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

Influence is Power

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

Jan Gordon comment:

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

Here are a few highlights: 

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

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

There are three other key elements to understand:

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


Making Sense of the Influence Landscape: Implications for Business

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

Businesses that actively understand and manage influence have tremendous opportunities

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

What’s Next?

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

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

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

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

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Global Trends Team's comment, October 3, 2013 1:27 AM
Thanks to all for sharing. Just came across this article on influence which may also be of interest:
Sebastien Caron's curator insight, October 19, 2013 12:10 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 9:25 AM

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

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10 Business Blog Posts You Should Write NOW

10 Business Blog Posts You Should Write NOW | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This piece was written by Kipp Bodnar for Hubspot

I read this post a while ago and I'm guessing you might even have seen this online but I have a question for you -

How many times do you actually process and utilize the information you read about? 

Kipp has some great strategy for blog posts to build traffic, community and sell your product or services.

**These ideas also apply to curating content. You can select articles that address these tips and most importantly, you can add you own context to the mix.

Here are a few suggestions that you might find useful:

**The Data Story - As a business, you are working on selling an idea as well as a product or service to your customers.

Use data to help you. Gather data either internally or from third-party sources.

Use this data to sell your big idea using your business blog.

** The Controversial Stand - Sometimes you have to take a hard stance on an issue to get attention.

In a blog post, argue one side of a controversial industry issue in an effort to get prospects and industry thought leaders talking about your business


4. The Big List - Sometimes readers don't want to read through endless paragraphs for practical advice

 Instead, they want a long list of industry resources that they can bookmark and easily access again and again.

Aggregate practical advice and resources for an important industry topic, and compile it into one long and easy-to-scan list.

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People Don't Buy WHAT You Do, They Buy WHY YOU DO IT [Video]

"The goal is to do business with people who believe in what you believe, NOT in what you do."


TEDx Puget Sound speaker - Simon Sinek - Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas w...


This is a 2-year old video with fabulous 'evergreen' insights for us all. I love the model Simon Sinek shares with us, explaining how we normally think/talk. He then goes on to invert the model to show us why great leaders are able to create amazing change.


Start 2012 with a bang.

Watch the video and use this model to really make the difference you want to in the coming year.


*(Thanks to Karen Dietz for uncovering and promoting this great video. It is truly inspirational.)

Via Karen Dietz, Robin Good
Daisy Smit's curator insight, August 14, 5:41 AM


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How A Social Media User Becomes A Social Media Leader - What You Need To Do

How A Social Media User Becomes A Social Media Leader - What You Need To Do | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This article was written by Dave Larsen for Kissmetrics, he has some very good advice and takeaways.


As you build your reputation as a leader, your reputation will begin to take on a life of its own.

"I abandoned my twitter account months ago. My abandoned account got tens of thousands of followers anyway. It was an incredible lesson to me. Many people even kept tweeting personal recommendations of the old account name until they figured out the change.

Because it was on tons of list, recommended in many, many blog posts, etc., people attracted to the reputation just kept arriving.

****And all I did was start by helping. Done right, helping is the highest quality and most efficient interaction possible, as it also creates connections, and builds reputation.

****Everyone can help someone.

****If you can help one person, you can help two, and if you can help two, you have already started building a community, and creating your reputation as a leader in that community.

Don’t lose sight of always creating quality interactions and making quality connections.

****Use the quality scale and be ruthless with your time, and you too can quickly be acknowledged as an awesome leader yourself!"

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