Archives for May 2014

Survey: social media in the logistics and supply chain industries

By Kate Lee | 05/27/2014 | 2:00 AM

Some companies within the logistics and supply chain industries have chosen to participate in social media while others have not.  Why have some companies chosen not to participate while others have decided to participate?  What social networks do companies within the logistics and supply chain perceive to provide the most value to their business?  What challenges do companies face with respect to social media?  Fronetics Strategic Advisors, a management consulting firm focused on the logistics and supply chain industries, aims to gain insight into these questions and more.


Fronetics is conducting a survey on social media within the logistics and supply chain industries.  The objective of the survey is to learn about the participation and use of social media within the logistics and supply chain industries.

The survey is aimed at companies within the logistics and supply chain industries, and takes only about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.

This survey is confidential.  Responses will be reported in aggregate and no individual- or company-identifiable information will be shared with anyone.

If your company is part of the logistics or supply chain industries please take the time to take the survey.

Here’s the link.


11 content curation tools for your business

By Kate Lee | 05/20/2014 | 4:26 AM

The internet is a fire hose stream of content.  Being able to navigate the deluge of content and identify the content that is valuable to your customers and to your business is essential; it can also be incredibly time consuming. Content curation tools can save time and increase productivity. 

Here are 11 content curation tools that will help you establish your business as a thought-leader and trusted resource.

Bundle Post   

With Bundle Post you connect and control Alerts and RSS feeds based on keywords.  Bundle Post saves the content from your feed channels as a social media post, allowing you to view, edit or delete the content within the channel, all in one place, then merge selected curated content with scheduled posting times you create for each of your social media accounts and networks.  Bundle Post offers a free 30 day trial.  After that subscriptions start at $19.99 per month.



ContentGems monitors more than 200,000 news sites, blogs, and social media accounts.  With ContentGem you can filter content a number of different ways including: custom keywords, sources, and media types.  With ContentGems it is easy to share content via social media (one-click publishing and the ability to schedule posts). Freemium and premium options available.



feedly enables you to organize, read and share the content of your favorite feeds, blogs and news sites.  If you liked Google Reader, feedly fills that gap. Free and premium versions available.



iFlow allows users to discover, create, and curate ‘flows’ on any topic. Flows are topic-based streams that let users stay connected and updated with selected topics. These ‘flows’ may be followed, which results in users being continually updated with content relevant to selected topics. Flows can be set up to include detailed filters to provide for high quality of content curation. iFlow also allows users to create their own private flows. Users may invite others to contribute on their flows or can even keep their flows private. iFlow is free.



Individurls is quite similar to feedly.  One of the strengths of this content curation is how easy it is to use on your mobile phone.  Individurls is free.



Although Netvibes is one of the original content curation tools, it remains a solid (and not outdated) solution.  Netvibes offers a number of ready-made feeds and widgets.  Both freemium and premium versions are available.



Newsle is a great tool to keep you on top of what is happening with people within the industry and within your social network.  It is also a great tool if there are specific writers or journalists whose content you want to keep track of.  With Newsle you identify the people and Newsle sends you an email when those individuals are mentioned in the news.



paper.li enables you to create your own online newspaper based on content you select.  You add various sources and specify filters on these sources and a paper is produced.  You can then add or remove “articles” from the paper.  While paper.li can be used for free, the paid version allows you to brand your newspaper.


Post Planner

Post Planner is a solution for those who are avid Facebook users; PostPlanner is a Facebook app. With PostPlanner you enter in keywords and search for trending content within your niche.  You can then sort this content to view the content with the most likes or shares so you can see the most popular content.  While PostPlanner does offer a free version, to get the most from this tool you will need to upgrade to one of the premium packages.



Scoop.it offers users a great experience and a constant stream of content.  Scoop.it automatically finds and features comment from places like Twitter and Google blogs based on your target keywords and interests. It is also customizable, allowing for additional sources to be added to your stream(s).  In Scoop.it you create boards of content around specific topics and then add content to these boards.  Scoop.it allows for one-click publishing to your blog and social networks.  Scoop.it offers a free trial, after that plans start at $12.99 per month.



Trapit positions itself as a “smart” curation tool, increasing in intelligence and relevance the more you use it. It features more than 100,000 vetted content sources and includes “hidden gems” that have the potential to make your presence stand out. How does it do this?  Trapit uses the same Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Technology from which Siri is derived.  

Freight logistics company Cerasis offers sage advice on social media and content marketing

By Kate Lee | 05/13/2014 | 3:33 AM

Adam Robinson of freight logistics company Cerasis wrote a series of posts which outlined the company’ssocial media and content marketing strategy and the successes the company has achieved through the execution of their strategy.  The series also included how-to guides: how to create a social media and content marketing strategy and how to execute a social media and content marketing strategy.  Robinson’s series is a must read for companies interested in learning the potential business value of a social media and content marketing strategy and for companies wondering the steps they need to take to create and execute a successful strategy.


Two sentences in Robinson’s series stand out:



“It all comes down to strategy!”


“Now, if you have the resources to be on every social media platform, you should, but only if you do it well!”


Sage advice.


Without a strategy it is unlikely that your company will be successful.  Social media and content marketing can be effective tools for attracting new customers and retaining current customers; however, it is unlikely that your company will reap these benefits if you do not have a strategy in place.  A 2014 study shows just how important strategy is.  The study found that 60 percent of companies with a documented strategy in place consider their efforts to be effective as compared to 11 percent of companies with no documented strategy in place. 


A successful strategy takes into consideration your company’s strengths, resources, limitations, and goals.  Another component of success – doing things well.  For some companies it is possible (and makes sense) to be on every social media platform.  For many companies a well-executed strategy means focusing on one or two platforms. Don't spread yourself thin, make your company show up strong!


It is also important to remember that if you need help, there is help available.  It is possible to obtain training in social media and content marketing and it is possible to outsource these functions.  


4 ways to succeed with content curation

By Kate Lee | 05/06/2014 | 5:18 AM

Curating content is an essential component of your content strategy and to demand generation.  Content curation can help you grow your business by establishing your business as a thought-leader within the industry and as a trusted resource.

Here are four factors to doing content curation successfully:


Know your audience

Identify your audience.  In many cases your target audience is your company’s buyer persona.

Take the time to know your audience.  For example, take the time to understand what type of information and/or resources they are likely to be looking for, learn what platform(s) they are most likely to use (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), learn their interests, and learn their passions.


Be relevant

Curate content that is relevant to your audience.  The content you curate should provide your audience with value and knowledge.  


Quality, quality, quality

Content can be stuff.  Content can be clutter.  If you want the content your business curates to stand out, you make sure the content you curate is quality – every time.  Quality is a differentiator.


Be consistent

Share content on a regular and consistent basis.  This will not only increase your visibility, but it will also establish you as a trusted resource – as the go-to resource for information and for knowledge. 

The opinions expressed herein are those solely of the participants, and do not necessarily represent the views of Agile Business Media, LLC., its properties or its employees.

About Elizabeth Hines

Elizabeth Hines

Elizabeth is a content strategist with 12+ years of experience in content development, branding, marketing, and communications. As the creative/editorial director at Fronetics, she oversees all efforts related to content and creative assets, including strategy design and brand development.

She has written extensively about supply chain and logistics, and has developed content strategies across a number of verticals, including the B2B space. Prior to joining Fronetics, Elizabeth worked at Boston University, Prospectiv, and Cengage Learning.


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