- 13 Jan
The 16 Best Marketing Strategies to Try in 2020
by Lisa Smith
Well, 2020 is here. And, so far, it doesn’t look a whole lot different than it did in December 2019. That’s why Lisa Smith, over at WordStream set out to ask dozens of digital marketers for their best marketing strategies of last year.
And Boy, Did They Deliver
They unloaded and gave us a huge list. But here is what we think are the 16 best marketing strategies you can take into 2020. So, to see what they are, read the full article at WordStream.com – The best marketing strategies to try in 2020
- 06 Jan
50 Bright Ideas for Promoting Content to Drive Leads
by AJ Beltis
We know that content marketing is huge. And there is no doubt about that. Content is being created and published every second of every day. Plus, in 2019, more than four million blog posts were published. On a daily basis!
WOW! That’s a Lot of Noise Out There . . .
This brings up an imperative question. And, it’s a question that all great content marketers need ask themselves. How do I get more people to see, engage with and react to my content?
How Can I Make The Most of My Content?
To help, the good people at HubSpot have put together a great guide. They have outlined the best content promotion ideas across various mediums. From podcasting to blogging, to everything in between. You can use these best practices to get a strong ROI from your content. So, to learn them all, read the full article at the HubSpot blog.
- 03 Jun
An Analysis of 912 Million Blog Posts: Length, Link, and Share Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Ever since the advent of content marketing and blogging, the debate has raged. Short- or long-form posts, which should be used? And do longer blog posts tend to garner more backlinks and social shares compared with shorter blog posts? Does a headline length correlate with the popularity of posts? And most importantly, what share of posts generate the bulk of engagement?
Questions, Questions, Questions, So Many Questions.
To find out, Backlinko teamed up with BuzzSumo to analyze [see the original report] more than 912 million blog posts. The researchers examined metrics such as social media shares and backlinks to determine how certain content-related factors correlate with performance.
- 14 May
How to Use the Art of Storytelling in Your Blogging Strategy
by Chima Mmeje
Blogging has proven to be a great medium for a business to communicate, gain interest and to even generate leads. But it has become a crowded space. Now, we live in a world where over 4 million blog posts are published every day. And that constitutes a lot of noise you will need to break through to get your story into your market.
Bloggers, Bloggers Everywhere . . .
So, how do you stand out in a sea of bloggers? At this point in time, there are literally thousands, all of whom have probably covered all the key topics from a thousand different angles. Do you follow the trend? Or do you strike off and create a technique of your own?
To learn more, read the full article on Jeff Bullas’s Blog.
- 30 Jan
The State of Digital: Post Length and Publishing Frequency Trends
by Ayaz Nanji
Early in the evolution of online writing, the standard was to keep articles as brief as possible. Typically, the range that was considered a “best practice” was between 500 to 1, 000 words. But, the proportion of bloggers who typically write posts under 500 words has steadily declined since 2014. And this has happened at the same time as posts longer than 1,000 words has steadily increased.
The see the trend data, to download the original report and see more insights, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 12 Oct
Here’s How Listeners Discover New Podcasts
from Marketing Charts
The podcast audience is growing, and people are becoming heavier listeners over time. A new study from Westwood One [download page] breaks down the primary ways by which weekly listeners discover new podcasts, revealing that social media is the top source overall.
Indeed, it seems that 6 in 10 weekly listeners reported learning about new podcasts through social media. This even edges word-of-mouth as the top method of podcast discovery among weekly listeners.
To see more of the data and insights, read the full article at MarketingCharts.com
- 02 Mar
Is it Time to Add Video Marketing to Your Content Marketing?
by Neil Patel
Now, this may seem like another instance of “fake news,” but there will actually be 0ver 3.7 million blog posts written today. In fact, it is easy to say that the market is flooded with blog articles.
And Now for the Bad News
And while blog competition increases, click-through rates on display ads have continued to decrease. In fact, the average click-through rate of display ads is a staggeringly low 0.05%. So how does your content have a chance of standing out? And, where to turn?
Well, it may be video marketing that could be the solution.
By 2021, it is estimated that video will drive 82% of all consumer Internet traffic. But, is it the right time to add video marketing to your content marketing strategy? Not sure? To see a list of three reasons why you need to invest in video marketing and three reasons why video marketing might not be the best fit for you, read the full article at KISSmetrics.com
- 01 Nov
Blogging Trends: Typical Post Length and Publishing Frequency
by Ayaz Nanji
Bloggers are writing more long posts, spending more time crafting pieces, and publishing less frequently this year than in years past, according to recent research from Orbit Media. The report [read the full report online] was based on data from a survey of 1,377 bloggers.
Longer Articles and Posts Steadily Gain
It seems that the length of a typical blog post is now 1,142 words. That is up from 1,054 words in 2016 and 808 words in 2014. Now while that may seem to be a small and insignificant increase, the percentage of bloggers who write short pieces (fewer than 500 words) has steadily declined. And at that same time, the percentage of bloggers who write long pieces (more than 2,000 words) has steadily increased.
So, what works? And, how often should you post? To learn more, read the full article at MarketingProfs
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- 02 Sep
In Pursuit of the Perfect Headline: What’s the Secret to Making Your Audience Click?
- Sep 02, 2017
- Dan Hoff
- Content Marketing, Conversion Strategies, Lead Generation, Website Conversion Strategies
by Steve Rayson
Whether for and email, a blog post or a content page, in this hyper-competitive world you need to get it all right to win business. And that all starts with the lowly headline. Write a good one, and youre well on the way to success. Write a poor on and you have no chance.
So, what is the secret to an engaging headline?
Everyone has an opinion, but what does the daa say? After analyzing 100 million headlines, we found that the essence of an engaging headline comes down to a few core principles. At BuzzSumo, we analyzed 100 million headlines published in 2017. We set out to see what insights, if any, we could gain to improve our headlines and ensure they resonate with our audience. [see the study here]
What we discovered is that the essence of an engaging headline comes down to just a few core principles. Our research found that the three-word phrases (trigrams) that gained the most Facebook engagements – likes, shares, comments. To find out how this works, read the full article at MarketingProfs.com
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- 15 Aug
How to Start Using Video in Your Marketing
Whenever a new app or technology is released, marketers are among the first to experiment with it. And then they start creating new content with it. For the most part, that’s because marketers are constantly competing for their audience’s attention. And often it is by the most innovating and engaging means possible.
And right now, that means creating video content.
There’s no getting around it, marketers must create video content. They need video now if they want to broaden their reach and connect with audiences across platforms — such as on blogs, YouTube, social media, and search engines. Video content isn’t up-and-coming anymore. Audiences want to see more video content, and other marketers and publishers are creating more videos in response.
So, are you ready to start creating video content as part of your marketing strategy? If so, then here are some ideas for videos you can film and some tips for integrating them into your marketing at HubSpot.com
- 20 May
Time to Get Real in B2B Content Marketing
Until recently, the SEO benefit of content marketing was well accepted. If for no other reason than producing high volumes of keyword-driven content, it was worth the effort.
But all of That is Changing
However, because of changes to search engine algorithms and the pervasiveness of poor quality, low value content, user engagement has decreased. That means that engagement with B2B content is declining. And that means that B2B marketers need to shift their focus.
So, what can be done to improve your content marketing to get the highest impact? Here are three best practices that can help. If implemented, they can help ensure your original content continues to generate business value. Read why its Time to Get Real in B2B Content Marketing at ZastrowConsulting.com
- 20 Apr
Why Your Marketing Content is an Asset Not a Cost
Basic accounting rules require marketing costs to be listed as expenses on a company’s P&L. However, today’s marketers and smart executives consider marketing an investment in driving revenue rather than a cost. This is where an overall mind shift is needed. Marketing needs to be considered an investment, and your content an asset.
We invest in technology, equipment and people to grow our businesses without hesitation. So, why wouldn’t we do the same with our content? It’s time to finally categorize content as an asset and treat it like you would any other company asset. After all, your brand, unlike a building or inventory, never depreciates. Your brand is your greatest asset, and your content tells the story of your brand.
Here is Why Your Marketing Content is an Asset Not a Cost – Read the entire article at HubSpot.com
- 17 Apr
The Beginner’s Guide to Customer Feedback
by Sean Si
Are you struggling to come up with your next blog post? Your next email? Your next product? Your next event?
If so, you need to start getting some inspiration. And one great source of inspiration that will be most valuable to your business is your customers. Once you know what your customers want, your struggles will come to an end. You’ll know what to write. What to email. What to create. What to organize.
Here is your Beginner’s Guide to Customer Feedback . . . Read the entire article on KISSmetrics.com
- 13 Apr
How Often Should Companies Blog
“Blog early, blog often.”
In the inbound world, these are words to live by. After all, blogs help businesses attract new website visitors and convert them into leads. Each time you publish an original blog post, you’re creating a new opportunity to get found in search engines, get shared on social media, get linked to by other sites, and get a new person to interact with your company.
The question is, how often should a company blog? To find out, read the entire article at HubSpot.com
- 09 Apr
5+ Power Words and Techniques for Writing More Persuasive Landing Pages
by Dan Shewan
Whether you’re looking to generate leads or increase sales, having your Pay Per Click [PPC] ads direct visitors to persuasive landing pages is an excellent way to grow your business. However, genuinely persuasive copywriting is challenging, and it takes a great deal of nuance and subtlety to spur your prospects into action.
Here are the 5-Plus Power Words and Techniques for Writing More Persuasive Landing Pages and what makes them so effective, and how you can use these tactics to make your prospects do what you want them to.