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Contently – Infographic: The Science of Brand Voice

 

 

 

By Jordan Teicher

October 10, 2017

Whenever I talk to brand marketers, I always make sure to ask them one question: How is your content different than what your competitors create?

It’s a simple ask, but I’ve noticed that people have trouble answering it. And a lot of them sound the same. They mention things like truly caring about the customers and using an authentic voice. If all companies use those goals to guide their creative process, then they’re not really differentiating themselves in a meaningful way.

However, for the brands that do have a distinct voice, this question is easy. Marketers can rattle off specific adjectives like trustworthy, straightforward, or irreverent. Contently’s brand voice, which we aim to convey in every post on The Content Strategist, is supposed to be friendly, smart, conversational, with a touch of humor.

That unique voice has become so important because of how much content gets posted online every day. Brands can control two factors: what you say and how you say it. But the “what” in that equation only has so much flexibility. If you’re a bank or news outlet that covers finance, you have to write about saving for retirement. How you do that is the difference between building a loyal audience and fading into the crowd.

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Adweek – 3 Tips for Creating Original Social Content Your Audience Loves

September 20, 2017

 

Opinion: The nature of social media puts a lot of pressure on businesses to constantly create content

Originality and creativity are important words when it comes to creating and sharing content on social media. Why is it, then, that so many companies continually share lifeless content? If you’re one of these brands, then it’s time to make a change.

What does your content-creation process look like? For some, the process involves sitting in front of a computer screen, fingers on the keyboard, waiting for inspiration for an article that will be published later that day. Others take a more meticulous approach and spend time brainstorming and creating content calendars weeks or months in advance.

Some content writers are spontaneous, while others are very disciplined. Unfortunately, most brands have content writers and social media marketers who also happen to be unoriginal. The content they create and share may technically be original in the sense that the exact combination of words and sentences can’t be found elsewhere, but it tends to be regurgitated from other sources. The result is a social media presence that lacks creativity and fails to engage the audience.

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Entrepreneur – 10 Marketing Strategies to Fuel Your Business Growth

 

 

 

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September 12, 2017

Growing a business isn’t easy. First, you need a viable idea. From there, you need to discover a profitable niche, define a target demographic and have something of value to sell them. Whether you’re peddling products, services or information, getting the word out has become increasingly burdensome. And without the right marketing strategies to fuel your growth, churning a profit and staying afloat is virtually impossible.

However, identifying the right strategies to market your business is often likened to rocket science. How do you get your message to the right audience and do it effectively? How do you boost visibility and increase sales while sustaining a profit with a converting offer? Today, with so much vying for our attention from social media, to search engine optimization, blogging and pay-per-click advertising, it’s easy to see why most are ready to pull their hair out.

The truth is that what got you to this point in business is likely not going to get you to the next level. If you’re feeling stuck, join the fray. Most entrepreneurs are so busy working “in” their businesses that they fail to work “on” their businesses. As a result of dealing with the day-to-day operations of a company that includes customer hand-holding, supply-chain demands and more, we often neglect to wield the right marketing strategies that will help fuel our business’s growth.

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Buffer – 19 Tools for Creating Engaging Social Media Videos, Images and GIFs in Minutes

 

 

 

By Alfred Lua

September 6, 2017

 

Creating social media content takes time. And creating great social media content takes even more time.

You don’t just need to think about what types of content you’re going to create, but also how you can customize your social media posts for each platform.

For example, you might create:

How do you find the time to create so many pieces of social media content?

Well, here’s some good news… with the right tools, you can save a bunch of time and create epic pieces of content in minutes.

We’d love to help you get the most out of every minute you spend creating social media content. Here are 19 social media content tools you can use to quickly create images, infographics, stories, videos, and more.

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Forbes – Four Steps To Achieve More Success With Content Marketing

 

 

 

By Ian Cleary

August 30, 2017

Every year, there is a content marketing conference held in Cleveland that attracts over 4,000 attendees from some of the largest companies around the world. This is just one of the indicators of the growing importance of content marketing for marketers and brands.

With so much information available on content marketing best practices, why are companies still having difficulty achieving success?

Here’s the truth: Attracting, engaging and converting an audience through delivery of strategic content is not easy. Brands spend huge amounts of time and money creating quality content, and yet the vast majority of it never gets shared and ends up buried far below the first page of Google’s search results.

Following are some practical tips for achieving more success with your content marketing.

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