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Contently – Why Every Writer Should Learn Basic SEO Principles

 

 

 

 

By Emily Gaudette

May 18th, 2018

 

If you’re publishing anything online, figuring out what Google wants will only help your craft. Despite how daunting it can feel, here are four reasons to teach yourself some basic SEO.

To improve your pitches

The sooner you prove yourself as a guaranteed source of traffic, the more likely your editor is to let you off the leash once in a while.

One way to get there is to focus on long-tail keywords, which refers to niche and less competitive search terms. These do much more for a writer than generate clicks. With a long-tail mindset, you’ll develop a level of expertise that generalists can’t match when they answer random questions for a wide audience.

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Buffer – What the GDPR Means to Social Media Marketers

 

 

By Alfred Lua

May 8, 2018

Up to €20 million…

or four percent of your total worldwide annual turnover of the previous financial year, whichever higher.

That’s the penalty for failing to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU’s new data privacy law.

Okay, sorry to start this post on such a heavy note, but the GDPR is very important to comply with. And not only that, I believe that the new regulation is something we should fully embrace as I can see it bringing around positive changes that could be beneficial to both customers and businesses.

In this post, I’ll share some benefits of the GDPR for your business and your customers. I’ll also cover several key things to note for social media marketing.

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Content Marketing Institute – Road Map to Success: Monitoring and Measuring Your Content’s Performance

By Jodi Harris

April 23, 2018

No matter how creative, memorable, or popular your content pieces may become, every asset you create and share will ultimately be judged by the impact it makes on your business’ bottom line.

While it can be tempting to think about measurement only after all other tasks are complete, you should recognize by now how critical it is to have the right data on hand to inform every phase of your content marketing approach. That is why it’s a good idea to establish sound measurement practices from the start of every program, enabling you to track, analyze, and optimize your content’s performance on a continual basis.

But, of course, just because something is a “best practice” doesn’t mean it’s easy (or possible) to achieve in a real-world setting. Fear not. Even if you’ve been creating and distributing content for a while, it’s never too late to implement the measurement techniques to identify what’s working, discover areas where improvements can be made, and determine where to scale back to concentrate on more impactful efforts.

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MarketingProfs – The Most and Least Important PR and Corporate Communications Tactics and Trends

 

 

 

By Ayaz Nanji

April 12, 2018

Corporate communications and public relations professionals say engaging in better storytelling is the tactic/trend that will matter most over the next year, according to recent research from Sword and the Script Media and Ned Lundquist’s Job of the Week.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in February 2018 among 155 corporate communications and PR professionals.

Respondents rank storytelling as the trend/tactic that will matter most over the next 12 months.

Content marketing ranks second, followed by thought leadership, aligning with Marketing, and influencer marketing.

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Content Marketing Institute – Tech Marketers Think Outside the Buyer’s Journey [New Research]

 

 

 

 

By Lisa Murton Beets

March 14, 2018

Are technology marketers moving away from creating content for the buyer’s journey?

The CMI research team found ourselves asking this question as we analyzed the data from our eighth annual content marketing survey. Here’s the finding that got us talking:

Compared with the previous year, more technology marketers say they’re focused on creating the right content for the right person at the right time – but fewer report they’re crafting content for specific points on the buyer’s journey.

Hmmm.

More on that in a moment, but first consider that technology marketers are achieving increased content marketing success. Thirty-one percent of technology marketers report that their organization’s overall content marketing approach is extremely or very successful – that’s up seven percentage points from the previous year, when 24% reported high success.

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