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A Practitioner’s Guide to Becoming an Influencer

October 19, 2017 - Influencer marketing

What makes a practitioner an influencer? It’s simple—changing someone’s behavior by sharing your subject-matter expertise. What’s the best way to do that? Share your expertise using the written word and images via the interwebs. You may be thinking, “But wait! To be an influencer, I…

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When Marketing and Developers Collide

September 14, 2017 - Marketing

Two groups have had a dominant presence on the Internet since its early days—programmers and marketers. Programmers built the Internet. They were posting on Usenet, developing the first interactive websites in PHP, and uploading code to SourceForge while the rest of the world was still…

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kubernetes

How Kubernetes Stole Docker Swarm’s Share of Voice

August 31, 2017 - Share of voice, The Influencer Whisperer

Kubernetes dominates the market of open source container orchestration engines. Why? It’s not just because of technical features. It’s also because Kubernetes has skillfully cultivated the right image within the container ecosystem. In case you’re not familiar with Kubernetes, here’s a very brief overview: Kubernetes…

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blog posts and technical articles

Want a Great Title? The Ultimate Guide to Writing Blog Post Titles

August 22, 2017 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing

Titles are to blog posts what curb appeal is to a house. If you have a bad title, no one will read your content, no matter how good it is—just as no one is going to pay attention to your house (regardless of its interior…

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The Influencer Whisperer: How to Keep Freelance Writers Happy

June 13, 2017 - influencer management, The Influencer Whisperer

At Fixate, our network of subject-matter experts is the backbone of our content-marketing business. They’re the folks who write most of our content on a freelance basis. As we’ve built our business over the past several years, we’ve learned a thing or two about how…

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The Influencer Whisperer: How to Motivate Influencer Practitioners

June 8, 2017 - influencer management

In the influencer-marketing business, your product is only as good as the influencers who create it. That’s true whether the product takes the form of events, videos, social media engagement, or (as is the case at Fixate) expert blog posts and articles. To get good,…

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types of freelance writers

The Influencer Whisperer: The Three Types of Freelance Writers

June 1, 2017 - influencer content marketing, influencer management

If you work in the content marketing business long enough, you learn that there are three main types of freelance writers with whom you can partner to help write content. Understanding the differences between these types, and how each category of freelancer corresponds to different…

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The Influencer Whisperer: The Money Question: How Much to Pay Freelance Writers

May 30, 2017 - influencer content marketing, influencer management, The Influencer Whisperer

If, like us here at Fixate, you work frequently with freelance writers, you have probably often wondered what to pay them. In this post, we provide the answer—or something close to it. We can’t tell you exactly which pay rate is the best fit for…

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content marketing

The Influencer Whisperer: Deadlines Aren’t Dead (Not Even for DevOps Content Marketers)

May 23, 2017 - influencer content marketing, influencer management, The Influencer Whisperer

Do deadlines still matter? You might think not—especially if you work in the DevOps world. After all, DevOps has kind of killed deadlines. The whole continuous delivery concept does away with the idea of rigid development schedules characterized by tight deadlines. In DevOps, you’re supposed…

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influencer marketing business

The Influencer Whisperer: Developing Topics for Influencer Marketing: It’s Tough, But Someone Has to Do It

May 9, 2017 - influencer content marketing, Influencer marketing, The Influencer Whisperer

Writing meaningful content is hard. Choosing what to write about is even harder—especially in the influencer marketing business. How do you pick topics that your expert writers can discuss compellingly, and that readers will find engaging? How do you strike the right balance between timely…

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