For the past six months, I’ve received links from my from various community members on Twitter and LinkedIn to curated articles on Scoop.it! Like you, the last thing I needed was yet another social media channel, but I was intrigued nonetheless. But now that I’ve become active on the site, I can totally see the attraction! As you’re reading this post, I’m sure that you’re wondering whether this is just the newest shiny tool, or whether it can actually provide value to your brand.
How is Scoop.it! different from the multitude of other channels that you’re potentially already on?
Scoop.it! is a content curating machine combined with the greatest elements of many of the other popular channels. Scoop.it! is very visual like Pinterest, packed full of great information like Twitter, allows for high levels of engagement like Facebook, and has a professional look and feel like LinkedIn.
As with the other social channels, on Scoop.it! users build and follow a community of like minded people by creating topic pages. Users are given two options to curate interesting and relevant content to these topic pages by either rescooping existing articles, or creating new scoops with articles found on any Website. Once an article is scooped, it can also be directly fed into users existing social channels such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and more reaching friends and followers on their preferred social media channel. Not sure where to begin finding content to curate? No problem, Scoop.It! gives suggestions to users and updates it daily.
The high level of participation on Scoop.it! begs bloggers to utilize the site to market that company or personal blog. The Scoop.it! community is very active in commenting on scoops which gives necessary feedback to content marketers. In addition, this community also enjoys rescooping valuable information to their following which increases the potential of any content marketing efforts. Remember, as with any social media, you’re goal is to create relationships, not a sales pitch, so scoop articles from others that will be interesting to your followers too.
Scoops are categorized by topic pages, and thus develop different followings based on these user’s interests. For instance, I presently have two topics: 1) 5 Star Social Media Marketing, 2) Leadership. Not all entrepreneurs are interested in the latest social media trends, and not all social media marketers are interested in entrepreneurial leadership information. This allows people to follow only your topics that they are interested in versus receiving all curated articles that you have scooped.
Another element to ScoopIt that differentiates it from other channels is the ability to easily build a newsletter and export it directly to MailChimp. This is a great feature! We all know that our audience consumes content in many different forms and brands need to reach their audience in the format they prefer. The ability to blast out an e-newsletter to segmented groups creates awareness of the curated topic page, positions curators as thought leaders, and keeps subscribers up-to-date with the latest trends of their specific topic. The Scoop.it! team also sends out emails periodically to scoopers alerting them of new scoops by users they follow.
Now that you’ve learned about the power the social media channel Scoop.it! can offer, how can your brand use it as a curating tool? Share your experiences with us in the comments box below.