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How to Use Content to Generate Leads

Published on February 6, 2023

Even the most advanced demand-generation strategy can falter if you don’t have compelling content that addresses your customer’s pain points throughout your sales funnel. 

And if you’re a new entrepreneur or just learning about the benefits of content marketing, you may not realize how effective it can be, especially for a small business without a massive marketing budget.

While a growing number of B2B and direct-to-customer brands are now dedicating more resources toward developing engaging content, these moves won’t truly reveal their ROI without a cohesive approach, consistent delivery, and a reliable system for tracking content performance.

Why waste effort on pay-per-display or pay-per-click ads or unhelpful messaging when you can create a plan to leverage your content and generate qualified leads? Let’s dig deeper.

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How to Beat the Summer Slump With Content Marketing

Published on July 22, 2022

Do you ever feel like your personal productivity goes down during the summer? What about your company’s overall productivity?

If you answered yes to either of the above (and we’ll bet a cool Mai Tai that you did), then you’re definitely not alone. In fact, tons of research indicates that the productivity of American businesses goes way down during the summer months.

In fact, a study from Captivate Network indicated that:

  • Workplace productivity drops 20% during the summer months
  • Workplace attendance decreases by 19%
  • Projects take 13% longer to complete
  • Workers are 45% more distracted

Think about it! How much time do you spend over the summer months traveling? Or what about day-dreaming about traveling? Or how about spending time trying to play catch-up with your clients who are off on vacation, even as you keep working?

And vacations are just the tip of the iceberg! Science says it’s harder to work in the heat and the humidity - and, conversely, in an office that’s too cold from AC!

Basically? Trying to get things done in the summer is a lose-lose proposition - except when it comes to digital marketing.

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What is a Content Pillar? How to Use Pillars to Grow Your Website Traffic

Published on July 14, 2022

If you spend any time at all talking to marketing people, you’ll hear the expression “content is king.” In this age of omnichannel communications, people prefer to educate themselves and would rather learn about a brand via their “own research” (a.k.a. curated content) than be punched in the face with heavy-handed advertising. That’s just science

So if you’re going full speed ahead into content marketing, you’ll need to identify your pillars first to create a strong framework for your overall strategy. Let’s dive in!

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Which Social Media Platforms Should My Business Consider?

Published on March 18, 2022

Are you finding it hard to navigate the sea of social networks available to today’s businesses? Do you find yourself burdened with questions about what platforms you should be on? 

“Are people still on Facebook?”

“Is LinkedIn better for my business?”

“Am I missing out by not being on TikTok?”

Let’s tackle these questions together as we provide you with some underlying knowledge of what platforms can suit you best in today’s market.

We’ll start by breaking our field up into two primary categories: established platforms and emerging platforms. What’s the difference? We’ll admit, in an ever-changing environment it’s a slightly arbitrary distinction. But in our judgment, an “established” platform is one that has been around for over a decade, with a proven track record of helping businesses across all sectors. Emerging platforms are the opposite: they may contain more niche communities that have only been around for a few years or less. Now that we have that sorted, it’s time to dive into the names you’ve already heard of. 

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Want to Close More Sales? Great Content Is Your Secret Weapon

Published on March 16, 2022

According to recent studies, 70% of people would rather learn about a company through articles than an advertisement. 68% report feeling more positive about a brand after consuming content from it.

What’s more, research shows that B2B decision makers tend to engage with at least five pieces of content before they buy. And yet, in spite of all of this, there is still a common perception that content marketing is only about bringing in prospects, rather than generating real, substantive conversions.

While content is a vital tool for inbound marketing, it can also be put to work turning leads into customers – at every step along the buyer’s journey, and in a variety of creative ways.

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Online Reputation Management for Law Firms

Published on March 10, 2022

It’s fair to say that practicing law may be one of the world’s oldest professions. That is to say that, as long as there have been laws to enforce, there has been a need for lawyers – going all the way back to ancient Greece.

And, for our Chicago-based audiences, we hardly need to reiterate how important lawyers are – after all, Illinois’s favorite son and America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, got his start practicing law, as have countless other politicians and prominent figures in world history.

With all that being said, it’s important to realize that the practice of law has always adapted and shifted with the times. The young Mr. Lincoln may not have needed to worry about what people were saying about him via online reviews – but the practicing attorneys at your law firm certainly do!

Whether your focus is on real estate, personal injury, business, family law, estate planning, or any other area where lawyers practice today, it’s important to be able to keep in contact with your audience – so that new clients can always be ready to find you when the time comes.

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How To Write Content That Actually Converts

Published on March 9, 2022

There are countless reasons why your brand needs to be generating unique, high quality content – it primes the pump for social sharing, it cultivates community and loyalty, and it’s a surefire SEO solution for boosting organic traffic.

But blogging has another function, even if we content marketers tend to keep it quiet. The dirty little secret behind most copywriting? While it is a sure way to create value, there’s no escaping that, at the end of the day, your words are there to help sell – to convince users that your site, your brand, is where they should be placing their trust and spending their hard-earned money.

With that in mind, veteran copywriters will be quick to tell you that it’s all-but-impossible to write one golden blog post that will convert every audience member to a customer, every time. (If you know that copywriter, let us know, because we’d love to hire her.)

But there are some important tricks, reminders, and rules keep in mind for writing creative content that converts.

Here are five ways to write content that helps drive conversions – without sacrificing quality: 

1.) Add Emotion

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Launching a New Website? Don’t Forget to Check These 10 Key Elements Off Your List

Published on March 1, 2022

It’s hard to overstate the importance of having a website for your brand. Today, your next customers are connecting with businesses and doing their product research online, via search engines, review platforms, and social media networks - which can all help funnel users directly to your personalized landing page. 

Having a unique, handcrafted website that is functional, responsive, and optimized for search engines can go a long way in helping your business stand out from the crowd. Your brand website is also a powerful marketing tool. It’s your calling card, your elevator pitch, and your sales funnel, all rolled into one. Your website can help your brand reach new audiences on search engines like Google, and help convert curious visitors into lifelong customers. 

If you’re nearing the end of your website design and development process, you’ve probably been over all this - and then some! You’ve talked about design. You’ve discussed creating compelling calls to action and functional conversion tools. You’ve thought long and hard about the importance of UX. 

Now, it’s time to move into the last phase, and start fine-tuning your site so it’s ready to launch. It’s time to look over the little details, to make sure your website is going to appeal to audiences, and rank highly with search engines. Before your site goes live, it’s also important to start planning for the future, and develop a strategy for all of the maintenance, performance, and security tasks to come. 

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How Many Hashtags Should You Use on Instagram

Published on February 4, 2022

If you're using Instagram to share your content and promote your business, you probably already know the importance of hashtags. But the real question is, how do you make them work for you? Which hashtags should you choose? How many hashtags is too many?

Knowing why hashtags are on Instagram in the first place, and how to use them effectively to promote your content, is one major key to your success on the platform. 

While “the ‘gram” is widely known to make frequent changes to optimize its organic search algorithm, there are truisms about good hashtag use that are seemingly timeless. Regardless of whether these precedents are timeless, here is the latest on how to use hashtags to their fullest potential when working with Meta’s golden child. 

Let’s start by dispelling some myths about Instagram hashtags. Hashtags are not on-platform advertising mechanisms. They are “a tool that provides context about your post” and its content. In other words, they’re there so the algorithm promoting organic reach can do its job better.

Hashtags are also not a “more the merrier” type of deal. Stuffing hashtags into your content won’t do it any favors, and you run the risk of choosing an irrelevant hashtag that someone may have intentionally muted. Let’s illustrate with some examples. Say you’re a tech influencer who’s made a post about the recent Tesla recall, and CES is chugging along as it does in early January (these events coincided earlier this month). Adding #CES to the bottom of your post about the Tesla news can be harmful if it has nothing to do with the annual Consumer Electronics Show. In fact, many tech news consumers may be so inundated with nonstop CES news (or morally opposed to the convention being held during a wave of viral infections) that they mute the hashtag. 

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How to Create a More Consistent Content Strategy

Published on January 6, 2022

“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison

Widely regarded as the father of modern electricity, Thomas Edison was a relentlessly prolific inventor, and is considered to be one of the most important engineers in American history. So it’s a little bit reassuring to read that such a significant figure sometimes struggled with his productivity and creative output.

We know how it feels to be burnt out, tired, or otherwise unproductive – and we’re willing to bet that you sometimes feel the same way. Like there aren’t enough hours in the day? That no matter how much you accomplish, you’ll never actually manage to polish off your “to-do” list?

Whenever feelings like these creep up, it can be easy to retreat from what needs to be done, and instead fall back on that old, reliable stand-by – procrastination.

“Why force it, if the creative juices just aren’t flowing?” you ask.

“Isn’t it better to wait,” you may well reason, “until I feel that big, creative second wind?”

These feelings are completely natural. But when it comes to your content marketing efforts, they could be dangerous.

The Importance of a Consistent Content Marketing Strategy

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