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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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The In Crowd: How Internal Crowdsourcing Creates More Unique Content

Let’s start with one thing we all agree on: great content hinges on excellent ideas and a strong plan. As marketers, we’re big on the plan. Whether we directly manage a brand or work on the agency side, we take a number of important and lofty measures to ensure that the content we propose and create is valuable. We call up strategy to do a competitive sweep, and then we analyze (read: judge) everything else out there. Our planners make…

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4 Reasons Taylor Swift is Actually a Content Marketing Guru

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Taylor Swift is everywhere, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that her success comes from more than her catchy music and winning personality. The young pop star clearly understands what her brand is and how to get her message across. Of course, as a marketer, I couldn’t help but notice how much attention her personal brand attracts and the ease with which she’s become adored by a…

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