Scoop.it Content Director comes with a built-in content search engine. Just type a few keywords and our engine will crawl our 40+ million sources to find the best pieces of content. How does it work?
First, click on the "Research Content" button from your top navigation menu. You'll then see our search engine's interface:
By default, the exact match feature is set as on. It means that our engine is only looking for the exact form of the keyword. If you typed in several keywords, the search engine will only look for the exact same combination of those words, in the same order.
Note: the exact match is recommended for proper nouns, expressions, and acronyms.
When the exact match is unchecked, it means that the search engine will look for other forms of your keywords (plural, verbal forms etc.). It also means that your keywords can be found at different places in the pieces of content, not necessarily next to each other.
Be aware that some keywords might be too vague to specifically filter the content you want. For instance, if your topic is about "renewable energy market trends", energy will be too vague as it's also used as a noun in many common sentences.
Keywords can be single words (eg: curation) or expressions (eg: content curation). To combine several words into an expression simply hit enter after the last word of the expression, eg: content curation, Be careful, "renewable energy" is not the same as "renewable" "energy".
Also, it's very important for you to be able to use the "Exact Match" feature. Whenever you enter keywords with the "Exact Match" box checked, quotes will appear around them.
Let's see some examples:
Renewable energy will return content with both words. As the Exact Match feature is off, our Suggestion engine will take into account oher forms of these words as well (ex: renew, energies...). Also, the two words won't necessarily be next to each other.
"Renewable energy" will return the exact expression = the two words next to each other with the exact same spelling. The Exact Match is recommended for brands, acronyms, proper nouns, expressions.
Stop words (a, the, for, by, about...) are only taken into account when using exact match.
You can also combine exact match and non-exact match to improve your results, eg: "veolia water" energy or "veolia water" "renewable energy"
Combining keywords is a great way to be more specific and get the content you really want to publish.
If you like the content you're seeing, save your search! You can view your saved searches at the bottom left of the screen.
You can narrow down the search using the filters on the left. You can choose the type of content you want (article, video, document, picture, etc) and how you want it to be sorted (by freshness, relevance, or popularity). Note that you can select Relevance or Popularity and manually add a Freshness filter ("No post older than").
If you want to get more specific with your search, you can click on “Advanced filters”, just above your Saved Searches. It can especially be useful if you want to blacklist some websites.
In the following example, we blacklisted Ebay’s website, as well as all websites ending with “.fr”. As you can see, you should only use the original domain name or extension, without “www.” or “http://”.
When you see a post you like, you have 3 options. You can Bookmark it for later (click on the little bookmark button), Share it to your social networks, or Scoop it (publish) to your blog.
When you curate it to your blog, you will have a chance to edit the post before it is published. You'll be able to change the title, edit the image, the quote, and add your own commentary to the post. You can review best practices for curating content to your blog here.
When you curate to your social media channels, you will see the following window. You can select when and on what social media profiles you want to publish (on the left), and see if you already scheduled some social shares for this piece of content (on the right).
Once you've scheduled a post, it will appear on your smart calendar as a blue box.