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Content Needs to Eliminate Reader Surprises

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When people set out for any type of event that requires planning, they tend not to want any surprises. This fundamental desire drives a lot of search traffic because it helps to determine what they search for and why they need to find it. Google itself notes that people have a "low tolerance for surprises" whether they're planning a dinner date or a month-long vacation. They seek to understand and plan as much as possible, so their search topics are going to be a pursuit of answers. That's why quality content matters so much, as it can be crafted specifically to answer those questions and give them additional insight into whatever it is they may be planning.

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Five Unique Strategies to Help You Brainstorm Ideas for Fresh Content

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For many businesses, developing creative ideas for fresh content on a routine basis can quickly become a resource-consuming chore. With the sheer volume of articles, blogs and landing pages hitting the web each day, how can a startup hope to craft unique and appealing content to attract readers?

Fortunately, developing engaging ideas for content is not nearly as difficult as it would seem. By leveraging a wide range of existing tools and techniques, businesses, regardless of industry, can easily generate new ideas for articles. Below, we’ll explore five of these easy-to-use, no-cost, strategies in detail.

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Does Short Content Work?

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Excuse the pun, but you're worried about selling yourself short. In your efforts to reach your audience and educate readers, you want to go in depth. You want to put as much information as possible out there. You want to answer all of their questions and work hard to sell them on your goods and services. You wonder if there's any way to use short content, or if everything needs to be the size of a chapter in your favorite novel. What type of content approach is going to work most effectively and accomplish your goals?

Every situation is different and every business has unique needs. But there is a lot of evidence that short content can and does work.

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Use Creative Images to Help Your Site’s Content Outshine the Competition

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Today’s online consumers, especially those in the younger, tech-savvy generation, flock to visually appealing web page content. Successful social media and online retail sites use these principles each day to attract users with stunning, clear and engaging visual content.

These images, infographics, animations and more encourage users to investigate your site further and can also contribute to greater engagement with the written content featured on webpages. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the best imagery use practices as well as some pitfalls to avoid when boosting the visual appeal of your content.

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Targeting Your Copy to Customers' Needs

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When you are creating marketing copy with a call to action, the ultimate, final goal is not always some general concept like brand awareness or spreading the word about a new idea. Sometimes, you're trying to directly sell to the reader. You're trying to get a conversion. That's not to say that copy for brand awareness won't work; it can, and it does. But you must remember that unique pages have unique goals, and you need to have copy that focuses on those goals. It needs to work toward a specific end. Only when you identify that can you create pages that work and do what you intend. Finding that success is not a fluke, so long as you focus on it from the very beginning.

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