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How to Increase Content Creation Without Hiring More People

How to Increase Content Creation Without Hiring More People | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
One of the biggest concerns facing companies when it comes to their content marketing is how to create enough content to be effective, especially when faced with limitations in personnel equipped to handle such tasks.


Here are a few ideas to help you increase your production of quality content that connects with your target audience, while avoiding breaking the bank to expand your team. Click title or image to read more.




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Content drives traffic. Here are the basics on how to create more of it while spending little or no extra money.

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Why Content Curation is the Ultimate Compliment to the Creator

Why Content Curation is the Ultimate Compliment to the Creator | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Before today, imitation was the greatest form of flattery. If your idea was good enough to be copied, then you were golden. But now, with the state of the web in our lives, this balance is shifting. While “copying” still does exist online, the concept of “copying” is now simply a way to bump your own Google ranking by farming someone else’s content. This, is not flattering. Even if correctly cited, 100% republished work is simply cheating to get ahead. Curation, on the other hand — the meaningful selection, enrichment, and sharing of existing media — combines imitation and creation. Curators have to create a new perspective or idea on top of the existing media which supports the content in the original.

True curators endlessly search for the best of the best, the cream of the crop. Think of them as a “critics of all the things.” Critics are often the our best sources of information — when you are checking out a new restaurant, you often take a look at what Yelp or a quick Google search has to say about them, or perhaps you read an article in your local newspaper about the establishment. Pundits are often in control of the flow of political information. Literary critics determine the success or failure of many authors’ works. Curators of online content are simply critics of many things; people who’ve been incredibly well-educated about a certain topic and are seeking the best things available in the vertical they’ve chosen.

As a creator myself, I’ve seen many straight content creators get upset that their work has been curated. We so hope we can shift this opinion! Curators are paying you the ultimate compliment when they have selected a piece of your’s to enrich and share — they think you are among the best of the best, the creme of the crop.

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We all put those 'share' buttons on our sites and blogs. Having a curator pick your content is yet another way of sharing and acknowledging that your content is superb. Good curators have a great following, quality and quantity wise. It's another good way to get the word out.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:08 PM

As a creator, the greatest compliment to receive should be to have your content curated into a collection of the web's best content on a specific subject (namely, the one you're creating content about).


As a curator, the ultimate compliment to give is to properly share and cite all of the content you've created, add your insight while giving due credit to the creator and presenting their content in a meaningful way.

Alberto del Mazo's curator insight, December 4, 2013 5:54 PM

Entrada del blog de scoop.it que explica muy claramente cómo "curar contenidos" es compartirlos y darles un valor añadido (ordenándolos, comentándolos, ...)

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How to Create a Great Startup Blog and Stand Out from Competition - The Next Web

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Beside giving your startup a platform, having a blog can help you establish thought leadership, build SEO, and promote things that central to your brand's messaging.

Blogging is like the modern day welcome mat, showing passers-by that someone is home and will probably answer the doorbell if you ring it.

For startups, this is particularly important as you strive to establish your voice and brand point of view. Beside giving your startup a platform, having a blog can help you establish thought leadership, build SEO, and promote things that central to your brand’s messaging.

But not all corporate blogs are created equal. When it comes to starting a blog, there are a few basic parameters to consider.

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Your Blog connects you with your public. The better information you provide, the more you will be respected, listened to, and considered an authority in what you do. Whether that information is original or curated and shared, that's not important. You're the place to go to where that information can be found.

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In defense of the niche: content marketing and the rise of the smart web

In defense of the niche: content marketing and the rise of the smart web | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

Author and entrepreneur Seth Godin once said that “Marketing is no longer about the stuff that you make, but about the stories you tell.” Even for those folks who’ve never so much as heard of lead-gen or nurture programs,

the importance of relevant content and compelling narrative has never been so necessary as it is today — especially because the digital sea is brimming with the wreckage of too many voices with far too little exposure.

That doesn’t seem to stop the superfluousness from spreading, though, and quickly drowning out a lot of the more substantial content that arguably deserves a bigger platform. The Internet is a minefield, and discovering anything worthwhile is often an accident (which is, of course, why the content curation movement started up in the first place).

But what is it, exactly, that makes content more globally valuable, shareable, accepted, meaningful, or engaging?


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Content Marketing Trends Your Business Should Implement

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Through proper content marketing, businesses can build their brand, raise awareness, and engender trust. This type of marketing positions businesses as credible and reliable information sources. Sharing and promoting content related to your particular industry attracts people to your social media and digital platforms as well as your product lines.

With so many potential benefits from content marketing, here’s a look at the trends that your business should consider implementing:

“Director of Content” is the new highly recruited marketing title

The person in this critical role helps coordinate sales and marketing activities to ensure both departments are working toward the same goals. In addition, this leader provides a vision and helps the business incorporate the best content marketing strategies, including webinars, videos and guest blog posts.

By shaping strategies and overseeing execution, the content director ensures messaging remains focused and on brand. Whoever holds this role needs to have a well-rounded approach to creating, managing and distributing content across multiple platforms to reach as many people in the company’s target audience as possible.

Mobile optimization is crucial

A 2014 report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project reveals 90 perent of Americans over the age of 18 have cellphones and nearly 60 percent have smartphones. Approximately half of all adults in the United States own a tablet.

With such impressive penetration, it’s not surprising that a separate report from financial giant Morgan Stanley predicts mobile Web usage will exceed laptop Web browsing by 2015. As smartphones are becoming cheaper, the study results illustrate the absolute necessity of content marketing on mobile devices.

Whether you’re creating email newsletters, white papers, or podcasts, optimize the content for mobile devices. Failing to take this step means you might not reach a large part of your target audience.

Videos need to play properly on smartphones and tablets. Webinars need to enable people to join on the go. Thinking about mobile now ensures your company won’t fall behind the curve in the coming months.

The evolution of the guest video post

Many companies are hip to the opportunities that come from having one of their leaders write guest blog posts and bylined articles for industry publications. Imagine, however, the bang you could get from doing a guest video post.

Guest bloggers can easily create engaging, high-quality videos that will inform and educate on a variety of essential topics. Videos allow guests to show, not just tell, so the company will receive a more compelling piece from their guests.

With studies reporting videos as the new way to reach a mass audience, the evolution of guest videos is upon us.

Engaging industry influencers

Don’t think that you have to create all content in-house. Work with industry influencers who have respected voices, and ask them to develop content your company can distribute.

For example, you might ask a well-known consultant to write a review of your newest product. While you won’t have the kind of control over the content you’d have if you used someone inside your company, you do gain greater credibility and trust through working with a professional outside your firm.

Another possibility is having someone in your marketing communications department do an audio or video interview with the influencer. Edit and package the content for distribution on social media and your company’s website. Then, ask the influencer to share with his or her followers.

Develop a one-stop shop

Some companies enjoy success by developing a one-stop online resource where visitors can educate themselves on issues and topics relevant to your industry.

One approach is to use a university model in which you offer online courses, instructional modules, and self-test tools. Content packaged to teach your customers things they want to learn is highly effective at drawing in visitors and getting them to engage with your site.

Create a check-list to ensure you’re contributing the most helpful information for your viewers. Does your site have extremely high-quality content? Does your company practice data curating to get the most up-to-date, comprehensive information available? It may be time to start!

Try custom-content feeds that give viewers access to a variety of content like social media RSS. Another option is to recruit influencers to contribute to your site. Have a leader in the field post a blog, or take the time to interview one of the most successful people in the field and post the video online.

Utilize Google+ and SlideShare

Move over, Facebook! New social media sites are pushing the envelope for B2B content marketers. With new technologies from Google bursting at the seams every year, there is no doubt that Google+ is innovating a whole new network of social sharing.

Many people are taking up Google+ to disseminate content marketing information for their companies. Professionals are connecting with their work, while also sharing personal articles and photos with family and friends.

SlideShare will also be a key contributor in content sharing. With the ability to create presentations and share them easily with groups, this trend has B2B marketers working hard to create vivid and engaging content.

With all of these new trends, it’s easy to say that content marketing is growing rapidly. The industry is experiencing new advancements every year, which is sure to provide more insight on what is producing ROI for all companies utilizing it.


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What do we share online? This is how our brains decide!

What do we share online? This is how our brains decide! | Internet Presence | Scoop.it
Studies show that four basic emotions combine to create our experiences. Here's what that means for the way content is shared online.

Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions, each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.

According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long shot. A new study says we’re really only capable of four “basic” emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted.

But much like the “mother sauces” of cooking allow you to make pretty much any kind of food under the sun, these four “mother emotions” meld together in myriad ways in our brains to create our layered emotional stews.

Robert Plutchik’s famous “wheel of emotions” shows just some of the well known emotional layers.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 19, 2014 2:45 PM

What a terrific summary article this is about emotions in marketing. It covers not only why emotions work, the author Courtney Seiter also talks about WHICH emotions get shared and why.


Seiter covers happiness, sadness, fear, plus anger and the types of reactions each creates. I also like the charts and graphics she uses to make her points. 


And what I think is really cool is how she shares recent research from IPA dataBANK who validated -- once again -- that pure emotional content wins out over a combination of rational and emotional.


So check out the article. It is well done. If you want to gain mastery over crafting stories with specific emotional content, then this post will bring a lot of clarity to your work.


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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, March 20, 2014 10:58 AM

Interessant artikel over waarom mensen dingen delen via internet. Zowel positieve als negatieve emoties kunnen zorgen voor het virale effect. De woede die Wilde Geert momenteel en regelmatig effectief oproept, helpt om zijn dubieuze boodschap verder te verspreiden. Daar komt waarschijnlijk ook het ontzag vandaan als mensen zeggen: "Hij durft het toch maar te zeggen'. Dat zijn mensen, Nederlanders, die hun verstand overslaan, de emotie gaat voor. MInder mensen dan maar? Dat is een heel ander pleidooi.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 2014 12:54 PM

It is an interesting article with neuroscience research involved. It is about the emotional suggestions that our brain makes leading us to share on the Internet. The challenge might be is contributions become Technique and focused on being positive in a contrived way. What does it mean in education?

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7 Ways Content Curation Can Wow Your Audience

7 Ways Content Curation Can Wow Your Audience | Internet Presence | Scoop.it

When Rand Fishkin joked that everyone is caught in the middle of a content arms race, we knew that he wasn’t kidding. You and I both know the power of custom content, but do you realize the power behind boosting the volume of information shared so that it potentially reaches all four corners of the Internet?

Everyone can’t seem to create custom, high quality content fast enough, but what most people don’t realize is that you CAN gain a competitive edge by expanding your content marketing offering.  And that is exactly what content curation does.

In short, what content curation does is leverage on the power of other people’s content, then put it in the context of your brand while populating the virtual world with resources that points to you as an industry leader.

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Ally Greer's curator insight, December 6, 2013 4:21 PM

Some great tips for content curation.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:18 PM

Content curation makes it easier and faster to get more content out to your audience than trying to write it all. You can do in seconds what would take you hours to make yourself and have high-quality content to share with your audience.

Web-Services's curator insight, January 4, 2014 9:32 AM

la curación de contenidos es imprescindible con los cambios de algoritmo de google