A lot can change in a few years. Maybe your company rolled out new products. Maybe it shifted its focus on particular services — or finds itself serving different customers. No matter what’s changed, your marketing strategy needs to evolve accordingly. An important part of that evolution may be updating your buyer personas.
You’re in the middle of planning content. If you’re already overwhelmed with keywords, topics, and content ideas, analyzing your competitors’ content might seem like one more tedious process.
However, researching your competitors is an opportunity to uncover their strengths and weaknesses and identify topics they either haven’t written about or haven’t written about well. With this juicy intel, you can seize open opportunities and beat competitors out of search positions by arming the audience with more or better information.
Here’s how to do it:
Inbound marketing has exploded over the last several years, and with it has come an explosion of content across the web.
Since content is the driver of inbound’s success, it’s no surprise we’ve become swamped with it as companies rush to meet the highly informed customer on their own turf.
But inbound’s massive explosion has created a problem as ironic as it is uncomfortable for many content marketers to admit: As more content makes its way out there, it has become more difficult to get noticed amidst the noise.
The idea that you can simply create great content and wait for the right people to stumble upon it fails to take this problem into account.
Growing your audience now requires a promotional component that puts your headlines directly in front of readers who may be looking for answers all over the web.
As a small to mid-size franchising company trying to grab leads online, you know how hard it can be to push yourself to the top of search engine results.
With prospective franchise owners turning to the web more than any other source to find the right opportunity, getting yourself noticed in search engine results is key.
Google is constantly changing the way it ranks search engine listings, but each change they make underscores a very obvious goal: Websites that stay relevant with great content get to shine at the top.
Writing website copy for your business can be a challenge. With constantly changing recommendations for SEO (search engine optimization) and the need to provide a modern and valuable experience for your website visitors, it can be hard to know where to begin.
This post covers four basic best practices to follow when planning and writing copy for your website. And while Google's recommendations for smaller search signals are always fluctuating, you can rest assured that these tips are in line with the bigger picture of how your customers search for, explore, and find businesses online.
For something that can work so well, executing a B2B website content marketing campaign sure can be difficult.
First, you have to figure out to what to write about. It's easy enough to list out your most important target keywords or talk to your sales team to see what customers are asking about.
But then you have to take those ideas and convert them into content that people actually want to read, and that has a chance to make it into potential customers' search engine results.
There's also a sometimes-prohibitive time commitment involved with B2B content generation. It takes a long time to write quality content, not to mention any social promotion, ad promotion, or outreach programs that are part of your post-publishing plan.
So how can you be sure the content you're producing worth the time investment and worthy of search engine placement? These five strategies are typically where we start for our B2B clients that are new to content marketing.
This post covers how to write an effective headline with tips you can apply to blog posts, articles, and social media with the intention of earning clicks and generating leads.
Writing a click-worthy title or headline is easier said than done. And generating a lead based off of that click is even more challenging. Read on to learn six things you can do to make your first impression count and keep visitors engaged by providing something worthy of trading their contact information.
In the last decade, local small businesses have experienced a fundamental shift in the way customers find them.
Print advertising, yellow page listings, and outdoor advertising - while still relevant in some cases - have gone by the wayside.
In their place, we have the most advanced discovery engine ever created: the internet. Savvy local business owners shifted with their customers, prioritizing increasing local search ranking via engine optimization (SEO), conducting internet advertising, and participating in social media.
However, those tactics are no longer enough. Things have changed again, and will continue to do so whether or not local businesses are prepared.
Are you in charge of blogging for your business? If so, I have good news and bad news.
Here's the good news: you're working for a company that's embracing a marketing strategy built for the 21st century. Businesses that blog are 13x more likely to create positive ROI.
And the bad news? Blogging can be a lot of work. While creating content often involves very little monetary cost, it does take time. And when you're doing it right, it can take a lot of time.
So, how do you do it right? I could write pages and pages of blogging DOs and DON'Ts, but if your post meets these five criteria, you're on the right track.
Quick question: If you were about to play a game of darts with a friend — and let’s just say for the sake of argument there’s some money riding on this — would you pause to put on a blindfold before throwing the first dart?