The Lean Content Marketing Blog

How to get more return on investment from content

Articles by Pam Neely



How to get more traffic from Facebook

Traffic. It’s one of the most important drivers of content marketing. We create new content to attract it. We optimize existing content to attract it. We advertise for it. We partner for it. We measure the results of our marketing by how much of it we get. So where is all this traffic coming from? […]

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5 proven benefits of editorial calendars

Ever heard of “random acts of content”? It’s an activity many content marketers fall prey to when they don’t have a coherent content strategy – or they have a content strategy, but they don’t follow it in a disciplined way. Basically, “random acts of content” is when you just publish whatever occurs to you, without […]

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Interactive content: how to make it work for you

Every content marketer wants more results from their content. More engagement. More traffic. More leads. More shares. You name it. Most of us choose one overarching strategy to pursue those KPIs: We create more content. Every single year, we create more and more content. The “more is better” strategy can work – to an extent. […]

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5 ways the “Research Content” feature can improve your content marketing

You can do content marketing without software. But as our CEO, Guillaume Decugis says, it’s kind of like “bringing a knife to a gun fight.” And no, spreadsheets aren’t software. Compared to what your competitors are using, spreadsheets might as well be stone tablets at this point. Also, don’t tell me you have to use […]

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How to get more traffic to your blog with influencer outreach

Maintaining a company blog is no small investment. Content marketing expert Jay Baer once estimated that the average company blog post costs $900 to produce – and that didn’t even include promotion costs. With expenses like that, you need to be generating significant results. Ultimately, of course, you want revenue from your posts. That means […]

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How to assemble a killer content team

So you want to do content marketing – and in a big way. This isn’t going to be a tentative test. You’re making an aggressive, committed, all-in push to create and engage an audience for the long-term. First of all – good for you! Content marketing is effective, and increasingly more effective than advertising. And […]

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5 common but easily fixed SEO mistakes

Whether you’re publishing content to generate leads, or to raise awareness of your brand, you need to get traffic to your pages. Quality traffic. Social media is good for traffic, but it actually makes up only 5-6% of all the web’s referral traffic – aka all the traffic that’s sent to individual websites. That’s slim […]

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Want to be a successful content marketer? Do these 10 things

You want to do content marketing. Profitably. Efficiently. Without having to study it for months first. No problem. We’ve got your to-do list. These are the data-backed best practices of the most successful content marketers: 1. You have a documented content marketing strategy Ever heard of “to fail to plan is to plan to fail”? […]

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How to get started with content marketing – and succeed

If you’ve been on the fence about trying content marketing for your business, but are finally ready to give it a try, this is the post to read. It’s written for you bootstrappers. We assume your marketing “team” is one person. We figure your budget is more garage band than Fortune 500. And we understand […]

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7 ways marketing automation can make content marketing more effective

Content is the fuel of marketing automation. It’s the core product the machinery of marketing automation delivers – content that’s served up at the right time, to the right person, with the right message. That mix of right timing, right person, and right message is what can make content marketing so effective. But it’s something […]

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Don’t just publish better – publish smarter

dont just publish better publish smarter

“It doesn’t matter how fast you’re running if you’re going in the wrong direction.” That’s a loosely paraphrased sentence from Pat Flynn’s book “Will It Fly? How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money”. There’s a lot of wisdom in that statement for content marketers. It distills how […]

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15 actionable tips to be a more efficient content marketer

15 actionable tips to be a more efficient content marketer

Got marketer’s overwhelm? Boy, are you not alone. While we’re living in one of the best times ever to work in marketing, everything about it is evolving fast. There’s content to create, audiences to build, a new social media platform every year (or more) and a dozen different skills and software applications to master. While […]

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Content performance is more than clicks and shares: how to track metrics that matter

content performance is more than clicks and shares

Ever heard the story about the guy looking for his keys on a dark street? Someone comes by to help him and asks where he dropped his keys. He says, “oh – over there, in the alley.” The other guy says, “So why are you looking here, under this streetlight?” And the man looking for […]

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