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Newsletter Curation: Top 6 Tools and Tips To Curate Your Own Weekly Newsletter

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Given the amount of news, stories, tools, events and services that are being announced on a daily basis it is very difficult for anyone to resist the time-saving benefits of subscribing to a newsletter that finds and collects the most relevant items in the specific topic area he is interested into.


If you are a subject-matter expert, a coach, trainer or consultant, you need to monitor and track your field of interest anyhow, and if you learn to put aside, organise and properly collect the good gems you find during your scouting time, you can provide a really useful service to your readers and followers.


Furthermore there is no lack of tools web services that can help you carry out this task without needing to learn new or difficult skills.


Here are my personal six tips of advice and my favorite top six tools you need to check out, if you ever decide to start curating your own weekly newsletter:



Tips


a. Limit the number of curated items. Less is more. Three is plenty. Five is a lot. 

b. Provide concise but useful, tangible info.


c. Offer always as much context as possible. Why you are presenting this info. Who can use it, for what purpose. 


d. Find a thread and follow it. Have a strong focus. Don't mix too many different things without a clear focus or direction.  


e. Add your own voice. Make it heard. Comment. Express opinions. Take a stand.


f. Be timely and consistent. Choose a day and time and respect it.




Tools


1. FlashIssue

Perfect Gmail integration. Use existing contacts as mailing lists. Drag 'n drop design editor. Content discovery, and search and instant import. Free trial. Then starts at $10/mo for 500 contacts. 

2. Goodbits

Friendly, elegant and simple to use. Integrates well with other services. Free to start.


3. Handpick

Handpick your favorite resources and share them with specific groups of interested people. Free trial. $2.99/mo


4. Curated

Everything you need to start a curated newsletter. Starts at $25/mo for 500 subs and 6 newsletters


5. Refreshbox 

Allows you to pick up 5 tools or content resources per issue. Free.


6. Curator

Collaborative curation for professional teams of up to 25 people. Starts at $199/mo



For more content curation tools please see: https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good 


Image credit: Flashissue.com



Pali's curator insight, March 10, 2015 8:35 AM

Newsletter marketing is a ploy that is being successfully used by many industry tools and these tools can help you setup your newsletter. 

LibrarianLand's curator insight, March 11, 2015 8:48 AM

Might make a good project for students; create your own newsletter.

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 5, 2015 12:21 PM

 

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A Great Way To Curate Your Newsletter: Handpick

A Great Way To Curate Your Newsletter: Handpick | Content Curation World | Scoop.it

Handpick is a great new service which allows you to curate a set of selected links to send out each day/week to your favorite groups of fans.


Though the use of a simple browser bookmarklet you can easily pick and save all of the most interesting resources and then have them sent out to your relevant subscribers.


How it works: "When you find a link you want to share, you click it, and it pops up a simple form for a title, link, description and a checklist of recipient groups you've created.


When you click 'share,' it doesn't buzz all your friends' phones right away. It collects links for you all day and sends an email digest to each group in the evening."


"Recipients of your Handpick links only get one message, and it arrives late in the day, when there's more time for thinking.


You create groups of contacts using whatever criteria you choose, and each group gets one message around 5 p.m. Pacific Time.


It has support for desktop and iPhone browser bookmarklets, a Chrome extension, and it can link with Instapaper."


Read the full review from ReadWriteWeb here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/handpick_selective_social_sharing_without_the_nois.php 


Sing up for the beta here: http://handpick.me/ 

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Distribute Your Curated News via Newsletter: Scoop.it Integrates Mailchimp Functionality

Distribute Your Curated News via Newsletter: Scoop.it Integrates Mailchimp Functionality | Content Curation World | Scoop.it



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This is great news for Scoop.it curators: a newsletter functionality is now available in all Scoop.it accounts which allows instant integration with Mailchimp and the ability to select which of your curated news you want to distribute via email.


The new "Create a newsletter" feature allows you to decide also how many stories to include in each email, if to link directly (bypassing Scoop.it) to original articles curated, whether to show social sharing buttons, and an option to personalize the look of the newsletter with your own logo.


To try this new feature out, go - once logged in your Scoop.it account, go to "Manage" -> "Create Newsletter" or go to the equivalent of this URL: http://curation.masternewmedia.org/exportByEmail


A very welcome addition.




antonbundle's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:00 PM

L'intégration mailchimp et scoop it... Que du bonheur !!!

Luciano Giustini's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:46 PM

Distribute Your Curated News via Newsletter: Scoop.it Integrates Mailchimp Functionality

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, March 31, 2013 8:01 PM

An effective way of distributing reading lists - for focussing students attention on current/relevant/conected issues... a range of uses for creative educators.