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If you are better, you should look better.

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The content, while optimized for search engines, also works for humans. Today I found this really excellent example of a roofing contractor website. It was mentioned in a Roofing Contractor column, The Power of Branding , by Chris King. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Menzel defines branding as a company’s effort to build lasting value by delighting customers. When they zig, you zag.”.

Get a jump on link-building

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Make sure you put great content on your site too. It seems everyone in the building industry is buzzing about search engine optimization or SEO — the practice of  optimizing your website so that you will “be found&# by the search engines. Competition to top search engine results for long-tail search terms like “St Paul Remodeling&# and “minneapolis custom cabinets&# is intensifying. Before long, it will be impossible to achieve top rankings without a good link-building strategy. Avoid mass-submission/ SEO-play article sites. But be careful!

May there be peace within

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May you be content with yourself just the way you are. This afternoon I participated in a roundtable discussion at NARI. For the most part the conversation was upbeat. More about that later.) Still, I felt a just a hint of frustration and weariness in the room. It’s hard. A lot harder than it used to be to compete, to win business, to inspire customer loyalty, to hang in there. Sometimes it’s hard when you are running a business (or looking for a job maybe?) –  to keep your spirits up. Sometimes success comes (at least in part) from finding peace within.

How to write a press release

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If you have a story, images, or content that might be useful, it’s OK to contact the appropriate editor and offer assistance. I recently received a call from a friend who was planning a benefit concert: she wanted to know how to write a press release. pointed her to PRweb’s article, Tips, Guidelines and Templates for Writing an Effective Press Release , a very good how-to summary. Unfortunately, she’s a little late — her press release should have been sent three weeks ago. So here’s some quick distribution tips to remember: 1. Plan for LOTS of lead time.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more

Website grader – what’s your score

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We talked about a number of different ways we’ve been successful increasing traffic for clients — he’s really into the coding and development, and my focus is more usability, customer experience and content. I’ve added a new associate to my universe of marketing experts and partners – Sam Beamond. Sam and I met for coffee this morning at the Dunn Bros, just to get acquainted. I was eager to pick his brain about search engine optimization and web analytics. So I think we will have opportunities to partner together. Bungalo Group can help.

Is there a downside to Facebook?

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Unless you have a content management systems or in-house expert, daily, weekly, or even monthly website updates can be a challenge. Take your time getting familiar with the interface, posting updates, adding content. Last week a client called to ask a question: We’re thinking of creating a company Facebook page, but before we do… is there a downside? He decided the “risk&# for him was minimal, and the benefits of having a place to converse with “fans&# made it worth exploring. Here’s some of what we talked about: 1. Don’t be dull. Be theirs.

The 23 Best Content Ideation Tools

Webbiquity

Great content—the kind that resonates with your audience—starts with great topic ideas. What are the best tools for finding great content ideas? Here are almost two dozen of the best content ideation tools finding and capturing bursts of inspiration. Sample review:  “Turns your content creation into a magazine, while it can also be embedded on WordPress sites too.”

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Should your content generate leads or relationships?

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His business goal was to generate an ever-increasing number of leads from his company’s blog content and he wanted my ideas on what they might try to kick the number up. “Should your content be aimed at building short-term leads for cold calls, or for building real business relationships?” Should content generate leads or relationships? ” I asked.

7 Content Marketing Mistakes Costing You Time and Money

Act-On

Content marketing is getting harder. Ironically, it’s because of the content itself. There’s just a crazy amount of content available right now. Here’s what the increase looks like year over year: That rate of content publishing – sometimes called content “velocity” – isn’t going to stop. Because it appears the more content we publish, the less engagement we get.

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22 Tantalizing Content Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

With the near-universal embrace of content marketing— 93% of B2B marketers are using content marketing , and B2C marketers are close behind—the amount of brand content being produced has exploded. Already widespread, content marketing will continue to grow. Visual and video content will become increasing important. Stats About Content Marketing Use and Trends. 1.

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Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 1: Evangelizing Content and Setting Yourself Up for Success Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Content Marketing: Why 7 IV. Content Marketing: When 12 V. Content Marketing: How 17 VI.

25 Content Marketing Tools To Jumpstart Your Content Marketing Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

Creating and finding good, relevant content to share with your target audience is hard work. But thankfully there are lots of great time-saving content marketing tools out there to make this process easier for you. have listed some of my favorite tools below to help you brainstorm content ideas and put together great content […]. Content Marketing

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The business case for unbranded content

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In this age of overwhelming content, our consumers can steer around what bore them. You could have a massive marketing budget and team of writers and designers, but if no one engages enough to share your content and ideas, then it’s just not working. Why would you create content and not even take credit for it? Using unbranded content when branding is impossible.

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The 12 Hottest Tools for Content Promotion

B2B Marketing Insider

Content marketing is nothing without good promotion. There are a lot of people furiously writing great blog posts, spending hours a day, hoping that an insane amount of new customers will magically find their content and purchase their app, solution, merchandise or something else. Promotion was important before content marketing […]. Content Marketing

How to Create Dynamic Social Content

B2B Marketing Insider

Dynamic social content is content that evokes responses, earn shares, and meets a need. One way to determine whether or not your content is dynamic is to ask yourself if you would share that content if it came across your newsfeed. The post How to Create Dynamic Social Content appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 2: Strategy and Roadmap Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Conclusion 31 Table of Contents ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY3 In 2008, General Electric CMO Beth Comstock had just.

10 Hacks for Content Marketers Who Have Little Time

B2B Marketing Insider

Yes, this entire content marketing thing is great. Heck, if done right the struggle for eyeballs might turn into a struggle for content, to satisfy the many readers you’ve got. The post 10 Hacks for Content Marketers Who Have Little Time appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing Content content curation content marketers guest blogging Social Media

Is B2B Content Engagement Heading In The Wrong Direction?

Tony Zambito

When it comes to the state of B2B content marketing and engagement, this proverb is on the mark.   According to a recent study by Track Maven , one among a few on this topic, shows both B2B and B2C marketers have increased their publishing of content in 2015 by as much as 35 to 40%. The Track Maven study found that content engagement decreased by 17% in the same period. 

Industrial Content Marketing’s Role in Sales

Industrial Marketing Today

You’ve probably read all the buzz surrounding industrial content marketing. The Content Marketing Institute found that 81% of business-to-business (B2B) manufacturers in North America said that their organizations were using content marketing (Source: 2016 B2B Manufacturing Content Marketing Trends—North America). This is only a content summary.

How To Lead With Customer-Focused Content

Tony Zambito

The explosion of content in the digital world is an unprecedented phenomenon just a few could have predicted twenty-five years ago.  Content is ubiquitous in all phases of life and in business.  In fact, it is getting harder and harder to find a slice of time where content is not invading precious personal or business space. by Creative Stall. New Dilemmas For Marketers.

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY1 The Ultimate Content Strategist. Playbook No. 3: Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Joe Lazauskas ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY2 I. Staffing Your Content Team 24 VI. Pros, Cons, and Costs of the Top 10 Content Distribution.

The uncomfortable state of content marketing metrics

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In a post titled Content Marketing – It’s About to Get Weird , my friend Joe Pulizzi revealed disappointing findings from an annual research survey. Here’s Joe goes on to paint a hopeful picture of content marketing’s future by plugging this problem into the Gartner’s “hype cycle” model. Fixing the content marketing problem. It sucked.

Content Shock is here. Now what?

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About two years ago, I wrote a blog post called Content Shock: Why Content Marketing is not a sustainable strategy. The premise behind Content Shock is simple. My post was a call to arms, pointing out that what worked in content marketing a few years ago — when content was a novelty — will not work in this era or overwhelming information density.

The strategy behind the content

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At the end of each year I reflect on what I need to do more of or less of … what is working now and what will be working in the coming year. A lot of this reflection is spent on the time I spend creating content. thought I would share for you my strategic view of the strategy behind the content streams going into 2016. Content has no value unless it is seen and shared.

How Your Startup Can Overcome Content Marketing Challenges

KoMarketing Associates

Starting a content marketing program from scratch is right up there on the list. Data shows content marketing is a long game requiring consistent, strategic investment. Startups that invest in content marketing have the means to affirm theirs is the best solution. Content has the cues. There are even more reasons to begin content marketing early. Guess what?

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

Content. Practices Report Copyright © 2016 Contently. Why a Content Methodology Is Needed III. Culture of Content: The Foundation. for Content Methodology IV. Components of a Content Methodology V. Create a Content Plan VI. Contents “ If you want to learn. content possible based. the content creation and. Competitive Content.

Content Marketing Trend: “Micro-Content”

B2B Marketing Insider

Now, he runs VaynerMedia, a company that produces content and marketing campaigns for big brands. Vaynerchuk and his 250-person team have recently shifted their focus to micro-content on social media platforms, as well Vine videos , to spread their clients’ branding messages. You produce content for Vine, Medium, SoundCloud, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Content Marketing

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20 Experts Provide Their Content Marketing Predictions For 2016

B2B Marketing Insider

Last week I ran my own content marketing prediction : A Correction In The Advertising Market. This will drive an increase in content marketing budgets. It will force more marketers to consider how to create and publish content their customers actually want. And it will require content marketers to get pretty damn good at showing ROI. Content Marketingthink not.

An A to Z of Content Marketing Best Practices

Act-On

There’s a lot to know about content marketing. You’ve got the content creation part, the social media part, the SEO. To give you a broad view of the content marketing best practices now in being used in the industry, we thought we’d package them up like ABCs. Content marketing is about audience, audience, audience. The anchor of many content marketing programs.

How to Create Irresistibly Shareable Content

KoMarketing Associates

Every now and then, a piece of content goes absolutely viral on the internet. And, it’s pretty much every content marketer’s goal to produce that piece of content, the one that gets shared like crazy. Creating shareable content requires taking a step back and thinking about the process. What actually encourages people to share content? What Enjoy! The Place.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.comBy Jordan Teicher Content. Contents GOING LONG: HOW 5 B2B TECH BRANDS BUILT VALUABLE AUDIENCES THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY, LONGFORM CONTENT CONTENTLY3 Brands aren’t just publishing. Introduction 4 Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness Across the Industry Red Bull has long been the strongest example of this.

Once is Never Enough: How to Repurpose Content Like a Boss

Act-On

Producing engaging content is the #1 challenge for content marketers. Getting it right often requires a whole team of people, from data analysts and content strategists to the actual content creators – the subject experts, writers, designers and editors that produce the final product. Creating engaging content is the biggest challenge for B2B and B2C content marketers.

Why Customer-Focused Content Should Be A Priority

B2B Marketing Insider

And simply replacing a few words in your existing content […]. The post Why Customer-Focused Content Should Be A Priority appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing content strategy content writingThere’s a shift happening right before our eyes. Gone are the days where marketers concentrated on company-centered messaging.

28 Super Easy Tips on How to Promote Your Content

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Content distribution has been a BIG topic here on {grow} and around the social sphere. As Mark’s book, The Content Code  explains, “great content isn’t the finish line, it’s the starting line.” Here are 28 tips on how to promote your content online. Promote Your Content On Social Media. Promote Your Content To Your List(s).

The Telltale 8% Drop In Content Marketing Effectiveness

Tony Zambito

The annual Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs B2B Content Marketing Benchmark Study 2016 is quite startling. Perhaps not as drastic as the Dow falling by 8%, but to see the percentage of marketers who believe their content marketing was effective drop to 30% from 38% in one year is a revelation. Documented Content Strategy Helps. by Aha-Soft.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. content. B2B Marketing.

34 Compelling Content Marketing Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Content marketing is now ubiquitous, with 93% of all marketers saying they do content marketing (it’s not clear what the other 7% are doing). But with so much content being produced, distributed and shared, how do you make your efforts stand out and grab the attention of your prospects? Only about half of marketers try to connect content to sales. TopRank ). 2.

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Reframing Content ROI and the Case for B2B Content

B2B Marketing Insider

Despite a plethora of articles recommending methods to determine content ROI, this continues to be a hot and confusing topic for many B2B marketers. Content performance, at an asset or campaign level, is typically the way marketers think of content ROI. The post Reframing Content ROI and the Case for B2B Content appeared first on Marketing Insider Group.

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7 Predictions for Content Marketing in 2016

Act-On

2016 holds a lot of promise for content marketers. Things like content shock and mobile usage aren’t going to go away, but there are plenty of ways to mitigate the damage. If you’ve already figured out your content marketing strategy for the new year, kudos to you. There are a lot of things shaping content marketing right now, and quite a few opportunities to enjoy.

5 Reasons Snackable Content is (Still) Awesome

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If you’ve ever heard the expression “big things come in small packages,” you already know a little something about snackable content. This social media content category might be composed of small, easy-to-consume chunks of information—think a tweet, or a Facebook video, or an Instagram meme—but it is nonetheless a mighty force for the good of your brand. Puh-lease.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

Copyright © 2015 Contently. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. 700 content marketers. CONTENTLY STUDY: HOW MUCH OF YOUR CONTENT MARKETING IS EFFECTIVE? Content marketing is having a moment. billion dollars on content marketing this year, and that number is growing fast. Our content measurement survey from. 68% 16.7%

7 Tips to Supercharge Your Content on LinkedIn Pulse

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B2B marketers are charged with creating massive amounts of content, primarily to fuel inbound marketing, social media, lead nurturing, and pipeline acceleration. It’s probably no surprise that 76 percent say they are creating more content than they were a year ago. Most B2B marketers know that headlines make or break the performance of content. Make content easy to skim.