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The Major Challenges Facing Content Curation

The Major Challenges Facing Content Curation

In a content-driven marketing landscape, it is virtually impossible to improve rankings without producing high-quality content in a consistent manner. Customers expect a continuous flow of relevant and useful information on your sites and are likely to visit only those that offer value to their lives. Most companies understand the impact but often fail to deliver the expectation, missing valuable opportunities to attract new clients. They lack sufficient time, funds and personnel to curate new content on a regular basis.

In its natural form, content curation entails a process of gathering, organizing and presenting useful information to a given point of interest. Content curators combine their content with what is readily available on the internet to give a fresh version of an issue, which helps the readers. With limited capacity and experience in the field, you would rather seek help from content management specialists such as Willian Holeksa of Internetum to thrive in the highly competitive arena.

While DIY might be cost effective, you risk losing substantial ground required to establish lasting relationships with your audience. Content curation is a strong marketing tool, but one that comes with numerous challenges to the business. It is not a guarantee of successful marketing when you have to deal with the following problems:

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Developing Engaging Content

It starts with engaging content to cultivate relationships with potential buyers, who often join your purchase lists. More compelling and insightful content gives a powerful experience that builds trust with the audience. Studies show that about 61% of marketers are struggling with content curation, thereby missing great opportunities to turn around their fortunes. Getting it right means getting maximum value from the marketing campaigns and achieving better coverage within a short time.

To attract more people, the content needs to be relevant to the client’s concerns. It helps to blend the information with engaging videos, infographics, and blogs to improve readability. Easy-to-digest information enhances the possibility of creating networks and raises your brand’s awareness across different channels. As if that were not enough, you need to promote the curated content through a social media platform if you hope to get the virality you need. The process is highly interconnected and requires a significant amount of investment and time to achieve strong results.

Inadequate Funding

With numerous marketing channels available for businesses, it is hard to wish away the need for multiple strategies. In a bid to acquire substantial market coverage, most firms have increased marketing spendings, which often takes away funds from other activities. About 26% of company budgets goes to content marketing and is likely to increase with the ever-changing landscape. With adequate funding, they can reach out to the audience via relevant yet freshly curated content that triggers discussions about the topics.

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Nonetheless, more than 26% of businesses lack sufficient funds to increase spending on content curation. They are likely to lag behind the market leaders and lose on search engine rankings and organic search traffic. However, it does not have to be time-consuming, hence there is no need to tap incremental benefits through additional investments. The ability to utilize other sources gives an undue advantage when it comes to time and money spent.

Limited Capacity

Despite the immense benefits associated with content marketing, most firms fail to spend enough time to get it right. A vast majority lacks content experts to integrate content curation and outside sourcing into business objectives. According to the latest CMI study, more than 40% of companies lack enough capacity to produce sufficient volume without compromising their standards. Nonetheless, they can combine their own content with useful content from other sources to complement the topics and attract potential clients.

The capacity to gather content from outside sources means less time spent on the process, which translates to higher efficiency. It bridges the gap between capacity and volume needed to publish tailored content consistently. The best part is that the web provides a broad range of information that businesses can use within their niche.

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Knowledge Gaps

These are twofold: the internal marketing staff and the target audience. If the marketing team lacks sufficient experience in content curation, the business cannot meet the client’s needs. In fact, they may not understand the fundamental principles that guide the process, which makes them likely to address the wrong issues. Content marketing dictates an end-to-end understanding between the marketing team, as well as what the target audience consumes.

Small businesses could leverage third-party contractor services, but ought to be in a better position to define the business objectives that guide the marketing approach. It helps to know the knowledge gaps existing in the audience, as it gives a basis for customizing the information. With numerous sources on the web, you cannot miss well-researched yet authoritative content that matches your business needs.

Content curation aims at improving the readers trust in your brand through original yet engaging content. However, companies ought to attribute the curated information to the publishers, as opposed to claiming ownership for what is not originally theirs. They ought to seek copyright permissions and maintain the sources in their raw form.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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