Author: Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty is the brand and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas, founder of MyBlogU.com and co-founder of Viral Content Buzz . Ann is the regular contributor at Entrepreneur, Small Biz Trends, and other huge publications. Ann blogs about search and social media industry trends and content marketing tools. Please follow Ann on Twitter @seosmarty.

By ann-smarty published October 24, 2018

3 New Content Distribution Tech Trends to Embrace Now [Tools]

Content marketing heavily relies on technology, which means it evolves quickly. Mobile search, video marketing, SEO – all of that has been changing and advancing content marketing for the past few years.

You are either keeping up or falling behind.

Today’s content distribution tactics call for experimenting with many emerging channels, so let’s look at the latest technology trends that you should embrace to diversify and empower your content marketing.

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By ann-smarty published August 23, 2018

5 Tools to Help Your Content Marketing Team Be Better

5-tools-help-your-content-marketing-teamAlmost all B2C and 96% of B2B brands rely on internal resources to execute their content marketing program. These in-house providers range from small or centralized teams serving the entire organization to individuals leading department efforts.

No matter the configuration, a well-trained in-house content marketing team is a competitive advantage. But what makes a team exceptional? It is all in how you grow it. Here are five tools and a few tips to help in those efforts.
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By ann-smarty published June 25, 2018

How to Turn Brand Monitoring Into Content Assets

brand-monitoring-content-assetsMonitoring your brand’s mentions is not an option these days. It’s a must.

The web is open and public. Someone is discussing your brand and you better be there to listen and participate.

But is there any way to get more out of a necessary task?

Yes. Consider these three ways to turn those brand mentions into content assets.

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By ann-smarty published April 16, 2018

3 Keyword Research Trends to Reshape Your Content Optimization

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No matter what your content marketing strategy is, keyword research is the fuel.

Keywords inform marketers as to what their audience strives to know, let them monitor their competition, and offer a constant source of content ideas.

Now, the approach to keyword research is different from what it was even a couple of years ago. Search engines are becoming smarter and keyword research tools are getting more advanced. The web is getting to be a better place after all.

Just as the SEO world is changing, so should we. Here are three SEO trends quickly reshaping the keyword research concept and with it the way we brainstorm, create, and optimize content.

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By ann-smarty published January 23, 2018

Google’s Featured Snippets FAQ: How to Get More Traffic From Search Engines

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Google is the most effective vehicle for driving targeted clicks to your content. But a tricky thing about Google is it’s always changing. You need to adapt to the tweaks and updates to earn and retain high rankings.

One big change is the introduction of featured snippets. The best way to be the featured content is a huge topic that confuses content marketers more and more, so I decided to address some of the most frequent questions people ask me about featured snippets.

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By ann-smarty published June 19, 2017

9 Blogging Tools That Will Make Your Job Easier

blogging-tools-make-job-easierManaging a blog is a tough task, especially if it’s a multi-author outlet. It involves a lot of editing, relationship building, and task management.

You don’t need to be an expert in everything, but you do need to keep a lot of things in check – search engine optimization, content interlinking, article performance in search and social media, and overall content marketing impact on the brand awareness.Continue Reading

By ann-smarty published May 9, 2017

How to Create Useful How-To Video Content: Essential Toolbox

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If you are willing to tap into video content (and you surely should), starting with a how-to video is probably your best bet:

  • People want to know how to do stuff and offering them videos is one of the best ways to satisfy the need. Google says YouTube’s how-to searches are growing by 70% year over year.
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  • How-to videos convert incredibly well. Nearly one in three millennials say they have purchased a product directly as a result of watching a tutorial or how-to video about it.
  • Unlike viral-type videos, how-to video content is easy to research (more about that below).
  • Creating how-to videos doesn’t require big budgets either. You can create a high-quality how-to video in-house by using affordable tools I am listing below.

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By ann-smarty published March 6, 2017

3 Ways to Re-Use Your Content Magnets to Dominate SERPs

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A lead magnet is a piece of content aimed at motivating consumers to take an action. At the top of your conversion channels, lead magnets spur interest and tie a visitor to your brand but don’t necessarily drive a direct sale (e.g., provide contact information, sign up for a newsletter, join a free trial.)

Creating a solid lead magnet is hard work: You invest hours of brainstorming and research, creation, and design. The good news is you should be able to further your investment by converting them into attractive assets on third-party sites, which in turn could strengthen your presence on search engine result pages for relevant keywords and queries.Continue Reading

By ann-smarty published September 19, 2016

4 Ways Your Sales Team Can Help Your Content Marketing

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I have noticed a serious disconnect in businesses today. There is no “us” anymore, no connection between one department and another.

Oh, sure, you may have the best team-management platform, and have task-setting and in-team communication down to an art. But is every member of your team regardless of department working with all you have provided to get the best possible results?Continue Reading

By ann-smarty published January 12, 2016

6 Tools to Help Turn Trends Into Valuable Content

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Evergreen content is a staple of a solid content strategy. While it pays off in the long term, it isn’t always ideal for traffic boosts. You want the occasional piece that draws people in droves, and that takes a different content tactic.

Covering relevant timely and newsworthy content is a great way to grow your site audience and take advantage of trends that get people more interested and thus more engaged.Continue Reading