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Buyer Persona + Buyer's Journey = Highly Targeted Content

Posted by Ben Schultz on May 1, 2017 4:14:00 PM

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If you've ever tried talking with someone who doesn't seem to listen to you, you know how annoying it can be. You try to make a point, but they just run over it like a steamroller and talk about something that interests them.

Why is this so frustrating? Because, even if they don't mean to, these people send the message, "I only care about me. I don't care about you. You don't matter."

No one likes hearing this. Especially not potential clients--after all, why give money to someone who doesn't respect you? That's why it's so important to understand buyer personas and the buyer's journey--it helps you create content that tells customers, "We understand you, we value you and we have what you need."

Website Content: What Google Cares About

Posted by Nikki Wardle on Apr 28, 2017 9:52:00 AM

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You and Google have something in common: you both love fresh, quality content that is full of substance, easily digestible and relevant. Content that is relatable, thought-provoking and maybe elicits a bit of emotion. Content that speaks to the reader, not at the reader.

Sadly, a majority of the content companies produce on a daily basis is just not the quality content people will engage with. It’s dull, with very little substance and has a very me-me-me focus. It's no wonder fake news sites easily captured the majority of readers' attention. But that issue is another blog altogether.

Safe Content Sucks

Posted by Corey Smith on Jan 23, 2017 8:47:00 AM

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When we're willing to ruffle a few feathers, we get more engagement. The more engagement we get, the more people will talk to us and about us. 

In 2017, you can find plenty of examples of this dynamic all around you. The abundance of clickbaiting and fake news is probably the best. They elicit emotions and cause us to take action.

Facebook and the Baiting of Clicks

If you haven't heard the term "clickbait," it refers to a title that begs you to click the link for an article. For example, a link might have the title, "You'll be amazed by number 7." When you click through, however, 7 really isn't that important. It's sort of like being Rick Rolled.

I explored this a bit in another blog post I wrote titled, “Is Facebook Making us Stupid and Lazy?” (Of course, I think the answer is yes. You’ll have to take a gander later and let me know what you think.)

How to Use a Little-Known Tool to Improve Your Website Content

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on Jul 25, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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Let's begin with the assumption that when you bother to write something, you want the person reading your content to understand your message.

In my first writing job (at a college newspaper, mind you), I learned that I should write to an eighth-grade reading level. When it comes to writing marketing content for the web, I actually recommend writing to a fifth to eighth-grade reading level. Not because I think every reader is an uneducated dope, but because people consume content differently on the web. Even the person who can read "War and Peace" without picking up a dictionary, consumes web content under different conditions and with a different purpose than when they are feeding their intellect with classic Russian literature.

Creating Testimonials that Turn Leads into Customers

Posted by Lindsey Bowshier on May 23, 2016 6:55:19 PM

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When a hot new prospect is exploring your site, they want to know one thing:
"What can you do for me?"

Site visitors will be looking at many types of content on your website to try to uncover this information, but one effective way to help answer that question for them is to include a section for testimonials that showcase customer delight. When a site visitor reads success stories and learns how your business's products or services solved problems for your existing customers, it can help the new prospect move through the buyer's journey by showing them how they can benefit from working with you.

Edit Their Grammar, Not Personality

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Dec 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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If you're a writer of any kind, you've probably had people asking you to edit their work since high school. Will you edit my essay? Will you edit my resume? Will you help with this case study? If you're weird (like me), this makes you all excited about checking for grammatical issues and word flow and all of the little nuances that might make that one essay shine. But hold up.

5 Ways to Get People to Click (and Read) Content

Posted by Hannah Lacy on Oct 20, 2015 6:00:00 AM

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After working in marketing for a little while, you start to think differently. The other night I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw an interesting article. Pause. Interesting article. What made it interesting? I had to stop and think about it, because I am my own audience, and if I know what interests my own brain, I can understand what interests my audience.