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The 5 crucial steps to measure content performance – Scoop.it Webinar

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Is your content marketing really effective? Here’s the truth: most marketers are unable to answer that question. Yes, 56% of them admit either failing or lacking clarity on whether they are successful or not. Why? Because measuring the ROI of content marketing has never been an easy task. Yet analyzing your content efforts is vital […]

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Build your content marketing machine for effective lead generation – Scoop.it Webinar

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In our last webinar, we provided techniques and tools to help you design an effective, high-converting content strategy. If you missed it and got 20 minutes spare time, you can catch up and watch the replay here. Even though a documented content marketing strategy is the #2 key success factor for B2B marketers (according to the […]

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A 5-step blueprint for lead generation through content marketing – Podcast series

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Want to finally generate leads from content marketing? You’re in good hands! Content marketing, when done properly, gives birth to leads. And it’s proven! According to a study by Impactbnd, “B2B marketers who use blogs generate 67% more leads per month than those who do not.” Yet, many marketers still don’t believe content works for […]

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Focusing on outbound marketing? Here’s why you need content

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Inbound and outbound marketing are two opposites strategies – their logic and methodology are totally different. The goal of inbound marketing is to attract your audience to you, by providing educational content that solves your readers’ pain points in a given moment. It’s about driving them to your website. But you also want to engage […]

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All content should convert: how to align content marketing and lead generation

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Every day, every week, I meet marketers who tell me they can’t be expected to create content that will generate leads. They always have good reasons: my industry is specific, decision-making takes time, I focus on SEO, etc… Sometimes – rarely – they’re right. But most of the times, it’s because they simply don’t have […]

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Social media & lead generation: the missing links

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After speaking with hundreds of marketers on the topic of lead generation from social media over the last year, we’ve noticed several key gaps in many of the current methodologies and practices shared by prospects.  As such, we’re anxious to bring these gaps to light in the hope of helping marketers everywhere improve conversion from […]

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11 effective lead magnets you should use in 2017

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If I just had some good leads, I know I could [insert action]. How many times have you thought some variation of this statement? Having a bunch of email subscribers, website members, or social media followers makes everything easier, but the trickiest part is actually collecting these leads. The key components of a successful lead […]

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Content performance is more than clicks and shares: how to track metrics that matter

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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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Email marketing automation 101: What’s the difference between MailChimp and HubSpot/Marketo?

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You may be skeptical, but businesses should still be using email marketing to win new customers and maintain relationships with current customers. Email may seem like an oversaturated communication channel today, but email campaigns still nurture leads, increase sales, and convert customers 3x more than social media. It’s a no brainer. Email marketing converts customers […]

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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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Content marketing analytics: how to look at the right KPIs to measure ROI (and what we learned from 20,000 conversions)

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As we finished 2015, I looked back at our data to find out how we’ve been doing with our own content marketing. Content marketing is fundamentally human and my first source of feedback is to be constantly listening to our audience and customers. But as a data-driven marketer and entrepreneur, I find that looking at the […]

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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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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 generate leads with content marketing

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If you didn’t know that content marketing is your best bet to generate leads today, then at least I would have warned you!

No but seriously, if I didn’t convince you, here are a few facts that will.

Why it is better to generate leads with content marketing

Inbound marketing delivers 54% more leads into the marketing funnel than traditional outbound marketing. (Source: State of Inbound 2014, Hubspot).

You have 758x more chances of closing an inbound lead (that came to you through your content) than an outbound lead (that you went to get with telemarketing, cold calling, etc.) (Source: Search Engine Journal).

What top marketing experts think about the topic

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7 ways for small businesses to generate leads with social media

7 ways for small businesses to generate leads with social media

Small business owners aren’t usually on social media to share cat videos and indulge in celebrity gossip. They’re on social media for business. They do social media to gain exposure, but ultimately the goal is to get more business. Getting more business usually means getting more leads.

Unfortunately, getting leads from social media is not so easy. If you’re doing well at it, pat yourself on the back. Most marketers struggle with getting social media to work well for lead generation.

7 ways for small businesses to generate leads with social media

That’s what Ascend2 discovered when they tallied up the results of a lead generation survey of 300 marketers last month. Only 26% of the marketers they surveyed marked social media as among their more effective lead generation tactics.

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Persona mapping can improve your content marketing strategy

Persona mapping can improve your content marketing strategy

Content marketing — the use of blogs, social media, whitepapers, and webinars to attract and convert leads — has essentially replaced all other forms of lead acquisition. Sharp marketing leaders know that becoming a trusted advisor is essential to scalable sales; according to the 2015 State of Inbound (an annual marketing report published by Hubspot), the use of inbound tactics alone, independent of […]

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SMBs can generate leads through content thanks to lean content marketing

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“No matter what your business model is, content is still king. One research study a few years ago revealed that many B2B marketers have documented plans to increase their lead generation budgets by up to 50% the following year. That investment is still on the rise overall.” Read the full article at: neilpatel.com When we think about […]

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How to nurture leads with content curation

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Want more leads? You’re not alone. According to IDG Enterprise’s 2015 B2B Content Marketing Spotlight Report, lead generation is the #1 priority for content marketers.
But while everybody says they want more leads, in the very next breathe they’ll add that they want better leads, too. That’s why you’ll see lead nurturing come in as priority #4 on this same graph. Lead nurturing is basically lead generation 2.0. First you get the leads, then you warm them up.

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