So You Want a Job in Content Marketing?

I met with two young interns in July who wanted to find out more about content marketing and what it means to be a writer in a corporate setting. I shared what I knew, answering their questions and giving them a tiny view into my daily process and interactions with my content team. And then I went home and realized their questions would make a pretty good blog post. I decided to jot down what I could recall from the interview in the hopes that it may help encourage others looking to enter the field.

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Why Every Business Needs a Blog

Blogging is no longer simply an avenue for prepubescent teens to expose angst about school and relationships (that’s more social media than blogging anyway)– these days blogs are the lifeblood of any web property. They inject fresh, relevant content to your website, helping your brand be more visible in search engines to your prospective customers.

Blogging isn’t merely for interesting stories about what you had for lunch. It’s about establishing credibility, thought leadership, and search engine ranking.

Here are 5 important reasons why you need to build and maintain a blog for your business:

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But Aren’t Blogs Nothing but Online Diaries?

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Every now and then a client who is new to the idea of blogging will ask me: “But isn’t a blog nothing more than a diary that’s online?” And I realize that while the content marketing world may be growing by leaps and bounds, there are still small business owners who feel it strange to use blogs — a tool once equated with personal journals — to help promote their brand and their business. Here are a few thoughts that should lay it to rest.
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Content Strategy Makes “Boring” Industries Come Alive

Content strategy is a hurdle that a lot of organizations struggle with. I’ve met with quite a few business owners who ask me: “But how much web content can we realistically create around our business? Our industry is pretty boring.” To which I answer:

“Look, your product solves a real problem. It may not be glamorous, but it sure isn’t boring to the people struggling with that pain.”

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5 Reasons Why a Job Search is Like a Product Launch

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I’m back searching for a fulltime job after an ever-too brief consulting stint at an online startup. It occurs to me that the process of the job search can be laid out in the same way as you might prepare for a product launch — except with no concrete end date immediately in sight. The action items are quite similar. See below:
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