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  • Why Content Curation Is an Essential Part of Your Marketing Mix

    Imagine if an art museum contained every single painting created over a hundred-year period. It wouldn’t be much fun to visit, right? Hundreds of thousands of images, of wildly varying quality, without organization or context? It would be like a Google image search crossed with a garage sale. Content curation is what turns a warehouse full of art and artifacts into a museum.

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  • 10 Easy Wins to Improve Your B2B Marketing Leads

    And now, a brief message from Captain Obvious and his sidekick, Sidekick Boy: The goal of marketing is to generate leads that convert to sales, thereby generating revenue. What a thunderously, crashingly obvious statement! Captain Obvious saves the day again. But seriously, it’s useful for marketers to occasionally contemplate this most fundamental truth about our profession.

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  • The Big Top: A New Model for SEO-Driven Content

    For over a decade now, the fundamental unit of content marketing has been the blog post. Your post may be a block of text, an infographic, or a listicle about memes, but the underlying structure is the same. A regular cadence of posts to the company blog is the foundation of most content marketing strategies.

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  • 10 Infographics to Guide Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Your brain can identify and retain details of an image in 13 milliseconds. That’s less than a 20th of the time it takes to blink your eyes. So it’s no surprise that visual content is on the rise as attention spans shrink. If you could choose between a consumer spending 20 seconds with a wall of text or 20 seconds with an image, it makes sense to go with the latter.

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  • How to Inspire Your B2B Audience with Killer Content Marketing

    B2B content marketers: It’s time to get over our inferiority complex. Yes, the B2C folks are over there marketing cool stuff like basketball shoes and energy drinks, while we’re stuck with cloud software solutions and medical imaging machinery. Yes, we’re marketing to business professionals on a buying committee that has to commit to million-dollar deals.

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  • Social Media Marketing Report: Does Your Engagement Measure Up?

    If I had to sum up marketing’s relationship with social media in a single nerdy meme, it’d be this: Yes, much as Obi-Wan Kenobi was dismayed to find that Anakin had turned to the dark side, many marketers feel betrayed by social media. Each platform offered the potential to build an audience and deliver content straight to their feeds.

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  • New eBook: 30 Staple Ingredients to Stock Your Content Marketing Kitchen

    My mother was the chief cook in our household. It was a thankless job. Her customers were three kids with radically different ideas about what was edible and what was, like, totally grody. When we asked what was for dinner—one of her least favorite questions—she would frequently answer, “Well, we could make peanut butter sandwiches, if we had any bread. Or any peanut butter.

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  • Feeling Stuck? 5 Tips to Restart your Content-Creating Brain

    Blank space: Great when it’s a song by Taylor Swift, not so great in content marketing. No, wait. I already used that analogy. Now I need a clever new intro to this post about overcoming writer’s block and resetting your content brain. I’m staring at a white screen, trying to put words together, intimidated by all that blank space. Hey, that’s like the Taylor Swift song… no, wait.

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  • 20 Awesome Healthcare Marketers to Follow on LinkedIn

    Marketing is a challenging profession, full stop. But some flavors of marketing are trickier than others. Healthcare marketers have the same obstacles and issues other marketers do, and they have to contend with strict brand guidelines and stricter federal regulations. It’s like the old saying: “Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels.

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  • How Does Your Garden Grow? How to Create and Maintain Evergreen Content

    Every good gardener knows there are two types of flowering plants: Annuals and perennials. Annuals bloom once and have to be replanted the next growing season. Perennials stick around; they continue to flower year after year. Most blog posts are annuals. You publish them, they generate views and shares for a while, and then they basically go dormant.

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  • Content Planning for the Win: 10 Expert Tips to Keep Your Audience Engaged Again & Again

    Blank space: Great when it’s a Taylor Swift song (or a nifty 20’s-style cover of same), not awesome when it’s on your editorial calendar. You want to publish with a steady cadence to keep your audience satisfied. But you know that filler won’t do—it’s got to be quality and quantity. Great content is no accident. It requires careful planning to provide the value and variety your audience craves.

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  • The 5 W’s (and an H) That Guide Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Journalists make excellent content marketers. It’s not just because they’re used to writing clean, compelling copy. Or that, given the state of the modern news industry, there’s a wide talent pool for marketing departments to choose from. No, journalists make great marketers because they have finely-developed instincts for chasing down a story.

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  • The Next Evolution of Influencer Marketing: 4 Key Insights And What They Mean

    We marketers love to chase shiny objects. It’s part of the constant drive to experiment, optimize, and improve. Any new tactic that looks promising is going to attract our attention. During his presentation last week at Social Media Marketing World, Lee Odden offered proof of just how shiny influencer marketing is: It can potentially return $9.60 for every dollar invested.

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  • Aw, Snap: Everything You Need to Know about Snapchat for Business #SMMW17

    “Social media evolution is inevitable. All you can do is evolve along with it.” - @carlosgil83 Click To Tweet Snapchat is a platform seemingly designed to confuse people of a certain age. Let’s say those of us who were high school age or older when Bill Clinton was president. If you’re in that demographic, you probably didn’t immediately “get” Snapchat’s minimalist UI and se ...

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  • Creating Breakthrough Content: There Ain’t No Magic Feather #SMMW17

    If you want to write amazing content like Ann Handley, don’t be a Dumbo. Dumbo was convinced he could only fly while holding a “magic feather.” When he lost the feather mid-flight, he plummeted toward the ground. It wasn’t until he believed he could fly without the feather that he was able to take off again.

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  • Superheroes of Social Media: Your Must-See Guide to #SMMW17

    In a past life, I was a minor internet celebrity. One big perk to that dubious career was being a vendor at San Diego Comic Con for seven straight years. Our little indie booth saw visits from superheroes and celebrities alike. Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, DC & Marvel Comics: It’s truly a nerdy paradise.

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