How to Quit Being So Damned Boring

It always begins with so much promise. “I’ve been working really hard on my site. I put a lot of time and effort into it, but it’s just not getting any traction. Can you take a look?” I don’t want to take a look. Because by now, I know what I’m going to find. And
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Transform Your Content from Predictable to Provocative with This Bold Method

Stop for a moment to think about a super-athlete. A person who won 122 consecutive races and broke the world record four times. That super-athlete is Edwin C. Moses, a man who completely dominated the 400-meter hurdle event and won every race in sight between 1977 and 1987. And then it happened. On June 4,
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5 Writing Techniques that Stir Your Audience to Action

We all want a positive response to the content we work so hard to create. Not all positive responses, however, are created equal. I’m reminded of this David Ogilvy quote from Ogilvy on Advertising: “When I write an advertisement, I don’t want you to tell me that you find it ‘creative.’ I want you to
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Get Engaged to Your Audience and Customers

Roses are Red Violets are Blue Valentine’s Day is Tuesday Why is content marketing so hard? Welcome to the week before Valentine’s Day! As it happens, it’s connection and engagement week at Copyblogger — and the content this week is all about how you can create a more profound bond with your audience. On Monday
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2017 Content Excellence Challenge: The February Prompts

Leave a comment with your entry for this month’s content challenge. You’ll have the chance to win a really good book! Hey, it’s February! And that means we have two new prompts for our 2017 Content Excellence Challenge. This month, we’re going to send a copy of Jonah Sachs’s book Winning the Story Wars to
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How to Create Content that Deeply Engages Your Audience

Art Silverman had a vendetta against popcorn. Silverman wanted to educate the public about the fact that a typical bag of movie popcorn has 37 grams of saturated fat, while the USDA recommends you have no more than 20 grams in an entire day. That’s important information. But instead of simply citing that surprising statistic,
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Creative Frameworks that Build Content Marketing Success

There are two ways to go about business. The first is to have an idea and then frantically do a lot of stuff hoping some of it works. It helps to only focus on tasks you’re already comfortable with, ensuring that critically important things will fall right through the cracks. This approach is closely related
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7 Real-World Ways to Think Like an Artist for Better Content Marketing

Earlier this year, I wrote that I believe art plays a critical role in content marketing. But what does that actually mean? When you think about it, what does that word “art” really mean? “I’ll know it when I see it.”– Random critic For the purposes of this conversation, I’ll define art as an expression
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