Creating original content is hard work, not to mention time-consuming and often expensive. To boost your voice and keep the convo flowing, you need to share, share, share. But not without a plan or goal. This is where content curation comes in. As the Oxford Dictionary states, curation is “the selection, organization, and presentation of online content, merchandise, information, etc., typically using professional or expert knowledge.”Read More
Lead Generation & Nurturing
Content can make us smile. It can make us think. It can teach us something we didn’t already know.
But from a business perspective, one purpose stands head and shoulders above the rest: making money.
Account-based marketing has been one of the biggest new trends in B2B marketing for the last few years. It’s not surprising, actually. ABM works.
Of course, content marketing works, too. So it makes sense the two strategies can overlap.
They overlap considerably, actually. You can’t do ABM without content.Read More
Creating content that converts is tricky. On one side, you have the content. If done correctly, it offers practical advice, gives relevant examples, solves reader’s problems, mitigates their pain, provides a solution, and answers a…Read More
In the world of modern lead generation, there are few things more frustrating than having a website that is not generating the leads you’re expecting it to. You’ve been told time and time again that…Read More
Lead generation is not a child’s play. In fact, it’s really tough. According to the MarketingSherpa report, a lot of digital marketers still rely on traditional ways of lead generation—going through a list of people…Read More
Content marketing is a must and everyone knows it. But the goal shouldn’t be to do content for content’s sake. Content marketing is a long-term technique that actually delivers results – given you have a documented strategy….Read More
You may think that eBooks are done. The marketplace is totally saturated and it’s almost impossible to find a topic that hasn’t been covered. However, this isn’t the case. What you really need to do…Read More
There are many ways to improve your content marketing, and double or even triple your conversion rates. Today, let’s focus on the most important aspect of content marketing – your content.Read More
Ask anyone about one of the most important digital marketing tools out there and you are bound to get “content marketing” as the reply sooner or later. Of course, this is quite the no-brainer indeed. Pretty much anyone and everyone used it in some form or the other.Read More
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?…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Most of your first-time website visitors leave without buying. And few come back. You’d think what you just read would be a setup to deliver a lesson on how to make your website better. It’s…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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….Read More
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…Read More
Picture this: You’ve just finished a terrific new ebook. You’re laying out the landing page for it. And because the whole point of publishing this ebook is to attract new leads, you… don’t require people…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Content marketing analytics: how to look at the right KPIs to measure ROI (and what we learned from 20,000 conversions)
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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).
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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.Read More
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…Read More