What Colin Kaepernick Can Teach Content Marketers About Building an Online Audience

July 12, 2020 by Leave a comment
What Colin Kaepernick Can Teach Content Marketers About Building an Online Audience

Colin Kaepernick had seen enough.

That is to say, he had seen too much.

It was August 2016. America was reeling from the recent deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Korryn Gaines, and other black Americans killed by police—their deaths captured on eyewitness videos. Black Lives Matter street demonstrations ...

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The Two “Secret Ingredients” of Compelling B2B Content

June 9, 2020 by 1 comment
The Two “Secret Ingredients” of Compelling B2B Content

"What's your biggest challenge when creating compelling content?"

When Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger, asked that question on social media, the most frequent response he received was, “Keeping it original and interesting.”

As a freelance writer and blogger, I can tell you; that's a serious challenge. And it’s not just ...

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How to Gently Convert Prospects into Customers—and Recurring Customers—Using “Circles of Belief”

May 16, 2020 by Leave a comment
How to Gently Convert Prospects into Customers—and Recurring Customers—Using “Circles of Belief”

In my previous essay, we discussed why the traditional sales funnel is no longer a good model for customer acquisition. We then looked at an alternative model called The Circles of Belief (Figure 1)—a representation of customer acquisition that accounts for modern practices like search, social, email, and content marketing.

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Flatten Your Sales Funnel: A Better Way to Convert More Prospects to Customers in 2020

April 13, 2020 by 2 comments
Flatten Your Sales Funnel: A Better Way to Convert More Prospects to Customers in 2020

I have a problem with the traditional sales funnel.

Actually, I have two, but I guess you could call this first one a personal problem: I’ve never liked the funnel analogy.

For me, the funnel creates a negative mental image. I see hapless business buyers caught in a whirlpool, or ...

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The Final 3 Essential Truths to Bear in Mind When Marketing to Engineers

March 5, 2020 by Leave a comment
The Final 3 Essential Truths to Bear in Mind When Marketing to Engineers

This is the last of three articles on marketing to engineers that will soon be released together as a new CopyEngineer white paper.

In this final installment, we'll provide some tips on how to better engage engineers with your content—and on how to avoid annoying them—as they travel along their ...

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3 More Essential Truths to Keep in Mind When Marketing to Engineers

February 18, 2020 by Leave a comment
3 More Essential Truths to Keep in Mind When Marketing to Engineers

This is the second of a three-part series drawn from a new CopyEngineer white paper on marketing to engineers. You can click here to read Part 1.

In this installment, we'll look at the two things engineers want most from marketing content and why, as well as an effective method ...

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3 Essential Truths You Must Keep in Mind when Marketing to Engineers

January 6, 2020 by Leave a comment
3 Essential Truths You Must Keep in Mind when Marketing to Engineers

Marketing to engineers is different. If you market B2B technology, you probably don’t need to be told that.

But coming up with effective strategies for reaching these technical influencers can be a challenge. To help you with that, CopyEngineer has drawn on recent industry studies, personal experience as both ...

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5 Ideas for Adding Video to White Papers

December 7, 2019 by Leave a comment
5 Ideas for Adding Video to White Papers

When marketing with content, you need to keep readers engaged. Your content must hold your prospects' attention long enough for your message to sink in.

One good way to do that is with interactivity. In a recent B2B Technology Content Survey, Eccolo Media found that "Overall, content consumers appreciate interactivity. ...

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Four Ways to Gain Press Coverage with Case Studies

October 23, 2019 by Leave a comment
Four Ways to Gain Press Coverage with Case Studies

A few years ago, when I posted a link to my article 8 Ways to Leverage Case Studies in Your Other Marketing Communications on LinkedIn, I received the following comment from a software marketing manager:

"One item I would add to your list: Industry-specific publications are always interested in customer stories."

I totally agree.

But because trade publications are not under the direct control of your marketing communications department, I wanted to talk about them separately. In fact, I admitted to that marketing manager, "I was saving that one for my next article!"

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Four uncommon content ideas for marketing to engineers

September 16, 2019 by Leave a comment
Four uncommon content ideas for marketing to engineers

If you're marketing to engineers, you should already know this.

Engineers crave efficiency. They want things to work better. They want to work better themselves. And faster. That’s their mindset.

So naturally, engineers are tool users. They love good tools, and they’re always looking for better ones. If you offer ...

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