When is a post not a post? Hah. This post popped up on Twitter, but has yet to drop here. It’s a mystery. Here it is today in my blog, and I hope it’s not a repeat for my followers.
Until now, I did not tend to think of “brands” as being curated. I think of museum pieces being curated. I think of a curator as in the Wikipedia sense: “…from Latin, curare meaning “take care”). A curator is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution (e.g. gallery, museum, library) is a content specialist responsible for an institution’s collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material. The object of a traditional curator’s concern necessarily involves tangible objects of some sort, whether it be artwork, collectibles, historic items or scientific collections.”
More things are being curated these days: I see in the business world the brand manager as curator, in that he or she is responsible for how that brand enters the marketplace and where it is placed relative to other brands. In the same way a museum only shows a selection of its collection, the brand manager strives to show the finest assets of the brand. Or they may choose to carefully and thoughtfully promote their brand to certain demographics, focused on a narrowly defined customer experience.
The curated brands in a recent USA Today article included Gilt, Target, and Apple. The piece was about AC Hotels by Marriott, and the journalist described the AC Hotel target audience as younger travelers, that the experience would essentially be more “tech-y” and hip. [my words]
Another place to look for curated material is at TED.com. Nowadays, you can find someone you respect/love/would like to know/never heard of/ and see which TED talks they have in their curated collection. It tells you a lot about that person by seeing how they would curate the thousands of TED talks.
My goal: to curate my own brand. Not there yet, but it is food for thought. Besides, it sounds so cool.