Discover what content curation is, its challenges, and how to use it to improve your social media branding.

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Part of a good content marketing strategy, content curation is the art of finding, selecting, and sharing the best, most relevant content related to a particular theme or topic. It’s not possible (or recommended) to share your own content 100% of the time, which is where content curation comes in. Curating and sharing topical content that’s useful to your audience associates that content with your brand and creates brand affinity.

Curata’s Content Marketing Pyramid nicely illustrates all the facets of content marketing and the amount of effort required for each initative. At the top of the pyramid is dense, high-value, hard-to-produce content that’s difficult to distribute, like hardcover books. Content that you produce more often with less effort is next — examples include ebooks, white papers, infographics, webinars and presentations, and short-form blog posts and website content — ordered by descending degree of effort and frequency. As you can see, curated content is the low-hanging fruit:

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In my next post, I’ll review many tools that aid in finding quality, industry-specific content that you can share with your audience to continually position your brand as a thought leader. In the meantime, these 5 content curation infographics offer a great introduction to the topic.

1. Using Curation to Create the Perfect Content Marketing Mix

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 2. Content Life Cycle

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3. The Curators and Curated

 the curators and the curated 5 Content Curation Infographics

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4. What is Content Creation?

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 5. Good Curation vs. Bad Curationgood curation and bad curation 5 Content Curation Infographics

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