Category Archive for: Writing

7 Tips to Write a Killer Conclusion (and Keep Your Audience Around)

There’s a critical component to any content marketing or communications strategy that is commonly undervalued: the quality of writing. For some, writing is intimidating and challenging. For others, it’s natural, comfortable, and fun! Regardless, there is not a single person who can’t benefit from continual improvement in their written communication skills. It’s not a skill…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging 9/10: In Media Res

Blogging isn’t going out of style any time soon; with the ascent of content marketing, blogging, podcasting and video are on the minds of marketers and PR professionals all the time. In this 10-part Beginner’s Guide to Blogging series, we’re going to explore what makes a blog great and give you some structures and frameworks…

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10 to 20 to 30: An Elevator Pitch Framework

20 words. 20 words are the most you can say in an effective elevator pitch. Forget “thirty second pitches” for a moment. The average attention span has declined from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds today, a 33% fall. Combine that with the average speaking speed of an adult, approximately 150 words per minute…

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Beginner’s Guide to Blogging 6/10: The Telephone

Blogging isn’t going out of style any time soon; with the ascent of content marketing, blogging, podcasting and video are on the minds of marketers and PR professionals all the time. In this 10-part Beginner’s Guide to Blogging series, we’re going to explore what makes a blog great and give you some structures and frameworks…

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What Makes Good Content?

We are living in an age of information overload. You don’t have to take my word for it; you can feel it. There are seemingly limitless blogs and publications that are churning out content on a daily basis. If you’re in charge of running a blog (either brand or personal), how can you possibly stand…

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SHIFT Culture: 3 Benefits of Rockstar Internal Content

Here at SHIFT, we talk a lot about generating content. Incorporating visuals into your content. Making your content more “human.” Ways to never run out of content. A lot of the content creation we talk about is external: what your business (or your clients) can do to showcase thought leadership and generate more awareness. But…

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Be Human: Content Marketing Guidelines

Anyone with social media 101 smarts will tell you the first rule of business is to “be human.” Companies are told they should create personas online to interact with their customers – be a human voice rather than the faceless, corporate voice of an organization. The same advice is often given to digital marketers, but…

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The March Toward Brand Journalism Continues

Yesterday we shared a brilliant post written by Jay Baer about the greatest hoodwink ever, social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn are primarily media companies. The social aspect? That’s everyone’s job. If you’ve shared links, discussed the news with friends, or written a lengthy post about current events on any of the social sites…

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5 Things I Look for When Hiring in Marketing

Fresh out of college and looking for your first position in marketing (or maybe a public relations position)? You may be surprised that hiring managers are looking for different things than you’d expect or learned in school. Even veteran marketers are being asked to do more with analytics, creativity, and strategy. Having a good track…

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All the Interesting Things: Marketing, PR, and Ideas for 01/17/14

One of SHIFT’s 7 core values is connected which means much more than just having a full Address Book app on your phone. Connected means knowing what’s going on, knowing what’s worth reading and sharing. Here are the top 5 most interesting reads that SHIFTers shared among each other lately. Let us know what you think in the comments!…

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