The Power of Curated Content in Content Marketing
Creating new content to post is today's top challenge for content marketers. However, have you heard the expressions "mind the store" and "use what you’ve got?" Developing fresh content in your traditional and online content marketing strategy is essential, but so is freshening up valuable, existing, evergreen content.
Benefits of Curated Content
In the same way, an art museum curator arranges pieces into meaningful exhibits; content curators collect content and deliver it to their audience in a fresh, new way. The benefits of including this type of content in your content marketing efforts include the following:
- Providing your audience with content explicitly focused on your niche.
- Removing the strain of supplying a steady stream of fresh, original content.
- Delivering critical messages at the right time to a more engaged audience.
- Setting yourself apart as an authority in your industry.
- Diversify your blog and make it a point of interest.
- Driving more traffic to your blog and website.
How to Make Curated Content Work for You
- Share curated content on social media - Instead of attempting to claim someone else’s content as your own, share a link to an industry-relevant topic on your Facebook or Twitter feed and credit the original author or company. This puts you in a good light since it’s your priority to inform your clients of essential topics instead of always discussing them yourself. It also sets you up for a mutually beneficial relationship with industry-related companies that aren’t actually competitors (i.e., a battery company informally partnering up with companies that sell battery-powered products).
- Reinvent content for your own blog - Whatever your niche market, there’s bound to be more content on the web than you could have ever thought up. Use this existing content as inspiration for your blog. Be sure to add meaningful opinions and editorial comments that set it apart and add value for your clients.
- Be on the lookout for popular presentations or webinars. Go to Slideshare or TED and search for the most thought-provoking industry speakers. Remember, it is all about keyword searches to find messages on point. Once you’ve identified a series of presentation resources, embed them in a blog post. Your audiences will love it!
- Demonstrate through examples, i.e. case studies. Do you learn by example? Many people do. Providing case studies is the social proof your audiences want. If your objective is to make a point or present an idea, providing examples or case studies will reinforce your message.
- Inspire audiences with quotations. You have an arsenal of quotes that provoke personal action and growth at your desk. Your audiences may find these quotes just as motivating. Pull together some inspirational quotes that your audiences will appreciate.
- Keep audiences engaged with visual content. Let’s face it. Visual content is a lot more appealing than reading a bunch of text. Create a new industry infographic or a series of great charts, graphics, or data to give your audiences food for thought.
- Let them know what is on your reading list. You can find what's on this year's summer reading list in monthly magazines. Why not share what is on your personal reading list? It is another way to engage audiences by offering up your recommendations for content that will be worth their while.
- Turn them on to industry resources. Are you an architect? Are you a builder? Or interior designer? Do you provide professional services? Take screenshots of your favorite projects and explain what makes these projects notable. Bring all this information together in one single post.
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For more information about using curated content in your content marketing strategy, please contact Colosi Marketing today.
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