Give your readers more with a web content aggregator

Give your readers more with a web content aggregator

Aggregating content from a variety of sources into an all-inclusive resource is an integral part of every effective content marketing plan.  However, the journey of content curation is not an easy one. Creating a quality-curated resource takes critical evaluation and an investment in time. The result of this demanding journey is a priceless piece of content that helps your audience not only to get past clutter on the internet but also save time.

Reasons to curate content

If you have not been aggregating content, here are three reasons why you should assimilate content curation into your marketing strategy:

  • Marketing resources are limited

Most marketers do not have enough funds to keep producing new content to distribute across blogs and social media. Content curation comes to your rescue by enabling you to breathe new life into ‘old’ material on your business sites.

  • Promotion does not yield significant results

Direct advertisements, no matter where you put them, do not receive a lot of attention from consumers.  Most customers can smell an ad a mile away. Unless they are looking for a deal before making a purchase, they are likely to turn a blind eye to the advert.

In addition, self-promotion on social media platforms yields a minimal number of clicks and even lesser conversion rates.  Content aggregation  on the other hand, provides a way for you to talk about important issues relating to your brand and your business while simultaneously quenching your prospects thirst for valuable information.

  • Prospects actively seek purchase information on their own.

Customers often conduct their own research about a product way before they make the purchase. This is true for both consumer-oriented and business-oriented products.  By the time you realize that they are in the market, a prospect is already over halfway through the process. You can use content aggregation to extend your content offering by providing the kind of information that consumers are looking for.

9 types of curated content

Perhaps you may ask, what kind of content should you curate? Below are top  ideas on great content that you can curate:

  1. Expert tips

Any person can curate content as long as they have excellent online research skills.  For instance, even without expertise on video cameras, you can conduct careful research on the internet and come up with a comprehensive guide of top tips for choosing the best video camera by curating tips from seasoned video experts.

  1. Presentations and webinars

Today, smart presenters and speakers use websites such as SlideShare to avail their presentation slides and webinar archives online. Use keywords appropriate to an industry related topic to search for the best presentations. Once you have categorized and sorted the best presentations, embed the slide presentations into great aggregated blog posts.

  1. Case studies

We all like to learn by example. Most people will search the web to see what others think or say about a product, service, or an idea. When you want to put emphasis on or to disapprove an idea or a point, you can do so by aggregating case study examples of others that support or counter that point.

  1. Industry blogs or sites

This is a much easier method of creating quality aggregated content. All you need to do is put together a list of the blogs you usually go to for information about your industry.

  1. Infographics

Readers love infographics. When you notice some infographics cropping up in your industry, add them to a blog post and tell your readers what you think about them.

  1. Statistics

It is no secret that data is a hot commodity for content. All content creators have struggled to find a perfect statistic to support a point they were trying to make at one point or another.  Try compiling the top statistics for your industry, charts, and graphs into one all-inclusive resource.

  1. Videos

Videos are now the order of the day in most industries. Consider embedding some of the best how to videos into a post.

  1. Ebooks

Do you have some must-read ebooks you think would be of value to your audience?  Consider creating a reading list for them.

  1. Industry examples

Whichever industry you are in, you will find excellent examples that others can learn from. You can aggregate a number of these examples and make them into a great learning resource for your readers. For instance, if you work for a landscaping company, you can take pictures of excellent landscaping jobs and explain why you think they are fantastic.

Assembling your content curation toolbox

So far we have discussed the importance of content curation and the various types of content you can aggregate. So where do find great content to curate?

  • RSS readers

Draw together RSS feeds of content you know will be enjoyable to your audience. Using a tool such as curator.io, group the information into narrowly focused groupings to make it easier to plan for the topics or content you will share.

  • Focused social network lists

You need to categorize your social feeds just like you did with the RSS feeds.  For instance, it will be much easier to curate content according to a particular topic, if you have twitter lists of people belonging in a specific niche than when you have all your users in a general feed.

  • Forums and groups

Another place to find great content to curate is in forums such as inbound.org. Curate only the pieces that are getting a lot of attention and discussion. If members of a forum are not very enthusiastic about a topic of discussion, it is likely that your audience will not like it either.

  • Sign up for emails

Email newsletters are aggregated pieces by themselves. The information they contain might not be easy to come about anywhere else. You can take advantage of this wealth of knowledge and share it with your readers.

  • Google alerts

Sign up for Google Alerts on topics that your readers love.  Keep the search as narrow as possible and always read the information you find before you share it.

Final tips

If you are going to curate, try to find the best content, the kind of content that your audience will enjoy and want to share and comment on. Content should offer value to your readers.

Ensure that you aggregate content only from reputable sources. This way, you can be guaranteed of the quality, relevance, and accuracy of the material.

When done correctly, content curation can extend the life of your existing content and boost your marketing efforts.

You will find the tips discussed herein beneficial no matter what kind of business you operate in. Try them out, and share your experience with us.