What does a content marketing agency do?

Maybe it’s obvious, but content marketing agencies provide content marketing services. But what does that really mean? Here’s a list of 27 services or activities that content marketing agencies often provide. Developing a content strategy and writing content marketing plans (download the free ebook “From Content to Ka-Ching!” to learn more about this process) Researching […]

Four clues that content marketing might be right for your business

You’ve heard the buzz about content marketing: Every company will be a media company! You’ve got to create compelling content to cut through the all the noise and clutter! You can’t just by attention any more, you’ve got to earn it! Blah, blah, blah. Those statements all contain some truth, but we all know that […]

Learn how smart content marketing can pull in more sales leads

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How to write a white paper in 7 steps

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In some industries (such as enterprise technology), white papers are the de facto standard for communicating a company’s perspective on a particular issue.They are usually not as long as ebooks, and might run anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 words, depending on the type of white paper you choose and how complicated the topic is. White […]

Learn how smart content marketing can pull in more sales leads

Download the free ebook From Content to Ka-ching! Content to Ka-ching! cover image Content marketing can increase awareness, sales leads and revenue, but only if your content marketing strategy includes the four essential drivers. This 37-page ebook will show you how content marketing can grow your business. Download

10 tips for generating more blog post ideas

Brainstorming is a good way to generate blog post ideas

Blogging is, for many businesses and organizations, a great way to establish credibility, draw buyer interest and improve website search rankings. It is not necessarily easy, though. Even once you’ve gotten approval to go ahead with blogging and figured out who’s going to write the posts, you still need to come up with great blog […]

Learn how smart content marketing can pull in more sales leads

Download the free ebook From Content to Ka-ching! Content to Ka-ching! cover image Content marketing can increase awareness, sales leads and revenue, but only if your content marketing strategy includes the four essential drivers. This 37-page ebook will show you how content marketing can grow your business. Download

How to write an ebook

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You’ve seen them offered on websites. Heck, you’ve probably downloaded a few. (And maybe even read them?) Ebooks. (Or “e-books” or “eBooks” – there’s still several variations in spelling commonly used.) For companies using content marketing or inbound marketing, downloadable ebooks are often used as lead generation offers. Potential customers, interested in the content offered […]

Score your ideas to boost your content marketing

An example of a content-scoring spreadsheet

Right now I have at least 40 blog post ideas sitting in my queue. The potential topics include: Is LinkedIn’s premium for-pay service worth the money? How to market a blog post How to make your public relations and marketing efforts useful Better email subject lines Basic online tasks all marketers and PR professionals should […]

Learn how smart content marketing can pull in more sales leads

Download the free ebook From Content to Ka-ching! Content to Ka-ching! cover image Content marketing can increase awareness, sales leads and revenue, but only if your content marketing strategy includes the four essential drivers. This 37-page ebook will show you how content marketing can grow your business. Download

Social media productivity: Have an impact online, while still having a life offline

Friday I presented at ConvergeSouth 2012 in Greensboro. I gave a talk about how to use social media productively, by which I mean getting results without having to spend 18 hours a day online. Below are my slides. Social Media Productivity from marktzk If you’re interested in having me speak to your group or conference […]

Nine tips for better interviews

Photo of OJ Mayo being interviewed.

With the rise of content marketing, communications professionals will increasingly need to create original content. That can include written Q&As, podcasts, videos and more. And the key to getting interesting, compelling content out of those is being able to ask great questions during interviews with subject matter experts. I spent more than 10 years as […]

Learn how smart content marketing can pull in more sales leads

Download the free ebook From Content to Ka-ching! Content to Ka-ching! cover image Content marketing can increase awareness, sales leads and revenue, but only if your content marketing strategy includes the four essential drivers. This 37-page ebook will show you how content marketing can grow your business. Download

Six surefire ways to zero in on your customers’ pains

Want to move someone to action? Identify one of their “pain points” and tell them how you’ll solve it. Let’s take a literal example: back pain. Get back pain? Does it interfere with the way you enjoy life? Chances are pretty good this ad would motivate you to go to grab some Aleve from the […]

How a little string can improve your blogging

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Ever find yourself struggling with what you should write about next, or needing more details, anecdotes or statistics to illustrate a blog post, white paper or media pitch? Me too. Fortunately, I have a solution. When I was a reporter, I gathered a lot of string. This does not mean that my desk was cluttered […]

Learn how smart content marketing can pull in more sales leads

Download the free ebook From Content to Ka-ching! Content to Ka-ching! cover image Content marketing can increase awareness, sales leads and revenue, but only if your content marketing strategy includes the four essential drivers. This 37-page ebook will show you how content marketing can grow your business. Download