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Content Template – The Checklist

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Using a content template can shorten your writing time and also keep you more focused. The purpose of this particular template is to give people a useful tool to complete a task more efficiently. This type of article shows off your expertise. Because it is … Keep reading…

Content Template – How to Start

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Content templates can simplify your content development time by providing structure – sort of like filling in blanks. That means you can be done and onto your next task in no time. The purpose of this template is to create an awesome resource for beginners … Keep reading…

Content Template – What I Learned

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Using a content template is sort of like filling in the blanks on a form. It will get you started and make your writing time more productive. The purpose of this content template is to help people learn something new… and the best way to … Keep reading…

Content Template – The Newsjack

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Every part of your business needs some type of content. And you need to develop content consistently to reap the benefits. There’s a content creation trick that can speed up the process by providing structure. Using a content template is sort of like filling in … Keep reading…

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What do iWatches and Zombies have to do with eMail Marketing?

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Perhaps nothing. Using a news story or pop culture as a hook can create interest that attracts readers. Keep your subject line (or headline) relevant and appropriate, though, or you’ll forsake credibility. “What will Happen to eMail Marketing on the iWatch?” is a good example, … Keep reading…

What I Learned at BlogJam2015

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Anita Hovey and I acting out I thought I would be spending the day with other business owners. I thought blogging was a marketing tool. I thought that swearing in public wasn’t nice. None of these turned out to be true at BlogJam2015 at the … Keep reading…

Crafting a Title to Get Read

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Whether it’s an article title, a blog post title, a subject line or a call to action, there is no doubt that crafting a good one takes a little art and a little science. “The job of the headline is to get the first line … Keep reading…

What were you doing on Boxing Day?

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Were you reading my blog on December 26, 2013? Maybe not but someone was because I had over 800 pageviews that day. Up to that point, it was the most pageviews I’d ever had in one day. In fact, it was 10% of the monthly … Keep reading…

7 Reasons you need a Content Strategy

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Wondering why you might need a content strategy? To stay current, sharp, and develop opinions To build your reputation by demonstrating your expertise To inform about your products and services To get found when people are looking for the services and products you provide To … Keep reading…

How to Find the RIGHT Image

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A friend asked me to help her out by finding images of people talking on the phone to be used to market a new service. I like crestock.com for images (because they’re reasonably priced and easy to buy from) so I logged in and started … Keep reading…

Content to Wrap Up the Year

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December and January are good months to publish articles that sum up the past year and preface the new one. If your newsletters (or blog posts) are informational, this can be a good strategy for several reasons: Website traffic is increased by directing your readers … Keep reading…

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Here’s How to Get Inspired

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I often say, “Write when you’re inspired… and take the time to get inspired.” This week I’m taking my own medicine because inspiration has been lacking. Thinking about getting inspired, with my newsletter deadline looming, led me to create this list of things that I … Keep reading…

Creating Content that is Useful

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Your newsletter (or blog) has to be both useful and interesting to be successful. If one of your goals is to be seen as an expert, consider that the usefulness of your content can have a big impact. What types of content are useful? Here … Keep reading…

The Devil is in the Details

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Mistakes happen – appointments get missed, deadlines slide by, and that phone call doesn’t get returned. These things happen to everyone sooner or later. Sometimes these are things that can be avoided next time, sometimes they’re unavoidable, and sometimes they’re just plain old stupid mistakes. … Keep reading…

Original Content Makes YOU Unique!

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Do you really need any more information than what you’re already getting? Do your readers? How do you compete with ALL that content that’s readily available? You give them something they can’t get anywhere else! A list is easy – here’s one way to think … Keep reading…

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Out of Ideas and Still Have a Deadline?

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“Write when you’re inspired,” I always suggest. But sometimes deadlines loom, we need content, and inspiration is nowhere to be found. Here is a checklist you can use to come up with quick content when you’re out of bright ideas. Fix a problem. You solve … Keep reading…

Writing the Wrong

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I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about creating and organizing their content for various purposes and places. In the process of conducting a recent lunch and learn on the subject, I collected lots of tips and ideas, and here’s a good one. Share … Keep reading…

Ask for Action

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Sometimes things are easier if someone else will just tell me what to do. That way of thinking especially applies to our websites and newsletters. Your call-to-action is critical – it’s the reason for people to contact you. Use your website and newsletter to convert … Keep reading…

What’s your Word Count?

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How long should a blog post be? It’s a common question that has no definitive answer. Some experts recommend keeping your posts under 800 words and others, under 500. One thing we all seem to agree on is that you have a brief moment to capture the … Keep reading…

Breaking Routine

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A routine is not necessarily a bad thing but if blogging topics have become routine for you, chances are that your audience feels the same. One way to break the routine is to put very short survey questions on your blog asking your readers what … Keep reading…

Remember Your Audience

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Keeping blog content relevant to your target reader is a key factor in blog success but can easily get lost in our rush to get everything done. One way to slow down and remember your audience is to sit quietly at your keyboard for even … Keep reading…

Search for the Best Blog

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Although I’ve set up the odd blog for other people, I’ve never really considered having one myself… until 2 days ago. My friend, Danielle, convinced me to contribute to a ‘photo a day’ blog. In 2 days, we’ve explored WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger, but ended … Keep reading…