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12 Quick Content Marketing Tips and Trends

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Among the ideas and tips they tossed out for making the most of your blogs, Tweets, emails, videos, etc.: . 1) The title of your blog post is more important than the content, both to draw readers and to optimize its search engine ranking.

Stop the WordPress Madness!

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One month and hundreds of dollars worth of development help ago, I began consolidating my Web site and blog onto WordPress, the popular blog, Web site and content publishing system.

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If You MUST Write A Press Release, Do It Better

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Plenty of people use “blogs,” “Twitter,” “Facebook,” or “LinkedIn” but “press release” barely registered. Reuse the content in the form of Tweets, blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc.

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Why Marketing Automation is Floundering (Amen!)

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I’ve chronicled my hellish experience moving my blog to WordPress, which provides only the content management and presentation side of the puzzle.

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By creating compelling white papers, case studies, blog posts and other content based on an in-depth understanding of your competitive differentiators. We can create anything from full-fledged email marketing campaigns to white papers, case studies, ghosted articles and blog posts.

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About Us

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While he continues to write for Computerworld and InfoWorld , his prime focus is providing marketing material including email newsletters, blog posts, and white papers for leading IT vendors including AT&T, Microsoft, BMC, F5 and Cognizant.

It's Official: Forrester Says B2B Buyers Hate Confusing Jargon

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Vendor use of jargon and their lack of simplifying issue complexity often keep business-oriented buyers from grasping the nuances of how technology can help to solve their problem,” says a post on the Marketing Interactions blog.

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Selling Your Weaknesses in B2B Content Marketing

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The folks at marketing automation software vendor HubSpot seem to agree, judging from a recent blog post on “Seven Reasons Social Media is Bad for Marketing.”. I’ve long argued that admitting your product or service isn’t the right hammer for every nail is an effective way to sell.

Time to Kill the Press Release?

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And what with internal and external bloggers and Tweeters, anyone who cares will probably see your latest news by following your blog, Tweets or Facebook page, or through a Web search, long before they see a formal press release.

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Using Online Games To Sell Complex B2B Software

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I have to give IBM points for even trying this: They’ve developed an online game that walks players through a (BPM) Business Process Management) exercise. But is asking prospects to spend the time playing an online game good for all parts of the sales cycle?

My Blog: What Works, What Doesn’t

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Offer 1: Commoditize This! Download Why good writing isn’t dead and when you should pay for it as part of your content marketing strategy. Offer 2: Got a content marketing challenge or question? Drop a line or call me at (781) 599-3262 for a complimentary brainstorm

Real Editors Don't Just Retweet

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  Yes, you need to redistribute good stuff from blogs, RSS feeds and Twitter to keep yourself visible.

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Boeing Redesigns Web Site Around Features. And the Business Case Is?

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Technorati Tags: Boeing , B2B marketing , content marketing , Web site design , marketing , public relations As a hopeless aviation geek, I love the new Boeing Web site which leads not with corporate boilerplate, but with big, splashy photos of its airplanes and its people doing cool things.

Skill Set For Content Marketing: Number Crunching and A Gut Feel

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Or at least that’s how it works in Hubspot (screen show below,) an integrated marketing platform I’m considering for my clients who are using blogs to generate prospects.

What Is Content Marketing?

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You’ll also need a way to distribute your content, which can be anything from free blogging software to more expensive marketing automation systems that automatically score leads and send them to your CRM system. Content marketing means using anything from spec sheets to white papers to case studies, Webinars or podcasts to keep prospects interested. Sure, people have been doing “content marketing” since the first salesman left the first brochure on the first customer’s desk.

Amateur Bloggers Jump Ship, Pros Taking Over

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A story in the current Newsweek says that interest in amateur (non-profit) blogging and contributing to Wikipedia is falling off rapidly as, frankly, people get tired of working for free. But the fact that people won’t blog or edit or tweet or whatever for free forever is a good sign.     B2B marketing blogging citizen journalism content marketing new media social media Web 2.0

Looking for Good Content? Go for Brains, Not Titles

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Letting marketers choose who can, and cannot, be quoted in your blog or newsletter robs you of the quality content you need.   Tags: B2B marketing content marketing corporate blogs marketing collateral newsletter marketing Journalism isn’t like marketing, and that isn’t just because journalists supposedly seek the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Virtual Trade Shows for Mere Mortals

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This is tougher, and requires staff to capture the events (in Tweets, blogs, videos, etc.) SAP appears to have done a bang-up job with its combined physical and virtual customer conferences, according to B2B Magazine. Not only did it focus on getting customers to talk to each other, (VS. SAP talking at them,) but tracked which content prospects viewed to learn about their needs, and will use a content management system to target future info and offers to them based on those actions.

Just Say No To "Social Media Press Releases"

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There’s nothing here that couldn’t be done as well, or better, by a well-done blog post, Webinar, white paper, etc. To succeed, the “social media press release” must focus more on content than Web bling.         Catherine Marenghi , senior PR manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions (a client of mine) read my recent post asking if it’s “Time to Kill the Press Release?

New Ways Around An Old Problem: Getting Reference Customers

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But while doing some research on customer retention for a client, I stumbled on Bill Lee, who blogs and Tweets on the very specific topic of how to get customers to serve as “references” – i.e., to be quoted, interviewed, cited, etc. At my advanced age (a sister, a cousin and a friend just became grandparents!) it isn’t often I run across a completely new source of great ideas to solve an “evergreen” problem.

Stop blogging until you do these five things

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I just found this awesome blog on social media measurement. This dude is probably thinking, “I’ve been blogging for three years and nobody is subscribing. This seems so simple, so logical, and yet I see SO MANY blogs ignoring the basics of good blog management.

5 Ways Blog Analytics Improve Your Business Blog

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How do you use your blog analytics ? There are many easy-to-use blogging analytics tools out there, but the really successful bloggers know their results and tailor their blogs accordingly. And if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, now would be a perfect time!

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

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I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things. For the record: I wrote 440 posts on the Blogger-based WebMarketCentral blog between 2005 and 2010, and have now published 560 posts here on Webbiquity.

Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!

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If you enjoyed this infographic and would like to use it on your own blog or publication for free, you can download your own copy here: 10 Reasons to Blog Infographic And for more blogging inspiration, be sure to buy Born to Blog , the number one book on blogging in the world.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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Here are 10 proven ways to generate more leads from your blog. It’s highly likely that most of your blog traffic will come, not from visitors wandering over from the main corporate site, but through search. On our blog , we use the Indeed Smart PopUp for WordPress.)

10 Maxims of Successful Blogging

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I enjoy coaching people with their blogging efforts and there are 10 pieces of advice I seem to dispense the most often. Whether you are blogging for your business or for the pure joy of it, I think these ideas will help you: 1. Write a blog post that only you could write.

[Infographic] 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

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The social media landscape is littered with business blogs that, on the surface, do everything right. Most of those same blogs, however, do little to generate leads, subscribers, or any other kind of measurable engagement or ROI.

15 Elements Most Successful Blogs Have in Common

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What’s on your blog? But are there blog elements you’re missing? There are a few basic components almost all successful blogs share. These are the widgets, share buttons, and other mechanics of the blog. In other words, your blog is a soft-sell environment.

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What is the future of blogging?

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It seems to be that time of year when the “is blogging dead” debate swirls around the social web. In this post I will cover three very important issues to the world of blogging: Exactly what is a blog right now? Are blogs as important as they used to be?

Why the economics of blogging are diminishing

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By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist When I started blogging about five years ago (back when we felt smart with dumb phones), I devoured every blog post about how to write epic blog posts. But the economics of blogging don’t work the same way any more.

How Do You Choose a Blog Platform?

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How do you choose a blog platform ? . In my last post, How to Start a Blog: 7 Steps BEFORE You Blog , I shared important information you want to consider before your first post, including signing up for a trial blog. Congratulations on deciding to start a blog!

The future of blogging and online publishing

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A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead. When reading is dead … then blogging will be dead. Starting your social media strategy with a blog used to be a safe bet. A lot of people out there are saying blogging is dead.

Simplify Your Blog Writing: Shortcuts to Publishing a Leadership Blog

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Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

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Are you keeping your business blog fresh? If you’re like me, and you’ve been blogging for a number of years, chances are some of your links may no longer work. Our blogs would rank high for our keywords, and life would be wonderful.

The 10 best big company blogs in the world

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There seems to be a lot of noise about the “death of the company blog.” ” In a world with so many shiny balls to chase like Snapchat and Instagram, are blogs still vibrant? What is the state of the art in company blogging? What are the best company blogs today?

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10 simple tweaks to generate more sales through blogs

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We’re not supposed to expect sales though blogs, right? In fact, your blogging space is a very important sales opportunity because if people are finding you through search, these are high-potential leads. I am NOT saying to be “sales-y” in the content of your blog.

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13 Great Guides to Growing Your Blog Audience

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You’ve put extensive effort into your business blog design, content strategy, research, and execution. Why isn’t your blog attracting a higher level of traffic? Business Blogging: Five Reasons You Have No Readers by Spin Sucks.

Lessons learned while deleting 274 blog posts

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After more than seven years of blogging I had a lot of clutter. So I started at the beginning of the {grow} timeline and began deleting blog posts. When the dust had cleared, I had trashed 274 blog posts. Since those early days I have had more than 65,000 comments on the blog.

8 ways blog writing is unique

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There are many great writers who have unsuccessful blogs. Here are eight ways that blog writing differs from how you might write in school or at work. Nobody is going to sit by the fireplace with a glass of wine and relax with a good blog post. Blog readers are SKIMMERS.

What is the ideal blogging frequency for your business?

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Blogging frequency is among the most common questions I am asked, and it occurred to me that I have never directly addressed this in a blog post. So here we go — how often should you post on your blog? What is the ideal blogging frequency?