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If you cater to everyone, you’ll reach no one

If you cater to everyone, you’ll reach no one

Ever heard of the phrase ‘You can’t please everyone’? Surprisingly a lot of writers try. In their defence it’s usually part of the brief and it goes like this: 1. Write about a topic 2. Include the main points 3. Bore everyone to death

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Why is nobody reading my content?

Why is nobody reading my content?

The three most boring words that are uttered at every digital media conference, networking event or creative meeting are, without a doubt, “content is king”. That may have been a handy shorthand phrase a few years ago when creating content was actually a new idea, but, thankfully, we’ve moved on. Now almost every niche has embraced this aphorism as a way to improve user engagement, gain natural links, increase shares and connect with relevant customers at every stage of the decision funnel. Everyone has accepted the notion that good content leads to increased sales, so what does that mean for the way brands interact with consumers and, what does that mean for content marketers tasked with meeting this increased demand in content?

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Today’s digital influencer and what they mean for brands

Today’s digital influencer and what they mean for brands

As an old school journalist at heart, I have watched with fascination as traditional media, such as the BBC, The Telegraph and Marie Claire, have been somewhat side-lined and overtaken by a new age of citizen journalists, who not only bring their personal take on news and information to bear on all topics, but also translate brand messages to the widest possible audience. Citizen journalism is nothing new of course; Twitter as a news source is now a given and the YouTube generation is the future face of media consumption. But, what is interesting is the constantly changing face of the social or digital influencer and the vast world of people-led PR. So, why is it working so well for brands?

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Three psychological principles to improve your content marketing

Three psychological principles to improve your content marketing

In the world of content marketing, social and content should be the perfect bed fellows. But, how do you ensure they’re both working for you? Start with a creative and comprehensive digital strategy and target your audience with the content they want to read.

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How to create compelling content: The answer was there all along

How to create compelling content: The answer was there all along

“People love themselves. It didn’t take the advent of the selfie for that to be evident.” True story. This is the opening line to one of the Ten Commandments to create compelling content as told by Patrick Burke of Content Marketing Institute. The commandment? Thou shalt awaken our inner Narcissus. This, like the rest of his Commandments, is fairly self-explanatory – people like content that taps into their insatiable appetite for ‘me, me, me’.

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How to create content that sticks

How to create content that sticks

While it’s generally accepted that content marketing should be at the heart of a future-proof digital marketing strategy, many have learned the hard way that it’s difficult to make it stick. Content creation and the pursuit of virality requires a significant investment in terms of time and resources, but these alone are not enough to achieve compelling content which drives links, traffic and social shares. There are a number of key considerations which you should keep in mind as you plan content campaigns.

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Influencer marketing on Instagram

Influencer marketing on Instagram

Boasting an incredible active audience of 300 million, Instagram has emerged to be one of the fastest and most engaging social visual platform in the last few years. According to a study conducted by SocialBakers in 2014, it was found that the engagement rate across Instagram is 50 times higher than on Twitter (numbers that might make you rethink your social strategy).

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