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I think this is an excellent overview of the Klout score, and is important for marketers and lay people alike. (Also, I'm a huge Dave Ramsey fan, so props there).
I am totally behind what Klout is attempting to do, but they're just not there yet. Traditional marketing (e.g. Broadcast, out-of-home exposure such as billboards, print adverts, etc..) has been studied and quantified immensely over the past few decades, and that is the next step in the development of new media and social marketing. There is a necessity to accurately quantify the value of social media initiatives, especially those dealing with digital influence and word of mouth. It justifies the spend for those campaigns and may help to turn the tide of CMO's including social media in their budgets for a reason other than the behest of agencies. It would be very interesting to see Klout's stats for their "Perks" offering, and what return it has gotten for their brand partners. All in all, though, I've personally experienced the same baffling fluctuations in my Klout score, and this communicates that the score just isn't there yet as a reliable metric of influence. Nonetheless, since it's been the most-buzzed about leader in the charge, it has taken on an importance and been granted a weight that I just don't see as justified. Time will surely tell, but I'm excited to see what happens with Klout and how the scores are developed as well as improved in the future.