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Revamp, reuse, recreate: 5 [simple] ways to repurpose your blog content successfully

revamp, reuse, recreate 5 ways to repurpose your blog content

Blogs are a kind of endless field. You’ve written dozens or even hundreds of blogs, and yet, more seem to stretch out before you, waiting to fill your site. Unfortunately, staring out into that field, you may start to feel that you’re out of ideas. Really, what’s left to write about? While there will always […]

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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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Less is more: 7 reduction strategies to seriously improve your content

less is more 7 reduction strategies to create better content

There’s a serious quality problem in the content marketing world, and it’s only hurting marketers. Over the past several years, the value of content marketing has been heavily promoted and accepted, but people have come to misconstrue the tenets of a proper content strategy to emphasize content quantity over content quality. The reality is that both quantity and […]

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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)

the best content marketing tools for the planning phase content marketing 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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Scoop.it’s content marketing & technology survey: what are your expectations from technology in 2016?

content marketing and technology survey

What are the biggest challenges you face today with content marketing? How much time and money do you invest in your content marketing efforts? Can technology help make you more efficient? These are all questions you’ve more than likely asked at one point or another. We’ve even asked them ourselves. While content marketing has continued to grow and further establish itself […]

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Outsourcing content creation made simple: 5 [easy] ways to find the right freelancer

outsourcing content creation doesnt have to be hard if you do this

A long time ago, I managed up to 20 freelance writers at a time. They helped me create content for a series of niche websites. I learned a lot hiring them and working with them. If you’re struggling to create enough content in-house, it might be time to consider hiring some freelance content creators. If […]

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Blogging ROI: how to calculate the long-term ROI of your blog posts

Blogging ROI how to calculate the long-term ROI of your blog posts

ROI is the preeminent measure of success for any business. The vital role ROI plays is indisputable as it provides concrete, measurable proof of the effectiveness of any marketing program against the cost of the program. Evaluating ROI can determine how budgets are allocated, how a business plan for an organization is developed and can […]

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Visual content marketing 101: 5 ways to use visuals as the foundation of your content

5 unique ways to use visuals in your content

Visual content is a powerful way to make your content more engaging. Adding images to blog articles and social media posts are just a few proven ways to substantially boost engagement. While widely viewed as an add-on strategy meant to supplement or enhance written content, visual content marketing goes beyond simply including a stock photo in your blog or social media posts. […]

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How to find awesome content your email subscribers will love

how to find awesome content your email subscribers will love

Are you sending out email updates to promote your new content? If you are, give yourself a pat on the back. Because most marketers aren’t. This was one of the biggest surprises we found after surveying 1,038 SMB marketers on their content marketing best practices and analyzing the results using our Content Marketing Grader tool. Only 29% […]

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How to use WordPress + Google Docs to help you collaborate more effectively on your blog

how to collaborate more effectively on your blog wordpress and google docs integration

Who writes directly in WordPress? Bloggers: Do you draft posts in WordPress or somewhere else first then import into wordpress? — Devesh Khanal (@deveshkhanal) January 28, 2016 Not many people it seems. Good content requires collaboration: drafting, comments, reviews, editing, etc. Even natural-born writers need editors. Perhaps more importantly, content marketing is not about creating content […]

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Quantity vs quality: why a balance is key to content marketing success

quantity vs quality why balance is key to content marketing success

This is one of the core questions content marketers struggle with. How you answer it will shape your content strategy, your budget, and more. No content marketer answers this question in the same way. Even on this blog, there might be some dispute. Depending on your budget, your audience, or your business model, you may need […]

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The #1 step you need to take to maximize your content reach

how to maximize your content reach

We recently surveyed 1,000+ SMB marketers on their content activities. 80% claimed they invested time to maintain a blog, which is great. Creating content is now an accepted necessity, especially for small and medium-sized businesses who need organic traffic to get noticed amongst their competitors. Blogging can be challenging, I’ll give you that. Creating impactful […]

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The complete guide to optimizing the content marketing lifecycle

The complete guide to optimizing the content marketing lifecycle the right way

  Content marketing is a practice that has been on a steady upswing since 2015. It’s a hot subject amongst top influencers in the marketing space, and even Gartner can’t stress how important it is: There’s no denying it: content is the most important tool marketers can use, yet most are ill-prepared and lack the skills and resources to take it […]

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3 proven ways to amplify your content marketing efforts

3 proven ways to amplify your content marketing efforts

Content marketing is tricky. It’s fairly easy to set up the rudiments of a content marketing machine, but getting it to turn a profit is another beast entirely. The reality is that many companies are just barely breaking even. That’s a tough spot to be in. You’re doing just well enough that you don’t want to […]

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How to unleash the power of storytelling to create memorable content for your readers

How to unleash the power of storytelling to create memorable content

Once upon a time I had an awesome high school History teacher named Jesse. He was short, balding, sarcastic, slightly overweight and wore the same pair of washed out jeans almost every day. For our first day of freshman year he whisked us away on an impromptu field trip downtown to San Francisco’s Nike Town […]

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How to scale content marketing through technology: 5 essential tips from Engagio’s Jon Miller

How to scale content marketing through technology

Jon Miller, one of the most influential leaders in MarTech (founder of Marketo and now Engagio) recently hosted an informative discussion during ContentTECH, Content Marketing Institute‘s one-day virtual marketing event dedicated to content marketing technology. With so much experience and vision, Jon was able to shed some light on a few very interesting areas of content marketing, and provided […]

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How to make blogging, social media and email marketing work together

How to make blogging, social media and email marketing work together

Does this sound familiar? You’ve got a blog. You’re active on a few social media channels. You send out an email update every week. It’s a lot of work. You wonder if you’re getting enough results. And you’ve got this sneaking suspicion that there’s got to be an easier way. Good news: there is. You’re […]

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5 blog post formats that will work in 2016

5 blog post formats that will work in 2016

Blogging undergoes changes from year to year, but rarely do you see classic blog post formats and structures go out of style. These stick around because they’re effective. This year, you’ll want to focus on certain formats, while ditching others. But because things change so quickly, it’s imperative that you avoid making costly mistakes that […]

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5 key success factors for your content marketing in 2016

5 key success factors for your content marketing in 2016

It’s that time of the year when there will be much focus on devising marketing strategies that will help improve this year’s marketing efforts – including your content marketing. After looking at your last year’s performance and if you’re still planning to put together a new one, here are some key success factors for your […]

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How content marketers will bridge the divide between top and bottom of the funnel content

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There is a substantial divide between top and bottom funnel content. While marketers can efficiently advertise bottom funnel content via PPC, display, and other online advertising mechanisms, these forms of advertising hold no reward for top of the funnel content such as blog posts, podcasts, and videos. In a recent podcast, Relevance Co-Founder and VP […]

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Content marketing best practices: what we learned from 1,000+ SMB marketers

Adoption of top lean content marketing best practices by SMB marketers copy

Content marketers have no shortage of advice when it comes to best practices. The industry clearly practices what it preaches and publishes a gigantic amount of content on… how to do content right. So how do you cut through the clutter and get clarity on what’s important? Especially if you don’t have time to read […]

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How to build a valuable email list by delivering value [SPEED email, Part 2]

achieving email SPEED - part 2 - How to build a valuable email list by delivering value

As an email marketer, you need to create an email list—and grow it. Does that mean your list needs to be large? No. But it should contain the addresses of people whose challenges are largely relevant to the solutions you provide. You see, above all, the email list you build has to be useful. Useful […]

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4 examples when visual content wins over text content

4 examples when visual content is better than text content

It would be inaccurate to say that textual content is on the way out. After all, it’s hard to imagine a business world where text doesn’t hold weight in conveying messages and explaining value propositions. However, it’s clear that visual content is moving in and will stick around indefinitely. As a content marketer, it’s imperative […]

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