The Marketer’s Guide to Using Quizzes to Reach and Engage Your Audience

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On July 5, 2014, a food blog called Food52 shared a quiz on Twitter titled, “Which cake are you?”

The quiz was built to raise awareness for several new cake recipes on the site, and the results of the quiz showed each quiz taker’s “cake type,” as well as a link to check out the recipe for said cake on Food52′s blog.

By the end of the day on July 7, just three days later, the quiz had been viewed more than 20,000 times — it was a hit.

Food52′s quiz-success story is not the only recent one. In the last six months, quizzes have been popping up at an increasing pace all over the web.

Content marketers are itching to get involved, but the elements of a successful quiz are complicated.

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The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

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If you’re a writer, you might have heard this most of your life.

People don’t make a living writing. You should find something practical to do with your life.

Smart, capable writers grimly pass around war stories on Facebook. Penny-a-word assignments, clients who don’t pay, disdain for our craft, and disrespect for our profession.

And yet.

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4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

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Are your blog posts helping you win clients?

Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads.

But are your blog posts working for your business?

Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads.

Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads.

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New Book Excerpt: Keep It Simple, But Not Simplistic

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The following is an excerpt from Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, coming this fall from Ann Handley and Wiley Publishing. More about Ann’s new book and some sweet free prizes below.

Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie

Business, like life, can be complicated.

Products can be intricate and concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood. It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak. It conveys ideas in concise, economic, human, and accessible terms.

A bit of wisdom from my journalism days: No one will ever complain that you’ve made things too simple to understand.

Of course, simple does not equal dumbed down.

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The 3:00 a.m. Secret Question That Drives Meaningful Success

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“I want you to ask your secret question.”

That’s what Seth Godin asked the audience at the end of his generous Authority Intensive session with us in Denver this past May.

The room was packed with fanboys and fangirls (I’m one) who were reeling a little from 45 minutes of intense marketing, business, and life advice.

Your secret question is the one that you can ask without anyone laughing at you, and that I know the answer to but that I’ve never told you before, even though I’ve had 5,600 chances to tell you … and that if I then told you the secret answer, you’d be fine.

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