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20 Sep, 2018

The 13 Best Tools for Outreach

By Stella Murphy

I’m going to be brazen and say something extreme: you can’t do outreach without tools. At least, you can’t do good outreach. And you can’t do great outreach without great tools. You get it. A great digital marketing strategy is like a huge rock band—each player has a part to play, but they wouldn’t be… Read More

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13 Sep, 2018

Content Workflow Using Github And Markdown

By Ian Lurie

We create digital content for the internet. But our content workflow still uses processes and tools that date back to the early days of desktop publishing. We need an update. Learn a fast, streamlined workflow that uses Github and Markdown to bring digital content creation into the 21st Century.

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25 Apr, 2018

Does Content Marketing Actually Work?

By Rita Totten

Confession time. There’ve been a few times where I’ve found myself asking (or exclaiming): Does content marketing actually work? It’s possible this existential crisis was related to a full week spent writing blog posts attempting to espouse the need for the latest organizational software. But there was and is a part of me serious about… Read More

NLP impact on content writing and digital marketing Content Strategy

19 Apr, 2018

What Does Natural Language Processing Mean for Writers, Content, and Digital Marketing?

By Cate McGehee

Terrible Movie Pitch: The battle for the voice of the internet has begun. In one corner, we have computer programs fortified by algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, and other sexy STEM buzzwords. In the other corner, we have millions of copywriters armed with the only marketable skill a liberal arts education can provide: communication.… Read More

Create better content with user interviews and recruit your own participants Content Strategy

28 Mar, 2018

Create Better Content: 6 Ways to Recruit User Research Participants

By Katie McKenna

Let’s start with an assumption: As a brilliant digital marketer, you know that understanding your prospects and customers intimately is the cornerstone for creating great content and a successful marketing program. But how can you understand them without asking them the right questions? When you think of formal “user research,” words that come to mind… Read More

The content structure brings it all together Content Strategy

21 Feb, 2018

How to Create a Team-based Content Calendar

By Ian Lurie

Editorial calendars suck. There. I said it. They suck because they are wish lists, not sensible plans. They’re inflexible. They use terminology your team and clients don’t understand, like “10x” and “long form.” They suck because we try to jam our marketing teams into calendars. That’s backward. We should build calendars based on our teams.… Read More

Use Google Analytics to Become a Better Content Strategist Content Strategy

6 Dec, 2017

Talk Data to Me: Google Analytics Tips That Lead to Better Content Strategy

By Katie McKenna and Ian Barrett

If you have any hand in the content on your company’s website or your clients’ websites, it’s important that data informs your decisions. Otherwise, you risk creating content that doesn’t meet your audience’s needs. But knowing this will only get you so far–it’s even more important that you know how to find and interpret the… Read More

Markdown Preview in Atom: Cool, huh? Content Strategy

20 Nov, 2017

How to Set Up & Use Atom as a Markdown Editor

By Ian Lurie

In my Mozcon presentation this year, I talked about Markdown. I’ve had a few people ask about my toolset, so here’s how I install and use Atom to write Markdown. Enjoy. Atom is fast becoming my new favorite text editor. It handles Markdown beautifully, is great for HTML, runs faster than stink, and has great… Read More

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26 Oct, 2017

Turning Content into Business: ACP-LS Presentation

By Ian Lurie

Greetings, ACP-LS folks! Here’s my deck and links: Send me questions on Twitter. I love it! Me, on LinkedIn AnswerThePublic provides content ideas Atom.io is the best text editor ever Canva helps with graphics creation Grammarly is a decent quick proofreading tool Hemingway helps make your content more brief iStockPhoto provides stock images (if you… Read More

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4 Oct, 2017

Lean Content for B2B

By Ian Lurie

Here are the slides and links from my Marketing Profs B2B Summit talk today. I talked about content for teams of one, or just a few, or big teams that just don’t have enough resources. Ask me questions in the comments, or tweet me at @portentint. Links AnswerThePublic provides content ideas Atom.io is the best… Read More

Content-first SEO is about creating substance before visibility to win customers the right way Content Strategy

11 Sep, 2017

Content-First SEO

By Augustin Kendall

I’ve been finding myself saying, “You don’t rank for keywords, you rank for content,” a lot lately. Imagine this. You’re trying to turn a quaint town on the shore (East or West—pick your coast of choice) into a vacation destination. You’ve developed a brand for the location that you’re promoting in all the right travel… Read More

The best and most useful thing I've ever learned about ideation and brainstorming - Portent Content Strategy

30 Aug, 2017

The Single Best Thing I’ve Ever Heard About Ideation and Brainstorming

By Cate McGehee

Something my grad school professor said changed the way I’ve thought about brainstorming forever. Now it’s the best thing I can tell anyone else. There are dozens of ways you can get a room going and pan the gold from a group’s brainstorm. There are hundreds of blog posts out there that list techniques for… Read More

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17 Aug, 2017

Why You Need a Voice and Tone Guide. Plus, 2 Exercises to Create One

By Katie McKenna

Imagine going to your doctor because you have a pain in your side and it won’t go away. You’re concerned because you don’t know what’s causing it. You wait eagerly for the doctor to come in because you know exactly the reassuring, pragmatic interaction you’re in for, and you expect them to be calm, direct,… Read More

Advice On How to Create Personas Content Strategy

8 Aug, 2017

How to Create Personas Your Team Will Actually Use

By Katie McKenna

When you’re in the thick of trying to create content to promote your brand, it can be easy to forget that actual human beings are going to use what you create. In marketing, we often call these human beings “users.” And we say things like, “We need to push users through the funnel with greater… Read More

Do you know your true content competitors? Content Strategy

1 Aug, 2017

Forget keyword rankings, focus on users: What dating apps and dancing contests teach us about competition

By Cate McGehee

The only companies that don’t have any competition are the ones selling something nobody wants. If you have a viable product or service, it’s just a matter of time before someone else starts offering it. And if you think it’s going to come down to whose product or service is better, think again. Core products… Read More

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