Ever since we started to work on Scoop.it, we’ve had this question: is it fair to use other people’s content for your own good: in other words, how ethical is content curation? Is it even legal? A quick look at history clearly shows that artists and scientists never created in a vacuum but have always leveraged pre-existing work to develop their own. And that’s for the greater good. Closer to us, there is a multitude of online media sites which embraced content curation as an alternative or a complement to the content they produce: the Huffington Post is a famous example but Upworthy and BuzzFeed are others and even the respected New York times started doing it. Of course, such an answer won’t satisfy your legal department or your own need to have a more pragmatic answer. So as we’ve now been arounds for several years and, more importantly, have seen millions of users publish more than 100 million pieces of content, we feel we can not only give you a recap of the facts that make content curation ethical but also back that out with data. Continue reading →
None of us were born content writers – we have to learn about SEO and how to pick a title that will drive traffic to our sites. Sometimes, we hit a slump. We just can’t seem to come up with an idea, break free of jargony language or stop writing wordy sentences. Well, luckily, we …
Robin Good has created a super map of content curation tools using PearlTrees, a visual list or bookmarking tool. Pearltrees lets you organize large collections because it allows for sub-categories. Robin has organized his large collection in several ways to make it easier for the user to find the right tool.
This illustrates a key content curation skill - organizing material to make it useful to people. The organization of the collection makes it easy to find the right tool for the job - either by application or by format or technology.
Content is King! Content is also EVERYWHERE... In your face with emails.. In your social streams, sponsored updates, every new app claims to be a "news feed but nobody has the time needed to read and sort through EVERY blog post! So why not use automation and dynamic apps to filter the internet based on your preferences allowing you to be more productive and read the stuff that is important to you and share that with your community! That is my focus and here are 6 of the tools I use to do this!
1. Develop a Content Workflow If you don’t already have a company blog, start with a free blogging tool such as WordPress. Then set up your editorial calendar as the basic framework of your content marketing workflow. An editorial calendar is perhaps the most important aspect of your content marketing strategy as it will answer the following questions:
What topics are we writing about and when?
Why are we focusing on these topics? (Are they part of a larger content initiative, such as an eBook campaign?)
Who is writing each piece? Who is editing and publishing each piece?
When is the draft due? When are the edits due? What is the posting date?
Where is this content being posted?
How and where are we going to promote this piece of content once it’s published?
Digital Inclusion and Technical Divides: What's Next?
Beth Kanter's insight:
AARP goes where the audience is. 1/3 of grandparents felt it was useful to connect with grandchildren online - felt it helped them understand each other better.
60% of members between ages of 50-59 have smartphones and 76% check social channels on it.
Those number will trend higher as GenX becomes eligible for AARP membership this year.
Data showing people over forty are using a specific platform - they read about it and then test. That means they have presence in places like Pinterest, Instagram, and Vine LInkedIN. Majority of time is spent in places where audience is largest - Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter.
All state office are on Facebook. Leaders and communications at affiliates are trained in social strategy and etiquette. Jo Ann Jenkins - CEO tweeets.
Second largest demographic is Gen X - lloking for information re: tips for caregiving.
Hyperlocal strategy to engage volunteers in an event via Twitter ...
Aligned social media and broadcast TV -- full time social media trainer on their team to teach AARP staff volunteers how to stay connected.
Content marketing is now an integral element of public relations and is an extension of the notion of thought leadership. It varies the thought leadership approach in four ways:
Beth Kanter's insight:
Good summary of why content marketing - which includes content curation is valuable to enterprise and some good thoughts on the value of having employees do it - not just the marketing folks.
From a pure practicality perspective, whilst thought leadership can be applied in a limited but still quite effective manner when adopting this antediluvian approach, it is simply not viable to apply it to content marketing:
• A primary reason for this is that content curation is more than just retweeting or otherwise sharing. There needs to be a qualitative value-add from the organisation to some degree some of the time (actually a lot of the time, but I’m taking the low [expectation] road here)
• Involving employees in content creation educates employees on their industry which, one would think, helps them contextualise their work efforts and give them information to get better at their job, increasing productivity
• Employee involvement increases commitment to their organisation – likely to increase productivity – and helps them become a stronger organisational advocate
• Utilising normal (non-marketing Martians?) minimises the need to hire additional marketing employees and can optimise financial investment into the program – increasing productivity.
The most interesting and challenging aspect of this dimension, however, relates back to who are those doing the curating and how is this contextalised within an organisation’s branding?
• What are they commenting on?
• What is the nature of their value add?
• Is there a comms or marketing employee facilitating all this curation, or is it the relevant individual doing it solo after, perhaps, some initial briefing and some guidelines have been set? This relates to the third point I flagged above.
Fourthly, and this is perhaps the most fundamental aspect, the rationales driving the strategy will determine all of those issues noted above.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.