31 Content Marketing Experts Share Their #1 Tips and Best Practices for Effective Content Curation

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Content curation is a component of any smart content marketer’s overall content strategy. But many marketers don’t quite understand what content curation is, let alone how to go about curating content effectively so that it complements your content creation and content promotion efforts. The last thing you want to do is alienate your audience with curated content that doesn’t resonate with them or meet their needs.

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But what tools should you rely on for curating content, what should you avoid, and how can you determine that you’re curating the best, most relevant content to engage your audience? To help content marketers solve the challenges of content curation and devise highly effective content curation strategies, we reached out to a panel of 31 content marketing experts and content strategists and asked them to answer this question:

“What’s your #1 tip or top best practice for effective content curation?”

Find out what our experts had to say below.

Meet Our Panel of Content Marketing Experts and Content Strategists:


Brian CarterBrian Carter

@briancarter

Brian Carter is a 15-year digital marketing veteran and popular social media speaker (with clients like NBC, Microsoft, Dramamine and PrideStaff) who delivers practical takeaways, entertainment and motivation. His Brian Carter Group is a boutique agency with world-class expertise using digital/social marketing and advertising to boost profits for growth-minded businesses.

“My top tip for effective content curation is…”

I recommend you source content through both Buzzsumo searches and alerts, and then Buffer it (using followerwonk to get ideal tweet times for your audience, but buffering to all your social accounts) combined with Sharedby.co, which gives all your links a top navigational bar with your branding and links, ensuring you stay top of mind even when sending people to other websites.


Courtney CapellanCourtney Capellan

@courtcapellan

Courtney is a well-traveled book junkie, a word snob and a technically creative writer. She’s got an amateur photography habit and a treasure hunting fever. Courtney obtained her B.A. from the University of Washington in international studies, specializing in foreign policy and diplomacy. A problem-solver and decision-maker, Courtney’s approach to life draws on her ability to see the bigger picture and think outside the box.

Her specialties include digital media analysis, direct sales and marketing, hotel and restaurant management, creative writing, technical writing, blogging, yoga, teaching and team building. Presently, Courtney is a digital media analyst for Hotel Marketing Works.

“Content curation is all about…”

Organized judgement.

Curation mean sifting through the very best of what you have at your disposal and giving it a makeover. But you have to be pragmatic with what you start with. If you’re sorting through an enormous amount of old articles, you have to stay focused. Avoid copying and pasting or editing many things at once. Have an outline or a brief written for your new content. Once you find your 3-5 articles that you are going recreate, read through each one thoroughly. Use your judgement and jot down the most important sentences. Plug those into the appropriate part of your outline (intro or body, etc.) and repeat with the next article. Once you have a robust outline, you’re ready to write new content from your curation efforts.


Christian De PapeChristian De Pape

@ChristianDePape

Christian De Pape is content manager and communications specialist at Recruiting Social, a social recruitment company. He oversees the company’s blog and social media content development and works with the company’s clients on their own web and content strategies for talent acquisition.

“When it comes to effective content curation…”

Using the right combination of tools can save a lot of time and help you batch your work. I use Feedly to find
potentially shareable content and Pocket to store and organize it. I also use Nuzzel to monitor and “Pocket” popular links on Twitter. Once a week, I scan through the content of my “Pocketed” articles and use Hootsuite to schedule posts and tweets for the ones I want to share. This way, our company has curated content coming out all week long, but I only have to the work once a week for a couple of hours.


Brittany BergerBrittany Berger

@bberg1010

Brittany Berger is the Content & PR Manager at Mention, where she reads a lot and writes even more. She likes her media social and her Netflix nonstop.

“The most important thing to remember about content curation is…”

That it’s not a replacement for content creation. You can’t just copy and paste things together and press ‘publish.’ If you curate content without a plan for how you’re using it or how it will be presented, then curation holds no value. Instead, plan and organize a curation post just as you would a created piece. For example, take a weekly post roundup. Instead of just copy-and-pasting links and their meta descriptions, choose a different theme each week for what kind of links you’ll include. You can also write the descriptions yourself, including what made you choose to curate that piece of content. Regardless of how you do so, add something to the curation that makes it your own.


Rob WatsonRob Watson

@clicktosale

Rob Watson is a digital marketing consultant at Click To Sale. He’s worked in marketing since 1994 and been heavily involved in digital marketing since 1999. Today, Rob specializes in inbound and content marketing.

“My number one tip for content curation is…”

Think broad.

Before you delve in to content curation, it’s important to remember why you’re doing it in the first place. In my opinion, you’re doing it to help build trust, rapport, and dialogue. All of these are long-term assets that you have to work hard to earn. One sure-fire way of destroying any of them is a direct sales pitch — that’s just not what social media is for.

The way I coach clients to avoid being salesy is very simple. First I ask them what they do, who they sell it to, and what benefit that brings to their customer. Then I question them more about the needs of the end customer to try and uncover their deeper needs and motivations.

The product or service you sell to customers is only part of the story. What you sell them will always be part of some wider goal for their business, which is where the sweet spot lies for content curation. Let’s say you sell business insurance. Your customers buy because they have risks, duties, and obligations that could harm their business. So, you could curate content about things like legislation changes, local and national business news, and even seasonal issues like extreme weather or holiday periods. All of these matter to businesses, even if not all of them relate to a particular type of insurance.

Another company I met with recently renovates and furnishes office spaces. For their customers, the wider issue is about creating a safe and inspiring place for people to work. We quickly explored their market and found plenty of content ideas to work with. There is a growing trend towards tech firms like Google and Facebook featuring their office spaces on blogs, lots of research on how work environments can help a business perform, and even specific things like the benefits of sit-stand adjustable desks.

So even for seemingly boring markets, there is no shortage of content out there if you think broadly. My advice is to look closely at your customers’ wider needs beyond the relationship they have with you. Then start to think about the types of content that might appeal to them.

For what it’s worth, my favorite content curation tools are Feedly and Hootsuite. With these two tools I can find, schedule, and share highly relevant content quickly and easily every day. There are plenty of other software tools out there, but I don’t go near them for a particular client or campaign until I have done my thinking and come up with a plan.


Sean GallaharSean Gallahar

@i7Sean

Sean Gallahar keeps a steady flow of content on i7 Marketing’s social media platforms. Sean was born in Oklahoma and is now living in Croatia, allowing him to see the world from a different perspective.

“When curating written content, it is important not to…”

Just copy/paste someone else’s content. Instead take these two steps:

  • Always link back to the original source. Make sure to work the author’s name and article name into a link.
  • Write your own thoughts and opinions. Only highlight a few of the things you think are important. Put quotation marks where necessary. Again, sometimes just copy/pasting may work, but your readers want to know what you think about the subject or topic. They want to read your opinions and your thoughts.


Matt ChunMatt Chun

@thatmattdude

Matt Chun is the VP of Digital Strategy at PCI. Agency clients include Department of Transportation, Crystal Run Healthcare, Choice Hotels, Xcel Energy, Washington Nationals, Smithsonian Institute, Department of Homeland Security, Marine Corps Marathon, and Easter Seals.

“My top tip for effective content curation is…”

Look within yourself and assess your own interest in the content you are curating. Content that adds real value and enjoyment originates from its curator’s authentic interest. If you are not interested in a topic, it’s akin to asking a vegetarian to grill up a tasting of the best BBQ the South has to offer. It can be done, but it’s NOT going to be easy. If you have some interest in the subject matter, however, invest ample time immersing yourself. Google, Wikipedia, and YouTube the subject. Dig into its nuances, controversies, and humor. Discover related influential voices, or earmark the unique voices that resonate with you. Start engaging the topic offline as well, by having face-to-face exchanges with others interested or associated with your topic. The more time you spend feeding your own curiosity, the easier authentic content curation becomes. On the other hand, if you just cannot get into the subject matter (and sometimes you just can’t), find a partner or influencer that can curate content on your behalf.


Wojtek MazurWojtek Mazur

@mazur_w

Wojtek Mazur is the owner of Elephate, a SEO and content marketing agency.

“My number one tip for effective content curation is a classic…”

Know your audience. The secret to great content is finding something that resonates with your readers. What are they looking for and how do they want it displayed?

A lot of this is to do with how your users live their daily lives. Are they reading on the bus to work or are they taking a quiet evening to search a particular topic? A good curator will know the former wants shorter content, like blog posts and infographics, while the latter has room for more in-depth discussions.

Investigate what forms of content and topics performed successfully in your industry in the past. This is what readers want, so why change the winning formula? You can discover which content is shared or read the most easily by using tools like Buzzsumo or Impactana. That kind of research will help you to effectively curate content your readers appreciate.

Curating content is all about putting the work where it can be easily seen, so that your potential readers know what it is. This is why lists are so popular; they’re quick, easy, and convey exactly what their titles suggest.

In short, don’t give your audience a little bit of everything when you can just give them what they really need. Maintain a level of high quality and helpful content by always ensuring everything you post or share is something your audience is looking for.


Sarah TitusSarah Titus

@SaveMoneyStyle

From homeless to well-off, this single, debt-free, stay-at-home-mom is most known for having lived extremely comfortable on $18k/year. Sarah loves encouraging other women that they, too, can stay home with their kids, regardless of income, by earning money from home. She blogs at SarahTitus.com.

“The most important and so very often overlooked #1 tip for effective content curation is…”

Figuring out what problems or issues your audience faces and then answering those problems. Giving them a real-time solution to their dilemma will not only help you gain authority, but it makes you more approachable and relatable.


James BlewsJames Blews

@JamesBlews

James Blews is an online marketing and SEO consultant and founder of James Blews Consulting, LLC.

“For effective content curation, I recommend…”

Public (via social media) and private (via URL tracking). This is more for outreach, combined with social media platforms, both to build a user-base and to network with like-minded and industry-similar influencers, writers, bloggers, and business owners.

With social media, use 50%+ of your social media information, postings, etc., from authoritative news and information sources. This creates an environment of authority — and when you expand them, it creates networking from those authority sources, through you, to your end users. Basically, be social and add your voice as you present them for more consumption.

The second part is to use URL tracking. You can use Google’s URL builder and use Google Analytics to track internal links on your website. If you are on WordPress, a plugin like Pretty Link will help you to obfuscate those external and ugly URLs as your own, while passing them through your website.

Basically, you are using tracking to answer that age-old marketing question: What do my customers want?

A word of caution on using a lot of the Pretty Link/redirection style of content curation: Some website owners will not appreciate this. Their own stats will record numbers coming from your links, not from the social media platforms that you are using. So, while it is effective for tracking purposes, it can be frowned upon and considered spam depending on the amount used.


Meryl K. EvansMeryl K. Evans

@merylkevans

Meryl K. Evans, content maven, is a writer and content marketing mad scientist who’s always cooking up formulas for clients’ content marketing efforts. She helps with content planning and creation to bring clients’ stories alive. When not freelancing, Meryl is the content short order cook for non-profits in Plano.

“My best tip for effective content curation is…”

Work to curate from lesser known websites because others are less likely to curate them, and that makes your resources more valuable. One way to accomplish this is by subscribing to email newsletters from lesser-known publications that consistently produce high-quality content and newsletters that curate from a variety of resources.


Robert HakeRobert Hake

Founder and proud Michigan native Robert Hake started making custom t-shirts in high school and channeled his passion and entrepreneurial spirit into a thriving e-commerce business, MyLocker.net, that has experienced upwards of 100% year-over-year growth.

“When it comes to curating content effectively, I recommend that companies…”

Make sure your content is relatable to your customers.

Too often, you will find article content that is not consistent with the overall message of a company.

We try to select numerous themes for our content that matches up with our marketing calendar. In staying organized with this process, we are able to ensure that our messaging is consistent and relatable to our customers.


Mansi GoelMansi Goel

@iam_mansi

Mansi is a Content Catalyst at WiseCalvin.com. At WiseCalvin.com, Mansi drives content initiatives with her gift of breaking down complex marketing tasks into easy-to-understand sequences.

“My #1 tip for effective content creation is…”

To use a limited number of curation sources.

What happens during curation is that one tends to get overwhelmed by incoming information and gets distracted from the theme of the company. Once the theme has been identified, what one should do is identify other people who discuss similar stuff or have a similar target audience and stay consistent with curating their content.

Keeping it focused on a limited number of sources keeps curation light, and the process can later be even automated while you stay assured of the fact that the content is resonating well with your audience.


David EricksonDavid Erickson

@derickson

David Erickson is VP of Online Marketing for Minneapolis public relations firm Karwoski & Courage, where he writes for the Success @ Creative PR blog. David is also the co-host of the weekly Beyond Social Media Show podcast.

“My top tip for effective content curation is simple but essential…”

Consolidate your sources!

Identify your top sources of quality content that you’ll be using for content curation and consolidate them in one place for a streamlined workflow and easy access.

If your sources are email newsletters, create a folder or label devoted to only that content and create filters or email rules that funnel those newsletters so you don’t have to hunt and peck for them when you’re ready to curate.

If your sources are blogs, use Feedly and create a curation category, which you can assign to the blogs you want to use as sources.

If your sources are Facebook Pages, Twitter, or Google+ accounts, create a curation List or Circle you can assign those sources to.

Be sure to let those sources know that you are sharing their content!


Cathy HabasCathy Habas

@CoquiContntMktg

Cathy is the managing editor for Coquí Content Marketing and a successful freelance ghostwriter, editor, and Spanish-English translator.

“My top tip for content curation is…”

To not schedule content too far in advance. The best content is going to be relevant and topical, otherwise it will be old news that your audience is less likely to engage with.

So while it may be tempting to schedule a whole month’s worth of content, I advise against it. You should pair your own content with similar breaking news stories for the best effect, which means working a few days ahead of schedule at most.


Linda PophalLinda Pophal

@LindaPophal

Linda Pophal, MA, SPHR is owner/CEO of Strategic Communications, LLC, and a marketing and communication strategist with expertise in strategic planning, B2B content marketing, PR/media relations, social media, and SEO. Her background as a freelance business journalist, advertising copywriter, and corporate communication professional provides the foundation for understanding how to produce and use high-quality, personalized content to inform, motivate, and engage audiences. This, coupled with expertise in online marketing, SEO, and social media, serves as a foundation for working with clients to find the most cost effective combination of traditional and digital communication tactics to get the results they’re looking for.

“My #1 tip for effective content curation is…”

To thoroughly understand the needs and interests of a very specific target audience and then seek to curate or create reliable, relevant, and regular content that meets those needs and addresses their interests. It’s really all about the audience. If you can’t provide them with relevant information that meets some need they have — that is not being adequately addressed somewhere else — you’re simply not relevant. This sounds simple; it’s not. With so much content out in the marketplace these days, those who are able to effectively deliver content that is both useful and unique will win the eyes, ears — and pocketbooks — of their target audiences.


Tracy MalletteTracy Mallette

@TracyMallette

Tracy Mallette is the founder of Content Newsroom, a website that helps you get more customers through the quality content that your website visitors deserve and Google demands. A journalist turned Internet marketer, Tracy helps B2B and B2C businesses succeed with content marketing. Get her Content Tips from the Newsroom course here.

“My top tip for effective content curation is to…”

Get set up with a blog aggregator like Feedly and populate it with the blogs you want to pull from. This saves a ton of time, because all of the content you want to curate can be found in this one location — and you can categorize the blogs by content type, topic, company, etc.


Deborah SweeneyDeborah Sweeney

@MyCorporation

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO and owner of MyCorporation.com. With her extensive experience in the field of corporate and intellectual property law, Deborah can provide insightful commentary on the benefits, barriers, and who should consider incorporation and trademark registration.

“One of our top tips for effective content curation is to…”

Never repost an article without completely reading it. Too many people find themselves in trouble when they automatically repost an article because the title seemed to fit their target audience. You never know if that article contains advice that would deter your audience away from your exact product. Listening to those suggestions are great, they just need to be careful about vetting the information fully before reposting.


Eric ZaluskiEric Zaluski

@prospectrax

Eric Zaluski is President at ProspectTrax, Inc., a marketing automation and services company that provides end-to-end services primarily for advanced industrial manufacturers.

“In terms of developing an effective content curation strategy…”

We have found that a three-part strategy works well for our manufacturing audience: Original content from our manufacturing customer base, content from associations we belong to, and partnerships with industry bloggers and reporters. Feedback from our readership confirms that this combination of sources provides a variety of perspectives and timely information. The content not only helps them to stay current, but also supplies ideas and tips to increase efficiency and effectiveness of operations.


Bryan Del MonteBryan Del Monte

@Clickafy

Bryan Del Monte is the founder of Clickafy, a next-generation communication/advertising agency that provides consulting, advertising, content creation, and media planning services.

“Effective content curation is all about…”

Relevance. Curating content is about saving me time. The key to a good curation strategy is really knowing your audience and being able to deliver all the good stuff in the shortest amount of time. That’s the value that a curated content strategy delivers to the audience, and when done well, that’s why the audience rewards the content aggregator. Look at someone like Dave Pell, for example (the editor of Next Draft). He’s followed by media professionals as well as scores of readers because Dave takes the time to go through literally all the headlines, weed out the fluff, and deliver — in a concise package — literally all the good stuff for news junkies. He’s built a massive following doing really one thing: saving people a lot of time and delivering on what they want most. It’s hardly a new strategy. Matt Drudge’s success with the DrudgeReport is essentially a news curation site. Top five site on the internet? What does it do? Curates the headlines of interest and saves people time having to wade through literally thousands of news outlets. What Drudge and Pell have in common is they save their readers time. They have a point of view and a focus that is valued by their readership. It’s not just enough to assemble lots of content. There must be a voice and a point to it so that you save me — the reader,listener, audience member — time and money.


Jim HoddenbachJim Hoddenbach

@DisciplesFlight

Jim Hoddenbach founded Disciples of Flight with a close friend to provide professional aerial photography and video services. They also run a blog focused on general aviation that serves as an information resource for private pilots.

“My number one recommendation for content curators who want to be the most effective is to…”

Find a niche, and curate for that niche. Broad curation is already handled by a variety of services out there. But one thing that you don’t often find is someone who curates well for a specific or particular niche, and there are always people looking for good information related to a specific niche. When you are deciding on a subject you’d be interested in curating content for, don’t be afraid to really define it. Instead of private pilots, why not private pilots who fly Cessnas? Or, maybe even deeper, like private pilots who fly Cessna 172s. Then, when you start searching for content, only curate the best, directly related content. If it’s not very good, but it’s on topic, ditch it. If it’s great, but doesn’t directly relate to your niche, ditch it. People value high-quality, directly related material.


Elizabeth Potts WeinsteinElizabeth Potts Weinstein

@ElizabethPW

Elizabeth Potts Weinstein is a lawyer, writer, mom, and explorer. As a small business attorney, she helps entrepreneurs, artists, coaches, and consultants get the legal stuff out of their way so they can get back to helping their clients and changing the world.

“Our recent best practice we implemented to ensure our organization is curating content effectively was to…”

Hire a part-time, virtual, Content Curator! Within three weeks of starting, she has put together a comprehensive strategic plan represented by a compelling Gantt Chart. Now we can see where we are headed and feel confident that we won’t get lost or overwhelmed. With a ton of past content to mine for gems and an equal number of ideas for the future, having someone to focus on this specific aspect of our growing business, which provides legal services to small businesses, has been a big weight off our shoulders.


Aaron DicksAaron Dicks

@impressiontalk

Aaron is the managing director of Impression, a high-growth digital marketing agency which specialises in SEO, PPC, content marketing, digital PR, and ecommerce.

“Content curation can be a hugely effective way of…”

Drawing relevant, engaged traffic to your website and boosting your brand’s perceived authority and relevance to its audience.

But it can also be a potential pitfall for businesses that don’t have a clear set of guidelines to work by. My top tip for effective content curation is to have a documented set of guidelines to specify what content you want and what content you don’t want. This document should outline what your business’ stance on your key topics is; this will enable you to choose only to accept content which reflects these views, or to format contradictory content in a way that draws attention to the fact that it represents an alternative viewpoint.

The document should also state how long each piece of content should be, what formats you’ll accept (text, video, imagery, infographic etc.), whether you’ll include author bios and links, image requirements, and so on. By laying out what you will and will not accept, with guidelines on what acceptable content looks like and required additional content, you will be in a much stronger position to curate content.


Robin WaiteRobin Waite

@hostpipe

Robin Waite is a Business Strategy Expert and Co-Founder of Online Strategy Agency, Coconut (formerly Hostpipe). He specializes in creating growth and scalability within established SMEs turning over £500k+. Coconut has helped over 200 organisations to grow over the last 11 years, and Waite also runs weekly workshops with business owners.

“My recommendation for content marketers who want to perfect content curation is…”

I tend to use Feed.ly to aggregate news on a topic by topic basis. The news it pulls in is very up-to-date and current from many leading news channels.. I can then easily filter out the good from the bad and the ugly.

Feed.ly also integrated with Sprout Social, which is where I curate and share relevant content with my social media audience across Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. Within Sprout Social you are then able to view the stats on what impact each post has received and see who is no following you or has messaged you as a result.

I used to allow the news channels to push content through my Facebook timeline, but eventually this became a monumental task to sift through and eventually my timeline was full of work-based content rather than what it was designed for, which was to see updates from my friends! So, my #1 tip has to be:

Use a specialized aggregating service, such as Feed.ly, and then curate your content using a social media scheduler, such as Sprout Social, so it reaches your audience at the best time of day.


Zully HernandezZully Hernandez

@zullyihernandez

Zully Hernandez is a 20-something Latina mom from Orlando, Florida who enjoys journaling on her blogs. Zully is the author of FoodieZoolee.com, her recipe and restaurant review blog, as well as ZullysWorld.com, which is her lifestyle blog where she shares about crafts and DIY projects, parenting, health, and fitness.

“My top tip for effective content curation is…”

As a food blogger, curating content effectively is highly competitive. My goal is always to bring something new and easy for my readers, because I understand that people don’t always have 2-3 hours to create a family meal. That’s why my #1 tip for effective content creation is to consider your audience.

Thinking of your audience means considering your idea for content and what your readers might be left asking. Put yourself in the shoes of your ideal reader and speak to them as if they were a friend. Divulge all the useful information, and don’t waste their time with too much fluff. Be a resource and your content will be share-able as well as make you a trusted source for all things in your niche.


Debra BouchegniesDebra Bouchegnies

@dbcsg

Debra Bouchegnies is the owner dbCreative Services Group, offering content marketing strategy and execution with a focus on video. Previously, Debra worked as a telecine colorist in Seattle, LA and Paris, France. Hire dbCSG for your customer evidence videos in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

“To be truly effective at content curation, I recommend…”

Reach the biggest reach. In other words, research influencers, bloggers, and media who reach your audience(s) and develop relationships/engage with them. Like, follow, <3 them on relevant social channels, and — without overdoing it— share their content and periodically target your content to them, when it truly contributes to the community. Use competitive analysis to measure your successes and failures as well as that of your competition. We use RivalIQ.


Amanda CollinsAmanda Collins

@grammardocs

Amanda Collins is the chief of staff at The Grammar Doctors, a content marketing firm located in Phoenix, AZ which serves clients around the globe.

“What I do to find good content for effective content curation is very simple…”

Google Alerts. I plug in the keywords for myself and my clients and get inspiration from the posts Google serves up. It’s been an excellent way to learn new things for clients and share worthwhile information.


Mark HavennerMark Havenner

@havenner

Mark Havenner supervises the digital marketing components of all agency clients and the agency itself for The Pollack PR Marketing Group, including content marketing, social media monitoring and engagement, influencer marketing, social media marketing, search engine optimization, digital advertising and marketing, and web development. His responsibilities include keeping up to date on digital marketing trends, developing digital marketing tactics and strategies, and maintaining the online presence of clients and the agency.

“My advice for marketers who want to curate content effectively is…”

In this new era where “content is king,” marketers rightfully put much emphasis into creating good content. And they should! However, often content curation gets lost in the shuffle and that process is every bit as necessary to a content marketing strategy. The ability to select interesting and relevant content for audiences is key to keeping them coming back for more. It is important to remember that audiences now have the sum total of human knowledge at their fingertips, so they are necessarily seeking out influencers that can distill and filter all of this information for them.

To be an influencer, the number one thing marketers should do is to find content that is relevant to their audiences. Sure that sounds like marketing babble-speak, but it is much trickier than it first appears. Marketers must put just as much work into understanding the target audience and learning what interests them as they do in selecting content for them to consume. The trick in getting audiences to keep coming back is to know that you are appealing to their whole interest ecosystem — not just content that appeals to your marketing agenda. You will find that content curation will go outside of your natural habitat and that you will be engaging with audiences on their level, using content unique to them, not necessarily to you.


Anastasia SidkoAnastasia Sidko

@sidko_anastasia

Anastasia Sidko is Content Manager at SEMrush. She has four years of experience in content creation and public relations. Her areas of interest include SEO, digital marketing, and content marketing.

“My number one tip for effective content curation is…”

First of all, use tools like BuzzSumo, Followerwonk, Topsy, or CircleCount to identify the top influencers in your niche. BuzzSumo and Followerwonk allow you to follow these experts via their platform. Then create Twitter lists and track the content these experts are sharing. The best industry influencers are likely to share the most insightful and valuable content.


David SmethieDavid Smethie

@DavidSmethie

David Smethie is a Digital Marketing Strategist who helps small business owners and entrepreneurs make more money by harnessing the power of online marketing. His areas of expertise include lead generation, search engine optimization, and social content amplification.

“For the most effective content curation, you should…”

Always provide generous attribution when you curate a piece of content. This should include a complimentary summary of the content creator and include a backlink to their website as well as a link to their social media profile(s).

After you publish your blog post and share it via your social media channels, there is a good chance that some of the authors of the content you curated will share your blog post with their social media following, as well as link back to it. After all, by curating their content, you are endorsing and promoting their work.

To increase the probability of your article being shared, email each content creator letting them know that you love their content and included a snippet in your article. Mention that you provided generous attribution and would appreciate any feedback they may have. This is such a simple, yet extremely powerful tactic!


Brian ThackstonBrian Thackston

@WebMechanix

Brian Thackston is the director of marketing for WebMechanix, a digital marketing startup in Columbia, MD.

“For me, effective content curation starts with…”

An authoritative proxy. The proxy may be a blogger, a social media account, or some other source that publishes content. I’ll identify the authorities in the space I’m curating content for and see what patterns emerge from the proxies. For example, if multiple sources close to Google’s webspam team are talking about the importance of click-through-rate (CTR) on search result rankings, I’m going to start surfacing more content about that.

 

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