As content marketing matures, there are more and more reasons why you need content marketing software. TopRank – Lee Odden’s leading content marketing agency – recently released its selection and review of the best content marketing software you should consider to plan your content marketing strategy for 2016. I encourage you to read it: ok, […]Read More
Content marketing Institute’s founder Joe Pulizzi does a yearly round-up of influencers’ prediction for content marketing collecting thoughts from various industry influencers. I was honored to contribute last year and here’s what I had in mind. My prediction for content marketing in 2015: Content marketing had so far primarily been a big player game: sure some Small/Midsize […]Read More
Busy professionals seem to always feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day to get things done. It can be easy to put your content marketing efforts off until a day when you’ll have free time available to pursue them. While you’re procrastinating, your competitors are busy deploying a full-scale content marketing strategy that […]Read More
Content marketing has a lot of moving parts. The good thing is there are a thousand ways to customize it, re-imagine it, and gain an edge on our competitors. The downside? It’s a lot to manage.
Fortunately, marketers today are way luckier than the marketers of yesteryear. We’ve got computers! We’ve got a thousand tools to create, manage and promote our content with.
The trick is to manage all those tools and the work they facilitate as nimbly and effectively as possible. This is why you need a content marketing software. You need one unifying tool or system to manage all the moving parts. Otherwise you’re working with a patchwork of systems, constantly trying to fill in the gaps between them.Read More
The average American voter is unaware of the pervasiveness of calculated marketing within political campaigning. However, as marketers, we’re extremely cognizant of just how much branding goes into campaigning efforts – at any level. And while there will always be a place for radio spots and television ads, the truth is that a healthy majority […]Read More
Creating engaging content is the biggest challenge content marketers face. It beats out time constraints, limited budgets and even staffing challenges. That’s why we’re all constantly looking for ways to make content development easier. And if we can’t make it easier – or cheaper – we’re trying to make it more efficient. If you’ve been […]Read More
Marketing is no longer a cost center, and instead is on the other side of the ledger where they belong.Read More
Never tried content curation? Not sure it could work for your business? Then this is the post for you. A beginner’s guide to content curation First things first: What is content curation? It can be as simple as sharing other peoples’ content. Nothing too complicated there, right? So if you’ve ever retweeted a tweet or shared […]Read More
To “do” content marketing, you need to “do” content. But when marketers set out to actually build a content creation team, there’s the dream, and there’s the reality. Since 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, search engines had to find a better way of identifying quality […]Read More
Achieving high engagement levels — and lifting them even higher — is one of the biggest challenges to operating a successful online community. How to keep community members active and engaged received a lot of attention in a podcast recording with Chris Hemedinger and Shelley Sessoms of SAS. Shelley and two other Community Managers report […]Read More
Do you ever wonder how some people come up with great content consistently, with no struggles? I used to. I often found myself shuffling the topics in my sparkfile, trying to pick the one to write about. I tried my best, but I still felt that others came up with much more interesting content. Then […]Read More
Imagine: You spend a year building a relationship with a high-value client. On the day you’re set to close on a huge deal, you walk into the conference room… and start explaining what your company does. They look at you like you’ve got two heads. In real life, no one in his or her right […]Read More
Can you make money from social media? Absolutely! If you understand the process. How to build a profitable social media presence using the PRISM strategy In this post we are going to show you how you can follow the PRISM process to build revenue from social media marketing. To make money from social media you […]Read More
While finding skilled writers and editors may be paramount to your content marketing efforts, it’s critical that you don’t forget about imagery and visual content. When it comes to positioning your blog as a premier source for quality content and ideas, images go a long way in pushing you to the top. The issue is […]Read More
It was obvious our email marketing strategy wasn’t working. In fact, it was abysmal. Every week we publish new content and send it in an email to our blog subscribers, but nothing seems to get through. Our open rates are above average for our sector, but our click-through rates (CTR) were appalling. At one point, […]Read More
55% of B2B marketers are unsure of the effectiveness of their content marketing. Damn… 55%! In 2015, in the age of digital and big data, we have a majority of marketers pretty much not knowing what they’re doing – or at least unable to prove it to themselves and their companies. This should stop. Now. While […]Read More
The days of easy marketing are over. You can no longer just buy a few ad spots and get results. Customers and clients today expect more. To get in front of them and get them to notice you and get them to act takes a lot of work. You could start with a few print […]Read More
Discovering good content about your topics you can re-use to grow your thought leadership and increase traffic to your content can be a tough task. There are quite a few tasks to do: – researching the content across the web, – filtering through it to find the most relevant articles, – adding value to the […]Read More
While there’s nothing wrong with standard text-based content, it’s important that businesses develop alternative methods for “spicing things up.” When used in conjunction with quality articles, blog posts, and website copy, interactive features can really enhance the entire content marketing campaign. The value of interactive content. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different terminologies. […]Read More
Last editions: #1: The best content marketing tools for the research phase. #2: The best content marketing tools for the creation phase. #3: The best content marketing tools for the optimization phase. #4: The best content marketing tools for the publishing phase. #5: The best content marketing tools for the promotion phase. We mentioned how much content marketing is an opportunity […]Read More
Bygone days. It used to be simpler. Marketers would create super-well designed brochures and pay to advertise their product/service in front of their audience. Wait. What just happened? Internet of course. Internet changed everything. 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the past 2 years. Buyers now go through 57% of the purchasing process before […]Read More
Hi everyone, We wanted to share with you the Best Of Content Marketing articles we wrote in the past 3 months. And in extra, get the list of the best tools for the publishing phase of content marketing! How to write good blog posts for your audience and SEO and make sure they perform. Here […]Read More
Bloggers write less than they think they do, and they curate more than they realize.
Most of this is due to the nature of blog posts. They tend to be a mishmash of mediums and sources. For example, we’re advised to include an image every 350 words or so. It’s also a good idea to link out to respected sites. And when you link out, usually you’re doing it to reference what someone else has written.
Blog posts that back up what they assert with research also tend to do especially well. That was recently proved by Moz and BuzzSumo in their study, “Content, Shares and Links: What We Learnt From 1m Posts”. As the blog post summarizing the report says,
“There are, however, specific content types that do have a strong positive correlation of shares and links. This includes research backed content and opinion forming journalism. We found these content formats achieve both higher shares and significantly more links.”
Whether it’s a quote, or a reference, or an image or a video, the blog post as a genre has an affinity for curation. In fact, many of the best practices I just mentioned for posts are curation themselves. Photographs are usually curated. Research is almost always curated. And quotes and links are clear examples of curation.
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Blog posts tend to take another step towards curation when you consider a part of curation that’s too often ignored: the practice of commenting on what you curate.
Many of us – myself included – are a bit lazy with our content curation. We spend the time to find and share good stuff, sure. But when we share the stuff, we don’t add our own commentary. We might tack on a hashtag, but that’s about it. Many of us (again, me included) rarely bother to add a phrase or two of commentary.
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We should add more commentary. Content that is shared without commentary still has some value, but not nearly as much value as if we added a few words about why it matters. We could even go so far as to say why it matters, and then tie it into a larger theme…
By then, we’d practically be blogging.
The blurry line between blogging and curation.
To understand this better, let’s imagine content curation in different content formats as a spectrum. On one side of, we’ve got blogging. The type of blogging that has a few references to other sources, uses a few graphs and maybe a few images, and has a few quotes. Blogging that’s, say… about 20% curated content.
The remainder of the post includes lots of commentary on all that curated content. There’s also usually some discussion about how all those curated elements fit together to create the theme or topic the post is about.
On the other side of the spectrum, we’ve got the shared content stream (all curated) that people like me put out in our social media accounts. It could be a Twitter feed, or a Facebook page, or a Scoop.It account. That content could be about 80% curated. I say that because for about every five posts I publish, one post promotes my own stuff. This is a common – and recommend – promotion mix. It’s enough of other peoples’ content to create a good feed of industry information and ideas, but just enough of my own content to get some exposure for my own work.
Here’s what we’ve got so far on the spectrum. On one side, a standard, well-researched blog post that’s maybe 20% curated. On the other side, a curated social media account/feed…but without much commentary on the curated content. It’s about 80% curated.
Now, let’s talk about a few types or formats of blog posts that tend to have even more curated information in them. These types of blog posts that tend to be more than 20% curation. These are more like 30-40% curated:
· The list of tools post.
· The list of studies post.
· The case study post… if it draws from someone else’s case study.
These blog post formats take it even further. Some of them are well over 70-80% curated:
· The “list of statistics” post.
· The “round up” post – experts’ opinions.
· The interview post.
You probably saw this coming a few paragraphs ago, but by the time we get to round up and interview posts, we’re looking at content that’s more than 50% curated. That’s content with more curation than a curated social media feed, assuming it’s got some commentary.
Let’s circle back to my social media feed example. You know, where I was sharing curated posts about 80% of the time. It was only 80% curated because some of my own content gets sprinkled in, about one piece of my content for every four pieces of other content. And unfortunately (because I am lazy), I was not adding much commentary to those shares, aside from a couple of hashtags.
But let’s say I started to do a better job with my curation, like Dr. Merz does in the example below. And let’s assume I was not limited to Twitter’s 140 characters. If I was building my curation stream / social media feed on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest or Scoop.it, I could have more room, and add a few sentences. On ScoopIt, I could even add a few paragraphs.
That would take my social media feed from being 80% “pure” curation to more like 50% or less of pure curation. If I did a really thorough job of the commentary, and grouped the curated content into tight categories, I’d have the rudiments of a blog post.
In other words, after I start commenting on my curation in that social feed, suddenly there’s not much difference in the ratio of “content” to “curation” between the blog posts and the social media feed. And when you start counting the commentary on the curated content as curation, too, suddenly the blog posts are almost entirely curation. The social media feed is too.
When it’s hard to tell the difference between content and curation.
Maybe this all feels like I’m bending the definitions of blogging and content curation too much. Maybe all we’ve got now is a tangled knot of stretched out definitions. But perhaps we’re not recognizing how much curation goes on in blog posts. And perhaps we should try to bring in more context and commentary to our social feeds and pure “curation” streams.
While I’m talking about definitions, consider this definition of content marketing from The Content Marketing Institute:
Content marketing’s purpose is to attract and retain customers by consistently creating and curating relevant and valuable content with the intention of changing or enhancing consumer behavior. It is an ongoing process that is best integrated into your overall marketing strategy, and it focuses on owning media, not renting it.
Did you see it? “Curating” is included in CMI’s definition of content marketing. And I’ve just added another piece of curated content to this post.
What do you think?
Are blog posts mostly curated content? Or does that really only apply to blogs in certain industries and by certain authors? Should blog posts have more, or less, curation in them?
And are we slacking off by not adding more commentary to our curated social media posts? Are there enough benefits to that to make it worth our time?
We’d love your thoughts on this, pro or con. Tell us what you think in the comments.
And if you’d like to know how you can start blogging consistently in 30 minutes a day or less, read our eBook!
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Last editions: #1: The best content marketing tools for the research phase. #2: The best content marketing tools for the creation phase. #3: The best content marketing tools for the optimization phase. #4: The best content marketing tools for the publishing phase. We mentioned how much content marketing is an opportunity to build an audience in an authentic way, if […]Read More
For startups, looking at marketing from the top-down can be intimidating. After all, you probably don’t have much of a budget – and even if you do, you can’t afford the same strategies and techniques the larger companies are implementing. There is some good news, though. You don’t have to have a large budget or […]Read More
“I like to compare evergreen posts to the foundations of a house. You may put up new wallpaper, patch up the roof, or even change the tiles on the floor – but rarely do you need to change the foundation of the house.” Read the full article at: www.contentmarketinginstitute.com Al Gomez‘s metaphor about evergreen content being […]Read More
Last editions: The best content marketing tools for the research phase. The best content marketing tools for the creation phase. We mentioned how much content marketing is an opportunity to build an audience in an authentic way, if you’re willing to invest the time to do things right. Want to understand more about each phase of […]Read More
Your content has a lot of competition. That’s a big challenge, but there’s a hidden opportunity there, too. With just a little bit of research you can find out how any piece of content performed. Then you can apply that knowledge to your own content creation and curation efforts. That ocean of other people’s’ content […]Read More
Content marketing – as an industry – is quickly migrating towards mobile devices. After all, that’s where users are reading and engaging with content. For the first time ever, the number of mobile-only internet users now exceeds desktop-only users. That means you can no longer ignore mobile, or look at it as a sub-segment of […]Read More
Last week we listed the best content marketing tools for the research phase, first phase of your content marketing cycle.
We mentioned how much content marketing is an opportunity to build an audience in an authentic way, if you’re willing to invest the time to do things right.
Some carefully chosen content marketing software definitely help. To give you the specifics on how it could help and which pieces of software might help, we’ve put together this series of walk-throughs of all the basic functions and tasks required for content marketing, plus which pieces of software to use for each function.
This doesn’t include every piece of software you could use. But it does include the heavy hitters and the most popular tools.
I hope it gives you some ideas for how to better use software in your content marketing. Excel and whiteboards and notepads are all great tools, but we probably shouldn’t be running an entire content marketing department with them.
This week, we’ll go over the best content marketing tools to help you in your creation phase.Read More