Five years ago, SEO was all the buzz. Today, it has shifted to “content marketing,” which aims to create stories humans want to read and engage with. – The above chart is a good summary of this trend.
Shane Snow makes a good summary on Mashable of the trends impacting SEO these days. We moved from a machiavellian approach to game Google to influence-based content marketing because social media changed the game as others have observed before.
The success of Social Content Curation is a good example of that trend: human sharing and curating content beat the system and become such an important trend that Google had not only to change their algorithms but also start a social network just because of that.
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This evening, we were happy to host the co-founder of the awesome social media tool BufferApp, Leo Widrich (@LeoWid), who shared five awesome lessons that he’s learned over the last two years of developing his very own content marketing strategy.
At the time of its creation, Buffer App didn’t have any users and its two young founders tried relentlessly to get any tech blogs to cover them. When this didn’t work, the co-founders asked themselves, “if no one else will write about us, why can’t we just write about ourselves?”
Since Leo was the “marketing guy,” he was charged with putting out as much content as he could to spread the word about Buffer App. Two years and a highly successful social media app later, Leo has learned some of the most important lessons in content marketing:
1. Pick Quantity over Quality
2. The Hidden Power of Images
3. Copy and Steal
4. Help 1 other person with each piece of content.
5. Show your passion and culture
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These are the slides of my talk at the Social Media for Non-Profits conference in San Francisco today.
1. Why does Content Curation matter for marketers?
2. 7 Best practices for Content Curation
3. And great examples of NPO’s effectively using Content Curation.
Part #3 is specific to NPO’s (but might be inspiring to any Content Curator) but #1 and #2 are generic for all Content Marketers.
Photo by JD Lasica – Thanks!
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This is a very interesting case study by the team at B2B Content Engine on the impact Content Curation has on a B2B web site’s traffic. B2B sites typically have niche audiences which are hard to find from untargetted methods and costly to generate with targeted advertising.
What this study shows is that consistent content curation provided not only impressive results on traffic growth but also lead generation conversion at a 12% rate. In addition to many other great benefits such as brand visibility, awareness, etc…
It also gives an idea of the volume of content that was required to achieve that, which – compared to what we see users typically achieve on Scoop.it – is very similar and reasonable.
It also supports some other best practices we’ve mentioned already such as:
- being multi-channel: traffic doesn’t come from one source but combining several channels (linkedin, twitter, …) is key; it’s what we call the hub model.
- frequent publishing: it’s not about reaching our massive volumes so much than it is about publishing every week.
- use of topic site customization or web site integration to facilitate lead conversions (typically what Scoop.it Business allows to do very simply)
- giving context is important: for readers but also for SEO reasons.
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The recent deal between Flipboard and the New York times clearly sets a precedent. Some hate it, some support it. I think that beyond its legitimacy we should think about what this means for the future of digital news publishing and put that in perspective by comparing it with what the music industry did. Continue reading
Pretty interesting analysis of Intel IQ’s initiative and how it can be generalized to other types of smaller busiensses. Good summary of what Content Curation can bring to a Content Marketing Strategy. See on blog.atomicreach.com
“As startup marketers, we particularly seek solutions to cut through crowds of content to engage more than just friends and followers, but much larger (incremental) audiences drawn to the same topics and interests. And then there was Scoop.it: curating made easy, content sharing with Red Bull (ish) wings.” writes Michelle Fitzgerald, the founder of Get Scrappy. Continue reading
A Great Piece by Beth Kanter on the benefits of Content Curation for NPO’s – but which take-aways apply to many organizations or independent professionals: when tightly-budgeted NPO’s embrace a practice as a group, you can bet they’re not wasting their scarce resources and are looking at efficient, human and smart ways to promote their causes. Continue reading
Great recap on the correlation between SEO & Content Curation by Blogger & Entrepreneur Neil Patel.
A good starting point if you’re interested in the Search Rankings benefits of Content Curation as part of a Content Marketing Strategy. Continue reading
Yes, curation wouldn’t exist without creation, admits Mark Armstrong, the founder of Longreads and also a team member of Pocket. But, he goes on, there are interesting questions – and perhaps more even more interesting answers – that highlights the value of Curation. Continue reading