When PR professional Jody MacPherson first started her personal Scoop.it page on politics, she had no idea that she would end up on TV.
The political world around election time is just about as fast-paced as fast-paced gets. It’s easy to get lost in the number of tweets, blogs, news sites, facts, and not-so-factual musings. Today, social media is arguably one of the biggest influencers of elections and political opinions.
During the most recent election in Alberta, Canada, Jody MacPherson discovered that this is both a great and an overwhelming fact. Jody is passionate about politics and was part of the political party who was challenging the current administration. Knowing how difficult it is for most people to follow along and find all of the right (and factual) information, and being a PR professional by day, Jody found that curation was the next logical step to help her spread her political mission.
Social Media is easy. But only in theory.
When you get down to the practical things Social Media requires, you realize that a lot of them take time, require some special skills or are simply too complex to bother. While blogging and social networks have now been around for years, the truth is that for a lot of people, using Social Media in a professional way is still anything but a no-brainer; whether your job consists of running a business, pitching new customers, fundraising for a cause, educating students or coaching clients, it usually takes a good 100% of your time, so how can you “do Social Media” on top of that?
The key to solve this includes working on smarter workflows. At Scoop.it, for instance, we realized that having a suggestion engine combined with a bookmarklet for 1-click publishing greatly helped our users. And by adding features like the connections to the social networks they wanted or the ability to rescoop one another’s content, we have taken – and continue to take – steps towards making the whole Social Media Publishing workflow much simpler.
HootSuite is another company that has worked extensively on this workflow problem. By combining monitoring and cross-posting, they’ve built one of the most popular Social Media platforms to date with millions of professional users.
We’re therefore thrilled to be partnering with HootSuite today and to introduce the Scoop.it App for HootSuite. From now on, HootSuite users can combine the powerful stream layout that enables them to monitor various sources of content at once with Scoop.it’s easy content curation capabilities. This means more relevant content but also more visibility for this content when it’s published to your Scoop.it pages, whose topic-centric nature drives on average 3 clicks per visitor and greater discovery from Social and Search. Scoopiteers who already leverage topic-centric content curation to develop their visibility online can now diversify their sources of content by using HootSuite to monitor various content streams, including the topics they follow on Scoop.it or some specific Scoop.it searches to closely monitor their interests.
Our team at Scoop.it is hard at work and you may have noticed many exciting integrations that we’ve launched over the past month from SlideShare to BufferApp to LinkedIn Groups.
Yesterday, we announced our Apps & Extras to help you navigate through all of these great additions, which we hope helps make the Scoop.it experience even better for you.
Ayantek, a full-service digital marketing firm offering innovative web, mobile, search, and social media solutions to some of New England’s largest companies, has a vision that probably sounds pretty familiar to most marketing agencies. According to Marketing Programs Manager Barry Clifford, Ayantek’s main business goal is “to validate [their] belief that by providing excellent value and customer service to clients, a small business can grow into a viable, sustainable enterprise, and can supply a quality lifestyle to its employees without compromising on its core values.”
Ayantek’s global consultants are industry experts with decades of experience conceiving, designing, building, and managing interactive programs that drive measurable improvements and deliver competitive advantages for their clients. They help their customers achieve market leadership through a combination of strategic thought leadership, exceptional user experiences, and industry-leading proprietary and open-source technologies.
Seeing their success in these areas, Ayantek continuously wants to expand their client base and spread their services across multiple Fortune 500 companies in the technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and financial sectors.
According to a recent survey conducted by Econsultancy, 90% of respondents (1,300 marketing professionals) believe that content marketing will continue becoming increasingly important within the next year, but a surprisingly low 38% of them actually have a content strategy in place.
It’s hard to say that a day goes by for marketers without hearing, talking, or reading about some type of content marketing strategy. This is clearly demonstrated by the 73% of respondents who believe that brands are becoming publishers. Why is it, then, that only 38% of companies currently have a defined content marketing strategy and only 55-58% say that they are planning one?
After seeing these numbers, I thought of a few reasons why companies wouldn’t have a content marketing strategy, and why those reasons are not acceptable excuses. Continue reading
I’ve read recent news on how LinkedIn has become seriously interested in content launching new features that encourage their users to rate each other on skills and expertise as well as engage with business visionaries.
Here at Scoop.it, we’ve known that content plays a significant role in developing thought leadership and brand equity. Today, we launched a new feature where you can share your scoops directly to a LinkedIn Group. Imagine that? You can strengthen your professional network by sharing ideas that matter to a community that cares for such insight and knowledge. Continue reading
Yesterday, I had the privilege of listening to a fireside chat with Marc Benioff and Sir Richard Branson at Salesforce.com’s Dreamforce X.
While each and every topic proved to be equally if not more interesting than the last, Branson said one thing that really hit home for me:
“For a business to not embrace social media…you’ve clearly got your head in the sand.” Continue reading
Curate SlideShare Content with Scoop.it!
Presentations work great for Curators but Curators are also great for Presentations. Whether you’re using SlideShare to upload your presentations or using Scoop.it to curate your favorite topic, learn how the new Scoop.it / SlideShare integration can help you better leverage your publishing activity. Continue reading
In this series, we spotlight standout Scoop.it curators. Those whose passion ignite others’ interests. Find out here about who has inspired us. Learn their secrets to sharing ideas that matter to a community hungry for great content. Hear their story. Get inspired.
Check out the Scoop.it Spotlight today to begin learning about the stories of these great people.
Last week, we introduced the new visual dashboard which was a big change for Scoop.it. We’ve already seen positive impact in our analytics but, more importantly, we’re very excited and pleased by your reactions. We also heard you as you said you missed the old community leader board and the ability to see your daily stats broken down per topic: removing these two features was a mistake but we’re happy to announce that it’s fixed as of today! Continue reading