content creation

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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10 Reasons Why Your Gated Content Isn’t Helping with Lead Generation

On the surface, gating your content behind a form seems like a pretty straightforward way to increase your lead generation – in fact, when you get to the end of this article you’ll have the option to sign up to download one of our coolest new content pieces. You tell people you have some awesome content, they hand over their information to get it and, voila, a new customer is born. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of gating content isn’t that simple. In…

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50 Awesome Social Media Content Ideas for Killer Posts

Every year around the end of December, I consider making the same new year’s resolution: give up social media. It’s a huge time suck, it can be distracting, and sometimes, it feels downright depressing. (Have you ever binge-read through Facebook’s curated news? Especially in an election year? #bleak) However, when January rolls around, I never actually stick to my resolution – partly because social media is more fun than working sometimes — but, also, because it’s is extremely important –…

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2016 Roundup: Coolest Content Marketing and Tech Tools

The new year is upon us and it’s time to gear up for our 2016 content marketing strategies! Yeah right, you’ve all been working on these for months and are still scrambling to make sure your editorial calendar is on fleek, all your writers and strategists are on the same page and that you aren’t missing out on any of the amazing tools you could be taking advantage of to make sure that this year is your most successful year…

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Bored by high tech? You’ll love the power of pen and paper

We’ve come a long way since the days of writing by candlelight with a quill pen and an inkwell. Writers today have a deluge of writing options at their fingertips, from basic notetaking apps to MS Word to brain-mapping programs like FreeMind or long form writerly gizmos like Scrivener. We can write on our laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets – even on our watches! And being able to save our work into the cloud makes it super easy to access, write…

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Tips to Make Sales and Marketing More than Just “Frenemies”

Marketing and Sales have historically been at odds with each other, which is totally counterintuitive to the mutual goals of the two teams. Marketers think salespeople are lazy and sales teams are constantly frustrated with marketers for not drumming up enough leads. While this rivalry generates a little healthy competition between the two teams, it’s actually kind of annoying. The bottom line is that aligning your marketing team with sales will make your job easier and your work more productive.…

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New Tech Promises to Replace Manual Editing for Quality Content

Keeping your writing simple is usually beneficial. Writers and readers alike agree to this fundamental fact, among them Carver, Paley, Beattie, and Ellis. In the content marketing world, Shane Snow even goes as far as to support the argument for clear writing with data in his reading level analysis article that was published in January. In his article, after comparing the respective reading levels of several popular books and articles (both fiction and nonfiction), he comes to a fittingly simple,…

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10 Content Creation Tech Tools That Will Make You a Better Writer

Congratulations! You’ve chosen to work in a field that looks like it may actually keep you employed for at least the next few years. According to Smart Insights, content marketing was rated ahead of big data, marketing automation, and mobile marketing as the top digital tool of the year. While this is great news, it also means stiff competition in an already crowded market. Thankfully, the era of the content farm is over, (Unless Vice is right, which it’s not)…

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Google killed Autocomplete. Who stands to lose?

Today is the day that Google kills off its Autocomplete API. Sites that rely on the API will have to make major changes to their business models, or risk going down.  It’s not only companies who’ll have to pivot, some content marketers themselves, will have to change they way they work, specifically the way they decide what ideas to write about. Ubersuggest, Keyword.io, LongtailPro, and Keyword Canine are major sites used by content marketers, for keyword research as well as…

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Be your own Hero: Take the Hero’s Journey and Triumph with your Content Marketing

Some people deal with challenges by being totally present, by grounding themselves in reality and confronting their problems with brute strength. Me? For better or for worse, I’m more of a fantasist and whether the challenge is personal, academic, physical, or work-related, I often find myself dramatizing a bit, and mulling over my favorite fictional success stories, my literary and cinematic heroes in the process. Somewhere in my subconscious, I make myself the hero of my own story—I face monsters,…

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