How to Survive and Thrive as a Corporate Content Marketer

creativity missives from the cubicle and beyond

In early 2012, I turned on my corporate-provided laptop for my first day of work writing content for a large technology company.

To say I was nervous would be an understatement. For more than 15 years, I’d been a dedicated freelancer — rejoicing in my independence, working in my little office from a log home in the middle of a vast forest.

Back then, starting my own business was the only way I could live the life I wanted. But thanks to increased telecommuting options and better connectivity, now I get to enjoy my lifestyle along with a regular paycheck.

Content marketers are creative people and being thrust into a hugely bureaucratic environment can be bewildering at first. When I was self-employed, I was free to focus on my own projects. Want to launch a new ebook? Sure! Go for it.

Life as a content marketer in Corporate America is different.
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The Tightwad’s Guide to Creating Competitive Content on a Budget

how to create remarkable content on a budget

Do you need to spend a lot of money to create exceptional content?

In a word, no.

The barriers to entry for publishing on the Internet are extremely low. That’s why we see so much mediocre content everywhere we look.

But you’re here reading Copyblogger. That tells me that “mediocre content” is a phrase that’s not part of your vocabulary. You’re aiming to create content that’s remarkable. Content that attracts an audience and builds your business.

Today we’re going to cover how to produce winning content on a budget. A really small budget.

The fact is, you don’t need to outspend the competition.

You need to outthink them.
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Your Cornerstone Content Blueprint: Answers to 9 Common Questions

how to build your website's content foundation

When it comes to defining cornerstone content, Brian Clark said it best:

A cornerstone is … basic, essential, indispensable, and the chief foundation upon which something is constructed or developed. It’s what people need to know to make use of your website and do business with you.

Cornerstone content pages can also help you accomplish many of your content marketing goals.

Goals like getting links to your website, finding new readers, attracting subscribers to your email newsletter, ranking well in search engines for competitive keywords, and giving new life to old articles.

Which makes cornerstone pages important for both seasoned bloggers and brand-new websites. And fortunately, these pages aren’t complicated to create.

So, let’s answer nine common questions about cornerstone content.
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The Single Best Way to Create Hit Content in Record Time

how to refurbish and republish your best content

Once in a while, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to publish a piece of stunning content without writing it from scratch?

You’re in luck, content marketer, there is.

But wait … No doubt right about now you’re wondering if I’m depriving some village of their idiot.

If maybe I hit bottom and kept digging? If maybe I’m about to introduce you to the content creation version of the ShamWow?

Relax. What I’m saying is completely achievable. It’s called republishing.

Republishing is the process of updating and polishing an old article — and then publishing it on a new date. That’s it.

It’s something we do here at Copyblogger. It isn’t necessarily an easy publishing option either, if you want to do it right.

Dedicating time and effort to republishing benefits your content marketing efforts in several ways.

Today we’re going to explore five, as well as the steps to take to republish your own content.
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3 Content Marketing Infographics to Help You Present Your Ideas with Style

Copyblogger Collection - three infographics to inspire your content

Style is the answer to everything.
A fresh way to approach a dull or dangerous thing.
To do a dull thing with style is preferable to doing a dangerous thing without it.
To do a dangerous thing with style is what I call art.
– Charles Bukowski, Style

The concept of style has multiple layers of meanings, and this week’s Copyblogger Collection contains multiple layers of insights.

At first glance, the following is a series of three handpicked content marketing lessons that will show you:

  • How to tell a meaningful marketing story
  • How to optimize every blog post you write
  • How to avoid landing page pitfalls that make you lose business

Within these lessons, however, you’ll also discover three different types of infographics.

Infographics visually depict your unique perspective and immediately communicate style.

As you work your way through the material below, consider how you can attract new readers with intriguing illustrations that complement your written content.
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An Advocate Who Helps People Change the World with Content Marketing

Hero's Journey - helping make change happen with content

There’s a certain type of client who’s naturally drawn to Amy Butcher’s work. And there’s a certain type of client Amy Butcher is naturally drawn to.

The common thread?

Amy helps nonprofits, research institutes, and public sector agencies craft ultra-effective content. Her words help them get more support and more donations.

Her words help them change the world.

Once a month here on Copyblogger, we tap the collective wisdom of our community members to bring you reports from the front lines of the content marketing world.

For this month’s Hero’s Journey feature, I asked Amy to remove her superhero cape momentarily to tell us more about her business — who she helps, and how she helps them.

Here are her answers in her own words.
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