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I’ve moved! Come and see me

26 Jul

Much as I’ve enjoyed being here at Dotcomma, the time has come for me to move to a new home. Come and visit my new blog CONTENT Works. Look forward to seeing you there.

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12 Must-Do Tasks for the New WordPress Site Owner | Copyblogger

8 Jul

See on Scoop.itOld School to New School

For anyone who’s just set up their first WordPress hosted site, Pamela Wilson outlines 12 things you need to do next.

 

So helpful – I’m working my way through the list. 

See on www.copyblogger.com

Create Content to Equip Your Customer for Success

6 Jul

See on Scoop.itCreate and Curate

The interview I’m linking to is not *directly* about content, but the lessons in it are fundamental for all of us in content production/curation, communications, and PR.

If you want advice on achieving professional/business goals, it’s in the title of the original piece: Chris Brogan: Be helpful, be brief, and listen.

Here are some extracts outlining a different approach to “marketing”.

“Customer service is far stronger than marketing as a business tool.”

“You have to equip your customer for success…. if there was one sentence I could put into every big company, B2B as well, it is how do you equip your customer for success.”

“I think that living in service of your community, equipping your customer for success, these are not things people say in the boardroom. People say we need more sales. That begets more sales. But we buy from people we like.”

“Be there before the sale. Do a lot to be helpful before you try to extract value from the dollar”

“Brevity. Learn to think in 120 characters instead of befuddling.”

*Read the full interview by Heather Taylor, Editorial Director for EConsultancy US, on the EConsultancy blog blog http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/10259-chris-brogan-be-helpful-be-brief-and-listen

See on econsultancy.com

My 15 Minutes of Fame at Search Engine Journal

3 Jul

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Ann Smarty for Search Engine Journal about curation, Paper.li, writing and journalism. It was a lot of fun answering her questions.

Read the full interview here.

Interview with Liz Wilson, Community Editor at Paper.li, Search Engine Journal

Content Marketing: Curation, Repurposing & Collective Social Wisdom

3 Jul

See on Scoop.itCreate and Curate

Thanks to Henneke Duistermaat (@henneked) for this Scoop:

 

One of the great talents of an effective content marketer is the ability to re-create or as my pal Ann Handley says, reimagine content.

 

Lee Odden argues that “the future of repurposed content is scaled curation / collective social wisdom”. 

See on www.toprankblog.com

7 Steps to Turning Large Companies into Content Marketing and Blogging Machines

30 Jun

See on Scoop.itCreate and Curate

How can organisations create enough authentic, relevant and helpful content?

 

Marcus Sheridan has an answer: educate all employees to become content marketers. Yes! Employees can write and blog! Why ever not?

 

Marcus “The Sales Lion” has proved it in a number of companies. Here he tells “how”.

 

This is gold dust for larger organisations struggling to produce content. And it could be adapted for smaller companies too.

 

Here are 3 of Marcus’s steps:

 

*Have a CCO – Chief Content Officer

*Educate management

*Regularly share content marketing “victories”

 

Read the full post http://www.thesaleslion.com/steps-turning-large-companies-content-marketing-blogging-machines/ 

 

See on www.thesaleslion.com

8 Quick, Simple Basics to Get People Reading Your Online Content

30 Jun

See on Scoop.itOld School to New School

Moving from print to online writing? Here are 8 basics for making your copy highly readable.

 

The post is written by Pamela Wilson who has a design business and is also a successful blogger.

 

Some of the ideas are probably familiar – but she had some tips I hadn’t thought of.

 

*Use deep captions – “captions are consistently some of the most-read copy on a page”

*Check both routes through your copy – the one where the reader scans the whole text and the one where they only scan headings, subheadings, lists and bold text.

 

 Every point is valid. All the ideas are simple to apply, and can be done for your next blog post.

 

Find Pamela here http://www.bigbrandsystem.com/my-gift-to-you/

 

Original article here  http://www.copyblogger.com/scannable-content/

See on www.copyblogger.com

Old-School Skills Can Get You Ahead in the New World of Content

27 Jun

See on Scoop.itOld School to New School

Some ideas (from me) for leveraging solid journalism skills.

 

See on community.paper.li

Get a Start in Digital Storytelling

30 May Girl in a Bedouin mask by mnadi

What’s the best way to get a start in video or film journalism? According to Adam Westbrook, multimedia producer, journalism lecturer and entrepreneur, go out and make a video.

“Just do it”, was his advice when I interviewed him recently. Practice beats training, says Adam. You will be disappointed with your first efforts, but the best way to begin is to get out in the street and start filming.  Continue reading

Is the sun shining on your blog?

22 May

How’s your blog doing? Is the outlook sunny or are the clouds on the horizon? If you’re struggling to start up, or you’ve been going awhile and you’re flagging, help is at hand. Ileane Smith, the face behind the very successful Basic Blog Tips, has kindly offered some advice.

I was able to interview Ileane recently and she answered these questions:

What’s the first thing a new blogger should do?

The first step to establishing yourself online is – and perhaps this sounds a little crazy — get a Gravatar. Continue reading

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