Posts in content-marketing

Why Blog Factories Are Bad For Inbound Marketing

 

We’ve all gotten those emails. The ones that say “Hello first.name, my name is Carol and I create SEO-optimized blog posts for companies just like YOURS!”

If you’ve been thinking that you need to get a company blog going, or you’ve tried to get one off the ground and you just can’t find the time, this might seem like a great option. These services are usually fairly inexpensive, and they seem like an easy way to check a big item off your to-do list.

If these thoughts sound familiar, I’d like to ask you to think about why you believe you need a blog in the first place. I’m not saying you don’t; in fact, the odds are good that you do. But what is your reason for needing one?

If your answer is “Well, don’t most companies do this sort of thing now?” or “I heard somewhere that keeping ‘fresh content on my website’ will help my site rank well on Google,” then go on ahead and respond to that blog factory’s email.

However, if you’re serious about wanting to use your online presence to generate serious, qualified leads and ultimately grow your business, then take a look at the following reasons why engaging a blog factory is not going to be in line with your goals.

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Posted by Erin Durham on September 19, 2017 in Content Marketing, Blogging | 0 Comments

How A Blog Article Saved Me $180 and a Lifetime of Embarrassment

 

Prospects and clients often ask if they really need to invest time, money, and effort into blogging. After all, what if no one reads the articles? And if no one is reading the articles, doesn't that just mean blogging is just a waste of resources?

We're always quick to reassure those who ask that blogging is a necessity: it improves your search engine rankings, helps bring authentic personality to your company and brand, establishes you as an expert, and allows you to directly address and engage with your audience. 

And to make sure you get readers, we often suggest publishing a mix of blogs that relate directly to your business and its product and service offerings, as well as a few that may not tie directly into your business, but are still relevant and informational, providing value to readers in the form of education.

I always knew it in theory, but I recently learned firsthand that that education is priceless. Or, in my case, it was valued at about $180 and my dignity. You see, if it were not for a blog article, I would have fallen victim to a Craigslist scam.

Thanks to that blog, I not only saved a couple hundred dollars... I managed to get out of the situation with my dignity intact.

If you've ever doubted the value of blogging, I hope my little fiasco here will change your mind.

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Posted by Michelle Phillips on September 14, 2017 in Content Marketing, Blogging | 0 Comments

Content Marketing for B2B Companies: What to Do When Your Client's Business Seems Boring

 

One of the unique challenges of content marketing for B2B companies is figuring out how to put together exciting digital marketing content on behalf of a client whose business maybe doesn't excite you.

Whether you're a digital marketer working within a large agency or you're a freelancer striking out on your own, you may be wondering, How can I market effectively on behalf of a client when thinking about their business feels like watching paint dry?

I'm going to stop you right there, marketing friend. There is no such thing as a boring client! It's all about your attitude and whether or not you're willing to put in the time and effort necessary to develop the enthusiasm you're currently lacking.

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Posted by Katherine Faulk on August 24, 2017 in Content Marketing, Storytelling | 0 Comments

3 Tips for Local Marketing When You're Not Exactly Local

 

If you work for an Inbound Marketing agency or do freelance work in digital marketing, you probably don't only work with clients in a single zip code, right?

When you maintain a client base that includes businesses located throughout the country like we do, it's essential to put the work in to be an expert in everything. That doesn't mean just knowing where to use industry words and terminology, but also how to sound like you're right on site with the client, crafting this exceptional content out of their office.

Otherwise, everything you write will seem stilted and unnatural, and it can undermine your client's position of authority in the minds of their potential leads.

We have three tips on how to ace local marketing, even when you're so far away... (cue the Carole King — it's that kind of day.)

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Posted by Katherine Faulk on August 4, 2017 in Content Marketing, Storytelling, Blogging | 0 Comments

What is Brand Development and Why Do I Need It?

 

What is Brand Development?

Developing your brand is a huge part of building your content marketing strategy, especially if your company is just getting started or you're having trouble turning website traffic into qualified leads.

While getting started on your company blog and developing your social presence online using different social media platforms, you'll likely be told by your marketing department (or an outsourced marketing agency, if you're using one) that you need to 'develop your brand' before your marketing plan is truly complete.

During project discovery, whether or not you have a specific 'brand' already will be a part of the conversation. While many businesses do take this step right from the beginning, just as often we find that our clients aren't quite sure who exactly they're hoping to attract, and so they're not sure what sort of voice to utilize.

Brand development—creating a consistent and compelling voice, style, and overall presence that you utilize throughout all your marketing efforts—can be the difference between success and falling short of your goals.

How can you develop a company brand that creates a positive association with your business in the minds of your potential clients or customers?

We have a few tips.

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Posted by Katherine Faulk on June 8, 2017 in Online Reputation, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing | 0 Comments

3 Essential Steps When Starting a Company Blog

 

The key to building a small business up from scratch isn't just having the right product or service, or even being in the right location, but to make sure that you are the first company your potential clients think of when they are searching for the solution to their unique problem.

One of the best ways to stay at the top of a client's mind? Fresh, updated content appearing regularly on your site and shared throughout social media! Starting a company blog is a great way to make new information readily and easily available to your clients without bogging your actual website down with a thousand individual pages that become difficult, confusing, and frustrating for clients to attempt to navigate.

If you're looking to start up a blog for your business, we have three essential steps help you enhance your online presence and bring in the potential leads that you've been searching for. 

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Posted by Katherine Faulk on May 4, 2017 in Content Marketing, Blogging | 0 Comments

What To Do When Your CTA Just Isn't Working

 


An essential part of any business website is the Call-to-Action (CTA)—either an image or a single line of text directly asking the website visitor to act. CTAs are designed to encourage your website visitors to take the next step and contact you personally. While sometimes this involves filling out a form, it will just as often involve picking up the phone or even heading to your business in person. A successful CTA will help a website visitor take the next step and become a qualified lead.

What do you do if you've embraced the Call-to-Action but it just doesn't seem to convert? If your CTAs are getting lots of clicks but no leads, or they're just not getting any clicks at all, then they're just not working for you like they should.

We've put together a short list of what may be going wrong — and what you can do to fix things up.

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Posted by Katherine Faulk on February 23, 2017 in Content Marketing | 0 Comments

Better Late Than Never: Here are 12 Marketing Resolutions You Can Start TODAY!

 

It seems like we were just carving the turkey, unwrapping presents, and ringing in the new year, yet somehow it's already the last day of January—man, how time flies! 

If you haven't had a spare moment to sit down and define your goals for the coming year, we've put together this list of 12 marketing resolutions you can start on right now. We're highlighting these action items specifically because they'll help you maximize your time, increase your lead generation, and delight your customers. Let's get started:

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Posted by Larisa Aslanyan on January 31, 2017 in Social Media, Web Design, Email Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, Personas, Marketing Automation | 0 Comments

You’re Missing the Point! Video Marketing is a NECESSITY

 

Think about your social media feeds for a second. Whether you prefer Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or some other social channel, chances are you’re seeing fewer text posts and photos and a whole lot more videos. Social media now overflows with all kinds of videos shared by friends, family, and even your favorite brands.

The rise of video simply cannot be ignored when it comes to content marketing; some marketers even claim that without video marketing, your business is likely to lose against your video-producing competition. But if you have no videos on your YouTube channel while your competitors seem like they're publishing videos constantly, it can seem like you're already too late to start—but that's where you're wrong!

If you want to live up to the modern video marketing standard that guarantees exposure and ROI, all you need to do is 1) start and 2) follow these 3 important points to make sure you're using video the right way:

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Posted by Larisa Aslanyan on January 19, 2017 in Content Marketing | 0 Comments

What Is Premium Content And Why Does Your Content Marketing Strategy Need It?

 

You're definitely going to need this for your content marketing strategy, so let’s cut to the chase and get straight to the answer.

What is Premium Content?

I often make the distinction between information and knowledge when explaining premium content. What we have today on blogs and sites, open to the general visitors with no strings attached, is information (i.e. content). Information is processed data, informative and perhaps eye opening, but with no real instruction or trade secret. But the content that websites provide with some sort of value exchange occurring is what we can call knowledge (i.e. premium content). Knowledge includes insights and exclusive, critical information drawn from one’s experience or intellectual property.  Premium content is the happy medium between content you know your prospects are dying to have and content you are willing to share with them.

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Posted by Larisa Aslanyan on January 11, 2017 in Content Marketing | 0 Comments