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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 | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

 

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.........

 

Intro:

 

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"


Selected and reviewed by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/SpJEfQ}


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Joe Winpisinger'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...
Christian Forthomme's curator insight, June 20, 2013 12:32 AM

Very good summary of what's needed in content curation. 

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How Your Brand Colors Impact Your Audience

How Your Brand Colors Impact Your Audience | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

This article and infographic posted by Chelsey Kilser and Daily Infographic and is about the of findings from Entrepreneur, TheLogoFactory and Logodesignworks. 

 

Jan Gordon:

 

Effective social business requires a strong brand message,  great content and the ability to build community through deeper engagement and is first and foremost. However, the way you package your services matters and the colors you use are very important.

 

Excerpt:

 

"Colors matter and they are one of the factors that keeps your company standing out, gives your company a voice and gives you leverage over other similar companies."

 

Here are a few takeaways:

 

**The true colors of the world's top brands:

   

     *29% use red

     *33% use blue

     *13% use yellow

     *28% use black or grayscale

 

**Good information about how people respond to different colors

 

     Here are just a few:

 

      *Red is agressive, provacative, attention-

        grabbing

 

      *Purple signifies royalty, sophistication, mystery

 

      *Black means prestige, value, timelessness

 

      *Brown is earthlike, natural, simplistic

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/OjaJjM]  


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John van den Brink's comment, July 3, 2012 1:02 PM
Thanks Jan!
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The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You

The Benefits of Content Curation and How to Make it Work for You | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Beth Kanter wrote a very complete and interesting piece in NTEN's latest edition of their quarterly journal for non-profit leaders. You have to download the journal but it's worth it and it's free (you just need to register). 

 

Jan Gordon: I agree with Guillaume, Beth Kanter knows what she's talking about and her article is definitely worth reading.

 

Guillaume Decugis wrote this commentary:

 

"It's been fascinating for me to see how non-profits seem to embrace Social Media in general and Content Curation in particular - Beth of course being a key advocate in that move.

 

The broader take-away that I see for those of us in all sorts of organizations, as independant professionals or SMB-owners is the validation it brings to the model. When tightly-budgeted NPO's embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they're not wasting their scarce resources on a hype. They have to be efficient and as Beth puts it in the article: "Putting content curation into practice is part art form, part science, but mostly about daily practice. You don’t need to do it for hours, but 20 minutes every day will help you develop and hone the skills."

 

This is precisely where we see the opportunity with curation for professionals: building up a good practice that fits with one's daily routine and that -as Beth puts it - brings great "unexpected benefits".

 

Selected by gdecugis and Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/75ucphe]


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Guillaume Decugis's comment, June 13, 2012 12:28 AM
You're welcome Beth. Thanks for the great piece!
Mshaber's comment, June 13, 2012 1:51 PM
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janlgordon's comment, June 14, 2012 10:09 AM
Thank you Beth Kanter for the mention and for an amazing article, it's greatly appreciated!
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5 Best Practices Every Content Curator Should Follow

5 Best Practices Every Content Curator Should Follow | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Steve Rosenbaum for Mashable because there are some excellent tips to make you a trusted source, build a loyal following and add value to the community.

 

I don't know about you but everytime I read a post about curation, I see something different, this one is from someone who knows what he's talking about.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

Be part of the content ecosystem

 

**What a curator should do is embrace content both as a marketer and an organizer

 

Follow a schedule

 

**No matter what and how much you post, 2 new links a day and one big post per week, that's a schedule

 

**Be consistent and post at the same time everyday so your readers will know when to expect new content

 

**consistency and regularity brings new users and helps you build a loyal fan base

 

Embrace multi platforms

 

**Put your work where your audience is, today you have to go to them (more about this in the article)

 

Engage and Participate

 

**Select only the best content - read everything before you hit the send button - you'll build trust by helping your readers find great content and information

 

**This is a great way to build relationships with bloggers and other curators (more on this in the article)

 

Share, Don't Steal

 

**Last but definitely not least, you must acknowledge the source, there are no exceptions

 

**When people choose to listen to you, it's because you've proven to separate the signal from the noise

 

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

 

Read full article here: [http://on.mash.to/Jk8uWH]


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janlgordon's comment, April 29, 2012 6:06 PM
Hi John, It's funny, we can read these articles over and over but I always find something new each time I read them. How about you?
John van den Brink's comment, April 30, 2012 2:50 AM
Hi Jan, correct. Everytime I think "oh, I know already" But when I read the article I always find one or two things that I didn't knew already :)
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22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You're Stuck [Infographic] |

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You're Stuck [Infographic] | | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

This is the first infographic from Copyblogger based on an earlier piece he did entitled 21 Ways to Create Content When You Don't Have a Clue.   

It's an excellent presentation, consistent with all of his wonderful content many of us have been reading for a long time and he even gives us one more .

 

Here are some highlights from the original article:

 

"If you're coming up flat and you can't think of what to do try some of these ideas":

 

**Curate content. Find your ten favorite websites, and then find your favorite post on each of them.

 

**Publish a post listing these top ten posts, and explain why you like them. You don’t even have to think about being creative, and everyone you feature there will appreciate it.

 

**This is what we do with our Best of the Web feature, and there are lots of other examples.

 

**Ask friends for ideas. If you’re tapped for ideas, then reach out to your friends and colleagues, and ask them what they’d like you to write about.

 

**You can do this with offline friends, or with like-minded online entrepreneurs.

 

**If you’re not already part of a mastermind group, then reach out to a few bloggers that are about as big as you are, and suggest starting one.

 

Selected and curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business & Beyond"

 

See infographic here: [http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-infographic/]

 

See article here: [http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-ideas/]


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10 Types of “Tweets” That Encourage REAL Connection

10 Types of “Tweets” That Encourage REAL Connection | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

 Great post by Kim Garst, Twitter can be a very powerful tool to build your business if you use it wisely.

 

Intro:

 

The purpose of Twitter and all social media, is not to make money, but to brand YOU and your business and build relationships with potential and existing customers. The money will follow if you put your customers FIRST.

 

**Mix your "business" talk with "life" talk

 

Excerpt::

 

"Twitter challenges personal brands to reach out to their audience differently than they would in traditional marketing and/or social media platforms."

 

Here are some highlights that caught my attention:

 

**The resource sharing tweet - Find a great article or a resource that you know your target audience could benefit from

 

**The quotable tweet - This one speaks for itself

 

**Tip of the Day Tweet - great way to provide relevant content to your target audience by providing them a valuable piece of info that they can use either personally or profesionally. This also builds vlaue for you as an expert within your niche.

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/NPTuDT]


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How Your Brand Colors Impact Your Audience

How Your Brand Colors Impact Your Audience | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

This article and infographic posted by Chelsey Kilser and Daily Infographic and is about the of findings from Entrepreneur, TheLogoFactory and Logodesignworks. 

 

Jan Gordon:

 

Effective social business requires a strong brand message,  great content and the ability to build community through deeper engagement and is first and foremost. However, the way you package your services matters and the colors you use are very important.

 

Excerpt:

 

"Colors matter and they are one of the factors that keeps your company standing out, gives your company a voice and gives you leverage over other similar companies."

 

Here are a few takeaways:

 

**The true colors of the world's top brands:

   

     *29% use red

     *33% use blue

     *13% use yellow

     *28% use black or grayscale

 

**Good information about how people respond to different colors

 

     Here are just a few:

 

      *Red is agressive, provacative, attention-

        grabbing

 

      *Purple signifies royalty, sophistication, mystery

 

      *Black means prestige, value, timelessness

 

      *Brown is earthlike, natural, simplistic

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/OjaJjM]  


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John van den Brink's comment, July 3, 2012 1:02 PM
Thanks Jan!
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8 Tips to Get Your Brand on the Social Curation Boom and Beyond

8 Tips to Get Your Brand on the Social Curation Boom and Beyond | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

This post was written by Melonie Gallegos for iMediaconnection

 

In this piece, there are 8 tips to help marketers get in on the social curation boom in a meaningful way - that means Pinterest and beyond!

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

"Curation is a long-standing tradition of collecting, saving & organizing objects. Today it takes on a different meaning. Organizataions have evolved from collecting artifacts to digital curation of media and content"

 

When human behavior shifts and it certainly has, (more about that in the article), brands are quick to follow suit.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

There are a lot of websites offfering curation-type services

 

To get a clear sense of how a brand might leverage curation in this article, they have broken them down into categories.

 

**social bookmarking and news

 

**sharing

 

**Aggregation and syndication networks

 

**There are 8 ways your brand can get in on the action

 

Here are a few that caught my attention:

 

Become a curator creator

 

**Create your own Pinterest board and it's more than just slapping images, it takes thought, strategy, being part of the community and continually showing up

 

**appreciating other people's content and having two-way conversations

 

Create an Interest-based content strategy

 

**Focus on the interests of your audience, not your products and services!

 

**Allign their real-life interests with your brand position

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/IXNQQB]


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, May 2, 2012 2:58 PM
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Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free

Content Curation In 45 Minutes A Day... And Free | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

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 One – Define 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 Two – Choose your Weapons

e.g. Timely.is; G+ and FB

 

Step Three – Be 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 Four – Be 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 Five – Be 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 Six – Prepare for Battle

Open windows to the following places:

Google search
Timely.is
WP dashboard to my curation site
Google +
Facebook
Twitter
I also have a Word document open

 

Step Seven – Get 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 Eight – Natural 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 Nine – Use 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 - http://bit.ly/HfET6B ;


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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.