why Don't Companies understand Real Digital influence? | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Influence is such a hot topic in the digital industry yet there remains widespread misunderstanding over how it works, argues Dr Michael Wu, Chief Scientist at social community specialists Lithium Technologies...
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I selected this article today from WiredUK because, it's a very hot topic, more questions than answers. This piece addresses why scores are not enough and what needs to happen to present an accurate picture of true influencers.


Here are some highlights that caught my attention:


No one has any data on real influence


Explicit data that says precisely:


 *Who actually influenced who, when, on what and how


**Just because a vendor can assign an influence score to a user, it doesn't mean that score is measured.


To Truly measure influence, the vendor's influence meaasurement platform must do four things.


1. Track when a desired change or action taken by someone or a group of people (e.g. a purchase transaction has occurred)


2. Determine who influenced this purchase or action to donate to a charity, promote something, etc.


3. Prove that this purchase or action taken by someone would not have occurred otherwise (this is very hard to measure) If this purchase would've occurred anyway, then the influencer didn't actually cause any change


No influence platforms (e.g. Klout, PeerIndex, Kred, Radian6, etc.) actually measure influence as none does all four.


* All influence scores are computed via some algorithms. They are

result of computation, not measurement.


Takeaway: Influencer marketing has huge potential but as an industry we are far from realizing this potential.


** First, influence vendors must start paying attention to the influencees.


** Only by incorporating more attributes of the influencees into their model, can vendors move towards a true influence score.


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janlgordon's comment, December 15, 2012 12:56 PM
Robin Martin, thank you for rescooping this article and being a very loyal follower, I really appreciate it! I might not always be able to acknowledge everyone here because I am very busy launching Curatti at the moment and that is two full time jobs. Thanks again.
ThePinkSalmon's comment, December 15, 2012 9:22 PM
Very interesting!!
PaolaRicaurte's curator insight, December 16, 2012 9:21 AM

A really interest topic and something I've been trying to explain to some people: Social Network Analysis is science, nothing to do with your "cool" marketing tools...