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C³: The art of amplifying

Orginally posted on Heliade by Danny Devriendt

Content is king. Everybody knows that and unsurprisingly: at #SxSW it is the talk of town. Roughly you can divide the online world in three big continents: the creators of content, the curators of content, and the consumers of content. Think of it as a pyramid: lots of people are consuming content, a selected number of people is curating content, and the smallest group is actually creating content.

And there used to be a picking order: it was clear that creators were more valuable than curators. They were the thinkers, the thought leaders, the wizards and gurus. But as the quantity of content grew in a mindboggling way, the consumer went to look for people who curate content.

With all of the content out there, it became next to impossible for most people to filter the garbage from the gems, or to get timely access to premium content. Content may still be king, but curating is queen.

Precious (and monetizable ) value is added by the curator: he aggregates the avalanche of available content, filters it, screens it, reworks and packages it, and gets it to the consumer in a handy, unified and timely matter. Curators are the glasses through which a big part of the online consumers see the world. In fact, curators have de facto more power and influence than the creators. Without the curator, most creators have no significant reach… they need the curator to amplify their content. The curators of today are the superstars of tomorrow, and the recent godlike statuses of the curators of the Hufflington Post and TechCrunch show it is happening now.

Curators can amplify, or close the gates to your content. You’d better start courting them soonest….

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My “check-in” beats your “like” anytime

Originally posted on Heliade by Danny Devriendt

For brands, creating engagement in any way is key… that’s why they are in social media in the first place. In recent months, a telltale signal to determine that engagement at a glance is the number of “likes” a brand collects all through the brands online ecosphere. Fueled by mostly Facebook, the hunt for likes is powering an important part of the Social Media roll out, and, between us: that is a bad thing.

A number of “likes” does not show you in any way the quality or quantity of engagement with your target audience in any way… for that more intelligent sets of data should be explored that give more relevant information on quality, sentiment, loyalty and behavior.

And a “like” is just a wrong metric. Clicking on it is often a gratuit gesture… for most consumers it means nothing more than a thoughtless “click”.  There is no bar, no effort, no real thinking, and thus way too often no real intention or engagement.

Personally, I have more respect for the location based check in. A check in, is like a “like”, but only better. Checking in means that people are linking their real life location and behavior (shopping, eating, going to a concert,…) with their offline social media ecosphere. They went through an experience that reverberates in the social spider web. Location based social check-ins are more and more combined with the ability to rate the experience, adding a tremendous potential added value for the brand. Having people checking in from stores, airports, planes, restaurants and events and giving a positive social rating turns every active “checker” into an active brand advocate.

People will trust the review of someone who actively ate at a restaurant way more than one from someone who just punched the “like” button on a website.

Check-ins new style will beat up likes big time ;-)

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Ronald Reagan fathered Foursquare

Originally posted on Heliade by Danny Devriendt

There, did that get your attention? I thought it might… :-) Tim O’Reilly caused quite a stir @ #SxSW when he proclaimed that Ronald Reagan was the mental father of Foursquare.

But he has a point. Let’s go back into history: while the Beatles were working on their White Album, the U.S. Navy and Air Force slotted together a system that would enable navigation on a plethora of applications. A set of incompatible systems was developed, until the US Department of Defense decided in 1973 to unify the existing systems. With atomic clocks carried on geostationary satellites (predicted by Arthur C. Clark) , the Navstar Global Positioning System became a huge success. In the beginning, military use had priority, and accurate positioning was not possible for civilian systems.

The disaster with Korean Flight 007 in 1983, a mortal tragedy that could have been prevented with more accurate location awareness, made President Ronald Reagan decide that accurate GPS signals would be available worldwide and at no charge. Reagan’s directive angered quite a lot of military decision makers, but stood at the cradle of the location driven social media that is so popular today.

The military not only got us the backboned, dynamic rerouting internet (and an internet of things by that), but also stood at the very beginning of Google places, Gowalla and Foursqaure. Not to mention Augmented Reality, that made it directly from the cockpit of the Apache fighting helicopter into the smartphones. Presidents and generals at the roots of social media, a slightly disturbing thought….;-)

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