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Avoid Content Obscurity With 5 Traffic-Boosting SEO Steps

Not getting the traffic you expected from your content marketing efforts? Before you go on a content creation frenzy, try these five SEO steps to save your existing content from search obscurity.  Continue reading

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How to Create a Brilliant Newsletter People Want to Read

Have you noticed? Newsletters are hot right now. They’re incredibly powerful. How can you create a newsletter that gets opened every time you send it? Consider these eight strategies with best-in-class examples. Continue reading

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6 Ways to Energize Your Content Marketing Team (and Your Content)

If you want your content team to produce more original content without expanding your numbers, you need to give them the time and headspace for creativity and innovation. Here are six unexpected ways to help your team do just that. Continue reading

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Why You Need Content Strategy Before Editorial Planning

You know your voice and tone, you know what formats and channels you’re going to create content for, and you know how often you’re going to publish or share content.
Great! Except that’s not a content strategy. It’s an editorial plan.
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This Week in Content Marketing: A&E Creates Content Blueprint for Brands

We discuss A&E's new publisher-driven business model, and share thoughts on how Medium and Twitter can monetize their audiences. We shake things up in our rants and raves, then wrap up the show with an example of the week from Red Hat. Continue reading

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Editorial Calendar Tools and Templates

The editorial calendar is one tool no content marketer should be without. Follow these guidelines to build one from scratch – or take your current editorial calendar to the next level.

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What Do Fast Company’s Innovative Companies Do Differently? 5 Examples for Marketers

Fast Company released its Most Innovative Companies issue and CMI devoured it to find great content marketing practices. Learn about five inspiring companies with innovative ideas that you should consider for your content marketing. Continue reading

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What Is the Difference Between Content and Content Marketing?

Stop creating content. Start creating a content brand. Discover why just because content is everywhere, it isn’t enough. Learn why content marketing success really requires owning the destination for all your audience-building content. Continue reading

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Fact-Checking for Content Marketers: How to Protect Credibility in the Era of Fake News [Checklist]

In all honesty, do you fact-check your content? Or do you think you don’t have the time or resources to do it? That risky behavior must end or you could face big short- and long-term problems. Here’s a checklist and resources to help. Continue reading

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The Challenges Facing Tomorrow’s Marketer: 3 Biggest Themes From Intelligent Content Conference

Zoom out to identify three main challenges that emerged at the Intelligent Content Conference. These are the things that you, tomorrow’s marketer, need to do to take your career and our profession to the next level. Continue reading

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This Week in Content Marketing: More Big Companies Investing in Original Content

We recap Intelligent Content Conference 2017, discuss a Netflix-driven trend, and explore the link between content marketing, strategy, and engineering. We wrap up the show with an example of the week from The Blues Kitchen. Continue reading

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Simplify Your Content Marketing Strategy with a One-Page Plan

A content marketing program is more likely to succeed when it has a documented marketing strategy. Don’t wait another minute. Create a comprehensive one-page content marketing strategy today. Here’s how.

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2 Funnels Are Necessary for Content Marketing

Following a purchase funnel to shape your content marketing goals sets you up for limited success. Not all content subscribers will become customers. That’s why you need to create and add a content marketing funnel to your program. Continue reading

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Screwed Up Priorities? 5 Reasons You Aren’t Working on the Right Content Projects

If you’re not as victorious as you’d like with your content marketing efforts – or you’re struggling to distinguish if you’re even working on the right content or not – it could come down to these five simple prioritization problems.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Customer Support Team to Help Build Buyer Personas

The customer support team knows why people contact your company. Do you? Reach out to your customer support team members to better understand your audience so you can improve your buyer personas and deliver more relevant content. Continue reading

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New Way to Build Personas Over Time

The era of agile is here, and personas need to change with the times. This in-depth Q&A shows you how to produce a minimum viable persona, and then build it up as you learn about your audience. Continue reading

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Time for B2B Enterprise Marketers to Get Focused on Their Audience vs. Their Brands [New Research]

Too many B2B enterprise marketers create content focused on their brand, not their audience. That’s one of the key findings in our new research report, B2B Enterprise Content Marketing 2017: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends—North America. Continue reading

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What the commodification of (Snapchat) Stories means for marketers

You can’t go anywhere on social media without seeing the Stories format being used.

If that statement was said a year ago, when it was exclusively being used by Snap in its flagship app, it would have been followed by statements proclaiming that the company has crossed the chasm and will undoubtedly be the third digital marketing megapower behind Facebook and Google.

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Banks are using data access to disrupt their disruptors

The future for big banks in a fintech world is the subject of debate, and there's reason to believe that big banks are more vulnerable to disruptive startups than some might assume.

But as they seek to maintain their position in the marketplace, banks are turning to what is perhaps their most valuable asset: data.

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What the heck is strategy in the digital age?

What the heck is strategy?

If I worked for an agency or wrote for The Drum, I might ask "What the f#@k is strategy?" – this four letter word seems more apposite, given the amount of fluff written about digital strategy in particular.

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Tackling branded paid search in complex APAC markets

Local technology and expertise is the key to biddable media success in the APAC region.

I recently spoke to Hannes Ben, Chief International Officer at independent agency Forward3D, about the skills needed in APAC and the idiosyncracies of branded paid search.

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Hollywood's response to digital disruption looks like a flop

Digital disruption has been felt in Hollywood, and even if it's not all doom and gloom as some old media skeptics suggest, there's no doubt that Hollywood firms have been forced to rethink how they create and sell their content.

But some of the latest moves Hollywood players are reportedly considering as they address the changing media landscape beg the question: is Hollywood totally missing the plot?

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10 mesmerising digital marketing stats from this week

Oh March, a month so non-descript that pancakes are about the only source of excitement. Plus, the clocks went forward – that’s bound to have gotten you all aflutter.

It’s time to reward yourself, so sink your teeth into this week’s roundup, which includes news about mobile consumers, post-Brexit prices, and media regulation.

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Is a second Facebook News Feed in the works? What you need to know

Facebook is reportedly experimenting with a second News Feed that would display content from sources users have't Liked or followed.

As detailed by TechCrunch, users of the social network's iOS and Android apps have reported seeing a rocket ship icon under which content that Facebook thinks might be of interest is displayed.

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Customer experience: 40% of companies say each department has its own agenda

Company silos. That least poetic of business metaphors is not going away anytime soon.

For all the articles about cross-functional teams and iterative ways of working, 40% of marketers admit that they are not adequately supported by other members of the organisation and that different departments have their own agenda.

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