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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

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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]

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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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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

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“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

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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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