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Improve Your Content Curation Strategy with These 5 Tips

Improve Your Content Curation Strategy with These 5 Tips

By Marissa Burdett

Content curation can be a critical part of a larger social media strategy. Instead of only focusing on creating great original content, there are big advantages to sharing content from outside sources, especially when you can add value to it.

What is content curation and why is it important?

The word “curate” means “to select, organize, and present, typically using professional or expert knowledge.” When applied to content, you become the expert in finding, evaluating, and sharing outside content in a compelling way. This usually manifests in the form of a blog post roundup, social media shares, or a newsletter of favorite links that support your own original content.

This approach may seem a little backwards: how can your audience pay attention and care about you if you’re sharing other people’s work? Simply put, there’s too much content out there to sift through. Instead, readers turn to sources they can count on to share quality, relevant content. And then they reward those sources with their gratitude and trust—and often, their business.

Why you should add value to the content you curate

There are numerous methods and tools that can help you curate content. But what is most important is recognizing the difference between passive and active curation.

Passive content curation is typically an automated or impulsive process that uses content aggregators to post on social media. For example, someone might connect an RSS feed to a social media scheduling tool and allow it to post links at scheduled intervals. This method helps you maintain a consistent posting schedule and may indeed share good quality content.

But curating just to have regular content often comes off as robotic or disingenuous. The challenge with this passive approach is that you are removed from the process, which means curation is simply pumping out content rather than build a relationship with your audience.

Thinking about curation as an active process inserts your brand into the equation. It’s okay to use tools to automate the process so long as you are involved before and after content is shared. Remember, good curation doesn’t end with a shared link—take it one step further and engage.

5 tips for better content curation

Being involved in curation will help you maintain a strong presence in your industry. Here are five ways you can take curation a step further:

1. Spark conversations with your audience

Use curation as a springboard for discussions with your audience. When sharing outside content, include your own commentary alongside the link that will encourage a response. You can ask a question, provide feedback by addressing any questions posed by the author, or add additional insight. And don’t forget to reply to any responses you get.

Ramit Sethi, creator of “I Will Teach You,” demonstrated this perfectly on Facebook when he shared a New York Times article and asked his followers to reply with the specific techniques the interviewee used to stand out:

This encouraged participation and reinforced his own content that discusses those techniques.

2. Insert yourself into relevant conversations

There are plenty of opportunities where you and your brand could provide the perfect solution, answer a question, or simply engage with people who care, but you just haven’t found those conversations yet. Content discovery allows you to keep up with what’s happening in your industry so you can jump in on the conversations that would benefit from your insight.

If you’ve ever visited Quora, a popular platform where users ask and answer questions, you get the idea. You can apply this same concept by answering the “questions” that are posed throughout discovered content through comments or on social media.

Hootsuite found a perfect opportunity to tweet a clever response about a trending topic (in this case, Pokemon Go) while also reinforcing the importance and ease of completing their certification: View Full Article >>

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