Outbound Marketers Prioritize SEO Over Marketing Automation

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Marketing Automation, SEO, Blogging, Inbound Marketing, State of Inbound 2016

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HubSpot's annual research report of 4,500 marketers worldwide reveals a lot of good news for inbound marketing practitioners. Most notably, it once again shows that inbound marketing is growing in both prominence and effectiveness. Interestingly, those who self-identify as outbound marketers largely acknowledge many of the shortcomings that have led to the growth of inbound marketing. Only 17% of marketers say outbound practices (e.g. cold calling, TV/outdoor ads, trade shows, purchased lists) provide the highest quality leads for their sales team. But as outbound marketers begin to shift priorities to more inbound techniques, it is apparent that there is still a gap between outbound marketers' priorities and the priorities of accomplished inbound marketers. 

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5 Reasons to Never Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2016 5:55:02 PM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Customer Centric, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, Blogging

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For some marketers, deciding whether or not to start a blog is a difficult decision. Let's face it... it's a lot of work if you're going to do it right. You need to have something compelling to say that will capture and keep the interest of your audience. And you need to be consistent, continuing to create compelling content even when you don't feel like it and even when you aren't sure what to write about. Plus, you need to promote the blog in order to build an audience. For some marketers, it's simply a matter of not being sure that the return on investment is worth it for all the time and effort they will have to put into it. Right? So for all of the marketers that have been fending off the pressure to start blogging, I'll offer up five solid reasons you can use to defend your decision to never blog.

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Caution: Don’t Cut Corners on Content Creation

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Being Found, Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, Blogging, Content Management Systems

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"Commit to content. Don't cut corners." scissors on magazine with man squinting face

In order to be effective at content marketing, you must produce a continuous stream of high-quality materials. While implementing and maintaining a content marketing program is certainly worth the effort, there is no ignoring that it is a significant effort. Consequently, you may be tempted to look for ways to streamline the content creation process—or stated another way, to cut corners. But there are many reasons you need to resist that temptation.

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Keep ‘Em Coming Back for More: Why You Should Consider Serial Blogging

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2016 11:23:33 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Marketing Today, Blogging

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Many companies see blogging as a one-and-done type of exercise. You come up with a topic. You explain that topic. You move on to the next. The resurgence of an entertainment format called the “serial” has smart marketers rethinking that approach.

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5 Content Marketing New Year’s Resolutions You Can (and Should) Keep

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 6, 2016 12:37:43 PM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Branded Content, Blogging

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OK, if you’re like most people, you scoff at the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. In late December, we make ‘em, by February, we break ‘em, and the concept of “resolving” to do something doesn’t cross our minds again until the end of the year. That’s the pattern for the vast majority of people who make resolutions, and a much larger percentage of the population doesn’t even bother to make them.

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Everyone’s an Editor Sometimes: 6 Tips to Help You When It’s Your Turn

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 31, 2015 10:39:14 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Branded Content, Blogging

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While “editor” may not be a part of your job title, everyone is asked to review another person’s work at some point. It might be your employee, your peer, or (eeck!) your boss, but somebody is going to request that you, “give this a quick read.”

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Reality Check: Your Content Isn’t Valuable

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 17, 2015 10:34:14 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Branded Content, Blogging

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I hate to break it to you, but that white paper you just completed after months of painstaking research, multiple drafts, and an approval process that took f-o-r-e-v-e-r isn’t all that important. The same is true of that new case study, your recent blog post, and the product overview video you just paid a pretty penny for. Not one of those items really has much value at all.

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Do Your Infographics Rock? 8 Tips for Ensuring They Do!

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2015 12:38:00 PM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Get Creative, Branded Content, Blogging

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Infographics are a great way to communicate a significant amount of information in a highly-digestible format. They are also easy to create. However, it’s not as simple as slapping some pictures, stylized arrows, and catchy text on a page and calling it good. To produce effective infographics, you have to be aware of certain key considerations.

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Killer B’s: Ban Buzzwords for Better Content Communication

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Branding & Messaging, Get Creative, Marketing Today, Blogging

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When you get to the office today, don’t forget to push the envelope toward a paradigm shift that will serve as a disruptive sea change that produces alignment with your exit strategy.

If you’re a businessperson, that’s got to make you chuckle a little bit. Or if you use those terms often, it may make you blush. (Stick with this post; there’s a hilarious video at the end.)

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Home Cookin’: 5 Reasons to Consume Your Own Content

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 25, 2015 11:56:00 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Blogging

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You work hard to get your content in front of the right audiences: your target personas, existing customers, industry influencers, etc. But there’s an important group you are probably forgetting about, and ironically, getting your content in front of them isn’t difficult at all. You just have to walk down the hall or lean over the cubicle wall and show it to them.

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Get 3 Scary Truths About Boring Blog Headlines Now!

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2015 3:32:00 PM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Content Marketing, Get Creative, Buyer Personas, Blogging

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It’s not uncommon for the headline of a blog post to be almost an afterthought. You get an idea, outline the post, write the body of it and then quickly skim the draft for some key points to put into the headline. We’re all guilty of this at times. (Oh, if I could only have a second shot at some of my old headlines!) But as long as we’re all striving to improve, we’re doing the right thing.

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What's the Craziest Thing You've Ever Done?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2015 9:22:00 PM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Blogging, User Experience

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I've done a lot of crazy things in my life. Most of them are not appropriate to blog about, but rather are things I should be repenting for! Some though, are the fodder of stories I've told countless times, tales that always seem to catch people's interest. For example, there's the time I drove a street sweeper across the country. Yep! A street sweeper.

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Exploding 4 Common Myths About Blogging

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2015 11:05:00 AM / by Jeff Thomas posted in Being Found, Content Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, Blogging

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Blogging can produce a whole host of benefits for a company. It’s a tremendous way to score points with Google, from the keywords in your posts to the simple fact that your website is frequently updated. A blog is also one of the best forums for sharing your cutting-edge ideas and establishing yourself as a thought leader. What’s more, if you allow your audience to comment on your posts, that’s a great opportunity to engage with them.

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