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Sheetal Pinto - 2/27/2020 06:00

Check the Essentials as You Build Your Content Marketing Plan

As a content marketing agency, we hear it all the time from clients. “We don’t have a brief for you, but we know what results we want to see from our content marketing efforts. You have the best SEO writers on your team—they can pull something out of their magic hats, right?” Of course, we can! There’s just one problem; even these accomplished, highly creative, SEO experts and terrific writers do need a starting point, i.e., a hat. You see, one hat doesn’t fit all. So, if you want doves, we need the hat that can generate doves. If you want rabbits, we need a different hat that we can plunge into for rabbits. And so on…

Sheetal Pinto - 2/6/2020 06:00

Using Marketing Statistics to Drive Your Content Strategy

It was the father of American literature himself, Mark Twain, who said that numbers don’t lie. But numbers alone can’t actually say anything at all. They need to be put into context to understand how to make the numbers, or the statistics, work from a marketing perspective.

Sheetal Pinto - 11/21/2019 06:00

When was the last time you heard of BERT? While it seems like a name from Sesame Street or 1965 (Sorry to all the Berts out there!), BERT might be a name you’d like to know in 2019. That’s because it’s Google’s newest algorithm update and it has a big impact on marketers and their SEO strategy.

Sheetal Pinto - 10/17/2019 06:00

Power Your Content Marketing with Organic Search Optimization

A robust content marketing strategy can take your business to new heights. Content marketing helps you stand out from the competition and highlight your expertise in a field. When done right, your strategy doesn’t just help you retain customers, it brings you new ones. In your marketing toolkit, there are many tools you can leverage to make your strategy work successfully. The sledgehammer in your toolkit is organic search.

Sheetal Pinto - 8/22/2019 06:00

Craft a Plan and Create Quality Content to Wake Up Your Audience

Do you watch talent shows on television? You’ve heard the panel of judges ask a contestant, “What are you doing this week to take it to the next level?” The camera pans to the singer or dancer whose face often reflects the stress of the challenge. The performance may include strobe lights, backup dancers, or pyrotechnics. It's big and bright, but can you remember the song the next day? Did it stand out from any of the dozen other 'big' performances? Unfortunately, the answer is probably 'no,' since the performances seem blurringly alike in your memory. If you're lucky, one of the performances was memorable, perhaps because it resonated with you in some way.

Sheetal Pinto - 7/18/2019 06:00

How Negative Reviews Can be Used to Drive Positive Traffic

It’s no surprise that the internet can be a mean place at times. For a small business, negative reviews online can feel particularly aggressive and personal. Unlike the Amazons and eBays of the world with their deep pockets, there’s no PR team to deal with public criticism or cushion the blow.

Sheetal Pinto - 5/16/2019 06:00

Effective Methods to Improve Your Writing Style

Let’s face it: being an expert in your field does not make you an expert at writing about it. Even for the best writers, creating a variety of content on a continuous basis can be a challenge. For marketers who don’t consider writing their strongest suit, the task seems outright daunting.

Sheetal Pinto - 4/18/2019 06:00

B2B Content CAN Be Funny

As a rule of thumb, B2B marketing should avoid certain false steps or ‘faux-pas.’ The list includes attributes like being vague, presumptuous, or ill-researched. But somewhere along the way, marketers added "humorous"" to that list. Why?

Sheetal Pinto - 4/11/2019 06:00

Humour in Content Marketing

"Why did the SEO expert cross the road? To get hit with traffic!"1

For years, humour has been used in literature and content to engage audiences. From Shakespeare to Einstein, many notable figures in history used humour as a means to relay complicated or niche messages.

As any marketer will attest, incorporating the basic tenets of content marketing can make your content seem dry or taxing to read. Infusing humour into your writing can keep your readers interested to read, share, and comment upon.

Sheetal Pinto - 3/14/2019 06:00

Committing to A Long-Term Content Marketing Plan

If you asked the average person about digital content marketing 10 years ago, they might have shrugged and written it off. Content marketing used to be reserved for big companies trying to appeal to a new generation online. Today the online landscape is very different: companies big and small have websites, blogs and social media channels. Having a presence isn’t enough: to be successful online, you need a sound content marketing plan with measurable return on investment.


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Sheetal Pinto - 5/28/2020 06:00

Make Sure Your Email Marketing Content is Ready Too!

If your business is getting ready to reopen as coronavirus restrictions lift, you’ve got a lot of things to consider. Being proactive can save you some steps and protect your brand’s image under the new normal. As you’re buying more sanitizer and cleaning supplies, getting inventory ready and confirming details to reopen your onsite business, make sure to check your digital marketing status. Emails that aren’t sensitive to customers or provide tone-deaf communications can embarrass your business and reduce your response rate. Your audience is being bombarded with emails about COVID-19. Keep your message from being deleted in an over-crowded inbox by getting your digital marketing strategy in order before you reopen.

Sheetal Pinto - 5/21/2020 06:00

…Empathy

Most organizations in the world today are trying to figure out what is the new normal. Consumer behavior is changing. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession of 2009, and 9/11. Smart businesses adapt their marketing to these changes. Whether it’s social media, print or email, your communication needs to be sensitive to your consumers. Empathy should be the overarching theme and tone in your emails during a crisis.

Sheetal Pinto - 5/14/2020 06:00

If it's Too Long to Read, it's Too Easy to Ignore!

The Neilson Norman Group, a company that studies user-experience, estimates that most users, on an average web page, only read a maximum 28% of the words. According to NNG, “more realistically, users will read about 20% of the text on the average page.” New users tend to read less, while an established audience may read more. Longer content isn’t always consumed by the reader. The TLDR syndrome, otherwise known as “too long; didn’t read,” is real. The solution is finding ways to keep the user engaged, rather than just posting shorter articles.

Sheetal Pinto - 5/7/2020 06:00

How to Maintain Quality and Communicate Positively

Even though many states are beginning to lift shelter-in-place regulations, COVID-19 will continue to be a major influence on consumer priorities and business trends over the next few months. The way you market your business and communicate with customers should reflect your brand and the current state of the economy. Here are content marketing guidelines that you can use to stay relevant to your audience and still maintain a strong online presence.

Sheetal Pinto - 4/30/2020 06:00

Say, it, Show it, Reciprocate it

Doctors, nurses, first responders, food delivery personnel, grocery chain employees, postal staff, and a host of frontline workers are out there, helping to keep the rest of safe, comfortable and well-served through these trying times of the Covidian era. Never have our hearts filled with as much gratitude as we feel now, every day, day after day. You see it all around—blue ribbons tied on trees, lights shining at a certain time every day, window decals and stickers, messages on sidewalks and driveways—all saying, "thank you", "stay safe", "we appreciate you", and so on.  

Sheetal Pinto - 4/23/2020 06:00

Does Your Content Help Them?

During any crisis, where do people turn to get answers? Whether you’re looking for dried beans during the COVID-19 pandemic or wondering how to find your insurer after a devastating thunderstorm, you’re going to ask a search engine. When you change your content to meet the needs of your customer, you maintain your online presence and help customers find answers to their questions. An SEO strategy is a marathon, which means what you do today will have lasting results. Even if you’ve had to close your doors currently, you don’t want to lose the momentum you had with search. It’s time to rethink your content plan.

Sheetal Pinto - 4/16/2020 06:00

Here's How to Cope and Adjust

COVID-19 has completely changed how businesses operate. Maybe your business is on hold while you wait for things to get back to normal. Or you’re an essential business trying to continue to operate under stressful circumstances. Your content strategy may not be a priority on your mind. However, your customer is at home, trying to find a useful distraction (because they’ve finished combing through Netflix)! You may have a content calendar all lined up for the next few months, which is good. Yet you don’t want to appear indifferent to what is going on with your audience. How can you continue to engage your audience during difficult times? The answer is to evaluate your content against your brand’s values and your audience’s needs.

Sheetal Pinto - 4/9/2020 06:00

Old Blog Posts Might Be Gold!

If you’re like most people who are staying safe at home during the pandemic, you’re going through your cupboards and checking out what you have in your pantry and freezer because you don’t want to go to the grocery store every day. Using up the supplies you might have forgotten saves you money and prevents items from going into the trash. Similarly, old content on your blog might be the ticket to generating new blog posts that fit into your SEO strategy. Instead of starting from scratch and creating new content, take a look at what you already have online. Freshen up the information and repost it.

Sheetal Pinto - 4/2/2020 06:00

Shifting Content Marketing Focus from Word Count to Reader Count

SEO writers have been trying to find the perfect formula for high SEO rankings for decades. One recent trend in SEO is long form content, articles that are 2,000 words and even longer. While there is evidence that long form content does get reader engagement and adds to your SEO ranking, it’s not essential for getting rankings. Shorter articles that are well written and relevant to your reader can rank just as well, even better than low-quality long form content. There’s no magic number for word count. Long form content shouldn’t be your goal. The goal is audience engagement.

Sheetal Pinto - 3/26/2020 06:12

Public Statements, Emails, Employee Newsletters, Social Posts, and More…

Even as the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge our lives all around, our team here at MintCopy, like our peers, customers and associates, remains positive. We want to assure you that whether you are an existing customer sourcing content regularly through our content agency, or a new customer seeking our assistance with your content strategy and content marketing plan, we are here to serve you. Our team is busier than ever, working on company statements, customer and staff emails, employee newsletters, social media updates, and more, for a variety of clients. Work from home is not our “new normal”; it is our “normal”. Our SEO writers have been creating high quality content working from their virtual offices for the past 12 years…and counting.