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Why You Need To Curate Content and How To Be A Master At It

Why You Need To Curate Content and How To Be A Master At It | MEDIACLUB |

This is a great piece by Heidi Cohen on why your marketing needs content curation and 12 attributes of a successful curation strategy.  This is one of the best articles I've seen on this topic in a very long time.

As I said, I've seen many pieces on curation but if you're like me, everytime I read about this, I always find something new or am reminded of ways I can polish what I'm doing.

Here are some of the highlights.........


Why Your Marketing Needs Content Curation

At its core, content curation is like a great editor or blogger who brings his unique taste and understanding of his target audience to his selection of the best content for his readers.

**He provides context for the content so that it's more than a collection of information

3 Reasons your content marketing strategy needs content curation:

1. Offering your audience a combination of original and third party content provides a branded context for your work

2. Curating other people's content positions you and/or your organization as a tastemaker in your field

3. Creating sufficient content is a marketing and business challenge

12 Attributes of a successful content curation strategy:

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

 *Has defined measurable goals

As part of your content marketing strategy and by extension

your marketing plan, content curation needs objectives that

are associated with your business.

**Targets a specific audience

. *Content curation like other forms of content marketing requires

understanding your readers' marketing persona

** Involves a community

*As with any social media or content marketing, your

audience should be at the heart of your content efforts.

**Clay Shirky says it best:

"Curation comes up when people

realize that it isn't just about information seeking, it's also

about synchronizing a community"

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, January 18, 2013 8:39 PM

This is a really good article about content curation. There is nothing wrong with doing content curation, as it provides insight from multiple sources. As this article points out, the trick is curating content that adds value to whatever it is that you are adding the content to. In my case, it's my blog. I've followed most of these guidelines instinctively, because I want to provide quality information to share with fellow technical communicators and e-learning specialists. 


Read this one carefully, as it's chock full of good advice.


Better Homes, Better Life's comment, January 26, 2013 11:31 PM
I see that you are making some of these into almost like blog posts too. Jan Gordon does the same thing. I think I am going to try it out...
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Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day

Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day | MEDIACLUB |
Content marketing can be an extremely complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I came up with content options for the time-starved!

Let’s face it. Content development can be a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I started thinking about this in the context of my friends and small business customers who simply can’t afford that kind of effort. It led to this idea: micro-content, or creating small bits of marketing content when you don’t have time to blog, create videos or spend all day on Facebook.

Let’s examine ideas about using micro-content for your social media strategy, assuming you are testing the water and only have 15 minutes a day to devote to this activity. Hey, I’m up for a challenge!


Like any marketing initiative, you must have a firm idea of your strategy, selling points, and target audience...

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Content Marketing in 6 Steps

Content Marketing in 6 Steps | MEDIACLUB |

This article goes on the bottom of Content Marketing. Things change very quickly and it is therefore very important to reflect the change in demand from your prospects and/or customers. This step-by-step plan, will give you a better idea of ​​what is important today and what you must do to be successful. [note Martin Gysler]


Most marketers have realised by now that they have to swap from the classic communication approach of sending & advertising to an approach based on content. But for most people the exact meaning of that is rather intangible. In order to help, we have composed a pragmatic step-by-step plan for companies to start content planning. The step-by-step plan is based on several surveys we realised in the past year. In this article we will present to you the 6 crucial steps to take in order to end up with a good content strategy.


Step 1: Topic selection


The first must is to check which domains your company can offer unique content in. This content needs to be in line with the company culture & vision, obviously. As far as this choice is concerned it is sensible to check one’s own expertise on the one hand and on the other to see how unique one is in the market.


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The Demise of Quality Content on the Web - The Rise of Great Content Curators

The Demise of Quality Content on the Web - The Rise of Great Content Curators | MEDIACLUB |

This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.


Rian speaks for many of us who are overwhelmed, overloaded with content that gives us no value at all. This is the problem


"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"'


Here's what caught my attention:


****The wells of attention are being drilled to depletion by linkbait headlines, ad-infested pages, “jumps” and random pagination, and content that is engineered to be “consumed” in 1 minute or less of quick scanning – just enough time to capture those almighty eyeballs[2]. And the reality is that “Alternative Attention sources” simply don’t exist.


The Scoopit team agrees!


My input:


****The Opportunity: This is the time for all good curators to come forward - 2012 will be the year of the content curator -


**Know your audience

**Know their pain points

**Find and select the best content, add your own opinions, information or anything that will provide more value for your audience

**Select only the best content, don't just aggregate links that add to the noise

**Become a trusted resource - many opportunities will come to you, it's your time to shine


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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Karen Dietz's comment, December 4, 2011 12:23 PM
Great post and comments Jan! Looking forward to 2012.
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:59 PM
@Karen Dietz

Thanks Karen! 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of us!!
Gust MEES's curator insight, February 14, 2013 7:39 AM

Quality Matters!

A MUST read!!!

Check also:


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Content Marketing Is Not As Simple As Writing A Ton of Blog Posts Every Day

Content Marketing Is Not As Simple As Writing A Ton of Blog Posts Every Day | MEDIACLUB |

The classic sales funnel has long been used to describe website development strategy.

However, the deployment of content marketing in a sales funnel with a campaign focus is a relatively new concept to many.

It’s not as simple as writing lots of blog posts every day and distributing them on social channels.

In fact, the goal of strategic content marketing should be to identify, qualify, segment, score and, ultimately, close leads in an accelerated and predictable fashion.

In order to strategically deploy content marketing it requires the right software, a defined sales funnel and a campaign structure.

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, April 29, 2013 7:27 PM
Segments are usually FINANCIAL measures such as VIPs or "multi-buyers". Segments is one way to quantify groups within your marketing. Personas are another. Personas identify archetypes and group characteristics (instead of financial segments). Personas help develop creative segments make sure you make money.
Ken Morrison's comment, April 29, 2013 8:12 PM
Hi Marty. I temporarily forgot that our comments showed up on your wall as well. Yes, I was endorsing you to a business student because your posts can add fresh insight in many of her buisness courses. Thanks Marty for all of your great scoops and true curation.
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, April 29, 2013 8:13 PM
LOL, no worries Ken and next time I get to go hiking too :). Marty
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Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free

Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free | MEDIACLUB |

I’m sure a lot of you guys have looked into curation software available ...

Obviously with the radically different price points they all do different things, but here’s the gist – a whole lot of this you can do for free.


Step OneDefine your Parameters

Define your parameters by where you want the goods to go. Make sure everything is accessible from the beginning so you can leverage your curated content efficiently from the start.

Step TwoChoose your Weapons

e.g.; G+ and FB


Step ThreeBe Intentional with your Schedule

I can’t speak to your industry/niche but I can tell you that when I do my curation at somewhere between 6 and 8am EST I find a goldmine of posts that are brand-flipping-new


Step FourBe Crazy Time Sensitive

I make sure to only curate content that is timely [less than 1% of the time curate something more than 24 hours old]

Open up a google search and type in “content marketing” at the beginning of my day, and set it to the last 24 hours.


Step FiveBe Consistent

As long as you are curating the same general stuff over and over it will work for you.

Notice: Steps 1-5 are all about the setup or protocol. Steps 6-9 are the actual daily work.


Step SixPrepare for Battle

Open windows to the following places:

Google search
WP dashboard to my curation site
Google +
I also have a Word document open


Step SevenGet Rolling

e.g. search for the term “content marketing” in the last 24 hours as shown above; grab 5 or 6 posts that are relevant and make tweets about them and put them on timely/buffer/scoopit


Step EightNatural Overflow

Doing twitter first thing after curation is great, if you have the time.

20-30 minutes after you have your automated posts in place to interact with your feed, clean out the spam tweeps, follow back the real people, etc.


Step NineUse what you Learn

Use your curation is as the basis for your own blogs

Not regurgitation, but rather letting your new-found knowledge fuel your next post. Or, add to the list of blog ideas you have on a running list somewhere.


Setting aside this 45 minutes a day to get the most relevant pieces of content your industry has to offer can not only fill your feeds, but it can also fuel your entire day. And it should, because you should be talking about the latest things in your industry.


Great ideas by Amie Marse - 

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Matmi's comment, April 5, 2012 8:16 AM
Some great tips. Would you also spend the time commenting on the curated posts? I know there are some who believe that it is a necessity and others who feel there is no need as you are merely helping others to filter the noise. I try to mix it up depending on time available.
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Want To Be The 'Go-To' Brand in 2012? Creation & Curation Are a Must

Want To Be The 'Go-To' Brand in 2012? Creation & Curation Are a Must | MEDIACLUB |

This piece was written in May of 2011 by Pawan Deshpande, CEO of HiveFire for I'm curating this on 12/31/11,  my last post for 2011.


Great article, 2012 will be a signicant year for content curation!


Here’s what caught my attention:


****Industry experts and analysts have begun to focus on content curation as a key marketing strategy.


**** “Content curation has emerged as one of the highest potential enterprise tools for B2B marketers to draw and engage specific audiences,” said Susan McKittrick of the Patricia Seybold Group, who has conducted several in-depth reports examining the growth of content curation within the realm of marketing.


In February, 2011, **(It will be interesting to see what these statistics are today as we approach 2012). HiveFire surveyed more than 150 marketing professionals; our data supported McKittrick’s insights:


**Forty-eight percent of marketers are already employing content curation in some form or another


**58 percent of those surveyed who are curating content are mixing both original and third-party content, which solidifies the curator’s credibility among its audience


**Robert Davis, PJA Advertising’s senior vice president of digital marketing, believes that employing a content-curation strategy--in particular, curating third-party content--is essential for increasing a brand’s influence and position as a thought leader in its space.


**You need to put yourself into the mindset of a publisher by writing blog articles, producing podcasts, and authoring e-books and whitepapers.


**It helps marketers find, highlight, build on, and share relevant, timely information of keen interest to an audience.


****Curated content becomes the source information for lead nurturing, social media engagement, thought leadership positioning, community cultivation, and drawing organic search traffic.”


**When creating content for your brand, you are helping to educate your prospects only through vendor content.


**Without content from outside experts and peer groups, they are left on their own, out of your reach, to find it themselves.


**While most marketers understand the need to produce content, there is more that can be done to position your brand as the “go-to” source for your industry.


**Curation can help marketers produce and share better, prospect-engaging content by presenting a broader selection of peer, vendor, and expert sources in the context of a company’s brand.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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