Becky Bicks

All You Need to Know About Content Marketing vs. Traditional Marketing

Way back when, before I became a content marketer, I thought I had a good understanding of the nuts and bolts of content marketing vs. traditional marketing: content marketing referred to “blogs,” and traditional marketing referred to TV or print ads. I basically thought that companies created blog content to draw customers to their business, and that’s where content marketing efforts started and stopped. Now that I’ve been doing this for years, I’ve learned that while “blogs” (like this one!)…

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Your Complete Guide to the Branding Process

Growing up, I went to a small school that ended in 8th grade. This meant that for high school, I headed to a new school, with strangers who didn’t have any preconceived notions about who I was. Since I was entering an all-girls’ prep school in Tennessee, I decided I’d become the ultimate southern prep. Over the summer, I spent my days shopping for polo shirts, buying Lily Pulitzer skirts, and investing in the latest Patagonia pullovers. When I walked…

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Everything You Need to Know About Lead Capture Pages

The human attention span is a mysterious thing. I consider myself a pretty focused person, but I can’t tell you how many times a week I experience a sequence like the following: I sit down on the couch about to drink a beer, when I realize I forgot a bottle opener. So I get up and head to the kitchen to find one when I notice that a bouquet of flowers in a vase on the counter is wilting. I go…

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52 Nifty SEO Quotes that will Expand Your Grasp of Search

If you read our piece last week on digital marketing quotes you might have  noticed one very important element of digital marketing that was left out of the collection – the oft-discussed, ever-enigmatic SEO (and quotes about it).  Leaving SEO quotes out of that first assemblage wasn’t actually an oversight. What really happened when I started to sort through all my marketing quotes was that I noticed that quote after quote was an SEO quote in some capacity; in fact, there…

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50 Digital Marketing Quotes that Will Make You a Smarter Marketer

If you spend any time on social media these days, there’s a good chance you’re friends with a quote person. You know – one of those people who crams their feeds with occasionally uplifting, but unbearably cheesy quotes from famous figures, like: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” –Mahatma Gandhi, or, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” –Oscar Wilde Full disclosure: in high school, I was a quote person. My locker, notebooks, MySpace Profile and…

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12 Benefits of Marketing Automation that Will Vastly Improve Your Life

Automated technology is in the process of revolutionizing our lives — almost in a Jetsons-esque way. Don’t believe me? Today, we have access to refrigerators that tell us when we’re out of milk, smart washers and dryers that do our laundry while we’re at work, and connected thermostats that regulate temperatures automatically to save energy. One group of people who are particularly benefitting from the wonders of automation is marketers. New technologies are allowing marketers to get their messages out…

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10 Insanely Epic Marketing Innovations that Will Inspire Your Content

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am a huge content marketing nerd… and sometimes I get REALLY excited when I come across really unique, powerful content marketing innovations. Of course, I love blogs, ebooks, white papers as much as the next guy – but what really gets me inspired is something that feels new or unexpected: a moving video that makes me cry, an interactive piece that blows me away with stunning visuals, or a game…

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15 Powerful Content Analysis Tools that Will Up Your Content Game

When I was in high school, I always dreamed that someone would invent a device that would scan my papers before I turned them in, then let me know what grade I would get in advance. That way, I could either quit working on a project and go to the mall – or spend time improving the work to make sure I ended up with a decent score. Fast forward to today. My high school days are long gone – but that…

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How to Unlock Inbound Lead Generation: a Simple Guide

I don’t know about you, but as a content marketer, I am pretty stoked about the continuous growth of inbound marketing and the lead generation potential it has. For the most part, I find disruptive marketing tactics online (like pop-ups, banners, and pre-roll videos)annoying. Who wants to see a video advertising a car when all you really want to do is read an article about who Becky with the Good Hair is? Luckily, the landscape of digital advertising is shifting.…

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6 Powerful Content Ideas to Boost Your B2B Blogs

If you’re a content marketing person like me, you’re probably well-versed in the importance of B2B blogs – and you’ve probably also seen all those oft-quoted statistics about what your blogging can do for your B2B company. (If not, check out this great roundup of B2B blogging stats compiled by Hubspot…. did you know that companies that use blogs receive 67% more leads than those that don’t?!) Blogging is a great way to drive up awareness about your company, and…

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