Niche Marketers - This Has potential..

by John Taylor 9 replies
The Social Media Toolkit (SMT), is an open source platform designed to help organizations run community-driven, topic-based and geo-centric news websites, similar to NewsCloud.com, albeit simpler and more streamlined.
It's very early days as this is an Alpha release and it's
not currently for commercial use.

However, I think this has great potential for creating
niche based sites that will engage your target audience
and get them talking.

I can see it being used to..
  • Build communities
  • Gather niche data
  • Organise information centrally
  • Establish an authority site
  • Interact with your target audience

I'll certainly be monitoring this as it moves into Beta
release stage; and I'll probably set up a test site to
assess it's real potential.

You can get more information at the NewsCloud Wiki.


John







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  • Profile picture of the author Ralf Skirr
    Description of the product can be read here:
    The NewsCloud Blog: Announcing the Alpha Release of Social Media Toolkit

    John, did you find the license or terms of use? If yes, maybe post the link. If it's not good for commercial sites we might waste our time.

    Ralf
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    • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
      Originally Posted by Ralf Michael Skirr View Post


      John, did you find the license or terms of use? If yes, maybe post the link. If it's not good for commercial sites we might waste our time.
      Ralf,

      Here's a snippet from the site..

      "During the test period, the SMT is restricted to approved clouds. If you would like to propose a new topic related to your organization or are interested in using the SMT for commercial purposes, please email us."


      If you need further information, I'd suggest you email jeff at
      Newscloud.com

      As I said above, I intend to monitor this. The alpha stage of
      testing is too early to make any concrete plans. However, I
      do think it has enormous potential for niche marketers to use
      social media to build a bigger presence in their specific niche
      markets.

      John
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      • Profile picture of the author reifman
        Thanks for posting about the Social Media Toolkit.

        I realize it's a great platform for topic-driven marketing sites ... and want to allow for commercial uses.

        If you are interested in hiring us to build out the toolkit for your site development, please drop me a note.

        The NewsCloud.com site is a commercial-free community - but our plan is to separate commercial uses of the toolkit from our site content.

        You can reach me at jeff at newscloud dot com
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  • Profile picture of the author John Taylor
    Hi Jeff,

    Thanks for dropping in!

    I think it's early days with SMT, but I'd be interested
    in developing a social media site at some point in the
    future.

    Possibly based around the self improvement niche, but
    I'm not sure how I would plan to monetise such a site
    yet.

    I suppose it depends how you define "commercial". For
    example would you consider a site that is integrated
    with Adsense a commercial site?

    Thanks

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author reifman
      Thanks John. By commercial, I mean that their sole purpose is profit. I expect non-commercial sites to integrate ads as well.

      I would be glad to work with folks who want to try out the SMT - but I have no additional resources at the moment - so I have to work with people who have a development budget.

      I am hoping to scale up the project soon - for folks without a budget, they may have to wait until we have more resources and future releases.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dick Doe
    Originally Posted by John Taylor View Post

    It's very early days as this is an Alpha release and it's
    not currently for commercial use.

    However, I think this has great potential for creating
    niche based sites that will engage your target audience
    and get them talking.

    I can see it being used to..
    • Build communities
    • Gather niche data
    • Organise information centrally
    • Establish an authority site
    • Interact with your target audience
    I'll certainly be monitoring this as it moves into Beta
    release stage; and I'll probably set up a test site to
    assess it's real potential.

    You can get more information at the NewsCloud Wiki.


    John







    Thanks for the info. I will check out the site, and also monitor this thread for any updates you might post
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  • Profile picture of the author reifman
    The Social Media Toolkit has been entered in the Knight Foundation News Challenge for 2009. Entries are open to public review, ratings and comments.

    If you are interested in this project, please review and rate the proposal.

    I can't post a url here - but try the url blog dot newscloud dot com
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    • Profile picture of the author reifman
      I've added a bunch of cool features to the Social Media Toolkit: RSS feeds, Mobile support, Twitter posting, ReCaptcha for registration, Google SiteMaps support, Ad Rotator and Server, Blog page: matrix style display of incoming RSS feeds with SimplePie integration similar to AllTop

      You can see demo links on the NewsCloud blog ... blog dot newscloud dot com - and get download links there to the alpha v0.11 code.

      p.s. also check out the link to the Knight Foundation News Challenge proposal at the bottom of the blog post. Review and rate the Social Media Toolkit application if you would like to see this project funded further.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Looks like a great tool. Thanks for bringing this up.
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