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5 Reasons Content Marketing Is a Must for Your Next Trade Show

Janise Fryatt wrote a great piece on how event planning and content marketing are a perfect match.

Successful trade show marketers understand the value of both building relationships and providing useful information about how their products solve customer problems.

Here’s the five reasons why content marketing is a must for your next trade show:

1. It builds SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
2. It builds thought leadership, credibility and trust
3. It encourages third-party recommendations
4. It creates leads who are more sales-ready
5. It works year-round

I can’t disagree with any of those. Integrating content marketing with any trade show solves one of the biggest challenges people or brands have when creating content… what type of content should I/we create?

The time leading up to a trade show is usually filled with tons of great ideas on marketing, promotions, and how to reach your target market. Seldom do all these ideas get used in the trade show. Instead of letting those ideas sit on the shelf use them. Create content around them. Get your audience engaged and excited about seeing you at the show. Tell consistent stories leading up to the show that will get people curious and wonder what you have  planned.

Also remember content marketing doesn’t stop during or after the show. You should go into the trade show with the plan to create content during and that will last for months after. While this is a little bit more effort it’s well worth it and usually the content you can capture at trade shows you can’t get anywhere else.

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Getting Started with Content Curation

In this episode we’ll talk about getting started with content curation. Specifically, let’s say you’re just getting started and you really want to have success right away with content curation be it if you’re just getting started with content marketing, or you’re a seasoned content marketer. I’ll share with you some tips right now so that you can have the most success if you’re just getting started with content curation.

Setting Your Goals

So, let’s start with the first thing. In any form of digital marketing or any marketing whatsoever, you should start with your goals. With curation there’s a couple goals that you can really realize, I should say, and that’s probably not the way to say that, but you should be able to realize with curation. The first one is authority. If you get known as finding good stuff on a consistent basis and helping your target market gain clarity or your niche gain clarity, you will build authority. Authority is one of those things that’s built over time and it’s trust.

Authority is Built Overtime and Content Curation Builds Authority

Really, that’s what it is. Authority is I trust you to have some kind of knowledge in a market; that I look to you as a leader. So, curation works really good for that because as you hone your ability to curate and as other people realize that in your market they will trust you. In a way, and this is what you really hope for, you want them to rely upon your curated content, rely upon your ability to find stuff that they need to know about. 

If you look at the example of, and this is the drudge report, I use this example every now and then, really that the drudge report has the ability to set the story, be it culturally or politically, on any given day. That’s a lot of power and just simply by creating the top story can create what people talk about, what news organizations talk about and what, really, sometimes the internet talks about. That authority is something that you want to think about for your market or for your niche.

Curation Captures Traffic You Wouldn’t Ordinarily Have

The other thing that curation does I should say, is it allows you to get traffic that you wouldn’t ordinarily have. A way to think about this is we’re typically told to go out there and curate and in curation we’re gonna build authority because we’re gonna be sharing stuff on Twitter or Facebook or Linkedin or wherever else. Through doing that we’re gonna get authority, but we’re sending traffic to someone else. With curation specifically in the type of curation that we talk a lot about on this show where you curate stuff on a platform that you own, that you can monetize right away; that garners traffic.

Now, I’m not saying you should do this every single time, but that’s another benefit of getting started with content curation. Oftentimes, we see this a lot, a lot of people have a following in social media, but when they put curation on top of that, specifically in a platform that they own, they get the opportunity to monetize right away so their permission channels, their email lists, their social following goes up.

Getting Started With Content Curation Also Creates Awareness

Also, and this happens a lot, if you have a product or an idea or something else that really just needs awareness, people just need to be aware of it; when you curate stuff that can create awareness. I’ll give you a good example just from –I could probably give examples that I don’t have permission of from people that have bought curation traffic, but from our own stuff we curate a lot of stuff around content marketing because people that are interested in content marketing would be interested in curation because curation is a form of content marketing. So, we don’t just curate stuff on curation, we curate stuff on content marketing.

That does really well for us because what happens is that people are interested in that topic and then, that gains awareness for our curation platform. So, that’s an example of the same thing you could do in your market. It’s about traffic. The traffic that we generate not only grows our permission channels, but it actually grows our awareness and our sales cycle, and this is something you would know for your own business or your awareness cycle, is typically anywhere from 10-30 days of someone being aware of our platform that would be interested in it for purchase. So, that’s an example of using kind of the awareness traffic strategy in curation.

What Types of Content Will Your Target Market Care About?

The next thing is think about what type of things does your target market care about? What type of things are they interested in? When you’re getting started with curation it’s no good to curate stuff that no one cares about. So, really dive deep and think what challenges, what interests does my target market, does the niche that I want to garner traffic and awareness and attention from; what do they care about?

You can usually find this because there are usually people that are leaders already, thought leaders in your market. There is already specific, maybe, periodicals that discuss this stuff. So you can find this information already. This will help you really get started on the right foot because when you’re finding the stuff that people have already said, ‘Hey, that’s popular. I’m interested in this.’ Then, you at least know the type of stuff that you need to start curating about.

Is Curation a Long Term Strategy?

The next thing is realize, in some ways, curation is a long term strategy. Now, this will depend on each individual. I’ve experienced people that have put curation on top of what they’re already doing and it instantly has paid off. I remember one person recently emailed us and said, ‘Look, I just got your product and it already has created a hundred visits a day.’

So, it depends on where you’re at in your marketing, but that is something that pays off. Some people, if they have the platform already; they have an existing blog and website and following it pays off right away. But, it pays off more and more the longer you do it because the longer you do it the more trust and authority you build, the more that people will come back and keep coming back.

A lot of times what we suggest is that when you curate stuff you want to build in a way for people to subscribe to those curations. So we do something on a lot of our curated platforms where we connect our RSS feed of our curations to our email service and then every fourth or eighth curation that we do, an automatic email goes out. I was amazed one day.

I looked at the open rates and that. Some of our lists have an open rate of 50-60% on those emails and then, every now and then, we get to communicate with them via broadcast or a special offer we send out. That’s a great way and it’s grown over time. At first, that list didn’t open as much, but I noticed it grew over time and that’s because we consistently curate good stuff. We consistently are building authority.

It Also Helps in Permission Marketing

That’s another reason why when we send out, and this is the full circle of the strategy, when we notice that, we then every now and then would send out a broadcast email to that list and the open rates were the same because they were used to getting this value from our emails. I kind of deviate a little bit about it being a long-term strategy, but it’s something that I tell people all the time, with curation, that it’s a great strategy if you have an existing base, but it’s even better the more you do it.

So, if you’re just getting started this is a strategy that pays off the longer you do it. If you’ve already got a base, if you’re kind of this seasoned content marketer; yes, you can get results right away. But, the longer you do it the more it pays off as well.

The final thing is figure out… this is kind of an advanced strategy when you’re getting started with curation and sometimes you learn it more when you do it. But figure out when you’re going to curate and how much you’re going to curate.

 

Here’s some questions to ask:

  • What I mean by that is, are you gonna do all your curations first thing in the morning and is it gonna be content from the last couple days or the last day?
  • Or are you going to curate throughout the day and are you going to then, release it throughout the day? How much are you going to do?
  • If you can find five posts, are you gonna curate five?
  • Or are you only gonna curate twice a day?

Really think about that type of stuff and a lot of this happens as you do it, but you should start with some kind of plan.

How Many Times a Day Should You Curate?

For instance, I would suggest most people in most markets what you do is you start curating four times a day. Maybe not four individual times a day, but what I mean is four specific pieces of content a day, because that should take you anywhere from, if you’re using a tool or curation platform that allows this to be quick it should take you under 10 minutes, especially as you get going. Maybe at first it might take 15-20 minutes to consume all the content, to get the good points and to curate it.

But, as it’s all said and done, after some experience; you can do this within less than 10 minutes a day with four curations. I would suggest four because that gives you kind of enough where there’s four individual pieces on a daily basis that, if someone is following you, that’s enough for someone to consume.

If you do one or two I don’t think you’re covering a large enough target or a large enough surface for your target market or your niche that you might capture them. What I mean by that is if you curate two things there’s not that good of a chance that everybody that follows you or stumbles across your curated site or your curations is gonna find something they’re interested in. But, the more that you curate the more opportunity that someone is following you or stumbles across you will find something they’re interested in.

So, four is the minimum and I’d say four to eight is really where the happy medium is. If you’ve got a market that really likes to consume content, you can do as much as 10-15 a day. You just have to be set up for that. So, that’s some other things to think about.

Here’s Another Important Thing– Keeping a Consistent Schedule

The one thing I will mention, when you’re getting started with curation a lot of it is keeping to a consistent schedule. I mean that’s really the backbone of any marketing strategy, especially an inbound marketing strategy. But, if you can keep to a schedule that’s gonna pay off for your time and time again. So when you’re thinking about employing a content curation strategy think how can I keep this schedule? How can I create a schedule that will garner attention for my target market, for my niche and how do I fit that into my day or into my week? How do I ensure that my team can employ that strategy?

Those are some tips on getting started with content curation and that’s all for this episode. I’ll see you in the next episode.

5 Highly Effective Tips for Curation Success

Today we’ll talk about the steps for curating success and this really comes from our own experience from content curation but also helping other people, our clients and other people, have tremendous success with content curation. So that’s what we’ll talk about today.

Before we jump in, here’s the recording of our latest webinar, How to Drive Traffic and have success with Content Curation.

So let’s say you want to employ content curation, you want to have tremendous success about it. So I’m going to share with you today some of the tips, some of the advice that we’ve learned firsthand and some of the things we employee in our own content curation. And to give you a little back story, we’ve been curating for probably four or five years and I think everybody curates probably even beyond that.

But we’ve been using a strategy, a really focused strategy to really monetize and to drive leads, prospect and traffic for four to five years. Every one of our clients has a curation strategy that we employ as well because it’s a really good strategy, it’s a great strategy to get awareness and get traffic.

1. Systematize

So the first thing I will mention, and I’ve got some notes here so I hope you don’t mind me looking at notes, is number one, systemize. It’s a tough thing for me to do, I’ve resisted systems for far too long where I wish I would have had systems a long time ago. The more you can systemize your business, the more you can outsource your business, the more you can outsource activities that are bottlenecks in your business.

So find ways to put things into a system and document them and do this with content curation. And when you can do this with content curation, you’ll start to see the bottlenecks and you’ll start to see the opportunity that when it becomes a strategy or if it is a strategy that really works for you. I should say, content curation is a strategy that can work for anybody, I think.

The biggest challenge I see or the biggest thing that makes it not work is people don’t do it consistently. And they don’t do it consistently because it does take a little bit of effort but if you can systemize it, you can then offload some of that to someone that if they take your system, it’s really just you managing that and then you overlooking the results of that or the process of that, that’s why you should systemize it.

So think about, as we talk about these things, about the success of content curation, or the steps, I should say, think about as you go about employing it, how can I put these into systems? How can I put my content discovery in a system that I can transfer to someone else? How can I put my publishing system — a lot of times this is a series of tools, but how can I put this into a system so that I don’t have to necessarily be involved but my brand, my message, my voice is part of that curation, is making it happen?

2. Plan for the Long Term

The next thing is plan for the long term. Huge, huge thing in content curation success is content curation is a great strategy and you can get up and running but it really pays off the longer you do it. The better you become at it, the more you’re seen as a source for great information around a topic or a subject matter, the more that it pays off for you, the more it solidifies your position, the more that people look towards you. But that takes time.

In most marketing, it’s effective when people trust you and basically all marketing is effective when people trust you but trust takes time. That’s one reason why you see a lot of times anywhere if people have to see a marketing message anywhere from 8 to 50 times because they have to be able to rely on you, they have to be able to trust you. So that is built over time.

So one of the best things you can do right now if you want to have success and you’re new to content curation or maybe you’re dabbling in it, is to focus on the long term, saying, I’m going to stick to this for 6 to 8 months longer and I’m going to constantly tweak the strategy until I find what works because it does work. It’s like mobile advertising, it’s like pay-per-click, it all works.

A lot of times though, you have to dive in and you have to make a long term commitment to make it work. That’s kind of the general secret to all content marketing. If you’re committed to it and you have a strong brand and voice and you’re really committed to consistently improving, one of the biggest secrets to the reason why it works is long term and consistency.

3. Set Aside Time To Curate

The next thing is schedule or set aside a time to curate. This will depend on who you are and your schedule and your team. A lot of times people have to set aside time specifically in the calendar to actually do curation. You might have a role or position or your life might be set up where you go through content all through the day and you are able to find stuff all through the day to curate.

Generally, I find it smart to be able to say I’m going to curate, once or twice a day I’m going to sit down at 9:35, spend 10 minutes, go through my listening platforms, find stuff to curate and then I’m going to do it again at maybe 8 o’clock at night because I like to go through the news and kind of debrief my day. Whatever works for you, the important thing is to get on a schedule. This is another secret that a lot of times with content marketing and marketing in general, how you get to long term success is that you get something on a schedule that people can rely upon that builds trust.

It’s the same way with content curation, if you get it on the schedule, you get used to doing it, you get your team used to doing it. It gives you the kind of bedrock, it gives you the foundation to have success.

4. Discover Your Style for Finding Content Sources

The next thing is find your sources or style of finding sources and this kind of dovetails off what we just talked about but this is something you might have to experiment with. What I mean by that, some people enjoy social media, some people enjoy RSS feeds, some people enjoy newsletters, some people enjoy reading magazines. You need to figure out what you enjoy and how that helps you employ content curation.

So if you enjoy social media, you might have to design a series of systems for you to go out there and find content that your market isn’t talking about that you can easily curate. So a lot of this is there is no right or wrong way, I think, to find content, but it has to be effective and I think this is the other thing that I haven’t put in here that should be in here, is measure your results. If you’re spending 30 minutes a day curating content and it’s not driving leads or traffic, is that really worth your effort? So what do you have to change to make it worth your effort, are you doing something wrong?

But without measuring your results, you would never know that. Without measuring the time it takes you to curate stuff, to find the content, to actually digest it, to add commentary, to publish it and to share it, you can’t really measure the amount of traffic and leads that come in if you don’t know the amount of time you’re spending, you’re  just kind of guessing.

You also can’t outsource it because — you can but you don’t have any good idea of how to measure the success. But if you’re tracking the amount of time it takes, how long it should take and then your results of it, it’s easy to outsource that but it’s also easy to do a gut check and say yeah, this is a highly effective strategy, I should continue doing this.

5. Create a System

And the final thing is create a system for easily adding thoughts, expanding or ideas. What I’ve found is a best practice on this that a lot of times, especially if you have a set time where you curate stuff, you’ll find a lot of stuff that is great, a lot of evergreen stuff, for instance. But you really only should curate maybe five to six things a day, right, because that’s kind of what your market will bear, that’s what you should release.

You might find 10 or 15 things in a day that are really good, you’re like, hey, that’s great ideas, I want to expand on that, I want to curate that. Well that’s great to create what I like to call a tickler file or something like that. We have a series of bookmarks that we drop stuff — a good example, we curate stuff on content curation and a lot of times, we find a lot of stuff in a given day and what we’ll do is we’ll put that to our bookmark file and then when there’s maybe a slow day of content curation or we’re just pressed for time and we can’t fully go out there and digest stuff, we select from our preselected stuff that we know is already bookmarked, we’ve already said hey, this is great stuff to curate and it can be fill-in.

So that’s another great process but you want to develop that process for yourself. Maybe you use Evernote, maybe you use some other bookmarking service, maybe you use some other process. But the key thing is develop a process so that you can kind of build up a repository of stuff that gives you something to rely upon. I’ve found that to be huge because we all get busy, we all have days where we don’t feel like actually curating, we don’t feel like doing stuff and just us actually going in there and having stuff to rely upon, to fall back upon, is actually pretty good. I mean, it actually is one of the best strategies out there.

It also gives us the ability where some days when it’s a little light on finding stuff, we like to curate three to four things a day in any given niche or market. We can then usually use the fill-in to get that three or four things to maximize our traffic. So that’s an example of how that works. And that’s really all.

So to recap, we’ll talk about you should systemize your stuff, you should plan for the long term, should set aside a schedule to curate, find your sources and your style for finding sources and then create a system for easily adding thoughts, expanding or ideas for stuff that you can rely on. So that’s really the steps for curating success.

A lot of times, too, we did cover this, it’s about consistency, it’s about doing it on a schedule and it’s about committing to it. A lot of times the biggest mistakes or the biggest challenges why I see people don’t succeed with content marketing is they don’t commit to it. So commit to it and that’s kind of the hidden answer.

Well that’s all on today’s show. If you’re on our website, definitely subscribe on iTunes, if you’re on YouTube you can subscribe on iTunes as well and subscribe on YouTube. I’ll see you on the next show.

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How Does Content Curation Work?

In this episode we talk about how does content curation work? Exactly what is the process that you follow to curate content?

In some ways we all curate given how we share things with social media, share things with our friends, co-workers, and family via email. But today we talk more about employing content curation as an inbound strategy.

There really are 5 core steps to how curation works:

  1. Decide what you want to be known for.
  2. Find your sources
  3. Curate and add commentary
  4. Publish your curated piece of content
  5. Promote

Let’s break down each one of those with a little bit more detail.

Here’s the Details on How Content Curation Works

The first step is decide what you (or your company) should be known for. What type of concepts, ideas, thoughts, and content do you want associated with? What type of things would you target market care about?

This is probably one of the most important steps because when you define what you want to be known for you set the right foundation for curation success.

Finding Sources

We’ve said this before and we will probably say it again. Your sources are gold. You want to be able to consistently find sources that your target market and the people that follow you will appreciate. That means you don’t curate content that everybody else is sharing or curating. We talk a little bit about this in the Horizontal Content Curation
.

We suggest you also set up a listening platform, like the one we describe in Using RSS Feeds with Content Curation.

Curate and Add Commentary

Once you’ve identified  your sources your next step is to find great stuff to share. That’s when you really want to curate and add your own thoughts.

There’s 2 ways of thinking on this. First, you can expand on the original idea or ideas from your curated piece of content. The other option is to back up your reason or share you reason for curating this particular piece of content. You might even use both of these strategies on one curation but generally your doing one or the other.

Publish Your Curated Content

This part is important and we talk a little bit about it in the episode. The main point I would bring up here is it’s important that you own the platform. Without owning the platform the the question of “How Does Content Curation Work” breaks down a bit.

That’s because curation in my mind only works when you can monetize right away. Sure there’s an aspect of building authority and trust but ultimately I like strategies (and marketing) where I can monetize the traffic and attention immediately. The post I reference above has more information on this concept.

Promote

It’s not just enough to find, curate, and publish. Your next step is to consistently promote your curated site and your curations. This is really where the traffic opportunity comes into play. First there is the immediate benefit of sharing your curations but if you take a long term approach something else happens as well.

People will start to follow your curated site and content. That’s where the authority and trust comes into play. But if you don’t promote on a ongoing basis then the strategy of curation really will never pay off. Ultimately you have to get people to see your stuff so you can gain awareness, grow your permission channels or create sales.

Ultimately following these steps is how content curation works. That’s all for a recap but we cover all these topics in much more detail in today’s episode.