The Scoop.it Content Curation Blog

How content curation can help you to engage your audiences

Content Marketing

Why and how you should organize your curated content

You already know the impact curated content can have on your business. From marketing efforts to employee advocacy and hiring, content curation is a company’s superpower across the board.

But curated content is only useful if you can navigate your way through it.

Think about it. Would a talented fashion stylist do their job well if they couldn’t find the piece of clothing they needed in a wardrobe? Would a skilled accountant be efficient if they spent most of their time looking for the right spreadsheet or document?

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Top Content Marketing Trends for 2020

Content marketing is an important aspect for businesses if they want to reach out to prospective customers and improve conversions. 95 percent of users only look at the first page of search results and half of the clicks on SERPs go to the top three results. So, if your content appears on the second page, most people won’t even see it and even if you secure a first-page position, it won’t directly guarantee conversions. This is exactly why content is worth optimizing.

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How and why should every company integrate industry trends on its website

Industry trends on your website: the why, what, and how

It’s no secret: we love content curation around here.

We encourage content teams, PR folks, educational organizations, non-profits, companies that want to build employee advocacy, and many others to trust the process of curating high-quality content.

From curated social posts and newsletters to fully fledged content hubs, you can support almost any marketing goal with content curation. Another excellent way to reap all the content curation benefits is the integration of industry trends and news to your website.

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How to create an engaging newsletter: Easy steps to get started

How to create an engaging newsletter: Easy steps to get started

There’s no place like the email inbox. Compared to the noise of social media feeds, it lets you create a one-on-one conversation with your ideal reader and customer.

Data from 2019 shows that you can expect an average return of $42 for every $1 you spend. That opportunity is too good to miss, and businesses of all sizes know it.

According to the report from Emarsys, 81% of SMBs rely on email as their primary customer acquisition channel, and 80% for retention. Email is a valuable tool across the whole customer journey.

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Content curation for nonprofits: benefits, ideas, and steps you can take today

If your job is to grow the reach and impact of your nonprofit, chances are you’re already stretched quite thin.

From traditional marketing to social media, and from organizing events to handling emails and press communication, you simply don’t have the time to create original content that’s relevant and timely.

Current crisis is showing us all just how important it is to adapt quickly when it comes to the content we use to communicate with those we care about the most in our communities.

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Content curation for internal communications: your go-to guide for success

If you’re in charge of your company’s communications, you have a lot on your plate at all times.

You’re handling media relationships, working with your social media team, and monitoring news about your company. You’re also making sure your communications are crisis-ready if needs be.

As we’ve already talked about, you can use content curation to make the job of your communications team significantly easier. With it, you can build a foundation that’s easy to use and allows you to work more efficiently.

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Content curation for communication teams: your guide for external audiences

We talk a lot about content curation and how it can help companies thrive in their industries. We often focus on helping marketers discover and curate the best content possible, as well as on enabling team leaders and executives to drive employee advocacy.

But those aren’t the only roles that can benefit from content curation.

If you’re part of a communications team for your company (including if you’re a one-person team, of course), you’ll love the power of content curation.

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4 Types of Content You Should Publish and Promote in 2020

In 2020, there’s no longer any debate about the value of social media marketing. The only question is whether you’re going to be able to unlock that potential.

Effective social media marketing isn’t just about increasing your following on various platforms; it’s about attracting relevant audience members and getting them hooked on your content, as well as nurturing existing leads and customers for purchase readiness and improved lifetime customer value.

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Building Brand Into Every Step of the Content Development Process

Content marketing plays different roles at different stages in the customer journey, but there’s one role it needs to play at every stage in that journey—supporting your brand. At first glance, supporting your brand can sound like a frivolous pursuit. However, when you consider that 82% of customers always buy from a brand they’re emotionally connected to and 70% spend twice as much on those brands they connect with than those they don’t, a strong brand can make a big difference to your bottom line.

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How to use content to increase employee engagement, retention, and happiness

The growth of each company depends on two essential groups: its employees and its customers.

More often than not, companies put a lot of emphasis on the customer part. It’s reasonable: successful marketing can grow your company for years to come.

However, if your employees aren’t engaged and committed to that growth, even the best marketing plan won’t help. It’s thanks to dedicated employees who genuinely care about your company’s future that you’ll see true success.

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7 of the Costliest Blogging Mistakes Businesses Frequently Make

It doesn’t take much to start a blog. All you need is some basic internet know-how and you can use a drag-and-drop CMS system to design a sleek blog and begin publishing content. Unfortunately, these low barriers to entry enable businesses to start blogs without much of an investment in learning the ins and outs of how content marketing is supposed to fit into their larger digital strategies. At best, this wastes time and creative energy. At worst, it negatively impacts brand image and erodes trust with customers.

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Content alerts: why you need them and how to set them up right

Do you have a process of monitoring trending topics and content online?

Or content from your competitors?

How about mentions of your own brand (or founders and executives)?

There’s no one single place to do this. You can use Google search and social media platforms (search, hashtags, and mentions), Google alerts, and more.

These are all useful, but you might end up spending a lot of time jumping between tools and spending more time gathering this content than doing something about it—and that’s not fun, especially if you repeat this day after day.

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Curating Content for the Disabled: A Guide to Web Accessibility

Imagine this: You’re working on content curation for your business site’s blog. You’ve plotted out different audiences and created personas and researched which customer needs and interests you need to address. You’ve thought about which relevant content you need to keep driving traffic while advancing your other marketing goals.

And then a colleague upsets all your plans by pointing out that you’ve ignored everyone with disabilities. What do you do next?

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Scoop.it new feature: level up your email newsletter campaigns in Scoop.it

The way we feel about newsletters here at Scoop.it was never a secret.

Some platforms diminish your reach so much it can destroy your business if you rely on them (looking at you, Facebook), and others get entirely wiped off the face of the planet (looking at you, Google+).

This dynamic will never end—platforms will always keep emerging and disappearing.

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3 Key Ingredients for Marketers to Provide Content that Sales Reps Love

Content marketing is no longer a new fad. It is a proven model to increase your brand’s visibility, develop thought leadership, and generate leads. In fact, 65% of brands who report being successful with content marketing have gone through the time and effort of documenting their content marketing strategy. (Source CMI)

But, according to CSO Insights, only 32% of companies have a documented strategy to provide content for their salespeople. Why is this number so low? Because many organizations don’t understand why sales reps need content and what types of content to provide them to help them win more deals.

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How to Build a World Class Remote Content Team

Content marketing is a powerful tool for any business, yet some shy away from it because they simply don’t know how to do it.

The truth is building a remote content team has never been easier thanks to the emergence of the gig economy and the ascendancy of technology that makes remote communication and collaboration more reliable than ever before. While having an in-house content team may be preferable for some firms, the reality is that remote teams are just as effective and much less costly.

In addition, by building a remote content team, you can draw from a global talent pool to find the perfect voice for your company’s brand and messaging.

Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to know to build a world class remote content team:

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9 Reasons Why WordPress Dominates For Content Success

When it comes to picking the best content management system (CMS) and website platform, you can’t ignore content marketing potential.

After all, 79% of B2C content marketers agree that content marketing increases audience engagement. And 65% report that it increases leads.

There are many options to choose from when selecting your CMS and creating a website these days. But, WordPress backs the most features out of the box for stellar content success.

WordPress powers over 32% of all websites (that’s over 60 million) on the internet and with good reason. Thanks to its powerful flexibility and adaptability, WordPress is consistently named one of the best blogging platforms on the market.

Here are eight reasons why WordPress dominates the market.

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How to Make Complex Topics Simpler in Writing

As a content marketer, sooner or later, you’ll be tasked with writing an article on a complex topic. Maybe your industry is naturally complicated and difficult for newcomers to understand, or maybe a new piece of legislation will affect your industry, and your job will be dissecting it and presenting it to your audience.

This problem can kick in a number of different circumstances; abstract ideas, high-level terminology, and nuanced topics can all be challenging to parse and present to a lay audience. Fortunately, there are some strategies that can help.

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How Personalization is Changing Content Marketing Campaigns

Personalization can be defined in ways that suit your needs or supports your biases. In digital marketing, that may solely depend on your specialization. For example, we can define personalization for e-commerce, PPC, demand generation, and email.

But generally, personalization means using customer insights including but not limited to their behavioral pattern or demographic information to increase the relevance of our content. When done well, personalization gives the feeling that you’re speaking directly with a particular consumer or groups of consumers at a particular time. Why should you bother with personalization anyway?

A study by HubSpot shows that personalized CTAs converted 202 percent better than default versions.
A Deloitte study found that apart from just basic personalization, 36 percent of consumers expect personalized products or services.
88 percent of marketers in a survey by Evergage said personalization has helped them realize better business results and 61 percent say personalization has helped them achieve superior customer experience.
I can keep reeling out these numbers endlessly. But it will do little or nothing for you if you don’t know how all of this personalization stuff works. Let’s go into that next.

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4 Ways to Use Content for Personal Branding

Content marketing generates 3x more leads than outbound marketing and costs as much as 62% less. It is cheaper and more result-oriented. And at the heart of every successful content strategy is not just the brains behind its execution, but the content itself.

This is what makes content the driving force on the internet. Search engines and social media sites exists largely because of content.

Today, more than half of 18 to 49-year old people get their news and information from the internet and this number is growing. When you create content your target audience devours, they will fall in love with you and your brand.

So how exactly is this done?

Here are four ways to use content for personal branding.

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3 Ways You Can Leverage Content Marketing in Your Sales Automation

If you’ve spent any time reading digital marketing blogs in the past few years, you have probably heard the buzzwords “content marketing” and “sales automation” mentioned.

What you may not have heard was how to combine the two sales and marketing approaches to really hit a home run with your prospects and customers.

Before we discuss combining content marketing and sales automation, let us look a little closer at these two digital marketing approaches.

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How to Maximize the Impact of Email Newsletters With Content Curation

One of the best ways to build trust with your audience is by opening a two-way communication channel.

Social media has provided this for a long time now. Everyone can now tweet, message, and tag brands through channels they hang out on.

When you’re on the business side of this interaction, there’s a problem (and it’s not quite obvious): these platforms dictate the rules of your engagement with the users.

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Content Intelligence: How Content Insights Power Up Your Market Intelligence

Here’s a scary fact: 50% of businesses fail in the first five years of business, and 66% in the first 10 years.

In other words, if you’re in business for less than five years, you stand a 50-50 chance of surviving.

Here’s some more food for thought: lack of understanding for the market is among the leading reasons businesses fail. Where’s the demand? How is competition doing? What are the problems and opportunities?

Market intelligence is the answer to these questions. Market intelligence includes consistent collection and analysis of all data that’s relevant to a company, such as customers, competitors, market trends, suppliers, and more.

The real benefit comes from turning those insights into data-driven decisions and actions that keep the business growing and evolving.

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How to Use Content in a Market Intelligence Strategy

Content insights powers up your market intelligence and your chances of surviving in the market.

We’ve already drilled into the importance of content intelligence, and it became overwhelmingly clear that for something so important, companies are collecting market knowledge quite sporadically.

As it turns out, marketing departments are the ones usually taking the lead on this. However, it’s no secret that almost every marketer already has more than they can handle on their plate.

In fact, one study revealed that 88% of marketers would prefer spending more time on strategy as opposed to preparing reports and analysis. It’s easy to see how content insights that empower market intelligence get neglected in the pursuit of strategic work.

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How to Use Content Curation to Improve Sales Enablement

When marketing and sales work together in close alignment, they can help companies close 38% more deals.

Sales enablement connects marketing and sales by the key roles each plays in educating prospects, closing deals and contributing to growth.

Marketing teams provide sales organizations with tools and curated information. This includes blog posts, external content, best practices and tools.

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How to Create a Killer Content Marketing Portfolio

As any successful content marketer knows, the key to building a business and remaining profitable is to regularly onboard new clients. As part of this onboarding process, you have to show prospective clients that you’re worth being hired. And with the right portfolio, you can do just that.

The Purpose and Utility of a Portfolio
Portfolios are often used in creative fields like graphic design, architecture, or art. But they can also be used in more traditional fields, such as marketing. As a content marketer, a portfolio can set you apart and give you a chance to reach more prospective clients and show them you’re worthy of being considered for their projects.

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Here’s How Successful Writers Get the Creative Juices Flowing

When people think about art, their minds tend to circle around things like painting, drawing, sculpting, or photography. But writing is just as much a creative art form. And as a content writer, you have to make sure your creative juices are constantly flowing.

Is Creativity Really That Elusive?
As a content writer, your livelihood depends on your ability to capture creativity and turn it into well-crafted sentences that satisfy your clients and motivate your readers to action. And with all of the pressure to constantly produce content, creativity can seem rather elusive at times. But is this just a figment of our imaginations?

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