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Content marketing has become synonymous with successful businesses over the past few years. However, it remains an anomaly to many. Today, we’re going to dive into what content marketing is and how it can significantly impact your small business. Let’s start with the basics.

What is content marketing?

“Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action,” according to the Content Marketing Institute.

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We’ve talked a lot about web design and best practices for setting up a professional business website, but once that’s complete, what do you do next? Generating traffic to your beautifully crafted website is the next hurdle to overcome. This is where backlinks come into play. Simply put, backlinks are inbound hyperlinks from one website to another website.

You may be thinking, “How is this relevant to my business?” Well, every backlink to your website increases your site’s popularity and pushes it higher in SEO rankings for your industry or niche; they improve your credibility and authority within the marketplace.

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Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up social media accounts for your business and are gaining followers and increasing engagement daily. Your hard work is paying off, but do you feel like social media management is becoming a full-time job, on top of running your small business? With the numerous platforms available, all which have different functionalities and requirements – cue Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets – it can be a cumbersome undertaking. You may find that you spend a shocking amount of time on this one piece of your business. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then keep reading!

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Small businesses strive to define themselves in a marketplace filled with competitors. Having a credible website and stellar products and services are the pillars for any business, but in order to succeed, high rankings in search engine queries are essential. But with millions of search results available, how does a small business rise to the top? We’ll tell you: creating content with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind. Optimizing your content, through your website and other distribution channels, enhances your business’s position in search results. When you develop content in this way, it drives customer action and increases revenue.

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As a website owner, you know the importance of having quality, eye-catching imagery to draw people in to your site and keep them engaged. When you’re ready to add a blog to your content marketing strategy, remember that the same rules apply!

When you’re passionate about what you do or what you create, it’s easy to write about it at length. You have lots of expertise to share, and your blog is a great place to share it. Just remember that your reader needs more than just your words to stay engaged with what you have to say; they need great imagery too.

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The evolution of content marketing has been entertaining to watch. We’re currently experiencing a permanent shift away from static, traditional content and towards fresh, interactive content. While blog articles will always be the bread and butter of corporate content strategies, many brands have complemented this standard with more engaging mediums like infographics and video. However, there’s still a form of content marketing that very few brands are aware of and it’s called interactive content.

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Every day it seems that the amount of content available for consumption continues to grow. And while we love to give you tips on how to create better content and how to plan your content strategy for the upcoming year, we thought we’d also pass along this helpful ebook we found from Content Marketing Institute on the best ways to actually measure and see if all the content you are creating is working!

With cunning puns on movie lingo, here are the top three tips we took away from the Measuring Your Content Marketing Box Office Success SlideShare:

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If you own or market a small business these days, you are going to have to do a fair amount of writing in order to grow it. There’s no getting around it: whether you have a website, are starting a blog, or need to create some printed collateral, it pays to be able to write clear and compelling copy.

While not everyone is born with the innate ability to write well, there are certain pitfalls you can learn to avoid in order to improve your god-given writing chops. In the Slideshare below, marketing expert Barry Feldman of Feldman Creative has collected some of the top characteristics of what he calls “Wimpy Web Writers.”

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So you want to start a blog?
It makes sense–everyone else is doing it.

But how do you stand out from the crowd?

Whether it is for your small business or for your personal brand, starting a blog requires knowing tricks of the trade for it to be a hit.

Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about writing blogs…so read closely the five steps for starting a successful blog:

1. Choose your niche
Deciding on a topic for your blog is one of the most crucial steps when starting out (that’s why it is number one!). With so many topics to choose from, it can be cumbersome picking just one. Best practices suggest creating a content marketing mission statement to narrow your focus, reach a defined audience, and drive engagement.

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In honor of National Small Business Week, we’re taking a look at a Webs user website that highlights a whole industry of small business owners that most people don’t think about interacting with, but who touch our lives every day: farmers!

Washivore.org is a hub for all things farming in Washington State. Their well-branded, professional website has a lot going for it, but it succeeds in three key areas specifically. Let’s take a look:

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Upon arriving at Washivore.org, you are greeted by colorful imagery that really draws you in. There’s a perfectly-sized header image carousel, images for the links to their highest-value landing pages, a rotating image gallery further down the page, and even some video embeds. But despite the volume of visual content on this website, good layout and tasteful color choices keep it from feeling overwhelming or cluttered.

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