10 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Content

Everyone is doing content marketing, but not everyone is doing it well. 

Make sure that you are getting the most out of your investment in your content with this easy guide. Find out how to:

  • Focus your content on the target customer
  • Gain the most possible exposure for your content
  • Make your content impactful


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Feel Good: How to Change Your Mood and Cope with Whatever Comes Your Way–Free Sample Chapter

Feeling overwhelmed, overstressed, or just plain down about life? This book is the cure for what ails you. Mood can affect every aspect of your life, from your performance at work to your personal relationships, and being able to take control of your moods, rather than have them control you, is something all the most successful people have in common. Combining techniques from two powerful, complementary therapeutic approaches–Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness–Feel Good is an everyday mood control book that can help you keep your spirits and your confidence high, and instill you with a more upbeat, positive, can-do attitude, come what may.

  • A source of inspiration for world-weary nine-to-fivers and an expert guide to beating stress and anxiety
  • Combines the latest research and proven techniques and practices from two powerful therapeutic approaches: CBT and Mindfulness
  • Packed with practical information on how to start feeling happier and more positive about life, and optimize how you deal with people and situations in life and at work
  • Designed for quick reference it lets you access practical information relevant to the mood you’re in at the moment


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Insight Selling: Surprising Research on What Sales Winners Do Differently–Free Sample Chapter

Mike Schultz and John Doerr, bestselling authors and world-renowned sales experts, set out to find the answer. They studied more than 700 business-to-business purchases made by buyers who represented a total of $3.1 billion in annual purchasing power. When they compared the winners to the second-place finishers, they found surprising results.

Not only do sales winners sell differently, they sell radically differently, than the second-place finishers.

In recent years, buyers have increasingly seen products and services as replaceable. You might think this would mean that the sale goes to the lowest bidder. Not true! A new breed of seller—the insight seller—is winning the sale with strong prices and margins even in the face of increasing competition and commoditization.

In Insight Selling, Schultz and Doerr share the surprising results of their research on what sales winners do differently, and outline exactly what you need to do to transform yourself and your team into insight sellers. They introduce a simple three-level model based on what buyers say tip the scales in favor of the winners:

Level 1 “Connect.” Winners connect the dots between customer needs and company solutions, while also connecting with buyers as people.

Level 2 “Convince.” Winners convince buyers that they can achieve maximum return, that the risks are acceptable, and that the seller is the best choice among all options.

Level 3 “Collaborate.” Winners collaborate with buyers by bringing new ideas to the table, deliverin

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Brand Against the Machine: How to Build Your Brand, Cut Through the Marketing Noise, and Stand Out from the Competition–Free Sample Chapter

Brand Against the Machine offers proven and actionable steps for companies and entrepreneurs to increase their brand visibility and credibility, and to create an indispensable brand that consumers can relate to, thus becoming life-long customers. Discover the aspirational currency that makes your brand one that people want to be or want to be friends with. Learn how to be real with your audience and make strategic associations to establish credibility. Brand Against the Machine will help you stand out, get noticed, and be remembered.

Brand Against the Machine is the blueprint for how to market your brand to attract better clients and stand out from the clutter that is traditional corporate branding and marketing.

  • Instant Positioning Method: How to instantly stand out from the crowd and position yourself as a resource, not just another service provider
  • The 20/60/20 Rule: Why it's important to take a stand and why it's okay to have haters—because it creates a stronger bond with those who love you

Ditch your traditional corporate branding and marketing, and exchange it for something memorable. Your customers will thank you for it.



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60-Minute Brand Strategist: The Essential Brand Book for Marketing Professionals–Free Sample Chapter

60-Minute Brand Strategist offers a fast-paced, field-tested view of how branding decisions happen in the context of business strategy, not just in marketing communications. With a combi-nation of perspectives from business strategy, customer experience, and even anthropology, this new and updated edition outlines the challenges traditional branding faces in a hyper-connected world. This essential handbook of brand marketing offers an encyclopedia of do's and don'ts, including new case studies of how these concepts are being used by the world's most successful and valuable brands. 60-Minute Brand Strategist is your battle plan, filled with powerful branding tools and techniques to win your customers' hearts and defeat the competition.
 



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Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers–Free Sample Chapter

A young woman tells a focus group that Diet Coke is like her boyfriend. A twenty-something tattoos the logo of Turner Classic Movies onto his skin. These consumers aren’t just using these brands. They are engaging in a rich, complex, ever-changing relationship, and they’ll stay loyal, resisting marketing gimmicks from competitors and influencing others to try the brand they love.

How can marketers cultivate and grow the deep relationships that earn this kind of love and drive lasting success for their brands?

In Romancing the Brand, branding expert Tim Halloran reveals what it takes to make consumers fall in love with your brand. Step by step, he reveals how to start, grow, maintain, and troubleshoot a flourishing relationship between brand and consumer. Along the way, Halloran shares the secrets behind establishing a mutually beneficial “romance.” Drawing on exclusive, in-depth interviews with managers of some of the world’s most iconic brands, Romancing the Brand arms you with an arsenal of classic and emerging marketing tools—such as benefit laddering and word-of-mouth marketing—that make best-in-class brands so successful. The book is filled with examples, strategies, and tools from powerful brands that consumers love, including Coke, Dos Equis, smartwater, the Atlanta Falcons, Domino’s Pizza, Bounty, Turner Classic Movies, and many more.



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Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example–Free Sample Chapter

What shapes a person's career and life, and defines them as a leader? Their decisions. We all want to be more productive and deliver our best results. But doing this effectively—and consistently over time—is a significant challenge. Managing it all is hard, and leading in today's hyper-paced world is even harder.

The good news is that leadership expert Steve McClatchy makes it easier. In Decide, McClatchy—who works with Fortune 1000 people every day to help them achieve outstanding levels of performance—shows you how to cut through the complexities and excuses to start realizing real gains simply by changing one thing: the way you make decisions. With McClatchy's help, you can quickly begin to:

  • Use the time you have each day to move your business and your life forward
  • Make decisions that yield better results
  • Waste less time, reduce stress and regain balance

Again and again, McClatchy has helped people learn for themselves how great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow McClatchy's no-nonsense and practical approach, and you'll soon manage—and even lead—at your highest level of personal performance.



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Brand Advocates: Turning Enthusiastic Customers into a Powerful Marketing Force–Free Sample Chapter

This weapon is far more trusted and influential than banners or billboards, search-engine marketing or sales promotions, rebates or retargeting. In fact, it’s 10 times more effective than any weapon in your marketing arsenal.

This weapon is your enthusiastic customers—your Brand Advocates. These customers are ready to sell your products, give you referral leads, tell your brand story, and defend you from Detractors. They’ll create content more compelling and credible than your most skilled wordsmith. And they’ll share this content and more with their social networks, serving as a highly efficient distribution channel. (Some of your Advocates are doing all these things right now.)

Your Advocates will evangelize you without payments or points, coupons or cash. You can’t buy authentic Advocates. Their advocacy is not for sale.



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Make It All About Them: Winning Sales Presentations–Free Sample Chapter

In today's commodity-based marketplace it is harder than ever to differentiate even the most superlative services and products. The sales presentation provides the most powerful opportunity to do so. Make It All About Them reveals the truth behind the traditional rules of presentations and offers sales professionals a new way forward. It explains why focusing on three key points trumps a presentation full of details, why plain English always wins over jargon, why the audience doesn't need to know how important you are but how important they are, and other effective tactics.

  • Provides quick and useful concepts and tools to help salespeople break through the "we have always done it this way" mentality that is so prevalent in corporate America
  • Author Nadine Keller is founding partner of Precision Sales Coaching & Training with more than twenty-five years of experience in sales and sales leadership coaching and consulting

This unique approach will allow you to deliver a winning presentation every time by making it all about your audience.



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Sales Growth: Five Proven Strategies from the World’s Sales Leaders–Free Sample Chapter

Finding growth today can be an enormous challenge for companies in a complex and fast-changing business environment. There are no simple solutions, but in Sales Growth, experts from McKinsey & Company provide a practical blue-print for achieving this goal by revealing what world-class sales executives are doing right now to find growth and capture it—as well as how they are creating the capabilities to keep growing in the future.

Broken down into five overarching strategies, this book focuses on the valuable lessons that power growth, including how to get ahead of the competition by taking advantage of trends and turning complex analysis into simple guidelines that sales reps on your front line need to sell better. Page by page, you'll learn how successful sales executives find untapped pockets of growth, act like locals to make the most of emerging markets opportunities, and power growth through digital sales. You'll also discover what it takes to find big growth in big data, develop the right "sales DNA" in your organization, and improve channel performance.

  • Based on interviews of more than 120 of today's most successful global sales leaders, from a wide array of B2C and B2B organizations
  • Offers real-life examples of how successful sales leaders overcame the challenges encountered in the quest for growth
  • Contains insights on finding growth before your competitors, optimizing sales operations and technology, developing sales talent and capabilities, and much more


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