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April 8, 2013

Business Blogging: How to Hit the Sweet Spot of Social Engagement and Revenue Driver

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You’ve heard your SEO or marketing consultant recommend a blog, and you get it. After all, a blog allows you to do lots of great things for your business:

  • Put a face on your company.
  • Do reputation management, to deal with negative feedback.
  • Strengthen the focus of your site with new ideas and content.
  • Publish funny, entertaining or otherwise “viral” content that will get you attention online.

You know that blogging for your customers will build trust in your brand and improve users’ experience with you, making them more likely to associate themselves with you in the future. But you still have questions. Like, what can I expect the blog to contribute to sales? And if not directly connected to sales, how will I measure the blog’s success?

Read on for the answers in Business Blogging: How to Hit the Sweet Spot of Social Engagement and Revenue Driver.




February 22, 2013

Lessons from the Intelligent Content Conference

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Mad Men, content as gold (or currency) and the interactive realities now coming to life via e-books, social reader apps and mobile devices were hot topics at the Intelligent Content Conference held earlier this month in San Francisco.

The 5th annual event focuses on advanced information creation, management and delivery strategies and had a number of great sessions for anyone who deals with content—not just creators but information architects and strategists, too.

According to the 2013 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends report from the Content Marketing Institute and Marketing Profs, the #1 challenge content marketers face is producing enough content.

In my line of work, I focus on daily challenges faced by curators and creators who are trying to bulk up their owned media. The insights here are weighted heavily toward that audience. But there have been tremendous shifts in publishing. Every company is getting into the game and the need for intelligent content is now critical. This conference taught me a lot and is a great resource for any content creator who wants their content to be viable in the future.

Read the full post of insights from the Intelligent Content Conference.




January 30, 2013

5 Ways to Improve Blog Visibility ASAP

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Clients often ask us about blogging best practices, and how to increase the visibility and quality of content on their blog. This is a big question to answer, and an even bigger answer to give. True, a blog is an extension of your site (in some cases, a blog is the entire site). So you need to apply SEO best practices to your blog as a foundation. But blogging is also a social activity rooted in publishing.

Yes, blogging is part of your company’s social activities. It’s the content that’s fed through the social sphere. Without content, social media would not exist. It’s that stuff people share and connect through. And your blog needs to become a part of that.

So today, I’m going to share with you some small tweaks you can make to your blogging activity that will help strengthen the relationship between your community and the social networks.




January 22, 2013

Science Confirms Pics Are Worth 1,000 Words

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The image above is in a rotating banner along the front page of National Geographic today. To think that little dino babies could have nursed on mama dino’s little teats! I’m a sucker for ancient reptiles, and am myself mom to a creature of prehistoric persuasion. So I wanted to know, were dinosaurs and mammals […]




December 21, 2012

The Content Marketer’s Shortest Day: Inspirations to Let Content Be Your Light

Content with intent is what we seek to do in the business world. There is much to be learned from the imaginative ways people have responded commemorate those who were lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy last week.

With examples of people (ordinary to famous) using content for change, we can take these 5 elements forward into our content marketing strategies for the New Year.

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June 18, 2012

Quality Content Begins with Quality Research. Period.

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Let’s face it: none of us are experts in multiple subjects. But, when you’re writing content on behalf of other businesses, you have to be. Writing content for business is a mix of diligence, skill, talent, empathy, perceptiveness, art, organization and attention to detail. But you simply cannot, nor should you ever attempt to type one word until you’ve put in your research. Quality content simply can’t exist without research, which is why you should always budget ample time of your writing project for the research portion.

And watch out for content writers who say they can do it faster and cheaper then the next, because you get what you pay for. The time necessary to get into the minds of the audience in an industry that is completely foreign to you, and into the heart of a business you just met takes time.

Today, we’re going to look at how you can mix research and interview questions to get the most out of your writing when you’re creating content on behalf of businesses. The steps outlined here are meant to occur before the initial interview with the client and directly after it. The more legwork you, as the writer, put upfront, the more successful your interviews will be. What becomes of this is Web content that respects your client’s business and their audience, and provides value, not just words.

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February 17, 2012

Indicators of Content Marketing Success for Strategies and Organizations

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Most reading this probably agree they eat Internet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’re information (read: content) consumers. My attention’s up for grabs, but you better hit me with your best shot.

On the flip side are the content creators, marketers like you and me. …And everyone else.

With all the hungry infovores on the Web, marketers have long been aware of the opportunity and power of getting content into popular channels of consumption. Yet the volume was dialed up on the content marketing buzz as interesting commentary and reports on the topic came across my screen this week.

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October 26, 2011

How Not to Suck at Controversial Blogging

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You’ve probably heard that writing controversial blog posts is a sure-fire way to attract new readers. You’ve also probably heard it dismissed as a gimmick. Well, just because it’s a gimmick doesn’t mean it won’t work – you just have to be careful how you use it. If done correctly, the short-term attention generated by your controversial blog post can be used to expand your blog’s readership and attract links. Here’s some tips on how to create a solid blog post when attempting to tackle a controversial topic.

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October 5, 2011

How to Recognize Comment Spam in Your Blog

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So you’ve got a nice little blog supporting your business, you’re posting regularly, and you’ve found a balance between being too tame and too controversial for your topics. But your comment threads are full of spam – bland, vague comments that do nothing to further the conversation, and worse yet, link out to untrustworthy sites that can harm your site directly and by association.

As long as webmasters keep finding ways to identify comment spam, spammers will keep finding ways to evade detection. The comment spamming arms race will likely continue as long as spamming is still profitable (i.e., forever), but here are some of the latest tricks spammers use, and solutions you can employ to fight them. As an added bonus, we’ll include freshly harvested examples of spam from this very blog.

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December 30, 2010

7 Ways for Bloggers to Overcome Writer’s Block

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I have an annoying affliction that rears its ugly head from time to time. It’s called blogger burnout. In fact, it literally took me five minutes to write that first sentence. I blame it on three things:

1. Information overload. I literally have 100 things I could write about right now, but nope. Nothing. Cannot form sentences.
2. Blogging every day. Trying to keep blog posts new, exciting, relevant to everyone and engaging is a big job. And sometimes it leads to analysis paralysis.
3. Forgetting that life inspires writing. Not making the connection between experiences and challenges I face every day and topics for the blog. Big mistake.

But stick around, because in an effort to fix this nasty problem, I’m gonna hit it head on by talking about it. I’m making lemonade.

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