5 Steps to Revising Your Content Marketing Strategy to Attract and Retain Future Customers

Authority Rainmaker 2015 speaker Joe Pulizzi

This is not a how-to post; this is a how-to-think post.

What troubles me about the majority of current content creation activities from companies is the sheer lack of strategy and purpose.

I see a lot of activities — tweets, posts, articles, infographics, and more — that don’t support a real business goal.

Content Marketing Institute’s latest research even found that only 38 percent of all marketers believe they are effective at content marketing.

Your business goal that drives your particular content creation strategy should be to build an audience.

With a loyal audience you can sell, well, practically anything you want.

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How to Create Simple Drawings to Clarify Your Ideas and Captivate Your Audience

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Struggling to find a stock image for your next blog post?

You browse Flickr for ages. You settle on a picture that’s okay. You’d love to hire a professional illustrator, but you don’t have the budget. Not yet.

Sometimes you wonder if a better source of images exists.

What if you could create your own images to clarify your ideas? What if your custom images could make readers smile and draw them closer to you? Images that make you stand out online?

Sound far-fetched?

Read on and we’ll show you how anyone — even you — can draw images. No art school required. No fancy tools necessary.

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Seth Godin on Stepping Up and Making it Happen

Seth Godin is the author of 17 bestselling books. He’s the founder of email marketing pioneer Yoyodyne, and the charity-driven publishing platform Squidoo. And he’s the selfless dispenser of daily wisdom via the most popular marketing blog on the planet.

But if you had to sum Seth up in one word, it might well be impresario.

The classical definition of that word refers to a promoter, manager, or conductor of an opera or concert company.

The modern definition, set forth by Seth himself when he’s teaching others about the prime entrepreneurial role of the connection economy, is as follows:

One who gathers others together for creating art–the art of making a ruckus; the art of inventing the future; the art of important work.

Whether bootstrapping a startup by building an audience first, curating content to create something vibrant and new, or assembling a tribe that changes the world, it’s the modern impresarios who best take advantage of the power of the Internet to turn intangible ideas into real things that really matter. Things that change lives.

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Adaptive Content: A Trend to Pay Attention to in 2015

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Each new year seems to bring with it a new buzz term or two describing a concept that will change how we reach an audience, or how we build and grow a business.

Some of these buzz terms pan out and become legitimate, long-term parts of the lexicon because they work and prove important. Others flash then fade like the pet rock.

So the question now as we look ahead to 2015 is what buzz concept should you be paying attention to?

Because if there is a concept that is starting to pick up steam, and will prove worthy, you’re going to want to get in on it at the ground floor.

Well guess what? There is.

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Take Your Content Marketing to the Next Level at Authority Rainmaker (And Save)

The “what” and “why” phases of the content marketing revolution are over. To effectively gain and maintain your competitive advantage, you need a clear and concise strategy with the exact tactics to effectively execute.

More than that, you need the best talent you can get. You’re tasked with finding and assessing the right strategic partners, content production pros, and technical resources to optimize the audience experience that builds your business.

Enter Authority Rainmaker. Happening again this year in Denver, Colorado, it’s live content marketing training and networking for real-world results.

There’s an amazing lineup of keynote speakers and presentations from industry experts. There’s a stunning venue. There are parties and networking opportunities galore.

Super Early Bird pricing is now in effect, which saves you $500 off full price. The price goes up on January 15, so don’t wait and pay more.

Give yourself an early holiday gift that pays you back for the rest of your career. Join us May 13-15, 2015 in sunny Denver, Colorado for Authority Rainmaker.

Get all the details here.

Michael Hyatt on Building a Media Platform and Becoming a 10-Year Overnight Success

Michael Hyatt is the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S. In fact, Hyatt has been involved in the traditional publishing business his entire working life.

Not the typical profile of a do-it-yourself blogger, right?

And yet, in 2012 when Thomas Nelson was acquired by HarperCollins and Michael left his executive role, it was his 8-year-old blog that opened the door to an exciting and vibrant new chapter of his life. A blog that he toiled over in frustrating obscurity for many of those foundational years.

It was the blog that provided the launch pad for his New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. And it was the book that opened the door to his membership program Platform University. Seems like we can learn a few things from this guy about building our own online marketing and sales platforms.

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Why Shark Tank is Terrible for Your Business

Maybe they’ll take away my Entrepreneur’s Secret Hat and Decoder Ring for saying this, but I hate Shark Tank.

My husband and son like it, and every time it comes on, my teeth start to grind and my eye does that little twitchy thing.

I’m not saying the investors don’t give some decent advice. They do. And most of the Sharks seem like reasonable people. (With Kevin O’Leary doing his duty as designated villain, obligatory on most reality shows.)

But the core premise of Shark Tank — I hate it. I think it’s wrong, and I think it’s dangerous, and I think it hurts business owners.

Here’s why.

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10 Essential Tips for Creating Mobile-Friendly Emails

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Each time you send an email, you should be aware that a huge portion of your subscribers are going to open your message on their phones or tablets — not on their desktop computers or laptops.

It seems that every other week a new study cites an overwhelming number of people who read emails on their mobile devices — 51 percent according to Litmus66 percent according to Movable Ink.

The numbers vary, but the savvy content marketer knows that overlooking mobile-friendly emails is a big mistake.

Your job is to not only get your emails opened and read, but also to make your customers’ experiences just as strong as if the messages were opened on laptops or desktops.

Do you know how to make that happen?

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David Siteman Garland on the Infinite Scalability of Online Courses

It’s the ultimate Internet dream: create something once that sells over and over again, even while you sleep. And what better product than information itself?

Turns out, it’s not that easy for the idle dreamer. And often, Internet entrepreneurs work 16-hour days in order to “make money while they sleep.”

The good news is that the dream has shifted. Instead of hucksters offering “no work Internet cash machine” models to gullible business opportunity types, the concept of an “online business” has become a viable thing that experienced professionals and committed entrepreneurs explore and attain as part of the legitimate business world.

David Siteman Garland discovered this for himself thanks to his popular podcast, The Rise to the Top. He was constantly asked by his audience for the secret to creating a popular and profitable show, and David’s answer was always the same — it’s the art of the interview. So he created a course on the topic, and the rest (including his podcast!) is history.

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A Preview of Rainmaker Professional (And How to Lock in a Steal of a Deal)

In case you missed it, back in September we introduced Rainmaker, the complete website solution for building your online marketing and sales platform. With Rainmaker, you can:

  • Create powerful content-driven websites on your own domains.
  • Build membership sites and online training courses.
  • Sell digital products like software, ebooks, and more.
  • Perform sophisticated online lead generation.
  • Optimize your content for search engines and social networks.
  • Absorb cutting-edge tactics and strategy with included training.
  • Avoid a patchwork of plugins, themes, and complicated code.
  • Forget about upgrades, maintenance, security, and hosting headaches.
  • Take your content and domain to WordPress at any time you choose.

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