10 extremely useful tools for Content Writers and Bloggers

Gone are the days when marketing meant getting in touch with the customers and forcing your product on them, by using spam, online ads and paid campaigns. Customers today, prefer brands that provide quality material in terms of blogs, eBooks or web seminars that benefits them before deciding to use your product/service to solve their problem.

If you provide quality content, it will make your customers develop a sense of trust in your company and establish you as an influencer in your field. This approach works because it’s real, organic and it’s here to stay.

  1. ly: We all know we love infographics, however creating them is one tough business. With Easel.ly’s customizable templates, you can create stunning infographics in just a fraction of a time!
  2. Grammarly: One of the best grammar checker apps out there – Grammarly is the perfect editor ensuring all your “i”s are dotted and your “t”s crossed. One of the most basic rules of great marketing is to provide error-free, great content that’s flawless and perfect in every way leaving no room for poor grammar or spellings.
  3. Gravity: An extremely powerful personalization tool, Gravity allows you to target content according to the demographics of each user. It also collaborates with top 50 most powerful companies on web, ensuring your content attracts the right type of viewers.

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  4. Hubspot’s: Making new posts several times a week is your ticket to success, however this can be quite tedious specially if your content team is small. Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator is a helpful tool that allows you to type three keywords and then automatically generates topics around them which you can write on.
  5. Hemingway Editor: Make your writing bold and clear. Regardless of your answer, you can use the Hemingway Editor to your advantage. With the help of this easy to use tool, it won’t be long before you’re creating high quality content marketing strategy with simple sentences and no errors.
  6. Kingsumo Headlines: KingSumo Headlines is designed with the intentions of helping you increase readership by attracting more clicks and keeping people on your website longer.
  7. Google Analytics: Most people think about this tool as one that can provide analytics data, such as the number of visitors to a website, top sources, top keywords, and the like. But remember, some of this data can be used to help you create higher quality content marketing efforts.
  8. Word Counter: Long form content provides a greater opportunity for driving more traffic.
  9. Powtoon: Powtoon creates custom animations and videos, which is another way to create unique content. While it isn’t the easiest tool to use, it promises a professional result.
  10. Unsplash: Avoid an expensive takedown notice or invoice from Shutterstock or Getty by using the glorious, high quality and copyright free images from Unsplash.

It’s easy to realize the importance of putting enough time, money, and resources into your blogging strategy. But remember this: there’s a difference between blogging and blogging with a purpose. If you want your words to generate positive results, it’s time that you focus on the quality of your content marketing strategy.

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Understand UI in 7 Simple Points

A website is much more than a group of pages connected by links. It’s an interface, a space where different things — in this case, a person and a company’s or individual’s web presence — meet, communicate, and affect each other. That interaction creates an experience for the visitor, and as a web designer, it’s your job to ensure that experience is as good as it can possibly be.

And the key to that is to think about your user first, foremost, and always.

Simplicity

A quality user interface is made up of necessary elements that are logical and concise. While you are working on the design of your interface, ask yourself “Does the user really need this to compete their task?” before adding features and content. Limit your interface to the items that are essential for the user. Don’t add items just to feed your ego, but rather, focus on the quality of the user experience.

Clarity

Clarity is one of the most important attributes of any user interface. Keep in mind that your user interface exists for the sole purpose of facilitating users interacting with your system. To do this it must clearly communicate with users. If users can’t figure out how to use your interface easily they will become frustrated and abandon the experience.

Consistency

With your user interface, you will want to maintain consistency throughout the entire experience. Consistent interfaces will allow your users to rely on and develop usage patterns that will improve the experience. People crave consistency and you should give your users the opportunity to be proven correct when they rely on it.

Maintain language, layout and design throughout your interface. By doing so you make it easier on your users to understand how things will work, increase their efficiency and improve the user experience.

Familiarity

Your interface will feel familiar if users don’t have to think how to use it because they already understand it. When users are familiar with something, they know what to expect and don’t have to think about what to do. Because of this, work to identify areas of your design where you can leverage familiarity to make interacting with your system easier for your users.

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Visual Hierarchy

One attribute that is often overlooked but is important is a quality UI is designing your interface so that it allows users to focus on what is important. If you try to make everything look important you just create information overload and reduce the quality of the user experience. The contrast between the different sizes, colours and placements of elements should work together to give a clear understanding of your interface and what a user should do. A well designed visual hierarchy reduces the appearance of complexity and helps users accomplish their tasks.

Efficiency

Your user interface is how a user will get to where they want to go and do what they want to do. A quality user interface allows users to perform tasks with speed and ease, in other words, it operates with efficiency. One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your interface is through task analysis.

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Responsiveness

When it comes to the responsiveness of an interface, you want your interface, and the system behind it, to work fast. Users easily become frustrated having to wait for a web site to load for instance.

Additionally, when you think about responsiveness you should also think about your interface responding to users. Your user interface should provide feedback to the users. Let your users know what is happening and that their effort to engage with the interface has been understood.

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How to Generate Leads Using LinkedIn

Having a LinkedIn account is crucial to not only expand your social media presence, but to generate leads. Confused? Let us help you.

It’s not enough to create your profile and let it just sit there. You must utilize the tools in LinkedIn to make your account work for you.

Finding Leads through Advanced Search

There are several search filters on the advanced search page you can use to narrow down your findings. They include Location, Industry, Function, Seniority Level and Company Size.

Finding targeted prospects is important and connecting with the right people is the best way to generate leads on LinkedIn. By utilizing the Advanced Search functions, you are likely to find the people you most want to connect with.

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Make Smart Connections

Another way to get new leads is to develop the relationship you have with your current clients. You should be connecting with them on LinkedIn and viewing their connections as possible new connections for you.

Joining groups is another great way to connect with potential clients. You may not want to start your own group unless you already have a following of engaged prospects and clients. The easier way is to be active in whatever groups you do join.

Lastly, make every connection personal. If you connect and immediately try to sell to them, you will alienate your new connections. If they run a business, learn more about it and stay on top of what they are up to; even if it doesn’t have much to do with what you do. You just may have a connection that needs what they have to offer, and a referral is a great way to get their attention.

Prove Expertise through Your Content

If you want to look like an expert in your field, then you must do what the experts do: ask engaging questions, share useful content and create original content.

If you write a blog, sharing the link is a great way to amplify your content. Give people a reason to read the article, and then link to it in the post.

You can now publish articles to LinkedIn, which is a great way to showcase your expertise. Just be sure to use compelling titles and graphics because you’re competing with other LinkedIn users for your Connections’ attention.

LinkedIn is a phenomenal tool for businesses to find leads. It is by far the leader for B2B companies versus other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter because it is used mainly for business connections. If you use it right, you are sure to get lots of targeted leads. And if you put some time and energy into those leads, they are sure to turn into clients and that will ultimately grow your business.

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Start your Website Design with Great Copy

Anyone can write. But have you ever wondered why some websites draw your attention more than the others? They make you stay on their page, read the blogs, capture the mysterious ‘know, like and trust’ and sometimes make you to buy their stuff?

Before getting into the context of the web, its danger and warning signs, the first thing you need to know is that anyone can produce good content. But it’s the ability to differentiate the good from the bad that sets the professionals apart from the beginners.

As a business you need to work on developing engaging, meaningful web copy which is a balance of Function and Emotion. It can be tricky.

Sell it in the title

You can write the greatest copy in the world, but if your headline is weak, no one’s going to read it. Did you know that most people read just the headline – only few read the rest? This is why a solid headline is important. There’s no magic formula for writing a good headline, but some time-tested strategies include the direct approach (e.g. “Flat 50%”), the how-to approach (e.g. “How to Use Google Analytics”) and the list approach (e.g. top 5 cruelty-free makeup products).

Tell stories

People like good stories. Stories resonate with us – statistics don’t. Journalists have known this for ages. If you’re writing marketing copy, the same rule applies. You can tell your readers all impressive statistics and technical details about your product/service, they’ll smile. If you really want to get their attention, however, give them a good story. Open with a compelling story. Provide case studies. Highlight testimonials from your customers.

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Be specific

The visitors to your website who are the most likely to convert, are the ones who are looking for something specific. Don’t speak in generalities about how your company sells “high-quality leather goods,” or “software that will maximize your business’s conversion rate.” What kinds of leather goods do you sell? How does your software maximize conversion rates? The more questions you can answer for your reader right off the bat, the better.

Avoid jargon

Every industry has its jargon. In this industry, for example, we talk about SEO, SEM, PPC, and ROI. Jargon serves a purpose as convenient shorthand for those in the know, but you can’t always expect your readers to be familiar with it. Even if you’re marketing to other businesses in your industry, a more informal approach often works better.

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Use persuasive language

Did you know the 5 most persuasive words in the English language? The words are “you,” “free,” “because,” “instantly,” and “new.” Readers want to feel like they are being personally addressed (you) they want to know what’s in it for them (because), and they like things that are free, new, and instant (who doesn’t?). Some other words you might want to add to that list are “win,” “how”, and “save.” Just make sure that these words are used in an appropriate context, and that they accurately describe what it is that you’re offering.

End with a call to action

This is Marketing 101. The conclusion of your copy should always answer the question “What next?” If you’ve done a good job with your copy, I’m going to be ready to pursue next steps. Tell me what those steps are. Maybe you want people to sign up for an email list. Maybe you want people to add an item to their shopping cart. Maybe you want people to Tweet your article. In any case, the call to action should be clear and definite. If there’s no call to action, what was the point of the copy?

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10 Reasons why you are not attracting customers to your website

Did you know that according to a Harvard Business School study, roughly 75% of start-ups with venture funding will eventually fail?

Did you know that according to a Harvard Business School study, roughly 75% of start-ups with venture funding will eventually fail? The same study also found that a similar percentage of small businesses will fail within the first ten years of existence. The primary reason for most business failures is the inability to profitably attract and retain customers, and there are a few common mistakes that business leaders make when trying to attract customers. Having a

The website wasn’t professionally built –

You may face serious disadvantages if your website was not built by a professional agency or website developer. A good site must have proper coding for good SEO, as well as properly-written Meta data to also help drive traffic to the site when it comes up in search results.

The website isn’t mobile-friendly –

It’s very important to make sure your website is mobile-friendly so that it can be comfortably viewed and navigated via different cell phones, tablets and other devices. Did you know that Google’s search engine algorithms punish websites that aren’t mobile-friendly?

The website’s content and its structure didn’t incorporate keywords –

Even if your website was built by a professional, if they didn’t include keywords or other SEO-critical features, then it’s like you paid to place an advertisement but didn’t include any contact information. Your website needs keywords so that people can find it organically on search engines.

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There isn’t a blog or the website doesn’t get new content regularly –

If a blog is absent from your site, you’re doing your business a misfortune. Blogs help SEO and can be a key part of an inbound marketing strategy that bring new visitors as well as returning visitors to your website.

Devoid of a functional inbound strategy –

A functional inbound strategy should incorporate landing pages, social media marketing, online PPC advertising, email marketing and SEO components to reach the right types of people and persuade them to become customers.

Your website’s homepage isn’t great –

There are a lot of reasons why the home page is extremely important. First, it shows that your business is alive and trustworthy. Secondly, it has the function of introducing your company to the website visitor and gaining their interest.

No call-to-actions –

A website needs to lead visitors through the pages, but it also needs to tell people how to act. For example, on a product page, you should find a couple of pictures of the product, the name of the product, a product description and a “Buy” button or something similar. That is a CTA and they are necessary in order to make a website produce leads or customers.

Not offering content in different forms of media –

Not everyone likes to read and not everyone is a visual learner. Different people comprehend and retain information in different ways, so it’s beneficial to appeal to as many people as possible by providing content in different forms of media, such as videos, images, graphics, downloadable stat sheets, case studies, etc.

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Slow page speed –

When a webpage (or, heaven forbid, the whole site) has a slow load time, it not only increases your bounce rate, it also hurts your SEO.

You aren’t on social media –

Even in B2B, you should consider creating social profiles and posting to social media. While social media may not be your top priority, it certainly has its place in the overall marketing mix.

The Difference between UI and UX

Let us get down to basics!

UI is User Interface: This is what users interact with directly. Everything they see, touch and hear within a piece of software or a website. It’s the outermost layer of an app – the controls.

UX is User eXperience: This is a holistic term encapsulating each and every different kind of touchpoint a user has with a product.

A common misconception at workplace, in client meetings and often in job listings or job requirements, is the unintentional combination or swap of these two terms.

In most cases, the mistaken expectation is that an interface designer by default will understand or focus on user experience, because their work is in direct contact with the user. But the fact remains that user interface is not user experience.

The confusion may occur because both abbreviations start with letter “U”. Most likely, it comes from the overlap of the skill-sets involved in both disciplines. They are definitely related areas, and in fact, many designers are knowledgeable and competent in both.

However, despite the overlap, both fields are considerably different in nature, overall objectives and scope.

UI design aims at creating effective and attractive user interface while UX design aims at providing positive user experience. Interaction with a product via user interface is a part of user experience, so we can state that UX design as a term and as a field of design is broader and includes UI design as its integral part.

When good user experience is achieved, every desirable or positive effect that one could possibly think of flows from it. UX is focused on success of the whole. In reality, the product is not the sum of its parts; the experience is.

User-Experience

Working on the UX for a digital product such as a website or mobile app, UX designers have to concentrate on such aspects as:

  1. USABILITY (the product is convenient, clear, logical and easy to use)
  2. UTILITY (the product provides useful content and solves users’ problems)
  3. ACCESSIBILITY (the product is convenient for different categories of users)
  4. DESIRABILITY (the product is attractive and problem-solving, it retains users and creates the positive experience which they are ready to repeat).

UI design is the stage of setting and polishing all the details of the interface. User Interface is actually a finalized interactive field in which the user interacts with the product. It includes all the tools of increasing usability and satisfying target users’ needs and wishes. All the features of visual perception as well sound and tactile feelings influencing the product use and interaction with is should be analyzed and optimized here to the purpose of the app or a website is designed.

For example, such aspects as color palette, types and fonts, shapes and forms, illustration and animation and so on and so forth are able to affect the performance of the final product greatly in both positive and negative way.

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