Finding and Sharing great content is very time consuming.
But we all have plenty of times on our hands.
I don’t think so….
Social Media eats into our time every day and it’s getting worse!
Content curation tools are available to help. Want more time for other work? I’m sure you do…….
Content curation is the process of filtering through content to find the best content. And it’s something that most of us do. The following was from a survey from Curata (content curation tool) with businesses enquiring if they regularly share content. As you can see only 5% of those surveyed don’t share.
So here are some content curation tools that will save you time finding great content.
Note: Make sure also to read the essential effective guide to content sharing.
1. Scoop.it – Follow experts in your field
In Scoop.it you create boards of content around specific topics and then add content to these boards. So if you are time poor and in the search for content spend some time finding people on Scoop.it that add great content to relevant boards and follow them.
When you use Scoop.it other real people find content for you. It’s not a machine!! If you find the right people with the right content you’ll save a lot of time.
Here’s an example of a board I created for top social media posts. I add any posts I find that are great to this board. This is useful to other people as they don’t have to read all the articles I read. It’s also useful to me as I can re-share some of this great content!
2. Storify – Create or Find Stories
Imagine that you missed a really great conference but you heard that someone ‘storified’ it. This means they went to Storify and searched through the content discussed online and created a summary.
This summary could include tweets, Facebook updates, pictures, videos and much more.
So you get a story about the conference. With Storify you can create or monitor stories and the stories are curated by a person so you get a good overview of a particular topic, event, conference etc.
Storify is very easy to set up and provides a good free version!
3. List.ly – Find your perfect list
On List.ly community members can create a list about anything which can include text, video or images. Other community members can add items to the list and vote up or down items on the list.
You can use List.ly to get your community to help curate a list for you. Or find some lists already curated.
Find people on List.ly producing relevant content and track their lists.
4. Newsle: Track when people are in the news
Newsle searches through many news sites to find mentions of people within your social networks and then provides you with a summary email showing you where they are mentioned.
Quite often this will discover content for you that you many not have been aware of. If your people you are connected to are in the news it’s useful to share out that content or just congratulate them.
Within Newsle you can also track people that you are not connected with but are important. For example, you may want to track mentions of a particular journalist.
5. Bundle up your content with Bundlepost
With Bundlepost you set up RSS feeds of content based on keywords and Bundlepost automatically retrieves and presents this information to you. You can then select this content and prepare a content delivery schedule for multiple platforms.
When this is prepared you import it into Hootsuite and then all content is delivered according to your schedule.
You can also create your own content folders where you include your marketing messages that you can add to the queues whenever you require. If you like hashtags for your content Bundlepost can automatically add these also.
6. Paper.li: Produce or follow a newspaper
Paper.li is a tool for creating your own online newspaper based on content you select. You add various sources and specify filters on these sources and a paper is produced. You can then add or remove from the paper.
The following shows a source set up for twitter which filters out tweets with ‘social media tools’ in them. It also looks for articles on Social Media Examiner that has the words social media tools in them.
This can be very useful to create a newsletter for subscribers or just create a newsletter just for you so you can find content easier!
7. Curata: Curate Your Own Blog and Share content
I got a demonstration of Curata over a year ago and I was impressed then. This is not a free tool but if you’re an Enterprise user and want a tool with extensive functionality it is worth looking at Curata.
There are some great features for finding and sharing content. For example, you can arrive in, in the morning, select pieces of content relevant to your business and automatically create and publish a blog posts which includes a summary of each of the content pieces found.
You may not always use curated content for blog posts but when you do this is a very useful tool.
Postplanner is a Facebook tool for finding and sharing great content. The content engine in Postplanner is a great way to find content. You can enter in keywords and search for trending content within your niche. You can then sort this content to view the content with the most likes or shares so you can see the most popular content.
This is a great way of finding content to share on Facebook.
The following shows trending content related to social media that is sorted by the highest number of shares.
9. Triberr – Find content from trusted bloggers
Triberr is a community of bloggers that provides an easy way to find and share great content. You join a tribe which has bloggers that share great content that is relevant and then you can view a stream of their latest content and easily share.
When you share you can specify a time interval between shares so it’s not all shared out at the same time.
Triberr can be a great source of finding fresh content on a daily basis.
A good way of attracting more followers online is to share really good content. You also want to share really good content that is relevant to your target audience. Content curation tools provide the ability to find and share this content.
If used correctly it can save you a lot of time.
So what content curation tools do you use? What tools above would you consider using?
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