#IN 2011 Great Content Curators will OWN Social Media Networks

In 2011 great content curators will own social media networks as community members will need fast answers to more questions.

Oprah’s OWN

Oprah’s ability to deliver ‘great content’ as a super content curator led to her OWN network partnership with Discovery and immediate access to almost 100 million people.  The OWN ‘wrapping’ of the floundering Discovery Health Channel is innovative and shows the power of a great curator.

A number of trends and patterns have contributed to the value provided by curating content and innovation around aligning people to content and products.

These are some of the things to consider when you look to curate content that resonates and serves current and future customers.

Trust Moves away from SEO

Since late 2008 or early 2009 over half of internet searches now start in Social Media platforms and now people seem to trust other people a little more in finding fast answers to tough questions rather than search engine spiders or the advertisers that feed them.

Mobile May Sink SEO

Very few people that I know have an appetite to look at millions, thousands or even hundreds of Google search results on their mobile phone and as Google Android, RIM, Nokia, Sony, LG, Samsung and Apple interfaces mobile devices become gain as an on-ramp to Social Media platfomrs and the internet, the percieved value of SEO will drop even faster.

Resonance Trumps SEO

It is difficult to impossible for a search engine spider to understand your question and an answer that is suitable to your situation and understanding how to deliver content that ‘resonates’ to questions requires a little work and engagement so that people can declare what is important.

Social Media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook have grown tremendously and there are many good tools to help people find good content or products that resonate with their immediate need — we do this with SpeedSynch Resonance Maps.

Advertisers Live Large

Advertisers have always preferred large deals so that they can minimize costs for their clients and deliver high value but appear to struggle with the content and stories easily created and delivered globally in Social Media platforms like Twitter or focused advertising possible in LinkedIN or other plaftforms.

Huge waves of content are formed by the minute and advertisers or their clients may naturally feel that they must devote very large budgets and spend on advertising programs to be heard above the noise created in internet sites, blogs and Social Media.

Focus Trumps Budget

In our experience the value of a message or content delivery increases if it can be oriented to either a single person or small group and to accomplish this we look to focus on customer behaviour patterns and TransMedia or Cross Media tools.

We let our customers tell us which questions, answers or stories are important to them, and this may be done anonymously, quickly and simply by using NeuroPersona tools.

TransMedia or Cross Media Trend 

The delivery of content or advertising stories has seen considerable innovation in the past 15 years and TransMedia or Cross Media techniques is one of the most promising in a world where answers and content outnumber questions but both are hard to find quickly.

The Matrix was one of the most popular successful deployment of TransMedia storytelling where people might get a good part of the message by viewing one or more of the movies but the whole story was accessible to those that found the comic books and attended the events which completed the picture.

IKEA Cross Media Innovation

Recently a simple IKEA internet banner add shows us another application of advertising delivery, self-configured stories where people put the story together from all the bits they pick up in different places and spaces according to what resonates with them, something no advertiser or marketer would ever know.

Contact Us

Contact us for a conversation about great content curation cases, tools, tips and tricks — especially if content is your business!

Cheers,

Nick Trendov @SpeedSynch  nick@scenario2.com

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Resonance Rules Predictive Analytics #IN Great Web and Social Media Marketing

Predictive analytics offers the promise of predicting the future to business executives that direct people and resources to deliver products to markets globally across Web and Social Media channels though in our experience the future is difficult to predict until it happens.

Many simple and proven tools are available to help businesses predict and prepare for what may happen in the future like scenario analysis where clusters of stories are combined to represent possible future states from different perspectives of the business, its customers or other relationships that span extended business value chains.

Predictive Analytics and Global Supply Chain Risk 

In the course of adapting to global competitive pressure business has adopted global supply chains as means to survive and thrive.  The idea behind extended supply or value chains was that all non-core, high risk or high cost processes would be sourced externally to ensure profitably in turbulent markets.

Risk reduction and the quest for higher profits drove global supply chain and outsourcing trends.

The markets or rather customers seem to have their own ideas and now have access to almost an unlimited array of products globally.  Businesses have started to see that customer demand may change faster than it takes to deliver a product shipped internationally or even faster than a heavily managed software project.

Predictive Resonance Anlaytics helps tune and align value flows in extended Global Value Chains

Aligning Customer and Product Resonance in Extended Global Value Chains

 

Predicting the Future like Shell Oil    

SpeedSynch scenarios are used to align products or content to customers via a scenario or a cluster of stories that represent a possible future.

 Scenarios were brought into the business limelight by Pierre Wack lifted the creation of Scenarios to a high commercial art and honed his skill at SHELL OIL and SHELL has fantastic resources describing their scenarios and how they are created.

Success, Risk and Resonance 

Success in business is most often confused with precision, formulas and plans though it appears that after you plan life, life just happens. 

When a business plan goes in one direction and their customers go in another we say that the business value didn’t ‘resonate’ with the needs of their customers or simply the business was not successful in serving their market. 

Branding and advertising helps increase the resonance of our content and products with customers and reduce the business exposure to market risk. Business executives are also focused on finding ways to ‘predict’ the future to help them focus on opportunities and direct resources in search of profit.

Resonance Rules Prediction Marketing

Internet marketing changed very little since marketers discovered how to successfully market on the internet, first with Yahoo about 10 years ago and afterwards with Google ads and Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

New Media, TransMedia and Cross Media Value

The intersection of Old Media and Web2.0 has created a New Media, that’s for sure, but what else is happening? 

There is a growing interest in TransMedia or Cross Media,  the ability to engage people by taking a story and delivering it in different places, spaces and times appears to be a faster, simpler and more flexible future for creative marketers and their customers who want to break out of the crowd. 

TransMedia helps people create their own engaging story and Resonance is about understanding the relationships that create market value. 

Current TransMedia Perspectives

Sylvester Stallone shows TransMedia types what to do as he subtly elbows out Leonardo DiCaprio and Angela Jolie out of the way by driving his movie Expendables past Inception and Salt.

The SpeedSynch Resonance Map below shows the Resonance Map created by Sylvester Stallone.

SpeedSynch Resonance Map of Sylvester Stallone Crushing Google

0. Blackberry Twitter app shows Stallone top of Twitter trends worldwide 2010.07.24

1. Check Google volume on Twitter

2. Go to Twitter to find waves of ‘buzz’ tweets — looks like Brazilians tweeting millions

3. Go to Movie site to see when Slyvester Stallone movie is being released — August

4. Find Stallone Expendables movie press releases

5. Use SpeedSynch to create Keyword Theme maps for SEO competitive analysis

6. Review SpeedSynch SEO competitive analysis maps and keyword theme weights

7. Deep dive SpeedSynch Maps show detailed SEO competitive analysis

8. Compare DiCaprio’s INCEPTION with Stallone’s EXPENDABLES Resonance Maps 

Resonance Marketing Rules

In watching Stallone go to work on his competitors in a TransMedia or Cross Media format where the marketing story is spread across multiple media channels globally it is easy to miss the real value behind the success—customer Resonance.

People who go to movies, just like any potential customer have an affinity for a brand and a product, and Stallone’s marketing push with Twitter focused attention to Expendables and away from Inception.

Resonance, Marketing and Product Sales

Applying Resonance Marketing to product sales is a simple process.

1. Craft marketing stories to appeal to multiple customer perspectives or Persona in multiple languages, cultures and markets.

2. Focus on relationships between People, Process (work) and Content.

3. Facilitate and accelerate learning to boost engagement and sales.

SpeedSynch Resonance Maps support NeuroPersona Mask creation and Internet Marketing

Persona Masks base on SpeedSynch Resonance Maps

Note: A Persona mask represents customer perspectives or behaviours and may be worn or removed as needed.  We build Persona masks by mapping Customer ‘Resonance’ by understanding their perspectives from the content they prefer, post or other information provided.

Persona masks illuminate stories, processes and probabilities so that we can serve anyone behind a Persona masks regardless of the market segment to which they have been assigned.

SpeedsSynch Resonance Maps help predict future Persona behaviours important for Prediction Marketing.

Resonance Predicts Customer Behaviour Changes 

Traditional marketing models have a difficult time adapting to constantly chaning customer behaviours.

Understanding and aligning the Resonance of Products, Content and Processes allows the business to see when customer needs or behaviours change according to their Resonance.

Products, Risk and Prediction

The art of prediction, highly valued by marketers, accountants and bookmakers starts by understanding what has happened in the past in order to determine what may happen again in the future. 

Typically market researchers take past behaviours and adjust for anticipated changes in the future and create an estimate or guess of what might happen where they create a story whether it is based on a ‘feeling’ or supported by hundreds of spreadsheets as what happens tomorrow is best seen a few days afterwards.

Obvious risks of what may happen in the future are arbitraged as close to zero by using different techniques such as buying insurance or using a portfolio investment approach.

Prediction, Forecasts, Sales and Profit

We show our clients how to apply scenarios and Resonance to quickly identify change, opportunities and reduce risk in their product innovation, manufacturing and sales cycles.

 We craft Persona Masks to predict future customers behaviours or how customers will Resonat.

A Persona mask is ‘crafted’ by linking stories and numbers to customer perspectives to infer possible future behaviours and since we can never know exactly how behaviours will occur in the future we use Scenarios to determine a range of behaviours and get a sense of the potential range of  customer behaviours that may occur in the future.  If this seems a little strange consider the profession of Finance and why accountants forecast.  A financial forecast directs business activity and sets measures of success. 

Stories are behind the numbers carefully constructed by accountants in plans of one, two or more years.  Accountants convert stories to numbers and place them in a structure called a chart of accounts and then manipulate numbers for the rest of the year in a way that separates them from the stories that were at their core.  Indeed accountants ‘map’ out the future of the business with numbers rather than stories.

Our practice is to blend stories, numbers, maps and storyboards to avoid the common trap that marketers and accounts fall into as they manipulate numbers and stories independently of each other.  This ‘split’ causes stories and numbers that started at the same place to get out of sync with each other.  Our Resonance maps align Products to Customers by employing content.

Stories and numbers must Resonate with customers or the business gets out of harmony across its value chain which typically results in something breaking, relationships or profits.

Mining Hidden Value with Resonance Analytics in Global Value Chains

ROI Re-Capture is another benefit of using Resonance to understand where to find the expertise, stories or content value useful for internal projects or external marketing campaigns.  No need to re-invent the wheel, just find the value or content hidden along your global value chain according to what is needed for success.

Links between numbers and stories may be found at http://personati.wordpress.com or SpeedSynch.com

Reversals in Outsourcing and Global Value Chains

Currently we see the manufacturing and service support of key products and processes moving closer to customers to minimize the risk of extended supply chanins that include customers behaviours changing faster than products or projects can be delivered and risk associated with privacy or legal E-Discovery issues.

Contact us for more information about Predictive Analytics, Resonance and the tools needed to deliver high value to Customers that change quickly.

Cheers,

Nick @SpeedSynch nick@scenario2.com

Titles that Resonate #Top #2010 #Posterous #Blog Posts delivered #IN #TransMedia Format

Titles that Resonate #Top #2010 #TransMedia #Cross #Media Post #IN #SpeedSynch #Content #Stories is meant to attract the attention of ‘machines’ or search spiders first and eyeballs second.

This single Posterous blog post will be automatically ‘pushed’ to Twitter and WordPress sites and later picked up by LinkedIn.

Here we see that the message directs the media flow and is later directed by the media channels to different spaces and groups.

Top 2010 Posterous Blog Posts

#transmedia #speedsynch spaces for internet marketing advertising

SpeedSynch boosts #Transmedia spaces for Internet Marketing Advertisers

#transmedia is new to artists, though well known to storytellers and in this space we will explore the application of our SpeedSynch internet marketing software and internet marketing advertising and promotional techniques to support #transmedia from a commercial perspective…

New TransMedia Marketing Rules

Internet marketing has essentially changed very little since marketers discovered how to successfully use Yahoo 10 years ago which may seem shocking to the Google generation, but is an accurate description of current practices…

Resonance and Prediction Marketing Rules

Success, Risk and Resonance  

Success in business is most often confused with precision, formulas and plans though it appears that after you plan life, life just happens which may be the reason why the concept of risk reduction is important in the business world where a business may not survive if it goes in one direction while its customers go in another.  When this happens we say that the business value didn’t ‘resonate’ with the needs of their customers or simply the business was not successful in serving their market…

 

Content Resonance Rules #IN Legal E-Discovery 2.0

The legal profession is wrestling with data and information overload to meet legal E-Discovery obligations and client expectations and may be able to benefit from significant advances provided by Social Media platforms and Content Resonance… 

 

SEO value decline and privacy toxicity highlights opportunities #IN Mobile Internet Marketing

The apparent decline in the perception of value and privacy toxicity of SEO may be very good for Mobile phone makers and internet marketers as the mobile phone has become the Social Media and internet website interface of choice by billions of people globally…

 

The content is this blog post also resonates and also influences the people that read it across the different media channels which it travels.

 

Cheers,

Nick Trendov @SpeedSynch  nick@scenario2.com

Titles that Resonate #Top #2010 #Posterous #Blog Posts delivered #IN #TransMedia Format

Titles that Resonate #Top #2010 #TransMedia #Cross #Media Post #IN #SpeedSynch #Content #Stories is meant to attract the attention of ‘machines’ or search spiders first and eyeballs second.

This single Posterous blog post will be automatically ‘pushed’ to Twitter and WordPress sites and later picked up by LinkedIn.

Here we see that the message directs the media flow and is later directed by the media channels to different spaces and groups.

Top 2010 Posterous Blog Posts

#transmedia #speedsynch spaces for internet marketing advertising

SpeedSynch boosts #Transmedia spaces for Internet Marketing Advertisers

#transmedia is new to artists, though well known to storytellers and in this space we will explore the application of our SpeedSynch internet marketing software and internet marketing advertising and promotional techniques to support #transmedia from a commercial perspective…

New TransMedia Marketing Rules

Internet marketing has essentially changed very little since marketers discovered how to successfully use Yahoo 10 years ago which may seem shocking to the Google generation, but is an accurate description of current practices…

Resonance and Prediction Marketing Rules

Success, Risk and Resonance  

Success in business is most often confused with precision, formulas and plans though it appears that after you plan life, life just happens which may be the reason why the concept of risk reduction is important in the business world where a business may not survive if it goes in one direction while its customers go in another.  When this happens we say that the business value didn’t ‘resonate’ with the needs of their customers or simply the business was not successful in serving their market…

 

Content Resonance Rules #IN Legal E-Discovery 2.0

The legal profession is wrestling with data and information overload to meet legal E-Discovery obligations and client expectations and may be able to benefit from significant advances provided by Social Media platforms and Content Resonance… 

 

SEO value decline and privacy toxicity highlights opportunities #IN Mobile Internet Marketing

The apparent decline in the perception of value and privacy toxicity of SEO may be very good for Mobile phone makers and internet marketers as the mobile phone has become the Social Media and internet website interface of choice by billions of people globally…

 

The content is this blog post also resonates and also influences the people that read it across the different media channels which it travels.

 

Cheers,

Nick Trendov @SpeedSynch  nick@scenario2.com

IKEA Self-Assembly Ad Rules #IN Trans #Media Internet Advertising

A Brilliant IKEA ad that goes beyond its internet marketing or adverting value as it gently startles the reader to re-live the experience.

This interactive banner ad offers us a simple blueprint for great TransMedia or Cross Media campaigns where future customers are offered guidance to assemble unique story elements found in different places or spaces according to their CURRENT needs rather than values targeted by marketers and advertisers.

X-Media campaigns have great promise at a time where the value of SEO is rapidly declining and search is being displaced by Social Media for finding or refining questions or answers.

Self-assembly of stories is the core value we offer to our clients and we use our SpeedSynch Resonance Maps to help customers align their current or future needs to the content, products or processes. 

We welcome you to join us and explore this with us.

Cheers,
Nick @SpeedSynch

Are you a Storyteller?

A storyteller is a ‘lens maker’ and provides tools to help people understand where they are and where they can go.

The atomic elements of any lens are Stories and Numbers as highlighted in the perspectives offered by the Story Lens below and outlined here:

Sample Lens  STORY PERSONA PROMISE TIME MODEL

Sample Lens STORY PERSONA PROMISE TIME MODEL

Story Relationships
Our unique perspectives on stories is that they are unique in that they ‘have relationships’ as well as are the core of relationships which are necessary for both social interactions and the creation of value.

  • People to Content (stories)
  • Content to Process (work)
  • Process to People (learning)

Understanding the relationships of stories or content helps us get the right content to the right people for the right work.  While this ideal is not new, it is very effective as it helps us ‘mine’ stories or content from places, spaces and people that would have otherwise gone unnotices.  Most times content is created when it is available elsewhere at great cost in time and resources.  We call this ability to mine stories ROI Re-Capture.

Competing on Stories and Analytics

Story< >Process< >Software< >Brand< >Measures (analytics)

Competing on Analytics is in vogue in the corporate executive suites today as the underlying assumption is that numbers don’t lie and provide executives the visibility to make decisions that lead to success in the market.  Yet numbers simply represent market stories.

In our experience analytics or the analysis of measures and numbers are needed to provide useful and meaningful story perspectives.  Our clients have found that there are many opportunities to avoid the ‘proxy’ of analytics and look directly to story perspectives to manage their projects or business whether the focus is operational or strategic, manufacturing or marketing.  Analytics can’t stand alone as they face backwards, but they are important to understand forward facing stories or Scenarios.  Time is the glue that helps us and our clients reconcile the ‘facts’ found by numbers and the ‘vision’ created by stories and scenarios.

Time Perspectives:

There are many ways of looking at and interacting with time in order to understand personal and business environments.  Here are some of the perspectives of Time that we value–

  • Clock Time–Past, Present, Future (most common way of viewing Time)
  • Cycle Time–Relative Time or some flowers only bloom when Salmon are running.
  • Event Time–Event and Time only starts when participants arrive (party, cultural event…)
  • Story Time–Stories may be used to change Value of past, present and future data
  • Scenario Time–Time unfolds according to interaction of stories

Promises, Promises

A promise is simply what one party delivers to another in exchange for something else which could also be a promise, a product or a service.  Promises are often part of goods or services if you consider the stories of quality or value attached to most brands.  Why is this important?

Promises impact our perception of value and can be measured with numbers or stories to determine how two products, places or spaces differ across time.

Persona Perspectives 

Moving beyond conventional marketing thinking related to market segments has provided our clients with significant value for their brands and insight associated to their competitive analysis of markets and competitors.

Persona perspectives can describe buyers and sellers as well as the relationships of content, people and processes described above.  Sell to the Persona is the hidden value that enables content to align products and people or deliver accelerated learning or mine ROI Re-Capture.

Model Perpsectives

Model perspectives strive to describe the relationships, mathematical or stories, that exist in a business environment. Models may provide details or a high level view depending on the business need and in our experience higher level views of models are generally sufficient to provide insight to a business whiich we describe with the simple phrase, 80% of value with 20% of cost.  

We deliver 80% of project value with 20% of the traditional cost by using stories with the perspectives above to provide insight at the core of all numbers.

Cheers,
Nick Trendov www.speedsynch.com

Your Success depends on Faster Learning

When there is chaos in alsmost any social or commercial situation it is the fast learners that succeed, those who can quickly assess the current state of affairs and determine where to focus their resources, skills, time and attention.  It is no secret that your success depends on your customers learning faster and if they succeed by learning faster, then you will succeed too.

Change, New Products, Mergers and Acquistions

Whenever there is market change or chaos it is important to understand that customers will demand new value from products that they consume and the producers or re-sellers that provide them.  This is natural and in order to accomodate the needs of your customers you will have to tune existing product or deliver new products or buy a company or merge with another company.

Any or all of these processes demand high levels of learning for success.

An idea requires that its creator learn and in order for an idea to be assessed and manifested in a commercial form more people must learn about it and how to blend it into their existing processes, structures and relationships.  Indeed the process of manifesting and idea into a product and taking it to product requires more time at learning than manufacturing. 

The process of marketing and sales is actually the trasmission of learning from seller to buyer.

How we learned to Learn Fast

We learned about learning over seven years from self-directed adult learners who, in our experience, align objectives to content, tools and measures to learn quickly and effectively. We then we combined our learnings with commercial internet marketing software and techniques normally used to align customers, products and content.  

The SpeedSynch fast learning methodology that resulted from our work with self-directed adult learners focuses on aligning people, content, tools and technology when and as needed to facilitate learning.  

Alignment is the core value delivered by SpeedSynch software and techniques though the approach is unique to traditional academic learning methods as we avoid traditional command and control perspectives in order to facilitate self-directed learning.

 This is what we do. 

SpeedSynch Fast Learning

Since 2003 SpeedSynch’s fast learning classes have been delivered and refined into a proven process that consistently delivers high value learner results by explicitly using facilitators to broker expertise in learner groups.

It is our practice to encourage learners to learn our fast learning process to acquire new skills quickly and then deliver the same skills to other learners and three factors are at the core of the SpeedSynch fast learning methodology;

Brokering

SpeedSynch fast learning consistently delivers excellent results as facilitators broker expertise and content within groups to achieve desired outcomes while group members simultaneously learn and work.

Neuropersona

Neuropersona tools help learners view content, tools and measures from multiple learner perspectives to accelerate learning. Neuropersona perspectives employ semantic concepts combined with analytical perspectives that combine numbers and stories.

 Fractals

SpeedSynch internet marketing techniques employ fractal perspectives to increase the value of corporate performance analysis, business and competitive intelligence, product and business model innovation and scenario analysis to mitigate risk mitigation and broker value.  The unique element of SpeedSynch fast learning is the internet marketing software and internet marketing techniques used to align learners, content and tools to speed up learning according to their objectives and measures.

SpeedSynch Fast Learning is Proven

SpeedSynch delivers accelerated learning value by employing the principles of Andragogy formulated by adult learning pioneer Malcolm Knowles, who emphasized the self-directed focus and the tendency of adult learners to take responsibility for individual or group decisions.

SpeedSynch Learning Platform

This is a sample of what our learners achieve with our SpeedSynch learning platform, and this is an overview of our approach–

Facilitators help adult learning groups assemble according to need and introduce topic frameworks, content, tools and provide guidance as the groups simultaneously learn and work. Our facilitators provide ‘blended’ guidance on-site, telephone or via the internet and learners employ any facilitator reviewed tools and techniques according to their objectives and the content encountered during their group learning journey. 

SpeedSynch accelerated learning leverages Social Media platforms which are now the preeminent content creation spaces. Learners create content as they navigate digital spaces according to their objectives and perspectives. 

Technology employed during the learning sessions may be very simple such as sketch pads and white boards or complex like computers, browsers and other software applications or decision support systems available to or requested by clients.

SpeedSynch Learning Groups

Groups of 4 to 6 people may be combined in a cluster of 3 to 4 groups.

Learning Topic

Typically a topic is set externally for learners by employers or community organizations or learning services providers. The learning approach and content focus is set by learner groups created with members whose skills and experience complement each other, their objectives, content and tools.

Desired Outcome

Learner groups learn a topic framework, review content, tools, techniques and examine associated best practices related to the topic. Facilitators or other group members may contribute additional material as group learning proceeds. Groups simultaneously learn and work towards creating an analysis in the form of a document or material to support an oral presentation delivered at the end of the class sessions.

Topic Framework

The topic framework is a ‘sandbox’ or flexible container that holds examples of desired learning outcomes, reports or presentations, learning content, tools, resources, a learning process outline and class schedule. Learning presentations are delivered by groups to the facilitator and class members.

Learning Content

Facilitators deliver a learner value proposition for the learning topic and course objectives, the topic framework and help assemble learning groups. Facilitator guidance and commentary is offered as needed for content or tools to support group learning and ‘home work’ or other preparation.

Simple Focus, Superb Results

Our SpeedSynch fast learning approach has a simple focus, the learner, and the faster learning occurs the more value is achieved by the learning process.  SpeedSynch fast learning has achieved consistant and proven results over the past seven years.

Contact us to learn how SpeedSynch fast learning helps you or your customers learn, quickly.

Cheers,

Nick Trendov www.speedsynch.com

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