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How to make your email marketing program beefier and the process leaner [SPEED Email, Part 4]

How to make your email marketing program beefier and the process leaner - SPEED Email, Part 4

It’s that time again. We began this email SPEED series by covering how to get started. Second, how to build a list. Third, effective lead nurturing strategies – including email newsletters. For the next installment, we’re going to focus on how to crank up your email program. Is it worth it? Will it devour my time and money? Where does […]

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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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What mix of content is part of your social media marketing plan in 2016?

what mix of content is part of your social media marketing plan in 2016

Social media is a critical channel for businesses looking to distribute branded content to their market. It puts companies in front of marketing qualified prospects who may not yet have thought to conduct a basic Google keyword search leading them to your website. Social media is a powerful channel you can leverage in order to connect with and build […]

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10 SEO strategies that will work in 2016

10 SEO strategies that still work in 2016

SEO marketing strategies are ever-evolving because of Google’s watchful eye and changing algorithms. What can you do to stay ahead of the curve and ensure longevity on page one? Last year I gave some solid predictions for 2015 SEO strategies, but I’m here to refresh those predictions with a new post—not all of last year’s […]

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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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Share your content on Pinterest directly from Scoop.it!

Share your content on Pinterest directly from Scoop.it!

You’ve been asking for it. We did it! You already know you can share your content on Twitter, LinkedIn Company pages, LinkedIn profile pages, LinkedIn Groups, Google+, Facebook pages, Facebook profiles, Buffer and Tumblr… Now you can also share your content on Pinterest! Share your content on Pinterest: how to add it as a distribution channel […]

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How to boost inbound marketing success with content marketing, SEO and social media

Boost inbound marketing success with content marketing, SEO and social media

Google currently indexes close to 50 billion pages in its algorithm and every minute that goes by, nearly 70,000 blog posts are created and added to the internet. Content marketing has become an effective inbound marketing strategy for companies around the globe. Yet many businesses still don’t seem to have a strategic content marketing approach […]

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Getting over the employee advocacy hump: 3 easy ways to get your co-workers to share your content

Getting over the employee advocacy hump- 3 ways to get your coworkers sharing your content

A couple of weeks ago, I was presenting to the marketing team of a large European company that was visiting Silicon Valley to better understand the impact of technology on their business. As I was preparing, I looked up their Twitter account: 41.7K followers. Then I looked up their LinkedIn followers: 63k. Facebook fans: 151.2k. Finally […]

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How to optimize your content marketing lifecycle for ROI – webinar with Sprout Social & Scoop.it

How to optimize your content marketing lifecycle for long term success

How long does it usually take you to write a good blog post? I’m talking about the entire process, from start to finish: the research, writing, sources, links, images, CTAs, reviewing, proofreading, publishing, etc.? We found that it can take an average of 4 to 6 hours in total. Creating good content is hard, we […]

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

Content Marketing Analytics Framework for ROI

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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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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9 types of email for effective lead nurturing – [SPEED email series, Part 3]

9 types of email for effective lead nurturing

We’re in a groove here on the Scoop.it blog—an email groove. In Getting Started with Email Marketing, you learned why email’s a must in your digital marketing mix, how to get started by selecting a service provider, and how to use readymade templates. The second installment in the series, How to Build a Valuable Email […]

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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]

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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How to find highly-shareable content for your social media accounts

How to find highly-shareable content for your social media accounts

Struggling to find highly-shareable content for your social media accounts? You’re not alone. But it’s way easier than you think – once you know where to look. Here are five easy, proven techniques to find top-notch content your audience will love. 1. Curate With aggregated curation tools Curation tools like Scoop.it can be set up to […]

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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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Getting started with email marketing – Achieving email SPEED

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With all the shiny objects flying around the digital marketing space, email marketing tends to lose its luster. Consequently, small business marketers that choose to leave it out of their media mix lose sales opportunities. You don’t want that. If you’re new to email marketing, struggling to get traction with it, or failing to justify […]

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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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7 rules for scaling your content marketing strategy

7 rules for scaling your content marketing strategy

Content marketing is a theoretically great strategy for any business, but referring to it that way leads to a misconception that it’s a one-size-fits all strategy. Unfortunately, that simply isn’t the case. If you’re a large corporation with hundreds of employees and strong competitors in your field, you can’t get away with making one small […]

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How to generate ROI out of your content marketing in 2016 – webinar with Buzzsumo & Scoop.it

how to generate ROI out of your content marketing in 2016

Content Marketing ROI can take time to achieve. Even with the best content and the smartest strategy, it can take weeks or months to build the right audience and see the compounding benefits that cumulate over time. So while you’re executing your content plan, how do you know whether you’re on the right track? If […]

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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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How to reformat one piece of content into an entire marketing campaign

How to reformat one piece of content into an entire marketing campaign

This is my favorite content marketing quote: “Our goal is to create the least amount of content with the maximum amount of impact.” Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Officer for the Content Marketing Institute Here’s the tone I hear those words in: There are several reasons to create less content: 1. So-so content fails. Good content […]

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