Top 10 Content Curation Tools to Get Started

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Content marketing drives real results for companies. It builds trust, generates ROI and sales. But nothing good comes easy. Creating a successful content strategy can be a long and challenging process. Coming up with epic content, integrating content marketing into the overall marketing strategy and lack of budget are only a few difficulties managers face on a daily basis

Can you guess the number one challenge content managers have identified?

Turns out the biggest problem is finding the TIME to come up with fresh content:

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Source: CMI

So what’s the solution? How to deal with the lack of time?

Well, as you know, content can be original or curated.

Original content has higher value than filler content but curated content has a crucial, yet underestimated, role in your content mix.

Let’s say, you add a new friend on Facebook. Do you only judge his character by his original status updates? Or perhaps, also by the things he finds and chooses to share? Of course, both. Thus, the real value of your content lies in its collection.

Content curation has many benefits. It:

  • Saves time and energy
  • Elevates brand visibility
  • Establishes thought leadership and authority
  • Is  relevant to your audience (as it’s from them to them)

You can even curate yourself a profitable business!

For example, Ross Hudgens, the founder of Siege Media explains how curating content was the key to his success. He started sharing content in Twitter that helped him form relationships with influential people. As a result, he got more followers who then started consuming his original content.

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Thus, content curation is a great social media strategy for new businesses.

But here’s another BUT.

Content curation isn’t exactly a child’s play either.

According to Shoudmeloud, the proper curation process consists of “finding, tagging, rating, commenting, updating and contextualizing content.” So, like with everything else, curation only builds value if done right.

To make your life easier we have put together

Content Curation Tools Starter Kit

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It consistes of 10 awesome tools in 5 different stages to get in the process step by step. From reading your morning newsletter to combing your own unique insights with curated material.

So, lets get you curating!

Step 1 – start consuming content!

1.   Quartz Daily Brief

Start with the good old newsletter! As a content curator it is important to keep yourself up-to-date with the everyday news. This forms the wider context to your own content and to your business. Plus, topical subjects can also give inspiration for original posts. The Quartz Daily Brief is the perfect source for that. While drinking your morning coffee, discover the latest news about finance, politics and markets. Quartz presents news in a fun and chatty way, and as the name reveals, the overview is brief!

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2.   Pocket

Pocket is a great app to get you in the habit of collecting content in one place. Save all sorts of content from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard and Pulse. Pocket integrates with over 1500 apps and is available for most major platforms. Once the content is in Pocket, it’s available on your phone or computer even if you don’t have a web connection. So you can read and share the content later.

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Step 2- get into site-specific content!

3.   The Tweeted Times

The Tweeted times allows you to discover and publish great tweets. It finds and curates niche content that is most relevant and fresh to your audience.  The Tweeted times also shares news in your Twitter stream automatically. The tweets are then ranked by popularity. This real-time Twitter newspaper is perfect for new businesses to grow their community. And brings you one step closer to becoming a thought leader.

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4.   Pinterest

Pinterest is the best platform for curating beautiful and inspiring content. From food recipes to home decoration, this platform offers a variety of filler ideas. Pinterest also enables you to organize and share all the content you can find. Plus, you can draw inspiration from different Pinboards for creating your own posts. For instance, Pinterest is a good source of infographics.

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Step 3 – curate relevant content!

5.   Feedly

Feedly is the most popular RSS and blog reader in the world, and a must-have in content curation. You can subscibe to your favorite websites, publications, blogs and YouTube channels. Read the content in a distraction free mode, save it for later or share it easily on social media. Feedly also allows you to organize your feeds into collections. It’s free of charge but paid version allows logins with your team.

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6.   Trap.it

Trapit saves content from over 100,000 sources including blogs, professional journals, videos and podcasts. It has special algorithms that present you only with the most relevant content. You get the combination of the latest, trending, quality and hard-to-find information. Plus, the app can learn about your preferences when you vote on the stories you want. Trapit can make your curated content really stand out.

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7.   DrumUp

DrumUp is the world’s leading social media and content marketing app. It can cut Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn management time up to 90%! DrumUp goes through tons of content across the web and gives you the freshest and most relevant stories. You can add many social media accounts to your dashboard and link your blog to social accounts. DrumUp up also enables you to set influential posts to repeat schedules.

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Step 4 – organize your content!

8.   Pearltrees

Pearltrees is like your digital library. You can collect web pages, photos and notes about the things you like. Simply drag your URLs and other digital objects, and organize them into collections and sub-collections.  Your collections are visible to everyone and connected to other collections with common elements. So, Pearltrees also forms a social curation community. It helps you find rare content and collaborate in teams for better results.

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9.   List.ly

Who doesn’t love lists? According to List.ly founder Shyam Subramanyan, 30% of all web content are lists or contain list content. Thus, List.ly allows you to create short, well-curated and organized lists for your audience. Plus, it’s social! People can vote up or down on your list elements, add items, and even embed a list into their own site. So the lists are always updated and improved to remain relevant and useful for your readers.

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Step 5 – tell a story with your content!

10. Storify

If you’re serious about content curation and in it for the long run, use Storify. Its half blog, half social media that blends original content with socially distributed material. You can pin content and display at-a-glance views of key story events. Storify has simple editing tools and various news sections such business, design, technology. It’s a clever way of combining your own narrative with crowdsourcing.

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Hope you found these kit useful to start curating content.

Let us know if we forgot to include a great tool you use personally to find or organize your curated content.

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