Stand Out in a Sea of Boring with Outstanding Content

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Last week, we talked about the value of a strong content marketing strategy and the basics for creating content people want to read. We also pinpointed the three characteristics of great content: relevance, practical value, and consistency. This week, let’s talk about getting your content to stand out.

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The Right Content Marketing Strategy is as Good as Gold

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When the notion of inbound marketing first started to gain popularity back in 2006 it seemed too good to be true.

Now, a decade later, the inbound marketing strategy has completely revolutionized the way business is conducted. In its evolution, it has also become a much more refined science.

Without a doubt, the most valuable way to cash in on the inbound strategy is to invest in content marketing.

Content marketing costs up to 62 percent less than traditional outbound marketing tactics, and generates approximately 3 times more leads per dollar spent.

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How to Spring Clean Your Marketing Strategy

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You’ve probably cleaned out your house countless times, but have you ever thought about sprucing up your marketing strategy?

Spring cleaning is a great tradition. After spending months cooped up indoors, it’s a chance to refresh and refocus for the second half of the year. Why not apply that same energy to cleaning up your marketing strategy as well? Continue reading…


Different Strokes for Different Folks: Marketing to B2B vs. B2C

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How to Sell a Knife

I’ve always found Cutco’s business model fascinating. If I had to try and sell kitchen cutlery door to door, knives wouldn’t be my first choice (for various reasons). So say what you will about Cutco’s high school and college sales reps—they they know how to sell knives.

The fact that Cutco’s business model holds up at all is a testament to their targeted marketing. They know they’re a B2C knife company—they’re the only one I can think of—and so they market their knives differently than B2B knife brands like Shun or Zwilling that sell directly to stores.

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Marketing Resolutions for Your Business (and Yourself)

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It was once again mid-December, and I was once again sitting and trying to come up with a list of resolutions. While going through some of the most common resolutions: get healthy, do more for others, etc. it hit me: these are great marketing resolutions, too.

Resolutions are a great concept. They give you focus for the year and motivate you to get more done. So often our work lives overlap with our personal lives—wouldn’t it be easier to just make one set of resolutions?

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What is the Perfect Blog Post Length?

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“I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead” – Mark Twain

Ulysses by James Joyce is a whopping 265,000 words and took him the better part of two decades to write. Kafka’s Metamorphosis by is a cool 22,000. Both are considered quintessential modernist masterpieces.

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The Science of Conversational Marketing

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If I had to sum up the past decade of marketing in one word, it would be “adaptation.”

Customers are just too smart. They block ads, ignore canned content, and are better read than ever before. They continue to be more and more empowered. So what’s a marketer to do? How can brands possibly react in time to shifting expectations, much less strategically?

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A Well-Written B2B Blog Will Make Your Business Money

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Chances are, you’ve read a blog this week: a how-to-guide on opening tricky jars, a comparative analysis of new smartphone cases, or some article shaming Millennials for their very existence. Blogs are everywhere. In fact, Quora believes there were somewhere around 173 million blogs back in 2011.

But did you know blogs are also one of the most cost-effective marketing techniques for businesses? They consistently drive traffic, build authority, and engage prospects.

In fact, blogs have been shown to lead to as much as 67% more leads.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Marketing

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The real skill now is learning how to pick out the useful information from all this noise. – Nate Silver

As this Entrepreneur infographic will show you, marketing has come a long way in a relatively short time.

In 1450, Gutenberg revolutionized printing. The first print magazine was published in Philadelphia in 1741. By 1839, posters were already so popular that they were banned on London properties. And less than 30 years later, in 1867, the first billboard went up.

Think about that. It took us 418 years to get from printing Bibles to renting out billboards. A glacial pace compared to the seismic shifts in today’s marketing landscapes.

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