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Top 4 Skill Sets Required to Create Content That Gets Results

Posted by Krista Moon on May 2, 2018

Sales and marketing content is vital for communicating your value to potential customers. However, creating it can be arduous: and, bad content is worse than no content, so it has to be good.

When I first started inbound marketing, I was trying to create everything by myself. I quickly realized that was inefficient and expensive. That may sound counter-intuitive: how can it be MORE expensive to do it yourself vs. hiring someone? That's easy - if I'm doing jobs that I'm really not skilled for, it takes me longer and doesn't turn out as well, so I don't get the best results over time.

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8 Characteristics of a Top-Notch Company Blog [Infographic]

Posted by Krista Moon on September 14, 2017

When done correctly, a company blog is the hub of all sales and marketing efforts. Good blog articles continuously drive traffic and sales leads and arm sellers with the information they need to communicate quickly and effectively with prospects.

More and more companies are beginning to invest in blogging, but they often have gaps and weaknesses that hold them back from getting positive results. Company blogs that consistently deliver real business value share the following eight characteristics. How does your blog strategy stack up?

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How To Get Your Sales Team to Start Blogging

Posted by Krista Moon on September 5, 2017

Sellers are on the frontlines talking to prospects and customers all day long. They have deep company and industry expertise and know what messaging elicits the best responses. If anyone understands what information will resonate with your ideal buyer persona, it's them.

But too often, sales and marketing are not aligned, and sellers aren't at the table when it comes to developing the corporate content strategy or lending their experience and expertise to the content creation process. Here are some ideas about how to get your sales team engaged in creating useful blog articles that prospects and customers want to read:

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Do This to Get Over the Hump of Starting a Blog

Posted by Krista Moon on August 24, 2017

There are a lot of savvy business leaders and industry experts out there that don't blog. Unfortunately, their hard-earned “intellect” is not being used to its full potential.

For a company blog to be a profitable investment, leaders and experts from across the organization need to take ownership and participate. Prospects and customers don't want to read boring blogs that anyone could write by doing a little research online. They want to hear real stories, experiences, and ideas from experts in the field.

Blogging is a long-game strategy that takes practice, dedication, and patience, so it can be easy to put off. But the longer you wait to get started, the longer it will take to get results. (And the more time your competitors have to steal your thunder!)

Here are a few ideas to get over the hump and start blogging now.

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10 Signs Your Company Blog is Really Bad

Posted by Krista Moon on June 7, 2017

I spend hours every week reading blogs (literally). It's how I get my information. I can instantly spot a good company blog vs. a bad company blog.

Here are 10 tell-tale signs you're wasting valuable time and money on your blogging efforts.

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8 Steps to Creating a Customer-Centric Content Strategy

Posted by Krista Moon on February 8, 2017

The hardest part of implementing a content marketing plan is figuring out what to write about. Companies usually begin in the self-promotional phase: they write about upcoming trade shows, new hires, case studies, and press releases. The content is very company-centric.

While it’s great to showcase the company culture, products, and services, it’s kind of boring stuff. It’s not likely to pique the interest of many new potential customers.

The most successful content marketing strategies are customer-centric. The content is written to teach, inspire, and motivate. Prospects find it interesting and helpful and become followers and evangelists for the brand. Good content helps companies build a following, generate leads, and increase sales efficiency.

Here are eight steps to help you start developing a list of relevant, highly valuable topics for your content strategy.

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Litmus Test: Is Your Blog and Email Strategy Truly Driving ROI?

Posted by Krista Moon on May 20, 2016

Blogging and email marketing are increasingly becoming standard practices for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Creating content and sending messages is very easy now-a-days, which puts us in the midst of a never-ending data explosion.

Videos, articles, chats, streams, texts, emails, pictures…With so much content available, people have to pick and choose very carefully what they want to give time to. Only content that is relevant to the issues, thoughts, or concerns a reader has will get noticed, and only content that adds value in some way will get their time.

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Role of a Blog Manager (And Why You Need One)

Posted by Krista Moon on May 28, 2014

More and more companies are starting to see the value of blogging as a means to build credibility and trust and guide prospects through the buyer journey. Companies that blog get more leads. Period.

Why You Need a Blog Manager

The tough part is implementing a process for consistent blogging. Who's going to write the articles, about what topics, how frequently? Who's going to see the articles? How can you use the articles to help the sales process? How are you going to know if it's working or not? Blogging requires a big corporate culture change.

I wish I could say "Oh, just hire a professional writer, get your team involved, find guest bloggers, and it will be a piece of cake." While those are great ways to ease the burden, the truth is that someone has to be in charge to oversee and coordinate the whole process.

Blog management will either need to be added to someone's job duties, or you'll have to hire a specialist to do it for you.

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10 Qualities of a Good Blog Strategy

Posted by Krista Moon on February 10, 2014

Blogging is critical for business growth. But before you rush out and start writing articles, there are two things you need to know:

  • Quality: Good blog posts get results: Bad blogs posts don't.
  • Promotion: A blog post by itself is worthless - it's what you do with it that counts.

The last thing you want to do is spend time and money writing blog articles that aren't helping you get new business. In order to get results, you need to approach blogging from a strategic point of view.

Here are 10 qualities of a good blog strategy:

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How Sharing Blog Articles On Social Media Gets Customers

Posted by Krista Moon on January 15, 2014

Many businesses are still foggy about how blogging can impact their revenue goals. Here is an example to help clarify:

Increase website traffic

Tactic: In your social media status update areas (like on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter) create a compelling short sentence that directs people to the blog article on your website.

Here is an example of a comment I would post on social media:

"Check out these three reasons why salespeople should start creating blog articles - http://www.moonmarketingsystem.com/marketing-blog/salespeople-should-start-creating-blog-articles."

Once someone clicks the link, they are on my website. Okay, website visitors are great, but how does that affect revenue growth?

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