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Content curation tools for brands

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Content curation is a natural evolution of online content creation and distribution.

It helps brands face the two imperatives of Content Marketing:
1) increase the brand's visibility: By tapping into external content, curation creates a rich inbound context that drives traffic to the brand's original content,
2) foster customer engagement: Content curation helps position the brand as a reference on the topics it shares with its audience.

Content curation tools like Scoop.it and Pinterest ease the curation process by partly automating it.
- pulling online content through widgets, bookmarklets, crawl or RSS feeds
- re-purposing it by filtering, editing and re-organizing content from multiple sources into topics,
- publishing the curated content on multiple media, including social media

The topic-centric nature of content curation helps users discover the brand and helps the brand position itself on its audience's interest graph.

There are hundreds of curation tools.

- Free public social content curation platforms à la Pinterest, tumblr, bundlr, trap.it are both online tools and social destination networks.
- Paid-for corporate tools a la Curata, CurationSoft, Digimind are private collaborative platforms that help brands create a competitive advantage through both content creation and content curation.
- Many tools, such as Zemanta and Scoop.it have a freemium business model and serve the two markets.

The social features of social curation (like, comment, follow, re-clip/re-pin) bring to brand content the peer validation that connected customer consider indispensable to trust a brand

Content curation tools can also be categorized according to the type of content they specialize in:
- Shopping curation tools such as The Fancy, Fab.com or Pinterest
- Social media curation tools such as Storify
- News curation tools such as LiquidNewsroom or Wavii.

Content curation should be part of every Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing strategy.
Brands should pick the top social curation and corporate curation tools for their market and use them in complement to each other to ease and optimize both content creation and content curation.

Curation is not panacea for failing to create original brand content:
- Content curation won't increase the visibility of a brand that does not have a compelling brand story
- it will fail to engage customers if the brands does not genuinely share topics with its audience.

In addition
- curation is hard work, it requires most of the skills of content creation.
- curation does not stem the content overload, on the contrary it worsens content inflation
- it also worsens copyright issues

This slide deck is a sister document to my eponym blog post: http://return-on-clicks.com/index.php/2012/06/content-curation-for-brands/

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Content curation tools for brands

  1. 1. CONTENT CURATIONTOOLS FOR BRANDS Therese Torris May – July 2012
  2. 2. Brands struggle to meet theContent Marketing imperatives
  3. 3. Increase visibility Poor content How can I help users discover my brand?There is so much content out there, you need quite a bit of contentto be visible online
  4. 4. Foster customer engagement How can I tell a story worth repeating?Not only do brands have to produce a lot of content, but that content must alsobe able to engage customers and turn them into brand ambassadors
  5. 5. Content creation is… hardI was unable to trace the author of this often quoted picture.This is a typical issue of content attribution addressed later in the presentation.
  6. 6. Content curation to the rescueContent curation helps brands use external content to increase their visibility and engage their audience
  7. 7. The curation process  Define relevant topics  Identify external sources  Pull content, filter, sort  Clip pictures, select quotes, summarize  Edit, comment, reorganize topics  Publish in attractive format  Post on social media and web sitesCuration is much more than content aggregation
  8. 8. Pulling content from multiple sources into relevant topics Multiple sources Relevant topicsPictures taken from Scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/u/therese-torrisRelevant topics are topics of interest shared by the brand and its audience
  9. 9. Curated content adds value External health content broadens the ▪ Relevant relevance of a food brand, for example Unlike aggregation, curation picks a ▪ Unique unique mix of external content Not easy to produce fresh content ▪ Fresh every day; external content helps ▪ Optimized Curation tools like Zemanta will tell you which topics are trending ▪ Rich media Pictures and video are a must; in-house production is not enough ▪ Trusted Curated blogs from external experts lend credibility to a brand citing them ▪ Entertaining User-generated content can be fun; Most brands could use more fun !Curators must select external content that adds valueto the brand’s proprietary content making it more visible and more engaging
  10. 10. Curation creates an inbound context for brand content Unique Social networks References ex: Twitter brand Ex: Wikipedia content Curated contentContent curated from multiple external sources embeds the brand’sunique and proprietary content into a rich inbound context and drives traffic to it
  11. 11. Topic-centric curation helps users discover the brand through shared topics positions the brand on its audience’s interest graphContent curation helps brands become a reference on the topicsthey share with their audience
  12. 12. Tools partly automate the curation workflow PULL RE- PUBLISH CONTENT PURPOSE Filter Display Index & Clip Edit Credit sources SEOptimize Schedule Search topics Re-categorize Post, mail, Update by topics tweetPulling external content is called clipping, ‘pinning’ on Pinterest, ‘scooping’ on Scoop.it.Curation categories are called ‘boards’ on Pinterest, ‘topics’ on Scoop.it, ‘bundles’on Bundlr, ‘traps’ on trap.it etc.
  13. 13. Curation tools multiplySocial CorporateNot only are there hundreds of new curation tools, but existing content readers,aggregation and sharing tools like Google and Twitter enhance their curation functions.For more details see my Scoop.it topic http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-tools
  14. 14. Social curation embeds brandcontent into consumers’ content
  15. 15. Pinterest’s Success Factors  Free  Easy-to-use • 1-click “pin” • publish instantly  Highly visual • 1 pin = 1 picture required  Forcefully social • Users « Like », « Follow », « re-pin » each others’ and brands’ content • All content is public. Following forced on users • Well-indexed by search enginesWhen I joined Pinterest I was automatically assigned people to follow.I still can’t delete a dozen of them.
  16. 16. Pinterest case study: Whole Foods “The purpose of the [Pinterest] site… is to share what you’re passionate about and to connect with the community there around common interests… Not to shamelessly self-promote and peddle one’s products” Michael Bepko, global online community manager for Whole FoodsMashable’s Associate Editor Lauren Drell published this excellent case studyabout Whole Foods on February 23 2012 . I updated the numbers on June 5, 2012http://mashable.com/2012/02/23/pinterest-whole-foods/
  17. 17. Whole Foods on Pinterest40 topics - 38,000 followers
  18. 18. Consumers & Whole Foods pin, like,comment and repin each others’ content
  19. 19. Pinterest allows users to pin prices for Social Shopping Curation
  20. 20. Pinterest’s traffic and time spent on site surgedData from comScore, graphics from Statista published on February 29, 2012in Mashable under the title The Rapid Rise of Pinterest’s Blockbuster User Engagementhttp://mashable.com/2012/02/28/pinterest-user-engagement/
  21. 21. Shopping curation drives qualified traffic to brand sites • Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+ with 10X fewer users. Soon more traffic than Facebook and Twitter? • Top social referrer for women’s sites Martha Stewart Weddings, Martha Stewart, Country Living, MyRecipes.com… • Opinion leaders, shoppers and aspirational brand lovers pin productsSources: Mashable, February 27, 2012Business 2 Community, February 8, 2012
  22. 22. Social curation and shopping curation meet a need Consumers prefer to discover brand content through peer validation
  23. 23. Social curation platform vs. Corporate tool Social curation Corporate curation  Manual clipping  Search, crawl, RSS  No filtering  Advanced filters  Simple comments  Advanced editing  Highly visual  Multimedia, text mining  No optimization  SEO optimization  No attribution  Source Attribution  Individual curator  Team workflow  Public destination site  Private & Public  Free  PayingI am exaggerating the contrast. In reality some tools like Zemanta and Scoop.it areboth. They have a freemium model --with a free version and a paying one.
  24. 24. Corporate tools complement social tools The performance and privacy of corporate tools provide brands with a competitive edgeBeyond curation, corporate tools are private collaborative tools that corporations useto listen to markets, optimize content (SEO) and collaborate on a content strategy
  25. 25. Brand curation strategy Pick 2 or 3 top social curation platforms for your audience. Ex: Pinterest, The Fancy, Fashiolista if you’re in fashion Equip your content marketing teams with a set of performing corporate curation tools like Zemanta, Digimind or CurationSoft. Integrate them into a collaborative workflow to ease both content creation and content curation
  26. 26. Curation is NOT a panacea1. Curation complements creation, it cannot replace original brand content2. Selective curation (not simple aggregation) is hard work, too !3. Curation feeds the ongoing inflation of low value-added content4. Curation worsens unsolved copyright issues
  27. 27. 1. Curation can’t fill in for missing brand content Content curation is pointless if the brand has: no story to tell, no original content no topics to share with customers no Social Media Strategy
  28. 28. 2. Curation is hard work  Curators must screen through hundreds of posts and sites daily  Next come editing, commenting, publishing, responding to comments…  Curation requires as much topic knowledge and Social Media Marketing skills as content creationI can attest to the hard work of curation. I used Scoop.it to prepare thisanalysis and it’s taken me a few hours a day to curate 4 different topics.
  29. 29. 2. Curation does not stem content inflation – if feeds it ! Curators Re-curated curate curated content… Curated ad infinitum! Original ContentContrary to popular belief, curation doesn’t help face the information overload,on the contrary, as curation spreads, it feeds the inflation of low value-add contentsee http://return-on-clicks.com/index.php/2011/08/facing-content-inflation/
  30. 30. 3. Unsolved Copyright issues Good curation does not steal original content. It points to it!Picture source: Is Content Curation Stealing of a Shrewd B2B Practice?http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing
  31. 31. Discovery vs. Copyright: a fine line  Blocking curation prevents discovery You can block Pinterest with one line of code <meta name=“pinterest” content=“nopin”/>… but it’s not a good idea if you want to be visible !  Excerpts should be short How much can you quote? NOT MUCH. What is a picture’s “fair use”? Small, attributed, and linked  Attribution to original author is a must Attribution is too often ignored. Original source can get lost when content is curated over and over againFor a great article on content dissemination vs. copyright, see AllenPartridges post: http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/2012/02/content-curation-and-the-end-of-intellectual-property.html
  32. 32. Conclusions Content curation is a natural evolution of online content creation and distribution An indispensable part of Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing, curation creates an inbound context of external content that drives traffic to the brand and engages its customers on topics it shares with its audience Social and corporate curation tools complement each other to ease and optimize content curation But curation tools are no panacea: curation is hard work and requires most of the skills of content creation. Curation worsens content inflation and copyright issues
  33. 33. Thank you for readingComments are welcomeTherese TorrisBlog: http://return-on-clicks.comCuration: http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-toolsEmail: ttorris@return-on-clicksTwitter: @ttorris