How to Use Customer Experience Maps to Develop a Winning Content Marketing Strategy

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Customers. Complex bunch.

They pull out their wallets and purses to trade hard-earned dollars for stuff. Stuff we design, organize, grow, program, or manufacture.

Stuff like curved TVs. Endurance events. Spicy vodka. Graphic design textbooks. Massive multiplayer online games. Lilac bulbs. Tax preparation software. Workout regimens.

If customers buy the stuff you make, then you got two things right:

  1. You built a healthy audience.
  2. You built products they love, which, of course, explains their buying behavior — if they have the money and they want it, they’ll buy it.

It’s not magic. There’s a blueprint. A faithful roadmap.

But that’s not all of it.

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The Most Important Lessons You Should Have Learned in 2014

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For so many of us, the end of every year revolves around holiday celebrations and spending quality time with friends and family. As it should.

But the end of the year is also a time for purposeful reflection — for considering the successes and failures of the year gone by, and for making sure that lessons have been learned and that plans are in place to hit the ground running in the new year.

On this episode of The Lede, Demian Farnworth and I spend a little time purposefully reflecting on 2014 and the most important lessons we will carry forward with us into 2015.

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Against Attention: The Pre-Thanksgiving Manifesto

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Attention is not a fixed resource. Thank goodness. This means the little guy and gal can rise above the crowded skyline.

Just because Seth Godin has 400 million eyeballs, it doesn’t mean you can’t capture some of those eyeballs, too …

Doesn’t mean you can’t attract some of that interest and loyalty. We all start at the bottom. In obscurity. In the mud. In the dark.

But because of the nature of attention, you too can become a skyscraper. You too could rise out of the dark.

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Jay Baer on “Generosity Marketing” and the Power of Business Podcasting

You’d expect a guy who’s started five multi-million dollar businesses from scratch to know a thing about marketing that works. And then, of course, he’d write the book on it.

In this case, the guy is Jay Baer, and the book is Youtility, a guide so useful for effective marketing it’s becoming a franchise unto itself. In his spare time, Jay is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, podcaster, angel investor, new media personality, and restless entrepreneur who can’t help but add just one more project to his portfolio.

I asked Jay to be the first in a series of Rainmaker.FM interviews that illuminate the path of content marketing into the future. You’ll notice some common themes that turn up time and again among those who have already successfully built audiences, and Mr. Baer sets the stage perfectly.

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The ABCs of Landing Pages That Work [Infographic]

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Landing pages are bread and butter. Landing pages never stutter.

Landing pages are rhyme and reason. Landing pages stay in season.

See what I did there? Rhymes help make learning fun and easy.

And when you want to make a living as a blogger, learning how to create landing pages that convert is a smart way to help you build your career online.

So, what’s even more fun than a list of rhymes that help you learn the fundamentals of effective landing pages?

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How to Use Content Curation to Create a Recurring Revenue Business

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It’s no secret that I’m a tireless advocate for the creation of original content to fuel business growth. My next online project, however, is based on … curation.

You read that right. I’m starting a new site, and the centerpiece of my content strategy will be locating and making sense of the smartest articles, audio, and video I can find in that topical market that are created by others.

Sound strange?

Listen in and check out the three-part process I’m following, so you can start building your own profitable content curation strategy:

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