What Can Content Marketing Do for Small Business? Expert Weigh In.

More likely than not, the majority of successful content marketing campaigns you’ve been exposed to are those of the “big dog” companies such as Red Bull, HBO and Coke. They’ve got big budgets, vast resources and dedicated employees working around the clock to ensure their brand’s story is told on their terms. So, you may be wondering how effective content marketing can be for your small business. We searched for and found expert opinions that confirm that, when utilized correctly, content marketing for small businesses can be extraordinarily effective.

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From Backpack to Briefcase: The Transition from Academic to Professional Writing

In my short time as an intern at Fiore Communications, I feel as though I’ve learned almost as much about writing as I have during my two years in the Editing, Writing, and Media program at Florida State. The writing I produced as a student was grounded in my studies and intended for an academic audience, with titles or headlines that would bore the average reader. But here I write as a young professional in a non-academic setting with a real-world audience, and that makes a huge difference in the the writing process.

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Use Image Maps to Create Interactive Emails

March 27, 2014


It’s no secret that images are an important part of a successful email marketing strategy. Email newsletters with images have a higher click-through rate than those without (Vero). But instead of just dropping in your logo and calling it a day, you can use image maps to create interactive graphics.

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Keepin’ it Real: Fresh Writing for Common Topics

When writing for a blog, oftentimes you will find yourself writing about topics that many other people have covered before. A quick Google search is bound to pull up countless blogs and articles that discuss the same topics in slightly varying ways. It can be frustrating as a writer to find a fresh way of approaching a topic that so many other writers have covered, but don’t be discouraged – you can still write a unique, original and new piece simply because it’s coming from you.

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Trying to Go Viral? You’re Missing the Real Point of Social Media

March 20, 2014


Over the short history of social media, we have seen a lot of content go viral. From videos of families being reunited with loved ones returning from war, to pictures of crazy Walmart shoppers, there is a lot of media that everyone seems to know about.

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Eyewear Company Uses Instagram for Audience Building

When your business has first launched or is trying to attract a new type of customer, an important first step is to identify the most effective ways to reach your target audience s. If you have you ever watched Nickelodeon on a weekday afternoon, you know that their advertisers understand their audiences very well. Every commercial is an enthusiastically narrated pitch for children’s toys or a somewhat less enthusiastic pitch to buy household cleaning supplies or cookware. Why? The audiences for that particular channel at that particular hour is generally school-aged children and their stay-at-home parent. While your business may not be investing in television ads, the principle of identifying your audience and tailoring your message to appeal to them remains the same.

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Spread the Love, Tell your Story

February 14, 2014


When I was a little girl, Valentine’s Day was one of my favorite holidays. My mom would wake up early to decorate the kitchen with red and white streamers and confetti, and make heart-shaped pancakes. My sisters and I exchanged cards with my dad and we would always receive a card from our grandpa in the mail. Then I would go to school and exchange cards with my friends, classmates and, if I was particularly bold, my crush du jour. As I’ve gotten older, the holiday’s emphasis has shifted somewhat from familial love to romantic love, but one thing that has remained constant is the exchanging of cards.

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You CAN Handle the Truth: Using Social Media to Manage your Brand

This past Sunday night I flipped my television to HBO, excited for the premiere of the new season of Girls, and happened to catch the end of an episode of True Detective with Matthew McConaughey. I was never terribly impressed by his acting and I was shocked to find that, even in the few minutes [...]

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Hold the Phone: Email Marketing Still Rings True

December 19, 2013


When I wake up in the morning, I go through a phone-checking routine. First comes Facebook, then Instagram and lastly my email. While some may say that email is becoming obsolete, I would have to disagree. I am 20 years old, and I check my email just as much as my social media apps. While checking your email used to require a desktop computer, your emails are now with you everywhere you go. With smart phones and tablets, checking your email on the go is easier than ever, which increases the likelihood of using it more.

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4 Ways to Find Better Pinterest Pins for Your Business

If your company has a Pinterest page, your goal should be to pin entertaining, informative and valuable content. The problem is: How do you find it? As big as the social media platform is, there is a lot of content that’s not worth sharing. Your job as the pinner is to navigate through the website and find the content that will be beneficial for your brand and your audience. Here are four tips to make the Pinterest searching process a little easier.

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