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When Marketing and Developers Collide

October 2, 2018 - 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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The Practitioner Whisperer – Writing Exciting Titles

June 12, 2018 - 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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Developing Topics for Practitioner Marketing: It’s Tough, But Someone Has to Do It

March 1, 2018 - Practitioner Marketing, Share of voice

Writing meaningful content is hard. Choosing what to write about is even harder—especially in the practitioner 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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types of freelance writers

The Practitioner Whisperer: The Three Types of Freelance Writers

February 15, 2018 - influencer content marketing, influencer management, Influencer marketing, Practitioner Marketing, The Influencer Whisperer

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 business…

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freelance writers

The Practitioner Whisperer: The Money Question—How Much to Pay Freelance Writers

February 13, 2018 - influencer content marketing, influencer management, Practitioner Marketing, The Influencer Whisperer

If, like us here at Fixate, your practitioners are freelance writers, and 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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keeping practitioners engaged

Keeping Practitioners Engaged: The Ultimate Challenge

January 2, 2018 - influencer content marketing, influencer management, Practitioner Marketing

As someone who both freelances and manages a network of freelance content writers who are practitioners, I think I have a good grasp of the pros and cons of working with them. Here’s one of the biggest cons: If left to their own devices, practitioners…

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Practitioner marketing

Your Practitioners Should Know Your Product—But Not Too Well

December 19, 2017 - Practitioner Marketing

When planning a practitioner marketing strategy, you should make sure your practitioners are experts in your product or service—Right? Not quite. Although it may seem like the people who have the most familiarity with your product are best equipped to develop articles, videos or other…

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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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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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keeping freelance writers happy

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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