Trust and credibility are two of the most important ingredients in business. If you’re going to get people to exchange their dollars for your products or services, it all starts with these two elements. And one of the fastest and most effective ways to establish that trust is by building out your own personal brand. By learning how to ace personal branding, you’ll give yourself a lot more openings through which to seize opportunities.Read More
Articles by Larry Alton
Content marketing isn’t what it used to be. In today’s day and age, where millions of social media posts, blog posts, videos, and articles are pushed out on a daily basis, you have to be intentional and focused. In other words, you can’t fly by the seat of your pants – you need a strategy.Read More
If you want to see the best possible results from your content curation strategy, you need to routinely audit it and improve it. Undergoing an audit is a time-consuming and sometimes expensive process, but it has the power to fundamentally change your strategy for the better – and ultimately help you see far greater returns.Read More
There’s no such thing as a hands-off website. If you build a website and want it to generate traffic and conversions, you have to give it some continued attention. Anyone who tells you that you simply launch a website and the traffic will come is confused (at best) or intentionally misleading (at worst).Read More
If you were to listen to marketing meetings from around the world, you’d discover that the majority of businesses and brands have similar issues. When it comes to content creation and marketing, lack of engagement is one of the biggest concerns. Brands spend lots of time, energy, and money creating content, yet it seems to fall on deaf ears.Read More
Attention comes at a premium these days. It’s the one thing you need to magnetize people to your brand, but it also happens to be the one thing that customers don’t part with very easily.Read More
You know content is important to your brand. You invest a considerable amount of time, money, and creative energy into developing content. Yet you get very little return on that investment. What gives?Read More
Your online reputation is indispensable. You might be a startup attempting to grow to massive heights. You might be an organization looking to reach more people. Or you might just be a professional hoping to increase your job prospects and network with more prospective employers. No matter what, your reputation will play a massive role in whether you can achieve your goals.Read More
If you’re planning a content marketing or content curation strategy, you’ll likely need some kind of content collaboration strategy in place as well. Content collaboration is all about writing, editing, organizing, distributing, and managing various pieces of content within your organization. Multiple people within your team (and possibly on other teams) will be working together to achieve the same content goals, whether that’s writing various new pieces of content, updating old ones, or accessing archived documents to use for some purpose.Read More
As the e-learning industry grows, students are becoming more discerning, and expectations are higher than they’ve ever been. This has created a need for higher quality content that reaches, engages, and educates students in highly effective ways – putting pressure on content creators to up their game.Read More
If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you know that content curation is the main focal point – and for good reason. Curating content removes much of the heavy lifting that needs to be done in order to produce original content, while still engaging your audience and populating your social and content channels with valuable messaging that educates and nurtures.Read More
It doesn’t take much to start a blog. All you need is some basic internet know-how and you can use a drag-and-drop CMS system to design a sleek blog and begin publishing content. Unfortunately, these low barriers to entry enable businesses to start blogs without much of an investment in learning the ins and outs of how content marketing is supposed to fit into their larger digital strategies. At best, this wastes time and creative energy. At worst, it negatively impacts brand image and erodes trust with customers.Read More
Curated content is the best way to keep your social channels and newsletters stocked with some of the best-written and most engaging articles on the internet. You can use it to research and fuel your own content creation efforts, while simultaneously keeping your audience up-to-date and informed on topics related to your industry, as covered by others.Read More
As a content marketer, sooner or later, you’ll be tasked with writing an article on a complex topic. Maybe your industry is naturally complicated and difficult for newcomers to understand, or maybe a new piece of legislation will affect your industry, and your job will be dissecting it and presenting it to your audience.
This problem can kick in a number of different circumstances; abstract ideas, high-level terminology, and nuanced topics can all be challenging to parse and present to a lay audience. Fortunately, there are some strategies that can help.Read More
Copywriting and SEO can’t be viewed as two separate endeavors. They’re closely connected, and you can’t be successful in one area without emphasizing the other.
Unfortunately, a lot of copywriters either give SEO a half-hearted try, or they unknowingly make costly mistakes that limit their success. In this article, we’re going to focus on the most common blunders and how they can be remediated.Read More
As any successful content marketer knows, the key to building a business and remaining profitable is to regularly onboard new clients. As part of this onboarding process, you have to show prospective clients that you’re worth being hired. And with the right portfolio, you can do just that.
The Purpose and Utility of a Portfolio
Portfolios are often used in creative fields like graphic design, architecture, or art. But they can also be used in more traditional fields, such as marketing. As a content marketer, a portfolio can set you apart and give you a chance to reach more prospective clients and show them you’re worthy of being considered for their projects.
How many times have you encountered a problem or challenge in your own life and conducted a quick Google search to find a solution? If you’re like most, this is a daily occurrence.
From a business perspective, the rise of the self-service, DIY culture presents a unique opportunity to develop a carefully crafted content strategy that reaches your audience and moves them to action. Do you have a plan that allows you to capitalize on this trend?Read More
When you think about content, in terms of business, what sort of mediums and strategies come to mind? If you’re like most, your focus immediately shifts towards content marketing – things like blog posts, press releases, social media, and landing page optimization. But content isn’t always outwardly facing.
There’s a time and place for having an internal content strategy and your company shouldn’t ignore the role it could play in pushing your business forwardRead More
Writing for a single target audience is a challenge for most writers. You have to get in tune with your audience’s perspectives, histories, values, wants, and needs, then choose a topic that suits them and adopt a tone they can relate to. Even if you’re used to writing for a particular niche, it’s still exhausting work.
So what happens when you want to target two different audience segments?Read More
When you think about the most important pages on your website, which ones come to mind? Most people think about the homepage, key product pages, or even sales landing pages. But what you may not…Read More
The modern FAQ has evolved to become one of the most important pages of your site—both for new visitors and for returning customers. But if you’ve never created an FAQ page before, or if you…Read More
It’s no secret that one of the key factors in running a successful content marketing strategy is to feature exceptional visuals that draw in the reader and evoke certain emotions and actions. And since custom…Read More
When was the last time you read an article online from start to finish – no skimming or skipping paragraphs? For most of us, consuming an entire piece of content – especially of the long-form…Read More
We live in a world with a myriad of distractions. That can make it a challenge to stay focused on a specific task for any length of time. This might be just annoying in certain…Read More
As a writer or content marketer, you have weeks where everything seems to click and the words just flow from your fingertips. You also have weeks where you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall…Read More
When it comes to reaching customers online and convincing them to purchase your products and services, trust is a major factor. Customers aren’t going to do business with a company they don’t trust. And while…Read More
How do you distinguish between copywriting and content marketing? In your personal circles, you might use the terms interchangeably—in fact, many offices and professionals do. But in reality, they’re very different concepts—and if you want…Read More
If you want to be a successful content marketer, you need to have the time, energy, and motivation to produce large volumes of high-quality work. Even the most naturally motivated writers may find themselves unable…Read More
How much time do you spend writing blog posts for your site? How much time do you spend creating images for them? For the most part, writing is easier than creating visuals; historically, it’s also…Read More
The content marketing industry is as active and lucrative as it’s ever been. But along with steady growth has come an increase in the overall level of competition. As a new content marketing agency, you’ll…Read More