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6 tips for managing your business’s content more efficiently as a team

6 tips for managing your business's content more efficiently as a team

Content is an important part of getting the word out about the great work your business is doing. Whether you run an online retail store with a national reach or a local service-based firm, the right content marketing strategy can make all the difference. However, a business owner can’t do everything alone and as a […]

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How to highlight your expertise on Twitter in 140 characters or fewer

Twitter tips highlight your expertise in 140 characters or fewer

Among social networking platforms, Twitter stands out because of its severe character limit. Most sites allow you to post lengthy blogs or other long-form messages, but on Twitter, if you can’t say it in 140 characters or fewer, you’ll have to split up your post or find another way to say it. Although you can […]

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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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4 exceptional tips for marketing effectively to millennial women

4 tips for marketing effectively to millennial women

As you know, any good content marketing strategy needs to be tailored to a very specific target audience. If your target demographic happens to be women, then you need to hone in on strategies that appeal to this audience. The same general strategies that you use to target male consumers simply won’t work. Who is […]

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Instagram marketing: 6 content tips to engage your audience

Instagram marketing 6 content tips for small businesses

Instagram, the popular photo- and video-based social media platform, is not just for celebrities and teens. It can help small businesses increase their exposure, and generate leads and sales. Adding yet another social media channel to your marketing mix might seem daunting; you have to produce even more content to provide real value for users. With Instagram, however, […]

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How to construct an effective link building campaign: 5 content formats you should be using

how to construct an effective link building campaign 5 content formats

Some of the primary goals of content marketing in 2016 are to attract backlinks and build an audience. For a business, this ultimately results in more brand exposure, better website metrics, and an increased opportunity to upsell. But link building campaigns can’t succeed without the right types of content. The question is, which content formats should […]

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Don’t be afraid of the content bots: 5 ways to leverage the benefits of artificial intelligence for content marketing

5 ways to leverage the benefits of artificial intelligence for content marketing

Imagine you took a world-class business writer and asked him to rate the quality of several pieces of content in a blind test. Would he be able to tell which ones were created by humans and which ones were produced by automated writing? Well, that’s exactly what Mark Schaefer addressed recently. To find out that… […]

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Why marketing automation software is not enough to cover all your content marketing bases

why marketing automation software isn't enough to cover all your content marketing bases

Today, content marketing is an indispensable practice for marketers, with 88% of B2B marketers using it to generate traffic, leads and revenue. But while it’s an effective technique for marketers to use to grow their businesses, it’s also a highly-complex process with a lot of moving parts. Content marketing today is about much more than simply […]

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How to build your authority as a writer: 9 proven ways

how to build your authority as a writer 9 proven ways

Modern marketing has evolved over the last decades, and it’s nearly impossible to imagine a marketing strategy without blogging. Therefore, marketers attract bloggers to write savvy and interesting content as it helps to expand the audience and build trust. And more often than not, a writer should establish a community of readers, but how to […]

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3 productivity tips for busy marketers to increase content marketing success

3 productivity tips for busy marketers to increase content marketing success

If you’re feeling short on time, you’re not alone. In 2014, Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs released a report noting that 69 percent of B2B marketers and 57 percent of B2C marketers share the same challenge of their job: lack of time. Technology connects everyone online. It’s the reason content marketing is so powerful. But connecting with […]

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3 advanced SEO signals all the best content marketers need to master

3 advanced SEO signals all the best content marketers need to master

Who doesn’t want more search engine traffic? One of the main reasons we publish content is in hopes of attracting it. Just the tiniest fraction of the 213 million searches done per day can make or break a business. But as you know, there’s a lot of competition for that traffic. Millions of pages compete […]

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The best tools to amplify your content marketing results for long-term success (6/6)

best tools to amplify your content marketing content marketing lifecycle amplify phase

There’s no escaping the fact that we live in an era where content marketing is simply everywhere, with 88% of B2B marketers reporting the use of content marketing in helping them to achieve their business goals. Yet despite its growing popularity, many marketers today still struggle with how to do it effectively, with an alarming 30% of […]

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Get your content to generate 2-3x more results by using organic content amplification

get your content to generate 2-3x more results with organic content amplification

Content is an investment. Each and every blog post, eBook or video you publish as part of your content marketing strategy takes precious time, resources and budget. The sad news is that the payback period for that investment is usually pretty short: a few minutes on Twitter, a few days on your blog… In a […]

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7 ways to keep your social media feeds streaming with awesome content

how to keep your social media feeds streaming with awesome content

Social media accounts are hungry creatures. They have to be fed, but keeping them fed can be time consuming. Trouble is, unless your job title is “social media manager”, you’ve probably got other things you should be doing. So you either add some hours to an already long workweek, or you: Share less on social […]

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10 techniques to successfully amplify your content marketing (6/6)

10 techniques to successfully amplify your content

In an ideal world, you’d produce a great piece of content, hit publish and never have to worry about it again. In this same fairytale land, that piece of content would magically get directly in front of the audience you intended it for all on its own, and start generating traffic and leads immediately, without you having […]

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Why producing good content is not enough to succeed (and what to do about it)

why producing good content is not enough to succeed

Content production is a challenge that has dominated the content marketing space for a while now, with 54% of B2B marketers continuing to cite the creation of engaging content as their #1 content marketing challenge for 2016. Today, 80% of marketers create content, yet only 30% report their strategies as being effective. While it is a necessary and […]

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The ultimate list of tools you need to analyze your content (5/6)

best content marketing tools to analyze your content 5th phase content marketing lifecycle

Content marketing is the ultimate way to connect with your audience and build brand awareness. It allows you to tell your own unique story and increase visibility around your product or company. Content marketing is an ongoing cycle whereby success comes from continually optimizing your efforts in every phase of the content marketing lifecycle. It’s also considerably hard […]

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How to incorporate video into your content marketing for better results

how to use video to optimize your content marketing lifecycle

As marketers, we’re always looking to improve our content, and using video allows you to just that. Videos that explain, teach, and delight give your content a strong boost, and help to bring your audience closer to your brand. According to Wyzowl, 88% of businesses say that video is an important part of their marketing […]

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How to analyze your content to generate maximum content marketing ROI (5/6)

how to analyze your content to generate maximum content marketing ROI phase 5 content marketing lifecycle

While producing and promoting your content is important, measuring the effectiveness of your efforts is vital for content marketing success. Most marketers today struggle with how to prove concrete ROI from their content marketing, and over 56% admit either failing or lacking clarity entirely on whether they are successful or not. It’s easy to create content, hit publish and then forget […]

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7 easy ways to earn more links and shares for your content

7 easy ways to earn more links and shares for your content

Content marketing serves as a gateway for many independent online marketing functions. It’s a reputation builder, since it serves as a brand asset to new and recurring visitors. It’s a conversion enhancer, since it entices people to buy your products and services. It’s even a rank builder, since each piece of content you develop is […]

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The most effective distribution tools to promote your content (4/6)

the most effective tools to promote your content

It goes without saying that content marketing has become standard practice for companies in today’s digital age. When it works, it’s an incredibly powerful way to build relationships and exchange knowledge without overtly pitching your services or products. We know it works, we know its many benefits. Yet what many marketers don’t know and struggle […]

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A simple guide to promote your content in 2016: part 4 of the content marketing lifecycle

how to promote your content in 2016 phase 4 content marketing lifecycle

You did it. You got your content baby out. You’ve worked long and hard to get here. You’re tired but proud. You’re also glad you followed the tips included in our latest content marketing lifecycle optimization post about being lean to scale your content production to help you create this awesome, fresh piece your audience will love in […]

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10+ of the best tools you need to produce better content (3/6)

best content marketing tools for the production phase

While content marketing is a powerful opportunity to build loyal relationships with your readers, it requires a lot of time and energy to do it successfully. Content marketing is a challenging, ongoing process that requires optimization at every phase in order to succeed. In today’s nonstop digital world that content marketing has quickly taken by storm, marketers’ need […]

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Producing great content for your blog at scale (3/6)

Producing great content for your blog at scale phase 3 of content marketing lifecycle

Content production remains the #1 challenge for most marketers when starting out with content marketing, where a lack of good content continues to be a hurdle many struggle to overcome. While it may seem basic, content creation is a vital component of effective content marketing, yet it isn’t enough. Unfortunately, it’s just one of the phases […]

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The best content marketing tools for the planning phase (2/6)

best content marketing tools for the planning phase of the CM lifecycle

Earlier this month, we listed the best content marketing tools for the strategy phase, the first phase of the content marketing lifecycle. We discussed how content marketing is a powerful opportunity to build a loyal audience authentically, provided you’re willing to invest the time and effort it takes to do things right. In order to succeed with content […]

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The value of sponsored content: 4 tips to maximize ROI

the value of sponsored content

As Internet users become ever savvier, businesses are having to find more natural ways to advertise and market their value offerings. One of the best ways to do this is by sponsoring content. If you’re going to spend money on sponsored content, however, you need to ensure you’re getting the most out of it. Consumer […]

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Plan your content marketing to set you up for success (2/6)

plan your content marketing to set you up for success

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: content marketing is an ongoing cycle that requires optimization at every phase in order to be successful. Effective content marketing is about managing the entire content marketing lifecycle– strategizing, planning, producing, promoting, analyzing and amplifying, and repeating. But if you’re just getting started with content marketing, it’s easy to over-focus […]

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