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George Terry
By George Terry
on April 08, 2021

There are three questions I ask myself pretty much everyday when I'm coming up with content ideas for clients. They always help to clarify and elevate my thinking. 

George Terry
By George Terry
on March 15, 2021

You haven’t heard of Content Creep. But if you work in marketing, you’ve definitely experienced it.

George Terry
By George Terry
on March 15, 2021

Most marketing teams are sitting on a ton of old content that isn’t ranking or getting traffic. But this content isn’t a lost cause.

George Terry
By George Terry
on March 04, 2021

Something we often hear from clients is that they feel overwhelmed by all of the things they could be doing.

George Terry
By George Terry
on February 19, 2021

All SaaS businesses want more qualified leads. And if you’re the same, you’re in the right place.

George Terry
By George Terry
on February 16, 2021

Most marketers know what a sales funnel is - and there are a ton of tutorials out there already if you don’t. So let’s skip the basics and jump straight into the good stuff.

By Marc Woodland
on November 24, 2020

Back in 2013, I set up my first agency.

By Marc Woodland
on October 21, 2020

Content marketers are creative. We love to make things. 

By Tom Sandford
on October 01, 2020

Gartner coined the term “buyer enablement” last year with much Linkedin fanfare and a pretty decent ebook. I remember reading it and thinking “it’s sales enablement and buyer journey mapping in a new frock” and left it there.

By Marc Woodland
on September 11, 2020

It’s a straightforward question. But, as is often the case when it comes to marketing, the answer’s not a straight ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

By Tom Sandford
on September 04, 2020

How much would you pay for an email newsletter subscription?

By Marc Woodland
on August 04, 2020

We live in divided times. 

By Tom Sandford
on July 10, 2020

Question: How do you generate hundreds of ideal prospects ready to purchase for a brand new B2B SaaS product? 

By Tom Sandford
on July 10, 2020

When we first met the Solverboard team, we were confident we could deliver on the targets they set. What we didn’t know was just how far we’d overshoot them. 

By Marc Woodland
on July 03, 2020

If you’re anything like us and our clients, you’re busier than ever. 

By Marc Woodland
on June 24, 2020

I was having a conversation recently with an experienced Marketing Director and complimenting him on how effectively he’d aligned the Sales and Marketing teams at one of his clients.

By Tom Sandford
on June 19, 2020

There’s nothing worse for a content team than pouring your heart and soul into a fabulous new piece of content only to see it left to gather digital dust in the corporate blog archive after publishing. 

By Tom Sandford
on June 12, 2020

It’s been a busy few months for us here at Future Content. Of course it's been nothing compared to the rush that NHS staff and other key workers have had to face. But we’ve definitely been going at it hammer-and-tong for the last three months, in our own small way.

By Tom Sandford
on May 28, 2020

One of the joys of working in a content agency is you get to interview a lot of smart people on behalf of your clients. The common thread of all of our interviews over the past few weeks is this; help me see me what’s coming, help me prepare, help me adapt.

By Marc Woodland
on May 18, 2020

The landscape has shifted quickly for almost all businesses over recent weeks. It’s not just working from home that has changed, but the way we support our customers and how we run our companies, for many, is profoundly different.

By Tom Sandford
on April 24, 2020

Historians will, I'm told, refer to this time as BC and AC. "Before Corona" and "After Corona." 

By Marc Woodland
on April 17, 2020

A lot of marketing activity has been reactive over previous weeks. But as marketers, it’s important to remember to pause, reflect and observe what is happening in the marketing environment, so we can best navigate the coming weeks and months and ensure we’re working to a wider strategy.

By Tom Sandford
on April 03, 2020

Earlier this week I was asked “what should business leaders and marketing directors be thinking about now to best prepare for the return of normality?” 

By Marc Woodland
on March 27, 2020

This is a very difficult time for many businesses. And there’s no way of knowing how long it will last and the extent of the impact. 

By Marc Woodland
on March 13, 2020

By conversions, I’m referring to generating new contacts that may become leads for your business. A conversion from your blog is someone submitting their contact details - perhaps for a gated piece of content or signing up to your newsletter - so that you can begin to nurture them into becoming clients.

By Tom Sandford
on March 06, 2020

To: Managing Director

CC: Marketing Director

Subject: It’s time to get cracking with Linkedin

 

Dear Boss,

It’s time for you to get involved with marketing again. As you’ve seen, the digital channels we’ve previously relied on - pay-per-click, search and email - have become increasingly competitive, pushing up costs and reducing effectiveness. At the same time, customer expectations have changed, the lead time for sales of B2B products like ours has greatly increased.

There is, for the moment at least, a channel that offers good returns for those who play their cards right. Linkedin. And that’s what we need your help with. 

You’ve been aware of Linkedin for several years. During that time we’ve often asked you to ‘get involved’ on the platform. Being the willing sort, you have, largely by sharing company posts and leaving it at that. Well, I’m afraid that we’re at that point in the cycle once more. But this time we have a plan for you to follow.

What follows is your briefing on Linkedin connections for your personal account. Don’t share it with anyone outside the company, however, or the game will be up!

How many Linkedin connections should you have?

Our goal for your personal profile on Linkedin is brand salience. 

A reminder: Brand salience= being front of mind with the target market

Personal profiles offer us the best opportunity to get in front of as many people as possible - at no direct cost - and to keep showing up on their screens. (This is what the agency folks mean when they waffle on about organic reach and engagement)

As the leader of our business, your account is the one most likely to take-off on the platform (and, you’re the one least likely to take off with all your connections to another company). 

Don’t worry about lead generation. We’ll take care of that through the company page and our sponsored posts.

You can connect to a total of 30,000 people. Aim to make full use of that allocation. We’ve been looking for a good reason to keep your profile limited to high-quality contacts only and - from a marketing perspective at least - we haven't been able to find any. 

And don’t worry about losing touch with your old business contacts and clients, we’ve set them up as a list on Sales Navigator (The Linkedin ad on the sales team use) so you can keep a close eye on them.

The advantage of having many thousands of contacts has become clearer as the algorithm developed in the last year. 

You have 930 connections, the average for a CEO. When you publish a post the Linkedin algorithm will push that out to a small percentage of your contacts. If they “like” and - most importantly - comment on that post, that post will get shown to more of your connections and will, ideally, snowball to many thousands of ‘views’.

You don’t need to be lectured on numbers by a humanities graduate, but I'll hammer home the point nonetheless. If you have 30,000 connections, the initial number of recipients will be higher - increasing the chance of post engagement, increasing the reach, helping us meet our goal of brand salience. 

By Marc Woodland
on February 21, 2020

One of the biggest issues stopping companies from hitting their growth targets is a lack of alignment between sales and marketing.

By Tom Sandford
on February 14, 2020

I’m in love with Linkedin’s content marketing. 

I know, I know – I should get a life. And I will, I promise. Just not yet.

You see, they’ve been wooing me for years. At first, they were all too easy to ignore, producing thin, forgettable blogs. 

Then they were just a bit awkward. They were trying a little too hard – introducing a new font, colour scheme or bootlicking title at every opportunity. 

By Tom Sandford
on February 07, 2020

If you don’t already know about Mark Ritson, where have you been? The potty-mouthed marketing professor has won over LinkedIn. With 54,600 followers he has greater reach on the platform than most major brands. 

By Marc Woodland
on November 30, 2018

B2B content marketing is constantly evolving. Here are the major trends to prepare for...

By Stuart Roberts
on November 19, 2018

On this cyberest of Mondays – a day dedicated to discount prices, rampant sales and clamouring consumers – it seems apt to report on an APG event I went to this Wednesday about marketing fundamentals.

By Tom Sandford
on August 24, 2018

RIP the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Icon, legend, superstar; there aren’t enough superlatives to describe this remarkable woman.

By Stuart Roberts
on August 14, 2018

What does your business want to be known for? What topics do you want to ‘own’? What are your areas of expertise? Answered that? Good. Now; how do you prove your expertise in these areas while also boosting your SEO and driving conversions? 

By Callum Dunbar
on July 29, 2018

UX copywriting is so hot right now.

By Stuart Roberts
on June 19, 2018

Your customers ain’t dumb.

By Stuart Roberts
on May 08, 2018

Is your B2B content getting you down? Bored of the same old same old? Uninspired with the insipid?

By Marc Woodland
on April 04, 2018

86% of senior marketers know it’s crucial to create a cohesive customer journey, and 60% of millennials expect consistent experiences when dealing with brands.

By Marc Woodland
on February 26, 2018

Consent, legitimate interest, personal data: Your GDPR marketing questions answered

By Tom Sandford
on January 17, 2018

It’s that time of year when most marketing directors are underway with their marketing planning.

By Stuart Roberts
on December 13, 2017

When you pick up a newspaper or browse online, what is the first thing that grabs you? Probably a headline or image. As a writer, you could craft the most elegant prose ever - but most people have short attention spans, and they are inundated with communications vying for their precious time. Why should they read what you write?

By Tom Sandford
on November 15, 2017

When it comes to raising your online profile, the old ‘if you build it, they will come’ approach is unlikely to yield spectacular results.

By Marc Woodland
on November 08, 2017

A 2016 study by SEO training and link building experts Backlinko found that including even a single image in your content is enough to increase search engine rankings. However, when it comes to SEO, simply including an image should be considered the bare minimum.

By Marc Woodland
on October 27, 2017

Back in the Fifties and Sixties, Paris was a hive of intellectuals. They’d sit in underground bars, wine-soaked amid cigarette smoke, and argue among each other for days on end.

By Marc Woodland
on October 19, 2017

GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – will come into force in May 2018, Brexit or no Brexit, hell or high water. It will force businesses to completely rethink their outbound marketing.

By Callum Dunbar
on July 26, 2017

My team have engaged an agency to rewrite our website. Instead, the agency has recommended investing in a tone of voice guide before they start working. What’s one of those?

Put very simply, a tone of voice guide is one half of your brand book, or guide. It documents how your brand ‘speaks’, in tandem with the visual aspects of your brand like your logo, typography and brand colours.

By Tom Sandford
on July 19, 2017

Keeping up to date with marketing trends is a full-time job in itself. Especially with the ever-growing glut of inescapable, chronically distracting and often contradictory information out there.

By Stuart Roberts
on May 09, 2017

LinkedIn has changed a lot since its conception in 2002. From a site predominantly focused on recruitment, it has evolved radically - sharing articles, groups, publishing, advanced recruitment tools - the list of functions goes on. But perhaps no change has been quite so stark as the look, feel and functionality overhaul rolled out at the beginning of the year.

By Tom Sandford
on May 04, 2017

When I tell people I’m a copywriter, the most common response is 'a what now?' Those who do recognise the title tend to associate it with Mad Men’s Don Draper, which, aside from the philandering, love of whiskey, brooding silences and suave demeanour, couldn’t be further from the reality. So, what does a copywriter’s role entail? I suppose the quick answer is, to tell the story of a brand or product, one that will make even the most mundane of subjects seem captivating.

By Stuart Roberts
on February 24, 2017

 

Content production is demanding.

By Stuart Roberts
on January 19, 2017

Writing quality content is a lot like wearing old trousers; you’d better make sure you have great briefs otherwise you can get into all sorts of trouble.

By Stuart Roberts
on November 25, 2016

“Hi, I’m the new marketing manager, and I think we’ll just keep things the way they are,” uttered no new marketing manager ever.

By Stuart Roberts
on September 28, 2016

"She was still dreaming. She had to be. . . . The plush four-poster brass bed and the veiled canopy were definitely out of some Arabian Nights dream. Maybe she was an exotic princess being made desperate love to by a handsome sheik. Carol willed the dream to continue and then her eyes absently focused on the gigantic mirror directly overhead. . . . " 

By Marc Woodland
on September 15, 2016

***This article is intended as a crash course in Analytics, looking at the basics—plus a little extra—to get you up and running with the system. We’ll pinpoint the metrics you need to monitor to test and prove your content marketing activity, and we’ll also give you top tips on generating the reports that matter to managers.

By Stuart Roberts
on September 06, 2016

“Write a book, seriously?

By Marc Woodland
on July 29, 2016

Bread and butter content? What are we talking about? Well, content is not just a case of producing stuff for your blog. The content you produce should be adding value to your business and helping you generate leads.

By Stuart Roberts
on March 24, 2016

In 2009, Jon Payne emerged from a bedroom in Bedminster in search of a real job, and founded search engine optimisation firm Noisy Little Monkey. Since then he’s marketed, socialised, seminared and flipped one or two tables, all in the name of improving companies’ grasp on getting noticed.

By Tom Sandford
on March 18, 2016

Are websites becoming less important? I was asked this question at the end of last year and, having reflected on it, I believe they are. Not in a ‘quick, let’s ditch our websites’ kind of way - websites are still really, really important and will remain so - it’s more about a growing market that relies less and less on websites.

By Stuart Roberts
on February 02, 2016

May 2003 saw the launch of LinkedIn, the world’s first business-orientated social media site. This was before the concept of social media was really a thing (a time future generations will surely know as B.F. - Before Facebook). Over the years it has evolved: functionality has changed, user experience refined and features added, but its standing as the online business networking platform has never wavered.

By Tom Sandford
on January 28, 2016

When it comes down to it, business success relies on being able to stand out from the crowd. You’ve got to grab your customers’ attention and convert interest into action as efficiently as possible.

By Stuart Roberts
on November 02, 2015

If you’re a small business owner fretting over a marketing strategy, Bryony Thomas’ book, Watertight Marketing, is a revelation. In simple terms, it talks you through a series of actionable steps to help your business get a grip on its marketing, plugging those all important leaks in the marketing funnel. We’ve long been fans of the book (and the blog) so it was a real pleasure to sit down and have a chat with Bryony about inspiration, small business marketing and the power of content.

By Tom Sandford
on June 29, 2015

While a regularly updated blog is a must for any business, it can pay to look further afield and publish your insightful musings elsewhere. Two popular channels are Medium and LinkedIn. Here’s everything you need to know.

By Tom Sandford
on March 19, 2015

Answer: It’s both, and the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle of the two. Here’s why; and how to make it work for your business

By Marc Woodland
on February 12, 2015

One sure-fire way to generate traffic to your blog and capture the attention of your visitors is the use of visual content.

By Tom Sandford
on January 12, 2015

Incorrect apostrophe usage is a classic grammarians' bugbear, guaranteed not only to make your writing look sloppy and unprofessional, but to summon hordes of demon pedants to descend upon you and tear you limb from limb.

By Tom Sandford
on November 06, 2014

When it comes to publishing content online, the importance of SEO cannot be understated. Without on-page optimisation it really is a case of out of sight, out of mind. So what exactly is it that makes the search engines’ virtual ears prick up?

By Marc Woodland
on October 10, 2014

We’ve all Googled ourselves at one point or another (don’t lie, of course you have). Whether it’s to find like-named people, simple vanity or to to discover what we look like online from the outside the temptation to ‘find ourselves’ is a natural impulse. Perhaps you discovered that you have the same name as a past celebrity, maybe a known academic. Or you could discover what I did: that no one online appears to have the same name as me.

By Stuart Roberts
on August 28, 2014

When Charles Darwin introduced the idea of the ‘survival of the fittest’ it presumed a certain kind of biological competitiveness, an implication that only the self-serving and strongest would reach the top.

By Stuart Roberts
on March 10, 2014
  • Decide your keywords and include them
  • Don’t be afraid of long headlines
  • What will people be searching for? Use that as your headline
  • Create curiosity
  • Tailor your lead-ins for each social media platform
  • Make sure your content matches your headlines - If you’re promising something amazing, make sure you deliver

Read all about it! Read all about it! In the past, a small shouting boy at a news stand in a scruffy hat was the best way to draw attention to the news.