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  • Direct response copywriting isn't easy. Your job is to drive conversions and sales, and that requires a savvy sense for your audience, a firm grasp on your value prop, and an arsenal of powerful writing tricks like these.

  • If you aspire to lean and confident writing in your marketing content, you'll avoid populating your prose with superfluous words. Simply put, the most effective writing and communication makes every word... communicate. Here's how to write less but say more.

  • Testimonial videos are ideal for the decision stage of the buyer's journey, when prospects are aware of and want to solve a problem, and they are looking for information to help them make up their minds. Help them choose you.

  • Some people—including many of your customers—practically live on Facebook (despite all the bad press it got in 2018). So how do they behave? What do they share? Who likes "love" most, or "haha"? Which are the standout brands? And so on and so on. Here's a handy wrap-up of Facebook reactions and actions in the past year.

  • You have a business that specializes in providing a B2B service or product. But all your keyword search terms return results that are B2C. The unpleasant outcome? High bounce rates, irrelevant traffic, and low conversion percentages. So, how can you attract the right kind of audience via search?

  • Storytelling and marketing expert Ron Ploof shares insights from his new book, The Proverb Effect: Secrets to Creating Tiny Phrases That Change the World.

  • The beloved American children's classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was published in 1939 by the Montgomery Ward department store. So it's tempting to think of it as yet another lasting piece of seasonal content marketing. Except Rudolph is so much more than that. It's also a handy framework for telling our own brand stories.

  • 21 industry stars, 21 pieces of valuable advice for you to up your marketing game in the new year: don't miss this special yearend video episode of the Marketing Smarts podcast!

  • Most B2C marketers are seeing improved results from content marketing and plan to increase their spending on it in the year ahead, according to annual research from MarketingProfs and Content Marketing Institute.

  • Many of us make the mistake of treating LinkedIn as simply an online Rolodex or a glorified CV, rather than an inbound marketing channel that can be optimized for sales inquiries. That is a huge misstep. Find out how to turn your LinkedIn profile into a powerful inbound sales asset.

  • It's one thing to have data to share. It's another to communicate your data in a way that helps you demonstrate your point. If you want to be persuasive, you have to show your data in a useful way. Here are several types of charts and graphs with explanations of when to use (and not use) each.

  • Bloggers are writing longer posts and spending more time crafting pieces than in years past, according to recent research from Orbit Media.

  • Singer-songwriter and "Nashville Star" alum Jimmy Charles joins Kerry O'Shea Gorgone of MarketingProfs to discuss building an entertainment brand today, the importance of giving back, his work as spokesperson for ZERO: The End of Prostate Cancer, and his new nonprofit organization to support cancer patients: I Am Not Alone.

  • A common fallacy regarding email programs is that once you set them up, they are self-sustaining. That couldn't be farther from the truth. Make sure your email campaigns actually work as you'd like them to. Take these four steps.

  • Less than one-third of consumers think brands should take public stands on political issues, according to recent research from Sword and the Script Media.

  • With retailers and marketers ramping up their email volume at the same time during the holidays, you're competing for your customers' attention and the resources of the ISPs delivering your mail. To get your emails opened and to maximize conversions, use these five tactics.

  • Product ratings and tailored recommendations based on past purchases are the two email innovations consumers say they are most interested in, according to recent research from EmailMonday and Zettasphere.

  • Consultant, author, and creativity expert Dave Birss gives the MarketingProfs audience a sneak preview of his system for fostering creativity, covered in his new book, How to Get to Great Ideas.

  • Getting a blog post to rank in Google has become difficult. But for certain types of searches, quality videos are rising above quality blog posts in search results. And therein lies your opportunity. Here is how you can start optimizing your YouTube videos to rank on Google.

  • Email marketing is an indispensable channel for any successful content strategy. But how can you make sure email marketing campaigns are effective? Avoid making these 13 common mistakes.