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Announcing the survey for Scoop.it’s Annual Content Marketing Report 2016

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What content marketing KPIs are most businesses following? Where do marketers look for information about their jobs? What are the topics everyone should follow today?  If you have ever asked yourself these questions, you are not alone. At Scoop.it, we spend a lot of time thinking and writing about the content marketing industry. Our product is even […]

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Best of content marketing articles, Q4 2015

Best of content marketing articles, Q4 2015

We wanted to share with you the Best Of Content Marketing articles we wrote in the past 3 months. Let us know if you like them in the comments! On track to Content Marketing ROI? Take the 5′ test We’ve created the first interactive Content Marketing ROI Grader. It takes less than 5′ to complete it […]

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What makes people click? 13 ways to write irresistible calls to action

What makes people click

“Read more now!” “Get it today!” “Get your free copy here.” If you’ve spent any time online, chances are you know why these calls-to-action (CTAs) are so effective. When it comes to CTAs, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do them and the right way is a whole lot more effective. If […]

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How much does Content Marketing Software cost?

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As content marketing matures, there are more and more reasons why you need content marketing software. TopRank – Lee Odden’s leading content marketing agency – recently released its selection and review of the best content marketing software you should consider to plan your content marketing strategy for 2016. I encourage you to read it: ok, […]

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6 tips to be a more efficient content marketer

6 tips to be a more efficient content marketer

Busy professionals seem to always feel that there aren’t enough hours in a day to get things done. It can be easy to put your content marketing efforts off until a day when you’ll have free time available to pursue them. While you’re procrastinating, your competitors are busy deploying a full-scale content marketing strategy that […]

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Content co-creation: what is it and how to do it

everything you need to know about content co-creation

Creating engaging content is the biggest challenge content marketers face. It beats out time constraints, limited budgets and even staffing challenges. That’s why we’re all constantly looking for ways to make content development easier. And if we can’t make it easier – or cheaper – we’re trying to make it more efficient. If you’ve been […]

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Getting started with Content Marketing – Hubspot & Scoop.it’s complete guide

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To “do” content marketing, you need to “do” content. But when marketers set out to actually build a content creation team, there’s the dream, and there’s the reality. Since 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, search engines had to find a better way of identifying quality […]

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5 keys to effectively use images that complement your blogging efforts

5 keys to effectively use images that complement your blogging efforts

While finding skilled writers and editors may be paramount to your content marketing efforts, it’s critical that you don’t forget about imagery and visual content. When it comes to positioning your blog as a premier source for quality content and ideas, images go a long way in pushing you to the top. The issue is […]

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4 ways to use interactive content in marketing

4 ways to use interactive content in marketing

While there’s nothing wrong with standard text-based content, it’s important that businesses develop alternative methods for “spicing things up.” When used in conjunction with quality articles, blog posts, and website copy, interactive features can really enhance the entire content marketing campaign. The value of interactive content. Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different terminologies. […]

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On track to Content Marketing ROI? Take the 5′ test

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Bygone days. It used to be simpler. Marketers would create super-well designed brochures and pay to advertise their product/service in front of their audience. Wait. What just happened? Internet of course. Internet changed everything. 90% of the world’s data has been generated over the past 2 years. Buyers now go through 57% of the purchasing process before […]

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Best of content marketing articles, Q3 2015

Best of Content Marketing articles, Q3 2015

Hi everyone, We wanted to share with you the Best Of Content Marketing articles we wrote in the past 3 months. And in extra, get the list of the best tools for the publishing phase of content marketing! How to write good blog posts for your audience and SEO and make sure they perform. Here […]

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The best content marketing tools for the publishing phase (4/6)

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Last editions: #1: The best content marketing tools for the research phase. #2: The best content marketing tools for the creation phase. #3: The best content marketing tools for the optimization phase. We mentioned how much content marketing is an opportunity to build an audience in an authentic way, if you’re willing to invest the time to do things […]

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Why evergreen content is a lean content marketing strategy

Why evergreen content is a lean content marketing strategy

“I like to compare evergreen posts to the foundations of a house. You may put up new wallpaper, patch up the roof, or even change the tiles on the floor – but rarely do you need to change the foundation of the house.” Read the full article at: www.contentmarketinginstitute.com Al Gomez‘s metaphor about evergreen content being […]

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A simple guide to promote your blog in 2015

A simple guide to promote your blog in 2015

A few weeks back I wrote an article called “How to write good blog posts for your audience and SEO and make sure they perform” in which I laid down the steps I used to 1. write good blog posts consistently, and 2. help them perform better. The above infographic is a great visual way to respond to #2.

How to promote your blog in 2015: should you spend 80% of your time at it?

Many influencers talk about the 80/20 rule: you should spend 20% of your time creating content and 80% of your time promoting it. Although I think this ratio really depends on your job, needs and company, it does capture one thing: if you write amazing content but don’t shout out your did so, no one will hear you.

And as far as promoting your blog goes, you can pick and choose on the list above the items that make most sense to your company. If for instance you work for a very technical B2B company and your target audience is above 50 years old, you might want to consider investing in LinkedIn rather than Facebook, leverage influencers and invest time in guest blogging. It all really depends on your audience, where they are and what they care about.

There is one very important point I’d like to add to this infographic: it’s not content repurposing (which I thing is one of the leanest way to do content marketing, it saves an incredible amount of time), it’s content recycling.

Promoting your blog regularly is the key.

Imagine if radio stations had played Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean only once: would it have become the 80’s biggest hit? Probably not. This is the same with your content. If you want it to be seen among others, you have to share it on a regular basis with your audience.

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How to use content upgrades to grow your blog subscribers

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Content marketing is built on beautiful principles. Instead of interrupting people’s day to day lives with TV adverts, skyline-blocking billboards and glossy magazine ads, content marketers create useful resources for their customers and for each other. A strange mix of copywriting and journalism, content marketing has the moral edge over traditional marketing because the public […]

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7 copywriting principles that will skyrocket conversion

7 copywriting principles that will skyrocket conversion

The marketing definition of conversion is “get the prospect to take action.”

How do you get someone to take the action you want? You need to make them comfortable.

Marketers are hard to trust, right? We brought it on ourselves because we were “full of it” for decades. Or, at least, we were full of ourselves.

So when a potential buyer arrives in your marketing den for the first time, they’re not exactly in a hurry to proceed to the bedroom. Or relax into a chair.

At best, they’re curious. Realistically, they’re anxious. And usually, they do just the opposite of what you want. They leave.

Why? Discomfort. It’s the almighty conversion killer—the meanest mutha’ in marketing.

So here’s what I propose: drop the transformation ambition and aim a wee-bit lower. Aim to overcome the causes of discomfort. You need to craft your content to put prospects in their comfort zone.

Who’s in charge of the comfort zone?

The copywriter is the chief conversion officer.

The copywriter’s output must seal the deal or at least write something compelling—and comforting—enough to start some sort of relationship.

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How to write good blog posts for your audience and SEO and make sure they perform

How to write good blog posts for your audience and SEO and make sure they perform

When I try to write good blog posts, it automatically becomes more difficult than it would be to have an interesting debate with someone, even if I had the same discussion and arguments. Ok first, what is a good blog post? It’s – of course – a post that converts. That brings you traffic. Leads. Revenue, you might dare? For that, your content needs to delight your audience. And if you want your audience to find this beautiful piece of content you spent hours writing, it needs to be SEO-proofed.


I was discussing with a friend last week and he asked me if I had a “process” in place that I followed when writing a blog post. No, I didn’t have a checklist with items that I crossed off to make sure I didn’t forget anything. But shouldn’t I?


That got me thinking about the methodology I built over time for my writing purposes (and that I’m sure I did not invent but whatever) and also to promote it accordingly. Unconsciously I use that methodology to try and write good blog posts, curate an existing post, or even re-work an article of a guest blogger. So I tried to lay down a list of these steps for you, hoping you can relate and use it at some point. Let me know if you liked it or if you’d add anything to it!

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Content curation and website traffic: study finds 464% growth in 4 months

weekly traffic growth 464x with content curation

This is a very interesting case study by the team at B2B Content Engine on content curation and website traffic: it analyzes the impact content curation has on a B2B web site’s traffic. B2B sites typically have niche audiences which are hard to find from untargeted methods and costly to generate with targeted advertising.

Content curation and website traffic are correlated.

What this study shows is that consistent content curation provided not only impressive results on traffic growth but also lead generation conversion at a 12% rate. In addition to many other great benefits such as brand visibility, awareness, etc…

It also gives an idea of the volume of content that was required to achieve that, which is very reasonable.

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How to blog more in 30 minutes a day or less – eBook

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The key to content marketing success is to publish good content, but also to publish more content: you need to blog more and to blog consistently if you want to get tangible results. The times where you could publish an occasional epic piece of content such as a quarterly white paper or a yearly survey report and be “good to go” are gone.

Blog more consistently if you want more traffic and leads.

That’s the ultimate goal, isn’t it? You know that you need to have a blog, and a blog that doesn’t suck like many do. But having a blog and publishing a good piece of content every month is not enough. Why? Because for your audience to find your content when they ask Google a question, you need your content to answer the new SEO rules:

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How to find the perfect blog post title: focus on everything else!

How to find the perfect blog post title- focus on everything else!

I find the best titles come to me AFTER I have already written a post. Sometimes you need to have a clear idea of the ‘hook’ you’re using before you can come up with a killer title – and often that hook only comes to you WHILE you are writing the post.

 

Read the full article at kimgarst.com

Kim’s article is great: she gives you 6 easy and highly effective ways to create the perfect blog titles. And just like her, it takes me a while to find the title of my blog post: in fact I often have a title in mind but end up changing it until I publish it.

Why?

Because the title may be the last thing you should worry about when you’re writing a blog post. Not that you shouldn’t think about it and optimize it, that’s not what I said. But if you write a good blog post that adds value to your readers and is SEO-proofed, then the perfect blog post title should almost automatically be revealed to you.

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Content curation should be a daily habit for all marketers

Content curation should be a daily habit for all marketers

It is possible to build daily habits that guarantee to give you higher ranking and greater marketing success. Here are the habits you should cultivate.

Read the full article at: www.searchenginejournal.com

In his article, Neil Patel lists 5 daily habits you can (and should) start doing if you want your rankings to go up and get more results out of your content marketing efforts:

1. Write and publish one article – 1 hour per day for 1 to 2 articles per week.

2. Update one old article – 10 min per day.

3. Post a link to an article on every social media platform – 5 min per day.

4. Interact on one forum – 10 min per day.

5. Reply to one Tweet, Google+ update, Facebook post, and LinkedIn discussion, etc. – 10 min per day.

He explains exactly why you should get these 5 habits to ensure you greater results in your content marketing strategy and then gives you practical insights on how to master those habits.

This list is great and I try my best to spend about an hour doing them every day, simply because they do work. Given our experience, I’d like to talk about a sixth practice that has had a real impact on our content marketing ROI, and that I’m sure Neil would like. Let me know Neil! :)

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Publish quality content on your blog: quantity matters too!

Publish good content on your blog - quantity matters too!

Companies tend to struggle to create and publish good content on their blog. If you’re a marketer, you’re most likely not a professional writer. Hence it can be difficult to figure out what your audience is interested in, write good content around those topics, all while running your other marketing tasks. And when your segment has many big actors with content marketing teams dedicated to maintaining an efficient blog, it can be challenging to try and compete with them. So it’s important to understand what matters in terms of content quantity and quality.

Publish good content, yes indeed. Here’s how.

If “Content Marketing is all the Marketing that’s left” – according to Seth Godin (best selling author, entrepreneur, marketer and public speaker) -, you want to do things right.

If you want to do things right and publish good content, you should…

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