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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 March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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