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A Content Curation Primer

Well today’s show will cover a Content Curation Primer, specially what are some things you need to keep in mind as you go out there and first get started with content curation.

Let’s jump right in…

Now, we’re going to start on something a little bit, let’s say a higher purpose. Let’s say something more like a quest. And what I mean by that is to be a good curator, and if you really want to have success with content curation, you’ve gotta somehow have this higher calling that you are going to be the best content curator within your market, within your niche, or just in the world.

It’s About Authority and Trust

That might seem like a lofty goal but I think the reason you need to think that way is if you want to gain authority, if you want to gain trust, if you want to gain traffic, if you want content curation to be a strategy that’s going to pay off for you, you’ve gotta be really good at it. That means you don’t curate crap. You don’t curate stuff that people don’t care about. You curate good stuff. , or you find a way to curate stuff and relate it through commentary in ways that your target market hasn’t thought of, or in ways that helps your target market gain clarity.

So that’s something to keep in mind when you first get started with content curation.

Keeping a Schedule

Another thing is keep a schedule. I notoriously hate keeping schedules, but I find every time I do it, I get more done and I accomplish more and more things happen and it just works. So with any marketing strategy, with anything else, I believe you need to keep a schedule. This is the same thing with curation. If you’re going to curate, curate the same amount every day, curate the same time. You can mix it up and test, but keep a schedule. That usually means a daily schedule. Especially with curation.

Now it depends on your market or your niche how much content you want to curate. Something you can just curate once a week and that’s good enough. But most and the way the world works today with information and the flow of information, and garnering attention on a consistent basis, you should really keep a schedule to curate on a daily basis.

Maybe you can take the weekends off. Or a lot of times you will notice even in B2B or business to business environment, there’s a lot of people who are still around looking at stuff. That’s maybe when they have time to do research or look for other options. So think about that. Think about how can I curate stuff on a consistent basis. That’s what wins in marketing, that’s what wins in blogging, and it especially wins in content curation.

 Curate Great Content (Only Those Worthy)

The next thing is, curate – we kind of talked about this – which curate great content. And one thing I would caution you from is don’t curate stuff that everyone else in your market curates.

Because then you are just part of the noise, and you don’t want to be part of the noise, so consistently find things that you can curate that your market doesn’t know about or that you can actually pull in and relate it to your market.

And in some ways, and this is what you’ll notice with good curators that maybe you follow or just places that you see that are good curators, their sources are gold.

Meaning where they find their content and where they get their content is highly reliable. It’s stuff that their target market will care about and it’s sources that they’ve developed maybe over years that really kind of put them above the rest, so you’ll want to think about that as well. Don’t curate from where everybody else does cause then you’re part of the noise.

Horizontal Content Curation

One of the strategies and we have actually a slide share kind of a presentation that we put together called horizontal content curation – you can search Google for that, or you can go to Curation Traffic to check that out- but horizontal content curation is taking a topic that is – and the example we give in there is storytelling. I believe any good marketer, if they know storytelling, then can be an even better marketer, so I believe the ability for a marketer to tell a story makes them very powerful. So a lot of times we curate stuff around storytelling from writing blogs, writing websites, writing magazine, that talk about how to write a novel, how to develop characters then we relate it to marketing. Cause then I believe, once again, if you are a good storyteller you can be a good marketer.

So that’s a good example and you can get more information about that by just Google horizontal content curation, pretty sure we’re the only ones that have talked about that, or you can visit Curation Traffic, it’s in our resources section.

The Calling of the Curator

So that’s a good example, and those are some things I would keep in mind when you go out there and really start with your content curation. So first, only curate good stuff. Have a higher calling, have a calling that is bigger than yourself and really look at yourself as this top notch curator and I know it sounds,

I guess in some ways, have a code of ethics. I know it sounds, I don’t know what the word I’m looking for, but it sounds like this kind of out there, touchy feely thing. I believe it’s one of the, every time I see someone have success as a curator, they’ve always really took the role of curation as an important aspect of their business, so I’d do the same thing with your own stuff.  And find stuff that no one else is curating because your sources are gold.

So that’s all in this episode. You can learn more about Curation Traffic by visiting curationtraffic.com, you can learn a lot more about curation. And you can subscribe to this show obviously in iTunes or you can go to Curation Traffic the blog section and there will be a podcast section where you can view other episodes. Or if you are watching this on YouTube, definitely subscribe to our YouTube channel cause we release all the episodes on YouTube as well. I’ll see you on the next episode.  

6 Steps to Finding Your Voice with Curation

Karen Kietz at Curatti provides some great tips on curation and how it relates to telling your story. I’ve broke down these tips a bit and expanded into the broader topic of curation.

1. Figuring Out Your Authority

While having authority is the true hack to a highly effective digital strategy it’s not always necessary. You can have a very thriving niche site and have no authority at all and still drive traffic and conversions. I’d say 25% of the people who purchase Curation Traffic employ this type of strategy.

I do want to be clear, creating authority for you or your business is important but you can also have success with other strategies.

2. Purpose and Goals

This is important for any digital strategy. One of the main reasons is if you have a purpose and goals you have an objective way to track the time and effort your spending. Another important element here is curation (or any digital marketing strategy) only becomes effective with consistency. When you’ve defined a purpose and goal it’s that much easier to remain consistent, thus have success.

3. Find Your Voice

If you haven’t found your voice yet the best way to do that is to just start curating. As you go along you’ll start to figure out your perspective. The other thing you’ll learn along the way is what things (or voice) your audience appreciates or responds too.

4. Create an Identity

Increasingly the way things look and feel are playing an important role into all aspects of sales and marketing. That means the way things look, how fast they load, and the scan-ability of things are important. While this goes beyond curation the identity of everything you create is something that needs attention.

5. Know Your Audience

This is a must. We teach when you curate that you should try to find ways to empathize with your audience. Figure out what types of things that challenge them. Figure out what types of things they enjoy. Figure out what types of things they want (not necessarily need but want). Then give it to them. Be prepared when you do that that often this can be somewhat of a challenge. Often your so in tune with things that your light-years ahead of where your audience is at. Having empathy with your audience ensures that you know them well and you keep your curated content at a level and interest point they care about.

6. Broaden your Audience via Values

This is a truly secret tip to curation and in many ways brand building. Connecting to your audience through values is one of the most powerful connections you can make. Meaning find things to curate that go to the deeper feelings and level of your audience. Find the things that move them (and it might not be the core things you curate) but it’s the things they can’t ignore.

That’s our insight into these tips but I suggest you click below to learn about how curation can help tell your story…

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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.

Content Curation: Key Highly Effective Tips and Ideas

Content curation certainly has its supporters and detractors. Some suggest that it’s no different than aggregation, while advocates contend that it’s another way to share timely information and insights that support a brand and its corporate marketing goals.

Calls to action

One of the most important aspects of any content marketing strategy. We talk a ton about this in our training Curation Mastery Training. We’ve also talked about it on the blog quite a bit, How to Monetize with Content Curation. It’s also why we created the additional plugin Ultimate Call to Action.

Measurement

If you’re doing any content marketing you probably have some form of analytics installed. It’s a must to check your stats but you should also be aligning these stats with the time and effort you’re putting forth. Ideally what you want to be measuring is conversions, social growth, and traffic.

Adding credibility

I would argue that the mere fact that your choosing to curate something your lending your credibility to that piece of content.

Curation inspiration

Remaining inspired to curate is one of those things that you don’t think about until your in the thick of executing the strategy. For instance, today in our live curating I just couldn’t find good curations right away. That is frustrating but that’s also why you need to have multiple listening platforms at the ready. That is if you haven’t built up a library of evergreen curations to go at a moments notice.

Organization

This one is huge as well. The biggest secret to ensuring curation is a low time intensive activity is to be organized. That organization comes down to being focused on having an easy way to find or save content to curate. Also that you don’t get too bogged down in reading content while your looking for curations. Another aspect is what we’ve mentioned already and have highly effective listening platforms that work for you.

Overall another great post on curation and we just wanted to expand a bit.

6 Strategies to Execute Content Marketing

However, some brands have found ways to reliably produce content and feed the content beast. Heres a look at six ways to make content marketing sustainable as well as the pros and cons of each approach. Hiring a Dedicated Content Creator Many brands have a full-time content strategist or a team of content creators whose main responsibility is to create content and repurpose thought leadership from senior employees on a regular basis.

1. Hiring a Dedicated Content Creator

2. Crowdsourcing Internally

3. Outsourcing Externally

4. Collecting User Generated Content

5. Licensing Content

6. Curating Other People’s Content

I’ll use this post to launch into a few more ideas. It’s clearly focused on large organizations or brands but what if your an individual or a small company?

It might not be possible to hire a dedicated content writer but the best alternative is to put it into the calendar and make it happen. That’s the biggest secret we’ve seen to effective content marketing.

Now crowdsourcing, with a small team or even solo you can still make this happen, you’ll just have to use a tool or a series of tools. I suggest you start with a tool like SocialMention.

Number 6 is also a standout. If you have had any trouble put into play a content marketing strategy I suggest you start with curation. It’s lightweight, easy to execute and allows you to test the waters of content marketing. Of course, we have a good tool that allows you to easily curate content.

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STOP Egocentric Content Marketing

Such a good phrase: Egocentric Content Marketing. I think this is the first time I’ve come across that exact phrase but it succinctly describes how most content marketing is employed. In the end an effective content marketing strategy is not about you or  your company it’s about your audience or your target market.

That’s also why curation is a great additional strategy to any content marketing. Curation at it’s core is less egocentric than the plain old vanilla content marketing. This is because at it’s heart curation is pointing to another source or multiple sources.

The article here written by Michael Gerard makes tons of great points about this here’s just one of them:

As marketers, whether we realize it or not, most of us have been curating content for quite sometime now. Examples include: Tweets that provide short commentary and a link to an article of interest to your readers; a blog post where you quoted a couple of comments from other experts on a specific topic and then offered your own insight and guidance; or an infographic where you gathered data from multiple sources, with attribution, to provide value for your readers. However, only the most advanced content marketers are fully leveraging curation to improve their inbound marketing strategy, and with great success.

I’d add one thing. If you are already executing a content marketing strategy and not employing curation– start now. If you haven’t quite got a content marketing strategy going I would suggest you start with curation. For tips and advice on how to do that you’ll find our podcast and blog here at Curation Traffic is full of how to and specific guides on how to get this done.

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7 Rules for a Strong Digital Content Strategy

These are some great rules for a digital content strategy but also the foundation of a good content curation strategy as well.

When it comes to crafting a digital content strategy for your business, think about these 7 rules.  What other rules do you think are crucial in ensuring a successful digital content strategy?

Rule #1: Focus on your Customer First

Rule #2:  Be Consistent

Rule #3:  Get Out of Your Comfort Zone – Be Creative

Rule #4:  Communicate

Rule #5:  Create Unique Content

Rule #6:  Curate Select Content

Rule #7:  Collaborate with Customers

#1 – I’d add when thinking about your customer it’s important that the content you curate solves problems or gives them consistent breakthroughs.

#2 – One of the biggest reasons I see people fail in any marketing strategy is not being consistent. When starting create and plan a way to stay consistent.

#3 – This is big, challenge yourself to curate from sources you never though imaginable. How do you do that? By finding related topics and sharing how the tips or insight relates to your industry or niche.

#4 – Don’t stay in your hole, get out and interact with your market.

#5 – I’ve said this many times but curation drives unique content creation. After you’ve curated for any amount of time you start to see trends yourself, you also start to have additional ideas.

#6 – Have to agree there.

#7 – If you’re in a market where you have customers who create content this is a huge win-win. Curate their content or find ways you can work together to either create some unique content or think of ways you help each other spread your reach. We do this with our site by having exclusive membership tribes with Curation Traffic.

That’s all just wanted to add some additional thoughts to the article, you can see the original source down below. BTW this post was curated with the Curation Traffic Plugin.