You Ask, I Answer: Best Strategies for Content Curation?

Audrey asks, “What are your best content curation strategies/methods/tips?”

Content curation, if done improperly, can be a time-consuming chore. Selecting content worth sharing doesn’t have to be. You need content sources you can trust, a method for determining what content is relevant to your brand, and a way to summarize it quickly. Watch the video for an explanation of how I approach this task.

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In today’s episode, Audrey asks, What are your best content curation tips, strategies and methods? content curation is one of those things that it can be incredibly time consuming.

When I used to work in an agency, I used to watch people, humans doing content curation and spending an enormous amount of time on the task.

I mean, I saw people who were spending, you know, three to four hours a day, putting together content curation, calendars for clients and things like that.

And that’s just too much time on a task that is relatively low value, it is important to have great content to be able to share it so that you’re constantly keeping the best of the best in front of your audience that, you know, no one argues that but manually doing it, at least doing the everything beginning to end is an incredibly poor use of your time, frankly.

So how do you get around this, I automate my clock my content curation, because I either I didn’t like a lot of what was on the market, or quite frankly, as a startup, we couldn’t afford the other $5,000 a month Rolls Royce tools that are out there.

Selecting content worth sharing, doesn’t have to be laborious, it, you basically need the software, or techniques are both really, for three tasks.

Number one, you to identify content sources you can trust.

Now, that is probably where people run into trouble.

In the beginning, this is like what I just Google for stuff.

And so services like feed Lee and pocket can help you at least serve this topically relevant publications in your industry.

So you start to see what you should be reading.

The same is true of Reddit.

Reddit is a fantastic source, if there’s a subreddit for your industry, seeing what articles and things people are sharing from, again, major publications in your industry.

And what you do is you put together that long, long list of all those publications, I typically have 1500 or so for the marketing and data science universe, because there’s, there are that many blogs out there.

Well, second, you need a method, an automated method for determining what content is relevant to your brand.

So out of those 1500, blog posts, or whatever, or thousands of blog posts, even something as simple as a piece of code that reads each post, and identifies just keywords that you want to be paying attention to machine learning, data science, artificial intelligence, Google Analytics, predictive analytics, web analytics, all these things that my company cares about.

Those are things that I want to be able to find in these articles.

And, you know, you can use very advanced if you want, you know, natural language software and things you don’t, you don’t need to I mean, just a bag of words count, like, hey, this article mentions Google Analytics 24 times.

It’s probably about Google Analytics, right? Do something very, very simple.

Like that is an easy way to count up.

Okay, which article should we be paying attention to? Ideally, your code, your software, also measures things like social shares, clicks, click through the article SEO metrics, so that you can see getting a really good mix of this is a relevant article.

And this is an article that already has some momentum from being shared.

So that’s the second stage.

The third stage is summarizing quickly.

And this is where, again, you need a piece of software that can go into your article database, pull out all the articles that are relevant, that are high scoring, and they’re likely to be shared, and extract them into a format that you can then use to upload to a service like buffer or Hootsuite or a Gora pulse, or any of these, you know, the end of the content sharing services.

When you have the systems in place, content curation goes from three to four hours, to three to four minutes, because at that point, you can just do a final QA check on the export, and say, yeah, I’m sure that article doesn’t mention artificial intelligence, but it’s, you know, it’s clearly something that’s a little bit silly.

So maybe that’s not on brand, or what tends to happen a lot with the stuff that I do is an awful lot of politics manages to creep its way in.

Because people do talk about things like data analytics and stuff when it comes to know who’s running for for office and, or who current politicians are, or, you know, what the crazy things that they’re doing in office.

So more than anything, I have had to add in filters to remove certain articles to score them, you know, extra low, if an article for example, mentions a certain politicians name, or a certain politicians tweets to, to knock that stuff out.

Because that’s up, I don’t want to be sharing, I don’t want to be using my valuable social channels to promote somebody else’s thing.

So that’s the method.

If you have content sources that you that you can trust, you have a method for determining what content is relevant to your brand and likely to be shared.

And then a way to summarize it quickly and loaded up, that will drastically save you time.

Again, three to four minutes, three to four hours becomes three to four minutes.

So if you can, if you can do that.

Now there are services that do that.

They are expensive.

But there are services that do that for you.

So if you want to, we put some cost savings in terms of opportunity costs, you can exchange the hard dollars, you pay them for the soft dollars, the time that you that you save using those services.

So if you want to go this, I can’t remember this, again, doesn’t have them out there.

Go check out like a G to crowd to see the ratings for these different services.

So good question.

If you have developers in house, if you have software developers in house and they have some spare bandwidth, or you can get yourself access to a sprint, consider outlining this or feel free to show them this video and maybe may be able to write you your own version of that software that follows those general basic requirements, and outcomes.

And it will save you and your company tremendous amounts of time and probably increase the amount of quality content that you share.

I know certainly, the performance of the content that I share has gotten much better over the years because I’m sharing stuff that I know is likely to be shared.

And so it helps engage more I even use it in my email newsletter because if you click on it in social media does a pretty good chance you’re going to click on it if it’s in an email as well.

So when I do my wrap up in my weekly newsletter, all those links are links that are topically relevant but also well performing.

So great question as always, please leave the comments in the comments box below and subscribe to the YouTube channel and the newsletter.

I’ll talk to you soon.

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