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Your precious words. You know they’ve got to be right to attract the audience you want. You’ve slaved over them, carefully crafting each phrase. You finally hit “publish,” and what happens? Nobody reads them. No comments, no tweets, no sharing on Facebook. It’s enough to send a writer into deep depression and wipe out motivation to keep producing great content.
One of the most repeated rules of writing compelling copy is to stress benefits, not features. In other words, identify the underlying benefit that each feature of a product or service provides to the prospect, because that’s what will prompt the purchase. This is one rule that always applies, except when it doesn’t. We’ll look at the exceptions in a bit.
Serious content creators know that each article they publish is a piece of a larger content marketing arena. But the thought of generating content ideas on a regular basis often knocks us out before the opening bell even rings. It can be difficult to consistently write exceptional content that encourages visitors to stick around and learn about your unique selling proposition.
You may have noticed that our content this week shifted forward a day — we took Monday off to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then on Tuesday, we started talking a lot about connections — especially the connection with our audiences. Brian kicked things off with a post about one of my favorite topics — our ability to attract the kind of customers and clients we ...
Let’s go deep for a moment. Below the surface, not in the 20th-century French existentialist sense, but to a much more simple understanding of depth that can actually start to make things happen for your content marketing strategy … whatever it is you’re trying to do online. As Mr. Sartre once said, “Words are loaded pistols.” I happen to believe that is a true statement.
In 1911, a man known as “Ishi” (the name just means man in his language), believed to be the last of the Yahi people, emerged from the wilderness after 44 years. He was taken from Oroville, California to San Francisco by an anthropologist, to work with a group that wanted to learn more about Ishi’s language and culture.
“Hello, I’m a Mac.” “And I’m a PC.” You remember Apple’s “Get a Mac” series of commercials that ran from May 2006 to October 2009? The commercials were short vignettes featuring John Hodgman as the sweet-yet-bumbling PC and Justin Long as the creative, hip Mac. Those 66 short spots were named the best advertising campaign of the previous decade by Adweek.
The blog is taking today off to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope you’ll join us in spending a few moments today reflecting on t ...
Last week, Brian Clark announced he was going to be joining us regularly this year on the blog. On Monday, Brian actually came back to the blog. (We’re very happy.) He offered us a post that outlines three simple steps to crafting a content marketing strategy that works. Since “simple” steps aren’t necessarily “easy” steps, look for lots more details from Brian in the weeks to come.
We all know how we feel when we run into creepy, pushy salespeople, right? Manipulated, pressured. Slimed. In fact, the last thing we want to do is make a purchase from that person. High-pressure salesmanship rarely works online. It’s so easy to just click away. That’s the promise of content marketing — to deliver a relevant business message without becoming a total saleshole.
“Why are we sending this email to this list again?” Kim asked. I was incredulous. “Umm, because we never sent it a first time,” I thought to myself. Still, before responding, I decided to check. Glad I did. It turned out we had indeed sent the same information to the same email list a week prior. And I was the one who wrote that original email.
In case you missed our “warmup” last month, this is the official kickoff for our 2017 Content Excellence Challenge. January resolutions are fine, but we’re more interested in helping you make consistent, ongoing improvement. Every month, we’ll give you a pair of prompts that we can all work on together as a community.
Strategy … we all know what it means, right? Just for grins, let’s look at a simple definition: A plan of action designed to achieve a major or overall aim. Clear enough. So why would the majority of content marketers have no documented strategy, according to Content Marketing Institute? And by “documented,” I mean a plan that you literally write down.
You never know what a fresh calendar year can inspire someone to do. They might start a new business, lose a zillion pounds, organize the sock drawer. Or, if it’s Copyblogger’s founder Brian Clark, they just might come back to the blog with a vengeance … and a commitment to write a bunch of new content for us. In case you missed it, Brian did that last one this week.
2016, right? Such a strange, difficult year. Lots of us are thinking about the artists we lost — poets, musicians, cultural icons. Of course, famous people die every year — but this one had a nasty streak. Bowie, Prince, Ali, Cohen, Fisher, and so many more. People who went far beyond entertaining us. We never met them, but they changed everything.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos about the best ways to clean your bathroom. In fact, I realized that I spend way more time watching “hacks, tricks, and tips” about how to efficiently clean a bathroom than I do actually cleaning my bathroom. Given the hundreds of thousands of views on these types of videos, perhaps it’s not just me.
One week from today, Copyblogger turns 11 years old. In some ways, it feels like only yesterday that I came up with the concept for this blog in December of 2005 and launched it the next month. Except that I was 38 at the time, and now … I’m not (ahem). There was plenty of emerging talk about commercial blogging going on back then, and Copyblogger was specifically designed ...
You’ve probably noticed how much cheap marketing and writing advice is out there. So many hypey “hacks” … so few results. We’re much more into the long game. It takes time and energy to produce good content, which is why we like solid, proven strategies that are actually worth your time. This week, we have some deep dives for you.
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