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7 ways marketing automation can make content marketing more effective

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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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The 7 most harmful misconceptions about link building

7 most harmful misconceptions about link building

As online marketers, we aren’t just passive recipients and practitioners of online marketing trends and strategies. We’re active participants in the industry, helping to define and transform those trends. As a result, we have an implied responsibility to keep ourselves objective, which is increasingly difficult in a world where content is self-influential. All it takes […]

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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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4 ways to supercharge your funnel with video marketing

4 ways to supercharge your funnel with video marketing

A lot of marketers and advertisers criticize the marketing funnel for being too simplistic – too linear to be an accurate reflection of a real buyer’s journey. And to some extent, this criticism is fair. Customers in the real world follow a path to purchase that’s anything but linear. They’re probably not going from awareness […]

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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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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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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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The role of neuromarketing in modern web design

role of neuromarketing in modern web design

As industries become more and more crowded, it’s becoming even more challenging for marketers to stand out and effectively represent their brands. What’s the solution? Well, if you ask today’s leading marketers, most would agree that neuromarketing has to be at the top of the list. What is neuromarketing? There are many different definitions of […]

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Sharing is caring: how to implement a successful social media advocacy program

sharing is caring how to implement a successful social media advocacy program

In the age of declining organic reach on social media, it has never been more important to encourage employee advocacy online. As a company, you might have a big following on social media, but as a group, your employees can reach a far larger audience on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter than you’d be able to […]

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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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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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How to use data to create better content for your audience: 5 essential survey tools

5 essential survey tools to create better content for your audience

If you aren’t including your own customers in your content marketing efforts, you may feel as though your blog posts, articles, and social media updates are missing something crucial. Whether you tailor content to the stated interests of your most loyal customers or you poll your customers and use the information in your posts, that […]

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How to format your blog posts for better readability and SEO: 11 effective tips to improve engagement

how to format your blog posts for better readability and SEO

Engagement is quite the buzzword in content marketing right now. It’s signaling an evolution that’s affecting both content marketers and their audiences. There are two reasons for this shift: The first: smart content marketers have learned that just publishing content more often won’t work. Drowning an audience with more and more content they aren’t engaging […]

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4 super effective tips to grow your email marketing list in 60 days

4 super effective tips to grow your email marketing list in 60 days

As you’re well aware, email marketing is a critically important tool for generating leads online. Whether you sell software, physical products, or anything in between, a powerful email marketing list can have a sizeable impact on your bottom line. And while the content certainly matters, the immediate focus should be on growing your subscription list. […]

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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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Social media: the heartbeat of every small business content marketing strategy

social media the heartbeat of every small business content marketing strategy

As the importance of content marketing grows, more and more small businesses are investing time and money into developing different types of content for their customers. However, many are forgetting two simple words: social media. The content marketing-social media relationship While we’re going to discuss the value of social media and the role it plays […]

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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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