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Announcing Apps & Extras

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.

Apps and Extras on Scoop.it

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Becoming a Thought Leader: A Digital Marketing Firm's Path to Success

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.

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How Glenn Street Embraces His Niche and Keeps it Entertaining for Everyone

Glenn Street isn’t your average guy. His claim to fame is being the very first mascot in  the National Hockey League, as well as one of the first mascots in professional sports.  After his debut, Glenn began receiving calls from the opposing teams asking where  they could get one of those costumes! He and his small team startedsimply sewing and  building the costumes for the random customers who were calling.

After a while, the calls started flooding in, and it became too much. That’s when Street Characters was founded. Today, Street Characters is best known for creating sports characters (mascots). Their clients over the years have included about half of the teams in the National Hockey League, National Football League, and Major League Baseball.

This might not sound like a company who needs much social media or content marketing, but we all know that a company like that hardly exists anymore these days.

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Content curation: your next Social Media Marketing idea



These are the slides of my talk at the Social Media for Non-Profits conference in San Francisco today.

1. Why does Content Curation matter for marketers?

2. 7 Best practices for Content Curation

3. And great examples of NPO’s effectively using Content Curation.

Part #3 is specific to NPO’s (but might be inspiring to any Content Curator) but #1 and #2 are generic for all Content Marketers.

Photo by JD Lasica – Thanks!


See on www.slideshare.net

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90% of Marketers Know the Importance of Content, but only 38% Have a Strategy

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.

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Humanrithm: why data without people is not enough – and how algorithms lost the Content Curation battle

These are the slides of my talk at DataWeek 2012.

This is what is it was about: “We engineers love data and algorithms. They help create amazing things. But if and when we forget that people create data and that data can be improved by people, we will miss the promise of Big Data. It’s time we all thought of this not as social vs algorithm but as Humanrithm.

And I also took the example of Content Curation as a case study.

See on www.slideshare.net

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Share scoops directly to a LinkedIn Group

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.

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How is Content Curation helping Professionals? Where is it evolving to? The Friday Hangout

Guillaume, our CEO & Co-Founder, was invited to the Friday Hangout this morning with Social Media experts Janet Fouts and Steve Farnsworth. Both are strong Social Media experts and have seen many trends: Steve is a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer and Janet started online communities back in the 90’s before starting her own consulting practice.

They talked about the role Content Curation has for Social Media Marketing and how it will help social media evolve from the social graph to the interest graph, something key for professionals who tend to have niche long-tail interests.

See on www.youtube.com

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Learning by Doing: How Lauren Moss has Learned to Leverage Curation to Amplify her Online Presence

Lauren Moss curates topics that tend to be a reflection of her interests and areas of research/study. As an architect and LEED AP with experience in green building and urbanism, ‘Sustainable Architecture’ and ‘Green Streets’ are topics that relate directly to her professional and personal interests, and they both highlight case studies, current events, and related news articles.

An interest in design, particularly information design and visualization, stems from her experience with the technical process of architecture and how drawings convey data in an effective and meaningful manner. That said, she finds it intriguing to explore how these concepts extend beyond the architectural realm into other areas, including education and communication, and so the topics ‘Visual Data’ and ‘Green Infographics’ reflect those interests.

“When executed thoughtfully and with intention, content curation will help to establish oneself as aknowledgeable resource who adds value to a topic or community, which will extend one’s reach beyond asingle website or platform, and for the best reasons- because others want to read what you share and will, as a result, share your finds and expertise with their own communities.”

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It all started with one scoop: Introducing Global Comments and New Scoop Layout

Have you ever felt frustrated by the fact you never seem to know what happens to your content on social media? We share, we tweet and then… not much. Content is short lived and real-time is sometimes too fast: we don’t know who saw it, who reacted to it, who was influenced by it.

That’s been one of our frustration and we’re very happy to frequently hear that Scoop.it is a way to slow down real-time and give great content a longer chance to be discovered. Through the Scoop.it curation layer, not only can your readers see the related content you curated on that same topic but they can also discover it through search, something that doesn’t happen with social content.

So today, we’re happy to take a step further in making you see what happened to your curated content. With the release we’ve launched earlier today, we’ve unified all reactions to a Scoop in a unique thread. Everyone who directly or indirectly – through multiple rescoops – reacted to your great scoop will be on that thread and you’ll see them appear below your post (by expanding the thread if needed).

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Insights Into the Hot Trend of Social Media Content Curation

In the guest post published by Jeff Bullas‘ blog, Intervistato.com’s Maria Petrescu interviews Scoop.it’s co-founder Marc Rougier after giving her own insights on why curation is a much needed trend.

Online content curation is a hot trend as business owners and professionals realize that content is vital to add value to their customers and prospects. The trend was already evident in 2011 but 2012 saw an outright explosion of the phenomenon. Also important is delivering and sharing that content on your social media networks.” she writes.

She comes back with Marc on the background behind Scoop.it: “The founders were literally in love with social media, but had no time to produce content. They had already been working on another platform, where they published content organized in topics. People loved it, but after a while they felt the growing need of getting content that was more specific, based on their single interests.

Plus other interesting insights and a video of the interview. Check it out!
See on www.jeffbullas.com

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Peretti: Human Curation Beats SEO in the Social Web

“Jonah Peretti, a co-founder of Huffington Post and CEO of Buzzfeed, said at PandoMonthly tonight in New York that he doesn’t care about SEO anymore. He views it as a broken system that optimizes for robots, not humans.” Erin Griffith reports on Pandodaily.

Some will argue that Google is not that bad but the point isn’t there.

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Get Your Head out of the Sand: Advice from Sir Richard Branson

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.”

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How Ms. Ileane Spreads Interesting Ideas to Strengthen and Embrace Her Community

This week, we put Ileane Smith in the Scoop.it Spotlight. Ileane has found many ways to benefit from curation and find success on Scoop.it. If you missed her story, here’s a recap:

“I’m always reaching out to the Scoop.it community, doing some searches, looking at people who scoop my stuff and discovering their topics. That has led me to educational topics, led me to discover new users, and more. I like sharing things from other people. The power of Scoop.it for me is having all the different ways that I can share that content and keep track of it and put it out there for other people.”

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Scoop those slides!


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.

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Live Now: The Scoop.it Spotlight

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.

#ScoopitSpotlight

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Using Curation to Create the Perfect Content Marketing Mix (Infographic)

Digital Publishing Software Uberflip released today an infographic on Curation and Content Marketing that has some interesting data on what Content Marketers see as their key challenges and what their main objectives are when considering Content Curation. This data is supported by other similar observations that show Content Marketers are now clearly identifying Content Curation as […]

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Scoop.it Tips For Authors by Sara Rosett


“One day I realized I was spending more time thinking about my blog posts than about my WIP (work in progress).” writes author Sara Rosett. But as she shut down her blogs, she still felt she “wanted something a little more interactive, but without the huge time commitment of daily blogging.“

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Why Scoopit Rocks II [Pictures] by Marty Smith on ScentTrail Marketing

“Blogging is still important, but Scoop.it should be the hub of your social activities.” writes Marty Smith in this very complete review of Scoop.it. Marty’s feedback is very interesting as you can take it as an experiment: – What is the long-term effect of running social media from Scoop,it? – How should you position this […]

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New Visual Dashboard follow-up : Community Leaderboard and Daily Stats per topic are back!


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!

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Are we stuck in filter bubbles? Here are five potential paths out

“Algorithms can help, but more fundamentally, we need to figure out what we want a diverse pool of information to look like.” Jonathan Stray gives interesting ideas on niemanlab.org on how to avoid the filter bubble, among which curation. “Editors still command attention” he reminds us. And he adds: “Editors could become curators, cultivating the […]

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Visualizing the Interest Graph

Curation starts with inspiration.

Today Scoop.it introduces its New Visual Dashboard, centered on your Interest Graph and connecting you with other great curators by topics.

– Focus given to your followed topics
– Dynamic & instant view to the newest curated posts on what matters to you
– Search for the best curators on your interests
– More visibility for your great curation

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Don't Cry Over Twitter Breaking Up With LinkedIn

On Friday, we all learned the devastating news of Twitter leaving LinkedIn and no longer allowing its users to send their tweets directly to the professional networking site. As every professional who feeds their LinkedIn directly from their Twitter account received the email stating that “tweets will no longer be shared on LinkedIn,” frustration and confusion began to take over.

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