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Get out of your social media comfort zone

If we said any social media channel could work for your brand, would you believe us?

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Drowning in content? We’ve got a solution.

If your marketing department is drowning in content—yet still failing to keep up with the demand for more—we have a few tips that might help.

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Creating rabid fans of your content

The dream of every content marketer is to generate content that keeps readers coming back for more. But how exactly do you create a loyal following? In this video, Peter Shankman, founder and CEO of social media company The Geek Factory (and author of Zombie Loyalists: Using great service to create rabid fans) talks about how to create a super-loyal customer base.

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The ‘no more excuses’ social media plan

Social media is a phenomenal way to connect with customers—but a consistent, effective strategy can also be a drag to maintain. In an ideal world, you’ll have someone to manage the day-to-day tasks for you. But if you don’t, you’ll be happy to hear you can do it yourself—in just 18 minutes a day. Hootesuite recently set out a great 18-minute social media plan for businesses. Basically, the minute-by-minute guide breaks down the social media experience into five easy steps: browse and engage; monitor; post; analyze; and schedule. It also gives you advice about how to apply the five steps to the various social media channels. In our opinion, it’s […]

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Great writing starts with a great process

Outsourcing great b2b writing—content that reflects your company’s style, tone and overall brand—can be a tricky process. Not only do you have to find a great writer (or agency of writers), but you have to be able to establish a writing process that works for both parties.   The writing process can be different for every company. So, while an experienced writer will be able to offer suggestions as to how things could work—or how other companies have done things in the past—you ultimately have to know what will work best for your specific organization. To help, here are some questions you may want to consider:   Will you provide […]

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Do copywriting formulas work?

I hate it when content takes longer to write than anticipated—especially when my calendar is overflowing with deadlines. So when I recently came across a website that offered a complete handbook of copywriting formulas—a handbook that promised to drastically reduce the amount of time I spent writing content—I felt like I hit the jackpot.   Right there in front of me were standard formulas for writing tweets, headlines, blog posts, web pages—virtually any form of content you could imagine. But, once I had a chance to really look at them, I have to admit—those formulas made my head spin. Honestly, I think it would take me longer to force information […]

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Is your email font ruining your life?

You spend hours a day staring at your computer screen—with a good portion of that time writing and reading emails—but have you ever given any thought to your email font? In all likelihood, probably not—but you should. Because it could be ruining your life.   According to this Bloomberg article, many email clients default to Helvetica or Arial—two serif fonts that are incredibly difficult to read because their letters are just too close together. While they may work in glossy magazine advertisements due to their simplicity, they’re not great for reading on itsy bitsy computer screens—or mobile devices.   So what fonts should you change your email client to? Fonts […]

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Finding your writing soulmate

Finding the right external writer to handle your b2b writing needs is a lot like dating—you have to know yourself first before you’ll even have a chance at finding your perfect partner. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of questions you may want to consider before beginning your search for your business writing soulmate.

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The secret to getting the writing you want

Even if you were to hire the absolute best writer in the world, they could potentially deliver content that fails to meet your expectations. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure your expectations are as clear as possible—and well-communicated to your writer.

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Why would you ever pay someone to write?

Writing is a skill most of us learned in the early days of grade school—and one that we practice every day writing emails, notes and LinkedIn status updates. So why would you ever pay someone to do it for you?