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Yearly Archives: 2018

One Simple Way to Start Boosting Your Email Engagement Right Now

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Email marketing, while sometimes considered outdated, has actually been exploding in popularity over the past few years. It remains one of the most effective ways for brands to communicate with customers and promote their content, while also driving traffic, leads and sales.

But while email can be very effective, any business that's tried an email campaign knows that engagement is often very low. According to Mailchimp, open rates for marketing emails are rarely above 25 percent, and click rates are usually less than 3 percent in any industry. Luckily, a new survey suggests that engagement can be increased with a simple adjustment in strategy.

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8 Ways Content Marketers Can Adapt to Facebook's Algorithm Change

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When Facebook announced in January that it would be overhauling their News Feed algorithm to prioritize posts from family and friends, they stated that "Pages may see their reach...and referral traffic decrease." While the real-world impact of this change may not be fully understood for some time, it's already claimed at least one casualty: video content producer Little Things.

The popular four-year-old digital publisher has millions of Facebook followers and video views. With the new algorithm, however, the company claims its organic traffic dropped a whopping 75%, necessitating the closure of their company entirely. How can businesses that use Facebook cope with this?

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Top 7 Reasons to Outsource Your Content Creation

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With 89 percent of B2B marketers using content, it's no wonder that companies are increasingly moving content creation in-house. It makes sense, as in-house content creation can potentially streamline their overall marketing operations.

But most small-to-medium-sized businesses simply don't have the resources to hire in-house content staff, instead relying on one or two people to execute every marketing directive - leaving little room for effective content creation. Luckily, though, outsourcing content to an agency can actually end up being much more beneficial than doing it in-house. Here's why:

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How to Improve Content Readability: Grammar, Design and Testing

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Content readability should always be in the back of your mind whenever you're creating a blog post, website copy, product description, email newsletter or any other type of content that's meant to attract or appeal to a wide audience. Writers, editors and publishers should constantly be asking themselves if their content is clearly presented and easily understood. Otherwise, all of your efforts to market your business using that content are doomed to fail.

Luckily, readability is easily analyzed and improved by taking a look at your grammar and design choices.

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Google's 'Speed Update' Makes Mobile Page Speed a Ranking Factor

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There are many factors that are well-known to contribute to decent Google rankings: quality content, optimized meta information, keywords, content freshness, content authority, backlinks - just to name a few. When doing the work to optimize your site, though, the actual strategies for improving some of these factors can be unclear - not to mention how tough it can be to measure your strategies' actual effect on rankings.

Luckily, there's at least one ranking factor that's relatively easy to measure and improve: site speed. And with a recent announcement from Google, it's now time to analyze your mobile site speed and make it as fast as possible.

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