Posts tagged ‘curator’

October 24th, 2011

When curation gets a real business model

by Laurent François

Most of people against  Pearltrees or other curation tools say there’s no cash-flow below. But they’re definitely wrong.

OpenSky a curation / e-shopping platform, has a very strong business model.

The core principle is simple: once you’ve logged in, you follow experts / stars you trust. They recommend you products or services. It’s not only following celebrities like in a bundle package; it’s really a value added as he/she curates items depending on their scope of expertize.

The curation promise is linked to other leverages:

  • social currency & social gaming : you earn credits anytime a friend joins the platform. You can also earn credits once you win or satisfy some missions. Brand content projects can be pretty numerous
  • couponing : picked items also have “deals”. It’s both addictive (as Private Outlet or Asos.com) and relevant for the consumers

One more time, “opinion leaders strength” + “recommendation power through WOM” is a good combination. The growing influence of Twitter as a business case (they’ve finally entered the entertainment business…) is decisive.

Good news for curation start-ups: filtering data and making the web more physically-manipulable is key.

June 4th, 2010

When the curator becomes more important than the creator in #SocialMedia

by Laurent François

Citizens!

Infobesity, millions of tweets. Data, information. During the last 10 years, we said that in order to make our contents valuable, we needed to make them viral. During the last 5 years, we realized that critics & aggregators were probably key in the value process of the social web. How to tag & sort relevant contents? How do I “fix” the web somewhere ?

Now there’s something more important than tagging and labelling the web: we need to really structure it.

What’s a structure?

A structure is “a fundamental and sometimes intangible notion covering the recognition, observation, nature, and stability of patterns and relationships of entities” (Wikipedia).

What it means, in a very pragmatic way: giving a sense to someone.

It’s the difference between the shelfs in a library which sort the books (like the tags) and the explanation a sociologist can give you about a specific topic, which is based on the books he read the competences he injected to create value (like the curator).

This curation is now emerging. It’s time to add value to our web experience. To give “archive experience”.

I found this fantastic quote on Thien Nguyen’s blog:

And I guess that Thien & Margaret are right: the witness is now in how we structure the conversations.