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Comparing User Genereated vs Freelance vs Practitioner tech blog content

December 18, 2018 - Content Marketing, Practitioner Marketing

Not all content is created equal. If it were, it would be impossible to tell good from bad. But as it turns out (especially in the world of technical content), separating a good blog post from a bad one is very easy. There are three…

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demand generation

What Demand Gen Needs to Know About Content Marketing

December 13, 2018 - Content Marketing, Practitioner Marketing

Numbers are king. Especially if you are in a demand generation or digital marketing role. Visits, clicks, and registrations are the metrics your job lives and dies by. But you can’t do that without having the right ad copy and destinations for your campaigns. That…

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landing pages

The Difference Between Marketing and Technical Landing Pages

November 8, 2018 - Marketing

Marketers are very familiar with landing pages. And nine times out of 10, they are focused specifically on marketing landing pages. But there is another type of landing page that is extremely powerful — the technical landing page. I will explain the difference between the…

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medium

Why Tech Blogs on Medium Won’t Work for Your Brand

October 11, 2018 - Content Marketing

Medium, a popular platform/social network for blogging, found a natural spot in the hearts of application developers. It’s easy to use, does a great job of putting relevant content in front of people, and has that “I’m a techie” vibe. A problem is that companies…

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healthy technical blog

A Good Technical Blog Should Be a Destination, Not an Ad

September 25, 2018 - Content Marketing, influencer content marketing, Influencer marketing, Practitioner Marketing

In my last rant, I explained that a technical blog’s primary motive should not be leads, visits, or clicks. While these are a natural side effect of a good blog, they shouldn’t be the goal. Many people maintain their blog simply as a new type…

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Why Lead Gen Is Bad for Business

August 17, 2018 - Lead generation, Marketing, Metrics, Practitioner Marketing

When you get right down to it, deals are made when you have the right contact information from the right person who has a budget and a need. All this stuff we do in marketing to build credibility, awareness and brand needs to boil down…

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Bake Developer Empathy Into Your Dev Portal

August 9, 2018 - Business Psychology, influencer management

Terms like “culture” and “empathy” have a lot of meat when brought up in conversation. They provide direction, strategy, and the benefits of successful implementation are clear. But the tactics of implementing things like developer empathy are not always clear. (And at the end of…

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API documentation

Your API Documentation Content Marketing Strategy

August 2, 2018 - Content Marketing, Practitioner Marketing

What could be more boring than API documentation? At least, that is how most of us view documentation—but not developers. API docs are one of the fastest ways to learn about a product and what it does. And API docs are one of the best…

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developer

Developer Journey or Developer Empathy? Why does it matter

July 24, 2018 - Practitioner Marketing

We marketers are overcome with the need to compartmentalize concepts into nifty two- to three-word phrases. We even do it with our jobs. The problem becomes untangling what we are actually trying to do when we throw the phrases around. Developer journey and developer empathy…

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content creation

How to Get in Developers’ Heads

July 17, 2018 - Content Marketing, Marketing, Practitioner Marketing

Most marketing teams focus on the “call” portion of a call-to-action, instead of the action. This is not a huge surprise, because the call is where the budget is spent. It’s also why marketing is infamous for getting a flurry of people in the door,…

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