There’s one key element to your business efforts you might not hear much when it comes to talk of marketing initiatives, content, ROI, social media, or analytics.
Passion connects you to your audience. Displaying passion for your business, your industry, or your job responsibilities elicits an emotional response from your target group. Even if they don’t understand the intricacies of what you do, they can get excited about it right along with you.
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Visual elements mixed with words can help make your story come alive.
"Excuse me; but as a geologist, you would rather study a book, some special work on the subject and not a drawing."
"The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book."
- Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Why are we beginning this week’s blog post with a quote from a Russian novel from 1861? Because it seemed a more elegant way than resorting to “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
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Close your eyes and picture your ideal customer. It might be hard to do.
Identifying your dream client might seem like one of those TV shows where people go out in the woods in search of Bigfoot: a lot of work, with no clear end.
But those customers do exist. It’s just a matter of creating content that speaks to them. Here are a few things you can do to produce marketing content that attracts the customer of your dreams.
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More than three quarters of all business-to-consumer marketers use content marketing to promote their companies.
With business-to-business companies, the figure is even higher, close to 90 percent.
So if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your business is using content marketing. But are you using it successfully? Many of the companies that have embraced content marketing say they haven’t come up with a proper strategy, or haven’t seen a benefit from their efforts.
With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at some of the reasons your content marketing may be falling short.
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It seems like every year, one book becomes the summer’s “beach book,” the thing it seems like everyone is reading as they relax on the sand.
A few years ago, it was Gone Girl. Then The Girl on the Train. This year, we’re hearing a lot of buzz about a novel called The Girls. (There seems to be a pattern when it comes to naming literary thrillers.)
But sometimes, summer reading means work-related reading. So let’s take a trip back in time to your school days, where your English teachers would assign you books to read during your break. Here’s your inbound marketing summer reading list:
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When William Shakespeare was writing his plays, he did what a lot of playwrights of his era were doing: borrowed from other sources.
Since then, people have been borrowing from Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet provided the basis for West Side Story. The great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa turned King Lear into Ran. And Disney’s The Lion King is essentially the story of Hamlet, except with animals, songs and a happy ending.
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A few weeks ago, we used the new Star Wars sequel to illustrate the power of knowing your audience.
For this post, we’ll use the example of a different kind of film: the sleeper. That’s show business jargon for a movie that gets no promotion – Slumdog Millionaire, Napoleon Dynamite, My Big Fat Greek Wedding – and appears out of nowhere to become a huge hit.
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Out of all the search engine optimization (SEO) services an agency can suggest, creating a blog still ranks as a great option. As anyone who has spent even minimal time researching SEO may know, content is king—in other words, the type of content you create and the amount of content you provide on your website can make all the difference not only when it comes to gaining Google’s favor in search results, but, more importantly, in catching the eyes of potential customers. That’s because, essentially, content is the main reason potential visitors come to a website. Sure, they may have started a Google search to find a particular product or service, but they’ll visit your website (or your competitors’ site) to learn about your expertise and knowledge. This makes having valuable content a vital factor in winning the favor of Google and visitors alike.
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Your company is in the business of making things, but it's run by people. Does the content on your website reflect that?
If you said "Yes," then that's great. This post isn't for you.
If you said "No," don't worry. There are ways you can -- to borrow a phrase from The Police -- "rehumanize yourself."
Here are five suggestions of how content marketing for manufacturers will help make your content more personal:
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