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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]