Working with PR professionals when you’re a PR professional can be, er, complicated if certain ground rules aren’t followed. That’s not to say that clients in a PR or communications role are more important than any others -- you should absolutely have best practices in place when dealing with ALL...

For those who call themselves “content marketers” on their resumes but “writers” in their hearts, it’s no secret that there are only three ways to get better at your profession, no matter which label you put on it: 

  1. Write every day.
  2. Find a good editor and trust what she tells you.
  3. Read...
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CMI’s Content Marketing World 2018 brought together the best of the best from the content world: marketers, strategists, data scientists, writers, Hollywood stars, you name it. The diversity of roles amongst attendees and speakers is a sign of how mature the industry has become. It’s been years...

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Is your blog working as hard as it can for you? It should go without saying that the first component of a successful company blog is quality content. If your words aren’t interesting, insightful or helpful to your readers, it’s unlikely you’ll ever build a following.

But let’s say you have that...

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I spent a few years working in news radio, so there’s a certain nostalgia for me that podcasts hold. It’s good, old-fashioned story telling with a certain depth that is often absent in a written piece. I once cherished the opportunity to go on-air and explain a story in a way that didn’t make it...

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Spoiler alert: marketing content can help your sales team close deals. But, it’s all about strategy when it comes to providing your sales teams with the right content. So how is this done? And what types of content will help them?

It’s essential to first understand the importance of aligning the...

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Every productivity article I’ve ever read, whether it’s geared toward content marketers or not, says to eat the frog first. Knock out the toughest thing on your to-do list before 9 a.m., and the rest of the day will feel like a treat.

I resist this advice.

I start my days reading. Part of the...

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It’s easy to look at Medium, with its minimal and gorgeous layout, and decide to move your corporate blog to its platform. After all, it’s easier than hosting your own blog with Wordpress or another CMS. 

But is it right for your company?

Note: in speaking about Medium, this post is referring to...

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If you write a blog post and no one reads it, did you really write a blog post?

Let’s assume you’ve mastered the writing and publishing of good content. Many companies have made it this far. Where they run into trouble, though, is attracting readers.

It takes time to build an audience: you need to...

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Months ago, a colleague forwarded me a link to a company that claims to have found the answer to every marketing team’s content creation woes: robots! The company says that, with the help of artificial intelligence, it can “generate” and “optimize” your marketing language (but not rid it of jargon,...

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If you’re a marketer, you’ve heard about the benefits of B2B blogging programs—blogging increases traffic to your website, helps prospects find you in search engines, educates your audience—but it’s a constant battle. Newbies and successful shepherds of ongoing blog programs alike face similar...

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When Metis recently took home a Bronze Stevie Award, it seemed like a great opportunity to share tips about what it takes to win over a panel of judges– and why every company looking to boost visibility should think about an awards program. Our bronze award win was for communications or PR campaign...

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Hidden somewhere in the depths of your website is a white paper, webinar or infographic that you and your team put a whole lot of heart and soul into. Sorry to break it to you, but it’s not getting any clicks (and, likely, it isn’t going to, either). 

Alas, there’s still hope that your creation...

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With spring comes rebirth, rejuvenation and, of course, baseball. (You didn’t expect that, did you?) With the change of seasons, now is a good time to look at some season-appropriate grammar and writing tips.

  1. Batter up. Avid baseball fans may not consider it to actually be spring until MLB’s...
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